Counter-Strike: Global Offensive brings its pro players all over the world. While Bulgaria’s Bucharest isn’t one of the most exotic locales for a CS:GO tournament you could imagine and the $50k first prize is by no means the biggest prize in CS:GO history, however, it was enough to bring Virtus.pro and Cloud9 to play. To be fair, the Polish Virtus.pro team didn’t have that far to go, while C9 had to fly halfway around the world, probably expecting to get a reasonably easy payout, without many of the powerhouse teams competing.
Well, it didn’t go too well for them. Admittedly, they made it into the Grand Final so it wasn’t a disaster, however, when a North American team makes their way to an European tournament, they expect to win the whole thing. Of course, I could be wrong, but I don’t think that it’s the case here. You could also say, that when a team enters any tournament at all, the players and their staff should expect to win it, for what’s the point of competing if you don’t? That would be true too.
Still, the fact of the matter is that Virtus.pro stopped Cloud9 in their tracks, winning the Grand Final 2-0, and taking the $50k prize back to Poland. The first map to be played was Train. It’s fair enough to say that Cloud9 aren’t bad on this map, however, against Virtus.pro, they were Jon Snow. They knew nothing. At least for the first half of the match, which ended with the Americans being down 9 points, 12-3. They tried to catch up in the second, however, coming back with a 9 point deficit is a tall order for anyone. There’s no shame in failing to do it, the first map ended with Virtus.pro victorious, 16-9.
The second map to be played, Cobblestone, was picked by Cloud9. They proved themselves superior in the first half, winning it 9-6, however, Virtus.pro weren’t about to give up. Just like C9 tried to in Game 1, Virtus.pro mounted a comeback attempt. Granted, their situation was much better, with only 3 points down instead of 9, however, they won round after round, shrinking the lead, tieing up the score, taking the upper hand. In fact, after the first half was over, C9 didn’t win a single round, the match ended with a score of 16-9 in favor of the Polish team. If you paid attention, you might notice that Virtus.pro went on a ten round winning sreak, which is only a little bit less demanding than what C9 had to do in Map One in order to win. Losing to a major comeback while you had the chance but failed to do the same must have hurt.
Whatever the case may be, the fact of the matter is that several Virtus.pro players went off in this tournament. The first among them was Paweł "byali" Bieliński with his 1.26 HLTV rating, supported by Filip “NEO” Kubski with 1.22 and Wiktor “TaZ” Wojtas with 1.16. Granted, that’s not the rating which would imply some 1v9-like carry performances, but still, it’s certainly impressive.