Vitality edge past NiP in triple overtime series to reach ESL One: Road to Rio lower final

Vitality have progressed to the lower bracket final of ESL One: Road to Rio - Europe after besting NIP in a marathon best-of-three series.

Following their thriller series against FaZe yesterday, NIP once more found themselves battling it out in a long-lasting best-of-three, with the Swedish squad taken to their limits by Vitality as all maps played concluded in overtime. After fighting back from a loss on Mirage, Jonas "⁠Lekr0⁠" Olofsson and co. notched a win on their map pick of Overpass, but it was the Frenchmen who recorded the series win after closing out a nail-biting decider on Inferno.

The second round of the lower bracket kicked off on Mirage, the pick of Vitality, where the Frenchmen opened up the series with the pistol on the Terrorist side. NIP replied immediately in the next to string together three rounds before the two teams traded a round apiece. Vitality enjoyed a short period of success on the offence to take a 7-4 lead until NIP locked down the majority of the final rounds to head into the midway point trailing by one.

Vitality extended their advantage to 10-7 off the back of a Kévin "⁠misutaaa⁠" Rabier's 1v1 clutch on the pistol, but it was NIP who took control of proceedings after getting guns in hand. Five in a row put the Swedes ahead before an impactful Richard "⁠shox⁠" Papillon quad kill turned the map around once again, with a double AWP setup proving pivotal on the defence for the French side. At 12-14, NIP finally found an answer as they strung together three successive rounds to get in touching distance of a map one win, but Vitality forced overtime.

ZywOo spearheaded Vitality to victory on Mirage

NIP looked primed to win out overtime after a showing of brilliance from Nicolas "⁠Plopski⁠" Gonzalez Zamora and Tim "⁠nawwk⁠" Jonasson to turn a 2v4 situation around, however, a shox 1v2 clutch spelt the beginning of the end for the Swedes, with a 19-16 scoreline soon materialising.

On Overpass, Lekr0 propelled his team to an early 4-0 lead on the T side with two multi-kills before a series of regimented rounds from Vitality levelled the score. However, NIP overwhelmed the Frenchmen moving forward, winning six of the final seven rounds of the half to head into the break with an imposing 10-5 advantage.

The Swedish squad rapidly hit a 13-8 scoreline in the early stages of the second half, but Vitality tightened up their executes and trading to go on a six-round streak. Dan "⁠apEX⁠" Madesclaire’s troops edged towards a 2-0 win following two crisp triple kill rounds from shox and Cédric "⁠RpK⁠" Guipouy, however, Fredrik "⁠REZ⁠" Sterner forced yet another overtime with a last-second defuse in the final round.

Vitality fell flat in overtime, failing time and again to break the NIP defence as the Swedes claimed all CT rounds and an additional T side round to secure a flawless overtime victory.

Vitality will face the winner of Heretics-G2 in the lower final

Inferno played host to the decider, where Vitality stormed their way to a commanding 9-3 lead on the Terrorist side despite losing a man early in the majority of rounds. NIP managed to scrape together two more rounds on the defence before swapping sides to chase a 5-10 deficit at the halfway mark.

Vitality built on their first-half lead swiftly on the defence with three rounds before NIP replied in kind with a trio of rounds of their own to narrow the score difference to 9-13. A back and forth ensued after a Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut triple kill, with the French squad soon finding a 15-11 advantage. However, NIP refused to let the series slip away from them and battled back to force overtime, winning a 3v5 in the final round.

Seemingly pushed to their limits, Vitality somehow hit a higher gear to barely pull ahead in overtime, managing to close out the map 19-17, and the series 2-1, to progress to the lower bracket final.

