Natus Vincere (Na'Vi) is an esports organisation based in Ukraine. Founded in 2009, the organisation has teams and players competing in various games, such as Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, FIFA, World of Tanks, Paladins, League of Legends, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Apex Legends and Rainbow Six Siege.
Na'Vi Counter-Strike team was the first in history to win three premier tournaments—Intel Extreme Masters, Electronic Sports World Cup, and World Cyber Games 2010—in one calendar year. Their Dota 2 squad won The International 2011, becoming the most successful esports organization at the time. "Natus Vincere" is Latin for "born to conquer".
After a poor performance at the Arbalet Cup CIS 2010 (4th place), Markeloff, the team's top player, decided to skip the next big tournament, ASUS Winter 2010, so that the team could prepare for the Arbalet Cup and the Ukrainian qualifications for the ESWC. In the middle of May 2010, Na'Vi took 2nd place in the prestigious Arbalet Cup Europe 2010 in Stockholm, losing to Fnatic in the finals and earning $10,000 in prize money. Na'Vi finally gained victory at ESWC Ukraine.
In the final part of the ESWC, the team hit the highest seeding, along with SK Gaming, Fnatic, and mTw.dk. On July 4, 2010, Natus Vincere achieved the highest accolade in the history of Ukrainian e-Sports, winning the ESWC (which previously could not be reached by any CIS team), defeating SK Gaming in the finals: 16:5 (de_train) and 16:4 (de_inferno). During the tournament Na'Vi passed through the group stage thanks to fortune, but outplayed Fnatic and mTw.dk in the playoffs.
After being victorious in the world championship, Natus Vincere announced their participation in 2 more tournaments—Arbalet Cup Dallas and GameGune 2010 (Bilbao). On July 18, 2010, Na'Vi won Arbalet Cup Dallas beating Mousesports in the final match: 19:15 (de_dust2), 16:12 (de_inferno). After receiving $25,000, Na'Vi took the first place in quantity of prize money earned by European teams that year. Na'Vi took 3rd place in GameGune 2010 and Intel Extreme Masters Shanghai.
On August 15, Na'Vi won the Ukrainian qualifications for the 2010 World Cyber Games and received a paid voucher to the finals in Los Angeles from September 30 to October 3, 2010.
The next tournament for Na'Vi was ASUS Summer 2010, to which the team received a direct invitation. This tournament became first in the ASUS Open series, which was held at Kyiv gaming center "Kyiv CyberSport Arena". In the semi-finals Na'Vi lost to Kazakh team k23 and as a result took the 3rd place.
On October 4, 2010 Natus Vincere became the World Cyber Games world champions by defeating Danish team mTw.dk in the finals. This victory made Na'Vi the first team in the world which had managed to hold the three most prestigious championship titles at once (IEM, ESWC, WCG). At the end of October 2010, ESL TV commentator Bakr "KinGSaicx" Fadl proclaimed that SK Gaming was going to invite the Ukrainian team to take place of its Swedish squad, but the manager of Natus Vincere declined this information.
In early November 2010 Natus Vincere took part in the World e-Sports Masters tournament (WEM 2010), which annually gathers the best teams from all over the world in the Chinese city of Hangzhou. Among the eight participants of the tournament, Na’Vi took 4th place as well as $7,500.
Victory at DreamHack Winter 2010
From the 25th to the 27 November 2010 in the Swedish city of Jönköping the largest LAN party in the world took place—DreamHack Winter 2010. To go to this tournament, Natus Vincere had to skip a major Russian tournament, ASUS Autumn 2010, since it was coinciding with DreamHack's dates. After finishing the group stage Na'Vi consistently outplayed teams puta, Fnatic, Frag Executors, and mTw.dk in the finals, winning the tournament. During the four playoff matches the Ukrainians lost only one time to Fnatic on the new map—de_mirage. "Starix" (Serhiy Ischuk) received the tournament's MVP award.
After winning DreamHack Winter 2010, the team established a new record: winning $220,000 in one year. The previous record belonged to Swedish team Fnatic, who earned $189,000 in 2009 (before that, the record was held by Swedish team SK Gaming with earnings of $183,000 in 2003).
Winning the Intel Extreme Masters 5
On March 5, 2011 Na'Vi defended their position in Hannover as the champions of the Intel Extreme Masters and earned $35,000. They defeated Polish team Frag Executors in the finals: 16:12 (de_train) and 16:10 (de_dust2). $4,550 of the prize money was deducted (13% of the total) as a penalty for breaking the rules.
Record prize money
The amount of prize money in 2010– $215,573 (as of November 7, 2010) holds the record for the entire history of professional Counter-Strike. Previous records belonged to Swedish teams SK Gaming ($183,000 in 2003)
World Top Counter-Strike players
In 2010, popular website HLTV.org had made rankings for the 20 best Counter-Strike players. Yegor "markeloff" Markelov was 1st place, Sergey "Starix" Ischuk 4th, Ioann "Edward" Sukharev 5th, and the captain of Na'Vi "Zeus" had 19th place, as well as "The best captain of the year".
Na'Vi reached the finals of DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca 2015 where they were beat 0-2 by Team EnVyUs. Na'Vi won Intel Extreme Masters Season X - San Jose after beating Team SoloMid (Now Astralis) in the grand finals 2-0.
Na'Vi started off the year by winning DreamHack Leipzig 2016 2-0 over Luminosity Gaming on January 22. Na'Vi placed 3rd-4th at the Intel Extreme Masters Season X – World Championship. On April 3, Na'Vi placed second at MLG Columbus 2016, losing 0-2 to Luminosity in the finals.
Shortly after on April 17 the team placed second at DreamHack Masters Malmö 2016. Na'Vi got second at the StarLadder i-League Invitational #1 after losing to Virtus.pro in the finals on May 22.
Na'Vi placed 5-8th at ESL One Cologne 2016. On July 29, the team placed 3rd-4th at ELeague Season 1.
On August 4, Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev replaced Daniil "Zeus" Teslenko on the active roster.
On September 2, Na'Vi became the champions of ESL One: New York 2016, defeating Virtus.pro in the finals.
On March 10, team coach Sergey "starix" Ischuk stepped down from his role in the team. He is replaced by team analyst Andrey "Andi" Prokhorov.
On July 28, seized and GuardiaN stepped down from Natus Vincere.
On August 9, Zeus and Kane were brought in and seized returned.
On November 6, Na'Vi brought in Electronic in place of Seized who stepped down from the roster.
On July 8, Na'Vi ended up winning ESL One Cologne 2018 over BIG 3-1 for its first Intel Grand Slam win.
On September 9, Na'Vi announced that Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko would retire after BLAST Pro Series Moscow 2019. He retires on September 14.
On September 20, Na'Vi acquires GuardiaN from FaZe Clan and B1ad3 joins as a coach.