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mousesports overcome ex-Winstrike to win Snow Sweet Snow 3

mousesports rallied after a three-map semi-final against fnatic to defeat ex-Winstrike in the Snow Sweet Snow 3 grand final in a two-map series with overtimes on both of the maps to claim the $40,000 grand prize.

The tournament win comes as a breath of fresh air for the squad led by Christopher “⁠dexter⁠” Nong, as they stumbled at ESL Pro League, finishing in 21-24th place with a 1-4 record in Group B, and were eliminated from Fantasy Expo Spring Cup after two best-of-one losses to PACT and DBL PONEY, and will now have a boost of confidence after a rough patch as they set their sights on DreamHack Masters Spring at the end of the month.

ex-Winstrike, who made their European rivals suffer for the victory, won’t have much time to dwell on their close grand final loss, which no doubt will be a tough pill to swallow after taking Evil Geniuses out in the semi-finals, as the CIS squad now has European Development Season 3 and Funspark ULTI Europe Regional Series 1 to put their focus on, as well as their ESEA Premier quarter-final match against AGO also on the horizon.

ropz topped the scoreboard in the final with a 1.36 rating and 100 ADR

The first half of Nuke, mousesports’ map pick, was a close affair as the two teams stayed neck-and-neck since the early rounds with ex-Winstrike winning the first three rounds on the defense before dexter and company brought it to a 4-4 tie by the eighth round. The half ended with the European mixture ahead by one on the attack, but their CIS counterpart tied it right back up on their first round on the offensive.

An ace by Robin “⁠ropz⁠” Kool when down 10-12 got mousesports back on track as the two teams remained close all the way to the end, ultimately sending the map to overtime. It then took the European combine not one or two, but three overtimes to overcome Dmitry “⁠hooch⁠” Bogdanov‘s men and secure their pick and take the lead in the series, 25-22.

mousesports were first out of the gate on Dust2, taking a 4-0 lead on the CT side, but ex-Winstrike didn’t take long to bring it back to a tie and even take the lead, 5-4, in another exciting half that saw the two teams battle to get ahead before switching sides, with mouz taking the half by one round.

The European squad managed to extend their lead in the second pistol round, but were quickly equalized as the two teams continued the nail-biter all the way to the final round, prompting another overtime. This time around mousesports took the lead in the first half and converted after all six extra rounds, 19-17, to secure the series and the title.

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The Snow Sweet Snow 3 standings are:

1. Europe mousesports – $40,000
2. Russia ex-Winstrike – $4,000
3-4. Sweden fnatic
3-4. United States Evil Geniuses
5-8. Poland Wisla Krakow – $7,000
5-8. Bulgaria SKADE – $7,000
5-8. Sweden Dignitas – $4,000
5-8. Finland HAVU
9-12. Denmark Tricked – $6,000
9-12. Europe Nordavind – $6,000
9-12. Poland Anonymo – $3,000
9-12. Czech Republic Sinners – $3,000
13-15. Russia Trident
13-15. Oceania EXTREMUM
13-15. Germany Sprout
16-18. Portugal OFFSET
16-18. Russia forZe
16-18. Turkey Sangal
19-20. Sweden Galaxy Racer
19-20. Sweden Young Ninjas

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NAVI overcome MIBR in BLAST Premier Spring group C opener

Natus Vincere put their best foot forward in the first game of BLAST Premier Spring Group C, taking down MIBR 2-1. The CIS side looked convincing on Mirage and Dust2, led by their star s1mple, but dropped Train where the Brazilians put up a flawless Terrorist side.

With Astralis, Vitality, G2, and OG faltering in groups A and B, failing to make it directly to the BLAST Premier Spring Finals, Natus Vincere are hoping to live up to the favorites tag in group C in order to avoid joining them in the Showdown event, from which only two teams advance. The winner of FaZeLiquid will be Natus Vincere‘s next opponent in the group stage, with the winner securing the Spring Finals spot.

Despite a below-average Train, s1mple posted a 1.42 rating for the series

Natus Vincere took the lead early on the defensive side of Mirage, MIBR‘s map pick, with s1mple‘s 1v3 making the score 6-0. A low-buy worked out for the Brazilian side, getting them on the board, with some strong entry work from Daniel “⁠danoco⁠” Morgado seeing the gap shrink to 7-4.

The CIS side recovered from the setback to end the half strongly, 10-5, before a clean pistol round propelled them to map point in no time, 15-6. Double kills from Ricardo “⁠boltz⁠” Prass and Gustavo “⁠yel⁠” Knittel kept MIBR alive in the next round and they managed to push it to 15-10, when Natus Vincere closed out the map.

