Virtus.pro and EnVyUs displayed dominated in their respective ELEAGUE group games to progress into the group’s grand finals.
But it was hardly a surprise, both teams have won a Valve major, and their rosters feature some of the Counter Strike: Global Offensives’s biggest stars such as Kenny “kennyS” Schrub and Janusz “Snax” Pogorzelski.
In fact, both of the evening’s match-ups were lopsided; neither EnVyUs nor Virtus.pro came close to drop a single map.
The first match of the day was between the EnVyUs and compLexity Gaming, who were only able to get nine rounds on series opener de_Dust2.
Many of those rounds could be credited to the North American rifler Joshua “sancz” Ballenger, who had the highest rating of any player on the server at the end of the first game. He led the team to a round win in the first gunround with a vital one-versus one with Dan “apex” Madesclaire.
But things looked destined to go EnVyUs’s way from the start. They hit the ground running as soon as the match started, with a ballsy move from the team fragger Madesclaire, who picked up three quick USP kills to give the French team the first pistol round.
On compLexity’s map pick of de_cache, the French team hit back harder with a blistering performance against the North Americans.
Though compLexity kept the pressure with a score up to 8-7 at the break, they were weak on the CT side. The second pistol round saw Rory “dephh” Jackson kick things off with a quad kill, while the team hardly broke a sweat as they improved to 16-8, only conceding a single compLexity CT round across both maps.
Similarly, Virtus.pro made short work of their opponents, Gambit, only giving up 12 rounds in total.
But Gambit had looked lost in their semi-final encounter against the Polish team, as both Wiktor “TaZ” Wojtas and Paweł “byali” Bielinski ran rampant on both maps: de_Mirage and de_Cobblestone.
And with their respective stomping wins, both European teams look set for an exciting encounter, as they both go at each other’s throats with ELEAGUE’s million dollar prize pool at stake.