VP over mouz to ELEAGUE final

Virtus.pro win the second ELEAGUE semifinal over mousesports 2-0 (16-7 on Train and 16-10 on Cache) and advance to the grand final of the $1.4 million first season of ELEAGUE.

The second semifinal of ELEAGUE's $1.4 million first season was between Virtus.pro and mousesports, teams respectively ranked #5 and #9 in the world, and it was a match-up which has favoured the German-Dutch-Bosnian mousesports team in 2016.

The best-of-three got started on the Polish team's map pick of Train but it was Denis "denis" Howell of mousesports who secured the first pistolround for his team with two quick USP kills near the B site of Train followed up by two more later on in the round. Solid defending from Timo "Spiidi" Richter continued mousesports' early lead as they claimed the first gunround after the anti-ecos.

Despite being down 0-4, Virtus.pro still had enough of an economy to string together a buy on the fifth round and this was where team elders Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas and Filip "NEO" Kubski were able to make an impact as they each picked up two frags apiece to give the Polish team their first round of the series.


Virtus.pro continue their trend of strong offline performances in America

mousesports again managed to trade well in the following round, but any hopes of reversing Virtus.pro's revving engine were dashed when Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski won a one-versus-two on the B bombsite which included noscoping the final retaking mouz player with the AWP.

Enjoying the benefits of mouz's shattered economy, Virtus.pro were able to surge ahead to a 6-4 lead before mousesports again began to mount a defense; the eleventh round saw two MAG-7 kills from denis early on force the Polish team to save while the twelfth round continued to reap benefits for mouz as star Nikola "NiKo" Kovač won a one-versus-two on the A site.

The score thus tied up at 6-6, but this was as far as mousesports would get in the first half as VP's continued aggression ultimately saw them close out the half with a 9-6 lead. A four-on-three retake in Virtus.pro's advantage on the second pistolround was successful and the score moved up to 10-6.

Due to mousesports' second pistolround plant, the team were able to buy up AK47's and successfully take a site and win the eighteenth round but Virtus.pro's decision to save their remaining guns paid off in the next round as they were able to defend and pulled ahead to a 11-7 lead.

From here on out, the first map was Virtus.pro's playground and with Snax warming up (including a rarely seen wallbang through Z hut onto Chris "chrisJ" de Jong in the ninteenth round and an AWP triple kill on the twentieth) and Paweł "byali" Bieliński consistently fragging, Virtus.pro closed out the first map 16-7 and moved on to mouz's pick of Cache.


denis was actually mousesports' most valuable player in the semifinal, while other teammates struggled

Virtus.pro claimed the first pistolround on Cache thanks to a triple kill from Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski, who was able to flank mousesports as they were setting up outside the A site and pick off a couple of the team's players. mousesports had no plants in the first two rounds but still desperately bought on the third round, but Virtus.pro were able to survive the round and a retake as byali picked up three kills for his team.

mousesports had their first success on the fifth round as two AWP entry kills from chrisJ opened up the round and this actually allowed mousesports the T-side leverage and momentum to tie the game at 4-4 early on.

The two teams engaged in a slight back-and-forth of rounds, which included a nearly won one-versus-three from byali on the tenth round (only stopped by an exploding bomb), but it was mousesports who would finish the half in a 9-6 lead (helped in part by Johannes "nex" Maget winning a one-versus-three on the A site on the thirteenth round).

The famous Virtus.pro aggression returned for the second half, and the Poles took the pistolround on their T-side as a triple kill from TaZ helped shut down a mousesports retake.

After this point, VP were in full control of the game and mousesports only claimed a single round (while at match point) while the Poles marched ahead to a 16-10 win on Cache and claimed the series with a 2-0 score.

