“Stage Beast” BiBooAF crucial for Team Vitality’s Sweden Major campaign, say risze and Lyloun – SiegeGG
Team Vitality has shocked viewers in Sweden Majoren so far. They opened their account with a 7-1 DarkZero Esports demolition on November 8 and then defeated the defending major champions Team oNe 7-5 on November 9.
The Team one game was a story of two halves – Team Vitality ended up under 1-5 in their defense before they turned on the style with a flawless 6-0 attacking half. And although the final result may seem outrageous, Valentin “risze” Liradelfo did not agree with that assessment. risze added that Team one was not comparable to the 2017-2019 G2 “yet”, not that the defense against the team was easy.
“Defending Chalet against a style of play like Team oNes is quite difficult,” Risze said of the turnaround at a post-match press conference. “They play all areas. We did not dispute their contribution … We thought it was too late. Next time we are ready.”
While this quest for further improvement after a win is admirable, Vitality has not been flawless in Group B. Their win against DarkZero was followed by a surprising 3-7 loss to SANDBOX Gaming, who were surprisingly incompetent against Team oNe and lost to the Brazilians with a total score of 3-14.
“I guess we lost speed due to some technical issues,” risze explained, quoting two long breaks in their SANDBOX match that had caused a 30-minute delay north. “They led 3-2 in our defense. Momentum was on their side [as a result of the delays]. ”
But risze emphasized that SANDBOX was only “a little better” and that Team Vitality were capable of much more, which they showed against Team one.
The snowball effect that the Koreans enjoyed was also partly due to the lack of experience of Vitality at the international level. The French troupe was last seen internationally almost two and a half years ago at DreamHack Valencia 2019. The last and only second time it had qualified for a level one event was over three years ago in Six Major Paris.
“We learn to play against different styles of play that we have not seen before as a team,” risze continued. “The group game is a learning process for us too.”
That gap between Vitality’s international events has also not come with the advantage of being underestimated, which APAC teams sometimes like.
“I do not think it is an advantage,” said Risze. “Sure, people do not really expect us [to perform], but there are also people who expect us to actually do something in this major. We simply do not pay attention to that. “
Thankfully for Vitality, Bastien “BiBooAF” Dulac has not missed a beat despite the break. The “stage beast”, as Vitality’s head coach Laurie “Lyloun” Lagier put it, leads his team through the SiegeGG Rating, KD split and KPR. With a rating of 1.25 so far, BiBooAF is also 12th best among the entire Sweden Major field.
But BiBooAF has also felt the press, even though the longtime Vitality man said he “feels good” back at this level.
“I think I have a lot of energy and … feelings to give and share with my teammates,” he explained. “It’s not done. We still have three games, so [we’re] focused on it and we’ll have to look at it. “
The increase in emotions BiBooAF talked about was very clear among Vitality players, especially risze, who was overwhelming in his praise for the 24-year-old.
“BiBoo is a team player and really helps people stay in the game, mentally. He’s actually the team’s cement, if you can see … I think BiBoo is offline [is far better than] BiBoo online “, said risze and mimed” Swole Doge vs. The Cheems “meme with his hands.
Team Vitality is currently in third place after a 1-7 loss to DarkZero on November 9. To qualify for the playoffs, the French team must beat SANDBOX Gaming by a score of 7-2 or better, or beat Team eNe again and hope that DarkZero beats the Koreans as well.