Vitality beat Liquid to move on in BLAST Premier Global Final upper bracket

The French team are just one victory away from the grand final after putting up another strong performance.

Vitality have set up a clash with Astralis in the upper bracket final of the BLAST Premier Global Final following a 2-0 victory over Liquid. An imperious display from Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut helped the French team to pick up a hard-fought victory on Nuke before they headed to their map pick of Vertigo, where veterans Richard "⁠shox⁠" Papillon and Cédric "⁠RpK⁠" Guipouy took over. Vitality took the lead from the outset and denied their opponents any chance of a comeback with a series of clutch situations throughout the game.

The French team got off to a lively start, cruising to a 5-0 lead on the CT side of Nuke, where Nabil "⁠Nivera⁠" Benrlitom was once again given the nod to play. Liquid picked up the pace after that, however, and dominated proceedings for the rest of the half for a 9-6 score, with Keith "⁠NAF⁠" Markovic leading the charge with 15 frags to his name and a 119 ADR.

Vitality will take on Astralis on Saturday for a spot in the final

Vitality came out of the break a revitalised side, winning eight of the initial nine rounds to get on the brink of victory. Liquid remained calm and collected - despite losing a painful 2v1 situation to a 1 HP ZywOo -, and took the game the full distance, only to falter at the final hurdle as the Frenchmen turned a 3v4 situation around.

ZywOo opened up the action on Vertigo with a quad-kill in the pistol round to help Vitality into an early lead. The French team controlled the early stages of the game - keeping Liquid from stringing rounds together - and raced to a 6-2 lead before the North Americans put their foot down. Jake "⁠Stewie2K⁠" Yip's charges put some rounds together to equalise the score, but then Vitality responded with three in a row to gain some momentum before the break.

Now playing on the T side, Liquid took the pistol round convincingly, but there was no follow-up as shox and RpK overcame a 2v5 situation. The French team kept a very tight defense and quickly hit match point, weathering a very late comeback attempt from the North Americans to wrap up the series.

