Virtus.pro edge OpTic for NY semis

Virtus.pro survive a narrow 16-14 Cobblestone encounter with OpTic and become the last team in ESL One New York semi-finals.

Virtus.pro and OpTic vetoed their way to Cobblestone, where the former picked up an early 4-1 lead on the offence. Despite being on an eco, OpTic managed to turn the tide by rushing middle and coming out on top of a big fight, eventually equalizing the score at 4-4.

In the next several rounds, OpTic had to save weapons over and over to no avail, but the weapons they snatched away in an eco round at 8-4 allowed them to start racking up rounds. Keith "NAF" Markovic and Tarik "tarik" Celik put in 10 kills over the next three rounds, helping OpTic reach seven at halftime.


Virtus.pro barely survived the OpTic encounter

Defending an A split, Virtus.pro took control of the first three rounds of the second half with some help from Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski who saved a scary anti-eco situation in the process.

The first two gunrounds were traded, but OpTic got a hold of the economy after grabbing the next one, as Virtus.pro had to go on a double eco and the North American squad clawed back to 11-12.

After the next two rounds were traded again, Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas's team had to opt for two more ecos and OpTic grabbed their first lead in the match at 14-13. Virtus.pro finally put their foot down, defending B comfortably three rounds in a row for a narrow 16-14 victory.

Matchpage
14
16
2nd October 2016
14
Cobblestone
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News tags:
 OpTic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik 26 - 18 +8 94.5 1.51
Spain Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellasmixwell 24 - 18 +6 78.9 1.32
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguzstanislaw 20 - 20 0 74.6 1.09
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 22 - 19 +3 68.2 1.05
United States William 'RUSH' WierzbaRUSH 13 - 21 -8 58.5 0.88
 Virtus.pro K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Poland Paweł 'byali' Bielińskibyali 27 - 21 +6 98.5 1.47
Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' WojtasTaZ 16 - 20 -4 66.2 0.96
Poland Janusz 'Snax' PogorzelskiSnax 17 - 20 -3 57.3 0.95
Poland Filip 'NEO' KubskiNEO 17 - 23 -6 64.9 0.88
Poland Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' JarząbkowskipashaBiceps 19 - 21 -2 60.3 0.84

Matchpage
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2nd October 2016
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 OpTic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik 26 - 18 +8 94.5 1.51
Spain Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellasmixwell 24 - 18 +6 78.9 1.32
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguzstanislaw 20 - 20 0 74.6 1.09
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 22 - 19 +3 68.2 1.05
United States William 'RUSH' WierzbaRUSH 13 - 21 -8 58.5 0.88
 Virtus.pro K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Poland Paweł 'byali' Bielińskibyali 27 - 21 +6 98.5 1.47
Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' WojtasTaZ 16 - 20 -4 66.2 0.96
Poland Janusz 'Snax' PogorzelskiSnax 17 - 20 -3 57.3 0.95
Poland Filip 'NEO' KubskiNEO 17 - 23 -6 64.9 0.88
Poland Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' JarząbkowskipashaBiceps 19 - 21 -2 60.3 0.84

The final standings of the Swiss group stage are following:

Team Score
CIS Natus Vincere  3-0
Brazil SK 3-1
Poland Virtus.pro 3-2
United States Liquid 3-2
North America OpTic 2-3
Sweden fnatic 2-3
Denmark Astralis 1-3
France G2 0-3

Tomorrow's schedule looks as follows:

