Nostalgie have completed the biggest upset in CS:GO yet as they've defeated Natus Vincere 2-1 (7-16 de_inferno_se, 16-12 de_mirage_ce, 16-12 de_train_se) in the grand finals of Prague Challenge.
Na`Vi started the grand final of Prague Challenge well on de_inferno_se by winning the opening pistol round thanks to two kills by Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev. They followed it up with two anti-eco wins, going up 3-0.
Filip "Neo" Kubski's triple gave Nostalgie their first round, but just as his team were about to break Na`Vi's economy, Sukhariev and Yegor "markeloff" Markelov came through with a two-on-three retake in B.
That round shifted all the momentum over and the likes of Arseny "ceh9" Trynozhenko's triple kills on round seven helped Na`Vi run their lead to a whopping ten rounds with eight straight wins.
The mixteam then broke the Ukrainian side's defense two rounds in a row, including a round where Danilo "Zeus" Teslenko ran out of time on the bomb in a one-on-one. Teslenko & co won the final round however, leading 12-3 at half.
Despite losing Sukhariev early, Natus Vincere converted their pistol round to a win. Nostalgie saved once and lost the third round early buy, facing map point at 3-15 quickly in the second half.
starix & co were confident heading into the grand final
Some aggression including Dan "apEX" Madesclaire's middle push kept his team alive for a while, but ultimately Markelov was able to clutch a one-on-four situation to win his team the first map 16-7.
After switching to de_mirage_ce, Nostalgie gained two entry kills in the A site but double kills by Teslenko and Sergey "starix" Ischuk won Na`Vi the all important opening pistol round.
Markelov's ace made it 2-0, but the mixteam got back in the game by trading the next rounds and then winning two close encounters, including a one-on-one by Kenny "kennyS" Schrub in the B site.
Once again a retake gave Na`Vi all the momentum to run away with, as they retook the A site in a three-on-five situation to rally back in to the half which early on seemed a little dangerous for them.
The Ukrainians had Teslenko and Trynozhenko split the spot in round ten, Markelov win a one-on-one in round twelve and an AWPing Sukhariev get a triple in round thirteen, as they won seven straight rounds.
Kubski once again got a triple to win his team an odd round, but it made little difference in the half as Trynozhenko's triple got Na`Vi an 11-4 lead at half time on the second map.
OverDrive's clutches helped Nostalgie win de_mirage_ce
A double kill by both Frenchmen on Nostalgie won them the pistol round, and Birukov was able to beat Sukhariev in a one-on-one on Natus Vincere's third round early buy to make it 7-11.
Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas and Schrub's doubles made it 8-11, and Na`Vi had no chance until the game was tied at eleven each, when they finally won their first terrorist side round.
Little did they know it would be their last round, as Wojtas and Madesclaire scored double. Madesclaire then flanked the entire map for two, Birukov won a one-on-two and Schrub's quad kill won the map 16-12.
Final map de_train_se started with a Na`Vi pistol round win. Madesclaire then evened the game with a great ace including a headshot on Teslenko in a one-on-one situation.
Markelov and Teslenko won a two-on-four with the bomb planted outside to keep Na`Vi in the lead as they rallied to make it 5-2, but that's when the Ukrainian side ran into trouble.
Practically everyone on Nostalgie started hitting shots and their individual skill allowed them to continuously get picks all over the map, resulting in five straight round wins, an impressive feat as terrorists on de_train_se.
apEX had reasons to celebrate once again on de_train_se
Na`Vi were able to snatch the next two rounds even though they came down to the wire, but were once again picked apart on the final round as Nostalgie changed side with a narrow 8-7 lead.
Switching to the easier side of the map the mixteam was now favored, and winning the pistol round plus the two save rounds from Na`Vi allowed them to jump up to an 11-7 lead.
An outside attack won Na`Vi their eighth round, but Madesclaire's flank all across the map to inner gave him three kills and a round. Individual play from the favorites then allowed them to sneak back into the game.
First Teslenko and Sukhariev combined for four to make it 9-12, followed up by Sukhariev's triple and Nostalgie's save round as they cut their deficit to just one at 11-12.
Na`Vi were then completely shut down outside and another triple by Madesclaire made it 14-11, followed up by a hat trick from Wojtas to give them four match points in the grand final.
Teslenko was able to win the first of them in a one-on-one versus Birukov, but fell short next round versus Schrub in a similar one-on-one after some clever play, and Nostalgie were able to win the map 16-12, 2-1 overall.
|Nostalgie||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 1.0|
|Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX||72 - 53||+19||-||1.33|
|Kenny 'kennyS' SchrubkennyS||64 - 54||+10||-||1.15|
|Filip 'NEO' KubskiNEO||52 - 59||-7||-||0.90|
|Wiktor 'TaZ' WojtasTaZ||51 - 54||-3||-||0.89|
|Alexey 'OverDrive' BirukovOverDrive||30 - 48||-18||-||0.68|
|Natus Vincere||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 1.0|
|Yegor 'markeloff' Markelovmarkeloff||59 - 50||+9||-||1.20|
|Ioann 'Edward' SukharievEdward||65 - 56||+9||-||1.13|
|Danylo 'Zeus' TeslenkoZeus||55 - 58||-3||-||0.97|
|Sergey 'starix' Ischukstarix||47 - 52||-5||-||0.93|
|Arseny 'ceh9' Trynozhenkoceh9||41 - 54||-13||-||0.79|
Prague Challenge final standings:
1. Nostalgie - 5,000€
2. Natus Vincere - 3,000€
3. Anexis - 2,000€
Stay tuned for the final batch of photos from day two at Prague Challenge, set to be uploaded very soon.