Natus Vincere and Liquid advance to 2-0 pool

Natus Vincere beat Vitality in a multiple overtime match on Mirage, 25-22, to go 2-0, while Liquid did the same after beating NiP, 16-13, on Overpass.

The match pitting Natus Vincere and Vitality kicked off with the former taking the 2-0 lead on the CT on Mirage. The CIS side kept ahead, winning the first gun round and a following forcebuy, before going on to make it 5-0. Vitality were finally able to get on the board with five Desert Eagle headshots, three of them by Dan "apEX" Madesclaire, but Natus Vincere didn’t let them follow it up, making it 6-1. Vitality then made an A play work, not letting the half get out of control early on. It then became a match, as Vitality took several more rounds and brought it close, going so far as to keep it within one before the half, 7-8.

An B hit in the second pistol round kept Na`Vi in the lead. It was the CIS side then that were able to start to increase their lead, once again racking up rounds early in the half, making it to 11-7 before the French team was able to strike back. Natus Vincere then kept their supremacy on the attacking side, keeping Vitality struggling for money. After a dominant second half, they gave up a slew of rounds to Vitality when they hit 14, and then made it to triple match point. Vitality kept their momentum going despite being against the ropes, and brought it all the way to the last round of the match before pushing it to overtime.

It took three overtimes for Na`Vi to beat Vitality

The first half of overtime started off with Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev going big with a four-kill round to open the scoreboard. A successful B hit wasn’t enough for a follow-up, however, as Vitality were able to retake to tie it back up and go with the lead to the second half after winning a second round. The teams then traded rounds, giving Vitality match point, 18-17, but a triple opener by s1mple in middle tied it back up again.

On the attacking side, a B hit got Vitality back ahead, but a triple by Egor "flamie" Vasilyev helped his team even it back out once again, which Denis "electronic" Sharipov was able to follow up with a huge play from CT to go ahead at the half, 20-19. The teams then once again traded rounds, going on to hit another overtime before Natus Vincere could finally take a 24-22 lead on the defense and go on to close it out 25-22 in a long match.

Matchpage
25
22
20th February 2019
25
Mirage
22
 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyevflamie 39 - 23 +16 89.2 1.38
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostylievs1mple 43 - 28 +15 81.7 1.30
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipovelectronic 32 - 34 -2 83.1 1.16
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' TeslenkoZeus 26 - 31 -5 59.9 0.85
Ukraine Ioann 'Edward' SukharievEdward 26 - 32 -6 71.0 0.84
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX 37 - 34 +3 87.0 1.17
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' HerbautZywOo 32 - 31 +1 69.4 1.05
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekinALEX 32 - 32 0 64.5 1.02
France Cédric 'RpK' GuipouyRpK 25 - 31 -6 68.2 0.88
France Nathan 'NBK-' SchmittNBK- 21 - 38 -17 64.5 0.74

Liquid and NiP kicked their match off on Overpass with the North American side taking the lead on the CT side with a successful B site defense. They were then able to defend the same site on the first gun round, increasing their lead to 3-0. It was finally on the sixth round that the Ninjas were able to get on the board after two opening frags by Dennis "dennis" Edman cleared their path to the A site. NiP then linked a second against an eco, cutting Liquid’s lead to 6-2. The North American side then took the reins back, winning two more, which NiP traded back to make it 4-8. The Swedes lost one more rounds, but were able to bring it back to a palatable 6-9.

Liquid closed it out against NiP after 29 rounds

A retake on A by NiP then further closed the gap, as NiP went on to win against the forcebuy and an eco to tie it up, 9-9. They then kept going against another pistol buy, taking the lead for the first time in the match. Liquid then started to take control, bringing it back to 11-11 and even retaking the lead ahead of the last stretch of the match. NiP didn’t let up, however, and won two to take the lead back, 13-12, following several AUG multifrag rounds. Once again trading rounds, Liquid were able to get the lead, 14-13, after an explosive B execute as the match started to get to its last rounds. It was the North Americans that were then able to finally close it out after 29 rounds, to move on to the 2-0 pool.

