Virtus.pro sweep Nemiga to win IEM New York CIS

Dzhami "⁠Jame⁠" Ali's team finished the Regional Major Ranking event undefeated after a 3-0 victory in the grand final.

A convincing showing in the grand final earned Virtus.pro the title of the IEM New York 2020 CIS champions, taking down Nemiga with a 3-0 scoreline. The two finalists upset Natus Vincere and Spirit in the semis, respectively, but an inspired Mareks "⁠YEKINDAR⁠" Gaļinskis (1.42 rating) ensured Virtus.pro got their first title since dropping their Polish roster.

Over the course of the event, Virtus.pro dropped just two maps, to K23 and forZe, while taking down Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev's team 2-0 both in the group stage and the playoffs. Overall, Virtus.pro are on a 16-series win streak, with participation in Betway Nine to Five 5, Loot.Bet Season 8, and Flashpoint 2 next on the schedule for the team.

IEM New York CIS is the first title for qikert and co. under Virtus.pro

Aleksandr "⁠mds⁠" Rubets was in spectacular form as Nemiga ran up to an 8-3 lead on the T side of Mirage, boasting a 15-4 K-D, but Virtus.pro didn't let the half get out of control, with multi-kills from Timur "⁠buster⁠" Tulepov and Alexey "⁠qikert⁠" Golubev stabilizing things and seeing it finished 8-7. Virtus.pro gained momentum after the switch, with YEKINDAR's quad kill pushing them to a 15-11 lead and an eventually a 16-12 win.

Three kills in the pistol and four in the second rifle round from YEKINDAR gave Virtus.pro a 3-1 lead on Dust2, but Rassim "⁠Jyo⁠" Valijev, mds, and Igor "⁠lollipop21k⁠" Solodkov fought back with big individual rounds, making it 5-5. The favorites then focused on Long and chained five rounds together to finish the T side 10-5 ahead. Doors for Nemiga's comeback were shut after qikert held down B with a quad kill, with Virtus.pro closing it out 16-5.

Based on the first two maps, the series was heading to a quick conclusion, but Nemiga showed their prowess on Inferno by running up an impressive 9-2 lead as Counter-Terrorists, spearheaded by Anton "⁠speed4k⁠" Titov on the AWP.

mds then added onto that with two key clutches for a 12-3 half, but a mid-rush lockdown allowed Virtus.pro to get back into the map. Slowly but surely, they mounted their comeback, getting into the lead at 14-13 following a nine-round streak. With some clutch play on B, Virtus.pro completed the comeback, 16-13, to finish the series in just three maps.

Matchpage
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Mirage
12
16
Dust2
5
16
Inferno
13
 Virtus.pro K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Latvia Mareks 'YEKINDAR' GaļinskisYEKINDAR 68 - 50 +18 100.5 1.42
Russia Dzhami 'Jame' AliJame 52 - 31 +21 70.4 1.22
Kazakhstan Timur 'buster' Tulepovbuster 55 - 48 +7 76.4 1.14
Kazakhstan Alexey 'qikert' Golubevqikert 54 - 48 +6 78.5 1.14
Uzbekistan Sanjar 'SANJI' KulievSANJI 46 - 47 -1 57.8 1.00
 Nemiga K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Belarus Aleksandr 'mds' Rubetsmds 58 - 53 +5 78.1 1.07
Belarus Igor 'lollipop21k' Solodkovlollipop21k 54 - 56 -2 81.5 0.99
Russia Anton 'speed4k' Titovspeed4k 44 - 51 -7 43.4 0.82
Estonia Rassim 'Jyo' ValijevJyo 35 - 55 -20 61.5 0.74
Belarus Anton 'boX' BurkoboX 33 - 60 -27 56.1 0.64

Scheduled to take place at the same time as the grand final was the third-place decider of the event, but Natus Vincere forfeited the match to Spirit due to Ilya "⁠Perfecto⁠" Zalutskiy's health problems.

