Vitality qualify for ESL One Cologne 2019

In the upper-bracket final of the ESL One Cologne Closed Qualifier Vitality overcame Heroic 2-1 (12-16 Mirage, 16-8 Nuke, 16-14 Overpass), earning a spot at the event.

Vitality and Heroic reached the upper-bracket final of the ESL One Cologne 2019 Europe Closed Qualifier, facing off in a BO3 to for a spot at the event in Germany. The French side overcame ALTERNATE aTTaX and AVANGAR earlier in the qualifier, while Heroic took down HellRaisers and North.

Mirage kicked off the series, with Heroic grabbing the control early on the Terrorist side, going 6-2 up. Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt's side replied with a four-round streak to equalize the scoreline, but the Danes got back on track swiftly, finishing the half with a 9-6 lead and continuing on after the switch, reaching map point. Down 15-6, Vitality fought back, but Heroic managed to close it out in the end, 16-12.

apEX and co. have secured an ESL One Cologne spot

Vitality's pick followed, Nuke, but Heroic started off well once again, this time 5-1 up on the CT side. With Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut leading the charge, Vitality dropped only two more rounds before the end of the half, and put up an impressive CT side defense to finish the map quickly, 16-8.

The decider, Overpass, was a back-and-forth affair at the start, Vitality kicked it off 3-0 before Heroic equalized it at 3-3 after Benjamin "blameF" Bremer and Adam "friberg" Friberg combined for all five frags in round four. The French were then back on track, taking a 8-4 lead, with the only round going the way of the Danes being a 1v2 clutch by Martin "stavn" Lund.

Alex "ALEX" McMeekin was leading the fragging for Vitality as they secured a 10-5 half-time score, but a 2v2 in the pistol which was resolved in Heroic's favor kept the Danes in play. They managed to narrow the deficit down to just one round, 11-10, when ZywOo managed another clutch, this time a 1v1. Vitality powered to match point from there, but Heroic clung on, and in the had a great situation in the last round of the game. However, Cédric "RpK" Guipouy, on 1 HP, rose to the occasion and sealed the deal with a hat trick.

 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' HerbautZywOo 68 - 50 +18 78.5 1.23
France Nathan 'NBK-' SchmittNBK- 57 - 59 -2 83.9 1.09
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekinALEX 69 - 61 +8 82.0 1.09
France Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX 48 - 63 -15 75.9 0.96
France Cédric 'RpK' GuipouyRpK 38 - 48 -10 53.8 0.82
 Heroic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Benjamin 'blameF' BremerblameF 59 - 49 +10 82.9 1.16
Denmark Niels-Christian 'NaToSaphiX' SillassenNaToSaphiX 57 - 52 +5 71.3 1.11
Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansenes3tag 56 - 60 -4 74.9 1.04
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Fribergfriberg 53 - 55 -2 72.8 1.03
Denmark Martin 'stavn' Lundstavn 55 - 64 -9 79.9 1.01

The team list for ESL One Cologne is now:

