North defeat Vitality; book playoff spot in London
The best-of-three winners' match between Vitality and North kicked off on Nuke, which was the French team's pick. After securing the first two rounds, the T-sided Vitality made it 3-0 thanks to Alex "ALEX" McMeekin's 1vs2 victory in the first gun round.
North weathered the storm following a 2-7 start to the game as they went on to win the last six rounds in the first half to lead 8-7 at halftime. North led 12-11 after the first eight rounds in the second half but couldn't extend their lead as ALEX denied Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså's 1vs2 attempt in the 24th round (12-12).
Vitality then picked up three more rounds on defense to earn three map points. Despite losing a 5vs2 in their first attempt, Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt and company remained poised, closing out the map with a 16-13 scoreline.
North started Inferno on defense and won the first two rounds. Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut responded with a 1vs2 clutch in the first gun round to get Vitality on the scoreboard but the French team lost a 5vs3 in the following round. Even though they trailed 7-2 at one point, Vitality managed to cut the deficit to one round before the half's conclusion (8-7).
The Danish team picked up six of the first seven rounds in the second half, extending their lead to 14-8. Just when Vitality were about to secure their fourth consecutive round, North won the 26th round with pistols to earn four map points (15-11). They wrapped it up in the following round to win the map 16-11.
The teams traded blows to start the decider, Dust2, where they were tied after twelve rounds. The CT-sided North stepped up to the plate towards the end of the first half as they took the last three rounds, during which they only lost two players (9-6).
North reached double-digits with the second pistol round victory and made it 13-7 after winning a 3vs5 in the 20th round. The Danes earned eight series points by taking the A-site in the following round and finished off the map with a 16-7 score. With the 2-1 series victory, North have moved on to the playoffs at the ECS Season 7 Finals.
|Vitality||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Mathieu 'ZywOo' HerbautZywOo||48 - 50||-2||73.1||1.05|
|Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX||50 - 52||-2||73.1||0.99|
|Nathan 'NBK-' SchmittNBK-||42 - 57||-15||61.9||0.87|
|Alex 'ALEX' McMeekinALEX||43 - 54||-11||63.1||0.85|
|Cédric 'RpK' GuipouyRpK||43 - 59||-16||57.3||0.82|