VP beat Astralis, to Major semis

Virtus.pro defeated Astralis 2-0 to become the first semi-finalists at ESL One Cologne. (19-17 on Overpass and 19-15 on Train).

Virtus.pro and Astralis faced in the first quarter-final at ESL One Cologne in a best of-three series. With Danny "zonic" Sørensen as their stand-in Astralis started Overpass on the T-side.

The Danes picked up the pistol round after Nicolai "device" Reedtz's opening kill but couldn't stop a triple kill by Paweł "byali" Bieliński in the following round, losing the anti-eco. Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski's 1vs2 clutch gave Virtus.pro their sixth round and they made it 9-1 before Finn "karrigan" Andersen brought a round to his team with a triple kill.


TaZ & co. become semi-finalists 

After getting one more round, Astralis' struggle continued and they trailed 3-12 at halftime. The story of the second half was much different as Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth & company grabbed the first seven rounds of the half to come within two rounds of Virtus.pro (12-10).

Astralis even got a match point buy failed to close out as Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski's quad kill took the match to overtime. The CT-sided Astralis were overwhelmed in the first half of overtime, losing all three rounds. Virtus.pro eventually stopped the scary comeback and won Overpass 19-17.

Train was the second map and Astralis won their third pistol round of the series with zonic picking up a triple kill. Virtus.pro answered in the third round with an early weapon purchase and went on a three round streak, taking the lead.


It was another rough game for zonic

Astralis responded harshly, grabbing nine of the ten remaining rounds in the half in a dominant fashion. The Danes led 11-4 at halftime.

The Danish team won yet another pistol round but lost the third round of the half as Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas secured a triple kill and the round (13-5). Virtus.pro's comeback effort kicked off after this point and they managed to make it 14-11 but a 2vs3 victory by karrigan and device gave the Danes four match points. Virtus.pro ultimately were able to take it to overtime with a four round streak.

After giving up two kills in each three first half overtime rounds, Virtus.pro closed out all three of them and finished the match 19-15 and the series 2-0, eliminating Astralis and becoming the first semi-finalists in Cologne.

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 Virtus.pro K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Poland Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' JarząbkowskipashaBiceps 56 - 47 +9 83.4 1.15
Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' WojtasTaZ 53 - 47 +6 73.2 1.08
Poland Janusz 'Snax' PogorzelskiSnax 42 - 43 -1 72.7 1.05
Poland Paweł 'byali' Bielińskibyali 45 - 46 -1 74.4 1.02
Poland Filip 'NEO' KubskiNEO 46 - 46 0 73.3 0.99
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice 68 - 43 +25 94.5 1.39
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve 55 - 51 +4 84.9 1.09
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x 45 - 49 -4 80.5 1.06
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersenkarrigan 36 - 46 -10 51.5 0.84
Denmark Danny 'zonic' Sørensenzonic 25 - 53 -28 53.7 0.65

