Vitality and Heroic score wins in first ESL Pro League Europe Group B matches

Vitality opened up their ESL Pro League Season 10 Europe run with a victory over Sprout in three maps, while Heroic beat NiP on Vertigo and Nuke to tally their first win.

Vitality and Sprout kicked their match off on Nuke, Sprout’s map pick. Despite losing the pistol round on the attacking side, the German team were able to pick up a 3-1 lead after winning the forcebuy and Josef "faveN" Baumann then winning a 1vs2 afterplant situation on the B site against Vitality’s forcebuy. Both teams then linked several rounds in a row with the French team taking a slight 8-7 lead at the half. Just as in the first half, Vitality won the pistol, but then lost three rounds in a row, going down 9-10. Tying it back up on the following round, Dan "apEX" Madesclaire and company were able to take control of the attacking side and went on to close the map out 16-12.

ZywOo was key for Vitality on Inferno

Florian "syrsoN" Rische got three quick USP-S headshots on a B retake to give Sprout the lead on Dust2, which the German squad were able to follow up winning a clean 4vs5 retake. Vitality then won a round of their own without losing a player, going on to take the following anti-eco and two more rounds for a 4-2 lead. Vitality started to run away 7-3, but an ace by Timo "Spiidi" Richter got Sprout back in it as both sides played a close half with the French team once again taking a one-round lead. The German side once again took an early lead in the second half, 12-8, but this time didn’t let up, going on to close it out to push the series to the decider, 16-12.

Sprout kicked Inferno off with a three-round streak on the CT side, but Vitality were quick to bring it to a draw. That would pretty much be it for the German team, however, as the Frenchmen rolled over Sprout’s defense round in and round out, giving up just one more before the half, making it 11-4. After winning the pistol round and with Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut leading the way, Vitality were quick to hit match point, and despite a small comeback attempt by Sprout, were able to close map and series out, 16-9.

Matchpage
2
1
11th October 2019
16
Nuke
12
12
Dust2
16
16
Inferno
9
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' HerbautZywOo 55 - 45 +10 71.1 1.17
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekinALEX 51 - 49 +2 72.4 1.10
France Cédric 'RpK' GuipouyRpK 49 - 50 -1 63.8 1.02
France Richard 'shox' Papillonshox 48 - 51 -3 63.3 1.00
France Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX 50 - 57 -7 71.8 0.97
 Sprout K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Germany Florian 'syrsoN' RischesyrsoN 57 - 46 +11 71.0 1.17
Germany Nils 'k1to' Gruhnek1to 52 - 50 +2 73.5 1.01
Germany Timo 'Spiidi' RichterSpiidi 48 - 54 -6 78.6 0.99
Germany Josef 'faveN' BaumannfaveN 43 - 48 -5 60.5 0.93
Germany Denis 'denis' Howelldenis 51 - 56 -5 61.5 0.89

The first map on the ticket in the match between Heroic and NiP was Vertigo, the Danish team’s map pick, and it was Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer and company who jumped ahead out of the gate, winning 11 rounds in a row before NiP could even get a single tally on the scoreboard. The Swedes were able to get the last four of the half, but it didn’t take Heroic long to seal the deal in the second half taking the pistol and the follow-up. Up 13-4 they lost three, but closed it out 16-7 to take the 1-0 lead going into Nuke.

Heroic stopped a NiP comeback on Nuke to win the series

Heroic once again took early control on Nuke, winning the CT-side pistol round and the two following rounds for a 3-0 lead. Guns didn’t help NiP, who collapsed on the B site in the fourth round to a solid defense. Just like on Vertigo, Heroic were the only team on the server as they locked down ten rounds before giving one up. The Danes then closed the half out 13-2. NiP were able to take the first few rounds of the second half, and then made a run to try and make a comeback, but were eventually stopped by the Danes, who closed out the map and series, 16-12.

