Nouns complete BLAST Spring Showdown Americas team list
The North American lineup continues to build upon its successful start to the year.
Nouns emerged victorious from Ace North America Masters Spring following a 2-0 victory over Strife in the grand final, defeating Bobby "stamina" Eitrem and company with resounding map wins on Nuke (16-10) and Mirage (16-8) to qualify for BLAST Premier Spring Showdown Americas.
The North American roster received a direct invite to partake in the Spring Showdown-qualifying tournament, and were the highest-ranked team in attendance when play began in the GSL group stage. There, an early best-of-one victory over Tsunami gave way to a loss to timbermen, and Nouns had to fight past Mythic in the Group A decider match to make it to the playoffs.
From that point onward, however, it was smooth sailing for David "cynic" Polster's side — they eased their way past yur in the semi-finals (16-7 Inferno, 16-5 Overpass) before dispatching of Strife in similar fashion, claiming a 16-10 win on their opponent's pick of Nuke and then sealing away the victory with a 16-8 scoreline on Mirage.
A steep ramp-up in competition awaits Nouns in the BLAST Premier Spring Americas Showdown, where the likes of Liquid, Complexity, and FURIA will also be vying for the single spot at the Spring Finals that will be on offer.
Even with a difficult road ahead, the relative ease with which the team made it through the qualifier helps to add credence to their capability as a North American team hoping to break into top competition consistently, and builds upon an already successful start to a year in which they have already qualified for IEM Dallas and the BLAST.tv Paris Major Americas RMR.
The complete list of teams taking part in BLAST Premier Spring Showdown Americas is: