Na`Vi defeat HellRaisers; G2 crush Renegades

Natus Vincere and G2 have picked up their first victories at StarSeries i-League Season 4 after beating HellRaisers and Renegades, respectively, both by 2-0 scorelines.

The series between Natus Vincere and HellRaisers kicked off on Cobblestone, the latter team's map pick, with Egor "flamie" Vasilyev opening up the action with a triple-kill to help his team grab the CT pistol. Despite losing the first gun round, the Ukrainian side instantly responded to break their opponents' economy.

Then, a successful eco round marked the beginning of a five-round streak from Kirill "ANGE1" Karasiow's squad, who continuously ran all over the Na`Vi defence, losing only two more rounds before the end of the half as they took a 9-6 lead.

In the second half, Natus Vincere seemed to have the pistol round in control, but then Kevin "HS" Tarn almost clutched a 1v3 situation. After following that up with both anti-ecos, Na`Vi got back in the lead after overturning a 3v5 situation.

After Natus Vincere hit the 11-round mark, HellRaisers tightened up their defense and retook the lead, forcing Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko to call a tactical pause. That short break did wonders for the Ukrainians, who would lock down the map shortly afterwards.

Natus Vincere start off their campaign in Kiev on the right foot

Next up was Inferno, and, just like on the previous map, flamie opened things up with a triple-kill to secure the CT pistol for Natus Vincere. This time around, however, the Ukrainian team would not prevail in the subsequent anti-eco.

Still, Natus Vincere remained in control of the map by winning four of the following five rounds. In the next round, Özgür "woxic" Eker gave his team some breathing room after finding two opponents with a Deagle and then clutching a heroic 1v3 situation.

Na`Vi shut down any chances of HellRaisers building up an economy or stringing rounds together, closing out the half with a 9-6 lead, to which they added after taking the second half pistol and the following anti-ecos. 

Zeus came up huge with a quad-kill in the first full gun round, setting Na`Vi up for a 14-6 lead. HellRaisers still tried to get back in it, but there was nothing they could do to prevent Na`Vi from running away with the lead. 

 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostylievs1mple 40 - 24 +16 81.6 1.39
Ukraine Ioann 'Edward' SukharievEdward 44 - 36 +8 101.9 1.33
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipovelectronic 35 - 27 +8 70.1 1.09
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyevflamie 36 - 35 +1 79.4 1.07
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' TeslenkoZeus 34 - 31 +3 63.4 1.04
 HellRaisers K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Ukraine Vladyslav 'bondik' Nechyporchukbondik 41 - 35 +6 86.8 1.19
Turkey Özgür 'woxic' Ekerwoxic 42 - 34 +8 77.4 1.18
Estonia Kevin 'HS' TarnHS 27 - 41 -14 60.5 0.79
Hungary Bence 'DeadFox' BöröczDeadFox 23 - 38 -15 59.7 0.74
Ukraine Kirill 'ANGE1' KarasiowANGE1 20 - 41 -21 59.6 0.69

In their LAN debut with Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad, Renegades began their opponents' map pick, Cobblestone, with a successful T-side pistol, but could not follow that up. After grabbing a quick 3-1 lead, G2 still lost the first full gun round before stringing five rounds together to secure a dominant 8-2 lead.

That was when Renegades finally managed to get a footing in the game, winning three of the next five rounds to reduce the deficit to 5-10. Noah "Nifty" Francis' men carried that momentum into the second half, picking up the initial three rounds to get within touching distance of their opponents.

G2 were unwilling to let the game slip from their fingers, however, and finally picked up the pace, bagging six rounds in a row to close out the map, 16-8.

apEX topped the scoreboard with a 1.72 rating

Starting out on the CT-side on Mirage, Kenny "kennyS" Schrub found two kills while holding B, but Justin "jks" Savage came up huge with a quad-kill to help Renegades secure their third pistol of the series. Just like on Cobblestone, though, G2 responded immediately and took control of proceedings after that.

It was only in the 11th round that Renegades were able to pick up their second round of the map, but G2 were far too hot for the Australians to handle and closed out the half with a 13-2 lead before winning three rounds straight as Terrorists.

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 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX 41 - 26 +15 124.6 1.72
France Kenny 'kennyS' SchrubkennyS 44 - 16 +28 82.7 1.51
France Nathan 'NBK-' SchmittNBK- 34 - 22 +12 86.5 1.38
France Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianarobodyy 32 - 23 +9 68.7 1.22
France Richard 'shox' Papillonshox 30 - 23 +7 79.0 1.20
 Renegades K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Australia Justin 'jks' Savagejks 26 - 37 -11 87.6 0.91
Australia Aaron 'AZR' WardAZR 27 - 38 -11 61.6 0.78
Norway Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostadjkaem 23 - 36 -13 51.7 0.64
Australia Karlo 'USTILO' PivacUSTILO 17 - 36 -19 57.8 0.63
United States Noah 'Nifty' FrancisNifty 17 - 35 -18 51.9 0.60

