It is a testament to Virtus.Pro’s longevity and team spirit as the Polish veterans won DreamHack Masters Vegas by defeating SK Gaming 2-1 in the grand final.
The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event was held at the MGM Grand concluded with the match final scores at 16-8 on de_cobblestone, 11-16 on de_train, and 13-16 on de_mirage. VP, who had successful revenge against Astralis for their ELEAGUE Major grand final in the semi-finals, took the first pistol round at de_cobblestone only for SK to equalize with a force buy.
The Brazilians then proceeded to abuse B , only stopping for A when they were almost close to closing out the half at 9-4, which they did at 10-5. At that point it was a bridge too far for VP, and failed forcebuys saw them lose the map at 16-8.
It was the same thing for VP in de_train as they started on CT, winning the pistol round but conceding the next round. However, both fought out on more level terms and both sides tied at 9-9 before VP took the following gun-round. At 10-9, SK won a 2v2 at an armed B but Janusz “Snax” Pogorzelski unleashed a molotov to deny defuse to force eco. That little advantage was all VP needed to push and close the map at 16-11.
The decisive map on de_mirage finally saw VP break their curse with a clean anti-eco win. Marcelo “coldzera” David then showed up in the first buy round with four kills to put SK on the scoresheet, but Snax claimed two crucial AWP kills to reset their economy. But with Joao “felps” Vasconcellos on his usual Mirage best, the Brazillians sped off to 11-7, VP secured a single gun round vefore the teams traded a few back in forth. And all of a sudden, it was the Poles to pull back to 13-12.
Then the unthinkable happened as Wiktor “Taj” Wojtas pulled a seemingly unwinnable 1v2 clutch for the Poles and broke SK’s economy, allowing his team to close out the map, series—and the tournament.
The full results are as follows:
1st. Virtus.pro ($200,000)
2nd. SK Gaming ($100,000)
3rd-4th. Astralis, North ($25,000)
5th-8th. NaVi, Gambit Esports, Ninjas in Pyjamas, mouseports ($15,000)
9th-12th. OpTic Gaming, Cloud9, Fnatic, FaZe Clan ($5,000)
13th-16th. TyLoo, Misfits, Renegades, compLexity Gaming ($5,000)