Natus Vincere through to StarSeries semis over ENCE
The best-of-three series kicked off on Train where the T-sided ENCE won the pistol round as Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen picked up a triple kill. Natus Vincere then went on a seven-round run to lead 7-1. ENCE got their breakthrough in the ninth round thanks to Aleksi "allu" Jalli who got two opening kills with the AWP.
After ENCE took four more rounds to trail 7-6, Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev and Egor "flamie" Vasilyev got double kills to stop the Finnish team's streak. Sami "xseveN" Laasanen stepped up with a triple kill in the final round of the first half, which ENCE won to get their seventh (8-7).
ENCE secured the second pistol round victory as Jani "Aerial" Jussila got a triple kill in a 2vs3. The Finns then got three more rounds to lead 11-8. Denis "electronic" Sharipov picked up a quad kill in the 20th round and Natus Vincere went on to tie the game at 11-11.
Natus Vincere started Inferno on the CT-side, taking the first two rounds as Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev got five kills. ENCE responded with a four-round streak to take the lead but Natus Vincere won two in a row to tie the game at 4-4. The Finns made it 7-4 with allu's 1vs2 clutch in the 11th round and went on to lead 9-6 at halftime.
Edward and electronic's opening kills brought the second half pistol round victory to Natus Vincere who won two more rounds to tie the game at 9-9. The tide was turning against the CIS team, who lost the following two rounds, but s1mple stepped up with a stunning 1vs4 clutch and an ace on the B-site as his side reached double-digits.
s1mple and Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko clutched a 2vs4 in the 22nd round to make it 11-11 and Natus Vincere earned four map points after Zeus clutched a 1vs2 in the 26th round. Edward and company closed it out two rounds later, winning 16-12.
ENCE kicked off Overpass by taking the pistol round victory on the CT-side but lost the following five rounds to trail 5-1. Aleksib clutched a 1vs3 in the seventh round to stop Natus Vincere's run. The Finnish team almost managed to tie the game at 5-5 but Natus Vincere widened the gap, leading 9-6 at halftime.
electronic's triple kill in the second pistol round extended his team's lead to 10-6. Natus Vincere put their foot down and took the map victory with a 16-11 score. With the 2-1 series win, they have moved on to the semis where they will face Renegades.
|Natus Vincere||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Denis 'electronic' Sharipovelectronic||74 - 46||+28||90.4||1.43|
|Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostylievs1mple||71 - 53||+18||96.2||1.41|
|Ioann 'Edward' SukharievEdward||57 - 50||+7||69.6||1.08|
|Danylo 'Zeus' TeslenkoZeus||49 - 55||-6||63.7||1.03|
|Egor 'flamie' Vasilyevflamie||39 - 51||-12||59.5||0.86|