BLAST Pro Series Madrid group stage concludes with Astralis, ENCE through to final

Upon conclusion of the round robin group stage of BLAST Pro Series Madrid, Astralis and ENCE have been determined as the finalists.

Maikil "Golden" Selim opened Cloud9's efforts against Astralis with a pistol round quad kill on the CT side, creating space for his team to extend their lead in the following two rounds. Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander and his men went on to equalise immediately after, and despite economic issues mid-half managed to amass a 9-6 lead come its conclusion.

dev1ce led the charge on Inferno, securing a 1.49 rating

Cloud9 kicked off their offense with a successful pistol round but were unable to establish a footing due to a well-timed upset from Astralis. The Terrorists spent the following four rounds trying to re-establish themselves, but the Danish defence put in work, securing map point off the back of their opponents' predicament. Timothy "autimatic" Ta and company did their best in attempting to comeback, but Astralis overwhelmed the North American squad, closing out Inferno with a 16-11 score.

Matchpage
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Inferno
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 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice 21 - 14 +7 91.5 1.49
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve 24 - 16 +8 85.5 1.33
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x 19 - 13 +6 74.1 1.28
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh 21 - 16 +5 90.4 1.28
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk 15 - 13 +2 56.6 1.10
 Cloud9 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Timothy 'autimatic' Taautimatic 28 - 21 +7 104.0 1.36
Sweden Maikil 'Golden' SelimGolden 15 - 21 -6 63.9 0.79
United States William 'RUSH' WierzbaRUSH 10 - 19 -9 48.3 0.62
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borgcajunb 9 - 18 -9 44.7 0.61
United States Daniel 'vice' Kimvice 8 - 21 -13 47.0 0.49

ENCE kicked off Overpass on the defence, where a comfortable lead was accrued in the form of six consecutive rounds, the second of which witnessing an MP9 anti-eco quad kill by Sami "xseveN" Laasanen. Following an initial lull, the underdogs were able to weave in strings of three and two-round victories in the remainder of the half, concluding their T side with a 5-10 deficit.

allu finished the tournament with another outstanding performance

Off the back of a successful CT pistol, Giants were able to not only squash the deficit, but assume the lead, securing nine back-to-back rounds, over the course of which both Ricardo "fox" Pacheco and Ricardo "rmn" Oliveira secured triple kills. Despite the lop-sided nature of the initial portion of the half, ENCE refocused, dispatching their Portuguese adversaries in the ensuing six rounds to secure a close 16-14 victory on Overpass.

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Overpass
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 ENCE K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalliallu 25 - 15 +10 72.7 1.28
Finland Aleksi 'Aleksib' VirolainenAleksib 22 - 18 +4 80.3 1.24
Finland Sami 'xseveN' LaasanenxseveN 24 - 22 +2 97.6 1.22
Finland Jani 'Aerial' JussilaAerial 19 - 23 -4 77.0 1.13
Finland Jere 'sergej' Salosergej 16 - 20 -4 55.9 0.87
 Giants K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Portugal Ricardo 'fox' Pachecofox 24 - 21 +3 66.2 1.06
Portugal Joao 'KILLDREAM' FerreiraKILLDREAM 22 - 21 +1 74.9 1.05
Portugal Ricardo 'rmn' Oliveirarmn 21 - 25 -4 86.8 0.99
Portugal Christopher 'MUTiRiS' FernandesMUTiRiS 16 - 18 -2 70.9 0.92
Portugal Luís 'ZELIN' LousadaZELIN 15 - 21 -6 57.3 0.75

Natus Vincere won the first two Terrorist rounds of their match against NiP before Dennis "dennis" Edman and Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg were activated and got the Swedes on track with multikill rounds and entries. The score was 6-2 when NiP shut down a long push thanks to Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson's double with the AWP, allowing NiP to extend their lead on the CT side.

f0rest concluded Dust2 with a grand total of 20 frags

After losing 12 consecutive rounds, Natus Vincere secured the last round of the half, but Fredrik "REZ" Sterner's double and Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund's clutching ability saw NiP steal away the second half pistol (13-3). The Ukrainian side stayed alive thanks to a force-buy win, but NiP broke them with a B split and shortly afterward got to 15 rounds, eventually closing out Dust2 16-9 to secure their third win of the tournament, which in the end amounted to nothing as ENCE secured a hard-fought win over the Portuguese side.