Germany BIG
Europe FaZe
Brazil MIBR
Sweden NiP
Europe mousesports
Other Invite slot
Europe EU Qualifier #2
Asia Asia Qualifier
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 Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1182
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1498
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Denmark Martin 'stavn' Lund
Martin 'stavn' Lund
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
528
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.14
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
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
Denmark Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.18
Maps played:
285
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.16
Gg! Great team, can't wait to see them play in cologne!
2019-05-10 21:38
F5
2019-05-10 21:38
#13
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Netherlands Kermit69 
+1
2019-05-10 21:40
Wow, Liquid is really skipping Cologne over Blast LA l0l
2019-05-10 21:39
#43
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Sweden Unluko 
F5
2019-05-10 21:51
to see how they lose againts mouesports :)
2019-05-10 21:58
#2
s1mple | 
India S1ayR 
ez for zywoo
2019-05-10 21:39
#3
 | 
Finland CucumberFIN 
Gg
2019-05-10 21:38
#5
 | 
Morocco royflord 
they're looking bad
2019-05-10 21:38
+1
2019-05-10 21:39
#6
NBK- | 
Mexico NetoAR10 
Ez for le tank
2019-05-10 21:38
-10 XD
2019-05-12 11:58
Shit team
2019-05-10 21:39
Cry is free
2019-05-10 21:39
So is your mother
2019-05-10 21:46
C r y i s f r e e
2019-05-10 22:12
#89
ALEX | 
France MrWowo 
Cryland
2019-05-11 00:42
#105
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United States Bochanka 
Your team is literally one player, id shut up if I was you. Lol without Zyw0o your team would be absolute dog shit.
2019-05-12 00:35
#115
ALEX | 
France MrWowo 
Zywoo is not everything, just look at the stats of the last matches Crycrycry
2019-05-12 00:58
Eat that ESL
2019-05-10 21:40
#71
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France LeDiplomate 
+99
2019-05-10 22:47
#107
 | 
United States Bochanka 
Watching vitality play is like watching one surgeon work while 4 others watch him. Y’all play some shit cs
2019-05-12 00:40
#121
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France LeDiplomate 
Bro NBK 2 majors NA CS 1 major
2019-05-13 00:23
#106
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United States Bochanka 
Eat what? Your team literally being made of ONE good player. Congrats your team still sucks!
2019-05-12 00:39
Congratulation on being the stupidest hltv user
2019-05-12 11:50
#12
oskar | 
Czech Republic y0fl0w 
wasted spot
2019-05-10 21:40
+1
2019-05-10 21:47
#108
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United States Bochanka 
+1 vitality consist of one freaking player doing all the work, yeah that’s sooo fun to watch. NOT
2019-05-12 00:41
#110
oskar | 
Czech Republic y0fl0w 
+1
2019-05-12 00:45
First NBK crying because not invited and now barely qualified...
2019-05-10 21:40
#20
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Switzerland RU!N 
? your point?
2019-05-10 21:41
NBK was crying because he considered that they deserve an invite, but now they struggled to qualify
2019-05-10 21:42
And they qualified. So your point?
2019-05-10 21:43
My point is that NBK was just wrong. If they struggle to qualify how do they deserve an invite? Mouz would qualify way faster if Vitality would get invited instead of them
2019-05-10 21:45
#29
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France iNolake 
hockey
2019-05-10 21:46
They only lost 1 map.
2019-05-10 21:46
But the last one was 16-14 after a 10-5 half on t side
2019-05-10 21:49
#56
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France Axsii 
And?
2019-05-10 22:02
Which means they struggled to close out the games
2019-05-10 22:03
#61
NBK- | 
South Africa nimmaJ 
And your point about mouz is pure speculation. They lost a bo3 to vitality. You have no evidence that they would have easily made it though the qualifer, you're literally just guessing. If they can make it thru the qualifier in the most difficult region they would have equally deserved an invite.
2019-05-10 22:09
Mouz lost a bo3 to Vitality when they started playing together. Every fresh team struggles at the beggining. I can agree with that guessing, but you need to remember that everyone has his own opinion. I just think that mouz would do a bit better than Vitality, but that's still just my own opinion. Now let's just wait for Cologne to see who deserved the invite more (If they're even gonna play against eachother)
2019-05-10 22:15
#66
NBK- | 
South Africa nimmaJ 
Yeah everyone has their own opinion and in HLTV and ESL rankings Vitality was higher ranked. Mouz was invited purely for viewership purposes. Not saying they dont have potential but the goal of inviting them was not to invite the team they thought was better.
2019-05-10 22:27