A different-look MIBR showed up on Train, taking the game by the horns and going 4-0 up as yel posted 10 kills, including an anti-eco ace. The Brazilians got six unanswered rounds before Kirill “⁠Boombl4⁠” Mikhailov started finding openings and got Natus Vincere back into it, ending the half just one round behind.

Bruno “⁠shz⁠” Martinelli‘s quad kill in the pistol got MIBR back on track, and Natus Vincere‘s defenses were no match for boltz and co. At 14-7, it seemed that Natus Vincere were good for their first round on the defense, but yel turned it around in the 2v3 and won the map after a flawless T-side, 16-7.

That momentum was brought over to Dust2, where MIBR took a 5-0 lead off the bat. s1mple started rolling shortly, with his AWP cutting down opponents, leading Natus Vincere to chain ten rounds in a row. The streak continued after the switch as Andrey “⁠B1ad3⁠” Gorodenskiy‘s men cleaned up the pistol and anti-eco, making the score 13-5. In round 20, Marcelo “⁠chelo⁠” Cespedes denied s1mple‘s 1v3 clutch, but only prolonged the inevitable. As the Ukrainian superstar reached a 28K-9D scoreline, Natus Vincere claimed the map dominantly, 16-6.

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Complexity overcome G2; secure BLAST Premier Spring Finals spot

The return of Valentin “⁠poizon⁠” Vasilev to the fold after a two-month break seemed to have worked wonders for Complexity who have ended their poor run of form leading up to the event with two 2-0 victories, first over Vitality and now G2.

A back-and-forth series between Complexity and G2 saw Benjamin “⁠blameF⁠” Bremer and co. dig themselves out of disadvantages on both maps, with William “⁠RUSH⁠” Wierzba commenting in the post-match interview that the team had a “change of mindset, realizing that even when we are down, it doesn’t matter”.

The 26-year-old American player also touched on his living situation and the team’s poor recent results, noting that these wins make the struggles worth it. “Despite living in hotels, wins like this make up for it, honestly. I forget all about the shit period we had”.

blameF and k0nfig spearheaded Complexity in the series

A 4-1 lead for Complexity on the T side started off Mirage, but the Nikola “⁠NiKo⁠” KovačNemanja “⁠huNter-⁠” Kovač combo got rolling after that, and powered G2 to a 9-6 lead before the half ended. The French-Balkan side won the second half pistol as well, only to again lose the force which gave the momentum over to blameF‘s squad.

Six rounds in a row went the way of Complexity before François “⁠AmaNEk⁠” Delaunay broke into B on his own with just a pistol, making the score 12-12. Then, RUSH stepped up with two key rounds to lock down the approaches, but the score was again tied at 14 apiece. In the decisive moments, Kristian “⁠k0nfig⁠” Wienecke came alive, clutching out a 1v1 against NiKo and spraying down four in the final round to make it 16-14.

Unlike on Mirage, G2 managed to win the pistol as well as convert the second round on Dust2, setting up a strong foundation on the offensive side of the map. After finding themselves 5-0 down following NiKo‘s clutch, Complexity started finding success with their double-AWP setup and brought the game back to 7-8 to end a hectic half.

Frantic action continued after the switch. Complexity won the pistol but G2 stop their streak early and looked to put down a foot on the defense. Just when things were looking good for Nemanja “⁠nexa⁠” Isaković‘s team, their A hold faltered to an eco push. That set Complexity on the path to victory, taking Dust2 16-12.

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NAVI overcome Vitality to reach BLAST grand final

A thriller consolidation final BO3 between Natus Vincere and Vitality finished with the former team taking a 2-1 victory and earning a spot in the title match against Astralis.

The best player of 2020, Mathieu “⁠ZywOo⁠” Herbaut, and the second-best one, Aleksandr “⁠s1mple⁠” Kostyliev, both had stellar showings in the match. Though, it was Natus Vincere‘s AWPer that pushed it across the line with a 1.74 rating on the decider, Dust2, to ensure his side a grand final bout against Astralis.

s1mple put up another masterclass to take down ZywOo and co.

Nuke kicked off with Vitality taking a 4-1 lead, but Natus Vincere managing to break the Frenchmen’s bank with a mixed-buy proved pivotal to them getting into the groove. The score was 6-4 for them when ZywOo‘s aggressive ramp play netted him a double entry, pulling the scoreline back to finish with just one round between the two teams at half time.