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Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Age:
33
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1791
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Denmark Danny 'zonic' Sørensen
Danny 'zonic' Sørensen
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.75
Maps played:
20
KPR:
0.49
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.11
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1403
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Poland Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1604
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1580
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.17
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
Poland Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1592
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1543
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
vp wouldnt have a single shot against normal astralis squat
2016-07-08 13:12
virtus pro would have lost 0-2 if astrals had dupreeh... Sad to admit but true :( Overall poor showing from VP and godlike play from device.. WP!
2016-07-08 13:12
#44
 | 
Brazil NaScene 
Now time for them to get rekt by SK. :(
2016-07-08 13:14
Yes and mouz is T2
2016-07-08 13:15
#53
Thorin | 
United Kingdom Weldo 
Thats if sk beats f3 :)
2016-07-08 13:15
f3 doesn't stand a chance vs SK
2016-07-08 13:20
no chance my friend
2016-07-08 13:21
Let me fix that for you: Now time for them to rekt SK. :)
2016-07-08 13:16
VP fTw
2016-07-08 15:17
#90
 | 
United Kingdom ChrisFroome 
Astralis so close... But now I hope vp will make it to the finals, good luck
2016-07-08 13:31
#119
 | 
Poland Trikull 
Thx bro it will be hard vs SK
2016-07-08 13:53
TAZ THE MAN! #Respect
2016-07-09 09:16
#61
NEO | 
Poland user_309 
That's the thing you'll never know. That's not a math equation.
2016-07-08 13:17
but i know it. you should know it too. what are we going to do now?
2016-07-08 13:42
25/04 16 Virtus.pro vs. Astralis - ECS Season 1 - inferno 1-16 25/04 16 Virtus.pro vs. Astralis - ECS Season 1 - cache 8-16 03/03 16 Virtus.pro vs. Astralis - IEM Katowice 2016 - overpass 6-16 24/02 16 Virtus.pro vs. Astralis - ESL Pro League Season 3 - cache 11-16 24/02 16 Virtus.pro vs. Astralis - ESL Pro League Season 3 - overpass 3-16 26/11 15 Virtus.pro vs. TSM - FACEIT League 2015 Stage .. - mirage
2016-07-08 13:43
5/6 online XD
2016-07-08 13:49
#120
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Poland Trikull 
VP worst top 1 online team but they gonna win this major VP is Love
2016-07-08 13:55
tell me last time vp achieved something offline xD
2016-07-08 14:06
#125
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Europe Instabait 
SLI?
2016-07-08 14:21
wat
2016-07-08 14:53
Starladder, they won it =P
2016-07-08 14:58
#131
byali | 
Poland MBQ 
1St place after beating navi in the final
2016-07-08 15:00
well, maybe fuckin 3-4 weeks ago
2016-07-08 17:40
#70
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World Vidua 
Not even one shot?
2016-07-08 13:19
they were really poor today that's the fact. but the question is whether that was a poor day in the office or they simply can't play better. sometimes you just have to grind the result and that's what they did. if they have a stand a chance they need to play their asses of tomorrow against sk and snax needs to be on his prime. great game by device. he's definitively top 5 in the world atm.
2016-07-08 14:58
#7
jks | 
Lithuania HomeInvader 
wtf
2016-07-08 13:11
#8
Finland Tekh 
expected
2016-07-08 13:11
gg
2016-07-08 13:11
gj
2016-07-08 13:11
#12
 | 
Russia Reph 
GOD PAPA
2016-07-08 13:11
#13
 | 
Poland kokoshanell 
gg
2016-07-08 13:11
kk
2016-07-08 13:11
ez
2016-07-08 13:11
#16
jks | 
World Spourma 
rekt
2016-07-08 13:11
nice
2016-07-08 13:11
#19
 | 
Estonia sux3ss 
ez
2016-07-08 13:11
GG WP VP
2016-07-08 13:11
#21
Czech Republic jF. 
congrats vp
2016-07-08 13:11
hue
2016-07-08 13:11
#23
 | 
Europe CSGOIN2017LUL 
The choke is real
2016-07-08 13:11
#24
Kaze | 
Malaysia Swattax 
CHOKE
2016-07-08 13:11
#25
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
undeserved
2016-07-08 13:11
lol 2-0 ezz
2016-07-08 13:14
#56
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
ezz? standin + coach lmao they sux hard
2016-07-08 13:16
gla1ve still the best in astralis lmao, bet kjaerbye would perform like this if not worse
2016-07-08 13:17
#67
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
