Is VP the best CIS team at the moment?

Phillip Rasmussen
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It's a little over a year since OG CS:GO was put together, and while a lot of their contemporaries have made changes, the international lineup stuck it out and kept building. Last night they̶g̶o̶t̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶i̶r̶ ̶r̶e̶w̶a̶r̶d̶,̶ ̶w̶i̶t̶h̶ ̶a̶ ̶F̶l̶a̶s̶h̶p̶o̶i̶n̶t̶ ̶S̶e̶a̶s̶o̶n̶ ̶2̶ ̶t̶i̶t̶l̶e̶ and a $500,000 pay day lost yet another important game.

record scratch You probably wonder how we ended up here.

Alright, we'll be honest, we did prepare that opening paragraph after OG had roflstomped VP on Mirage with a mantuu masterclass. PHedemark was happy, OG was making a dream lowerbracket run and the article wrote itself.

That is until everyone but buster woke up on Train which swung VP's way 16-9. It wasn't so much that OG played it bad, but more that the point men went missing at the crucial times. valde, who had reminded everyone why he was the 18th best player in 2018, against Fnatic earlier, just didn't turn up.

And mantuu, oh mantuu, he crumbled under the expectations in the biggest game of his career. Instead OG had to look to NBK, the most unlikely of the bunch, to be the backbone of the team.

It was all for naught however, as Virtus Pro showed the most unlikely of CIS things: Team play. Very fittingly OG had the best player of the tournament (valde), while VP had none in the top 15. None. It boggles the mind.

We won't be seeing VP in more tournaments this year, but we can't wait for them to lock horns with the likes of NaVi, Spirit and Gambit in the qualification process to the next Major. Yummy.

Oh by the way, here's a fun stat: $885,000 of the $1,000,000 in the prize pool went to invited and qualified teams. $115,000 went to the teams that paid to be partners. Yikes.

December 7, 2020

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