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Sweeps highlight start of BLAST Premier Spring Showdown

Field Level Media
14 Apr 2021, 08:55 GMT+10

OG, G2 Esports and Dignitas swept their way to victories Tuesday on the first day in Round of 16 action at the BLAST Premier: Spring Showdown 2021.

In the first day of the six-day event, OG defeated Astralis, G2 ousted Endpoint and Dignitas dispatched Team Liquid -- all by 2-0 scores.

The winsby OG and G2 set them up for a Friday matchup in the Round of 8, while Dignitas awaits the winner of Wednesday's Round-of-16 battle between Team Spirit and Extra Salt.

The 16-team, single-elimination tournament runs from Tuesday through Sunday, with the winner taking home $30,000 of the $162,500 prize pool.

All matches are best-of-three, with the top two finishers advancing to the Spring Finals.

OG jumped to an 8-2 lead against Astralis before winning their opening map 16-7 on Inferno. It looked like more of the same on Dust II as OG led 5-1 early, but a 10-2 Astralis run flipped the scoreboard. Down 11-7, OG fought back and eventually won 19-17 in overtime for the match triumph.

Valdemar "valde" Bjoslash;rn Vangsaring; of Denmark carried the load for the victors, recording a match-high 48 kills and plus-22 kill/death differential. Astralis was led by Emil "Magisk" Reif, who topped his all-Danish squad with 38 kills and a plus-3 K/D ratio.

G2 advanced via sweep, but was forced to hold off fierce comeback bids on each map. Starting on Inferno, G2 raced to leads of 5-1 and 13-6, then watched their 15-11 lead trimmed to 15-14 before they scored the clinching point in a 16-14 nailbiter. G2 began with 5-0 and 7-3 leads on Dust II, only to see Endpoint rip off five straight points. But G2 responded with their own five-point run and eventually scored a 16-11 victory.

G2's Nemanja "huNter" Kovac of Bosnia and Herzegovina took match-high honors with 49 kills, while countryman and cousin Nikola "NiKo" Kovac led all players with a plus-17 K/D differential. The United Kingdom's Kia "Surreal" Man headlined scoring for Endpoint with 40 kills and an even K/D differential.

Dignitas scored the match's first eight points in building an insurmountable 14-1 edge in opening with a 16-5 rout on Nuke. After building an early 4-0 lead on Vertigo, Dignitas watched Liquid storm back on a 7-1 scoring run before pushing back en route to a 16-13 win to take the match.

Dignitas was powered in victory by the Sweden duo of Ludvig "HEAP" Alonso (47 kills, plus-19 K/D differential) and Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson (47 kills, plus-18). American Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski and Brazil's Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo each had 31 kills for Liquid.

Upcoming matches in Round-of-16 play:

Team Spirts vs. Extra Salt

Team Vitality vs. 9z Team

SAW vs. Heroic

FURIA Esports vs. MIBR

NASR Esports vs. Gambit Esports

--Field Level Media

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