gla1ve played ok but coach_zonic 0.53 rating and still 2 overtimes ez? I arent think that.
2016-07-08 13:19
ok maybe not ez but if pasha and taz keep playing like that and snax could step up they might win vs sk (prolly)
2016-07-08 13:21
#77
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
sk will rekt them hard lol
2016-07-08 13:22
you do realize zonic has like 6 hours in the past two weeks, including playtime at this major. He has like 700 total hours in csgo.
2016-07-08 15:00
#140
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
so? im saying same, they make it with standin and coach
2016-07-08 15:35
#80
 | 
Hungary Shaperz 
lol 2-0 ezz
2016-07-08 13:23
#82
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
<3 virtus pro lol
2016-07-08 13:23
#83
 | 
Hungary Shaperz 
gr1nch so mad lol
2016-07-08 13:24
#85
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
Why i should be mad? cuz some <3 virtus pro is happy for team who sux? i didnt even watched both maps + im not betting so overall i dont give a fuck about this match or these teams just undeserved win at major
2016-07-08 13:27
#87
 | 
Hungary Shaperz 
O K
2016-07-08 13:28
Stupid armenian no scene why are u talking?
2016-07-08 13:46
#108
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
sorry mr great scene
2016-07-08 13:46
ouch why do you need to be so savage :-(
2016-07-08 13:49
#118
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
cuz ur so gay IKSDE
2016-07-08 13:51
#106
byali | 
Poland vezz. 
Lol, just shows how stupid you are.
2016-07-08 13:46
#26
Snax | 
Saudi Arabia hobbit_ 
ez
2016-07-08 13:11
fucking retards
2016-07-08 13:11
#28
 | 
Russia ruski yest 
gg
2016-07-08 13:11
gg
2016-07-08 13:11
chokeatralis
2016-07-08 13:11
VP best
2016-07-08 13:12
Congrats VP and of course congrats the great country of Poland
2016-07-08 13:11
&#1076;&#1097;&#1076;
2016-07-08 13:12
Cucked
2016-07-08 13:12
show of horror
2016-07-08 13:12
If only they had their full lineup astralis would have won. But congrats anyways.
2016-07-08 13:13
#109
byali | 
Poland vezz. 
If astralis had their full lineup, they would play fnatic. :)
2016-07-08 13:47
Nope
2016-07-08 13:47
#113
byali | 
Poland vezz. 
Are you saying they would lose to Gambit?
2016-07-08 13:48
You haven't seen how they have been playing lately.
2016-07-08 13:49
#121
byali | 
Poland vezz. 
How who played?
2016-07-08 13:57
He's saying Astralis wouldn't even have lost to Gambit in the first place. And thus would have topped their group and have to have played fnatic (cos the latter came 2nd in their group) in the quarter finals. However yes, I agree, Astralis with Kjaerbye and Dupreeh probably would have beaten VP.
2016-07-08 14:54
gla1ve deserves another major
2016-07-08 13:13
God Papito, TaZ and Neo!
2016-07-08 13:13
NT :(
2016-07-08 13:13
wp Pasha
2016-07-08 13:13
#45
NiKo | 
Poland Jaruzel 
ez
2016-07-08 13:14
#46
 | 
Hungary FHarbor 
well done, and ty for drop :DDDDD
2016-07-08 13:14
"VP struggle hard to even beat Astralis with two stand-ins"
2016-07-08 13:14
#84
BnTeT | 
Poland B4R73K 
one of which played better than KJB ever did for your team, and Karrigan same ADR as Zonic gg..
2016-07-08 13:26
You are still vastly limited in your execution, compared to the strategies that has been drilled together. Instead people can only do basic stuff and rely on their aim. Hence the entire team suffers.
2016-07-08 13:42
#122
 | 
World Vidua 
Astralis are CT team. They don't have crazy T side tactics. Of course they suffered tactically but at the same time they had nothing to lose, no pressure whatsoever.
2016-07-08 13:59
#123
BnTeT | 
Poland B4R73K 
except astralis never relied on 'drilled' executes, their entire 2015 success was amazing CT sides and today they proved it again... Their T side wasn't execute heavy either, simple stuff...
2016-07-08 14:04
We don't know how Kjaerbye would've played, but dupreeh would've played a lot better than zonic, which isnt even zonic's fault as he didnt know before hand that he had to play
2016-07-08 15:01
#137
BnTeT | 
Poland B4R73K 
but at this stage it's coulda woulda shoulda in this match, astralis didn't give a fuck, laughing off every lost round, usually they would tilt and choke like no other team... at this point you can't say what would;ve happened...
2016-07-08 15:14
still kinda disappointing when nearly losing a 4.2v5
2016-07-09 16:47
Respect Astralis !
2016-07-08 13:14
nice try astralis, and it was good to see old zonic one of my fav :D
2016-07-08 13:15
