Virtus.pro over Keyd in thrilling series

stich
March 13th, 2015 23:00

The final quarter-final of the day has ended in a three-map fashion with Virtus.pro beating Keyd Stars with scorelines of 16:4 on de_mirage, 19:17 on de_overpass for Keyd and 16:1 on de_nuke, thereby moving on to the semifinals.

The final match of Friday March 13th at ESL One Katowice 2015 saw home-crowd favourites Virtus.pro take on Brazilian Keyd Stars, the latter being the first team from outside of Europe or North America to make it into the top eight at a major.

With the first map chosen as de_mirage, widely regarded as Keyd's specialty map, the series already promised to deliver in terms of expectations. Fernando "fer" Alvarenga got the Brazilians off to a strong start with three pistol round kills on their T side.

Like a flash of lightning, Filip "NEO" Kubski & co. retaliated in the next round, with the 27-year-old NEO leading the comeback with a Scout in hand. That round, along with the crowd's enthusiastic cheers, allowed the Poles of VP to enter the CT-side driver's seat.


NEO was a big part of VP's early game success on mirage 

The Brazilian squad had their chance on the sixth round, when they were able to take over B site with a clean execute. VP shut down this volta for Keyd in the next round and placed them into a flimsy money situation, necesitating a force buy.

By the 11th round, with the score at 8:2 for VP, the Poles were starting to bulldoze through Keyd without losing any players, which certainly forced Keyd to call a timeout for the next round in order to reset their momentum.

Keyd elected to go with a B push after the pause, as that site had favoured the team earlier, however Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski used his signature style of clever play to help defuse the danger in the round.


Keyd were shut down on their favourite map 

With Virtus playing a dangerous and impressive style of fluid CT rotations, Keyd were left with not many openings in the Polish defense, and despite Keyd garnering a supplementary round, the half ultimately ended at 12:3 in VP's favour.

Keyd breathed some life into their limbs with their second pistol round win of the game, shutting down a VP A-site take. Once again however, and perhaps showcasing the Brazilian's shakiness in the game, Virtus.pro stole the next round away with a standard A execute and with TEC-9's blazing.

With the Virtus plough in full furrow mode, the Polish team closed out de_mirage 16:4.

The second map was de_overpass and the beginning delineated some breathing space to Keyd by giving them the oft preferred CT side due to the map being VP's pick. 

The Poles had other plans in mind, and after a keen A-site fake, they were able to take the T-side pistol. Keyd rallied back in the next round with a CZ-75 & Five-Seven buy and managed to take the momentum back.


Virtus.pro were put to the test on de_overpass 

Virtus.pro defaulted to a TEC-9 buy, indicative of the overall tournament's save round meta, and Snax picked up a devastating four kills to send Keyd back into the save territories.

Ricardo "boltz" Prass stood out with some impressive headshot action in some of the rounds, and also helped keep the save rounds close; eventually, a playground-push by Keyd gave them another round, with Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo helping to secure the final kill.

The Brazilians began to string some CT rounds together then, with one notable moment featuring Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski seemingly walking into a Keyd player in what could have been a smoke spectator bug.


boltz put in impressive work in the aim department 

Keyd ended up finishing the half with a surprising 11:4 score, perhaps unexpected for the Brazilians following their crumble on de_mirage. 

In the commentating Sean "seang@res" Gares words', Keyd opted for the "YOLO long sewer rush" on their T pistol and managed to secure A-site and the round, giving themselves the 12:4 lead.

Undaunted by this lead, Virtus.pro began the long march to a comeback campaign, only giving Keyd two Terrorist rounds until the score miraculously stood at 14:14.

Despite Snax and NEO dropping 30+ frags apiece, Virtus.pro finally let slip on the 29th round with boltz winning perhaps the most important one-on-two of his career up until that moment. Virtus.pro rallied in the next round however to force an overtime.


The crowd went eerily quiet at points during de_overpass 

The Poles managed to collect two CT rounds but Keyd took the final round of the first half of overtime. In the beginning of the second half, VP opted to rush A which ultimately became their undoing as Keyd were able to mow down the Polish aggressors on A-site.

With the score tied at 17:17, the game slowed down slightly and FalleN showed off exemplary play in CT bathrooms to pick off Virtus one-by-one. In the final round, Lucas "steel" Lopes got an important three kills to give Keyd the second map at 19:17.

