Virtus.pro take down Liquid to set up all-CIS IEM Katowice final

The Flashpoint 2 champions required only two maps to seal passage to Sunday's final against Gambit.

Virtus.pro are through to the grand final of IEM Katowice 2021 following a clean 2-0 victory over Liquid. Fresh off a three-map thriller with Astralis in the first round of the playoffs, the CIS team were on the front foot from the offset, out-playing and out-aiming their opponents with imperious displays from their star duo, Dzhami "⁠Jame⁠" Ali and Mareks "⁠YEKINDAR⁠" Gaļinskis.

Dust2 was easier for Virtus.pro than the scoreline suggests as Liquid won both pistols but then faded away in gun rounds. The North American team still attempted to respond on Mirage but were overrun in the second half after Virtus.pro hit their stride.

The Flashpoint 2 champions will be hoping to recreate that scintillating performance in Sunday's grand final against fellow CIS side Gambit as they chase their second title of 2021 after winning cs_summit 7 in January. However, they will need to be wary of the threat posed by the young Russian team, who came out on top the last time these two teams faced each other, less than three weeks ago.

Jame was the top performer on both maps of the series

The early signs were promising for Liquid, who took an early lead on Dust2 after a flawless pistol round. They were even to immediately respond after Virtus.pro got their first round on the board thanks to a 1v2 clutch by Michael "⁠Grim⁠" Wince. And then, things turned sour. Jame's troops ripped the Liquid defence for the remainder of the half, limiting their opponents to just six CT rounds.

The second half began in the exact same manner as the first, with a perfect pistol from Liquid, who then turned to Keith "⁠NAF⁠" Markovic for a bailout as the Canadian pulled off a 1v3 clutch after YEKINDAR had wreaked havoc with a Scout. But just like on their T side, Virtus.pro took control of the game once they had a full economy: The CIS team dictated the pace and rhythm of play, shutting out Liquid seven rounds in a row en route to a comfortable victory.

Mirage began with a clean pistol by Virtus.pro, who were unable to convert the second round after being caught off-guard by Liquid's full eco. The North American team rode that momentum to a 3-1 lead, but then Virtus.pro tightened up and put some rounds together. Liquid put their foot down after the midway point of the half, though, and managed to head into the break with a narrow 8-7 lead despite Jame boasting a 17-4 score.

Liquid added to their lead after switching to the CT side, but just like on Dust2, there was no stopping Virtus.pro in gun rounds. Big individual rounds by Jame and YEKINDAR put the CIS team in full control, with Liquid mustering only one round before their opponents ran away with the game.

