Natus Vincere smash BIG; to Major semi-finals
The quarter-finals kicked off on Dust2, as Natus Vincere flew past BIG in the pistol round and the two anti-ecos. The first gun round went all the way down to the wire as Tizian "tiziaN" Feldbusch was able to get four kills with a Galil as his team planted the bomb on A, but it was Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev who was able to finally win the last duel to go on to defuse and keep his team ahead. An opening kill by Johannes "tabseN" Wodarz on Edward who was flanking from B to Terrorist spawn and a long push by BIG with two unchallenged frags gave them their first round on the board.
BIG then followed it up with a play on B, planting it in a 4vs4 situation and defending Na`Vi’s push through Doors and Window. Natus Vincere then won a crucial round that would have sent them into an eco had they not taken it as Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev downed two players trying to hit B after crossing the double doors in Mid. At this point, Natus Vincere got an 8-2 lead going into the late stages of the first half. A huge three-kill round by s1mple with the AWP on B supported by Edward and Egor "flamie" Vasilyev kept the CIS side well ahead as BIG struggled to build an economy. Na`Vi then closed the half out 13-2 with two huge rounds in which Denis "electronic" Sharipov manhandled BIG.
The second half kicked off with Natus Vincere winning the attacking pistol round, and with 14-2 on the board and s1mple and electronic leading the way, the CIS side went on to win the map out, 16-2, as Edward clutched out the last round on Dust2 with a with three MAC-10 headshots.
BIG started out the second map, Nuke, on the right foot, winning the second pistol round as Fatih "gob b" Dayik and tabseN stopped a push on the upper bombsite while tiziaN got two USP headshots in Radio Room. Two entries by Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko and Edward with pistols followed by a quick plant gave Na`Vi the second round, which they were able to follow up to take the lead early on. Down 4-1, BIG were finally able to put a proper buy up in a round that came down to several trades in exterior eventually going the way of gob b & co. A successful 5vs4 hit on B then got the CIS side back on top, forcing BIG on a pistol buy with two saved rifles.
Once again, Natus Vincere started racking up the rounds, going up 8-2 and once again putting BIG against the wall, and once again they were able to go to the half with a great lead, this time 12-3. The second pistol round went the way of BIG, who were finally able to take the first one of the match with a successful play on the A bomb site. BIG then followed it up with a clean round against the forcebuy, and made it 6-12 against the anti-eco.
The first gun round then went the way of Na`Vi, though, as they were able to stop a push by BIG with doubles by flamie and Edward. Able to follow it up, Natus Vincere made it to 14-6 as BIG started to see their comeback dreams fade. s1mple then played an amazing round to get on match point before his team would go on to close it out, 16-6, for a 2-0 win and a spot in the semi-finals.
|BIG||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Tizian 'tiziaN' FeldbuschtiziaN||22 - 30||-8||78.9||0.89|
|Johannes 'tabseN' WodarztabseN||22 - 32||-10||66.5||0.70|
|Johannes 'nex' Magetnex||21 - 34||-13||64.1||0.67|
|Owen 'smooya' Butterfieldsmooya||17 - 34||-17||47.8||0.59|
|Fatih 'gob b' Dayikgob b||14 - 32||-18||36.8||0.55|
|Natus Vincere||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostylievs1mple||34 - 19||+15||97.4||1.53|
|Ioann 'Edward' SukharievEdward||35 - 20||+15||90.5||1.53|
|Denis 'electronic' Sharipovelectronic||37 - 21||+16||89.8||1.46|
|Egor 'flamie' Vasilyevflamie||32 - 16||+16||72.4||1.38|
|Danylo 'Zeus' TeslenkoZeus||24 - 20||+4||75.1||1.08|