Team Vitality are the unlikely winners of the CS Summit 4 after sweeping Team Liquid in the Grand Finals.
Headed into the tournament, Team Vitality were not considered one of the heavy favourites to win. That honor belonged to Team Liquid, who were recently crowned champions at IEM Sydney 2019, and ENCE, who have been the CS:GO team to watch these past couple of months. However, none of that mattered to Team Vitality, who, a couple of months ago, we singled out as one of the more low-key-entertaining teams in CS:GO.
Team Vitality stormed out of the gates strong at the CS Summit 4, securing the top seed. But, it wasn’t until the Playoffs that Team Vitality ramped up their performance.
In particular, Mathieu ‘ZywOo‘ Herbaut, stepped up to the plate and took over as the best CS:GO player on the server as he put up a 1.38 rating performance against ENCE before capping things off with a 1.44 rating performance against Team Liquid in the Grand Finals.
With the win, Team Vitality will have secured their first LAN title in foreign soil. ZywOo will also take home the tournament MVP award, while his team will go home $64,500 richer. More importantly, Team Vitality’s performance at the CS Summit 4 puts them on the proverbial radar.
CS Summit 4 Grand Finals Recap
Team Vitality was a handful the entire tournament, perhaps none more so in the Grand Finals against Team Liquid.
Having already beaten the North American powerhouse 16-3 on Nuke in the Group Stage, Team Vitality looked to repeat the performance in the Grand Finals. The French upstarts led 5-1 to start the map before ultimately putting Team Liquid in a tight position after taking a 12-3 score heading into the second half.
Things were no better for Team Liquid after switching over to the Counter-Strike side.
ZyWOo just seemed to have it out for Team Liquid, and with Nathan “NBK-” Schmitt coming up big with a triple kill to reach match point, the end was inevitable. Although Team Liquid tried hard to force overtime, they ultimately fell 16-9 after Team Vitality successfully defended their lower bombsite 3v4.
Team Liquid looked to even things up on Overpass, but after securing a 3-0 lead, Team Vitality pushed back once they got their weapons. In the end, Team Vitality was in command of the game once again after turning the tables and taking a 11-4 lead heading into halftime. However, a more tightly-contested second-half on Overpass led many to believe that Team Liquid were going to force a Game 3 and extend the series.
Unfortunately, that just would not happen, as after exchanging rounds, Team Vitality’s initial lead was just too much as they took the map, 16-13, to go home as the new champions of the CS Summit 4.
Winning the CS Summit 4 is nowhere near as big as winning any of the big LAN events in CS:GO. However, a win is a win. For an organization like Team Vitality, who only recently started out in CS:GO, this serves as further proof that they can go places with their current lineup.
As for Team Liquid and ENCE, their losses to Team Vitality proved that they still have a lot of work to do.
Right now, Team Liquid and ENCE are gunning for the #1 spot, which many believe are up for grabs after Astralis looked shaky lately. But, for that to happen, both CS:GO teams will need to start winning more consistently.
With the CS Summit 4 now over, CS:GO fans can now look forward to the DreamHack Masters Dallas 2019, where five out of six of the teams who played here at the Summit Studio in Los Angeles will join 11 other CS:GO teams in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas for a shot at the $250,000 prize pool.
What do you think of Team Vitality’s performance at the CS Summit 4? Do you think they can sustain it? What do you expect from them at the DreamHack Masters Dallas 2019? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.