Na`Vi beat Astralis; to Major final
Natus Vincere are the first MLG Columbus grand finalists as they have just came out on top of their semi-final versus Astralis 2-0 (de_inferno 16-14, de_dust2 16-5).
Day five at MLG Columbus continued with the first semi-final between Astralis and Natus Vincere, starting on the former's pick, de_inferno. It was the latter who kicked it off the better however, as they got up to 5-0 after the pistol and the first gunround, where they conserved grenades to force the Danes on a low timer.
Two perfect A executes worked out well for the Astralis squad, who picked up their third and fourth round once they delivered a fake based on the previous strategy. A triple by Nicolai "device" Reedtz pushed it to an even 5-5 before Egor "flamie" Vasilyev and Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev regained the lead after winning a 3-on-5 situation.
Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács kept getting shut down by the opposing AWPer however, which helped the Danish lineup push it to 8-6 in their favor before a strong defence on the B bombsite gave Na`Vi the last round.
The beginning of the second half saw a similar start play out, as Natus Vincere got five out of six rounds much thanks to GuardiaN's clutch triple. A clean defence on A and a 3-on-3 retake on B helped Astralis claw it back to 12-11, but more great play from Edward meant his team would go on to take the 14th round.
Edward put in a monstrous performance on Inferno
Three rounds in a row for Astralis made it seem like they'd be able to take match point first, but a buy worth of only a single rifle somehow worked out for the CIS-based squad, who pushed on to take map one for 16-14.
Denis "seized" Kostin kicked off Dust2 with a triple in a rush on short for 3-0 in his team's favor. Natus Vincere put on an unexpected tempo as they started with a few quick executes, surprising Astralis and taking it to 6-0.
This time it wasn't stopped, even despite close situations, and the score soon showed 12-3 at halftime, at which point Astralis were staring down the barrel. Losing the pistol round didn't help things, but losing to a forcebuy after just winning one added insult to injury, as Natus Vincere took it 16-5 in the end to make it to the grand final.
K - D
Ioann 'Edward' SukharievEdward
50 - 28
Egor 'flamie' Vasilyevflamie
46 - 29
Danylo 'Zeus' TeslenkoZeus
28 - 30
Denis 'seized' Kostinseized
28 - 29
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' KovácsGuardiaN
24 - 30