Vega Squadron edge past Spirit on Mirage; Vitality come back against Grayhound on Nuke

Vega Squadron beat Spirit 16-14 on Mirage to even out their record, 1-1, while Vitality came back from a 3-12 deficit to win Nuke in overtime against Grayhound.

Vega Squadron started the CIS derby off winning the attacking pistol round on Mirage with an A afterplant defense. The first gun round saw Vega Squadron win mid and play a split on A, which allowed them to take the site and plant the bomb to make it 3-0. Spirit were able to get on the board in the fourth round, and followed it up to get within one on the fifth. Winning against pistols, they then tied it up, making it 3-3. Spirit then kept their defense tight taking a 5-3 lead before Vega Squadron struck back to keep it within one.

With the match tied 5-5, Vega Squadron tried to get the lead back with a B play, but Spirit were able to hold on to get back ahead. They were able to win the half out, then, although just by the skin of their teeth, 8-7.

Vega Squadron were able to bring it back to win in-extremis

Spirit started the second half on the right foot, taking the second pistol round, and then kept stretching their lead after winning the first few gun rounds to make it 12-7, but then a pistol force by Vega Squadron got them on the board in the second half. A 1vs2 by Dmitriy "jR" Chervak against Dmitriy "Dima" Bandurka and Pavel "COLDYY1" Veklenko to defuse the bomb on A kept Vega in the game. Slowly but surely Leonid "chopper" Vishnyakov & co. started to mount a comeback, making it to 11-13.

Little by little, Vega Squadron were able to close the gap, turning the map around by giving up only one round in a match that went the whole way, ending it 16-14 to go 1-1 in the IEM Katowice New Challengers Stage Swiss group stage.

Matchpage
16
14
13th February 2019
16
Mirage
14
 Vega Squadron K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Ukraine Dmitriy 'jR' ChervakjR 25 - 15 +10 79.9 1.31
Russia Pavel 'hutji' Lashkovhutji 21 - 22 -1 87.0 1.09
Russia Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakovchopper 21 - 22 -1 77.6 0.97
Russia Anton 'tonyblack' Kolesnikovtonyblack 16 - 22 -6 53.6 0.77
Ukraine Igor 'crush' Shevchenkocrush 15 - 19 -4 58.6 0.77
 Spirit K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Ukraine Pavel 'COLDYY1' VeklenkoCOLDYY1 32 - 18 +14 100.7 1.52
Ukraine Viktor 'somedieyoung' Orudjevsomedieyoung 26 - 20 +6 101.4 1.36
Russia Vadim 'DavCost' VasilyevDavCost 16 - 17 -1 61.9 0.92
Russia Dmitriy 'Dima' BandurkaDima 14 - 23 -9 60.6 0.81
Russia Dmitry 'S0tF1k' ForostyankoS0tF1k 12 - 20 -8 45.3 0.68

Grayhound kicked Nuke off with a pistol win, and took the first gun round as well with a clean retake on B to make it 3-0. The Oceanian team kept the wall up, not letting Vitality find their game. The match became more and more troublesome as Grayhound increased their lead to 7-0 before triple opening kills by Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt, who hadn’t downed anyone until then, gave the French side their first on the board.

A four-kill round by Dan "apEX" Madesclaire, including a clutch to stop Ollie "DickStacy" Tierney’s defuse gave his team their second round, but Grayhound tightened their hands around Vitality’s throat and closed the half out 13-2.

apEX & co. had a tense comeback on the CT side of Nuke

The second pistol round went to Vitality, who were able to defend the B bomb site with four players remaining alive to try and start the comeback. After the first couple gun rounds, Vitality were down 8-13, starting to see the light closing the massive gap left by DickStacy and company in the first half. With 11-13 on the board, it was finally time for Grayhound to get on the board on the attack after DickStacy opened on Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut on the lower site.

After hitting match point on the following round, Grayhound weren’t able to close it out as they got into a crossfire trying to enter through garage. Vitality managed to win the last four rounds in a row to take it into overtime, and then took the lead on the CT side, winning two of the three rounds to make it 17-16. The teams then traded rounds after the switch, giving Vitality map point going into the sixth round of overtime, which they were finally able to win after breaking into the upper bomb site late in the round, making it 19-17.

Matchpage
19
17
13th February 2019
19
Nuke
17
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX 36 - 22 +14 94.7 1.45
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' HerbautZywOo 33 - 24 +9 94.3 1.42
France Cédric 'RpK' GuipouyRpK 22 - 25 -3 66.0 0.91
France Nathan 'NBK-' SchmittNBK- 15 - 23 -8 64.9 0.90
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekinALEX 18 - 22 -4 52.8 0.83
 Grayhound K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Australia Ollie 'DickStacy' TierneyDickStacy 30 - 24 +6 93.5 1.27
Australia Christopher 'dexter' Nongdexter 23 - 26 -3 80.3 1.02
Australia Liam 'malta' Schembrimalta 19 - 26 -7 67.3 0.87
New Zealand Euan 'sterling' Mooresterling 23 - 22 +1 56.5 0.87
Mongolia Erdenetsogt 'erkaSt' GantulgaerkaSt 21 - 26 -5 57.2 0.77
The New Challengers stage
0W - 2L
France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1652
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Ukraine Dmitriy 'jR' Chervak
Dmitriy 'jR' Chervak
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
489
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.11
Russia Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
556
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
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
Ukraine Pavel 'COLDYY1' Veklenko
Pavel 'COLDYY1' Veklenko
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
947
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Australia Ollie 'DickStacy' Tierney
Ollie 'DickStacy' Tierney
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
611
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
Russia Dmitriy 'Dima' Bandurka
Dmitriy 'Dima' Bandurka
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
982
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.15
wow nice choke grayhound 🍌😎
2019-02-13 20:48
#16
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
EXPECTED
2019-02-13 20:51
+1 expected 🔥😎👍
2019-02-13 21:01
#22
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Sweden Unluko 
Both teams choked
2019-02-13 20:53
at least 1 team won😎
2019-02-13 21:01
+1 Nice name Mr.UK
2019-02-13 20:54
they want to save 0-3 pickem
2019-02-13 20:55
I was really really hoping vitality would lose
2019-02-13 20:58
#35
NBK- | 
China Gnikiv 
rip
2019-02-13 20:59
#39
aslak | 
Finland SunMutsi 
HLTV Admins, it was 13-2 not 12-3 :)
2019-02-13 21:07
its 13-2 on the news ?
2019-02-13 22:04
#55
aslak | 
Finland SunMutsi 
"vitality came back from a 12-3 deficity to win...", in the description text or what would u call it😅
2019-02-14 05:29
#2
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Europe furNOPE 
Zywoolity?
2019-02-13 20:49
#3
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Spain chatu 
ez comeback #EZ4ZYWOO
2019-02-13 20:49
#4
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United Kingdom bensolo12 
Easy
2019-02-13 20:49
Zywoolity
2019-02-13 20:49
#6
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Finland Smoonah 
PICK UMS SAVED
2019-02-13 20:49
So close
2019-02-13 20:49
#8
EliGE | 
United States Jono13 
Gg
2019-02-13 20:49
#9
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Myanmar xdcc 
Save zywoo
2019-02-13 20:49
#10
kennyS | 
Hungary ERiKb09 
N1
2019-02-13 20:50
#11
NBK- | 
China Gnikiv 
v for victory
2019-02-13 20:50
#12
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United Kingdom aurieking 
ZYTALITY
2019-02-13 20:50
Stayed up to see the bois choke :(
2019-02-13 20:51
#24
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Sweden Unluko 
Unlucky :( lets hope for some renegades magic later tonight or morning for you lol
2019-02-13 20:54
Isn't it something like 7AM for you?
2019-02-13 21:29
#14
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Germany Kaidixdeh 
WP to all teams and I'm a bit confused how sterlings shot was a miss. GGs
2019-02-13 20:51
Is it me or there is no box score for Vitality - GH ?
2019-02-13 20:51
+1
2019-02-13 20:52
Same for the previous game versus Tyloo, idk why
2019-02-13 20:53
hltv works like a shitt today
2019-02-13 20:53
fckng vulve((
2019-02-13 20:57
Oh oki. Thx for info mate
2019-02-13 21:15
stats for vita - GH?
2019-02-13 20:52
#21
shox | 
France KR1MEZ 
No Vitality - Grayhound scoreboard wtf
2019-02-13 20:53
0-3 greyhound, easy choice.
2019-02-13 20:54
previous Major Spirit lost against Vega from 13-2 on Mirage today they lost from 14-10 on Mirage cryptonite
2019-02-13 20:54
NO SCOREBOARD OMEGALUL
2019-02-13 20:56
#31
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France Azowel 
Zywooapexlity
2019-02-13 20:57
Grayhound Throwing
2019-02-13 20:59
#38
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France bjjthibz 
Where are the "zywoo onliner" comments ? Guys ? "T3 team" incoming i see you
2019-02-13 21:01
#44
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Germany Jasch4 
french fanboy is maaaaaaaaaaad
2019-02-13 21:23
#40
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Spain elskio 
These 2 matches saved 60% ppl's ass
2019-02-13 21:08
Nuke CT sided AF
2019-02-13 21:17
#43
Zeus | 
Finland Olter 
gj shitality
2019-02-13 21:19
DickChoke
2019-02-13 21:26
I never saw that much hate thread and comment while eZywoo was losing 13-2. I believe we can fill pools of salt.
2019-02-13 21:28
#51
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CIS CA1MAN 
+1 Not saying that I am a huge vitality fan, but even from a 13-2 deficit - a ct comeback on Nuke is ALWAYS possible. especially against grayhound.
2019-02-13 22:00
#49
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India InflatonN 
Wow
2019-02-13 21:33
#50
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France StickyRice 
"came back from a 2-13 deficit" (not a 3-12)
2019-02-13 21:34
It is expecting to watch Astrails vs Vitality on Nuke in Legends stage
2019-02-13 22:04
Nuke made it happen. Very expected. Such a ct sided map
2019-02-13 22:22
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