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On Day 2 of the BLAST Premier: Spring Showdown, Gambit, Spirit and FURIA won their matches while NASR, Extra Salt and MiBR were eliminated from the tournament.
Gambit Esports does not disappoint
The Commonwealth of Independent States squad has been on a tear since IEM Katowice and, despite losing against Heroic in ESL Pro League finals, they are the No. 1 team on the HLTV rankings. So, to no one’s surprise, Gambit quickly took down NASR 2-0. NASR showed potential in their matches, but with every Gambit player firing on all cylinders, they didn’t stand a chance.
Good game @NasrEsports 🤝
— Gambit Esports (@GambitEsports) April 14, 2021
Extra Salt eliminated
Extra Salt is a newer team consisting of the core of the ex-Cloud9 North American roster. The team qualified through the VENN Invitational Spring 2021 tournament. Many expected the NA team to do well, considering their recent form. However, Extra Salt didn’t seem to know how to counter Team Spirits’ playstyle. Hopefully, in their next European events — FunSpark ULTI and Dreamhack Masters Spring — the team will be able to adjust.
🇺🇸🇲🇽🇿🇦🇨🇦 🛬 🇷🇸
We made it to Europe to compete:
— Extra Salt (@ExtraSaltGG) April 5, 2021
MiBR and FURIA fight it out
MiBR took on FURIA for a Brazilian head-to-head. Surprisingly, the two teams seemed evenly matched. On Map 1, Mirage, FURIA got eight rounds on each side while MiBR got seven rounds on each side. Even though FURIA won 16-14, MiBR still looked great. Prior to BLAST Premier: Spring Showdown, Paytyn “Junior” Johnson’s AWPing appeared inconsistent. He couldn’t deliver with the sniper rifle. Now, however, Junior’s AWPing looked fantastic with four opening kills and nine AWP kills. On MiBR’s side, Marcelo “chelo” Cespedes had a fantastic game with over 40 kills across the series. However, MiBR just couldn’t close out and FURIA got the edge they needed to win.
April 15’s matches include two top teams facing off against underdogs, and there are a few other things to watch out for.
- Heroic vs. S.AW (9:30 a.m. ET)
- Vitality vs. 9z (12:30 p.m. ET)
Zain Merchant is an Esports writer who has previously worked with Team Dignitas. He loves FPS games such as Valorant, Counter-Strike and Valorant.