Gamereactor was recently in Copenhagen for the Blast Pro Series event, in which six of the best CS:GO teams in the world faced off against one another in a unique format to see who could become the champion, and $125,000 US dollars as a first-place prize as well.
The format saw five rounds being played, with each having three matches running simultaneously, so that each team could play every other team in the competition. This worked kind of like a league, but with a lot more action going on at once, and although the first night was plagued by technical issues, this just meant that all five rounds were played on Saturday instead.
Going into the competition many fans expected Astralis to win (as you can see from the video below), but there were also some expectations for the other Danish side North, who held Astralis to a 15-15 draw in their match of Round 3. After being stunned by Ninjas in Pyjamas, though, it was always tough for North to qualify for the grand final, and they ended the tournament with one win, two losses, and two draws.
Astralis, however, won all of their matches aside from this draw with North, and the crowd reaction showed how much of a favourite they were. Having beaten NiP, SK Gaming, FaZe, and G2, then, it looked hopeful for them to win the whole thing, but SK Gaming joined them with three wins and two losses, meaning there was one last challenge to overcome.
SK Gaming didn't have the strongest of starts, losing 16-11 on the first map to the Danish side, but they brought it back to 1-1 with a 16-8 win on Inferno, meaning Cache was the deciding match. Overtime ensued in the closest map of the best-of-three, though, and it was the Brazilians who clinched the win, making up for their previous loss and silencing the home crowd.
Elsewhere, FaZe clinched third place in the standoff prior to the final, and the arena itself proved that the unorthodox format worked, and entertained more importantly. Did you expect SK to come out on top though?