The quiet excellence of VP

Elliott Griffiths
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Virtus pro csgo team featuring yekindar, jame and fl1t

Source: @VirtusPro

It's very easy to ignore and forget about, and we're not saying it's just because you fall asleep during their games.

Though, that is a non-negligible part of it.

They're a team who have often been the bridesmaid, but rarely the bride; never the best in their region, and never more than a top 5 team, but always... there. And yet, that's kind of what makes them so good.

In a volatile environment, where even the best teams' form fluctuates wildly from event to event (looking at you, G2, Vitality, Astrali- you get the picture), VP are a constant. They've finished top 6 at every IEM event this year, which is genuinely impressive.

They do this while having a very distinctive style unlike that of pretty much anyone else. When you're watching a VP game, it's a completely different experience to watching any other team.

'The yin/yang of Jame and YEKINDAR' being the most positive way we can put what it's like watching a Jesus lookalike bumble his way into saving the best gun on the game after his teammate selflessly gives his life to trying to win the round.

However, the shackles are finally off; the signing of FL1T has turned the sharp-but-predictable flip knife into a wildly unpredictable multi-threat. Like a Swiss army knife. They've cooked everyone at IEM Winter, and FL1T has not only looked like an elite rifler, he HASN'T stopped Jame being good.

Turns out you don't need an anchor to set sail. Sorry, SANJI fans.

This new VP is an unpredictable, dangerous, super-skilled snowball held back by the dam of their own insistence on going to 30+ rounds EVERY GAME. But, they've beaten Gambit, GODSENT and ENCE without dropping a map, so clearly it works for 'em.

They'll pull out an AWP and then hit you round the face with it. How's that for unpredictability?

December 5, 2021

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