Vitality, FURIA pass lower round one tests; Extra Salt, paiN eliminated from DH Masters Spring

The French and the Brazilian teams will continue their lower bracket survival on Saturday against the upper semi-final losers.

Vitality defeated Extra Salt 2-1 in the first round of Group B’s lower bracket to live to see another day in DreamHack Masters Spring, while FURIA bested their countrymen paiN 2-0 in the other matchup. The Frenchmen will take on the loser of BIG vs. Heroic, while FURIA will face either Astralis or Complexity in the lower semi-finals on Saturday.

The loss comes as a hard-hitting blow for Extra Salt, who were looking to ride the high of a grand final appearance in FunSpark ULTI Europe Final after travelling to the Old Continent for higher-level competition. The North American team, who recently hit their best ranking of 15th, as well as paiN, will be looking to regroup ahead of the cs_summit 8 closed qualifier to get their Major qualification campaigns off the ground.

Vitality recovered from a Dust2 disaster to win the series

Extra Salt claimed a promising 5-3 T side lead in the opening half of Overpass, but their funds soon dried up after successive force buys as Vitality established control. The Frenchmen put the pedal to metal moving forward to shut down their opponents, losing just two further rounds on the way to an assertive 16-7 victory.

Vitality kicked off Dust2 with a swift 4-0 defence before Extra Salt found their footing to piece together a dominant streak of rounds. The Frenchmen recomposed to prevent the half slipping away from them and locked down a 9-6 score as a result of their tightened setup. However, as the two teams switched sides, Johnny "⁠JT⁠" Theodosiou’s men showed their opponents they are not to be underestimated by commandingly winning 10 out of 11 CT rounds to secure a 16-10 score and force a decider.

Nuke was left over, where Vitality looked to make up for their disappointing performance on their own map pick of Dust2. Dan "⁠apEX⁠" Madesclaire’s side took control early on and didn’t let up as the map progressed, with Extra Salt only finding sporadic rounds throughout. Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut wrapped the series up for his team with 26 kills and 100.8 ADR, opting to use rifles over the AWP for the majority of the map.

FURIA nearly let a huge lead slip on Mirage

The Brazilian pair squared off in their first head-to-head encounter in a do-or-die situation in the lower bracket. paiN took the fight straight to FURIA on their map pick of Nuke, with Gabriel "⁠NEKIZ⁠" Schenato and Rafael "⁠saffee⁠" Costa dealing the damage on the way to a 5-3 Terrorist side lead. A 4K AWP round from Kaike "⁠KSCERATO⁠" Cerato helped add three to his team’s tally, but paiN won the majority of the remaining rounds for an 8-7 halftime scoreline. However, the second half was more one-sided as KSCERATO and Vinicius "⁠VINI⁠" Figueiredo spearheaded FURIA’s offence for a 16-12 victory with minimal resistance.

Mirage was up next, and it appeared to be the tale of the T sides. Andrei "⁠arT⁠" Piovezan & co. stormed to an 11-4 advantage in the first half with powerful executes and looked primed to take the map effortlessly, but Vinicios "⁠PKL⁠" Coelho’s team surprisingly won eight consecutive rounds on the offence to claim the lead. Thanks to their strong opening on the map, FURIA had the rounds to play with and eventually found the five rounds needed to close proceedings out, with Paytyn "⁠junior⁠" Johnson coming alive after a quiet Nuke showing.

