NRG move past Vitality to secure semi-final spot in Shanghai

NRG are through to the semi-finals at StarSeries i-League Season 7 following a 2-0 success over Vitality in the first round of the playoffs.

The first playoff series kicked off on Overpass, a map where Vitality had not yet lost on LAN. The French team got off to a solid start, winning the opening four rounds of the game, but then NRG took control of proceedings and prevented their opponents from stringing rounds together. Damian "daps" Steele's side went on to take the lead at 7-6 before the Frenchmen grabbed the final rounds of the half to secure a narrow one-round advantage before switching to the Terrorist side.

NRG came out of the break the livelier of the two sides and won six of the opening seven rounds, bringing the scoreline to 13-9. The game was starting to fall in the North Americans' favour, but then Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut came to Vitality's rescue with a quad-kill.

That was the sort of round that the French team desperately needed and that allowed them to get a footing in the game. After that, they pressed on and eventually pushed the game to overtime, showing great composure in the final round as they bounced back after losing an anti-eco round.

Brehze stole the show on Overpass

The first two overtimes could not determine a winner as the teams kept canceling each other out, with NRG twice fighting back from positions in which they were on the brink of defeat. In the third overtime, the North Americans had a flawless 3-0 CT half and then pulled through in the final round as Terrorists to secure a hard-fought win thanks to a monstrous display from Vincent "Brehze" Cayonte, who ended the game with 52 kills and a +22 KDD.

Carrying their momentum into Mirage, NRG hopped out to a 4-0 lead on the Terrorist side. The North Americans seemed to be in full control, but then they were put on the back foot for the rest of the half as Vitality kept a very tight defense to secure a 9-6 lead.

Now playing on the CT side, NRG simply outclassed their opponents, winning eight rounds in consecutive fashion to put one foot into the semi-finals. After calling a timeout, Vitality finally managed to break that streak, but NRG came right back to win the next round and hit match point. A triple kill by Dan "apEX" Madesclaire in the following round merely delayed the inevitable as the North Americans would lock down the map at 16-11 to seal passage to the last-four stage of the tournament.

