SAW beat Movistar Riders to book BLAST Premier Spring Showdown spot
SAW have booked a spot in the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown, joining the likes of Astralis, Gambit, and Liquid, with a 2-1 victory over Movistar Riders in the grand final of the LVP Unity Spring Cup, a qualifier for teams based in the Iberian Peninsula.
One of the two teams invited to the tournament, SAW reached the grand final after dispatching Case and FTW in the group stage, and then edging past Ricardo "fox" Pacheco's OFFSET in a three-map thriller that culminated in an overtime game on the decider map.
SAW were leading 14-9 on Inferno when Movistar Riders came alive and managed to force overtime. The international team looked set to win the map, but Omar "arki" Chakkor saved SAW from the jaws of defeat with a 1v2 clutch. With momentum behind them, the Portuguese side came out victorious in the second overtime, with Renato "stadodo" Gonçalves finishing the game with 45 kills to his name.
Movistar Riders hit back on Inferno - where team captain Lucas "steel" Lopes posted a 1.40 rating - after another overtime affair, but a reverse sweep proved to be beyond them as SAW ran out comfortable winners on Vertigo in a game that they controlled from the start and that was decorated by an imperious display from Tiago "JUST" Moura (1.99 rating, 125 ADR).
|Movistar Riders||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|69 - 70||-1||78.2||1.03|
|57 - 62||-5||71.3||1.02|
|62 - 72||-10||78.3||0.96|
|66 - 68||-2||65.6||0.95|
|58 - 68||-10||61.5||0.83|
|SAW||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|81 - 61||+20||80.5||1.23|
|74 - 64||+10||74.9||1.18|
|74 - 68||+6||82.1||1.14|
|59 - 61||-2||66.1||1.02|
|51 - 60||-9||65.3||1.01|
The BLAST Premier Spring Showdown will take place from April 13-16 and will have $162,500 on offer in addition to two spots in the $425,000 Spring Finals, scheduled for June 15-20.
With three qualifying spots still up for grabs, the team list for the Showdown tournament currently looks as follows: