Virtus.pro see off Vitality, FURIA eliminate FaZe in IEM Katowice

The CIS team and the Brazilian side will square off later on Sunday for a playoff spot.

Virtus.pro and FURIA are through to Group B's lower bracket final in IEM Katowice following victories over Vitality and FaZe, respectively. The CIS team put in a solid performance to move past the current world No.3, who looked a bit off-colour and spent most of the series on the back foot, although credit still must be given to them as they came back from 15-8 down on Inferno before losing the game in overtime.

After previously moving past NIP, Virtus.pro will now look to complete their lower bracket run against the scary FURIA, who were firing on all cylinders in the two map victories over FaZe, showing no signs of discomfort with their newest addition as they outplayed and outclassed their opponents.

Vitality came out the stronger side on Inferno and gained a foothold in the game early on after keeping Virtus.pro from stringing rounds together. But after that slow start, the CIS team took control of proceedings and had Vitality against the ropes for the remainder of the half, which ended with five rounds separating the two sides.

Virtus.pro took down Vitality in a match between two top-five sides

More misery was to come for the French team, who won the pistol round but failed to convert the second round, with the scoreline blooming to a 14-6 lead. The CIS side hit map point shortly afterwards but could not close out the map as Vitality took control of the game and forced overtime. The momentum was now very much with the French side, but Virtus.pro kept their composure and wrapped up the game after winning two rounds in each half, with Timur "⁠buster⁠" Tulepov delivering the finishing blow with a 1v2 clutch inside B.

Dzhami "⁠Jame⁠" Ali was the main instigator as Virtus.pro shut out the Vitality offence for large portions of the first half on Overpass, although they had just a narrow 8-7 lead heading into the break after the Frenchmen came alive towards the end of their T side. Mareks "⁠YEKINDAR⁠" Gaļinskis kicked Virtus.pro further into the lead with three quick frags in the following pistol round, with the team using that momentum to carve out a 13-7 lead. With no room for error, Vitality tightened up and brought the deficit to a solitary round, but VP were unwilling to let a comeback happen and put the match to rest.

FaZe established an early lead on Mirage, but they lost their grip on the game after FURIA brought out a double AWP setup, Paytyn "⁠junior⁠" Johnson and Andrei "⁠arT⁠" Piovezan combining for 31 frags in the half as the Brazilian team raced to a 10-5 lead. The international team hit back in the following pistol round, but then they were caught off-guard as Kaike "⁠KSCERATO⁠" Cerato picked up a spectacular trio of frags to turn the tide back in favour of FURIA, who ran away with the game.

FaZe bounced back from that disappointment with a strong defensive showing on Overpass, picking up 10 rounds in a one-sided half that witnessed a vintage performance by Håvard "⁠rain⁠" Nygaard (2.07 rating, 134 ADR). FURIA rallied back from a 12-5 deficit and enjoyed a spell of dominance, but FaZe picked themselves up in the closing stages and secured the victory to level the series. The final map, Train, was a complete blowout as FURIA ran rampant from the offset, dominating the European team thanks to stellar performances from Yuri "⁠yuurih⁠" Santos and KSCERATO, who combined for 46 frags to knock FaZe out of the tournament.

