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CSGO star ZywOo gets insane pistol ace at StarLadder Berlin major

Published: 26/Aug/2019 17:30 Updated: 26/Aug/2019 18:08

by Scott Robertson


With his team on their last legs in the Challenger Stage, the young star Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut put Team Vitality on his back in their first round against Grayhound Gaming.

This has certainly not been the most impressive Challengers stage for Team Vitality. The French squad (with lone Brit Alex ‘ALEX’ McMeekin) came into the StarLadder Berlin major as the number two ranked team in the world, and were an overwhelmingly popular pick to go 3-0 and advance with ease to the Legend stage.

That’s not what happened. The Challengers stage kicked off with an upset that sent shockwaves through the CS:GO community, as Syman Gaming knocked off the French favorites in a commanding 16-8 win on Dust II. Maksim ‘t0rick’ Zaikin dropped 30 kills on Vitality to secure the upset.

As many scrambled to alter their Pick’Em selections on Photoshop, Vitality rebounded with a win over INTZ Esports, but would again get upset in a best-of-one in round three, losing 16-14 to DreamEaters. Semyon ‘kinqie’ Lisitsyn was pivotal in that map, with 29 kills and vital triple kill in round 30 to secure it for the Russian team.

StarLadderSyman Gaming after their upset over Vitality

Down 1-2 and on the brink of elimination, ZywOo raised some hell against some HellRaisers with 31 kills on map one on Inferno. 

Veteran Nathan ‘NBK-’ Schmitt carried the torch in the second map, setting up Vitality for a round five, best-of-three, last chance opportunity against the Aussies in Grayhound Gaming to qualify for the Legends stage.

It’s fitting that Vitality plays the last series of the stage after opening the stage with such a dud. But ZywOo made it clear from round one on Dust II that he’s not interested in this being Vitality’s last series of the tournament:

As Grayhound rounded the corner onto long A during their first T-side, ZywOo met them with two USP pistol headshots in quick succession, with a couple of flashbang assists from Dan ‘apEX’ Madesclaire. 

Chris “dexter”‘ Nong got eliminated when he tried to push in from short, and another flashbang from apEX allowed ZywOo to pick off the final two panicked players next to pit.

Vitality had a dominant T side, and their momentum carried them to a 16-5 map one victory.


CSGO’s Nivera on surpassing his brother ScreaM: “A Major is not enough”

Published: 23/Nov/2020 21:12 Updated: 23/Nov/2020 21:46

by Marco Rizzo


Dexerto had the opportunity to speak with Nabil ‘Nivera’ Benrlitom, the newest member of Vitality’s lineup about his role in the squad, his performance in the finals of IEM Beijing and his drive to one day outdo his brother and CS:GO legend Adil ‘ScreaM’ Benrlitom.

Brought in as the sixth member of an already established Team Vitality roster, Nivera found himself surrounded by some of the biggest names in French CS while facing a skeptic community on the feasibility of an extended roster.

After all, Astralis had also recently moved to an extended lineup but had not used Lucas ‘Bubzkji’ Andersen as a regular substitute after the original roster had been reunited.

Nivera was required to prove himself against the Complexity juggernaut at BLAST Premier Fall Series, being the first player to ever been subbed in during a CSGO match.

Nivera on his role within Vitality

Nabil has only made appearances for Vitality when the team played Inferno or Dust_2, subbing in for Richard ‘shox’ Papillon and Kévin ‘misutaaa’ Rabier.

While being an AWPer by nature, Nivera has been playing a flexible role on his new team, expanding on the topic he explained:

“In Dust_2 I’m playing with the rifle and on CT side…If I want to take the AWP, I take it…[on Inferno] I’m the main sniper, that’s why Inferno is my best map because the main sniper is my main role but I can play Rifle, that’s why Vitality took me.”

With big shoes to fill Nivera raised up to the challenge, delivering some great performances in the maps he played and helping the team secure a top spot in their group at Blast Premier Fall and the trophy at IEM Beijing-Haidian.

Nivera on being subbed in the Grand Finals of a tournament

The young star did not seem to be affected by the pressure of the grand final, even after witnessing his team’s dismantling on Nuke at the hands of NaVi.

“I had not a lot of pressure honestly…I have to give my best. I stay here for only two maps, I have to play good,” Nivera confessed. “I was a little bit sad after Dust_2 because we lost it but I was proud of myself ’cause I gave my best, even if we lost the map.”

Regarding his team’s comeback in the final, he felt the team had what it needed to win the event: “…everyone woke up, they won Overpass and we were very confident for Inferno.”

Nivera CSGO BLAST Premier Substitution
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Nivera debuted for Vitality just 13 days after joining the team.

Nivera on his first tournament win at IEM: Beijing-Haidian

With little over three weeks of practice with their new member, Vitality headed to IEM Beijing after topping their group at BLAST Premier Fall.

Despite appearing like the most consistent team of the year and reaching multiple finals in the online era, Vitality failed to win a trophy until now.

“It was the first tournament that Vitality won in 2020 so I was really glad that they won it with me. It’s a really good feeling.”

Their journey to the final wasn’t easy. They faced their Danish nemesis Heroic and the Complexity juggernaut on the way.

Nivera was crucial in their victory against Heroic in the quarter-finals, being subbed in on the last map and ending the game with almost 30 kills to his name.

“I had to play and if we lost we would be out of the tournament but in my head, I was like: I will just play my game, give everything and stay focused on the game.”

Team Vitality CSGO
Team Vitality
Nivera has been impressive in the nine maps he has played for Vitality.

Nivera on becoming a legend like his brother ScreaM

After this level of performance at such a young age, the community started drawing comparisons between him and his older brother ScreaM.

“ScreaM has a big career…he has a lot of fans and is a legend of CSGO, literally. Doing more than him is hard but I will try to do it… I will just give my best like I do with everything in life and I will have no regrets”

ScreaM has been considered one of the most iconic French players in CSGO history, appearing at the top of headshot-related statistics even after his retirement from the game and switch to Valorant.

When asked if a Major title would be the determining factor of his status as a better player than his brother, the younger sibling was humble in his response.

“My brother did a lot of things in this game and I have to work hard, like really really hard ’cause he’s such a big player,” he said. “A Major is not enough, I have to do way more.”

Nivera has really impressed in his games for Vitality and if he keeps developing at the current rate, learning from veterans such as shox and Cédric ‘RpK’ Guipouy.

The 19-year-old has a bright future ahead of him.