Vitality beat Heroic to set up semi-final clash with Complexity

The French side came out on top of this match between the two best teams in the world, ending a painful losing streak against the Danes.

Vitality are through to the semi-final stage of IEM Beijing-Haidian's European division following a 2-1 victory over Heroic, exacting revenge on the Danes after losing the previous two matches against Casper "⁠cadiaN⁠" Møller's troops — the grand finals of ESL One Cologne and DreamHack Open Fall. Heroic overcame a poor start to the series — a painful thrashing on Overpass — to take the series the full distance after fighting back from two match points down on Nuke. Inferno was more one-sided than the scoreline might suggest as the French side dominated play for the majority of the game.

Cédric "⁠RpK⁠" Guipouy and Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut both played a key part in Vitality's hard-fought victory, but the nickname on everyone's lips as the series came to an end was that of Nabil "⁠Nivera⁠" Benrlitom. The Belgian youngster was brought on for the final map and proved decisive with a 1.31 rating, earning praise from Dan "⁠apEX⁠" Madesclaire.

"I agree we're playing good CS, even though we made some mistakes on Nuke and a little bit on the T side of Inferno, but the rest was really good," Vitality's in-game leader said after the match when asked about the team's impressive display. "Having Nivera stepping up — this guy is really talented, he's like a small ZywOo. That guy is really insane, he's really hungry to play more. He showed up and I'm really happy for the whole team. Everyone stepped up."

ZywOo topped the scoreboard as Vitality moved past Heroic

The French team set the pace early on, racing to a 5-0 lead on the T side of Overpass, their map pick. A 1v2 clutch by Nikolaj "⁠niko⁠" Kristensen kick-started Heroic's recovery, but their respite wouldn't last: Vitality continued to wreak havoc across the map, constantly opening holes in the opposition's defense with key opening frags, with RpK ending the half with 17 frags to his name and a 117 ADR.

Vitality were unwilling to take pity on their stunned opponents and continued to add to their lead after switching to the CT side, with apEX picking up three quick frags in heaven in the pistol round to punish the Danes for a missed smoke. Heroic still attempted a response, but any round they won was quickly countered with a round by Vitality, who breezed to victory.

The French team carried their momentum into Nuke as they strolled to a 3-0 lead on the CT side, but then Heroic found their footing in the game and took the lead. Vitality battled back in the final stages to take a narrow 8-7 lead, with RpK once again leading the charge (16-11 score, 100 ADR).

Heroic came out of the break revitalised and won five rounds straight to get a firm grip on the contest. Vitality picked up the pace and hit match point at 15-13 after a spell of dominance that saw them cut through Heroic's defense with ease before the Danes fired back with two in a row to reach overtime and then four more after regulation to take the series to a third map.

Nivera came on for Richard "⁠shox⁠" Papillon on Inferno and he immediately made his presence felt, racking up 14 frags as Vitality went on a 9-0 run after losing the pistol. Heroic once again looked sluggish and off the pace, but they still managed to put together a few rounds to keep their comeback hopes alive as they switched to the CT side.

The second half began with Heroic pulling three back before Vitality responded with a streak of their own to get within touching distance of victory. The Danes tightened up their defence and gradually took the upper hand, but they were left to pay the price for mistakes in two rounds, with ZywOo putting the game away with a clutch on the B site.

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Inferno
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 Heroic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' MøllercadiaN 54 - 53 +1 69.2 1.04
Denmark Martin 'stavn' Lundstavn 57 - 64 -7 78.4 1.00
Denmark Johannes 'b0RUP' Borupb0RUP 52 - 65 -13 63.1 0.87
Denmark Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensenniko 50 - 68 -18 68.2 0.86
Denmark René 'TeSeS' MadsenTeSeS 41 - 62 -21 59.0 0.78
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' HerbautZywOo 75 - 45 +30 81.3 1.45
Belgium Nabil 'Nivera' BenrlitomNivera 27 - 17 +10 78.8 1.31
France Cédric 'RpK' GuipouyRpK 71 - 56 +15 88.6 1.26
France Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX 57 - 50 +7 81.3 1.19
France Richard 'shox' Papillonshox 37 - 33 +4 75.5 1.13
France Kévin 'misutaaa' Rabiermisutaaa 42 - 53 -11 55.3 0.92
France Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1445
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:
745
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Denmark Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensen
Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensen
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1052
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Belgium Nabil 'Nivera' Benrlitom
Nabil 'Nivera' Benrlitom
Age:
19
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
166
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.10
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1772
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:
1732
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1229
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
nice
2020-11-20 22:54
13 replies
#7
RpK | 
France pol44r
See ya g2 in finals,this time if 2 chokers meet atleast one will win right?
2020-11-20 22:56
12 replies
Yeah, i hope for that final. Happy if one of them finally manage to lift the trophy.
2020-11-20 23:00
6 replies
#13
RpK | 
France pol44r
+1
2020-11-20 23:01
navi will win rip ur dreams.
2020-11-20 23:08
4 replies
#26
RpK | 
France pol44r
Thank you for predicting this,now I can safely bet on g2
2020-11-20 23:12
1 reply
see u after grandfinals then :)
2020-11-20 23:13
damn thanks Predic123 !
2020-11-21 13:06
1 reply
np
2020-11-21 13:07
a paradox will happen and both of them will lose...
2020-11-20 23:00
4 replies
#24
RpK | 
France pol44r
It will create a black hole and we are transported to a reality where Astralis is Italian
2020-11-20 23:12
2 replies
XDDDDDDDD
2020-11-20 23:12
Si, pizza buggati astralis
2020-11-21 07:43
#70
DEVIL | 
France Efon
+1, infinite game and the admins will declare tie
2020-11-21 12:50
sad
2020-11-20 22:55
#3
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Germany I_car
Vitality will lose another final!
2020-11-20 22:55
2 replies
They have to reach it first
2020-11-21 01:07
1 reply
#65
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Europe PowwneD
They will reach it
2020-11-21 11:47
Another losing final
2020-11-20 22:55
es
2020-11-20 22:56
#8
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France Uexo
this time is the one
2020-11-20 22:59
Expected from onlineroic xDDDDD What they forgot on top2 in rankings?
2020-11-20 22:59
1 reply
onlinewho ? never heard of them before omegalul herocheat back to top 30 now please
2020-11-20 23:03
a bit ez
2020-11-20 23:00
Vitality to win it all
2020-11-20 23:02
lol how the fuck does Nivera have that high adr and 2.0 with only 27 kills in 3 maps xD
2020-11-20 23:03
12 replies
are you baiting ? he played 1 map...
2020-11-20 23:03
11 replies
oh seriously didn't notice that, my bad then i guess lol
2020-11-20 23:04
10 replies
wait... how dont you know that vitality is playing as a 6th man roster...
2020-11-20 23:05
9 replies
It was just a fail by me, as i only looked quickly at the scoreboard, cadian -1 zywoo +30 and then nivera second with 27 kills what the hell... Not watching Vitality matches unless it's against Astralis though, so didn't expect them to change midgame, but guess they've done it before since you say it like that then?
2020-11-20 23:08
8 replies
no problem lol you're just not a vitality fan 😅 and yeah they now always play like this with nivera on inferno and dust 2 (if im not mistaken)
2020-11-20 23:09
7 replies
clearly not lol Alright, makes sense but seems a bit weird to agree to only play a certain map or two for the player
2020-11-20 23:16
6 replies
nah I think its a great things since misuta and shox can stop training on dust 2/inferno and nivera only has to train on 2 maps -> More time for everybody to practice etc (sorry for my terrible english im really tired)
2020-11-20 23:22
5 replies
Thing is, that I doubt it will be possible to change during a match at lans and major, so they need to go for banning that one or two maps all the time, or play with guys that don't really practive it?
2020-11-21 00:59
4 replies
It's legit, If they can do it online, they will be allowed to do offline :) i thing it's a good think, Astralis themselves try a 6th man roster. But C9 came with big money for e3tag O_O gg wp vita, what a game !
2020-11-21 01:20
3 replies
Astralis tried with 7, but got 6 now. Dont forget Bubzkji. They dont aim to switch midgames though How can you be sure they will be allowed to do it offline? that will cause too much interruption and possible technical issues to change during a series. Can you imagine playing on the stage in front of a full crowd. Hold up guys, 20 mins break, cause we gotta change a player and get him hooked up to this pc that the other player was just using
2020-11-21 02:04
2 replies
#62
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Denmark Fonder
could be managed with more seats/comps. instead of 5 they could have 6 or 7 comps ready. Btw. first time in a year I see vitality play with confidence. WP
