dignitas eliminate VP in 2-1 thriller
dignitas are through to the decider against mousesports after surviving a gruelling best-of-three against Virtus.pro 2-1 (11-16 on de_cache, 16-7 on de_mirage, and 22-20 on de_cbble).
The Group B elimination match between Virtus.pro and dignitas kicked off late into the night at DreamHack ZOWIE Open Leipzig with the winner to advance to the decider match against mousesports on the second day.
de_cache kicked off with Norwegian Ruben "RUBINO" Villarroel scoring a USP ace against the Poles to give dignitas the first pistolround of the series. VP bought up pistols however and equalised to 1-1.
dignitas managed to convert the next round however and pulled away with a few rounds, although Virtus.pro continued to score successful executes and the half finished a close 8-7 in favour of dignitas.
Kjaerbye often led the charge for dignitas in the series
With Paweł "byali" Bieliński in fine form on VP's CT-side, the Polish team began to pull away with rounds and ultimately achieved a 9-3 half to close out the first map 16-11.
de_mirage was another map where dignitas only managed a paltry 8-7 defense, however the second half saw something completely unexpected happen as the Danish-Norwegian team powered ahead with eight straight T rounds to win the map 16-7.
NEO almost managed to keep VP in the game on de_cbble
Overtime saw multiple players such as Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas, Filip "NEO" Kubski, and Kjaerbye pull up big plays to keep the match alive through a second overtime, but eventual patient play from dignitas gave them the map at 22-20 and the series, thereby knocking Virtus.pro out of the tournament.
Day two at the DreamHack ZOWIE Open in Leipzig kicks of at 12:00 with the Group A decider match between FaZe and Luminosity whereas dignitas will now play against mousesports at 15:00.
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