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Virtus.pro see off Vitality, FURIA eliminate FaZe in IEM Katowice

Virtus.pro and FURIA are through to Group B’s lower bracket final in IEM Katowice following victories over Vitality and FaZe, respectively. The CIS team put in a solid performance to move past the current world No.3, who looked a bit off-colour and spent most of the series on the back foot, although credit still must be given to them as they came back from 15-8 down on Inferno before losing the game in overtime.

After previously moving past NIP, Virtus.pro will now look to complete their lower bracket run against the scary FURIA, who were firing on all cylinders in the two map victories over FaZe, showing no signs of discomfort with their newest addition as they outplayed and outclassed their opponents.

Vitality came out the stronger side on Inferno and gained a foothold in the game early on after keeping Virtus.pro from stringing rounds together. But after that slow start, the CIS team took control of proceedings and had Vitality against the ropes for the remainder of the half, which ended with five rounds separating the two sides.

Virtus.pro took down Vitality in a match between two top-five sides

More misery was to come for the French team, who won the pistol round but failed to convert the second round, with the scoreline blooming to a 14-6 lead. The CIS side hit map point shortly afterwards but could not close out the map as Vitality took control of the game and forced overtime. The momentum was now very much with the French side, but Virtus.pro kept their composure and wrapped up the game after winning two rounds in each half, with Timur “⁠buster⁠” Tulepov delivering the finishing blow with a 1v2 clutch inside B.

Dzhami “⁠Jame⁠” Ali was the main instigator as Virtus.pro shut out the Vitality offence for large portions of the first half on Overpass, although they had just a narrow 8-7 lead heading into the break after the Frenchmen came alive towards the end of their T side. Mareks “⁠YEKINDAR⁠” Gaļinskis kicked Virtus.pro further into the lead with three quick frags in the following pistol round, with the team using that momentum to carve out a 13-7 lead. With no room for error, Vitality tightened up and brought the deficit to a solitary round, but VP were unwilling to let a comeback happen and put the match to rest.

FaZe established an early lead on Mirage, but they lost their grip on the game after FURIA brought out a double AWP setup, Paytyn “⁠junior⁠” Johnson and Andrei “⁠arT⁠” Piovezan combining for 31 frags in the half as the Brazilian team raced to a 10-5 lead. The international team hit back in the following pistol round, but then they were caught off-guard as Kaike “⁠KSCERATO⁠” Cerato picked up a spectacular trio of frags to turn the tide back in favour of FURIA, who ran away with the game.

FaZe bounced back from that disappointment with a strong defensive showing on Overpass, picking up 10 rounds in a one-sided half that witnessed a vintage performance by Håvard “⁠rain⁠” Nygaard (2.07 rating, 134 ADR). FURIA rallied back from a 12-5 deficit and enjoyed a spell of dominance, but FaZe picked themselves up in the closing stages and secured the victory to level the series. The final map, Train, was a complete blowout as FURIA ran rampant from the offset, dominating the European team thanks to stellar performances from Yuri “⁠yuurih⁠” Santos and KSCERATO, who combined for 46 frags to knock FaZe out of the tournament.

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Liquid book IEM Katowice playoff spot over Vitality; Gambit eliminate Heroic

Liquid are the third team to clinch a spot in the IEM Katowice playoff stage following a hard-fought win over Vitality, who took the lead in the series in an overtime Nuke victory but looked somewhat the pace in the remainder of the series as Jonathan “⁠EliGE⁠” Jablonowski and Gabriel “⁠FalleN⁠” Toledo powered their team to victory. Meanwhile, Gambit claimed another scalp against world No.6 Heroic thanks to an imperious display by Dmitry “⁠sh1ro⁠” Sokolov, and are now just one victory away from reaching the playoffs.

The main-stream series began with a blistering start from Vitality, who romped to a 6-0 lead on the CT side of Nuke with some great fragging output by Dan “⁠apEX⁠” Madesclaire and Cédric “⁠RpK⁠” Guipouy. Liquid responded in a low-economy round thanks to a quad-kill by EliGE, and used that momentum to rally back and bring the deficit to just three rounds before the break.

