Vitality survived the Apeks scare as they progressed onto the Grand Finals of the Blast.tv Paris Major 2023.
- Team Vitality Vs Apeks
- Match Type: Best of 3, LAN
- Semi-Final #2, Blast.tv Paris Major.
- Apeks removed Nuke
- Vitality removed Ancient
- Apeks picked Mirage
- Vitality picked Vertigo
- Vitality removed Anubis
- Apeks removed Overpass
- Inferno was left over
Map 1: Mirage (Pick: Apeks, Winner: Vitality, Final Score: 16-14)
Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut started off Mirage on the right foot, comfortably taking a 5-1 lead over Apeks. Although the French-Danish side seemed to lose their rhythm halfway as Apeks answered back with a commanding 3-round win, thanks to the dominant duo of Justinas “jL” Lekavicius and Joakim “jkaem” Myrbostad who won it for Apeks. Martin “STYKO” Styk also contributed to Apek’s first half with a sensational pistol clutch in the 9th round later followed by a 3K in the 13th round. Apeks folded the first half 7-8 to favor of Vitality’s.
Coming from the break, Vitality tried to run away with Mirage as they got to 11-7 but were eventually throttled by Apeks who showed resistance. Despite taking yet another healthy lead of 14-9, STYKO and company never let their guard down although they did fell short on the very last round which costed them their own pick letting Vitality go 1-0 up in the Semi-final #2 series.
Map 2: Vertigo (Pick: Vitality Winner: Apeks, Final Score: 16-12)
Vertigo initially were to be a plain carbon copy of the events from Mirage but Vitality somehow snapped them out of the chokehold, running away with a 10-5 scoreline in the first half. Despite Apeks getting off to a comfortable start, Vitality started demolishing every reinforcement set up by Apeks which allowed Lotan “Spinx” Giladi to play in his own element.
But the story just won’t end here as Apeks snapped back at Vitality by squaring off the scores 10-10, a dominant start on offense, the likes of which we have seen being pulled off by Gambit Esports (now Cloud9). Despite winning 5 rounds straight, Vitality quickly bounced back, strengthening and fortifying their grounds. This indeed jeopardized every strategy Apeks tried to attack with but were left destitute and listless as their Grand-finals hopes came down crumbling right in front of their eyes.
Vitality will now face GamerLegion in the Grand Finals of the Blast.tv Paris Major 2023.
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