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.

SHiPZ and co. have enjoyed a strong start to 2022.

Vitality were not the only quarter-final invitee who suffered defeat, with ECSTATIC and ENCE already eliminated earlier in the day; Dignitas will face BLUEJAYS in the last quarter-final.

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.

Matchpage
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28th March 2022
13
Overpass
16
10
Nuke
16
 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
 SKADE K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
46 - 38 +8 94.3 1.27
42 - 33 +9 88.7 1.23
39 - 35 +4 69.8 1.12
38 - 37 +1 79.1 1.11
38 - 37 +1 66.6 1.01
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.27
Maps played:
962
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.62
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1945
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.70
expected
2022-03-28 18:44
20 replies
yeah. not rly an upset.
2022-03-28 18:44
10 replies
#17
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Namibia Karlheinz
true
2022-03-28 18:47
9 replies
Vitality better get rid of those french
2022-03-28 19:15
8 replies
Remove misutaa for someone better
2022-03-28 19:31
7 replies
+kyojin
2022-03-28 19:33
6 replies
Yes
2022-03-28 19:41
1 reply
Upset? omegalul Pinnacle Cup is like the home ground for Skade
2022-03-29 06:07
#79
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Bulgaria ez4windigo
tf is wrong with u this tier 3 player
2022-03-28 19:53
2 replies
u needa learn to recognize sarcasm in the language u're reading before u decide to comment in it
2022-03-28 23:40
1 reply
fake info everything written on hltv has to be taken seriously
2022-03-29 01:15
#114
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Philippines Fiorno
+1
2022-03-28 23:14
#20
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United States kalimbo
+1 Tier 2 is a higher number than tier 1 cause they are better
2022-03-28 18:48
4 replies
#49
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Australia Sify
+1 eg tier 10
2022-03-28 19:21
2 replies
+1
2022-03-28 19:23
#97
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El Salvador h3xagram
OMEGALUL
2022-03-28 20:35
lmao
2022-03-29 00:59
No Le Tank no win
2022-03-28 18:55
1 reply
no Le win
2022-03-28 18:57
#86
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Hungary szia
+1 what ive learned from watching BIG play in so many of these online events with playoff invites, T1 teams do not care
2022-03-28 19:57
1 reply
#129
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Australia kaos0002
Damn thats crazy cause skade look like they care a little bit. 🤔🤔🤔
2022-03-29 04:09
#2
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Latvia xshar
Kekw
2022-03-28 18:44
#4
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China HEIDASHUAi
Expected win
2022-03-28 18:44
bruv
2022-03-28 18:44
#6
ropz | 
Finland wormi
xdd
2022-03-28 18:44
#7
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Germany N4ime
expected bye bye missutaa
2022-03-28 18:44
#8
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Lithuania _is_best
not an upset better team won
2022-03-28 18:45
1 reply
#47
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Lithuania qklystyle
+1
2022-03-28 19:20
Well, I guess Vitality will need more time to find their form. Which is exactly what they said when they signed the Astralis boys.
2022-03-28 18:45
$$$$$ that's it
2022-03-28 18:45
I'm sorry but we must talk about that fact Astralis players are all like Lionel Messi, they get exposed right after they play outside their comfort zone, team which has whole system built around them
2022-03-28 18:45
5 replies
You always buil team around players like what are youeven on about
2022-03-28 19:19
3 replies
Man city is builded around one player? KKKKK
2022-03-28 19:49
2 replies
i've never seen mcity win a champions league
2022-03-28 20:53
Very subtale shortcut you did there just to hold meaningless argument that has no worth.
2022-03-28 21:03
0/8
2022-03-28 19:31
ez
2022-03-28 18:46
Zywoo non existant
2022-03-28 18:46
#14
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China RADNIKEY
KKKKKKK VVHAT
2022-03-28 18:46
#15
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Trinidad and Tobago r41
how is this an upset?
2022-03-28 18:46
1 reply
I'm asking the same question
2022-03-28 18:51
Embarassing to say the least. The problem is not losing, but the way they lost.
2022-03-28 18:46
no major for lultality I guess
2022-03-28 18:47
1 reply
+1
2022-03-28 22:23
#19
twist | 
United States tsyuu
when apex is on top there is an issue
2022-03-28 18:48
Sad day
2022-03-28 18:49
#22
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Denmark nicram64
They should back to old Vitality playstyle with Magisk and Dupreeh giving up their ego's and trusting the French approach instead of doing their alone lurky aggressive plays
2022-03-28 18:51
2 replies
+1 million
2022-03-28 18:53
>Former astralis players >Giving up on their ego at all Yeah sorry not happening buddy
2022-03-28 19:54
#24
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Bulgaria VikiliteX
totally not an upset, really expected
2022-03-28 18:52
4 replies
come on now XD i expected them to win overpass but NUKE ? LUL so happy for them anw ggs ^^
2022-03-28 18:59
1 reply
#34
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Bulgaria VikiliteX
EZ
2022-03-28 19:03
#98
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Bulgaria ramkain
No toxic pls If you remember Brazil sk era, brazil fans were hated coz such toxisity And we are humble and good people :)
2022-03-28 20:46
1 reply
+1
2022-03-28 22:13
Hahaha surreal. I laughed hard when I saw this.
