Na`Vi ease past NRG to win StarSeries i-League Season 5

MIRAA
June 3rd, 2018 22:07

Natus Vincere have been crowned the StarSeries i-League Season 5 champions following a quick 2-0 victory over NRG in the final.

The StarSeries grand final was the only playoff match in Kiev that did not go to all three maps. That, combined with the fact that Na`Vi never allowed NRG to even hit double-digits, helps to explain how one-sided this match really was. It did not even take a monstrous performance from Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev (who still topped the scoreboard with a convincing 1.47 rating) for the Ukrainians to run out 2-0 victors, picking up a much-needed title after losing their previous two finals.

Overpass, the first map of the title decider, began with a clean B execution from Natus Vincere, with Egor "flamie" Vasilyev getting three kills to his name. That was the start of a dominant run from the Ukrainian side, who bagged seven rounds straight to put NRG on the back foot.

The North American team then finally responded, securing two rounds in a row, but a subsequent round loss severely damaged their fragile economy. Surprisingly, they were able to hit back immediately with nothing but pistols, with Jacob "FugLy" Medina and Damian "daps" Steele sharing the frags, and put together a significant run of rounds to bring the deficit to 7-8.

s1mple, who had been merely a spectator in the first half, then went huge and pulled off a quad-kill in the pistol round to kick Natus Vincere further into the lead. After taking both anti-ecos convincingly, Na`Vi refused to take their foot off the gas and lost just one round before running away with the game.

Na`Vi made light work of NRG in the final

Denis "electronic" Sharipov opened things up on Mirage with a sensational 1v3 clutch that included a last-second kill to prevent a defuse. After losing both eco rounds, NRG got on the board in the first full gun round, courtesy of a triple-kill from Tsvetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov.

The North Americans kept their defence very tight and eventually took the lead. But the joy would not last as Natus Vincere ran all over the defence until the end of the half, with NRG's round wins coming on the back of 1v2 clutches from Ethan "nahtE" Arnold and daps.

Up 9-6, Na`Vi won six rounds without response to hit championship point. A CeRq ace earned NRG their first round of the half, but it merely delayed the inevitable as the Ukrainian side rallied back immediately on a very weak buy to put the match to bed.

 NRG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Ethan 'nahtE' ArnoldnahtE 35 - 38 -3 80.0 1.05
United States Jacob 'FugLy' MedinaFugLy 28 - 39 -11 77.7 0.89
United States Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze 28 - 37 -9 69.2 0.83
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq 25 - 35 -10 55.1 0.76
Canada Damian 'daps' Steeledaps 24 - 34 -10 65.8 0.72
 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostylievs1mple 43 - 32 +11 98.1 1.47
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyevflamie 42 - 26 +16 93.6 1.45
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipovelectronic 40 - 27 +13 86.6 1.44
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' TeslenkoZeus 30 - 23 +7 64.4 1.15
Ukraine Ioann 'Edward' SukharievEdward 28 - 33 -5 66.2 0.96

StarSeries i-League Season 5 final standings: 

1. Ukraine Natus Vincere - $125,000
2. United States NRG - $50,000
3-4. Europe mousesports - $25,000
3-4. Denmark North - $25,000
5-8. Sweden NiP - $10,000
5-8. Poland AGO - $10,000
5-8. North America Liquid - $10,000
5-8. Brazil SK - $10,000
9-11. Australia Renegades - $6,000
9-11. Sweden GODSENT - $6,000
9-11. Kazakhstan AVANGAR - $6,000
12-14. China TYLOO - $4,000
12-14. Europe HellRaisers - $4,000
12-14. Poland Virtus.pro - $4,000
15-16. Kazakhstan Gambit - $2,500
15-16. China VG.Flash - $2,500

