Vitality eliminate BIG after a four-hour thriller

Day 3 continues to deliver with one of the most exciting matches of the Legends Stage.

BIG's adventure at the PGL Major Antwerp was abruptly ended after their third defeat in the Swiss stage at the hands of Vitality. The German squad came into the match with a 1-2 record following defeats to Natus Vincere and FURIA and will now travel home after an underwhelming finish at the event given the team's incredible performance in the European RMR.

Meanwhile, Vitality's miraculous recovery from an initial 0-2 record continues, and they now have just one more best-of-three standing between them and the knockout stage of the Major. Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut was a force of nature on the last map, proving himself as the difference-maker in the elimination match.

Vitality will go into the last day with a 2-2 record

The French-Danish mix played a fantastic opening half on Mirage, starting off on the offensive by taking the pistol and the follow-up rounds to go 4-0 up. ZywOo shined on the T side, pushing his squad to a 10-5 half as he accumulated a 16-7 K-D and a 1.54 rating. After taking the second pistol, the game was too far gone in favor of Dan "⁠apEX⁠" Madesclaire's squad. Despite a late resurgence from the Germans, Vitality were able to close their map pick 16-9.

What followed on Vertigo was a thriller of a map, with BIG taking over the offensive side with both Johannes "⁠tabseN⁠" Wodarz and Florian "⁠syrsoN⁠" Rische playing at the top of their game to take an 11-4 lead. ZywOo was surprisingly quiet on the defense but he would come alive after switching sides, joining Peter "⁠dupreeh⁠" Rasmussen in his quest to force a comeback. Vitality took the second pistol and claimed all but one of the following 10 rounds, retaking the lead of the game and setting themselves up for a 2-0 with a 14-12 scoreline.

However, Josef "⁠faveN⁠" Baumann would hear none of that. The young rifler came into his own in the late stages of the game and was a crucial piece in BIG's hold out, taking down apEX, dupreeh, and Emil "⁠Magisk⁠" Reif on the B site to force overtime. It took two sets of extra time, but the Germans eventually came out on top to bring the series to Nuke with a 22-19 victory.

Vitality opened up Nuke with a pistol victory, but a second-round force buy by BIG stole their momentum, condemning the Ts to a 1-7 deficit. Always in the spirit of comebacks, apEX's squad responded with seven consecutive rounds of their own on the offense, with the French-Danish mix proving more effective during clutch situations to close the half 8-7 ahead.

The second side would turn out to be equally as competitive, with both teams fighting tooth and nail for every round. Vitality were able to scrape a 14-12 lead, but in a similar fashion to Vertigo, they were unable to close out the game, conceding overtime to the Germans. This time, ZywOo did not allow history to repeat itself, going absolutely nuclear in extra time to drag his squad to a 19-17 victory.

