Virtus.pro move on in EPL playoffs after stunning comeback win vs. ENCE

The CIS giants roared back from a 3-15 deficit on the final map to secure an impressive victory.

Virtus.pro are through to the second round of the playoffs in ESL Pro League Season 13 following a three-map thriller against ENCE. The current world No.4 took the lead in the series with a dominant victory on Inferno but looked disjointed on the following two maps, where they lacked incisiveness and the creative spark that is usually provided by Mareks "⁠YEKINDAR⁠" Gaļinskis.

The CIS giants looked lost and totally out of ideas after a 3-23 run, but they managed to pull off a miraculous comeback that is bound sting for a while for ENCE's players after they came so close to an upset. The victory comes as a much-needed boost for Virtus.pro, who have looked shaky in this tournament, but they will need to sharpen their act in order to survive their next match, which will pit them against the winner of Natus Vincere vs. Complexity.

Virtus.pro will face NAVI or Complexity next

Virtus.pro got off to a flying start on Inferno, their strongest map in recent times (only one loss in the previous ten games), taking the game to their opponents from the offset. Apart from a brief period in which they were able to go toe-to-toe with their opponents, ENCE simply could not sustain the pressure as Virtus.pro raced to a 10-5 lead. The onslaught continued in the second half as ENCE offered little resistance, posting only one round, courtesy of a quad-kill from Paweł "⁠dycha⁠" Dycha, before the game came to a close.

ENCE came out on Train looking a different side, strolling to a 4-0 lead following a dominant period in which they gave up just two frags. Their grip on the game loosened after that, with the half ending with a difference of just one round between the two teams as Virtus.pro capitalised on errors to claw their way back into the game. ENCE composed themselves during the break, however, and put in a flawless defensive performance in the second half to take the series to a third map.

ENCE picked up where they left off and ran rampant from the opening stages on Dust2. Virtus.pro were limited to just three rounds in the first half after looking toothless on the T side, and they watched ENCE hit match point off the back of a clutch from Joonas "⁠doto⁠" Forss in the pistol round. All hope appeared to be lost for the CIS giants, but they tightened up and immediately took the upper hand, winning 12 rounds without response to force overtime.

With momentum now firmly with them, Virtus.pro took control of proceedings and reached series point with a round left to play. ENCE still attempted to respond, only to fumble again in the last second as they wasted a 4v2 advantage against Alexey "⁠Qikert⁠" Golubev and Dzhami "⁠Jame⁠" Ali in a bizarre ending to a chaotic contest.

