NIP pick up landslide victory over Vitality, Cloud9 secure debut win vs. Outsiders

A surprising Overpass pick did not pay off for Vitality.

The second pair of matches in the PGL Major Antwerp Legends Stage is done and dusted, as NIP and Cloud9 have kicked off their Major campaigns with victories over Vitality and Outsiders, respectively.

The team around Dan "⁠apEX⁠" Madesclaire opted to take their match against the Swedes to Overpass when offered the choice between that and Inferno, a decision that was criticized on the pre-match analyst desk and during the match and one that ended up backfiring on the French-Danish squad.

Vitality had only played Overpass twice before and lost it both times, one of those times being against SKADE, and they looked out of their depth from start to finish as they had a hard time breaking through a stalwart NIP defense led by Patrick "⁠es3tag⁠" Hansen and Fredrik "⁠REZ⁠" Sterner.

The duo combined for 40 kills across an 11-4 CT half that saw Vitality struggle to find the openings and space to even get the bomb down, and NIP rallied to a quick closing shortly after that.

Sweden
Matchpage
16
4
14th May 2022
16
Overpass
4
 NIP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
23 - 8 +15 100.8 1.90
23 - 9 +14 94.8 1.72
17 - 10 +7 88.0 1.48
11 - 10 +1 92.8 1.28
12 - 10 +2 64.6 1.09
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
11 - 14 -3 56.5 0.92
11 - 17 -6 61.0 0.66
7 - 16 -9 60.0 0.61
11 - 19 -8 63.7 0.61
6 - 20 -14 38.3 0.25

The all-CIS battle between Cloud9 and Outsiders was much more closely-contested, with the two sides battling it out on Mirage.

Debuting under their new banner, Vladislav "⁠nafany⁠" Gorshkov's squad kept themselves within touching distance in the first half, playing on the T side of what has been the most even map of the Major so far, with a key quad-kill from Dmitry "⁠sh1ro⁠" Sokolov with just a P250 keeping them within just one round from Outsiders at halftime.

Once on the defense Cloud9 had a much easier time keeping their regional rivals at bay thanks to a landslide of a start, with another important sh1ro 4K in a low buy denying Outsiders a late comeback in the second half and helping the Russian side pick up a 16-12 win.

Matchpage
16
12
14th May 2022
16
Mirage
12
 Cloud9 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
22 - 17 +5 95.0 1.43
21 - 12 +9 60.0 1.28
18 - 15 +3 71.2 1.11
16 - 17 -1 66.7 0.98
15 - 19 -4 62.8 0.89
 Outsiders K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
20 - 15 +5 70.4 1.21
13 - 14 -1 57.9 1.00
18 - 19 -1 66.8 0.91
17 - 24 -7 67.7 0.73
10 - 20 -10 48.5 0.70
Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1293
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
Russia Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
849
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.53
Russia Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
850
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.69
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1960
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.70
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1325
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
#1
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Finland Cucumber))
es3tag GOAT
2022-05-14 14:40
ez
2022-05-14 14:40
nice veto, vitality
2022-05-14 14:41
R EZ
2022-05-14 14:41
apEX 😏
2022-05-14 14:41
1 reply
#17
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Sweden X4l3rio
2022-05-14 15:06
#8
 | 
Russia mshkoda
lesgo😎 bears nt
2022-05-14 14:43
first major without device right?
2022-05-14 14:45
#11
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Portugal dracø
Vitality lost this match before it even began.. what a weird time to experiment with maps..
2022-05-14 14:54
Zypoo from shitality on the server today :()
2022-05-14 14:55
#13
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Australia thisba!tes
C9 💙 C9 💙 C9 💙 C9 💙 C9 💙 C9 💙 C9 💙 C9 💙 C9 💙 C9 💙 C9 💙 C9 💙 C9 💙 C9 💙 C9 💙 C9 💙
2022-05-14 15:00
Yo les noobs
2022-05-14 15:00
#15
 | 
Sweden b0ncenz
NiP will win the major
2022-05-14 15:02
1 reply
we can always hope
2022-05-14 20:26
#16
RUSH | 
Germany rs6a
first time since 2018 cloud9 looks like a competent professional csgo team
2022-05-14 15:04
KEEP IT UP NIP
2022-05-14 15:10
#21
 | 
Singapore DryseN
LET'S GO C9 NA LAST HOPE OH WAIT
2022-05-14 15:35
#22
 | 
Serbia Ljannister
Whats that Fl1t...
2022-05-14 15:43
Lmao what were the odds before game? I remember 1.4 Vitality and 2 something nip?
2022-05-14 15:50
#24
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Trinidad and Tobago r41
NiP are the best, better than the rest
2022-05-14 15:53
ahahaha HLTV deleted my comment hahahah free expression, WHERE? MAFIAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
2022-05-14 17:18
Vitality 0 iq veto
2022-05-14 17:41
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