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Fabio | 30. October 2020

Vitality Advance to BLAST Premier: Fall Finals

Following a relatively dominant display, Vitality may now continue on to the Fall Finals. BIG, however, will have to face Complexity, who just managed to win over FaZe Clan. The superteam has been forced out of the tournament and is leaving in last place.

FAZE FAIL TO IMPRESS

Their raw and strat-less style may have almost worked versus BIG, but Benjamin “blameF” Bremer had prepared his men well. FaZe must surely have felt confident after starting Nuke off with a 6-0 streak. However, this was enough time for Complexity to gather intel and bring the game back to a 7-8 half, setting them up perfectly for their CT side. But this wasn’t even necessary, as FaZe were unable to win any points apart from the second pistol round. Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke and blameF reeled in kill after kill until they held a 16-9 victory.

They took this momentum and carried it over to the second map. After 10 rounds, they already held a two-digit score and FaZe were left empty-handed. On a 3-12 scoreline, coldzera and his men entered the second half, in which they showed up surprisingly well. Despite lacking preparation and a dedicated in-game-leader, they seemed to have Complexity figured out. FaZe Clan almost achieved the perfect comeback, but in the end, blameF and company managed to scrape together their remaining rounds. On a 16-12 scoreline, they completed the match in 2-0 fashion and threw FaZe off the tournament.

Complexity will now have to lock horns with BIG and both teams certainly hope for a spot in the Grand Finals. This way, they could secure their instant ticket to the Fall Finals. FaZe, however, will have to enter the Fall Showdown. Despite their two defeats in this group, they can be proud of their performance overall, as they were still a competitive force even without Nikola “NiKo” Kovač. They understandably lacked some fundamentals that would have been established by a dedicated in-game-leader. But the players proved to be individually strong. Alongside a capable IGL, they can certainly aim for some trophies.

VITALITY PLOW THROUGH THE WINNERS’ MATCH

The Frenchmen were the first team to swap in a player mid-match on purpose. Nabil “Nivera” Benrlitom, the younger brother of Adil “ScreaM” Benrlitom, put up a great show yesterday and was allowed back onto the virtual field this evening.

However, he didn’t manage to impress – despite being victorious on Dust2, a map which BIG usually perform on brilliantly. Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut effortlessly secured a 1.69 rating and 29 kills, whereas Nivera only got up to 13. On the other camp, Nils “k1to” Gruhne was the sole performer.

On the second map, Overpass, Kévin “misutaaa” Rabier demonstrated why Nivera shouldn’t permanently replace him. At the end of the map, he stood on top of the scoreboard, above ZywOo even. On the other side, Johannes “tabseN” Wodarz brought the heat to this duel, but unfortunately k1to and Tizian “tiziaN” Feldbusch struggled to chip in. Despite tabseN being the best player on the server, it wasn’t enough for BIG to succeed and they gave away a quick 0-2 to the Frenchmen.

Vitality are still not done with their Group B campaign. Despite being qualified for the Fall Finals, they’ll have to fight for seeding and prize money in this last match. At 21:00 CEST, they’ll either face BIG or Complexity.