Matchpage
2
1
3rd April 2021
16
Inferno
6
7
Train
16
19
Dust2
17
 Virtus.pro K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
64 - 44 +20 94.1 1.35
52 - 44 +8 61.3 1.03
53 - 51 +2 73.2 1.03
53 - 58 -5 72.6 0.99
40 - 47 -7 59.3 0.83
 ENCE K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
66 - 52 +14 80.3 1.17
52 - 45 +7 71.4 1.09
46 - 60 -14 73.7 0.93
39 - 54 -15 50.5 0.78
37 - 53 -16 57.6 0.76
Russia Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
978
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.55
Poland Paweł 'dycha' Dycha
Paweł 'dycha' Dycha
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
525
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
Kazakhstan Alexey 'Qikert' Golubev
Alexey 'Qikert' Golubev
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1058
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.64
Finland Joonas 'doto' Forss
Joonas 'doto' Forss
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
486
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
Latvia Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
901
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
what a choke
2021-04-03 19:26
6 replies
#8
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Russia MovementGod
which one?
2021-04-03 19:27
2 replies
EZ4ENCE Haven't check yet how much I won but I did bet 200e for ENZE, ez money :)
2021-04-03 19:56
1 reply
Didnt end well
2021-04-04 00:37
#18
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Namibia KhT
trash game hope that VP bounces back from this shit calls and plays better in next matches. Bye bye ence,nt but that choke is really embrassing.
2021-04-03 19:28
just practicing comebacks LUL ez cis era
2021-04-03 19:45
1 reply
+1
2021-04-03 20:11
#2
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United States BombTaco
sadge
2021-04-03 19:26
#3
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Lebanon Dogman69
classic Finland choke from CS 1.6 days xD
2021-04-03 19:26
1 reply
Miss roccat days
2021-04-03 20:04
#4
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United Kingdom MilkEnjoyer
LMAO
2021-04-03 19:26
Nice scripted game. 10/10.
2021-04-03 19:26
Spinx gonna wake up alot from that spray fail on Jame.
2021-04-03 19:26
6 replies
#13
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Lebanon Dogman69
yeah but I'd be more mad for losing from 15-3 xD
2021-04-03 19:27
Yeah, such a bot spray
2021-04-03 19:48
Yeaah Jame shooted him 3 tomes lmao
2021-04-03 22:58
#92
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Brazil Anarchybr
Clip?
2021-04-03 23:34
2 replies
1 reply
#101
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Brazil Anarchybr
Damn they really lost a 4v2 like that
2021-04-04 06:58
LOL
2021-04-03 19:27
#9
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United Kingdom BigFoid
vp too good
2021-04-03 19:27
Fakkk
2021-04-03 19:27
CLOWNCE
2021-04-03 19:27
History.
2021-04-03 19:27
#14
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Portugal dracø
What a roller coaster ride this game was. This has the be one of the most awkward 1v1 to finish an bo3 OT that has ever happened, jame had no right to win that after the 1st miss :D
2021-04-03 19:27
KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK
2021-04-03 19:27
thanks spinx
2021-04-03 19:28
YEKINDAR was 3/15 when VP was 14-3 down to ENCE, and he made it to 28/27.
2021-04-03 19:28
Greatest upset ever?
2021-04-03 19:28
6 replies
how is this upset?
2021-04-03 19:30
5 replies
The odds on the game were highly in favor for ENCE at 15-3
2021-04-03 22:03
4 replies
"15-3" upset is when actual underdog wins which didnt happen. vp was favourite to win this game. upset and comeback are 2 completely different things and this wasnt upset because favourite won
2021-04-03 22:16
3 replies
Was it worth writing all that?
2021-04-03 22:40
2 replies
depends on his response i guess:DD
2021-04-03 22:41
#106
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Sweden boyyscout
yes, i had a good time reading it
2021-04-04 15:24
322
2021-04-03 19:28
BOT ENCE lmaoo
2021-04-03 19:29
10 replies
this team achieved more in month than old team in 8 months.. lets just accept facts: pure finnish cannot success on highest level, finnish need FPL stars to carry them
2021-04-03 20:25
9 replies
idk havu is looking decent top 15 team, maybe even top 10 later in this year
2021-04-03 21:03
8 replies
hahahahahahahahahahahahahahah which top15 teams have they beaten so far?
2021-04-03 21:56
7 replies
Nip, Big, next Gambit :)
2021-04-03 22:11
5 replies
So they beat BUG who are losing against everyone in tier3 and 4 as we speak. Then they Beat nip in a close overtime game after NiP was spending all their time prepping and antistratting their ESL Group. These 2 meaningless matches makes them top10? XDDDD Renegades and AGO are also top10 in a month or two then as they beat BIG and NiP aswell. Also looking forward to seeing HREDS and Dignitas in top15 as they destroyed HAVU (which means they’re instantly a top15 team right) Sure havu is a good tier3 team, but dont get overconfident after winning against fluke BUG... even Australiens can 2-0 those bots
2021-04-04 00:13
4 replies
Lmao
2021-04-04 06:24
#104
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Denmark ghostan11
Lmfao you must have sad life after making ton of excuses
2021-04-04 09:50
1 reply
There are no excuses so far. As I said, its not impressive to win vs fluke BUG. Even Renegades can 2-0 them
2021-04-04 12:04
Its actually pretty amazing how many fallacies and biases you can fit into one post. You could become a fine politician (but not scientist)
