Vitality defeat G2 to claim grand final spot in Lisbon

Dan "⁠apEX⁠" Madesclaire led his team to their first grand final since IEM Winter 2021.

Vitality will join Natus Vincere in the grand final of BLAST Premier Spring Final 2022 following their 2-1 victory over G2 in the semi-final. The apEX-led squad edged their pick of Dust2 (16-13) to start the match and after being denied Inferno (8-16), they closed the series on Nuke (16-13), avenging the loss at the hands of the European squad in the group stage.

After an underwhelming season following the assembly of the new roster, Vitality can look at an improvement in Lisbon, reaching their first grand final of 2022. Their journey in Portugal saw them take down ENCE in the first round of playoffs and are now set to face Natus Vincere on Sunday at 18:30 .

This marks the end of G2's tournament run. Rémy "⁠XTQZZZ⁠" Quoniam's men began their playoffs adventure in the semi-finals after going undefeated in Group A, defeating Vitality and FaZe in the process, but were unable to do the double on the French-Danish mix.

Vitality are in the grand final

Vitality kicked off the series on the T side of Dust2, quickly taking the lead after a successful pistol round and extending it on the back of a couple of apEX clutches. Staring at a 1-5 deficit, G2 quickly adapted their defense and as Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač began to come online, there was very little the French-Danish mix could do. The Bosnian superstar accumulated a 21-9 K-D and 2.06 rating while helping his squad string eight consecutive defensive rounds to steal the lead and push the Samurai to a 9-6 advantage going into halftime.

After conceding the second pistol, Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut and apEX brought the game back into Vitality's hands with their combined Scout play from the car position, stopping G2's advance on long. apEX's men then converted five on the bounce to retake the lead, and despite a few close calls and thrown rounds, managed to edge the map 16-13 with a retake on the A bombsite.

G2 came into their pick of Inferno looking for revenge, and they got it. After converting a force buy on round 2, Aleksi "⁠Aleksib⁠" Virolainen's men quickly identified a weakness in Vitality's defense of B and exploited it throughout the whole half. NiKo had cooled off after a great first map, and Audric "⁠JACKZ⁠" Jug stepped up in his place with an exemplary performance on the offense as G2 cruised to an 11-4 lead before halftime. Similar to the first half, the European mix converted a force buy that followed the pistol round loss, breaking the T economy in the process. After that, it was unlikely Vitality could come back in the game, and G2 brought the series even with a 16-8 scoreline.

apEX was untouchable on Dust2

Moving into the decider on Nuke, Vitality needed to replicate their performance against ENCE if they wanted to take this series home, and starting from the CT side they had a chance to lock the map down in the first half. Unfortunately for them, both JACKZ and NiKo turned up to make their life as difficult as possible, powering G2 to an 8-7 advantage on the T side.

Another incredibly intense half ensued, with both teams fighting tooth and nail for every round. G2 initially extended their lead following their pistol round victory, but once the Vitality rifles came out, Danny "⁠zonic⁠" Sørensen's men began to take control of the game. After a five-round winning streak and a few moments of ZywOo brilliance, the offense managed to lock match point at 15-12. The last two rounds were a rollercoaster of emotions as JACKZ and Ilya "⁠m0NESY⁠" Osipov halted Vitality's push into B with only a few seconds left in the round, temporarily keeping G2 alive. To finish things off, Emil "⁠Magisk⁠" Reif converted a 1v2 post-plant on the back of the A site to close take the map 16-13, and the series 2-1.

