Vitality beat NiP to keep race for first place in Group A wide open
The Frenchmen have now joined the Swedish side and Astralis atop the group with a 3-1 record after everyone in Group A has played four matches, leaving the race for first place to be decided in the last round. There, Vitality will lock horns with the Danish powerhouse in a match that could see the French side solidify their spot at the top, while NIP will face the winless ENCE.
Vitality's newest member, Kévin "misutaaa" Rabier, was a key player in the series against NIP as the best fragger of the opening map, Vertigo, where the 17-year-old and the newly appointed in-game leader, Dan "apEX" Madesclaire, spearheaded their team's comeback on the Terrorist side from a 5-10 deficit.
Nuke was a much more comfortable affair for Vitality. A great start on the offensive side of Nuke allowed them to secure a one-round advantage before switching over to the CT side, where a dominant showing saw them close out the series in convincing fashion at 16-9.
|Vitality||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|45 - 32||+13||79.1||1.23|
|39 - 36||+3||77.7||1.12|
|37 - 37||0||76.6||1.11|
|39 - 36||+3||83.8||1.07|
|38 - 34||+4||72.3||1.05|
|NIP||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|45 - 40||+5||84.4||1.26|
|43 - 39||+4||87.3||1.14|
|31 - 40||-9||65.2||0.84|
|31 - 40||-9||64.2||0.81|
|25 - 39||-14||53.3||0.73|
Although the third victory gives Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut & co. the chance to fight for the top spot, they are still not out of the woods when it comes to a top-three finish due to their loss to Spirit, who would have a tiebreaking advantage should the two teams finish the group with an equal record (3-2).
After four rounds, Group A's standings of ESL Pro League Season 11 Europe look as follows: