Eight of the best CS:GO teams in North and South America will take to the server to compete at the BLAST Premier Spring 2020 Americas Showdown. The event, which will run from June 1-7, is one of two that will take place online in lieu of the originally planned LAN event BLAST intended to organize.
BLAST Premier Spring Americas Groups
The eight teams have been drawn into two groups. The top placed seed in each group will get a bye into the semifinals while second and third from each group will compete in the quarterfinals.
The groups for the event are:
Chaos Esports Club
The Favorites: FURIA
FURIA may be the hottest team in the Americas, as the Brazilian squad has finished third or better in each of their past four completed events. And though it is not over yet, FURIA has also looked dominant at the Dreamhack Masters.
The duo of Yuri “yuurih” Santos and Kaike “KSCERATO” Cerato have been absolutely fantastic for FURIA during the team’s recent stretch of excellent play. The tandem has a 1.18 and a 1.19 rating over the past three months while routinely outfragging everyone else on the server.
Additionally, FURIA has a proven track record against some teams in their group. The Brazilian team was in the same group as MIBR and Chaos at the Dreamhack Masters event. At Dreamhack, FURIA 2-0’ed MIBR and topped Chaos 2-1.
Which Evil Geniuses Will Show Up?
Though still one of the best teams in North America, EG feels like a far cry from the team that sat at the top of the global rankings per HLTV in November. Since the start of 2020, EG has only finished third or better in two of five events while finishing seventh or worse in the remainder.
Additionally, EG has lost to group mates 100 Thieves and Cloud9 within the past two months. Though those outings were competitive and went to a deciding map, it does reflect poorly on EG that they have been unable to pull out victories over some of their toughest competition.
The one major positive for EG entering BLAST is they should have little problem getting into the bracket over Triumph. And once the bracket round kicks off, maybe we will see the Evil Geniuses that were in contention for best team in the world not that long ago.
Gen.G May Be Team To Watch
Gen.G have been the model of consistency in 2020. Though the North American team has not always attended the biggest tournaments, they have finished first five times already. This includes a dominant performance at the Road to Rio that featured victories over 100 Thieves, EG, Cloud9 and FURIA.
The trio of Timothy “autimatic” Ta, Kenneth “koosta” Suen and Hansel “BnTeT” Ferdinand have been one of the most consistently excellent in all of CS:GO over the past several months. And though Sam “s0m” Oh can still be a little inconsistent, the team can look unstoppable when he is popping off.
Keep an eye on Gen.G’s performance at Dreamhack Masters as they will have games against 100T, EG and C9. Assuming Gen.G can come out of that event still rolling, they could easily roll through BLAST.
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