Vitality best Valiance 2-1, through to Europe Minor playoffs

The French majority roster has surpassed Valiance 2-1, ensuring a spot in the semi-finals of the Europe Minor.

The series kicked off on Mirage, where a theme of back-and-forths was seen consistently throughout. The initial pistol round was secured by Valiance's CT side off the back of a successful flank from Rokas "EspiranTo" Milasauskas. Vitality retaliated by wreaking havoc after rifles were available, where French star Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut was able to land an incredible 4k with his signature combination of the Deagle and AWP in round 4, contributing to the team's 6-3 lead. The Serbian-majority roster did not back down, however, as they managed to close the initial half with an 8-7 lead.

The latter half commenced with a solid hold from the B site duo of Dan "apEX" Madesclaire and Alex "ALEX" McMeekin, who culled the entire Valiance roster. Vitality proceeded to secure a 9-8 lead, only to concede a post-plant 1v2 situation to Nemanja "nexa" Isaković, who managed to clutch the round at 9-9, landing a 4k in the process. Valiance were inspired by their teammate's performance, capitalising on the four following rounds (13-9), the last of which featured a monstrous 3k from Nemanja "huNter" Kovač, who converted a 2v5 situation into a round victory. Despite outstanding play, neither team hit the 16 round mark in regulation, pushing the series into overtime.

Contrary to regulation, Vitality secured a flawless CT side in the prior half of overtime, followed by a single round victory on the offense, leading to the closure of Mirage at 19-15.

ZywOo did not relent on Mirage at 37 frags

Next on the agenda was Inferno, where Vitality kicked off to a pistol round victory on the T side, following a successful B hit. Momentum was carried over from the first round, yielding the aggressors a 4-1 lead, although as soon as rifles were seen in the hands of Valiance, the round gap was closed (4-4), with nexa landing four beautiful frags at Banana in round 7. The remaining rounds were distributed relatively evenly between the two teams, with Vitality's T side slightly more even at an 8-7 surplus.

Having switched over to the defence, Vitality capitalised on a consecutive pistol round, as a solid B hit was shut down by resident defender ZywOo and rotator, Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt. Despite the lively start, the CTs struggled to ride the momentum further - economic issues were a recurring theme in the ensuing four rounds for Vitality, all of which were accrued by the Terrorists at 11-9.

Round 22 proved to be a pivotal round for the defence, as the team was able to convert an eco round into a victory (11-12), where a disjointed A hit was shut down by a three-player stack on the bombsite. Valiance brushed off the disappointing upset, going on to absolutely thrash the opposition with five consecutive round victories, concluding Vitality's 14-0 win streak on Inferno at 16-11.

nexa topped the charts on Inferno with a 27-15 K/D

The final map of the series was Dust2, where Vitality sprang into action by landing a third consecutive pistol round on their CT side. For the first time over the course of the series the French-majority roster was able to accrue a sizeable lead, as a whopping seven consecutive round victories led to an 8-0 score. Valiance proceeded to struggle against the defence, dismantled on most rounds of the initial half. Persistently denting the opponents' finances coupled with spectacular performance consistency across the board for Vitality produced a rock-solid 12-3 half for the CTs.

The French-majority roster copped their fourth pistol round in a row, as an A hit via catwalk yielded fruits. Two further rounds were accrued off the back of initial success, with momentum upset in round 17, as a desperate force buy from Valiance proved effective (4-14). Four rounds was all she wrote for the struggling roster, however, as Vitality closed the series at a confident 16-4.

Matchpage
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16th January 2019
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Mirage
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Inferno
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Dust2
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 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' HerbautZywOo 72 - 48 +24 89.4 1.38
France Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX 58 - 51 +7 74.3 1.09
France Cédric 'RpK' GuipouyRpK 50 - 51 -1 72.3 1.06
France Nathan 'NBK-' SchmittNBK- 55 - 51 +4 81.7 1.05
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekinALEX 44 - 51 -7 57.7 0.88
 Valiance K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isakovićnexa 61 - 59 +2 85.9 1.13
Lithuania Rokas 'EspiranTo' MilasauskasEspiranTo 63 - 60 +3 78.8 1.09
Serbia Nemanja 'huNter' KovačhuNter 50 - 61 -11 75.2 0.92
Serbia Nestor 'LETN1' TanićLETN1 45 - 50 -5 56.6 0.83
Finland Otto 'ottoNd' SihvoottoNd 33 - 51 -18 46.5 0.74
France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1473
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
583
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
Serbia Nemanja 'huNter' Kovač
Nemanja 'huNter' Kovač
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
759
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.33
Maps played:
320
KPR:
0.91
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
704
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.13
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1307
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.16
Lithuania Rokas 'EspiranTo' Milasauskas
Rokas 'EspiranTo' Milasauskas
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
487
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.11
ZYWOO GOAT
2019-01-16 21:52
#19
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France V_Zenox 
72-48
2019-01-16 21:55
#36
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Sweden Unluko 
F5 nolifer
2019-01-16 22:06
#2
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Algeria FATALSki 
ez
2019-01-16 21:51
#62
BOOBIE | 
United States lybrel 
Stealing #2 response to say: Can you NA casters stop saying "LET KNEE" Y'all smart enough to figure out reltuc = cutler and nathe = ethan come on. no one says LET NEE
2019-01-16 23:27
Wtf is it the because backwards it’s 1NTEL is it supposed to be intel?
2019-01-17 00:20
#74
BOOBIE | 
United States lybrel 
yes he says it during his CIS interviews
2019-01-17 01:17
Ah I think the 1 might throw them off even tho it represents i
2019-01-17 02:17
#85
shox | 
Korea dev2ce 
its also funny when people say heni and then say lucas one or just lucas for hen1 and lucas1
2019-01-17 05:42
Because is much better heni and lucas
2019-01-17 07:54
#3
forsaken | 
Greece FireMM 
K
2019-01-16 21:52
2nd bump
2019-01-16 21:52
Ottogod
2019-01-16 21:52
#6
shox | 
Vietnam buai 
"WE ANTISTRATTED THE SH*T OUT OF EVERYONE" KARMA IS A BITCH LUL
2019-01-16 21:52
#28
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France LanaRhoades 
They antistratted their inferno of course (and they were playing like a bunch of retards ) but it wasn't enough , vitality stronk
2019-01-16 22:01
#61
BOOBIE | 
United States lybrel 
they also had an awper that missed every free peek down mid and was so concerned with his -1 score that he never rotated off A with his awp. the biggest onliner sinced mince meat
2019-01-16 23:24
#83
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Serbia VaIiance 
Otto is not even onliner. I watch every Valiance's game and he's always missing ez shots.
2019-01-17 05:06
#48
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Brazil ragemasterBR 
Kkkkkkkk. Full karma
2019-01-16 22:17
#7
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France FanchD 
Ez
2019-01-16 21:52
Good Job
2019-01-16 21:52
#9
Twistzz | 
United States Eduzera 
ZywOo the LAN dodger
2019-01-16 21:52
#87
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France Telt 
Looks like he's doing pretty well at this one
2019-01-17 07:00
yeah, rating 1.30+ at LAN
2019-01-17 13:10
#10
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Hungary Corc 
Zywoo carrying so hard
2019-01-16 21:53
#27
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France LanaRhoades 
He is the star player , they play around him so it's a bit normal. He is never alone to carry , depends on the map they all can carry.
2019-01-16 22:00
#55
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Spain N0Love 
Hell no NBK cant carry shit nowadays. Not a knock against him it's just not his job
2019-01-16 23:03
#56
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France LanaRhoades 
He is the igl maybe ? And look at MAP by map
2019-01-16 23:05
Alex is igl not NBK, he is a support and always was
2019-01-17 06:23
#90
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Singapore Blloopy 
You serious mate? Maybe do some research before spouting out false information. NBK is the IGL of vitality
2019-01-17 07:26
#115
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Spain N0Love 
So what? IGLing doesnt mean carrying dude you have some basic concepts wrong about this game. "depends on the map they all can carry..." HELL NO when is NBK dropping 25-30 bombs like Zywoo or Apex do? Again I'm not saying NBK is bad or is not good enough for Vitality, he is a great player but he ain't carrying shit in this team
2019-01-17 18:52
ApEX is a fucking god bro
2019-01-17 00:29
#98
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Indonesia tsokai 
Nbk always shows up on Cache, happy (before he got kicked) and apex always shows up on Dust2. It depends on the map.
2019-01-17 08:53
#114
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Spain N0Love 
"Showing up" it's not the same as "carrying" like the frenchie said up here. Let's be honest here the only ones who can carry this team to some accomplishments are Zywoo, Apex and maybe rpk if he manages to recover his old god form
2019-01-17 18:48
Without ZywOo Vitality wouldn't be jack shit and would have never even made to this qual. Vitality = ZywOo.
2019-01-17 05:04
#112
kennyS | 
India ilu961 
in that case without s1mple also navi is worse than vitality. Get some logic boy
2019-01-17 18:27
What?
2019-01-17 18:47
#11
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Brazil Charizaldo 
ZywOof
2019-01-16 21:53
#12
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France iNolake 
<3
2019-01-16 21:53
#13
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Europe trey_ 
lezz go zywooooooooooooooooooooooo
2019-01-16 21:53
ez zywoo
2019-01-16 21:53
#15
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Portugal Flacko24 
ZYWOO TOP 1
2019-01-16 21:54
#16
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Norway NoregNik 
V FOR WHAT????? LEMME HEAR YALL
2019-01-16 21:54
Vegana
2019-01-16 22:02
#34
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Norway NoregNik 
)))))) Reply needs to have actual content.
2019-01-16 22:04
#17
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Estonia Nap0le0n 
Zywoo is fuckin beast!!!
2019-01-16 21:54
#18
FalleN | 
India GalexE 
Wait what Vitality BEST Valiance Omegalulululululululululululululilulil
2019-01-16 21:55
#65
Kaze | 
Malaysia Mazekage 
do you even english mr india
2019-01-16 23:48
#81
FalleN | 
India GalexE 
Naice sentence Mr. Lurker Tells a lot about your dogtorate nature of interfering in things in a way to change them with the narrow compass of your knowledge in that very field OH by the way, did you lose your nose any of these days? Cause I found it in my business
2019-01-17 04:35
Nt mr india
2019-01-17 07:17
#20
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France 2Ez4MaBoyZ 
wayyyyyyy too ez for ma boyzzz
2019-01-16 21:55
Right, 2Ez4Ence
2019-01-16 22:02
ZYWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
2019-01-16 21:56
Sad for valiance, I really thought they could do it It will be really challenging for them to beat other teams in a bo3, but they came so close this time that they just might do it
2019-01-16 21:56
51 deaths btw
2019-01-16 21:57
#26
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France LanaRhoades 
looool they all have 51 deaths
2019-01-16 21:59
#35
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France PowwneD 
48* btw
2019-01-16 22:05
#44
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France LanaRhoades 
It's zywoo it doesn't count
2019-01-16 22:10
#38
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Myanmar xdcc 
Yes even their teammate on Valiance
2019-01-16 22:07
#42
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France LanaRhoades 
Otto is a very good teammate
2019-01-16 22:10
#25
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France LanaRhoades 
ALEX's performance isn't representative to his impact in game. Btw he have a new role so it will be fine in 1 or 2 monthes. Don't say "whY DiD tHeY KiCk hApPy ?¿" He is much more impactful and not baiting and playing for his mates , not like Vincent "Baiter" Cervoni
2019-01-16 21:58
+1 even with his score this match, most likely would have have done better than happy
2019-01-16 22:01
ofc Alex > Happy lol
2019-01-16 22:09
#45
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France LanaRhoades 
I saw a guy named skylordguillaume higher on the thread saying "alex so trash" so i just wanted to clarify this
2019-01-16 22:11
#43
ALEX | 
France Azowel 
+1
2019-01-16 22:10
#57
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Brazil yalamix 
+1
2019-01-16 23:07
He's playing on the extremity, but he's muuuch more agressive than happy
2019-01-16 23:18
#64
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France LanaRhoades 
Not everytime
2019-01-16 23:47
#69
ropz | 
United Kingdom Roarhaven 
Alex is a pretty decent role player, just needs a little while to settle into the team. And yes, better than happy in every aspect, he was a fucking beast in 2014 but that’s 5 years ago now and he’s washed up as fuck.
2019-01-17 00:11
BOTtoNd
2019-01-16 22:07
#39
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France Teellioz 
kick_ottoNd_ffs
2019-01-16 22:08
#41
ALEX | 
France Azowel 
2019-01-16 22:09
feelsbad ottond:(
2019-01-16 22:14
ZywOo is fuckin' boss af.
2019-01-16 22:15
ez zywoo
2019-01-16 22:21
the last french prodigy
2019-01-16 22:24
#52
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Sweden Div-\ 
Oh look, Alex doesn't have impressive stats just like happy had. What a surprise!
2019-01-16 22:26
#54
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France 0racle 
oh look hltv judging off a single match what a surprise
2019-01-16 22:49
#58
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Brazil yalamix 
#25
2019-01-16 23:08
#63
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Croatia Jack Russell 
GOAT futuro
2019-01-16 23:39
Vitality best, indeed
2019-01-16 23:57
Zywo reminds me of old kennyS carryng Frenchies alone
2019-01-17 00:39
bottond mvp with zywoo
2019-01-17 01:30
WTF is the Europe Minor wankoffs?
2019-01-17 02:57
ez for Zy
2019-01-17 03:49
LUL @ Zywoo against espiranto rather than on his side NO ZYWOO NO CARRY NO CARRY NO TRASHTALK
2019-01-17 04:05
Should have been 2-0 for Valiance, they have lost already won match on mirage
2019-01-17 07:19
well, vitality without zywoo is pure shit, valiance with ottond beat mouz, make your own view -ottond +poizon and maybe -LETN1 +karrigan top10 team incoming
2019-01-17 07:50
#97
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France PowwneD 
Well, it's not that hard to anti-strat on one map, that did Valiance against Mouz on Mirage and also against Vitality on Inferno. If valiance completly crush Mouz on their best map and can't win against Vitality on it was only because antistrats. They done it on Inferno and played like retard but still managed to win. Then come dust 2 and they were like silvers on the server being completly detroyed. (btw how much did you bet ?)
2019-01-17 08:48
I am not betting at all
2019-01-17 11:48
#106
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France PowwneD 
Reply needs to have actual content.
2019-01-17 14:28
ZywOo needs better team.
2019-01-17 08:16
#100
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France Axsii 
We not even see the full potential of vitality wtf dude.. They win a dreamhack + they finshed 1st of the minor group.. So stop crying dog
2019-01-17 11:28
they'll make it to challengers stage and then group stage exit
2019-01-17 11:49
#111
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France Axsii 
unpredictable. u dog
2019-01-17 17:29
#99
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Indonesia tsokai 
Tbf vitality would get rekt by valiance if ottond didnt keep missing his shot
2019-01-17 08:56
ez huNter, NiKo's relatives
2019-01-17 11:36
KICK MCMEEKIN FFS
2019-01-17 15:34
ZywOo it's next winner on major=3
2019-01-17 15:48
You take Zywoo off this team and they wouldn't even be able to compete in tier 7.
2019-01-17 16:09
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