Natus Vincere came out victorious from their SLTV StarSeries XIII Finals grand final against EnVyUs 3-1 (16-14 de_cbble, 10-16 de_dust2, 16-4 de_overpass, 25-23 de_inferno).
The best-of-five grand final's first map was to be Na`Vi's first pick de_cbble, and it was Natus Vincere starting off well with three rounds in a row despite EnVyUs trying to forcebuy.
Soon after EnVyUs made it 6-4 in their favor with five in a row, as well as Vincent "Happy" Schopenhauer clutching a one-on-three, thanks to which the Frenchmen took three more with another one-on-one clutch by Happy.
The half ended at 9-6 in EnVy's favor, combined with a second pistol-round win, as Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux took down four by himself. Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács and Egor "flamie" Vasilyev then combined for a two-on-three in the following forcebuy, setting off a three-round streak before EnVyUs broke it again thanks to ninja-like positioning by Happy who killed the planter only seconds before the timer ran out.
EnVyUs still had a very weak buy though, which again helped Na`Vi win three for three in return on the other side, making it 14n-13 in nV's favor. With GuardiaN at the top of the scoreboard, Natus Vincere took all three remaining to win map one at 16-14.
GuardiaN had a 34-17 score in a 30-round de_cbble
EnVyUs indeed took revenge in the first half of de_dust2, as they got up to 5-0 before Natus Vincere responded with a single one solely thanks to GuardiaN's fast reaction towards Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt at the back of plateau. The only other round the CIS-based squad got in the first half was due to another three-kill action by the Slovakian AWPer, making it 13-2.
It seemed like the second pistol round win was the last nail hammered in Na`Vi's coffin on map two, but with a forcebuy victory, Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko and company started mounting a comeback. Eventually though EnVyUs picked two off at B to make it to seven map points. Soon after, with a desperate quad-AWP buy from Na`Vi thrown in, nV closed it out at 16-10, equalizing the series 1-1.
de_overpass was set to be map three, once again a pick of the home team, who also got off to a flying start with both the Terrorist pistol round and the first gunround, in which Zeus killed all opponents in a four-on-four afterplant situation.
Natus Vincere kept breaking EnVyUs' economy, especially after Richard "shox" Papillon won a one-on-three, and got all the way up to 11-1 before the DreamHack Winter 2014 champions started to risk, stacking bombsites for all three remaining rounds in the half.
Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev's solo quad-kill on long practically broke all possibilities of a comeback, and that was soon confirmed after both anti-ecos, as well as a solid defence on the B bombsite by GuardiaN and Denis "seized" Kostin.
Impeccable Terrorist play on Overpass gave Na`Vi a 2-1 lead in the BO5 series
On de_inferno, EnVyUs were seemingly determined to repeat the previous map's scoreline from their point of view, as they stormed onto a 9-0 streak following solid defences on the A bombsite, as well as Natus Vincere's multiple spread-out rounds, where everyone died one by one.
Finally the home side calmed down and went back to their slow default play, ending up on the B bombsite with a set strategy, getting them a double entry into the B bombsite from seized.
Na`Vi sped things up afterwards and took another with a quick A push, combined with another two in the two rounds afterwards, making it 9-4. Yet another one from apartments didn't work out that time around, as NBK- and shox combined for five in pit before the half ended at 10-5.
What followed was a crazy string of forcebuys three times in a row going back and forth after Na`Vi snatched the pistol round, eventually making it 12-8 when shox stepped up with a very unlikely one-on-three only at three health-points in the one-on-one at the end.
shox confirmed his position as the Na`Vi-killer
Natus Vincere then read EnVyUs' rotation perfectly, helping them get back and even it out at 13-13 after two split rounds between the two teams. EnVyUs then realized a weakness in the defences and with some more entries from NBK-, his team was standing at two map points. A miraculous triple from seized in a split second down middle and GuardiaN's double on long took the game to overtime.
EnVyUs started off with a 2-1 lead on the Terrorist side thanks to Happy's one-on-three, but a couple of set strategies towards the B bombsite got Natus Vincere two as well for another overtime mr3 set.
Once again 2-1 on both sides took it to overtime number three before Na`Vi finally broke the curse and got all three rounds on the Counter-Terrorist side. Despite not being able to break nV's defences on A, Natus Vincere could celebrate thanks to a three-on-four hold on the B bombsite on low health points for 25-23, 3-1.
K - D
Ioann 'Edward' SukharievEdward
91 - 77
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' KovácsGuardiaN
94 - 75
Danylo 'Zeus' TeslenkoZeus
84 - 85
Denis 'seized' Kostinseized
84 - 83
Egor 'flamie' Vasilyevflamie
76 - 86
SLTV StarSeries XIII Finals standings:
1. Natus Vincere - $22,000
2. EnVyUs - $12,000
3-4. GPlay - $5,500
3-4. FlipSid3 - $5,500
5. Gamers2 - $2,500
6. HellRaisers - $2,500