Virtus.pro outlast Gambit, secure ticket to IEM Winter playoffs

Gambit were unable to cross the finish line after going the distance on both maps.

Virtus.pro secure their second win at IEM WInter 2021 after a 2-0 sweep of Gambit in the upper semi-finals of Group B. Dzhami "⁠Jame⁠" Ali's squad had struggled in a close victory against a Marco "⁠Snappi⁠" Pfeiffer-less ENCE on Thursday but bounced back against the CIS youngsters on day two with wins on Dust2 and Vertigo.

Virtus.pro have claimed the first playoffs spot from Group B after going undefeated on the way to the upper bracket final, where they will face the winner of BIG vs GODSENT for direct advancement to the semi-finals. Meanwhile, Gambit have dropped to the lower bracket and are set to play against FaZe in an elimination match.

Jame lead from the frontlines, delivering a 1.38 rating across the series

The CIS derby got started on Dust2 with Virtus.pro gaining the early advantage on the T side, as Jame brought his best form into the offensive to help his team earn an 8-2 lead. The youngsters from Gambit were successful in salvaging a competitive half late into their defense, cutting the deficit to 6-9 before halftime.

Sergey "⁠Ax1Le⁠" Rykhtorov came alive on the offense, opening up the doors for his squad to claw back their way into the game despite facing a 6-13 scoreline. Gambit forced Virtus.pro to go all the way to 30 rounds, securing overtime before being anticlimactically swept in extra time 15-19.

Vladislav "⁠nafany⁠" Gorshkov's boys faced another uphill battle on the second map, going down 5-10 before halftime on Vertigo after a flat performance on the offensive side. Virtus.pro perfectly settled in their defense with Evgeny "⁠FL1T⁠" Lebedev topping the scoreboard with a 15-7 K-D and 119.5 ADR in the first half.

After switching sides Gambit orchestrated a solid CT side that once again allowed them to go all the way to the distance but this time they were unable to fight for overtime. Not wanting to drag the affair any longer, Mareks "⁠YEKINDAR⁠" Gaļinskis forced his way into the A bombsite to close the map 16-14, completing the 2-0 sweep.

