Vitality defeat Complexity; to face NAVI in IEM Beijing-Haidian grand final

Vitality secured their second grand final appearance in a row after defeating Complexity 2-0 in the IEM Beijing-Haidian semi-finals.

Vitality are continuing to show good form following their quarter-final victory over No-2-ranked Heroic, and are now through to the IEM Beijing-Haidian grand final after defeating Complexity in the tournament’s semis. There they’ll meet Natus Vincere, a team they haven’t faced since beating them in a three-map playoff lower bracket series in the BLAST Premier Spring Finals in June.

The French team, who have finished second at two tournaments since the summer break, ESL One Cologne and DreamHack Open Fall, will now have a third shot at lifting a trophy this season.

Vitality were able to find their groove late on in their map pick, Vertigo, a close affair in the semi-final bout, thanks to a strong double AWP setup made up of Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut and Richard "⁠shox⁠" Papillon. The French team then kept their CT-side momentum on Complexity’s map pick, and although the half ended up being a close one, a pistol round clutch by shox in the second half gave Vitality the wind needed to close the series out in two maps.

shox had a vintage performance on Vertigo, ending it with a 1.76 rating

Complexity won the first pistol round on the defending side of Vertigo, but quick entries by Vitality on the A site in the two following rounds put the French squad ahead. Benjamin "⁠blameF⁠" Bremer and company were able to win the following round with four pistols and a saved rifle to keep things tied up, turning around the economic game and taking a 5-3 lead. Complexity then brought it back to a tie, 6-6, after which Kristian "⁠k0nfig⁠" Wienecke killed five players in a 3vs5 retake, and although he was denied the defuse by a molotov, his team went on to win the half by a razor-thin margin, 8-7.

Complexity once again won the pistol round, this time on the attack, but were once again unable to take the anti-forcebuy as Vitality went on to regain the lead early on 10-9. The two teams remained neck-and-neck, but a double AWP setup by ZywOo and an on-point shox gave Vitality the edge as they broke out with a five round streak to close the map out 16-11.

Complexity made it three for three pistol rounds on the attacking side of Mirage, but Vitality then made it three for three second round forcebuys before going up 5-1. Complexity then finally found success on the B site to tally another round, but weren’t able to follow it up, struggling to find cracks in Vitality’s CT side. Cédric "⁠RpK⁠" Guipouy had a standout performance on A, finishing the side with 19 kills and over 150 ADR even though Complexity brought their slow start back to a close 7-8 half.

shox won a 1vs4 clutch in the second pistol round of Mirage to keep his team in the driver’s seat as they went up 11-7 ahead of the first buy round. A fast A incursion caused Complexity to call for a save, although it was in vain as they were unable to put up a defense that could stop the French squad, losing all seven rounds played in the second half as Vitality secured a spot in the IEM Beijing-Haidian grand final.