Matchpage
16
13
21st February 2019
Sweden
16
Overpass
13
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 28 - 17 +11 98.6 1.57
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 24 - 16 +8 84.1 1.30
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 20 - 21 -1 79.7 1.04
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K 22 - 22 0 77.1 1.04
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 12 - 19 -7 67.2 0.90
 NiP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest 26 - 22 +4 73.8 1.18
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' SternerREZ 20 - 23 -3 78.3 0.98
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edmandennis 17 - 19 -2 70.8 0.96
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' OlofssonLekr0 18 - 21 -3 71.2 0.96
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' AlesundGeT_RiGhT 14 - 22 -8 62.3 0.79
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
807
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1087
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1239
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1533
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1060
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.10
s1mple best player of all time! #CISCSBESTCS NIP <3
2019-02-21 01:16
Things actually look alright for nip I was worried
2019-02-21 01:16
free f0rest
2019-02-21 01:17
#17
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
Unlucky for Vitality :(
2019-02-21 01:18
they got what they deserve giving free rounds to navi in overtime
2019-02-21 01:18
#38
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Serbia whoa!! 
You never whom they might lose against tomorrow. They really had that game ,freaking dennis ruined it.
2019-02-21 01:40
w😎w
2019-02-21 01:16
S1mple best player of 2018, sure, but def not of all time.
2019-02-21 01:20
#32
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
Again 40+ bombs in 2019
2019-02-21 01:33
2019 just begun,coldzera was named best for two years,gtr also but he was alot more dominant than simple.
2019-02-21 02:25
#43
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
S1mple solo player, not like cold or gtr
2019-02-21 03:10
#48
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Russia Islademuerto 
Omg, those dilusional ppl who used to say shit like baitzera going at it now by saying he was not a solo player like simple just to put the guy down, wow
2019-02-21 07:23
Check stats s1mple 2018 more dominant
2019-02-21 08:20
i watched csgo since it came out and i have not yet seen anyone dominate a map like gtr in his prime regardless of stats.
2019-02-21 13:16
#31
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong wqnxy1 
You meant to say f0rest..
2019-02-21 01:33
#2
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Netherlands Aizebear 
expected
2019-02-21 01:16
expected
2019-02-21 01:16
i feel bad for rez and mr forest
2019-02-21 01:16
f0rest is still the GOAT.
2019-02-21 01:20
#5
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Czech Republic wonderhead 
gg ez
2019-02-21 01:16
#11
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United Kingdom Hjcullen14 
Ez?
2019-02-21 01:17
#6
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Italy Gio_bose 
Yes comon liquid
2019-02-21 01:16
#7
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United States Raptorial 
Nice
2019-02-21 01:16
#10
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France kNRD^ 
Feel bad for Vitality
2019-02-21 01:16
#24
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Chile Lionel_Hutz 
Feel good for NAVI
2019-02-21 01:20
#45
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Germany brotplayer 
They got some nice chances to close it out but they didn't sadly
2019-02-21 06:31
ty nitr0 for win ace with one ak+quad kill was most important
2019-02-21 01:17
#55
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Brazil aNaDoRR 
+1
2019-02-21 12:11
#13
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United States Trump2020KAG 
great game NIP...got me a lil nervous...Just a lil
2019-02-21 01:17
#15
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Brazil vass28 
gg wp liquid
2019-02-21 01:17
both good matches
2019-02-21 01:18
#18
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Brazil vinett_ 
Wth is Renegades doing there?
2019-02-21 01:18
#29
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Poland Crai9Xen 
Smashing everyone
2019-02-21 01:25
#33
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
BO3 agains astralis will finish their winstrike
2019-02-21 01:35
#37
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Brazil vinett_ 
I see what u did there russian
2019-02-21 01:38
#42
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
Explain
2019-02-21 03:09
#54
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Brazil vinett_ 
"winstrike" Tks god they did not qualify
2019-02-21 10:46
#59
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Russia JustCaWa 
He means their win streak, why are u so toxic?
2019-02-21 15:18
#19
jks | 
Australia sen7ry 
i think gtr's time is up..
2019-02-21 01:18
#22
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Norway insy 
NiP could be an absolute top tier team if they've replaced dennis with someone that has a higher than a single digit IQ.
2019-02-21 01:20
Yeah dennis is struggling.
2019-02-21 01:21
#34
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
Who is igl?
2019-02-21 01:36
#40
SpawN | 
Azerbaijan sknity 
Lekro is igling right bow
2019-02-21 02:42
#44
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
Tnx
2019-02-21 03:11
They also should kick bot_right. Why they still keep him in the team tho OMEGALUL. His era is over
2019-02-21 09:43
#26
f0rest | 
Argentina Nawll 
a couple of unlucky round costed the game, Dennis needs to start playing smarter and gtr needs to frag more and we got ourselves a potential top 4 team.
2019-02-21 01:23
#27
shox | 
France KR1MEZ 
dennis lost them a map lmao
2019-02-21 01:23
ez pz
2019-02-21 01:24
nbk trash
2019-02-21 01:30
#35
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
But RpK in very good form
2019-02-21 01:36
#50
f0rest | 
France Kiirua2 
No u
2019-02-21 08:14
#36
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United States jaeger_steam 
Kick_edward_ffs
2019-02-21 01:38
kick get right wtf
2019-02-21 02:48
Flamie better than S1mple just saying lul
2019-02-21 06:38
#47
shox | 
India iejesus 
Renegods
2019-02-21 06:46
#49
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Latvia Zigis 
Flamie is playing great and i'm loving it!
2019-02-21 07:31
Flamie was the real MVP of the match against Vitality
2019-02-21 09:25
Expected result for a 2nd/3rd best team in the world
2019-02-21 13:15
gg wp
2019-02-21 13:33
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