Team Vitality have knocked Entropiq out of the PGL Major Stockholm after a 2-1 victory in a best-of-three match against the CIS team. For Vitality, the win marked a comeback from their 0-2 start in the Legends stage as the French team qualified for the playoffs in the Avicii Arena.
The match went back-and-forth over the first two maps: Mirage and Overpass. It took some heroics from Dan “apEX” Madesclaire and a predictably strong performance from Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut to close out the 30 round battle on Mirage in Vitality’s favor. Overpass went 16-13 for Entropiq, with strong contributions from almost all of the members of the CIS team. Dust II was the most one-sided of the three maps, going 16-5 for Vitality.
Despite a slow start to the major, the ZywOo effect was in full force during the match against Entropiq. The French AWPer, who was rated best player in the world in 2020, finished the match with 74 kills on a 1.49 rating.
Vitality lost to Virtus.pro and Heroic on their first day of best-of-one matches, putting them on elimination point. To recover, the French team won three consecutive best-of-threes against Evil Geniuses, Astralis and then finally, Entropiq. All three matches were 2-1 victories.
Entropiq’s run is over
Entropiq’s run at the PGL Major was a large achievement for the CIS organization, who were rated 19th in the world on Oct. 18, 2021. The team took victories off major orgs like Team Liquid and Gambit in the Legends stage, but couldn’t pull off the best-of-three match wins against G2 Esports, FURIA Esports or Vitality.
Team Vitality now join Natus Vincere, G2, Gambit, FURIA and Heroic as the six teams that have qualified for the PGL major playoffs. They will be joined by two more teams, the winners of Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. Copenhagen Flames and Virtus.pro vs. FaZe Clan.
The Champions stage of the PGL major will begin on Nov. 4 with the quarterfinals. The final will then take place on Nov. 7. The playoffs will take place in the Avicii Arena in Stockholm, Sweden with an in-person crowd present.
Coby Zucker is Upcomer's resident CS:GO writer. He's also played League of Legends at the collegiate level and is a frequent visitor in TFT Challenger Elo. He's a firm believer that Toronto should be the next big esports hub city.