Virtus.pro overcome Spirit in BLAST Premier Fall Showdown

The CIS matchup went all three maps, with Virtus.pro eliminating Spirit from the tournament after a 2-1 victory.

The two best teams from the CIS regions aside from Natus Vincere crossed paths in the first match of the BLAST Premier Fall Showdown single-elimination bracket, where Virtus.pro bounced back from a disappointing Mirage to take the win on Train and Inferno.

Looking at the first three halves of play, Spirit seemed in control, with Artem "⁠iDISBALANCE⁠" Egorov and Nikolay "⁠mir⁠" Bityukov pushing their team forward, but Virtus.pro managed to win key rounds on the T side of Train, thanks to clutches from Dzhami "⁠Jame⁠" Ali and Timur "⁠buster⁠" Tulepov, turn around the map, and seal the deal comfortably on Inferno.

Virtus.pro's next opponent will be a South American squad, the winner of FURIA - Isurus, with Liquid, MIBR, and FaZe also on their side of the bracket. Two more victories are needed for the CIS squad to earn a spot in the BLAST Premier Fall Finals, where the likes of G2 and Vitality await.

Clutches from buster turned the tides of Train

Mirage started as was expected from a derby, with rounds traded back and forth and neither team being able to pull ahead early. That changed as the score was 5-4, as iDISBALANCE's double-kill held back Virtus.pro's B push, with Spirit's AWPer going on the roll after that.

Spirit ended the half 9-6 up, and following Sanjar "⁠SANJI⁠" Kuliev denying Leonid "⁠chopper⁠" Vishnyakov's clutch attempt on the pistol, bounced back with a force buy, not looking back. Virtus.pro picked up sporadic rounds, but after being down 13-8, losing a 2v3 and 2v5 back-to-back spelled the end of Mirage, 16-9 in favor of Spirit.

Virtus.pro scooped up the pistol on Train and went up 3-0, but Spirit proceeded to run riot on the T side again to claw back on their map pick. The score was 5-3 when multikills from Alexey "⁠qikert⁠" Golubev and Jame to hold B got Virtus.pro rolling again, with that duo leading the fragging at half time for a 9-6 lead.

After the switch, Spirit looked good to run it back, chaining four in a row to make it 10-9. However, two clutches from buster and one from Jame enabled Virtus.pro to go on a seven-round streak and take Train 16-10, forcing the decider - Inferno.

Dominance from Virtus.pro kicked off Inferno as Spirit seemingly lost all confidence after Train. SANJI came alive to push his team 8-0 up before Spirit chained four on the offense to keep things competitive at 10-5 for the half. Unfortunately for chopper and co., they never got going on the defense and Virtus.pro sealed the deal, 16-8, to advance to the quarter-finals.

Matchpage
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24th November 2020
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Mirage
9
10
Train
16
8
Inferno
16
 Spirit K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Russia Artem 'iDISBALANCE' EgoroviDISBALANCE 60 - 48 +12 84.7 1.24
Russia Nikolay 'mir' Bityukovmir 56 - 52 +4 77.0 1.14
Russia Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakovchopper 51 - 52 -1 75.3 1.10
Ukraine Viktor 'sdy' Orudzhevsdy 45 - 46 -1 72.2 0.98
Russia Boris 'magixx' Vorobievmagixx 40 - 49 -9 55.2 0.85
 Virtus.pro K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Russia Dzhami 'Jame' AliJame 60 - 47 +13 73.5 1.13
Kazakhstan Alexey 'qikert' Golubevqikert 51 - 49 +2 79.8 1.11
Latvia Mareks 'YEKINDAR' GaļinskisYEKINDAR 51 - 54 -3 73.5 1.03
Kazakhstan Timur 'buster' Tulepovbuster 48 - 52 -4 75.1 1.02
Uzbekistan Sanjar 'SANJI' KulievSANJI 36 - 51 -15 56.3 0.77
Russia Artem 'iDISBALANCE' Egorov
Artem 'iDISBALANCE' Egorov
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
583
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
Russia Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
848
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Uzbekistan Sanjar 'SANJI' Kuliev
Sanjar 'SANJI' Kuliev
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
580
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
Kazakhstan Timur 'buster' Tulepov
Timur 'buster' Tulepov
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1012
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
Russia Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
926
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.56
APR:
0.09
Russia Nikolay 'mir' Bityukov
Nikolay 'mir' Bityukov
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
807
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Kazakhstan Alexey 'qikert' Golubev
Alexey 'qikert' Golubev
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1006
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.13
Nice!
2020-11-24 19:16
1 reply
Jame #1
2020-11-24 22:43
JAME TIME
2020-11-24 19:16
mom i did that
2020-11-24 19:16
expected
2020-11-24 19:17
#7
ZywOo | 
India aR__
Nice one jame!
2020-11-24 19:17
ALGA VP! ALGA KAZAKHSTAN!
2020-11-24 19:17
1 reply
LETS GO VP
2020-11-24 21:29
#10
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Latvia YungPan666
EZ4VP
2020-11-24 19:17
The mini slump for VP has ended. Now VP will win blast and flashpoint
2020-11-24 19:19
#13
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Kazakhstan geniu$ex
gj buster
2020-11-24 19:19
buster really didnt want to get 2-0'ed xd?
2020-11-24 19:20
#17
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Sad Spirit fan noises, F you on Train Buster.
2020-11-24 19:24
#18
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Latvia Phenomennn
Shit vs Poop
2020-11-24 19:26
#22
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Russia Syonamaru
It's interesting that spirit has more frags then vp despite the fact that they lost this
2020-11-24 19:30
easy
2020-11-24 19:34
VP underrated
2020-11-24 19:35
1 reply
I think so
2020-11-24 20:12
VP is way better than any NA team, why hltv still count NA scene as something relevant lol
2020-11-24 19:41
1 reply
+1 CIS scene should have had more chances at IEM Global Challenge
2020-11-24 20:19
#29
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Poland SebL
VP is showing some potential, with small changes they could be a TOP 10 team. Spirit have potential, they just need to work hard.
2020-11-24 19:50
2 replies
#36
arT | 
Russia bult0
Any change would break VP untill it's +s1mple or +electronic
2020-11-24 20:51
1 reply
#46
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Poland SebL
I don't know if it would break them but they shouldn't make changes atm., everyone is looking fine there.
2020-11-25 08:45
Wow such an unreal manor final we’ve experienced, tnx valve and co gg
2020-11-24 20:03
Sanji needs to go
2020-11-24 20:46
3 replies
no sanji is GOD
2020-11-24 20:50
1 reply
name checks out
2020-11-24 21:31
Sanji always drops for teammates and plays with low cost weapons. That’s why he is low tab. Honestly, he is good player. Just role in the team makes him lowtab
2020-11-25 10:25
VP top 10 until 2021 even come
2020-11-24 21:11
#38
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United Kingdom Owainnn
pog
2020-11-24 21:13
gg
2020-11-24 21:29
VP just look better and better! With this new lineup maybe the could go back to where they were as avangar? It'll be difficult but I think it's possible.
2020-11-24 21:58
gg
2020-11-24 22:15
ok
2020-11-25 01:46
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