MIBR and paN Gaming advance to Spring American Showdown
Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn – USA TODAY Sports
MIBR and paiN Gaming wrapped up the 2022 BLAST Premier: Spring American Showdown quarterfinals with wins on Friday.
MIBR swept Complexity Gaming 2-0 while paiN battled Team Liquid for a 2-1 result.
Next, MIBR and paiN will meet in one semi-final match on Saturday while GODSENT and FURIA Esports will face off in the other.
Eight teams compete in a knockout bracket for shares of a $67,500 prize pool. The winner will earn a spot in the BLAST Premier: Spring Finals with a top prize of $20,000. All matches are best of three.
The Spring Finals Champion will win $200,000 and a spot in the 2022 Million Dollar BLAST Premier Global Finals in December. Six teams have qualified so far: FaZe Clan, NAVI, Team Vitality, G2, OG and BIG.
MIBR prevailed 16-9 over Dust II and 16-10 over Inferno to eliminate Complexity. Marcelo “chelo” Cespedes led the all-Brazilian MIBR squad with 47 wins over a plus-19 kill differential. Jhonatan “JOTA” Willian added 46 kills with a record plus-21 KDs.
In the final game, paiN opened with a 16-9 victory over Vertigo before Liquid fought back with a 16-13 win over Ancient. The deciding card, Overpass, required overtime before paiN secured the key 19-17 win.
Brazilian Rodrigo “biguzera” Bittencourt bore the pain with 77 kills and a plus-18 differential. Canadian Keith “NAF” Markovic of Team Liquid had 83 kills and a plus-23 rating.
The two semi-finals are scheduled for Saturday:
–GODSENT vs. FURIA Esports
–MIBR vs paiN Gaming
BLAST Premier: Spring American Showdown prize pool, BLAST Premier points
1. $20,000, 1,600 points, Spring Final spot — TBD
2. $12,500, 800 points — TBD
3-4. $7,500, 500 points — to be determined
5-8. $5,000, 150 points – Evil Geniuses, ATK, Complexity Gaming, Team Liquid
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