SKADE upset Vitality in Pinnacle Cup
The Franco-Danish squad has struggled to find form in recent weeks, and were bested 2-0 here.
In a continuation of their recent run of disappointing form, overwhelming favourites for the Pinnacle Cup III title Vitality were beaten 2-0 by SKADE, losing 13-16 on the Bulgarians' pick of Overpass and 10-16 on their own pick of Nuke.
SKADE will move on to face Tricked in the semi-finals, and will be hoping to continue their impressive form since putting their current roster together, which has included an Elisa Invitational victory and a rise to their peak of #18 in the world ranking.
This result for Dan "apEX" Madesclaire and co. was a culmination of the recent struggles experienced by the super team, having crashed out of Katowice in 9-12th place and missed out on the playoffs of ESL Pro League, taking only two wins in their group.
Several issues have become apparent with the Vitality side ever since their promising start with the new roster, which saw them comfortably cruise through the BLAST Premier Spring Groups with a 6-2 map record. Among them are a shaky map pool, with the team sporting a winning record only on Dust2 and Inferno in 2022, and the waning form of the second best player of 2021, Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut.
With their RMR campaign set to begin in less than a months' time, and the Major itself in under two months, Vitality will need to rectify the issues in their game quickly if they are to even qualify to compete in Antwerp, let alone go deep in the Major itself.
|Vitality||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|40 - 39||+1||90.4||1.13|
|40 - 40||0||78.2||1.03|
|37 - 38||-1||67.3||1.01|
|31 - 45||-14||67.3||0.78|
|30 - 42||-12||60.6||0.77|