Na`Vi beat NiP; to semi-finals

Natus Vincere are through to the semi-finals at MLG Columbus after moving past Ninjas in Pyjamas 2-0 (16-9 on Inferno and 16-10 on Mirage).

The series kicked off on Inferno, and the story about the opening six rounds was all about Na`Vi's great defensive setup inside the A site. Time and time again, NiP were left frustrated while trying to enter the site, and they had to rely on a 1vs2 clutch from Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg to finally claim a round.

The Swedes would be able to make it two in a row, but then Na`Vi regained control of proceedings and went on a fantastic run that saw them close out the half with a commanding 13-2 lead.

In the second half, NiP looked the livelier of the two sides during the early stages, winning seven of the first eight rounds, with Adam "friberg" Friberg leading the charge. Na`Vi were struggling to build up their bank, but then Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács did what he does best as he paved the way for his team to win the round with two crucial AWP kills, putting the CIS team on map point before Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev applied the finishing blow in a 1vs2 clutch.


Na`Vi move on in Columbus 

Na`Vi carried their momentum into the second map, Mirage, and strolled to a 5-0 lead after a flying start on the Terrorist side. NiP then picked up a round but they were unable to build on them, getting reset and being forced to call a timetout. The move paid off as NiP turned a 1-6 deficit into a hotly-contested 5-7 scoreline, displaying great synergy in two eco rounds, but Na`Vi strung the last three rounds together to take a five-round lead into the break.

It was more of the same in the early stages of the second half as Na`Vi picked up four rounds in succession to get dangerously close to match point. With no margin for error, NiP still tried to find their way back into the game and won five of the next six rounds, but Na`Vi remained calm and collected and sealed a 16-10 victory that puts them through to the last-four stage-

Matchpage
2
0
1st April 2016
Sweden
16
Inferno
9
16
Mirage
10

 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Russia Denis 'seized' Kostinseized 50 - 28 +22 99.8 1.48
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyevflamie 47 - 33 +14 92.5 1.35
Ukraine Ioann 'Edward' SukharievEdward 40 - 25 +15 79.1 1.29
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' KovácsGuardiaN 32 - 36 -4 66.8 0.98
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' TeslenkoZeus 28 - 31 -3 69.0 0.92
 NiP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest 38 - 38 0 77.8 1.05
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' LandströmXizt 36 - 41 -5 78.3 1.03
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' AlesundGeT_RiGhT 29 - 41 -12 69.2 0.88
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Fribergfriberg 31 - 37 -6 71.5 0.82
Sweden Björn 'THREAT' PersTHREAT 18 - 40 -22 49.7 0.58

