Key Prematch Stats:
Odds to win the Grand Final:
Team Avg. Ratings: OG 1.11 in 21 Maps / Virtus.Pro 1.02 in 17 maps
Highest Rated Player: Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså (OG, 1.26 Rating)
The Final Frontier
It was the final showdown between OG and Virtus.Pro in the Grand Final with a rematch of the group stage final where these two teams met with OG coming out on top 2-1, so Virtus.Pro were out for revenge.
The first map was OG’s pick of Mirage and they started strongly on the T side with Issa "ISSAA" Murad coming up big for his team as they picked apart the Virtus,Pro defence to storm into a 8-3 lead. However, some great opening picks from Dzhami "Jame" Ali with the AWP helped Virtus.Pro recover 3 rounds in a row and it was 9-6 to OG as they went into half-time. With the scores close it was all to play for.
The second half started with a rapid pistol round that was over before it had begun as OG began strongly on their CT side. They continued to shut Virtus.Pro out and Mateusz "mantuu" Wilczewski even went full Coldzerawith a multikill on the B site to extend OG’s lead to 14-7.
Virtus.Pro finally started shift the momentum after a quality flank from Mareks "YEKINDAR" Gaļinskis opened up the B site for the rest of his team to plant the bomb and win the 22nd round. It seemed to spur them on to a 3 round win streak, but OG were stubborn and an outstanding performance from the IGL Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen sealed the deal as they took the first map of the series 16-10.
Map 1 (Mirage)
Mateusz "mantuu" Wilczewski was dominant for OG, picking up 24 frags and a 1.47 rating.
In the battle of the AWPers, Dzhami "Jame" Ali was on top with 11 AWP kills, but it wasn’t enough for his team to win.
OG Derailed on Train
The series moved to Train and this time it was Virtus.Pro who started strongly on their own map pick as the T side. Despite some aggressive plays from OG catching them by surprise, Virtus.Pro rallied back to close out the rounds and take a 4-1 lead. Then it was some solid fragging from Dzhami "Jame" Ali who led the scoreboard for his team to keep the momentum going as the lead was extended even further to 10-2. Despite Train being a map that favours the CT side with its narrow chokepoints, OG could only manage the odd round here and there as the score stood at 11-4 at half-time.
Virtus.Pro carried their form into the second half as they picked up the first two rounds, but OG were able to shift the momentum with a three round streak of their own to bring it to 13-7. They kept plugging away bit by bit as they forced Virtus.Pro into eco rounds, but in the end the difference was just too big to make up as Virtus.Pro closed out the game 16-9 with Inferno next up.
Map 2 (Train)
Jame has easily been the best AWPer this tournament and he did it again for Virtus.Pro with 17 awp kills contributing to his 22 kill total.
Alexey "qikert" Golubev was outstanding on Train, coming up with the goods to close out rounds for his Virtus.Pro with 20 kills, 89.0 ADR and a leading 1.34 rating.
The Return of the Virtus.Plow?
Everything now rested on Inferno. The winner would take home $500,000 and the trophy. The loser would have to settle for $250,000.
OG started on the favoured CT side, but it was Virtus.Pro who drew first blood and picked up the first 3 rounds. Once OG picked up their first full buy they shut the door in Virtus.Pro’s face and held them out with some smart utility usage to bring the score back to 3-2.
Despite the setback and the challenges of the map advantage, Virtus.Pro racked up a streak of wins, outmanoeuvring OG and picking up 5 crucial T side rounds in a row to take a huge 9-3 lead. Virtus.Pro went into half-time with one hand on the trophy as the scores stood at 11-4, giving OG a mammoth mountain to climb.
In the second half it went from bad to worse for OG as Virtus.Pro picked up the pistol round, but they recovered quickly to pick up the next three rounds and the score stood at 12-7 with a pivotal full buy round for Virtus.Pro to come.
An absolutely insane pop-flash from Timur "buster" Tulepov set up Mareks "YEKINDAR" Gaļinskis for a crucial triple kill on Banana and it was the killing blow for OG. There was nothing left in the tank to give and Virtus.Pro were on match point at 15-7.
OG responded with a banana rush and despite a collateral kill from Jame, they overwhelmed the B site and it turned the tide in their favour, winning five consecutive rounds and bring it back to 15-12. The game became frantic and chaotic, but Jame and qikert kept their cool to hold off OG who ran out of time to plant the bomb and with that, ran out of time to win.
Virtus.Pro finally took the trophy in dramatic fashion, walking away with the $500,000 prize.
Map 3 (Inferno)
Nathan "NBK” Schmitt led the way for OG with 23 kills and a 1.44 rating.
Mareks "YEKINDAR" Gaļinskis was again crucial in opening up rounds for Virtus.Pro and he finished the game top of the scoreboard for his team with 19 frags, 6 of which were opening kills.
Virtus.Pro have seen their potential come to fruition in this final. With the AWPing prowess of Dzhami "Jame" Ali, the entry fragging of YEKINDAR, and the rifling of Alexey "qikert" Golubev and Timur "buster" Tulepov, the whole team had the capability of stepping up when it mattered. On Inferno they swept away OG with conviction and confidence and as soon as the momentum went their way they became so hard to stop. Even when they hit a set back in the final game with everything on the line, they took their time, saved their money, and regained their composure once they were able to full buy again to claw out the winning round. Have we seen a return of the fabled Virtus.Plow?
OG showed why they got this far with some big brain calls from Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen and impressive fragging across the team. Even Nathan "NBK” Schmitt, who has often found himself at the bottom of the scoreboard for his team throughout this tournament, did very well in this final series picking up a total of 51 kills. Aleksib has a tendency to call stacks on the CT side and while this can work out favourably on occasion, it often let the other team simply walk into the other site for free and you could argue it was throwing valuable rounds away.
The Final Word:
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