I can agree with the viewership, but maybe ESL just thought they're gonna get better before Cologne and invited them thinking they're gonna do well. I honestly have nothing against the French scene. I never hated any French team (Even supported G2 in 2016) but NBK's tweet was just pathetic.
2019-05-10 22:32
#69
NBK- | 
South Africa nimmaJ 
Lol? Pointing out that they're higher ranked in the rankings that ESL uses to invite teams is not pathetic. Its informative.
2019-05-10 22:41
twitter.com/NBK/status/11239884003260416.. For me it looks like typical cry because not getting invited
2019-05-10 22:45
#38
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France Lioxys 
6-1 : that's their record for this qualifier.
2019-05-10 21:48
Issou they struggled they are back from a 1 week vacation
2019-05-10 21:51
#52
ALEX | 
France Telt 
struggle ? They didn't loose a match and were the first team to qualify .. That's pure hate
2019-05-10 22:00
#49
2019-05-10 22:00
#54
ALEX | 
France Telt 
#52 - you didn't answer
2019-05-10 22:01
If you can't just do ctrl + f here you go: Still vs alternate it went to ot after 13-2 half for Vitality and the last map was 16-14 after 10-5 on t side
2019-05-10 22:02
#62
NBK- | 
South Africa nimmaJ 
They literally weren't trying vs attax on CT on either map. First map zywoo uses a nova til he kills the enemy AWPer round 6 and picks up an AWP. They were attempting to practice T sides because they have been their weaker side. On t they stomped both maps.
2019-05-10 22:11
#99
ALEX | 
France Telt 
I had read that comment, I meant that it did not answer
2019-05-11 10:12
#109
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United States Bochanka 
The point is your roster has one decent player that literally does everything and if your not a vitality fan then it really really sucks to watch. Vitality don’t play good cs... ONE PLAYER EVERY SINGLE TIME. Without Zyw0o vitality would be a tier 5 team. NBK actually cried because he didn’t get an invite what a joke.
2019-05-12 00:43
#46
ZywOo | 
France Qaze 
They only lost 1 map lmao
2019-05-10 21:54
Still vs alternate it went to ot after 13-2 half for Vitality and the last map was 16-14 after 10-5 on t side
2019-05-10 21:57
#111
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United States Bochanka 
Your team is pathetic and sad as only one player does anything. Watching vitality is like watching 5 surgeons and only one of them knows what the fuck they’re doing 😂😂😂
2019-05-12 00:45
#117
ZywOo | 
France Qaze 
Multiple major winners don’t know what they do nice one burger
2019-05-12 11:34
That's a good question lol
2019-05-10 21:43
+1
2019-05-10 21:47
qualify from upper bracket final = barely qualified? toilet cleaner logic
2019-05-10 21:56
#49
2019-05-10 21:58
Nah dude he is right. They easily qualified, and even had they lost that one, they would have clapped Avangar and still qualified.
2019-05-11 00:18
Deserved
2019-05-10 21:40
fuck
2019-05-10 21:40
#17
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Israel wetz 
NBK stopped crying, finally
2019-05-10 21:40
Bunch of french dirty frogs go die axaaxaxaxa baguette fuckers XD jk i dont bet love you vitality
2019-05-10 21:40
#57
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France Axsii 
Cry is free
2019-05-10 22:02
Na i aint a bettard bro. Just trolling
2019-05-10 22:06
#19
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France EyalSword 
That last round tho
2019-05-10 21:40
Haha yeah, that was good fun
2019-05-10 21:44
#22
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Switzerland RU!N 
Zinedine Zywoo Nbking Rapex Le tank alex just alex ez4vita
2019-05-10 21:43
#26
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Czech Republic Kliber 
alex just alex Man you got me so much man . ROFL
2019-05-10 21:44
#47
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Czech Republic Kliber 
But you r right they got potential
2019-05-10 21:56
Alex the uk hope
2019-05-10 21:53
#68
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United Kingdom Crypt1cSV 
he's got a lot better in the team to be fair
2019-05-10 22:37
Yes he played very well this week
2019-05-10 23:03
#77
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Switzerland RU!N 
+1
2019-05-10 23:11
#24
Maka | 
France Barburo 
GJ ! But Apex looked very poor on this qualification :/
2019-05-10 21:43
#30
NBK- | 
Germany DoubleUD 
This could be the reason why they had a close game on Mirage and Overpass. He will surely look better for the next events.
2019-05-10 21:46
#73
NBK- | 
France M3scuDi 
He switched positions on the T side, might explain why he wasn’t in top form!
2019-05-10 23:01
#78
Maka | 
France Barburo 
It was especially is CT side so far i remember. 5-15 start on mirage
2019-05-10 23:26
#35
allu | 
Sweden Dguyg 
So far so good in terms of teams
2019-05-10 21:47
#37
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France Maxtrol 
Ez for ZywOo
2019-05-10 21:48
#39
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World Notb8ing 
stacked event, too bad liquid too scared to play
2019-05-10 21:49
WHERE ARE U HATERS ? Mouz prepare ur ass
2019-05-10 21:51
#76
ZywOo | 
Europe PowwneD 
Few comment below, already resuckin Vitality
