Vitality send Astralis to lower semi-finals after close series

A comeback on Inferno confirmed a French victory.

Vitality secured their spot in the upper bracket final at BLAST Premier Fall Final after defeating Astralis 2-1. Dan "⁠apEX⁠" Madesclaire's boys claimed a very competitive Nuke 22-18 to start the series before the Danes answered on Dust2 16-14. Vitality were able to seal the deal on Inferno 16-11 following an incredible performance from Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut across the series.

The French squad earned a top-four finish at the event and is set to challenge Natus Vincere in an attempt to secure a spot in the grand finals. Astralis meanwhile move down to the lower semis and will face the winner of BIG vs FaZe on Friday at 19:30 .

ZywOo ended the series with a 1.41 rating

Vitality showed us a solid defensive display on Nuke, going toe-to-toe with Astralis in a half that saw apEX roll back the years to support ZywOo in their efforts to contain the Danish advance. The French successfully strung together five rounds in a row before switching sides ahead 9-6.

The second half started with a little chaos. Vitality won the pistol and set themselves for a push on the A bombsite before a Benjamin "⁠blameF⁠" Bremer Deagle ace put an end to that, starting a force buy back-and-forth between the two teams. The awkward round exchange ended with Astralis going on a brief winning streak to retake the lead but it wasn't to last. Lukas "⁠gla1ve⁠" Rossander's team conceded map point and had to win another force buy just before clinching overtime. The first cycle of extra time was not enough to find a winner and the two squads moved into a second set. After a flawless CT side, the French squad was able to convert a post plant on B to close overtime and steal Astralis' pick 22-18.

The new Astralis burst into their Dust2 debut with incredible force as a red-hot Kristian "⁠k0nfig⁠" Wienecke tormented the French with both the rifle and AWP to power his team to a ten-round winning streak. apEX and co. managed to salvage the half at the very end with five in a row before switching sides at 5-10.

The French brought over their momentum from the end of the first half, slowly reducing the deficit before taking the lead at 12-11 after stopping a late A push by Astralis. Despite ZywOo's best efforts on the CT side, the Danes stayed focused and eventually clinched the map 16-14 after a short winning streak.

An early Danish streak on Inferno saw Philip "⁠Lucky⁠" Ewald and k0nfig barricade the A bombsite as the 18-year old temporarily shined in his new role with the rifle. A 0-6 disadvantage was not enough to break the Vitality spirit as they were able to make a half out of it with sporadic round wins before locking a 6-9 T side. It was Richard "⁠shox⁠" Papillon's time to pull a vintage performance on the CT side, winning a crucial 1v2 clutch on round 25, opening the doors for his team to close the decider 16-11 add the series 2-1.

