Natus Vincere move on to ESL One Cologne semis over NiP
Natus Vincere chose Inferno as the first map of the second quarter-final series and looked to start things off with a dominant offense, securing a 6-1 lead early thanks to one of their signature second-round forcebuys as well as a 1v2 from Denis "electronic" Sharipov in the third round.
The Swedes managed to equalize things on the back of individual plays, with Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson, Fredrik "REZ" Sterner, and Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund all picking up multikills, and secured another round before the half ended to trail by just one in time for the second half.
NiP took the second pistol round after Na`Vi's gamble stack on B didn't work out in the pistol and this time around survived the following anti-forcebuy, but a blunder on the B bombsite helped Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko's side win with just pistols in the third round.
It wasn't until 13-9 when NiP responded again with two in a row, in one of which GeT_RiGhT stepped up with a massive quad-kill to turn a 2v5 around on B. Nonetheless, it wasn't enough to stay in contention for the opening map, as after the two teams traded two rounds, another pistol buy saw Egor "flamie" Vasilyev clutch a 1v1 and add a triple-kill on top to secure a series lead at 16-12.
Mirage started out with a couple of clean rounds going Na`Vi's way after Kirill "Boombl4" Mikhailov stepped up with a flashy triple in the pistol round, but the favorites were unable to capitalize on it, with the Swedes stringing three together in response. Another 1v1 clutch from flamie and an auto-shotgun triple from Zeus eventually tipped the scales in the favor of the Russian-Ukrainian squad, who rallied to a 10-5 half as CT.
A smart stack behind firebox starring Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev and Boombl4 turned a 2v4 around for Natus Vincere in the second pistol round, which soon turned into a 14-5 lead. NiP delayed for four in a row on the back of a couple of plays from Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg, but they couldn't complete the comeback as electronic's 1v2 pushed his team to match point and shortly after to the 16-9, 2-0 victory.
|Natus Vincere||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Egor 'flamie' Vasilyevflamie||48 - 35||+13||93.0||1.34|
|Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostylievs1mple||47 - 30||+17||82.3||1.34|
|Denis 'electronic' Sharipovelectronic||36 - 28||+8||76.7||1.20|
|Kirill 'Boombl4' MikhailovBoombl4||33 - 34||-1||79.2||1.11|
|Danylo 'Zeus' TeslenkoZeus||34 - 32||+2||65.7||1.07|
|NiP||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest||36 - 34||+2||73.6||1.04|
|Fredrik 'REZ' SternerREZ||34 - 38||-4||74.4||0.98|
|Jonas 'Lekr0' OlofssonLekr0||30 - 40||-10||68.4||0.89|
|Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' AlesundGeT_RiGhT||31 - 43||-12||63.5||0.82|
|Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez ZamoraPlopski||28 - 43||-15||60.6||0.76|