Matchpage
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0
21st February 2021
19
Inferno
17
16
Overpass
12
 Virtus.pro K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
48 - 32 +16 85.5 1.30
54 - 43 +11 88.3 1.26
45 - 37 +8 80.5 1.19
47 - 37 +10 75.9 1.17
34 - 39 -5 55.8 0.96
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
21 - 22 -1 76.4 1.13
42 - 38 +4 66.5 1.05
40 - 50 -10 72.2 0.94
37 - 46 -9 62.5 0.83
37 - 49 -12 62.1 0.82
9 - 23 -14 51.3 0.44
Matchpage
1
2
21st February 2021
8
Mirage
16
16
Overpass
14
4
Train
16
 FaZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
49 - 56 -7 80.8 1.04
41 - 55 -14 66.5 0.81
43 - 55 -12 56.6 0.79
35 - 55 -20 56.5 0.72
34 - 63 -29 56.1 0.65
 FURIA K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
60 - 42 +18 92.7 1.37
56 - 40 +16 91.9 1.32
59 - 42 +17 80.7 1.27
51 - 35 +16 63.3 1.14
57 - 45 +12 77.0 1.13
Kazakhstan Timur 'buster' Tulepov
Timur 'buster' Tulepov
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1040
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.62
Brazil Yuri 'yuurih' Santos
Yuri 'yuurih' Santos
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
793
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.64
Brazil Andrei 'arT' Piovezan
Andrei 'arT' Piovezan
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
778
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
Brazil Kaike 'KSCERATO' Cerato
Kaike 'KSCERATO' Cerato
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
701
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.57
Russia Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
954
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.55
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1394
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
Latvia Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
877
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
United States Paytyn 'junior' Johnson
Paytyn 'junior' Johnson
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
218
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.61
RIP :(
2021-02-21 15:25
16 replies
#34
OK | 
Peru TheJuan
new roster same bad results for faze
2021-02-21 16:01
13 replies
+1
2021-02-21 16:12
8 replies
4 brazil > 1 brazil Furia major confirmed
2021-02-21 16:28
6 replies
Apex malding again lul
2021-02-21 16:37
5 replies
Apex 3 majors tho
2021-02-21 17:41
4 replies
what
2021-02-21 18:20
1 reply
Got Stones in your ears? I said battle-born or gray-mane?
2021-02-21 19:04
broky so trash and so overrated
2021-02-21 18:21
1 reply
#82
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India Relunk
0/8
2021-02-21 18:52
G2 fan talking KEKW
2021-02-21 18:35
they've been together for a less than a week and a lot of people in the team have had to change positions. Karrigan has said it himself, he's just trying to get a feel for the team, not expecting to win much at first, and they're just working on things piece by piece. There shouldn't be this pressure from the community instantly like this
2021-02-21 19:38
2 replies
+1
2021-02-21 23:20
#97
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India _Jazz_
+1
2021-02-22 05:35
ANDA A COMER PALOMAS PERUANO RE CULIAO
2021-02-22 06:29
SUPER MISTAKE - Finn 'karrigan' Andersen, OLOF GOD
2021-02-21 16:02
1 reply
#62
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Brazil |witcher|
Karrigan can't frag. The other 4 need to compensate for him, but Broky had a really bad day.
2021-02-21 17:46
crazy matches
2021-02-21 15:25
2 replies
+1
2021-02-21 15:35
#38
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Brazil Whillpull
+1
2021-02-21 16:11
-zynoob +guardian
2021-02-21 15:26
disband
2021-02-21 15:26
ez
2021-02-21 15:26
#8
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United States weaboo
Furia trash
2021-02-21 15:26
2 replies
Flair checks out
2021-02-21 15:39
#59
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Brazil dssstroyer
nt cold, wp
2021-02-21 17:31
#9
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Israel KaL1L
lets goo
2021-02-21 15:26
#10
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Serbia eliiiiii_
g2 outplaced vitality crazy scenes
2021-02-21 15:27
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH ZYWHOO??????
2021-02-21 15:28
#12
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United Kingdom Tnk11
GGWP Furia! FaZe played well still better than the older NiKo roster
2021-02-21 15:28
#13
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Finland ELEKTRI
oof
2021-02-21 15:29
#14
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Latvia YungPan666
#GOGOVP
2021-02-21 15:29
#15
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India firejet69
Vitality is at no 3 in the rankings but man the way these guys play they should be ranked 13th or 14th to be very honest. Like losing to NA teams and choking during overtimes. Its disappointing to see their performance at tier 1 level.
2021-02-21 15:30
4 replies
no streamsniping = this
2021-02-21 15:36
2 replies
+100
2021-02-21 18:09
+1
2021-02-21 23:20
#75
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Argentina macrigato
Liquid>BIG
2021-02-21 18:13
well played VP keep it up
2021-02-21 15:31
streamsnipers XD
2021-02-21 15:30
#19
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Namibia KhT
gg wp furia
2021-02-21 15:34
Rough start of the year for zywoo
2021-02-21 15:37
Zywoo era over
2021-02-21 15:38
#24
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Poland mich34
first time i see the little dots showing who played on which map - very cool! gj HLTV!
2021-02-21 15:38
XD STREAMSNIPETALITY
2021-02-21 15:38
1 reply
#65
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Brazil |witcher|
lmao that's new.
2021-02-21 17:49
#27
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Brazil Karlogaria
