Team Vitality have beaten GamerLegion, 2-0 in the Grand-finals of the Blast.tv Paris CSGO Major 2023 and have been crowned as the champions of the last major in the history of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. In the process, they take away a lion’s share of $500,000 USD from the prize pool.
As predicted by the pundits, Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut secured his first-ever major title and so did Lotan “Spinx” Giladi, who despite being the newest addition to the roster, proved himself on the stage in front of a massive crowd in Paris.
- Team Vitality Vs GamerLegion
- Match Type: Best of 3, LAN
- Grand-Finals, Blast.tv Major Grand-Finals
- GamerLegion removed Anubis
- Vitality removed Ancient
- GamerLegion picked Overpass
- Vitality picked Nuke
- Vitality removed Mirage
- GamerLegion removed Vertigo
- Inferno was left over
Map 1: Overpass (Pick: GamerLegion, Winner: Vitality, Final Score: 16-6
Team Vitality, despite winning the pistol round, took off to a great start as they comfortably cruised towards an 11-4 lead in the first half. GamerLegion’s every strategy seemed to have been marred and countered by the reinforcements set up by Team Vitality.
Emil “Magisk” Reif made it tough for the multinational side as the offensive squad were constantly picked off from entering the B-site by the Dane. With Spinx further making it tough for Ivan “iM” Mihai and company, GamerLegion were denied their own map pick, losing 6-16 to the French-Danish powerhouse.
Map 2: Nuke (Pick: Team Vitality, Winner: Team Vitality, Final Score: 16-13)
Coming from the interval, GamerLegion started off strong on Nuke, going 9-4 up on their defense. Having traded rounds back and forth with Vitality, GamerLegion captain iM took the matter into his own hands, as he was spotted punishing the French side left, right, and center before they quickly raced up to the double-digit mark on Nuke, ending the first half 10-5 in their favor.
It is always recommended to take the first-half scores with the grain of salt as a majority of the fans thought GamerLegion to be forcing Inferno on Vitality. The latter, without leaving any room for error, charted a majestic comeback on their defense, locking out every player of GamerLegion’s off-the-bomb sites. Vitality were able to square off the scores 13-13, thanks to Magisk’s 3K which wiped GamerLegion clean apart.
Feeling completely listless, GamerLegion rode low on fuel and morale as they started to give man-advantage to their opponents which kept adding to their woes. In the end, it was the last standing duo of Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut and Dan “apEX” Madesclaire who made it happen for Vitality as they ripped apart GamerLegion to win the Blast.tv Paris Major 2023.
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