Germany
Matchpage
1
2
16th May 2022
9
Mirage
16
22
Vertigo
19
17
Nuke
19
 BIG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
76 - 68 +8 80.2 1.22
70 - 61 +9 69.0 1.11
67 - 71 -4 80.7 1.06
63 - 64 -1 66.7 0.99
56 - 75 -19 62.8 0.88
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
93 - 64 +29 90.5 1.36
68 - 70 -2 68.6 1.02
60 - 65 -5 66.1 1.00
57 - 63 -6 69.4 0.94
59 - 73 -14 69.1 0.94
Germany Florian 'syrsoN' Rische
Florian 'syrsoN' Rische
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1694
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Germany Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1912
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.70
Germany Josef 'faveN' Baumann
Josef 'faveN' Baumann
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1321
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.27
Maps played:
982
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.61
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1915
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1373
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1965
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.70
So sad :((( GOAT zywoo just too good.
2022-05-16 16:32
30 replies
#6
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North America drac0zGOD
tizian back to sprout🙏
2022-05-16 16:33
1 reply
god apex so tired at the end I felt it in my bones
2022-05-16 16:36
#7
fnx | 
Russia P0vTr
Nt jermans Will come back stronger
2022-05-16 16:33
#10
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Philippines dezzy_
nt germans you guys pulled up a good fight, see you next major playoffs
2022-05-16 16:34
godwoo strikes again, You played great brother. big love on you go vita
2022-05-16 16:37
#37
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Portugal OwnedBro
Name checks out :)
2022-05-16 16:51
BIG overrated
2022-05-16 17:10
20 replies
why you have to start to be toxic. Only compliments going from both sides. Then you, who do not even support one of the teams, starts beign a a-hole.
2022-05-16 17:26
7 replies
+1
2022-05-16 17:43
Look at flag, realize he'll never see another football trophy, still malding. I mean he has no scene to defend xD
2022-05-16 17:44
4 replies
Bro, you basically stole his flag, ofc he's mad at germans (I don't really get how the trashtalk of BIG was a big deal, apEX does the same very often, it's fun when you don't abuse of it)
2022-05-16 18:33
3 replies
I stole his flag? You realize I replied to the Belgian in response to the Argentinian on why he was toxic to #1 who is also a german
2022-05-19 22:23
2 replies
Whoaaa, I guess I was drunk that day, I thought you were talkng to the Belgian guy ahaha. Surry :((
2022-05-19 23:06
1 reply
Iz okay
2022-05-20 17:35
chill dude, im just say that big is a overrated team
2022-05-16 19:07
where 9z?
2022-05-16 17:45
11 replies
out like astralis and big
2022-05-16 19:00
10 replies
exactly so shut up abt BIG
2022-05-16 19:04
9 replies
no.
2022-05-16 19:06
8 replies
where 9z?, how many games they win?
2022-05-16 19:07
7 replies
lmao bro, this is you right now i.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/facebook/001.. and why the fuck you talk to me if you create shit thread like this? hltv.org/forums/threads/2618223/ence-are..
2022-05-16 19:09
6 replies
really got inside ur head lmao, u had to go to my profile to find something to use and it was still a worthless point. And why is the image me and not u since u cry like pussy about 9z and BIG LOL nt tho
2022-05-16 19:11
5 replies
you would like... cry is free
2022-05-16 19:13
4 replies
pathetic attempt at comeback /closed
2022-05-16 19:14
3 replies
nt Jon Cryer
2022-05-16 19:16
2 replies
i said /closed
2022-05-16 19:17
1 reply
Britbong cannot cope 0/8
2022-05-16 19:49
au revoir baguette
2022-05-16 17:26
1 reply
Lmao
2022-05-16 18:36
True, BIG did stand up good.
2022-05-16 23:43
LETS GO BOOOOOOOOOOOOYS <3
2022-05-16 16:32
#3
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France Guilsz_
Zywoo ty for existing ily
2022-05-16 16:32
ez carry
2022-05-16 16:32
so ez
2022-05-16 16:32
Goat
2022-05-16 16:33
Pog
2022-05-16 16:33
Gg
2022-05-16 16:34
nice game to watch
2022-05-16 16:34
#13
ZywOo | 
France bwain
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
2022-05-16 16:35
1 reply
Le goat
2022-05-16 17:34
pogg
2022-05-16 16:34
Good trip!.ahhahahaaa
2022-05-16 16:35
Typo: you wrote "force on nature" instead of "force of nature"
2022-05-16 16:35
#17
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France amankino
go vitality, my blood make three turn inside me
2022-05-16 16:36
I'm happy that Vitality won, only for this reason: clips.twitch.tv/FunVenomousTofuPJSalt-WZ..
2022-05-16 16:36
3 replies
I mean, apEX does the same very regurlarly. I don't mind it since it's cool to have a bit of banter (not excessive trashtalk like ComediaN though)
2022-05-16 18:31
#95
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Germany xSchons
KEKW
2022-05-17 13:47
God, you guys want 5 people just sitting there like incels, I enjoy every time any player shows any emotion and some banter. This isn't chess.
2022-05-17 14:48
#20
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Indonesia cleostar