Canada Damian 'daps' Steele
Damian 'daps' Steele
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.89
Maps played:
743
KPR:
0.59
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
United States Jacob 'FugLy' Medina
Jacob 'FugLy' Medina
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
894
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1101
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
United States Ethan 'nahtE' Arnold
Ethan 'nahtE' Arnold
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
554
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
636
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.10
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
669
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
920
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
#2
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United Kingdom Dimwit 
Really well played to NaVi, actually played well as a team and it payed off
2018-06-03 22:08
nope
2018-06-03 22:08
#20
f0rest | 
India shaqdc1 
whenever a hot.girl is shown.on.camera, an.delusional.guy thinking.camera is.for.him.starts waving. Also simple is G.O.AT
2018-06-03 22:08
eeeeeeeeezy
2018-06-03 22:08
#32
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Other Roosterboi 
reeeeee
2018-06-03 22:09
#44
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Germany LiVerGOD 
Hahhaha so funny navi played like a team hahahahahaha... S1mple biggest 1man army At least flamie and electronic played well in grand final
2018-06-03 22:10
#61
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United Kingdom Dimwit 
Everyone did their bit, Edward had his best event in a long time, same with Zeus, also looked like they played better together
2018-06-03 22:11
#126
shaGuar | 
United States brieN 
against teams they should beat. still shaky against other top teams
2018-06-03 23:09
#127
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United Kingdom Dimwit 
An improvement is an improvement either way, also they managed to beat both mouz and SK which is pretty impressive imo
2018-06-03 23:12
#132
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Australia CaZeR01 
Wtf not with their current form
2018-06-03 23:47
#147
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United Kingdom Dimwit 
SK look like they are getting back to a semi good state, and mouz are a consistantly good roster who NaVi have had issues against before
2018-06-04 08:24
Navi is only good because of s1mple, period. Remove him from the equation and it's a team that can barely beat out MDL teams. The only other good player on Navi is electronic and he's miles away from s1mple in terms of pure talent. Navi needs a restructure badly. Beating a mousesports on the decline and a SK that's slowly improving is NOT a good judge of how well they can play in big events like a major or even an EPL/ECS/ELeague finals. They were favorites here, they should of won. They won't be favorites at an even were Astralis/Faze/Fnatic will be playing. And they most likely won't win either. S1mple can't carry them forever and will most likely leave again.
2018-06-04 01:19
Nope. They still have flamie, electronic who can both go supersaiyan consistently. And if they didn't have s1mple they could sign markeloff which would still make them equally as good as they are now.
2018-06-04 03:37
lol . simple >>>>>>>>markeloff and electronic, flamie don't have consistent .In peak, they can nearly good as simple but never can rely on
2018-06-04 07:06
English, do you speak it?
2018-06-04 11:42
#148
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United Kingdom Dimwit 
If you look at how any of these players were doing before s1mple joined, they were top tier players. If they can figure out what changed and restore it, which seems like their plan atm, they can recreate their old form and have a consistant top 3 team
2018-06-04 08:26
#42
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Argentina [Darkaren] 
Pretty amazing to see everyone being good on different maps and not just S1mple being insane. Still, S1mple was the best, but i guess that it's nice to see everyone performing.
2018-06-03 22:10
#57
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United Kingdom Dimwit 
yeah exactly, I love watching teams play together, and it finally looks like NaVi might have cracked that, hopefully they keep it up!
2018-06-03 22:10
#75
United Kingdom Jet_ 
Yeah lets hope, if they maintain this pace they can easily smash FaZe and have a full on battle for No.1 vs Astralis, very exciting!
2018-06-03 22:13
#81
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Argentina [Darkaren] 
I gotta disagree, i think that against Astralis they won't have as much of a chance as they would have against any other top 5 team atm. It's just that Astralis is pretty structured, and even with Flamie and Electronic playing pretty well, if you don't have S1mple performing you won't win against Astralis, and Astralis is the starkiller, they just know how to shut them down.
