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December 17th, 2019

EPICENTER: Vitality top Group A over NAVI

The French squad of Team Vitality has become the winner of Group A at EPICENTER 2019 in CSGO. On the way to the highest place in the group standings, they won over EHOME and NAVI.

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shox’s team has made it to the Top 4 at the Moscow event
photo courtesy of Epic Esports Events

Vitality kicked off their run in Moscow by a match against the Chinese five of EHOME. On the first map, Inferno they showed good performance in the defense (12-3) but had some issues on the T side. The Chinese managed to narrow the gap to 13-12, and after that the Frenchmen seized the initiative back and closed out the game at 16-12. However, EHOME didn’t have enough stamina for Nuke, where the French team defeated them 1-16.

Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut was the most valuable player in this series, as the French super-star averaged a 1.76 rating (48-23 K-D) and scored 101.2 ADR.

Later on, Team Vitality would go on to face off against NAVI, who previously kicked off their participation in the tournament by taking down Heroic. The CIS squad got off to a good start, crushing the opponent on Dust2, 16-4, but the response from the French lineup followed immediately. They didn’t leave any chance for Natus Vincere on Inferno and Nuke, picking up two 16-3 victories.

Once again, ZywOo turned out to be the MVP of a match, and this time KDR of the French talent was 1.55. He made 60 kills (60-32 K-D) and dealt 100.3 points of damage per round.

Five highest-rated players after Day One of EPICENTER 2019:

  • #1 | Mathieu ZywOo Herbaut — 1.64
  • #2 | Cédric RpK Guipouy — 1.24
  • #3 | Kirill Boombl4 Mikhailov — 1.18
  • #4 | Alex ALEX McMeekin — 1.13
  • #5 | Denis electronic Sharipov — 1.12

Hence, Vitality advanced to the semifinal stage of the tournament, which will start on December 21. NAVI, on the other hand, secured a spot in the quarterfinals. In their next match, which will be the decider of Group A, they are slated to fight against the winner of Heroic vs EHOME match-up for a higher seed for the Playoffs.

On Day Two of EPICENTER 2019, four more teams will enter the fight. These are forZe, mousesports, Virtus.pro, and Evil Geniuses. It’s worth noting that EG will play with a stand-in, Igor crush Shevchenko, who is set to fill in for Vincent Brehze Cayonte. You can find the event schedule in our viewer’s guide.