Cs_summit 4 came to a close on Sunday with Team Vitality taking the largest piece of the pie and their prodigy, Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut, claiming the MVP award.
The 18-year-old CS:GO esports player started off his career in 2014, when he joined dizLown. In the years that followed he played for four other teams – nevermind, E-Corp Bumpers, WySix Team and against All authority – until October of 2018, when he joined Team Vitality.
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During his time with E-Corp Bumpers and against All authority, ZywOo won two minors (Pasino Gaming Days by LanEx and ESL Championnat National – Summer 2018), but it was not until he joined Vitality that he started winning some of the bigger tournaments. In fact, the win at DreamHack Open Atlanta 2018 came barely a month after he joined.
Strong performances in big events all over the world earned ZywOo and Vitality a ticket into the elite field of six teams at cs_summit 4. They topped the group stage in Los Angeles and defeated ENCE in the semi-finals to set up a title match with Team Liquid. Although the North Americans came into the tournament as heavy favourites, it was Vitality who emerged with a 2-0 win and $64,000 cash.
The player who carried most of the workload for the French team was ZywOo. He ended the tournament with an average rating of 1.33, which included an impressive 1.00+ rating in 14 out of the 15 maps Vitality played.
ZywOo shone brightest where it mattered the most: against ENCE in the semi-finals and against Team Liquid in the grand finals. On both occasions, he was by far the highest-rated player, surpassing all his teammates and opponents with a 1.38 HLTV rating in semis and a 1.44 HLTV rating in the grand finals.
But it was not only the overall ratings where ZywOo stood out, as he also topped the charts for most damage dealt (86.6 ADR), opening kills (0.15/round) and best fragging ability (0.86 KPR) en route to his first-ever MVP award.
The next for Vitality and their young star is DreamHack Masters Dallas 2019, which starts this week.