FaZe beat Astralis for grand final spot; Liquid defeat MIBR to stay undefeated at BLAST
FaZe squared off against Astralis on Dust2 and the Danes started the game on the CT-side. FaZe won the pistol round as Nikola "NiKo" Kovač and Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács came out on top in a 2vs2. Håvard "rain" Nygaard got three kills in a 1vs4 situation in the third round but Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth managed to kill him to get Astralis on the scoreboard (2-1).
FaZe retaliated in the following round, winning it thanks to Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev and rain's double kills in a 4vs4. Emil "Magisk" Reif stopped FaZe's five-round streak with a triple kill on the B-site but Astralis couldn't make it two in a row as NiKo responded with a double kill to close out the following round (8-2).
NiKo and company led 13-2 at halftime following their incredible performance on the T-side. Astralis planted the bomb on the B-site in the second pistol round but Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer and NiKo's kill extended FaZe's lead to 14-2.
Astralis won the 17th round and followed it up with two anti-ecos to trail 14-5. FaZe earned ten match points by taking the 20th round victory and went on to close out the game with a 16-5 final scoreline.
|Astralis||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk||17 - 16||+1||69.6||0.97|
|Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x||9 - 18||-9||82.1||0.78|
|Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve||12 - 19||-7||64.0||0.74|
|Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice||11 - 17||-6||58.5||0.68|
|Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh||6 - 16||-10||43.0||0.49|
|FaZe||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo||24 - 12||+12||99.3||1.69|
|Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain||22 - 11||+11||94.5||1.56|
|Ladislav 'GuardiaN' KovácsGuardiaN||14 - 9||+5||77.7||1.44|
|Dauren 'AdreN' KystaubayevAdreN||17 - 11||+6||85.1||1.42|
|Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister||9 - 12||-3||70.6||1.05|
A five-round winning streak going the way of MIBR marked the start of Overpass in the last group stage match at BLAST Pro Series Miami, a match the Brazilians needed a win in order to secure a grand final spot. After a 5-0 lead, Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo and Fernando "fer" Alvarenga found entries on A, extending their perfect streak against Liquid, not even allowing them a bomb plant (7-0).
Jake "Stewie2K" Yip found a quick double on a Mid push which his team converted on to finally get on the board, with a similar approach working out in the following round as well. Liquid found momentum after that and capitalized on their opponents' bad economy to bring back the score to a tie, 7-7.
In the last round of the half, Liquid managed to take control of the B bombsite after some trade frags and finish the half with an eight-round streak, taking the lead in the match. fallen and co. finally got their eighth round with an underpass crunch in the second-half pistol, but a force-buy win got the North Americans back on track (9-8).
As the score was 12-8, MIBR mustered a force-buy win, but then Nick "nitr0" Cannella stopped any chance of a comeback with a 1v3 ninja defuse (13-9). MIBR managed to win a round that broke Liquid's economy, but Stewie2K and co. replied on a force and closed out the game shortly, 16-10.
|MIBR||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Gabriel 'FalleN' ToledoFalleN||20 - 16||+4||81.9||1.25|
|Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera||22 - 18||+4||89.1||1.22|
|Fernando 'fer' Alvarengafer||16 - 20||-4||87.8||1.16|
|Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO||15 - 20||-5||58.8||0.76|
|João 'felps' Vasconcellosfelps||16 - 21||-5||51.1||0.75|
|Liquid||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE||25 - 18||+7||104.4||1.45|
|Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF||25 - 17||+8||83.6||1.29|
|Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz||18 - 16||+2||79.8||1.17|
|Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0||17 - 18||-1||65.6||0.95|
|Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K||9 - 20||-11||55.6||0.71|
In the last game of the group stage, which couldn't change which teams advanced to the grand final, Natus Vincere defeated Cloud9. The game started well for the Russian-Ukrainian side, as they went 9-1 up on the T-side of Overpass, but Cloud9 put up a strong fight and made the final score close, 16-13.
|Cloud9||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Daniel 'vice' Kimvice||21 - 23||-2||90.1||1.10|
|René 'cajunb' Borgcajunb||19 - 20||-1||74.6||1.08|
|Maikil 'Golden' SelimGolden||20 - 22||-2||75.8||0.92|
|Timothy 'autimatic' Taautimatic||14 - 23||-9||63.1||0.78|
|William 'RUSH' WierzbaRUSH||11 - 20||-9||33.6||0.69|
|Natus Vincere||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Egor 'flamie' Vasilyevflamie||35 - 18||+17||111.6||1.71|
|Denis 'electronic' Sharipovelectronic||29 - 16||+13||94.6||1.46|
|Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostylievs1mple||21 - 13||+8||77.9||1.30|
|Ioann 'Edward' SukharievEdward||16 - 19||-3||74.0||0.94|
|Danylo 'Zeus' TeslenkoZeus||7 - 19||-12||48.3||0.69|