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.

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22nd December 2019
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Vertigo
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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:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1268
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1034
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.30
Maps played:
568
KPR:
0.87
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
952
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.13
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1600
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1030
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
#1
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Germany Bundeskanzler 
Danish cs xaxaxaxaxa
2019-12-22 12:25
You still have Astralis though
2019-12-22 12:29
Still mouz 2-0 Vita LUL Lucky 2 maps and in 5 hours alex back to bot LUL Zywoo goes -25 in the grand final and loses his #1 2019 place xaxaxa
2019-12-22 12:31
#39
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France Zetherion 
how much ?
2019-12-22 12:51
#55
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United Kingdom Pandify_Denje 
Game of his life tbh... Zywoo vs woxic , frozen , ropz 1v3 match , rip.
2019-12-22 13:41
#57
ZywOo | 
France LuBBeXD 
Cry is free polish cs is more a joke than UK cs rn
2019-12-22 13:44
Imagine VP being khazakstani lmao
2019-12-22 14:56
#69
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India csgo_veteran 
Lmao +1 VP polish brand abandon sinking ship xD
2019-12-22 15:47
VP is a russian org though...
2019-12-22 16:13
#72
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India csgo_veteran 
Well technically yes but there trademark has been a polish roster since forever.
2019-12-22 16:23
You are such a dumb person. Like stop please
2019-12-22 14:51
This didn't age well, did it? ZywOo #1 Oh and he was +39, dumbass. :)
2019-12-22 23:43
see you in hell jermani))) germany cs
2019-12-22 12:32
#23
Nessa | 
Turkey tap2K 
german cs LUL
2019-12-22 12:33
#26
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Canada herocoolzzz 
DANISH CS OMEGALUL REMEMBER THIS IS TIER 1 DANISH CS OMEGALUL
2019-12-22 12:35
#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
#56
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United Kingdom Pandify_Denje 
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
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
#7
sesL | 
Austria Huby98 
Ez for UK CS
2019-12-22 12:26
#9
ZywOo | 
France iNolake 
Pog UK CS
2019-12-22 12:27
#10
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Romania Zer0_hltv 
Shox wtf
2019-12-22 12:28
#70
shox | 
Serbia nzzm22 
most braindead player currently.
2019-12-22 15:57
#11
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Sweden someonesakk 
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
#64
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Germany Ezavg 
OK!
2019-12-22 14:32
Again u, enjoy ban
2019-12-22 19:18
#75
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Germany Ezavg 
OK! PS:Had no Ban lul
2019-12-22 19:18
U will get, for spamming your OK! on every reply, u probably want some attention or just braindead kid
2019-12-22 19:22
#77
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Germany Ezavg 
nice toxic OK!
2019-12-22 19:24
So isnt true? Why u spam this? Reply needs some content u know?
2019-12-22 19:25
#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
HAHAHA
2019-12-22 12:28
ALEX and ZYWOO 2v9
2019-12-22 12:30
#30
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Albania Number1awper 
Hahahaha Brazilian Maths
2019-12-22 12:41
#38
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Russia FriZZeh 
+1
2019-12-22 12:47
#42
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Malaysia ILove2ChOke 
+1
2019-12-22 12:57
#44
zet | 
Switzerland MRKNUSPER 
lmao
2019-12-22 13:08
+1 xaxa
2019-12-22 13:12
#65
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Sweden Zupr 
+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
#18
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France MarcoXY 
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
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
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
Heroic gave Vitality a good fight, GG.
2019-12-22 12:35
#27
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Czech Republic thezipp3r 
🌝6177181
2019-12-22 12:37
Alex and 4 bots, as usual
2019-12-22 12:37
#35
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United Kingdom alcazar4 
+1 proving once again uk cs >>>> french cs
2019-12-22 12:44
#29
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Russia Mike_Shinoda 
This deagle was POOOG
2019-12-22 12:40
#31
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Pakistan LoOuU2 
nt Heroic
2019-12-22 12:43
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
#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
#43
zonic | 
Denmark Quientus 
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
You mean shox, for example?
2019-12-22 13:17
ZywOo HLTV #1? OR ALEX HLTV #1? XD
2019-12-22 13:08
#46
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Russia angry_david1 
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
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
#52
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United Kingdom HLTV_PATRIOT 
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
#60
ZywOo | 
Brazil Jordan21 
Eazy for Alex "Alex"
2019-12-22 14:14
SH OMEGALUL X
2019-12-22 14:17
+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
#73
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United Kingdom MitchCrompton 
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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