Vitality earn first spot in BLAST Spring Final over Heroic

Strong performances from Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut and Lotan "⁠Spinx⁠" Giladi were crucial in getting the international mix over the line.

Vitality are the first team to qualify for the BLAST Premier Spring Final after taking down Heroic 2-1, edging out the Franco-Danish mix after a comfortable display on Mirage (16-11), conceding a hard-fought defeat on Nuke (13-16), before answering back with a more composed showing on Vertigo (16-8).

Vitality will be pleased with their composure in Denmark, successfully traversing the upper bracket and punching a ticket to the $425,000 Spring Final with just one map dropped over their three games. Spinx will also relish in his form in the series; he was one of his team's highest performers against the Danes, calling back to his world-class performances in the first half of 2022 and ending the best-of-three with a 1.24 rating and 82 ADR.

Heroic aren't out of the running just yet, and have instead been forced down to the knockout stage, where their chances of earning a Spring Final berth rest on beating the eventual winner of the series between BIG and Liquid. A loss, however, would require the Casper "⁠cadiaN⁠" Møller-led squad to make a run through the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown, which is scheduled to play out from April 12-April 16.

Vitality are the first team confirmed to attend the BLAST Spring Final

A triple kill by Jakob "⁠jabbi⁠" Nygaard got Mirage underway, but a Desert Eagle-wielding ZywOo answered right back in the ensuing round with a 4k hold of the A site to stop the Danish quintet in their tracks. Vitality made full use of this early shift in momentum, building up their economy and giving themselves a considerable buffer to work with as they jumped out to a 6-2 lead. ZywOo's prowess showed few signs of letting up for the remainder of the squad's CT-side; the Frenchman's end-of-half 18-4 K-D differential and 113 ADR powered Vitality to victory and the Franco-Danish combine conceded just two more rounds to sport a commanding 11-4 lead by the side swap.

Mirage descended into a back-and-forth skirmish at the outset of the second half. The two teams went tit for tat, exchanging rounds until Vitality were able to win three on the bounce to pull ahead and reach map point, 15-6. Heroic were able to keep their head above water despite staring down the barrel of defeat, with consistent impact round-on-round from Martin "⁠stavn⁠" Lund around Connector helping to reduce the once lopsided deficit down to just five rounds, 10-15. Vitality didn't sit on map point for too much longer, though, with double-kill entries of the A site from ZywOo and Peter "⁠dupreeh⁠" Rasmussen tearing Heroic's defences apart to lock in a 16-11 victory in favour of the Bees.

Vitality nabbed their first pistol round of the series to kick Nuke off, but again, the map transitioned into a to-and-fro affair. Dan "⁠apEX⁠" Madesclaire and company narrowly prevailed in this all-important skirmish, maintaining their composure as they walked cautiously to a 5-2 advantage on the T-side. Heroic were quick to make sure they remained in contention, a strong two-kill hold on Ramp by René "⁠TeSeS⁠" Madsen in the eighth round being the start of a five-round spree to power the Danes to a 7-5 lead. Alas, Spinx came to Vitality's rescue, a 1vs1 clutch instantly flipping the script to gift the French-Danish outfit a slender one-round advantage at halftime.

Vitality remained in control when their turn to defend rolled around, perfect utility usage and impenetrable crossfires forcing Heroic to constantly fight an uphill battle. The Danes' biggest highlight came in round 22; a highlight-worthy 1vs5 ace clutch from cadiaN prevented an economic and map-wide blowout, the squad using the injection of energy to close out another disadvantageous 3vs5 situation just two rounds later to equalise the score, 12-12, and make the map sit on a knife edge. Superb calling from cadiaN and well-executed map control dominated the rest of the time on Nuke; Heroic came back from less-than-ideal situations time and time again, enough to close out the map just shy of round 30, 16-13, and send the series to the decider map of Vertigo.

The Danish duo of dupreeh and Emil "⁠Magisk⁠" Reif linked up with four kills to win Vitality the opening pistol round of the map, which the multinational lineup used to build a sizeable lead on their defensive effort. The quest to get Heroic back into game fell onto TeSeS and jabbi's shoulders, the Danes leading the charge with 20 kills between the pair to cut the deficit to just one round, 5-6. Vitality shored up their defensive line as the half drew to a close, multi-kill rounds from ZywOo, Spinx, and dupreeh enabling the side to sit pretty with nine rounds by the break.

