The quarter-final round of the BLAST Premier Series 2022 was the stage of a fierce battle between Sangal and BIG. After starting the round and surviving a bash from the German powerhouse, the Turkish team fought back and managed to change the outcome in the final scoreboard.
BIG (Berlin International Gaming) started with a comfortable forecast favoring them after Sangal had to deal with a massive 16-3 loss during the Regional Major Ranking event ahead of the IEM Rio Major.
During the RMR, the Germans rallied around Love “phzy” Smidebrant and climbed their way up to the top of the competition. Unfortunately, they missed out on a spot in Rio de Janeiro after a match against MOUZ.
At the RMR, the team around Love “phzy” Smidebrant showcased an upwards trajectory but ended up narrowly missing out on a spot in Brazil following a tightly-contested deciding match against the countrymen’s team MOUZ.
Fighting against Sangal on Vertigo, the team entered the BLAST Premier Series as a favorite against the Turkish team. Nonetheless, they did not expect the opponents to fight as heroically as they would do to achieve an overwhelming upset.
As the big stage of the IEM Rio Major gets closer and closer, the German team has to deal with the replacement of Josef “faveN” Baumann for Elias “s1n” Stein. The player’s absence due to illness will be another non-positive factor, of course.
Within 11 days, the team will premier in Rio de Janeiro and face the prestigious FURIA team, which will play in their home country. Now, Johannes “tabseN” Wodarz’s team must re-group and keep the morale high after the surprising loss.
As the BLAST Premier Series went to its quarter-finals, Sangal and BIG faced each other in a thrilling best-of-three brawl. The first bloody encounter took place on Dust2, where the Germans won by 16-11.
At first glance, the team might have thought they would pick it up from where they lost at the RMR, but the CS:GO gods had a different outcome in their minds. When both teams literally entered the Inferno, Sangal’s players showed their true colors.
AWPer phzy maintained an accurate pace and helped the team to score 16-13. The Turkish team only gave away five rounds, which immediately showed BIG they would not repeat the scenario they experienced at the RMR.
When the teams faced each other in the decisive match on Vertigo, BIG’s syrsoN led the German team’s resistance and kept the momentum going with a positive forecast before their eyes.
BIG’s 9-6 score going into the second half of the game gave viewers a reason to believe they could not lose that game. However, Sangal did not give up and fought against the odds of a discouraging 15-10 scoreline.
As expected, the last round was crowned with brilliant moves like Robin “ScrunK” Röpke’s spray and a heavy 2v4 shootout on the map’s A-site. At the end of the day, the match entered overtime, Sangal scored 19-16 and was proclaimed the winning team.