Europe
Matchpage
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2
18th June 2022
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Dust2
16
16
Inferno
8
13
Nuke
16
 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
53 - 54 -1 75.3 1.07
52 - 52 0 72.8 1.05
53 - 54 -1 73.6 1.05
49 - 51 -2 68.0 0.97
46 - 47 -1 56.1 0.95
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
59 - 48 +11 77.4 1.21
61 - 56 +5 86.3 1.21
50 - 47 +3 70.9 1.04
49 - 47 +2 64.8 0.98
37 - 56 -19 55.8 0.81
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1396
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.27
Maps played:
1005
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.61
Finland Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1030
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.65
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France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1988
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.70
France Audric 'JACKZ' Jug
Audric 'JACKZ' Jug
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1089
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1630
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
Russia Ilya 'm0NESY' Osipov
Ilya 'm0NESY' Osipov
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.18
Maps played:
256
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.61
France Rémy 'XTQZZZ' Quoniam
Rémy 'XTQZZZ' Quoniam
Age:
33
Team:
Close one
2022-06-19 01:17
22 replies
#14
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Brazil flytw4tp
heartbreaking imagine losing to apex
2022-06-19 01:20
16 replies
almost as bad as choking 239 tournaments in a row....... Nice flair btw :)
2022-06-19 01:23
??? There's no shame in losing to the GOAT IGL.
2022-06-19 01:25
5 replies
goat in MALDING yes
2022-06-19 06:23
4 replies
he is gonna rage hard in the final
2022-06-19 09:35
1 reply
Doesn't even matter them reaching finals in itself is a very big deal
2022-06-19 09:50
Part of his charm
2022-06-19 09:42
idk, niko is there too so its a close one
2022-06-19 10:46
Best igl in the world.
2022-06-19 02:18
7 replies
#53
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Europe Utaii
+1
2022-06-19 04:58
is niko
2022-06-19 08:35
4 replies
he is not Igl... for now in G2....
2022-06-19 10:15
3 replies
how many braincells?
2022-06-19 13:06
2 replies
More than you apparently
2022-06-19 16:53
french brain momento
2022-06-19 17:54
#87
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United Kingdom elliah
today electronic vs apex igl, years of experience vs a few weeks :)
2022-06-19 11:40
cry more kiddo
2022-06-19 12:08
Not close with 0 OT
2022-06-19 02:25
4 replies
#93
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France brunky
Retard
2022-06-19 12:06
3 replies
Watch EPL final Navis vs Vitality that is close. So you have obv no idea what close means
2022-06-19 12:15
1 reply
#104
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France brunky
you dont even know the game
2022-06-19 13:32
funny reply 7/8
2022-06-19 12:20
Ez
2022-06-19 01:17
1 reply
Not for 4 Niko he needs more time
2022-06-19 09:36
#3
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Latvia laiziolas
Too many mistakes by g2 in nuke sadly
2022-06-19 01:17
6 replies
Yeah, individual mistakes cost them nuke.
2022-06-19 01:19
5 replies
Well vitality was just better It's a shame for g2 to show such performance for 3 tournaments in a row Yes they made it to the semis Still can't see any decent progress as a team
2022-06-19 09:21
4 replies
disagree. if you look at the atmosphere in the team you can see it has improved, NiKo is doing great, hunter as well, it was little mistakes that cost us the finals
2022-06-19 10:26
3 replies
Niko always tilting...
2022-06-19 10:49
During match vs Vitality Niko choked. There were no good atmosphere in the team. I dunno whatcha talking about
2022-06-19 13:55
#109
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Sweden Akoulad
great how?
2022-06-19 15:47
#4
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Netherlands JUNG13
Had a great nap during all series, launders and scrawny should switch to ASMR
2022-06-19 01:19
6 replies
Launders is legit ASMR, no homo
2022-06-19 01:19
1 reply
Yea lol can do homework or something constructive while listening to him
