DBL PONEY shock Vitality in Flashpoint 3 opener
Flashpoint 3 got off to a dramatic start on Monday as DBL PONEY caused a huge upset by defeating Vitality.
In the first French Derby in some time, Vitality were expected to defeat their countrymen in handy fashion. It wasn't meant to be, however, as Vitality's woes in 2021 continued.
DBL PONEY arrived to Flashpoint 3 after a busy period, but their match-readiness over Vitality was evident from the start. Picking Nuke to kick off the series, they were dominant on their T side, racing into a 11-4 lead. Vitality had no answers in the second half, with DBL PONEY wrapping up their pick 16-5.
Vitality were expected to bounce back on their pick of Inferno, but DBL PONEY once again burst out of the traps and found themselves 10-5 up at the half. It was a gap that Vitality should have had no problem closing, but they went out with a whimper, recording just a pair of CT rounds and losing the series 16-7.
For DBL PONEY, this was a breakthrough success at the top level and it proved they're a danger to all at Flashpoint 3. Led by a strong performance by Thomas "Djoko" Pavoni, they have the mammoth task of defeating Astralis in the next round.
Vitality will be bitterly disappointed with another backwards step. Since a final appearance at the opening tournament of 2021, their highest finish is just 7-8th at DreamHack Masters Spring. Things get no easier for them, as they now face a surging OG in the lower bracket to fight for their tournament life.
Elsewhere in the tournament, G2 Esports are 1.57 to make a winning start when they face FaZe Clan, who are 2.25.