Matchpage
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25th November 2021
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Nuke
18
14
Dust2
16
16
Inferno
11
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
84 - 53 +31 92.6 1.41
63 - 70 -7 80.6 1.07
60 - 68 -8 68.6 0.91
60 - 69 -9 63.7 0.86
48 - 70 -22 48.7 0.75
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
64 - 56 +8 87.5 1.20
81 - 73 +8 88.3 1.12
71 - 59 +12 67.9 1.09
61 - 60 +1 63.7 0.98
53 - 69 -16 63.6 0.91
Denmark Philip 'Lucky' Ewald
Philip 'Lucky' Ewald
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
382
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1553
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.28
Maps played:
904
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.62
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1423
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1923
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1887
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
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Denmark Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
745
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.60
ZywOo > s0mple
2021-11-25 23:14
14 replies
#5
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Lithuania Scanixon
Original comment was "Xd"
2021-11-25 23:14
5 replies
Xd
2021-11-25 23:15
1 reply
Nice name
2021-11-26 10:46
#11
hampus | 
India arc_
Germans hunting for first comment as always
2021-11-25 23:16
2 replies
its 1 nolifer with 5 alts
2021-11-25 23:25
The only they can reach
2021-11-25 23:37
0/8
2021-11-25 23:20
0/8
2021-11-25 23:56
#53
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Brazil Nicolito
How many titles in 2021? xdddd
2021-11-26 00:07
#54
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China HEIDASHUAi
Stop with the bait.
2021-11-26 00:08
You're actually a mad lad
2021-11-26 02:34
Really?
2021-11-26 04:51
Ok so how many majors?
2021-11-26 07:08
s1mple>sh1ro>Zyw00
2021-11-26 13:14
#2
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Australia xteN7331
2nd
2021-11-25 23:14
#3
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Lithuania Scanixon
Xd
2021-11-25 23:14
#4
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Norway Balta69
Bruh
2021-11-25 23:14
#6
NiKo | 
Netherlands ^robz
blameF sick but still topfragging
2021-11-25 23:14
3 replies
k0nfig was topfragging
2021-11-25 23:20
#77
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Spain pi3trAs
And still baiting
2021-11-26 07:51
1 reply
Did you watch the two Astralis games? BlameF isn't BaitF anymore haha
2021-11-26 10:46
#7
kennyS | 
France Jaune
lmao vitality finally perform when the team is dead
2021-11-25 23:14
5 replies
they actually performed ok since summer break, I mean they won two or more series (like here) but tournaments had more teams
2021-11-25 23:17
Perform well against one week team
2021-11-25 23:33
3 replies
Same team that beat NIP like one day ago. :|
2021-11-25 23:41
2 replies
+1
2021-11-25 23:47
Fluke
2021-11-26 00:55
should have actually been 2-0 for Astralis instead but BlameF lost a lot of rounds on Nuke with his ineffective lurking and baiting. The team is looking good so far , more time and practice and they will be good to go. Sucks to see whats being done to Lucky here , guy isnt even being given the second awp yet he is making his mark in the game with the rifles. Not cool, Astralis
2021-11-25 23:15
16 replies
Fr i feel bad for him(
2021-11-25 23:23
k0nfig said Lucky preferred Rifling over Awping and thats why gla1ve is doing it
2021-11-25 23:28
11 replies
if you have actually followed Astralis and their players for as long as i have, you know their statements cant ever be taken for real. They have always lied about the things that concern the squad , they got pretty good PR training. Bubzkji over the last year has literally been there as prime example of how deeply corrupted the org is
2021-11-25 23:30
10 replies
#34
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Romania styl3noxe
Corrupted ? It's called business.Get over it.He is not playing awp because he is gonna get replaced soon.Other way it makes no sense.
2021-11-25 23:37
7 replies
lmao just because i am showing their true self doesnt mean i am actually loosing my shit over it. I know damn well its just business and it has always worked in their favor , and also pretty aware of the situation around their new awper with the rumors of them getting Farlig flying around even before they got Lucky. It is obvious why isnt he getting to play with it but its pathetic from their side to not even let him second awp. He deserves better
2021-11-25 23:39
5 replies
#37
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Romania styl3noxe
Yes, but you don t know that for sure.Maybe the guy knows he can do more with the rifler and tries to prove himself a little before getting benched.
2021-11-25 23:40
4 replies
i wouldnt ever be convinced that he himself wants to rifle this badly until the guy himself claims so. Though he is actually doing a good job at it but Glaive is missing a lot of key shots.
2021-11-25 23:42
By the looks of his first match vs nip, it didn't look happy to rifling. Honestly, he shows decent rifling, good game sense for a young player. It is PR bull***. Glaive is even worse than him awping. But I wont argue that he is not ready for t1. The Lucky transition is like "Astralis is ready for the major" or "Liquid is S-rank team at the major. Both knew they will underperform, but they sell the opposite. It is business, not good one thought.
2021-11-26 00:02
2 replies
#81
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Romania styl3noxe
Well i said that a few times here already, he is probably getting replaced.I don t see any other reason for him not to awp and yes he does look kinda sad.With blame and k0nfig coming into the team there is no reason for them to bet on players anymore.Just threw the money and buy a good one.
2021-11-26 10:44
1 reply