Matchpage
0
2
27th February 2021
9
Dust2
16
12
Mirage
16
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
33 - 34 -1 75.5 0.96
30 - 39 -9 76.4 0.86
30 - 36 -6 65.5 0.85
28 - 39 -11 52.6 0.73
22 - 40 -18 50.2 0.64
 Virtus.pro K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
50 - 23 +27 91.0 1.59
49 - 31 +18 103.5 1.50
30 - 27 +3 67.2 1.07
28 - 30 -2 57.9 1.01
30 - 33 -3 56.5 0.89
Russia Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
959
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.55
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1377
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
United States Michael 'Grim' Wince
Michael 'Grim' Wince
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
696
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.69
Latvia Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
882
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
ALGA VP, they gonna win this tournament overall
2021-02-27 21:12
yikes
2021-02-27 21:11
1 reply
#30
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CIS konzi1337
what's wrong
2021-02-27 21:15
#4
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Canada jlwriting19
I was here seeing all the NA fangirls cry live it was beautiful.
2021-02-27 21:11
expected
2021-02-27 21:11
LET'S MAKE SOME NOIIIISE
2021-02-27 21:12
YEKINDAREDEVIL BALLS OF STEEL
2021-02-27 21:12
#9
ropz | 
India icle
JAME TIME
2021-02-27 21:12
#10
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Finland Eestu
OK
2021-02-27 21:12
VP can I have some of your cocaine
2021-02-27 21:12
EU Final Expected
2021-02-27 21:12
1 reply
#73
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Ukraine z3m4
Maybe CIS FINAL!!?
2021-02-27 21:40
YEKINDARPEEK
2021-02-27 21:13
#17
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Jordan Zereeni
gg
2021-02-27 21:13
#18
pronax | 
Europe ShaV
Because Jesus play in VP
2021-02-27 21:13
1 reply
Literally
2021-02-27 21:15
#19
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Latvia NewGenUser
MEATGRINDER INCOMING VP VS GAMBIT Wow WoW WoW
2021-02-27 21:13
call me when they get back to lan...
2021-02-27 21:14
1 reply
Berlin 2019
2021-02-28 13:43
Ez 4 Jame the Jesus
2021-02-27 21:14
#22
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Biske
ggs
2021-02-27 21:14
#23
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Brazil Anarchybr
Expected for onliners
2021-02-27 21:14
10 replies
when has Liquid been in the major finals?
2021-02-27 21:16
6 replies
#36
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Brazil BriitoH
2016 bro lol
2021-02-27 21:17
5 replies
#47
keeN | 
Kazakhstan Dosss
and? Gambit with 3 kazakhs won major too (2017)
2021-02-27 21:21
#96
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Russia Drapery
When has Liquid been in the major finals without their asses being carried by a cis guy?
2021-02-27 22:16
3 replies
When you realize s1mple was the most negative on the team that series LMAO
2021-02-28 05:04
2 replies
#152
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Russia Drapery
When you realize s1mple was the reason they made it to playoffs that tournament
2021-02-28 15:33
1 reply
I'm not disagreeing on that, but you're also ignoring the fact that nitr0, EliGE, and JDM also put up very good stats in that event, a team doesn't make the major finals off the back of one dude alone. smh
2021-03-01 03:55
VP was in the last major finals is that online event too?
2021-02-27 22:02
1 reply
their best player was not on that roster
2021-02-27 22:16
+1
2021-02-28 11:45
#24
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Finland Nollegee
YEKINDAR so good!
2021-02-27 21:15
LET'S GO VIRTUS.GODS!!!!!!! I hope Gambit vs VP will be a sick match, I hope VP will win! Good luck to both Gambit and VP! GODKINDAR GODAME GODSTER GODKERT GODJI GODESTAN
2021-02-27 21:14
1 reply
+1, what a game.
2021-02-27 21:39
It was expected that cis would be in the finals cuz too good
2021-02-27 21:15
#29
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Brazil GOELFLA_br
a new era has been started
2021-02-27 21:15
#31
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Germany sniffy1997
Winnig against NAVI and losing against VP LIQUID is so trash for real
2021-02-27 21:15
4 replies
Lol. VP literally beat Astralis. Wym
2021-02-27 21:21
3 replies
#51
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Germany sniffy1997
wow astralis is not on 100% at the moment
2021-02-27 21:24
2 replies
Dude it’s Astralis stop it lol. 75% Astralis >>>> virtually every team.
2021-02-27 21:32
1 reply
#88
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Germany sniffy1997
bro it was a easy way to win the tournament no astralis no vitlity and no navi but they losed it so hard.
2021-02-27 22:04
expected
2021-02-27 21:15
Back to America in cold Texas)))
2021-02-27 21:17
CIS is the best, just a fact.
2021-02-27 21:18
Stewie4-19K
2021-02-27 21:18
#39
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China HEIDASHUAi
YEKINDARPEEK
2021-02-27 21:19
NA CS died
2021-02-27 21:19
Damn it... Aw well, guess I can skip this final lol.
2021-02-27 21:20
expected, EZ victory for VP not sure how TL even made it to the playoffs with such bad plays. Stewie should rename himself to Stewie4K after dust2 performance
2021-02-27 21:20
3 replies
