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Published: February 19, 2024

Written by: Stefan Velikov


  • RES Eastern European Masters Spring concluded yesterday with Monte’s victory
  • The Ukrainian team defeated Aurora 2-1 to earn the berth for the main event
  • Viktor “⁠sdy⁠” Orudzhev was crucial for Monte’s overall performance

After a tough slog against Aurora, which extended to the full three maps, Ukrainian team Monte has secured the final BLAST Premier Spring Showdown Spot.

Monte Defeat Aurora

Various qualifiers for the upcoming BLAST Premier Spring Showdown are currently undergoing with the aim of producing the participants for the main event. RES Eastern European Masters Spring concluded yesterday with the victory of Monte over Aurora, which means that the Ukrainian team earned a spot in the Showdown just ahead of their RMR appearance.

Following their victory, Monte become the e 16th and final team to secure a spot in the online tournament. BLAST Premier Spring Showdown will be held on March 6 to 10 and will have a single-elimination, best-of-three bracket. The top two squads of the event will qualify for BLAST Premier Spring Final. There, Monte will face teams like Astralis, who beat BIG to secure a spot for the main event. Here’s the full list of teams that will participate in the Spring Showdown:

  • Spirit                                                                    
  • Liquid
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • SAW
  • OG
  • Imperial
  • Metizport
  • ELEVATE
  • Rare Atom
  • Falcons
  • Complexity
  • Monte
  • Cloud9
  • Heroic
  • GamerLegion
  • BIG

It Was a Tough Match for Monte

Monte had a somewhat difficult fight against Aurora as the match stretched out to all three maps, both of which ended with little difference between the two team’s results. Mirage was the first map that saw both teams traded rounds throughout it. However, Monte picked up the pace in the end and finished the map with a too-close-for-comfort 13-10.

This must have tired them out as the next map, Nuke, saw Monte struggle to keep pace with their opponents. Aurora kept a safe gap between themselves and the opponents, which the Ukrainian team could not close, resulting in Monte losing the map 6-13.

However, they came back with a vengeance on the third and final one, Ancient. They could once again keep up with Aurora, which resulted in Monte eventually winning the tough slog with a 13-9 to secure the match and the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown spot.

Unfortunately, the team’s Viktor “⁠sdy⁠” Orudzhev, who was crucial for Monte’s overall victory will not be able to participate in the first day of the upcoming RMR due to illness. In his place, the team will use Monte Gen member Jack “⁠Gizmy⁠” von Spreckelsen as a stand-in. He is part of the junior team that Monte revealed in late 2023. This means that at least the first matches of the RMR will be the 19-year-old player’s first time on the big stage.

However, it’s still hoped that sdy will be able to return in the following days of the event.

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