Spirit to BLAST Premier Spring Showdown semis over Dignitas

The win sets up Spirit for a clash against G2 for a spot at the Spring Final.

Spirit have fended off Dignitas 2-1 (Nuke 14-16, Dust2 16-9, Inferno 16-7) to advance to the semi-finals of the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown. The Leonid "⁠chopper⁠" Vishnyakov-led side now need one more victory to qualify for the Spring Final, as they are heading into Sunday's clash against G2.

After having demolished Liquid on Nuke in the opening round, Dignitas picked the map again in their series against Spirit and reaped the benefits once more, albeit in a much more difficult affair. It took the Swedish-Norwegian team a while to warm up, as they found themselves down 2-8 on the T side after losing an anti-force to Viktor "⁠sdy⁠" Orudzhev's Deagle, but they managed to step up late in the half to make it over to the defense with six.

Spirit are one series away from a spot at the Spring Final

It was Dignitas' turn to find some success with pistols then, with Jonas "⁠Lekr0⁠" Olofsson's Deagle finding three in the second round to set up a huge run that saw the underdogs reach map point. Spirit would not let themselves be downed easily and took the map to the last round of regulation, but Adam "⁠friberg⁠" Friberg & co. snatched it away at the last minute, taking matters into their own hands with an aggressive lobby crunch.

Spirit had Dust2 under lock and key for the most part once they got going on their T side following a pistol round loss. With a comfortable 9-6 half in the bag, the Russian-Ukrainian squad went on to trade blows with Dignitas in an extended battle of forcebuys, but they ended up finding the winning formula after six rounds went back and forth and ran a convincing defence to equalize the series at 16-9.

It was a similar story on the deciding Inferno. Beyond a Deagle buy win and a couple of subsequent rounds Dignitas struggled to keep up with Spirit once sdy helped his team get the economy on their side with key multikills, and the favorites went on to put on a dominant showing on the CT side on the back of a second-round force of their own to close the series at 16-7, 2-1.

