Na’Vi – Born to Win Blast Pro Series: Copenhagen 2018
This Esports tournament utilizes quite an unusual playing scheme, which attracted lots of attention from the community. All the matches happen in very limited time on one scene – that’s concentrated CS:GO excitement which no Esports fan should miss out on.
In 2018, we already witnessed two events of Blast Pro Series. The first one took place in Istanbul, on September 28-29 – here is an article about it. The second one was in Copenhagen, on November 2-3.
Natus Vincere came out on top in Denmark. They took the prestigious trophy and $125,000. The full prize fund was $250,000.
The third Blast Pro Series competition in 2018 will be in Lisbon, on December 14-15.
There are no qualifiers for Blast Pro Series, so only invited teams can participate in this event. The organizers invited the best of the best to Copenhagen:
- Astralis – winners of Blast Pro Series in Istanbul and champions of FaceIT Major in London;
- MIBR – this team won ZOTAC Cup Masters 2018;
- Ninjas in Pyjamas – the last significant victory for this team was Intel Extreme Masters XII – Oakland (2017);
- FaZe Clan – winners of Epicenter 2018;
- Natus Vincere – winners of ESL One: Cologne 2018;
- Cloud9 – winners of ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018.
These players have left the traditional CS:GO ranks far behind – their elite status is much higher than even the Global Elite rank.
Three matches simultaneously
The format of Blast Pro Series packs all the tournament activity into just a few hours. This has many positives for viewers, such as:
- choice of matches to enjoy and ability to follow favorite teams,
- the players are so busy with games that they demonstrate their real gaming power, their will to win in a tense and tiring situation.
Here is the format of this Esports tournament, explained on video:
The Group Stage of Blast Pro Series: Copenhagen 2018 finished with these results:
- Na’Vi and NiP proceeded to the Grand Final. Natus Vincere won four of five matches. Ninjas in Pyjamas got three victories, two losses, and one draw.
- Astralis took the third place (three victories, two losses) and proceeded to Pro Standoff, a special 1v1 game. These Danish guys chose to play against Cloud9 and lost 2:3;
- FaZe, Cloud9, and MIBR left the competition. The performance of MIBR was very disappointing for the fans because the team lost all five matches. FaZe got two victories, two losses, and one draw. For Cloud9, the results were: two victories, and three losses.
The Grand Final
The final game of this event was Na’Vi vs NiP. This was Bo3, and the teams chose to play on Mirage, Inferno, and Overpass. Still, just two was enough to name the champions.
- Natus Vincere won 2:0 against Ninjas in Pyjamas. The score on Mirage was 16:10, and on Inferno – 16:12. These weren’t the easiest matches for Na’Vi, but they have the best CS:GO player in the whole world, and they proved their team power.
Here is the final results of Group and playoff stages:
The final division of the prize money is:
Not every player can play at such a high level and get such big money, but every gamer can get revenue from their playing time – sell CS:GO skins on DMarket for real money!
The next chance for Na’Vi to experience victory and for other teams to get revenge will be at IEM Chicago 2018.