Heroic and NiP defeat ENCE and Vitality in Cologne openers

Heroicbeat ENCE in their opening match in Cologne on Mirage, 16-10, while NiP did the same with Vitality on Dust2, also 16-10.

A play on the B site of Mirage by ENCE with three opening frags by Jere "⁠sergej⁠" Salo and a double by Sami "⁠xseveN⁠" Laasanen gave the Finns the first round. Heroic were able to win the first gun round as Patrick "⁠es3tag⁠" Hansen was able to take out Jani "⁠Aerial⁠" Jussila in a 1vs1, which the danes were able to follow up to push ENCE into an eco round. Heroic then took a 6-3 lead before a three-kill afterplant clutch by Aleksi "⁠allu⁠" Jalli got ENCE back on the board. ENCE followed it up, but Heroic were able to close out the half 10-5.

Heroic upset ENCE in their opening match in Cologne

The second half started out with an A hit by Heroic, who were able to win the round with a triple by es3tag to inch closer to the finish line. ENCE bought on the third round and were able to stop the Danes in a 2vs2 afterplant situation on B to keep the game alive. Heroic got to 14-7 on a three-kill round by Niels-Christian "⁠NaToSaphiX⁠" Sillassen, and made it to match point after losing three rounds. The Danes then didn’t give up any of their five match points, as they went on to close the map and match out, 16-10, sending ENCE to the lower bracket.

Matchpage
16
10
2nd July 2019
16
Mirage
10
 Heroic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Benjamin 'blameF' BremerblameF 30 - 15 +15 114.0 1.74
Denmark Martin 'stavn' Lundstavn 15 - 14 +1 70.3 1.05
Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansenes3tag 16 - 13 +3 56.9 0.97
Denmark Niels-Christian 'NaToSaphiX' SillassenNaToSaphiX 17 - 17 0 76.7 0.92
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Fribergfriberg 14 - 16 -2 64.5 0.84
 ENCE K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalliallu 21 - 15 +6 79.3 1.29
Finland Aleksi 'Aleksib' VirolainenAleksib 16 - 19 -3 70.5 1.11
Finland Jani 'Aerial' JussilaAerial 16 - 19 -3 62.8 0.83
Finland Sami 'xseveN' LaasanenxseveN 12 - 18 -6 65.3 0.79
Finland Jere 'sergej' Salosergej 10 - 21 -11 59.2 0.73

An A hit by NiP with five players taking Long control gave the Swedes the first round on Dust2 against Vitality. The French team were able to tie it up the next round, however, as Alex "⁠ALEX⁠" McMeekin and Dan "⁠apEX⁠" Madesclaire got a full house to gain the economic advantage. Three opening frags by Fredrik "⁠REZ⁠" Sterner got NiP back on the board in the fifth round before the two teams won one each, but it was eventually the French team that came out ahead, winning the half 10-5.

NiP put up a wall on the CT side of Dust2

NiP won the two first rounds on the CT side. A double by REZ with a UMP in the first gun round kept the Ninjas on a roll, who were able to keep going and take the lead as Vitality hit a wall on every offensive. With Vitality unable to win a single round on the attacking side, NiP got on match point and closed the map 16-10.

