Heroic defuses are some of the most memorable parts of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive esports. Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer’s “hot defuse” for Fnatic against Team Dignitas in the 2014 ESL One Cologne Major is the greatest example of this. The “Olof on fire” defuse hasn’t been truly imitated yet, but stanislaw came very close in the BLAST Premier Spring groups.
The decider on Inferno started favoring Evil Geniuses, but Team Vitality mounted a comeback that brought the two teams neck-and-neck. In the second half, the Frenchmen needed one more round to get ahead of the game, but stanislaw stepped in their way.
The French team successfully planted the bomb on the B site and had a decent post-plant defense set up. stanislaw’s weakened the team by taking down Richard “shox” Papillon and then Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut, protecting the B site.
stanislaw had Tsvetelin “CeRq” Dimitrov and Tarik “tarik” Celik to guard him as he deactivated the bomb, but Kévin “misutaaa” Rabier’s flank caught them by surprise. The Team Vitality player launched a well-calculated molotov that landed right near stanislaw. misutaaa gunned down tarik, leaving an injured stanislaw to fend for himself.
In a one-on-one situation, stanislaw had a tough decision to make. Time ticking down, and fire burning him, stanislaw chose to stick the defuse, despite the heavy damage from fire. Ultimately, he fried to death but managed to finish the defuse a split second before dying. Clearly, the player had anticipated the bomb timing and trusted his gut to stick. His display of patience won Evil Geniuses their 14th round, bringing the team closer to the win.
This is not the first time stanislaw has made headlines with a clutch-defuse performance. In the Grand Final of BLAST Premier: Spring 2020, the player pulled off an incredible last-second defuse and clutched the round.
Evil Geniuses managed to out-last Vitality in a tough three-game series. Vitality stepped into the game with a major disadvantage as in-game leader Dan “apEX” Madesclaire sat out on personal leave. Despite the setback, the Frenchmen put up a good fight. However, it was Evil Geniuses’ poised play that helped them emerge as winners in the tight game.
After stanislaw’s fearless performance, Evil Geniuses refused to give up and won the series in overtime. The team kicked the Frenchmen out of BLAST premier spring groups in a 2-1 fashion. The win over Vitality set Evil Geniuses up with a spot in the 2021 BLAST Spring, which will kick off in June.