VP take revenge on SK, to final

Virtus.pro have beaten SK Gaming in the semifinals at ESL New York 2-1 (16-19 on Mirage, 25-21 on Overpass and 16-7 on Nuke), making it into the Grand Final where they will face Na'Vi.

Being one of the few teams to take maps from SK, since they went on to dominate from MLG Columbus onwards, the Polish side was looking to add just one more map to the collection this time to edge out the Brazilians.

The first part of the battle was going to be Mirage and SK started out in blazing fashion with a clean pistol round on CT side, but Virtus.pro kept them on their toes with a forcebuy and it required a sharp 1v2 clutch from Lincoln "fnx" Lau to stay in the lead. The Plow kept the money low, which meant they could put Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo's men on a double eco after winning the first gunround, equalising the score 3-3.

The world champions struck back immediately with their feared double AWP setup, but once again the retakes came down to the wire keeping the economy low for the CT's. Virtus.pro took full advantage of that when they had the rifles again, splitting into A in the 10th round and resetting the Brazilian side. The rounds went back and forth, as Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski's team kept switching up their timings. 8-7 in favor of VP by halftime.

The Poles took the CT pistol into their hands, but when top class teams play the forcebuys are always dangerous and SK proved that, undoing the early investment from Virtus.pro and moving to a 10-9 lead. Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas then took the iniative by first going aggressive and shutting down the T's towards ramp, and then grabbed a triple in the following round which came down to a 1v1 against Epitacio "TACO" de Melo.


fnx was bringing the fire on Mirage

The usual stars for SK seemed absent, but luckily the Phoenix fnx was once again on fire getting his own triple, in a hairy take of the B site, but Paweł "byali" Bieliński's timing was fortunate in the 1v2 and he kept his team ahead in the game. The Poles then got their own double AWP setup, each getting an opening pick, but again the unstoppable fnx brought back the 3v5, resetting the Polish economy.

FalleN had figured out a formula on T-side, as they kept working the map control, never overextending and VP kept getting isolated, facing map point 13-15. Only the foolish will ever count out the longest standing roster in CS:GO, and with nothing to lose they got the jump on the Brazilians twice, and Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski put the game into overtime with a clutch in the end.

VP seemed exhausted despite it being their comeback that had pushed the map into this state and when FalleN is hitting the shots, you need to wake up early to get out on top. SK showed little mercy and closed out the map 19-15.

Next up was Overpass, and now the SK unit was fired up, taking six rounds off the back of their T pistol. It could have been different, as Snax almost pulled off a 1v3 retake with an AWP on B. He took his revenge in the following round, getting two crucial opening picks after a tactical timeout from his team.

byali then went huge in a clever counter to the passive play from SK, as he tricked around his position in a forward stance from monster tunnel, picking up a quad kill. This round lighted a spark for the Polish power house as they went on a rampage going forward, taking seven rounds in the row by surrounding the Brazilian offense again and again. Once again the Poles got a 8-7 lead by halftime.


The fastest AWP in the west did what he could on Overpass

VP themselves then took a swift T pistol round, and held off an otherwise scary forcebuy from SK. The Brazilians then took the first gun round, but it was the same story as on Mirage, losing way too many guns on their retakes, and it took a hero clutch out of nowhere from FalleN to hold the Plow back.

It turned into a wild west shootout onward, Snax nearly pulling off a clutch almost identical to the now famous one from Filip "NEO" Kubski in Bucharest. It was captain FalleN though who round after round pulled out the dirtiest of picks onto the hapless Poles again and again with his trusty AWP. There was surely no way back again for VP again as SK moved on to match point again 15-12.

Madness ensued, as VP held on, pashaBiceps once again pulling off a 1v1 clutch against TACO and the grand old man of CS TaZ was not keen to lie down just yet, as he was instrumental in turning a scary 2v3 into a win, equalising 15-15.

