Group A: VP electric, NiP humble C9

Virtus.pro have topped group A at the ESL ESEA Dubai Invitational, defeating EnVyUs 16-7 on de_cache, while NiP eliminate Cloud9 from the tournament, winning 19-16 on de_dust2.

The winners' and losers' matches of Group A of the ESL ESEA Dubai Invitational finally saw the production go live from Dubai itself, with players relocating to the outdoor stages with the city's skyline as the scenic backdrop for the in-server action.

Virtus.pro kicked off the plow immediately on de_cache, where the Poles began as T-side against the renowned CT defensive play of EnVyUs. Unfortunately for the Frenchmen however, they could find no response to VP's extreme aggression, with Filip "NEO" Kubski and Paweł "byali" Bieliński in particular making strong plays.


byali has been red-hot in Dubai, having only been fazed by smoke machines apparently

Finishing the half at a shocking 15-0 scoreline for Virtus.pro, the game saw EnVyUs make a brief resurgence on their T side, where the Boys in Blue picked up seven rounds.

But it came too little, too late and Virtus.pro finally managed to defend an A-site take, winning the map 16-7 and advancing into the semifinal, with a guanrateed minimum of $25,000 in prize money assured.

Matchpage
7
16
10th September 2015
7
Cache
16

 Virtus.pro K - D +/- ADR Rating 1.0
Poland Janusz 'Snax' PogorzelskiSnax 23 - 17 +6 - 1.35
Poland Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' JarząbkowskipashaBiceps 20 - 17 +3 - 1.24
Poland Paweł 'byali' Bielińskibyali 19 - 12 +7 - 1.21
Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' WojtasTaZ 17 - 12 +5 - 1.18
Poland Filip 'NEO' KubskiNEO 14 - 16 -2 - 1.01
 Envy K - D +/- ADR Rating 1.0
France Kenny 'kennyS' SchrubkennyS 20 - 17 +3 - 1.24
France Fabien 'kioShiMa' FieykioShiMa 14 - 17 -3 - 0.95
France Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX 16 - 17 -1 - 0.95
France Vincent 'Happy' SchopenhauerHappy 13 - 21 -8 - 0.59
France Nathan 'NBK-' SchmittNBK- 11 - 21 -10 - 0.57

In the losers' match, the Canadian-Americans of Cloud9 took on the Swedish-Finn composition that is NiP on de_dust2.

The first half saw Cloud9 mostly in the driver's seat, with Mike "shroud" Grzesiek winning a crucial clutch on an important gun round after NiP began to rally with a four round comeback. C9 finished the half in the lead at 9-6.

NiP punished Cloud9 for sloppy play on the second pistol, and successfully won the pistol. An equally sloppy rush onto B by the Ninjas in the next round brought them into the clutches of Sean "seang@res" Gares' Five-Seven, giving the American IGL an all-important 3K. As a result, NiP failed their anti-eco and had their economy reset.


NiP survive the losers' match, but it wasn't pretty

Cloud9 continued the lead on CT, and the 21st round saw NiP unable to hold a B-site take, with Adam "friberg" Friberg accidentally killing a teammate in a two-versus-two. NiP rallied in the next round, fortuitous for the Ninjas as Cloud9's economy was weak and forced the North American team onto a double save.

The crucial 25th round saw both teams with full equipment and Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert gave his teammates some hope with an early double kill, allowing C9 to go up 14-11. NiP clawed their way back into the game on the next round, bringing the score eventually to 14-13.

One of the most bizarre retakes of 2015 followed in the next round, with Cloud9 having five members and failing to hastily gain control against three NiP players on catwalk, thus losing the round and giving NiP the momentum to gain match point.

Cloud9 somehow survived the final round of the game, forcing overtime. The North Americans won the first round of OT despite Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund picking up a vital 3K. The name of the game continued to be C9's lack of coordination on CT and GeT_RiGhT warming up to levels of yore, as NiP took the last two rounds of the first half.

