SK to Major final over VP

SK are through to the grand final at ESL One Cologne after picking up a 2-1 victory against Virtus.pro (17-19 on Cobblestone, 16-5 on Nuke, and 16-12 on Mirage).

The first semi-final at ESL One Cologne brought together Virtus.pro and SK. The series kicked off on Cobblestone which was picked by the Brazilian team and Virtus.pro started the map on the CT-side.

Fernando "fer" Alvarenga kicked off the pistol round with two entry kills and his quad kill gifted the Brazilians the first round of the series. After giving up the second and third rounds, Virtus.pro secured the fourth one and followed it up with two more, tying the game at 3-3.


TaZ made the difference on Cobblestone

A quad kill by Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas on the Drop area gave his team the lead and the veteran picked up the ace in the subsequent round (5-3). SK grabbed their fourth and fifth rounds thanks to Epitacio "TACO" de Melo's two opening kills followed by Lincoln "fnx" Lau's entries (6-5). The lockdown B-site defense of Virtus.pro ensured the half victory for the Poles as they led 9-6 at halftime.

SK repeated their pistol round success as they picked up their seventh round and went on to grab the anti-ecos (9-9). Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo closed out the weapon round with two AWP kills but Virtus.pro replied two rounds later as they trailed 10-11. Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski's two entry kills tied the game at 11-11 and the Polish team took the lead afterwards, making it 12-11.

SK came back from a 14-11 deficit to acquire a match point but Filip "NEO" Kubski's 1vs2 clutch tied the game at 15-15, commencing overtime. Virtus.pro secured two of the three rounds available on their T-side in overtime as the only one they lost was because of Marcelo "coldzera" David's ace (17-16).

Double opening kill by fer tied the game at 17-17 but Virtus.pro attained a match point after stopping SK despite a 3vs5 disadvantage. NEO's 1vs1 clutch over coldzera gave the 19-17 first map victory to the Poles going into their own map pick Nuke.


coldzera had a rough start on Cobble but recovered afterwards 

Virtus.pro who started on the T-side had a 2vs1 post-plant advantage but pashaBiceps couldn't kill the defuser coldzera who wasn't even looking at him and SK secured the crucial pistol round. Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski's opening kill in the first weapon round didn't matter as SK extended their lead to 4-0.

TaZ's triple kill after the tactical timeout gave Virtus.pro their first round but SK reset the Polish team's economy in the subsequent round (6-1). Virtus.pro were behind 3-12 when the first half ended.

pashaBiceps's triple kill in the second half pistol round gave the Poles the chance to come back but SK shut them down in the third round, extending their lead to 13-5. SK closed out the map 16-5 as the teams proceeded to the third map Mirage.


byali disappeared on Mirage 

FalleN's 1vs1 clutch in the pistol round on the T-side started things off on the last map of the series and SK brought it to 3-0 following their anti-eco wins. The dynamic Middle defense by Virtus.pro awarded them the first weapon round and then they took the lead, making it 4-3.

After Virtus.pro clinched a 7-3 lead, SK woke up when the half was coming to an end and took three of the last five rounds, trailing 6-9 at halftime.

SK unsurprisingly won the pistol round again, allowing themselves to collect the anti-ecos and equal the score at 9-9. The first gun round also went the way of SK and the Brazilians earned their 12th round thanks to the pillars on the A-site, fer and fnx. FalleN & company struggled near the end but ultimately won the map 16-12, securing the series 2-1 and advancing to the grand final in Cologne.