Matchpage
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21st January 2021
16
Nuke
14
16
Vertigo
11
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
49 - 32 +17 94.1 1.33
40 - 27 +13 73.1 1.30
37 - 35 +2 72.3 1.12
23 - 19 +4 60.8 1.11
38 - 40 -2 78.0 1.11
11 - 19 -8 45.9 0.60
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
37 - 37 0 71.6 1.03
38 - 42 -4 76.4 1.03
32 - 39 -7 71.9 0.95
35 - 39 -4 58.8 0.95
30 - 41 -11 66.9 0.87
France Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1467
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.28
Maps played:
767
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.62
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1355
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Belgium Nabil 'Nivera' Benrlitom
Nabil 'Nivera' Benrlitom
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
182
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1789
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1330
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
#1
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France Uexo
gg, close game Liquid with Fallen looks good, looking forward to that Vitality vs Astralis matchup #VforVictory
2021-01-22 01:03
12 replies
#6
RUSH | 
United States ShawnM
unlucky
2021-01-22 01:02
1 reply
XI WU THE WAY OF THE CLUTCH
2021-01-22 01:03
#18
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Indonesia lumayan
Fluketality
2021-01-22 01:23
#38
arT | 
Brazil joroca
Fallen deserves a better team
2021-01-22 04:36
7 replies
Suggestions?
2021-01-22 05:10
6 replies
i think fallen should make a team from the scratch, call another BR superstar like coldzera and bring two solid riflers (getting fer and fnx out of retirement would be POG). Also they should get a bad player to be bait for cold (like TACO for example) since a team with 5 superstars never work (faze) I think this lineup is decent and have a good shot at winning majors
2021-01-22 05:51
4 replies
6/8
2021-01-22 06:51
i think it has potential to win majors especially if the team they go against chokes lol
2021-01-22 16:01
#72
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Brazil opala_6cc
0/8 bro, leave Fallen play solo at least one 1 time, Fallen was not fer's or TACO's dad
2021-01-22 16:51
they can not afford to grind from the bottom again, it takes too much time
2021-01-22 17:57
#58
arT | 
Brazil joroca
I'm just kidding, it's a brazilian meme lol
2021-01-22 10:52
#43
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Bulgaria peswaka
fuck liquid why cloudnt they just get 1 map
2021-01-22 07:13
Nt liquid
2021-01-22 01:02
#3
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Japan Yuukek
Nice try Liquid, this is the beginning of a new story led by Fallen
2021-01-22 01:03
#4
oskar | 
Czech Republic Imicek
Save Fallen.
2021-01-22 01:02
#5
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South Africa @FyreCS
Tip
2021-01-22 01:02
NT
2021-01-22 01:03
#9
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Bulgaria alekscho89
Well played Vit carried by Zywoo again , but life is life very promising performance from my boys from Liquid so i dont care that we losed heads up for tomorrow
2021-01-22 01:03
16 replies
#23
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Canada Minami
Plz explain how Zywoo carried Vertigo....
2021-01-22 01:34
10 replies
he carried Nuke and it was much more close than Vertigo^^ Shox did great on the B site of vertigo but on nuke Shox did the same performance ZywOo did on vertigo which is 1.09 rating. ZywOo got a 4k 1hp ace clutch btw on Nuke ^^
2021-01-22 02:13
9 replies
#35
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Canada Minami
You didn't explain how he carried Vertigo with his 13 kills. Zywoo is a beast, yes, but when your teamates have 22,22,23 kills and you have 27.. it's not a carry... it's a team effort. Zywootality doesn't exist anymore since Alex left a year ago, it's time to accept they're playing as a team.
2021-01-22 03:34
8 replies
Of course, I think I know Vitality way better than you do tbh. I didn't say he carried Vertigo though ? They have exactly the same rating in the other map of the big perf map. Shox has 1.09 on Nuke and ZywOo has 1.09 on vertigo but the game was much closer on Nuke 16-14 ^^. Don't put words I didn't say in my mouth, that's rubbish.
2021-01-22 03:53
5 replies
#62
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Canada Minami
That's the beginning of the discussion #9 : "Well played Vit carried by Zywoo again " Me : "Plz explain how Zywoo carried Vertigo...." you : "he carried Nuke"!!!!! So ... how did he carry vertigo? Since you know more about Vitality than us, you can answer a simple question.
2021-01-22 13:20
4 replies
That's not my comment LOL ! Are you legally blind ? HAHAHHAHAHAHA
2021-01-22 16:29
2 replies
#74
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Canada Minami
....... Wow, you're a real specimen... 1) #9 as the comment from alekscho89... the 9th comment of the topic, the one I answered to.... that's why I didn't write : "You : Well played...." but "#9 : Well played....". 2) I asked how Zywoo carried Vertigo, you answer about Nuke... Like a pizzaiolo asks you what pizza you want and you answer you want sushi... then make fun of him because of *place lame insult here* 3) As your name seems to be #9 (couldn't guess that even if I tried), I assume you're just some kind of experiment from a dark lab, so I won't be too hard on you: have a nice day and continue whatever the fuck your life is..
2021-01-22 22:12
1 reply
"Bulgaria alekscho89" user said :" Well played Vit carried by Zywoo again" You "Minami" user said: "Plz explain how Zywoo carried Vertigo...." And I said: "he carried Nuke and it was much more close than Vertigo^^ Shox did great on the B site of vertigo but on nuke Shox did the same performance ZywOo did on vertigo which is 1.09 rating." 2) He didn't specify which map ZywOo carried. Your answer is "How did ZywOo carried Vertigo" LOL AND YOU'RE TELLING ME THIS AFTERWARDS ? You lack brain cells. I specified. I said ZywOo carried Nuke and Shox didn't carry Nuke but carried Vertigo, is exactly the point of my comment. I also said that Nuke was a lot closer between the 2 teams than Vertigo. Why is your brain not picking this up ? You're insulting even ? Are you that butthurt Liquid lost or what ? Shut the fuck you trash, with your ad hominem "whatever your life is blablabla". My god your kind of users are the fucking worst. You're posting things about Vitality while I know Vitality a lot more than you, I speak a lot of languages and french is one of them. I've been following Vitality since Atlanta and since "NBK's project" was still in the making. No need to reply, cya to Liquid, these trashes won't go further.