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5th April 2019
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Overpass
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Mirage
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 NRG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze 71 - 46 +25 97.8 1.44
United States Ethan 'Ethan' ArnoldEthan 67 - 48 +19 94.0 1.39
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik 55 - 55 0 76.6 1.03
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq 46 - 45 +1 63.8 1.02
Canada Damian 'daps' Steeledaps 27 - 46 -19 54.0 0.76
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' HerbautZywOo 56 - 52 +4 79.3 1.06
France Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX 55 - 55 0 84.3 1.03
France Nathan 'NBK-' SchmittNBK- 47 - 57 -10 77.5 0.94
France Cédric 'RpK' GuipouyRpK 42 - 48 -6 65.7 0.89
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekinALEX 40 - 56 -16 56.5 0.75
United States Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
754
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
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
Canada Damian 'daps' Steele
Damian 'daps' Steele
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
870
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1469
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
ez for Brehze the GOD
2019-04-05 09:14
#4
mertz | 
Austria frazn 
king
2019-04-05 09:14
Ez ence
2019-04-05 09:16
QUEEN
2019-04-05 12:35
#FreeZywhoo
2019-04-05 09:15
ZyWho
2019-04-05 17:16
#36
jasonR | 
Canada J_Nasty 
EZ4NA
2019-04-05 09:21
Brehze might have the higher skill ceiling, but Ethan has been playing consistently much better than Brehze in this tournament.
2019-04-05 09:33
#70
blameF | 
Sweden Unluko 
F5
2019-04-05 10:13
#106
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Singapore moshytoshi 
brehze is na simple
2019-04-05 13:32
VITALITY ARE STILL JUST A TOP-TEN TEAM
2019-04-05 09:14
Not even top10
2019-04-05 09:16
More like top 30
2019-04-05 09:19
Check name
2019-04-05 10:11
Check my account creation date xd
2019-04-05 10:21
#82
apEX | 
France Axpie 
Well mibr was never good so it doesn't matter when you created your account
2019-04-05 10:39
axaxaxaxa you just got faking whooooooooshed axaxaxaxaxaxaxax april fools nijja
2019-04-05 20:47
lmao nice one
2019-04-05 16:04
More like top 25
2019-04-05 09:24
#69
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Azerbaijan Thiccdik 
More like top 20
2019-04-05 10:11
French reshuffle incoming lul
2019-04-05 09:14
#5
oBo | 
United States 1nsaneMe 
BREHZE - Bruh Ez
2019-04-05 09:14
#6
qikert | 
Russia zbogus 
Daps=zeus 2.0
2019-04-05 09:15
He is even worse. And he is not IGL I guess. Zeus is IGL at least.
2019-04-05 09:16
#18
oBo | 
United States 1nsaneMe 
Daps is igl
2019-04-05 09:16
Thanks for the info. My bad then. So it's ok if they win.
2019-04-05 09:18
#85
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Europe lalt 
Who you thought is their IGL if it's not daps?
2019-04-05 10:51
I thought it's tarik...
2019-04-05 11:06
#103
flusha | 
United States k3ar 
Tarik might make some mid round calls, but that is about it
2019-04-05 12:54
Daps igl
2019-04-05 09:17
Yeah, the American guy above already told me that information. But thanks! :)
2019-04-05 09:17
you re welcome man
2019-04-05 13:41
#57
qikert | 
Russia zbogus 
This isn’t an insult btw
2019-04-05 09:48
I know bro.
2019-04-05 11:05
#16
oBo | 
United States 1nsaneMe 
+1 but daps is actually the worst pro player when it comes to mechanical skill
2019-04-05 09:16
I think Zeus isn't any better
2019-04-05 09:18
#51
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Finland Kuiva_Simo 
200iq tho
2019-04-05 09:35
If he is 200iq he'd make a team with electronic flamie and most importantly s1mple win at least 1 major
2019-04-05 09:50
#52
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United Kingdom OneBinG_ 
Gob b > Sixer > Zeus >XMS >Daps > SmithZz
2019-04-05 09:36
have you heard of fns?
2019-04-05 16:05
#116
oBo | 
United States 1nsaneMe 
Lmao forgot about him but i think he aint that bad. He trash but not the most trash here
2019-04-05 19:10
Congrats
2019-04-05 09:15
#9
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Brazil ERO0N 
Ez 4 the best na team
2019-04-05 09:15
Nice
2019-04-05 09:15
replace this arrogant guy in nrg with someone more skilled and they can easily be top5 team
2019-04-05 09:15
#32
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Bulgaria AboveYall 
Who? Tbh only imapet is cocky (their coach)
2019-04-05 09:18
daps - their IGL
2019-04-05 09:26
Make Tarik IGL like he was in C9 when they won the major, and replace daps with a competent rifler (auti would be best case scenario)
2019-04-05 09:38
#63
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Bulgaria AboveYall 
wasnt stewie calling back then ?
2019-04-05 09:56
#83
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Japan eternaL_ 
No it was tarik
2019-04-05 10:41
daps -19 :O
2019-04-05 09:15
#42
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France CriiZiX 
He is IGL But ALEX is not, and he his -16
2019-04-05 09:25
Yeah, exactly. It's better to say "kick ALEX" then for those haters, than to say "kick daps".
2019-04-05 09:27
Damian 'daps' Steele 27 - 46 -19 54.0 0.76
2019-04-05 09:15
1. Daps is their IGL and he can't concentrate on his own monitor like other players. 2. They won that game so it's irrelevant to kick him. 3. ALEX got -16 and he is not IGL + his team lost. So maybe let's criticize ALEX?
2019-04-05 09:29
He can't focus on his own monitor XD how is he supposed to play then
2019-04-05 10:32
It is EVERY GOOD IGL's burden. They all can't focus on their own monitors during the game. If they would do that, their team will play much worse as a whole. So they sacrifice their own fragging ability for the team's success.
2019-04-05 11:06
You are unbelievably stupid. You make it seem like IGL's constantly look at their teammates' monitors and don't even look at their own. That's the coach's job. IGL's are still expected to look at their own monitors and put up numbers even when they're devising tactical decisions on the fly. And most of their tactics have to do with what's going on in-game, not due to what they see on other players' monitors... And besides, that's what communication is there for. In the future, please don't try to correct anyone else ever again. You have no idea what you're talking about.