Matchpage
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14th May 2020
Sweden
19
Mirage
16
15
Overpass
19
19
Inferno
17
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
79 - 64 +15 77.4 1.20
80 - 64 +16 75.3 1.13
69 - 76 -7 82.1 1.03
61 - 73 -12 63.5 0.95
58 - 77 -19 62.8 0.90
 NIP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
80 - 66 +14 81.1 1.23
78 - 68 +10 78.4 1.19
79 - 71 +8 74.3 1.12
60 - 69 -9 68.7 1.01
57 - 73 -16 65.1 0.89
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 Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1473
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
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
Sweden Tim 'nawwk' Jonasson
Tim 'nawwk' Jonasson
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
703
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.10
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1794
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
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
Sweden Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez Zamora
Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez Zamora
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
749
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1020
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1078
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
#1
Thomas | 
Malaysia 1st
gg, would be different on LAN
2020-05-14 21:13
11 replies
#2
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France Axpie
gg
2020-05-14 21:13
5 replies
#11
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France Chylvain2
zywoo > simple
2020-05-14 21:14
1 reply
-1
2020-05-15 03:10
When your baguette is so long you almost choked on it twice
2020-05-14 21:24
2 replies
huh
2020-05-14 22:05
Already toxic wtf?
2020-05-14 22:23
Yes on lan vitality should have won more convincing
2020-05-14 22:23
4 replies
2020-05-14 23:45
3 replies
2020-05-15 01:29
2 replies
yeah put the match where its the first match for a new lineup
2020-05-15 03:15
#114
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Indonesia lumayan
flair checks out
2020-05-15 05:12
gg i cry now
2020-05-14 21:13
GG WELL PLAYED NiP
2020-05-14 21:13
VITALITY TOP 1
2020-05-14 21:14
2 replies
#14
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Germany HSV_isses
they will lose to either G2 or Heretics
2020-05-14 21:14
1 reply
i rate this 3/8
2020-05-14 21:15
#6
FaNg | 
United States NA_KEKW
close no cigar
2020-05-14 21:14
1 reply
#104
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Sweden Svahn
close no awper for NIP
2020-05-14 23:45
EZ 4 SHOX
2020-05-14 21:14
#8
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Romania decis1ve
shox stats robed 1.13 rating zywoo 1.20
2020-05-14 21:14
1 reply
Entries, cltuches, impact, etc...
2020-05-14 21:14
#9
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France Vipair
Great series to watch props to both teams
2020-05-14 21:14
2 days of regular amazing cs
2020-05-14 21:14
1 reply
#116
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Spain N0Love
Yep
2020-05-15 09:55
#12
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Greece sifounasGG
both teams played really good
2020-05-14 21:14
Why they act like it was close? NiP never had a chance "edge" lmfaooooooooooo
2020-05-14 21:14
67 replies
why would VoltiX watch a 4 hour long game
2020-05-14 21:18
1 reply
Idk go ask him
2020-05-14 21:19
overtime across all 3 maps. It literally couldnt have been closer
2020-05-14 21:19
9 replies
Literally wasnt close did you watch?
2020-05-14 21:19
8 replies
yes, did you?
2020-05-14 21:20
7 replies
0/8
2020-05-14 21:20
6 replies
stfu
2020-05-14 21:24
1 reply
Make me frail dweeb
2020-05-14 21:24
#57
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France Kabby
He’s actually right, you can’t say it wasn’t close
2020-05-14 21:56
3 replies
Seriously how do you take this bait???????
2020-05-14 21:57
2 replies
#120
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France Kabby
Ok jean Jacques
2020-05-16 22:15
1 reply
actually malding lmfaooo
2020-05-17 12:43
K, Ur dumb
2020-05-14 21:19
54 replies
nt delusional NiP fan
2020-05-14 21:19
53 replies
*DIG fan
2020-05-14 21:33
52 replies
Imagine taking this bait so hard.
2020-05-14 21:24
51 replies
u think u r funny for “epic bait lul” but the only joke here is u friend
2020-05-14 21:34
3 replies
0/8 try harder. MUCH harder. You look moronic with baits that weakkkkk
2020-05-14 21:37
2 replies
+1
2020-05-14 21:39
1 reply
-1
2020-05-14 21:39
lmao what a dumb child
2020-05-14 21:34
46 replies
Yeah hes pretty stupid for taking the bait
2020-05-14 21:36
45 replies
I doubt that he is talking about him
2020-05-14 21:44
18 replies
Imagine continuing to take baits from someone who already said they were baiting. Yikes HLTV is so dumb
2020-05-14 21:45
16 replies
I'm not "taking baits" i'm just ironically saying that you're a really dumb and annoying person. But i mean, looking at your comments I didn't expect any other response ;)
2020-05-14 21:50
15 replies
0/8 try harder
2020-05-14 21:50
14 replies
Imagine your only goal in life being a tryhard "baiter" (you don't even understand what baiting is) on a random video game related website
2020-05-14 21:55
13 replies
0/8 keep going loser. You sound dumb af. Cant accept that you got baited cause your ego is frail
2020-05-14 21:58
12 replies
You are literally responding in SECONDS. Get to know the place called outside of your house and go get some life activities. I'm really worried about you!
2020-05-14 22:00
