StarLadder StarSeries S3: Was Virtus.pro There?

by Steven Cropley

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.

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(Photo: Virtus.pro)

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   south korea MVP Project 9-16   brazil No. 9 Immortals
9:15    No. 10 Gambit 14-16   USA Counter Logic Gaming BO1
10:30   poland No. 2 Virtus.pro 2-16   sweden No. 7 Fnatic BO1
11:45   Europe No. 5 FaZe 13-16   Denmark No. 6 North BO1
13:00   Europe No. 15 HellRaisers 16-13   sweden No. 12 NiP BO1
14:15   Denmark No. 1 Astralis 16-11   brazil No. 4 SK BO1
16:15   Europe No. 5 FaZe  vs.   brazil No. 4 SK BO1
17:30   USA Counter Logic Gaming  vs.   brazil No. 9 Immortals
18:45   sweden No. 7 Fnatic  vs.   sweden No. 12 NiP BO1

Day three results:

 9:00   china No. 24 TyLoo (ELIM) 16-19   south korea MVP Project
10:30   brazil No. 9 Immortals 16-11   china UYA-E/5POWER (ELIM) BO1
12:00    No. 10 Gambit 13-16   Europe No. 5 FaZe BO1
13:30   USA Counter Logic Gaming 11-16   Europe No. 15 HellRaisers BO1
15:00   CIS No. 4 Natus Vincere 16-11   Denmark No. 6 North BO1
16:30   sweden No. 12 NiP 16-6   poland No. 2 Virtus.pro BO1
18:00   brazil No. 4 SK 8-16   france No. 16 G2 BO1
19:30   sweden No. 7 Fnatic 13-16   Denmark 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   china No. 24 TyLoo
11:30   china UYA-E/5POWER 3-16   USA Counter Logic Gaming BO1
13:00   Europe No. 5 FaZe 16-10   brazil No. 9 Immortals BO1
14:30   Denmark No. 1 Astralis 16-19   Denmark No. 6 North BO1
16:00   Europe No. 15 HellRaisers 2-16   france No. 16 G2 BO1
17:30   CIS No. 4 Natus Vincere 16-9   sweden No. 7 Fnatic BO1
19:00   sweden No. 12 NiP 16-9   south korea MVP Project BO1
20:30   poland No. 2 Virtus.pro 2-16   brazil No. 4 SK BO1

Day one results:

 9:00   Denmark No. 6 North 16-3   brazil No. 9 Immortals
10:30   poland No. 2 Virtus.pro 16-4   south korea MVP Project BO1
12:00   brazil No. 4 SK 16-12   china No. 24 TyLoo BO1
13:30   Denmark No. 1 Astralis 16-11   USA Counter Logic Gaming BO1
15:00   Europe No. 5 FaZe 10-16   Europe No. 15 HellRaisers BO1
16:30   kazakhstan No. 10 Gambit 8-16   sweden No. 7 Fnatic BO1
18:00   sweden No. 12 NiP 6-16   france No. 16 G2 BO1
19:30   CIS No. 4 Natus Vincere 16-9   china UYA-E/5POWER BO1