Matchpage
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2
3rd December 2021
15
Dust2
19
14
Vertigo
16
 Gambit K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
45 - 41 +4 77.4 1.04
36 - 49 -13 72.9 0.89
31 - 39 -8 57.2 0.81
32 - 43 -11 51.8 0.78
33 - 48 -15 62.6 0.77
 Virtus.pro K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
47 - 24 +23 76.8 1.38
47 - 35 +12 76.5 1.20
43 - 38 +5 73.1 1.09
40 - 37 +3 64.6 1.08
42 - 43 -1 78.5 1.03
Russia Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1114
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.55
Russia Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
787
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.69
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1465
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
Latvia Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1038
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.70
Russia Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
849
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Russia Evgeny 'FL1T' Lebedev
Evgeny 'FL1T' Lebedev
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1174
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
op
2021-12-03 19:59
2 replies
ez
2021-12-03 20:09
1 reply
gambots kek
2021-12-04 08:39
#2
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Finland Cucumber))
nt gambitinho
2021-12-03 19:59
1 reply
#47
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Sweden ShageN
gamB0T
2021-12-04 03:25
#3
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India Ez4ez
Gg
2021-12-03 19:59
#4
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United Kingdom Rab_7
Jame time
2021-12-03 20:00
2 replies
BOT sh0r0 tier2 online kid
2021-12-04 03:34
1 reply
Don't be toxic
2021-12-04 07:46
Jame time OP
2021-12-03 20:01
Can we go back to tier 3 gamb0ts? Now losing vs international bots from a retirement home
2021-12-03 20:03
2 replies
I think VP is in good shape at the moment. FLIT showed good performance. I don't think the finalists of IEM Katowice should be underestimated.
2021-12-04 00:02
1 reply
I was referring to Faze
2021-12-04 01:05
Ez for major finalists VP
2021-12-03 20:02
#9
allu | 
Czech Republic castkic
i didnt expect this tbh
2021-12-03 20:02
Gg to both teams
2021-12-03 20:03
#11
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Poland sosiad
wp VP
2021-12-03 20:05
Ez4V.P
2021-12-03 20:05
jame time
2021-12-03 20:06
#16
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Russia mshkoda
close series FL1T integrating
2021-12-03 20:10
#17
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Finland AliSabid
Onliners? 🤔
2021-12-03 20:12
1 reply
#51
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Bosnia and Herzegovina lousooo
gambot are pure online garbage
2021-12-04 03:28
#18
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CIS elefiveS
EZ4VP
2021-12-03 20:17
#19
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South America Melegatti
JAME time
2021-12-03 20:21
#21
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South America Melegatti
Out of 29 rounds that VP lost, jame only died 24
2021-12-03 20:22
where are sh0r0 fan boys at ?
2021-12-03 20:37
3 replies
#37
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Seychelles Juuzou_
Salt?
2021-12-03 22:53
2 replies
truth hurts ?
2021-12-03 22:53
1 reply
#43
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Seychelles Juuzou_
He’s a really good player already and can only grow more. Not sure why you would throw salt around?
2021-12-04 00:20
deserved
2021-12-03 20:38
64 rounds 24 deaths Jame time
2021-12-03 20:39
This would've been 16-8 16-10 for Gambit if Sanji was playing
2021-12-03 20:43
1 reply
+1 nothing against sanji but fl1t is upgrade jame also missed some easy shots again, he needs to get in his prime form for next year
2021-12-03 21:20
#26
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Germany Teztyment
Jame1g
2021-12-03 20:45
#27
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Turkey TheWinFasT
Thanks gambit for making me lose 50 $ :))
2021-12-03 21:00
1 reply
#36
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Seychelles Juuzou_
Poor guy
2021-12-03 22:52
See what happens when u don't have perma 0.85 rating player in ur team anymore
2021-12-03 21:30
#30
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Australia KARMAAAYT
Gambit remind me of old fnatic with Olofm, Krimz, Flusha etc. They were onliners but eventually they became the fourth or fifth best team of all time.
2021-12-03 21:33
1 reply
gambot are just gambot, tier2 online team. check BOT sh0r0's performance
2021-12-04 03:48
VP look better than with Sanji, at least in terms of firepower. They still need a new coach, because they still abandon rounds very early when things don't go their way from the start and sometimes just make the most braindead moves even with 2-3 player advantages
2021-12-03 22:27
1 reply
#35
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Seychelles Juuzou_
Tbh i felt they had a good showing in their teamwork and all had good moments and contributed. Stability is important.
2021-12-03 22:52
#32
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Canada chanse
gamebit the onliner, overrated.
2021-12-03 22:48
3 replies
#34
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Seychelles Juuzou_
0/8
2021-12-03 22:51
#48
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Sweden ShageN
+1 GamBOTs tier2 onliners
2021-12-04 03:25
#52
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Brazil arunino
+1 gamb0t n00bs and onliners
2021-12-04 03:33
#33
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Seychelles Juuzou_
Show that vp is still capable of something decent. A proper team performance. Nice, well done.
2021-12-03 22:51
Onliners got smacked today... Proving that both Heroic and Gambit are trash on LAN
2021-12-03 23:10
2 replies
you are sick. your problem is in your head. in Major, these 2 teams became semi-finalists.
2021-12-04 00:06
1 reply
+1
2021-12-04 07:48
#41
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New Zealand SkirmishX
That Gambit performance was embarrassing :/
2021-12-04 00:03
ESL, WTF? spoiler play-off ibb.co/qr8cJYp
2021-12-04 00:54
1 reply
WTF????
2021-12-04 03:13
tier2 onliners gamb0t
2021-12-04 03:26
#55
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Germany grimmtz
GamBOT aka online team
2021-12-04 03:37
#58
TaZ | 
Poland Dzangow
jeez gambot is trash team of onliners Pog
2021-12-04 03:58
#59
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Kazakhstan Massaget
Why so much hate on gambit? What evil they have done to you?
2021-12-04 04:55
3 replies
because they are overhyped tier2 onliners? their fanboys are agressive and always mad? when n00bs trying to act like they are "top team" people usually got angry
2021-12-04 05:31
1 reply
#70
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Kazakhstan Massaget
Imagine still thinking that gambit are onliners… stop it, get some help
2021-12-05 04:51
some fakeflagging Ukrainian with multiple alts from 2011 spamming the same shit over and over, don't bother
2021-12-04 09:20
Jame the savior
2021-12-04 05:39
#62
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Brazil arunino
gamb0ts onliners who can play only against tier2 scene and from their homes only. on LAN they are crying, shaking and losing hard.. imagine farming tier2 events + losing so hard on LAN, and pretending to be in top10
2021-12-04 06:13
wow sh0r0 is real BOT wtf. i usually saw BOT interz with 0.30 ratings, now sh0r0... unstable t2 onliner!
2021-12-04 07:28
#69
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
One of the best games of the tournament thus far. A 60+ round nail-biter.
2021-12-04 14:18
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