Virtus.pro send Spirit packing at IEM Summer

The two teams had their first official taste of Ancient as they battled it out in overtime on the new map for a spot in the lower bracket final.

Virtus.pro have edged out Spirit in a narrow series to lock a spot in Group B's lower bracket final. Dzhami "⁠Jame⁠" Ali's team are one match away from the playoffs and are set on a collision course with NIP in the final group stage match, which will take place on Sunday at 20:00 .

It was a hard-earned victory on Ancient that earned Virtus.pro their fourth consecutive victory against their regional rivals and pulled them through to the next round after the two teams exchanged their map picks, as the favorites came back from a 5-12 deficit following a difficult first half as Terrorists.

After the match, Mareks "⁠YEKINDAR⁠" Gaļinskis was interviewed on the official broadcast and shared his thoughts on the newest addition to the map pool as well as on the removal Train, one of the team's favorites. "I feel that our Train was way worse than our Ancient could be. I actually feel that Ancient is a pretty good map at the moment," the Latvian star said. "It's a great, refreshing map to play, I believe it's a good map and it will be really popular at tournaments."

Virtus.pro move on to face NiP for a spot in the playoffs

Just like in the previous encounter between the two teams a week ago at EPIC League CIS, Spirit picked Dust2 and won the map for the fifth consecutive time in matches against their regional rivals dating back nearly twelve months.

An early lead saw Abdul "⁠degster⁠" Gasanov & co. seize control of the map as Virtus.pro kept running head-first into a wall on the B bombsite, and Spirit maintained the advantage as they switched over to the offense with a pistol round win. VP made a last-stand effort when they were down 6-13, with YEKINDAR stepping up with an ace on A after having been missing for the entire map, but it was too little, too late as Spirit claimed the series lead at 16-11.

Inferno followed as another map on which the two teams had faced each other often in recent times, with Jame's side having picked and won it in the last three series against Spirit and going four for four this time on the back of an excellent offense. A 12-3 first half gave VP a big enough cushion to withstand Spirit's charge at the beginning of the second half, and they forced the deciding Ancient at 16-9.

It came down to an overtime battle on the newly introduced map. Playing Ancient for the first time officially, both teams found it difficult to break through the defense. Spirit looked on course to a comfortable victory when they picked up a 10-5 half as CTs and added the second pistol round to their tally, but Virtus.pro answered in kind with a massive run of their own with a double-AWP setup and completed the comeback in overtime to send Spirit packing.

