Na`Vi move past FaZe into EPICENTER semi-finals

Natus Vincere are the first team through to the semi-finals of EPICENTER 2018 after defeating FaZe in a two-map series in Group A's winners' match.

The first winners' match of the tournament began on Train, Na`Vi's map pick, with the Ukrainians looking well off the pace at the start of the game as they found themselves trailing their opponents by seven rounds. Things were starting to look grim for the Ukrainian side, but then they found a lifeline after winning three rounds in a row, with the half ending with a competitive 9-6 scoreline in FaZe's favour.

A trio of kills by Denis "electronic" Sharipov in the second pistol allowed Na`Vi to cut the deficit to just two rounds. FaZe tried to respond in the third round with a full buy but were shut down by Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev on the inner site, with Na`Vi taking that chance to grab the lead for the first time since the start of the game.

After getting their economy back on track, FaZe regained control of proceedings and retook the lead, but then they gifted Na`Vi a way back into the game in the 23rd round, when they lost an anti-eco round after allowing electronic to come out on top of a 1v3 situation. FaZe responded in the next round by overcoming a two-man disadvantage, but the Ukrainian side were unimpressed and went on a five-round streak to take the map at 16-13.

s1mple and electronic powered Na`Vi to a clean victory

FaZe entered Overpass looking to secure their map pick and won the pistol round, but things quickly soured for them. Na`Vi responded immediately on a force buy and went on a massive run, hitting double digits without losing any more rounds as FaZe looked incapable of finding a way through the CTs. Down 10-1, the European mixture dug deep to try to salvage something from this half, but they only got two more rounds before switching sides.

The second half began in the same vein, with FaZe winning the pistol round, only to lose the next round. Na`Vi rode that momentum and quickly hit match point, and though FaZe still tried to respond, it was simply too little, too late, as the CIS giants would wrap things up in the 21st round.

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 FaZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo 37 - 39 -2 83.2 1.16
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister 32 - 36 -4 71.0 0.89
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain 29 - 41 -12 64.1 0.77
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' KovácsGuardiaN 26 - 38 -12 55.8 0.76
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersenkarrigan 23 - 41 -18 60.2 0.71
 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostylievs1mple 54 - 28 +26 93.2 1.60
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipovelectronic 48 - 25 +23 98.9 1.56
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' TeslenkoZeus 31 - 31 0 80.8 1.16
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyevflamie 34 - 31 +3 70.9 1.02
Ukraine Ioann 'Edward' SukharievEdward 28 - 32 -4 67.3 0.93

Following this defeat, FaZe will fight for their tournament lives in the first round of the playoffs, against NiP, on Saturday at 16:00. As for Danylo "Zeus" Teslenkos' men, they will take on the winner of the match between HellRaisers and the runner-up of Group B in the first semi-final bout, only on Sunday.

Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1400
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.17
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
782
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1035
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
#1
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Russia KS_areztiab 
EZ for the CSGOD best player of all time: s1mple)) axaxaxaxaxaxa))
2018-10-25 18:30
Expected. I have to tell you something guys. Guardian is going to retire in 5months. Bye
2018-10-25 18:31
#15
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Russia KS_areztiab 
MIBR IS OVERRATED))
2018-10-25 18:31
#82
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Brazil LUIXTR0NDA 
Simple goat 0 major
2018-10-25 19:27
#84
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Russia KS_areztiab 
fan of bots in bra71l xaxaxaxaxaxa
2018-10-25 19:28
#92
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Belgium KevinGatesYo 
I have as many majors as s1mple Xaxaxaxaxaxaxa LUL
2018-10-25 20:05
#93
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Russia KS_areztiab 
s1mple 7 major you 0 major xaxaxaxaxa))
2018-10-25 20:05
#95
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Belgium KevinGatesYo 
S1mple never won a major KevinGatesYo never won a major xaxaxaxaxaxaxa hahahahahahaha kkkkkkkkkk
2018-10-25 20:10
s1mple has attended Major, while you have not. NT
2018-10-25 21:51
winstrike also attended major so it doesn't count
2018-10-25 22:00
Your point??
2018-10-25 22:06
attendance is irrelevant
2018-10-25 22:09
Yeah, never knew that playing Finals, Semi-Finals and Quarter Finals of the biggest CSGO event is being irrelevant. Dumbfuck.
2018-10-25 22:50
#116
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Brazil LUIXTR0NDA 
it's not irrelevant, but if wanna put simple at GOAT status, he should have won one at least.
2018-10-25 22:56
Lol. The guy is 20 years old. His prime just started. What do you expect? To win a Major at the age of 17? Lmao
2018-10-26 00:06
his prime was in Liquid and at the beginning of his time with Na'Vi, he's visibly fallen off since then
2018-10-26 00:34
#132
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Ukraine illinoize 
bullshit. his stats increased in every aspect hltv.org/stats/players/7998/s1mple
2018-10-26 15:17
#110
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Belgium KevinGatesYo 
Which makes him even more trash. s1mple (7 majors attended = 0 major titles) me (0 majors attended = 0 major titles)
2018-10-25 22:34
Your baits are low quality ones, and are just proving the fact that you are indeed retarded.
2018-10-25 22:49
#117
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Belgium KevinGatesYo 
S1mple 0% record at majors Me 100% record at majors
2018-10-25 22:59
#114
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
Every shit, even you, can tell that didnt win a Major like simple...
2018-10-25 22:52
#88
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Romania zeneix 
Kid, S1mple have 1 major .
2018-10-25 19:39
Nope
2018-10-25 20:50
#99
Dosia | 
Hungary Joco413 
maybe in his dreams
2018-10-25 20:55
#102
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Romania zeneix 
Esl One Cologne 2018 kids
2018-10-25 21:02
#103
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Sweden frozze90 
It wasnt a major, but nice try! ^^
2018-10-25 21:41
#115
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Brazil LUIXTR0NDA 
nope. NT
2018-10-25 22:54
#14
kNgV- | 
Brazil matwoks 
FaZe need roster changes
2018-10-25 18:31
#18
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Russia KS_areztiab 
m16r needs disband))
2018-10-25 18:31
#44
kNgV- | 
Brazil matwoks 
Tru btw
2018-10-25 18:36
#46
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Russia KS_areztiab 
thanks men)) faze also disband axaxaxaxaxa
2018-10-25 18:36
#86
kNgV- | 
Brazil matwoks 
new faze incoming w/ niko the other 4 kkkkkkkkkkkkkkk idk
2018-10-25 19:32
#87
NiKo | 
United States Wjl003 
Semi-Agree they need to keep NiKo and DEFINITELY get rid of Karrigan for new IGL
2018-10-25 19:38
#131
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Bosnia and Herzegovina mantisbp 
KARRIGAN OUT!!!!
2018-10-26 15:14
#111
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CIS Sforz 
niko back in mouz ez major
2018-10-25 22:37
#118
kNgV- | 
Brazil matwoks 
in which place?
2018-10-25 23:06
#122
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CIS Sforz 
