Virtus.pro eliminate Spirit from EPIC League CIS

Spirit dominated their map pick, Dust2, after losing a close Inferno, but fell flat on Overpass as Virtus.pro breezed past them to secure a spot in the consolidation final.

Virtus.pro defeated Spirit 2-1 in a series played on Inferno (16-12), Dust2 (5-16) and Overpass (16-7), securing a spot in the EPIC League CIS consolidation final, which they will play against the loser of Akuma vs. Gambit. The match to decide the second finalist following today's upper bracket final will take place on Sunday, the last day of the tournament, ahead of the Regional Major Ranking (RMR) event’s grand final.

Spirit, who had been looking like a top contender throughout the event after ending the Swiss stage with a 3-0 record and not dropping a single map until the upper bracket semi-finals, where they hit a wall and took a thrashing from Gambit before eliminating Natus Vincere from the tournament, are out in fourth place after this defeat and will see 1,300 RMR points added to their total ranking count.

SANJI had several important contributions for VP on Overpass

Inferno opened the series, Virtus.pro’s map pick, and although Spirit were first to take a 3-0 lead on the CT side, Dzhami "⁠Jame⁠" Ali and company were quick to turn things around with five successful attacks in a row before a back-and-forth tussle ended up with a 9-6 scoreline in favor of VP at the half. Three opening USP kills by Mareks "⁠YEKINDAR⁠" Gaļinskis kept his team ahead as they went on to lead 13-6 before Virtus.pro made their way to match point. Spirit gave it one final push to try and turn the tide, but were unable to bridge the gap and fell short 12-16.

Dust2 became Abdul "⁠degster⁠" Gasanov’s playground early on as he helped Spirit turn the lost pistols around in the forcebuy, after which the team led by Leonid "⁠chopper⁠" Vishnyakov stomped all over Virtus.pro giving up just one more round all the way to a dominant 13-2 scoreline on the CT side. After the half, the two teams split six rounds in what ended up being a one-sided victory for Spirit, tying the series up 1-1 and ushering the decider map.

Neither team was able to take control of Overpass in the opening rounds as a series of forcebuys and anti-ecos going both ways ended up with an even scoreboard after ten rounds, but it was finally Virtus.pro, with a particularly impactful Sanjar "⁠SANJI⁠" Kuliev, who were able to get ahead at the half with a 9-6 lead. Things eased up for VP on the CT side, as Spirit dropped off winning just one more round while Virtus.pro when on to take an ample 16-7 victory, thus securing a spot in the EPIC League CIS consolidation final.

Matchpage
2
1
29th May 2021
16
Inferno
12
5
Dust2
16
16
Overpass
7
 Virtus.pro K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
61 - 44 +17 86.0 1.32
53 - 37 +16 77.3 1.26
48 - 44 +4 73.3 1.08
46 - 48 -2 72.8 1.02
36 - 57 -21 64.0 0.80
 Spirit K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
53 - 52 +1 86.9 1.15
47 - 51 -4 77.4 0.97
45 - 50 -5 71.1 0.97
51 - 46 +5 64.9 0.96
30 - 48 -18 58.0 0.79
Russia Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1012
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.55
Uzbekistan Sanjar 'SANJI' Kuliev
Sanjar 'SANJI' Kuliev
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
666
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.66
Russia Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
918
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
Russia Abdul 'degster' Gasanov
Abdul 'degster' Gasanov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
497
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.61
Latvia Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
935
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.70
#1
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Finland Cucumber))
nice wp!
2021-05-29 19:35
3 replies
Ez 4awp God JAMER
2021-05-29 19:42
2 replies
#21
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Brazil mbassier
+1
2021-05-29 21:53
1 reply
Navi lost to this lmao
2021-05-29 23:08
#2
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Latvia YungPan666
#GOGOVP
2021-05-29 19:36
Wp, VP
2021-05-29 19:36
#4
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Kazakhstan tjoke_
GG VP
2021-05-29 19:36
yekindar had a bad game and VP still won :) very rare to see that
2021-05-29 19:36
easy for GODbuster, GODsanji, GODjame, GODyekindar and GODqikert
2021-05-29 19:36
Spirit > Navi and VP > Spirit => VP > Navi ))
2021-05-29 19:37
ALGA AVANGAR
2021-05-29 19:39
#9
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Sad Spirit noises. VP making a great comeback in here after being not so great in the league stage.
2021-05-29 19:41
#11
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Kazakhstan ZhalgasB
Well played VP
2021-05-29 19:47
spirit map 3 TLDR: 5v3 > lose 5v3 > lose 4v2 > lose 2v1 > lose (chopper miss AK spray on guy planting bomb) 5v2 > lose
2021-05-29 19:53
2 replies
and
2021-05-29 19:57
Fixed.
2021-05-30 14:46
#13
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Lebanon Dogman69
ez for new VP support player Yekindar
2021-05-29 19:54
#14
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Indonesia zinandre
ez for jame
2021-05-29 19:55
VP underrated (like always)
2021-05-29 20:00
1 reply
whoever underestimates VP still lives in 2019
2021-05-30 00:18
#17
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Poland SebL
This last map proved that when SANJI plays well VP can actually do really good things, and that's why I think SANJI should be benched, because 90% of matches he is actually having barely any impact outside of dropping guns. I'm really surprised that Spirit lost it, they looked really good up to this point, and I was pretty confident that they are going to win it pretty easily.
2021-05-29 20:14
9 replies
Man, it is not about having a good game. Last several games Sanji is on top cause Sanji and Yekindar switched positions on T side. Now Sanji is entry fragging while Yekindar is support player. Not on all maps (probably did not train all maps).
2021-05-29 20:42
1 reply
#29
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Poland SebL
You realize that on EPIC League CIS YEKINDAR has 35.2% of entry duels taken while SANJI has fucking 13? There isn't a map where SANJI has high % of entry duels taken.
2021-05-30 16:16
Benching Sanji would actually fuck this team so much,you don't realise it. He plays for the team,not for his stats,if you're not watching the games you don't understand
2021-05-29 22:17
6 replies
+1
2021-05-30 00:10
#30
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Poland SebL
I watch the games, and I see that he is playing for the team, but he is fucking dogshit, you think that they wouldn't find a player better than him in his roles? There are plenty of thems.
2021-05-30 16:26
4 replies
Dogshit? You're showing your lack of knowledge there. Sanji was great in Syman before he came to Avangar/VP. When he first came to the Avangar team,he was a great fragger there too,but quickly took a backseat to Jame,Buster and Qikert as they decided on the roles. VP can buy any CIS player that's not on Gambit and Navi to replace him with,but they aren't doing that because they know it would be a horrible move.
2021-05-30 17:06
3 replies
#32
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Poland SebL
1.11 rating while playing on T5 isn't nothing special.I'm sure it would be terrible, when they will change him (and they will do it soon), ppl will realise how overrated he is.
2021-05-30 17:25
2 replies
They won't replace him as long as they're getting good results with him. It's easy to forget how good VP was since October until the IEM Katowice finals.
2021-05-30 18:09
1 reply
#34
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Poland SebL
Because YEKINDAR has been probably the best player in the world if we are talking about impact, and now that he is dropping a bit, we can see how hard VP can struggle.
2021-05-30 18:11
SANJI GJ
2021-05-29 20:21
#19
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Russia TorToroych
Yakinder wasn't playing as good as usual but they still managed to win. I'm happy to see it
2021-05-29 20:22
What has happened to yekindar?
2021-05-30 05:50
Yekibdar Cheats off
2021-05-30 06:50
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