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 Virtus.pro K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Poland Janusz 'Snax' PogorzelskiSnax 49 - 22 +27 89.0 1.59
Poland Paweł 'byali' Bielińskibyali 49 - 26 +23 94.8 1.54
Poland Filip 'NEO' KubskiNEO 34 - 30 +4 92.9 1.22
Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' WojtasTaZ 35 - 25 +10 77.6 1.19
Poland Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' JarząbkowskipashaBiceps 28 - 30 -2 74.4 1.04
 mousesports K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Germany Denis 'denis' Howelldenis 33 - 39 -6 72.8 0.93
Germany Timo 'Spiidi' RichterSpiidi 30 - 40 -10 79.2 0.87
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo 22 - 38 -16 59.9 0.74
Germany Johannes 'nex' Magetnex 27 - 39 -12 51.1 0.69
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de JongchrisJ 21 - 40 -19 59.8 0.64

The grand finals of ELEAGUE Season 1 are therefore a match-up between fnatic and Virtus.pro, a duel which historically favours the Swedes although the last time these two teams played against each other in the United States, it was the Poles who claimed the win.

stich writes for HLTV.org and can be found on Twitter

Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Age:
33
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1738
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
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
Poland Paweł 'byali' Bieliński
Paweł 'byali' Bieliński
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1445
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1428
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Germany Timo 'Spiidi' Richter
Timo 'Spiidi' Richter
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1249
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
Germany Denis 'denis' Howell
Denis 'denis' Howell
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1243
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.14
Germany Johannes 'nex' Maget
Johannes 'nex' Maget
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1001
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Poland Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1529
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
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
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1094
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Grats Virtus.pro!
2016-07-30 06:29
#14
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United States hdz` 
now they get to get rekt by fnatic :D
2016-07-30 06:30
lmao ur hating on al VP comments xD , nt clown9
2016-07-30 06:42
How is that hate? It's just the bitter truth, dude :) Even though I'd like to watch some old school CS.
2016-07-30 09:55
So much for bitter truth, lawl. I thought VP were the favorites going in (albeit very slim, I was thinking 55-45 VP). They already beat NIP, who are a better team than Fnatic.
2016-07-31 16:13
Uhm not the truth. Even though I favored Fnatic 70-30 for that match-up
2016-08-03 11:14
#17
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Russia Walfii 
fak
2016-07-30 06:30
ez for vp 2-1 tomorrow
2016-07-30 06:30
Ez VP
2016-07-30 06:35
Anders - "what an amazing run.." (VP vs. mouz) youtube.com/watch?v=SqGJVAn8ntE
2016-07-30 08:56
#2
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United States SjD 
gg vp, rip me
2016-07-30 06:30
#3
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Hong Kong korean 
wheres niko? AYY lmao
2016-07-30 06:30
#88
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Europe wai7ing 
you cant cheat on lan lol
2016-07-30 11:50
#104
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Poland sajlent 
he never cheated ayy lmao
2016-07-30 14:35
WHY 4 ?!
2016-07-30 06:30
Virtus.Plow Will Win Eleauge
2016-07-30 06:30
NA shit teams
2016-07-30 12:55
#95
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Denmark Lassy 
nt globe
2016-07-30 13:05
Syrian refugees don't have flags?
2016-07-30 18:00
#6
shroud | 
Netherlands Kreyvex 
