Vitality beat Sprout in two maps to earn ESL Pro League spot
Vitality won the pistol round on the attacking side in their map pick, Overpass, and won against the forcebuy thanks to a 1vs1 clutch by Alex "ALEX" McMeekin before going up 3-0. With guns in play, Sprout didn’t back down, however, climbing back to a 3-3 tie. After winning against an eco, Sprout kept their defenses up and took the lead against another full buy by Vitality thanks to an ace by Nils "k1to" Gruhne. The German side then took complete control of the map as Vitality were unable to get on the board until the last two rounds, with Sprout taking a 10-5 lead at the half.
Sprout were able to shut Cédric "RpK" Guipouy down as he had three kills in a 1vs4 to stay in the lead. After winning the second round they were up against rifles and limited utility, but a four-kill round by Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut stopped a B push by the Germans to keep Vitality in it. THe French side then won against an eco, but Sprout made it to 13. Vitality made it to 11, but a 2vs5 by Florian "syrsoN" Rische and Sabit "mirbit" Coktasar inched Sprout closer to closing the map out.
The French team were able to mount a comeback, making it to 15-14 going into the last round as ZywOo clutched a 1vs1 with an AWP flick. It was then k1to who clutched a 1vs2 afterplant on A to take it to overtime.
Vitality took control on the defense in overtime, with ALEX picking up two multi-kill rounds in the first two rounds as ZywOo closed the half out cleanly for his team with a triple on the last round. A triple by Dan "apEX" Madesclaire and a double by RpK on the first round on the attacking side closed the map out, 19-15.
Sprout started off how on Mirage, taking the lead and the following round, but Vitality were able to take the first gun round as apEX closed it out with a triple. The French side then tied it up, but a failed aggressive play on Mid left them in an early 3vs5 deficit that Sprout were able to take advantage of it and maintain the lead. Vitality didn’t look good on the defense, as their setup-ups were failing as Sprout took a 9-3 lead, although the French team were able to win the last three rounds of the half to stay in the game.
Vitality turned it around on the attack, however, winning the pistol round and then going on a five round streak to take the lead, and it wasn’t until the eleventh round that Sprout were able to get on the board. Three kills by ZywOo denied Sprout the tie, as the French team took a 12-10 lead. Finally, it was the French team who threw their weight around, closing the map and match out, 16-11.
|Vitality||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Mathieu 'ZywOo' HerbautZywOo||53 - 36||+17||90.7||1.36|
|Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX||45 - 36||+9||80.2||1.16|
|Alex 'ALEX' McMeekinALEX||44 - 37||+7||66.9||1.08|
|Nathan 'NBK-' SchmittNBK-||39 - 46||-7||79.1||0.96|
|Cédric 'RpK' GuipouyRpK||38 - 37||+1||67.1||0.95|