Matchpage
10
16
2nd July 2019
Sweden
10
Dust2
16
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekinALEX 22 - 18 +4 101.8 1.28
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' HerbautZywOo 16 - 19 -3 64.2 1.00
France Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX 17 - 18 -1 65.2 0.85
France Nathan 'NBK-' SchmittNBK- 16 - 19 -3 68.4 0.84
France Cédric 'RpK' GuipouyRpK 11 - 19 -8 47.4 0.71
 NiP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' OlofssonLekr0 25 - 17 +8 106.0 1.55
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest 23 - 14 +9 86.0 1.38
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' AlesundGeT_RiGhT 19 - 17 +2 74.1 1.03
Sweden Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez ZamoraPlopski 13 - 16 -3 56.3 0.99
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' SternerREZ 13 - 19 -6 57.2 0.87
Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1043
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Finland Jani 'Aerial' Jussila
Jani 'Aerial' Jussila
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
642
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Finland Jere 'sergej' Salo
Jere 'sergej' Salo
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
639
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
Denmark Niels-Christian 'NaToSaphiX' Sillassen
Niels-Christian 'NaToSaphiX' Sillassen
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
783
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.10
Finland Sami 'xseveN' Laasanen
Sami 'xseveN' Laasanen
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
954
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1500
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
955
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.13
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1654
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1006
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
FLUKENCE exposed once again. I'm happy for NIP, i hope they win cologne.
2019-07-02 17:08
#5
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Austria shaak!
GTR <3
2019-07-02 17:09
Vita overrated #3 LOL
2019-07-02 17:17
expected from 2 fluke teams after AUG nerf
2019-07-02 17:26
Aug flukers
2019-07-02 17:28
8/8
2019-07-02 17:41
I mean he us right. Lost to nip!
2019-07-02 21:16
ignorance
2019-07-02 17:09
#37
JD | 
Poland Banzanic
he is just honest :P
2019-07-02 17:18
mirage bo1 cmon
2019-07-02 17:23
Please keep your logic and sensibility off this site thank you
2019-07-02 19:27
I shall keep my flawless and perfect logic and sensibility on this site thank you
2019-07-02 19:35
#16
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Russia Roneeee
RIPTALITY 9-3 > 10-16 OMEGALUL ZYWHOO??? APEX GO TRAINING INSTEAD SHITPOSTING ON TWITTER
2019-07-02 17:10
+111
2019-07-02 17:10
#35
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Poland Unluko
Forest should join FaZe
2019-07-02 17:17
Cry
2019-07-02 17:20
Flair doesnt check out?
2019-07-02 17:47
#77
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North America onionmesh
LUL
2019-07-02 20:01
seen by liquid
2019-07-02 21:29
#2
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Poland Frytekooo
Oof
2019-07-02 17:08
admin chill two
2019-07-02 17:08
#4
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Russia Astrali5
ZywOo with negative k/d
2019-07-02 17:09
#7
who | 
Bulgaria No_1One
Wait what? Oof
2019-07-02 17:09
Vitality top 3 btw
2019-07-02 17:09
#42
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United States WilsonDS
And ence is #2
2019-07-02 17:22
#9
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India brobat6
EZ 4 best team in the world NIP
2019-07-02 17:09
#55
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India Noobdian
Yess
2019-07-02 17:39
flag doesn't check out
2019-07-02 23:39
#89
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India Noobdian
What
2019-07-03 03:00
zywhooooo ? EZ CT side NiP <3
2019-07-02 17:09
#90
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India Noobdian
<3 Yesss so happy
2019-07-03 03:01
#93
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Georgia EZ_4_NIP
+1 <333
2019-07-03 09:17
OH FUCK one top 3 team going home in last place😱😱😱
2019-07-02 17:09
May the best team win man and may it be a good match to watch.
2019-07-02 17:12
Vitality or ENCE going out on day 1, damn xd
2019-07-02 17:10
#39
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Denmark Paramed1c
No they won't!
2019-07-02 17:19
day 2*
2019-07-02 17:24
#15
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Denmark CRAM3R
Yes sir, BlameF
