Natus Vincere emerged on top of the six team tournament to win their first BLAST Pro Series title in a convincing fashion
BLAST’s unique tournament format is a single round robin group stage where teams are pitted via best of ones. The top two of the groups proceed to the grand finals while the team finishing in 3rd place chooses their opponent from the remaining teams who finish below them in a so called Standoff.
Standoffs are a series of 1v1 duels. A duel is a race to 7 kill in which players add up their kills to the team total. A player with a knife kill automatically wins an individual duel. After 5 duels, the team with the most kills is declared the winner. If the teams are tied, the team that won the most individual duels by having their player reach 7 kills is the winner.
The winner of the BLAST Pro Standoff takes home a $20,000 USD bonus prize.
The group stage was a long day of best of ones that saw Navi and Ninjas and Pyjamas topping the groups to advance to the grand final. Hometown favorites and reigning Major Champions Astralis meanwhile settled for third.
The Danes went on to pick Cloud9 for their standoff where the latter won with a total score of 28:23.
Map 1: Mirage
Navi waxed hot in the opening rounds of Mirage with a sturdy defense on CT side that resulted to a 6-1 start. NIP then clawed their ways back by taking four straight rounds behind Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson and Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund to cut off the CIS lead and end the half trailing only 9-6.
The Swedes made the most of the switch with a 3-0 start to tie the series 9-9, but a clutch 1v1 from Egor "flamie" Vasilyev sparked Navi’s run that eventually gave them a 16-10 victory at Mirage.
Map 2: Inferno
Things were more up close at Inferno as both teams exchanged initial rounds. Navi found themselves pulling ahead 6-2 but the Swedes were quick to conduct a rally of their own to cut the deficit down to 1 at the half.
Denis "electronic" Sharipov turned the 2ndhalf pistol to his show by winning a 1v3 post plant defense on the CT side. The CIS group ramp up 3 additional rounds for a healthy 12-7 lead before NIP answered with 3 of their own for their tournament hopes.
Navi went on to map point led by another triple kill hold from electronic. NIP again tried to salvage their bid with another pair of rounds but it was not enough as Navi went on to take the series 16-12.
Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev went on to bag the MVP honors of BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen behind a stellar 1.43 rating whole tournament long.