Virtus.pro to grand final over Titan

Virtus.pro have advanced to the grand final after out-playing Titan 2-1 with map scores of 11:16 on de_nuke, 16:13 on de_cache and 16:4 on de_inferno.

With only European teams remaining in play at the ESEA Season 18 Global Finals, the upper bracket final saw two red-hot teams facing off: the French-Belgian-Swiss mix of Titan and the Poles of Virtus.pro.

With the last match of the day drawing into the Dallasonian dusk and beyond, it was de_nuke that would be the battleground for the first map of contention. Interestingly, this choice may be one of the last times that nuke is seen as a map of play for a long while.


kuben and VP guarantee themselves a grand final placing

Belying the common superstition that de_nuke is a horrendously CT-sided map, Kévin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans worked his men like a master puppeteer on Titan's T-half, giving them the advantage at the half over VP (8:7), despite the Poles' reputation for stellar CT play on de_nuke.

Virtus.pro countered with a flawless T pistol and looked like they were on their way toward gaining some breathing space by advancing to a 10:8 advantage, and with Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski in hard-fragging mode.


Titan bid nuke adieu with textbook T and CT play 

However, with Dan "apEX" Madesclaire and Kenny "kennyS" Schrub beginning to garner frags in piecemeal fashion, Titan made VP look more and more like a plough stuck in the mud, and Titan shut down the map with solid defense at a score of 16:11.

de_cache began with all indications of a Titan shutdown with Cédric "RpK" Guipouy and team winning their T pistol and the next few rounds.

Virtus.pro did finally get ahold of their CT-sided muse eventually, and Paweł "byali" Bieliński in particular helped heap rounds up for the Poles.

The fifteenth round saw helter-skelter play from both teams at mid with Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas delivering with his characteristic Five-Seven play to give VP the advantage with a 9:6 half.


apEX let loose an artillery barrage against VP on Titan's CT half of de_cache

Despite the twenty-two year old apEX delivering insane play with the USP on the second pistol round, Virtus.pro started to grab a foothold and gain Terrorist rounds.

On the 24th round, a miniature comeback was halted by a one-versus-two from byali, which made a visibly frustrated kennyS force off his headphones on the live camera.

With such suggestions of possible tilt, next round the resurgent Mathieu "Maniac" Quiquerez got three pistol kills to give Titan the win and reverse momentum yet again, with the score 13:12 for Virtus.pro.

Virtus.pro kept composure however and their combination of aggressive site takes and loose style ended the map in their favour, 16:13. This win marked the first time a match was going to map three at these ESEA finals.


byali was particularly impressive on cache

With the third map being de_inferno, it was to be expected that Titan in-game leader Ex6TenZ would have the anti-strat book ready for Virtus.pro.

Unfortunately, Lady History (and drawn-out series) has a way of being unkind to Titan, and Virtus.pro took off with overbearing Terrorist play, pummeling a confused-looking Titan into the ground.

Despite well-intended save rounds meant to restart Titan's economy, VP continued exploding onto both sites with not much answer from the French-majority team; the half ended 11:4 for Virtus.pro.

A mid-rush worked no magic for the teetering Titan, and they were left saying sayonara as final rounds bled away.

Filip "NEO" Kubski added final insult to injury with a knife on Ex6TenZ in the same round, bringing a somewhat anti-climactic third map to a close 16:4.

