Mantuu’s efforts were not enough as BIG fall to Vitality.
The final day of the BLAST Premier Fall Groups yielded some exciting matches. The first match of the day saw Vitality take on BIG in a battle for an invite to Fall Finals. And Vitality came out on top taking down BIG in two maps and a ticket straight to Fall Finals.
Team Vitality showcases its new roster
This win marks a significant step for Vitality who recently made a roster change that surprised many. Vitality’s success at the Fall Groups, in some ways, validates their performance.
The first map was BIG’s map pick of Anubis, a map where they had hoped to have a significant advantage. Vitality won the pistol round, but BIG was quick to bounce back. They won the post-pistol round as well as a few after that. However, they were largely unable to string rounds together, constantly going back and forth with their opponents. Team Vitality's Zywoo was meticulous in his approach on this map coordinating with his teammates to get important frags.
A 7-8 half for Vitality was nothing to write home about. However, on the second half, Vitality’s T-side performance blew BIG out of the water. Vitality managed to win nine of the final ten rounds to secure Anubis for themselves.
The second map of Inferno saw Vitality dominate the performance. This was their map pick and they seemed to be much more comfortable when it comes to Inferno. BIG won a few rounds in between, but most of the first half was about Vitality winning their bomb plants or eliminating the opponents completely.
The second half started with BIG winning the pistol and the follow-up round. But that’s almost all they managed to do as Vitality started stringing together rounds once they had guns in their hands. With superior weapons, Vitality seemed to be the much better team and they were clearly more comfortable than BIG on Inferno. Inferno ended with a 16-8 victory for Team Vitality.
Zywoo helps Vitality qualify for Fall Finals
With this victory, Team Vitality has qualified for BLAST Premier Fall Finals in November. The $425,000 tournament will see eight teams participate as they try to secure their share of the prize pool. The winner also receives an invitation to the million-dollar BLAST Premier World Finals in December.
Vitality’s new CS:GO roster is as follows:
- Dan "apEX" Madesclaire
- Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut
- Emil "Magisk" Reif
- Lotan "Spinx" Giladi
- Shahar "flameZ" Shushan
BIG’s chances now depend on their performance at the BLAST Premier Fall Showdown event. The tournament kicks off on October 4 and will continue for five days across. With a $67,500 prize pool and eight teams in the competition, this will be the final opportunity for some of these teams to attend the Fall Finals.