As the sun sets on the Global Offensive era, Team Vitality continues to shine brightly, clinching yet another significant event victory at Gamers8. In a hard-fought battle that unfolded across three maps, the international superteam displayed their prowess by overpowering ENCE, leaving no room for doubt that they deserve their spot at the pinnacle of CS:GO excellence.
The championship win marks another impressive milestone for Vitality, with their in-game leader, apEX, stating post-match, “If we are not the best team in the world, I don’t know who is.” With four out of the last five grand finals under their belt and three victories secured, it’s a sentiment that’s difficult to dispute.
The journey to this moment was fraught with intense competition, as Vitality navigated through formidable opponents like MIBR, NAVI, and G2 to reach the final showdown against ENCE. The match held a staggering $220,000 prize, a testament to the stakes at play. Despite a faltering start and a map loss on Anubis, Vitality swiftly turned the tables on Mirage, forging a 9-6 lead and maintaining their momentum even through an extended tech pause that temporarily halted the action.
Deciding Map For Team Vitality
Nuke, the ultimate deciding map, became a playground for ZywOo, who not only secured yet another MVP award but also solidified his status as a frontrunner for end-of-season honors. The final map proved to be a one-sided affair, mirroring the series outcome as a whole. ENCE fought valiantly but ultimately fell short, unable to overcome Vitality’s resolute dominance.
ENCE, while continuing to impress with their deep tournament runs, encountered a familiar challenge—defeating elite-level teams when it matters most. Their triumph at IEM Dallas came at the expense of MOUZ in the grand finals, although they did manage to overcome FaZe on their path to victory. The underdog narrative persists for ENCE, showcasing their determination to hold their spot within the top five of the HLTV world rankings.
Vitality’s success also sheds light on the impact of their contentious post-Major roster move. The addition of flameZ, who replaced dupreeh, proved to be a strategic choice as he showcased a 1.12 rating across ten maps played, consistently maintaining a positive performance across three events since joining the team.
As the dust settles on the Gamers8 event, there’s an unspoken understanding that it might very well be the last major competition held under the CS:GO banner. Serving as the victors of the final CS:GO Major, Vitality has effectively closed another chapter in their journey, poised to transition into the next era with confidence and favoritism. While the official release date of CS2 remains uncertain, Vitality’s triumph serves as a fitting conclusion to an unforgettable chapter in esports history, marking the end of CS:GO’s reign and the anticipation of new horizons.