The second day of the BLAST TV Paris Major EU RMR has come to an end. Natus Vincere was the first team to qualify for the Major in Paris, as well as Fnatic. MOUZ, just like Virtus.pro, however, still has to fight a little further.
MOUZ and Virtus.pro fight on
MOUZ and Virtus.pro continue to struggle in the Paris Major qualifier and are now 1-2 in the Swiss Group. MOUZ had no luck when B8 defeated them on Ancient, and entered day two with a win over SAW in the second round with a record of 1-1. They then faced Falcons in the final round of Bo1s and failed there as well.
.@JAMEPAIN without any nerves 👊 pic.twitter.com/ifrRSTwkCG
— Virtus.pro (@virtuspro) April 7, 2023
Virtus.pro faced the same two teams as MOUZ in the first two rounds of play. They defeated SAW before losing the second game against B8. On the second day, Dzhami “Jame” Ali’s team faced Into the Breach and lost out again after a one-sided first half on Mirage led to a 9-2 defeat on the CT side. The majority British team continued an impressive performance by the tournament’s second-lowest ranked team, taking Natus Vincere to double overtime and defeating Sprout in the second round.
Natus Vincere qualifies for Paris Major
Top Ukrainian team Natus Vincere is the first team to qualify for the BLAST.tv Paris Major after surviving the first EU RMR tournament. The team earned a spot in the Legends Stage with a flawless 3-0 result in the Swiss Group, despite looking a bit shaky at first and needing a double overtime to beat the tournament’s second-lowest team, Into the Breach, in the first round.
Those deagle taps in the end 😱 @perfectocsgo #navination #BLASTMajor #CSGO pic.twitter.com/4udzQAeYjz
— NAVI (@natusvincere) April 7, 2023
Things got better after that, though, as they defeated the Falcons 16-6 on Ancient in the second round and FaZe with a clean 2-0 series (Inferno 16-7 and Ancient 16-11) in the third.
SAW and VIPERIO eliminated from EU RMR
The first teams eliminated from the BLAST.tv Paris Major 2023 Europe RMR A have been determined after SAW and Viperio lost their respective matches to OG and Sprout 0-2. The two eliminated teams went winless in Thursday’s best-of-one stage before being eliminated today in the first best-of-three series.
SAW was eliminated by OG after a 1-2 loss. Sprout also defeated Viperio 2-1 to send the team home as well. Viperio narrowly lost its first match against fnatic in double overtime before losing to Bad News Eagles in the 0-1 pool. Into the Breach is in the 2-1 pool and is just one game away from becoming the first British lineup at a major.
KRASS! Degster im Alleingang 🔥#BLASTPremier pic.twitter.com/gOk6PTRJC0
— Fragster (@FragsterD) April 7, 2023
OG is still a long way from safety as they sit in the Swiss stage with a record of 1-2 and need two consecutive BO3 wins if they are to qualify for the Major. Any further slip-ups will complicate their journey to the Major, and 17th place is their only way forward if they can manage a 2-3 record.
Sprout had no luck and suffered defeats to Falcons and Into the Breach.
FNATIC defeats B8
Fnatic is the second team to secure a spot at the BLAST.tv Paris Major. With a 3-0 record in the European RMR, William “mezii” Merriman and co. have Legends status and will therefore skip the Challengers Stage at the French tournament. At RMR, their wins included victories over 1WIN and Viperio before defeating B8 in their third match.
After an exciting showing on Vertigo, we end up taking the first map 16-8. With one game away from the Legends status, we make our stand on Nuke next. #ALWAYSFNATIC pic.twitter.com/ptgX6m1sSD
— FNATIC (@FNATIC) April 7, 2023
The match started on Vertigo, and fnatic put up a dominant T-Team. The European team entered the second half with a 10-5 advantage and finished the map with a 16-8 score. B8 won nine rounds on the T-side of Nuke, fnatic narrowed the gap, but the Ukrainian team stabilized and finished the map with a 16-11 score. Fnatic then finally prevailed on Ancient, winning the map 16-13 and securing their spot in the Legends Stage.