17:00 CIS Natus Vincere  vs. United States Liquid
21:00 Brazil SK vs. Poland Virtus.pro
01:00 Grand final  
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
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1110
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1139
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
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
not so ez for tarik also nice englando writer: Virtus.pro finally put their fut down
2016-10-02 05:38
Please
2016-10-02 05:36
RIP TARIK :/
2016-10-02 05:39
Umm... oops
2016-10-02 05:54
#2
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Canada Danielskow 
2nd again im gonna suicide now
2016-10-02 05:36
KINDA CLOSE I GUESSSS
2016-10-02 05:36
EDIT: NICE
2016-10-02 05:36
#10
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United States ldKuKluxKlan 
Optic have just shown that they arent just some ordinary Onliner team
2016-10-02 05:36
GG
2016-10-02 05:36
Congrats!
2016-10-02 05:36
15th comment , yay mommy might be kinda proud :D
2016-10-02 05:38
#18
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Brazil Smeagol_RP 
Nice
2016-10-02 05:36
#19
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United States SjD 
"Virtus.pro finally put their fut down" FUT.
2016-10-02 05:36
Very nice games by Optic eliminating G2, Astralis and almost beating VP at 14:16, amazing! gl in the future....
2016-10-02 05:37
#21
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Taiwan SCVready 
gg nt optic!
2016-10-02 05:37
Optic played their hearts out this tourney. Hats off to them despite having a 0-2 start.
2016-10-02 05:37
#24
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United States Sero^ 
GT Optic, congrats to VP
2016-10-02 05:37
gg OpTic, that was close
2016-10-02 05:38
#26
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India DODO22922 
Wp optic , glad VP in playoffs <3
2016-10-02 05:38
damn optic is scary destroyed G2, almost destroyed VP on their top2 map ... respect optic.
2016-10-02 05:38
Tbh...G2 destroyed themselves...
2016-10-02 05:50
Lol this was funny. But really OpTic made it possible for G2 to destroy themselves. And G2 is supposed to be really good at Cache.
2016-10-02 05:52
I mean 13-5 loss from Astralis, and incredible bad showing in Liquid -and OpTic match, you can't deny that. G2 also suppose to be best at dd2, got destroyed by Mouz in Qualifier 16:1...They're up and down, all depends on the duo.
2016-10-02 05:56
I agree that G2's form hasn't been the best, but if OpTic hadn't played like they did G2 probably take that match.
2016-10-02 05:59
Dude at some point in an online qualifier they've lost twice to HUNDENs team........Their lowest is like VP-low.
2016-10-02 06:03
how other team can be destroyed at score 14:16... hltv...
2016-10-02 09:23
#29
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Singapore Trisha 
Optic really gave it their all at this tournament.. They really deserve to be top20 team
2016-10-02 05:41
interesting that it looks like esl considers navi #1 seed since they put them against liquid
2016-10-02 05:44
well they finished with 3-0 record and SK with 3-1...
2016-10-02 05:49
Yea I guess, but it seems like they're doing it at least somewhat arbitrarily since based on the match records they also could've put liquid vs sk and navi vs vp
2016-10-02 06:09
#31
nitr0 | 
United States H4wkx 
STOP GOING B OPTIC JESUS
2016-10-02 05:45
OG never have any luck at A, so B is really their only option. Cobble has been up and down for them lately.
2016-10-02 05:54
#41
nitr0 | 
United States H4wkx 
I feel like that's due to the fact that they like to run down the time as well, the had some good A takes.
2016-10-02 06:03
VP are "easy" to read as their lineup remains intact for almost 3 years. Optic is hard to read as their lineup is ... 3 months old? Once there are more demos and povs of them they will be easier to beat. So yeah, I'm not surprised it was a hard game.
2016-10-02 05:57
While this is true to an extent I would hope a newish team like OpTic would evolve, so as no to become too predictable.
2016-10-02 06:01
Not possible. You can't create tactics endlessly. They will develop their own style at some point and stick to what works best for them.
2016-10-02 06:10
Yes, but the timing of when you use those tactics are everything. I am not saying come up with endless strats, I am just saying know when to fake or be aggressive so you can keep the other team guessing.
2016-10-02 06:13
When youve played longer you are harer to read since you dont only do the basic stuff you know what kind of risky plays your teammate can do and you can help him achieve those etc.
2016-10-02 14:50
That is true to a degree. At some point you develop style and decide that you don't need risky plays. You need effective solutions - not risk. You can't build confidence without stability. There is room for surprises, but in order to serve them you need that confidence, so it's a vicious circle in a way.
2016-10-02 17:57
#48
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Poland mamba99999 
expected
2016-10-02 10:04
#49
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Poland trancemeister 
both pistols and only 16-14 :) anyway , Congratulations VP!
2016-10-02 13:50
NAVI vs VP finals plz, thx in advance mr papaBiceps
2016-10-02 14:49
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