On the second half of overtime, NiP star GeT_RiGhT once again helped his team shut down Cloud9, giving the Ninjas the match victory at 19-16.

Matchpage
16
19
10th September 2015
Sweden
16
Dust2
19

 NiP K - D +/- ADR Rating 1.0
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' AlesundGeT_RiGhT 39 - 20 +19 - 1.69
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest 29 - 21 +8 - 1.30
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Fribergfriberg 25 - 22 +3 - 1.12
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalliallu 19 - 21 -2 - 0.86
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' LandströmXizt 15 - 24 -9 - 0.66
 Cloud9 K - D +/- ADR Rating 1.0
United States Tyler 'Skadoodle' LathamSkadoodle 25 - 22 +3 - 1.12
United States Sean 'seang@res' Garesseang@res 26 - 27 -1 - 1.02
Canada Mike 'shroud' Grzesiekshroud 19 - 24 -5 - 0.84
United States Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbertn0thing 17 - 25 -8 - 0.74
United States Ryan 'freakazoid' Abadirfreakazoid 20 - 29 -9 - 0.72

Poland Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1681
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.17
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1611
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Poland Paweł 'byali' Bieliński
Paweł 'byali' Bieliński
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1449
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
United States Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
813
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1509
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
United States Sean 'seang@res' Gares
Sean 'seang@res' Gares
Age:
31
Rating 1.0:
0.88
Maps played:
713
KPR:
0.59
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Canada Mike 'shroud' Grzesiek
Mike 'shroud' Grzesiek
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
676
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
#1
dipparn | 
Sweden Khuna 
wp
2015-09-10 20:14
gogo VP! :)
2015-09-10 20:47
#2
Andorra _TMP 
easy
2015-09-10 20:14
#4
Poland khyx 
gg
2015-09-10 20:14
#5
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Brazil LOOOOOL_4Head 
drugs permitted to Get Right in this torney?
2015-09-10 20:14
#10
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Brazil Collee 
nt semphis no adderall no party
2015-09-10 20:15
#30
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Brazil LOOOOOL_4Head 
Get_Right was on drugs, probably
2015-09-10 20:18
#45
Latvia kjyy 
42o
2015-09-10 20:25
actually get right is permitted to take drugs (adderall equivalent - no adderall in swedistan), he uses them to cure his autism
2015-09-10 20:22
no, thats just you.
2015-09-10 20:46
you being drunk explains this stupid comment
2015-09-10 21:08
Well I didnt know that irritable bowel syndrome is same as autism but TIL!
2015-09-10 22:41
#89
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Germany felo 
Man i have autism too i will be the next GeT_RiGhT!
2015-09-10 21:46
you're german, just channel your inner supex0
2015-09-10 21:49
The dankest of memes
2015-09-11 02:50
drums
2015-09-10 20:14
#7
H1ber | 
Finland Dagyhy 
getright god
2015-09-10 20:14
badum tsss Edit:wasn´t friberg the one who made a tk?
2015-09-10 20:16
yes my bad
2015-09-10 20:18
np <3
2015-09-10 23:43
#9
Russia jobs! 
not noice
2015-09-10 20:14
get rajta
2015-09-10 20:15
GG
2015-09-10 20:15
klol
2015-09-10 20:15
fsgfas
2015-09-10 20:15
#15
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South America IFK 
wp NiP
2015-09-10 20:15
get rekt
2015-09-10 20:15
Get_Right is back on form. I really like seeing him play like that
2015-09-10 20:16
five bald eagles are crying
2015-09-10 20:16
*4
2015-09-10 21:10
You should know better...
2015-09-11 14:13
wp gtr
2015-09-10 20:16
How the fuck? Nip won 6 mins ago why is this already published?
2015-09-10 20:17
#48
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Georgia aliosha 
They wrote about vp and nv before and 5 minutes is good interval to write about nipvsc9
2015-09-10 20:27
I wasn't watching. What's with the smoking machines thing?
2015-09-10 20:17
hehe :P
2015-09-10 20:22
Lol. Thanks
2015-09-10 20:36
#22
Slovakia d4ho 