2022-03-28 18:52
#28
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Romania xypperz
first
2022-03-28 18:56
#31
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Hong Kong sti11fac
ez 4 bulgaria
2022-03-28 19:01
#32
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Czech Republic smrtss
yea.. "upset" "Pinnacle Cup" haha
2022-03-28 19:01
2 replies
you think vita is the kind of team to throw? lol they're definitely paid enough already
2022-03-28 19:23
1 reply
#54
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Czech Republic smrtss
free cash is free cash and who cares about Pinnacle cup anyways lol
2022-03-28 19:27
Shipz is a god!
2022-03-28 19:01
SuPeR tEaM
2022-03-28 19:03
vitality is just done for this roster experiment is an absolute disaster. they were very competitive before getting top2 all the time while navi was beating everyone so like idk this seems like the worse change lmao
2022-03-28 19:07
3 replies
#42
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United States the_hitman
agreed the French roster was performing top 4 level every tournament and now they bomb out early.. very sad they went this direction.
2022-03-28 19:10
2 replies
Just pick up hadji and one of the heet players.
2022-03-28 20:20
+1
2022-03-29 13:09
#37
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Ukraine d3adLY
good news!
2022-03-28 19:07
So what’s the current zywoo excuse circling around?
2022-03-28 19:08
2 replies
#43
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United States the_hitman
"language barrier" lmao
2022-03-28 19:11
1 reply
+1
2022-03-29 05:17
hltv and headlines. LUL. upset?
2022-03-28 19:08
#40
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Chile 1cristiaan
rip astrality
2022-03-28 19:09
international teams LUL
2022-03-28 19:10
DISBAND
2022-03-28 19:17
wasted playoff invite LOL
2022-03-28 19:22
4 replies
3 replies
Wtf I thought nip lost today until i checked lineup
2022-03-28 19:31
1 reply
fr the date is almost same
2022-03-28 19:31
6/8
2022-03-29 05:57
#52
DD | 
Philippines libon23
Zynoobs 2nd coldzera,
2022-03-28 19:25
Disband xdd
2022-03-28 19:29
who wouldve thought -misutaa -shox will make this team worse
2022-03-28 19:29
11 replies
#62
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Russia mcs#
-kyojin?
2022-03-28 19:32
They removed the coach, changed the whole system & language, so it's starting from scratch. The CEO doesn't know anything about CS to force such a drastic change. He only has himself to blame wasting ZywOo talent with such a dumb move.
2022-03-28 19:40
9 replies
"The CEO doesn't know anything about CS". You know the CEO just wants to see the money coming in, right? The changes were suggested by players (Apex, Zywoo, Misutaaa), The CEO just did what they asked.
2022-03-28 19:51
8 replies
Lol, the players never asked this. Why do you spread false informations?
2022-03-28 19:57
7 replies
"The players never asked this.". If you only knew what happens behind the scenes... lmao
2022-03-28 19:58
3 replies
They wanted a french roster. It was the CEO decision to make the change.
2022-03-28 23:12
2 replies
No lineup changes happen by CEO decision, where did you get that? Org generally leaves these decisions to the IGLs/Coachs
2022-03-29 01:22
1 reply
It was his decision though, that's why you saw it was such an heartbreak for apEX to let XTQZZZ go. They said it multiple times that it wasn't their decision and they just wanted to keep on working with this lineup or just try someone else instead of Kyojin. Because they were all getting along really well inside and outside the game. Also XTQZZZ said that they knew the CEO wanted to go international at some point. The CEO interview about it : youtube.com/watch?v=5LEye1TZx_s Stop spreading false info about the players wanting this change, please.
2022-03-29 10:56
How do you know that? XD
2022-03-28 22:14
2 replies
Confirmed by neL, XTQZZZ, the players and the CEO
2022-03-28 23:13
1 reply
Thank you bro.
2022-03-29 15:55
Not really an upset, Vitality sucks.
2022-03-28 19:30
i should've went with my instincts and put a bet on this match, i knew what the outcome would be
2022-03-28 19:32
#65
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Canada sightx
so ez for bubble hahahha
2022-03-28 19:34
Shox died for this
2022-03-28 19:38
How can people call Zonic the "goat" coach if he was basically gifted a team that already had perfect teamwork and one of the best igls of all time? Now we see that the very moment Zonic is actually needed to make Vitality a cohesive team they start shitting the bed. Even worse he managed to tank the team AND zywoo. Expect a kick within 3 months if things don't turn around immediately.
