In what can only be considered a horrendous start to the new year, Astralis have been eliminated from BLAST Premier Spring Series 2020. The team went out of the event with only one map win compared to four map losses.
The team took on Complexity in their opener and were heavily favored to walk away with a rather lopsided victory. Complexity had something in store for the Danes, however, and picked up a win on their own map pick of Dust2 before springing their trap on Vertigo. In a post-match interview with James Banks, Benjamin “blameF” Bremer, Complexity’s in-game leader, revealed that the team had been “setting up this bait for quite a while.”
He stated that while the team had been playing Vertigo for quite some time, they decided not to show it in the qualifiers they’d been playing in recent times. “We decided not to show our new tactics and the new versions of them,” he explained. “We also decided to keep banning Vertigo just to make sure they didn’t prep for it and when we did the veto against them it definitely also seemed like it caught them off guard.”
Complexity pulled off the 2-0 and sent Astralis into a match against Natus Vincere. Astralis picked up the first map in convincing fashion, only giving up 6 rounds on Train and looking like they’d found their former selves. The second map of Nuke didn’t go so smoothly, however, as four of the five Na’Vi players went positive and the team effort led to a 16-9 victory spearheaded by Aleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev.
s1mple only picked up steam in map three, Inferno, as a rocky start led to a nailbiter. The HLTV’s No. 2 best player of 2019 finished the third map with a record of 30-16 and helped guide his squad to a 16-14 win to send Astralis home early.