IEM New York 2020 CIS Final standings:

1. CIS Virtus.pro - $20,000 + 2500 RMR Points
2. Belarus Nemiga - $7,000 + 2344 RMR Points
3. Russia Spirit - $4,000 + 2188 RMR Points
4. Russia Natus Vincere - $4,000 + 2031 RMR Points
5. Russia Gambit - $3,000 + 1875 RMR Points
6. Russia forZe - $3,000 + 1875 RMR Points
7-8. Russia Espada - $2,000 + 1484.5 RMR Points
7-8. Russia ETHEREAL - $2,000 + 1484.5 RMR Points
9-10. CIS Winstrike - $1,500 + 1172 RMR Points
9-10. Kazakhstan K23 - $1,500 + 1172 RMR Points
11-12. Russia Cyber Legacy - $1,000 + 859.5 RMR Points
11-12. CIS HellRaisers - $1,000 + 859.5 RMR Points

Current CIS Regional Major Rankings:

1. Russia Spirit - 5663 points (Legends spot)
2. Russia Natus Vincere - 5461 points (Legends spot)
3. Belarus Nemiga - 5169 points (Challenger spot)
4. CIS Virtus.pro - 5116 points (Contender spot)
5. Russia Gambit - 3735 points (Contender spot)
6. Russia Espada - 3734.5 points
7. Russia forZe - 3469 points
8. CIS Winstrike - 3372 points
9. Kazakhstan K23 - 2927 points
10. Russia ETHEREAL - 1814.5 points
11-12. Russia Cyber Legacy - 859.5 points
11-12. CIS HellRaisers - 859.5 points