Ukraine Ioann 'Edward' Sukhariev
Ioann 'Edward' Sukhariev
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1414
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
28
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1450
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1509
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1627
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
#2
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Estonia syccc 
feels bad for nip :(
2016-04-01 18:35
-friburger -xizt
2016-04-01 18:36
you realize this is not their lineup? They would had done some much better with Pyth like they should have done.
2016-04-01 18:59
#136
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Russia razorVJ 
Yea probably would have taken 10 and 11 rounds on these maps with pyth.
2016-04-01 19:25
Well Na'Vi just targeted NiP's weak point (Threat) if they had pyth; the game would have been a different story. Inb4 you make a joke about pyth being a weak point anyway.
2016-04-01 19:53
#143
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Russia razorVJ 
What's done is done. Just leave it alone and don't regret it. Don't even wanna think about what would have happened if pyth played.
2016-04-01 19:56
It could of gone either way. 2-1 nip or 2-1 Na'Vi if pyth played tbh. You're being biased because they're a CIS team. End of story.
2016-04-01 19:58
#145
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Russia razorVJ 
NiP lost. End of story.
2016-04-01 19:59
NiP did lose. Good observational skills. Isn't that what we're talking about? -__-
2016-04-01 20:00
#153
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Kazakhstan DRAEGS 
1) They did not target THREAT, it was couple of rounds when seized was deliberately seeking an aim duel vs him on mirage that's it. On inferno, THREAT is playing on arch side, and tell me how the hack you are not gonna deal with arch when attacking A site? 2) Pyth is surely a better player than THREAT, but cmon Na'Vi has been in a sick form lately, with their last match lost being on IEM vs LG, which was extremely close. They have lost only 1 map since then to F3 on Counter pit. There would be no way even with pyth that NiP would win this. I like NiP, and I think that they are on a rise, and even maybe they will thrive for a top placement on the next major, but now it is just obvious that Na'Vi on a completely different level.
2016-04-01 20:33
Okay, maybe they didn't seek threat the whole 2 maps but Na'Vi knew NiP were weaker so they just exploited that which ofc any team would do. I agree on your other points but I still say it could have gone either way if pyth was playing. This is NiP at the majors we're talking about dude. You can never count them out (as a full team with pyth of course)
2016-04-01 20:45
Despite this THREAT still showed up, probably as I would say to the best of his ability. Consider how much time he had to practice and everything. But you're right, whether they won or lost they would have had a completely better performance with pyth despite anyone's opinion on his personal skill level.
2016-04-02 04:21
Yeah this tournament would have been maybe the best major if Olof's wrist wasn't fucked and Pyth was able to play. Still a good major but I'm disappointed a little bit personally.
2016-04-02 13:03
Mix of disappointment and hype. Interesting to see someone other than Fnatic stepping it up.
2016-04-02 17:27
Just look at the final table And Tell me why -xizt (36-41) -second best fraging for nip. Or Friberg without whom they would lost inferno like 16-4
2016-04-01 19:32
DH Malmo we will show who we are
2016-04-01 18:36
Ez nip
2016-04-01 18:52
#63
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Sweden pend3x1g 
hi
2016-04-01 18:36
1nd
2016-04-01 18:36
I'm proud of them :) With 8 hours of pracc with stand-in they made it to playoff. #GONINJAS
2016-04-01 19:05
+THREAT
2016-04-01 20:01
ez for ence
2016-04-01 18:36
n1
2016-04-01 18:35
Well deserved NaVi
2016-04-01 18:35
#7
i am | 
Turkey kwhrajex 
nip 87-0 inc after this match Kappa
2016-04-01 18:37
maah
2016-04-01 18:35
1
2016-04-01 18:35
#91
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong wqnxy1 
1=10 nice math skillZ
2016-04-01 18:47
Tuck FiP
2016-04-01 18:36
#154
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Kazakhstan DRAEGS 
Fuck TiP?
2016-04-01 20:34
#12
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United Kingdom Bravid 
Good attempt with THREAT ggwp bois
2016-04-01 18:35
yep. seized and zeus put on the ritz, best I have ever seen them play, was too much for diminished nip. They at least made it exciting at points, good match.
2016-04-01 18:54
nice
2016-04-01 18:35
NaVi with a strong showing me with nice player pickems, ez still top 1% global
2016-04-01 18:36
Liquid>Fnatic? I'd like to see the screenshot.
2016-04-01 19:04