Sweden
Matchpage
0
2
11th October 2019
7
Vertigo
16
12
Nuke
16
 NiP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' OlofssonLekr0 35 - 42 -7 77.0 0.96
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest 36 - 43 -7 81.2 0.93
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' SternerREZ 34 - 41 -7 75.5 0.90
Sweden Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez ZamoraPlopski 28 - 38 -10 58.6 0.74
Sweden Simon 'twist' Eliassontwist 24 - 44 -20 58.6 0.63
 Heroic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' MøllercadiaN 45 - 27 +18 85.5 1.45
Denmark Martin 'stavn' Lundstavn 44 - 29 +15 92.5 1.29
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' PfeifferSnappi 42 - 32 +10 90.0 1.26
Denmark Johannes 'b0RUP' Borupb0RUP 37 - 34 +3 74.2 1.22
Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansenes3tag 39 - 35 +4 83.2 1.20
Germany Florian 'syrsoN' Rische
Florian 'syrsoN' Rische
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1056
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.10
Germany Josef 'faveN' Baumann
Josef 'faveN' Baumann
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
602
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.30
Maps played:
527
KPR:
0.88
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1091
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1514
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
Germany Timo 'Spiidi' Richter
Timo 'Spiidi' Richter
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1282
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
gg
2019-10-12 00:39
#2
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Sweden Unluko 
n1
2019-10-12 00:39
Rip nip
2019-10-12 00:40
#16
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
let's go sprout
2019-10-12 00:45
Bot twist
2019-10-12 02:19
nip is absolute trash
2019-10-12 00:39
+1 sadly
2019-10-12 05:00
That veto was so stupid, how can you even let vertigo in while banning mirage? The nuke pick was braindead as well...
2019-10-12 09:11
#5
Twistzz | 
Canada ASH1 
Gg
2019-10-12 00:40
expected
2019-10-12 00:40
finally frist
2019-10-12 00:40
#8
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Sweden RoyceSW 
RiP NiP
2019-10-12 00:41
#9
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Poland Lukovsky 
will nip ever get a dedicated igl? will they ever learn?
2019-10-12 00:41
#24
Poland Este 
The funniest thing is that some teams are following that route and still cannot see shit coming - e.g. FaZe
2019-10-12 01:26
The biggest FaZe’s mistake was benching Karrigan, when he clearly was not the problem. Now I really doubt FaZe will ever be a top3 team again with the current core roster. The only solution might be a decent IGL comes in to the team. MSL is available, but you have to consider whether or not the chemistry would flow into the roster...
2019-10-12 04:33
I doubt msl can make both cold and niko do what needs to be done i am sure olof, broky and rain would probably listen to the reasonably accomplished igl
2019-10-12 05:16
#49
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Germany killmichi 
+1
2019-10-12 09:36
#50
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Germany killmichi 
+1
2019-10-12 09:36
#58
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Poland Lukovsky 
I want to agree with you but it would be too simple. Although after karrigans departure Faze has been abysmal I still think the change was needed. They lost faith in his calling and you can't really have a successful superteam when the players don't trust their igl. Imo Faze's biggest mistake was not kicking karrigan but not getting a proper igl in his place and letting their superstar player do the calling.
2019-10-12 18:24
Who should they choose?
2019-10-12 08:21
#10
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Romania Obuz8 
GOD CADIAN IA BACK <3
2019-10-12 00:41
cadiaN rekt NiP lul its really disaster
2019-10-12 00:41
pita out Worst coach on the scene btw god cadian
2019-10-12 00:41
#13
SPUNJ | 
Brazil FalKsCS 
stavn is so fucking good
2019-10-12 00:42
#14
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Ireland ESPORTSLOADED 
yeeet
2019-10-12 00:42
#15
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Philippines etalynx08 
NIP so good at wasting the potential of young players!
2019-10-12 00:45
#17
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong wqnxy1 
I called it - twist is actually a downgrade, but HLTV 12iq experts knows better for sure.
2019-10-12 00:46
#19
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Germany grabke 
+1
2019-10-12 00:52
Nah good move and still have individual skill, just no strats and igl.
2019-10-12 01:21
#62
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong wqnxy1 
They just switched 1 inconsistant player for another. However they had chemistry build with GTR already and he was by far more expirience that twist. That's a clear downgrade for me :|
2019-10-12 21:20
#20
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Spain elskio 
Nip quit this game now
2019-10-12 00:53
#23
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Netherlands Son_of_chrisj 
Sprout played pretty good
2019-10-12 01:23
nip sucked
2019-10-12 01:26
#26
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Denmark Kon10R 
Rest in Pyjamas!
2019-10-12 01:31
#27
ZywOo | 
India atiz 
NiP Fix - -pita +hazed -twist +nawwk or mertz -Lekro +MSL -Plopski +K0nfig
2019-10-12 01:33
Hazed??? Are u daft?
2019-10-12 04:24
#28
KRIMZ | 
Denmark slacking 
lol optic disbands and nip continues have some dignity and end that misery rofl
2019-10-12 01:33
people will realise how important gtr was in NiP soon or later.
2019-10-12 01:36
#30
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France OtelloO 
Get right was also bringing more respect to the team. Even if NiP had bad results for years people were still respecting gtr and forest for all their past achievements and everything they brought to the game. Without Gtr the general opinion will just trash NiP and say things like free forest etc ...
2019-10-12 02:00
#33
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Poland Lukovsky 
seems like you lived in a cave for the last year and haven't seen all the hate towards gtr
2019-10-12 02:52
agree. thanks my poland friend
2019-10-12 14:19
#57
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Poland Lukovsky 
weird because I didn't agree with you
2019-10-12 18:17
missread sorry
2019-10-12 18:43
#34
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Denmark MinorThread 
Cadian > Sweden Very, very toxic... It’s true though. I really, really like the word “though” though
2019-10-12 03:50
#40
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Brazil H3xxx 
10 wins in a row for Heroic
2019-10-12 05:35
Well , NiP is still shit. Please Godsent buy Lekr0 , Plopski and Rez
2019-10-12 07:33
#42
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African Union mikecool 
Nip lul
2019-10-12 07:43
#43
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India Narendra_modi 
I'm back
2019-10-12 07:58
NIP desperate
2019-10-12 08:25
Typical Apex, last on scoreboard but almost 1st on ADR
2019-10-12 08:38
#47
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Denmark Duke1996 
Good job Cadian!
2019-10-12 08:53
#51
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Bulgaria Abssent 
#free rez
2019-10-12 10:28
#54
shox | 
India iejesus 
Most inconsistent player ever lol.
2019-10-12 12:50
#52
oskar | 
Czech Republic PaYaB 
NiP back to relegation soon..
2019-10-12 10:30
#53
shox | 
India iejesus 
Lmao
2019-10-12 12:50
#55
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Brazil LUIXTR0NDA 
Gtr was the problem
2019-10-12 14:07
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