2019-07-02 17:10
What just happened?
2019-07-02 17:10
#27
who | 
Bulgaria No_1One
Don't know men)))
2019-07-02 17:12
admin reported for spam))
2019-07-02 17:10
Double post, lucasam needs a 1 day ban
2019-07-02 17:10
Idiot format and seeding.. Have to respect blameF tho, what a beast
2019-07-02 17:11
lose = idiot format / seeding win = no complaints typical
2019-07-02 18:18
Yup, I take it back from seeding tho, it was seeded before mondays ranking. Bo1 start still dumb in this format
2019-07-02 18:20
seeded using ESL's shitty ranking
2019-07-02 21:01
Speaking as if Heroic is top 5 or what Excuses, excuses
2019-07-03 06:25
Wow both favorites lost
2019-07-02 17:11
#24
Jame | 
Italy Laxity
HAHAHHAHA HAHA EZ4ENCE? NOPPPP
2019-07-02 17:11
#25
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Greenland kinley377
finally vitality/ence going home fast..
2019-07-02 17:12
#29
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Spain elskio
0 round T side lul
2019-07-02 17:13
jokest #1 #2 & #3 teams ever
2019-07-02 17:13
Apex got deleted on Twitter and now in the game.
2019-07-02 17:13
#38
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India Noobdian
Ooofff
2019-07-02 17:19
GetRight doing some really good round winning kills! So happy for him!
2019-07-02 17:17
#36
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India Noobdian
Pog niperino
2019-07-02 17:18
#41
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Brazil Aloha420
there is no easy game anymore guys.. stopping calling teams as a fluke. Nice to see a good level actually.
2019-07-02 17:21
#62
tabseN | 
Sweden wyv0
There are... Since it was quite an easy game for NiP
2019-07-02 18:12
#43
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India Ad1_KaM
10-5 to 10-16...hmmm
2019-07-02 17:22
That's an Oof^2
2019-07-02 17:23
This happens when Zyw0o having a day off
2019-07-02 17:24
#64
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Ivory Coast tyndlort
this happend becouse Nip dont have an igl...if they had then they will win even bigger
2019-07-02 18:17
They already won so no comments :D
2019-07-02 18:26
#72
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Ivory Coast tyndlort
;) hehe true
2019-07-02 18:28
Two matches that we all predicted the opposite to happen lol. Glad to see NiP winning this match, maybe we might see a better NiP this tournament ? would be a nice thing to watch. #EZ4ENCE lmao !
2019-07-02 17:24
#87
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Indonesia rareguy
Ironically, in the middle of Vitality vs NiP match, the round end MVP music, in this case coincidentally the EZ4ENCE music, was accidentally played after a round. "Yeah EZ4ENCE..." -Anders
2019-07-03 00:23
blameF looks like a master troll
2019-07-02 17:25
Unexpected
2019-07-02 17:32
blame so fucking good best danish player beside astralis players
2019-07-02 17:35
You gotta love those French and Finish fangays (hltv ranking included) who put Ence and Vitality in top 5 after 2 decent tournaments LMAO. And they actually believe it too, which is the worst part.
2019-07-02 17:50
#60
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Finland saunantaka
And you put those teams in bottom 5 after one game. Czechs lul...
2019-07-02 18:04
#61
tabseN | 
Sweden wyv0
Lekr0 f0rest Get_Right destroying frenchies
2019-07-02 18:10
#63
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Europe Vallon3
NiP Pog
2019-07-02 18:12
unexpected
2019-07-02 18:25
#69
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Finland juh1z
U guys are weird... Its bo1 and Ence always starts their tournaments slowly so this is not a disaster or even a shok. Vitality is overrated, sorry french guys but Vitality is just based around zywoo but in summit the whole tam started playing veey good in their pontential. Calm down
2019-07-02 18:26
F0rest + new player on team always bring surprise
2019-07-02 18:26
im glad there is no pickems
2019-07-02 19:05
Comments look pretty much exactly like I thought after seeing the match results. Can always trust on good old HLTV community to deliver.
2019-07-02 20:20
#82
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Italy HeSY
w0w unexpected Tbh i left the stream after 10 5 sure that it would be a loss for ninjas Gg wp
2019-07-02 21:19
Heroic underrated team
2019-07-02 23:40
OR... che che check this out... ENCE overrated team.
2019-07-03 12:19
Forest top1 as usually. 5 forests vs 5 simples 16 0 ez
2019-07-03 00:07
#92
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Turkey Slapdash
Underdogs winning
2019-07-03 09:13
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