Matchpage
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5th June 2021
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Dust2
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9
Inferno
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Ancient
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 Spirit K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
71 - 62 +9 87.4 1.22
69 - 55 +14 82.9 1.15
59 - 58 +1 76.1 1.09
47 - 48 -1 61.3 0.98
50 - 57 -7 66.0 0.95
 Virtus.pro K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
73 - 58 +15 88.2 1.25
56 - 54 +2 69.7 1.04
58 - 57 +1 71.0 1.01
49 - 73 -24 74.3 0.87
41 - 58 -17 50.1 0.83
Russia Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1024
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.55
Russia Abdul 'degster' Gasanov
Abdul 'degster' Gasanov
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
503
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.61
Latvia Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
947
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.70
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GOOD
2021-06-05 21:13
10 replies
close bo3 and hltv says vp send spirit packing lel
2021-06-05 21:15
9 replies
learn english mate
2021-06-05 21:18
7 replies
bra7i1 talking about english kek
2021-06-05 21:19
6 replies
Yeah, imagine how low your knowledge is that even brazilian knows it
2021-06-05 21:23
5 replies
yeah imagine assuming someones knowledge over a sentence kek
2021-06-05 21:24
4 replies
over one word* but ok tried to be a smartass ended up being a fool
2021-06-05 21:26
3 replies
well i was pointing out the sentence not just the word yeah for real you're a fool
2021-06-05 21:27
2 replies
its ok mate, admit the mistake and stop crying google the definition of the unknown word next time
2021-06-05 21:29
1 reply
he won't, he deleted his own comment when I disputed him lol
2021-06-08 11:36
That just means that they eliminated Spirit from the tournament
2021-06-05 21:18
VP all-in bettors come here
2021-06-05 21:13
1 reply
How is your heart?
2021-06-06 00:27
#3
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Kazakhstan Dosss
ez 4 enceenxeejxe
2021-06-05 21:13
awpkert POG godji POG vackindar POG Jame time POG Buster on OT POG
2021-06-05 21:15
Bye spirit 😘
2021-06-05 21:14
#6
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Italy ROMAG
Lul, no one here
2021-06-05 21:14
ez for buster
2021-06-05 21:15
undeserved, spirit was the better team
2021-06-05 21:15
9 replies
if they were the better they should have won then :p
2021-06-05 22:36
8 replies
2 awps constantly on the last half of ancient (a new map) and then in OT they even brought out 3 awps, I mean i dont wanna call it but thats some AWP abuse "vom feinsten" at its finest :P
2021-06-05 22:38
7 replies
why didnt spirit buy 3 awp then?
2021-06-05 22:42
4 replies
3 awps on T side on a new map sure man :D you're the Sherlock of CS, If they only had you as their Coach FeelsBadMan
2021-06-05 22:42
3 replies
should have won in regulation then just accept the fact they lost lmao
2021-06-05 22:45
2 replies
nobody is denying the loss but the win otherwise is just undeserved simple as that, choke on that lol
2021-06-05 22:46
1 reply
no shame losing to better team :p
2021-06-05 22:48
#51
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India zod1ack
Literally boomer. You complaining bcz vp played with double awps?? I haven't seen more brainded excuse than this. Lul.
2021-06-05 23:24
1 reply
triple awp in OT on ancient and even yekindar said in after-match interview "I couldn't hit shit so I just took awp hehehe" Excuse? nobody is excusing anybody there is just deserved and undeserved win best example of undeserved is the Cloud9 Major win and most would agree with this, here I just present you another undeserved win, have fun with it.
2021-06-06 13:58
spirit threw this one
2021-06-05 21:15
#10
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Latvia YungPan666
damn... spirit are getting eliminated by VP third tournament in the row
2021-06-05 21:15
i love degster as a player but i feel like he underperforms in important matches
2021-06-05 21:16
chopper is not g00d
2021-06-05 21:18
#16
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Turkey SplattXy
ez money
2021-06-05 21:18
#20
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Pakistan LoOuU2
I feel like VP are one of those rivals of Spirit that they can't take on. Like Astralis for Liquid in 2019. You may expect them to take down NaVi or go toe to toe against Gambit but against VP, they can't handle the pressure.
2021-06-05 21:25
sdy GOD
2021-06-05 21:32
#26
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United Kingdom novaseer
dexter left mouz for this
2021-06-05 21:40
1 reply
#29
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North America dicennt
wh???
2021-06-05 21:54
haha blad3 IN YOUR FACE OVERRATED WINS AGAINST UNDERRATED HAHAHA
2021-06-05 21:50
2 replies
Blade meant Yekindar, his agressive playstile and impact on the wins are overrated (probably due to all casters/analytics hyping him up). Not like VP are overrated. Blade said "Yekindar is not the reason why this team works".
2021-06-06 15:37
1 reply
ok, ty for explaining
2021-06-06 17:37
Qikert so good with awp wth ?
2021-06-05 21:53
#30
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
Absolutely fantastic match... Qikert stepped up big time for VP.
2021-06-05 21:56
Really need Yekindar to step up. If he was activated to his usual level, the game wouldn't even have come to 3 maps.
2021-06-05 21:58
1 reply
#53
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Brazil v0m1t
yeah, he has been lacking in the past couple events. hope he steps it up
2021-06-05 23:57
qikert was hawwwwt, big impact !
2021-06-05 22:01
Spirit +16 kills VP -23 kills
2021-06-05 22:03
#34
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Poland SebL
I have no idea how does VP manage to beat Spirit like everytime they play each other. Spirit has potential, but they need to really re-think they game plan when it comes to playing against VP, because something doesn't work here.
2021-06-05 22:04
4 replies
#52
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CIS TheBigSAM
in theory - yeah, spirit should win every duel and just beat VP every time. But Spirit, for whatever reason, doesn't have a good structure. They have a decent default, they have tactics, they don't play dumb. But if someone falls short on his game, the team just can't do anything. Spirit had bootcamp just before rmr, but I think they already should do another one
2021-06-05 23:33
3 replies
#74
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Poland SebL
Spirit seem to run out of strats when the game is being played longer than expected that's how I feel. Bootcamp could fix those issues, I agree.
2021-06-06 18:28
2 replies
#75
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CIS TheBigSAM
Maybe teams just figure out Spirit's game plan that quickly during games? Hope Spirit will do better next time
2021-06-06 19:14
1 reply
#76
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Poland SebL
Yeah I mean, Spirit has a great firepower actually, one of the best teams in the world when it comes to aiming and stuff, they also have solid strucutre, I think they just need to work on their strat-book, and they can be one of the best teams in the world, maybe even the best who knows, I think they need more time on bootcamp and stuff.
2021-06-06 19:16
#38
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Russia mshkoda
Ok
2021-06-05 22:08
What the f.ck they are packing!? Heroin or cristmas presents?
2021-06-05 22:25
First ancient OT !
2021-06-05 22:33
1 reply
#60
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Estonia thisba!tes
This match in history now 📷
2021-06-06 01:59
GG!
2021-06-05 23:02
pack what?? they're playing from their home, aren't they? these hltv news titles nowadays.. first exit leaves, not exit exits now this..
2021-06-06 04:18
to send someone packing just means to knock someone out of the tournament. It does not have to involve literal bag packing. Chill out folks
2021-06-06 08:14
#70
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Europe Electropop
Spirit throwed game kinda sad.. 12-5 lead and they lose against full eco, sure It happens to all teams sometimes, but for real! They still went out mid and dying 4-5 rounds in a row..
2021-06-06 09:07
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