Liquid will take on the winner of NAVI-FURIA in the group final

Vitality came out of the break the livelier of the two sides, winning five of the opening six rounds of the half to get within striking distance of victory. Liquid tightened up after that and took the upper hand, coming back from five map points down to force overtime. However, their efforts would be in vain as Vitality won two rounds in each half to lock down the map.

The French team carried their momentum into Vertigo as they hopped out to a quick 3-0 lead, but the landscape of the game changed once Liquid had money in the bank. Apart from a brief period of respite for Vitality thanks to two great rounds by Mathieu “⁠ZywOo⁠” Herbaut, the rest of the half was dominated by the North Americans, who took ten rounds into the break. Liquid showed no signs of slowing down after the side switch, and even though things got a bit testy after Kévin “⁠misutaaa⁠” Rabier gave the French side a lifeline with a stunning Desert Eagle quad-kill, they would be able to close out the map comfortably.

Liquid took control from the outset on Mirage and finished the half on double-digit territory as Vitality were against the ropes for most of their CT side and could not string rounds together. It was roles reversed after the break as the North Americans could not hold the opposition back in the early stages, but a comeback was beyond Vitality: EliGE and FalleN stepped up to the plate and pulled the team over the finishing line as apEX‘s troops seemed to run out of gas in the dying stages.

Meanwhile, viewers on the secondary stream were treated to a back-and-forth brawl that had spirited comeback attempts thwarted in the closing stages of Overpass and Inferno. After those two closely-contested maps, Mirage ended up being a demolition job as Gambit breezed past their opponents in a game that saw them win all five clutch situations, three of which by sh1ro, who posted a 1.85 rating.

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EG squeeze past Vitality in BLAST Premier Spring Groups

Evil Geniuses keep their BLAST Premier Spring Final qualification hopes alive following a 2-1 win against a resolute Vitality in Group B’s elimination stage. The French side, playing their first match without in-game leader Dan “⁠apEX⁠” Madesclaire, who is taking a break from competition, gave a good account of themselves and pushed the series to a third map after being soundly beaten on Nuke, and they rallied from three match points down on the decider map, Inferno, before agonisingly falling in overtime.

EG’s fans will have breathed a sigh of relief after the much-needed victory, which sets the team up for a grudge match against G2 and boosts their confidence after a series of poor results.

“It feels really good,” Tarik “⁠tarik⁠” Celik said after the match. “Obviously, these are not the circumstances in which we wanted to get the win, with apEX not being there, but a win is a win. It was a big one for us, we’ve been fighting really hard to get something going lately.

“Results have not been good at all, it’s been really bad. We really needed something and hopefully, this is something to get us kick-started and doing better for the upcoming games.”

The North American team made a dominant start to the match as they raced to a 6-0 lead on the T side of Nuke – their own map pick – before Vitality finally managed to get a round on the board following a fast trio of frags by Cédric “⁠RpK⁠” Guipouy in an eco round. The French side found their footing after that difficult opening stretch, bringing the scoreline to 4-7, but then Evil Geniuses ramped up the pressure and finished the half with 10 rounds to their name.

EG move on to the decider stage to face G2

The second half began with EG taking the pistol round, but there was no follow-up as Vitality hit back in the following round, with Kévin “⁠misutaaa⁠” Rabier picking up four kills with the Desert Eagle. The French side were given a taste of their own medicine shortly afterwards, however, as EG won a full eco round that began with a timely flank and a knife kill by Ethan “⁠Ethan⁠” Arnold. The North American team ran away with the game after that, expertly fending off Vitality‘s comeback attempts.

After a lengthy break due to technical issues, play resumed on Vertigo, where Vitality took a 3-0 lead following a lively start to their CT side. EG struck back with a 2v4 clutch by Vincent “⁠Brehze⁠” Cayonte and tarik and won the ensuing anti-ecos to level the score. Things were looking promising for the North Americans, but the rest of the half was all Vitality, who kept the Terrorists at bay with a resolute defensive performance, with Nabil “⁠Nivera⁠” Benrlitom leading the charge with 18 frags.