11 replies
Lack of self awareness is insane. Why dont you take your own advice and let me do me.
2020-05-14 22:01
10 replies
Nice edit btw hahaha "Cant accept that you got baited cause your ego is frail" You REALLY needed to add that after reading your post for the 10th time! "Baiting hard" guys
2020-05-14 22:12
9 replies
Yikes you're pathetic. Keep going loser. Mad cause its true
2020-05-14 22:25
8 replies
cya in 10
2020-05-14 22:42
1 reply
Yawn GL with that
2020-05-14 22:43
g3t b41t3d n00b
2020-05-17 01:29
5 replies
You're malding just stop you're weak af
2020-05-17 12:43
4 replies
imagine getting baited this hard kkkkkkkkkkk
2020-05-18 18:39
3 replies
2020-05-18 18:39
2 replies
FrenchNolifer
2020-05-18 18:48
1 reply
2020-05-18 19:04
+1
2020-05-14 21:47
just take the L and fuck off, dumb child
2020-05-14 21:59
25 replies
0/8 what L lmfao. You took the L hard when you got baited.
2020-05-14 22:00
24 replies
too dumb to even get that lmao what a child
2020-05-14 22:01
23 replies
Yikes you cant even answer a question. Youre an idiot. Theres no L cause you havent said anything intelligent.
2020-05-14 22:02
22 replies
you're too dumb to even make a proper bait, that's why people call you out but you're just a child so maybe you'll learn one day
2020-05-14 22:03
21 replies
0/8 you got baited hard by thinking i didnt think the series was close
2020-05-14 22:03
20 replies
keep telling that to yourself, dumb child
2020-05-14 22:04
19 replies
Thats why you called me dumb over a joke right?
2020-05-14 22:04
18 replies
I called you dumb cause you can't even make a proper bait, how hard is it to understand?
2020-05-14 22:05
17 replies
0/8 thats why i got 6 people, including you. And am still baiting you.
2020-05-14 22:07
16 replies
people who called you out for a bad bait, that's why you have to keep telling yourself you baited anyone what a dumb child, lmao
2020-05-14 22:07
15 replies
0/8 your baits are trash
2020-05-14 22:08
14 replies
proper baits are actually appreciated on this forum, you're just too dumb to make one lmao
2020-05-14 22:08
5 replies
Try harder, youre trash at baiting.
2020-05-14 22:08
4 replies
whatever makes you sleep at night, kiddo lmao another child destroyed
2020-05-14 22:09
3 replies
#73 your ego is pathetic.
2020-05-14 22:09
2 replies
what a beatiful L you just took, two in a row lmao
2020-05-14 22:10
1 reply
T R A S H B A I T
2020-05-14 22:10
mens)) u should probably realize it isn’t ‘bait’ when everyone calls u a out. this is just sad now :-/
2020-05-14 22:12
7 replies
Bait = tricking you into thinking i was serious. And thats exactly what happened. Enjoy crying loser, im immune to your trash baits.
2020-05-14 22:17
6 replies
yo can u homies plz stop talking shit all the way to the edge of the screen lmaooooo
2020-05-14 22:17
3 replies
Worry about yourself moron
2020-05-14 22:18
2 replies
lmao so mad
2020-05-14 22:18
1 reply
0/8 try harder
2020-05-14 22:18
i hope u vote leftist bc cry is free and u already took more than ur share friend B-)
2020-05-14 22:17
1 reply
Didnt read. Cry more
2020-05-14 22:18
GG NIP nice run , Vitality will be eliminated next round anyway
2020-05-14 21:15
I like how vitality won as team, not carried hard by zywoo
2020-05-14 21:17
Cant believe nip just lost to rpk and apex in 2020
2020-05-14 21:19
Shox fluke
2020-05-14 21:23
2 replies
stfu
2020-05-14 21:50
1 reply
Flair checks out
2020-05-14 22:14
too long
2020-05-14 21:25
Wow wish this was a major final in terms of having all 3 maps reach OT
2020-05-14 21:26
Nice try nip
2020-05-14 21:27
unlucky for NIP, but I'm surprised they are looking good.
2020-05-14 21:32
doesn't matter the lineup - when i one time in 6 months decide to bet on nip they screw up. it's like that since 2016 or even '15 never bet on nip
2020-05-14 21:45
nip is so unlucky, first faze and now this
2020-05-14 21:54
#55
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Italy Er1cz
so lucky baguettes
2020-05-14 21:56
rekterino peperoni ninjas
2020-05-14 22:09
wouldn't wanna lose a series like this lmao
2020-05-14 22:17
ok
2020-05-14 22:17
#96
Archi | 
United Kingdom KainZ
shox is my dad KappaPride
2020-05-14 22:41
NoShow from Plopski = NiP shit. Twist is always shit btw. Boring that the much better team lost
2020-05-14 23:20
3 replies
Idk about flopski, but twist is just bad.
2020-05-14 23:21
#105
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Sweden Svahn
Where's my Twist-is-shit club at?
2020-05-14 23:47
#112
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Argentina Crissgf
Why is he bad?
2020-05-15 03:39
Shox
2020-05-14 23:37
#107
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Brazil oldStar
3 OT =O
2020-05-15 01:22
betting companies should organise a showdown 1v1 zywoo vs simple
2020-05-15 03:07
madness. is this the first bo3 with each map finished during overtime?
2020-05-15 04:41
#115
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Argentina SantDG
NiP has so much talent and potential in theri lineup, but imo they need to work more on their mentality
2020-05-15 08:49
#117
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Sweden axelious
Just a bit more rutine and then this NiP roster will be lit! Keep building towards the major!!
2020-05-15 10:17
2 replies
they are looking really good, need to fix some things here and there but they have showed that they can be strong contenders
2020-05-15 11:15
1 reply
#119
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Sweden axelious
indeed!
2020-05-15 14:56
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