Astralis to face OG in first round of BLAST Premier Spring Showdown

A post-deadline lineup change scrambled the seedings for the single-elimination qualifier.

BLAST has announced the seedings for the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown, scheduled for April 13-17, forming the single-elimination bracket that will decide the two teams to qualify for the Spring Finals.

The tournament organizer explained that OG was seeded 16th "as they made a change to their submitted lineup after the deadline". The Aleksi "⁠Aleksib⁠" Virolainen-led team, who are closing in on flameZ as their fifth, will therefore start the tournament against the Danish powerhouse Astralis.

OG are yet to announce their replacement for ISSAA

First-round matchups include a Brazilian bout between FURIA and MIBR, as well as Extra Salt's European debut against Spirit. After a respectable ESL Pro League Season 13 performance, Endpoint will kick off their BLAST Showdown against G2, with Thomas "⁠Thomas⁠" Utting filling in the gap for the outbound heading Shahar "⁠flameZ⁠" Shushan.

The matchups and schedule for the initial round is as follows:

Tuesday, April 13
12:30 Denmark Astralis vs. Europe OG
15:30 Europe G2 vs. United Kingdom Endpoint
18:30 United States Liquid vs. Sweden Dignitas

Wednesday, April 14
12:30 Russia Spirit vs. North America Extra Salt
15:30 Russia Gambit vs. Asia NASR
18:30 Brazil FURIA vs. Brazil MIBR

Thursday, April 15
15:30 Denmark Heroic vs. Portugal SAW
18:30 France Vitality vs. South America 9z

Only the two best teams from the Showdown will earn the $30,000 prize and spots at the $425,000 BLAST Premier Spring FInal in June, where the likes of Natus Vincere, BIG, and Complexity await.