2018-06-03 22:15
#64
dennis | 
Latvia De1Co 
"everyone being good..."?????? Are you high or blind? Literally flamie and electronic played good in grand final, other matches were "one man army" show by s1mple!
2018-06-03 22:11
#77
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Argentina [Darkaren] 
I was talking about the final, as the post is about the final and not the entire tournament. Everyone performed in the final except Edward, but no one cares about Edward performing.
2018-06-03 22:13
#158
dennis | 
Latvia De1Co 
"... To win the tournament"... Definitely not about whole...
2018-06-04 15:38
#160
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Argentina [Darkaren] 
I never said that, and if you're talking about the title of the post then you would see that the only match it shows is the final, saying "They won the final, thus giving them the title".
2018-06-04 18:06
#79
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United Kingdom Dimwit 
look at overall tourney stats for the players, best event in a long time for most of them. Also if you watched the games themselves the team worked together
2018-06-03 22:14
#109
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United Kingdom Argyl 
Expected
2018-06-03 22:33
“Played well as a team” What you meant to say was Edward didn’t shit the bed and flsmie was playing pretty good. Also simple at the top as always
2018-06-03 22:51
#128
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United Kingdom Dimwit 
Nope, I mean that the team showed better cohesion with each other, did you watch the event or just look at the stats?
2018-06-03 23:13
I watched it Edward still looks like a bot . His crosshairs placement and movement are still bad and flamie preformed pretty well. And as always simple is at the top. But good team coordination is expected considering Zeus’s igling and how long these players have been playing together for a while with the exception of electronic
2018-06-04 04:13
#146
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United Kingdom Dimwit 
Edward was playing much better, and the main problem with NaVi apart from nobody playing well but S1mple was the lack of cohesion in the team
2018-06-04 08:22
Finally Na'Vi wins a tournament! GG Na'Vi Great tournament from s1mple
2018-06-03 23:19
#149
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United Kingdom Dimwit 
Is it s1mple’s 3rd ever event win? I may be wrong but I can only remember this, dreamhack winter and ESL one new york
2018-06-04 08:29
#149
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United Kingdom Dimwit 
Is it s1mple’s 3rd ever event win? I may be wrong but I can only remember this, dreamhack winter and ESL one new york
2018-06-04 08:29
that was with guardian
2018-06-04 15:23
#3
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United States LiquiddZ 
gg ez, Simple is a GOD
2018-06-03 22:07
#4
flusha | 
Germany felo 
gg NRG BEST NA THO
2018-06-03 22:08
#6
stunna | 
Bulgaria StefooD 
ez
2018-06-03 22:08
ez
2018-06-03 22:08
#8
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Estonia sydhergy 
gj Na'Vi :D!
2018-06-03 22:08
#10
dennis | 
Latvia De1Co 
EZ simple
2018-06-03 22:08
EZ for S1mple
2018-06-03 22:08
#14
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Poland cGev 
so ez 4 s1mple
2018-06-03 22:08
#15
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Norway Hydropanic^ 
great cs from navi! And nt for NRG
2018-06-03 22:08
deserved s1mple on fire
2018-06-03 22:08
#17
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Tunisia wotup_newfag 
grand final ended 3 hours ago...
2018-06-03 22:08
#21
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Norway Hydropanic^ 
Kek
2018-06-03 22:08
#18
swag | 
Ukraine Inf_CS:GO 
ez
2018-06-03 22:08
#19
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Poland Nivener 
Worst final I've seen in a long time.
2018-06-03 22:08
+1
2018-06-03 22:42
Yeah but I'm happy nrg made it this far they deserved second place
2018-06-03 23:26
gg
2018-06-03 22:08
most carried tourney lol s1mple god
2018-06-03 22:09
GG
2018-06-03 22:09
#27
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United Kingdom Fizzhaz 
yeet
2018-06-03 22:09
t2 tournament without Astralis and FaZe but good job navi
2018-06-03 22:09
#89
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Ukraine leg0_0leg 
6 teams from top 10 and rest teams from t2 so what are you talking about? just astralis and faze don't participate, but they rejected their invites ... so it's not t2 at all
2018-06-03 22:18
Astralis and Faze 2 best teams in the world right now, if navi beat them, they will improve that they best team, but no, they no better then astralis, just for fact. And NaVi claim to top 1, so top 10 mean nothing for them.
