Vitality outlast fnatic, Heroic knock out BIG

Group B's lower bracket semi-finals have come to a close as Vitality eliminated fnatic in a closely-contested series (Mirage 19-16, Overpass 19-17), while Heroic knocked out BIG 2-0 (Inferno 16-13, Nuke 16-7).

The third day of play at ESL One Cologne began with the two lower bracket semi-final series in Group B, as Vitality faced fnatic and BIG went up against Heroic.

The former matchup began on Mirage, with the two teams exchanging the first eight rounds, as the Swedes won the pistol round while Vitality came out on top of the two of the first three gunrounds. The two sides went on to battle for economy with each side having to eco once over the next five rounds, but the Frenchmen ended up on top with the last five going their way, securing a 9-6 half as Terrorists.

fnatic succeeded in the second pistol round on the back of Jesper "JW" Wecksell's 1v1 clutch on A to close the gap and retake the lead, with Vitality struggling to defend until it was 14-11. Big plays from Cédric "RpK" Guipouy and Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut helped them survive and push the match to overtime, where Alex "ALEX" McMeekin's 1v2 and more individual heroics from the 18-year-old secured the map for the favorites.

ZywOo pulled Vitality out of trouble in the late stages of both maps

The close affair continued on Overpass, where Vitality found their first successful pistol round in the series, while fnatic looked like the stronger side when both sides had full weaponry. A great defensive streak gave the Swedes an 8-4 lead before Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt's squad secured two more rounds at the end of the half.

fnatic kept their advantage early on in the second half, rallying to a 13-9 lead on the back of a pistol round victory and JW's huge quad-kill, but once again they struggled to close out the map. Vitality held on, yet again reaching match point first before the second map went to overtime. There, the Swedes looked in the driving seat as they grabbed the first two rounds, but 1v4 heroics from ZywOo denied them match point and allowed the French side to finish off the series at 19-17, 2-0.

Matchpage
2
0
4th July 2019
19
Mirage
16
19
Overpass
17
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' HerbautZywOo 65 - 39 +26 89.9 1.41
France Nathan 'NBK-' SchmittNBK- 46 - 51 -5 80.2 1.07
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekinALEX 51 - 47 +4 69.2 1.01
France Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX 41 - 44 -3 72.5 1.00
France Cédric 'RpK' GuipouyRpK 40 - 45 -5 57.3 0.89
 fnatic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' JohanssonKRIMZ 50 - 48 +2 87.0 1.16
Sweden Ludvig 'Brollan' BrolinBrollan 55 - 45 +10 80.2 1.13
Sweden Jesper 'JW' WecksellJW 49 - 54 -5 71.5 0.97
Sweden Simon 'twist' Eliassontwist 40 - 48 -8 63.7 0.89
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' LandströmXizt 32 - 48 -16 53.2 0.73

On the other side of the bracket, BIG and Heroic went back and forth at the beginning of Inferno as Johannes "tabseN" Wodarz and Martin "stavn" Lund put up individual plays for their teams. The Danes pulled away on the CT side with five in a row, but Fatih "gob b" Dayik's side responded with four out of the last five to stay within one round from their opponents.

BIG won their second pistol of the match and reached double digits first, but their lead quickly disappeared when Benjamin "blameF" Bremer's quad-kill set off a streak for Heroic, whose successful offense saw them gain a 14-11 lead. An ace from tabseN kept the German squad in the game, but a mistake in the 29th round cost them a chance to push it to overtime as they couldn't find the bomb in time despite a successful retake.

es3tag and blameF led the way for Heroic

Nuke followed with Heroic mounting a solid offense. On the back of a second-round break, blameF's men clinched five rounds in a row and kept control despite BIG finding some success late in the half, switching over to the CTs with a 9-6 lead.

With Patrick "es3tag" Hansen clutching a 1v2 in the second pistol round, Heroic mounted a near-perfect defense, which only saw them lose a single round as they went on to eliminate BIG at 16-7, 2-0.

