Straube: Small Details Could Determine Playoff Spots in Tightly Contested Group

June 12, 2024
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  • Date: From June 12 to June 16, 2024
  • Tournament: BLAST Premier Spring Final 2024 (LAN)
  • Format: Group A Upper Bracket Opening Round (BO3)
  • Opponent: Natus Vincere
  • Scheduled for: 15:30 CEST on Wednesday, June 12
  • Catch all the action LIVE on: astralis.gg/watch

On Wednesday, June 12, dev1ce and his Co. will kick off the final big event of the season, the prestigious BLAST Premier Spring Final 2024 LAN tournament in London, United Kingdom. They will face Natus Vincere, the Copenhagen Major Champions, in the opening round of the Group A upper bracket.

The last major trophy of the season is at stake, alongside a prize pool of $425,000. The event will run for five days, from June 12 to June 16, 2024.

The competition will move to the OVO Arena Wembley for the playoffs from June 14-16.

The winners will take home $200,000 and a spot at the BLAST Premier World Final, while the 2nd place team will win $85,000, and the 3rd-4th place teams will each receive $40,000.

Straube ready for Spring Final: We love competing at the highest level

We sat down with sports director Kasper Straube to discuss the past months, including the newly redefined lineup making it to their fourth semifinal since April and finishing off with a bang at the BLAST Premier Spring Final.

Straube started by sharing the team's ambitions and expectations for the last big event of the season:

"My expectations are that we'll once again show how much we've grown as a team over these months we've been together. We get another chance to compete with the best in the world. We don't have specific results-based expectations, but we'll give everything to achieve a great result before the break," says Kasper Straube.

"The BLAST finals are always extremely competitive since only eight of the best teams in the world participate, so we'll have an exciting and tightly contested group stage where small details could determine who makes it to the playoffs. Both FaZe, NaVi, and us will have expectations to advance from the group, and we need to prove that we deserve a spot while keeping SAW out of the picture. Luckily, we love competing at the highest level and get to do that in group A," the sports director states.

Main Team Win Rate Past Three Months
  • Dust2: - (Maps Played: 2)
  • Mirage: 67% (Maps Played: 6)
  • Inferno: 50% (Maps Played: 6)
  • Nuke: 70% (Maps Played: 10)
  • Vertigo: 75% (Maps Played: 4)
  • Ancient: 78% (Maps Played: 9)
  • Anubis: - (Maps Played: 0)

On the progress made since being assembled back in late February:

"We've developed tremendously. From the beginning, we've focused on building a strong in-game identity, which was our primary focus when we had plenty of time to train and really lay the groundwork. This has shown high quality in our gameplay, leading to consistent deep runs in the tournaments we've participated in. Outside of the server, we learn something new about each other and our team from tournament to tournament, almost match by match," Straube adds.

BLAST Premier Spring Final 2024 Format

Group Stage:
  • Double elimination, Best of 3 (BO3)
  • Group winners advance to the playoff semifinals
  • Teams in 2nd and 3rd place go to the playoff quarterfinals
Playoffs:
  • Single elimination, Best of 3 (BO3)
  • Grand final, Best of 5 (BO5)