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Esports: SKADE knocks off Vitality in Pinnacle Cup

The Franco-Danish squad has struggled to find form in recent weeks and were not able to end their recent struggles as they lost 2-0.

SKADE are 1/6 to win their next clash with Tricked, who are 7/2.

Vitality continue to struggle

In a continuation of their recent run of disappointing form, overwhelming favorites for the Pinnacle Cup III title, Vitality were taken down by SKADE 2-0. They lost 16-13 on the Bulgarians' pick of Overpass, and 16-10 on their own map choice of Nuke.

SKADE will move on to face Tricked in the semi-finals and will be hoping to continue their impressive run since putting their current roster together. The run has included an Elisa Invitational victory and a rise to a peak world ranking of 18th.

Vitality was not the only quarter-final invitee who suffered defeat, with ECSTATIC and ENCE already eliminated earlier in the day.

This result for Dan "apex" Madesclaire and company was the culmination of the recent struggles experienced by the super team, having bowed out of Katowice in the 9-12th place and missing out on the playoffs of ESL Pro League, taking only two wins in their group.

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Issues on show

Several issues have shown themselves as of late for Vitality ever since their promising start with the new roster, which saw them fly through BLAST Premier Spring Groups with a 6-2 map record. It doesn't help the declining production from the second-best player of 2021 in CS:GO, Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut.

With their RMR campaign set to begin in less than a month, and the Major itself in less than two, Vitality will need to rectify their issues quickly if they are to even qualify to compete in Antwerp, let alone make a deep run at the Major itself.

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