Vitality in dreamland

Elliott Griffiths
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Illustration by ANDYJ. Sources: ZywOo, Vitality

Vitality won in Paris!

A fairytale victory, one almost too perfect to be predictable, Vitality romped to victory to complete what quite a few will discredit as a simple run, but nevertheless a fairytale one.

Apeks and GamerLegion tripped up many a top team, and that Vitality were the only ones able to withstand the test is a testament to their experience, their quality and their dominance.

Back-to-back trophies, now, for the undoubted best team in the world.

Map one was a stomp, as Spinx and ZywOo ran around doing whatever the hell they wanted, multi-killing left, right and centre. And sometimes diagonally too.

Just as GamerLegion looked like they were settling in, they got reset after winning a pistol and lost control of the economy, even after breaking back.

Map two was much closer, as we saw the iM we’ve become accustomed to this Major. At least for a half.

He picked up 23 kills as he ripped the Vitality defence apart and pushed GamerLegion to ten, but then found no way in to second half. He ended the game on 25 kills.


He kept trying to peek ZywOo outside, and that… that rarely goes well for anyone. ZywOo, incidentally, was by far the best player in the server on the final map. He hadn’t quite been god tier in the playoffs until that moment, but he was undeniable in this final map.

dupreeh got his fifth, and became immortalised as the greatest winner in history. Maybe not the finest player, maybe not the biggest name, or the flashiest, but the greatest winner.

Magisk picked up his fourth, and was phenomenal when things stopped going Vitality’s way, Spinx superb as the foil to ZywOo, and apEX has corrected the record about his own ability as a leader. His second Major, in a much different fashion to his first. Huge respect to him.

Vitality, in Paris, in the final CSGO Major.

What a f*cking send-off.

Final standings:

1. 🇪🇺 Vitality - $500.000

2. 🇪🇺 GamerLegion - $170.000

3-4. 🇪🇺 Apeks - $80.000

3-4. 🇩🇰 Heroic - $80.000

5-8. 🇺🇸 Liquid - $45.000

5-8. 🇺🇦 Monte - $45.000

5-8. 🇬🇧 Into the Breach - $45.000

5-8. 🇪🇺 FaZe - $45.000

9-11. 🇺🇦 NAVI - $20.000

9-11. 🇪🇺 fnatic - $20.000

9-11. 🇪🇺 NIP - $20.000

May 22, 2023

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