Vitality knock Gambit out of IEM Winter; advance to semi-final

The Frenchmen advance to face Virtus.pro after beating Gambit in 2-1 fashion.

Vitality are through to the semi-final of IEM Winter after besting Gambit in a three-map series, maintaining their undefeated record against Vladislav "⁠nafany⁠" Gorshkov's troops after previously scoring 2-0 series wins at IEM Summer and ESL Pro League Season 14. The French side will next take on Virtus.pro in their semi-final matchup, where they'll look to make back-to-back grand final appearances after finishing as the runner-ups of BLAST Premier Fall Final.

It was a blowout that kicked the series off as Vitality ran away with their map pick, Dust2, taking it in dominant fashion before the teams locked horns on Vertigo, where Gambit were able to answer back to force a Mirage decider. There, Vitality were hot off the trot, posting a large lead in the first half before requiring overtime to eventually close things out, 19-17.

ZywOo continues his good form, posting a 1.42 series rating

Dan "⁠apEX⁠" Madesclaire's side kicked off the match with a pistol victory, converting the momentum into a streak of three rounds to take an early lead. Once rifles were in hand, Gambit got on the board, with Timofey "⁠interz⁠" Yakushin securing a 1vs4 clutch to help Gambit up to a 5-3 scoreline.

However, things took a turn for the worse for nafany's crew as Vitality swept the final seven rounds of the half, Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut and apEX adding insult to injury as they fought back in a 2vs5 in round 15 for a dominant 10-5 half. Gambit fared little better after the break as Vitality continued their spree, adding six more rounds to their tally as they quickly swept up the map, 16-5.

Stellar individual form was key in Gambit replying on Vertigo, a map which they kicked off by winning six rounds in a row. A Deagle round from Vitality allowed them to finally crack through and win four in a row themselves, but it was Gambit who emerged ahead at the end of the half, 9-6, thanks to a number of multi-kill rounds from Sergey "⁠Ax1Le⁠" Rykhtorov.

interz and Ax1Le were key in Gambit evening the series score

ZywOo and Kévin "⁠misutaaa⁠" Rabier helped their side tie up the score at the start of the second half, but a sweep of the series was not to be as interz stepped up to deny. A 2.24-rated performance on the CT-side from the 21-year-old entirely locked the French team out of the remainder of the map as they rode the momentum into a 16-9 win to force a Mirage decider.

There, it was a resurgence from Vitality that set the pace of the first half, during which Gambit were unable to string together any round wins, leaving them with just four individual wins to their name heading into the side swap — one courtesy of a key 1vs3 clutch by Dmitry "⁠sh1ro⁠" Sokolov.

Despite reliable impact in opening duels from ZywOo and apEX, Vitality struggled to close out the map even with their immense lead, and they found themselves on the receiving end of an almost identical treatment in the second half as Gambit managed to push the map to overtime, not allowing Vitality any back-to-back round wins. That momentum initially carried into overtime, where Gambit took the first two rounds, but a complete comeback was denied by multi-kill rounds from ZywOo and misutaaa as they swept four rounds in a row to close out the series.

