Was Virtus.pro in Kiev for the StarLadder i-League StarSeries season three finals? The team may want to forget it was.
Although we have come to know that the Polish powerhouse has very high peaks and valleys, this may be the worst overall event seen from the veterans in quite some time.
The No. 2 team in the WWG CSGO Team Rankings, Virtus.pro looked plain and simply outmatched from the time it took down MVP Project.
Dominating MVP 16-4, things looked to be going as expected in Kiev but clearly this was not the case. Going up against SK Gaming on day two in the winners match, Virtus.pro looked nowhere close to what was expected in a series that has been favoring the Poles over the Brazilians in the last couple bouts. SK Gaming would take complete control from the start, giving up only one round late in the first half to take a 14-1 lead. Virtus.pro would win the pistol and lose the following eco, setting it up for a 16-2 defeat.
Jumping into day three, many expected a resurgent and determined Virtus.pro to pull out the plow against a less than stellar looking No. 13 Ninjas in Pyjamas. It was quite the opposite. NiP would handle VP in a similar fashion as SK did, taking a strong lead going into the half at 11-4 and not looking back in the second.
Going into the deciding match against No. 7 Fnatic with both teams at 1-2, Virtus.pro looked far from prepared. The pistol round would be a perfect example of how this map would go. The Polish squad would grab the first two kills but the Swedes would take the round on the back of a triple-kill from Robin "Flusha"Rönnquist. VP would be unable to get a foothold in the game, with each possible success being stolen away from it as Fnatic cruise to a 13-2 halftime score. The second half pistol once again looked to be VP's entry back into the game and yet the opening triple-kill from Filip "NEO" Kubski would be voided by a 1v2 clutch from Freddy 'KRIMZ" Johannson. VP would fall 16-2.
Virtus.pro was eliminated from the event, only managing nine rounds across its final three matches.
|8:00||MVP Project||9-16||No. 9 Immortals|
|9:15||No. 10 Gambit||14-16||Counter Logic Gaming||BO1|
|10:30||No. 2 Virtus.pro||2-16||No. 7 Fnatic||BO1|
|11:45||No. 5 FaZe||13-16||No. 6 North||BO1|
|13:00||No. 15 HellRaisers||16-13||No. 12 NiP||BO1|
|14:15||No. 1 Astralis||16-11||No. 4 SK||BO1|
|16:15||No. 5 FaZe||vs.||No. 4 SK||BO1|
|17:30||Counter Logic Gaming||vs.||No. 9 Immortals|
|18:45||No. 7 Fnatic||vs.||No. 12 NiP||BO1|
Day three results:
|9:00||No. 24 TyLoo (ELIM)||16-19||MVP Project|
|10:30||No. 9 Immortals||16-11||UYA-E/5POWER (ELIM)||BO1|
|12:00||No. 10 Gambit||13-16||No. 5 FaZe||BO1|
|13:30||Counter Logic Gaming||11-16||No. 15 HellRaisers||BO1|
|15:00||No. 4 Natus Vincere||16-11||No. 6 North||BO1|
|16:30||No. 12 NiP||16-6||No. 2 Virtus.pro||BO1|
|18:00||No. 4 SK||8-16||No. 16 G2||BO1|
|19:30||No. 7 Fnatic||13-16||No. 1 Astralis||BO1|
Matches one and two will saw the loser eliminated at 0-3 while matches five and seven saw the winner move to playoffs at 3-0.
Day two results:
|10:00||No. 10 Gambit||16-13||No. 24 TyLoo|
|11:30||UYA-E/5POWER||3-16||Counter Logic Gaming||BO1|
|13:00||No. 5 FaZe||16-10||No. 9 Immortals||BO1|
|14:30||No. 1 Astralis||16-19||No. 6 North||BO1|
|16:00||No. 15 HellRaisers||2-16||No. 16 G2||BO1|
|17:30||No. 4 Natus Vincere||16-9||No. 7 Fnatic||BO1|
|19:00||No. 12 NiP||16-9||MVP Project||BO1|
|20:30||No. 2 Virtus.pro||2-16||No. 4 SK||BO1|
Day one results:
|9:00||No. 6 North||16-3||No. 9 Immortals|
|10:30||No. 2 Virtus.pro||16-4||MVP Project||BO1|
|12:00||No. 4 SK||16-12||No. 24 TyLoo||BO1|
|13:30||No. 1 Astralis||16-11||Counter Logic Gaming||BO1|
|15:00||No. 5 FaZe||10-16||No. 15 HellRaisers||BO1|
|16:30||No. 10 Gambit||8-16||No. 7 Fnatic||BO1|
|18:00||No. 12 NiP||6-16||No. 16 G2||BO1|
|19:30||No. 4 Natus Vincere||16-9||UYA-E/5POWER||BO1|