Vitality defeat ViCi; secure New Legends Stage spot

Vitality managed to close out a tight series against ViCi 2-0 (25-22 on Inferno, 16-12 on Nuke) to secure their third win of the Swiss stage and advance to the New Legends Stage.

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 just barely scraped by ViCi on Inferno

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.

It took three sets of added rounds to decide the victor, and despite Kaze finishing on 42 kills, it was Vitality, powered by some phenomenal ZywOo clutches, that took the 25-22 victory on Inferno.

Kaze brought the heat on Inferno, but his team wasn't able to close it out

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.

Matchpage
2
0
15th February 2019
25
Inferno
22
16
Nuke
12
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' HerbautZywOo 65 - 44 +21 87.5 1.34
France Nathan 'NBK-' SchmittNBK- 56 - 45 +11 90.7 1.28
France Cédric 'RpK' GuipouyRpK 51 - 47 +4 74.3 1.07
France Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX 51 - 45 +6 69.1 1.06
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekinALEX 45 - 48 -3 63.1 0.91
 ViCi K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Malaysia Andrew 'Kaze' KhongKaze 54 - 49 +5 79.6 1.11
China ZhiHong 'aumaN' LiuaumaN 46 - 53 -7 75.3 1.01
Hong Kong WingHei 'Freeman' CheungFreeman 52 - 52 0 61.5 0.90
China WeiJie 'zhokiNg' ZhongzhokiNg 40 - 57 -17 72.9 0.86
China Zhuo 'advent' Liangadvent 37 - 57 -20 60.6 0.83
The New Challengers stage
3W - 0L
3W - 1L
2W - 2L
0W - 3L
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 Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.31
Maps played:
482
KPR:
0.88
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Malaysia Andrew 'Kaze' Khong
Andrew 'Kaze' Khong
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.20
Maps played:
505
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
866
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.13
China WeiJie 'zhokiNg' Zhong
WeiJie 'zhokiNg' Zhong
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
898
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.17
China ZhiHong 'aumaN' Liu
ZhiHong 'aumaN' Liu
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
565
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.17
Well played!
2019-02-15 15:54
ez for zaiwu
2019-02-15 15:54
#43
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Austria shaakeh 
YEAHHHH
2019-02-15 16:25
#11
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Sweden Unluko 
nice for my pickem but sad for ViCi :(
2019-02-15 15:55
Easy.
2019-02-15 17:02
#65
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Argentina MrRioKai 
Tonyblyat
2019-02-15 18:04
#2
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Sweden 1ArKade1 
Gg
2019-02-15 15:54
#3
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France FanchD 
Ez
2019-02-15 15:54
#4
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Switzerland FoxCH 
gg
2019-02-15 15:54
#5
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India Tritium 
Ez
2019-02-15 15:54
#6
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Denmark snww 
Ez4Zywoo
2019-02-15 15:54
#7
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Brazil matwoks 
ez 4 zygod
2019-02-15 15:54
ViCi so unlucky, nt by them
2019-02-15 15:54
+1 :(
2019-02-15 16:16
CHINA NUMBA TWO
2019-02-15 15:54
#12
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Morocco royflord 
expected
2019-02-15 15:55
#13
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Israel ZiinTotH 
Tough win, zywoo is such an important piece in this team, hope to see them get to the champions stage
2019-02-15 15:55
#14
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China Gnikiv 
vforvictory
2019-02-15 15:56
#15
ppk | 
Brazil 4vengerr 
ez
2019-02-15 15:56
#16
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Russia Glihhh 
Ez for winstrike
2019-02-15 15:56
#17
ZywOo | 
France bjjthibz 
Good job boys ! NbK really good, ZywOo as usual, RpK Le tank Mode on, Apex saving rounds in duo with Nbk on inf, Alex correct in lurk ! Vici has really skilled players but they lacked teamplay.
2019-02-15 15:56
zywoo never mind scandles and liber ♥️
2019-02-15 15:57
#19
Summer | 
China seba13 
expected but sad
2019-02-15 15:57
#20
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Indonesia tsokai 
My lord that Inferno tho
2019-02-15 15:58
#21
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France iNolake 
I couldn't watch the games :( but im so happy (lel) for Vitality !
2019-02-15 15:58
#52
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United Kingdom Isquashua 
first game was a total buttclench. probably saved some stress.
2019-02-15 17:08
Vitality had the easiest games by far.
2019-02-15 16:00
#33
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France FrighTyyy 
Yeah, exactly. Easy way to the main event by defeating Grayhound, ViCi and Vega.
2019-02-15 16:09
#62
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Europe Sadeas 
A task that is way too hard for the likes of Fnatic or C9, it seems.
2019-02-15 17:51
#63
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France FrighTyyy 
True
2019-02-15 17:52
not their fault.. its the ELO/Rank System
2019-02-15 16:18
#45
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Europe Tsukisaki 
easier than fnatic ? :p
2019-02-15 16:30
#66
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Argentina MrRioKai 
+1
2019-02-15 18:05
#23
ReDWateR | 
Turkey leame 
vitality so bad nbk and zywoo 2v8
2019-02-15 16:00
#24
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Austria Tw1RLY 
ez 4 Pogwoo
2019-02-15 16:01
Niceuh!!
2019-02-15 16:01
#26
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United States DervGuy 
One more team I need for 5 points.
2019-02-15 16:01
#27
s1mple | 
China Alar1c 
ez 4 ZywOo hope VG can go further
2019-02-15 16:02
#28
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Poland Hell2k 
0-3 in legends stage wasted spot lul
2019-02-15 16:03
+1
2019-02-15 16:07
#35
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China Gnikiv 
0 polak in major even the main qualifier stage no wasted spot . ty
2019-02-15 16:11
#48
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Europe Tsukisaki 
In BnTeT we trust !
2019-02-15 16:35
#56
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Poland Hell2k 
first bad major for Poland since 2013 but nt next major ez 2 polish teams
2019-02-15 17:23
#64
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Europe Sadeas 
Every polish team in MDL stomped violently by Vitality so far, gl with that boi
2019-02-15 17:57
+1
2019-02-15 16:29
#61
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France Vipair 
F3 gigalul
2019-02-15 17:42
#67
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Poland Hell2k 
g2 hiperlul
2019-02-15 18:08
Thorin: it's going to take more than just Zywoo carrying, NBK will need to perform NBK: *performs*
2019-02-15 16:05
#68
oBo | 
United States 1nsaneMe 
+1 lmao
2019-02-15 18:59
#30
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China x54_729 
vitality just so good! zywoo and NBKing are big threats for VG tonight. Also well play for VG. But to be honest, VG should win inferno :(, 14-7 how can they lose the map... still a long way for VG to improve.
2019-02-15 16:05
#31
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United States Trump2020KAG 
GG. Another correct pick for me.
2019-02-15 16:06
#34
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Brazil hugoooo 
Sad choke
2019-02-15 16:10
lucky noobs
2019-02-15 16:12
mad third worlder
2019-02-15 16:50
tfu whiteflag go pray for france
2019-02-15 16:52
#70
ZywOo | 
Europe PowwneD 
Go pray for Navi to not face Vitality
2019-02-16 16:23
HHHHHHHHHHHHHHA cry is free prayer
2019-02-16 16:25
Tyloo grayhound vega and vici Vs tier 2 3 4 team going to majer good line
2019-02-15 16:18
On paper vitality should have won more convincingly but tyloo greyhound and ViCi performed way better than I expected
2019-02-15 17:12
#40
HEN1 | 
Poland maxiu 
Vici deserved spot
2019-02-15 16:18
#60
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China Gnikiv 
g1-3 well deserves. grats shoxcancer fans
2019-02-15 17:40
france revive
2019-02-15 16:20
EZ for Mathieu 'FATality' Herbaut
2019-02-15 16:24
Zywoo and her miracles shoots.
2019-02-15 16:31
#47
cR4zY | 
Myanmar xdcc 
Zywoo & friends
2019-02-15 16:34
#55
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Bangladesh thug_doctor 
gotta feel for vici. inferno was in their grasp but they let it slip. best of luck for the last match
2019-02-15 17:22
#57
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Korea MadnessUsage 
Not ez 4 zaim bez poruchitelei na osobikh usloviyakh(ZywOo). Haha. Russians will understand.
2019-02-15 17:27
#58
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Sweden Div-\ 
I had no doubts. Go vitality!
2019-02-15 17:28
V FOR VICI
2019-02-15 17:28
zywoo one man army as always
2019-02-16 05:12
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