BLAST Premier Spring Final 2023: Highlights & Results

The BLAST Premier Spring Final 2023 is one of the most important tournaments in the CS:GO scene. It offers great prizes and gives teams a chance to qualify for the upcoming BLAST Premier: World Final 2023. The tournament took place from June 7 to June 11. Today, we will look at the results from each stage of this exciting competition.

The Group Stage of the Blast Premier Spring Final 2023

The tournament began with the Group Stage, which featured two groups, each comprised of four participating teams.

Here are the teams seeded into Group A:

  • G2 Esports
  • Imperial Esports
  • Vitality
  • Cloud9

And here are the teams seeded into Group B:

  • Heroic
  • FaZe Clan
  • Complexity
  • Astralis

Two teams were eliminated from the tournament based on the outcomes of the open matches in the Group Stage.

Cloud9, the first team to confront elimination, suffered defeats in both of their matches. Initially, they lost to G2 with a 2:0 score (Inferno 16:11, Vertigo 16:11). Then, they were defeated by Vitality with a 2:0 score (Overpass 16:13, Anubis 19:16).

Astralis was the second team to be eliminated from the competition. Placed in a group with Heroic and FaZe, the experts predicted their chances of advancing were slim, and unfortunately, their predictions were correct. Astralis first faced a 2:0 loss against FaZe ( Overpass 16:5, Mirage 16:6). In their subsequent match, they were defeated by Complexity with a 2:1 score (Vertigo 16:14, Ancient 14:16, and Overpass 16:14).

Here are six teams that have advanced to the Playoff Stage:

  • G2 Esports
  • Imperial Esports
  • Vitality
  • Heroic
  • FaZe Clan
  • Complexity

Now let’s look at what happened during the Playoffs.

The Playoff Stage of the Blast Premier Spring Final 2023

The Playoff Stage spanned from June 9 to June 11. On June 9, the Quarterfinals took place, followed by the Semifinals on June 10. The pinnacle of the event was the Grand Final of the BLAST Premier Spring Final 2023, held on June 11, where the teams competed fiercely for the coveted main prize.

Quarterfinals

The teams with a tied 1:1 score in the Group Stage met in the Quarterfinals. FaZe went up against Team Vitality, while Imperial Esports took on Complexity.

All set for #BLASTPremier Spring Final playoffs in D.C. 👀 pic.twitter.com/ZgK0Xc17Qc

— HLTV.org (@HLTVorg) June 9, 2023

FaZe Clan vs Team Vitality

The first match of the Quarterfinals featured two strong teams who had faced each other numerous times and were well aware of each other’s strengths. Therefore, they immediately banned each other’s signature maps to gain an advantage.

Here’s the list of map selections and bans:

  • Vitality removed Ancient
  • FaZe removed Vertigo
  • Vitality picked Anubis
  • FaZe picked Mirage
  • Vitality removed Inferno
  • FaZe removed Nuke
  • Overpass was left over

Anubis

The teams played on Anubis, picked by Vitality. They had been performing well and winning on this map in recent matches. The game started with a balanced first half, where Vitality, playing as Counter-Terrorists, secured eight rounds and ended the half with an 8:7 score.

After switching sides, the situation repeated itself, and both teams kept the score close, leading to overtime. Ultimately, Vitality managed to outplay FaZe with a 19:17 score and secure the victory.

Just like in Rio and in Malta, @TeamVitality need overtime but prevail against @FaZeEsports on Anubis

🌆 Mirage is next | #BLASTPremier pic.twitter.com/JzI0EacDeI

— HLTV.org (@HLTVorg) June 9, 2023

Mirage

The second map was Mirage, and the win rates for both teams were similar, with each having a 60% win rate on this map. It suggested a closely contested match.

The first half started well for Vitality as they played on the CT side. The French team showcased a strong defense, successfully thwarting most of FaZe’s attacks. The first half ended with a 9:6 score in favor of Vitality.

Despite FaZe’s picking Mirage, Vitality maintained its dominance after switching sides. They closed out the game with a convincing 16:8 victory. FaZe was eliminated from the tournament, but they received a prize of $20,000 and 500 BLAST Premier points.

. @FaZeEsports ' season ends in defeat to @TeamVitality #BLASTPremier pic.twitter.com/0pPCDXKdwM

— HLTV.org (@HLTVorg) June 9, 2023

Now let’s look at the second match in the Quarterfinals.

Imperial vs Complexity

The match between Imperial and Complexity was quite predictable for most fans who follow the professional scene, as the teams that faced each other had a noticeable difference in their gameplay.