Easy4FURIA. VP is also looking very sharp
2021-02-21 15:39
expected 2:0 win by the better pros
2021-02-21 15:40
Astralis carrying EU CS
2021-02-21 15:43
3 replies
#86
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United States kami917
ahahaha funny you say that
2021-02-21 19:42
2 replies
we're still in the tournament, wait and see
2021-02-21 21:31
1 reply
#94
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United States kami917
Ok
2021-02-21 21:49
#30
Jame | 
Poland SebL
Nice win from VP, but it will be so hard for them to win vs FURIA. Vitality not going to playoffs is a huge surprise, but I think they will bounce back from it when they will have more time to play with apEX again. FURIA is looking really good, and I think they will go really deep in this tournament, this roster is insane. I think FaZe is facing some real problems and there will be more changes to the roster soon, GL to everyone mentioned.
2021-02-21 15:45
5 replies
#39
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Brazil Anarchybr
+1
2021-02-21 16:12
#48
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Brazil uezu
+1 not toxic guy in hltv.must be the last one of the specie
2021-02-21 16:37
1 reply
#50
Jame | 
Poland SebL
There are a lot of friendly people on HLTV.
2021-02-21 16:42
#87
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United States kami917
like 3 days of practice for FaZe with karrigan, furia plays very weird so its not surprising they lost, theyll be solid for proleague.
2021-02-21 19:43
1 reply
#88
Jame | 
Poland SebL
You are very optimistic, I know it's only the beginning with karrigan, but honestly I just don't see this roster being good. That's my opinion ofc., I can be wrong, but that's how I feel. I wish them GL ofc., because they are one of my favourites teams but still.
2021-02-21 19:45
I hope that VP makes it to the playoffs
2021-02-21 15:51
nice from VP faze/vitality disband
2021-02-21 15:53
Goatmeister come back!!! *crying mens*
2021-02-21 15:55
#36
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Ukraine McSwell
Not a fan of conspiracy, but after Vitality was fined for stream sniping and remove all "support squad" from their room - they started to lose hard.
2021-02-21 16:04
1 reply
#66
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Brazil |witcher|
Apex started malding so hard after that.
2021-02-21 17:51
#40
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Brazil Anarchybr
That’s why s0mple is the real number #1
2021-02-21 16:12
Can't believe Karrigan would leave Mouse for this washed-up-over-the-hill-lineup. The young guns in Mousesports would have overcome Furia, with Karrigan leading them. Paycheck must be good....
2021-02-21 16:19
1 reply
#76
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Argentina macrigato
0/8
2021-02-21 18:16
VP TAWAT, SOSALITI SUKI I HATERY
2021-02-21 16:28
3 replies
“You know the rules and so do I”
2021-02-21 16:42
#68
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Brazil |witcher|
Are you casting a curse? Wtf
2021-02-21 17:51
1 reply
ahahahaha, maybe, its sth on russian
2021-02-21 18:33
#45
- | 
Europe legal2333
#GOGOVP
2021-02-21 16:29
#46
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Asia Rkch001
Vitality is in the decline since the cheating scandal. Are they really shaken? Zywoo doesn't look like ZYWOO.
2021-02-21 16:34
Vitality has looked very fraudulent ever since they removed the staff from their room
2021-02-21 16:50
1 reply
cancer
2021-02-21 18:12
Well, that's it for Katowice for me. I wanted to see at least one of the teams I support in the playoffs. Sadly Nip, vita, faze and BIG are all out already and we will see the likes of spirit, gambit or furia in the playoffs. Good for them, but I don't think many people will care about the tournament now
2021-02-21 16:52
5 replies
yea you’re right. Everyone else is just like you and stops watching when all the teams YOU like get knocked out
2021-02-21 16:56
2 replies
I know what you mean, just stating that I believe that these teams have much smaller fanbases, at least in Europe where Katowice is taking place
2021-02-21 17:51
1 reply
Well let’s be fair to team spirit. They just embarrassed astralis. I think people are going to want to watch them play
2021-02-21 19:22
#56
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United States Rambeard
coL got knocked out in the Play-in and I'm still here. It's gonna be OK, bud.
2021-02-21 17:07
#70
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Switzerland Sylleo
this is where you're wrong kiddo
2021-02-21 17:53
EZ VP #1 Kato
2021-02-21 17:06
this new FaZe have only one chance, if karrigan can properly use broky, he's very passive and that hurts a lot his impact, wouldn't be a problem if he had godlike positioning like device does, but that isn't the case. honestly i wouldn't count on karrigan, hope he proves me wrong
2021-02-21 17:08
Jame time !!
2021-02-21 17:18
#63
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Brazil ZTH
lol
2021-02-21 17:47
CIS keeps sending bots home @ Katowice day after day :)
2021-02-21 17:48
VAMOS FURIA AND YEKINDAR
2021-02-21 17:52
CIS team arise at Katowice
2021-02-21 18:03
s1mple robbery day 33
2021-02-21 18:11
#81
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Kazakhstan k4harman
CIS>EU
2021-02-21 18:37
GOD JAME >>>> ZYWH0 EZ FOR VIRTUS PLOW
2021-02-21 19:47
#90
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Indonesia Nuryuky
top #1 they say lolololol
2021-02-21 19:48
So easy for FURIA & VIRTUS PRO... even Top teams can't beat them ...LOL
2021-02-21 19:50
GOD SANJI destroyed them once more like he did in Berlin major
2021-02-21 21:03
Virtus.pro looking solid!
2021-02-22 06:17
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