Vitality beat NiP to keep race for first place in Group A wide open

Vitality have defeated NIP 2-0 to secure their third victory in the round robin and join the race for first place in Group A of ESL Pro League Season 11.

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 will take on Astralis for first place in Group A on Tuesday

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.

Matchpage
2
0
22nd March 2020
Sweden
16
Vertigo
14
16
Nuke
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:

France Kévin 'misutaaa' Rabier
Kévin 'misutaaa' Rabier
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
214
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.28
Maps played:
773
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1760
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
#1
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France CocoBiceps
Rpktank he is back
2020-03-23 00:52
3 replies
#14
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Peru TheJuan
EZ for arpeekay
2020-03-23 01:36
2 replies
who?
2020-03-23 06:19
16_14 kkkjjkkjkk
2020-03-23 10:11
#2
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France FanchD
TANK
2020-03-23 00:52
huuuuu #3 best place ever for me i want to thank's my mom and all your mom for this performance
2020-03-23 00:53
5 replies
#6
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France CocoBiceps
Ez#1
2020-03-23 00:54
Great performance
2020-03-23 10:25
1 reply
ty
2020-03-23 12:26
+1 mums proud
2020-03-23 10:33
1 reply
yeah ty
2020-03-23 12:26
#4
ZywOo | 
Australia MercAm
Ez for Zywoo
2020-03-23 00:52
Vitality overrated trash
2020-03-23 00:53
5 replies
Flag checks out
2020-03-23 01:32
Must suck to realize that the best US team is actually only #48...
2020-03-23 07:59
3 replies
So Liquid and EG don't count as US or?
2020-03-23 12:27
2 replies
They are not fully US
2020-03-23 12:51
1 reply
#62
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France Waiit
Canadians and Americans are the same scene, NA. There's not a scene from Canada and from USA. Like Belgium + France, they're the same
2020-03-23 19:15
NiPPels kekw
2020-03-23 00:54
2 replies
"Fan of Virtus.Pro" enough said
2020-03-23 07:39
1 reply
#33
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Sweden FL4XY
+1
2020-03-23 08:26
#8
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United States NA_KEKW
Spirit will rekt Shitality
2020-03-23 00:56
#10
sh1ro | 
Philippines euzu
rpk is wildin
2020-03-23 01:00
#11
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Poland Hanse
RIGGED
2020-03-23 01:01
Not bad shox more practice please
2020-03-23 01:12
If RpK and shox get back to their CSS level, this team will be in the top 5
2020-03-23 02:06
1 reply
They won't though :D
2020-03-23 10:00
Wait Apex is IGL?? Didn't know that
2020-03-23 02:14
2 replies
#41
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Australia Albatrauz
Apex switched to Igl after Alex left the team
2020-03-23 10:09
1 reply
I see, I thought it would have been shox, guess he's learned his lesson.
2020-03-23 15:57
EXPECTED
2020-03-23 02:17
if Spirit wins and Shitality are gonna lose, Spirit will move on 3rd place. nice xD
2020-03-23 02:41
#19
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Hungary raffai
Rpk so good recently
2020-03-23 02:57
the winless ENCE LUL
2020-03-23 03:07
Why are nip in green despite having the same points as those in yellow?
2020-03-23 03:14
3 replies
Underrated joke
2020-03-23 03:27
They've got the best round difference
2020-03-23 10:55
1 reply
do you know how they count the round difference? in Liquidpedia they do show the round difference but i have no idea how they count it..
2020-03-23 12:26
Lose against spirit win against nip wowowow online cs is great
2020-03-23 03:48
5 replies
Lmao since when is NiP a good team ?
2020-03-23 04:01
4 replies
They were 3-0 in the league and were looking great Hf with astralis mr baguette
2020-03-23 04:36
3 replies
Thank you mr naan.
2020-03-23 15:00
2 replies
Naan>>>>> baguette though Mr debouraux
2020-03-30 05:56
1 reply
You've obviously never tried a good baguette my friend. Although naan are apreciated here, it definitly can't compare. And I'm afraid that Debouraux doesn't mean shit in any language I know.
2020-03-30 12:24
#26
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Japan Amatsuk1
holla
2020-03-23 04:39
Rip ence
2020-03-23 07:08
If 2 teams finish with same number of victories, will their internal match then decide the winner? Assuming NIP wins their last match, then either Astralis or Vitality will have top compare with them. Astralis defeats Vitality => NIP wins because they defeated Astralis. Vitality defeats Astralis => Vitality wins because they defeated NIP. Or is number of lost maps and/or kill difference also a factor?
2020-03-23 07:28
5 replies
#34
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Sweden FL4XY
there will be the rd for the win so NiP will probably win
2020-03-23 08:28
3 replies
That wasn't his question.
2020-03-23 09:08
1 reply
#37
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Sweden FL4XY
i know that's the answer
2020-03-23 09:38
I think map difference is better statistic even though it has flaws too. RD is worst statistic ever. Imagine saying a 16-14,16-14 victory is worse than 16-0,14-16,16-0 Lol the former one is a 2-0 victory with +4 RD and latter is 2-1 victory with +30 RD. For sure no one is retard enough to use RD as a tiebreaker.
2020-03-23 11:17
Map difference between tied teams is the tiebreaker, so yes. Astralis can only get 1st if they win and NiP loses to ENCE
2020-03-23 11:53
What they did in the last game was something beautiful. And for that, I will respect them at least until the next game. Respect!
2020-03-23 08:22
Astralis defeats Vitality => lucky Vitality defeats Astralis => nope
2020-03-23 09:11
lol rpk is better than the fluke of 2019
2020-03-23 09:42
1 reply
Seems like it.
2020-03-23 09:56
#46
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Ukraine Xe0m
Le Tank!
2020-03-23 11:08
Zywoo is a fraud
2020-03-23 11:10
funny how the whole players changed since alex departure... zywoo aint anymore the one man army player, RpK is coming back with force... i see more constancy from all players...
2020-03-23 12:16
1 reply
RpK is playing great since EPICENTER. So, with ALEX, everything in the team was the same: apEX plays with ~ 1 rating 2.0, no more, no less, shox as always a bot, RpK plays cool, ZywOo plays cool.
2020-03-23 13:45
rpkTANK
2020-03-23 14:56
First time astralis fans are gonna thank vitality
2020-03-23 21:19
Le TANK!
2020-03-24 09:42
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