Spirit qualify StarSeries i-League Season 7 over Vitality

Spirit are through to the StarSeries i-League Season 7 after defeating Vitality 2-1 (16-9 on Dust2, 6-16 on Inferno and 16-9 on Mirage).

The last series of the 20-team European qualifier kicked off on Spirit's map pick, Dust2, where the Russians secured their CT pistol on the back of a quad-kill that included 1v2 clutch from Viktor "somedieyoung" Orudjev. In the fifth round, the Frenchmen bagged their first with just pistols, but they simply could not stop their opponents from picking up a 7-1 lead.

Vitality then got back on the board as Cédric "RpK" Guipouy denied Vadim "DavCost" Vasilyev from clutching a 1v2 situation, and followed that up with two more rounds to reduce the gap to 4-7. Spirit would not let go off the gas, however, and did not lose any more rounds until half-time.

Despite losing another pistol and subsequent anti-eco, Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt's men did not back down and strung three rounds together fairly easily, 7-13. Still, Spirit responded successfully in a full eco, and, from that moment, there was little that Vitality could do to stop them, with the map ending 16-9.

COLDYY1 played a key role in the series

Vitality started well on their map pick, Inferno, losing just the first gun round before going up 4-1 as CTs. Spirit still replied with a four-round winning streak to turn the score around in their favour, but Dan "apEX" Madesclaire and co. were in charge and made it 10-5 by half-time, with the 25-year-old leading the way for his team with 21 frags. The French squad carried that momentum into the second half and quickly wrapped up the map at 16-6.

Starting out as CTs on the decider, Mirage, Spirit got off to a great start, winning five rounds in a row to take control of proceedings, with somedieyoung adding another 1v2 clutch to his name in the process.

Then, Vitality secured their first round, but they were immediately reset by Spirit, who kept punishing the Frenchmen to go up 12-1. NBK-'s troops then won the final two rounds of the half with back-to-back triple-kills from the team's captain.

A near-perfect CT pistol set Vitality for a good run, losing a single round before reducing the deficit to five rounds. With Dmitry "S0tF1k" Forostyanko stepping up to the plate with a quad-kill—the 24-year-old could not hit double digits on the previous two maps—, Spirit reached their 14th round, which inspired the Russians to eventually seal the deal at 16-9.

 Spirit K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Ukraine Pavel 'COLDYY1' VeklenkoCOLDYY1 59 - 50 +9 99.0 1.31
Russia Dmitriy 'Dima' BandurkaDima 64 - 57 +7 97.1 1.25
Russia Vadim 'DavCost' VasilyevDavCost 43 - 43 0 61.4 1.02
Ukraine Viktor 'somedieyoung' Orudjevsomedieyoung 47 - 49 -2 68.7 0.97
Russia Dmitry 'S0tF1k' ForostyankoS0tF1k 30 - 47 -17 48.0 0.76
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' HerbautZywOo 57 - 45 +12 82.9 1.30
France Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX 63 - 50 +13 94.1 1.21
France Nathan 'NBK-' SchmittNBK- 46 - 47 -1 69.0 0.97
France Cédric 'RpK' GuipouyRpK 39 - 50 -11 64.8 0.95
France Vincent 'Happy' SchopenhauerHappy 41 - 51 -10 59.0 0.81

The StarSeries i-League Season 7 will run from March 30 to April 7 in Shanghai, China, where 16 teams will duke it out for their share of a $500,000 prize pool.

The tournament's team list currently looks as follows:

France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1635
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
France Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1182
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Russia Dmitry 'S0tF1k' Forostyanko
Dmitry 'S0tF1k' Forostyanko
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
977
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1469
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
Ukraine Viktor 'somedieyoung' Orudjev
Viktor 'somedieyoung' Orudjev
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
461
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.13
Russia Vadim 'DavCost' Vasilyev
Vadim 'DavCost' Vasilyev
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
924
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
VitaLULty lost all respect for french CS
2018-12-20 20:27
#5
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Sweden Unluko 
F5
2018-12-20 20:27
mad af
2018-12-20 20:27
#16
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Sweden Unluko 
You F5 hltv all day lul
2018-12-20 20:28
mad af lmao F5 faster next time and stop crying
2018-12-20 20:29
zyWHOOOOOOOO?
2018-12-20 21:19
Hahahah +1 Ppl overated this trash baguette so badly
2018-12-20 22:34
-Happy +kio
2018-12-20 20:27
c9 is much better currently than poor botality
2018-12-20 21:12
#51
Majonez  | 
Europe dip6o 
Both suck ATM. But at least vita has zywoo
2018-12-20 21:14
#53
Twistzz | 
Denmark RixN 
Well u r right. But still difference between sucking against some random russian team or sucking against tier1 teams (mostly tier1)
2018-12-20 21:19
LUL +1 no hope for zywootality😎
2018-12-20 21:58
#103
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Estonia u3ffe 
Those guys qualified through the minor and been on major, so I guess they are not just a "random team"
2018-12-21 03:58
#105
Twistzz | 
Denmark RixN 
Yeah sry i know, just had to sound a little salty since it’s after all a comment on hltv :)
2018-12-21 04:20
#121
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Estonia u3ffe 
then it's fine :)
2018-12-21 21:36
-Happy+Screaaaaaam
2018-12-21 01:50
-happy agree but not +kio look for another young boy like zywOo.
2018-12-21 12:15
I have to disagree. Happy needs to go NOW, and they need an immediate improvement, not someone who’s gonna be good in like a year. If another rising star from france emerges they can kick RpK
2018-12-21 18:55
+1
2018-12-20 21:19
#90
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United Kingdom craZy_y0 
They're actually called Shiteality
2018-12-21 00:03
vitrashitty?
2018-12-21 03:57
How?
2018-12-20 20:26
#3
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United States YankeeM 
VitaLULty
2018-12-20 20:26
xd
2018-12-20 20:26
xd
2018-12-20 20:27
Rip vitality :(
2018-12-20 20:27
*BOTALITY
2018-12-20 21:12
*BOT Vitaliy
2018-12-20 21:49
#10
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Brazil k1mkeid 
RpK and Happy in 2k18? lul
2018-12-20 20:28
Fuck off vitality
2018-12-20 20:28
#12
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Poland Frytekooo 
lol
2018-12-20 20:28
#13
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Portugal Furiosoo 
unexpected
2018-12-20 20:28
#14
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France J0riS 
NUL NUL NUL VITALITY
2018-12-20 20:28
nice! All top 10 teams in event too this time besides for astralis (which might be for the best :D...)
2018-12-20 20:28
astralis will be shit by march
2018-12-20 20:46
Seems very unlikely but hopefully others could challenge them better at least.
2018-12-20 20:48
#17
Vegi | 
Poland Alone01 
I was sure Vitality is gonna win lol
2018-12-20 20:28
#18
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France Marvelus 
RIPtality... Poor zywoo and apex :/
2018-12-20 20:28
#19
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Brazil g4g4 
DISBAND VITALITY two qualifications loss in a row
2018-12-20 20:28
France is washed up
2018-12-20 20:28
#22
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Brazil Charizaldo 
This team is too heavy to zywoo and apex carry
2018-12-20 20:30
Yes. Kick happy and rpk
2018-12-20 21:22
#23
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Indonesia evanz034 
- Happy - RpK + Scream + Kio
2018-12-20 20:30
freezywoo
2018-12-20 20:30
#25
NiKo | 
Poland Kocykeee 
Nice Spirit. Ez 4 COLDYY Vitality is playing 2v8 LOL
2018-12-20 20:30
#26
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CIS skruxie 
cyberTuristi al9 flipside
2018-12-20 20:31
Too good for france :)
2018-12-20 20:32
#28
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Europe Skraj 
Failing to qualify for WESG and now Starseries, ouff
2018-12-20 20:33
Vitality can take the spot from Wild who has disbanded.
2018-12-20 20:34
#100
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Brazil hugoooo 
The players can still attend, supposing the slot is from the players, not from the organization.
2018-12-21 02:39
Zywoo Apex Kioshima Ex6tenz Scream Should at least try this
2018-12-20 20:34
never try ex6tenz
2018-12-20 20:36
+1
2018-12-20 21:23
#31
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France FanchD 
apEX and ZywOo vs 8 apEX RpK ZywOo NBK- Kio
2018-12-20 20:35
who igl?
2018-12-21 05:07
#109
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Serbia NitrouZ 
nbk? he is igling from start of vitality? hello!?
2018-12-21 09:40
zywho?
2018-12-20 20:35
#34
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Europe trey_ 
xd
2018-12-20 20:37
#35
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Other Phinks 
Sick spirit well deserved
2018-12-20 20:40
#36
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Europe KittyChamp 
500k T2 tournament because no Astralis :D
2018-12-20 20:45
ez eu minor for spirit
2018-12-20 20:47
#40
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Brazil Collee 
Save ZywOo and apEX
2018-12-20 20:48
#41
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Algeria Zawwy 
ez for spirit. in minor
2018-12-20 20:49
Expected
2018-12-20 20:49
#43
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Sweden kAED 
Expected ez 3.4 odds
2018-12-20 20:51
#44
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Poland Ryunar 
VP died for this
2018-12-20 20:52
#45
World Kobs 
happy and nbk have been carried their whole career , time to retire to let young talents take your place
2018-12-20 20:54
well NBK is not the problem on this team, Happy isn't leading anymore but still getting worse day after day
2018-12-20 21:20
#89
World Kobs 
NBK leading is a big problem ,still this team could be decent if he was the worst player of the team but he is not.. anyway what they need most is teamplay, strategic play, beeing more smart
2018-12-21 00:04
France need new igl, shox is obviously never gonna be a good one, nbk on the other have way more potential as an igl Sure right now it’s not perfect but it’s already as good as shox igl in less time. Give time to NBK, and please bring either new player, either kio. Happy can’t be on top contender team anymore. He is only here because of his past achievements
2018-12-21 11:33
+1
2018-12-20 21:28
I'm pretty sure you haven't done your homework. Happy and NBK back in 2013, 2014 were amazing cs players. In addition, like r8ter says, NBK being in an igl role is fine. Yes, that to some extent means his fragging potential is lessened, but that is like most igl's. A team like NA'VI is pretty much built around having 3 solid players and then a igl + fill-in. Something like this can work for Team Vitality: apeX, Zywoo and someone else could be your 3 performers and then you'd have your igl, in this case being NBK, + a fill-in or "safe pair of hands". I agree Happy is not in form and should possibly retire.
2018-12-25 09:55
#46
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Bulgaria vectralsoul 
Ayy lmao
2018-12-20 21:04
LULTALITY
2018-12-20 21:09
botality
2018-12-20 21:13
lol
2018-12-20 21:14
#56
chelo | 
Brazil kinzee 
Down in group stage 100%
2018-12-20 21:20
hope they will lose
2018-12-20 21:24
why would u hate russian team?
2018-12-20 21:57
proebal mamkiny 100rub na stavke
2018-12-21 04:26
Nope
2018-12-21 14:02
I don't like CIS trash except for forZe
2018-12-21 14:02
forze is even more trash than spirit
2018-12-21 14:25
ForZe - 40 points Spirit - 16 points Btw Spirit's CS:GO roaster is elder than forZe's and still no results
2018-12-21 14:52
Spirit 1 major main qualifer attending forze 0 also spirit were close to qualify on challengers stage
2018-12-21 14:59
forZe will qualify on Legends stage in the future. But Spirit probably never
2018-12-21 18:38
#61
mir | 
Ukraine v1adyb0y 
ez for sdy
2018-12-20 21:25
-2 ez
2018-12-20 21:45
Bandurka PogChamp
2018-12-20 21:32
Losing to a CIS team online. xDDD
2018-12-20 21:35
CIS Shit so lucky today
2018-12-20 21:39
cs in Africa? xD STFU, bro
2018-12-20 22:23
Bravado top 28 Hltv Racist dude
2018-12-20 22:30
+1
2018-12-21 14:56
Zylul
2018-12-20 21:40
wow just when I thought the FR scene couldn't be anymore dead.
2018-12-20 21:46
#69
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Europe loonek4 
-happy -rpk +amanek +shox
2018-12-20 21:46
#71
Zeus | 
Finland Olter 
shitality happy is awful at cs btw
2018-12-20 21:51
I really had hopes Vitality would be a better team and revive french scene at least a little bit. But with Vitality and G2 being so dissapointing, it's R.I.P. french cs.
2018-12-20 21:54
Botality | zyWHO
2018-12-20 22:03
Team Spirt luckers, don't deserve
2018-12-20 22:05
#78
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Sweden Kasidro 
Zywooooo get out of there
2018-12-20 22:09
Zywoo learn to speak english better and go to a real team. French cs is garbage.
2018-12-20 22:15
Fake ZywOo' quick
2018-12-20 22:32
ZywOo is noah, carrying animals
2018-12-20 22:33
#96
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Poland Hell2k 
what about apex
2018-12-21 02:06
hahahahahahhaah :DDD
2018-12-20 22:38
vitaLULty
2018-12-20 23:09
#87
1000000 | 
Poland Skrra 
Fatality
2018-12-20 23:13
LOL Vitality not gonna win anything at this rate. Happy just ran around and get killed.
2018-12-20 23:54
hahah easy EU minor for Spirit
2018-12-21 00:24
#92
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Romania kinoN 
- Happy + ScreaM
2018-12-21 00:36
Good job spirit
2018-12-21 01:45
#95
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Poland Hell2k 
zywoo only +12 against tier 4 russians lmao nice talent
2018-12-21 02:06
happy is not happy for the unhappy match result
2018-12-21 02:25
0 french teams at starseries lol
2018-12-21 02:35
Ez
2018-12-21 03:56
nice for fng and co.
2018-12-21 04:19
Kick RpK and Happy ffs
2018-12-21 07:09
Why astralis will not play at starseries?
2018-12-21 12:27
How is wild still here? They don’t even have a team
2018-12-22 14:37
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