The world champions took charge on the CT side in the first overtime, taking a 3-0 lead as TACO this time came out of the duel against pashaBiceps with a ninja defuse. A mindboggling triple AWP on T side, on match point, had no effect for Marcelo "coldzera" David and Co. and it costed them dearly as they couldn't either make a dent in the Polish defense in the following round, which left them with three Tec-9's in the last round and VP took their own 3-0 CT round.

Second overtime went more back and forth, but the list of executes for both teams were running dry, and as they each took 2-1 scorelines on their CT-side, it was time for OT 3.

This time however, VP had somehow coordinated their offense in the break in between and took a blistering three rounds on the T-side and used the momentum to take the map 25-21.


You simply can't outlast the old guard just like that

Moving on to the decider on Nuke, possibly being a traumatic map for the Polish side following the woeful pick of it in Cologne, Virtus.pro engaged their feared Plow on T side taking a dominating grip with a 5-0 lead. It took another clutch for FalleN's men to keep them in the game, Snax pulling the shortest straw. Keeping their composure they avoided reset twice, pulling it back to a 5-6 deficit.

Taking a calming timeout, VP pulled out more strats from their new and improved book, taking three more T rounds, though TACO pulled of a miracle backstab from hut with a Five-Seven, taking a quad kill. 9-6 for VP at halftime.

SK kept it exciting in spite of clean CT pistol from VP, but the obligatory force buy in the 17th round paid off. byali and his boys returned the favor at once with their own forcebuy.

The 1# ranked team seemed completely lost onwards on their T-side, pashaBiceps in particular picking them apart left, right and centre, and VP trampled all over the Brazilians, closing out the map 16-7.

Brazil
Matchpage
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2
2nd October 2016
19
Mirage
16
21
Overpass
25
7
Nuke
16

 SK K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' ToledoFalleN 79 - 70 +9 70.7 1.08
Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera 72 - 74 -2 78.0 1.03
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO 71 - 73 -2 74.0 1.00
Brazil Lincoln 'fnx' Laufnx 70 - 80 -10 75.1 0.90
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarengafer 60 - 83 -23 73.0 0.89
 Virtus.pro K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Poland Paweł 'byali' Bielińskibyali 78 - 67 +11 77.3 1.16
Poland Filip 'NEO' KubskiNEO 70 - 73 -3 84.7 1.15
Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' WojtasTaZ 79 - 73 +6 82.9 1.13
Poland Janusz 'Snax' PogorzelskiSnax 77 - 66 +11 75.6 1.11
Poland Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' JarząbkowskipashaBiceps 76 - 73 +3 74.5 1.10

Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
1086
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:
996
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:
1789
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
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1158
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:
1604
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
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
Brazil Lincoln 'fnx' Lau
Lincoln 'fnx' Lau
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
504
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.17
#1
United States Tim27 
VP is back ! :)
2016-10-03 02:08
#36
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United States Drifter808 
Such sick series
2016-10-03 02:08
#156
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Netherlands liQuidmoTion 
Yeah sounds like an absolute thriller. Sadly i had no time to watch it :p
2016-10-03 22:19
how you do that?
2016-10-03 02:08
#43
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Brazil Mirekz 
15-12 in overpass to losing triple overtime and losing Nuke FeelsBadMan
2016-10-03 02:08
FeelsBadMan
2016-10-03 02:11
From where?
2016-10-03 02:17
from choke.
2016-10-05 18:36
YEAH
2016-10-03 02:07
rofl
2016-10-03 02:08
#3
Azerbaijan Zezon 
1
2016-10-03 02:07
3
2016-10-03 02:09
47
2016-10-03 10:34
VP top 1 world
2016-10-03 02:08
#5
Europe selbi 
ez
2016-10-03 02:07
gg
2016-10-03 02:07
ezzzzzzz
2016-10-03 02:07
ez
2016-10-03 02:07
Good Job VP! Nice Try SK!
2016-10-03 02:08
ez4tazman
2016-10-03 02:07
#11
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Nepal Narstie 
nice
2016-10-03 02:08
gg
2016-10-03 02:07
gg
2016-10-03 02:07
i cried
2016-10-03 02:07
#15
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Germany MrMaxiKing 
ez for VirtusPlow <3
2016-10-03 02:08
ez
2016-10-03 02:07
#18
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Australia weedloll 
'
2016-10-03 02:07
#19
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Brazil jny13 
wOw
2016-10-03 02:07
gg
2016-10-03 02:07
Sick game, VP legends
2016-10-03 02:07
ggs what a match
2016-10-03 02:08
#23
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Brazil Desvain 
DAMN
2016-10-03 02:07
ADIOS BRAZIL
2016-10-03 02:07
gg wp
2016-10-03 02:08
<3 amazing game
2016-10-03 02:07
SK number 1 team
2016-10-03 02:07
#28
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Poland Redrumowy 
VP top 1
2016-10-03 02:07
#29
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Europe Predatorino 
The Plow is back
2016-10-03 02:07
#30
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Andorra Wolter 
nice wp
2016-10-03 02:08
#32
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World sneezy 
first
2016-10-03 02:08
#33
smooya | 
Europe f0li0 
+1
2016-10-03 02:08
ggwp to both team, really sick and emotional series
2016-10-03 02:08
hello
2016-10-03 02:08
#39
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Hungary Shaperz 
VIRTUS PRO!!!!!!!!!!!
2016-10-03 02:08
NEO GOD
2016-10-03 02:08
best match ever
2016-10-03 02:08
It took only 5 hours xD
2016-10-03 02:08
good series wp VP
2016-10-03 02:08
#46
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Poland furleppe 
this series was gold
2016-10-03 02:08
gr8 game
2016-10-03 02:09
#50
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Poland matblo 
papa <3
2016-10-03 02:09
NEO, MINUS (-) KDA but RATING PLUS STAT 1.01 HOW??????
2016-10-03 02:09
#74
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Portugal dracø 
Hltv rating takes impact in consideration. Clutch kills are awarded more rating than normal kills and there are some more variables.
2016-10-03 02:13
thanks
2016-10-03 02:14
#79
TaZ | 
Poland reap3r 
Average damage dealt, assists and shit like that.
2016-10-03 02:15
ez papa
2016-10-03 02:09
After NiP winning the last tournament, I can only be happy for seeing VP in the grand finals vs Na'Vi. As a oldschool 1.6er, time to get that throne back.
2016-10-03 02:09
#54
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Slovenia TOPKEKiksde 
what a game !!!!!!!! so well played by both teams
2016-10-03 02:09
#55
Poland MJP 
great match , gg both teams
2016-10-03 02:09
ez nuke for virtus.plow
2016-10-03 02:10
#57
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Sweden godname 
GOOD SEMI
2016-10-03 02:10
GG VP Im sad sk lost, but i dont mind, it ill be a great final either way.
2016-10-03 02:10
amazing match
2016-10-03 02:10
#61
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Portugal dracø 
