Virtus.pro upset OG; top spot in EPL Group C remains open

After going without a BO3 win for two months, Virtus.pro have defeated OG 2-1 in ESL Pro League S11 Europe, keeping things open going into the last day of Group C.

The squad that reached the StarLadder Major grand final has been on a path of steady decline since their Cinderella run in Berlin, falling from #3 in the world ranking to #20 where they sit at the moment. Virtus.pro recorded their last BO3 victory at the start of February (over Heroic at ICE Challenge) and have a 1W-14L map record since. They were also without a single map win in ESL Pro League S11 before the match against OG (ranked #15), who on the other hand have managed to take down TYLOO, mousesports, and G2, and were looking set to claim the top spot in the group by securing a victory over the struggling Kazakh side.

However, OG didn't put up a convincing performance on any map in the series, barely edging out Dust2 in overtime before being outclassed on Overpass by Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev's team. Inferno followed, where Virtus.pro put up a strong T-side and won a crucial round at 13-13 which swung things their way. With OG unable to claim the victory today, their destiny in Pro League depends on the result of their match against FaZe.

Jame and co. saved FaZe from early elimination

The two sides took to Dust2 first, where Issa "ISSAA" Murad was inspired on the CT side, claiming multikills in the first three rounds and pushing his side to 7-2 lead. Timur "buster" Tulepov resolved a 2v2 to secure Virtus.pro their third and start the Kazakh side's comeback as they grabbed seven before half-time.

After losing the pistol, Dzhami "Jame" Ali and co. were close to bouncing back with a force buy, but OG barely edged it out to keep ahead. Virtus.pro still fought back on the gun rounds and eventually forced overtime, but ISSAA and Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt stepped up in the added rounds to claim Dust2 19-17.

Virtus.pro were off to a hot start on their map pick, Overpass, with a B hit working for them on the pistol. AdreN's entries pushed them to a 5-2 lead and saw them stabilize on the offense despite Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså's clutch and a full-eco win by OG. The score was 7-2 before Mateusz "mantuu" Wilczewski's double got his side back on track, minimizing the deficit to 8-7 before the switch.

buster and Sanjar "SANJI" Kuliev combined for all five kills on the CT pistol and their team recovered from entry deaths round after round, seeing Virtus.pro extend their lead to 14-7. With three multikills rounds in a row, including a 1v3 ace clutch, ISSAA was the hero for OG as they kept alive (14-10), but Virtus.pro eventually closed out Overpass 16-10, their second map victory from the last seventeen played.

buster was a force to be reckoned with on Overpass

The pistol round and an eco win early on weren't enough for OG to build a strong lead on the defensive side of CT, as Virtus.pro were able to enter the B bombsite time after time to secure a lead at round 11, 6-5. OG were unsuccessful in their attempt to claim Banana control in the following round, which resulted in Virtus.pro extending their lead even further, reaching 9-6 before the switch.

An eco round going their way following a pistol round loss saw Virtus.pro edge forward to 12, but OG didn't throw in the towel. ISSAA was leading the fragging for his side as they mounted the comeback and equalized the scoreline at 13-13, with both teams having almost nothing in the bank. Virtus.pro locked down the B approach and then shut down two compromised buys in a row to secure the series win, 2-1.

Matchpage
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1
2nd April 2020
Europe
17
Dust2
19
16
Overpass
10
16
Inferno
13
 Virtus.pro K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Russia Dzhami 'Jame' AliJame 75 - 51 +24 83.1 1.25
Kazakhstan Timur 'buster' Tulepovbuster 68 - 56 +12 75.2 1.14
Kazakhstan Alexey 'qikert' Golubevqikert 58 - 56 +2 73.5 1.07
Uzbekistan Sanjar 'SANJI' KulievSANJI 54 - 65 -11 69.1 0.94
Kazakhstan Dauren 'AdreN' KystaubayevAdreN 46 - 52 -6 55.8 0.90
 OG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Jordan Issa 'ISSAA' MuradISSAA 78 - 55 +23 90.4 1.33
United Kingdom Mateusz 'mantuu' Wilczewskimantuu 58 - 51 +7 63.7 0.98
Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangsåvalde 49 - 57 -8 60.1 0.93
France Nathan 'NBK-' SchmittNBK- 56 - 68 -12 77.6 0.91
Finland Aleksi 'Aleksib' VirolainenAleksib 39 - 70 -31 57.5 0.68

Virtus.pro's victory means that the fight for the top three spots remains open, with everything hinging on the results of tomorrows OG - FaZe and mousesports - G2 matches:

