GamerLegion, Virtus.pro and Cloud9 all completed sweeps on Wednesday to advance to the upper-bracket final in their respective groups at the Blast Premier: Spring Groups 2024 event in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Virtus.pro blanked BIG 2-0, while Cloud9 did the same to Heroic in Group D. Over in Group B, GamerLegion silenced FaZe Clan.
Team Liquid also won on Wednesday, edging Team Spirit 2-1 to advance to the upper-bracket final in Group B.
Sixteen Counter-Strike 2 teams are competing this week in four groups. The four group winners will advance to the $425,000 Spring Final in London from June 12-16. The four second-place teams will meet in Sunday’s play-in stage, with the two winners advancing to the Spring Final. All matches are best-of-three.
The competition started on Monday in Groups A and C. Groups B and D began play on Wednesday.
GL prevailed 13-11 on Overpass and 16-13 on Ancient to knock FaZe into the lower bracket. Denmark’s Frederik “acoR” Gyldstrand led the winning side with a match-high 40 kills to go along with a plus-nine kill-death differential.
After opening their match with a 16-14 victory on Nuke, Team Liquid stumbled to a 13-10 setback on Anubis. But Liquid recovered, grabbing a 13-10 win on Ancient to set up the meeting with GamerLegion in the upper-bracket final. Canadian Russel “Twistzz” Van Dulken piled up 64 kills for Team Liquid.
VP cruised to victories on Overpass (13-5) and Vertigo (13-8) to dispatch BIG. The all-Russian Virtus.pro side was led by Evgenii “FL1T” Lebedev, who finished with 36 kills and just 18 deaths.
Cloud9 had little trouble getting past Heroic, routing them 13-5 on Mirage and 13-1 on Anubis. All five of Cloud9’s players had positive K-D ratios.
The group stage continues Thursday with four matches: –GamerLegion vs. Team Liquid (Group B upper-bracket final) –FaZe Clan vs. Team Spirit (Group B lower-bracket semifinal) –Virtus.pro vs. Cloud9 (Group D upper-bracket final) –BIG vs. Heroic (Group D lower-bracket semifinal)