No matter what, this game was the final of this tournament!! Wp sk, but the Plow Mode was engaged on nuke! Fallen's awp on overpass was god tier!
2016-10-03 02:11
Ye, Fallen is a mofo with AWP. Gotta give hime credit for doing sick things with Big Green.
2016-10-03 02:31
I think they would have lost mirage as well if not for his awp.
2016-10-03 10:07
#62
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Brazil ftf123 
gg, congratz VP! gl against na'vi
2016-10-03 02:11
Well played VP and SK...that was an unreal match...gratzzz to both and mainly to poland fans =D
2016-10-03 02:11
#68
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Germany jonko 
EXPECTED
2016-10-03 02:11
I found it funny that fer is sucking major dick right now. Godlike without 1 ear, now with both ears, cant do a shit. Im starting to belive that valve is forcing people who are cheating to stop, and make those "fake" injuries
2016-10-03 02:12
#96
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Brazil hugoooo 
...did you saw SK games yesteday? Hint: fer had just 110 ADR.
2016-10-03 02:29
Still, compared to his stats before that surgery, his preformances dropped a way bit, its more red then it was. And he is one of the best players in the world, -23 on semifinals is not acceptable.
2016-10-03 12:28
#149
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Brazil hugoooo 
He was one of the best players of the tournaments until the semis. s1mple sucked hard on last major finals, still, he's one of the best players of the world and that match didn't change this.
2016-10-03 14:33
hltv.org/?pageid=247&playerid=8564 not rly, this was one of the worst events for him. Also his form dropped after he cameback
2016-10-03 15:48
#153
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Brazil hugoooo 
...I will repeat: He was one of the best players of the tournament until the semis. hltv.org/?pageid=246&playerid=8564&event.. Look at this, link, until the bo3 vs VP he had a rating of 1.18, third highest of the event and DAR of 110, the highest of the event. Then, on the semis, he played bad, just like whole SK.
2016-10-03 16:51
he only did nose surgery.
2016-10-03 03:16
Thank Mr VP
2016-10-03 02:13
#73
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Slovakia Ganjamel 
#GOGOVP
2016-10-03 02:13
Feelsbadman, but I'm happy for VP, they sure deserve this tournament.
2016-10-03 02:13
#76
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Hong Kong korean 
needed coldzera to carry these bots :/
2016-10-03 02:13
i happy VP finaly win against SK and this overpas
2016-10-03 02:14
Virtusluck
2016-10-03 02:15
haha mad favela
2016-10-03 02:20
#101
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United States ImCovati 
Lol virtus bad luck? Aside from Nuke luck was not on vp's side. Find another excuse plz
2016-10-03 02:33
Your majors? 0, I presume.
2016-10-03 02:54
#113
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United States ImCovati 
? lol that has nothing to do with tonight bud. Sorry but you lost, don't be salty and accept it like I have as an American lol
2016-10-03 02:55
What has Cloud9 done this tournament.
2016-10-03 02:55
#116
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United States ImCovati 
What has immortals done at this tournament? Also what has liquid done at the tourney? Last time I checked they finished in the same spot as SK lol
2016-10-03 02:58
2016-10-03 02:58
#118
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United States ImCovati 
Wrong match bud. And yeah they did, they lost in the semis.
2016-10-03 03:00
#150
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Iceland fatboislim 
what about liquid?
2016-10-03 15:32
What a great match, worthy of a grand final in just a semi.
2016-10-03 02:16
#83
MICHU | 
Poland hadziun 
Gg Vp
2016-10-03 02:17
#85
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Brazil rickz1996 
wp vp
2016-10-03 02:18
ahahah bye brazil
2016-10-03 02:18
Nice scene of yours...tutti frutti!!!
2016-10-03 02:20
easy amazon rainforest
2016-10-03 19:36
Love it...and it is beautifull =D
2016-10-03 23:21
#88
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Denmark qwedsa 
legendary match
2016-10-03 02:19
Fucking insane...amazing =D
2016-10-03 02:22
#89
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Norway SkaMathias 
GG!
2016-10-03 02:19
what a game
2016-10-03 02:23
This is one of those rare matches where no single player lost or won the game for either team
2016-10-03 02:23