2022-03-28 19:38
2 replies
Yeah people forgot that karrigan already built them into a super team, gla1ve & zonic joined around the same time starting from a really solid base. They just all clicked really well together, that's something unique that happens really rarely. Just like all the dominant teams we had in sports too (the Chicago Bulls team is another great example).
2022-03-28 19:42
+1 zonic is a fraud
2022-03-29 05:18
RIP Vitality
2022-03-28 19:39
Knew it. RpK departure would lead to vitality‘s demise :D
2022-03-28 19:42
2 replies
#94
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China HEIDASHUAi
No RpK no win!
2022-03-28 20:33
1 reply
So true
2022-03-29 03:03
#73
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United States TARIK_GOAT
they really got worse after kicking shox and kyojin
2022-03-28 19:46
Astralis trio trash without astralis
2022-03-28 19:50
Just to be clear it is also that skade is really strong. I was shocked by some losses they recently suffered. I think they got every piece to be top20 team easily (maybe even better).
2022-03-28 19:51
Everyone is talking about how bad Vitality is. How about give credit to SKADE. You are as good as your oponent allows you to be..
2022-03-28 19:51
SKADE beat Vitality KOVA beat SKADE KOVA > Vitality
2022-03-28 19:53
#81
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United States xcalibot
ZYWOO WASH
2022-03-28 19:53
RIP zywoo's career
2022-03-28 19:53
Won't reveal strats or strengths before the Major
2022-03-28 19:55
#88
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Germany ConAction
"Upset" :D I dont know if all the journalists still have no clue what is going on in the scene or if they are actually only pretending they have no idea ^^
2022-03-28 20:05
1 reply
hltv.org/news/33478/movistar-riders-upse.. ikr, they dont follow the scene, they just used "upset" whenever a famous team lost ENCE beat VP = upset Mouz beat G2 = upset
2022-03-29 06:18
Losing to some underdog especially a top-20 team is not a shock but losing in 0-2 fashion is a bit concerning. Language barrier is always a crucial issue that a lot of teams underestimate.
2022-03-28 20:06
zywoo is a fraud. period
2022-03-28 20:16
this is not an upset lol
2022-03-28 20:30
#93
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Europe Icecoldnew
imagine to have so good players on the team and apeks is top fragging ;D lol
2022-03-28 20:32
skade is not trash, they just can t show it yet just like teams like heet.. how many times "tier 2 " teams beat tier 1 ones... skill level is not really worst in tier 2 they just lack experience .. look at ence also and plenty of teams.. m4a1 is part of what changed everything in this game i think , now tier 2 teams are as strong as tier 1 ones and it depend who is in a good day.. this game is now even more random
2022-03-28 20:39
2 replies
+1
2022-03-28 22:02
While gap has definitely closed between T1 and T2, the key difference is consistency. Many T2 teams can beat T1 on a good day but they can't do it consistently. So they can get upset here and there but can't go deep in major events. They also frequently lose to T3-4 teams.
2022-03-29 14:04
wasnt an upset, skade playing good CS
2022-03-28 20:34
#100
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Turkey sedo7
washed up at 21yo what a disappointment
2022-03-28 20:54
#101
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United Kingdom Leftie
vitality gotta sort their shit out before Major, dang
2022-03-28 21:01
from great top 2 team to this
2022-03-28 21:06
#104
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India slavloli
Saved strats
2022-03-28 21:19
i cant believe it
2022-03-28 21:34
bulgarians cs are dangerous when they are not throwing
2022-03-28 21:44
wtf bulgaria didn’t even throw for map3
2022-03-28 21:52
Bulgarian beasts
2022-03-28 23:56
#117
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Ukraine ksay
wtf is happening to zywoo
2022-03-29 00:32
😢zywoo😢
2022-03-29 00:40
LULTALITY KEKW top 30 max, zywoo throwing career
2022-03-29 00:52
#123
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Europe Cr3eP_70
Amazing how "analysts" cannot find the common factor to this super trash ... Just get an average igl in there. Not asking much. Just an average one...
2022-03-29 01:36
#124
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Finland AliSabid
idk if rly surprised at this point
2022-03-29 02:09
#125
NiKo | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina sqmke
No kyojin no win
2022-03-29 02:15
this was entirely expected, you can go check all the comments on the game page before it started. vitality are dog shit.
2022-03-29 03:42
guys there are just saving strat for major
2022-03-29 03:43
their prev full french roster are performing more better than this overhyped mix lol
2022-03-29 05:07
Kyojin experiencing the Kio experience, WASNT THE PROBLEM
2022-03-29 06:00
Even Skade didn't want to throw against this shit lineup. RIP VITALITY AFTER 1-3 OR 2-3 IN LATER RMR.
2022-03-29 06:06
#138
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Australia NgeL
Its not an upset if the better team wins
2022-03-29 10:54
#140
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Czech Republic THE_WILLY
Go full French again, there is enough talent in the scene to make a competitive roster, this obviously isn't working out. If your star player needs a system around him then you have to do that.
2022-03-29 11:28
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