Vitality secure Fall Final berth with 2-0 victory over Astralis

The French side became the first team to seal their spot at the BLAST Fall Final but were made to work for it by the Danes on the second map.

Vitality continued their excellent recent form with another victory, this time against the Danes Astralis, defeating them on Overpass and Nuke in a 2-0 series.

It was not all plain sailing for Vitality, particularly on Nuke, where they fell 4-11 on their CT half. In the winner's interview, Dan "⁠apEX⁠" Madesclaire was pressed on what exactly is the cause of the problems they are facing on the CT side of Nuke, with apEX admitting that the A site is an issue for the team.

"The most problematic thing we have is Kyojin on A site — he is not performing at all, he is bad. It's fine, we can say it, he knows it, I have nothing to hide. shox is getting better though, so many rounds he did one or two kills but Kyojin didn't, which is tough."

apEX and co. continue their recent good form

He also conceded that there is no obvious solution: "We are going to try and work again on that site. It's tough because putting misutaaa there won't help, he is pretty comfortable on ramp."

The first map of the series was Vitality's pick of Overpass, and it went exactly to plan for the French squad. They kicked off on T side by winning the pistol and converting, and although Astralis immediately got a foothold in the map with a couple of rounds, Vitality began to comfortably control the half.

Of particular concern for the Danes were the struggles that Philip "⁠Lucky⁠" Ewald and Peter "⁠dupreeh⁠" Rasmussen had holding mid together, with most of the gun rounds Vitality won starting out with a successful entry kill on one or the other. Despite Lucky in particular recovering as the map went on, Astralis still went into the second half 6-9 down.

Vitality switched over to the CT side and once again got off to a quick start, racking up six rounds with only one in reply to put them on map point. Astralis responded well, scraping a few consecutive rounds together to crush the French squad's economy and make the map competitive, but they simply left themselves with too much to do, Vitality eventually securing the map win 16-12.

The second map of the series was Astralis' pick of Nuke. Vitality started on CT, winning their pistol and converting to set themselves up for a strong half. Astralis picked up the first gun round, but it looked like they would be immediately pegged back in the following, finding themselves in a 4v2 with little time on the clock. Somehow the French side contrived to lose this round, and with it their economic control they never recovered and Astralis never looked back, combining strong yard lurks with some excellent top site rushes to put up a huge 11-4 T half.

It seemed like the second half would be a formality for Astralis, particularly after they won the pistol, but Vitality had very different ideas. They immediately put three rounds on the board, and even though the Danes pegged them back with two more of their own to make it 14-7, the French squad were not to be stopped.

Nine consecutive Terrorist rounds without reply followed as Vitality systematically picked Astralis apart, in particular abusing Lucky at ramp towards the end of the half, to run the map all the way back to 16-14 and take the series.

Vitality have now secured their spot at the BLAST Premier Fall Final, whilst Astralis will take on the winner of Liquid vs. Evil Geniuses on Saturday to decide the second team from Group A that will make it straight to Fall Final. The other two teams will have a second chance to qualify through the Fall Showdown taking place October 12-17.

