We were close to seeing who would be crowned the last CS:GO Major Champions ever. But first, we had some semi-finals watch.
The unknown quantities of Apeks and GamerLegion had to face the established Vitality and Heroic. We thought we knew which teams would make it through and it had a distinct Danish-French scent.
Heroic and GamerLegion kicked off on Ancient, and we were shocked. siuhy's underdogs started out hot, leading the first half 5-10, until they suddenly collapsed. It looked like cadiaN the ComediaN would have the last laugh after all as Heroic turned it around closing the map 16-13.
We thought it was over. But boy were we wrong.
After an intense second map of Inferno with lots of clutch factor from isak, GamerLegion won the map 14-16 and made us all believe they actually had a shot of winning the series. Including Heroic, who completely fumbled on the last map, Mirage.
This seems like a good time to mention the insanity that was iM’s stats. He seemingly got better and better through this series, peaking on Mirage with a 1.87 rating. Due to this iM-sanity (not sorry), the Legion spanked Heroic 16-6 to win the series and a spot in the Grand Final.
As cadiaN was saying his final words on stage to an incredible crowd, Mauisnake gave him a scathing review: “GamerLegion had a 1 in 11 chance to win, and that is seemingly is when Heroic play their worst CS”. Spicy.
But who would face GL in the Final?
Apeks saw GamerLegion's feat and must’ve felt some hope. And who’d blame them. You see the impossible done and anyone would start to believe. Too bad they faced Spinx and ZywOo.
If you just look at the HLTV Ratings for the first map, Mirage, you’d expect Apeks to have been destroyed: 1.58 on Spinx, 1.23 for ZywOo even 1.43 for Dupreeh. Is it 2017 again?! Yet, the map went all 30 rounds, partially due to some incredible clutches by jL, jkaem and STYKO - all in a row! But despite Apeks’ best effort, Vitality took the map 16-14.
Moving on to Vertigo where Vitality won the first half comfortably 10-5. But Apeks wouldn’t give up. They clawed their way back to 13-12 but then they felt the pinch. Vitality found their momentum and swiftly took 3 rounds in a row. 2-0, the final was set up.
New Vs Old. New Ideas Vs Old Reliable. Vitality Vs GamerLegion.