sAw win RTP Arena Cup over Movistar Riders; qualify for BLAST Premier Spring 2020 Europe Showdown

sAw dominantly took down Movistar Riders in the best-of-five grand final of the RTP Arena Cup with a 3-0 victory to book a place at the Showdown event.

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.

sAw rolled over Movistar Riders to qualify for BLAST Premier Spring Europe Showdown

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.

RTP Arena CupBest of 5
Matchpage
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3
24th May 2020
Portugal
8
Overpass
16
1
Vertigo
16
12
Train
16
 Movistar Riders K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Spain Rajohn 'EasTor' LinatoEasTor 47 - 52 -5 75.0 1.00
Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopessteel 40 - 59 -19 75.2 0.83
Spain Christian 'loWel' Garcia AntoranloWel 41 - 50 -9 64.3 0.76
Spain Alejandro 'mopoz' Fernández-Quejo Canomopoz 37 - 55 -18 63.4 0.74
Spain Alejandro 'alex' Masanetalex 30 - 55 -25 49.7 0.57
 sAw K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Portugal Renato 'stadodo' Gonçalvesstadodo 56 - 33 +23 91.8 1.51
Portugal Christopher 'MUTiRiS' FernandesMUTiRiS 59 - 37 +22 98.6 1.46
Portugal Tiago 'JUST' MouraJUST 52 - 39 +13 80.2 1.19
Portugal Ricardo 'rmn' Oliveirarmn 55 - 44 +11 70.0 1.18
Spain 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:

Portugal Ricardo 'rmn' Oliveira
Ricardo 'rmn' Oliveira
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
583
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Age:
26
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1132
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
GG ez for portugal! Movistar are a JOKE
2020-05-24 18:03
#26
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Austria shaak! 
ooooo
2020-05-24 18:07
this team beat fnatic 2-0 last week btw
2020-05-24 18:26
sAw > Fnatic and Mouz confirmed
2020-05-24 19:01
#196
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Portugal KINGOR 
Portugal CS:GO era is about to start! :D
2020-05-25 04:47
#204
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Portugal ImCooL 
no
2020-05-25 12:33
keep dreaming lulz
2020-05-25 14:56
#229
fox | 
Europe xlD4NKlx 
we will mens, just like germany kekw... but seriously you guys should invade denmark and make them your bitches jermans!
2020-05-26 03:17
#48
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Spain Kyuuta 
+1
2020-05-24 18:13
#81
leaf | 
Spain aquacsgo 
mad cuz no minor?
2020-05-24 18:35
NOVA ERA PORTUGUESA NO CS
2020-05-24 19:52
A ver si es verdad y dejan de cargarse los portus en MM.
2020-05-25 09:26
+1
2020-05-24 20:03
#145
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Portugal azetecapt 
thx bro !
2020-05-24 20:06
cool
2020-05-24 18:03
#3
jOELZ | 
Europe skrekc 
Nice! Stadodo good player.
2020-05-24 18:10
#72
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Portugal CrappyJayPee 
bestest men)))
2020-05-24 18:28
#4
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Czech Republic FriendlyCzech 
yes portugal!
2020-05-24 18:03
#66
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Portugal Leg_day2 
haix?