Matchpage
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2
9th July 2016
Brazil
19
Cobblestone
17
5
Nuke
16
12
Mirage
16

 SK K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera 72 - 46 +26 85.9 1.28
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarengafer 65 - 55 +10 87.2 1.22
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' ToledoFalleN 63 - 48 +15 74.0 1.18
Brazil Lincoln 'fnx' Laufnx 58 - 56 +2 74.4 1.03
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO 58 - 56 +2 71.9 0.97
 Virtus.pro K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' WojtasTaZ 59 - 67 -8 79.3 1.02
Poland Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' JarząbkowskipashaBiceps 52 - 62 -10 69.4 0.94
Poland Janusz 'Snax' PogorzelskiSnax 51 - 57 -6 67.4 0.91
Poland Filip 'NEO' KubskiNEO 53 - 68 -15 71.9 0.87
Poland Paweł 'byali' Bielińskibyali 46 - 65 -19 64.9 0.85

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Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
1079
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
992
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Age:
33
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1786
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1142
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
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
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1154
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
Poland Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1597
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
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
Brazil Lincoln 'fnx' Lau
Lincoln 'fnx' Lau
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
502
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.17
#2
Twistzz | 
Estonia dev2ce 
Well-deserved win for SK Gaming! Congratulations!
2016-07-09 18:56
#3
Finland JoiKo 
good game hotel sleeping now
2016-07-09 18:56
obvious win
2016-07-09 18:57
totaly expected
2016-07-09 18:59
facepalm kid go back to your dmg mm
2016-07-09 19:47
said LE
2016-07-10 09:01
?
2016-07-10 14:12
#5
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Yugoslavia borghesia 
Can't throw matches all year and expect to make finals at the Major
2016-07-09 18:58
ez
2016-07-09 18:57
GG
2016-07-09 18:57
eeeeeeeeeee
2016-07-09 18:57
fak
2016-07-09 18:57
#10
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Pakistan twistrage 
F
2016-07-09 18:57
kick pasha pls
2016-07-09 18:57
indeed lol
2016-07-09 18:57
#50
AdreN | 
Finland Jampeyy 
Why? He did alright
2016-07-09 18:59
#105
Zero | 
Slovakia Gramo 
1st time this year
2016-07-09 19:06
he lost vp so many important rounds
2016-07-09 19:10
Nice
2016-07-09 18:57
gg
2016-07-09 18:57
s
2016-07-09 18:57
#16
fox | 
Portugal ZendeR_ 
1
2016-07-09 18:57
gg
2016-07-09 18:57
gg
2016-07-09 18:57
#20
Zeus | 
CIS hyperbear 
gg
2016-07-09 18:57
GG
2016-07-09 18:57
ResidentSleeper SK ResidentSleeper
2016-07-09 18:57
SK to toggle their way into the finals again
2016-07-09 18:57
#25
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Hong Kong c1ren^^ 
GG
2016-07-09 18:57
#26
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Israel ZiinTotH 
great game , gg vp!
2016-07-09 18:57
vp played fucking good
2016-07-09 18:57
jesus christ VP need to look at their pistol rounds, they could have had that series
2016-07-09 18:58
#29
Latvia bsA 
pasha ty for all !
2016-07-09 18:57
EASY
2016-07-09 18:57
#42
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Europe Scottxaxa 
Okay Favela. Wait till Olof meets you in the final he is waiting already.
2016-07-09 18:58
Well, he needs to get to the final first. Even though I think they will get to it, you never know what will happen
2016-07-09 19:02
#177
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Brazil duduh;  
maybe next time
2016-07-10 02:43
too ez for cold
2016-07-09 18:57
GG
2016-07-09 18:58
#35
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Bahrain CRY_A_RIVER 
Too ez
2016-07-09 18:58
ez
2016-07-09 18:58
