Vitality overcome Liquid at BLAST

The French side will face Astralis in the winners' match of Group A.

After trading map picks, Inferno and Vertigo, Vitality came out on top on Mirage over Liquid and claimed a 2-1 victory in their BLAST Premier Fall Groups opener. Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut showed up as expected, but Vitality's supporting cast provided a lot throughout the series to build on their runners-up finish at ESL Pro League Season 14.

"I'm just playing on my feeling, which is nice," 18-year-old Kévin "⁠misutaaa⁠" Rabier said after the match in which he averaged a 1.12 rating, topping the scoreboard on Inferno with 26K-14D. Vertigo was a map to forget, as Liquid stopped their opponents from gaining any map control and took it convincingly, but the bounce back on Mirage was strong and Vitality closed it out.

"I remember that in the past when we had a hard map, it was hard to go to the next one," misutaaa added in the post-match interview, explaining that he doesn't struggle with such issues anymore. "What happened already happened, you can't change it, so f*ck it."

Following this victory, Vitality will face Astralis on Friday at 16:30 in a match that will secure one team a spot on LAN, while Evil Geniuses and Liquid will play to avoid early elimination.

The captain stepped up in the series

Impeccable form from misutaaa propelled Vitality into a 7-0 lead on Inferno, allowing for the Frenchmen to put Liquid into a chokehold early on. The CT side from Dan "⁠apEX⁠" Madesclaire and co. looked comfortable throughout, only leaking a few rounds at the end of the half, but a pistol win after the switch put them on course for a 16-6 victory.

A 1v1 clutch from Jake "⁠Stewie2K⁠" Yip made the score 3-1 on Vertigo and proved crucial to Liquid establishing themselves on the second map. After that, Vitality's attempts to penetrate the A bombsite fell flat, resulting in a 12-3 half. Adding a pistol round loss and a 1v2 clutch from Gabriel "⁠FalleN⁠" Toledo to that brought Liquid to the edge of victory, with Richard "⁠shox⁠" Papillon's 1v3 clutch only extending the map temporarily.

Mirage was all about high-tempo play, and Vitality was able to thrive in the chaos to build a lead, 7-1, before Keith "⁠NAF⁠" Markovic, Stewie2K, and FalleN had their moments in the spotlight to shrink the gap before switching to the defense (10-5). This time, there was no swift second-half closeout as the American team put up a solid CT side when the rifles came into play, but a low buy and apEX on the Scout pulled Vitality over the line before it became too scary, 16-11.