The final half of the three-map series was Vitality's from start to finish, the international camp conceding just two rounds before taking home the victory. Magisk answered the call, with the 24-year-old maintaining his team-leading form on the offensive side and ending the 16-8 game with 26 kills to his name and a healthy 114 ADR.

Matchpage
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25th January 2023
16
Mirage
11
13
Nuke
16
16
Vertigo
8
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
63 - 39 +24 81.7 1.36
62 - 50 +12 81.6 1.24
59 - 48 +11 80.0 1.18
58 - 52 +6 82.6 1.13
55 - 51 +4 77.4 1.12
 Heroic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
54 - 60 -6 77.1 1.03
54 - 61 -7 75.2 0.91
48 - 55 -7 66.1 0.88
47 - 62 -15 65.9 0.85
37 - 60 -23 61.0 0.76
Denmark Jakob 'jabbi' Nygaard
Jakob 'jabbi' Nygaard
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
862
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
2026
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1487
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
Israel Lotan 'Spinx' Giladi
Lotan 'Spinx' Giladi
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
515
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
Denmark René 'TeSeS' Madsen
René 'TeSeS' Madsen
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
919
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.67
Denmark Martin 'stavn' Lund
Martin 'stavn' Lund
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1201
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.68
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.27
Maps played:
1098
KPR:
0.84
DPR:
0.61
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
2079
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.70
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1562
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.63
#1
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Australia rationale
They should have closed on Nuke but made a ton of mistakes. In fact Vita continues to play sloppily far too often.
2023-01-25 22:54
3 replies
+1
2023-01-25 22:55
Heroic lucky af, especially cadian but i generally agree, they could've cared more. Anyway, EZ Clap
2023-01-25 23:26
Let’s just blame BOTPEX and call it a day
2023-01-25 23:55
#2
flameZ | 
Europe idan)
spinx goat
2023-01-25 22:54
2 replies
#34
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Italy Karimk03
+1
2023-01-26 00:56
#79
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Israel michnass
+1
2023-01-26 14:54
#3
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Israel michnass
Nt comedian
2023-01-25 22:54
14 replies
Nt Cadian * Je deserves everyone's respect
2023-01-26 04:05
13 replies
He is a lying cheater, he will never earn my respect.
2023-01-26 05:19
12 replies
Eh big deal If you can't move on then it's your problem
2023-01-26 05:58
1 reply
True, that is indeed my problem.
2023-01-26 10:16
How is he a cheater?
2023-01-26 07:45
4 replies
He was involved with Hunden in the coach bug scandal
2023-01-26 10:16
3 replies
naah.. stop that witchhunt
2023-01-26 11:12
No he wasn't, read the ESIC document before talking shit.
2023-01-26 11:53
1 reply
Ok nice jerman
2023-01-26 12:45
No way kunar2k won't love cadiaN
2023-01-26 10:43
4 replies
I am entitled to my opinion, have a nice day.
2023-01-26 11:22
3 replies
Ty bro but after this heartbreaking information I think my day is ruined:(
2023-01-26 12:14
2 replies
L Sarcasm
2023-01-26 12:44
1 reply
And now even I lost your respect man now I'm at rock bottom
2023-01-26 13:30
W
2023-01-25 22:54
6 replies
#11
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Romania aLeeeeex
the way he pronounces cadian kills me man hahaahhaah i love apex
2023-01-25 23:02
2 replies
#13
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United States sersh1cs
haha true + the way he laugh like goblin heheh
2023-01-25 23:04
also that wooo in the end tho xD
2023-01-25 23:18
xd
2023-01-25 23:30
Ahaha I missed that
2023-01-26 13:08
I love apex
2023-01-26 13:29
nice team performance from vita. love to see it
2023-01-25 22:55
ez for Zywoo
2023-01-25 22:55
1 reply
Yes
2023-01-26 00:46
i admire heroic proactive ct approach but sometimes u need to hit the brakes and play safe
2023-01-25 22:57
GL to Vitality further 🙂
2023-01-25 23:11
And this team (heroic) is top1 Ridiculous
