ALEX powers Vitality to victory over Heroic at EPICENTER

Vitality defeated Heroic 2-0 in the semi-final of EPICENTER 2019 (16-12 Vertigo, 16-12 Inferno), with Alex "⁠ALEX⁠" McMeekin being the standout player in the series.

Coming into the semi-finals directly, Vitality had a two-day break in Moscow before their match, while Heroic had to overcome forZe yesterday to reach this point. The Danes tried to steal away the first map by picking Vertigo, but the French side showed up with a strong CT side which gave them the victory on their opponents pick. Then, Inferno followed, where despite poor performances from Richard "⁠shox⁠" Papillon and Cédric "⁠RpK⁠" Guipouy, Vitality was in control from start to finish and closed it out thanks to a beautiful Deagle highlight from ALEX. Vitality will play the grand final later today, against the winner of the mousesports - Evil Geniuses series.

On Vertigo, shox and ALEX combined in the second-round force buy to get Vitality the early lead on the CT side, cruising to 5-1. Heroic then grabbed their second, focusing on B and trading out in their approaches (5-4), but the French side figured out to stop their B execute and starting locking them out again. ALEX's flank in round 13 netted him a double and secured a strong finish to the half for Vitality, 10-5.

Heroic managed to retake A on the pistol, but just like in the first half, the force-buy worked out for the Frenchmen. However, they ended up getting a taste of their own medicine, as the Danes went all in and stole back the next round. With Casper "⁠cadiaN⁠" Møller stepping up after a slow first half, Heroic brought the score back to a one-round difference, but then shox's Deagle gave Vitality the round. A follow-up win saw Heroic's money broken, and despite Patrick "⁠es3tag⁠" Hansen's best attempts, Vitality closed out the map 16-12.

Leading by example, ALEX spurred on his team to a win over Heroic

Inferno followed, where Heroic picked up their third pistol of the series, this time avoiding the second-round upset to go 4-0 up. A fast triple from ALEX gave Vitality their first, and they went on a streak to equalize the scoreline shortly (4-4). Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut's 1v3 on the A bombsite was the first highlight moment of the young star in the series, who together with ALEX powered Vitality to a 7-5 lead. Heroic, who were emphasizing a double-AWP setup, still managed to finish the half ahead, 8-7.

ZywOo's triple in the 3v3 gave Vitality their first pistol win of the series, which they took advantage of to go 12-10 up. Heroic managed sporadic rounds, keeping Vitality's money low, and finally broke them with an A execute (13-12). However, instead of equalizing the scoreline, Heroic was stopped by ALEX's hero quad kill with the Deagle, pushing Vitality over the finish line, 16-12.

