Virtus.pro take third place at ESWC
Virtus.pro have scooped the bronze medal at ESWC 2014 after a 2-1 victory over Natus Vincere (16-12 on de_mirage, 11-16 on de_nuke and 16-3 on de_inferno).
With an extra $5,000 and bragging rights at stake, there was plenty to fight for in this third-place decider, even though motivation from both teams probably hit a low after being denied passage to the final.
The first map of the best-of-three tie was de_mirage, Na`Vi's pick, a curious pick considering Virtus.pro are usually very strong on it. Some strong attacking play from the Polish team saw them take a 10-5 lead going into the break. In the second half, Virtus.pro further enlarged their lead by taking the opening three rounds, and even though Na`Vi managed to close the gap in the gun rounds, Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács's side could not prevent their opponents from running out 16-12 winners.
Virtus.pro scoop $10,000 cheque
Next up was de_nuke, where Virtus.pro got off to an early five-round lead on the CT side. Na`Vi then strung three rounds together to reduce the deficit to 3-5, but Virtus.pro regained controlled of proceedings and finished the half up 11-4. Now playing on the CT side, Na`Vi, powered by a quad kill from Denis "seized" Kostin in the pistol round, turned in a perfect display as they picked up 12 rounds in succession to secure a 16-11 victory.
The final map of the tie was de_inferno, where Virtus.pro, who began on the CT side, stormed through a 12-3 scoreline after picking up the first six rounds of the half. A B push from the Polish team in the pistol round piled more misery on Na`Vi and inspired Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas's team to post a 16-3 win and capture the $10,000 cheque.
K - D
Janusz 'Snax' PogorzelskiSnax
64 - 40
Paweł 'byali' Bielińskibyali
61 - 47
Filip 'NEO' KubskiNEO
50 - 42
Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' JarząbkowskipashaBiceps
52 - 51
Wiktor 'TaZ' WojtasTaZ
43 - 50