cobble game will be voted as game of the year.
2016-07-09 18:58
#38
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Brazil rickz1996 
GG VP PLAYED VERY WELL BUT SK IS BETTER.
2016-07-09 18:59
+1 just better but still VP played really well they're gonna win 2nd major I guess
2016-07-09 19:02
#142
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Brazil karlyn90 
+1 a decent polak spotted
2016-07-09 19:19
Great game by SK!
2016-07-09 18:58
It was a great game , VC played very well . What hurt the performance of the VP was the first round in nuke . Pasha was very shaken.
2016-07-09 19:12
gg wp NEO played like a beast
2016-07-09 18:58
ez for SK
2016-07-09 18:58
#44
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Singapore Trisha 
I ripped 30 dollars on vp Q.Q (i need a donation) (...kill me)
2016-07-09 18:58
yeeeeeeeeeeeep totally not relying on external assistance AT ALL
2016-07-09 18:58
:(
2016-07-09 18:58
#53
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong wqnxy1 
wp botyali and pashaBotceps
2016-07-09 18:59
#55
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Brazil sprk1 
nice! great game
2016-07-09 18:59
#56
 | 
Brazil MatMuzzillo 
GG NICE GAME BRO!!! XD
2016-07-09 18:59
#59
 | 
Brazil BuddyINSANE 
thank you, we appreciate that! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL!
2016-07-09 19:00
#60
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Brazil jaurapro 
Cadê vocês seus fdp que tavamfalando da SK porraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
2016-07-09 19:00
VP is trash and should have disbanded 2 years ago. and anyone who is a fan of VP is as dumb as VP players.
2016-07-09 19:00
SOMEONES MAD WATCHOUT FATTY U MAY GETA HEARTATTACK
2016-07-15 18:20
truth hurts huh? u the only mad one and more fat than me because euro trash. go get your teeth fixed you stinky eu favela.
2016-07-15 21:08
am i the mad one? u basically said NO IM NOT FAT MY WEIGHT IS 150kg AND IM PROUD OF IT SO U R THE FAT ONE OMGGG anyways ur great team liquid has 1 european and one half american and half polish (european) and still got beat up by vp in playoffs nt
2016-07-15 21:12
you clearly are. and i dont know how much that is but you sound really fat and really mad. i dont know what major you were watching but they didnt play each other in the playoffs. you are just proving that poland is the dumbest country on earth. stop trying you mental midget.
2016-07-16 00:47
haha if you think that your country = ur intelligence u are clearly retarded. and if we are talking about dumbest country on earth... youtube.com/watch?v=_mWtWz_aGyk
2016-07-16 12:21
stop being so salty you dumbass child. go back to school and learn how to use your brain properly. fucking pathetic troll moron.
2016-07-16 21:17
ayyy someone ran out of arguments and started swearinnn
2016-07-16 21:40
no just bored with your stupid ass nonsense. go win a darwin award.
2016-07-16 23:37
haha sure
2016-07-17 00:08
oH MAN I ALMOST HAD A HEART ATTACK, OMG MY SKINS. Virtuos Pro Legends. I love you papa, but this how works =/
2016-07-09 19:00
gambling addict spotted.
2016-07-09 19:01
Sorry :(
2016-07-09 19:17
u cant win semi final major when u lost 5/6 pistols rofl
2016-07-09 19:00
just excuses poland gene pool is so bad compared to superior brazilian gene pool than no matter what polish do, they get rekt
2016-07-09 19:46
wtf have i just read
2016-07-09 21:29
but u are polish urself dad
2016-07-16 21:41
VP had this if they didn't just throw all pistol rounds. 6 rounds every map jsut because of pistols is too much
2016-07-09 19:01
#67
roman | 
Palestine ndr[o] 
and aaaas aaalwaaays, they never lose crucial rounds by some magic bullshit... absolutely disgusting.
2016-07-09 19:01
#68
nex | 
Germany TiwaZ 
Undeserved
2016-07-09 19:01
#124
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Brazil karlyn90 
lmao look at the statistics SK was way strong m8
2016-07-09 19:12
#153
nex | 
Germany TiwaZ 
Cheaters dont deserve anything except for punishment.
2016-07-09 19:31
#156