2020-05-24 18:24
#93
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Portugal TecoEsketit 
yes portugal
2020-05-24 18:41
#5
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Brazil Aloha420 
vamos caralho!!!! let's go sAw
2020-05-24 18:04
Ez 4 arki at blast
2020-05-24 18:04
#16
kNgV- | 
Portugal kaizzzer 
who would win? 3 spanish well trained soldiers or 1 fat portuguese lady who was making bread? aljubarrota hermanito
2020-05-24 18:06
Carried by England
2020-05-24 18:10
ALJUBARROTA REMEMBER MANITO
2020-05-24 18:11
I don't remember because like 600 years ago Didn't even learn it at history class smh
2020-05-24 18:12
ofcourse you guys wont learn it in history class 6500 against 31k lol and lost too big of a humiliation lol
2020-05-25 00:55
lol HAHAAHAH lindo history class right here bruvs
2020-05-24 19:00
Hahahahahahah wtf
2020-05-24 22:09
#22
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Portugal DOGrlf 
true man arki is really good spanish player
2020-05-24 18:12
His age doesn't stop him from being a true beast
2020-05-24 18:13
#44
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Portugal DOGrlf 
Put these in order from worst to better. Riders ,Fnatic ,Astralis
2020-05-24 18:19
Riders > Fnatic > Astralis
2020-05-24 18:15
#71
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Portugal DOGrlf 
totally agree with you my spanish hermano, riders win was just a fluke
2020-05-24 18:26
I meant Camel Riders smh
2020-05-24 18:39
#148
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Portugal DOGrlf 
n1
2020-05-24 20:13
lol people still think CSGO is an olympic sport where ae makes a difference
2020-05-24 19:24
#149
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Portugal DOGrlf 
it does tho, your reactions get slower as time goes. Not saying 30 year old players are shyte but reactions is really important in this game also
2020-05-24 20:15
lol no. that's not why people get worse with age. it'd only play a factor after 35+ yo. Otherwise Olyumpians wouldn't break records into their 30s where reflexes and reaction time play much more of a role. Just check f0rest's aim map record where he places top 10 at 30 yo lol
2020-05-24 21:36
2020-05-24 21:38
#184
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Portugal DOGrlf 
u are agreeing with me chill, ive said it makes difference but its not in 30's. u wont see 40 year pro players
2020-05-24 23:29
I can explain why pros decline in skill with age if you want
2020-05-25 01:15
#205
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Portugal ImCooL 
Motivation. People at their 30s want to build a family and their are playing the same game for many years they start prioritizing other things that are not cs. So less playing = less training = less skill
2020-05-25 12:38
That's also a big factor.
2020-05-25 21:30
#222
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Portugal diogo_acab 
EZ4SAW
2020-05-25 17:21
#8
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Portugal SenorOfTruth 
DAMN
2020-05-24 18:04
#9
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Portugal saikez 
Congrats sAw !
2020-05-24 18:04
#10
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Spain 1996 
movistafa riders
2020-05-24 18:05
#11
s1mple | 
Portugal Fasper 
LET'S GO PORTUGAL!
2020-05-24 18:05
#12
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Portugal Ponsas 
Ez for Portugal! Let's go sAw!!
2020-05-24 18:06
#13
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Portugal CocineroDeFox 
Ez
2020-05-24 18:05
#14
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Portugal Martim555 
RIP Steel
2020-05-24 18:06
Hackers won
2020-05-24 18:06
Ahahahha rlly? I had the same perception !! :0
2020-05-24 18:14
#97
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Portugal joaosenra 
kkkkkkk
2020-05-24 18:43
I would love to know how much
2020-05-24 19:50
#206
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Portugal ImCooL 
by the flag I would say about 70% of his monthly income
2020-05-25 12:39
#17
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Portugal T3N3NT 
EZ4SAW
2020-05-24 18:06
#25
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Portugal DOGrlf 
lets go saw!
2020-05-24 18:07
#27
twist | 
Portugal Rebelo8 
Tier 1 teams. be careful, sAw is coming !!!!!
2020-05-24 18:08
#30
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Portugal ImCooL 
GG
2020-05-24 18:09
#31
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Portugal HG35 
EZ4SAW AND stadoiiidoo!
2020-05-24 18:09
gg
2020-05-24 18:09
#35
coldzera | 
Brazil sAA_ 
ez
2020-05-24 18:09
#43
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Portugal Frangolinos 
GG hermanitos wp
2020-05-24 18:11
#49
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Dominican Republic Numb_ 
BMovistar riders suxxx
2020-05-24 18:13
HAVUJA
2020-05-24 18:13
#52
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Portugal EddyParera 
Let's fking Go!! Soon, Saw will enter top 50 and may even battle for top40 until the end of this year.
