Virtus.pro came out on top in a three map grand final against forZe to win the CIS Cup and earn a ticket to BLAST Premier Spring Showdown.
The two top seeds from the CIS Cup group stage, forZe and Virtus.pro, made it to the grand final after victories over 1WIN and NAVI Junior in the semi-finals.
Virtus.pro, who came into the grand final without losing a single map in the tournament, managed to keep their streak on their pick, Dust2, the first played in the series, but were no match for forZe on Mirage.
VP then set themselves up for victory on the attacking side of Train, winning it 9-6, before closing the map and series on the defending side to clinch a spot in BLAST Premier Spring Europe Showdown.
Dzhami “Jame” Ali was unable to pull off a 1vs2 clutch after planting on the B site of Dust2, giving forZe the early 1-0 lead. It was then Bogdan “xsepower” Chernikov who found himself in a 1vs2 clutch situation two rounds later, which he was able to convert on for forZe to go up 3-0.
Virtus.pro got their first round on the board on a forcebuy thanks to a triple by Alexey “qikert” Golubev, which they were able to follow up in a round in which it was Mareks “YEKINDAR” Gaļinskis who got three kills of his own.
The Latvian and Jame then spearheaded what turned out to be a one-sided half for VP, who went on to win every round henceforth to make it 11-4 at the switch.
The tables turned in the second half after forZe managed to bag the pistol round before taking five rounds in a row, but Virtus.pro were able to get on the board in the second half thanks to YEKINDAR, who cleared the A site in a 3vs2 afterplant situation.
Two entries by Dauren “AdreN” Kystaubayev from window to mid assured they kept the lead, further setting VP up to win their map pick, 16-12.