what the fuck was that supposed to mean with handling the A plant from cloud9 where they let them in a then retake.. i mean what the fuck
2015-09-10 20:17
#37
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Sweden BenneDoT 
I'v seen NiP do that as well. The thing is that when you are alone as CT on A, you are lucky of you get 1 kill and you will always die. So i guess they where more confident in falling back, regrouping and retaking when they had more ppl alive. The problem was that unlike t-side they didnt use nades to retake it.
2015-09-10 20:21
The bigger problem with that retake is how slowly they did it imo, they could have literally used someone going '3,2,1' in TS and it would have looked better
2015-09-10 20:23
#59
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Sweden BenneDoT 
Yea, they definitely looked out of their comfort-zone.
2015-09-10 20:33
Yeah the problem was why they left Ska alone on A when they had 5 man? Who was his partner on A bombsite who jumped and rotated to CTB for no reason? Obviously BOTazoid.
2015-09-10 20:49
sucks. they just threw the game away like that..
2015-09-10 20:18
nobody threw anything.
2015-09-10 20:29
gtr thanks
2015-09-10 20:18
muricas another jokey apparance hehe tier231123 teams
2015-09-10 20:18
pretty questionable moves from sgares opting to go for VERY LATE retakes in 5v3 and not pushing anywhere on the map . freakazoid is literally sitting in a corner hoping for someone not checking it to get a kill ( ps.dead weight) n0thing has no impact on the game shroud got flushed out of long too soon and sometimes even backed away a couple of times from long leaving it completely empty thus getting pincered from short which makes me really question his ingame awareness and consequences of his actions as a whole on the game . That A bombsite was catastrophic for c9 in all ways skadoodle is the only light in this team but he can only do so much . nothing to take away from NIP but c9 lost that game for themselves and GTR beasted through their mistakes and non-existent teamwork
2015-09-10 20:26
#44
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Sweden BenneDoT 
Your analysis is a bit overkill, but your right in many ways. It feels like they where afraid of giving up easy kills to Nip and it feels like they did something they had talked about to close out game (they have been bad at that before esp. dust2 vs fnatic). They had a good idea in mind, but clearly didn't know how to play in that style vs nip.
2015-09-10 20:25
c9 was a bit unlucky with timings as well. they had several rounds with B flank but were just a bit too late. seemed like they were too afraid to make mistakes
2015-09-10 20:27
2 rounds where sean pushed B and got that info , but the problem is they COMPLETELY gave A to nip so I don't understand if it's sheer stupidity not to fight for it or wait for seangares on the long flank from behind which had no effect on the outcome of the round. They had really questionable calls
2015-09-10 20:30
It's a bit overkill because I enjoyed watching the map , vintage f0rest and GTR , Ska on form . It was very entertaining to watch but in this style that c9 is adopting it clearly isn't working out . and in particular , I don't get how they even play this map at all if they don't know how to back each other up properly . Many a times you see people not getting traded and stuck in these spots where it's do or die and generally it's death for them
2015-09-10 20:28
I just dont understand why they didnt play A like the other teams. Rush long at the beginning with 3 people. 1 controlling long while ska is at car with the AWP. They did that like 1 or 2 times but because they failed they went into full passive mode. Seangares absolutely had no clue (except for holding B), NiP wasn't even doing anything special.
2015-09-10 20:35
That is vintage shroud. Even lurkers marvel at his passiveness. I used to think perhaps he wasn't being put in the right positions, but its really all on him. Any time he has a chance to be aggressive or make a play, he will hesitate 9 out of 10 times. Insane aim and reactions, but severely lacking game sense.
2015-09-10 20:49
