The first match of the BLAST Premier Global Final today saw Vitality advance to the upper bracket semi-final stage of the competition over Complexity. Benjamin “blameF” Bremer‘s men did the best they could without Valentin “poizon” Vasilev, but the French team had no difficulties whatsoever to take them down on both maps, Mirage and Dust2.
Richard “shox” Papillon had a great start in Mirage as he pushed Vitality to win a force-buy in the third round with four M4A4 kills. The teams had a bit of a back-and-forth battle until Complexity won almost five in a row to lead by 7-4. The French side, however, fixed their CT side in time to win the first half by 8-7.
The play didn’t tilt Vitality and they won four in a row, dismantling the double-AWP setup that Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke and Jakob “JUGi” Hansen were using. The expensive tactic only granted one round for Complexity and the French didn’t sweat to comfortably close the game 16-9, with Cédric “RpK” Guipouy topping the scoreboard with 23 frags.
Vitality made their classic substitution for Dust2, swapping Kévin “misutaaa” Rabier for Nabil “Nivera” Benrlitom, which added more aggressiveness to their playbook. The French side conceded five rounds in a row after starting with a 3-0 lead but won the first half by 8-7 much due to some well-executed splits on both bombsites.
Vitality developed early CT momentum off the back of a great read in their CT pistol. Complexity were able to win only one round in the half as Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut reigned supreme with his AWP on A long and the French team easily took the map by 16-8.