BLAST.TV Paris Major: FaZe defeats Cloud9 in Last Chance Qualifier

BLAST.TV Paris Major: FaZe defeats Cloud9 in Last Chance Qualifier

16. April 2023 by Andrew Williams

The RMRs and Last Chance Qualifier for the BLAST.Tv Paris Major are over, giving us the last exciting matches; Cloud9 eliminated BIG and was then defeated by FaZe, and Vitality took on Monte. 24 teams made it to the Legends and Challengers Stage and will now try to secure the $1,250,000 prize money.

Cloud9 defeats BIG

BIG fell to the CIS giants in only two maps. The Germans had two chances to qualify in the B group of the EU RMRs after winning 2-1 on the first two days of the tournament. BIG first lost to Vitality and was eliminated in the final qualifying round after losing to Ninjas in Pyjamas in their second attempt. With Cloud9 and FaZe among the competitors in the final qualifying round, it was always going to be a tough task to secure the only remaining spot on offer. BIG beat Falcons in the first round before being eliminated by Cloud9 in the second round.

This means the German organization no longer has a chance to compete in the final CS:GO Major, which was a huge disappointment for the players. Johannes “tabseN” Wodarz said after the match that they had put a lot of work into the game over the last few months, but that it still just wasn’t enough and that this was very hard for the players.

Vitality beats Monte

Another 2-0 scoreline happened between Vitality and Monte Vitality thus moves on to the Legens Stage, and Monte to the Challengers Stage. Vitality also had wins over Astralis, Ninjas in Pyjamas, G2 and BIG before Monte, and only suffered a loss to 9INE.

Cloud9 loses to FaZe

FaZe defeated Cloud9 2-0 in the EU Last Chance Qualifier (19:15 Mirage, 16:9 Inferno). FaZe didn’t have a good run in the EU RMR, losing to Natus Vincere, Bad News Eagles and MOUZ, but will now be relieved to have just secured a Major spot. Despite being down 14-5 on Mirage after a poor start on the T-side, FaZe made the comeback on the first map of the series to force overtime and then win four straight rounds.

Inferno turned out to be a much easier affair. FaZe secured an 11:4 halftime lead on the unfavorable T-side, which they then turned into a 16:9 victory in the pistol round. Ropz provided strong performances to ensure the international team crossed the finish line. After the match, an overjoyed Karrigan couldn’t hide his delight. “There’s a record I want to break, which is to be the oldest Major winner,” he said “Just being there and enjoying what CS:GO gives you is fantastic, the lows and the highs, and we’ll do everything we can to do well in Paris.” Conversely, defeat will be hard to swallow for Cloud9 as the fifth-ranked team in the world misses the final CS:GO Major after playing four exhausting BO3 series in 24 hours.

BLAST Paris Major Team List

24 teams made it through and advanced. And the first Challenger Matchups have been revealed! Each team will be assigned a specific seed based on the region’s results from the IEM Rio Major. The Challengers Stage will start on May 8.

Round 1:

Monte vs. FaZe
paiN vs. Fluxo
G2 vs. TheMongolz
GamerLegion vs. Complexity
FORZE vs. Grayhound
Apeks vs. Liquid
Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. MOUZ

The full seeding order for each Swiss Stage can be seen below. This will be used for Round 2 of the Challengers Stage, as well as the first two rounds of the Legends Stage.

Challengers Stage

  • GamerLegion
  • TheMongolz
  • Grayhound
  • Apeks
  • OG
  • MOUZ
  • Complexity
  • FaZe
  • paiN
  • NiP
  • ENCE
  • Team Liquid
  • Fluxo
  • Monte
  • G2

Legends Stage

  • NaVi
  • Vitality
  • Into the Breach
  • Heroic
  • fnatic
  • Bad News Eagles
  • + place 9-16. determined by the results of the Challengers Stage