2019-04-07 12:12
It's you who have 0 idea about it. If you were right, so many IGLs would be mad fraggers, but it's almost impossble to see a good IGL and good fragger in same person. That actually proves that I'm 100% right.
2019-04-07 14:31
#14
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Poland Neraz 
Excellent ct-side on Mirage!
2019-04-05 09:15
#17
truth | 
Norway ludvik33 
ez
2019-04-05 09:16
#19
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Italy Fil0Nerd 
Kick daps ffs
2019-04-05 09:16
He is their IGL. As people say.
2019-04-05 09:18
#59
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Italy Fil0Nerd 
Yeah I know, find a new one and put daps to coach
2019-04-05 09:49
Make Tarik IGL and replace daps with competent rifler (auti best case scenario)
2019-04-05 09:54
#67
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Italy Fil0Nerd 
Rip C9 then lul
2019-04-05 10:07
NBK should leave french scene. Make french scene great again.
2019-04-05 09:16
#84
apEX | 
France Axpie 
There is no way that the french scene would rise again without him G2 had a lot of chances to do it better and they always fail because of shox' ego
2019-04-05 10:45
#25
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France Axsii 
Brehze what a beast.
2019-04-05 09:17
#26
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United Kingdom EKersh 
BR EZ E
2019-04-05 09:17
LUL
2019-04-05 09:17
#28
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China leihoujyu 
It will be the first time I go to a csgo tourment tomorrow. But I cannot see coldzera, niko, zywoo... WTF
2019-04-05 09:17
But you will get to see the master at work. Zeus that is. Kappa
2019-04-05 09:46
#71
shox | 
France KR1MEZ 
dont go then
2019-04-05 10:14
#87
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Europe lalt 
If you want to see them, try museum or library 😄
2019-04-05 10:55
You can still see s1mple men))
2019-04-05 18:58
#34
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Other Phinks 
Just a top ten team
2019-04-05 09:21
No strats no IGL... if Zywoo doesnt carry then no hope Please free Zywoo or have a real IGL, Nbk must realize he is a shit one, please go back fixe and soldier you are not able to be a chief
2019-04-05 09:21
#73
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France uNLmofo 
it's not about him, Zywoo and APEX are oding fine. But RPK and Alex need more firepower. Overall they just don't get the frag. In a game where you can win a round by killing the entire enemy team it's quite important imo.
2019-04-05 10:17
NBK is always the problem
2019-04-05 12:37
#37
shox | 
India iejesus 
hmm
2019-04-05 09:21
#38
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United Kingdom Takaramono 
ez 4 vincent "peenoise brehze" cayonte #LABAN!
2019-04-05 09:23
BREH EZ
2019-04-05 09:23
Vitality xd
2019-04-05 09:25
-daps +auti (or another solid rifler) +Tarik becomes IGL
2019-04-05 09:27
#64
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Macau iaokachon 
tarik IGL LUL no daps no NRG
2019-04-05 10:00
I believe tarik was IGL when they won boston major so it's worth a try at least
2019-04-05 10:53
#65
sh1ro | 
China kazuk1 
imagine C9 without auti ,if they sell him,all C9 fans will be angry
2019-04-05 10:01
#104
flusha | 
United States k3ar 
I think at this point most c9 fans want auti to leave that train wreck.
2019-04-05 13:00
#50
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Finland CucumberFIN 
ZywOOF
2019-04-05 09:34
#55
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France Creez_sp 
maybe alex should learn how to play this game rather than talk shit to other player
2019-04-05 09:47
#76
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France CriiZiX 
Reported for your nickname
2019-04-05 10:23
NRG live and die by Brehze and Ethan. Vitality lives and dies by Zywoo. NRG just has more players they can actually rely on. Even Na'vi needs at least ONE other guy to at least play good enough to go far in events, which does occasionally happen with all of the, except with Zeus (who only manages one good map a year); in Vitality, it almost NEVER happens.
2019-04-05 09:47
why vitality bring ALEX? he is just same Happy
2019-04-05 09:49
#74
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France uNLmofo 
he was decent in LDLC, maybe it's the way NBK use them, the role they are supposed to play.
2019-04-05 10:18
#92
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Bulgaria AboveYall 
*cough* kio is a free agent *cough*
2019-04-05 11:18
#94
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France uNLmofo 
Kio is such a good player imo he has his place.
2019-04-05 11:23
#61
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African Union mikecool 
Na > fr
2019-04-05 09:52
EthanGOD
2019-04-05 10:02
#79
ARTeMis | 
Australia zebO 
>lost to NRG >Claiming to be a top 10 team I laughed.
2019-04-05 10:28
NRG is top 10....
2019-04-05 11:10
#98
ARTeMis | 
Australia zebO 
In whose opinion?
2019-04-05 12:22
Starseries = The LAN of NRG Seriously tho, NRG perform way better at all Starseries LAN's than they do anywhere else bar a few exceptions
2019-04-05 10:32
#95
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United Kingdom smelt4 
Easy 4 Brezhe!!! Good show from the BOIS
2019-04-05 11:29
#96
s1mple | 
Germany NatsuS 
NBK: "[THE FNATIC SERIES] SHOWED WE'RE STILL JUST A TOP-TEN TEAM" -NBK 2.4.2019 NRG MOVE PAST VITALITY TO SECURE SEMI-FINAL SPOT IN SHANGHAI -5.4.2019 Everyone would stop there But you NBK you dont stop there. Backstabb your whole team.
2019-04-05 11:38
#97
apEX | 
Europe bruuuuuh 
GGWP
2019-04-05 12:09
yikes
2019-04-05 12:26
vitality LUL, also brehze what a beast
2019-04-05 12:37
#108
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Macedonia ydjoon 
Vitality sucks, they are probably in the top 20 tho.
2019-04-05 14:12
#109
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Indonesia Exodd 
Could Tarik finally find success again?
2019-04-05 14:47
#114
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Peru AgentLF 
Tarik as IGL - Ez Win
2019-04-05 17:56
#118
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Poland m16_0_10r 
lol
2019-04-05 23:51
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