Na`Vi through to StarSeries final
Natus Vincere have booked their place in the grand final of the SL i-League StarSeries XIV Finals with a convincing 2-0 win over EnVyUs (16-12 on de_cobblestone, 16-5 on de_train).
The second semifinal contest in Minsk was a repeat of the DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca 2015 final, featuring an EnVyUs side who had defeated fnatic and questionmark without losing a single map and a Natus Vincere team who had looked shaky in the previous stages.
EnVyUs, who began on the Terrorist side on de_cobblestone, came out of the game looking scary and cruised to an 8-2 lead as Na`Vi were continuously on the backfoot in economic terms. But Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev and Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács stepped up to the plate during the dying stages of the half, providing their team with the firepower needed to close the gap to five rounds before the break.
The second half started with Na`Vi getting five rounds on the board to restore parity at 10-10. A triple kill from Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey then gave EnVyUs their first round on the CT side, but the Frenchmen were unable to capitalise on that as Na`Vi quickly regained control of the game and won six of the following seven rounds en route to a 16-12 finish.
Na`Vi advance to the title decider
Map #2 was de_train, where Na`Vi picked up where they left off, getting out to a 4-0 lead. EnVyUs then had a great opportunity to finally get a round but spurned a three-man advantage against Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko in a retake. Na`Vi continued to apply tremendous pressure and the scoreline bloomed to a 9-0 advantage for them before EnVyUs managed to do something.
But the round taken by EnVyUs was countered with a round by Na`Vi right after, preventing Vincent "Happy" Schopenhauer's men from getting any economic development. With a solid bank and the momentum with them, Na`Vi went into the restart with a commanding 13-2 lead.
Things plunged from bad to worse for EnVyUs, who wasted a 4vs2 situation in the pistol round with the bomb planted. Na`Vi went on to add two more rounds to bring the game to match point, and even though the French side still picked up three rounds, it was just too little, too late, as the CIS team closed out the map 16-5 right after.