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 Complexity K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wieneckek0nfig 43 - 36 +7 98.5 1.30
Australia Justin 'jks' Savagejks 31 - 36 -5 58.1 0.86
Denmark Benjamin 'blameF' BremerblameF 24 - 39 -15 67.7 0.77
United States William 'RUSH' WierzbaRUSH 20 - 38 -18 50.4 0.64
Bulgaria Valentin 'poizon' Vasilevpoizon 18 - 40 -22 48.6 0.56
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' HerbautZywOo 45 - 23 +22 83.8 1.43
France Richard 'shox' Papillonshox 43 - 26 +17 80.1 1.39
France Cédric 'RpK' GuipouyRpK 40 - 29 +11 95.3 1.35
France Kévin 'misutaaa' Rabiermisutaaa 30 - 27 +3 67.3 1.07
France Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX 29 - 31 -2 67.2 0.96
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 Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1288
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
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
Denmark Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
572
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.15
Very nice try complexity
2020-11-21 20:44
9 replies
That was cool
2020-11-21 20:45
2 replies
Valentin 'poizon' Vasilev 18 - 40 -22 48.6 0.56 Always
2020-11-21 21:31
1 reply
yikes
2020-11-22 03:36
XI WU > s0mple tomorrow
2020-11-21 20:45
4 replies
#21
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CIS vioriah
i will sell myself into slavery if vitality win and im not even kidding
2020-11-21 20:59
3 replies
#40
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Indonesia lumayan
LUL
2020-11-21 21:47
5$, take it or leave it.
2020-11-21 21:53
1 reply
#77
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CIS vioriah
ok i guess
2020-11-23 07:42
Mad soyboy spotted lmao
2020-11-22 06:29
Grats
2020-11-21 20:44
1 reply
+1
2020-11-21 20:52
shox is doing better than last year
2020-11-21 20:44
2 replies
#47
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United States 1nsaneMe
Ever since alex left, apex igls and seems like it is benefiting shox in his playstyle. He seems more comfortable now and that's a good sign for vitality going ahead.
2020-11-21 22:13
1 reply
shox lead as well , confirmed from interview
2020-11-21 22:10
WP vitality
2020-11-21 20:44
Can't wait to see vitality choke their 4th or 5th final in a row Hope for a good match anyway
2020-11-21 20:45
3 replies
#10
JW | 
Ireland Sodaking
i mean yea they have a shocking record in finals this year
2020-11-21 20:47
1 reply
#17
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Brazil rehbobina
if they don't win now, they won't win anymore kkkk
2020-11-21 20:54
S0mple choke vs vitality choke. Must be interesting
2020-11-21 23:12
#9
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France Uexo
LET'S GO ! 5th final #VforVictory
2020-11-21 20:45
wtf ? vitality on a 5 finals loose streak ?
2020-11-21 20:47
4 replies
#23
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France Insidium
+1
2020-11-21 21:04
#32
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Ukraine McSwell
French fans are desperately trying to pull tomorrow's victory by bald "on luck" predictions?
2020-11-21 21:25
2 replies
#69
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France poulpup
at this point i hope we lose the final to get WR on lost finals XD
2020-11-22 04:24
1 reply
imma go on ouija table
2020-11-22 10:55
#12
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Brazil rehbobina
5th final, I hope that vitality now wins
2020-11-21 20:49
title should have been: "s1mple vs ZywOo bo5 final tomorrow" rest is irrelevant lmao
2020-11-21 20:49
5 replies
+1
2020-11-21 20:54
#29
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Serbia LtN))
+1
2020-11-21 21:22
+1
2020-11-21 22:09
+1
2020-11-21 23:26
+1
2020-11-22 05:22
s1mple vs zywoo lets see
2020-11-21 20:51
cant wait to lose another grand final
2020-11-21 20:54
1 reply
jinxed myself
2020-11-22 22:23
#19
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Vietnam ALLAHTARES
ez
2020-11-21 20:56
ez for zywoo
2020-11-21 20:57
#22
RpK | 
Turkey MrAycan
They are so clean right now i think this is the First place for vitaliy
2020-11-21 21:00
#24
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Poland SebL
Vitality is showing some kind of potential, the core of shox, apEX and ZywOo could build a team that would just crush the whole scene. It's going to be incredibly close final tomorrow. And Complexity is showing some potential aswell, with small changes they could be a TOP 10 team.
2020-11-21 21:05
-poizon pls hes been a bot for the past 2-3 events
2020-11-21 21:08
time to win a final vita
2020-11-21 21:13
#28
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Serbia LtN))
s1mple vs ZywOo bo5 rest irrelevant
2020-11-21 21:21
#33
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China HEIDASHUAi
ZywOo vs s1mple let's go
2020-11-21 21:25
#35
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Ukraine StaR1y
COMPLEXITY realy shit
2020-11-21 21:32
#37
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Denmark twinseN
Everyone thinks Vita wins Im pretty sure Simpletronic takes this one
2020-11-21 21:33
Best two teams in the final. Gonna be a banger!
2020-11-21 21:49
ez for misutaaa
2020-11-21 21:50
#43
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CIS iFiKe
Great job from both teams. I think we will have an interesting match tomorrow. gl hf
2020-11-21 21:51
Need to prepare some popcorn tomorrow, finals gon be gud(i hope).
2020-11-21 21:56
ZyWoo vs s1mple and most importantly, misutaa vs Perfecto
2020-11-21 22:08
1 reply
#68
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Indonesia lukerey
perfecto >>> misutaa More like flamie vs misutaa
2020-11-22 04:19
Nice match gg
2020-11-21 22:22
Xi Wu winning home event with home crowd.
2020-11-21 22:27
Xi numba WUN
2020-11-21 22:48
Xi Wu vs p1mple
2020-11-21 22:53
#59
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African Union mikecool
Gg vitality looking strong
2020-11-21 23:39
#61
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Argentina nymeros
And without using Nivera!
2020-11-22 00:34
#62
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World Beard43
poizon is in a massive slump at the moment, I wonder if he's okay. I only got to see Vertigo but it was a fairly good game, I'm impressed by Complexity with jks so far! WP Vitality.
2020-11-22 01:14
#65
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Australia Cheesle2
this BO5 final determines the #1 this year.
2020-11-22 02:32
#67
ZywOo | 
France Jaune
ez
2020-11-22 03:40
s1mple vs ZywOo final lets goo
2020-11-22 05:21
Today S1mple Will ones again get reckt by Zywoo
2020-11-22 11:09
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