heaven
2018-10-26 00:04
lol where was your goat at london major
2018-10-25 18:31
GOAT when astralis isnt there
2018-10-25 18:36
+1 when teamplay is not ON
2018-10-25 18:37
He had the best rating alongside electronic, so I'm pretty sure he was there.
2018-10-25 21:52
#17
s1mple | 
China Alar1c 
+1
2018-10-25 18:31
nice men ))))))) xaxa))))
2018-10-25 18:32
#47
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Russia KS_areztiab 
xaxaxaxax))
2018-10-25 18:37
sorry for broke your dreams but coldzera is the best player in csgo history
2018-10-25 18:40
#62
tarik | 
Asia number00 
+1
2018-10-25 18:41
#66
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Russia KS_areztiab 
good joke men))) axaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxax
2018-10-25 18:46
kkkkkkkkk in case you didn't notice I not joking I just telling the tru in your face
2018-10-25 19:03
#83
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Russia KS_areztiab 
8/8 GOOD ONE LUL AXAXAXAXAXAXAXAXAXA
2018-10-25 19:27
Was*
2018-10-25 18:47
csgo history is no done yet
2018-10-25 19:02
How about GetRight in 2012-2013?
2018-10-28 18:51
idk I'm from before 2010 and after 2015
2018-10-28 19:31
axaxaxxaxa
2018-10-25 20:29
#59
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India Narendra_modi 
Where was the GOAT at faceit major final axaxaxaxaxa
2018-10-25 18:40
faze lul
2018-10-25 18:30
They need MSLUL
2018-10-25 18:38
#3
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Sweden ThorinEk 
okay s1mple I see how this is
2018-10-25 18:30
Lol
2018-10-25 18:47
#4
kNgV- | 
Brazil matwoks 
Expected
2018-10-25 18:30
#5
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Latvia Tibro 
SO EZ FAZE LUL
2018-10-25 18:30
#6
huyak | 
Ukraine acrje 
Ez
2018-10-25 18:30
#8
broky | 
China HansenH 
EZ4s1mple&Electronic
2018-10-25 18:30
Pray for NiKo
2018-10-25 18:30
what a god
2018-10-25 18:30
#11
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Denmark smizereens 
gg
2018-10-25 18:31
#12
 | 
Europe _jUNGLE 
S1mple >> NiKo
2018-10-25 18:31
#13
s1mple | 
China Alar1c 
electronic OMG this guy is on fire my god
2018-10-25 18:31
Yeah he won this bo3 in that one round on train, faze lost the match there only
2018-10-25 18:39
Gg faze ezaf
2018-10-25 18:31
No worries Faze, better luck next time! Work on that T side NiKo!
2018-10-25 18:31
#22
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United Kingdom Shoomus 
Faze are worse than Avangar right now OMEGALUL
2018-10-25 18:32
Terrible stats by Face. Painful to watch
2018-10-25 18:32
easy katka
2018-10-25 18:32
s1mple had 5 exit frags
2018-10-25 18:32
#40
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Poland wiktorex 
and 9 opening kills ? and many multi kills ? hampus the IDIOT
2018-10-25 18:35
s1mple had more opening kills than NiKo frags.
2018-10-25 18:39
#79
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Ukraine illinoize 
lmao i had a correct guess with 4-5 exit kills. s1mple is the genius of cs
2018-10-25 19:08
where u guessed? against NiP, he got 4 exit frags in one round tho haha in the pistol, first round 4 exit total 15 exit in one match
2018-10-25 19:44
#90
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Ukraine illinoize 
well i saw a thread about counting his exit frags, didn't post there however, but had a guess with something like 4 or 5 exit frags. regardless of this, why do you care about his exit frags? he has destroyed faze along with electronic.
2018-10-25 19:45
#27
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Armenia cGev 
As expected S1mple and electronic carry Niko top frag karrigan bottom
2018-10-25 18:34
so ez niko and kerrigan == cold and fallen == 2 bots (easy)
2018-10-25 18:32
#29
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Russia foggy54 
Simple + Electronic = deadliest duo
2018-10-25 18:33
#78
s1mple | 
Poland st1r_ 
like scream&shox : ( always remember
2018-10-25 19:08
Faze needs shox instead of karrigan; either as IGL or rifler
2018-10-25 18:33
#36
Zero | 
Czech Republic Friiizeey 
U dumb lmao -1
2018-10-25 18:34
lol, said the styko fan
2018-10-25 18:37
I'd rather be a styko fan than a shox fan
2018-10-25 19:29
#31
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Russia skydead37 
Jesus. They won 2-1 HellRaisers and they could win FaZe 2-0. With all that they lost only 18 rounds.
2018-10-25 18:33
FaZe should have won Train. They also need to stop picking Overpass against Na'Vi like come on guys lmao
