The BLAST Pro Series São Paulo, takes place on March 22nd and 23rd, at the Ibirapuera Gym. The competition will bring some of the best players in the world on one stage. From Brazilian Fernando “fer” of MIBR to Patrik “f0rest” of Ninjas In Pyjamas, let’s see which pro players can exceed the expectations of the fans and be the highlight of the championship.
Fernando “fer” is ambitious to add titles to the trophy cabinet of the Brazilians. The player was prominent during IEM Katowice, the first CS: GO Major of 2019, against Renegades. Fer took the responsibility and had very impressive stats: 21/7 and 23/17, K / D (kills/deaths) in the 2-0 win. Against Astralis in the semifinals, the lack of impact from him in the second map was one of the main reasons for the defeat: 24/16 and 14/18, K / D, on Overpass and Inferno, respectively.
Although Astralis has several names that shined in both 2018 and early 2019, one that gained much prominence after the Major in Poland was Emil “Magisk”. In addition to being one of the team’s youngest players, the 21-year-old Danish has escaped the shadows and has proven himself worthy. The seventh best player of 2018 started the season on the right foot and was elected as the MVP of IEM Katowice.
ENCE was undoubtedly the biggest surprise of the IEM Katowice 2019. The team qualified for the tournament after playing the European Minor and beat a lot of big teams in the Major, like Team Liquid in the quarterfinals, and Natus Vincere, in the semifinal. The arrival to the final and runner-up finish at Katowice can be attributed to the talents of one player: Aleksi “Aleksib”. The Finn reserve all the rights to surprise everyone in São Paulo.
Team Liquid: nitr0
It is true that Nicholas “nitr0” and Team Liquid disappointed in Major in Poland. However, it should not be forgotten that in the first tournament of 2019, the iBUYPOWER Masters, the American team was champion by beating Astralis. At the BLAST Pro Series in São Paulo, nitr0 and company have everything to make a great campaign and seek revenge against ENCE. Although Nitr0 has not had so much prominence so far this season, he is the captain of the team and has great influence over his teammates.
Ninjas in Pajamas: f0rest
f0rest is one of the oldest players on the international stage. He has already shown that he is still very useful to NiP. In the match against Astralis by IEM Katowice 2019, he was one of the forces of the team. He even stood out in Dust2 with K / D of 19/14 and a rating of 1.14. Despite his performance, he was unable to save the team from elimination. Therefore, the Swedish can be one of the main names in São Paulo.