Germany
Matchpage
0
2
4th July 2019
13
Inferno
16
7
Nuke
16
 BIG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Germany Johannes 'tabseN' WodarztabseN 48 - 35 +13 104.6 1.43
Turkey Ismailcan 'XANTARES' DörtkardeşXANTARES 35 - 36 -1 62.8 0.94
Germany Denis 'denis' Howelldenis 28 - 41 -13 63.9 0.77
Germany Tizian 'tiziaN' FeldbuschtiziaN 27 - 41 -14 57.3 0.69
Germany Fatih 'gob b' Dayikgob b 20 - 35 -15 46.9 0.68
 Heroic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Benjamin 'blameF' BremerblameF 44 - 28 +16 83.8 1.33
Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansenes3tag 45 - 34 +11 85.9 1.30
Denmark Niels-Christian 'NaToSaphiX' SillassenNaToSaphiX 36 - 27 +9 66.7 1.13
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Fribergfriberg 33 - 35 -2 84.5 1.10
Denmark Martin 'stavn' Lundstavn 30 - 34 -4 69.5 0.99
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
Germany Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1237
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.15
Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
883
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Germany Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.85
Maps played:
975
KPR:
0.56
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Sweden Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1542
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
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
heroic looking decent, they can definitely improve with this lineup. as for big... tabsen deserves better than this.
2019-07-04 14:46
#20
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Denmark CRAM3R 
Spot on.
2019-07-04 14:49
but then losing against a deam trash team known as NiP annoys alot
2019-07-04 14:58
+1
2019-07-04 15:28
Cry more
2019-07-04 16:51
Tell me which team of Germany are Tabsen deserve better if BIG is best team @ Germany. Only way is international team, but there suddenly could be a big choke because there needs to a lot of time to make chemistry in a team. Hes fit good in BIG and they will became top 10-15 end of year for sure.
2019-07-04 17:00
Fnatic chokers haha
2019-07-04 14:46
#8
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Argentina Chief02 
Yes
2019-07-04 14:46
Big Waste spot
2019-07-04 14:47
#37
apEX | 
France Axpie 
Inviting big was still better than inviting mibr and Renegades
2019-07-04 15:00
Mibr & Renegades >BUG
2019-07-04 15:01
#53
apEX | 
France Axpie 
Mibr got eliminated by BUG LUL Never forget; they never won against BIG And got eliminated by them last year as well
2019-07-04 16:00
ZywOo outlast fnatic * pls fix
2019-07-04 14:47
#13
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Denmark CRAM3R 
Yes sir. Come on, Heroic.
2019-07-04 14:47
#14
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United Kingdom VOSSKI 
fnatic choked so hard
2019-07-04 14:47
ZywOotality
2019-07-04 14:48
#16
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Norway Ludvic 
What a throw by by fnatic...they could've won it 2-0
2019-07-04 14:48
#32
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Sweden wyv0 
Idk about that.
2019-07-04 14:58
#81
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Sweden flippig 
really hard to watch
2019-07-04 17:09
#17
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
zywoo outlast fnatic*
2019-07-04 14:48
#23
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Moldova OptimusBlyad 
Fnatic go home finally
2019-07-04 14:50
#27
TenZ | 
Portugal coremanhd 
Thanks Vitality and Heroic
2019-07-04 14:54
Thank ESL for allowing NiP and Heroic for ruining Cologne with oh so traditional BO1 upsets.
2019-07-04 14:57
#45
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Denmark MeToxi 
Not to say that bo1s is good in formats but isn't it easier to win a bo1 for a top team than it is to win the upset teams mappick in a bo3? In theory the upset team should be worse at the map in the bo1 than at their mappick in a bo3. Then the third map in a bo3 would in theory be the same as the map in the bo1. Therefor if an upset team in theory wins a bo1 then they would win the bo3, 2 - 1 or 2 - 0 as they definitely would win their own map-pick and they would win the third maps as that in theory is the same as the bo1 map. Though, it is theory and bo3 is always preferable.
2019-07-04 15:10
#48
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Singapore MrHelloThere 
I think Bo3 allows a team to be a little bit off in the first map then rekt the other team in the two other maps. Some teams are slow starters and "need" to throw a map to gain confidence again by bouncing back.
2019-07-04 15:25
The BO3 is there to iron out the random factors of CS. Nothing to do with map pools and such. BO1 results between Top30 teams are nearly random without clear correlation, BO3 results have much higher correlation with the recent time quality of the teams. This has been shown so many times, especially when BO1 swiss was in use.
2019-07-04 15:38
#58
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Denmark MeToxi 
And you didn't read any of what I wrote, did ya? You certainly didn't understand it. Firstly, the map in a bo1 should theoretically be the same as the third map if it was a bo3. So if a team wins that bo1, then it means that they'd have won the third map in a bo3. That leaves a map-pick for each team. The upset team should certainly win their own map if they win the decider which equals 2 map wins in that bo3. Therefor the "its a bo1, thats why we lost" excuse doesn't count. If the favorite didn't win that bo1 then its on them not being mentally sound or something. You can say all you want that its random but a bo3 is just two or three bo1s against the same team. It gives the favorite a bit more breathing room and a chance to warm up which is why they're preferred but they certainly should still win the bo1. It isn't like anyone is throwing a die to see who should win the map. The team who performs the best will win the map.