France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1728
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Uzbekistan Sanjar 'SANJI' Kuliev
Sanjar 'SANJI' Kuliev
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
435
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
United Kingdom Mateusz 'mantuu' Wilczewski
Mateusz 'mantuu' Wilczewski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
360
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Kazakhstan Timur 'buster' Tulepov
Timur 'buster' Tulepov
Age:
20
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
907
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.12
Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
908
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Kazakhstan Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1530
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Russia Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
781
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.56
APR:
0.09
Jordan Issa 'ISSAA' Murad
Issa 'ISSAA' Murad
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
600
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
#1
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Canada dAnk7 
cool
2020-04-02 18:53
#14
OK | 
Peru TheJuan 
OG fluke comes to an end! Better luck next time
2020-04-02 18:55
#21
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Afghanistan NICE_BAITMAN 
:D
2020-04-02 18:58
39-70 -31
2020-04-02 19:47
#49
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India X3pHyR 
Still better than Ence now
2020-04-02 20:04
Jame saves awp now Jame saves FaZe GOD JAME
2020-04-02 20:55
#76
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India X3pHyR 
Jame the FaZe Jesus
2020-04-03 00:52
That would require faze winning bud
2020-04-03 04:08
#103
Zellsis | 
United States v0m1t 
They won
2020-04-03 20:39
nt
2020-04-04 00:35
#56
Sunde | 
World MEN)))) 
Still better than misutaa 0-18 lmao
2020-04-02 20:52
#57
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Afghanistan NICE_BAITMAN 
what is the point of your comment? you just like math or...?
2020-04-02 20:54
#42
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Asia ESpiirit 
OG will b back 1 loss doesn"t mean anything
2020-04-02 19:29
yes, the OG losing streak will return
2020-04-03 02:00
yes they are doomed now
2020-04-02 20:26
AdreN never left Faze
2020-04-02 20:45
Underrated comment lol
2020-04-03 01:58
#101
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United Kingdom consiglieri 
+1, NiKo even thanked AdreN on twitter, lol
2020-04-03 20:33
GOD ISSAA
2020-04-02 18:53
#3
Sonic | 
Kazakhstan il1on 
Finally
2020-04-02 18:53
#4
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United Kingdom hirochan 
fuck og
2020-04-02 18:53
Cry is free og fans
2020-04-02 18:53
OG was always trash when it comes to beating T2 and under
2020-04-03 01:36
#91
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Philippines trixiwnl 
+1
2020-04-03 11:06
+1
2020-04-03 13:58
AHAHAHAHHAAAGAGAGAG
2020-04-02 18:53
#7
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Indonesia restu_dragneel 
lets go G2 #G2WIN
2020-04-02 18:53
#8
Petra | 
Netherlands taorus 
nice. Mouz place 1
2020-04-02 18:53
damn even hltv called VP TRASH LUL
2020-04-02 18:54
#10
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United Kingdom Theivze 
Upset Pro League
2020-04-02 18:54
#11
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Poland Po_Prostu 
wooooo 2nd victory since december congrats...
2020-04-02 18:54
#12
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Turkey baranselboss 
fuck og rip 200$
2020-04-02 18:54
Tough group
2020-04-02 18:55
#15
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Russia Evil_DaviD1 
Yea, it was really upset. On Russian stream commentators said that some OG players had ping issues, especially mantuu (~70 ms). But i think that OG still has some problems in communication and they need to fix it. Anyway, GG both teams! #DreamOG
2020-04-02 19:05
#53
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Poland rude_wredne 
Ruski da?
2020-04-02 20:40
#61
Sunde | 
World MEN)))) 
Zapierdolim ruski kurwu?
2020-04-02 20:59
#62
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Poland rude_wredne 
No men, they are bratishka
2020-04-02 21:07
#71
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United States XmanB0311 
+1 it sucks that they lost but they have showed so much improvement so quickly
2020-04-02 22:35
#16
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Unknown_4life 
Does FaZe have chance to get in top 3?
2020-04-02 18:56
#17
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Russia Evil_DaviD1 
IF FaZe win against OG and G2 win against mouz - yes.
2020-04-02 18:57
#27
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Unknown_4life 
i hope Hunter will do everything for his cousin :)
2020-04-02 19:01
FaZe need only win against OG
2020-04-02 19:07
#95
KRIMZ | 
Poland cyanlink 
If Faze win OG, G2 win mouz, then G2 goes to playoff, Faze OG mouz is in a 3-2 situation and their win-relation is a circle, means that Faze need to outscore mouz or OG to get a spot.
2020-04-03 13:38
Overrated Gaming
2020-04-02 18:57
dear god....there you can see why ence kicked aleksib. His calls are awful, his teammates masking the fact that he is dogshit
2020-04-02 18:57
-1 sir
2020-04-03 01:59
not really. he actually lost them the game no doubt. not just the game, top spot aswell
