Giants beat Movistar Riders to book BLAST Pro Series Madrid spot

Giants claimed the last spot at BLAST Pro Series Madrid after taking down Movistar Riders 2-1 in the $250,000 tournament's Play-In Finals.

Movistar Riders got off to a flying start and dominated proceedings during the early stages of Nuke, the opening map of the series. The Spanish team dictated the tempo with their hyper-aggressive approach on the CT side, and won a series of clutch situations to leave their opponents frustrated.

It was only when they were down 1-10 that Giants managed to halt the momentum of the home team. They immediately won four rounds in a row to keep their comeback hopes alive as they were about to switch over to the CT side.

The Portuguese team took control of the game after the break and tied things up at 11-11 following two close extremely close defuse situations. A 1v3 clutch by Alejandro "ALEX" Masanet put Movistar Riders back in the lead, with the Spanish team riding that momentum to a 14-11 lead.

With no room for error, Giants tightened up their defense and put together a string of rounds, eventually taking the map off the back of a quad-kill by veteran Ricardo "fox" Pacheco.

Giants beat their Spanish rivals in a nail-biting series

Next up was Overpass, one of Movistar Riders' best maps in recent times, with an 81% win rate in the 16 games played over the last three months. The game followed the same pattern as its predecessor: the Spanish side came out of the gate with fire in their bellies and controlled the pace for most of the half before Giants staged a late comeback, winning three rounds in a row to bring the deficit to 6-9.

Movistar Riders refused to let things get out of hand and won five rounds right off the bat, increasing their lead to 14-9. Luís "ZELIN" Lousada rescued his team with a 1v3 clutch, but Giants' comeback would be short-lived. In the 25th round, Alejandro "mopoz" Fernández-Quejo Cano pulled off a crucial triple-kill in the canal to put his team on map point before the Spaniards put the game to bed with a great A hold.

It all came down to Vertigo, a map making its debut at a BLAST Pro Series event. Movistar Riders had not yet lost a competitive match on this map, but they were caught off-guard by the electric pace of their opponents. Giants were in control for the majority of their Terrorist side, winning aim duel after aim duel, and exerting great map control. Towards the end of the half, Christopher "MUTiRiS" Fernandes and Ricardo "rmn" Oliveira gave Movistar Riders two bitter pills to swallow in the form of 1v3 clutches, but the Spanish side still managed to pick up two late rounds to make it a 3-12 half.

Movistar Riders fought back on Overpass but lost the decider

Giants piled more misery on their opponents with a successful defuse through a smoke with four attacking players still alive in the pistol round, leaving ALEX in shock. Movistar Riders responded immediately on a force buy and went on a dominant run with a series of A hits.

Giants then hit match point by winning back-to-back rounds, and, after a series of keenly-contested rounds on the A site - where most of the action took place - that went the way of Movistar Riders, the Portuguese side locked down the map with a B hold to book a spot in the main tournament.