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Israel Shahar 'flameZ' Shushan
Shahar 'flameZ' Shushan
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
253
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
Finland Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
875
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.66
United Kingdom Thomas 'Thomas' Utting
Thomas 'Thomas' Utting
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
666
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
nice
2021-04-07 11:53
19 replies
Flag
2021-04-07 11:54
17 replies
#8
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United States Burger_King
Don't fucking sign flameZ, MICHU is better
2021-04-07 11:54
14 replies
I WANT MICHU
2021-04-07 11:57
11 replies
+1 DON'T DO MISTAKE OG
2021-04-07 11:58
10 replies
FlameZ is way better tahan michu
2021-04-07 12:29
9 replies
No, he is just overhyped
2021-04-07 12:30
8 replies
Agreed, michu is way overhyped
2021-04-07 12:30
7 replies
0/8
2021-04-07 12:31
#83
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Poland Recruitn1
Honestly flamez is an individual WHO Has really good aim but lacks experience and abit of patience from clips i seen. Michu is experinced with decent aim. Its 50/50 for them either way though bcuz each of them Play different playstyle, michu tried to Play that slow sens positioning while flamez. Puts everything on his aim. Sometimes goes to do that agressive rifle sometimes passive
2021-04-07 12:46
5 replies
#142
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United States poL_aris
an intelligent opinion on hltv? am I dreaming?
2021-04-07 18:57
1 reply
Yes. Please wake up we miss you
2021-04-09 08:46
Just because someone lacks experience doesn't mean he shouldn't be picked up. Frozen lacked experience in mousesports, but he turned out to be an insane pickup. Who's to say this won't be the same?
2021-04-07 19:04
2 replies
+1, agree with you completely
2021-04-07 19:16
#147
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Poland Recruitn1
I didn't say he shouldn't be picked up i said that they are both as good as pick up's but are different in different ways and described why.
2021-04-07 19:17
Nt FlameZ >>>>>Michu
2021-04-07 18:11
flameZ wayy better than tier 3 michu
2021-04-07 18:57
Rip OG
2021-04-07 11:55
1 reply
I hope)) but last time astralis played against teams with recently added players that ended very bad((
2021-04-07 11:58
Ez
2021-04-07 11:54
Let’s go astralis!
2021-04-07 11:54
Big news (no)
2021-04-07 11:54
1 reply
#156
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Czech Republic xANUx
+1
2021-04-08 00:30
#5
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India prix45
nice
2021-04-07 11:54
#6
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Finland Lohis
RIP
2021-04-07 11:54
#9
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Jordan Zereeni
lol
2021-04-07 11:54
#10
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United Kingdom tomtom94
BLAST: Okay NASR, good news, you don't have to play Astralis in round 1! NASR: Oh that's great, who do we play instead? BLAST: Gambit NASR:
2021-04-07 11:54
6 replies
#16
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Jordan Zereeni
dw they will pick dust2 and win it, so much experience
2021-04-07 11:56
1 reply
#22
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Portugal Hmikas
lmao
2021-04-07 11:57
Weird that you instantly get lowest seed (I assume astralis got highest )
2021-04-07 11:56
prof appreciated the joke
2021-04-07 11:59
1 reply
He is famous now🤭
2021-04-07 12:03
AHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA
2021-04-09 11:24
Not easy for Aleksib and valde
2021-04-07 11:55
ezpz for us
2021-04-07 11:55
OMEGALUL G
2021-04-07 11:55
I can't see OG losing this.
2021-04-07 11:55
#17
RpK | 
France pol44r
So if they loose they get last place but they have a new player
2021-04-07 11:56
GG OG
2021-04-07 11:56
#19
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Portugal Hmikas
yes lets only talk about astralis...
2021-04-07 11:56
3 replies
Hltv owned by astralis owner
2021-04-07 14:15
1 reply
+1
2021-04-07 23:44
Astralis group
2021-04-07 23:44
#21
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Hungary Matteo05
I hope that OG at least puts up a fight against Astralis :(
2021-04-07 11:57
#25
ropz | 
Estonia Kukkel
Should be easy with OG Ropz.
2021-04-07 11:57
OG will win, Astralis always losing 1st match just like NaVi
2021-04-07 11:57
1 reply
They will win because hyped after epl win 😎👍👍👍👍
2021-04-07 12:00
#27
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Portugal Hmikas
Let's go sAw! #sAwtouadar
2021-04-07 11:57
F FOR NASR
2021-04-07 11:58
1 reply
F im sad :(
2021-04-07 13:28
#33
Dosia | 
Russia Rapu
Gambit vs WHO??? o_O Ez 32-0
2021-04-07 11:59
Finally an easy group for djitwo EDIT: Torunament
2021-04-07 12:01
2 replies
Baguette
2021-04-07 17:56
1 reply
blyat
2021-04-08 04:35
#36
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Finland H0rnPub
Astralis,G2 & LuLquid come in line, leave in pile
2021-04-07 12:00
1 reply
OG > Astralis OG > G2 OG > Liquid ez Blast winner
2021-04-07 18:01
200 IQ from BLAST, let's just fuck over the the team with the best seeding because another team made a roster change. makes sense
2021-04-07 12:02
16 replies
#44
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Hungary Matteo05
It is sad for an OG fan as well :(
2021-04-07 12:05
2 replies
don't be sad my hungarian bro, OG will win
2021-04-07 17:50
+1
2021-04-07 20:26
Don't blame BLAST. OG submitted change after deadline Good starter match
2021-04-07 12:17
5 replies
?? i blame blast, they are the ones who made this rule.
2021-04-07 12:17
4 replies
If Astralis can't beat OG they really don't deserve to be in the finals
2021-04-07 12:22
2 replies
OMFG you're dense af
2021-04-07 12:23
1 reply
Good argument
2021-04-07 12:26
And they made the rule before this happened. Should they change the rules just like that? Then why rules at all.
2021-04-07 14:17
Man if astralis lose this its their own fault, mantuu is too streaky to consistently outawp device, magisk and dupree are still better anchors than Valde/niko will be, whoever OG use as their 5th will still be integrating Yes there will be position and role changes on OG but I don't think Aleksis style of calling will change much because of it, so it isn't like new amazing unseen strats are coming out either
2021-04-07 12:18
6 replies
yes but that still doesn't mean it's fair. astralis could've played someone like 9z or NASR but instead they actually play a half decent team because of something they couldn't affect.
2021-04-07 12:20
5 replies
I mean its not fair for Astralis but it wasn't really fair that 9z or nasr have to play against Astralis either, these guys would have got like 8 rounds all series max If Astralis doesn't play brain dead then nothing should really change, OG, 9z and NASR should be losing first round
2021-04-07 12:24
4 replies
but that's just seeding. every tournament puts the best team against the lowest ranked team in the first game.
2021-04-07 12:24
3 replies
I get your point and I understand the reasons behind it but as far as seeding goes fairness has never been there in events where there are over 100 places between the best and worst teams Everyone loses here realistically except for BLAST who will get more viewers for an OGvAstralis series especially with the Aleksib v Gla1ve narrative Pimp pushes, the 5th debuting and so on Its a stupid rule that probably made more sense back with LANs where teams wouldnt just chop players mid-season out of the blue, but it should have been changed/removed whilst online play is here and the scene is a mess with so many international projects
2021-04-07 12:48
#106
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Greece RedWinter
yes but imagine being 9z, travelling to Europe for your first ever T1 event and you get to play Astralis so you lose in 2 quick games and back to Argentina you go. There should be a lower bracket
2021-04-07 14:19
1 reply
i agree with that, it's stupid and also allows for more fluke wins.
2021-04-07 14:40
GL
2021-04-07 12:03
3 replies
Thicc name😳😳😳
2021-04-07 12:04
2 replies
cs.money :)
2021-04-07 12:40
1 reply
I would trade my knive for that thicc name
2021-04-07 13:27
2-0 for og. flamez will destroy them
2021-04-07 12:04
7 replies
Change flames with GOATpreeh
2021-04-07 12:04
6 replies
Hahaha...it was a troll post btw
2021-04-07 12:06
who? the only team dupreeh could potentially destroy is astralis
2021-04-07 12:29
1 reply
xddddddd
2021-04-07 12:29
#79
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CIS kryto203
"2-0 for og. dupreeh will destroy them"
2021-04-07 12:37
2 replies
XD
2021-04-07 12:37
Yeah I realised that too lol Snakepreeh 😳
2021-04-07 12:59
#47
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Russia mshkoda
Why the central match at the morning?
2021-04-07 12:10
Fucking really? Every match can be pridected fast 2-0? not even 1 match between 2 good teams gg
2021-04-07 12:11
4 replies
That’s normal for opening match...
2021-04-07 12:30
That's how seeding/tournament brackets work, they're setup so it's more likely you'll get for example: Astralis v Gambit or Liquid v Vitality in the Grand Final
2021-04-07 13:11
2 replies
+1 but I hope that there will at least be some upsets.
2021-04-07 14:13
make the opening/semi matches boring to get an interesting final? meh. i feel bad for all the teams that fought to get here and will be blown 32-0 now
2021-04-07 14:25
2-0 for Astralis 16-8 / 16-5
2021-04-07 12:11
Looking out a dirty old window Down below the cars in the city go rushing by I sit here alone and I wonder why Friday night and everyone's moving I can feel the heat but it's soothing, heading down I search for the beat in this dirty town
2021-04-07 12:12
„... where the likes of Natus Vincere, BIG, and Complexity await.“ :DDDD Astralis,Liquid,G2,Spirit,Gambit, Furia,Heroic >>>> BIG, Navi
2021-04-07 12:12
1 reply
Lmao
2021-04-07 12:36
2 teams qualifying anyway so it's not much of a disadvantage to face the strongest team in the group
2021-04-07 12:13
WTF... RIP OG OG plays against Astralis and other have match against T3 or worse teams.
2021-04-07 12:18
7 replies
if they didnt bench issaa they couldve played against mibr lol
2021-04-07 12:28
6 replies
lmao +1
2021-04-07 13:31
lmao +1
2021-04-07 13:31
Worth it in the long run. Maybe they get eliminated in the showdown but in the long term replacing him with a player who has better gamesense is mandatory if they ever want to go deeper in any real tier 1 tournaments. They should have made this change sooner, but better late than never.
2021-04-07 16:01
3 replies
flamez has worse gamesense than issaa if anything issaa played on the big stages before aleksib mantuu is also an all aim no brain player as well, dont be delusional
2021-04-07 18:01
2 replies
Not very good bait but you got a laugh out of me so it's not that bad :D
2021-04-07 19:12
1 reply
explain how flamez has more experience and game sense tthan issaa lmao im not wrong, issaa played on the big stage before aleksib hltv.org/stats/players/10449/issaa?start.. hltv.org/stats/players/9816/aleksib?star.. +ISSAA played his first major in 2018 while Aleksib played his first in 2019 so dont cry :)
2021-04-08 07:39
hahaha kidZ dont cry after lose
2021-04-07 12:19
#58
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Greece RedWinter
it's a shame that there's no lower bracket.
2021-04-07 12:19
#60
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Greece RedWinter