Sweden
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 NiP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest 20 - 17 +3 85.2 1.19
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' OlofssonLekr0 17 - 14 +3 71.2 1.16
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' SternerREZ 19 - 18 +1 83.1 1.09
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edmandennis 19 - 19 0 95.8 1.06
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' AlesundGeT_RiGhT 18 - 15 +3 64.1 1.03
 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipovelectronic 15 - 17 -2 91.2 1.01
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyevflamie 16 - 17 -1 71.8 1.00
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostylievs1mple 19 - 21 -2 76.7 0.97
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' TeslenkoZeus 16 - 20 -4 67.3 0.94
Ukraine Ioann 'Edward' SukharievEdward 17 - 18 -1 65.2 0.94
Portugal Ricardo 'rmn' Oliveira
Ricardo 'rmn' Oliveira
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
444
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
Sweden Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
468
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1562
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
772
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Finland Sami 'xseveN' Laasanen
Sami 'xseveN' Laasanen
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
796
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1163
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Portugal Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
767
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
969
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1532
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
796
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
United States Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
923
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
GG RIP! Navi would be better for a final, cause ENCE wasted spot 😥 Astralis will demolish Flukence in the final.
2019-05-11 19:06
Ggwp
2019-05-11 19:03
navi disband pls
2019-05-11 19:15
Disbandus vincere
2019-05-11 19:16
#92
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Finland Kuiva_Simo 
OMEGALUL ENCE WASTED SPOT OMEGALUL
2019-05-11 23:48
Yes mens ence tier 6
2019-05-12 10:03
F5
2019-05-11 19:05
Astralis threw so they couldn't face MMNiP weak as fuck tactics
2019-05-11 19:05
Yeah ofc
2019-05-11 19:07
And you have to try spelling properly so we can understand you,
2019-05-11 20:06
#16
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Sweden Unluko 
F5
2019-05-11 19:06
#22
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Denmark Kon10R 
I find it funny to read about the "boring" thing about THE most studied team in the world ... and now we have the "fluke" thing about Ence ... So far the "fluke" has been going on for half a year.
2019-05-11 19:09
#25
zet | 
Switzerland MRKNUSPER 
+1
2019-05-11 19:11
+1
2019-05-11 19:27
+1 unexpected from Astralis fan.
2019-05-11 19:39
#61
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Denmark Kon10R 
HA! No worries, my friend! I like some GOOD CS, and Ence played BRILLIANTLY against all the fancy stuff you normally see from Astralis! It was a WONDERFUL match! ;O) Take care, my friend, and may the best team win in the final!
2019-05-11 19:41
#65
sergej | 
Finland izzmael 
+1 rare astralis fan! respect from ence fan!
2019-05-11 19:47
#69
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United States DervGuy 
+1 for actual wholesome Astralis fan
2019-05-11 19:53
#76
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Denmark Kon10R 
Thank you, Sir! Some people seem to lose their membership of "Homo Sapiens": The THINKING Man ... when they dedicate their fan support to a certain club or team. The reasoning or chain of logic should be EASY to understand for anyone capable of THINKING: Astralis has been top#1 for a year. That may simply be too tuff for ANY team in the future to copy! SO: ANY team being able to win even a MAP against Astralis is GENIOUS, STRONG, SMART, BOLD, AMONGST THE BEST OF THE BEST! It's THAT simple! ;O)
2019-05-11 20:04
#103
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Netherlands ZoMilan 
Tbh, if you're calling a fluke, it's since the end of march (or february don't remember) which us 2/3 months..
2019-05-12 21:56
nt, BLASTralis gonna get rekted
2019-05-11 19:12
#47
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Denmark Kon10R 
Why do you guyz KEEP using words like "rekt" when these superstars are playing? Anyone can beat anyone at the top, but normally it's tight and great fun to watch!