Matchpage
1
2
16th April 2021
16
Nuke
14
9
Dust2
16
7
Inferno
16
 Dignitas K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
50 - 56 -6 74.3 0.94
44 - 50 -6 65.7 0.90
50 - 55 -5 63.4 0.87
43 - 61 -18 72.3 0.81
37 - 56 -19 51.8 0.71
 Spirit K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
69 - 49 +20 90.3 1.32
54 - 40 +14 84.5 1.29
59 - 42 +17 77.3 1.29
52 - 43 +9 65.2 1.12
43 - 52 -9 70.3 0.96
Russia Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
892
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
Ukraine Viktor 'sdy' Orudzhev
Viktor 'sdy' Orudzhev
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
866
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1723
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.68
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1068
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
#1
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Europe Archasi
NT DIG
2021-04-17 00:38
1 reply
#33
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Austria Kfue
+1 yeah didn't expect that performance
2021-04-17 08:49
#2
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Finland Cucumber))
thank you Dignitas for rekting Liquid but all good things come to an end!
2021-04-17 00:39
#3
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United States poL_aris
nt dig
2021-04-17 00:40
"DiG is new tier1"
2021-04-17 00:40
4 replies
#5
NAF | 
Canada Fingy123
yeah it feels like they are. I wonder if they can translate this success to other tournaments against tier 2 teams
2021-04-17 00:46
1 reply
#10
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Slovakia Daev0n
They look really solid on Nuke.
2021-04-17 01:14
#26
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Europe chespiZ
Spirit is top10 sorry, dig is 2 weak for cis
2021-04-17 06:10
1 reply
#31
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Sweden axelious
Spirit is probably top 3. Only Gambit and Heroic are clearly better
2021-04-17 08:41
#6
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Like I said before, get rid of Hallzerk for a better awper with more in game IQ and Dignitas would be a great team Expected result, GGs. Too bad Chopper couldn't make the Cadian 2.0 happen, unluko.
2021-04-17 00:52
23 replies
+kennyS ? If they can get FPL god Kenny and not G2 bottom frag Kenny
2021-04-17 01:47
8 replies
they can pick from kenny woxic guardian, but maybe they want a Swedish one or one that can speak the same language.
2021-04-17 02:05
#16
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Kenny I say would be a big risk given his last official games but yea the FPL version of his might be a great addition. The biggest problem or the issue with him however x would be the communication to switch to English cause they talk Swedish right now.
2021-04-17 02:34
2 replies
Yeah I forgot they were fully Swedish. Although furia is making English comms work and Swedes usually speak English fluently, so it wouldn’t be too hard.
2021-04-17 06:58
1 reply
sometimes i wonder is there a single younger swede/dane that struggle speaking england
2021-04-17 10:23
+Guardian he used to stand in for old nip, dunno about his current form tho.
2021-04-17 09:12
3 replies
Not great not terrible he is playing good on streams but idk what in officials
2021-04-17 10:02
#48
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Portugal OwnedBro
Guardian was already made a stand in in dignitas and didn´t work so well but its a chance
2021-04-17 13:58
1 reply
That was the garbage version with Xizt and friberg both landing a solid 0.8 rating or less in every single game. This new version with HEAP and lekr0 is much stronger. Would be a good opportunity for GuardiaN to show if he still got it, but i don't think they will get rid of Hallzerk.
2021-04-17 18:37
Little to no impact for an awper, waste of slot in that roster.
2021-04-17 01:55
7 replies
#17
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Very true, shame no other Swedish speaking decent awper.
2021-04-17 02:35
6 replies
Regardless of what happened to his career in CSGO, i think Draken was the last good swedish awper i've seen in a while, maybe nawwk at its best but still
2021-04-17 02:36
5 replies
#19
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Yea mate, Draken was very much mistreated by the Swedish scene. Yes the 90 degree window was a problem but he rarely got consistent chance and long runs on any team and was always dealt the end of the deal everytime. He had the skllls and game sense to thrive. Sadly he had to take the Valorant route too...
2021-04-17 02:41
4 replies
+joelxd
2021-04-17 04:58
1 reply
#32
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Sweden axelious
JoelXD for sure, Eraa of Phzy could be worth a shot actually
2021-04-17 08:43
Apparently his work ethic was a huge problem as well just like it was for smooya. Still i think they should have given him another chance...
2021-04-17 18:39
1 reply
#55
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Well that's the first time I have heard Draken being hard to work with.
2021-04-17 20:55
+Jamppi
2021-04-17 12:08
1 reply
#42
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Wouldn't be bad at all but I don't think he is ever gonna leave Valorant now.
2021-04-17 12:31
#50
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Kazakhstan Puchara
But when he just came to a roster he was pretty solid awper and always carried the team. What happened to him?
2021-04-17 14:34
3 replies
#51
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Pakistan LoOuU2
yep , you are right but no one truly has any idea. He has become a lot more inconsistent with the passage of time in the roster to a point where he is the weakest link and holding the team back.
2021-04-17 14:35
2 replies
#56
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Kazakhstan Puchara
yeah, this is kinda sad tho, but i guess he just need some time to recover his skill and return to his previous level
2021-04-17 22:21
1 reply
#57
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Pakistan LoOuU2
maybe times is what he needs , yes.
2021-04-17 22:21
Well played team SPIRIT
2021-04-17 00:55
Nt dig, Liquid in shambles and a great 3-maper against clearly stronger opponent. Hope we will see this roster again very soon. Spirit on their way to the finals
2021-04-17 00:56
2 replies
Why do u feel the need to bring liquid into everything.. quit being so obsessed
2021-04-17 03:16
rent free
2021-04-17 04:46
Russians destroy all opponents nowadays lul
2021-04-17 00:56
1 reply
heroic?
2021-04-17 13:36
Gg to both, Spirit is a very good team
2021-04-17 01:16
#12
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France sAeR
Nt DIG, if they keep going like that, they can reach top20. It would be cool :D
2021-04-17 01:22
kinda sad that Dignitas lost confidence and momentum on Inferno CT site, otherwise it could've gotten close. 5-1 start to 6-9 is kinda worst possible outcome with that lead starting CT. Still very enjoyable to watch and as the casters said: 'f0rest hasn't aged at all'. Also Friberg performance was pretty solid I think. Hope to see them on more T1 tournaments!
2021-04-17 02:48
sad
2021-04-17 03:15
ez 16:7 16:9
2021-04-17 04:50
Dig played well, i thought Spirit were losing this
2021-04-17 07:03
#29
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Russia vynn
Dignitas played really really well! But, Spirit deserved this win)
2021-04-17 08:23
oh nice gj
2021-04-17 08:27
Chopperrrrrrrrrrrrr i wish you had that last kill on Lekro with p250, could have been one of the sickest clutch.
2021-04-17 09:28
1 reply
#46
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Finland Ghrale
miss free kill -> proceeds to smash keyboard ---> technical pause
2021-04-17 13:33
Sad
2021-04-17 09:35
#38
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Russia Syonamaru
GG #LetsgoSpirit #Spiritized
2021-04-17 10:04
impressive fight from dignitas.
2021-04-17 12:14
#43
cadiaN | 
Poland SebL
Spirit is looking great, I would say that they are in my TOP 5 atm. Dignitas is looking really good, but Spirit is just a couple levels above them. GL in the future.
2021-04-17 13:14
#44
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Ukraine z3m4
Spirit good job
2021-04-17 13:28
-hallzerk +try
2021-04-17 13:33
#49
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Other fragger180
old spirit logo way better
2021-04-17 14:20
Nice try
2021-04-17 18:04
#58
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Indonesia Nuryuky
CIS dominant again?
2021-04-18 02:25
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