That’s all, folks. The BLAST Premier Spring Groups 2024 have come to a close after a week of top-tier Counter-Strike, marking the return of the competitive scene for this year. Prior to today’s matches, two slots at the BLAST Premier Spring Final 2024 were up for grabs.
Here’s what happened when Astralis faced BIG, while G2 took on Liquid to secure their spots for London in June!
Astralis make tough work of BIG
On paper, Astralis vs BIG was definitely the worst match of the day. In practice, it was anything but. Astralis’ recent form at the BLAST Premier Spring Groups 2024 had many convinced the Danes would squash BIG with ease, but it wasn’t quite that simple. On a quiet day for dev1ce, BIG took the series the distance. It took overtime on the third map to separate the two, with Astralis’ individual quality eventually proving the difference.
Extra props must go to Staehr. Retaining his place over Buzz was a surprise during the Astralis roster moves a couple of months back, but he’s grown into his new role massively. Here, with a spot in London’s BLAST Premier Spring Final 2024 on the line, he stepped up again, proving why the Danes kept their faith in the 19-year-old.
With Astralis heading to London in June, BIG’s presence there will now depend on their performance in the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown 2024 in March.
G2 sends Liquid to the Showdown
The later game in the day was G2 vs Liquid, in what should’ve been a hugely competitive matchup. Instead, G2 cleared quite comfortably in a swift 2:0 series. They struggled against NAVI on day six of the BLAST Premier Spring Groups 2024, but they made short work of Liquid.
This victory can be attributed to the Kovač cousins. Both NiKo and huNter- had a substantial impact throughout the series, ensuring Liquid never really got a foothold in the series.
Next up, G2 head to IEM Katowice 2024 looking to retain their title, safe in the knowledge they’ve dodged the BLAST Spring Showdown later this year. Liquid are not so lucky.