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17th September 2021
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Overpass
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14
Nuke
16
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
50 - 41 +9 77.2 1.11
34 - 34 0 65.8 0.99
36 - 39 -3 71.7 0.99
32 - 40 -8 68.6 0.88
30 - 41 -11 67.1 0.88
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
43 - 30 +13 86.4 1.32
49 - 41 +8 91.9 1.27
42 - 37 +5 75.2 1.14
37 - 35 +2 72.0 1.02
23 - 39 -16 51.6 0.79
Denmark Philip 'Lucky' Ewald
Philip 'Lucky' Ewald
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
346
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1836
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1854
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
#1
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Finland Cucumber))
Imagine if Vitality's CT side was good on Nuke
2021-09-17 19:36
5 replies
what? it was a choke from astralis so could still be competitive...
2021-09-17 19:36
4 replies
#9
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CIS youWrong
kidstalis very sad
2021-09-17 19:39
1 reply
explain that name xd
2021-09-17 19:44
#32
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Finland Cucumber))
I just mean that Nuke could be a real strong map for Vitality if they knew how to play CT, they always perform on T side
2021-09-17 20:43
1 reply
ah alright, true, good if they wanna win VS navi
2021-09-17 20:44
That was sad(
2021-09-17 19:36
3 replies
expected
2021-09-17 19:38
1 reply
i mean doing so good and then still choking was unexpected
2021-09-17 20:27
#22
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Norway Balta69
agreed
2021-09-17 19:58
zywoo goat
2021-09-17 19:36
4 replies
but he doesn't have major.
2021-09-17 20:07
3 replies
Yes he's 20 and when was the last major?
2021-09-17 21:45
2 replies
#43
B1T | 
Russia lo0u
Tbh, by the way things are going with csgo and the pro scene, he might not have much more time left to get one.
2021-09-17 23:09
1 reply
So, that's must be the same for s1mple?
2021-09-18 16:20
lets go Vita #VforVictory
2021-09-17 19:38
im so fucking sad
2021-09-17 19:39
#11
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United States Rayduh
11-4 HALF
2021-09-17 19:44
1 reply
#35
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France WatZuki
The Zonic score
2021-09-17 20:58
Motivated shox <3
2021-09-17 19:48
wow toxic baguette expected "The most problematic thing we have is Kyojin on A site — he is not perfect for me at all, he is bad. It's fine, we can see it, he knows it, I have nothing to add."
2021-09-17 19:50
8 replies
Did apex say that?
2021-09-17 19:52
3 replies
Never mind i saw it now
2021-09-17 19:52
2 replies
Who said that?
2021-09-17 19:58
1 reply
ApeX
2021-09-17 19:58
Imagine hearing that from ur igl.Apex continuing to be clown
2021-09-17 20:02
1 reply
#48
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Indonesia FinZzz
Did you even read the entire thing? Apex says that Kyojin is fine when he hears that since it is the truth.
2021-09-18 09:48
Yes but that is still partialy out of context. He explained that he was bad ON NUKE, and that on maps like Inferno and Mirage, Kyojin was playing much better and was partialy winning them the maps. Rather than saying Kyojin is bad, he means Kyojin is bad ON NUKE ct side and the he is the difference between them being a strong nuke team and them not being one.
2021-09-17 20:25
1 reply
+1
2021-09-18 11:20
Why is there Lucas Lucky Chastang?
2021-09-17 19:50
1 reply
The best lucky KEKW
2021-09-17 21:52
Wrong Lucky in the Article. Edit: will probably be fixed.
2021-09-17 19:51
expected
2021-09-17 19:55
Toxic apex strikes again
2021-09-17 19:57
#23
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Liberia rationale
Astralis was unLucky today. Really. hltv.org/forums/threads/2514495/un-lucky
2021-09-17 20:00
#24
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Norway Balta69
-bubber when gla1ve comes back, sorry but he has to go the team needs more stability to integrate lucky and having bubzkji struggling with his roles dosent help
2021-09-17 20:01
2 replies
Bench Lucky also
2021-09-17 21:20
Bubzki played great in cologne bruh, what is wrong with him
2021-09-18 00:57
zwyoo goat performance
2021-09-17 20:05
#30
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Poland SebL
Vitalitys players seem to be getting back in form, but there is still a lot of stuff to work on, but it feels great that they qualified for Fall Finals, this event is actually really important. As for Astralis, those new guys are just not stepping up, like really, I know it can be difficult to fit into Astralis playstyle, but Bubzkji has been on a starting 5 for like what? 6 months? And he is still insanely inconsistent, it's 2nd event for Lucky, so maybe that performance is reasonable, but it's not looking bright I will say that.
2021-09-17 20:33
If Lucky wasnt that bad Astralis would be top contender - Lucky + Device
2021-09-17 20:38
3 replies
I dont think device would be a nice fit for astralis
2021-09-18 05:34
2 replies
Whom he (Device) won 4 majors with Astralis year don’t Fit…
2021-09-18 22:47
1 reply
i dont think they can win anything anymore especially majors device wont fit in anymore
2021-09-19 11:42
10% motivated Shox
2021-09-17 20:54
wrong lucky they tagged lol no one noticed? Lucas Chastang kek
2021-09-17 21:47
1 reply
lol true.
2021-09-17 22:00
unluko
2021-09-17 21:59
Wow. Vitality looks quite strong now.
2021-09-17 22:29
3 replies
#44
B1T | 
Russia lo0u
Tbf this is Astralis and also, there aren't that many strong teams out there at the moment. In my opinion Vitality should have no excuses for not being the top 2 team in the world right now.
2021-09-17 23:11
2 replies
True. Vitality definitely Top 3. NaVi almost lost in Finals
2021-09-21 20:28
1 reply
#56
B1T | 
Russia lo0u
Yes. NaVi and Vitality are the top teams in the world as far as talent and structure go. All other teams have problems with lineups.
2021-09-22 04:21
Nice lucky tag lmao
2021-09-18 05:34
Expected only team who can beat Vitality right now is NaVi
2021-09-18 10:06
#51
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Spain R1G3L
How many times will they tag the wrong Lucky? It is not the first time
2021-09-18 12:18
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