2018-10-25 18:33
s1mtronic is such a powerful duo
2018-10-25 18:33
No hope for eZaF these days. Useless tactics.
2018-10-25 18:34
#35
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Brazil Botzera__ 
5/54 exit/eco frags only! Not like Baitzera, who has 30+ eco/exit frags every time
2018-10-25 18:34
More like 'Not like ecovice'. 70% of his frags are exits or versus an eco/force buy.
2018-10-25 21:58
#37
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Brazil digozamaral 
Expected Kick karrigan
2018-10-25 18:34
#38
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Ukraine Bizkid58 
Ez for my hohloboyz =)
2018-10-25 18:34
expected
2018-10-25 18:35
#41
s1mple | 
CIS avens1s 
expected, ez for s1mpletronic
2018-10-25 18:35
omg choke clan just got ULTRA STOMPED kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
2018-10-25 18:35
#43
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Ukraine niXoN|w1 
#NAVIDAVI
2018-10-25 18:36
#48
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Romania kinoN 
- Guardian + woxic -karrigan + dennis
2018-10-25 18:38
#50
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Finland ryltZ 
Faze is srsly going down more and more, they need changes, maybe karrigan back to igl and maybe change guardian to better awper, he is unperforming like past 2 months.. or maybe let niko igl and change guardian and rain, rain isnt at his best mood, actually karrigan had played better last month than rain atleast especially guardian. Olof and niko have played very well. Someone of the last three players have to be changed i think.
2018-10-25 18:37
ez
2018-10-25 18:39
S1MPLE is GOAT +26
2018-10-25 18:39
Add forsaken for Karrigan
2018-10-25 18:39
#60
s1 | 
Ukraine mpletop1 
GOATple >>>>> ChoKo
2018-10-25 18:40
#61
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Norway MonkLee 
FaZe should’ve picked up cromen for rain, then rain sign deal with nordavind and Jkaem & RUBINO followed aswell. zEVES Hallzerk rain>harre Jkaem>anj RUBINO>akez
2018-10-25 18:41
All dumb xD
2018-10-25 19:06
EZ AF 4 best player of 2018
2018-10-25 18:42
Expected, ez money
2018-10-25 18:43
#65
shox | 
India iejesus 
S1MPLE haha Best Player In the world. No fucking doubt
2018-10-25 18:45
kek
2018-10-25 18:46
#68
cAmyy | 
Other ToRu 
choke clan strikes again
2018-10-25 18:47
i dont know why people love botzeraaaa............ simple is beast..........
2018-10-25 18:49
#72
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Belarus andryxa1337 
gj! simple and elec gods
2018-10-25 18:50
#73
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Canada miKO^ 
2-0 E.X.P.E.C.T.E.D
2018-10-25 18:57
expected
2018-10-25 18:58
#80
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Australia ENAB1E_ 
Best investment navi made was getting simple.. Should drop edward and get worldEdit/hobbit
2018-10-25 19:17
worldedit AHAHSHSADHAHASHXHHSADh
2018-10-25 19:24
WorldEdit DIED FROM THE LAUGH
2018-10-25 20:16
#121
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Argentina nymeros 
not edward but flamie.
2018-10-25 23:57
#91
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Lithuania KingOfPing 
FaZe have problems that they dont have own strong map pick, they not bad at 3-4 maps but not beasts in anyone. Also like Kane says really good before game, Faze try to win by own skills underestimate oponents and dont have teamwork.
2018-10-25 20:01
Lmao brain-dead Niko calls worse than karrigan
2018-10-25 20:06
#100
NiKo | 
Poland Jaruzel 
There's no points in keeping karrigan if he's not IGLing. Would be better for him and for FaZe to sell him.
2018-10-25 20:56
even niko its doing nothing
2018-10-25 23:06
Expected
2018-10-25 20:56
- rain - karrigan + cromen + ANGE1
2018-10-25 23:29
Wow, never thought bout Ange1 in FaZe but this looks awesome to be honest.
2018-10-26 02:07
#127
shroud | 
Switzerland AL1eN^ 
Omg r u stupid? Angel in Trash Clan? For him better to stat in CIS team. -karrigan -guardian +cromen +me(yeah, me to trash clan, because of big salary)
2018-10-26 08:37
#126
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Japan ayayalaw 
faze disband please
2018-10-26 07:25
#128
Summer | 
China SWhinX 
-karrigan +forsaken ez top 1 s1mple who?
2018-10-26 08:50
God s1mpel And god electronic Ez win
2018-10-26 10:33
#130
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Belarus @Bitly 
Slavic cs best cs
2018-10-26 12:31
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