2020-05-24 18:14
#123
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Portugal aljordam 
will be invited to more tier 2 tier 3 tournaments and will play vs the best teams in the world at blast showdown, this will be a good year for saw
2020-05-24 19:23
#55
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Libya nanaichini 
where is fot box
2020-05-24 18:15
Giants
2020-05-24 20:47
#56
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Germany sniffy1997 
Ahahahahaha Place 28 HLTV Ranking is a joke
2020-05-24 18:16
Place 3 and 4 too I guess
2020-05-24 18:17
#92
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Germany sniffy1997 
True
2020-05-24 18:40
+1, just cuz fluke online team
2020-05-24 18:17
nice name AHAHAHHA
2020-05-24 18:25
Sorry but your name is not true Spain is going to blast (arki)
2020-05-24 18:41
#150
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Germany sniffy1997 
true
2020-05-24 20:27
#180
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Portugal God_GRANITE 
in MUTiRiS stream is allready stated that arki is now portuguese. so no blast for you
2020-05-24 22:48
Plopski also in Blast 😎
2020-05-25 08:37
Spanish org sry
2020-05-24 23:28
giants is a spanish org and went to blast last year... fica para a proxima , colega.
2020-05-25 15:37
Foda-se só quero dizer que o arki é o king de fafe, e que nenhum espanhol foi à blast
2020-05-25 19:54
hehe tchill
2020-05-26 19:39
No coke zero to drink this time huh...
2020-05-24 18:18
#61
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Portugal phosphoor 
STADODO is so good!
2020-05-24 18:19
#62
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Portugal Diogo0814 
#sawtouadar
2020-05-24 18:21
#63
Portugal HOLF 
wp
2020-05-24 18:23
#64
boltz | 
Brazil xxAxx 
Save Steel
2020-05-24 18:23
#65
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Finland kkd69 
Lmao losing to havus igl fan club
2020-05-24 18:23
#134
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Europe DreamOutLoud 
xd
2020-05-24 19:33
#144
coldzera | 
Brazil sAA_ 
xDDDDDD
2020-05-24 20:04
Damn feels bad man
2020-05-24 18:25
Pedro Gonzales is proud of you guys
2020-05-24 18:28
Actually can't believe they qualified without losing a map. Força sAw!
2020-05-24 18:28
#75
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World QuickyOwns 
Nice to see some new teams in tier 1 tournaments. Good luck sAw
2020-05-24 18:28
#86
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Portugal he1zen 
They (sAw) have been there last year in Blast Madrid as Giants :)
2020-05-24 18:37
stop being delusional
2020-05-24 19:13
#120
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Portugal he1zen 
? It's a fact, mut and rmn were in Blast Madrid as Vodafone Giants. What do you mean?
2020-05-24 19:16
#sAwtouadar
2020-05-24 18:29
#77
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Portugal M3rCyL3s$ 
these guys play largeee
2020-05-24 18:30
sAw wins on Overpass and Train which were thought to be their worst maps (excluding Mirage perma ban) coming into this game and won the tournament without losing a map. Now we get a chance at playing against the best in the world! Go sAw! #sAwtouadar
2020-05-24 18:32
sAw will not get double digits in any game at blast tho xd
2020-05-25 12:42
The core of sAw won 16-4 against nip when they were top 9 and lost only 14-16 against ence when they were top 5 last year. And imo this is a stronger team than it was then so dont underestimate upset their upset potential ;)
2020-05-25 15:19
#79
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Portugal JaimSX 
tá fixe
2020-05-24 18:32
fnatic lost to this KEKW
2020-05-24 18:33
SAW TOP 1
2020-05-24 18:36
lol
2020-05-24 18:39
Spaniards gypsies cavemen 0-3 LUL youtube.com/watch?v=WRK03q76GKU
2020-05-24 18:41
#98
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Portugal PortugueseFan 
ggwp,so proud of the hard work of this team! :D #sAwtouadar
2020-05-24 18:43
#99
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Turkey DebbSoray 
Lol where is the ALEX to Faze guys.
