FURIA have eliminated MIBR from the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown following a 2-0 win in the first round of the single-elimination bracket (Mirage 16-14, Vertigo 16-10). The victory sets the Brazilian squad up for a rematch from the ESL Pro League Season 13 group stage against Gambit, who clinched the first-ever encounter between the two teams 2-1 three weeks ago.
“I think we can beat [Gambit],” Paytyn “junior” Johnson said on the official broadcast when asked about the upcoming quarter-final matchup against the current No.1 team in the world. “We hung with them at EPL, we made a couple of mistakes when we could have 2-0d them.”
After picking Overpass without success in the last encounter with FURIA in ESL Pro League Season 13 last month, MIBR opted Mirage this time to kick off the rematch in BLAST but were unable to convert the closely-contested opener once again.
The favorites around arT managed to shake off two anti-forcebuy losses in the first half to clinch a one-round lead at halftime, and they went on to pick up the first map 16-14 after yet another half that rested on a knife’s edge, fending off MIBR‘s scary attempt at a comeback from an 8-15 deficit.
MIBR were looking to redeem themselves on Vertigo after amassing early momentum on the CT side, which was only stopped when Kaike “KSCERATO” Cerato stepped up with an ace to get his team on the board and in brief control of the economy. The underdogs got away with the better half in the end on the back of a Deagle win in the 13th round, but once sides switched it was all about FURIA and their dominance on the defense.
Gustavo “yel” Knittel‘s men could hardly find a way through as they quickly lost their lead and went on to win only one round off a 1v2 clutch from the in-game leader, before FURIA emerged victorious at 16-10, 2-0.