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paiN Gaming Upsets At BLAST Premier: Spring Showdown

Of all the teams that graced the stage at the BLAST Premier: Spring Showdown, did any expect paiN Gaming to steal the show? Not only did they dispatch the North American golden boys in Team Liquid, and two regional rivals in MIBR and FURIA Esports, they did so in emphatic fashion. Dropping a single map on their way to qualifying for the BLAST: Spring Finals, paiN Gaming were the belles of the ball at the Spring Showdown. 

Denying a king their chance at regaining their crown has got to feel sweet. Trading maps back and forth, Overpass in OT would become the decider where Pain snuck out ahead. This put the world on notice that paiN were not cannon fodder or a glorified warm-up. 

When you play as well as Rodrigo ‘biguzera’ Bittencourt it’s hard not to root for this underdog team. Ending their best-of-three in narrow fashion, biguzera finished the nailbiter with a staggering 77 kills, a +18 kill to death differential, 89.7 ADR, 80% KAST, with a 1.35 HLTV.org rating. Flanking him would be Gabriel ‘nython’ Lino with an impressive 64 kills, a +7 kill spread, and 75.7 ADR. Both these weapons would be on fire throughout the event and would lead paiN to their Spring Final showcase. 

Following Team Liquid would be regional rivals MIBR. To paint a picture, their head-to-head was heavily in the favor of MIBR. With 7 wins over paiN this should have been light work–but Vinicios ‘PKL’ Coelho’s plucky squad had other plans. We said he was the big iron on the hip of paiN and we meant it, once again biguzera led paiN with a jaw dropping performance. 46 kills in their 2-0 sweep, a +21 kill to death spread, 100.8 ADR and a 1.61 HLTV.org. Behind him would be Wesley ‘hardzao’ Lopes with his own impressive stat line. Dropping 35 kills, a +12 spread and holding a 1.25 HLTV.org rating is an impressive feat for a team that was not meant to make it this far. 

Like a team on fire, there was nothing that could stop paiN Gaming from booking their tickets to the BLAST: Spring Final. And no, not even a top 10 team in the world. You heard that right, FURIA Esports, currently ranked 8th in the world according to HLTV.org was toppled by a team that has clawed their way up from the mid-30s. 

If it wasn’t obvious by now, biguzera was hands down the MVP for the event. Pushing his team overline in a nail-bitingly long OT scenario on Vertigo as well as besting FURIA on their own map pick of Inferno, he was the spearhead to this upset. Ending with a 2-0 and a handshake, biguzera ended the set against FURIA with 58 kills, a +19 spread, 86 ADR and a 1.38 HLTV.org rating. Gabriel ‘NEKIZ’ Schenato road on his heels though with his own impressive numbers. 47 kills against at world class team is nothing to snub your nose at. On top of that he managed a +13 spread as well as a 1.25 HLTV.org rating. 

Brazil will rally behind paiN’s enigmatic showcase as they join ENCE and some of the best Counter-Strike teams in the world in Lisbon on June 15th as the BLAST: Spring Final crowns a new king.

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