Matchpage
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Cache
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Inferno
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Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1661
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
France Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1081
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Poland Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1636
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.17
Switzerland Mathieu 'Maniac' Quiquerez
Mathieu 'Maniac' Quiquerez
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
830
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Poland Paweł 'byali' Bieliński
Paweł 'byali' Bieliński
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1431
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1368
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.16
Poland Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1567
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Belgium Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' Droolans
Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' Droolans
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
1332
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.16
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
1440
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
#1
Edward | 
Macau ianzy 
ez f0restwOw
2015-04-19 05:46
#9
kennyS | 
Turkey J1T_T3R 
ok
2015-04-19 05:49
ez jOEMYGOD
2015-04-19 11:00
/delete /ban
2015-04-19 11:01
idi nahoy
2015-04-19 11:11
#2
Europe ssk. 
N1
2015-04-19 05:46
ez
2015-04-19 05:46
#4
Europe ssk. 
VP is going to take the title!
2015-04-19 05:47
pretty sure it's fnatic
2015-04-19 05:57
#21
Sweden olo7 
fnatic not even top3, lmao
2015-04-19 06:54
fnatic will win 2xbo3 just like they did previously
2015-04-19 09:43
#39
Sweden olo7 
this year there is esea anticheat in use, also they need to pass mouz (50/50) nad titan which ll not gonna happen. titan ll rape them like always 2:0
2015-04-19 10:54
SURE ?
2015-04-19 21:34
#78
Europe ssk. 
Well...
2015-04-20 01:28
sry forgot that season was in the map pool, which fnatic like never plays
2015-04-20 01:31
Go titan
2015-04-19 05:47
expected
2015-04-19 05:47
Virtus.Plow
2015-04-19 05:47
2 events in a month, really stepping up
2015-04-19 05:48
not expected after nuke performance and cache both pistol lost, but somehow they took it ;x n1
2015-04-19 05:50
plowed like a
2015-04-19 05:52
How this is on lounge....all in Fnatic.
2015-04-19 06:16
standart titan, always choked.
2015-04-19 06:32
les francaises
2015-04-19 06:41
That was way too over the top I realised, took it out :D
2015-04-19 06:45
ich liebe dich
2015-04-19 06:47
expecteed
2015-04-19 06:46
#22
Sweden olo7 
in the final ll titan play 2x boe3vto win?
2015-04-19 06:55
Yep, VP got 1 bo3 advantage
2015-04-19 09:13
like last year, 0-4 incoming? ;)
2015-04-19 09:21
#40
Sweden olo7 
titan lost last 10+ games vs vp so i doubt
2015-04-19 10:55
You mean Pronax < ex6tenz again? I doubt that
2015-04-19 11:04
#47
Sweden olo7 
if titan ll play what they played yesterday (minus inferno) it l be easy rape early by them on fnatic like usual
2015-04-19 11:07
I'm not gonna bet you on that, we'll see. I'd like to see Fnatic in Final tho, see if it's possible to win 4 straight BO3s in one day on LAN ;)
2015-04-19 11:18
#53
Sweden olo7 
if their coder is confident esea client is not dangerous then no problem
2015-04-19 11:29
#54
Sweden olo7 
last year was not legit cuz 0 cheating security, not even esea client.
2015-04-19 11:30
Very will written
2015-04-19 07:09
EZ PZ BOYSE
2015-04-19 07:31
#26
Pieter | 
Netherlands Grifte 
GG VP Nice writing
2015-04-19 08:09
Ez pz lmn squeezy,VP 2 finals in a row,VP's aim to reach the finals every time,i have a feeling the Lower Bracket winner will win the tournament again,even though VP has 1 Bo3 advantage...and then all little kids will whine and cry for their skins.
2015-04-19 08:12
#42
Sweden olo7 
titan has vp blockade so i doubt they ll win two bo3
2015-04-19 11:01
Well titan have not beaten fnatic yet...but with esea, flusha never seems to play well...its a fact,not an accusation.
2015-04-19 11:38
#61
Sweden olo7 
yesterdays rape? hello?
2015-04-19 11:43
umm,titan will face fnatic again,and they have to still to beat fnatic before facing VP in the final...
2015-04-19 12:08
#65
Sweden olo7 
or mouz, with tier 2 level of fnatic now and good mouz form it ll be like 50/50 match
2015-04-19 12:09
funatic vs titan it is!
2015-04-19 19:06
ul for titan
2015-04-19 08:38
this writing is annoying. too forced on trying to come up with some clever saying
2015-04-19 09:25
+1 feels like he gets a thesaurus out and tries to replace every word, and the paragraphs don't flow together which makes for some unpleasant reading.
2015-04-19 09:59
accusation I've faced for years actually, way before I did esports writing. I used to collect unknown words in a little notebook, I actually try to tone it down; but in match reports I let it go since they're less read in general
2015-04-19 19:06
ahah. I guess it would be better to use simpled-down vocabulary, considering that most of the people on here speak English as their second language, not their native. Heck, some of the words I've seen you use in articles, 95% of natives wouldn't even know the meaning, let alone seen it before. I guess it's good practise for people to build their vocab xD Good work otherwise!
2015-04-20 08:08
idd
2015-04-19 10:39
#44
Sweden olo7 
too hard for a simple (read dumb) murican? not enough fuck and shit to understand?
2015-04-19 11:02
Not hard. Unnecessary
2015-04-19 12:11
Hahahah. I enjoyed it.
2015-04-19 11:33
+11111111
2015-04-19 11:37
#35
Slovenia juzh 
no consolidation final for titan? They lost just 1 bo3, shouldn't they go into lower bracket and face whoever wins fnatic/mouse?
2015-04-19 09:59
they will.
2015-04-19 11:06
vp very good :D
2015-04-19 10:38
#49
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China Specster 
Rambo, Pacquiao, and Filip NEO Kubski scontent-cdg.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xat1/t..
2015-04-19 11:12
back to business !!! GO VP !
2015-04-19 11:17
Dang
2015-04-19 11:32
#60
 | 
Poland Marcines 
obvious win from vp, titan cant into poland
2015-04-19 11:40
2015-04-19 11:44
2015-04-19 12:00
"dont go to esea vp", ur gonna go out in first match they said. gg wp
2015-04-19 12:15
#68
NiKo | 
Poland Jaruzel 
byali mad fragger mod activated again
2015-04-19 12:59
Yours are the only match reports I actually read all the way through, Stich. Bravo.
2015-04-19 13:10
GO VP !
2015-04-19 14:36
#75
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Poland tjuptenZZ 
"kuben and VP guarantee themselves a grand final placing" wth? kuben is part of VP
2015-04-19 19:16
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