The final showdown was de_nuke with Virtus.pro starting on the statistically easier CT side. Securing the pistol and succeeding rounds with ease, the Polish galère began to mop the floor against Keyd's attempts to take either site, going up an uncontested 12:0 until Keyd managed to get the right picks down in the 13th round.


TaZ was a key of VP's defense on upper site on nuke 

In the next round, Snax showed how he could easily fill the role as secondary AWPer with two critical kills to stop Keyd's ramp execute; the last round cleanly went VP's way to close the half off at 14:1.

The rigor mortis setting in fast, Keyd tried to defend against an enthusiastic Virtus.pro T pistol to no avail. From there it was only a round to sweep for the Poles, and they ended up walking away off the semi-finals at a 2-1 scoreline.

Matchpage
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1
13th March 2015
16
Mirage
4
17
Overpass
19
16
Nuke
1

 Virtus.pro K - D +/- ADR Rating 1.0
Poland Filip 'NEO' KubskiNEO 75 - 40 +35 - 1.56
Poland Janusz 'Snax' PogorzelskiSnax 66 - 41 +25 - 1.37
Poland Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' JarząbkowskipashaBiceps 53 - 39 +14 - 1.08
Poland Paweł 'byali' Bielińskibyali 52 - 44 +8 - 1.08
Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' WojtasTaZ 49 - 47 +2 - 0.99
 Keyd Stars K - D +/- ADR Rating 1.0
Brazil Ricardo 'boltz' Prassboltz 53 - 58 -5 - 0.96
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' ToledoFalleN 48 - 57 -9 - 0.86
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarengafer 48 - 61 -13 - 0.82
Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopessteel 31 - 54 -23 - 0.63
Brazil Caio 'zqkS' FonsecazqkS 31 - 66 -35 - 0.51

Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
986
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Poland Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1622
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.17
Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
804
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
995
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.59
APR:
0.11
Brazil Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
830
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.17
Poland Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1371
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
United States Sean 'seang@res' Gares
Sean 'seang@res' Gares
Age:
30
Rating 1.0:
0.88
Maps played:
692
KPR:
0.59
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Poland Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1567
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
#2
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Andorra KOVALSKII 
fnatic to champions! <3
2015-03-13 23:00
coming for title AGAiN n1
2015-03-13 23:00
again* thank me later
2015-03-13 23:59
AGAiN was the team's name back when they played 1.6 and had no organisation, thank me later
2015-03-14 00:52
Everytime they have no orga,in csgo they used AGAiN too when they left esc and added the two youngsters
2015-03-14 01:57
sorry i don't have time to care about some random 1.6 team as the polish guy's sentence doesn't make any sense thank me later
2015-03-14 11:52
#4
Hungary szebe 
what an amazing game
2015-03-13 23:00
Amazing overpass. Also two fun rapes.
2015-03-13 23:01
yeah, i meant that overpass btw gg keyd
2015-03-14 00:35
its funny vp get 49 rounds keyd 24 rounds btw gg keyd
2015-03-13 23:06
SURE
2015-03-13 23:00
16-4 16-1 super thrilling
2015-03-13 23:00
#18
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Slovakia sanjuro 
16-1 could be easily 14-16
2015-03-13 23:01
That's a good point... for a different discussion. Not. Thrilling.
2015-03-13 23:02
#27
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Slovakia sanjuro 
because nuke is not thrilling if any team win both pistol rounds, game is over
2015-03-13 23:03
Well, then you agree it wasn't thrilling, which is #6's point.
2015-03-13 23:03
got em with the clickbait. But in all honesty, I felt that overpass was thrilling for the close play, and mirage for watching how well VP played, nuke was a little humdrum though. Part of the hype of course was the chance of a South American team to advance to the semis
2015-03-13 23:03
#7
United States mah9 
great game, neo playing like a boss
2015-03-13 23:00
great job by keyd
2015-03-13 23:00
WP KEYD I'M PROUD
2015-03-13 23:00
lol overpass was thrilling, mirage and nuke a shilling
2015-03-13 23:01
Best game I've seen in a long while.
2015-03-13 23:01
Do you not watch CS? or...
2015-03-14 00:01
Seen all
2015-03-14 00:10
#15
Sweden ZOD! 
proud for keyd
2015-03-13 23:01
It's not like VP is going to win this anyway
2015-03-13 23:01
Wasn't that thrilling. :/ Ruined by a bad map and a bad tournament format (no knife round for the third map to make it at least a little more fair).
2015-03-13 23:01
boltz = op
2015-03-13 23:01
great major so far cbble and nuke deciding who goes on and both navi and keyd starting on the shittier sides on both deciding maps so much fun
2015-03-13 23:01
+1 cbble and nuke ruined both series
2015-03-13 23:04
OMG,Highseed give an advantage... What a shame...
2015-03-14 00:07
ye keyd should win against vp xDD
2015-03-14 01:12
Gj KeyD :)
2015-03-13 23:02
16-1 never forget
2015-03-13 23:02
#ThankyouKeyd <3
2015-03-13 23:02
TaZ owned in nuke
2015-03-13 23:03
thrilling? lel ez match... only overpass unlucky but 16-4 and 16-1 is the easiest match for vp on this tournament
2015-03-13 23:04
#35
Brazil rdG- 
Mirage - Disapointed with Keyd Overpass - Surprised with Keyd Nuke - Maybe VP got lucky cuz started as CT. Overall VP > keyd anyday. GG
2015-03-13 23:05
It's not lucky. Sides are alternately. If team play first map as CT, then plays second as a T, if thrid map is played, then again CT.
2015-03-14 02:00
lol vp only won cuz they got CT side on de_nuke, totally don't deserve to advance, nt keyd :)
2015-03-13 23:05
cry more hahahah
2015-03-13 23:07
why would i cry? i am not poor or uneducated. :)~
2015-03-13 23:08
so good for you :)
2015-03-13 23:09
Are you one of those fuckers using smileys to look like a chilled and cool dude ? I hate this.
2015-03-13 23:11
:)
2015-03-13 23:12
:)
2015-03-13 23:27
:)
2015-03-13 23:33
:)
2015-03-13 23:41
#125
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Poland dijef 
;)
2015-03-13 23:56
you, I like you Marry me
2015-03-14 00:31
#161
TaZ | 
Poland reap3r 
underneath that smile there is lots of salt :D
2015-03-14 03:08
*Checks flag* Yep... totally not poor and uneducated
2015-03-14 00:02
I lol'd at "not deserving to advance"
2015-03-14 02:01
GG...neo is god
2015-03-13 23:05
overpass was thrilling !
2015-03-13 23:05
GG KEYD
2015-03-13 23:06
neo, u back bru? anyway, keyd did a good job. but im glad that vp won.
2015-03-13 23:06
Neo was insane today and he really needs to maintain the same level as well as the rest of the team if they wanna have a chance to win vs Fnatic. I'd say 2-1 Fnatic
2015-03-13 23:07
fiffy > zqk
2015-03-13 23:06
#48
Germany v1nz 
hahaha +1
2015-03-13 23:07
#46
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Sweden mrarrogant 
16-4 16-1 such thrilling