 Movistar Riders K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Spain Alejandro 'mopoz' Fernández-Quejo Canomopoz 69 - 49 +20 92.2 1.34
Spain Alejandro 'ALEX' MasanetALEX 68 - 52 +16 82.6 1.24
Spain Aitor 'SOKER' FernándezSOKER 65 - 57 +8 75.5 1.14
Spain Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellasmixwell 57 - 63 -6 82.3 1.10
Spain Raúl 'DeathZz' Jordán NietoDeathZz 60 - 55 +5 74.1 1.08
 Giants K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Portugal Ricardo 'rmn' Oliveirarmn 70 - 61 +9 91.6 1.26
Portugal Joao 'KILLDREAM' FerreiraKILLDREAM 63 - 63 0 87.4 1.15
Portugal Ricardo 'fox' Pachecofox 60 - 70 -10 76.1 0.97
Portugal Christopher 'MUTiRiS' FernandesMUTiRiS 42 - 63 -21 60.3 0.79
Portugal Luís 'ZELIN' LousadaZELIN 41 - 64 -23 53.8 0.71
Portugal Ricardo 'rmn' Oliveira
Ricardo 'rmn' Oliveira
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
472
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
Spain Alejandro 'ALEX' Masanet
Alejandro 'ALEX' Masanet
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
651
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Portugal Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
795
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Portugal Christopher 'MUTiRiS' Fernandes
Christopher 'MUTiRiS' Fernandes
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
573
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
Spain Alejandro 'mopoz' Fernández-Quejo Cano
Alejandro 'mopoz' Fernández-Quejo Cano
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
494
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Portugal Luís 'ZELIN' Lousada
Luís 'ZELIN' Lousada
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
311
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
#5
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Israel wetz 
Xaxaxaxa
2019-05-10 19:45
#6
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Spain ericmoncusi23 
F
2019-05-10 19:45
#7
Portugal ofic 
Ez
2019-05-10 19:45
good match
2019-05-10 19:45
+1
2019-05-10 20:44
#9
DAVEY | 
United States E_K_U_L 
Ok
2019-05-10 19:45
easy6
2019-05-10 19:45
OLÉ
2019-05-10 19:45
ez for this gajos
2019-05-10 20:43
magic friend <3 big oportunity for them to learn with the best. I will love if MIBR was in this tournament, fox playing against his brazilian friends.
2019-05-10 20:49
#12
Twistzz | 
Singapore 3st 
rip
2019-05-10 19:45
#13
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Korea stormxyz 
Lol
2019-05-10 19:45
Damn, nice clutches
2019-05-10 20:18
#16
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Portugal hgsurf 
Mutiris and Rmn, INSANE! This clutches omg
2019-05-10 19:45
#58
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Portugal PortugueseFan 
RMN <3
2019-05-10 19:49
#17
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Portugal Vitinha2001 
#LETSGOGIANTS
2019-05-10 19:45
#18
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Finland NoPointsgg 
bruh
2019-05-10 19:45
#19
axoN | 
Portugal rageNator 
EZ
2019-05-10 19:46
#20
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Portugal PortugueseFan 
ggwp WHAT A GAME LETS GO GIANTS!!!!!!! I LOVE MY COUNTRY IN WIN AND IN THE LOSE #SOMOSPORTUGAL #WeAreGIANTS
2019-05-10 19:46
+1
2019-05-10 19:57
Happy for you guys hopefully they have a great showing!
2019-05-10 20:40
thanks man <3
2019-05-10 20:46
#22
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Portugal barret0 
welelelelele
2019-05-10 19:46
lol wasted spot 0-5 coming soon
2019-05-10 19:46
#66
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Portugal henri1227 
Fake flager baby stfu
2019-05-10 19:51
im not fakeflagging men))))
2019-05-10 19:56
#113
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Portugal FronT3X 
Probably, but just the emotion on wining agaisnt then Spanish and being in a big event is good enoufgh
2019-05-10 20:09
yes, congratulations!
2019-05-10 20:26
it was a wasted spot to riders as well... and what least this will give even more recognition to pt scene, i hate blast tournament format, but damn they are giving portugal such a chance
2019-05-10 20:27
#25
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India Tritium 
Good
2019-05-10 19:46
Lol
2019-05-10 19:46
Vertigo Shit map confirmed
2019-05-10 19:46
#92
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Portugal Otosj 
Very easy to take A bombsite. Ridiculous
2019-05-10 19:56
#32
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Italy AlCapone1925 
Ez4spain
2019-05-10 19:46
#34
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Spain elskio 
trash disband
2019-05-10 19:46
cry more spanish bot
2019-05-10 19:47
#84
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Spain elskio 
0-5 anyway lol
2019-05-10 19:55
better than not attending lul
2019-05-10 19:58
+1
2019-05-10 19:59
+1
2019-05-10 20:10
#120
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Portugal Lmiguel33 
+1
2019-05-10 20:12
#129
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Finland J3bediah 
+1
2019-05-10 20:25
haha
2019-05-10 20:57
#170
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Spain VIKTORAL 
+1
2019-05-10 21:26
#105
