Spirit advance to Major playoffs, Vitality eliminate Liquid

The Russian side are the first team to book their place in the top eight of PGL Major Antwerp, while Vitality kept their campaign alive by eliminating Liquid.

The first BO3 matches of the Legends Stage have concluded, with the battle of the underdogs going the way of Spirit, who managed to beat Copenhagen Flames with a 2-1 result and advance to the next stage.

In the elimination game we were treated to a match between Vitality and Liquid. It was the French-Danish team that prevailed in a comfortable 2-0 win, which they hope will reignite their form after a tough start to the second stage.

chopper's Spirit team are the first to qualify to the top eight

Few expected Copenhagen Flames and Spirit to play in the 2-0 bracket, but the underdogs deservedly found themselves one series away from the top eight at a Major.

The match started off on Vertigo, which was the pick of the Danes. Copenhagen Flames started off hot, converting their pistol round win to a 6-1 lead with Jakob "⁠jabbi⁠" Nygaard winning a 1v3 clutch. Near the end of the half it was Spirit who looked more confident, though, reducing the five round deficit to just one in the end.

A good start to their offensive side gave Spirit a lead for the first time in the map, with Abdul "⁠degster⁠" Gasanov delivering a multi kill in pretty much every round as they were able to get up to 9 rounds, before the Danes took the lead back and kept it all the way to the end, running away with a 16-10 win.

Next up was Mirage, where Spirit put together a much more successful offensive side. Bar a four round streak by the Flames they looked in control of the map, as Pavel "⁠s1ren⁠" Ogloblin was able to find a few crucial openings to set his team up for a 9-6 lead at half time.

s1ren, who was the top rated player on CT sides at the Major up to this map, stopped the Copenhagen Flames force buy, and in turn set up his team with the opportunity to take a commanding lead. His teammates obliged, as the Russian team raced to a 13-6 lead before Copenhagen Flames replied with a round of their own. That proved too little too late for the Danes, as the map finished 16-8 in favor of Spirit.

The deciding map of the series was Ancient, where Spirit presented an indomitable CT side, as they countered the pistol round win of their opponents with ten straight rounds. Copenhagen Flames were able to atleast get a couple of rounds towards the end, as the half finished 11-4.

A pistol round win for Copenhagen Flames wasn't enough to worry the Spirit side, as they quickly responded and went 14-6 up. The Russian side closed out the series and booked their place in the top eight, where they will hope to continue their fairytale run.

Matchpage
2
1
15th May 2022
10
Vertigo
16
16
Mirage
8
16
Ancient
6
 Spirit K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
65 - 37 +28 82.8 1.35
51 - 38 +13 80.2 1.25
60 - 47 +13 88.5 1.20
50 - 42 +8 74.2 1.12
36 - 50 -14 65.3 0.87
 Copenhagen Flames K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
49 - 48 +1 76.1 1.06
51 - 53 -2 77.6 1.03
40 - 53 -13 62.6 0.82
38 - 57 -19 66.9 0.81
35 - 51 -16 62.0 0.73

In the elimination game it was a battle of storied organizations and players, with Vitality meeting Liquid. The series started off on Mirage, which is a map where the French-Danish side have a 30% win rate — even though it is worth noting they won three out of the last four matches on the map.

Three kills by Peter "⁠dupreeh⁠" Rasmussen got his team the pistol round, with Vitality looking on fire straight from the off, swiftly getting up to a 6-0 lead before the North Americans posted their first round with a B attack. A turning point in the first half was the Vitality half-buy at 6-2, where they were able to stop Liquid on the A ramp and swing the momentum back into their favor. After that round, the Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut powered CT side got seven rounds in a row, ending the half with a dominant 13-2.

Liquid go 0-3

A second pistol round win for Vitality set them up for a comfortable win on Mirage, in the end taking a 16-7 win over Liquid.

Next up was the classic Dust2, which was picked by Vitality and proved to be a much closer map than the first. The teams kept trading rounds throughout the first half, with Liquid coming out in the lead at the end, as Jonathan "⁠EliGE⁠" Jablonowski got seven multi kills in the first half and managed to keep his team in the game.

Vitality won the second pistol, going up 10-7 before doing an aggressive push up middle in the first gun round which proved to be successful. Liquid however didn't let that deter them, as they started mounting a comeback, getting to 12-10 before Emil "⁠Magisk⁠" Reif's colossal B hold stopped the push from the North Americans.

Magisk one-upped that round in the following, this time getting an ace and putting his team 14-10 up. That was the end of the road for Liquid, who lost the map and ended their Major run with a 0-3 record.

