Paris Major 2023 Grand Final: Recap & Highlights

The Grand Final of the Paris Major 2023 has ended, marking the last CS:GO Major. It was filled with incredible emotions from the players, a fantastic show match organized by the event organizers, and tremendous support from the fans. The winning team made history, received a pleasant reward of $500,000, and secured a spot in both IEM Cologne 2023 and the BLAST Premier World Final, which will be held in CS2.

The last CS:GO Major.

— (@BLASTtv) May 18, 2023

So keep reading to discover the match results and witness the highlights.

Grand Final: Brief Overview

The Grand Final was surprising, as nobody knew which teams would make it and, more importantly, who would claim the prestigious title in CS:GO history. The first team to create a remarkable impression and reach the Grand Final was GamerLegion. For them, it was their first major offline event with such a substantial prize pool.

The second team to secure a spot in the Grand Final was Vitality, who enjoyed enthusiastic support from their fans on their home turf. The victory was of utmost significance for Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut, as he had come a long way and had been close to championships several times but had not yet succeeded. He was eager to win on this stage to prove to himself and the world that he deserved this victory.

Before the main series of games started, the customary show match took place, which was particularly captivating and entertaining compared to previous years. This year’s show match featured players using unlimited weapons, zero gravity, monitors turned off, relying solely on sound cues, and real smoke grenades being launched directly at the players in the game zone, creating many exciting and amusing moments that we highly recommend watching.

Highlights of the blind fire round

— (@BLASTtv) May 21, 2023

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This is the work of the chat

— (@BLASTtv) May 21, 2023


— (@BLASTtv) May 21, 2023

Now, let’s dive into the match between Vitality and GamerLegion.

Vitality vs GamerLegion

Here’s how the teams’ presentation took place before the start of the Grand Final of the Paris Major 2023.

First team in the arena: @GamerLegion 🔥

— (@BLASTtv) May 21, 2023

What a welcome, @TeamVitality 🐝

— (@BLASTtv) May 21, 2023

The final match of the last CS:GO Major kicked off with the usual process of map selection and bans, played as a classic Bo3.

Here’s the list of map selections and bans:

  • GamerLegion removed Anubis
  • Vitality removed Ancient
  • GamerLegion picked Overpass
  • Vitality picked Nuke
  • Vitality removed Mirage
  • GamerLegion removed Vertigo
  • Inferno was left over


GamerLegion picked Overpass. Judging from both teams’ performance on this map, it was evident that they had similar results, with both teams boasting a win rate of around 70% and showing confidence in their gameplay. As a result, the map promised an intense showdown.

In the first half, GamerLegion, playing as terrorists, won the first round and tried to win the second force round. However, Vitality took a gamble by heavily relying on ZywOo. He purchased a Scout after losing the first round.

But this decision paid off, as ZywOo secured two important kills, enabling the team to win two rounds with just one device. Following this success, Vitality gained the necessary funds for proper devices, and they also picked up the opponents’ weapons, granting them a significant economic advantage.

Capitalizing on this advantage, Vitality claimed victory in six consecutive rounds. With a solid economic foundation and defending their side, Vitality concluded the first half with an 11:4 score.

Not even close, @Vitality_apEX 👀

— (@BLASTtv) May 21, 2023

After switching sides, Vitality successfully planted the bomb, but they and the bomb got eliminated before it could explode. However, planting the bomb gave the team additional funds to buy weapons. With the weapons they acquired, Vitality won the second and secured round after round, ultimately finishing the first map with a 16:6 score.


The second map of the series was Nuke, picked by Vitality. Interestingly, both teams had played an equal number of matches on this map (9 matches each). However, while Vitality had not lost on this map in their previous matches, their opponent had suffered defeats in four out of nine matches.

GamerLegion played on the CT side and won the first round. Vitality decided not to take any risks as they did in the previous map and played out the second round with pistols, resulting in an easy 2:0 for GamerLegion.

Vitality bought weapons and won the third round, but they couldn’t start to dominate. GamerLegion confidently held their positions and displayed an impressive performance on the CT side in the first half, ending it with a strong 10:5 score.

The second half of the map was emotionally intense for Vitality because a loss would mean going to a third map where their chances were lower than their signature map, Nuke. Gathering themselves, Vitality adjusted their game, taking their time and holding deep defensive positions, which gave them a significant advantage over GamerLegion, who had to face a crossfire.


— Team Vitality 🐝 (@TeamVitality) May 21, 2023

It helped Vitality stage an extraordinary comeback, equalizing the score and surpassing their opponent. But, most importantly, Vitality secured a 16-13 victory on the second map, clinching the championship at the Paris Major 2023.

Congratulations to Vitality on their exceptional victory at the last CS:GO Major in history!

— (@BLASTtv) May 21, 2023

Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut is the MVP for Paris Major 2023, and his dream came true during the last CS:GO Major.

THE CHOSEN ONE 🇫🇷 @zywoo finally wins his first Major and claims his first Major MVP award from HLTV & @1xBet_Esports #BLASTTVMajor

— (@HLTVorg) May 21, 2023

Your BLAST. tv Major MVP: @zywoo 👑 #BLASTTVMajor @TeamVitality

— (@BLASTtv) May 21, 2023

ZywOo after Paris Major victory: "It’s the best thing I've ever felt"

— (@HLTVorg) May 21, 2023

Dupreeh achieved an impressive feat of winning five Majors out of the total 19 Majors. His closest family members, including his wife and young child, were there to witness his success throughout the competition.

5x Major winner ❤

— (@BLASTtv) May 21, 2023

Mihai “iM” Ivan played with a rating of 1.35 as a riffler, and until the end of the final, he was the top 1 in terms of rating in the Paris Major 2023.

The best-rated players of this Major so far: @iMeCSGO ⚔️ @zywoo

Who do you think will perform better in the upcoming final? #BLASTTVMajor

— (@HLTVorg) May 21, 2023

As a coach, Danny “Zonic” Sørensen won five majors, which is also a record among coaches.

Not everyone was thrilled with Vitality’s victory, as Heroic expressed on their Twitter page, stating, “This is the worst day of my life.”

can’t believe @TeamVitality is winning the Major, this is the worst day of my life

— HEROIC (@heroicgg) May 21, 2023

Wrapping Up The Paris Major 2023 Grand Final!

To sum it all up, the Paris Major 2023 was an unforgettable tournament that made its mark in the history of CS:GO. From the early stages to the grand finale, every moment was filled with excitement, showcasing the best of the game and delivering unexpected twists and turns that kept viewers hooked.

Vitality emerged as the champion of the Paris Major 2023, securing their place in history. Along with the prestigious title, the French team also claimed $500,000 and earned coveted spots in IEM Cologne 2023 and BLAST Premier: World Final 2023. Fans eagerly anticipate what the next season will bring, knowing that the best is yet to come.

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