Generally, both the Polish team Virtus.pro and the German mousesports aren’t thought to be among the organizations, which can compete at the highest level of CS:GO. Virtus.pro is known to be a great LAN team, which can never be ignored for they can upset anyone, while mousesports have a mediocre squad, at least compared to teams like SK Gaming, with the best player in the world, Nikola “NiKo” Kovač. For mousesports to win, NiKo constantly has to play at the pinnacle of his skills, so that’s what this match will come to, will we see NiKo-beast or NiKo-human?
Before the match, Virtus.pro removed Dust2, mousesports got rid of Nuke. Then, the Polish elected to play the first game on Train, while mousesports chose Cache. Finally, after Overpass getting banned by Virtus and Cobblestone being removed by mouse, the deciding match was determined to be Mirage.
Map One: Train
The start of the first half of Train was very weird. mousesports’ NiKo had no kills with three deaths, however, his team won the pistols and the following three rounds nevertheless. Smacked with a wet sandbag, Virtus.pro only woke up and took a point on Round 5. Once they did, they went pokeballs out, getting 6 more rounds in a row, not only tieing with mousesports, but gaining a two-point advantage, 6:4. When mousesports finally woke up, they managed to tie the score once again, however, Virtus guys stopped them before they could actually take a lead, winning three in a row to close out the half.
To have any chance of winning, mousesports needed to equalize the score, STAT. The best way to do that would have been winning pistol and then owning on anti-eco, however, Virtus.pro had other ideas, taking the first round of the second half for themselves. Their budding streak didn’t last very long. They only got two unanswered points. Mousesports didn’t really use their chance for a comeback properly, however, losing the round following their first point in the second half. Unfortunately for any fans of the German team, Virtus.pro felt the scent of victory and weren’t about to let it go. The game finished with the score of Virtus.pro 16:7 mousesports.
Statistically speaking, the two best player on the server were both from Virtus.pro, while mousesports win condition. NiKo, was a shadow of his usual self, having a 0.46 rating, -11 K/D ratio, and measly 41.9 average damage per round. Anyway, the best players were Paweł “byali” Bieliński with +15 K/D, 103.3 ADR, and 1.67 rating and Janusz “Snax” Pogorzelski with +14, 90.3 ADR, and a 1.56 rating.
Map Two: Cache
After watching the first match of the series, I had a single concern— where was NiKo? While the Virtus.pro lineup was stronger overall, mouse might have had a chance with their superstar playing like a god. Before the start of Cache, I expect the player to wonder about this himself. Can he do better? We will see.
The first half on Cache didn’t start as mousesports hoped, when Virtus.pro took a lead starting with the first round of the map and held it through the typical anti-eco that followed. Soon after, mousesports managed to get a bit of a streak going to tie the score 4:4, but Virtus.pro took back the lead immediately after. Mousesports players weren’t ready to be counted out, however, going on a bit of a streak, tieing and coming out ahead, 7;5, before Virtus.pro managed to steal a point. mousesports were determined, however. They went and finished the first half with a three point advantage, 9:6.
Unfortunately, the second half, where Virtus.pro played as Terrorists, was a complete disaster to mousesports. They only won one point to Virtus’ 10, losing the math 10:16, and allowing Virtus.pro to move to the Grand Final, where they will have to face Fnatic.
While NiKo had the absolute worst stats on the server after Train, it wasn’t AS bad on Cache. He had 5 more deaths than kills, 75.8 ADR and a 0.76 rating. While not horrible per se, that’s not the kind of performance mousesports need to win games. Comparatively, three Virtus.pro players had a 1+ HLTV rating. Janusz “Snax” Pogorzelski had +13, 87.8 ADR. and 1.6 rating, Paweł “byali” Bieliński had a rating of 1.33, +8, and 87.3 ADR, while his teammate Wiktor “TaZ” Wojtas had +6, 88.5, and 1.26.
Virtus.pro won, just as expected. The matches weren’t as close as I hoped, mostly because Nikola “NiKo” Kovač was nowhere to be seen. Don’t get me wrong, mouse probably would have been the underdogs even if NiKo played the game of his life simply because of the relative weakness from the rest of his squad, however, at least they would have had a chance. Now? Yes, they had good moments, however, Virtus.pro was simply the better team that day.