zonic was just too much of dead weight vp got lucky to play a wounded astralis
2016-07-08 13:15
25-53
2016-07-08 13:15
#55
 | 
Hungary lemusz 
Naprzód VP!
2016-07-08 13:16
gg ez keepo
2016-07-08 13:16
3v5 ! botgan 36 kills zonic 25 kills . what do expect :) ?
2016-07-08 13:17
karrigan is the igl, but at the same time, he still needs to step up his game. But zonic is the coach, the guy barely has 700 hours in csgo.
2016-07-08 15:02
#60
 | 
Argentina Reymon 
chokeastralis
2016-07-08 13:17
karrigan totally useless .... + gla1ve pls..
2016-07-08 13:17
Unless karrigan goes as an IGL coach, never. Look at how many good reads astralis did, how much their stacks worked.
2016-07-08 13:19
#65
 | 
Sweden hudgun 
i saying device overrated but this match he playing so good
2016-07-08 13:19
#66
 | 
Portugal dracø 
Hard game for both teams, it's hard as fuck to adapt to teams with standins and it's hard as fuck to play with standins. Great match overall, but snax needs to step up against SK.
2016-07-08 13:19
Exactly! But those Users won't understand! Thank you. Especially when Gla1ve is having a stellar performance, winning both pistol and having a Device like this! Pasha needs to keep the form same with Neo and Taz! Byali and snax needs to step up tomorrow!
2016-07-08 13:20
zonic isn't best stand-in (-28 KD). Not a fan of astralis, but it is sad to play without main player
2016-07-08 13:19
#73
 | 
Singapore Trisha 
God pasha <3
2016-07-08 13:21
He had a nicd gym!
2016-07-08 13:22
And he played very well !
2016-07-08 13:31
I really knew it. That he would have his vintage Performance! And the thing is they need it vs SK! Neo, Taz and Papa need to keep their form and snax and byali needs to come back to their form. But at the end they had alot impact on train
2016-07-08 13:33
Really, they have a opportunity to qualify to the final. It would be great :)
2016-07-08 13:40
IKR! But they need a better T SIDE which they are known for it! It will be tough! But it would be a stellar story to see VP in the FINALS after their begin this year. But i am afraid that they won't show up for somereason :-(
2016-07-08 13:42
It's not that easy to play with 2 stand-ins, and it's not that easy to play against 2 stand-ins, cause the style of team is completely different than normal. GG & WP to Astralis and Virtus.Pro
2016-07-08 13:22
Exacty look comment #66 and 72
2016-07-08 13:23
Virtus PLOW
2016-07-08 13:23
Came to se astralis choke, was not disappointed.
2016-07-08 13:28
+1 LOL
2016-07-08 13:45
Tbf hardly a choke when you're at such a disadvantage to begin with.
2016-07-08 14:58
14:5 on train was not an advantage. ok mate. keep writing.
2016-07-08 18:44
#88
 | 
Yugoslavia ToBeHonest 
hot game
2016-07-08 13:28
#89
 | 
Poland mamba99999 
What a comeback, love those guys. Still, great game from Astralis.
2016-07-08 13:30
Nah this VP won't win a map vs SK if they don't step up, they struggled so hard vs a team with stand-in. This is not the VP that could destroy teams on majors. Easy 2-0 for SK if they don't improve
2016-07-08 13:33
I thought it was pretty obvious that VP will take this easy considering Astralis had two stand-ins but..what a game! Imagine the difference if Astralis had dupreeh instead of zonic..
2016-07-08 13:34
But the other hand, it's hard to play against 2 stand-ins :D
2016-07-08 13:43
The ease of playing against a weakened team with two stand-ins severely outweighs the difficulty of playing two stand-ins. I wanna see VP do well, but I don't think they would have beaten the full Astralis line-up.
2016-07-08 15:01
Eastern european whiners can say what they want, Zonic has close to no hours prior to this event. Impressive performance, worlds best manager. Valiant effort by Astralis, they and the rest of Denmark can be proud of their performance, with such a massive handicap to miss two players from a core of 5.
2016-07-08 13:36
+1 going in an big event like that, respect, he played well considering all the facts
2016-07-08 15:01
I think that SK will have an easy way to the finals again :P
2016-07-08 13:38
#97
 | 
Singapore Trisha 
the fact that Astralis even got to the quarter-finals with their manager is amazing in its own rights.They should be going home happy =D
2016-07-08 13:38
That was an amazing game BIG GG for Astralis!
2016-07-08 13:47
#139
 | 
Denmark FeNoM_XD 
13 4 to 15 19 rly lol
2016-07-08 15:18
gg
2016-07-08 18:34
VP beat SK to major final
2016-07-09 16:49
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