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Portugal idrisgo 
not riders for sure xDDDD
2019-05-10 20:00
Movistar? Where u at?
2019-05-10 20:45
EZ FOR PORTUGAL
2019-05-10 19:47
#38
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Indonesia Exodd 
God fox
2019-05-10 19:47
those stats are sick lmao. based on stats, it should be easy game for MR...
2019-05-10 19:47
#77
Olivia | 
Austria SplasJ 
Lol i thought the Same how did they lose xD
2019-05-10 19:54
#128
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Spain dabehx 
unluk0
2019-05-10 20:25
movistar riders had better aim but not better teamplay, losing 2 rounds to ninja defuses in vertigo, giants actually played so much better than riders although stats saying other thing
2019-05-10 20:29
#41
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Finland perkeIe 
Bot fox rofl
2019-05-10 19:47
Fox vs allu, so ez for fox
2019-05-10 19:59
#42
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Finland Vkims 
Nice mixwell
2019-05-10 19:47
#43
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Europe god_of_hltv 
lmao, not even a spanish team, no fans AND they will be destroyed
2019-05-10 19:47
#67
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Portugal ProudT 
cry bb
2019-05-10 19:51
#69
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Portugal Yaxok 
clearly didn't watch the game
2019-05-10 19:51
#76
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Europe god_of_hltv 
im not even talking about the game? Im just saying that the crowd wont cheer for them more than they would do for other teams BECAUSE theyre not spanish. Oh AND every team at the event is better than them ( i can see them winning against c9 but idk) so theyll be destroyed
2019-05-10 19:53
#82
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Portugal Yaxok 
the crowd is full portuguese? spanish crowd wasn't even there. if there's any crowd it's gonna be the portuguese one. even in other team's games.
2019-05-10 19:55
#88
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Europe god_of_hltv 
"Blast Pro Series Madrid", yup they will be no spanish crowd for sure I was being polite but how fucking retarted are you?
2019-05-10 19:56
#94
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Portugal Yaxok 
then again, have you seen the damn game?
2019-05-10 19:56
#115
SPUNJ | 
Brazil FalKsCS 
Tuga you just got B8ed, hard. There's no way a person can be this low of IQ that it goes into the negatives.
2019-05-10 20:09
here you can meet a portuguese, when they are talking about a local team they forget to think and just answer the first thing that comes to his mind
2019-05-10 20:30
#101
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United Kingdom kanezz 
ahahah u dont know what u talking about. Watch some clips of this game croud and then tell me if u hear more spanish or portuguese fans
2019-05-10 19:59
#104
fox | 
Portugal flixzito 
Shut up please ur talking about things that u dont know anything. Go watch the game and cry less. ;)
2019-05-10 19:59
#131
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Finland J3bediah 
He is right. I only saw many giants fans
2019-05-10 20:26
because this was only for vips, and giants offered all the trip to fans that wanted to support the team (Not saying that portuguese fans wouldnt go anyway)
2019-05-10 20:31
#158
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Finland J3bediah 
I love portuguese people
2019-05-10 20:55
Gg nice antistrat
2019-05-10 19:47
At least they will beat Cloud9
2019-05-10 19:47
#50
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Spain G3CK0 
Sad, riders needs to better than this
2019-05-10 19:48
#168
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Portugal EddyParera 
Giants have a lot more Lan experience than Movistar Riders. No matter how many points Riders can get on regular league (online), Lan is always Giants
2019-05-10 21:08
#169
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Spain G3CK0 
Still, I was expecting more from riders :/
2019-05-10 21:09
VAMOS CARALHOOOO GIANTS !!!!
2019-05-10 19:48
Wow moviestar has significantly better stats than giants
2019-05-10 19:48
#56
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Portugal Rupa_PT17 
Stats LUL
2019-05-10 19:49
but less ninja defuses :D
2019-05-10 19:49
Ninja defeuses>Stats
2019-05-11 13:07
#55
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Finland Taynz 
Mixwell -5 LOL
2019-05-10 19:49
#57
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Portugal Diogo0814 
EZPANHA
2019-05-10 19:49
#59
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
LETS GO GIANTS but NaVi will win and s1mple will be MVP so cry is free
2019-05-10 19:49
#61
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Bulgaria MaestroGOD 
That was pretty much paralympic CS
2019-05-10 19:49
:D true but between Spanish and Portuguese there's a whole different mean to it let us do our thing bro no one forced you to watch it
2019-05-10 19:54
#175
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Bulgaria MaestroGOD 
Im not saying i didnt enjoy it
2019-05-10 22:07
#127
Twistzz | 
Canada ASH1 