2018-06-03 22:20
#95
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Ukraine leg0_0leg 
just for fact, they could come to Kiev and show who is who, but they didn't.
2018-06-03 22:21
Oh, 2-0 in Marselle, Astralis can't viist every tournament 5 tournaments in 1 month, it's too hard. Did i see NaVi on IEM Sydney? i don't think so.
2018-06-03 22:23
#110
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Russia Hellyer 
Of course Navi is not better than astralis or Faze but it's definitely not t2 tournament, with t1 teams like mouz or SK. I think you should find out more about what does actually t2 cs mean
2018-06-03 22:34
AGO, TyLoo, Gambit, VG.Flash, Renegades, Avangar, HellRaisers, GODSENt, Virtus.Pro it's all tier 2 teams, from tier 1 only Navi, Mouz, Liquid, SK and maybe NiP (not sure) and you think it's really t1 tournament? u funny
2018-06-04 14:34
sorry wrong reply
2018-06-03 22:25
FaZe will be 3rd tomorrow, NaVi also beated them
2018-06-03 22:25
With Xizt, but he is trash, so need to see rematch with Olof to see who is really better.
2018-06-03 22:25
Olof now is worse than olof in 2015, idk why, maybe cuz of his role
2018-06-03 22:27
Maybe, but he better then Xizt anyway.
2018-06-03 22:27
Fnatic?
2018-06-03 23:18
tier 1.5 tbh, not tier 1 cuz no FaZe and Astralis, but 6 teams out if 10 attended (2 tier 1 also)
2018-06-03 22:23
Well played!
2018-06-03 22:09
#30
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Estonia u3ffe 
GJ NA'VI
2018-06-03 22:09
#31
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Lithuania aisTISsS 
s1mple ez
2018-06-03 22:09
Very good!
2018-06-03 22:09
most boring finals ever tbh, well maybe after FaZe beating Liquid
2018-06-03 22:09
#35
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Ukraine EarthAintFlat 
ez for s1mple - the real GOAT
2018-06-03 22:09
#36
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United States Venom_ 
EZ Clap
2018-06-03 22:09
#39
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Latvia Tibro 
GG FINALLY DESERVED
2018-06-03 22:09
s1mvple
2018-06-03 22:09
#41
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Ukraine ravenous150 
Congratulations to Na'Vi and s1mple Top1
2018-06-03 22:09
#43
RpK | 
Germany STIFAN 
mvp Zeus
2018-06-03 22:10
#45
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CIS sergioff 
s1mple MVP
2018-06-03 22:10
#46
kennyS | 
Indonesia kitsugi 
ez 4 mr. s1mple
2018-06-03 22:10
#47
NiKo | 
India BCaddict 
Just raped nrg hahahah
2018-06-03 22:10
#48
Kane | 
Russia Laxity 
EZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
2018-06-03 22:10
ez s1mple cs boss
2018-06-03 22:10
nice
2018-06-03 22:10
ago/north vs mouse will be better for real.. mouse was shitting on NAVI like they always do until this 2vs5 force on de_mirage.. literally the worst t1/t2 tournament so far = D
2018-06-03 22:11
Name checks out. North couldnt even beat nrg
2018-06-03 22:32
fan boy check out.. s1mple sucks against faze or astralul.. but nt
2018-06-03 22:55
Congratz NAVI! Expected , Homecourt Power. But not expect Navi lost to Tyloo with 2-0
2018-06-03 22:10
#54
Zeus | 
CIS LRtx 
EZZZZZZZZZ
2018-06-03 22:10
niceeeee
2018-06-03 22:10
too bad navi only wins on home soil..i mean i love simple like fuck, but somehow on na/eu majors they never win shit :( finally godsimple has another cup in his hands.. now do this all over the globe
2018-06-03 22:10
NaVi top3 on major retarded
2018-06-03 22:16
#58
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Germany Tunio 
s1mple so good
2018-06-03 22:11
#59
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Poland Frain75 
Congratulations to both teams. NRG showed some great CS once the breakout from the score 0-2 in eliminations. Well played Navi. GG.
2018-06-03 22:11
MOUZ put a better fight against NaVi they deserves the 50K much more that some NRG. Stupid bracket seeding.
2018-06-03 22:11
#62
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Algeria rahimou111 
easiest money ever
2018-06-03 22:11
#63
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Russia Cranky95 
2vs5 mouz
2018-06-03 22:12
#66
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Portugal dracø 
Grand final was mouz vs na'vi. This was just a showmatch
2018-06-03 22:12
s1mple win something nice
2018-06-03 22:12
#68
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Ukraine niXoN|w1 
MY BOYS I'M CRYING FINALLY! GGs, SASHA EZ!
2018-06-03 22:12
#69
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Europe cArn5 
Finally! Proud of you guys:)
2018-06-03 22:12
'i mean' simple .. faze & astralis will be back in ESL ONE Cologne.. and they will be destroyed.. once again .. haha
2018-06-03 22:14
#71
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Ukraine saYreN 
ez for MVP
2018-06-03 22:12
Gg Camp to Navi
2018-06-03 22:12
no mo problems guys
