Giants qualify for BLAST Pro Series Madrid Play-In Finals
The four-team Play-In qualifier came to a close with a mouth-watering Iberian showdown between Giants and Queso, who had reached this stage after beating Cream and Dragons, respectively, in the first round, both by 2-0 scorelines.
The grand final began on Vertigo, a map that will be making its first appearance at a BLAST event in Madrid. With Carlos "sc4rx" Sánchez leading the charge (1.44 rating, 100 ADR), the Spanish team were able to win their pick before Giants responded on Inferno after coming back from 8-12 down thanks to a strong CT side display.
It all came down to Dust2, where the first half ended with a narrow 8-7 lead in Giants' favour. The Portuguese side came from the break with fire in their bellies and brought the scoreline to 14-9. Queso still attempted a response, but a comeback was not in the cards as Giants secured back-to-back rounds to put the series to bed.
|Queso||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Omar 'arki' Chakkorarki||66 - 59||+7||76.0||1.12|
|Pere 'sausol' Solsona Saumellsausol||68 - 68||0||83.8||1.08|
|Carlos 'sc4rx' Sánchezsc4rx||56 - 59||-3||78.5||1.05|
|Michal 'EMENK' BelejEMENK||57 - 62||-5||73.4||1.02|
|Peter 'shhhack' Belejshhhack||50 - 58||-8||57.7||0.85|
|Giants||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Ricardo 'fox' Pachecofox||68 - 57||+11||84.4||1.24|
|Christopher 'MUTiRiS' FernandesMUTiRiS||67 - 66||+1||83.0||1.13|
|Luís 'ZELIN' LousadaZELIN||60 - 54||+6||71.3||1.10|
|Ricardo 'rmn' Oliveirarmn||61 - 61||0||82.0||1.09|
|Joao 'KILLDREAM' FerreiraKILLDREAM||50 - 59||-9||63.9||0.86|
Giants will be taking on Movistar Riders at the Play-In Finals, which will be held in Madrid on May 10, right before the BLAST Pro Series event kicks off. The two Iberian giants will be facing off in a best-of-three clash, with the winner securing entry into the main tournament, in which they will join the likes of Astralis and Natus Vincere.
This will be the first LAN tournament of the year for Giants, who recently brought Joao "KILLDREAM" Ferreira back after previously benching him to make way for Luís "ZELIN" Lousada. However, all eyes will be on veteran Ricardo "fox" Pacheco, who seems to have rediscovered his best form. The 32-year-old has averaged a 1.13 rating in the last three months and was the highest-rated player in the Play-In stage at 1.43.