Matchpage
2
0
15th May 2022
16
Mirage
7
16
Dust2
11
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
42 - 26 +16 93.0 1.47
43 - 26 +17 79.1 1.33
37 - 27 +10 91.2 1.32
36 - 33 +3 78.6 1.22
31 - 24 +7 64.2 1.13
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
34 - 37 -3 83.4 1.01
32 - 34 -2 57.3 0.90
31 - 39 -8 67.5 0.82
23 - 39 -16 53.4 0.62
15 - 41 -26 47.0 0.56
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1594
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
Denmark Jakob 'jabbi' Nygaard
Jakob 'jabbi' Nygaard
Age:
18
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
759
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.27
Maps played:
979
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.61
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1912
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1370
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
Russia Pavel 's1ren' Ogloblin
Pavel 's1ren' Ogloblin
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
175
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
Russia Abdul 'degster' Gasanov
Abdul 'degster' Gasanov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
671
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.60
RIP NA!
2022-05-15 18:04
9 replies
#6
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North America drac0zGOD
GOAT DEGSTER GOAT PATSI GOAT S1REN GOAT CHOPPER GOAT MAGIXX
2022-05-15 18:05
8 replies
NA is so fucking free
2022-05-15 18:07
1 reply
no coach no problem
2022-05-15 18:08
+11111111111
2022-05-15 18:07
4 replies
#20
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North America drac0zGOD
you have been waiting forever for this moment mens
2022-05-15 18:08
3 replies
yep :D They went from this: hltv.org/matches/2354317/spirit-vs-avang.. To making it to play-offs with a flawless 3-0 record. Impressive and unexpected stuff.
2022-05-15 18:09
2 replies
Really !!! That was unexpected
2022-05-15 18:13
Lmao wut
2022-05-15 18:14
INSILIO 2023 ROSTER
2022-05-15 19:16
#2
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Czech Republic HunTerOG
deserved
2022-05-15 18:04
Expected
2022-05-15 18:04
sheesh
2022-05-15 18:04
#5
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Iceland MatadoreN98
NA CS KEKW
2022-05-15 18:05
7 replies
Your emblem is literally the best American team, genius. Doesn’t matter where your 5 employees are from. Still your flag.
2022-05-15 19:58
6 replies
shut up noob
2022-05-15 21:27
5 replies
Slightly weak for someone born in 98 9 year olds on XBOX have done better. 🤷‍♂️ Have a great weekend.
2022-05-15 21:42
3 replies
the team is europe noob,only org is from america,go to sleep kiddo
2022-05-15 21:48
2 replies
1 pm here. Employees do not matter. They are interchangeable employees. Everyone is disposable.
2022-05-15 22:17
1 reply
Jesus christ patrick bateman put down the axe
2022-05-15 23:57
+1, NA so trash even shox can't carry them
2022-05-16 03:04
Team Spirit give me the TI10 vibes GGs.
2022-05-15 18:05
respect
2022-05-15 18:05
#9
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Estonia meggas
Spirit letsgo TI10 run
2022-05-15 18:05
Patsi #12 this year
2022-05-15 18:06
Degster Gigachad
2022-05-15 18:06
RIP my 3-0 Flames pick. Good thing I got my 0-3 Liquid pick though.
2022-05-15 18:06
They did it! I was thinking that S1ren can be better than sdy, but would've never expected that Patsi can be better than mir! Wow, just wow!
2022-05-15 18:06
NAF smiling <3 hope they bounce back
2022-05-15 18:06
#15
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Russia mshkoda
Patsi and degster top-20 2022 maybe? Alex's Tyler Durden survived
2022-05-15 18:07
2 replies
#47
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Latvia Vebster
more like patsi, isn't it?
2022-05-15 18:29
1 reply
#52
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Russia mshkoda
yep, degster sometimes sleeps on Nuke for example, but both amazing by far
2022-05-15 18:33
#18
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Latvia Vebster
EZ4SPIRIT
2022-05-15 18:07
Im going to laugh if g2 doesn't advance.
2022-05-15 18:09
3 replies
After choking that hard vs navi they deserve to be eliminated
2022-05-15 19:48
2 replies
After abusing a bug that they knew was scummy they should be eliminated
2022-05-15 20:22
1 reply
+1 right there
2022-05-16 14:23
THIS IS FOR HALLY
2022-05-15 18:09
#24
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Poland lustro
-hooxi this player is a big problem
2022-05-15 18:11
I loved People and i loved Degster's Interview full of joy
2022-05-15 18:11
#29
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United States cybonics
Deserved. Degster was super wholesome on the desk. You love to see it
2022-05-15 18:13
1 reply
He was indeed! Hopefully they'll get more fans - seems like very likeable team.
2022-05-15 18:26
Patsi is a monster 🌟 Well played apEX, keep it up 🙂
2022-05-15 18:16
LULQUID
2022-05-15 18:17
This format sucks. And we must watch these randoms in semis xD
2022-05-15 18:18
6 replies
keep malding, spirit 100% deserved their playoffs spot
2022-05-15 18:21
2022-05-15 18:26
4 replies
idc bro both of them shouldnt go through. i want to watch big names on big stage
