Na`Vi beat Heroic; to playoffs in Kiev
Natus Vincere have booked their spot in the StarSeries i-League Season 4 playoffs after beating Heroic 2-1 (16-14 on Train, 11-16 on Mirage and 16-4 on Overpass).
The second match of the day kicked off on Train, Heroic's map pick, with Natus Vincere securing their CT pistol thanks to an impressive quad-kill from Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev. A bomb plant then gave the Danes some money to work with, but it was only in the fifth round that they managed to get their first on the board.
A scrappy period of the game then followed, with the trading blows for six rounds in a row, but as Heroic strung two rounds together, Natus Vincere's economy was in shambles. The Danish team continued playing at a high pace, bringing the deficit to just one round.
Natus Vincere came out of the break with all guns blazing and quickly bagged the pistol round. However, the Nordic squad immediately shut them down with a B-stack, and followed that up with both anti-ecos and a gun round to pick up an 11-9 lead.
That was when Natus Vincere won their first round with guns on the T-side, which marked the beginning of a five-round streak from them. Heroic still tried to get back into the game and equalised the score at 14-14, but the Ukrainians bagged the final two rounds of regulation to close out the map with a victory.
Now playing on their opponents' map pick, Mirage, Heroic got off to a good start as they secured the initial three rounds as Terrorists. Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko's men went on to level up the score at 3-3 after buying up, but then the Danes responded on a very weak buy.
Still, Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer's team would not back down, and began the second half with a triumphant CT pistol to bring the deficit to 7-11. Heroic carried that momentum into the gun rounds and constantly kept Natus Vincere's at bay, eventually taking the map with a flawless CT side.
Starting out as Terrorists on the decider map, Overpass, Heroic picked up the pistol round but could not follow that up. They would redeem themselves with a quad-kill from Jakob "JUGi" Hansen to equalize the game at 2-2, and then grabbed the lead with four more kills from the 20-year-old.
After that, Na`Vi set up a tight defense, ending the half with an eight-round winning streak as they closed down the sites really well and gave Heroic very little room for manoeuvre.
With a flawless B execution in the second pistol, Natus Vincere found some breathing room, but then s1mple and Denis "electronic" Sharipov clutched a 2v4 situation to keep their team in the driving seat. It would not take long for Zeus' men to wrap things up, securing a 2-1 win that puts them through to the next stage.
K - D
Jakob 'JUGi' HansenJUGi
63 - 50
Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensenniko
58 - 53
Marco 'Snappi' PfeifferSnappi
47 - 55
Andreas 'MODDII' FridhMODDII
43 - 55
Ruben 'RUBINO' VillarroelRUBINO
43 - 57
K - D
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostylievs1mple
72 - 46
Denis 'electronic' Sharipovelectronic
56 - 53
Ioann 'Edward' SukharievEdward
48 - 54
Egor 'flamie' Vasilyevflamie
49 - 50
Danylo 'Zeus' TeslenkoZeus
44 - 51
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