Team Vitality, Natus Vincere, and Cloud 9 have all secured their spots in the playoffs at the Blast Premier: World Finals 2023.
Vitality remains undefeated at World Finals
After taking first place in Group A of the BLAST Premier World Final, Vitality has moved straight to the semi-finals. The European team hasn’t lost a map yet at the Abu Dhabi event. On Wednesday, they easily defeated Natus Vincere in the best-of-three series, before they defeated Cloud9 2-0 to go to the quarterfinals of the playoffs.
William “mezii” Merriman‘s standout performance with a 1.56 rating On Anubis helped Vitality secure Anubis 13-011 after a close fight. The team appeared much more comfortable and coordinated on Infernor, where star player Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut racked up 20 kills with a 2-5 K/D to help his team the series with a 13-8 victory on the second map. This victory, which also marks their sixth consecutive series win since the addition of the two new players to the roster, guaranteed Vitality a coveted spot in the Semifinals
NAVI enters playoffs with a victory over ENCE
After getting annihilated by Vitality in the opening match, the Ukrainian side NAVI faced the fierce ENCE led by star Danish IGL Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander in the elimination match. NAVI completely dominated gla1ve and team on Anubis, securing a comfortable 13-4 victory with the help of Justinas ‘jL’ Lekavicius’s exceptional performance. ENCE, however, bounced back in the second map and secured a 13 – 11 victory on the back of Guy ‘NertZ’ Iluz’s quick kill on the CT side. After taking the series to the final map, ENCE failed to close it out as NAVI won 13-11 on Nuke to enter the quarterfinals.
Cloud9 beat ENCE to secure a Quarterfinal spot
Cloud9 started off their journey at the World Finals with a convincing 2-0 victory over ENCE in the opening match. C9 was able to put ENCE on the back foot early on thanks to the combined effort of Russian players Denis ‘electroNic’ Sharipov and Kirill ‘Boombl4’ Mikhailov. As a result, C9 was able to win Ancient 13-4. On the second map, Alvaro ‘SunPayus’ Garcia showed some glimpses of excellence with his fragging skills to help ENCE force overtime.
Despite SunPayus’s best efforts, Cloud 9 stood strong in OT, displaying composed gameplay in an intense situation to close the map 16-13. While Cloud9 suffered a heartbreaking defeat against Vitality in the second match, their victory against ENCE was enough to grant them a Quaterfianls spot.