a stroke of luck in which most their opponents played below their average vitality had the whole apex thing, navi for some reason just fell in a coma like always
2021-02-27 21:25
2 replies
calls for Liquid were super bad, there were at least 3-4 rounds on dust2 where half their team would stand still waiting for a call. don't remember a match like that in recent history where players stop and wait for someone to tell them what to do.
2021-02-27 21:27
1 reply
Agree on that...wtf was that????
2021-02-28 00:34
WHAT A GREAT GRAND FINAL 😍 BOTH TEAMS HAVE GONE THE HARDEST WAY WITH LOWER BRACKET BEING OUTSIDERS ON IEM KATOWICE 💙 I love and will root for both teams, but I will be closer to GAMBIT 😌 Both teams deserved this final and victory in it 🙄 #MAKECISCSGREATAGAIN The best tournament and grand final in history CS:GO💫
2021-02-27 21:21
2 replies
+999999999999!! I will also root for both teams but I want VP to win! Very nice support mens!! #MAKECISCSGREATAGAIN
2021-02-27 21:27
+1
2021-02-28 00:26
Lost my house, thanks Stewie
2021-02-27 21:22
"stebie can now show his true skill because hes not an igl anymore" Coming next: give him time, he needs to adapt
2021-02-27 21:23
#50
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World Beard43
VP look great
2021-02-27 21:23
#52
Loh | 
CIS iFiKe
I'm not active enough to create a new discussion, so I'll leave it here, maybe someone will read it. Dear fans of the CIS CS. Please stop writing shit about other teams. It's normal when you're happy for your region and for your favorite teams, but why pour shit on others at the same time? Why all this? Don't you want our region and our community to be respected and loved? After this tournament, I am ready to fully agree with Torin that most of the CIS community are stupid schoolchildren. Or maybe I'm just an idiot and don't understand how much fun this is? No matter, I want to express my respect and thank Liquid for a good game at this tournament, I am sure that they will do the work on the mistakes and give us even more interesting CS. And the VP did well, thank them for the opportunity to see the CIS final and I want to believe that this is just the beginning. P.s. I used a translator, because my knowledge of English does not allow me to write a competent text, I hope it did not turn out too bad.
2021-02-27 21:25
9 replies
+1 No fan of any team should be toxic to each other! GGWP to Liquid!
2021-02-27 21:28
good post. +1
2021-02-27 21:36
+1
2021-02-27 21:44
#79
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Brazil |witcher|
I feel you. It's hard to be part of the non-toxic minority. ggwp
2021-02-27 21:45
#82
ropz | 
Russia e3e
+1
2021-02-27 21:51
#91
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Europe Velurom
This is how every CS fan's mentality should be like. Instead of trashing on other teams when your favourite team is doing well, be respectful towards every team, even if they lose 16-0. Show sportsmanship, ladies and gentlemen.
2021-02-27 22:12
Why in my head rise a legendary Ceh9's cry :D
2021-02-27 22:24
I will agree that some people are imature as f**k, and yes they are bassically kids, thats a game we are talking about,i understand your point but i cant agree with it because it's basically impossible. As for CIS writhing shit, are you serious? is CIS the only region writing shit? i guess we are just more defensive cuz some people always say bad stuff about CIS and it brewing for years on our forums, you just don't see it because of the language barrier (take that same Thorin you mentioned, he has some very interesting comments about CIS, and he's not the only one) so stop painting yourself white, there's always 2 sides of the conflict and both are responsible, just shifting the blame won't solve anything. So to sum it up, those comment you see here are just same sort of reaction you get from regular users from CIS to those 'analysts' opinions and other stuff people write here + triggered fanboys and kids at home happy for their teams win.
2021-02-27 22:35
+1 ma man
2021-02-28 11:54
#53
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Russia Kirillqa89
CIS POWER
2021-02-27 21:25
my boi YEKINDAR just popin heads, secure that mwp king!
2021-02-27 21:28
expected
2021-02-27 21:28
#63
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Czech Republic stollson
nice one, i look forward to this jame/shiro, yekindar/axile matchup. i think that they have proven that they can adapt their playstyle to anyone. you can always trash yekindar for too bold moves, but actuallly hes very smart player. gg
2021-02-27 21:32
Pog
2021-02-27 21:36
Virtus.pro deserves Katowice #1
2021-02-27 21:37
#72
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Philippines Kithya
VIRTUS.PLOW
2021-02-27 21:40
#74
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Ukraine z3m4
Good job VP expected result #MAKECISCSGREATAGAIN
2021-02-27 21:41
Virtus.pro overplayed team Liquid, Well played . I will cheering for them in Finals, hate Gambit to the sky and back
2021-02-27 21:44
damn what a match gg vp
2021-02-27 21:49
ez4jame
2021-02-27 21:52
Ok. This is getting weird.
2021-02-27 21:53
#86
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Brazil v0m1t
latvia isnt technically CIS
2021-02-27 22:01
2 replies
#105
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Bulgaria AboveYall
latvia was part of the soviet union
2021-02-27 22:40
1 reply
#124
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Russia ZzzonkeDD
baltic assembly :) they are former observers in the CIS
2021-02-28 01:24
Whoops well played
2021-02-27 22:05
Imagine not betting on 2-0 for VP when stewie2bot is playing in semistage
2021-02-27 22:14
#100
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Portugal dracø
CIS taking over and in good fashion. Exciting gameplay all around from this teams, it'll be a good final for sure.
2021-02-27 22:27
OMFG crazy shit !!
2021-02-27 22:31
Very happy for all vp, gambit and spirit. Good shake up in the top :()
2021-02-27 22:33
VP are looking good. team spirit played like trash, not worthy semi finalist. gambit got good gameplay, lets see if they can shake vp tomorrow. But my bet is on vp.
2021-02-27 22:47
VAKINDAR at it again what a monster
2021-02-27 23:05
Gz to CIS scene. Thinking that Gambit will take the win here
2021-02-27 23:14
If someone forgot the virtus pro is avangar who won LAN tournaments
2021-02-27 23:23
#115
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Brazil _Awper
With Yekindar they would won that major
2021-02-27 23:26
This is the definition of lol
2021-02-27 23:43
Navi won BLAST, Spirit won Dreamhack January, VP won summit same time, time to win for Gambit
2021-02-28 00:04
Noooo
2021-02-28 00:20
I'm less upset about this loss than Spirit losing, really. Liquid will, at some point, realize that Stewie2K isn't the "prodigy" people considered him. Grim can still grow, and is at least holding his own (or not going -20 every match). VP look really strong, but so do Gambit. Tomorrow's going to be a toss up.
2021-02-28 00:33
#123
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United States kamenator
It’s a sad day for Naffers and Liquid fans but wp to VP
2021-02-28 01:15
#125
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Brazil hugoooo
Stewie NEED TO GO
2021-02-28 01:29
2 replies
#127
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United States K1NGKY
u don't know what you talkin about kid
2021-02-28 01:49
1 reply
#128
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Brazil hugoooo
Prepare your heart for the obvious benching next month
2021-02-28 01:51
#126
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United Kingdom NiP-dTm-
WP VP, it's Jame Time :D
2021-02-28 01:32
The CIS era is here boys
2021-02-28 02:19
CIS TEAMS are on fire throughout the tournament... I don't know what changes have the done to their GAMEPLAY
2021-02-28 06:19
#133
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Indonesia Nuryuky
They said CIS is Tier 3, when extremum lose to CIS team, It doesn't mean CIS is weak and Tier 3 teams like they said. CIS is Tier 1 now? YES
2021-02-28 06:50
1 reply
#140
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Sweden frozze90
CIS has been toptier for a while IMO. But yeah really shines extra much now
2021-02-28 10:42
Why liquid why :((((((
2021-02-28 07:15
#137
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Russia mshkoda
Expected CIS final, Jame, Yekindar and sh1ro will show
2021-02-28 07:30
Stewie22k
2021-02-28 08:56
#139
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Sweden frozze90
Gambit and VP actually got really stronk lineups. Did not see this comin, what so ever. Thought it was gonna be another Astralis tourney! :O
2021-02-28 10:41
3 replies
#144
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Denmark twinseN
yeah i thought so to but its nice to see some different final than just Astralis - NaVi or Ast - Liquid in final
2021-02-28 12:11
2 replies
#148
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Sweden frozze90
I couldnt agree more! damn saw the game between na'vi and gambit. sh1ro really rekt em
2021-02-28 14:00
1 reply
#149
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Denmark twinseN
Yeah he's something else true that Uprising superstar no doubt
2021-02-28 14:22
#143
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Poland SebL
Well VP seems to start to get their shit together, there are still mistakes to fix but it's getting better and better, I don't think they will win the final, but reaching TOP 2 is a surprise to me. Honestly Liquid looked bad, I'm surprised they made it to the semi-final with this performance, I would expect changes if they don't play good at next event.
2021-02-28 12:08
I have so little faith in the whole of eastern Europe that im 98% convinced they are cheating - 9/10 people I've met from those parts of Europe tried to scam me, why should i be any different online? :-D
2021-02-28 13:45
1 reply
#151
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Brazil Fauchard
You need a mind doctor I understand your message youre Just a little racist kid
2021-02-28 14:39
#150
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Brazil Fauchard
Jame time +27 Who is the awp monster?
2021-02-28 14:36
Lmao
2021-02-28 15:59
#154
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Sweden X-rAy
cis strong until LAN is back same for BIG
2021-02-28 17:19
vacvacvac
2021-02-28 17:39
Jame and Yekindar are playing some very nice to watch cs, Jame's awp reaction time is just insane and he isn't baiting as much on VP, seems really on his game
2021-02-28 20:47
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