Vitality pushed ahead after the switch by winning the pistol and were up 11-8 before Denis “⁠electronic⁠” Sharipov‘s double put Natus Vincere in a strong situation to win their first defensive buy round. However, Vitality struck back and reached 15-9 after a Dan “⁠apEX⁠” MadesclaireRichard “⁠shox⁠” Papillon 2v4, but the CIS side still showed class. With their back against the walls and s1mple powering up, they chained six in a row to reach overtime and then closed it out, 19-17, to win their map pick.

Things moved to Overpass next, where Natus Vincere‘s 3-0 lead post-pistol was canceled out by Vitality thanks to Kévin “⁠misutaaa⁠” Rabier showing up in first buy with a quad kill. From 3-3, the CIS side took back the lead with great play from s1mple as well as Egor “⁠flamie⁠” Vasilyev, who put up a 4K hold in round 8. Just when it was looking like the Frenchmen were going to get run over on their map pick (8-3 down), they scraped their way back into the half to finish it 8-7.

The second half was a full-out brawl, as Vitality took four of the first five rounds, but Natus Vincere came alive after a triple-kill from Kirill “⁠Boombl4⁠” Mikhailov to equalize at 12-12. In the dying embers of the map, shox found consistent success playing aggressively on A, helping his side to close out Overpass 16-12.

Strong play from shox set Vitality up for the early lead as CT on Dust2, 4-0, with the scoreline turning on its head after s1mple‘s AWP triple kill and Ilya “⁠Perfecto⁠” Zalutskiy‘s 1v2 clutch, which destroyed Vitality‘s economy. After that, Natus Vincere ran up a strong lead by punishing the mid holds from Vitality, finishing the half 10-5.

Another pistol added to the tally of the French side gave them a route back into the game, however, Natus Vincere were back to winning ways after their double eco, reaching 13-8. apEX‘s team managed to add one more round soon, but were unable to convert against a low-buy which saw their opponents take the victory, 16-10.

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Astralis overcome G2; advance to upper bracket final

Astralis are in the upper bracket final of first tournament of 2021 after taking down G2 2-1 in the $1 million BLAST Premier Global Final.

The French-Balkan team won their map pick 16-14 (Dust2), but weren’t up to the task on Vertigo, where Astralis put up a strong CT side to win it 16-8. It all came down to Inferno, where G2 had a great start, but Lukas “⁠gla1ve⁠” Rossander‘s men were more clutch and closed it out 16-14.

G2 have another chance at the event, but will have to defeat Natus Vincere in the lower bracket to keep their tournament hopes alive.

dupreeh stood out for Astralis in the series against G2

Astralis kicked off the CT side of Dust2 2-0 up, but Nikola “⁠NiKo⁠” Kovač started rolling soon to propel his team forward on their map pick. The Bosnian player had 13 kills and five deaths as G2 grabbed the lead (6-4), and they continued to dominate for the rest of the half.

After an 11-4 advantage, G2 looked good to secure the second pistol, but Nicolai “⁠device⁠” Reedtz spoiled their plans with a quad kill to get things going for Astralis. It was 12-8 before Nemanja “⁠nexa⁠” Isaković locked down the long take with a 4K in the round, seeing G2 reach 15-8. The European team struggled to close it out, allowing Astralis to reach 14, but they finally got over the line with a Kenny “⁠kennyS⁠” Schrub triple on B (16-14).

A clean pistol round win again set up Astralis for the early lead, this time on Vertigo, but G2 replied with three equally convincing ones as things started going back and forth. Nevertheless, neither side managed to truly stamp their foot down in the first half, with G2 trailing just slightly, 8-7, before switching to the offense. On what is statistically the more difficult side, Astralis wear near-flawless, losing just one round to close it out 16-9.

After two slow maps, kennyS started rolling on Inferno, reaching an 11K-2D scoreline to push G2 to 6-2 lead. That was extended to 8-2 before Astralis stopped the streak, instantly breaking their opponent’s bank. That helped the Danes recover the half, 10-5, with a CT-side force win allowing them to close the gap further.

The scoreline reached 11-11 and the teams started trading rounds back and forth, with neither managing to gain a significant lead. But from 14-13 down, Astralis were able to come out on top thanks to crucial triple kills from Andreas “⁠Xyp9x⁠” Højsleth, Peter “⁠dupreeh⁠” Rasmussen, and device in the final rounds, making it a 16-14 win for the Danes.

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