Here’s the list of map selections and bans:

  • Complexity removed Mirage
  • Imperial removed Anubis
  • Complexity picked Vertigo
  • Imperial picked Overpass
  • Complexity removed Nuke
  • Imperial removed Ancient
  • Inferno was left over

Vertigo

Despite having yet to play it this season, Complexity made a surprising decision by picking Vertigo as their first map. The match started with Complexity on the T side, giving them an early advantage, but Imperial managed to defuse the bomb. Despite a few successful rounds, Complexity couldn’t turn the tide. Imperial dominated the first half, leading with an 11:4 score.

However, Complexity showed resilience after switching sides. Despite Imperial’s significant advantage in the first half of the map, Complexity fought back. Ultimately, Imperial held their ground and secured a narrow victory with a 16:14 score.

. @imperialesports take victory on @Complexity 's pick of Vertigo #BLASTPremier pic.twitter.com/7u1qy9dwnu

— HLTV.org (@HLTVorg) June 9, 2023

Overpass

Overpass is one of the signature maps for Imperial Esports, with a 65% win rate in their recent encounters on this map, showcasing their prowess in any given situation.

Starting as terrorists, Imperial lost the first round. However, they made a strong comeback in the second round with an impressive force buy, seizing the lead on the map. They continued their dominance in the following rounds and finished the first half with a commanding score of 12:3.

With such a commanding lead, it was nearly impossible for Complexity to stage a comeback, especially on Imperial’s signature map. Imperial effortlessly closed out the second map.

. @imperialesports march into the arena with a dominant showing on Overpass #BLASTPremier pic.twitter.com/MK9XKleSWe

— HLTV.org (@HLTVorg) June 9, 2023

Imperial Esports advanced to the Semifinals of the BLAST Premier: Spring Final 2023. Meanwhile, Complexity received a reward of $20,000 and 500 BLAST Premier points.

The Semifinals of the BLAST Premier Spring Final 2023

It’s time to talk about the Semifinals of the BLAST Premier Spring Final 2023, which took place on June 10. There were two matchups: G2 Esports vs Team Vitality and Heroic vs Imperial Esports. The teams that won these matches would move on to the final, while the losing teams would receive $40,000 and 1200 BLAST Premier points.

G2 Esports vs Team Vitality

In the Semifinals, the first match was between Vitality and G2 Esports.

Here’s the list of map selections and bans:

  • Vitality removed Ancient
  • G2 removed Overpass
  • Vitality picked Anubis
  • G2 picked Inferno
  • Vitality removed Vertigo
  • G2 removed Mirage
  • Nuke was left over

It's time for the second semi-final 🤩 #BLASTPremier pic.twitter.com/nxuYgrhsWG

— HLTV.org (@HLTVorg) June 10, 2023

Anubis

The first map is undoubtedly one of Vitality’s signature maps. The French team boasts an 80% win rate on this map and has a strong track record of performing well. However, despite these factors, G2 Esports secured a victory on the first map with a solid 16:11 score. This result boosted G2’s confidence and made the French team reconsider their strategies.

. @G2esports take the lead after winning @TeamVitality 's map pick of Anubis

Can they close it out in two? #BLASTPremier pic.twitter.com/DVmkKKuziU

— HLTV.org (@HLTVorg) June 10, 2023

Inferno

The next map was indeed tougher for G2 Esports. After losing the previous round, Vitality played more cautiously, making fewer mistakes and avoiding risky moves like rushing mid. These adjustments paid off as the French team scored exceptionally well in the first half, scoring 12:3. They continued their strong gameplay and closed the map with a final 16:9 score.

. @TeamVitality bounce back with a 16:9 win on @G2esports ' map choice

We are off to Nuke for a decider #BLASTPremier pic.twitter.com/HcpbtMDD0V

— HLTV.org (@HLTVorg) June 11, 2023

Nuke

The decider map was Nuke. In the first half, G2 played on the defensive side and gained a slight advantage with a score of 8:7 in their favor. The second half started strongly for Vitality, as they held their ground on defense, winning crucial rounds and ultimately emerging victorious on the third map with a 16:12 score.

. @TeamVitality reach the grand finals after besting @G2esports 2:1 #BLASTPremier pic.twitter.com/QTOrRmrNM0

— HLTV.org (@HLTVorg) June 11, 2023

Heroic vs Imperial Esports

The second match of the Semifinals featured two notable teams: Heroic, known for their consistent and impressive performance, and Imperial, who surprised everyone with their unexpectedly strong results in the tournament. Let’s see which team was able to come out on top.

Here’s the list of map selections and bans:

  • Imperial removed Anubis
  • Heroic removed Vertigo
  • Imperial picked Overpass
  • Heroic picked Inferno
  • Imperial removed Mirage
  • Heroic removed Ancient
  • Nuke was left over

🗺 Overpass, Inferno, and Nuke have been chosen for the first semi-final at #BLASTPremier pic.twitter.com/RMAkGcaxHe

— HLTV.org (@HLTVorg) June 10, 2023

Overpass

Both teams have had about ten matches on Overpass this season, with a similar win rate of around 60-65%. It was fascinating to see how things unfolded on this map. The first half was evenly played, ending with an 8:7 score favoring Heroic.