2022-06-19 09:51
scrawny can switch to STFU
2022-06-19 01:29
2 replies
lol
2022-06-19 01:32
Screamy screaming clown..
2022-06-19 01:34
Love Scrawny and Launders combi. Great mixture to fall asleep with indeed, as well as enjoying Scawny cast his heart out at the end of every map
2022-06-19 10:32
Probably the best game of the tournament so far
2022-06-19 01:18
ez for niko
2022-06-19 01:18
G2 Boombl4 is coming
2022-06-19 01:19
what a dramatic game in the end! g2 just didn't frag
2022-06-19 01:19
BANNING MIRAGE = WINNING MAP 3!!!! WHO WOULD HAVE GUESSED
2022-06-19 01:19
#12
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Lithuania Jaguaras
banger game finally Vitality is back, was strange not seeing them in any of playoffs when not so long ago with likes of kyojin they were top2.
2022-06-19 01:21
2 replies
lets see, it might be luko tournament
2022-06-19 02:14
+1 entertaining game
2022-06-19 03:37
this is just sad, no trophies in last 5 years
2022-06-19 01:20
No matter if G2 win or lose, it's always a close game FeelsBadMan
2022-06-19 01:21
#16
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Finland Nollegee
Damn..
2022-06-19 01:21
That was Banger Game. Specialy Nuke was real Nuke
2022-06-19 01:21
poor g2 I'm going to be 90 years old when they are champions. Hahaha!
2022-06-19 01:22
1 reply
its the niko-curse. kinda like herpes
2022-06-19 17:16
Zywoo almost back to old form with some very impactful rounds. monesy was playing very well too but Vitality's team efford was better.
2022-06-19 01:28
8 replies
m0nesy playing very well? he almost bottom fragged!
2022-06-19 01:34
4 replies
hit most shots possible
2022-06-19 04:24
bailed them out in so many situations but it's okay we're just gonna gloss over those....they aren't important stats are after all
2022-06-19 09:15
2 replies
#110
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Sweden Akoulad
he was responsible for many round losses, but it's okay we're just gonna gloss over those....they aren't important stats are after all
2022-06-19 15:48
1 reply
How many rounds has he given away please do tell? And also, can you only hold him responsible for losing games?? People obviously die in this game what kind of stupid bs are you trying to spread here? As far as I know he doesn't miss a lot and whenever he's died 2-3 people face him. Not even simple can kill someone if 2-3 people are holding him Goddamn you guys don't think before you type
2022-06-19 17:33
i think it was not a good match of zywoo he oftens play better than that
2022-06-19 10:40
Lol no, with old form he could win with 20 frags more
2022-06-19 11:51
Yes but sadly he's not clutching like before. What a mad man he was. Remember he made 2 1v4 ace clutches against Navi on a single map. He can't do it now.
2022-06-19 12:00
#23
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Denmark Danny D3
Impressive nuke. Takes a lot of strength to come back from that on the T side. I'm almost starting to believe in this Vitality project
2022-06-19 01:30
1 reply
true. imagine how things will be when they actually begin to understand each other
2022-06-19 17:17
congrats vitality
2022-06-19 01:32
ez for the real GOAT
2022-06-19 01:33
Fuck yeah, that was a good one. Vita winning despite zywoo having below average game is good.
2022-06-19 01:34
rip g2, hopefully vitality has what it takes to beat navi and kickstart their form
2022-06-19 01:34
#31
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Puerto Rico pain^
Finally WOooooOoOoOOOOOOO
2022-06-19 01:34
#32
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France Uexo
VITALITYYYYY
2022-06-19 01:36
Well... I was planning to see a really good final. Nope. Not even turning into to it... I'll wait for the resume. Surely it will be short...
2022-06-19 01:37
2 replies
#34
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Sweden frizzahh
U think clown 2 Would have a chance against Navi LUL
2022-06-19 01:59
1 reply
#35
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Europe Cr3eP_70
If G2 wouldn't, imagine trashality...
2022-06-19 02:08
how vitality can win ence and g2 while playing so bad , maybe old vitlaity would still be a top 3 team cause it seems the level of cs is not that high lately
2022-06-19 02:27
4 replies
Vitality was strong, u are just irrevelant g2 fan with 0 trophy in 5 years
