Team Vitality Vs Syman Gaming is a classic case of David & Goliath. Vitality are considered to be one of CS:GOs best teams right now, Syman have done well to get as far as they have done in the little time they have had. This game will most likely end in a landslide result.
Following their formation in October of 2018, Vitality have worked their way up through the top tiers of CS and are now considered a top-level team. They have shown fantastic results in recent LAN events, finishing 2nd to Team Liquid at ESL One Cologne just a few months ago. They’ll be going into this game looking for a flawless result.
In recent games, Vitality have struggled to win against Team Liquid and FURIA in two best of 3 bouts. However, one of these games was against the top team in the world in a Major final, hardly a loss to be concerned about. Vitality have faced off against Syman before, losing 16-11 on Cache at Dreamhack in 2018. This was before the development of the team and before ZyWOo proved he was one of the best in the world.
This CIS team has had a shaky experience in competitive CS. They have experienced ups and downs within smaller events and during Major qualifiers. The success Syman has experienced comes from playing within tier 2 of professional play, playing actively in B-Tier events.
The breakthrough into the Major came after finishing 2nd to DreamEaters in the CIS Major Championship. They shouldn’t be expecting to get close to winning in Berlin but are hoping to solidify their play and make sure they make a name for themselves on the big stage.
Vitality are ranked within the top 10 teams on HLTV, where Syman is up in the top 30. The odds for this match are Vitality 1.71 to Syman 5.25 with a handicap of (-6.5) @ GG.BET backing up my point of a David & Goliath matchup. I’d expect exceptional play from Vitality and they’ll be looking to start StarLadder with a crisp, fast and clinical put down of Syman. Vitality to win around 16 – 7.