GOGO
2016-07-30 06:29
ez
2016-07-30 06:29
#8
 | 
United States SoNftw 
GG, WP!
2016-07-30 06:29
#9
 | 
Indonesia fafeluke 
wp
2016-07-30 06:29
VP shit and undeserved
2016-07-30 06:29
Yes. Mouse was far better in this game ... HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
2016-07-30 06:32
exactly they play shitty teams and get a free ride to finals
2016-07-30 06:32
They'd have to play Sk if they wouldn't be disqualified
2016-07-30 08:33
#67
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Germany Bier 
yes but they got the free ride while mouz had to play nV, g2, FaZe edit: whoops swapped it with astralis
2016-07-30 10:06
I hope virtus pro wins this just because they haven't won a big tournament since esl dubai :)
2016-07-30 11:15
no they wouldn't of.. they would of replaced cloud 9 and played navi and then fnatic... nt tho
2016-07-30 17:08
oh. wooops
2016-07-30 23:19
Lul....sk undeserved major....lmaooooo
2016-07-30 06:33
#24
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Poland Buuumm 
How much ? :D
2016-07-30 06:33
I made 100$. You'd have to be retarded to bet on mous
2016-07-30 06:33
EXACTLY
2016-07-30 06:42
Mouz beat astralis.. Vp beat nip.. Not vp fault that other teams crashed out before
2016-07-30 06:40
Astralis is also shit atm, VP did beat them also
2016-07-30 08:45
#68
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Germany Bier 
but mouz also beat g2 and faze
2016-07-30 10:07
G2 and FaZe are inconsistent af. I don't think G2 will stay in the top 5 for long tbh, and FaZe has ups and downs.
2016-07-30 11:23
#115
 | 
Germany Bier 
doesn't change the fact that mouz had harder opponents. but vp definitely deserved the win and i hope they win in the final
2016-07-30 22:50
#11
kNgV- | 
Brazil vicTHOR 
cold #1 confirmed
2016-07-30 06:29
#32
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Poland ph0b0s12 
Yes he's the best monkey in the zoo
2016-07-30 06:38
Ahahah
2016-07-30 06:51
#108
 | 
United States Crasik 
I laughed pretty fucking hard.
2016-07-30 16:41
Not bad.
2016-08-03 11:16
+1
2016-07-30 06:42
Nice
2016-07-30 06:30
#13
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World Notb8ing 
no carry by niko = rekt
2016-07-30 06:30
iz
2016-07-30 06:30
niko missing LUL mousesports 0 chance without him
2016-07-30 06:30
Chrisj missing is more bad
2016-07-30 08:51
#69
 | 
Germany Bier 
every1 missing = rekt
2016-07-30 10:09
rip niko
2016-07-30 06:30
snaxS ez
2016-07-30 06:30
ez for SNorlAX
2016-07-30 06:32
Ez 4 elkabirsnax :)
2016-07-30 06:33
#28
kNgV- | 
Brazil vicTHOR 
"niko is the best player in the world" Duncan "Thorin" Shields - 2016 TOP KEK
2016-07-30 06:34
yeah its the same with Merkel! When she says " I have the full confidence in XY ", XY knows that his career is over!! When Thorin calls you the best player you know that you are done!
2016-07-30 06:38
#80
 | 
World hIRN 
I'm guessing Niko was tired af. They have one game ~every week and every single time it's like 4am for them. Those are completely different sleep patterns than they would have in europe.
2016-07-30 11:01
They got one week to rest and fix doe
2016-07-30 12:34
Even so, playing CS from 3am-6am would suck. Doesn't matter if he's rested and recovered, that isn't his sleeping pattern, or any of the players
2016-07-30 13:27
gg VP! the worst thing is that you cant blame denis and spiidi! Its chrisj again this time. He played like T3 and Niko did shit too.
2016-07-30 06:34
Nex played pretty well too
2016-07-30 07:21
"niko is the best player in the world" Duncan "Thorin" Shields - 2016
2016-07-30 06:38
Yeah, not yet. But He'll get there if he just works hard. He was a bot in this series though.
2016-07-30 11:26
ty for the skins
2016-07-30 06:39
#37
CIS Ume 
Virtus.Premier is back! its funny how NiKo never gets good stats in important games.
2016-07-30 06:43
#45
kNgV- | 
Brazil vicTHOR 
+1 He's a great player but he's getting overrated.
2016-07-30 06:47
+1
2016-07-30 11:44
That's why coldzera is the best player in the world Even if SK lose cold is topfragging with + k/d