crazy how NASR is in blast showdown when they just got promoted to ESEA Advanced
2021-04-07 12:20
Seeding???
2021-04-07 12:26
#74
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Finland H0rnPub
nice semi-finals tho
2021-04-07 12:30
#78
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Poland Roxin
So OG will play probably one series and then be inactive again for like a month?
2021-04-07 12:36
2 replies
#87
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Finland kappaboi
Seems like that. Kinda lame but it is what it is
2021-04-07 12:56
#107
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Finland H0rnPub
Well, they have the time to polish their structure
2021-04-07 14:22
rip OG
2021-04-07 12:40
Finals: Spirit vs Astralis (hope Spirit will win again :) ) Gambit vs Heroic (Gambit will show how much Heroic is not that "fresh" :) )
2021-04-07 12:48
#89
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Sweden axelious
Why no Fnatic though :o
2021-04-07 13:00
RIP ASTRALIS LETS GOOO OG
2021-04-07 13:04
gl HEROIC, team SPIRIT 💯💯
2021-04-07 13:06
So... BR showdown for max views in the first round. And Astralis will probably be matched up with either Liquid (which will always be a hyped match) or Spirit (which will be a revenge match) to qualify. Feels a bit rigged.
2021-04-07 13:16
1 reply
#96
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Jordan Zereeni
twitter.com/BLASTPremier/status/13797206.. its the seeding :) the first plays against the last the second plays against the #15 and the list goes on
2021-04-07 13:30
I BELIEVE IN NASR AND MY JORDANIAN BOYS REAL1ZE BOROS GO KICK ASS BOYS
2021-04-07 13:33
2 replies
#122
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Dominican Republic NNNumb
lmao
2021-04-07 16:03
1 reply
we will see who will have the last laugh (probs u xd)
2021-04-07 18:20
OG<3
2021-04-07 13:45
#101
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Philippines sijibats
i think blast hates OG
2021-04-07 13:58
rip OG
2021-04-07 14:09
Brazil vs Brazil even in an event filled with dogshit teams Soooo annoying
2021-04-07 14:47
#112
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Finland KekkiS
ez 2-0 (16-0, 16-0) for astralis #EZ4ASTRALIS
2021-04-07 14:50
#113
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Yea Astralis should be able to defeat OG but they are not getting the advantage of being the highest seed in this tournament which they should be getting. Sure OG ain't a consistent T1 team but it's not like they are dropping their core, 3 same players are still there since the roster's inception and Niko has played with them for some time now, just a different 5th won't completely change or shift the team's dynamic and make them worse than they really are. Similar thing would have been said about OG but it's their fault to not submit a full lineup even after the cutoff date.
2021-04-07 15:13
WHY, WHY A BRAZILIAN MATCH AGAIN BLAST, WHY???!!!
2021-04-07 15:22
3 replies
because ez 400k viewers
2021-04-07 16:36
2 replies
on the gaules channel
2021-04-07 17:00
1 reply
yes, 400k simultaneous viewers at his channel, where else would be?
2021-04-07 18:10
lol
2021-04-07 15:31
ofc vitality(worst team in top 3 ever) vs worst team in Blast XD
2021-04-07 15:38
#119
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United States Aggie142
Oh no
2021-04-07 15:51
Ok see you next tournament guys :((((((
2021-04-07 15:56
#125
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Finland kappaboi
lol
2021-04-07 16:54
Nasr axax
2021-04-07 17:07
#128
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Poland Recruitn1
Vitality will win probably. Last time Vitality won tournament when it was Heroic in group with them.
2021-04-07 17:23
#129
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Russia M31F
unlucky for Nasr
2021-04-07 17:41
#DreamOG
2021-04-07 17:45
#132
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Argentina Crissgf
Lets go 9z!
2021-04-07 17:51
This is truly a #DreamOG-situation not EZ4OG
2021-04-07 17:55
Well, probably the semis are already known. Astralis vs. G2 Liquid vs. Spirit Gambit vs. Fúria Heroic vs. Gambit Only two brazilians teams in the competition and again they get to fight against each other early in the tournament. At least is easy win for Furia
2021-04-07 18:33
#141
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Luxembourg TheBudi34
cya OG
2021-04-07 18:54
i feel so sorry for NASR....
2021-04-07 20:39
#150
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Brazil Z1DAN
try >>>>> zywho?
2021-04-07 21:00
#152
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Poland SebL
If OG takes flameZ, I could see the upset in this match honestly. GL to all teams.
2021-04-07 22:39
ez 4 9z
2021-04-07 23:04
astralis 2-0
2021-04-08 00:36
I got him dancing like my b and now he's gone. Don't even try to save that weak ego in 4 days just to be rekted again 🎶🎶
2021-04-08 04:14
Furia vs MIBR RIP BRAZIL KEKW
2021-04-08 06:26
Most rigged tournament on esports. It's so obvious to figure it out each team that is going to move foward into the next phase. Also, we couldn't let the Furia x MIBR slip away (which is basically retarded fallen supporters who hate every other team vs average brazilian csgo enjoyers). "Cuz we need da views". Go fuck yourself BLAST. And congratulations, Fer, the Fernando Alvarenga a.k.a. príncipe do tucanistão, for creating the Furia vs Mibr rivalry, now every single csgo tournament has to make sure that boring match which Furia always wins is going to happen.
2021-04-08 11:41
2 replies
Please do tell which teams are going to move forward.
2021-04-08 12:47
1 reply
#164
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Slovakia zne_
every favourite, but not sure with G2/endpoint
2021-04-08 12:54
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