Matchpage
2
1
5th December 2021
16
Dust2
5
9
Vertigo
16
19
Mirage
17
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
73 - 52 +21 97.2 1.42
60 - 52 +8 71.2 1.06
45 - 52 -7 60.0 0.91
44 - 64 -20 77.4 0.87
41 - 54 -13 48.4 0.77
 Gambit K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
56 - 53 +3 75.5 1.10
53 - 53 0 72.8 1.09
54 - 48 +6 71.5 1.08
61 - 53 +8 81.4 1.05
48 - 57 -9 76.0 0.97
France Kévin 'misutaaa' Rabier
Kévin 'misutaaa' Rabier
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
359
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.67
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.27
Maps played:
921
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.62
Russia Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.22
Maps played:
795
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.53
Russia Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
796
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.69
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1904
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
Russia Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
858
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Russia Timofey 'interz' Yakushin
Timofey 'interz' Yakushin
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
778
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.59
edward still better
2021-12-05 23:17
28 replies
#20
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Ukraine Chrisjkk
Another wasted spot in semis
2021-12-05 23:22
25 replies
Vitality beat practically everyone but Na`Vi in the last few events what are you talking about? How's the Nuke win streak BTW? :)
2021-12-05 23:34
24 replies
2-1
2021-12-05 23:35
11 replies
What?
2021-12-05 23:35
10 replies
Hes saying 2-1 because they beat vitality 2-1 in the grand final. Hes right too, the nuke streak is nice but winning the grand final will be more important to Blade and the team. An off game happens, but they didnt let the loss on Nuke loss ruin their 3rd map.
2021-12-06 00:46
9 replies
#59
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Ukraine ksay
so what? how does it makes Vita a wasted spot?
2021-12-06 01:45
8 replies
#65
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Denmark Danny D3
It doesn't. The UK guy just wanted to pretend to be smart by stating the obvious
2021-12-06 02:14
7 replies
Lmao +1
2021-12-06 02:17
#69
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France HippzZ
+1 x)
2021-12-06 02:42
1 reply
You seem bitter, must be because Denmark teams are washed or cheaters.
2021-12-12 06:26
#85
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Indonesia FinZzz
+1 rekt
2021-12-06 06:34
lmao
2021-12-06 08:22
+1
2021-12-06 09:56
Lmfao
2021-12-06 10:33
Hmmm G2?
2021-12-05 23:37
6 replies
Yeah you're right, but my point was that it's stupid to say they don't deserve the spot when most teams have not proven that they figured them out.
2021-12-05 23:43
5 replies
Dont say your point to these kind of fanboys...
2021-12-06 01:45
3 replies
??? Content
2021-12-06 18:31
2 replies
Not talking about you my mate. Talking about ppl like #37
2021-12-07 02:02
1 reply
Nice
2021-12-07 16:30
Good
2021-12-06 18:31
#97
REZ | 
Palestine AboodV
Losing against NAVI in 5 series in a row shows you how weak CS teams are today, also I've never seen any Vitality member outperforming Zywoo in any single map (Not overall) while NAVI you can see that sometimes b1t or electronic shines.. That is the difference between a pro team and a casual team that has 0 titles numbers speaks itself
2021-12-06 09:33
we let you our win streak ; we take trophies haha
2021-12-06 12:59
3 replies
At no point did I say Vitality are better than Na`Vi, only that they're probably the closest to them based on current form.
2021-12-06 13:04
2 replies
Vitality is a wasted spot. In the way that except for vitality fans who will be happy , It wont help them to grow their team (Vitality disband).
2021-12-06 19:08
1 reply
If a player doesn't have the desire to win everything that's possible even if they will be on a different team in a couple of months then they don't deserve their spot, however the guys from Vitality have shown that's clearly not the case. This "dead team" argument is stupid, these are competitors we're talking about.
2021-12-06 20:04
No Jacob
2021-12-05 23:22
1 reply
name checks out
2021-12-05 23:22
Nice try gambit. WP Vitality
2021-12-05 23:17
5 replies
#61
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Germany JonnyEGood
nafany only 20yo and already malding harder than apex.
2021-12-06 01:49
4 replies
#75
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Ukraine Slavv_Boss
Nope, no one is malding more than apex. At least apex is fun malding, where as nafany is just rage malding
2021-12-06 03:38
3 replies
this
2021-12-06 13:09
I guess no one can reach Apex when it comes to malding?
2021-12-06 16:22
1 reply
Indeed, apex is the biggest malder in cs history imho
2021-12-06 16:40
What a game from GOAT ZywOo.
2021-12-05 23:17
3 replies
Not GOAT apparently.
2021-12-05 23:18
2 replies
Bruh, he is delusional
2021-12-05 23:35
1 reply
#76
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Ukraine Slavv_Boss
We know it, but I don’t think he is delusional, I think baiting is ingrained into his head. Otherwise just ignore him
2021-12-06 03:39
Shor0 top 2 ?
2021-12-05 23:18
4 replies
Who ?
2021-12-05 23:53
3 replies
an onliner called Sh0r0 who got exposed on LAN
2021-12-05 23:56
2 replies
lmao one below-average game from him and people are already shitting on him.
2021-12-06 13:41
1 reply
all of his games on LAN were like this what are u talking about ? hltv.org/stats/players?event=5469 1,19 rating, 1.00 impact IEM Cologne hltv.org/stats/players/16920/sh1ro?event.. 1,14 rating, 1.04 impact IEM Winter hltv.org/stats/players/16920/sh1ro?event.. 1,21 rating, 1,11 impact PGL Major. as u can see very inflated stats by low DPR and no impact at all. if u think this guy deserve top 2 over zywoo u are delusional.
2021-12-09 17:05
#10
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Belarus Starvoid
KEKW
2021-12-05 23:18
#11
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Finland Cucumber))
Nt
2021-12-05 23:18
Respectable result for Gambit.
2021-12-05 23:20
GAMBOT
2021-12-05 23:20
Congrats to IEM winners Vitality
2021-12-05 23:20
#17
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Russia mshkoda
Nt Gambit, nice run and character, so many OTs Nice event from Interz btw Zywoo beast
2021-12-05 23:20
2 replies
+1
2021-12-06 07:58
+1 Interz is starting to find more and more impact. It's good to see him step up when their star players aren't performing that well.
2021-12-06 08:27
#18
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Slovakia Mr_Jumbo
Expected
2021-12-05 23:21
Vitality needs changes, it isn't just right that Zywoo drops with 1.42 ratings while Misutaaa is the only other player with over 1.00 rating in Vitality with a 1.06 while Kyojin chillin with 0.77 and apex 0.87
2021-12-05 23:21
10 replies
If you have been living under a rock, they will be making changes soon
2021-12-05 23:22
3 replies
yes I know about the Astralis players coming to Vitality. this still is just madness as how badly others than Zywoo play in general
2021-12-05 23:25
2 replies
zywoo is a next level player compared to most pros though
2021-12-06 13:19
1 reply
it doesn't matter. just look at Gambit's stats. All the players are in the 1.10- 0.97 area. Which is actually good and balanced stats unlike with Vitality
2021-12-06 14:32
there was also 72 rounds in total played in which 64 of them apex died lol
2021-12-05 23:23
4 replies
#83
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Slovakia Daev0n
Learn to count mate
2021-12-06 06:08
3 replies
it seems I thought the last map was 19-7 for some reason instead of 19-17. but 82 rounds total in which 64 of them apex died. that means apex was alive in only 18 rounds. Still not very impressive
2021-12-06 14:30
2 replies
#118
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France Insidium
Mans an entryfragger are you braindead? His role is to die to make space for the team
2021-12-06 14:39
1 reply
entryfraggers get kills tho, it's literally in the name. getting an entry kill. He has 44 kills. 2nd lowest in the team, only above Kyojin (support)
2021-12-06 14:41
Boy have I got some news for you
2021-12-06 09:54
EXPECTED
2021-12-05 23:22
-sh0r0 +m0NESY
2021-12-05 23:23
2 replies
Sh1ro has one bad game and everyone is like "OMG REPLACE SH1RO". You're nuts bro.
2021-12-06 12:24
who?
2021-12-06 16:41
ez
2021-12-05 23:23
#31
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United States Waagz
It is going to be interesting to see what changes they make. I wonder how the Danes are going to do in this roster.
2021-12-05 23:25
7 replies
i guess it can only be better.. if dupreeh is better than shox? i m not sure about that , shox bring a lot even if he play just ok
2021-12-05 23:30
6 replies
#36
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United States Waagz
If shox goes to liquid then we will see what happens. I personally don' want shox to go to liquid. I want them to pick up Floppy.
2021-12-05 23:31
5 replies
Floppy will have role overlap with elige and will get treated like grim.
2021-12-06 02:19
4 replies
#81
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United States Waagz
Well, how is shox going to be any different? He is going to have a role overlap with Naf?
2021-12-06 04:16
3 replies
#96
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Albania WokeUp
that's why it is smarter to pick up vini no?
2021-12-06 09:09
1 reply
+1
2021-12-06 09:56
Mistake. I was wrong. Apparently floppy plays grim's spots. In latest podcast of thorin, mauisnake mentioned it.
2021-12-06 20:17
#32
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Venezuela yadontsay
absolute scenes, i mean they are improving, but losing to zywoolity man -_-
