North squeeze past Virtus.pro; qualify for playoffs

North have secured a spot in the PGL Major Krakow playoffs following a hard-fought 16-14 victory over Virtus.pro on Mirage.

The match began with North getting slaughtered in the pistol round on their way to B, where Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski picked up three rounds. After almost winning a force-buy round, North managed to break through Virtus.pro's defence on a shoddy buy thanks to Philip "aizy" Aistrup finding two kills with a P250.

The Danish team went on to add the next round, equalising the score at 2-2, but then they struggled to find a way past Virtus.pro's tight defence, with the Polish team winning five rounds in a row without even letting their opponents plant the bomb.

It was only then that North's offence truly came to life. The Danes won four rounds without response to bring the deficit to a minimum, but they could not find the equaliser as they got torn apart by pashaBiceps, who secured a quad kill with an AWP, setting Virtus.pro up for a 9-6 lead.

North through to the playoffs

Now playing on the CT side, North won a messy pistol round and the subsequent anti-ecos to make it 9-9. The first four gun rounds were a complete blowout as Virtus.pro could not even plant the bomb, but then they were able to get a round on the board in a semi-buy following a quad kill from Filip "NEO" Kubski.

That one round ended up turning the game on its head. In the next three rounds, Virtus.pro ran all over the Danish defence, completely destroying their economy. After calling a timeout, North successfully retook the A site two times in a row in 5v5 post-plant situations to hit match point. Virtus.pro still tried to play for overtime, but they could not sell an A fake, with Emil "Magisk" Reif picking up two crucial kills in B to hand his team a playoff berth.

Matchpage
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19th July 2017
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Mirage
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 North K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrupaizy 26 - 25 +1 102.1 1.36
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wieneckek0nfig 26 - 18 +8 86.9 1.28
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk 19 - 19 0 72.1 1.01
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borgcajunb 17 - 16 +1 58.9 0.88
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' LauridsenMSL 16 - 22 -6 62.0 0.87
 Virtus.pro K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Poland Janusz 'Snax' PogorzelskiSnax 23 - 20 +3 85.5 1.22
Poland Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' JarząbkowskipashaBiceps 23 - 21 +2 81.8 1.17
Poland Filip 'NEO' KubskiNEO 17 - 21 -4 65.8 0.98
Poland Paweł 'byali' Bielińskibyali 19 - 22 -3 68.9 0.88
Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' WojtasTaZ 18 - 20 -2 56.6 0.88

Below you can find the current Swiss round record:

Qualified
Kazakhstan Gambit Germany BIG
Denmark Astralis Denmark North 
2-1
 Brazil SK Brazil Immortals 
2-2
United States Cloud9 CIS FlipSid3
Sweden fnatic France G2
Poland Virtus.pro   
Eliminated
Russia Vega Squadron Europe FaZe
Europe mousesports Europe PENTA
CIS Natus Vincere
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
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
981
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
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
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1312
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
From 2-0 to 2-3? Disband already. North in the playoffs is just another wasted spot, much more wasted than Gambit and even more wasted than "We-play-only-inferno" BUG team.
2017-07-19 18:26
worst major ever, SK free win
2017-07-19 18:27
+1 no way SK lose this, there are no good teams, even Astralis are not so good right now, they barely won against Fnatic.
2017-07-19 18:35
maaan, what r u talking about. Vp were 3x better than fnatic. They lost 2 pistols, made 3 or more dumb mistakes like 5v3 4v2 and still won this.
2017-07-19 19:14
VP wont make it to playoffs what are you talking about?
2017-07-19 20:32
#92
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Denmark Marvelw0w 
Astralis has always been shit in the group stage, watch them shit on everyone in a bo3
2017-07-19 19:22
+1 no one seems to get that Astralis is always bad in group stage but better in playoffs. Dupreeh even said in an interview once that they like to peak in later stages of the tournament.
2017-07-19 19:30
them being shit doesn't make them better than SK lol. SK is 10 times better than Astralis in every situation.
2017-07-19 20:33
#16
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United States ldKuKluxKlan 
Cry
2017-07-19 18:27
#23
NiKo | 
Poland Jaruzel 
It's 2-2, shithead.
2017-07-19 18:28
#69
ruler | 
Brazil VAMOUZ 
IE? vp are 2-3 soon, losing to fsid3 16-11
2017-07-19 18:44
It's c9 vs flip side LUL
2017-07-19 19:21
#24
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Netherlands Lurox 
Cry is free
2017-07-19 18:28
#43
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Sweden Kasidro 
Well it's kind of up to the other teams to ban inferno, why would big switch from a winning concept. Only thing wasted here is your existence
2017-07-19 18:38
As you wasted a spot in the comments with your post.
2017-07-19 18:35
#49
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Guatemala Larch__ 
Why didn't the teams that played big banned inferno then. Stop complaining just cause your favorite team didn't went through
2017-07-19 18:37
#49
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Guatemala Larch__ 
Why didn't the teams that played big banned inferno then. Stop complaining just cause your favorite team didn't went through
2017-07-19 18:37
"Gambit wasted spot" lol Top 1 team in cis and legends of major 3 times in a row
2017-07-19 18:47
#80
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Malaysia gkshiang 
Yeah true indeed
2017-07-19 18:58
#79
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Germany ToxlC 
Cry is free
2017-07-19 18:55
gg
2017-07-19 18:26
#3
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Germany FuckMIBR 
ez
2017-07-19 18:26
#4
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Greece EzForClown9 
ez for north gg
2017-07-19 18:26
How 16-14 is ez? You are just idiot.
2017-07-19 18:38
#107
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United States ndg316 
Never try to reason with obvious bait comments on HLTV lol
2017-07-21 09:43
#5
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Russia FndRU 
gg
2017-07-19 18:26
VIRTUS THROW AGAiN
2017-07-19 18:26
magisks pimplehead almost exploded like a volcano at the end
2017-07-19 18:26
#9
TaZ | 
Poland DraggerPL 
Kurwa
2017-07-19 18:26
#11
flusha | 
Costa Rica XzD 
npoooooooo7
2017-07-19 18:26
#12
BnTeT | 
Indonesia BabyREKT 
mach
2017-07-19 18:26
fuck yeah two dane
2017-07-19 18:27
#14
shox | 
Germany KotFahrer 
My god im scared and worried for VP, fnatic and G2! Dont want any of them go out in groups
2017-07-19 18:27
#36
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World nakTriceps 
These 3 has to cheer for face Flipside. It´ll probably ez win. C9 and IMT are a little bit favourites against vp/fnatic. 55/45 I think. Against G2, the French is a little bit favourite (due to moment), like 55/45 too. Anxious to the draw of 2-2 record´s teams.
2017-07-19 18:32
Well fnatic can definetly not play against F3 or VP and G2 cant play against C9.
2017-07-19 18:37
#60
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World nakTriceps 
Yep, it´s true, sorry. So, it´s a worst scenario for fnatic´s draw. IMT, G2 or C9.
2017-07-19 18:40
#53
shox | 
Germany KotFahrer 
I hope for G2 that they'll face immortals, they have a really good past record against them. If i could choose, i want VP to face flipside, because they obviously need to be at the arena in krakow. Fnatic need to fight their hearts out against c9. But there will probably be a VP-G2 or G2-fnatic draw, with my luck in predictions :/
2017-07-19 18:38
#58
shox | 
Germany KotFahrer 
or just image immortals upsets Sk... my god that would be fucked up.
2017-07-19 18:40
#66
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World nakTriceps 
SK x G2 would be bad for all of us.
2017-07-19 18:43
#63
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World nakTriceps 
Good luck. IMT had the worst draw until here. Astralis, NaVi, SK... They deserve FlipSide.
2017-07-19 18:43
#72
shox | 
Germany KotFahrer 
I can feel that will happen, even tho they would 'deserve' it, i would absolutly will not be happy about the other 2 draws. Lets wait and see :S
2017-07-19 18:47
#75
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World nakTriceps 
Lets wait. SK x IMT will be on Overpass. IMT is currently very good in this map. It can be a good fight. I expect that not happens an upset.
2017-07-19 18:49
#81
shox | 
Germany KotFahrer 
me either, coldzera wont let that happen i guess. And if Fallen wake up on overpass he can turn it around by himself, because yesterday he was abit lackluster.
2017-07-19 18:59
#82
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World nakTriceps 
Exactly. FalleN sucks yesterday (compared with what he can play). If he wakes up probably SK win like about 16-11.
2017-07-19 19:01
#83
shox | 
Germany KotFahrer 
i will predict 16-10 for SK. Lets see.
2017-07-19 19:05
#104
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World nakTriceps 
16--9. Almost! SK - Ast man, whatafuck. So bad.
2017-07-20 00:58
Yeah almost correct :D That is a unbelievable bracket draw... lets see how it turns out!
2017-07-20 16:36
#84
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Brazil king_haki 
+1
2017-07-19 19:05
#98
shox | 
Germany KotFahrer 
i fucking knew it ... :
2017-07-19 20:29
squeEZ
2017-07-19 18:27
virtus.premier LUL
2017-07-19 18:27
#18
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Latvia Faaakk 
expected
2017-07-19 18:27
Inb4 everyone post stuff like: 1. North lucky 2. North arrogant 3. Can't stand to look at Magisk's face 4. Fuck North, don't deserve it 5. k0nfig cheats GG WP to North, they played an ok match
2017-07-19 18:28
Fuck north and this monkey magisk
2017-07-19 18:37
#20
Friis | 
Denmark baitzera 
I am happy VP lost even though I bet on them. I dislike them that much haha And I hope so much that they go 2-3. They will never qualify for a major again then. Really hope it happens.
2017-07-19 18:28
3-2 incoming.North had a lucky day today.But,once they'll face the plow.Arrogant dane.
2017-07-19 18:34
Beating them was not lucky, they actually should have closed it out way earlier, but went from 13-9 to 13-14. In other news North won 11 of the last 19 matches against VP, so let's put this "luck" talk to rest, shall we?
2017-07-19 18:39
Well that's right.I meant that they had "luck" that they didn't face the plow.VP is still struggeling.But I hope,that they can still make the playoffs.In the 2nd pistol round,if pasha wouln't tried to knife MSL,than VP could win the 2nd pistol.It was a thight game.Aizy showed up lately,but it was still a good game,I enjoyed it.I hope VP can still make the playoffs. GG WEEL PLAYED NORTH
2017-07-19 18:45
retire already old fags
2017-07-19 18:28
#55
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Japan Buck98 
will you be taking their spot?
2017-07-19 18:38
4 sure
2017-07-19 18:39
I hope VP can still make the playoffs :(
2017-07-19 18:28
#40
NEO | 
Poland snakemtt 
At least hope is free ^^
2017-07-19 18:34
pretty sure VP will somehow get Flipsid3 in the next match
2017-07-19 18:28
#30
shox | 
Germany KotFahrer 
My feeling is G2 as opponent.
2017-07-19 18:29
Fixed - Cloud9 will have to play vs VP and VP don't lose to americano team
2017-07-19 18:43
#67
shox | 
Germany KotFahrer 
Lets hope for that :D
2017-07-19 18:44
We made it :D
2017-07-19 20:29
#99
shox | 
Germany KotFahrer 
Well atleast vp got a chance xd hate to see that one of g2 x fnatic going home.
2017-07-19 20:30
Ez :D
2017-07-20 00:24
gz ;) lets hope for a good playoffs run for VP
2017-07-20 16:35
#27
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Portugal dracø 
Vp giving hope to every dmg player out there. The end of this game wasnt much different from the games i have on my smurf. Vp tossed away the game and I dont really see them getting their 3rd win after this lose. North had no bsns getting into the playoffs, they got gifted 2 wins in a row without showing anything
2017-07-19 18:29
2017-07-19 18:29
#31
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Poland Hamadoshi 
ugh VP what happened? go for 3-2
2017-07-19 18:30
Nice throw VP again,,, its over for vp
2017-07-19 18:30
Hope that Astralis and North do not draw against each other too early, seems to happen quite often :P
2017-07-19 18:31
#47
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World nakTriceps 
Astralis x G2 Sk x North Ez wins for Ast/SK on these matchups
2017-07-19 18:36
#34
Denmark cyb1 
VP will play flipside, I would bet on that.
2017-07-19 18:32
#38
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Denmark clutchkongen 
rigged?
2017-07-19 18:33
#35
mir | 
El Salvador NotHotMan 
2-3 for VP they will play against C9 gonna rekt them
2017-07-19 18:32
#37
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Bulgaria MaestroGOD 
finally aizy shows up
2017-07-19 18:33
#39
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Finland Taynz 
-byali +someone in mm
2017-07-19 18:34
rip vp
2017-07-19 18:35
#44
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Denmark moosp 
Yeeees. North will be the major winner here. When they learn to be ready in the first 5 rounds as well they will be deadly. G0dfig is the most underrated player in cs. Easily a top 3 player.
2017-07-19 18:35
#61
TaZ | 
Poland VeryTazGuy 
Kappa remember we have only seen bo1s so far
2017-07-19 18:41
Worst playoffs incomming oh my god Someone want buy tickets?
2017-07-19 18:36
#71
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Hungary FHarbor 
for like 5 bucks ofc
2017-07-19 18:46
You think big/gambit/north worth 5bucks? I don't think so
2017-07-19 19:08
You think big/gambit/north worth 5bucks? I don't think so
2017-07-19 19:08
You think big/gambit/north worth 5bucks? I don't think so
2017-07-19 19:08
You think big/gambit/north worth 5bucks? I don't think so
2017-07-19 19:08
Man CS is dying, also PGL is such a bad host, damn, is this the end? Hope it is
2017-07-19 18:50
So CS is dying, cause there are no CIS teams?
2017-07-19 21:20
S Q U E E Z E D
2017-07-19 18:42
#64
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United Kingdom bicekmaister 
If the VP lose next mach i think is goona be the last tournamet for this team. This team really need some changes. I really like pasha but AWP is totally not for him. They make stupid mistakes.
2017-07-19 18:43
#70
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Hungary FHarbor 
shit teams are legends nice
2017-07-19 18:46
#73
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Austria Faguette 
fak i basically want all of the remaining teams to qualify
2017-07-19 18:47
Good to see aizy get back in good form.
2017-07-19 18:54
Really thought mouz was gonna replace north in legends
2017-07-19 18:55
want SK, fnatic, G2 and VP to claim last 4 spots, best variant for entertaining playoffs
2017-07-19 19:09
Ye i buy tickets and want to cheers team like navi/fnatic/faze/vp/astralis/sk/G2/C9 and must watch team like big or north. issa joke
2017-07-19 19:25
sad but both big and north performed better than faze and navi
2017-07-19 19:31
#96
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Romania ASTiX 
Ez pick thx North
2017-07-19 20:06
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