Vitality beat OpTic to qualify for ECS Season 7 Finals

Vitality have locked a spot at ECS Season 7 Finals after topping week three in Europe, defeating OpTic 2-1 in the grand final (Inferno 16-11, Overpass 7-16, Nuke 16-6).

After over a month-long break since the second tournament, the third week of play in European ECS saw Vitality attempt to redeem themselves after losing out on the finals on the previous occasion, having lost to North in the spot-deciding series.

This time, the French side passed Virtus.pro and Valiance with flying colors, securing both series without losing a map before taking on OpTic, who made it to the grand final on the other side in their first appearance during the seventh season, beating G2 and AVANGAR.

Stellar as usual, ZywOo led Vitality to a spot at the finals as the highest-rated player of week three

Facing little resistance from the Danes at the beginning of Inferno, Vitality got off to a flying start in the grand final with an 8-2 lead on the Terrorist side, but OpTic got back on their feet to save the half with the remaining five rounds. It did them little good, after all, as Nathan "⁠NBK-⁠" Schmitt's team seized control on the defense with a pistol round win and never let their opponents catch up, securing the opening map 16-11.

Overpass was more closely contested at the start, but it soon slipped away from Vitality, as OpTic went on a six-round streak to put themselves in a comfortable position before switching over to CTs, leading 11-4 at halftime. The French side could only delay with a pistol round win, as Marco "⁠Snappi⁠" Pfeiffer's squad picked up a convincing 16-7 victory to force the deciding map.

When it came to Nuke, Vitality were in the driving seat from the start. Starting on the Counter-Terrorist side, they only conceded one out of the first ten rounds as OpTic struggled to get the bomb down. An eventual 12-3 half gave them a cushion to finish off the map comfortably at 16-6 to clinch a spot at the finals.

Matchpage
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2
28th April 2019
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Inferno
16
16
Overpass
7
6
Nuke
16
 OpTic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' PfeifferSnappi 44 - 44 0 69.0 0.98
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' LauridsenMSL 47 - 60 -13 72.1 0.94
Denmark Ismail 'refrezh' Alirefrezh 46 - 48 -2 65.6 0.93
Denmark Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensenniko 46 - 54 -8 72.4 0.90
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wieneckek0nfig 42 - 57 -15 70.5 0.87
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' HerbautZywOo 64 - 39 +25 94.2 1.48
France Cédric 'RpK' GuipouyRpK 60 - 46 +14 88.3 1.27
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekinALEX 51 - 42 +9 72.8 1.07
France Nathan 'NBK-' SchmittNBK- 46 - 52 -6 68.0 1.05
France Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX 42 - 46 -4 73.5 1.02

The updated team list of ECS Season 7 Finals, which will run from June 6-9 in London, United Kingdom, looks as follows:

Denmark Astralis
Denmark North
France Vitality
Europe Earnings Leader
North America Complexity
United States NRG
Other Week 3 winner
Other Earnings Leader

Two more tournaments are left, taking place on May 13-16 and 21-24, with the last regional spot going to the team who earned the most prizemoney across all five weeks.