But farlig is not that good. I watched a lot of fpx/godsent. He whifed a lot and has average gamesense. He is better than lucky, but I feel lucky you will be better at 22. And he started his career with astralis in horrible conditions. He has to replace device, the team was dead before the major. I feel he is a top player of academy league. It doesnt mean that he is a t1 player, but still. If g2 get monesy and og flamez, stop rely on old geezer like xypex and try to train young players.
2021-11-26 15:01
But in that case you would keep him awping. That way when you replace him its a straight swap in roles
2021-11-26 08:42
his pistols are crazy though. His rifle on inferno ct was sick actually. I think he has the potention to become a good rifler:)
2021-11-26 11:16
1 reply
he has managed pretty well without the awp so far , yes
2021-11-26 12:19
lucky next victim of Snakestralis stategy to give young players spots just to cut them and sell them
2021-11-26 03:17
2 replies
expected smart reply from Tabsen`s countryman
2021-11-26 10:54
1 reply
yes and Tabsen would never do that (because no one in the world takes washed german players like nex, keev, spidi, denis except lower tier german teams)
2021-11-26 11:50
the baggage that zywoo needs to carry. lmao
2021-11-25 23:16
gg wp
2021-11-25 23:17
it was a nice game Lets go Vita V for Victory
2021-11-25 23:17
zywoo csgoat
2021-11-25 23:19
did this get deleted for like two minutes?
2021-11-25 23:21
1 reply
yep , it went missing for a minute or two edit : the old link of the article is still 404ed
2021-11-25 23:23
-mitsuta -kyojin
2021-11-25 23:21
This version of Astralis is looking very interesting and exciting
2021-11-25 23:21
Zywootality
2021-11-25 23:21
Flukes
2021-11-25 23:21
#23
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Germany aL1337
G______G
2021-11-25 23:22
#28
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Denmark nitrogen69
Astralis had 11 days of praccing leading up to this event, and they perform like this, damn. Interesting team for sure, possible top 3 contender? Excited for Vitality rebuild in 2022 aswell, but can ZywoO even speak proper English, cause if dupreeh, magisk and z0nic joins, he'd be forced to learn English lmao
2021-11-25 23:26
6 replies
#39
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Romania styl3noxe
Zywoo is pretty decent.Enough to give calls and shit but it s gonna take some time settle things ofc.It s gonna be hard for the Astralis trio as well, they spoke danish most of their careers so...And yeah they are good but they are not going anywhere without a at least decent awper.
2021-11-25 23:41
Dawg, ZywOo has 3.4k Faceit matches, he knows enough English for in-game use at least.
2021-11-25 23:43
2 replies
#93
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Denmark nitrogen69
they even said themselves, that it would be troubling for zywoo to speak english lol
2021-11-28 23:17
1 reply
Where? In a recent interview for Fragbite, ZywOo said his English is good enough for in-game communication, it's only IRL conversations he struggles with.
2021-11-29 12:40
It astonishes me how few pros actually speak decent English.
2021-11-26 00:15
no one know how they play ,even them .. so teams can t prepare for them yet but they have good potential
2021-11-26 00:32
Save zywoo pls
2021-11-25 23:41
1 reply
Are you not aware of the news?
2021-11-25 23:42
Wtf how do zombie vitality take down god k0nfig on awp???
2021-11-25 23:42
Zywoo carrying vita S1mple carrying NaVi Same as all ways and Saturday we will see then clash ones again
2021-11-25 23:47
XI WU PRIDE OF THE EAST !!!
2021-11-25 23:55
2 replies
+10 social credit
2021-11-26 00:55
intelligent puh bear, gets all the honey
2021-11-26 03:19
Happy to se Lucky improving
2021-11-26 00:02
I like this new astralis. They should've won first map :| Vitality is new NAVI :)
2021-11-26 00:03
#56
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Kazakhstan Tikolelele
lucky performed absolute dogshit except first half of inf, even though some of them were eco frags
2021-11-26 00:16
Congrats Zywoo, you won
2021-11-26 00:26
See lucky is doing well
2021-11-26 00:34
baitF higher rating than k0nfig because he baits and has high KAST, so fucking stupid. 17 kills less and higher rating lul
2021-11-26 00:45
That Zywoo's numbers. Wow
2021-11-26 00:55
Ez for Zywoo+4
2021-11-26 01:19
ZywOo hard carry dead team, nothing new here
2021-11-26 01:19
#66
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Europe Cr3eP_70
Imagine being a player on Vitality and having a teammate, or a trashmate that should have your back, drinking water hands off keyboard, in the middle of a live round leaving you to die and for himself to be killed... Sometimes I think that org have no Owner nor a proper management... Absolutely disgusting, actually like the trash doing this!
2021-11-26 01:41
2 replies
Are you stupid? The play was to hide to surprise them. Him drinking water was either for the camera or because he knew he had enough time which he indeed did have. He wasn't supposed to help misutaaa there
2021-11-26 10:19
1 reply
#82
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Europe Cr3eP_70
You seem to know a lot about stupidity... Actually, the analysis on the play, leaves no doubt that you are surely an expert on that field.
2021-11-26 10:45
Imagine ZywOo wasn't on vitality. They'd be fucked.
2021-11-26 03:18
blameF 64 kills 1.20 rating k0nfig 81 kills 1.12 rating
2021-11-26 04:15
I am happy that it was a good game of Counter-Strike.
2021-11-26 04:52
GGs, NIce game to watch
2021-11-26 05:45
Hltv rating at its finest. Konfig almost 20 frags more, higher adr while being main entry most of times, still lower than Blamefs easy roles. Joke.
2021-11-26 08:59
Zywoo's k/d bigger than k/d for the whole australis team. LOL.
2021-11-26 14:00
Dead team still making it to the upper bracket final, that tells you something about the form in which teams are atm. Astralis should've won that everyday of the week, but I still believe they will make the comeback in lower bracket. Let's go Astralis!
2021-11-26 16:14
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