Estonia Kevin 'HS' Tarn
Kevin 'HS' Tarn
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
669
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1400
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.17
Australia Justin 'jks' Savage
Justin 'jks' Savage
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
862
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1248
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
United States Noah 'Nifty' Francis
Noah 'Nifty' Francis
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
789
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.09
Ukraine Kirill 'ANGE1' Karasiow
Kirill 'ANGE1' Karasiow
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1669
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.17
Norway Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
898
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Turkey Özgür 'woxic' Eker
Özgür 'woxic' Eker
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
769
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1597
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
yay
2018-02-17 19:08
#6
AdreN | 
Kazakhstan 96kg 
qotaq <3
2018-02-17 19:08
#11
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United States Bigreddev 
go c9?
2018-02-17 19:08
amina ketpe
2018-02-17 19:23
#26
CeRq | 
Canada Timings 
Poor jkaem.
2018-02-17 19:58
Yeah, but he isn't a top tier player anymore
2018-02-18 03:54
#47
CeRq | 
Canada Timings 
Not at all, but he came into this tournament with these tweets how motivated he is etc and then it goes like this lol.
2018-02-18 12:25
jkaem did a great job against fnatic :D
2018-02-19 11:56
#50
CeRq | 
Canada Timings 
Yeah boy! :D
2018-02-19 12:51
im so happy for him, cause he is nice guy!
2018-02-19 13:13
#2
AdreN | 
Kazakhstan 96kg 
hi
2018-02-17 19:08
#3
United Kingdom Jet_ 
Gg
2018-02-17 19:08
gg
2018-02-17 19:08
Gg
2018-02-17 19:08
ez
2018-02-17 19:08
13421
2018-02-17 19:08
#9
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Hungary StraYzie 
GONIFTY
2018-02-17 19:08
#10
Mexico Moxw 
n1
2018-02-17 19:08
#12
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Brazil HueyNewton 
Ez for s1mple
2018-02-17 19:08
ange1 xD
2018-02-17 19:09
Nifty overhyped
2018-02-17 19:09
Nah, Renegades just need another star player to fill the gap NAF left. The aussies are good but they're better playing support or second entry, they just can't compete on an international level quite yet.
2018-02-18 04:26
G2 looking good.
2018-02-17 19:13
#16
NiKo | 
Europe trey_ 
ez s1mple csgoooood
2018-02-17 19:13
Edward went nuclear
2018-02-17 19:15
#18
ableJ | 
Bangladesh DisableJ 
nifty is so online '-'
2018-02-17 19:17
#19
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Portugal RKO23 
lol at these people stating that nifty is online and overhyped IS CALLED A BAD MATCHUP.
2018-02-17 19:18
Don't even think it's a bad matchup.. RNG just picked jkaem up 1 week ago. Teams need time to develop. In the old days because there wasn't a tournament every 2 weeks, some teams would have months of practice before playing with a new lineup at a big LAN. I think now days kids expect instant results which is unrealistic. Also NAF was boosting RNG hard
2018-02-18 00:58
#36
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Portugal RKO23 
im talking about nifty...
2018-02-18 01:08
Right but players arent performing because its a new lineup. It changes the dynamics of the team, its not because so and so is 'online'. Im actually agreeing with you, what im saying is you cant judge these players who just started playing together as a 5man unit a week ago.
2018-02-18 04:23
#44
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Portugal RKO23 
okay , thanks ^^
2018-02-18 05:04
One thing I've noticed about Renegades is either the whole team performs or no one does. That has been consistent with the aussies the whole way through and NAF was the only one who seemed to break that mould. They need another star player, to boost morale and hype them up.
2018-02-18 04:27
Yeah the way I look at it is that NAF is Tier1 and sometimes all you need is that little boost from a player and it either eases the pressure on the other guys and just makes them perform slightly better than they would normally do. Maybe its 1 less eco they have to take a map or an extra force buy that they win that can change an entire game around. I felt like NAF was giving them that extra boost and sometimes he would go ham himself and they were having these amazing results. Now they lost their T1 player and its back to all T2 players and I dont think any of them are good enough to be T1. Among the T2 teams they are in the mix but I feel like the days of upsetting any T1 teams are over.
2018-02-18 04:36
#20
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Denmark Xipingu 
Renebots all across the board.
2018-02-17 19:19
#21
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Denmark ddkk 
GOD KENNY
2018-02-17 19:22
well we can see hr with out issaa
2018-02-17 19:39
s1mple #CSGOD Edward step'd up! great news! the rest are good too. wp G2 too boiz
2018-02-17 19:52
#29
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Norway YouWotm8! 
They all had between 40 and 50 kills didnt they? So i guess they were all ok. Didn’t watch the game so i don’t know who had the most impact. But ye. S1mple is one sexy CSGOD
2018-02-17 20:33
true
2018-02-17 20:33
#25
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Finland Smoonah 
lol i thought deadfox got benched?
2018-02-17 19:56
#27
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Iceland caverat 
s1mple #1 2018 C O N F I R M E D
2018-02-17 20:18
+999999999 deserved at least #2 last year.
2018-02-17 20:20
#31
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Paraguay HighAIching 
1.39 rating vs tier 3 team... Omg top 1, hltv logic
2018-02-17 21:00
#32
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Iceland caverat 
bad b8 0/8
2018-02-17 21:00
#33
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Paraguay HighAIching 
Maybe edward is top 2 then? 1.33 rating and even more adr
2018-02-17 21:02
#39
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Iceland caverat 
hltv.org/player/483/Edward wtf ure talking cuck???
2018-02-18 04:11
#46
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Paraguay HighAIching 
Dalbajob
2018-02-18 11:41
Ye cause HR are a really good team on LAN /s Onliners playing in tier 3, ange1 is shit also he can't frag against even low teams on LAN and his strats are non existed, HR are not even capable of doing basic shit that every team does thats how shit tactically they are it's actually hilarious to watch them play to see how bad they are.
2018-02-18 03:23
as I said Angel is not so good as hltv.org subscribers think. GJ NAVI
2018-02-17 21:07
Why can't jkaem go back to late 2015 form? He's supposed to be able to rival players like rain and olof
2018-02-18 05:50
#48
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United Kingdom swellis 
rip jkaem and nifty stuck on tier 10 team
2018-02-18 13:30
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