Vitality takes EPL S16, first LAN victory since 2019 for dupreeh, Magisk and zonic2022-10-03 12:55:00
Team Vitality took the ESL Pro League S16 trophy over Team Liquid. The teams needed 5 maps and 4 overtimes to determine the winner. This event marks the first win for Vitality since big roster overhaul at the beginning of 2022, and first win since 2019 for dupreeh, Magisk and zonic.
The teams took turns taking maps from each other, starting with Team Liquid winning the first, but on the final Vertigo Vitality ended up stronger. ZywOo dropped a 50-bomb on the third map, making 51 kills during three overtimes, which resulted in TL win. He also made a new record in the amount of kills in one series with 143.
Overall North American team put up a great fight with Mareks "YEKINDAR" Gaļinskis and Joshua "oSee" Ohm leading the team. Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski let down his team hard, finishing the series with 82 kills and 0.78 rating.
This event marks the first LAN win in almost three years for three ex-members of Astralis, who joined Vitality in 2022. Their last triumph happened at the end of 2019, when they won BLAST Pro Series: Global Final 2019. First, the scene moved to online events due to COVID-19 pandemic, and when LAN-events returned, Astralis couldn't compete with the best anymore. Eventually issues in the team resulted in roster changes.