2018-06-03 22:12
This final rofl
2018-06-03 22:13
#76
World Jeza 
NRG just folded over and died lol
2018-06-03 22:13
#78
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Turkmenistan DLWHI 
Finally...
2018-06-03 22:13
nicely done & much deserved s1mple.
2018-06-03 22:15
Finals boring af +No FaZe and Astralis at this event which means it's T1.5
2018-06-03 22:16
#114
NAF | 
Slovakia t4gg3d 
No top1/top2 = tier 1.5 -8/8 b8 FaZe would’ve choked as usual and same goes for astr.
2018-06-03 22:39
No they wouldn't have? Well, at least Astralis? Cmon, NRG in Grand Finals is a joke.
2018-06-03 22:40
#144
NAF | 
Slovakia t4gg3d 
Yeah, NRG was a joke, I do agree, but there were other top10 teams which NRG beat, so it was well deserved imo
2018-06-04 07:21
#86
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
finally
2018-06-03 22:16
ez 4 for p1mple
2018-06-03 22:17
#88
s1mple | 
Albania Gentleo 
Naviiiiiiiiiiiiiii S1mpleeeeeeeeee
2018-06-03 22:18
#90
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Bulgaria vectralsoul 
EZ 4 Natus'S1mplere Overall good showing from NRG, can't really blame them for the lose when Na'Vi and especially s1mple is on fire. Hope they put the experience from this event to good use, they definitely have the potential to be a top10 team. Crossing fingers for also a good showing at ECS finals. GGWP
2018-06-03 22:18
#91
mixwell | 
Spain loviac 
First Na'vi tournament since when?
2018-06-03 22:19
#92
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France t3r4byt3 
DH Winter 2017
2018-06-03 22:19
#96
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Brazil wittyusername 
One win every six months to NaVi lol
2018-06-03 22:21
#94
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Brazil wittyusername 
SK vs NaVi or Mouz vs NaVi should have been the grandfinal tbh
2018-06-03 22:21
#112
NAF | 
Slovakia t4gg3d 
Na’Vi 2:1 SK Gaming Quarterfinal BO3 (LAN)
2018-06-03 22:37
So? NaVi was the best team in the torunament but this final was boring. NaVi x SK NaVi x Mouz NaVi x Liquid would have been good finals, that is what I am saying.
2018-06-03 22:54
#145
NAF | 
Slovakia t4gg3d 
And what I’m saying is that Na’Vi couldn’t play SK bcs they alrdy played each other. Same goes for Mouz vs. Na’Vi (semis) and Liquid was apparently worse as NRG beat them
2018-06-04 07:22
I'm thinking hipotetically, it would have been better. NRG beat Liquid but I still think NaVi x Liquid would have been a better final than NaVi x NRG
2018-06-04 15:40
#159
NAF | 
Slovakia t4gg3d 
Yeah, +1
2018-06-04 15:39
Finally simple is gonna be winner and mvp at the same time
2018-06-03 22:25
yeeeeeeey let's go Na'Vi they finally did it!<3 Great tournament for NRG,they hit on their potential we knew they had,they have to be haply even though they lost
2018-06-03 22:25
Ez 4 Simple Vincere, another stellar performance from him, even tho i would’ve been happier with mouz winning the event, at least s1 finally gets another trophy for him. Also finally MVP without losing. Just an overall beast performance from him. Gz
2018-06-03 22:26
#107
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Portugal raaVz 
deserved . s1mple deserve a trophy
2018-06-03 22:29
#111
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Norway NoregNik 
GJ Na'Vi Also good tourney by NRG. Hope they can keep up their form. They have the potential to be a great T1 team. SHAQ DOING WORK.
2018-06-03 22:35
#113
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Brazil punkstarboy 
expected, rigged
2018-06-03 22:38
CONGRATS NA`VI
2018-06-03 22:40
Time retire for botward
2018-06-03 22:45
#119
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Slovakia ghely 
Knew it
2018-06-03 22:48
Glad Navi will finally be top 1 great CS to watch.
2018-06-03 22:58
Lu4shie! Teamwork!
2018-06-03 23:01
Congrats to navi and s1mple, well deserved
2018-06-03 23:03
no expected? because: expected! navi vs sk and mouz and you've seen it all.
2018-06-03 23:53
#134
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Myanmar AstralisGoat 
Tier 5 tournament good job.
2018-06-03 23:56
#135
Xyp9x | 
Czech Republic Puqet 
boring
2018-06-04 00:03
SK in 2k18 :D
2018-06-04 01:08
respect to nrg tho even tho it wasnt necessarily a t1 tourny. showing a lot of progress in their first month or two going to lans
2018-06-04 01:51
#139
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Brazil MIBR_Top_One 
Tyloo > NaVi XD
2018-06-04 02:29
Well deserved!
2018-06-04 02:44
#151
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Other mikecool 
Ggz!
2018-06-04 09:17
Ez for mr. Simple in t3 tournaments
2018-06-04 10:21
I'm happy for NaVi, s1mple, NRG and NaVi fans! Have a great day now! Really good tournament for some straightforward bets as well. Made some money, I'm happy, hope others did as well!
2018-06-04 13:24
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