Team Vitality are the champions of the ECS Season 7 after an impressive 2-0 showing over FURIA eSports in the Grand Final.
Heading into the ECS Season 7, both Team Vitality and FURIA eSports were considered the dark horses of the $500,000 tournament. That both would end up meeting in the Grand Finals, however, was an outcome that nobody could have ever really predicted.
But, alas, that’s exactly what happened.
The 18-year-old Mathieu ‘ZyWOo‘ Herbaut was easily the best player on the server in all the 10 maps that he played. In total, he averaged a tournament-leading 1.41 average rating. In particular, he popped off against NRG eSports and FURIA eSports, putting up 1.72 and 1.81 series ratings, respectively.
For his efforts, ZyWOo was named the tournament MVP as Team Vitality took home $225,000 of the $500,000 prize pool.
Finishing second was FURIA eSports, who, earlier in the tournament, were responsible for eliminating Astralis from contenting. They will receive $100,000, with $50,000 going to North and NRG eSports for finishing in 3rd-4th place.
ECS Season 7 Grand Final Recap
After suffering a loss at the hands of FURIA eSports at the DreamHack Dallas Masters 2019, Team Vitality looked to have a better showing this time around.
Behind ZyWOo, who had spent the better part of the tournament establishing himself as one of the most exciting players in CS:GO to watch today, Team Vitality spent the entire series outclassing their opponents. However, it didn’t start out that way. Kaike ‘KSCERATO‘ Cerato kicked off Inferno with a 1v4 clutch to start the map 3-0, forcing Team Vitality to go for an early tactical pause to try and curb their opponent’s momentum.
Once the pause was over, Team Vitality had regained their composure, while FURIA eSports let their eagerness get the best of them.
Sensing their opponent’s aggression, Team Vitality gauded them into making one over extension after another. They displayed multiple defensive setups to rip off seven straight rounds with FURIA eSports unable to plant even once. But, the relentless Brazilians eventually won out, closing the gap to 7-8 heading into the second half.
Now playing on the T-side, Team Vitality were quick to show off some aggression on their own. Although FURIA eSports, specifically, KSCERATO, tried their best to put up a solid defense, it was all futile Team Vitality were simply too much to handle.
Riding the highs of the win, Team Vitality played even more aggressively Overpass while on the defense. Once again, it was on FURIA eSports to try and respond. Unfortunately, they could only win three rounds, ultimately dropping the map 16-4 as ZyWOo put up a 2.14 rating performance to give Tea Vitality the win.
Rise of the Young Upstarts
FaZe Clan, MIBR, Astralis, Natus Vincere, Team Liquid, Fnatic, and Ninjas in Pyjamas.
Those are the teams that we’ve gotten so used to seeing contend for titles for the better part of the past two years. But, at the ECS Season 7, with both MIBR and Astralis in attendance, it was the youngsters, Team Vitality and FURIA eSports, who stole the spotlight.
Right from the get go, MIBR looked like a team that did not belong here. Whereas Astralis still looked part of the contenders, albeit rusty ones, MIBR couldn’t even win a single series. Ditto for Ninjas in Pyjamas.
Thankfully, even though the old guard has slipped in their recent performances, the up-and-coming teams of the CS:GO scene are starting to step up.
After a fourth-place finish at the DreamHack Masters Dallas 2019, FURIA eSports have put up yet another solid performance up against quality competition. Meanwhile, for Team Vitality, the ECS Season 7 win is their second in three tries, with the first one coming at the CS Summit 4.
With other contenders, save for Team Liquid, looking shaky or adjusting to their new lineups, the time is ripe for FURIA eSports and Team Vitality to take advantage.
ZyWOo Gunning for S1mple’s Throne
Is Oleksandr ‘s1mple‘ Kostyliev of Natus Vincere the best CS:GO player in the world?
Of course! That’s a no brainer question.
But, if ZyWOo keeps up his performances, then we may have no choice but entertain the possibility that s1mple may have a legitimate rival by the end of year.
At just 18 years old, ZyWOo is already putting up performances reminiscent of a peak form s1mple. Even though he’s not necessarily carrying Team Vitality like s1mple does with Natus Vincere, there’s no doubting that he is the team’s best player.
More importantly, he’s also often the best player in the server in every game he plays.
The onus is now on Team Vitality to keep on contending for titles. If they can do that and ZyWOo continues performing as expected, the race to the #1 spot on HLTV’s rankings for 2019 should end up being fought between him and s1mple.
Astralis‘ early exit at the ECS Season 7 was shocking, to say the least. Just as few expected Team Vitality to win the $500,000 tournament, even fewer would have seen Astralis‘ lackluster performance coming.
With both FURIA eSports and Team Vitality on the up-and-up, it’ll be interesting to see how the rest of the CS:GO scene shapes up going forward.
Following the conclusion of the ECS Season 7, we have two more big LAN events to look forward to in the next couple of weeks. Thie first is the ESL Pro League Season 9 LAN Finals on June 18-21, followed by ESL One: Cologne 2019 on July 2-7.
Hopefully, we’ll have a better idea by then how exactly the teams stack up against each other.
What do you think of Team Vitality’s win at the ECS Season 7? Do you think that more is coming for the ECS Season 7 champions? How much do you think FURIA eSports is going to improve going forward? Will Astralis recover? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.