2019-05-11 19:32
ummm
2019-05-12 03:27
Stop acting like adult in HLTV
2019-05-12 09:40
#101
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Denmark Kon10R 
+1 I like THAT one! ;O)
2019-05-12 11:54
#38
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Finland Taynz 
NT KID
2019-05-11 19:24
#54
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Portugal xKingJ4ckpot 
You’re gonna regret that...
2019-05-11 19:38
9-2
2019-05-11 20:41
#84
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North America Krulcifer 
Oof
2019-05-11 21:08
#89
f0rest | 
Kazakhstan EldosZ 
welp,ence demolished astralis
2019-05-11 21:31
#91
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Finland Ihatethenaguy 
What did you say? LMAO 2-0 EZZZZ FUCKING IDIOT
2019-05-11 22:31
that did not work out for you didn't it?
2019-05-12 00:32
Nt
2019-05-12 02:19
#98
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India the_giffy 
This post #1 aged well. LUL. Blastralis in 2019 LUL. RIP 31-0 Nuke streak. Skip all these premier events just to lose to ence at blast Madrid. Lolol.
2019-05-12 06:19
TOO EZ for ENCE
2019-05-12 13:12
Yes
2019-05-11 19:03
#3
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Greece SZN_Darth_A 
Nice try Giants
2019-05-11 19:03
#4
tarik | 
United Kingdom Ehto 
Nip could've been close second had they had not been fisted by Giants.
2019-05-11 19:03
Lul
2019-05-11 19:07
Proud of my Ninjas! They were not good against GIANTS but still , #GONINJAS all the time
2019-05-11 19:04
#36
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Denmark Kon10R 
Hat's off for GeT-RiGhT anf f0rest: They battled it out against Zonic 7 years ago!
2019-05-11 19:18
#94
f0rest | 
China ZerOck 
+1 Go Ninjas
2019-05-11 23:59
#7
consss | 
Estonia sux3ss 
ez
2019-05-11 19:04
EZ for #1 ever
2019-05-11 19:05
EZ4ENCE
2019-05-11 19:05
#11
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Brazil frajolla 
what a surprise
2019-05-11 19:05
#12
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New Zealand onelover11 
EZ4ENCE
2019-05-11 19:05
#14
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Austria Tw1RLY 
EZ4ENCE Ps: Stand-off rigged
2019-05-11 19:05
#15
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Portugal Dann1x 
Giants deserve at least top 30/20
2019-05-11 19:05
#24
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Spain Dicraftio 
Tbh they deserve top 30-40
2019-05-11 19:14
#26
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Portugal Dann1x 
Not expecting that answer from you hermano :)
2019-05-11 19:12
#29
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Spain Dicraftio 
I mean, the goal is to show that the península has good teams and players who can stand up in the global ranking
2019-05-11 19:14
#33
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Portugal Dann1x 
yesterday Alex and Deathzz were insane
2019-05-11 19:16
>Giants 30-40 >Mibr 1-10
2019-05-11 19:16
nt >MiBR 0-16
2019-05-11 20:02
#93
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Portugal Pingooo 
LULK
2019-05-11 23:49
#105
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Spain Dicraftio 
#44 now, told you guys
2019-05-13 20:23
bro it is just 1 event, if they want to be top 20 they should be better than top 30 teams constantly
2019-05-11 19:28
#49
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Portugal Mult9G2mer 
And they are but they haven't been able to do it because the event organizers just dont invite them to their tournaments, leaving them with online tournaments where they play with 70/80 ping, and in a top level its impossible to play with 80 ping
2019-05-11 19:34
i play always with 80 ping and i think it is decent
2019-05-11 19:39
#57
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Portugal Mult9G2mer 
It's decent in a amateur level not in a competition level where every milisecond matters
2019-05-11 19:39
#79
TACO | 
Brazil TonimSan 
Any European organization should be able to send its team to Germany/France for 2 or 3 days to play an online qualifier. Europe has a super efficient transport system between the countries, ping is not an excuse.
2019-05-11 20:09
#80
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Portugal Mult9G2mer 
It is when you have low funds
2019-05-11 20:10
joke tournament
2019-05-11 19:07
#18
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Estonia ropz_bestest 
uhh, heartwrenching finish to that ence vs giants match
2019-05-11 19:07
#21
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Portugal kanezz 
Happy for giants!