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Brazil karlyn90 
after more than one year cheating when they got legends, why do they never be punished?
2016-07-09 19:33
nice flag
2016-07-09 20:01
LETS GO SK CARALHO!
2016-07-09 19:01
wp VP, you lost to the 2 times major champions in a row coldzera +26 who is olof and shox ?
2016-07-09 19:03
One of the most entertaining matches in the major
2016-07-09 19:02
oh no this means we have to see more posts by the annoying brazil fans :D
2016-07-09 19:02
this means we have to see more gringos crying on hltv.org
2016-07-09 19:03
COLDZERA MVP AGAIN. ez4 SK ez Major
2016-07-09 19:02
#80
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Chile Cristoff 
+26 coldzera OMFG what a legend
2016-07-09 19:02
He is the best! just it.
2016-07-09 19:04
HAHAHAHAHA, poor mad vp fans SK <3333 We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL!
2016-07-09 19:02
#82
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Argentina ZaraLarsson 
COLDZERA BEAST!
2016-07-09 19:02
EZ for best player in the world Marcelo 'coldzera' David
2016-07-09 19:03
#84
f0rest | 
Germany Gloin 
SK losing a couple of rounds, starts hitting smoothly through the smokes again. But hey, everyone is clean in cs ;)
2016-07-09 19:03
We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! VAMOS!
2016-07-09 19:03
go lg
2016-07-09 19:03
#88
fer | 
Brazil nunwnho 
SK play extremely good on pistol rounds, VP has no fault.
2016-07-09 19:04
I hate this cancer TEAM so much. Winning forcebuy, jumping scouts, being 5vs3 still winning. I hope that they won't ever play this game anymore. This team is just pure cancer. And just being able to win because of this shit pistol rounds. FNATIC OR LIQUID PLEASE SEND THEM BACK TO THE Jungle that they come from. But once again GJ for the FINALS. They broke VP on Nuke and like always having the luck
2016-07-09 19:04
chola mais
2016-07-09 19:04
Sk best team in world.You can hate them but u need to respect legends.Toxic kid.Dont cry anymore.
2016-07-09 19:05
Yeah I was mad you need to understand :-) OFC THEY ARE THE BEST AND DESERVED KT
2016-07-09 19:07
+1
2016-07-09 19:09
:D
2016-07-09 19:11
A racist Colombian hahahaha u are fucking kidding me? Respect the most powerful country in South America. Do not come here looking for jobs.
2016-07-09 19:21
Saying that the other is racist, still you are xenophobic. Not right, parceiro.
2016-07-09 21:32
H O W M U C H ?
2016-07-09 19:05
#103
roman | 
Palestine ndr[o] 
disgusting and dirty way to play... but all of this could be fixed if the right people work on csgo and not some scrubs ;)
2016-07-09 19:05
Exactly...
2016-07-09 19:14
u should be proud, theyre from SA, Brazil is the only country in SA that can do some damage internationaly in every aspects of life tbh, stop with butthurt
2016-07-09 19:07
Read #108 then you'll understand it^^
2016-07-09 19:12
Congratulations friend, you are smart . This, possibly , is envy.
2016-07-09 19:27
#121
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Brazil lullaby1 
que passa boludo
2016-07-09 19:11
A racist Colombian hahahaha u are fucking kidding me?. Respect the most powerful country in South America. Do not come here looking for jobs .
2016-07-09 19:16
I am only born in colombia you smart Child
2016-07-09 19:26
hahahahaahhahaha vaya a llorar
2016-07-09 19:17
so mad lul its funny
2016-07-09 19:22
Coldlzera Top1 Sk Top 1
2016-07-09 19:04
GG
2016-07-09 19:04
Coldzera is the typical Brazil favela guy tho What a monkey lmao just look at him in the Nuke pistol round. Celebrating like a monkey when it was just Pasha that failed so hard
2016-07-09 19:04
#134
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Brazil karlyn90 
so don't celebrate like a monkey if you win the lotto lmao such a retard
2016-07-09 19:14
EZ SK <333
2016-07-09 19:04
#96
s1mple | 
United Kingdom Twinaye 
give vp one pistol on mirage and its gg
2016-07-09 19:04
I've never believed in that whole cheating bullshit, but now I'm starting to think that something isn't right with coldzera. No. I did not bet. I really like both of the teams, but wanted VP this time to qualify.