Matchpage
1
2
30th April 2021
7
Overpass
16
16
Dust2
10
7
Nuke
16
 Extra Salt K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
48 - 48 0 69.6 1.02
45 - 48 -3 63.3 0.91
42 - 50 -8 60.3 0.87
31 - 52 -21 59.4 0.79
38 - 51 -13 65.2 0.78
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
68 - 33 +35 92.4 1.53
59 - 43 +16 82.4 1.20
41 - 44 -3 69.9 1.07
41 - 42 -1 64.0 0.98
39 - 42 -3 60.8 0.96
Matchpage
2
0
30th April 2021
16
Nuke
12
16
Mirage
12
 FURIA K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
48 - 34 +14 93.1 1.40
45 - 34 +11 81.9 1.22
36 - 27 +9 67.0 1.12
34 - 29 +5 67.4 1.11
38 - 41 -3 80.2 0.99
 paiN K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
38 - 40 -2 75.2 0.99
35 - 43 -8 73.7 0.92
33 - 39 -6 62.7 0.88
26 - 36 -10 57.0 0.87
29 - 44 -15 65.7 0.84
Brazil Vinicios 'PKL' Coelho
Vinicios 'PKL' Coelho
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
863
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
Brazil Andrei 'arT' Piovezan
Andrei 'arT' Piovezan
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
810
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
Brazil Gabriel 'NEKIZ' Schenato
Gabriel 'NEKIZ' Schenato
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
692
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.70
South Africa Johnny 'JT' Theodosiou
Johnny 'JT' Theodosiou
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
780
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.67
Brazil Kaike 'KSCERATO' Cerato
Kaike 'KSCERATO' Cerato
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
733
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.57
Brazil Rafael 'saffee' Costa
Rafael 'saffee' Costa
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
135
KPR:
0.82
DPR:
0.60
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.28
Maps played:
804
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.62
Brazil Vinicius 'VINI' Figueiredo
Vinicius 'VINI' Figueiredo
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
805
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1787
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
United States Paytyn 'junior' Johnson
Paytyn 'junior' Johnson
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
250
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.61
#1
kennyS | 
Netherlands NahT_
EZ4ENCE
2021-04-30 16:50
2 replies
sadge for ES
2021-04-30 16:52
1 reply
Big sadge
2021-04-30 17:26
#2
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Serbia XD___
losing 24 rounds to pain
2021-04-30 16:51
3 replies
better than losing a map to extra salt, also hltv.org/matches/2347108/liquid-vs-pain-..
2021-04-30 19:00
1 reply
#24
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Serbia XD___
-better than losing a map to extra salt -sends link to a tournament where extra salt claped pain 3-0
2021-04-30 19:31
#22
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Canada JC_123
Pain very good mens
2021-04-30 19:08
Give me baby
2021-04-30 16:51
expected results.
2021-04-30 16:52
Kyojin upgrade on RPK? I aren't think that
2021-04-30 16:52
6 replies
He most likely is in the long run. But for this year maybe not
2021-04-30 17:04
5 replies
#11
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Austria arngnr
I agree. He looked quite lost on all of the maps he's played so far, but I think he needs some time to realize he ain't playing pugs anymore.
2021-04-30 17:26
3 replies
They need time to improve, it's not on the 2nd matchup that they've played together that he will outfrag ZyGod
2021-04-30 17:30
2 replies
#16
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Kazakhstan Puchara
but I still don't understand why they benched the nivera, who has been in the team for a long time and showed decent results so far :/
2021-04-30 18:19
1 reply
Just because replacing RpK is not an easy task, finding the right player is very difficult for the org and Nivera doesn't fit in this role that is a necessity for any team (fix on a bombsite, entryfragger) Nivera is not this kind of player (even if he is incredibly talented) whereas Kyogin is more in the playstyle of RpK.
2021-04-30 18:54
+4
2021-04-30 20:40
Godwoo <3
2021-04-30 17:02
RIP ES this was a good slap of reality for them, hopefully they return in better form.
2021-04-30 17:10
#10
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Brazil Anarchybr
-Junior +saffe EZ fix
2021-04-30 17:24
1 reply
#14
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Portugal OwnedBro
or +rcf
2021-04-30 17:38
oof...
2021-04-30 17:46
+1 respect for extra salt, they won a map Also at least junior played one good map today lol
2021-04-30 18:33
#18
cadiaN | 
Poland SebL
Vitality seems to still have troubles to find firepower outside of ZywOo, they also make a lot of stupid mistakes mid round, and overall I think -RpK +Kyojin is just the beginning of changes for this team. FURIA won this match but I'm still not satisfied with their performance, I think changes will happen soon anyway. I don't know what's not working for Extra Salt, I feel like they should get some more experienced coach, I think that might help them. paiN looked really good, but they are not on this level yet, but they can be in the future.
2021-04-30 18:43
2 replies
salt is doing really good. they are just an namix and they made big and vita sweat
2021-04-30 20:42
1 reply
#31
cadiaN | 
Poland SebL
Yes, but the question is how far they can go with the current roster? I think players are good, but I think they need some experienced guys behind them honestly.
2021-05-02 13:40
NT salters and pain
2021-04-30 19:04
2 replies
#26
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Brazil rhal
Extra Pain
2021-04-30 20:06
1 reply
deep
2021-04-30 20:06
#23
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Canada JC_123
Sadge
2021-04-30 19:08
It's Furia x Complexity is not Furia x losser Big x Heroic
2021-04-30 19:57
zywoo is just
2021-04-30 20:41
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