2019-05-11 19:08
#23
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Denmark Kon10R 
+1 They can be proud ... and GREAT supporters as well! ;O)
2019-05-11 19:19
#28
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United States Trump2020KAG 
auti so good rest of c9 SOOOOO BAD
2019-05-11 19:12
#34
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Yugoslavia OfficialTroll 
It's a shit tournament, made for bo1 teams like liquid. ence, Astralis, Navi and mibr should be playing bo3. Liquid won't win any bo3 T1 tournaments but shit tournaments
2019-05-11 19:16
#39
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Denmark Kon10R 
Blablablabla ... "Official Troll" makes sense, but your comment doesn't. Millions of people watching, thousands at the event ... The entertainment seems to be fine, and you may NOT have anything interesting to say about which tournaments these top pro's should play or not.
2019-05-11 19:24
#46
cArn | 
India sujay95 
Millions? LUL. Not even 150k on twitch. Arena not even half full. Casters not even casting seriously. No Sadokist, no party! Worst Blast ever imo.
2019-05-11 19:30
#51
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Denmark Kon10R 
Ok. Only a few hundred nerds in dark rooms in basements here and there on the planet ... and you and I are practically the only ones commenting on it in an extremely exclusive chatroom ...
2019-05-11 19:36
#48
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Yugoslavia OfficialTroll 
This is a shit tournament set up, bo1's group stage straight to a final, liquid got the the final against astalis due to 'round difference' it's a joke tournament, you see it's a joke because liquid want to play blast and not ESL one Cologne. Why do they want to play blast not ESL one? Because they can't compete at T1 tournaments, struggled against fnatic at t2 tournament. Joke tournaments
2019-05-11 19:34
#53
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Denmark Kon10R 
Fair enuff. You don't HAVE to watch it, if you don't like it. I can recommend Fortnite or LOL (no pun intended!) ;O)
2019-05-11 19:38
#60
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Yugoslavia OfficialTroll 
I'm just saying man, this tournament has so much potential, it's just wasted entirely because you have crap structure and all, I want this tournament to be better and it was more interesting before all of this victory map bullshit they made this year, it's a good idea but it's essentially just going to be a tournament for teams like liquid to try and go oh look at us winning so many tournaments, I love cs and always have but the tournament scene will only get worse with tournaments like this getting lots of attention in my opinoon
2019-05-11 19:41
#62
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Denmark Kon10R 
Thank you! Now ... THAT is DECENT conversation !!! And I appreciate that !!! REALLY! (it is SOOO rare in here ...) You are ABSOLUTELY entitled to have your opinion! We may not agree, but THAT doesn't make you my enemy! May life bring you joy and happiness! ;O)
2019-05-11 19:45
#67
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Yugoslavia OfficialTroll 
It's so good to finally meet someone who doesn't scream in my face because they disagree with my opinion! I've actually found a conversation on hltv worth having! May life bring you joy;)!
2019-05-11 19:48
#70
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Denmark Kon10R 
He ... "Decency" or being polite, gentle, kind, respectful ... I mean ... it seems to be sooo straight forward or natural to most of us ... I simply don't understand all the "stfu", "motherfk'er", "gay" or what have you ... COMPLETELY unnecessary! It is MUCH more interesting to "exchange viewpoints", and what would be more boring than everybody agreeing with me ... I find the Blast format entertaining and action packed, where all other tournaments basically have the same formats. Enjoy the final, my man! ;O)
2019-05-11 19:55
#75
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Yugoslavia OfficialTroll 
That's fair, I get why people may find it more entertaining with the whole bo1 series stuff. I'm quite old school and like the bo3 series with a quarter final and semifinals before the finals. I really just don't like a straight to the finals because it's like well okay liquid are in the finals but what if it came to bo3 knock out stages before the final, they could easily be beaten like they were at Katowice by ence and the same goes for ence and astralis. To get to the final you need a challenge like at majors and cologne. We saw at the first blast that liquid got lucky to get to the final, no overtime against ence on overpass meant a draw which meant that liquid through on 'round difference' I just think that's such a boring system if there is no overtime in a game as well.
