Blast Pro Series Madrid Recap
Another excellent weekend of CS:GO has come to an end. Fans were treated to intense matches, comebacks and a new champion!
The Blast Pro Series format always makes for an extremely exciting group stage. With every round being vital to teams progressing. With there being 6 teams in the group, and only two advancing to the grand final, each game is crucial.
Giants Gaming were the team that made it to the tournament through the play-in. Despite finishing with a 1-4 record, they actually looked impressive at times. They pushed Cloud 9 to round 30 before losing and caused a shock against NiP with a 16-4 win.
Giants biggest impact on the tournament came in the final round of matches in the group stage. Due to the head to head records, Astralis were already set to make the grand final. This left ENCE and NiP battling it out for the last spot.
NiP won their game 16-9 against NaVi. Meanwhile, ENCE started strong with a 6-0 lead and went into halftime with a 10-5 lead on Overpass. Then it got interesting. Giants pulled out 9 round wins in a row to take a 14-10 lead. As it stood, NiP would be making their way to the grand final.
ENCE only needed a tie to advance. They pulled off an excellent eco round to flip the table and went on to the win the map 16-14.
ENCE vs Astralis. How many times have we watched and discussed this matchup in the past couple of months? Both teams finished the group stage with a 4-1 record, due to the head to head match up, ENCE took the #1 seed. They had beaten Astralis 16-13 on Dust II earlier that day.
After the shaky game against Giants, people weren’t sure ENCE would have the confidence and depth to go all the way against Astralis. However, ENCE pulled off a truly impressive display in the grand final to defeat Astralis 2-0 and become the Blast Pro Series Madrid Champions.