Congratulations to Virtus.pro for defeating Na’Vi 2-1 in the grand finals of the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Starladder i-League Invitational #1! Coming into the tournament, Virtus.pro was considered to be in a slump, and was overshadowed by the favored Na’Vi. To reach the grand finals, they defeated Worst Players 2-1, Hellraisers 2-0, and Dobry&Gaming (Ex-CSGL) 2-0.
The maps banned were Cache, Dust 2, Mirage, and Overpass, and the maps played were Inferno, Train, and Cobblestone, in those orders.
Inferno (VP wins 16-11):
Inferno has always been an inconsistent map for Virtus.pro, and a very strong map for Na’Vi. Consequently, there was no surprise when Na’Vi chose to play Inferno; however, the conclusion was unforeseen. The map begun with a close 2-2 scoreboard, with Ioann ‘Edward’ Sukhariev from Na’Vi destroying Virtus.pro in two force-buy situations. Virtus.pro then took complete control of the game and strung together a series of rounds. With a decisive 12-3 lead after their Counter-Terrorist side, Virtus.pro seeked to close out the map. The match was tense as Na’Vi won their 8th round on their CT-side, but Virtus.pro finally managed to get their 16th round win off the back of Filip ‘NEO’ Kubski’s quad-kill.
Train (Na’Vi wins 16-8):
Virtus.pro’s pick of Train was also expected. Train is Virtus.pro’s most consistently strong map at the moment, but the Na’Vi squad are equally as confident on it. After refreshing themselves, the men in yellow and black won their own 12-3 CT-side half. Virtus.pro started off swinging on their CT-side after winning the pistol round, but an incredible 1 vs. 3 clutch by Na’Vi’s captain, Danylo ‘Zeus’ Teslenko, signaled the beginning of Na’Vi’s counter-attack. Virtus.pro only managed to reach 5 round wins on their CT-side before Na’Vi closed out the map.
Cobblestone (Virtus.pro wins 16-10):
The last map was Cobblestone, which is a fitting location for the final destination in the grand finals between Virtus.pro and Na’Vi. Both teams have displayed dominating performances on Cobblestone, but the map ultimately favored Na’Vi. A close 16-13, 16-14, or even overtime were not unreasonable predictions. Virtus.pro started on the more potent Terrorist-side, but did not manage to win 10 rounds as hoped for, but they were very close with a 9-6 scoreline at the half. The map, and series, was still anyone’s for the taking. Na’Vi’s slow, methodical approach on their T-side has always been a force to be reckoned with, and was expected to melt the defenses of Virtus.pro. After winning the pistol round and the two subsequent rounds afterwards, Na’Vi tied the map at 9-9. Virtus.pro had to slow down Na’Vi’s momentum before it was too late. And they did exactly that. In the next 8 rounds, Virtus.pro won 7 rounds, while only dropping 1, for a final score of 16-10.
The crowd went wild as Virtus.pro’s players embraced and congratulated each other on a job well done. While the competition at StarLadder i-League Invitational #1 was not top-notch, Virtus.pro has shown signs of a return to form. With their $50,000 prize and a tournament victory in their records, Virtus.pro eagerly awaits the next major. Will the engines of Virtus.plow be renewed? Only time will tell. Until then, another huge congratulation to Virtus.pro for their hard-earned title as the winners of the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive StarLadder i-League Invitational #1!