pasha & taz just give de_mirage also tray hard on overpas
2016-10-03 03:28
#123
BnTeT | 
Poland B4R73K 
are you like retarded? hating on TaZ and Pasha for no reason atm?
2016-10-03 03:51
You're an idiot
2016-10-03 15:45
pasha outfrags the "king" himself :)
2016-10-03 02:29
#99
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United States ImCovati 
So what is coldzera gonna throw a fit against fer on Twitter tonight?
2016-10-03 02:32
#100
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Europe Sceptill 
2016-10-03 02:33
#110
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United States ImCovati 
Never forget xD
2016-10-03 02:51
#102
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Brazil hugoooo 
One of the reasons for the low performance of SK is that for the third time on his career, cold had a bad event. SK needs him to perform well, he always have been the game changer, but this time he didn't played well. I was sure of SK's defeat when they had those three match points on overpass and didn't won. Once VP tied it again, I was sure SK would be broken for the rest of that map and the next.
2016-10-03 02:35
You mean: cold has to completely boost SK if they want to win?
2016-10-03 08:20
They hadn't low performance, just lost in very narrow fashion. This is CS, you can be ultradominant for 6 months period, then ppl understand what are u doing and starting to beat you. Like with fnatic, they needed changes constantly.
2016-10-03 08:52
GG VP
2016-10-03 02:43
Legend beat cheaters
2016-10-03 02:50
#111
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Europe Sceptill 
;') true
2016-10-03 02:52
#127
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Brazil Mirekz 
if SK was actually cheating VP wouldn't make to double digits against them, only delusional fanboys believe that a non cheating team could beat a team that was actually cheating.
2016-10-03 05:11
#133
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Luxembourg alex24 
sk are proven cheaters, what more proof do you want ?
2016-10-03 08:01
Good.
2016-10-03 02:57
Great fucking game man! Cant be mad about it, what a show from both teams, shame the last map went the way it did. I hope the final goes as exciting as this was! Great to see vp back on form, let's hope they can keep this up
2016-10-03 03:21
best games of 2016 was between vp and sk, each epic one.
2016-10-03 03:44
Na Katowice Na'Vi v LG was the best.
2016-10-03 08:19
#124
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Sweden Kasidro 
the difference between most and least kills in VP over 3 maps is just 9, quite the team effort
2016-10-03 03:56
Im not a fucking 14 yo mad brazilian like 90% of the br community and i gotta say,MAD respect for VP,the same line-up have been trough hell and trough heaven,the same lineup dominated a portion of 2014 to be considered a T2 for such a long time and now they are back at it again,THE SAME LINEUP,thats insane man,GJ VP,and best luck next time SK.
2016-10-03 03:57
The special thing about VP is that, they beat every dominant lineup in CS:GO history (NIP, fnatic, SK, EnvyUs/LDLC) in their prime.
2016-10-03 08:54
all VP players with 70+ kills unreal, one of the most exciting matches to watch in 2016! GG VP!
2016-10-03 03:59
FalleN on overpass was just so frightening. Every round he had an awp, I felt like SK were going to win the round. I am glad we got to see such a exciting series and VP vs SK is proving to be a hell of a match up every time. Modern rivalry at it's best.
2016-10-03 05:38
NICE MATCH! SK WILL TRAIN PISTOL ROUNDS AND WIN THE NEXT MAJOR! NICE VP NEO LEGEND!
2016-10-03 05:41
Nt. SK will lose next major.
2016-10-03 08:17
Ez win ez life ez money ez number 1
2016-10-03 06:17
virtus pro virtus pro!
2016-10-03 06:36
amazing match
2016-10-03 08:54
#140
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Russia AR4ER 
Great match by VP! favelas next time
2016-10-03 09:05
#142
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Turkey ogmass 
It was the best match-up i ve ever until luminosity vs navi in iem Katowice semi-final.
2016-10-03 10:29
fantastic match VP
2016-10-03 11:09
This must have been the iBP vs LDLC of 2016 lol. These overtimes. GG Virtus.Pro. People keep calling them Virtus.Premier and shit but look what happens once they hit LAN.
2016-10-03 11:19
VP def. 10 matchpoints ;o for me top 3 game ever. wp both teams , amazing game.
2016-10-03 11:22
AYYY
2016-10-03 14:10
What a great game, respect to VP
2016-10-03 17:12
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