2021-01-22 22:34
You're literally ELiGE in main getting 6 flashbangs stacked on his face.
2021-01-22 16:42
#48
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Denmark KingDevice
This is the first time in a long time, zywoo didnt have to carry
2021-01-22 08:31
1 reply
#63
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Canada Minami
If I look at they victories only, le last time was a little over a month ago: hltv.org/matches/2345744/vitality-vs-ast.. hltv.org/matches/2345731/vitality-vs-mou.. hltv.org/matches/2345208/vitality-vs-mad.. hltv.org/matches/2345203/vitality-vs-faz.. Zywoo is often the top fragger and has a really good impact, but you're just a hater if you don't want to accept that Vitality is a good team. I didn't link matches where Misutaaa or Nivera was on the top, because they don't play every map.
2021-01-22 13:27
Shox 49k and 1.33
2021-01-22 02:07
shox 49 - 32 +17 94.1 1.33 ZywOo 40 - 27 +13 73.1 1.30 mhm
2021-01-22 02:35
3 replies
#32
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Romania styl3noxe
This game, 90% of the games zywoo is hard carry.Nothing new.
2021-01-22 02:40
2 replies
he's got decent fraggers by his side that can always step up and carry themselves. Their team play is good and they have good strats, you can frag out of your mind, have questionable team mates and lose consistently because of shitty strats, just look at NA'VI lmao.
2021-01-22 03:19
1 reply
#60
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Romania styl3noxe
Vitality is a very good team, it's crazy what you can do with 4 decent / mediocre players and a god who just really work really good together.Same as Astralis in the beginning.But you can never, but never say something about zywoo hard carry.Everyone can see that Vitality is amazing, but if you get zywoo out of the team they will struggle to be a top 10 team.Anyway it doesn't matter, it s their luck they got zywoo, that's how this game works.But zywoo is the most important piece in this team, this is just a fact.
2021-01-22 12:15
200 IQ liquid, they know they will get rekt by astralis so they just lose their games and get second to last in tourney so they don’t have to play them😯😮🤯
2021-01-22 01:04
Ez for the No.1 in the world
2021-01-22 01:04
Liquid actually look good tbf. GG
2021-01-22 01:05
gg lol
2021-01-22 01:07
#14
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Chile cristiaan
what happened elige :(
2021-01-22 01:07
3 replies
bad day for him, if he played better liquid would have won tbh, promising
2021-01-22 06:53
2 replies
#45
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Chile cristiaan
+1
2021-01-22 07:54
+1
2021-01-22 13:06
Liquid had a rough game for the individuals, yet they still managed to make both maps close. Can't wait to see the next match!
2021-01-22 01:08
1 reply
#24
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Canada Minami
+1, they look promising
2021-01-22 01:36
#16
RpK | 
Turkey MrAycan
liquid 4th place mark my words
2021-01-22 01:09
1 reply
I would say at least 3rd for them, they are looking very strong and I think they could have won this series if their individuals showed up, especially Elige he was quiet this series.
2021-01-22 13:38
Unlucky for Liquid, excited to see their progress though!
2021-01-22 01:15
Elige and naf didn't show up in this series, if they did, I'm confident we would've seen a different outcome (2-1 in favor of vitality still, but ever so closely contested ) I don't believe this is a honeymoon period either, as their team play has definitely improved since losing nitro.. I have high hopes for liquid in the future, good luck to them!! GG vitality zywoo definitely showing why he's number 1 of 2020!
2021-01-22 01:26
2 replies
It is just too early to expect them to bring their A level and be consistent but they look better than they did in all of 2020, I expect them to be top 5 soon.
2021-01-22 01:32
Liquid played much better then they used too too bad they facing goDwhO so unlucko
2021-01-22 01:43
#20
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Brazil angryyyy
FalleN consistent asf
2021-01-22 01:28
#22
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Australia B_Tannen
nice
2021-01-22 01:33
Elige top 8 hltv
2021-01-22 02:09
No ZywOo against Liquid ? That 4k ace with 1hp is something else lol.
2021-01-22 02:12
Shox <3
2021-01-22 02:26
It's easy when you have the best player in the world in your team. I mean no T1 team would lose to Liquid anyway, right ?
2021-01-22 03:12
Well Liquid fared a lot better than I expected
2021-01-22 04:22
-elige +who?
2021-01-22 07:51
2 replies
Markeloff?
2021-01-22 08:41
1 reply
+1
2021-01-22 08:46
#46
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Poland SebL
Vitality is looking really good. Liquid is showing some potential, with small changes they could be TOP 5 I think.
2021-01-22 07:57
2 replies
Copy pasta 0/8
2021-01-22 08:41
1 reply
#54
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Poland SebL
It's not a copy basta nor a bait.
2021-01-22 09:19
#47
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Argentina nymeros
Moses said Stewie was the IGL on paper, but everyone could call on specific moments if they want to, that only leads to disaster. If you just wanted to bring an awper there was better options (though FalleN is doing pretty well), just make FalleN IGL or bring one, although TL is doing fine I don't think they will success in long term.
2021-01-22 08:14
nothing wrong on losing to the team that has the best player in the world.
2021-01-22 08:48
shox is back? i hope so
2021-01-22 09:19
1 reply
Maybe
2021-01-22 13:47
GGWP Liquid but Zywoo is a tough wall to overcome, I knew he got the series when that 1HP 1v4 clutch happened
2021-01-22 09:33
give liquid some time to adjust, they will be top contenders
2021-01-22 09:36
DQ vitality and put Liquid through.
2021-01-22 10:46
1 reply
+1. But BLAST Premier have no integrity, so it won't happen.
2021-01-23 16:14
gg
2021-01-22 11:13
(calls fer as the sixth player that the team looks wonderful ...)
2021-01-22 13:46
SHOXIEEEEE
2021-01-22 14:37
fallen good nt.
2021-01-22 15:16
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