Russia Anton 'speed4k' Titov
Anton 'speed4k' Titov
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
690
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Kazakhstan Timur 'buster' Tulepov
Timur 'buster' Tulepov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
984
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
Estonia Rassim 'Jyo' Valijev
Rassim 'Jyo' Valijev
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
825
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Russia Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
900
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.56
APR:
0.09
Russia Ilya 'Perfecto' Zalutskiy
Ilya 'Perfecto' Zalutskiy
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
428
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
Belarus Aleksandr 'mds' Rubets
Aleksandr 'mds' Rubets
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
928
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Kazakhstan Alexey 'qikert' Golubev
Alexey 'qikert' Golubev
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
980
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Latvia Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
823
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
Belarus Igor 'lollipop21k' Solodkov
Igor 'lollipop21k' Solodkov
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
873
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.24
Maps played:
1277
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.10
Ez
2020-10-25 16:34
10 replies
#11
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Algeria Tari)))
that comback tho
2020-10-25 16:35
only 1 map lost in the entire tournament
2020-10-25 16:35
7 replies
2*
2020-10-25 19:49
4 replies
whats the second one
2020-10-25 19:49
3 replies
2 replies
but they didnt play
2020-10-25 19:50
1 reply
ohhh yeah
2020-10-25 19:51
#86
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United States DiscoNinja
2 actually, but still impressive
2020-10-25 20:07
1 reply
2020-10-25 20:07
ez for best cis team
2020-10-25 16:49
BEST CIS TEAM IN THE WORLD
2020-10-25 16:34
8 replies
"BEST CIS TEAM IN THE WORLD" this is most retarded thing i've ever seen
2020-10-25 16:35
1 reply
Lol its not technically wrong but its like saying best australia in the world
2020-10-25 16:37
Dude, dont take serious of this results Every normal person understand that VP will not perform as good as NaVi in world class tournaments. It wasnt VP domintation, that was everybody else weakness in this tournament, NaVi i think dont see this as something important, didnt train, didnt tryhard, much off illnesses. I think if VP meet some opponents on LAN, that will prepare for them, they will instantly choke
2020-10-25 17:50
5 replies
NaVi fans, always with excuses.
2020-10-25 21:10
1 reply
I have nothing to excuse for
2020-10-26 01:31
#116
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Kazakhstan Massaget
And if they win world class tournament you will also say "It wasnt VP domintation, that was everybody else weakness in this tournament"
2020-10-26 05:45
1 reply
Let’s just wait till they actually win something
2020-10-26 14:57
hltv.org/matches/2335483/natus-vincere-v.. Cry is free Also forgetting 4/5 of VP were finalists at the last major.
2020-10-26 05:58
EZ
2020-10-25 16:34
VIRTUS PLOW
2020-10-25 16:34
1 reply
How dare You!!!
2020-10-25 16:43
#5
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Kazakhstan xep1x
good
2020-10-25 16:34
unfortunate! but expected
2020-10-25 16:34
#7
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World breezy0
GG VP i like this team, glad VP is back in business with a decent team. they developed nicely!
2020-10-25 16:35
1 reply
+1.
2020-10-25 18:27
#9
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Algeria Tari)))
Nice
2020-10-25 16:35
yekindar is underrated
2020-10-25 16:35
1 reply
Not by me
2020-10-25 21:37
Lets Go! Latvija var!
2020-10-25 16:35
JAME TIME TO YEKINDAR TIME
2020-10-25 16:35
#14
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Belarus ChecksOut
Wp vp Still good tournament for Nemiga
2020-10-25 16:35
Wow, what a pro gaming again and again, woow, such pro, many unreal, such wowz!
2020-10-25 16:35
1 reply
12 btw
2020-10-25 16:51
#17
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Latvia YungPan666
EZ4VP
2020-10-25 16:36
2 replies
+1 #GOGOVP #ALGAVP #QazaqAttack
2020-10-25 16:42
+1 #GoGoVP #AlgaVP #QazaqAttack Zverya net sil'nee medvedya
2020-10-25 16:49
#18
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Kazakhstan justnuros
GG WP
2020-10-25 16:36
Easy for yekindar
2020-10-25 16:36
#20
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Germany Zackst3rz
LETS GOOOOOO
2020-10-25 16:36
#21
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Poland sosiad
wp
2020-10-25 16:36
one of the worst chokes ever
2020-10-25 16:36
#24
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Argentina Lukem_Fan
Congrats
2020-10-25 16:38
Best Cis team
2020-10-25 16:38
#26
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Russia Syonamaru
Congratz VP!
2020-10-25 16:39
#27
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Greenland expertmen
ez 4 merican' ethereal
2020-10-25 16:39
#28
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Portugal dracø
Impressive showing, hope they can keep this lvl up
