Vitality eliminate Heroic to seal final playoff spot in Cologne

Vitality clinched the final playoffs spot at ESL One Cologne after defeating Heroic in two closely-contested maps.

Vitality opened up the series on Overpass, where the Frenchmen got off to a 2-0 start. Heroic posted their first round in the third, securing the ensuing rounds to take a 5-2 lead on the Terrorist side. After trading the following three rounds, a quad-kill from Cédric "RpK" Guipouy in the 11th round swung the half into Vitality’s favour as they went on to lock down seven of the next eight rounds for a 9-6 scoreline at the halfway mark.

The second pistol saw a double nade stack on the bomb planter open the doors for a convincing retake from Heroic, who proceeded to secure an additional four rounds to reclaim the lead. Vitality answered back, however, with five consecutive rounds of their own, ascending to a 14-10 position. Heroic were able to keep the scoreline competitive with impactful AWP kills from the hands of Patrick "es3tag" Hansen, but a Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut 1v2 halted the Danish comeback as Vitality went on to close out the map 16-13.

Vitality move on to the quarter-finals

The second map, Inferno, began with Vitality picking up the pistol on the T side, but back-and-forth force buys saw the two sides trade blows for three rounds before Heroic were able to come out on top, eventually cruising to an 8-3 lead. A 1v3 post-plant clutch from Dan "apEX" Madesclaire put Vitality back on track, though, as the Frenchmen were able to narrow the scoreline to a 9-6 deficit at halftime.

Despite their initial success in the first half, Heroic could not find their footing on the Terrorist side. Vitality dominated the Danes on the defence in the early rounds of the second half, hitting 11-9 swiftly; however, a double-kill from Niels-Christian "NaToSaphiX" Sillassen with the CZ-75 in a post-plant situation put Heroic’s first T side round on the board. The Frenchmen struck back immediately to hit series point, but Heroic would not bow out easily, clawing their way to 14 rounds. apEX and ZywOo refused to allow the match go to overtime, locking down the B bombsite in the final round to win the map 16-14, and the series 2-0.