Matchpage
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22nd December 2019
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Vertigo
12
16
Inferno
12
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekinALEX 58 - 36 +22 108.3 1.54
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' HerbautZywOo 42 - 29 +13 85.5 1.28
France Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX 38 - 37 +1 75.4 1.13
France Cédric 'RpK' GuipouyRpK 31 - 38 -7 61.1 0.85
France Richard 'shox' Papillonshox 26 - 37 -11 53.5 0.78
 Heroic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansenes3tag 47 - 39 +8 84.8 1.19
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' MøllercadiaN 37 - 35 +2 68.7 1.05
Denmark Martin 'stavn' Lundstavn 29 - 39 -10 65.6 0.91
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' PfeifferSnappi 31 - 40 -9 65.6 0.87
Denmark Johannes 'b0RUP' Borupb0RUP 32 - 42 -10 70.2 0.86
France Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1463
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1120
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.28
Maps played:
763
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
979
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.13
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1785
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1239
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Danish cs xaxaxaxaxa
2019-12-22 12:25
9 replies
You still have Astralis though
2019-12-22 12:29
see you in hell jermani))) germany cs
2019-12-22 12:32
german cs LUL
2019-12-22 12:33
DANISH CS OMEGALUL REMEMBER THIS IS TIER 1 DANISH CS OMEGALUL
2019-12-22 12:35
1 reply
#53
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Netherlands PasscaLl
0/8
2019-12-22 13:25
UK CS > German cs Xaxaxaxaxaxaxa
2019-12-22 12:45
what?
2019-12-22 13:12
BIG lost to Spirit , Sprout lost to M.R. , lul. Germans on LAN , lul. Online gods , lan bots. Wonder why? Lul
2019-12-22 13:45
1 reply
First time a UK player has done well on LAN ever, no reason to get excited mate.
2019-12-22 14:00
Nice
2019-12-22 12:25
#3
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Spain Granjero
easy for vitality
2019-12-22 12:25
ZywOo -> ViebOo
2019-12-22 12:25
#5
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Argentina Chief02
nice bois
2019-12-22 12:25
zywooality
2019-12-22 12:26
Ez for UK CS
2019-12-22 12:26
Pog UK CS
2019-12-22 12:27
#10
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Romania Zer0_hltv
Shox wtf
2019-12-22 12:28
1 reply
#70
shox | 
Serbia nzzm22
most braindead player currently.
2019-12-22 15:57
insane shots from ALEX on inferno
2019-12-22 12:28
Best game in ALEX's career Shox still bad
2019-12-22 12:29
7 replies
#64
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Germany Ezavg
OK!
2019-12-22 14:32
6 replies
Again u, enjoy ban
2019-12-22 19:18
5 replies
#75
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Germany Ezavg
OK! PS:Had no Ban lul
2019-12-22 19:18
4 replies
U will get, for spamming your OK! on every reply, u probably want some attention or just braindead kid
2019-12-22 19:22
3 replies
#77
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Germany Ezavg
nice toxic OK!
2019-12-22 19:24
2 replies
So isnt true? Why u spam this? Reply needs some content u know?
2019-12-22 19:25
1 reply
#79
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Germany Ezavg
dont know i like u tbh brother
2019-12-22 19:25
GOD ALEX
2019-12-22 12:28
ALEX and ZYWOO 2v9
2019-12-22 12:30
7 replies
Hahahaha Brazilian Maths
2019-12-22 12:41
6 replies
+1
2019-12-22 12:47
+1
2019-12-22 12:57
lmao
2019-12-22 13:08
+1 xaxa
2019-12-22 13:12
+1
2019-12-22 14:50
#81
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Indonesia Exodd
+1 favela math
2019-12-23 04:03
#17
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World Beard43
Expected, now for the Grand Final; Mouz vs EG!
2019-12-22 12:30
Godalex
2019-12-22 12:31
ALEX top frag POG
2019-12-22 12:31
GG vitality... still feel like Heroic should’ve win the first map.... they lost too much to force buys etc. But at least they made it to the semifinals☺️
2019-12-22 12:32
2 replies
They definitely could have won both maps It came down to individual plays and a bit of luck for Vita
2019-12-22 12:44
1 reply
I agree. I guess Vitality is just a bit better than heroic, on the indivudual level.
2019-12-22 13:21
ZyWoo flashed for ALEX
2019-12-22 12:34
🌝6177181
2019-12-22 12:37
Alex and 4 bots, as usual
2019-12-22 12:37
1 reply
#35
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United Kingdom alcazar4
+1 proving once again uk cs >>>> french cs
2019-12-22 12:44
This deagle was POOOG
2019-12-22 12:40
#31
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Pakistan LoOuU2
nt Heroic
2019-12-22 12:43
#32
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Japan pawbeast
What happened to shox? he played so bad this series,he is not igl anymore,i remember he was a shoxiejesus
2019-12-22 12:43
UK CS top 1
2019-12-22 12:44
1 reply
#36
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United Kingdom alcazar4
+1
2019-12-22 12:44
#40
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France cedd
good shit alex !
2019-12-22 12:52
Omg zywho isnt topfragger wtf
2019-12-22 12:57
Guess that The other “bots” on Vitality are not as “bad” as The “Zy-who” fanbois would want us to believe, LOL Well played by Vitality against a Tier 2 Team though ...
2019-12-22 12:59
1 reply
You mean shox, for example?
2019-12-22 13:17
ZywOo HLTV #1? OR ALEX HLTV #1? XD
2019-12-22 13:08
Shox playing much worse than RpK (30 y.o. man). The match could be an easy walk for Vitality, if he played normally. And Inferno from him is generally a new level of ruin. The team has to play 4 vs 5, because they have a bot instead of a player with 0.56 rating and 47.3 ADR. I don't understand why Vitality's management still holds him on the roster.
2019-12-22 13:10
1 reply
Shox is washed as fuck. He can't even throw flashes for Zywoo so he's a downgrade from NBK.
2019-12-22 13:25
#51
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France Uexo
The English God
2019-12-22 13:22
LET'S GOOOOOO UKCS BESTCS
2019-12-22 13:23
Alex he is the British player but the Vitality he is the French stars
2019-12-22 14:14
Eazy for Alex "Alex"
2019-12-22 14:14
SH OMEGALUL X
2019-12-22 14:17
1 reply
+1
2019-12-22 14:30
SH OMEGALUL X EZ FREE 400K 4 G2
2019-12-22 14:19
shox 2k19
2019-12-22 15:22
UK GOD
2019-12-22 16:49
#82
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Indonesia Exodd
UK CS
2019-12-23 04:04
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