sAw win RTP Arena Cup over Movistar Riders; qualify for BLAST Premier Spring 2020 Europe Showdown
The eight-team Iberian tournament was played out in a single-elimination, best-of-three bracket (excluding the BO5 grand final) for a single spot at BLAST Premier Spring Europe Showdown.
The two invited teams at the event, sAw and Movistar Riders, cruised their way through their sides of the bracket to set up a grand final matchup, with sAw recording a 100% map win percentage in the process.
The best-of-five grand final kicked off on Movistar Riders map pick of Overpass, but the Spanish squad could not get the ball rolling as sAw dominated the map from start to finish, swiftly securing a 16-8 scoreline.
The series went from bad to worse for Lucas "steel" Lopes’ troops following the conclusion of the second map, Vertigo, when sAw kicked their performance up to an even higher gear. Spearheaded by a 1.97-rated Ricardo "rmn" Oliveira showing, the Portuguese side stormed to a 16-1 blowout to take a 2-0 lead in the series.
Train was a more competitive map for Movistar Riders, who began to find their footing in the matchup, but it came too late as sAw were able to close out the map 16-12, and the series 3-0, thanks to numerous opening kills.
|Movistar Riders||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Rajohn 'EasTor' LinatoEasTor||47 - 52||-5||75.0||1.00|
|Lucas 'steel' Lopessteel||40 - 59||-19||75.2||0.83|
|Christian 'loWel' Garcia AntoranloWel||41 - 50||-9||64.3||0.76|
|Alejandro 'mopoz' Fernández-Quejo Canomopoz||37 - 55||-18||63.4||0.74|
|Alejandro 'alex' Masanetalex||30 - 55||-25||49.7||0.57|
|sAw||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Renato 'stadodo' Gonçalvesstadodo||56 - 33||+23||91.8||1.51|
|Christopher 'MUTiRiS' FernandesMUTiRiS||59 - 37||+22||98.6||1.46|
|Tiago 'JUST' MouraJUST||52 - 39||+13||80.2||1.19|
|Ricardo 'rmn' Oliveirarmn||55 - 44||+11||70.0||1.18|
|Omar 'arki' Chakkorarki||49 - 42||+7||72.3||1.17|
BLAST Premier Spring 2020 Europe Showdown will run from May 31 to June 7 with two spots at the European Finals up for grabs. The participants' list for the showdown event currently looks as follows: