Vitality defeat ViCi; secure New Legends Stage spot
ViCi had a clinical start to the CT side of Inferno, which was inspired by their AWPer Andrew "Kaze" Khong, going 5-0 up on their map pick. Vitality finally got on the board in the next round and quickly broke the Chinese team's economy to make the score 5-3.
Lockdowns of A followed in the next two rounds, and with that, ViCi got back into control and extended their lead to 9-3. Vitality was on just pistols in round 13, but Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt found a key opening in apartments, allowing his team to overrun the A bombsite, and helping them to a recoverable 10-5 half time finish.
Vitality locked down ViCi's mid push in the pistol as four CT's waited in a crossfire, but the French team failed to follow up on it, losing to a ViCi force-buy. The score was 13-6 before Vitality could afford a rifle-buy, and in the key round, Alex "ALEX" McMeekin came up huge on the B flank to allow his team to retake. Rounds were tightly contested after that, but somehow, Vitality kept their head above water and went on a streak of five rounds won, 14-12.
Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut locked down mid with a quad kill in the following round and an anti-eco retake setup on B worked out, seeing the score tied up at 14-14. However, neither team could close it out in regulation, as after Vitality reached map point, ViCi got their first Terrorist round in a while to force overtime.
ViCi once again had a good start to the map on Nuke, getting a 4-0 lead before a push towards A and ramp worked out perfectly for Vitality, ALEX and NBK- finding entries, to get the Frenchmen on the board. That started a streak of rounds going Vitality's way and the score was turned into their favor. (5-4)
WeiJie "zhokiNg" Zhong quad-kill on the A bombsite hold stopped the bleeding, but Vitality were back in control shortly with a quick Mini push. ViCi still held on to the half, and secured the last three rounds to get eight rounds before the switch.
The Chinese side hit a wall in the Terrorist pistol, all five players going down without a single frag on the A rush, but got on board with their first rifle round to keep things tied up, 9-9. ZhiHong "aumaN" Liu's early vent dive in the next round was pivotal to ViCi continuing their winning streak (11-9), but ZywOo's triple on A allowed his team to stabilize. After ViCi's fast upper-site play worked out, they lost the following one and ended up reset economically. After that, they didn't manage to recover and Vitality won Nuke 16-12 to advance to the New Legends Stage.
|Vitality||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|65 - 44||+21||87.5||1.34|
|56 - 45||+11||90.7||1.28|
|51 - 47||+4||74.3||1.07|
|51 - 45||+6||69.1||1.06|
|45 - 48||-3||63.1||0.91|
|ViCi||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|54 - 49||+5||79.6||1.11|
|46 - 53||-7||75.3||1.01|
|52 - 52||0||61.5||0.90|
|40 - 57||-17||72.9||0.86|
|37 - 57||-20||60.6||0.83|