Vitality defeat North; through to IEM Katowice New Challengers Stage

Vitality have qualified for IEM Katowice Major's New Challengers Stage after beating North 2-1 at the Europe Minor (12-16 on Mirage, 16-5 on Nuke, and 16-8 on Inferno).

Vitality and North squared off in the consolidation final of the Europe Minor. The series kicked off on Mirage where the T-sided Frenchmen won the pistol thanks to a knife kill by Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut. After losing another round, North responded in the first weapon round as Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså and Nicklas "gade" Gade got double kills with the AUG (2-1).

Vitality then went on a six round streak to lead 8-1 and could have made it seven in a row if they hadn't lost a 5vs3 (8-2). North had a six round streak of their own to close out the half 8-7 behind as valde reigned terror with the AUG and got an ace in the 14th round.

Vitality finished the Minor in second place

valde and gade picked up double kills in the second pistol to tie the game at 8-8 but Vitality responded by taking four rounds in a row (12-8). North managed to come back once again, with valde's 1vs2 clutch making it 12-12. The Danish team secured eight rounds in a row to win the map 16-12 while valde got 40 kills and posted a 2.29 rating.

Vitality, who started Nuke on the CT-side, picked up the pistol round victory with a triple kill from Dan "apEX" Madesclaire. A quad kill by ZywOo made it 3-0 and North couldn't get on the scoreboard until the sixth round (5-1). The Danes lost a 4vs3 in the following round which broke their economy as they trailed 6-1.

Casper "cadiaN" Møller & company got close to picking up their second round but lost two consecutive 2vs4s (11-1). North won the final round of the half after gade found two opening kills and valde closed out the round with a double kill of his own. Even though North picked up three of the first four rounds in the second half, Vitality closed it out with a 16-5 scoreline.

valde had an outstanding performance despite losing

The last map was Inferno where Vitality secured the pistol round on the T-side as Cédric "RpK" Guipouy got a triple kill. The French team was able to win a 3vs5 in the following round to make it 2-0. Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye and Philip "aizy" Aistrup both got double kills in the 11th round to get North's first and Kjaerbye's ace in the following round made it 10-2.

apEX played a crucial role in the closing stages of the second half as he got five kills in the last two rounds to put Vitality 12-3 ahead. Kjaerbye picked up a triple in the second pistol to give North a fighting chance, who managed to get within four rounds of Vitality (12-8).

However, the French side won a 3vs5 in the 21st round to make it 12-8 and went on to win the map 16-8. With the 2-1 series victory, Vitality have qualified for the IEM Katowice's New Challengers Stage.

Matchpage
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Mirage
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Nuke
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16
Inferno
8
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' HerbautZywOo 69 - 38 +31 100.2 1.56
France Nathan 'NBK-' SchmittNBK- 44 - 42 +2 60.1 0.96
France Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX 43 - 59 -16 78.6 0.94
France Cédric 'RpK' GuipouyRpK 47 - 51 -4 71.2 0.92
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekinALEX 40 - 47 -7 56.2 0.83
 North K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangsåvalde 68 - 48 +20 97.8 1.40
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' KjærbyeKjaerbye 51 - 46 +5 82.5 1.21
Denmark Nicklas 'gade' Gadegade 47 - 52 -5 65.4 0.91
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' MøllercadiaN 33 - 48 -15 54.6 0.79
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrupaizy 36 - 51 -15 56.1 0.78

Europe Minor final standings:

1. Finland ENCE - $30,000 + spot in New Challengers Stage
2. France Vitality - $15,000 + spot in New Challengers Stage
3. Denmark North - $5,000 + spot in Minor's Play-In tournament
4. Serbia Valiance
5-6. Europe mousesports
5-6. Bulgaria Windigo
7-8. Denmark OpTic
7-8. Turkey ex-Space Soldiers

Vitality will take part in the IEM Katowice Major's New Challengers Stage, scheduled for February 13-17 while North will have another chance to earn a spot at the IEM Katowice Major's New Challengers Stage through the play-in tournament.

The team list for IEM Katowice Major's New Challengers Stage looks as follows:

United States Cloud9
Sweden NiP
Russia Vega Squadron
Kazakhstan AVANGAR
Russia Spirit
North America Americas Minor #1
Asia Asia Minor #1
Other Minors play-in #1
France G2
China TYLOO
Sweden fnatic
Finland ENCE
France Vitality
North America Americas Minor #2
Asia Asia Minor #2
Other Minors play-in #2
France Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1241
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
832
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1329
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Denmark Nicklas 'gade' Gade
Nicklas 'gade' Gade
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
643
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.30
Maps played:
541
KPR:
0.87
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1528
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
958
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
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
#1
Twistzz | 
Estonia dev2ce 
Too easy for ZywOo and Team Vitality.
2019-01-20 20:37
#9
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Sweden Unluko 
F5
2019-01-20 20:38
Ez
2019-01-20 20:38
#86
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Estonia spectopus 
team zywoolity
2019-01-20 20:55
GG
2019-01-20 20:37
Lmao second
2019-01-20 20:39
you win some you lose some
2019-01-20 20:39
#3
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Finland Tusku 
Pog
2019-01-20 20:37
#4
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United Kingdom Waspyy 
Deserved
2019-01-20 20:37
#5
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China DONney 
Fast
2019-01-20 20:37
#6
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France DesmondHumes 
YES WE DID
2019-01-20 20:37
EZ 4 team zywoo
2019-01-20 21:23
YESSSS
2019-01-20 20:38
#8
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India mdgamer 
Ez
2019-01-20 20:38
#10
Aleksib | 
India ketanY 
allez
2019-01-20 20:38
#11
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France 2Ez4MaBoyZ 
wayyy too ez
2019-01-20 20:38
YESSS
2019-01-20 20:38
BODYY OVERRATED KENNYS OUTDATED LONG HAVE WE WAITED VITALITY ACTIVATED
2019-01-20 20:38
#17
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United Kingdom SUFYY 
LOOOOOOOOOOOOL YES MY GUY
2019-01-20 20:38
#32
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France DesmondHumes 
Alex stickers poggers
2019-01-20 20:40
note to self: Copy pasta this in twitch chat
2019-01-20 20:44
#71
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France Astyx 
I want G2-Vitality match at Major now
2019-01-20 20:52
#95
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France CriiZiX 
To see G2 winning :)
2019-01-20 20:59
#98
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France Astyx 
I hope
2019-01-20 21:02
EZ ZYWOO
2019-01-20 20:38
#15
NiKo | 
Europe trey_ 
eZywOo
2019-01-20 20:38
#16
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Europe Skraj 
Can't wait to see North qualify to the Major by defeating some shitty t5 Asian/NA team
2019-01-20 20:38
#41
ZywOo | 
Brazil Jordan21 
North eliminated man lolololol
2019-01-20 20:43
#52
ZywOo | 
France AraShir0 
nope there is still a spot
2019-01-20 20:44
#56
ZywOo | 
Brazil Jordan21 
But i came from the future lolololol
2019-01-20 20:45
No you didn't lolololololololololoolool
2019-01-21 08:08
No
2019-01-20 20:45
nope they are not , they can qualify by the minors play in, and they will
2019-01-20 20:45
All 3rd teams from minors go to qualifier where 2 teams go to major, soo NORTH is not out
2019-01-20 20:46
#72
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France Azowel 
3rd place Minor LUL They could also call it European Free Place
2019-01-20 20:53
NA has a few decent teams on the minor
2019-01-21 00:04
#18
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Turkey xxxjet3 
Valiance deserved 3rd spot feels bad North wasnt better than they
2019-01-20 20:38
Wtf how did u figure out that, valiance is OK but with fucking otton they can't win shit
2019-01-20 20:47
Maybe you are right, but valde deserves to play on the major.
2019-01-21 00:05
s1mple #1
2019-01-20 20:38
GOD ZYWOO
2019-01-20 20:38
#21
TACO | 
Portugal MSANTOS 
G
2019-01-20 20:38
#22
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United States Eduzera 
Deserved for ZywOo "the LAN DODGER" and co.
2019-01-20 20:38
Uh dude, the minor was a Lan... The major qualifying stage is a Lan. Their first Lan they played in November they won. Not sure how he is dodging lans
2019-01-20 21:34
#110
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United States Eduzera 
it's a joke bro, he is so good in all matches
2019-01-20 21:45
nice
2019-01-20 20:38
#24
BnTeT | 
Indonesia BabyREKT 
shakerbye so bad
2019-01-20 20:38
Bot Alex, where is Happy? Nathan "two faced" Tolledo
2019-01-20 20:39
zywoo and his noobs
2019-01-20 20:39
cadiaN left Rogue for this...
2019-01-20 20:40
#54
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Myanmar xdcc 
Feels like both Rogue and North became weaker after cadian/MSL switch.
2019-01-20 20:45
True. I like Hiko and cadiaN; I was saddened to see them diverge :(
2019-01-20 20:53
North be ready from the get go!.. hard to keep coming back geez.. It'l like the Aizy lazy mentality is in control from the beginning, it's not good enough.
2019-01-20 20:40
#36
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France Naka68 
0 top 20 players gives the Bold to ZywOo it's inredible
2019-01-20 20:42
#44
France unnn 
ropz did actually, that's 1 at least lol
2019-01-20 20:43
+1
2019-01-20 21:35
It wouldn't be a "bold" prediction, though, would it? At the moment, it seems quite obvious that he'll be in the next top 20.
2019-01-20 20:44
Depends on when they did the predictions tho, if it was 2 month ago it can be consider bold
2019-01-20 20:46
All the interviews are done quite close to the actual release date as far as I know.
2019-01-20 20:54
#63
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Myanmar xdcc 
+1 Even valde said so himself that he gives it to refrezh because zywoo is too obvious. Then there's Oskar, rain, elige with weak picks to highlight players.
2019-01-20 20:46
Where can you find the player they choose ?
2019-01-20 20:55
#90
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Myanmar xdcc 
In individual pages at the very bottom of the players that pick. That's the only thing I look at in the articles in case some interesting player comes up
2019-01-20 20:58
Oh thanks I usually only read the beginning
2019-01-20 20:57
#48
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France Alconis 
One did. 20th or 19th did.
2019-01-20 20:44
#81
ZywOo | 
Europe PowwneD 
Cuz they all know that they will get rekt by this guy
2019-01-20 20:55
ZyWoO Stickers PogChamp
2019-01-20 20:42
Good money for Vitality!
2019-01-20 21:28
Pls find valde a descent team or just realease him already, too painfull too watch this!
2019-01-20 20:42
#79
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Finland Vkims 
Valde is not that good
2019-01-20 20:54
O disagree man, he’s pretty insane imo and maybe this year he’ll be able to show that, but with this north line up there’s no fucking way that happen!!
2019-01-23 02:57
#39
shox | 
France KR1MEZ 
ZYWOO TOP 1
2019-01-20 20:42
Deserved qualification for Vitality. On their way to the top ;)
2019-01-20 20:42
V for Victory
2019-01-20 20:43
#43
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New Zealand Reubydoobydoo 
People have been hyping zywoo as the French fix for as long as I can remember and I never took the time to watch him. Hes a fresh breath of life into a stale scene, alex is a nice addition as well even though hes not french
2019-01-20 20:43
Zywoo the French S1mple Poor Valde playing 1v9
2019-01-20 20:44
That first map from Valde though Insane
2019-01-20 20:54
Yess, the guy is just a genius
2019-01-20 20:57
GOD ZYWOO STICKERSSSSS POG
2019-01-20 20:44
Z for victory
2019-01-20 20:45
#57
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United States EmperorTrump 
North still has chance to qualify and I think they will
2019-01-20 20:45
+1
2019-01-20 20:47
#109
dupreeh | 
Indonesia Ugha 
They definitely will
2019-01-20 21:38
NBK dont deserve it. I wish backstabber only fails in live.
2019-01-20 20:46
#62
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Estonia Nap0le0n 
2 french teams in the major, not bad
2019-01-20 20:49
#66
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Singapore FallBlade 
FeelsBadMan for Valde
2019-01-20 20:47
#69
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Finland Vkims 
One good map and then 28 frags in two maps, so overrated
2019-01-20 20:50
#67
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Finland f0pZ 
zywoo carry
2019-01-20 20:49
#77
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France Marvelus 
this is zywoo god my friend A good caryy thats it :o)
2019-01-20 20:54
#68
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United States hoobit 
Ez for Team Zywoo
2019-01-20 20:49
#70
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Spain loviac 
zywoo stickers POG
2019-01-20 20:51
Valde had 50 eco frags, what a player!
2019-01-20 20:53
North still managed somehow to lose to many eco/force buys.
2019-01-21 00:08
#75
World Jeza 
Look at the Vitality stats lol, every player below 1.00 and ZywOo almost 1.6. Basically tells the story of the roster. It's like watching s1mple on old Flipsid3. Also got to shout out valde, he has been getting stronger and stronger. He's the best Danish player not on Astralis right now.
2019-01-20 20:54
#103
Took | 
Romania Took 
It may look like that, but you can be sure that if zywoo has a bad/mediocre day, rpk and apex will step up their game.
2019-01-20 21:11
#80
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France Azowel 
Vitality stickers !!!
2019-01-20 20:54
#83
mou | 
Turkey LANCELOT06 
ez4 cheater zywoo they will win major with zywoos cheat... ez
2019-01-20 20:55
No mousesports at major? 😭😭😭
2019-01-20 20:55
#85
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Denmark DanishDelight 
Why do i see Zywoo with +30 in every matchpage for Vitality^^ Top20 2k19
2019-01-20 20:55
Too sad to saw valde vs 9
2019-01-20 20:56
#88
Blue | 
Sweden face_baby 
ez
2019-01-20 20:56
ZywOo is cheating so hard lol And also LUL, New Legends Stage is easier than EU Minor LUL
2019-01-20 20:57
Surprising result from this Minor but ENCE has been on the rise for some time now and Zyw0o is somehow dragging Vitality along. I think Vitality will grow a lot as a team though. Looking forward to seeing them play more.
2019-01-20 20:57
#94
Xizt | 
Italy HeSY 
Gg wp GJ vitality
2019-01-20 20:58
#96
kennyS | 
India blitz09 
Feels bad for valde ;/
2019-01-20 21:00
#97
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Brazil hugoooo 
One man army
2019-01-20 21:01
Zywoo reminds me of old kennyS. He also carried alone his whole team backthen just nowdays as zywoo
2019-01-20 21:05
#100
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France DesmondHumes 
there will be a mvp attribute for this event?
2019-01-20 21:06
return MSL bring decent sniper and we gucci
2019-01-20 21:08
#102
ropz | 
Czech Republic y0fl0w 
WTF.. WHAT HAPPENED TO MOUSESPORTS?
2019-01-20 21:10
did not pass through groups
2019-01-21 00:09
#104
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Indonesia Exodd 
Zywoo deserves to be at the major
2019-01-20 21:16
north played really badly throughout this entire minor. something was really off in the way that they played. zywoo definitely deserved the win
2019-01-20 22:23
Zywoo deserves a better team :D
2019-01-20 23:41
#117
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Denmark clutchkongen 
Optic or North! Karrigan, the choice is yours :)
2019-01-21 00:18
Let's all take a moment and remember the day when Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye left Astralis for North because his ass was money hungry. Now kids, you understand what karma is?
2019-01-21 03:20
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