2019-05-10 23:07
#44
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Finland jUPPE! 
French scene is such a mess. The best french player by far, Zywoo, plays in "the second french team". Which is in the reality the first because of him.
2019-05-10 21:51
#60
NBK- | 
South Africa nimmaJ 
Uhh... Vitality has better structure, consistency, map pool, and tactics than G2. Literally the only thing G2 has more of is individual skill.
2019-05-10 22:08
Hi think is the opposite. The new G2 have better tactics but there are not amways the best in individial skill. But Vita is smeep far too much on individual skill (Zywoo<3) and mess on tactics and that s something they work a lot actually
2019-05-10 23:48
#80
NBK- | 
South Africa nimmaJ 
They're purely individual skill. You mean to tell me that Alex and rpk > lucky and jackz individually? Not even close. Alex and rpk are good role players that help with tactical depth. G2 dont even have a real support player how can they be better tactically? If g2 had better tactics theyd be a better team because man for man they are better. Shox>NBK Jackz<apex Lucky>>rpk Amanek>alex Kennys>zywoo awp Zywoo rifle>KennyS. Actually be logical. If G2 had better tactics and a better map pool theyd beat G2 and be a better team because they have more skill overall and be better at all aspects of the game. You can also tell which team has more structure by seeing how consistent they are. G2 have a higher peak (due to times when all their individual players show up) but also lose to weaker teams more often because sometimes they arent on point and they dont have the same tactics to fall back on like Vitality do. Not to mention the fact that you have shox, a star player IGLing. Star player IGLs are normally much looser because they want to still be able to use their individual skill primarily. Meanwhile NBK has to use tactics and instill teamplay in order to make the stars of his team zywoo and apex successful. G2 has good teamplay and they play off each other decently well, but in terms of map pool and depth of tactics Vitality are superior, just look how detailed their executes on D2 and overpass are, and that's what allows them to be more successful than G2.
2019-05-11 00:03
#65
kennyS | 
Germany striXSy 
last invite: G2
2019-05-10 22:18
#72
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France LanaRhoades 
alex is not bot this time , great to see him at top lvel
2019-05-10 22:53
#94
Lucky | 
France Daniska 
lul go look G2 pls
2019-05-11 05:35
#102
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France LanaRhoades 
No i do what i want
2019-05-11 13:21
#104
Lucky | 
France Daniska 
like change ur favorite team every day
2019-05-11 18:53
#75
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France papyrus 
GJ! They really deserved it!
2019-05-10 23:04
+Liquid +AVANGAR +FURIA +TYLOO and its gonna be most stacked tournament ever
2019-05-11 00:00
#82
f0rest | 
Mongolia 22joyZz 
zywoo qualified. Not the rest
2019-05-11 00:07
wasted spot without that fat kid they would be tier 99
2019-05-11 00:18
#85
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France Axsii 
"Fan of s1mple, the Guy who is carrying alone navi" HAHAHAHAHA Nice one bro
2019-05-11 00:29
FR♿NCE OMEGALUL
2019-05-11 00:34
#87
ZywOo | 
France Qaze 
Imagine not displaying your flag on hltv are you 12 or just retarded ?
2019-05-11 00:36
CRY IS FREE WHITEFL♿GER
2019-05-11 00:38
#91
ZywOo | 
France Qaze 
Imagine calling someone from the most victorious country a whiteflagger
2019-05-11 01:07
victorious xDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD can't even win with terrorism hahahaah
2019-05-11 01:08
#93
ZywOo | 
France Qaze 
Nice education, not knowing the basics facts and having less than 90 iq
2019-05-11 01:20
xaxaxax cry is free go bulid new notredame
2019-05-11 11:25
#103
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Lithuania chingo 
10 iq rusky
2019-05-11 14:21
#116
ZywOo | 
Laos GTR_GOD 
he's completely retarded
2019-05-12 01:16
#90
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Sweden godname 
ZYWOO, Carry
2019-05-11 00:51
#95
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Belgium bioZARRRD 
G2 gets final invite lmao
2019-05-11 07:07
Xaxaxaa
2019-05-11 09:10
#96
s1mple | 
India P1^t0N 
Liquid gets final invite
2019-05-11 09:04
#113
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United States Bochanka 
No they aren’t going man. Hltv already said they aren’t. I assume maybe G2 last invite? Idk all I know is liquid won’t be here
2019-05-12 00:47
#120
s1mple | 
India P1^t0N 
Really... Why liquid have Viza issue? then cloud9 or G2 which one get invite?
2019-05-12 13:12
#114
 | 
United States Bochanka 
If it’s CLOWN9 I will strangle someone.
2019-05-12 00:47
#98
 | 
Finland Taynz 
-stavn
2019-05-11 09:59
SeeWoo, I told you.
2019-05-11 11:18
#112
 | 
United States Bochanka 
So when is Zyw0o actually going to join a REAL team? Vitality be joking with how bad everyone but Zyw0o is. Pathetic
2019-05-12 00:46
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