2021-04-04 20:59
lmao
2021-04-03 22:12
#23
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Russia mshkoda
One of the greatest comebacks i have ever seen, absolutely awesome. What for the Ence, it was a choke of course, but did a lot of people expected before this tournament they went to play-off and fight equally with #4 world rank?
2021-04-03 19:31
1 reply
You are right. Ence was already overchieving. But still, this choke is incredible. I think 3 teams are going to learn the most (Ence, Endpoint and Team One) after this tournament.
2021-04-03 21:41
#25
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Europe Cirros_V2
15-3 and they didn't call even once mid to b on full...
2021-04-03 19:32
1 reply
A classic silver d2 strat might have won the game 'lt to short flash smoke then go mid to b all 5"
2021-04-04 00:37
biggest comeback/choke I ever watched (1 map)
2021-04-03 19:33
i still can't believe in it
2021-04-03 19:33
#28
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France cedd
beautiful choke, recommend watching
2021-04-03 19:34
Virtus.won
2021-04-03 19:39
JAME TIMEEEE
2021-04-03 19:40
#31
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Denmark geerZo
BOT ENCE KEKW
2021-04-03 19:42
What???? I literally went out eating at 3-15 and you're telling me they won that game????
2021-04-03 19:43
1 reply
Me too. I'm still at the bar and just couldn't believe the scoreboard kkk
2021-04-03 19:47
from 15-3 like wtf.
2021-04-03 19:43
#34
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China HEIDASHUAi
Epic comeback
2021-04-03 19:45
I think that was one of the most impressive comebacks ever. To top this only Luminosity's double comeback against Liquid in MLG Columbus.
2021-04-03 19:46
Ence = Pure Garbage just like Swedish and Norwgeian CS 100 % irrelevant
2021-04-03 19:48
1 reply
+1
2021-04-03 22:17
#40
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Kazakhstan Almaszzz
It was amazing
2021-04-03 19:49
#41
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Finland 5way
ggwp Vp
2021-04-03 19:50
#42
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Finland Lolipowerr
I have seen some shitty performances but never in my life ive seen this kinda shit. I mean holy fuck that was just embarassing.
2021-04-03 19:53
WTF I TURNED OFF ON 3-15? What happened?
2021-04-03 19:54
1 reply
LOL
2021-04-03 20:10
You gotta be fucking kidding me ence xddd jeeeesus
2021-04-03 19:55
#46
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African Union mikecool
HARD4ENCE what a comeback tho
2021-04-03 19:57
stunning word isn't enough to describe this
2021-04-03 19:57
Jameeeeee timeeeee
2021-04-03 20:01
#49
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Israel MataNNN
what the fuck
2021-04-03 20:03
This choke is what nightmares are made off.
2021-04-03 20:08
1 reply
Uwe Boll here we come
2021-04-04 06:27
pain
2021-04-03 20:12
#55
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World Notb8ing
this game will haunt them for long time lmao
2021-04-03 20:13
#56
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Russia VelsVivard
Wish I watched it live, would be cool.
2021-04-03 20:18
#58
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Finland Peruspate
What a comeback VP gg! Choke or not, we also have to give credit to ENCE for giving a good fight, taking into account that this should have been ez 2-0 for VP.
2021-04-03 20:31
4 replies
#89
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Russia Syonamaru
+1
2021-04-03 22:51
#90
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Indonesia lukerey
How is it should have been 2-0 for ence when they get embarrassed on 1st map?
2021-04-03 22:52
2 replies
#102
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Finland Peruspate
What part of "ez 2-0 for VP" you don´t understand?
2021-04-04 07:51
1 reply
#103
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Indonesia lukerey
my bad. when i comment i thought u wrote 2-0 for ence.
2021-04-04 09:39
Hard for Ence
2021-04-03 20:34
What a game
2021-04-03 20:36
The mental fortitude of VP's nuts!
2021-04-03 20:38
wow ! gratz Virtus.pro, gl further
2021-04-03 20:41
Y I k E s
2021-04-03 20:44
#64
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Brazil hugoooo
Probably one of the biggest comebacks we will ever see in CS history and I counted that ONE VP fan commented
2021-04-03 20:44
3 replies
VP doesn't really have fans :D all those russians root for navi, gambit and spirit
2021-04-03 21:04
2 replies
#70
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Kazakhstan kikimbeR
Hmm...
2021-04-03 21:34
#73
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Brazil hugoooo
Imagine if it was FURIA or mibr... there would be literally 100+ BR comments
2021-04-03 21:44
never seen anything like this ence lul
2021-04-03 20:44
this honestly made me sad i was rooting for ence but a win is a win gg vp
2021-04-03 21:01
ROFL
2021-04-03 21:09
finish cs=bullshit cs
2021-04-03 21:38
3 replies
but...emm...sw...ok
2021-04-03 22:10
1 reply
#88
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Russia Syonamaru
Dignitas good now, tho
2021-04-03 22:49
Ooga buuga
2021-04-04 06:29
CIS ERA
2021-04-03 21:45
#75
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United Kingdom sufyy
man wtf
2021-04-03 21:48
gg wp
2021-04-03 21:52
ENCE YOU MADE HISTORY OMEGALUL
2021-04-03 21:55
EZ4ence.......
2021-04-03 22:07
F ence
2021-04-04 00:59
Legendary comeback by VP youtube.com/watch?v=737PuFQWypo
2021-04-15 05:01
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