Matchpage
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16th September 2021
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Inferno
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8
Vertigo
16
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Mirage
11
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
57 - 44 +13 89.4 1.32
60 - 57 +3 89.8 1.13
57 - 51 +6 80.0 1.12
49 - 47 +2 71.9 1.04
35 - 54 -19 56.9 0.82
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
63 - 55 +8 94.0 1.24
53 - 51 +2 82.0 1.11
51 - 44 +7 68.1 1.08
45 - 52 -7 66.7 0.93
41 - 57 -16 68.0 0.86
France Kévin 'misutaaa' Rabier
Kévin 'misutaaa' Rabier
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
307
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.66
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France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.28
Maps played:
869
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.62
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1438
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.60
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1445
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1888
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1852
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1420
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
GOAT zywoo just too strong for NA
2021-09-16 22:58
11 replies
Top1 2021 inc
2021-09-16 23:00
zywoo is not the GOAT.
2021-09-16 23:01
9 replies
I agree but its clearly not S1mple
2021-09-16 23:02
3 replies
Lmao he is just few mvps short and a major to become to goat So he is the one right now The team just won the IGS
2021-09-17 06:13
in terms of skill it is clearly s1mple. In terms of accomplishments it is device. If s1mple wins a major however, it will be s1mple 100%
2021-09-17 07:29
1 reply
4>1
2021-09-17 19:08
Yes zywoo is the GOAT
2021-09-16 23:02
+1, device is the GOAT
2021-09-16 23:36
1 reply
+1 Dev1ce is GOATer than zywoo
2021-09-17 03:01
#26
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China HEIDASHUAi
+1 that title doesn't belong to him
2021-09-17 00:09
1 reply
Y'all ez tot bait
2021-09-17 15:26
#2
vas | 
Russia zj2
ez 4 zywoo
2021-09-16 22:59
Zywoo looking better and better as this year is going on.
2021-09-16 23:00
1 reply
+1 but missed so many easy shots in vertigo
2021-09-16 23:29
NA OMEGALUL
2021-09-16 23:01
FalleN carries and Liquid still lose LUL
2021-09-16 23:01
Glad to see apEX with his monitor turned on.
2021-09-16 23:01
1 reply
haha +1
2021-09-16 23:04
-Grim + OCEAN when?
2021-09-16 23:03
2 replies
#16
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Poland xMBTx
+1
2021-09-16 23:14
kkk
2021-09-17 00:36
-stew +curry
2021-09-16 23:07
NT liquid. They let VIT get on too many momentum runs. Too many whiffed shots and wasted opportunities
2021-09-16 23:13
#15
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United States weaboo
ez 4 xi wu
2021-09-16 23:13
#17
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Brazil Anarchybr
Ok guys what about TL turning their monitors on when they’re playing T-side?
2021-09-16 23:20
gg
2021-09-16 23:29
is kyojin good? dont think ive seen him go positive
2021-09-16 23:35
nt, go fallen
2021-09-16 23:50
#23
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Portugal joaosenra
Fallen needs a card 100 in is team to carry And ZywOo needs a decent card IGL on is team kkkkkk
2021-09-16 23:53
Surprised liquid did so well 2nd map
2021-09-17 00:05
They probably rematch in the group final
2021-09-17 00:07
#27
NAF | 
Canada Jonesyk
-Grim +Rush This team needs a hard entry/support role.
2021-09-17 00:21
1 reply
This. Too many rounds lost because NAF, Elige and FalleN are all trying to do big plays with absolutely no one actually backing them up. Stew does it sometimes. Grim always remains last player and loses the clutch.
2021-09-17 06:25
kyojin bot
2021-09-17 00:34
Several teams have IGLs that have a negative k/d every map, Fallen, in addition to passing calls to the team, has a positive k/d and still many want his exit lmao...
2021-09-17 00:36
Grim needs to step up. Nt Liquid but again they were jinxed by gaules.
2021-09-17 01:02
#33
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Brazil isbetter
Liquid is still feeling the weight of that 1x5. It's going to be hard to shake that
2021-09-17 01:42
1 reply
#38
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Liberia rationale
TILTquid
2021-09-17 06:03
Richard Papillon is greatest 1v1,1v2,1v3 clutcher of all time. Xyp9x is greatest 1v4,1v5 clutcher of all time. kennyS greatest AWP clutcher of all time and fallen greatest major clutcher of all time. Nothing of ZywOo,s1mple shit.
2021-09-17 03:47
2 replies
S1mple best noscoper + best knifer + best in bullying.
2021-09-17 07:59
1 reply
best at suffering bullying
2021-09-17 13:15
LULquid can change roster/players/coaches but they are still bad i always see them losing 2 vs 1 postplants 3 vs 2 and dumb situations. and they cant recovery from it. just disband, save ELIGE career please.
2021-09-17 04:49
#37
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Liberia rationale
Liquid must be renamed to TILTquid. Throwing so many rounds and potentially the entire match because in previous they made STUPID GLARING mistakes. Guys, you're rich as fuck, hire psychologists for fuck's sake. How can you continue to tilt after so many years?
2021-09-17 06:03
1 reply
+1 T1 team without psychologists just wrong
2021-09-17 16:08
The got lucky.
2021-09-17 06:24
#42
fnx | 
Portugal lovessd
-Grim + anyone
2021-09-17 07:01
2 replies
#44
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United States NABOT
FER NA LIQUID?!!!!!
2021-09-17 07:24
1 reply
#49
fnx | 
Portugal lovessd
fnx !
2021-09-17 08:18
#43
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Foxxyownz
ez for woozy
2021-09-17 07:19
Goodjob
2021-09-17 07:30
overcome overcome overcome overcome overcome overcome overcome overcome overcome
2021-09-17 07:41
HARD BEING A LULQUID FAN.....
2021-09-17 08:20
expected
2021-09-17 09:13
Liquid will beat EG but Grim better wake up.
2021-09-17 10:08
#56
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Estonia nordjoker
nice ZywOo
2021-09-17 17:00
#58
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Poland SebL
Well atleast it feels like Vitality players are getting back to form, but there is still plenty of work ahead of them. Good match nonetheless. Liquid had some really silly rounds here, it feels like 50% of the rounds they lost they lost to themselves rather than the opponent. Unlucky. GG, good match.
2021-09-17 20:13
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