HAHAHAHAHAHHA n1
2019-05-10 20:25
so true ahahahhaha
2019-05-10 20:34
The stats are hilarious
2019-05-10 19:49
gratz Giants, now is the time to show ur best on the main tourney
2019-05-10 19:50
#65
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Portugal Prozyven 
"EZ"PANHA PORTUGAL DESERVED IT AND THE CROWD WAS AMAZING!
2019-05-10 19:51
#70
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Portugal Yaxok 
EZ 4 GIANTS <3
2019-05-10 19:51
fox bot
2019-05-10 19:53
lmao the fuck are those stats
2019-05-10 19:53
i know right what the fuck lol
2019-05-10 20:30
#78
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Spain BlaNcoW 
Well played, GL in the tournament
2019-05-10 19:54
Too ez for us
2019-05-10 19:54
#83
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Portugal PortugueseFan 
your nick ahahaha
2019-05-10 19:55
Movistar failers strikes again, tier1 in resources with awesome salarys and the awesome esport training center for a tier4 team.
2019-05-10 19:55
you know that giants actually have awesome salaries as well? they spent in the last 10 days 12 hours per day training to this, you can clearly see why they win
2019-05-10 20:36
#93
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Palestine Xpicyy 
Crazy game, gg both teams
2019-05-10 19:56
#100
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United States @FyreCS 
Weird that Moviestar Riders had almost all +? Kills while only one person on Giants had above +? Kills
2019-05-10 19:58
teamplay > individual skill
2019-05-10 20:07
#178
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United States @FyreCS 
Yeh...
2019-05-10 22:26
because ninja defuses and still die , and die but bomb explodes before movistars can defuse
2019-05-11 13:03
what a game gg
2019-05-10 20:02
Gg. Great game tbh
2019-05-10 20:04
not surprised
2019-05-10 20:05
I watched the 1st map. And well deserved for giants. Was 10-5 1st half .fair would hv been 8-7 .. Vertigo was a gamble. N1 g1ants
2019-05-10 20:06
Spanish scene lul
2019-05-10 20:09
+1
2019-05-10 20:10
LULwell so overrated
2019-05-10 20:09
#121
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Portugal JoseBambora 
look at the head, look at the head, look at the head of the spanish, continues swell, continues swell!!
2019-05-10 20:16
fox in 2019 lululululul
2019-05-10 20:16
Sad
2019-05-10 20:20
only 1 guy + kills non of them deserves this wasted spot
2019-05-10 20:24
They are playing more like a team. Not somebody carry the whole team
2019-05-10 20:27
i see that they equally bad
2019-05-10 20:29
score doesn't win games. you'll learn that when you get out of silver 3
2019-05-10 21:05
#132
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Korea ecsta_s1 
fox GOD
2019-05-10 20:27
#138
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Spain Holiwis 
Expected
2019-05-10 20:30
#141
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Spain EddiiNseN 
GG so... ;( sad
2019-05-10 20:31
#143
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Europe SAD! 
I close my eyes and I still see Riders rushing A
2019-05-10 20:32
#146
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South America mik00 
Estos Movistar son puro Inet pero en LAN pierden siempre con cualquier tier 200 mixwell en internet vs GA sports es una máquina pero cuando tiene que mostrar juaaa pasa esto. Equipo sobrevalorado este Movistar que siga en la slo vs Tenerife o eu4ria no le da para más que eso. Ojalá se desbanden y se retiren porque dan mucha lastima
2019-05-10 20:37
Jajajaja CABRON just kidding
2019-05-10 20:42
#164
NAF | 
Paraguay efra 
How much bro?? Hahahha
2019-05-10 21:01
#172
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Argentina rodriok 
+1
2019-05-10 21:45
#187
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Spain BlaNcoW 
Te equivocas, Giants es un equipo que crece muchísimo en LAN, por eso le ganaron hoy a NiP
2019-05-11 16:09
Wtf the stats say different
2019-05-10 20:41
#155
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Canada rdss 
nonames vs nonames :D omg who win ?
2019-05-10 20:46
#160
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Netherlands PATOZR 
some random nonamers
2019-05-10 20:56
#156
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Brazil BNV 
Go Giants <3
2019-05-10 20:48
#159
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Europe MiGaFp 
Ninja Defuses > Going always A #WeAreGiants
2019-05-10 20:56
FOX LUL
2019-05-10 20:56
3 negative still won Kappa
2019-05-10 21:04
Nice! Finały something good happens for them, they deserved it. GL
2019-05-10 21:08
Some might still be saying Mutiris is tier 1/2 player, just like Fox... and yeah, I'm half portuguese but things are just the way they are. Simple.
2019-05-10 21:38
#174
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Israel SquidVVeed 
Chokexwell
2019-05-10 22:06
#180
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Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
EZ FOR GODFOX
2019-05-11 00:16
<3
2019-05-11 13:57
#183
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Spain dani_five 
GG
2019-05-11 12:53
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