Na`Vi and dignitas go 1-1

Natus Vincere and dignitas share the spoils at EPICENTER: Moscow after tying their BO2 match 1-1 (6-16 on Mirage and 16-9 on Nuke).

Group A started with a series between Natus Vincere and Dignitas - and the CIS side interestingly deciding to veto Cache and Cobblestone, leaving Nuke to be picked by the Danish team.

The series started with Natus Vincere's pick - Mirage, but it wasn't going well for the champions of ESL One New York that were struggling on the Terrorist side.

Dignitas built a strong lead early on, making it 7-2 before René "cajunb" Borg showed up with two crucial 1v1 clutches to help his team get to a massive 12-3 lead.

cajunb's clutches allowed dignitas to build a big lead on Mirage 

Their Terrorist B-rush pistol round wasn't successful, allowing Natus Vincere to put together a couple of rounds, but Emil "Magisk" Reif clutched the third round-buy to get his team back into the driving seat.

15-6 up, Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen's team showed a lot of composure and good usage of utility to close out the anti force-buy round, and the map, as soon as possible. 

17th October 2016

 Dignitas K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk 25 - 12 +13 111.2 1.77
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wieneckek0nfig 23 - 15 +8 117.0 1.63
Norway Ruben 'RUBINO' VillarroelRUBINO 20 - 12 +8 86.6 1.45
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borgcajunb 20 - 10 +10 85.9 1.41
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' LauridsenMSL 9 - 13 -4 54.0 0.90
 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostylievs1mple 23 - 18 +5 97.5 1.32
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' KovácsGuardiaN 14 - 20 -6 76.5 1.01
Ukraine Ioann 'Edward' SukharievEdward 9 - 19 -10 47.2 0.56
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyevflamie 8 - 20 -12 48.3 0.55
Russia Denis 'seized' Kostinseized 7 - 20 -13 40.3 0.34

Despite losing the pistol and the following two rounds, Natus Vincere had a solid start on the Terrorist side of Nuke, working the outside part of the map and successfully finding picks.

After losing the first half 9-6, the Danes were on the brink of equalizing the score on the back of another pistol round win, but their A site rush was stopped by a couple of pistol-wielding Natus Vincere players.

It was 13-8 before MSL's team could buy again, however, that didn't help them assert their dominance on the map, especially against Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács who was winning all the duels in yard.

The match ended 16-9 for the CIS side, tying the best-of-two at 1-1.

17th October 2016

 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' KovácsGuardiaN 24 - 13 +11 102.6 1.69
Ukraine Ioann 'Edward' SukharievEdward 21 - 14 +7 77.9 1.40
Russia Denis 'seized' Kostinseized 22 - 13 +9 96.5 1.38
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostylievs1mple 17 - 15 +2 69.4 1.15
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyevflamie 17 - 16 +1 76.6 1.05
 Dignitas K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk 18 - 17 +1 84.7 1.04
Norway Ruben 'RUBINO' VillarroelRUBINO 16 - 19 -3 68.4 0.92
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borgcajunb 15 - 19 -4 64.0 0.82
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' LauridsenMSL 9 - 23 -14 62.4 0.65
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wieneckek0nfig 12 - 23 -11 55.8 0.55

The second match of Group B is coming up next, with fnatic and HellRaisers playing their first maps in Moscow.