France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1846
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1232
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
ez
2019-04-28 23:03
cool 2nd map throw btw
2019-04-28 23:14
#18
adreN | 
Switzerland 2022
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke 42 - 57 -15 70.5 0.87
2019-04-28 23:17
#52
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Poland Unluko
F5
2019-04-29 07:00
#2
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United States noCap
Optic coming thru ♿️
2019-04-28 23:03
DÜÜT DÜÜÜT ♿️ ♿️ ♿️
2019-04-29 00:38
#35
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Brazil FanOfMibr
f5 and still 2nd OMEGALUL
2019-04-29 01:15
#3
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Australia beavr27
nice
2019-04-28 23:03
LET'S GOOOOOOOOO
2019-04-28 23:03
#5
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France Azowel
e4zywoo 1.48 rating 2.0 kd 3 at 3rd map
2019-04-28 23:04
Ez online
2019-04-29 01:12
Imagine thinking zywoo is an onliner
2019-04-29 01:31
Give smooya a home !
2019-04-28 23:04
Pog
2019-04-28 23:04
#8
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Panama FUN4ENCE
expected
2019-04-28 23:04
#9
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France 2Ez4MaBoyZ
Was wayyy too ez for ma boyzZ
2019-04-28 23:05
K0nfig still paying for the "good luck Kenny, i will fuck you up"
2019-04-28 23:05
#11
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Finland EdiEz
ez4Zywoo
2019-04-28 23:05
Danish CS LMAO
2019-04-28 23:06
#50
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Denmark Menterx
U spelled French wrong
2019-04-29 06:19
#59
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France OGFirstFan
you got only one good team other are average
2019-04-29 20:26
#60
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Denmark Menterx
5 teams in top 30 with a population of 6 millions, I would say thats pretty damn good...
2019-04-30 08:02
Zywoo too good
2019-04-28 23:06
ECS this season lol No Liquid No FaZe very easy 250K $ for Astralis
2019-04-28 23:06
#19
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France Azowel
hltv.org/matches/2331634/liquid-vs-rogue.. Liquid was just not good enough
2019-04-28 23:18
why they not attend week2 and week3 ? I guess they just want to skip this event
2019-04-28 23:19
#22
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France Azowel
or they just can't take part of the event these weeks, like astralis sometimes at others events.
2019-04-28 23:20
I think the rumor is that they'll play ECS from summit
2019-04-29 01:30
Lost to a team that ceased existence a month later smh
2019-04-28 23:25
#25
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France Azowel
yes but at this moment they were upset by Rogue
2019-04-28 23:27
What is this shit you are talking?
2019-04-28 23:32
Nice mens 😎😎
2019-04-28 23:19
#23
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France Sylr
Rpk best game since 2015
2019-04-28 23:24
#58
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Europe PowwneD
Mad cuz G2 fall 2-0 against these Danish noobs?
2019-04-29 19:11
#61
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France Sylr
je m'en balekouille de g2
2019-04-30 19:42
#62
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Europe PowwneD
Flair checks out
2019-04-30 22:25
#63
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France Sylr
Parle FR guignol
2019-05-01 01:24
Zywoo... Always Zywoo
2019-04-28 23:29
2019-04-28 23:31
#29
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South Africa @FyreCS
Sad! Was hoping Optic would show us good results! Wtf men)))! #BRINGBACKJUGI #savejugi
2019-04-28 23:40
#30
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Denmark Zorrondo
what's going on with refrezh's surname? that doesn't seems denmark
2019-04-29 00:06
Its a swedish name
2019-04-29 08:11
God zywooo
2019-04-29 00:07
#33
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Norway PeteZz
Is it just me. Or is zywoo good player?
2019-04-29 00:48
His reaction time + pre aim are the best in the world
2019-04-29 10:28
#38
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United States FlagMaster
Well done Vitality! Another big lan for the guys after DH masters. Can help them out by giving them momentum into Cologne, Major, etc
2019-04-29 01:45
I would never expect Vitality to lose to Optic.
2019-04-29 01:49
zywoo top5 in 2019 easily
2019-04-29 02:31
shitty tournament, only 8 teams with two spots already wasted 8-team tournaments shouldn't even be considered as big events, just like Blasts
2019-04-29 03:51
I'd say when the qualification process is this demanding tier 1 is in order. If it's a tournament Astralis want to go to than that should say enough
2019-04-29 03:55
disagree two spots are determined by EARNINGS from the first 3 weeks which means only tier2+ teams are going to benefit from it; tier1 teams don't have time for this shit Astralis also prefer shitty Blasts with bo1s instead of tournaments with proper format. Their presence is not enough to make a tournament tier1 anymore
2019-04-29 04:03
But it also allows tier 1 teams to quickly qualify in the first 3 weeks. Navi have never done ecs Liquid should still be able to qualify Then you have the top 2 + 3 other top 10 teams (Last EU spot, Vitality, NRG) + CoL, North and Furia which are all 12-25. Astralis attending blasts really isnt that important, they're still the clear #1. Reigning ECS, ESL, and Major champs. I dont like the idea of potential exclusivity but it doesnt take away from them being at events. All in all you're going to have 2 elite teams, top 10 teams and no teams outside of the top 30 at this tournament and a larger prize pool. If that's not tier 1 then the only tournaments you would consider tier 1 would be the majors which is different to say the least.
2019-04-29 04:16
your last paragraph is so braindead that I'm not going to bother replying to you anymore if you don't see any difference between shitty tournaments like ECS & Blast and real tier1 events like ESL Pro league, Dreamhack Masters, IEM & ESL One stops (not the ones with 8 teams obviously) then you have no fucking clue what you're talking about
2019-04-29 04:23
I'm fine with you putting 16 team tournaments over ECS but then you have to put ECS and Epicenters in a different tier than blast. Blast is invite only bo1 round robin. ECS is a league with teams constantly competing to keep their spot in that league and has a solid qualification system and a stronger LAN format. If you cant see the difference between those two then you are the delusional one. And it appears you are another pathetic user that cant have a conversation without insulting the other. I dont get why you feel you need aggression to get your point across you just come off disrespectful and ignorant.
2019-04-29 04:30
Sorry bro, stupidity makes me angry. I promise to work on that.
2019-04-29 04:46
Imagine not even responding about the initial topic
2019-04-29 04:49
#51
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France Axpie
your last paragraph is so braindead that I'm not going to bother replying to you anymore
2019-04-29 06:38
ez zywoo
2019-04-29 04:29
Ez australis
2019-04-29 10:14
Team Zinedine Zywoo
2019-04-29 13:46
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