Matchpage
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4th July 2019
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Overpass
16
14
Inferno
16
 Heroic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Martin 'stavn' Lundstavn 51 - 46 +5 93.1 1.18
Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansenes3tag 47 - 40 +7 82.1 1.18
Denmark Benjamin 'blameF' BremerblameF 42 - 37 +5 78.0 1.18
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Fribergfriberg 32 - 39 -7 67.1 0.85
Denmark Niels-Christian 'NaToSaphiX' SillassenNaToSaphiX 25 - 41 -16 49.6 0.74
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' HerbautZywOo 52 - 36 +16 87.8 1.32
France Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX 46 - 40 +6 75.2 1.13
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekinALEX 40 - 42 -2 78.5 1.07
France Cédric 'RpK' GuipouyRpK 33 - 35 -2 62.8 0.98
France Nathan 'NBK-' SchmittNBK- 32 - 45 -13 66.3 0.86
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
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
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
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1469
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
Denmark Niels-Christian 'NaToSaphiX' Sillassen
Niels-Christian 'NaToSaphiX' Sillassen
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
589
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.10
EZ for the REAL best team in the WORLD!!! Vitality the winner of cologne!!! #VforVictory #RunVitality
2019-07-04 21:25
MOST OVERRATED TEAM EVER. PURE LUCK #LUCKTALITY
2019-07-04 21:26
#21
ZywOo | 
Europe PowwneD 
flag checks out
2019-07-04 21:27
LUCKTALITY
2019-07-04 21:28
#44
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China VanNistelrooy 
I love Megan
2019-07-04 21:42
Flair
2019-07-04 21:28
#36
ZywOo | 
Europe PowwneD 
#5
2019-07-04 21:29
#25
NBK- | 
France Azowel 
Flag checks out
2019-07-04 21:27
Mad cuz overrated
2019-07-04 21:28
edited from "ok"
2019-07-04 21:30
#38
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Indonesia tsokai 
year checks out
2019-07-04 21:30
Mad cuz old😎😎😎
2019-07-04 21:31
so much hate omegalul it's just cs it's fine mustafa
2019-07-04 21:31
Frenchs all mad wtf
2019-07-04 21:36
Pls no. Mr. Swedistani
2019-07-05 05:58
cya in 5
2019-07-04 21:26
#19
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Sweden Unluko 
really sad :/
2019-07-04 21:26
#26
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Portugal FalloutCrow 
Ahahaha OK I've seen you with 4 different favourite teams... Bandwagon are comfortable for you hey?
2019-07-04 21:28
#56
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North America onionmesh 
Says the guy who thinks Daddy zywoo is using something fishy
2019-07-04 22:20
#2
Twistzz | 
Estonia dev2ce 
gg ez4vitality
2019-07-04 21:25
Big L
2019-07-04 21:25
#9
Twistzz | 
Estonia dev2ce 
check the date
2019-07-04 21:25
take the L and try again next time
2019-07-04 21:26
#17
Twistzz | 
Estonia dev2ce 
imagine getting baited by a month old thread
2019-07-04 21:26
damn you took 2 Ls in just one day sucks
2019-07-04 21:28
#54
Twistzz | 
Estonia dev2ce 
imagine getting baited by a month old thread LMFAO
2019-07-04 22:19
still mad? LUL
2019-07-04 22:26
#59
Twistzz | 
Estonia dev2ce 
You are just mad cuz u got baited LOL
2019-07-04 22:28
imagine getting baited by a month old thread LMFAO and taking the L 2x in a row LMFAO
2019-07-04 22:29
Pretty sad for young stavn, but also BLAMED, NaTo and the rest of the squad. Happy for Vitality tho. But gonna cheer for NRG tomorrow! #NRGFAM #GOCERQ :)
2019-07-04 21:27
edited from "M"
2019-07-04 21:25
Yep.
2019-07-04 21:27
I mean, everyone does that?! :D
2019-07-04 21:27
Heroic nt, you had a great tournament. BlameF is a very talented IGL
2019-07-04 21:25
True, also I like your name bro :D
2019-07-04 21:28
xDDDDDD
2019-07-04 21:29
no shame in going out to zywoo.
2019-07-04 21:25
#6
Israel t1ao 
EZyWoo
2019-07-04 21:25
lmao get bodied
2019-07-04 21:25
Heroic is nice : ) if mertz wasn't a retard it would be perfect to take him in instead of Nato, and let es3tag go back to the riffle. In that way they would keep the high level at the AWP and get a serious replacement on the riffle... Nato is a good guy, but tbh. - he is the reason why they didn't win this match : )
2019-07-04 21:26
They should bring cajun, experienced very consistent hybrid. Was the most consistent/best player in OpTic and second best player behind auti in c9. Also a very underrated awper and very intelligent player.
2019-07-04 22:14
#11
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France FanchD 
nt Stavn
2019-07-04 21:25
nice
2019-07-04 21:26
zywo top 1 2019 mark my words
2019-07-04 21:26
I've been calling him in the top 5 on his first pro complete season, for a year now .. And yes he can and will give s1mple a run for his title.
2019-07-04 22:12
yep
2019-07-04 22:21
ZywOo eliminate Heroic to seal final playoff spot in Cologne *
2019-07-04 21:27
Stvn had 51 kills and ZywOo 52. This was a team victory
2019-07-04 21:28
almost every important clutch / round was won by ZywOo
2019-07-04 21:29
ZywOo tournament rating this far 1.32 Second best Vita player 1.01 NUFF SAID
2019-07-04 22:11
GGWP Heroic
2019-07-04 21:27
Zywoo so good Nato so bad
2019-07-04 21:29
What rank do you guys think Na’Vi should legitimately be at? I would say #6 or so but I’m probably biased. still kinda triggered about the knife ngl
2019-07-04 21:37
Fantastic showing by blameF, Stavn and es3tag this week. What a core to build on. GG WP! Breaks my heart if NaTo doesn’t work out. ;,( He seems to be a great guy and his shaky week might in part be due to factors out of his control - new positions, rifling etc. But fact remains that cajunb must be looking real jucy for Heroic right about now..
2019-07-04 21:40
Yeah, I don't know what will happen with him but he doesn't look good at all at the moment.
2019-07-04 22:11
nice
2019-07-04 21:49
I hope vitality wins cologne and proves they are true number 1 now
2019-07-04 21:50
Vitality lucky af, I won't be surprised if they loose next match and go out in quarters.
2019-07-04 21:53
Wow it wouldnt surprise you at all?
2019-07-04 22:19
And people dare to say ZywOo isn't hardcarrying Vitality... ZywOo 1.32 rating over 8 maps. Second best players are ALEX and NBK @ 1.01 RpK and apEX = negative ratings... LUL
2019-07-04 22:10
LULMAO
2019-07-04 23:41
#1 s1mple #2 zywoo
2019-07-04 22:16
So far, I'd say, it's the other way round. Zywoo is unbelievably good. I am not saying that s1mple is worse or that he is not the best CS:GO-player of all time but in 2019 I am more impressed with Zywoo so far.
2019-07-04 23:04
That's because he came out of nowhere and is rekking, let's calm down there, s1mple is much more proven than zywoo and even if he wasn't s1mple has been a bit better in 2019 anyway But zywoo #2
2019-07-04 23:19
True. Probably, the fact that Zywoo literally comes out of nowhere affects the impression, I'll give you that. I'd go with him as #1 though, be it because I am French and I am probably a little biased but I think he has impressed more this year up to this point.
2019-07-04 23:41
He has also played less against tier1 competition.
2019-07-04 23:50
But so far it didn't matter, who he has been playing against, he was always impressive, while s1mple had his ups and downs. Not many downs but they were there, though. Also, Zywoo is more versatile when it comes to weapon utility.
2019-07-05 00:15
Nah, s1mple has been better and against t1 always
2019-07-05 00:34
#71
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Latvia latvianguy 
Zywoo wouldn't throw that Dust2 game like s1mple did so Zywoo #1 ez
2019-07-05 08:42
It's hard to find a map when Zywoo isnt top fragging .. he's the real god right now.
2019-07-04 23:00
come on nato :(
2019-07-04 23:31
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