Na`Vi to EPICENTER final over AVANGAR
The best-of-three semi-final kicked off on Dust2 where Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko got a quad kill in the pistol round to give his CT-sided team the early lead. Following three more round victories by Natus Vincere, Bektiyar "fitch" Bahytov picked up a double kill in a 2vs2 to give AVANGAR their first (4-1).
AVANGAR clawed their way back from their slow start and took the lead in the 11th round (6-5). However, Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev & company managed to pick up the last four rounds of the half at the end of which they led 9-6.
Timur "buster" Tulepov opened the second half with a quad kill to win the pistol round but Natus Vincere didn't let AVANGAR tie the game at 9-9 as s1mple and Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev clutched a 2vs4 in the 18th round.
AVANGAR started Train on the CT-side and picked up the pistol victory thanks to Aidyn "KrizzeN" Turlybekov's triple kill. Neither Natus Vincere, nor AVANGAR could go on a sustained run during the first ten rounds (5-5). Zeus & company won five of the last rounds in the first half to lead 9-6 at halftime
The Kazakhstani side followed it up with a 3vs5 victory thanks to Alexey "Qikert" Golubev's triple kill. AVANGAR then tied the game at 11-11 but Natus Vincere won the 23rd round with pistols to reclaim the lead. Natus Vincere earned four match points but couldn't convert the first one as Dzhami "Jame" Ali had an incredible 1vs3 clutch (15-12). Natus Vincere closed out the map 16-12 and won the series 2-0 to advance to the grand final at EPICENTER 2018.
|Natus Vincere||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|52 - 26||+26||96.7||1.52|
|37 - 35||+2||76.6||1.09|
|34 - 35||-1||67.4||1.04|
|36 - 34||+2||71.7||1.02|
|31 - 34||-3||63.3||0.93|