2022-06-19 02:52
2 replies
i m vitality fan idiot, they play like shit as a team you are silver.. G2 is similar.. also shit team play
2022-06-19 10:36
1 reply
+1
2022-06-19 12:13
or maybe the eye test is worthless, as usual
2022-06-19 04:06
#41
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United States DarkFX
There is a positive on G2, their T sides now look better than their CT sides which is a very odd turn around.
2022-06-19 02:43
VITALITY GOAT TEAM
2022-06-19 02:46
3 replies
sarcasm right?
2022-06-20 12:21
2 replies
Yes
2022-06-20 17:17
1 reply
+1
2022-06-22 13:40
vita wins and misutaa still manages to go 0.81 rofl
2022-06-19 02:49
1 reply
#88
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Denmark nicram64
Who cares? They won. Niko goes 1.07 but they lose, should he feel better than misuta then?
2022-06-19 11:45
honestly jks would be the perfect fit for vitality, plays the same shitty spots than misuta but hes better looking and better player
2022-06-19 02:56
How u can spend so much money into this team and they're still so fucking bad, G2 fans probably most unhappy people ever
2022-06-19 03:02
1 reply
#52
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Italy Skye620
You need more than just firepower to win. G2 roster looks like they just stacked firepower and not much else tbh
2022-06-19 04:54
#47
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Brazil Anarchybr
It seems that bugsy isn’t good enough to awp in tier 1 Sadge
2022-06-19 03:34
1 reply
Every time I see someone write Bugsy I think of monesy as Bugs Bunny.
2022-06-19 08:08
#57
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United States vox_3
Well played by VTY.
2022-06-19 07:48
It was g2 best chahce to lift a trophy since iem winter and they fucked it up. Beating faze, but losing to struggling vitality. Shame
2022-06-19 07:48
Time to kick Aleksibot. He's had long enough and can't even get passed Apex
2022-06-19 07:59
Vitaly has so many communication issues and they are ended up in final. Thats hilarious for g2
2022-06-19 08:02
Lets go Vitality! Navi definitely the favorites in GF but I’m not going to stop believing in Vit.
2022-06-19 08:07
#62
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Brazil Elakk
free win for navi lmao
2022-06-19 08:08
#65
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Wales the_dark
Lmao how!?
2022-06-19 08:36
wow
2022-06-19 09:17
-600k smoke puff
2022-06-19 09:18
This G2 team.... Holy shit, what a dogshit. Kick AleksiB already
2022-06-19 09:19
LETS GOO
2022-06-19 09:28
#72
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Denmark slacking
G2 never fails to disappoint
2022-06-19 09:29
Im still not convinced with misuta. He just doesn't play like he's in too10 team. Almost invisible in every game. The only games he comes to life are against t2 and t1.5 teams
2022-06-19 09:49
1 reply
He was so good with old core, but yeah, he is bad since changes
2022-06-19 11:49
Amazing game to say the least - I was more than a little drunk and so bought in on vitality to win the series - the casting complimented the game so well - luckily their were no cameras to see the madness ;) Vitality really do look to have stepped up a gear in the last two events and I hope they manage to make NaVi sweat a little even if In my opinion they have a very small chance of winning in this moment
2022-06-19 11:22
#95
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France brunky
One of the best marchup to watch, both teams needed to show and step up, Vitality did on this one. Cant wait for the next one, finally we got good cs
2022-06-19 12:10
hahahah g2 again, cursed for kicking nexa
2022-06-19 12:19
#102
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Finland n3iki
It was a great game to watch. Ggs Vita, Zywoo was crazy in Nuke.
2022-06-19 12:43
zywoo and the major champs are playing much better together. also misutaa is stepping up to the plate.
2022-06-19 13:51
Nice game, congrats mens)
2022-06-19 14:22
#111
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Czech Republic castkic
niceee
2022-06-19 16:20
#114
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India Rav3nEz
69th time losing either in semi-finals or finals. Heartbreaking as always :’)
2022-06-19 16:55
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