player pickems, at the BO1s I got almost as much points as in the BO3s due to good picks
2016-04-01 19:06
L mean, did you pick Liquid over Fnatic? And if you did, screenshot?
2016-04-01 19:07
Nope I was talking about the player pick em challenge. I picked fnatic over Liquid.
2016-04-01 19:13
ez
2016-04-01 18:35
gg
2016-04-01 18:35
n1
2016-04-01 18:35
#18
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Reunion ramowarr 
1st
2016-04-01 18:35
wp
2016-04-01 18:35
#20
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Poland Barcelonista 
seized hacker
2016-04-01 18:36
1
2016-04-01 18:35
22nd ez :DD
2016-04-01 18:35
#23
f0rest | 
Germany Gloin 
Too much handicap with Threat. 16 09 and 16 10. If they could win like 1 or 2 rounds more with Pyth per half it would already be like 13 12 and 13 13. But that doesn't really matter now, can't change shit anyway
2016-04-01 18:39
#72
f0rest | 
Germany Gloin 
.
2016-04-01 18:39
FAK man u guys so fast for me
2016-04-01 18:36
#25
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Norway Bakudi 
11
2016-04-01 18:35
#26
f0rest | 
Romania 69sRs 
re
2016-04-01 18:35
THATS MY BOYS!
2016-04-01 18:35
ikr
2016-04-01 18:35
ez
2016-04-01 18:35
nice
2016-04-01 18:35
as
2016-04-01 18:35
#35
Norway exzu 
ez
2016-04-01 18:35
n1
2016-04-01 18:35
cool
2016-04-01 18:35
"18-40"
2016-04-01 18:36
#40
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Singapore Prawblems 
e123
2016-04-01 18:35
Rip NiP
2016-04-01 18:35
#42
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Russia Reph 
rip fnatic
2016-04-01 18:35
#2
2016-04-01 18:35
eheh navi ez
2016-04-01 18:36
lol expected
2016-04-01 18:35
DAMN - 56 comments under 1 min.. no wonder this world is going down.. busy on hltv.org
2016-04-01 18:37
#49
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Lithuania Catsv3nom 
NaVi will win 16-9 and 16-10, ez 2-0 for Na'Vi
2016-04-01 18:36
#50
NiKo | 
Israel Fixzor 
Navi playing smart, ofc they will win nip :)
2016-04-01 18:36
NiP had ABSOLUTELY NO aim in team.Why?Threat,Xizt and Friberg are pretty bad at aim.Get Right and forest abov average,but not star level. And NAVI has Guardian,Flamie,Seized. Not comparable at all.
2016-04-01 18:43
#87
NiKo | 
Israel Fixzor 
if pyth play so nip may had a chance.
2016-04-01 18:45
this logic.....it`s the same when Na`Vi lose to fnatic and all saying- Na`Vi no skill, no brain etc. Na`vi is just better team than NIP, nothing more.
2016-04-01 18:55
Even as a fan ill say that, navi are ez no.2 in world and can challenge fnatic whereas nip are trying to get back on their feet and had a standin, even with pyth navi are better atm but they showed their strength in this tournie and in the pro league
2016-04-01 19:09
GL HF Na`VI WIN MLG
2016-04-01 18:36
#52
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Hungary lemusz 
Comeon Mr. Kovács i want you to win a major!!!!
2016-04-01 18:36
gg NiP! ggwp Navi!
2016-04-01 18:36
expected, but nip put good fight
2016-04-01 18:36
well gg, better than expected from nip will be interesting to see what they can do in the future :)
2016-04-01 18:36
100th
2016-04-01 18:36
f0rest cant carry nt tho!
2016-04-01 18:36
NiP are a joke.
2016-04-01 18:36
#98
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Serbia whoa!! 
i wonder how fnatic plays with vuggo
2016-04-01 18:54
Oh wow so instead of having Pyth and Friberg bottom frag every game they had Threat and Friberg bottom fragging what a big difference. If Vuggo play he'd actually be replacing a good player so yeah it would hurt Fnatic way more than threat does playing for Pyth who is a onliner trash player himself.
2016-04-01 18:56
#111
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Serbia whoa!! 
damn ! you haters are the worst thing that could happen to this community.they were playing 4v5, threat is no where near other players (no blame),they practised with him for 8 hrs,look at those stats of threat(18-40).It so easy to play against a team which has a weak link ,all they have to is kill him and get fair trades. there must always be someone bottom fragging u retard.pyth is way better than threat.Instead of hating a team try to give them credit for what they have done.
2016-04-01 19:03
Not hating they only made top 8 because of threat, if they played with Pyth they would of lost in the group stage. Pyth on LAN is not better than threat online only.
2016-04-01 19:04
#126
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Serbia whoa!! 
dude seriously? have you been watching any matches at all?he was getting out aimed every where(he had his moments some times,but pyth is way btter than him).Pyth played well at iem katowice except that match against mousesports.
2016-04-01 19:12
he is fan of fnatic.. maybe looks like JW oik oink
2016-04-01 19:37
seized beast mode >> guardian beast mode
2016-04-01 18:36
Expected, but good fight NiP. Where can we find a bracket for this event?
2016-04-01 18:36
Good
2016-04-01 18:37
Ez 4 seized
2016-04-01 18:37
Seized pugging.
2016-04-01 18:38
Well done! Fnatic - u r next...
2016-04-01 18:37
seized op nip bots
2016-04-01 18:37
gg
2016-04-01 18:38
9/44 never forget
2016-04-01 18:39
I think that with practice, nip with threat playing can be better than with pyth
2016-04-01 18:39
#75
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Turkey DiPLo0o 
GJ navi winning 2v5. Kappa
2016-04-01 18:39
-zeus + s1mple= NavI the best team in the world.
2016-04-01 18:41
f0rest should get a better team
2016-04-01 18:40
You have clearly been watching CS recently
2016-04-02 03:49
#79
Edward | 
United States kUcheRR 
ez seized
2016-04-01 18:41
nt NiP, better luck next time
2016-04-01 18:42
#83
Finland Hep0 
Totally allu was the problem, i arent think that
2016-04-01 18:44
not a single chance by NiP, gg Na'Vi
2016-04-01 18:45
Nice try NiP and well played NaVi!!
2016-04-01 18:45
"lurppis ‏@lurppis_ 5 minför 5 minuter sedan NiP's opening duel usage at @MLG: GTR 34.3% friberg 19.3% Xizt 18.8% f0rest 17.7% threat 9.9% What a massive change in roles." This is what made NiP lose so many t-rounds on inferno. GeT_RiGhT running as first man almost every fucking round, it's insane when you have players that is way worse that can do that role and give info to the others. GGWP Na'Vi! Shame on you NiP. " lurppis ‏@lurppis_ 2 minför 2 minuter sedan Considering GTR took more than 1/3 of the team's duels, a staggering figure, his best-in-team 1.07 rating (84.8 ADR) looks impressive."
2016-04-01 18:46
#96
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Canada ryxze 
rekt
2016-04-01 18:54
He is more or less back to his old role. He was never a lurker in his prime of fnatic or when nip were dominating the csgo-scene. He was just better than everyone else.. Having a player that good as a lurker is a total waste of skill and im glad threat has realized this. It looked very promising for them until pyth couldn't come and thats very unfortunate. The biggest mistake they did on inferno was relying way too heavily on GT's opening frags rather than to play it strategically with set-up smoke rounds and executions.. Giving threat the role that pyth has on banana is just not going to work against a team like Navi either. Saying "shame on you NIP" when they reach the quarter-final in a major with a stand-in who hasn't played in ages is just weird :)
2016-04-01 19:08
Ye, I know GT was never a lurker in 1.6 except for his time in SK. But yeah, stupid of me saying "Shame on you". Was just so mad that GT needed to go first all the time, fucked them up really hard on inferno :p
2016-04-01 22:01
#88
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
nice try NiP! congratz!
2016-04-01 18:45
navi win major...
2016-04-01 18:47
sweden no talent emerged nowaday !!
2016-04-01 18:57
-friberg -pyth +znajder +twist
2016-04-01 18:54
nt vactares
2016-04-01 18:57
maybe learn swedish XANTARES goes the nip
2016-04-01 18:58
tbh, Friberg played well this match. Except when he couldn't kill a flashed Seized...twice...
2016-04-01 19:04
NiP should retire, dont push it. you guys are not tier 1 anymore..accept that, take your pride and retire, u have no one to proof here.. u should embarrass yourself and the organisation. give space for new comers, and y'll just retire.
2016-04-01 18:58
#106
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Russia numanox 
navi molodcom
2016-04-01 18:59
ez
2016-04-01 19:00
4 vs 5 game. Sad for nip
2016-04-01 19:04
#129
TACO | 
Brazil grandao0 
yeah, who is threat anyways? threat to whom? rofl
2016-04-01 19:15
a vet from 1.6 and a tactical mastermind as coach. didn't play for 10 months, so he did pretty amazing.
2016-04-01 20:00
#170
TACO | 
Brazil grandao0 
I would not invite a players who is out of the GO scene for 10 months to a great team such as nip to play a major that is for sure
2016-04-04 17:50
he was not invited, he was already strat calling and perfectly knew the tactics and the positions of every player. that's not something you can practice in 2 days. they probably could not invite anyone else anyway.
2016-04-04 18:28
#128
TACO | 
Brazil grandao0 
guardian only plays his A game versus LG
2016-04-01 19:14
#134
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United States Notfromna 
feelsbadman
2016-04-01 19:24
nip magic
2016-04-01 19:25
ggwp NiP. Next time make sure pyth ups his visa game.
2016-04-01 19:28
Lmao THREAT
2016-04-01 19:36
they lost that event becouse of pyth. GGWP
2016-04-01 20:09
#150
Zeus | 
Ukraine LoqoJoqo 
pyth < any navi player
2016-04-01 20:14
gg ez wp Edward and GuardiaN all the rest were great too! gj
2016-04-01 20:20
Yeah, it's time to blame NiP for getting to quarters with coach. What a fucktards.
2016-04-01 20:28
RiP NiP
2016-04-01 20:59
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