Imagine having team that is so stacked but still got solo carried by zywoo
2022-05-16 16:37
3 replies
stacked? dupreeh is almost 30 and magisk has dropped off massively apex and misuta are barely t2 players
2022-05-16 16:42
2 replies
#44
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India Haggumon11
Tell me you did not watch the whole match without telling me you did not
2022-05-16 16:54
Magisk's Map 1 dupreeh's map 2 Your comment = only about their map 3. Either you're baiting or you don't know what you're talking about.
2022-05-16 22:57
Match of the tournament so far IMO Kudos to both Vitality and BIG, looking forward to see Krimbo coming back even stronger
2022-05-16 16:39
2 replies
absolute nailbiter!
2022-05-16 16:39
#38
Petra | 
Poland 138|
KrimboN when
2022-05-16 16:51
Incredible performance by ZywOo, hope the danes will get more confident as the final part of the major is ONE GAME AHEAD
2022-05-16 16:39
Zywoo vs BIG...
2022-05-16 16:42
#27
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Sweden aL1337
GG WP both teams!
2022-05-16 16:43
#28
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Hungary szia
sad day for BIG and us BIG fans. exciting but hard game. zywoo is too damn strong, he doesnt need his teammates, ggs
2022-05-16 16:44
Devilwalk AKA the most underserved major winner: “BIG might end up winning the whole thing” lmao, he’s a complete joke
2022-05-16 16:44
1 reply
devilwalk: 1 major stekin: nothing
2022-05-16 17:47
#30
ZywOo | 
Singapore Fr0th
Goat
2022-05-16 16:44
crazy game
2022-05-16 16:46
#32
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France bjjthibz
Great match. ZywOo said nope.
2022-05-16 16:48
After match emotions if interested: youtu.be/V6oARFqqnyo
2022-05-16 16:49
6 replies
#36
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Canada MiLkBaGzz
good vid
2022-05-16 16:51
3 replies
good soup
2022-05-16 16:53
2 replies
#43
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Canada MiLkBaGzz
can only imagine what the video for the other side is. Heartbreaking.
2022-05-16 16:54
1 reply
Gob B was having a good time. Smiling and a little giggle,
2022-05-16 16:55
"1tap" LMAO
2022-05-16 18:39
1 reply
Bro he got rekt
2022-05-16 19:35
gg what a crazy game one of the best on this major so far
2022-05-16 16:50
GG wp to both team , is was a nice fight
2022-05-16 16:51
#39
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Ukraine SwissRolls
nt b1g
2022-05-16 16:51
gg
2022-05-16 16:53
#42
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Europe Khanan
Crazy game and I watched it PogChamp unfortunately VIT didn’t win 2-0
2022-05-16 16:53
great game, so stressful gg to both team, maybe the best BO3 we had so far
2022-05-16 17:02
#49
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Germany tilted_up
Nice try tho. Hope they‘ll grow more together since it’s 3 new additions this year. Just include FaveN & Krimbo more, let Godb do his work and they‘re top5 by the end of the year! :)
2022-05-16 17:05
#50
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Nigeria Padjacho
BONJOUR BONJOUR BAGUETTE
2022-05-16 17:06
#51
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Hungary Gulaash
and i was betting for this match... i've been on diarrhea for 4 hrs..
2022-05-16 17:06
1 reply
#56
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France shwayy
nice
2022-05-16 17:24
The amount of weight that ZywOo had to carry in order to push Vitality over the hump in a 4-hour long match was just ridiculous. This is not gonna win them any tournaments with this kind of top-heavy setting. Remind me of the old NaVi which s1mple was doing everything.
2022-05-16 17:14
Always zywoo and friends
2022-05-16 17:18
#55
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Germany AlHuNcEaR
ZywOo hard carry sad GGs and nt BIG
2022-05-16 17:22
#59
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Brazil hugoooo
Even with the Danes the classic ZywOo 30+ and all the others negative still happens hahaha
2022-05-16 17:26
Same scoreboard as old vitality
2022-05-16 17:33
#67
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Ireland reyno0o
A classic Vitality post match rating - Zywoo +30, everyone else in the red... others need to step it up more
2022-05-16 17:55
Unfortunate for BIG..ZywOo just insanely good. Big impact for the win even though his teammates not functioning properly. But seriously, I can say this match was unofficial grand final. Very exciting match.
2022-05-16 18:14
Aids
2022-05-16 18:15
Finally some fighting spirit from Germans. Sometimes I think that all they do is practice nade throws.
2022-05-16 18:18
#71
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Canada loldougie
Lmao HLTV Confirmed put these guys as going through to playoffs. There was never any shot
2022-05-16 18:27
2 replies
#93
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Austria doMK0
Grow up dude.
2022-05-17 06:39
1 reply
#94
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Canada loldougie
????????? Reply needs to have actual content
2022-05-17 06:49
#savezywho
2022-05-16 18:53
#92
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Russia super_rat
#undeserved But still beat Heroic i beg you
2022-05-17 03:50
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