They take the series 2:1 over SK Gaming.


 

Coming in from a relatively decisive 2:0 over North, (16:14 on Cache, 16:9 on Mirage) the Brazilians from SK Gaming with their new player João “felps” Vasconcellos were looking to prove themselves at the finals. Meanwhile, Virtus.pro’s road included taking revenge on Astralis for their loss at the ELEAGUE Major grand finals by eliminating them in the semis (16:3 on Nuke, 9:16 on Overpass, 16:4 on Train).

The veto went with VP first-banning Cache and SK banning Nuke, followed by VP picking Cobblestone, while SK picked Train. Overpass was then removed by VP, and Inferno by SK. Leaving Mirage as the decider map.

The first map of Cobblestone opened with VP taking the first pistol round on the counter-terrorist side, but with SK taking the following three rounds. VP managed to take the 5th and 6th rounds, but fail to shut down SK’s well-executed B-site pushes on their terrorist side, closing the first half 10:5 in favor of SK. Once they swapped sides SK was able to take the first 5 rounds, and VP was never able to mount a comeback, closing the first map 16:8 for SK. Fernando “fer” Alvarenga topped the scoreboard with 24 kills and a 1.58 rating.

The second map was SK’s comfort pick of Train, which did not go their way. They won the opening pistol round on the CT side, but VP take the next three rounds off the back of Janusz “Snax” Pogorzelski’s A-site defense, eventually ending the first half 9:6. The second pistol round and the following two rounds went the way of SK, but the 4th round saw VP pick things up and take three rounds of their own, losing only two rounds before closing the map 16:11.

The final map was the closest of the three, with VP taking the opening pistol round and the following round before SK took one, but then VP go on a four-round streak – SK’s felps stepped up however, shutting down VP from the window room and helping his team mount a comeback to close the first half 7:8. The second half started off with SK winning the opening 3 rounds, VP taking the 4th, and VP taking control from the 21st round, with Wiktor “TaZ” Wojtas able to clutch a defining 1v2 that broke SK’s economy, VP only gave up a single round before taking the game 16:13 and winning the tournament.

DreamHack Masters Las Vegas is Virtus.Pro’s first tournament win after winning DreamHack Bucharest in September of last year, falling short in semis and finals of some tournaments leading up to this win. As CS:GO’s longest-running roster on the top-tier of competitive play, Virtus.Pro proves they are the ‘final boss’ of the current CS:GO scene.

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