However, after switching sides, the teams took turns winning rounds, leading to a tied 13:13 score. Then Heroic successfully attacked and secured three consecutive rounds, resulting in a 16:13 victory for Heroic.

. @heroicgg stabilize after a slow start and win @imperialesports ' map pick 16:13 #BLASTPremier pic.twitter.com/FcHWeDkVol

— HLTV.org (@HLTVorg) June 10, 2023

Inferno

Heroic picked Inferno, as they had an impressive 70% win rate on it in their recent matches. However, the outcome was completely different. Imperial, playing on the T side, took an early lead by winning the first five rounds. It helped them close the first half with an 8:7 score.

After switching sides, Imperial, now playing on the CT side, showcasing a fantastic performance, winning nine consecutive rounds. This dominant display led them to victory on the second map with a final 16:11 score.

. @imperialesports fight back with a 16:11 victory on @heroicgg 's pick of Inferno

We are going to Nuke! #BLASTPremier pic.twitter.com/ExyuikCnmc

— HLTV.org (@HLTVorg) June 10, 2023

Nuke

The third map of the series was Nuke. Predicting which team would come out on top was incredibly hard, as both showcased impressive gameplay. It was especially evident in the third map. Heroic took control in the first half, securing an 11:4 lead that made it nearly impossible for Imperial to stage a comeback. Any misstep could have spelled disaster.

However, fully aware of the situation in the second half, Imperial acted with great coordination and professionalism. They not only gained an advantage in multiple rounds but also managed to equalize the score at 15:15, winning eight rounds in a row and narrowly escaping elimination. But during overtime, Heroic regrouped and ultimately sealed the deal in this intense match, emerging victorious with a 19:17 score.

. @heroicgg prevent the comeback and defeat @imperialesports to reach their third Big Event final of 2023 #BLASTPremier pic.twitter.com/U13wFVLtsj

— HLTV.org (@HLTVorg) June 10, 2023

Grand Final of the BLAST Premier Spring Final 2023

The teams that battled for the top prize at the BLAST Premier Spring Final 2023 were Vitality, representing France, and Heroic, representing Denmark.

Team Vitality vs Heroic

The teams have picked maps that give them a favorable chance against their opponents.

Here’s the list of map selections and bans:

  • Vitality removed Ancient
  • Heroic removed Anubis
  • Vitality picked Vertigo
  • Heroic picked Mirage
  • Vitality removed Overpass
  • Heroic removed Nuke
  • Inferno was left over

The last final of the season 🔥 #BLASTPremier pic.twitter.com/zQy6XCdkVm

— HLTV.org (@HLTVorg) June 11, 2023

Vertigo

The first map of the series was Vertigo, picked by Vitality. They have played on this map over ten times this season and have a solid 60% win rate. Heroic started the first half on Vertigo on the T side and executed successful attacks against the French team, leading to a 9:6 score in favor of Heroic.

Heroic continued their dominance on the map even after switching sides, ultimately closing it out with a convincing 16:9 victory.

. @heroicgg strike first and steal away @TeamVitality 's map pick of Vertigo #BLASTPremier pic.twitter.com/9ZwP6P42LO

— HLTV.org (@HLTVorg) June 11, 2023

Mirage

Vitality had much to consider after Heroic’s impressive performance on the first map. Playing on Heroic’s picked map, Mirage, Vitality began on the CT side and successfully thwarted most of the attacks in the first half, securing an 8:7 lead. When Vitality switched to the T side, they showcased a decisive and fast-paced game, ultimately winning the second map with a 16:10 score.

We are going to map three 🔥 @TeamVitality equalize with a 16:10 victory on @heroicgg 's map pick #BLASTPremier pic.twitter.com/ky0MsXj6tX

— HLTV.org (@HLTVorg) June 11, 2023

Inferno

The decider map was Inferno. Heroic began the third map on the CT side and showcased a confident performance, finishing the first half with a lead of 8:7. After a short break and switching sides, Heroic continued to dominate round by round, playing on the T side and leaving no opportunities for the French team to secure a victory. With a final score of 16:9, Heroic emerged as the champions of the BLAST Premier Spring Final 2023. Congratulations!

. @heroicgg defeat @TeamVitality and become #BLASTPremier Spring Final 2023 champions pic.twitter.com/34yWCWEzPr

— HLTV.org (@HLTVorg) June 11, 2023

To Wrap Up!

The BLAST Premier Spring Final 2023 has ended, and the Danish team has secured first place, claiming the grand prize of $200,000. They have also earned a ticket to the BLAST Premier: World Final 2023 and 3,000 BLAST Premier points, propelling them to the top of the BLAST Premier World Leaderboard 2023 rankings.

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