EPICENTER: Team Dignitas rallies to grand final victory

A spirited Dignitas team rallied from behind to win EPICENTER: Moscow by winning 2-1 against Virtus. Pro (11-16 on de_Nuke, 16-5 on de_Cobblestone & de_Mirage).

Dignitas made the first map pick, so it was surprising to see Virtus.pro dominate early, winning the pistol round as Terrorists despite losing two men early on, with Wiktor “TaZ” Wojtas getting a quad kill.

It was only after giving up both eco rounds that dignitas won the first gun round, courtesy of a trio of kills from Mathias “MSL” Lauridsen in hut, and they twice brought the deficit to a minimum. But with an in-form Paweł “byali” Bielinski in VP, they could only get to 11-4.

The second half began with dignitas taking the first three rounds, with VP then replying by taking three rounds themselves thanks to back-to-back quad kills from Filip “NEO” Kubski.

The tide changes again as a perfect dignitas A run to ended VP’s streak, and 3 more rounds went to the Danes, cutting the deficit to 11-14. Smelling the danger, Kubski step up to close the map, taking consecutive rounds to end things at 16-11.

But at de_Cobblestone – a map VP favours – dignitas came out with all guns blazing and stormed to a 4-0 lead on the Terrorist side thanks to rushes that caught their opponents off-guard. VP then took a string of three rounds with improved defense, but the rest of the half was one-sided as dignitas limited their opponents to a shocking four rounds.

Things went bad to worse for VP as Ruben “RUBINO” Villarroel picked up a trio of kills in the second pistol round to push dignitas further ahead, and the Danish team breezed past the Poles by 16-5.

De_Mirage was the decider map, but it was no different than in the last map. VP simply had no response to dignitas’ defensive setup and, more importantly, were losing all the aim duels, with the scoreline blooming to 12-1 in no time. Bielinski then picked up an ace to earn some breathing room, but his team were unable to follow it up as Villarroel landed four kills during an A retake.

Virtus.pro then the first two rounds on the CT side, but then they got punished by big individual rounds from Rene “cajunb” Borg and Emil “Magiskb0Y” Reif. With that, dignitas locked down the map 16-5 to win their second international title in just two weeks, along with the trophy and $250,000 in prize money.

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