2022-05-15 18:31
3 replies
Tell those big names to win maybe they will play then
2022-05-15 18:39
#73
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Russia selil
Shouldnt they win something before going on stage?
2022-05-15 19:52
Cry me a polish river
2022-05-15 20:32
I knew Patsi was good but honestly didn't expect him to surge this much, I would honestly go as far as to say he's surpassed Mir if he keeps this form up. S1ren > SDY and Degster and Magixx are both playing better with this team. Good time to be a Spirit fan mens))))
2022-05-15 18:18
8 replies
man how does he get away with playing like that on mid (ancient)??? :D :D wp to him, but wow, he was just standing in the middle spraying everyone down lol
2022-05-15 18:22
Lmao even no coach is better than fucking Certus
2022-05-15 18:27
6 replies
+1 xd
2022-05-15 18:39
#66
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Ukraine VoidWave
what certus even did he always seemed to me like a crazy scientist from lab from witcher series
2022-05-15 19:21
2 replies
Stockholm major vlogs exposed how useless he is, in every single vid he literally just told the players to "play their own game" LMAO
2022-05-15 19:52
1 reply
#75
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Ukraine VoidWave
lol tf
2022-05-15 19:53
I mean youre not wrong
2022-05-15 23:59
AHAHAHA Certus has always been a glorified water boy
2022-05-16 02:01
spirit deserved 100% - super likable guys liquid deserved 100% - NA for my pick-ems i hope Vitality will make it through for my heart i hope falmes will make it through as well
2022-05-15 18:20
shox eliminated by his former team, I cannot imagine how this must feel
2022-05-15 18:30
2 replies
This must feel ok, it's not like he said "Vitality sucks, i'll go to Liquid and win the Major there". So no reason to be sad for him because of that, 0-3 is why he should be sad.
2022-05-15 18:47
1 reply
#61
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North America AsheS_EdeN
To be fair Shoxie is so accomplished and no one can deny him as one of the GOATs. I suspect this is just another day in the office for him at this point.
2022-05-15 18:59
Very good Spirit! GG
2022-05-15 18:31
a few months ago they were struggling against alternate attax level teams and everyone was wondering why s1ren is even on the team now they look like they could actually take on some big names in a BO3 lol
2022-05-15 18:32
Spirit are putting up great results. Hope to see more of them in the arena
2022-05-15 18:39
NAF should relocate to EU if he want to become top again, find a good team, perhaps invite jks and other three of good player. For example roster like this: Azr, naf, bntet, dank1ng, jks
2022-05-15 18:39
3 replies
Top Azr ???????
2022-05-15 20:32
2 replies
EU have many good team, better player. As twistzz said: ".....when you play against better people you become better". The reason why he relocated from NA to EU. To be the top again. About IGL, Not many IGL available out there. Why Azr, First He was benched Meaning he's available, also at once point, he was bntet's captain during his tenure with extremum. So imo good choice atm. Also, as I said, this just my example roster.
2022-05-15 22:02
1 reply
+1 for reasonable explanation Would be cool to see
2022-05-16 21:05
If you look at those two matches it is fairly confusing that the latter was for elimination, but it actually was. I did not expect from liquid that much, but vitality is biggest surprise (in a bad way) this year so far. It will be interesting to watch from now on how they perform.
2022-05-15 18:39
Astralis lost to this
2022-05-15 18:49
Well let’s see how crowd greets them mabe few tomato’s incoming but mhhh I guess well played
2022-05-15 18:57
someone save naf pls he deserves better
2022-05-15 19:03
1 reply
#85
ropz | 
United States exotc
+1
2022-05-15 21:16
#67
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Spain moorakami
Awesome run by Spirit. Happy for them! Yes they have had probably the easiest opponent in the 2-0 match but they did beat FURIA and fucking Heroic to get there, so this is totally deserved.
2022-05-15 19:25
#68
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India taco9873
NAF LEAVE TL YOU DESERVE A BETTER TEAM FR
2022-05-15 19:29
Liquid clown fiesta
2022-05-15 19:45
Spirit the dark horse of the event Pog
2022-05-15 19:53
1 reply
They won Ti in dota! And now this
2022-05-15 19:56
#78
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Belarus danch1k
Spirit💪
2022-05-15 20:10
#79
b1t | 
India Mr_UNX
Gigachad lul abdul
2022-05-15 20:15
#83
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Belarus Dekadance
Unexpected, but I doubt Spirit will pass quarter-finals. Still great result tho
2022-05-15 20:35
#84
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Canada fenix_wang
NA still alive as CLOUD9 and TWIZZ still in
2022-05-15 20:50
if you sign washed up players like n1tr0 you deserve to lose like this.. Just because el1ge wants to play with him doesn't mean he should be playing for a tier1 org..
2022-05-15 21:17
2 CIS teams are already through and are first to go through, serious business :) good job!
2022-05-16 02:02
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