Freak's role on CT side, much like the others, isn't very well flushed out at all. You have to wonder how much time they even spend on working CT setups. If they don't have strong T sides, then its game over. sgares has done extremely well utilizing freak on T sides, but not much else.
2015-09-10 20:55
Lol, n0thing held an early round mid push single-handedly and him and sgares held B effectively throughout the CT side. Sure he struggled in retaking A but c9 lost CT side because of a lackluster cat hold. Although skadoodle got a few opening kills early in the round, he couldn't hold cat effectively when they made the execute push. I do agree they should have contested A in those 5v3 and 3v3 rounds before NIP got the bomb down
2015-09-10 21:02
part of the problem was shroud being drawn out of long way too early and so SKA can't effectively hold cat from bombsite or car . so he is put in a position where it is a must he retreats to ct or just full on peek short which he did and may or may not get one kill but never a multikill .
2015-09-10 21:10
Can anyone please explain to me wtf happened at A on D2? I dont even remember what round it was but they were up 5-3 players on NIP, Ska Was holding long after what I think was a double, then he totally gave up long, went ct spawn, and NIP went right up cat, planted and killed the remaining members of C9. He had the angle to hold long/cat, they could have had whoever was CT hold cat from connector. Instead they all funneled through long or cat to retake. Is this a case of them reaaaaally trying to seem clever, look at our starts no one has used before? An MG wouldn't do that shit.
2015-09-10 21:48
#28
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Vietnam yolesnoobs 
Xizt wanted to throw but GTR said no Kappa
2015-09-10 20:18
39 fucking kills.
2015-09-10 20:18
shroud -5 and n0thing -8 rip
2015-09-10 20:18
#32
Zero | 
Canada wolrus 
wtf is that title
2015-09-10 20:19
Rip USA [*]
2015-09-10 20:19
#35
Sweden CMF 
Two reasons why NiP won this game: 1) GTR playing at his best 2) Cloud9 playing at their worst Re-play this match and C9 will win it 7 times out of 10. I don't think this win was any good for NiP, it would be better to be white-washed and force changes. Relying on GTR carrying with close to 40-bombs every match won't work. Sucks for C9, I like to watch them play and I hope they aren't too bummed out by this loss.
2015-09-10 20:20
C9 didnt play shit. They played their average but wasnt enough.
2015-09-11 14:15
#36
dktenso | 
Brazil lgzn 
"One of the most bizarre retakes of 2015 followed in the next round, with Cloud9 having five members and failing to hastily gain control against three NiP players on catwalk, thus losing the round and giving NiP the momentum to gain match point" HHAHAHAHAHA Yep that was painful to watch.
2015-09-10 20:21
#49
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Sweden BenneDoT 
Yupp. 1 single flash could have made the difference there. Giving NiP a fair fight will always be tough. You have to be smart about it.
2015-09-10 20:28
#55
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Qatar olaolakaka 
i want to see that one
2015-09-10 20:30
#40
f0rest | 
Serbia dankooo 
Gratz get right.. Amazing plays
2015-09-10 20:23
i only see one murican post in this thread buahahah vivalaNiP
2015-09-10 20:23
lol check ur eyes then m8
2015-09-11 00:03
get right 39 kills says it all
2015-09-10 20:24
C9 with the most basic fecking mistakes, lol. They honestly shouldn't have lost that map. Same shit, different day. 15-9 vs fnatic choke on dust2, and now this. don't let sgares fragging fool you, some really stupid mistakes at the end, especially on the 5v3.
2015-09-10 20:26
Some really strange mistakes by C9 during that game. Ska by himself in mid with the bomb? Really? How unfortunate. If they were to stop doing silly shit like that then maybe they could live up to the hype. Solid showing by both teams though.
2015-09-10 20:29
Would hardly describe it as solid. NiP shouldn't take solace from this win either. They made some pretty glaring mistakes themselves, and if it wasn't for GTR going berserk, this map wouldn't have been close. That was some of the worst CS I've seen, from both sides.