Vitality added to their lead after switching sides following a hectic pistol round that almost went EG’s way. Peter “⁠stanislaw⁠” Jarguz‘s troops attempted to respond after buying up, but the French team kept their composure and locked down the map without even letting their opponents reach double-digits.

Evil Geniuses got off to a fantastic start on Inferno, winning five rounds in a row before Vitality finally managed to stabilise. Nivera racked up 12 frags as the French team tightened up and managed to take the lead, but EG picked up the pace in the closing stages of the half to head into the break with a narrow advantage.

Vitality came out of the break looking likely as they picked up the first three rounds of the half to retake the lead. The game entered a scrappy period as neither side managed to gain a stranglehold, but then EG tightened up and reached match point at 15-12. With no margin for error, the Frenchmen pushed the game to all 30 rounds with back-to-back A hits before finding the equaliser with a B execute against a very weak buy. EG didn’t let the setback shake their confidence, though, and won all CT rounds in overtime before wrapping things up on the offence.

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Complexity beat Vitality in poizon’s return at BLAST Premier Spring

Complexity have won the opening match of Group B in BLAST Premier Spring, defeating Vitality 2-0 after coming back from a 1-8 deficit on Mirage and dominating the Frenchmen 16-2 on Overpass. The latter map saw Mathieu “⁠ZywOo⁠” Herbaut record his worst performance on record, a 0.28 rating, as his team also suffered their toughest-ever loss on the map.

The European side had Valentin “⁠poizon⁠” Vasilev back in action for the first time since early December, when he was ruled out of IEM Global Challenge after undergoing emergency surgery. Although at first the Bulgarian looked out of shape with a tough start on Mirage in the match against Vitality, as the series progressed the AWPer found his impact with a huge highlight on Mirage and a carry performance on Overpass.

Meanwhile, Kristian “⁠k0nfig⁠” Wienecke played a massive role in Complexity‘s opening win on their pick, Mirage, where at first the European side looked doomed after a tough start to their offensive half but then turned things around on the back of the Dane’s massive plays.

k0nfig carried Complexity in the Mirage comeback with a 30-bomb

Vitality cruised through the opening stretches of the first half with an 8-1 lead and went on to clinch two more rounds for a 10-5 defense, but when sides switched, Complexity came alive. A pistol round going the way of the European side busted the map wide open and several big multikills from k0nfig, as well as a lightning-fast AWP quad-kill from poizon, saw Complexity put together a near-perfect CT side as they went 11-1 in the second half to secure the opener.

Benjamin “⁠blameF⁠” Bremer & co. seemed to carry over the momentum to Overpass, where the in-game leader started things off with a USP-S quad-kill on long and Complexity went on to dominate the half. With the Dane and poizon consistently finding openings and multikills on both sides of the map, the team went on another 11-1 streak while Vitality had no one to step up to the plate as ZywOo went missing. The Frenchmen could not salvage the dire situation, with just one more round going their way before they conceded the series at 16-2, 2-0.

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NAVI overcome Vitality to reach BLAST grand final

A thriller consolidation final BO3 between Natus Vincere and Vitality finished with the former team taking a 2-1 victory and earning a spot in the title match against Astralis.

The best player of 2020, Mathieu “⁠ZywOo⁠” Herbaut, and the second-best one, Aleksandr “⁠s1mple⁠” Kostyliev, both had stellar showings in the match. Though, it was Natus Vincere‘s AWPer that pushed it across the line with a 1.74 rating on the decider, Dust2, to ensure his side a grand final bout against Astralis.

s1mple put up another masterclass to take down ZywOo and co.

Nuke kicked off with Vitality taking a 4-1 lead, but Natus Vincere managing to break the Frenchmen’s bank with a mixed-buy proved pivotal to them getting into the groove. The score was 6-4 for them when ZywOo‘s aggressive ramp play netted him a double entry, pulling the scoreline back to finish with just one round between the two teams at half time.