2019-07-04 16:22
Three BO1s are not the same as BO3. See: hltv.org/news/27260/vitality-outlast-fna..
2019-07-04 17:24
#92
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Denmark MeToxi 
And yet you completely ignore vetos in that explanation. The percantages is different for each map and for balanced teams the third maps shouls be around 50% chance for each team to win it. The third map should have a lower win chance for upset teams that their own map-pick. Therefor if the upset teams can win the third map which is the middle map then they certainly should be able to win their own map. The third map being the same map that it would be in a bo1, Not quite how it works in practice but to say that bo1s is random, is completely wrong. Upsets happen because favorites underperform. And as I already said, I want more bo3s as well but I hate when people blame the format when its the teams that fail. It is the teams that underperform even when its bo1s.
2019-07-04 17:37
Nonsense. BO1 are way more random than BO3. That is the fact and it is annoying that people still keep defending BO1, despite the maths and the statistics. BO1s could be replaced with a dice roll.
2019-07-04 17:48
#98
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Denmark MeToxi 
So far your argument has entirely been based on incomplete math. You disregarded everything I said with a blink because it didn't fit with you incomplete and misguiding math.
2019-07-04 18:10
Random factor simply means that a team is not consistent, can't perform their best versus theoretically weaker opponents In other words, not strong enough. Didn't see Astralis having any problem with the same format last year. Even by applying your fangay theory, they lose their first match due to "random factor ", they should not have any problem with the rest of the tournament if they are good, since they are all BO3 at least. Clearly Liquid didn't have any at EPL but ENCE does. That also proves that ENCE is not good enough.
2019-07-04 16:46
OK. Lets say a top30 team has 25% chance to win a map against top10 team. Play one map, and the chances are 1/4 or 25% Play 2-3 maps, and the chances to win 2 are 1/4 * 1/4 = 1/8 or 12.5% How hard is that to understand? It is simple maths that BO3 will reduce the chances of upsets significantly. See, if these teams play 4 BO1s in row, the top30 team will by average win 1 of them. If they play 4 BO3s in row, the top30 team most likely will not win any of them. S1mple.
2019-07-04 17:23
LUL, CS is no math, fanboy, things aren't straight and easy like that. BO3 grants nothing but a bit more room to adjust for both teams.
2019-07-05 00:23
Mad Finnish fangay spotted
2019-07-04 16:32
I have been saying this from 2015 or so here, so OK.
2019-07-04 17:27
#30
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Brazil trevz 
zywoo +4
2019-07-04 14:58
#36
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Europe Skraj 
"Vitality are not dependent on Zywoo"
2019-07-04 15:00
Nobody ever said that but ok
2019-07-04 16:26
+1
2019-07-04 16:27
#64
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Europe Skraj 
Then you haven't read the comments of a post-match thread on reddit
2019-07-04 16:42
I mean if you go on reddit you are asking to see dumb comments
2019-07-04 16:43
#69
Magisk | 
Argentina romann7 
+1
2019-07-04 16:51
#79
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Europe Skraj 
Implying hltv is any different
2019-07-04 17:08
#38
juliano | 
Germany hatrez 
Xantares was very disappointing
2019-07-04 15:00
#40
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India Noobdian1 
Wp Fnatic
2019-07-04 15:05
#41
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Pakistan LoOuU2 
#FREETABSEN #TABSENDESERVESBETTER
2019-07-04 15:07
#42
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Europe tweekzter 
BIG is a professional CS org. I am a noob. But is it really something I don't understand, or why don't they just get a solid AWP? They are in a slump just about the time smooya left. And no, tabseN is too important on the rifle or eventual secondary AWP.
2019-07-04 15:08
#44
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Sweden Niipr0 
NIP vs Na´vi GRAND FINAL
2019-07-04 15:09
blamef god
2019-07-04 15:11
tabsen to sprout and they are besterest team
2019-07-04 15:29
Let him join FaZe when they remaster the team
2019-07-04 16:33
Free Tabsen
2019-07-04 15:34
zywoo ez 1v9
2019-07-04 16:00
fak
2019-07-04 16:10
#57
JaCkz | 
Europe cArn5 
Free tabseN
2019-07-04 16:12
#FreetabseN
2019-07-04 16:33
Kick noobtares and get smooya. I'm better than amktares.
2019-07-04 17:02
#74
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France QeeQz 
Ez4Zywoo
2019-07-04 17:05
#76
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Brazil ragemasterBR 
Mannnnn vitality is a monster at this moment. This year Liquid Era, next year Vitality era easy
2019-07-04 17:07
#78
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Sweden flippig 
what a fking throw
2019-07-04 17:08
#80
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Brazil ragemasterBR 
This year best player 1 Elige 2 Zywoo, easyyy,
2019-07-04 17:09
at least m4 is back.
2019-07-04 17:27
#91
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Brazil ragemasterBR 
What a ridiculous match by BIG, eliminate MIBR to play this shit, stupid hauptbanhoff brats
2019-07-04 17:31
Shows how fuckin' awful MiBR is.
2019-07-04 17:47
#99
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Brazil ragemasterBR 
Totally agree with u, SAD but true
2019-07-04 18:15
when will people see how fucking useless Xizt and his leadership is? I can't believe he's still in the top scene.
2019-07-04 18:32
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