Na`Vi, Spirit enter 2-1 pool at StarSeries S7
Round two's main-stream match, featuring two top 10 sides in Natus Vincere (No.4) and NiP (No.6), began on Dust2, the Ukrainians' map choice. They quickly came to regret that pick, though, as a strong start from NiP on the Terrorist side saw them take the opening five rounds of the game.
Na`Vi tigthened up their defence after that false start and twice brought the deficit to just two rounds, but NiP ran all over the CTs in the final stages of the half to take a 10-5 lead.
The Ukrainian team came out strongly from the break and easily broke through the NiP defence during the early stages of the half. The Swedes were constantly kept off any economic development and saw their lead shrink to just one round, but then they took control of proceedings and put together a string of rounds to secure the map, with William "draken" Sundin dealing the finishing blow with a trio of kills in an A hold.
Next up was Nuke, which began with a well-coordinated A execute by NiP. Na`Vi rallied back immediately, though, and set up a water-tight defence, hitting double digits without losing any more rounds. The Ninjas finally broke that streak in the 12th round on a shoddy buy and kept the pace high in the dying stages of the half, bringing the scoreline to 4-11.
NiP kept themselves in the game after winning a messy pistol and the first full gun round, with Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg then coming up huge with a 1v2 clutch to deny Natus Vincere an eco victory. The Ninjas would not be able to contain the Terrorists much longer, though, as Na`Vi took control of proceedings and hit map point off the back of a beautiful ace from Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev, who clutched what looked to be an impossible 1v3 situation with just 12 seconds left on the clock.
Na`Vi surprisingly lost some steam after that and allowed NiP to find a way back into the game before a trio of kills by Egor "flamie" Vasilyev in the 29th round put the game to bed.
It all came down to Mirage, Na`Vi raced to a 6-1 lead with a great start on the Terrorist side. NiP then made a slight climb back into the map as they won two rounds in a row, but the rest of the half was all about Na`Vi, who took a 12-3 lead after winning a series of close rounds.
|Natus Vincere||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostylievs1mple||71 - 47||+24||91.8||1.43|
|Denis 'electronic' Sharipovelectronic||66 - 46||+20||101.8||1.40|
|Egor 'flamie' Vasilyevflamie||54 - 49||+5||79.6||1.14|
|Ioann 'Edward' SukharievEdward||54 - 49||+5||73.2||1.10|
|Danylo 'Zeus' TeslenkoZeus||40 - 46||-6||57.7||0.94|
|NiP||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest||60 - 56||+4||83.7||1.09|
|Fredrik 'REZ' SternerREZ||50 - 56||-6||75.4||0.95|
|William 'draken' Sundindraken||45 - 54||-9||61.5||0.85|
|Jonas 'Lekr0' OlofssonLekr0||40 - 58||-18||67.8||0.84|
|Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' AlesundGeT_RiGhT||42 - 61||-19||67.1||0.75|
Meanwhile, on the secondary stream, Spirit also came back from a map down to win their series, against local representative TYLOO. The Chinese side picked up a convincing 16-9 Mirage victory after shutting down any chances of their opponents stringing rounds together, with HaoWen "somebody" Xu ending the game with 31 kills - over twice as many as any of his teammates.
Spirit responded with a 16-6 success on Inferno, where Artem "iDISBALANCE" Egorov topped the scoreboard with a 1.72 rating, before completing the reverse sweep on Overpass to join the 2-1 pool and put TYLOO on the brink of elimination in Shanghai.
|Spirit||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Artem 'iDISBALANCE' EgoroviDISBALANCE||53 - 37||+16||77.0||1.34|
|Pavel 'COLDYY1' VeklenkoCOLDYY1||56 - 39||+17||90.9||1.34|
|Viktor 'somedieyoung' Orudjevsomedieyoung||53 - 43||+10||83.0||1.23|
|Dmitry 'S0tF1k' ForostyankoS0tF1k||44 - 40||+4||71.6||1.10|
|Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakovchopper||43 - 47||-4||67.7||1.02|
|TYLOO||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|HaoWen 'somebody' Xusomebody||62 - 48||+14||96.4||1.37|
|Hansel 'BnTeT' FerdinandBnTeT||36 - 45||-9||68.3||0.98|
|Kevin 'xccurate' Susantoxccurate||42 - 51||-9||58.9||0.83|
|YuLun 'Summer' CaiSummer||34 - 48||-14||56.9||0.71|
|YuanZhang 'Attacker' ShengAttacker||32 - 58||-26||54.0||0.59|