Vitality got scared, but Vitality will play Rio de Janeiro Major’s Legends Stage well on counter strike. World No. 2 in the benchmark ranking on the game, the French club had to scramble to get out of a first round (the “Challengers Stage”) more tricky than expected. After defeating the home side of Imperial (#18), in a deafening atmosphere when the Brazilians play, Vitality found themselves back to the wall following worrying defeats against GamerLegion (#25) and Outsiders (#8) .
While their first opponent, Grayhound (#41) was easily obliterated, captain Dan “apEX” Madesclaire and his teammates fought against OG (#14) on Thursday night to win in three sets. It took a great Franco-Danish duo Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut – Emil “Magisk” Reif to avoid a great disappointment to a formation which nevertheless wants to be ambitious in Brazil. This result also saves her an obstacle course for the next Major, at home, in France, next May, since she will enter directly in the last round of qualifying.
Hesitant, draft collectively, not developed individually and overall very far from the level displayed during his Pro League title just a month ago, Vitality will have to show something else on Saturday against opponents of a completely different caliber. More convincing in the last round against OG, his team has just under 48 hours to get back in place.
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