2021-12-05 23:25
look at vitality ratings same story since 2019
2021-12-05 23:26
Free ZywOo
2021-12-05 23:37
ZybUu vs 9
2021-12-05 23:46
Jesus, zywoo.
2021-12-05 23:46
Zywoo drops a 70 bomb jeesus
2021-12-05 23:50
Congrats Vitality!!
2021-12-05 23:51
Lmao, ZywOo carried these trashes on the spine
2021-12-06 00:12
zywoo the goat top1 2021
2021-12-06 00:17
Zywoo's back should hurt a lot carrying this team. Wp both
2021-12-06 00:19
easy for apEX against these onliners 🙂
2021-12-06 00:35
#54
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United States Waagz
I think G2 is going to win this thing and Kenny is going to retire.
2021-12-06 00:35
#56
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Asia M@GNU5
told ya. ez for vitality
2021-12-06 00:58
sh0r0 fanboys now see the truth
2021-12-06 01:03
1 reply
#80
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Bosnia and Herzegovina lousooo
+1 BOT sh0r0 tier2 onliner
2021-12-06 04:13
#58
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Bosnia and Herzegovina lousooo
sh0r0 fans crying... GamBOT online tier2 garbage
2021-12-06 01:38
3 replies
3ot on yesterday , they so tired but they still play with same power with vitality , beat them on their best map and only lose on ot , only hater can tell them onliner ))
2021-12-06 02:00
#63
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Germany Teztyment
LOL. Gambit is tier2? Gambit is literally better than Vitality this was a fucking fluke.
2021-12-06 02:03
1 reply
Vitality 6-1 vs Head to head Fluke XD
2021-12-06 02:17
#64
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Germany Teztyment
Not to mention they were playing fnatic till 2am in the morning and barely got 5 hours of sleep, if that. Terrible fucking scheduling.
2021-12-06 02:03
4 replies
Sure, because this match was played ay 7am... SMH
2021-12-06 02:54
17hrs differences between games and 5hrs of sleep so what they were jacking off for 12hrs?
2021-12-06 16:47
2 replies
#124
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Germany Teztyment
Are you slow in the head? You didn't watch a single fucking match huh
2021-12-06 17:50
1 reply
and how do you know they slept only 5 hours?
2021-12-06 23:18
So much for the sh1ro top2 2021 brigade LUL
2021-12-06 02:55
Ez for Vitaliy
2021-12-06 02:55
interz top fragging POG
2021-12-06 03:11
Gambit OnLan? KEKW
2021-12-06 04:29
#86
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Indonesia FinZzz
Here we see the clear daylight difference between shiro and zywoo. Shiro depends too much on his team whereas Zywoo can take over games singlehandedly and win for his team
2021-12-06 06:37
2 replies
#87
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Vietnam El0nMusk
sh1ro underperforming on Lan, he missed so many awp shot Next year with mental improvements , sure: sh1ro>zywoo
2021-12-06 06:41
1 reply
#88
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Indonesia FinZzz
Nah. Shiro can maybe enter top 5 individually but he is still behind s1mple zywoo and niko.
2021-12-06 06:47
#89
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Denmark Rubix__
Gambit lost on d2 in V4 league..They are trying something new which is kot working it seems..
2021-12-06 07:28
What's wrong with Gambit they don't look good recently.
2021-12-06 07:31
#94
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Ukraine dnsk
Where did the tones of gamb0t fans disappear, that in spring we had? Ex Top-1 onliners became stable Top-6. It's time to change your fav team? Again? True fans.
2021-12-06 08:54
3 replies
#102
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Canada go1x1n00b
yeah, i'm changing my flair to navi now
2021-12-06 10:40
being a navi fan doesnt change your life wake up kid you just masturbate
2021-12-06 11:49
1 reply
#137
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Ukraine dnsk
I am a navi fan since 2009, when I already was not a kid. bad try, kid
2021-12-08 10:40
"Zywoo continues his good form" ye man, its been like that since he joined vitality
2021-12-06 08:57
It's been a long and eventful year for Gambit. Now they are just fizzled out, but they'll be back next year.
2021-12-06 11:47
Sooo vitality started to show something recently before team is finnally rebuilded? Why those lazy dufusses didnt play like this before they got kicked
2021-12-06 12:47
3 replies
cause it was online.. vitality is lan team
2021-12-06 12:54
2 replies
Couldnt care less. If you cant adapt, youre not good enought.
2021-12-06 13:26
1 reply
i think they play just the same..just some teams are stronger online
2021-12-06 22:51
Lel was the match played on LAN?
2021-12-06 13:06
2 replies
ofc it was, gambit would have won if it was online
2021-12-06 13:24
Yeah studio lan
2021-12-06 19:21
Ezzzzzz
2021-12-06 18:24
Nice vitality) looking good
2021-12-06 19:21
I thought if APEX was on your team that meant an automatic loss. Am I missing something?
2021-12-09 06:36
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