Heroic and 9z Team captured wins Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals at the BLAST Premier: Spring Showdown 2021.
Heroic swept SAW and 9z Team needed a reverse sweep to defeat Team Vitality. Heroic and 9z will face each other in the Round of 8 on Saturday.
SAW and Vitality are eliminated.
The 16-team, single-elimination tournament runs through Sunday, with the winner taking home $30,000 of the $162,500 prize pool. All matches are best-of-three, with the top two finishers advancing to the Spring Finals.
Heroic dominated SAW, winning 16-4 on Vertigo and 16-6 on Train. Every player scored a positive kills-to-deaths differential for Heroic. Casper "cadiaN" Moller led the all-Danish team with 39 kills and a plus-21 K-D differential.
It was far tougher afternoon for 9z, who dropped the opening map to Vitality 16-9 on Nuke. But 9z rebounded with a 16-11 win on Overpass and 16-12 on Inferno. Argentina's Santino "try" Rigal was a powerhouse for 9z with 72 kills and a plus-29 differential.
Richard "shox" Papillon led the all-French side with 57 kills and a plus-4 differential.
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BLAST Premier Spring Showdown prize pool
1st-2nd: TBD, $30,000, 1,500 BLAST premier points
3rd-4th: TBD, $16,250, 625 points
5th-8th: TBD, $10,000, 187.5 points
9th-16th: $3,750: Astralis, Endpoint, Extra Salt, Team Liquid, Team Vitality, SAW, mibr, NASR Esports
--Field Level Media