2016-07-30 10:32
#40
 | 
Europe Sceptill 
#GOGOVP
2016-07-30 06:44
you had to be retarded to actually think mouz stood a chance... considering recent performance
2016-07-30 06:44
2016-07-30 06:45
lool
2016-07-30 08:13
#59
 | 
Poland DominnX26 
Xddd
2016-07-30 08:49
AHaha true!!
2016-07-30 09:46
#43
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Germany TnnX 
Wont claim im not dissapointed, but hey well done by Mouz to even get this far :) GG VP good luck in the Finals
2016-07-30 06:46
Virtus.LAN
2016-07-30 06:46
Byali and Snax play Dota and overwatch before the match definitely helps youtube.com/watch?v=RDSN52PuHbs watch from 15:30
2016-07-30 06:51
mouz without niko going huge = garbage
2016-07-30 07:15
#53
 | 
Poland Marcines 
like I said, very ez for vp
2016-07-30 07:57
Byali was real AIMST4R!
2016-07-30 08:31
#62
 | 
Brazil BuddyINSANE 
RIP NIkoSports!
2016-07-30 09:10
Did anyone else notice that when VP was in their slump it was mainly because byali was not hitting anything ?
2016-07-30 09:44
#65
 | 
Poland venomstw 
I've just said it back in 2015. Byali was a key player when it comes to opening a round with his headshots' , when he missed, you know how it ended
2016-07-30 09:50
#70
United Kingdom Dird 
shit semis & shit finals SK ruined this tournament
2016-07-30 10:16
#77
Sweden JKLY 
Uk scene talking? Get good
2016-07-30 10:38
#89
United Kingdom Dird 
thoooorin is uk scene, he knows his shit
2016-07-30 11:53
#90
Sweden JKLY 
Thorin gets paid for talking shit thats absurd
2016-07-30 12:05
#71
JORDAN | 
Jordan LBJ 
NiKo best player EleGiggle.
2016-07-30 10:21
Surprisingly bad performance by mousesports...
2016-07-30 10:23
you mean by niko.
2016-07-30 13:10
called it
2016-07-30 10:32
#75
 | 
Poland axmar1 
Pasha God.
2016-07-30 10:36
#76
Sweden JKLY 
Good finals, clean from cheaters.
2016-07-30 10:38
#78
f0rest | 
Serbia dankooo 
Ez
2016-07-30 10:55
#79
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World breezy0 
can we bury this stupid nikohype now? mouz should go all german again = better communication & teamplay get keev & tabseN in.
2016-07-30 10:57
#81
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Poland trancemeister 
clean and easy. GJ legends! :-) Snax always beast , 3 times in a row probably top 4 player in the world. Niko - 16 , huehuehue.
2016-07-30 11:03
nice final
2016-07-30 11:19
#87
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France t3r4byt3 
NiKo = device 2015 device 2016 is a monster no matter what match he's playing or what situation he's in and NiKo now needs to develop like that
2016-07-30 11:47
ChokeiKo
2016-07-30 13:36
#99
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Poland Klenny 
Let's go to win VP <3
2016-07-30 13:37
Everyone saying RIP NiKo after one bad game xD
2016-07-30 13:46
Niko in 2016 elegigle
2016-07-30 13:53
There's the first idiot that fits my comment
2016-07-30 17:34
#105
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Poland sajlent 
obviously he's not rip but he's not the top player from last months either he needs to leave mouz becuse they won't achieve anything
2016-07-30 14:40
That's very true, in mouz he is the igl, entryfragger and best pistol player at the same time... And he gets nothing for his efforts
2016-07-30 17:32
Ez for vp
2016-07-30 14:14
Great win for VP, kind of expected win at this point, tho.
2016-07-30 14:50
#107
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Poland Matt2121 
Ez4V.premier. Niko - he was never top 1 and never will.
2016-07-30 14:58
i never see coldzera -16 in my life. coldzara>niko any questions about it? cya, thorin
2016-07-30 18:24
hltv.org/match/2301187-luminosity-fnatic.. Coldzera -21, lol stfu monkey.
2016-07-31 16:15
#114
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32 
NiKo will never be considered "best in the world" over Cold or Olofmeister because he chokes. NiKo might be good, but he isn't consistent in the slightest bit. GG VP. Hope you win in the Grand-Finals.
2016-07-30 19:01
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