2019-05-11 20:03
#81
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Denmark Kon10R 
As mentioned: Your opinion is YOURS, and NO ONE can change that. I think a DIVERSITY of tournament formats is absolutely fine and entertaining. Ence took a map from Astralis today ... but when it comes to a Bo3 final, I would find it REALLY SURPRISING if ANY team can take down Astralis at the moment.
2019-05-11 20:11
#74
cArn | 
India sujay95 
RFRSH is trying to make esports/CS into a mainstream sport like football by trying to package it into a 90 minute programme while giving no respect to how the game should be played. Treating round difference as goal difference is simply bs IMO. It's a meaningless stat that's used to punish teams on equal points. I don't think BLAST will ever be a successful event without having partnered teams. I think even the orgs and players are realizing how trash these events are. RFRSH has to be losing money in these tournaments. Idk how they can afford a $250k prize money every tournament.
2019-05-11 20:03
#82
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Denmark Kon10R 
It's juzz SUPER entertaining, isn't it ??! TWO days ... over and out. Action packed and full speed ahead ... Even some upset potential and chances for the "underdogs" to put up some great fights! And then the stand-off show ... Now even in Madrid there were chances for some local teams to give it a shot against the best of the best: Hat's off for Giants! It's just NOT a Major or an IEM event ... it's not the final rounds of a league ... it's just FULL SPEED ahead!
2019-05-11 20:19
#86
cArn | 
India sujay95 
No, it's not. I prefer storylines, open circuit qualifiers, more number and variety of teams competing in a better format. Nothing to look forward to other than the final.
2019-05-11 21:14
#35
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North America YungRiceG0d 
FREE AUTIMATIC
2019-05-11 19:18
+1
2019-05-11 19:36
#37
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Vietnam weaboovietnam 
GOD ALLU
2019-05-11 19:21
#40
wantz | 
Denmark zwank 
How come I put vice as "noob" in my team role, but I am currently on -150 points on him? Wtf?
2019-05-11 19:27
i'm thinking the same, i guess this is rigged or something :D
2019-05-11 19:29
#59
wantz | 
Denmark zwank 
It's really f'in weird. He averaged 0.63 rating this event, I would get Extra points every single match he has played so far, but instead I got -150 points. The fuck HLTV
2019-05-11 19:40
#42
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Finland f0pZ 
Just a meme team, wat up now haters?
2019-05-11 19:28
#44
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Netherlands Williamo15 
Expected
2019-05-11 19:29
#52
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Portugal buba46 
Why giants last?
2019-05-11 19:36
#58
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Portugal Rupa_PT17 
Lost against C9
2019-05-11 19:40
#63
f0rest | 
China ZerOck 
GG NiP
2019-05-11 19:46
#64
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Portugal nakbarone 
THANK YOU GIANTS
2019-05-11 19:47
#66
cArn | 
India sujay95 
Worst Blast ever. Blast twitch moderating has to be the worst. 30 second cooldown in chat? You don't even have 150k viewers. It was a 2 minute cooldown at one point on the main stream. Have the word "skip" in your sentence? 10 min cooldown. Type "JW VAC BANNED CHECK HLTV"? 10 min cooldown. What a trash event and trash stream.
2019-05-11 19:48
where are the haters? Giants did pretty well this tournament. Well played guys
2019-05-11 19:52
#71
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Portugal AgenteDoFox 
LOVE YOU GIANTS Proud hope we get a good hltv ranking
2019-05-11 19:58
#78
cArn | 
India sujay95 
It's a Blast event. Doesn't hold much weight. Needs to do well at a T1 event for a top 30 ranking. Or win a T2 event.
2019-05-11 20:08
#90
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Portugal AgenteDoFox 
Last Blast cloud 9 got +80 in the ranking with a 0-5 in Blast
2019-05-11 21:41
<3 +1
2019-05-11 21:15
#73
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Finland mmusi 
Great SIIMA
2019-05-11 20:03
#85
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Russia MyNameRoman 
#EZ4ENCE
2019-05-11 21:13
Nuke over :0
2019-05-11 21:15
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