2020-04-03 11:38
#89
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Czech Republic PaYaB 
Yeah, from top5 to top50
2020-04-03 09:56
yeah top5 for a week. avangar fluked too, c9 fluked too, vega too...everyone flukes for a few weeks, but only good ones stay on top. ence was and is shit. aleksib is not a top player
2020-04-03 11:37
#96
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Czech Republic PaYaB 
nah, ence was very good for some time
2020-04-03 13:53
how long, 2 events? dude please...
2020-04-03 14:04
OG_JUST_LUCKY_TRASH Btw this shit cant Qualifiers on major lul
2020-04-02 18:57
#22
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Poland humen)))) 
OG so inconsistent, at first they beat G2, mouz and now they lose vs VP LUL
2020-04-02 18:58
Only game where VP actually had any impact. Buster hit his shots & made the right decisions on Overpass multiple times (which won them many rounds) and Jame was hitting his shots.
2020-04-03 08:02
#88
Derkeps | 
Finland Pelts1 
+1, VP had no pressure to play so they looked pretty confident
2020-04-03 08:18
Tyloo Top 0
2020-04-02 18:58
Online CS so disgusting
2020-04-02 18:58
Yeah 4sure, no emotion
2020-04-02 19:02
important victory for VP. Good job!
2020-04-02 19:00
#31
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Russia Evil_DaviD1 
For VP this means nothing, they're already eliminated from group stage.
2020-04-02 19:06
I meant for their success and confidence. People had already wished them a disband
2020-04-02 19:20
#59
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Russia NorthRussian 
This win means VP will not get last place in the tournament
2020-04-02 20:56
#26
miNd | 
Denmark JUGi 
Jame time
2020-04-02 19:00
#28
NAF | 
United Kingdom Greedyxxx 
tylul
2020-04-02 19:02
#32
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World nakTriceps 
FaZeUp. Bye G2, Mouz or even OG. See u on next phase.
2020-04-02 19:06
#34
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Estonia UNBAN_Sam2k 
The fact that people are shocked by this is shocking to me... Wow.
2020-04-02 19:08
#35
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Russia NorthRussian 
VP>OG>G2>Mouz>FaZe>VP.Interesting circle
2020-04-02 19:11
Actually faze easily overcome in this group, but because niko is bad igl, and don't know opponent too well that why they keep losing 16 - 14, when you see the match they only good in ct side not t side
2020-04-02 19:34
#46
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Czech Republic FriendlyCzech 
how is G2 better than mouz? xd
2020-04-02 19:42
How are they not??????????
2020-04-02 20:14
I WANT TO ACTUALLY KISS YOU SO BAD 💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋
2020-04-02 19:15
Name checks out
2020-04-03 17:00
#39
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Poland sosiad 
now Faze must win
2020-04-02 19:23
Hate online cs
2020-04-02 19:24
VP onliners
2020-04-02 19:28
lool, they haven’t played online since 12 november 2019, 5 months dude, ur OG, mouz, g2 more online team than VP
2020-04-02 20:40
lies
2020-04-02 21:24
check ur own
2020-04-02 22:42
#90
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Czech Republic PaYaB 
Facts*
2020-04-03 09:58
"upset", rofl
2020-04-02 19:30
#45
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Asia ESpiirit 
Tough game and many missed opportunities next game against faze will be better #DreamOG
2020-04-02 19:36
#48
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Hungary subzera 
LOL VP FINALLY WON A GAME
2020-04-02 19:54
#60
Sunde | 
World MEN)))) 
Hahaha Jesus Christ, losing to VP
2020-04-02 20:57
expected
2020-04-02 21:19
Vp upset? No,its OG downset
2020-04-02 21:22
#67
shox | 
India iejesus 
G222222
2020-04-02 22:14
#68
Nifty | 
Europe TheAtuli 
If og wins against faze they will be on same amount of points as g2/mous, so who gets 1st place? Is it Heads to head that will determin it or round differential?
2020-04-02 22:18
#79
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Russia NorthRussian 
OG will be 2nd place if they win FaZe because beating mouz and G2,mouz /G2-1 place
2020-04-03 01:50
i thought OG would be first since they beat g2 and mouz
2020-04-03 03:24
#94
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Russia NorthRussian 
Yes,you're right.I forgot that OG will get 12 points if they win
2020-04-03 12:08
"upset" jesus is this how bad it's gotten for VP 😂
2020-04-02 22:43
#77
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Australia aussie_billy 
+1 it's harsh but they're becoming more and more irrelevant
2020-04-03 01:34
Jamesus has returned from the dead to save VP
2020-04-02 22:46
#75
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Hungary Shiron212 
gg
2020-04-03 00:38
#83
sh1ro | 
Taiwan Mafuuyu 
og trash after one loss hltv brain
2020-04-03 03:20
#86
frozen | 
Slovakia HoSanta 
did no one competent still not notice that it was in fact a 1v4 ace clutch, not a 1v3
2020-04-03 07:03
#100
Aleksib | 
Finland Mitzu 
I mean it's not like this VP roster is bad, they've just been playing bad for awhile. Hopefully this means they're starting to bounce back, the more top teams there are the better. Jame time.
2020-04-03 17:46
#102
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United Kingdom consiglieri 
Agreed. The more competitive CIS region, the better their own skills, the more entertaining it is for us.
2020-04-03 20:37
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