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Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
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Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
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Denmark René 'cajunb' Borg
René 'cajunb' Borg
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Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
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France Kabby 
Damn ppl too fast
2016-10-17 17:25
Korea 2814 
ez dig
2016-10-17 17:25
Russ | 
United Kingdom @Russ_CS 
gg wp 1-1
2016-10-17 17:25
Sweden lagcats 
its close between them
2016-10-17 17:25
why so fast?
2016-10-17 17:26
navi was bad on map 1
2016-10-17 17:26
-RUBINO +aizy and dignitas will win tournaments over any team
2016-10-17 17:27
sadly yes :((
2016-10-17 17:32
sadly no, because dignitas is great with rubino. He do the most hard job in dignitas, but no one see that.
2016-10-17 17:40
i was thinking the exact same thing, but i wish they had a better support, because rubino plays better when he is the heavy hitter. with k0nfig and magisk there is not much room left for him.
2016-10-17 17:43
He have some great games, and some bad. But if im dignitas, i wont change anything there. Its perfect lineup. They grow as a team very fast, i never liked dignitas lineup. But somehow i like them now :) Great team!
2016-10-17 17:44
Sad thing is that MSL is the problem
2016-10-17 18:03
Sad thing is that there is no better IGL left in Denmark. karrigan is wasted, gla1ve doesn't call even in Heroic.
2016-10-17 18:17
better aimer > IGL . Look what C9 did and its working
2016-10-17 19:02
so you're saying that C9's IGL is garbage as an actual strat-caller?
2016-10-17 19:18
Are you able to read or you just have an unknown syndrome?
2016-10-17 19:46
i can repeat my question - why the F do you think that C9 have a mediocre IGL? MSL is a good IGL, dignitas play like a team and execute like a team (not like FaZe), Snappi doesn't do a work of the same usefulness in Heroic, gla1ve doesn't call at all meaning that even Snappi knows it better how to call, FeTiSh was kicked for sucking cock as an IGL, karrigan is wasted. But you went far and said that dignitas need no IGL at all. Why do I even argue with that shit?
2016-10-17 19:51
Anyone can be IGL. What do you mean? N0thing was for C9 and he sucked ass but there they needed more fire-power that now they have. They had stewie that is a mediocre IGL but now they win. How come? Because for winning and being more cosistent you need more fire than MSL can provide.
2016-10-17 20:26
Fetish :)
2016-10-17 19:44
oh, that mr."We choke and have no idea how play T sides"? xD
2016-10-17 19:44
Poland sajlent 
Na`Vi on nuke? i are think that so basically now they're just shit on cache and cobble and we all know that they won't play cache never ever
2016-10-17 17:29
only mirage 4 onlinenitas go home
2016-10-17 17:30
you rly don't like dignitas, eh :D posting "onlinenitas" on all related news. salty cuz they beat russian mix team on lan final?
2016-10-17 17:33
tier3 lan
2016-10-17 17:35
VP is tier3?
2016-10-17 17:47
1 team from top tier1 lan? u braindead onlinenitas fan?
2016-10-17 17:59
Turkey KacaKTV 
Msl da king lel
2016-10-17 17:30
given how the game developed i think both teams should be happy with a 1-1. dignitas performed surprisingly well on mirage and surprisingly bad on nuke. nothing lost, nothing learnt.
2016-10-17 17:34
-msl +karrigan pls
2016-10-17 17:39
Yes pls
2016-10-17 17:53
Let me get this straight: u wanna remove a player from a team that plays well atm and replace with a player who is bottomfragging for a team that is performing terribly atm? Ok. Good plan.......
2016-10-17 19:25
karrigan>msl skillwise and tacticly wise
2016-10-17 19:27
Skillwise, sure. Not sure about tactically. MSL is a pretty decent IGL from the look of things. Manages his players pretty well which is very important.
2016-10-17 20:09
definitely not tactically, look at how shite astralis is doing
2016-10-17 20:47
look at how shit dignitas were doing all the time?its all about players. astralis are fucking chokers (device and xyp9x) karrigan>msl
2016-10-17 20:51
karrigan is not a choker?
2016-10-17 22:15
Guess who is last on Dignitas side again
2016-10-17 17:45
Armenia cGev 
2016-10-17 17:49
Poland trancemeister 
why they do not kick MSL? useless player.
2016-10-17 18:13
because he is their ingame leader and he is responsible for the team's strategies, which are working quite well at the moment. ez
2016-10-17 18:41
Denmark sirrr 
Why not stop yourself from commenting? Dignitas are kinda on the best strive they've ever been, why would they change that? You don't change something that is working because people on HLTV wants all 5 players on every team to shoot one billion people every round ...
2016-10-17 19:10
2016-10-17 19:23
World bigb1rd 
MSL keeping consistent with those 9 massive impact clutch frags per match. What a beast.
2016-10-17 18:16
MSL go home
2016-10-17 19:22
Dignitas are looking really strong these days. Very nice of them to trade against Na'Vi on LAN. Hope they keep this performance up, but MSL cannot keep being on Slemmy mode.
2016-10-17 20:39
All these people hating on MSL... He is in game leader. His primary role is to talk and make calls, not to frag. If he frags, that makes it better but it shouldn't be expected of him. If volvo hadn't made it so that coaches can't be IGL i would say make msl igl-coach and bring in another fragger. But they did so they are stuck with msl now.
2016-10-18 02:27
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