2015-03-13 23:07
#174
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Argentina ECSBOX 
+1
2015-03-14 16:50
Filip "Neo" Kubski The Legend guys, respect.
2015-03-13 23:08
Keyd first major and they got 1 map on the quarter-finals. I'm proud of them, just it.
2015-03-13 23:08
Neo +35 IMPRESSIVE incl QL sound effect
2015-03-13 23:08
#53
Brazil Ehy 
Ty keyD !
2015-03-13 23:08
#55
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Poland Marcines 
thrilling? 16;1 16;4 xD
2015-03-13 23:09
Are all fanboys blind us you? give some respect for keyd they won overpass. lol those fangirls
2015-03-13 23:10
#75
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Poland Marcines 
and vp stomped them on nuke and mirage
2015-03-13 23:14
nuke VP started us CT, so its expected score on nuke. btw dont reply me please anymore, yea you are right. Bye
2015-03-13 23:29
#105
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Poland Marcines 
they had chance to comeback, but they couldnt even win pistol on ct side, vp was just way better btw.u know u talking bullshit :)
2015-03-13 23:36
#126
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Poland dijef 
Twice in tournament was huge come back on nuke. VP can say they lost overpass cause they started T side. You need to be mentally strong?
2015-03-13 23:59
gg, boltz sick aimer !
2015-03-13 23:09
+fer
2015-03-13 23:10
gg
2015-03-13 23:10
old school, baby!
2015-03-13 23:10
Did I just see a glimpse of the "old" Neo? (1.6) I think I did.
2015-03-13 23:10
New lineup for KeyD if they move to Europe -fox from kick -Boltz -Fallen -Mut From Kick -fer
2015-03-13 23:17
why change? this lineup is good , just need more practice in EU
2015-03-13 23:14
Very nicely written match report (who is this stich guy?). And well played VP and Keyd!
2015-03-13 23:10
steel suxx he should stick to throwing games for skins like he did in ibp
2015-03-13 23:11
It's not the same steel...
2015-03-13 23:12
Sarcasm my friend
2015-03-14 02:02
If sarcasm isn't funny it's just shit I don't see any hint of sarcasm in his comment
2015-03-14 02:37
I just presume anything stupid written on hltv as sarcasm, but yeah its shit
2015-03-14 10:36
thrilling was only map nr 2
2015-03-13 23:11
I agree, but it built up hype for tournaments to come. It was important, despite the trashing in the other two maps.
2015-03-13 23:44
You guys can say any bullshits, but was the first major of this team, they trained just one week on inferno online. Just imagine in the next major, with more experience, more training... I know that is hard to ask in HLTV but show some respect for this guys, they deserve it.
2015-03-13 23:12
Also, this was their 3rd international event...
2015-03-13 23:14
7:1
2015-03-13 23:22
rekt
2015-03-14 07:21
Thank god for someone with atleast a tiny bit of intelligence, +1 to you sir
2015-03-13 23:28
I'd say they will be a badass team once they get some experience on tournaments. Individual skill is just sick, but teamwork needs improvements. Overall I sense a very strong team in the future. GL man.
2015-03-13 23:36
+1
2015-03-13 23:41
#70
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Denmark fyhn 
Thrilling? I don't know about that. Absolute stomp on 2 maps and then one close map.
2015-03-13 23:12
Yeah, I wouldn't use that word, but everyone expected a complete beatdown after the first map, and KeyD defeated VP on their map of choice in a very exciting match. Unfortunately the third map was very one-sided.
2015-03-13 23:47
Keyd's have done more than enough and pretty much jumped above their heads for the first showing winning overpass vs VP which is great and hope to see more of them in the future... They've paid the dividends and went a bit beyond their TOP 8 goal....
2015-03-13 23:13
Completely agree. Now every top team is aware of their existence, which is very good for the global CS scene.
2015-03-13 23:48
#RESPECT4KEYD
2015-03-13 23:13
neo finally shows his full potential in csgo?
2015-03-13 23:13
#77
Pieter | 
Netherlands Grifte 
Fair play KeyD, great tourney! C'mon VP, take the title
2015-03-13 23:14
NEO !!!!
2015-03-13 23:14
#82
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Poland Redrumowy 
Please NEO lead VP to victory!
2015-03-13 23:16
I feel kinda sorry for KeyD. Maybe if they had lost to VP in OT on overpass they would have been remembered better as they put a good fight against poles. And now everyone is talking about this 16:1. Anyway they did a great job and I wish them best of luck in next major in Europe where they are already qualified I believe :)
2015-03-13 23:17
I don't think it is a shame to lose badly on nuke if you start as T and can't get the pistol rounds. At least they won a map and made everyone respect them, even though they were supposed to be defeated on VP's map of choice.
2015-03-13 23:50
I know man, but I am talking about this toxic people here on hltv puting more attention to nuke score than the fact KeyD played better than anyone expected. For me it was great that Brazilians won overpess and made match so much more interesting. My point was that maybe there wouldnt be so many pointless "16:1" threads on hltv if the match had ended on second map.
2015-03-14 00:13
Yes, that is for sure. People only tend to look at big differences and dismiss all the rest. But everyone that trully watched and paid attention understood that it was a nice ending for the Brazilians at their first major.
2015-03-14 03:08