2020-11-21 09:06
#66
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Europe PowwneD
I'm pretty sure that XTQZZZ and the Vitality staff would not have took the risk to do it if they can't use it this way in LAN. Also Misutaa is still in school so that let him more time to do both in an optimal way
2020-11-21 11:52
lesgooooo
2020-11-20 23:06
#28
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Ukraine kalitajke
6v5 ez
2020-11-20 23:14
#30
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Denmark Nt_NoScene
6v5 pog
2020-11-20 23:18
What was that about choking, French mentality? Looks like Heroic were the ones who got tilted/pressured to me.
2020-11-20 23:21
#32
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Norway nunz1o
Tournament organizers shouldn't allow 6 players rotation mid-series.
2020-11-20 23:23
9 replies
#36
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Finland Pitsa31
Why?
2020-11-20 23:29
#37
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Argentina nymeros
Why? any org can sign whoever they want. If Heroic want a 9 man roster they are free to do so. If you want to stay on 5, stay 5.
2020-11-20 23:51
7 replies
#43
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Australia Cheesle2
It's pay to win man.
2020-11-21 00:08
6 replies
Hell no Pay to win would be if just adding more players would mean better results. That's not the case, it's just Vitality not only has a really good game plan but their rotation system makes it clear who plays when in order to maximize the team results. This is how the 6th man should be used not as a goddam burnout sub (Astral is)
2020-11-21 00:45
1 reply
Indeed Astralis is wasting a young talent like bubzkji by benching him Should play him on maps like dust2 or nuke where dupreeh isn’t really good at
2020-11-21 01:05
Well, cs:go (and sports in general) is pay to win as a matter of fact. Orgs who can afford keeping better players win
2020-11-21 01:03
2 replies
#67
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Europe PowwneD
Yes but you can't buy the chemistry and the intelligence in the approach of the game, in Vitality case it let Misutaa having more time to do school lessons and letting him not to play on a map on which he is unconfortable on (dust 2) whereas Nivera has only to play 2 maps where he is vert confortable on (dust 2/ Inferno) and also provide a solution to the B site CT side of Inferno on which Vitality as a whole was unconfortable.
2020-11-21 11:58
#68
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France Nairelav
There is also something else ppl should keep in mind about it, ofc not every teams can afford having 6 players in their team but also not every team play as much tournament as Vitality which can lead some players to burnout (and every other top 10 teams, also most of them are powerful orgs so they can afford it)
2020-11-21 12:46
#59
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Argentina nymeros
Oh i didn't realize that players don't have salary
2020-11-21 04:01
#33
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Honestly , Nivera is too good to play only on selected maps and not be part of starting lineup.
2020-11-20 23:21
2 replies
#39
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Argentina nymeros
Adaptation period
2020-11-20 23:52
#69
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France Nairelav
He's gonna play more in the future, they are doing it step by step, giving him max confidence
2020-11-21 12:48
#35
RpK | 
Turkey MrAycan
vitality beat the hardest team imo complexity still hard opponent for them
2020-11-20 23:23
2 replies
Current complexity are better than current heroic
2020-11-21 01:06
1 reply
#64
RpK | 
Turkey MrAycan
they can be better but not for now
2020-11-21 11:45
6v5 bruh...
2020-11-20 23:52
Only 2 danes left. At last we've got our asses kicked. And about time!
2020-11-20 23:59
#41
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Brazil rehbobina
nivera > misutaaa
2020-11-21 00:00
4 replies
#42
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France naveJ
yeah right now , but don't forget that misutaaa has school + cs , it's hard to perform with both , he's doing great !
2020-11-21 00:05
3 replies
Even if misutaa dont have school nivera still better in my opinion
2020-11-21 01:45
2 replies
#57
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France naveJ
Yeah sure nivera fits perfectly with vitality he is THE guy , chemistry is perfect , he is a GOD , wish scream was still in cs and be in vitality with him
2020-11-21 03:02
1 reply
#60
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Argentina nymeros
wait until LAN returns guys. Too soon to judge both
2020-11-21 04:02
zywoOOooOo
2020-11-21 00:32
Nice!!!! CoL maybe 2-1 win, then finals. Don’t throw this tournament boys))
2020-11-21 01:39
#55
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Poland SebL
Vitality is showing some kind of potential, the core of apEX, ZywOo and shox can build a roster which can be one of the best ever. Still I think they are going to lose semi-final tomorrow vs Complexity. Heroic is showing some kind of potential aswell, with small changes they still could retake no.1 spot I think.
2020-11-21 02:29
#56
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France cedd
vitality seriously outplayed heroic in this bo3 and choked a bit in both nuke and inferno, but otherwise looked mostly in control. was rly impressive
2020-11-21 02:54
#58
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Brazil rehbobina
if b0rup had realized that he killed the 2 in that spray and defused the bomb on Inferno 11-7, maybe the game would have been another
2020-11-21 03:11
1 reply
maybe, but more probably not
2020-11-21 09:33
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