2020-10-25 16:40
Wp yekindar and co
2020-10-25 16:40
How much points do they get now? 350? I just dunno how it works
2020-10-25 16:41
2 replies
It literally shows u how many points they got...
2020-10-25 19:43
1 reply
I mean hltv points, for ranking, not rmr
2020-10-25 20:43
NA team in CIS Pog
2020-10-25 16:41
Americans?
2020-10-25 16:42
#34
ZywOo | 
India aR__
AVANGAR IS BACK POG
2020-10-25 16:42
CONGRATS VP!!! ALGA VP!!!
2020-10-25 16:45
#39
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Finland 0lter
Deserved lose to lollipop2k after that haircut and earrings disgusting
2020-10-25 16:47
#40
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Expected Spirit should have been in the finals, that was the final we deserved. They threw too hard yesterday.
2020-10-25 16:47
Wrong ethereal @Professur
2020-10-25 16:51
ez for yekindar
2020-10-25 16:58
alga vp.
2020-10-25 16:58
my boy JAME <3
2020-10-25 16:59
(( Reply needs to have actual content
2020-10-25 17:01
1 reply
flag check out men)))
2020-10-25 17:19
Nice ez 4 VP they deserve it
2020-10-25 17:01
deserved
2020-10-25 17:08
#51
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Europe Veyles
GG VP
2020-10-25 17:11
ALGA AVANGAR
2020-10-25 17:13
#53
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United Kingdom Aelin
very impressive tournament from YEKINDAR; good to see this line-up have a bit of a resurgence, they fell off the map for a while.
2020-10-25 17:15
2 replies
-Botren, give igl back to jame and team isnt bad again. Simple
2020-10-25 17:25
1 reply
#118
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Kazakhstan axakz
Don't disrespect AdreN like that, he is in a slope but still legend and helped vp roster to grow
2020-10-26 08:17
yekindar molodiec
2020-10-25 17:16
What a run congrats vp
2020-10-25 17:30
#58
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United States cyrus2121
this team man they may be online as fuck but this is impressive
2020-10-25 17:33
You all talking about VP but what about Nemiga? Great performance by them
2020-10-25 17:33
3 replies
no one car about us mens((
2020-10-25 20:14
Winners writes history
2020-10-25 21:06
1 reply
Still impressive if you think that they manage to beat Spirit in bo3
2020-10-26 02:39
JAME TIME GOAT TIME
2020-10-25 17:38
As expected
2020-10-25 17:38
#64
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Latvia tibr0
YEKINDAR DAVAJ
2020-10-25 17:38
52-31 Jame time
2020-10-25 17:39
you mean neMIGGA?
2020-10-25 17:46
> Gambit - 3735 points (Contender spot) > Espada - 3734.5(!!!) points BanDurka :((
2020-10-25 17:48
1 reply
Gambit deserves it more tbh
2020-10-25 23:38
xaxaxax
2020-10-25 17:56
#70
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United States Gonginator
How did Nemiga even make it this far? They have never done this well before in the past.
2020-10-25 18:03
4 replies
Bootcamp
2020-10-25 21:05
3 replies
Is every other team slacking then? Like god damn, they sure did a lot better than they normally do, so I give them credit for their excellent performance.
2020-10-25 23:49
2 replies
Most esports pros are overgrown kids with zero sense of responsibility, its very well possible that everyone besides vp were slacking thinking they are good enought. Thats why astralis had such era, they were first team in csgo to actually take this as pros.
2020-10-25 23:57
idk Spirit slapped nemiga in groups but lost in the playoffs
2020-10-26 02:45
#71
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Brazil v0m1t
ez and expected
2020-10-25 18:05
#74
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Poland SebL
Virtus.Pro is insane, TOP 15 team for me atm. Nemiga is really good to.
2020-10-25 18:41
#75
jks | 
Finland Miroyev
Feels like yesterday when they were absolute trash but now all of a sudden they're winning everyone they play against
2020-10-25 19:03
4 replies
-Botren = vp good again. Yakindar being good helps too
2020-10-25 21:04
3 replies
#98
jks | 
Finland Miroyev
Didn't they for a while play badly with this lineup too
2020-10-25 21:39
2 replies
Doesnt all teams become bad for some time after changing a player?
2020-10-25 21:41
1 reply
Yeah that's true it takes time of course.
2020-10-25 22:31
#76
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African Union mikecool
Vp resurgence? Wowz
2020-10-25 19:11
gg
2020-10-25 20:05
Ok
2020-10-25 20:17
#91
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Brazil KingDavi
Ez for Yekindar
2020-10-25 20:35
#101
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Ukraine piratz0r
no ukrainian flag :(
2020-10-25 23:10
Where is Yekindar_Is_Underrated?
2020-10-25 23:39
2 replies
+1 I was looking for him too
2020-10-26 02:10
He got 10 year ban
2020-10-26 14:59
Didn't VP win a BLAST tourney right after the Major? Don't those grant you a trophy?
2020-10-26 01:06
2 replies
#108
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Brazil v0m1t
they were under avangar at the time
2020-10-26 02:09
1 reply
Ooh yeah, I see. Didn't think of it.
2020-10-26 02:29
YekindarGOD
2020-10-26 02:10
Spirit number 1 CIS rmr PogChamp
2020-10-26 02:16
1 reply
It was bound to happen... but their last match was disappointing, they should sort their crap before the next champ.
2020-10-26 02:29
Gg
2020-10-26 17:10
xaxaxaxa
2020-10-26 18:15
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