Vitality defeat NiP in ESL One Cologne Europe semi-finals; to face Heroic in grand final

Vitality beat NiP in a two map series on Dust2 (16-7) and Overpass (16-13) in the ESL One Cologne semis to set up a grand final match against Heroic.

Vitality and NiP saw plenty of each other before the player break, facing off nine times since the beginning of the year. The French squad, who got the best of the Swedes six out of nine times, increased that number to seven after defeating the Ninjas in a two map ESL One Cologne semi-final series to set up a grand final bout against Heroic.

Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut downed three CTs as Vitality took the first pistol round on Dust2. The French team kept the pressure up, leading 6-0 before doubles by Hampus "⁠hampus⁠" Poser and Simon "⁠twist⁠" Eliasson put NiP on the board. Nicolas "⁠Plopski⁠" Gonzalez Zamora with a triple and hampus then won a 2vs4 retake to add a second, giving NiP the necessary momentum to shorten the distances, 4-6, although Vitality recovered to take a 9-6 lead at the half.

Vitality hit double digits by winning the second pistol round, going up 12-6 after NiP’s first buy. The Ninjas were able to still equip AKs the following round thanks to a bomb plant and won their first round on the attack, but that would be as far as they went on Dust2 as Vitality won the map out 16-7.

ZywOo amassed 34 kills on Overpass to help Vitality secure the series

Cédric "⁠RpK⁠" Guipouy shut down NiP with four USP-S kills on the first round of Overpass. Aggressive play by the French team dismantled the terrorists’ first gun round, but four late kills by twist turned it around as to make it 1-3. Three opening kills by ZywOo the following round put Vitality back in charge as they took a 5-1 lead, but Tim "⁠nawwk⁠" Jonasson retaliated with three kills of his own the following round to open up the A site and secure NiP another tally on the scoreboard. Another triple, this time by Richard "⁠shox⁠" Papillon, kept his side ahead, 6-3, although their lead slimmed down to 8-7 at the half.

Plopski stole a lost pistol round with four kills and a bomb defusal to tie things up early on in the second half and NiP went up 10-8, but with guns in play Vitality were able to bring it to a 10-10 tie. They were then able to put some ground between themselves and their Swedish rivals, 13-11, hitting match point soon thereafter and eventually closing out the map and match, 16-13, on a round with only ZywOo and shox carrying rifles.

Matchpage
2
0
29th August 2020
Sweden
16
Dust2
7
16
Overpass
13
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' HerbautZywOo 58 - 26 +32 108.0 1.74
France Richard 'shox' Papillonshox 50 - 28 +22 90.8 1.53
France Cédric 'RpK' GuipouyRpK 43 - 35 +8 85.8 1.20
France Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX 30 - 38 -8 75.7 1.01
France Kévin 'misutaaa' Rabiermisutaaa 23 - 37 -14 52.1 0.77
 NiP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez ZamoraPlopski 33 - 39 -6 75.3 1.01
Sweden Hampus 'hampus' Poserhampus 33 - 40 -7 68.8 0.91
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' SternerREZ 34 - 44 -10 79.9 0.89
Sweden Simon 'twist' Eliassontwist 31 - 41 -10 76.9 0.87
Sweden Tim 'nawwk' Jonassonnawwk 33 - 41 -8 61.5 0.83

Vitality will face Heroic in the ESL One Cologne Europe 2020 grand final on Sunday at 18:30 in a best-of-five bout for the $150,000 grand prize.

France Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1409
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Sweden Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1391
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.29
Maps played:
709
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Sweden Tim 'nawwk' Jonasson
Tim 'nawwk' Jonasson
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
671
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.10
Sweden Hampus 'hampus' Poser
Hampus 'hampus' Poser
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1064
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1741
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Sweden Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez Zamora
Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez Zamora
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
713
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
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Swedish tears PogU
2020-08-29 22:07
Zygod
2020-08-29 22:07
onliner.
2020-08-29 22:09
#47
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Switzerland OHMOHM
Still better than s1mple
2020-08-29 22:36
0/8
2020-08-29 23:13
+1
2020-08-30 00:10
0/8
2020-08-30 03:44
#62
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France Insidium
Online era so nt..
2020-08-29 23:43
+1
2020-08-30 03:44
#3
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Poland Blaszek
nt nip
2020-08-29 22:07
#4
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Romania Bydyvl
Haters be like “ZyWhoo”
2020-08-29 22:07
Disband MIBR pls
2020-08-29 22:07
#17
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Belgium Im_new
wtf
2020-08-29 22:09
-mibr +tier 646388373663 belgian team
2020-08-29 22:12
#29
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Belgium Im_new
but why are you talking about mibr 😭😭
2020-08-29 22:15
because they are trash
2020-08-29 23:39
#50
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France Othor
+1
2020-08-29 22:49
+1
2020-08-29 23:07
a meme is born *_*
2020-08-30 03:35
Sadge
2020-08-29 22:07
#7
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France Uexo
Final let's go ! #VforVictory
2020-08-29 22:08
#8
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Denmark MatZe^
Astralis lost to this hahahahahah
2020-08-29 22:08
Astralis will comeback and take the number 1 spot again soon. Wait and see.. GOAT team of CSGO
2020-08-30 00:03
#78
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Denmark MatZe^
Yes I agree, worded that wrong. What i meant was NIP won vs astralis but then go and lose to Vitaly that astralis shit on xD
2020-08-30 04:45
Fnatic best team ever
2020-08-30 17:14
real top 1 in finals pog
2020-08-29 22:08
ez for heroic
2020-08-29 22:08
#11
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Belgium Im_new
GG both teams
2020-08-29 22:08
Zywoo goat Shox clutch goat
2020-08-29 22:08
ZywOo smurfin
2020-08-29 22:08
hltv.org/forums/threads/2350832/cologne-.. correct in semis but finales ?
2020-08-29 22:08
#20
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Belgium Im_new
wtffffffffffff
2020-08-29 22:09
i went from making teams fucking lose cause i chose them to making them lose and win help guys
2020-08-29 22:11
Ah shit....here we go again
2020-08-29 22:28
ah yes zyw00
2020-08-29 22:29
#15
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Poland matoss
Letsss go
2020-08-29 22:08
Vitality played great today GG to both teams Hopefully Vitality won't choke the grandfinal
2020-08-29 22:08
im scared mens((
2020-08-29 22:25
the guy above was right about the semis and he predicted Heroic winning 3/2 over Vitality bro we're fucked :(
2020-08-29 22:27
we already lost 2 grand finals this year mens((( i dont want to be disappointed again mens(( but i still believe in the guys
2020-08-29 22:39
same bro I really hope We'll see a good Vitality tomorrow 2 is pretty sad but 3... unluko feelings
2020-08-29 22:59
mad S1mple fans are coming in 3...2....1.....
2020-08-29 22:09
reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
2020-08-29 22:18
REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
2020-08-30 03:38
REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
2020-08-30 14:50
Why would I be mad?? It's good s1mple has a worthy rival. XD
2020-08-30 06:25
#19
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Netherlands Sem0733
Zywoolity. It's so f*cking crazy how good he is. Just need him to get an easy thirty per map and one or two others to step up and the win is in the bag. Better luck next time Nipnipnip.
2020-08-29 22:09
#22
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China ginwah
go vitality get win
2020-08-29 22:10
1.74 rating wtf
2020-08-29 22:10
ZywOw
2020-08-29 22:13
#27
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Serbia LtN))
onliners
2020-08-29 22:14
+1
2020-08-30 03:45
#28
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Astralis defeats Vitality, NiP defeats Astralis, Vitality defeats NiP Online CS, ladies and gents.
2020-08-29 22:15
That's online :/
2020-08-29 22:34
#54
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Sweden Svahn
My brain is hurting how one sided games are. So fucking boring
2020-08-29 23:02
#59
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Pakistan LoOuU2
ikr. One day a team looks buffed af, next day they are getting blown out of the water. No one`s consistent , anyone can beat anyone.
2020-08-29 23:23
#85
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Sweden Svahn
That's exactly it. Nip fucking smoked astralis then they get smoked by some baguettes and Zywho
2020-08-30 14:05
rock, paper, scissors
2020-08-30 05:30
wow nice gg
2020-08-29 22:18
Well deserved Vitality & Heroic. NT Ninjas. Their momentum was consistently high throughout the tournament right from playing OTs in 2 maps against OG in their group match till this match. Hope G2 and NIP maintain their form when they undergo transition back to LAN when ever that may be.
2020-08-29 22:18
well played gg
2020-08-29 22:19
zyRAPE
2020-08-29 22:20
This team is so much trash, one guy always carrying four bots
2020-08-29 22:20
are you fuck you
2020-08-29 22:23
#46
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China HEIDASHUAi
Can say in england?
2020-08-29 22:35
yes pasha london school mens))
2020-08-29 22:42
#64
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China HEIDASHUAi
bestest england school 8/8
2020-08-29 23:56
#63
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France Insidium
Bad bait
2020-08-29 23:44
zywoo top1 2020 and it's not up to debated anymore
2020-08-29 22:22
nice joke
2020-08-30 03:45
GG
2020-08-29 22:22
#39
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Brazil hugoooo
Vintage ZywOo
2020-08-29 22:24
#44
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India somecunt
ZywOo top 1 rifler
2020-08-29 22:30
#51
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Russia LeGoBoys
Zywoo top1 this year again
2020-08-29 22:56
0/8
2020-08-30 03:45
#86
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Russia LeGoBoys
Look who’s crying
2020-08-30 14:39
So Faze played with the two finalist? I guess then it was so baf of a perfomance
2020-08-29 23:02
Doesn't matter
2020-08-30 06:42
#55
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Sweden Svahn
It's all on you now Danmark. Don't let us down.
2020-08-29 23:03
Vitality is looking pretty good, I'm surprised, with small changes they could be great. NiP is showing some potential, with small changes they could be really good still. It will be insane final tomorrow and it will be close for sure.
2020-08-29 23:20
2 years everyone was sayin' Shox, man, screw that IGL, it's not your thing. Well, he wasted just 2 years, glad he's back. Now it's NiKo's time? J/k that will never come.
2020-08-29 23:31
-Zyw0o, and they will lose this game huge. ZywOo are/is to facking good! NIP is a Team who gonna stay in top 8, even be a top 3 team. They took down BIG (1) and NaVi(5), Astralis(11?) We will see alot more of NIP!
2020-08-30 00:13
Well heroic is going to win tomorrow.
2020-08-30 00:30
Imagine Heroic in grand final :o gg
2020-08-30 00:30
Yeah hard to imagine but here we are!! Zywoo vs heroic tmrw. Gonna be interesting.
2020-08-30 06:27
Nice guys
2020-08-30 00:56
Vitality wins this 3-0
2020-08-30 06:03
Duh! I hope you are doing well man XD
2020-08-30 09:55
S0mple wishing he could be as good as Zyhoo
2020-08-30 15:18
only zywoooo can make them beat Heroic. A bad day for him = heroic champions
2020-08-30 15:24
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