Winstrike CIS Spring Cup groups revealed

The winner will earn $25,000 and qualify for the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown.

Winstrike has revealed the groups for its upcoming Spring Cup, the CIS-based qualifier for the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown. The participating teams have been split into two groups of four for the initial stage, which will be played in a double-elimination, best-of-one format.

Spirit, Nemiga, Winstrike, and EXTREMUM were all invited to the tournament, while forZe, K23, 1WIN, and beznadejdi earned spots through the open qualifier. They'll be competing for $25,000 plus a spot in the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown, in which teams such as Astralis, Liquid, and Gambit await.

Spirit are the highest-ranked team of the online cup

Spirit have been placed in Group A alongside Winstrike, K23, and 1WIN. Nemiga are the only team currently inside the top 30 in Group B, but they'll have to fend off the threat of two big names in forZe and EXTREMUM, plus Ukrainian team beznadejdi.

The Winstrike CIS Spring Cup groups are:

The top two teams of each group will advance to the single-elimination, best-of-three playoffs. The tournament schedule looks as follows:

Friday, March 19:

11:00 Russia Spirit vs. Russia 1WIN (BO1)
12:00 Oceania EXTREMUM vs. Ukraine beznadejdi (BO1)
13:00 Kazakhstan K23 vs. Russia Winstrike (BO1)
14:00 Belarus Nemiga vs. Russia forZe (BO1)
15:00 Group A winners' match (BO1)
16:00 Group B winners' match (BO1)

Saturday, March 20:

13:00 Group A elimination match (BO1)
14:00 Group B elimination match (BO1)
15:00 Group A decider match (BO1)
16:00 Group B decider match (BO1)

Sunday, March 21:

10:00 Semi-final #1 (BO3)
13:00 Semi-final #2 (BO3)
17:00 Grand final (BO3)

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#1
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Finland Cucumber))
glhf i hope EXTREMUM doesn't go 0-2 :D
2021-03-18 19:36
7 replies
Extremum should beat everyone in their group or disband
2021-03-18 19:38
6 replies
#11
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Finland Cucumber))
no way they beat everyone they are struggling in basically every match
2021-03-18 19:39
5 replies
They played irrelevant tier3 tournaments so far, maybe this qualifier will make them play better, this is for BLAST where a lot of good teams
2021-03-18 19:41
4 replies
#15
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Finland Cucumber))
well i hope so also Liazz has been playing pretty bad maybe he can gain some confidence from this and go back to rekting
2021-03-18 19:42
3 replies
#32
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New Zealand SkirmishX
Wish he was placed in star role and not support player, man was an unstoppable beast when he was stomping on everyone
2021-03-18 20:37
2 replies
#33
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Finland Cucumber))
+1
2021-03-18 20:39
#48
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Mongolia Kkura
But he plays clutch moments very well tho
2021-03-19 05:05
Ah yes, Winstrike playing in the Winstrike tournament. Nothing to see here.
2021-03-18 19:36
8 replies
#13
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China HEIDASHUAi
XD
2021-03-18 19:41
who da faq is beznadejdi then
2021-03-18 19:45
5 replies
I like their name, it looks similar to the Polish word beznadziejny which means beyond hope)
2021-03-19 01:02
4 replies
Same meaning in russian
2021-03-19 01:14
#47
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Russia VelsVivard
It means the same thing here basically, "without hope".
2021-03-19 01:48
2 replies
I'm not surprised, ty brother))
2021-03-19 17:07
1 reply
#54
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Russia VelsVivard
No need, have a great day brow!
2021-03-19 17:15
Lol
2021-03-18 20:04
#3
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Czech Republic forseti12
ez4spirit
2021-03-18 19:36
#4
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Kazakhstan Mus1kkk
Lol
2021-03-18 19:36
group b is bad compared to group a
2021-03-18 19:37
4 replies
any group that would have spirit would be better that the other one
2021-03-18 19:39
3 replies
Yeah sprit smash all 2-0 but winstrik and k23 are also miles ahead of everyone else.
2021-03-18 20:12
2 replies
+1 I would swap winstike and beznadejdi here
2021-03-18 20:42
nemiga and forze > winstrike and k23
2021-03-18 21:39
#6
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India icle
rigged "tournament"
2021-03-18 19:37
ez4godster
2021-03-18 19:38
1 reply
+1 ez
2021-03-18 23:53
ez4spirit without a doubt nt winstrike 2nd place
2021-03-18 19:38
Gl
2021-03-18 19:42
#17
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Russia mshkoda
Spirit are huge favorites here, but Nemiga and Forze can surprise. And looking for Extremum finally starts to play
2021-03-18 19:42
extremum has to beat forze here. if not imo theyre other
2021-03-18 19:43
#19
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CIS Gerh
>cis >Extremum
2021-03-18 19:43
1 reply
cis org
2021-03-18 19:52
#20
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Brazil AndJ
EXTREMUM win or disband
2021-03-18 19:44
#22
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Pakistan LoOuU2
BO1 format ResidentSleeper
2021-03-18 19:48
#GONEMIGA
2021-03-18 19:52
#25
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Switzerland x676
Winstrike playing Winstrike tournament
2021-03-18 19:53
nice! all big CIS nations have a team! Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and of course Australia!
2021-03-18 19:56
2 replies
#28
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Russia mshkoda
Ahah)
2021-03-18 19:57
#37
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Ukraine volod1m1r
agree
2021-03-18 20:50
>Last open qualifier matches bo3 >Group stage all bo1 Ok.
2021-03-18 19:57
#31
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Canada GGNORE33
Why does EXTREMUM take a spot as CIS team? Are they living in CIS country?
2021-03-18 20:22
6 replies
2021-03-18 20:43
2 replies
#36
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Canada GGNORE33
From what I know CEO is from Germany???
2021-03-18 20:47
1 reply
No.RU manager and RU org mens.
2021-03-18 20:51
Russian org that owned by cs.money owner
2021-03-18 23:52
1 reply
#51
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Canada GGNORE33
ooo didn't know that, thanks
2021-03-19 09:08
they all live in serbia right now
2021-03-19 11:29
GL Spirit, k23 Sad you are in same group :(
2021-03-18 21:36
EZ 4 CIS PLAYERS FROM EXTREMUM
2021-03-18 23:52
1 reply
And godster
2021-03-18 23:53
#49
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Poland SebL
Good, ez event for Spirit.
2021-03-19 07:54
#50
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Russia Syonamaru
Ez4Spirit and extremum
2021-03-19 08:59
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