Natus Vincere has tied ESC Gaming on de_train_se in to clinch a spot in the quarter-finals, while ESC advance in second place. Meanwhile TeamCRG upset n!faculty, who are headed home in last place, 16-13 on de_inferno_se.
Natus Vincere started the match with a pistol round win, going up 3-0 as terrorists on de_train_se. First gun round saw Na`Vi attempt an inner bombsite attack, but ESC quickly rotated over and shut them down.
Next three rounds also went to ESC, but Danilo "Zeus" Teslenko's two AK47 kills opened up round eight and allowed Na`Vi to tie the game. Ninth round was an easy win for ESC, and forced the Ukrainians to save.
Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas' three M4A4 kills gave ESC a 8-4 lead, while Sergey "starix" Ischuk's well timed flank allowed him to score four AK47 kills next, making it 8-5. Last two rounds went to ESC, who simply overpowered Na`Vi as counter-terrorists.
The Ukrainians won the second pistol round as well, and Yegor "markeloff" Markelov's ace with his AWP against the saving Poles gave his team another 3-0 lead. Next rounds would be traded to make it 4-1, but Na`Vi tied the game at eleven with two more wins.
A well executed outer rush gave ESC a 12-11 lead, and if it wasn't for Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev's two spray kills with his M4A4, ESC's alley attack would have broken the Ukrainians' bank.
That spray would all but turn around the match, as ESC went onto lose their next round as well and were forced to save, giving Na`Vi a 14-12 lead, and control of the game, just a few moments later.
With their backs against the wall it was Filip "NEO" Kubski's time to play the hero, as his two AK47 kills allowed ESC to win a three-on-four situation, followed up by Mariusz "Loord" Cybulski's three kill to tie the game at fourteen.
ESC claimed a 15-14 lead next, but with Valve still unable to fix the basic GOTV issue with buffer at the end of the game, no one got to know exactly how Na`Vi tied the game.
Meanwhile in the other match n!faculty struggled much more than expected with British TeamCRG. Starting as terrorists on de_inferno_se, the Germans found themselves trailing 4-10 before winning the last round of the half.
n!faculty mounted a comeback in the second half, even coming as close as 9-11, but ultimately failed to overcome what many considered to be cannonfodder for them, placing dead last in Vienna after a 13-16 loss.
Second group stage is expected to go live when teams are setup in the tournament area. HLTV.org will continue our full coverage from Vienna, now with GOTVs back online as well.