Vitality pushed ahead after the switch by winning the pistol and were up 11-8 before Denis “⁠electronic⁠” Sharipov‘s double put Natus Vincere in a strong situation to win their first defensive buy round. However, Vitality struck back and reached 15-9 after a Dan “⁠apEX⁠” MadesclaireRichard “⁠shox⁠” Papillon 2v4, but the CIS side still showed class. With their back against the walls and s1mple powering up, they chained six in a row to reach overtime and then closed it out, 19-17, to win their map pick.

Things moved to Overpass next, where Natus Vincere‘s 3-0 lead post-pistol was canceled out by Vitality thanks to Kévin “⁠misutaaa⁠” Rabier showing up in first buy with a quad kill. From 3-3, the CIS side took back the lead with great play from s1mple as well as Egor “⁠flamie⁠” Vasilyev, who put up a 4K hold in round 8. Just when it was looking like the Frenchmen were going to get run over on their map pick (8-3 down), they scraped their way back into the half to finish it 8-7.

The second half was a full-out brawl, as Vitality took four of the first five rounds, but Natus Vincere came alive after a triple-kill from Kirill “⁠Boombl4⁠” Mikhailov to equalize at 12-12. In the dying embers of the map, shox found consistent success playing aggressively on A, helping his side to close out Overpass 16-12.

Strong play from shox set Vitality up for the early lead as CT on Dust2, 4-0, with the scoreline turning on its head after s1mple‘s AWP triple kill and Ilya “⁠Perfecto⁠” Zalutskiy‘s 1v2 clutch, which destroyed Vitality‘s economy. After that, Natus Vincere ran up a strong lead by punishing the mid holds from Vitality, finishing the half 10-5.

Another pistol added to the tally of the French side gave them a route back into the game, however, Natus Vincere were back to winning ways after their double eco, reaching 13-8. apEX‘s team managed to add one more round soon, but were unable to convert against a low-buy which saw their opponents take the victory, 16-10.

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Vitality fined $10,000 by ESIC for breach of code

The Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) has issued Vitality a $10,000 fine as a result of their breach of the commission’s code, after the team were found to have the stream playing in the background while they were playing matches against Liquid and Complexity at BLAST Premier Global Final.

After assessing the VOD and player camera footage, ESIC found no evidence of the players being given information from the stream or that they gained an advantage in their matches due to the rulebreaking.

The Vitality organization has been issued a $10,000 fine

As a result of the findings, the esports watchdog has concluded that the organization’s staff, who were viewing the stream in the lounge area of their office behind the team, should be held responsible instead of the team itself and decided not to disqualify, suspend, or ban Vitality.

“ESIC’s assessment of the VOD footage and player camera footage does not suggest that the players were given information derived from the stream or that they gained any advantage in their matches as a result of the Code violation by the organisation,” a statement from ESIC reads. “Team Vitality’s management has accepted responsibility for the breach.”

“ESIC’s decision to fine the organisation rather than disqualify, suspend or ban the team is predicated on ESIC’s review of the evidence which indicates that taking an action in the alternative would have been a disproportionate and unfair outcome for the negligence of the organisation’s staff, who, whilst negligent, had no intentional malice in their actions.”

In December, ESIC released a statement revealing that it found that the practice of stream-sniping — watching the stream live during own matches — had been widespread online. The commission decided against taking action at the time because the resulting ban wave would have a devastating impact on the landscape but promised that it would enforce a zero-tolerance policy from then on.

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Vitality breeze past Complexity in BLAST Premier Global Final

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.

With this victory, Vitality will wait for the winner of Natus Vincere and Liquid, while Complexity will have to play an elimination series in the first round of the lower bracket.

ZywOo was a beast in 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.

After losing the pistol and the following round, Complexity had a glimpse of hope as William “⁠RUSH⁠” Wierzba hit four difficult Desert Eagle headshots to steal the round for his team.

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.

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