thrilling nuke yes
2015-03-13 23:20
Let's say it was a bad ending to an awesome second map. Lose the pistols against a solid top 4 team and you are in for a bad ride. Could have happened to any other team as well.
2015-03-13 23:51
#87
zAAz | 
Europe 1_6er 
NEO is the best counter strike player in the world now. Just like he did in 1.6 he have everything AWP, MOVEMENT, AIM, PISTOL and he's doing 1.56 rating in such a important game versus top level team. And wait for that he's calling. Dont know why does people say it's Taz since he literally dont talk anything. Neo is like 70% of the words on teamspeak calling tactics and even succesfully predicting opponents moves.
2015-03-13 23:20
The King is back.
2015-03-13 23:21
NT KEYD GO BRAZIL
2015-03-13 23:23
#92
Brazil rdG- 
Neo da king is back! WP Keyd.
2015-03-13 23:24
#95
kNgV- | 
Brazil vicTHOR 
BRAZIL IS PROUD!
2015-03-13 23:27
#100
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Brazil Akaerri 
-zqk +foxJ
2015-03-13 23:31
the latter being the first team from outside of Europe to make it into the top eight at a major. Pretty sure C9/coL have made it into the top 8 twice???
2015-03-13 23:35
woops! I totally conflated North America with Europe
2015-03-13 23:40
#103
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Latvia Ke]R[4u 
neo 1.4? can it be? legend is back? O_O_O
2015-03-13 23:35
1.4 ? This version stay during approximativly 2 weeks beetween 1.3 and 1.5. But he probably did well at this time too :D
2015-03-14 00:18
Really like to see that neo stepped up, and we all know he can only get better.
2015-03-13 23:39
no one can stop VP ,not even NIP !! so sad !!
2015-03-13 23:39
i feel sorry for them, starting as T on nuke and the crowd behind VP..
2015-03-13 23:43
Neo in top3 this year ??
2015-03-13 23:43
Neo (igl) MONSTER
2015-03-13 23:55
neo still #1 fuck olofpig
2015-03-14 00:04
I'd like to point out that boltz's aim was really crazy at times. He was a big factor of Keyd's win on overpass. Nevertheless, respect for the Brazilian team. They have potential. I really hope to see more from them at the next events.
2015-03-14 00:18
nice to see neo on the top
2015-03-14 00:19
I don't want an other fnatic - NiP in final, so go VP and go nV too (at least one of them) !!
2015-03-14 00:20
funny
2015-03-14 01:09
My nostalgia Neo PLS I NEED MORE. Hopefully he can be top10 this year and continue improving he seems so on point the past few weeks
2015-03-14 00:42
#145
Poland MJP 
old good Neo :) gg vp , before Katowice , Neo was showing that he is traning hard , and now we can see results
2015-03-14 01:10
I wouldnt call that thrilling series
2015-03-14 01:21
Neo is playing really smart lately and getting alot done. He's is not THE legend for nothing.
2015-03-14 01:58
He has always been a smart player, he probably just lost his motivation in GO by a little bit, seems like he got the motivation back tho
2015-03-14 02:03
I might be wrong, but it seems to me he's either playing safer or having better timing for peeks. He might be mastering a style that fit his csgo skills.
2015-03-14 02:08
We will never know, but if he rises again like his 1.6 form obviously vp will be top 1
2015-03-14 02:12
This shows that f0rest, xizt and gtr will show up in 1.6 form too xd
2015-03-14 02:04
gj keyd, im proud!
2015-03-14 02:41
1- forthe first major. Welldone 2- 10 k dollars , plus 25K in stickers Its about. 75 thousant reais 3- Garanteed spot for the next major! It meens. , at least morr 25 K Dollars ins stickers! Give us 6 months to trainnig proprerly in EU Gogo Keyd.
2015-03-14 03:35
I think Keyd have really done themselves (and Brazilians) proud. Not only did they make Top 8 having been pretty much unknown outside of Latin America only a few months ago, but they also took a map off a very strong VP - on the latter's map choice! People keep quoting the Nuke result but I find in those circumstances you'll either go 16-1 or 16-11 depending on which side you start on. Yeah VP are definitely the stronger team and would probably have won anyway but I can't help but think if Key'd had started on CT side it the scoreline would look much more pleasant. Also boltz was amazing, fer and FalleN great too, just shy of him, steel was decent... But I think zqk seriously needs to improve his game. If he can't, they should find a better 5th player.
2015-03-14 04:23
FalleN was topfragging often and he is the IGL, this is quite hard to see, we have examples like Happy and Pronax but they are not many. Thank you so much for the kind words, we are proud indeed, it was historical for us. zqK unfortunately wasnt bringging his A game, since MLG - Clutchcon he is playing way worse (He was sick at the time, but I am starting to believe that he can't handle pressure very well). Because he is a beast on AWP, but his game seems off in international tournaments. What is sad tbh
2015-03-14 04:47
nice keyd,you showed some impressive plays... Kubski...<3
2015-03-14 04:40
If within 1 week of training were able to get between 8 best when they think international championship rhythm. Secure the HUEHUEHUE BR
2015-03-14 08:02
After this match we can see that Keyd may be very dangerous team for Europeans in future. And this boltz's aim...
2015-03-14 10:48
gg
2015-03-14 12:36
#176
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Denmark cabronnn 
ez 20$
2015-03-14 19:37
asd
2015-03-16 20:14
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