BLAST Pro Series Miami is over and FaZe Clan surprised everybody with an absolutely dominant performance throughout the tournament.
In FaZe Clan's first ever BLAST final, they beat Team Liquid 2-0 and became the first team to win BLAST Pro Series on US soil - and 125,000 US Dollars.
Meamwhile Team Liquid takes the lead in the global BLAST Pro Series tournament.
An important chapter in BLAST Pro Series’ history was written this weekend. It was the first BLAST tournament on US soil ever and the thrilling event culminated in a surprising grand final between FaZe Clan and the home favorites Team Liquid.
FaZe Clan had a slow start to the tournament, but as soon as they gained momentum, no team in Watsco Center stood a chance. After eliminating Astralis in a dominating fashion, FaZe Clan went on to defeat Team Liquid on Mirage and Dust2 ending the final series 2-0.
One player in particular showed a world record-setting performance on the second map. FaZe Clan’s Håvard “rain” Nygaard put up a score of 21-0, with two aces, after a mere 8 rounds, finishing 33-17.
Nikola "NiKo" Kovač was named MVP of the tournament after an overall fantastic performance.
Nikola "NiKo" Kovač, In-Game Leader and BLAST MVP, FaZe Clan:
- I've really missed the feeling that comes with winning. It's been an amazing run for us. Sometimes our communication can be a challenge because none of us are speaking our native languages but we remained calm and found a way to outplay Team Liquid.
When the In-Game Leader was asked about the monstrous performance of his teammate he had this to say:
- I told him to do whatever he wanted.
Håvard “rain” Nygaard had the game of his life on Dust2 against Team Liquid.
This was Team Liquid’s second BLAST tournament and the second time in the grand final. FaZe Clan has been traveling on the BLAST circuit for a while, but this was their first grand final in the global tournament series.
Madrid and Los Angeles coming up next
On May 10-11, BLAST Pro Series comes to Madrid where the local BLAST Pro Series qualifier system will be tested for the first time. An exciting new element to the BLAST format that you can read more about here.
Los Angeles will be the fourth stop on the 2019 calendar of BLAST Pro Series. Three months after premiering the spectacular tournament in the US, BLAST Pro Series takes world-class esports entertainment to Los Angeles on 12-13 July.
Team Liquid takes the lead
Aside from the upcoming tournaments, on Friday BLAST Pro Series announced the Global Tournament of 2019 with 7 teams playing in 7 international venues to qualify for the Global Final at the end of the 2019 season. Teams will compete in a point based system, with the top 4 teams colliding in the semi and global final, played in a best of 3 format.
Each team will participate in five BLAST Pro Series tournaments, with the remainder of the spots dedicated to qualifier teams and wild cards. In the end, one team will be crowned BLAST Pro Series Season Champions, with a 500,000 USD prize pool up for grabs.
Team Liquid takes the lead from Astralis with FaZe Clan and MIBR moving up. All teams are still in the running for the Global Final.
MIBR won the BLAST Stand-Off
Placing third in Miami, MIBR went straight through to the BLAST Stand-Off and the US crowd naturally picked Cloud9 as the challengers. MIBR managed to improve on their performance from BLAST Pro Series São Paulo but missed the grand final by a few points. The Brazilian squad did, however, manage to win the BLAST Stand-Off against Cloud9 and will be leaving Miami with an additional 20,000 dollars in their pockets.
The first ever US BLAST Pro Series tournament was launched in best BLAST fashion. World-class, nailbiting Counter-Strike was delivered to the passionate fans in Watsco Center and it all ended with a spectacular grand final that Counter-Strike fans all over the world won't forget any time soon. Remember to tune into BLAST Pro Series Madrid on May 10-11 where the tradition of outstanding live esports entertainment continues.