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Elliott Griffiths
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Source: BLAST Premier

There will be no NA teams in the US capital.

You heard us. There will be no American teams in Washington D.C for BLAST. No Liquid, no Complexity, and no Evil Geniuses. They all faltered at Showdown; not even making the final game.

Which is fortunate for us, because we can write this piece before three in the morning.

Liquid were toppled once more by paiN, who are becoming a real… thorn in their side. We refuse. No bad puns from us. biguzera, who’d recently taken over IGLing duties, led by example with 68 NA-defeating kills.

EG - using their academy roster (named EG Black) - surprised FURIA with a mini-reverse sweep, powered by a ludicrous performance from junior. A performance that FURIA never ever saw from junior when they were paying him, and that, for us, is just hilarious.

“Take a look at what you could have won…”

But they were powerless to stop vintage FalleN, who dragged Imperial past the plucky underdogs. Honestly, EG are already currying more favour by using a roster of younger, untried players. It’s a much nicer team to talk about, and they actually beat FURIA.

They won’t be at Washington, mind.

FalleN, however, will, as he and his Imperial roster overcame paiN and booked their spot in the capital.

Neither will BIG - though they put up an admirable fight. After pulling it back against 9INE to move into the final at Showdown EU, they were met by a Cloud9 team who’d knocked out NIP en route to the final.

As we’ve already alluded to, Cloud9 took them down. It was a close first two maps, but Cloud9 smushed them 16-3 on the decider to become, somehow, the closest thing to a home team at Washington.

Which is just chef’s kiss.

April 2, 2023

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