2023-01-25 23:15
#18
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Bulgaria GNMitev
stavn?
2023-01-25 23:19
1 reply
b1t also got outfragged by Hooxi in Na'Vi vs G2 game and Brollan was the lowtab in the whole server vs Na'Vi. best shooters in T1 are having a terrible time lately.
2023-01-26 02:16
Even before becoming top1 in every match involving heroic they couldn't be seen as underdogs either favourite or it's even (when facing navi gambit, vita etc
2023-01-25 23:21
1 reply
They were always the underdogs against NaVi. What are you even saying, NaVi dominated them all through 2020-2021
2023-01-26 05:21
The only surprise is Heroic taking a map after they lost 3 to EG this tourney.
2023-01-25 23:25
always good seeing the cheaters lose
2023-01-25 23:50
Zywoo broke the first half year shit curse and the heroic curse. Someone write a copypasta pls
2023-01-25 23:55
5 replies
a copypasta did i do it right?
2023-01-26 02:17
1 reply
No, bad bot
2023-01-26 11:56
True for the Heroic curse, but we still have to wait until katowice for the first half of the year curse. In 20, 21 and 22 zywoo always performed great in the Blast spring groups and dropped after so let's see how it goes this year
2023-01-26 09:18
Vitality normally bad in first month of year but now not bad anymore probably be top 1 ever all the year same heroic normally good but now bad go disband or -cadian +s1mple
2023-01-26 13:34
1 reply
#82
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Poland Recruitn1
yeah im not suprised they broke this curse they have kept changing players for 6-8 months...
2023-01-26 17:38
#31
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Serbia DakileX
Honestly this doesn't look good for Vitality , they choked that nuke so hard and they still looks shaky , also this is worst heroic i've seen for a while and still vitality had problems , doesn't look promising at all from vita , Magisk should probably take IGL role and they should sign young rifler instead of apex :)
2023-01-26 00:05
2 replies
Apex is a good personality please let him stay
2023-01-26 06:18
#67
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Germany Teuton1813
But then please Apex as second coach, there has to be someone in the team that screams at the enemy team regularly.
2023-01-26 11:32
I call it : ZywOo top1 HLTV 2023 He broke the curse of the season beginnings
2023-01-26 00:37
2 replies
He didn't break it yet
2023-01-26 09:24
#80
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Europe kuu1
He already has two #1 awards, why would he go for another instead of letting someone else like a teammate maybe grab the award? Going for it would be selfish from him...
2023-01-26 15:33
#35
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Italy Karimk03
You know vita was going to win this when apex wasn't actually - 20 :D Finally they beat them after like 2 years i think
2023-01-26 00:58
Uh ok I will look into it.
2023-01-26 01:38
#37
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
Vitality finally break the Heroic curse! ^^ Looking forward to seeing this form throughout 2023. :D
2023-01-26 02:09
#41
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Argentina nymeros
Beating Heroic and winning blast group?? Someone please wake me up
2023-01-26 02:24
6 replies
#42
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Poland Recruitn1
I have a dream pls Vitality win Katowice and major i pray for this.
2023-01-26 03:17
5 replies
+1 After that even if they become the shittiest team ever i wouldn't care Just give dupreeh his 5th major
2023-01-26 06:00
4 replies
give ZywOo his first, I don't give a shit about dupreeh
2023-01-26 09:02
3 replies
if vitality win paris then both of our dreams come true anyway
2023-01-26 10:24
i don't give a shit about zywoo , give spinx the one he deserves
2023-01-26 10:48
1 reply
I dont give a shit about spinx, give magisk the one he deserves
2023-01-26 12:18
apex
2023-01-26 03:59
spinx goat
2023-01-26 06:40
Deserved! Congrats to Vitality!
2023-01-26 08:32
#58
NiKo | 
Turkey 3bouss
Why do I feel HLTV writers just learned the word "berth"
2023-01-26 09:41
#64
Spinx | 
Israel IdoXD
Spinx gigachad also flair checks out
2023-01-26 11:10
#78
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Thailand Saenchai
ez
2023-01-26 14:42
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