2020-05-24 18:43
#102
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Portugal Death_Hack 
Ez 4 Portugal :)
2020-05-24 18:44
#104
cajunb | 
Europe jok9rz 
so.... Rider won against fnatic... but they took 0-3 (which one 1 16) from sAw ? whaaaaaatss happeniiiiiiingggggggg
2020-05-24 18:45
#106
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Macedonia Tsiik 
Nice TSM logo
2020-05-24 18:46
#163
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Portugal DiAZZZZZ 
Weird name, cool logo
2020-05-24 21:02
Saw logo looks great tbh
2020-05-24 21:38
#107
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Brazil hugoooo 
What the fuck? Very very very weird... the score looks fishy as fuck. Some people got rich after this match, that's for sure.
2020-05-24 18:46
#125
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Portugal he1zen 
I dont think so, nothing would pay a spot in Blast Showdown. You just don't know sAw and how well sAw knows Movistar and counter strat easy af
2020-05-24 19:24
HOLLLYYYY SHIIIIIIT PORTUGAL HAS JUST RAPED SPAIN! CONGRATULATION MY EX-METROPOLE
2020-05-24 19:02
#133
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Europe SAD! 
YOU THE BEST MY DUDE! OBRIGADO IRMÃO!
2020-05-24 19:32
ahahahahhahaha
2020-05-24 19:04
#116
syrsoN | 
Germany PeKay 
News worthy??
2020-05-24 19:13
ggwp! Goodluck on blast irmaos!
2020-05-24 19:14
#119
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Portugal NACKZ 
so proud
2020-05-24 19:13
#126
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Portugal FOTBOX 
Portugal - Spain in Blast qualifiers <3
2020-05-24 19:25
#128
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Poland Po_Prostu 
astralis and saw in one event WTF???!!!!??
2020-05-24 19:26
#165
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Portugal DiAZZZZZ 
lets go upset some tier 1 teams
2020-05-24 21:04
Another victory for havu igl
2020-05-24 19:31
so ez for eetu "saw" saha
2020-05-24 19:42
#208
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Portugal ImCooL 
yeah man I dont know how he is able to play in havu and manage Saw at the same time very impressive
2020-05-25 12:43
Lol what? Surprised everyone in RTR beating top teams now became trash again
2020-05-24 19:34
Only online
2020-05-24 19:35
SENTA
2020-05-24 20:03
Ezz for SAW
2020-05-24 20:11
podemos estar na pior fase, o que nem é o caso. mas só de ver aquela bandeira espanhola e aquela org, já sabemos que vamos passar camião por cima CARREGA SAW
2020-05-24 20:11
#151
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Lebanon Dogman69 
wtf lose 3-0 to these bots
2020-05-24 20:43
#161
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Portugal Faneca 
U mad?
2020-05-24 20:56
#209
JUST | 
Portugal Nutz15 
then we'll talk about blast when we win tier 1 teams ok ??
2020-05-25 13:01
we should have good chances vs Ence, Dignitas and CIS team ok chance vs mouz and mad lions very small chance vs vitality and nip No chance against the others (Astralis and fnatic)
2020-05-24 20:50
#155
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Malaysia Suno[t] 
0/8 you have 0%
2020-05-24 20:51
Let's wait and see my friend. Hopefully you are wrong
2020-05-24 20:52
#160
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Malaysia Suno[t] 
gl hf
2020-05-24 20:54
#159
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Malaysia Suno[t] 
gl hf
2020-05-24 20:54
#154
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Malaysia Suno[t] 
wtf
2020-05-24 20:50
#162
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Spain BlaNcoW 
GL in Blast irmaos
2020-05-24 20:57
#202
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Portugal Had3z 
<3
2020-05-25 12:00
So deixo isto aqui: clips.twitch.tv/HelplessShyNarwhalKeepo edit: For english speakers its basically Steel after win vs S2V saying he doesnt know much about the teams in the tournament but thinks the strongest is S2V and by a lot.
2020-05-24 21:40
Not gonna lie it was an easy and expected win! #sAwtouadar
2020-05-24 22:37
expected ++++1
2020-05-24 23:09
Portugal caralho
2020-05-25 00:50
ezzzzzzzzzzzz
2020-05-25 16:35
#193
fox | 
Portugal GoDtK 
idk why people are so chocked....Spain never won in counter-strike against Portugal. It will be the century upset, if Spain win for the first time in history against Portugal something in counter-strike.
2020-05-25 01:23
#203
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Spain BlaNcoW 
I think that Riders has enough level to beat sAw, but Riders underrated sAw and that's why they lost
2020-05-25 12:30
#213
JUST | 
Portugal Nutz15 
if they had underestimated it wouldn’t have ended up on their best map as it ended, they’ve already played in the past the saw won them, and they know this team well, as it’s a very old rivalry within the Iberian CS
2020-05-25 15:04
#218
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Portugal aljordam 
Spain normally have better results just like road to rio, but in head to head with Portugal, they dont prove be better than Portuguese teams
2020-05-25 16:18
i agree, i still think movi are the best iberian team, a game cant prove it all, i think saw has quality to be as good or better than movi but yesterday's match was won by saw because movi totally underrated them. i still think that even if they didn't, we would still have a shot to win, but it would have been harder. never expected a 3-0
2020-05-25 17:30
#194
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Spain danil0aim 
sAw won't win any match, change my mind. But gl anyway for arki
2020-05-25 02:01
well, last year they were playing worst and still managed to win one game and lose 2x 14-16 so... It can happen but I'm pretty sure they will make a good impression
2020-05-25 10:50
#211
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Spain danil0aim 
I think that sAw are not playing at their highest level, because they're either not regular or they just don't want, but I hope that I hope that riders and sAw can get to play at a very high level and be regular, it would be the best for the Iberian scene, , but currently riders have been failing in some other major match like this , I think they're a step or two above sAw, but come on, that if the sAw guys want and have the day, they can beat anyone, both riders and sAw, gl
2020-05-25 14:13
#217
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Portugal aljordam 
both prove that versus the best teams in the world they dont have pressure just do everything they have, riders and saw vs top teams, play with race, and this is fucking good in dificult situacions
2020-05-25 16:15
#228
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Portugal he1zen 
Honestly, I believe that sAw are a lot more consistent than Giants used to be (with fox, rmn, arki, mut, etc). But I understand what you mean, they are really not used to compete consistently at top european tier but I believe if there are teams capable of that are both sAw and Movistar. Hope they do it in the future!
2020-05-26 03:00
#230
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Spain danil0aim 
yeah , both teams have the potential to do interesting things vs top tier teams, but both teams are not going to be enough regular imo (at this time, maybe when sAw and riders play more high-level matches, it won't be the same and both teams will be more consistent and regular). Riders won vs mousesports because they upset them with their playstyle that it consist in to be full disrespect with your rival, and you can get more good results vs top tier teams than the teams who use to do a lot of antistrat when they surprise winning a very important match forcefully, sAw for instance, but they don't use to get better results than riders, for example, riders is on MDL since the beggining of the creation of this project, so that's a very important goal, to try to be in a league like MDL and try to be a little regular, because sAw team can give surprises to the people, they haven't been be enough regular to reach this league, but they are the unique team that can reach Movistar Riders peak level in a very short space of time, but it's only my opinion (I don't know if I have expressed myself well in English, or if I have been able to express my opinion correctly, but I am very bad at expressing myself in any language).
2020-05-26 03:27
#197
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India Noobdian 
sAw>>>Fnatic
2020-05-25 08:34
#200
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Russia razorVJ 
arki yo!
2020-05-25 10:16
Good to see new regions starting to show up, hope they do well!
2020-05-25 13:59
sAw win blast xd dont @ me later
2020-05-25 16:02
#219
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Portugal ArkiKingFafe 
#StayAWarrior #sAwtouadar
2020-05-25 16:32
#221
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Europe mrMyst1cal 
that was a great performance!!
2020-05-25 17:09
thought it's talking about sAw from HAVU :(
2020-05-25 23:28
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