2015-09-10 20:31
usual game from shroud, got his highlight round to satiate his fanboys, but did nothing else all game, except feeding off ecos.
2015-09-10 20:29
#57
Portugal jO7A 
''C9 tier1 team// C9 top7 team'' Lol'd.
2015-09-10 20:31
top 5 they said,not top 7
2015-09-10 20:36
Current C9 reminds me of old dig/current TSM. No chokerino, pleaserino...
2015-09-10 20:33
remove allu already. He won one important duel against skadoodle, but missed i counted atleast 4 easy shots that pretty much cost them the game. And this has been going on for ages, still NiP staff/allu fans only want to see his highlights...
2015-09-10 20:36
Kick Allu please, it's time
2015-09-10 20:49
now? he is in bed
2015-09-10 23:19
do it
2015-09-11 10:05
and VP is going tp meet fnatic in semis again, 99%.
2015-09-10 20:49
Its gonna be a problem if nip goes far, f**k, needed them to lose and its a problem for them that they didnt get eliminated..... Now if they somehow win tomorrow's match they will probably keep the same roster :( and its a waste of their own time to keep trying to keep the long time rusted engine running for a long period of time. Gotta stop putting bandaids.............I want them to become consistent and if they were to get eliminated by c9 there would be more chances of them swapping a player or two and thus possibly make something more consistent and better but since it didnt happen and unles they lose tomorrow they might keep on struggling keeping the same roster in the long run but in any case gl to them i guess if they go far - well, good for them.
2015-09-10 20:56
you let the forest burn down so shrubs can rise up from the ashes :P
2015-09-10 21:05
yup, same shit different day for NIP.
2015-09-10 22:02
sick T side from vp. pretty weak play from NIP, but it's not cause of allu only, imo.
2015-09-10 20:59
shroud is just overrated...
2015-09-10 21:02
#87
shaGuar | 
United States brieN 
I think c9 is more overrated, they had a few good tournaments where they choked in finals and just like all US teams in CSGO, haven't adjusted to stay relevant and get figured out and poof, no more good results
2015-09-10 21:25
All their players are overrated because of twitch and streams. If you are a youtube sub to some cs channels, and even on reddit, you constantly see 'INSANE CLUTCHES BY Hiko/shroud/n0thing... whatever' against a bunch of nobodies. Freakazoid is honestly awful and skadoodle is nowhere near a top 5 awper let alone the best. NA will never learn. Less time streaming and more time watching Euros play, learning from them, and practicing as a team. Cant blame them tho, they make a shitton of money. Also they have the best condition out of all teams. They are constantly on bootcamps and arrive very early to these tournaments. VP only flew to Dubai yesterday, i think this is the 2nd/3rd day of C9 in there
2015-09-10 21:32
Insanely that GeT_RiGhT played that good with a crazy headache. Christopher Alesund &#8207;@GeT_RiGhTcs 43 minför 43 minuter sedan I'm very sorry for our fans that I couldn't do signatures and photos now, my head is exploding of pain so need to chill down abit :-( 36 retweets 400 favoriter
2015-09-10 21:03
Top fragging with less than 6~ hours, nice sgares :D
2015-09-10 22:03
Lmao C9 exposed as adderall losers Can't even beat struggling NiP
2015-09-10 22:28
250k tournament, bo1 wow
2015-09-10 22:28
its bullshit
2015-09-10 23:18
c9 ct 5v3 "EVERYONE EVACUATE THE SITE AND PLAY RETAKE... WITH NO NADES" -seangrills 2015, professional demo watcher
2015-09-10 22:38
#104
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Bulgaria AboveYall 
yeah i was like "wtf" :D ... i mean they killed 2 of em and then 4man stack at ct ? like why would u do that XD leaving the site completly exposed
2015-09-11 00:14
VP electric AHHAHAHA
2015-09-10 23:08
#102
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Brazil xpn :) 
NiP are returning my friends, they will win against nVy now , just fnatic they may lose!
2015-09-10 23:56
give c9 back the adderal :(
2015-09-11 02:26
Has shroud had a good game since the adderall scandal?
2015-09-11 03:56
These titles ffs.....
2015-09-11 07:59
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