2016-07-09 19:05
#137
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Brazil karlyn90 
yeah dude they will cheat until retire lol and no one will investigate them cuz they are all paid of it
2016-07-09 19:16
two fuckin years since pasha is a dogshit, losing again a semi of big tour because of him falling mentaly in the most important rounds. The guy isn't even good at this game
2016-07-09 19:06
Shut up he had impact that counts, ffs like every player wouldn't lost rounds for VP! Ffs they are losing as a team not as a single player but your small ignorant brain wont get it
2016-07-09 19:09
Really wanred vl to take this gg
2016-07-09 19:07
godzera
2016-07-09 19:08
The funny thing is that COLD never underperforms since he came to the lineup! Sorry how is that supposed to work?!
2016-07-09 19:08
#178
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Argentina tinchOO 
Actually yes, he heavily underperformed at Katowice 2016 and he specifically said that he didn't practice like he normally would for that tournament.
2016-07-10 05:01
And VP has for sure lost the Match on NUKE!
2016-07-09 19:10
We are proud of VP. Semifinal is a great result. Comback is real.
2016-07-09 19:10
2016-07-09 19:11
don't cry guys, coldzera is a legend.
2016-07-09 19:12
VP played very well.That was kind off nice tournament for polish guys. They'll rank up so high in HLTv ranking. Than You VP <3
2016-07-09 19:13
#147
CIS Ume 
... just to rank down again later this year xD
2016-07-09 19:25
maybe xD but i hope not, I'm a fan of VP, not like this fucking kids who are offend VP because off loseing them skins on csgolounge :/
2016-07-09 19:32
Expected.
2016-07-09 19:13
Coldzera is the best player in the world at the moment.
2016-07-09 19:13
+1
2016-07-09 21:03
Mvp fallen!
2016-07-09 19:14
ez godzera
2016-07-09 19:15
ez af
2016-07-09 19:16
they win only because they use 2 awps, thats sad as fuck
2016-07-09 19:24
Noice.
2016-07-09 20:03
#145
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Brazil woody77 
coldzera 2 majors in a year , 2 mvps, what a legend
2016-07-09 19:23
#148
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Poland mamba99999 
Nuke... a huge gamble, didn't pay off. Still, another good major for VP, out in semis, taking 1 map from SK. GG
2016-07-09 19:26
#151
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Hungary FHarbor 
gg favela team
2016-07-09 19:27
This NUKE PICK damn. Was so stupid! Like VP couldn't put a fight on Overpass or Train, that may cost them their last Major probably...
2016-07-09 19:32
#157
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United Kingdom peaks 
gg wp. They fked it picking Nuke over Train. -Byali please.
2016-07-09 19:34
#158
 | 
Norway Napapijri 
these brazilians must be destroyed...fuck'em
2016-07-09 19:34
top 4 , not bad :) wp VP
2016-07-09 20:31
#167
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Brazil woody77 
simple+jdm best duo awp they said after 1 good champioship kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk ilarious
2016-07-09 20:33
GG
2016-07-09 20:36
Was a great series, i enjoyed a lot great play from both teams.
2016-07-09 20:37
Game was epic, so awesome to watch it live. Good game by VP, but they need to work on their Pistols, they won only 1 out of 6 if im right. but gg, good to see them back in form
2016-07-09 22:01
I respect Pasha, but first pistole round on nuke..... Coldzera must be stopped, he can be the best cs go player in the history.
2016-07-09 22:34
This Cobblestone best map of this major so far. Instant classic.
2016-07-10 08:46
why are you guys blame them? they are a solid legend team now top4? how many player want to be a top4 or even to be a part of the major..
2016-07-10 12:56
Respect for SKG, i really like this team, but im still sad that VP lose this match. True is that SK makes less mistakes in this game. Im cheering for SK today :)
2016-07-10 14:13
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