Na`Vi repeat victory over Heroic to secure higher quarter-final seed

Natus Vincere came back from a map down to beat Heroic and secure the second place in Group A.

The decider series proved to be a headache for Na`Vi. The Russian team stuttered, then moved into high gear, ending the series in cruise control against a Heroic side who came into the match with a plan but lacked firepower to go all the way. Kirill "Boombl4" Mikhailov's troops outfought their opponents on the last two maps of the series and will now look ahead to their first match in the playoffs, in which they will face the losing side of the decider series between Evil Geniuses and forZe.

Na`Vi's fans will also hope that this match will bring some joy to Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács, who is going through one of the toughest periods of his career. The Slovakian AWPer had a disappointing performance on the first map but gave a much better account of himself in the rest of the series and put up some respectable numbers.

The series began on Nuke, a pick that had gone awry for Heroic in Tuesday's match. The Danes' willingness to go for the map again suggested that they had come up with a different strategy for this series, and they stormed out of the gate looking a livelier side.

Heroic pinned Natus Vincere against the ropes from the outset and soon began to build a comfortable lead. As the game started to spiral out of control, Na`Vi called timeouts in an effort to halt the Danes' momentum, but they kept losing aim duels, and any round won by them was immediately traded back by Heroic, who went into the break up 10-5.

Na`Vi finish the group stage in second place

Na`Vi gathered themselves and responded after half-time with a convincing pistol round, which they followed up with two more. But the landscape of the game changed once Heroic had money in the bank; they kept their defense very tight and compact for the remainder of the half and conceded just one round before securing the map.

Natus Vincere made a flying start to the game on Train, racing to a 7-1 lead after immediately bouncing back from a pistol round loss. Heroic still tried to salvage something meaningful from the half, but they were limited to just five rounds, leaving them with a mountain to climb as they headed into the Terrorist side.

The imposing Na`Vi were unwilling to take pity on their stunned opponents and hit map point without dropping a single round. A desperate force-buy then yielded Heroic their first round of the half, but there was no follow-up as the Russian side hit back immediately to put the game to bed.

Na`Vi kept the pressure on Heroic and ran rampant from the get-go on the Terrorist side of Inferno. The Danes had no answer to the home side's pace and aggression, and, to make matters worse, they constantly wasted precious man advantages, twice losing 5v2 situations. They responded with great individual plays from Martin "stavn" Lund and Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer late in the half to stop the onslaught and get some much-needed rounds before the break.

Despite being faced with a Herculean task, Heroic refused to throw in the towel and began to chip away at the deficit. But even though they valiantly prevented Na`Vi from stringing rounds together, they were simply too far behind to recover, with the Russian team locking down the map in the 25th round.

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 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostylievs1mple 65 - 39 +26 92.0 1.41
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipovelectronic 53 - 40 +13 82.6 1.30
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyevflamie 46 - 35 +11 70.5 1.10
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' KovácsGuardiaN 39 - 40 -1 64.9 1.00
Russia Kirill 'Boombl4' MikhailovBoombl4 47 - 51 -4 70.8 0.97
 Heroic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' MøllercadiaN 46 - 45 +1 76.5 1.05
Denmark Martin 'stavn' Lundstavn 46 - 51 -5 72.5 0.90
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' PfeifferSnappi 40 - 53 -13 72.2 0.88
Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansenes3tag 39 - 50 -11 67.6 0.87
Denmark Johannes 'b0RUP' Borupb0RUP 32 - 51 -19 48.1 0.72
Russia Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
652
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Denmark Martin 'stavn' Lund
Martin 'stavn' Lund
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
679
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1469
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1178
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
#2
Reunion Edjon 
awesome
2019-12-19 19:12
#3
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Bulgaria kr9ptonn 
wow
2019-12-19 19:12
I want to see more Heroic at big tournaments
2019-12-19 19:12
Good luck for them
2019-12-19 19:13
Guardian is still so fkng bad na`vi still can win 4x5
2019-12-19 19:16
#17
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Russia Islademuerto 
1.25 train 1.27 inferno so bad
2019-12-19 19:18
0.57 missing all the possible shots with AWP
2019-12-19 19:22
#25
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Russia Islademuerto 
Ye Navi got smashed and everyone played bad
2019-12-19 19:26
sure 26 ADR GuardiaN on whole map having awp around 7 rounds 1kill if na`vi win 16-6 he has 1 RATING if na`vi 16-12 16-12 he has rating below 1 ))))))))) and that`s the sniper of top5 team
2019-12-19 19:30
#40
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Russia Islademuerto 
Dude, on the maps that Navi won he had a great rating. Plus Navi is not top 5 wtf
2019-12-19 20:19
#41
Dosia | 
Latvia hellsave 
agree, navi not top 5, navi top 1
2019-12-19 20:26
#49
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Korea ecsta_s1 
lul rekt
2019-12-19 23:27
so with your logic navi is probably playing 3v5 then because s1mple had 4 kills vs vitality on nuke. holy shit what a fucking bot s0mple always will be worse than zywoo, elige and device. nikos fall incoming.
2019-12-19 21:05
#56
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
Why u hating simple? Because he isnt giving chance for Elec to take MVP trophy?
2019-12-20 16:46
are you stupid? oh why am i even asking, just look at your flag. im hating on that another guys logic, not s1mple. every player can have bad games, and with his logic s1mple is also a useless bot. can you even read?
2019-12-20 17:53
yeah but guardian has been kinda shit since he joined navi, below 1 rating in more than half the games they've played.
2019-12-21 14:19
#13
NAF | 
China aerius 
heroic wp hope they can be stronger
2019-12-19 19:17
Nice
2019-12-19 19:17
#16
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Russia ToughGuy 
as i said 2-1 for Na'Vi they should pick train more than nuke
2019-12-19 19:18
-1 anyway
2019-12-19 19:19
#21
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Russia AR4ER 
GG boyz!
2019-12-19 19:23
S1MPLE HATERS WYA???
2019-12-19 19:23
#26
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Russia ToughGuy 
heroic not that team who on "top lvl"
2019-12-19 19:28
#48
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong void0 
#38
2019-12-19 23:11
Stupid format to be honest
2019-12-19 19:29
#50
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Europe AlL1n 
Just mad becose Russia took krime and than navi from ukrain.
2019-12-19 23:44
Learn to spell retard.
2019-12-19 23:45
#52
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Europe AlL1n 
Angry I see pain and you can't hide behind gramma nazis.
2019-12-20 00:00
Open a book and learn to read and write. This website for English use only.
2019-12-20 00:11
#30
Edward | 
Ukraine k1rBi 
guardian 1.00 kd w_o_w
2019-12-19 19:32
Ez
2019-12-19 19:33
#32
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Russia FelixShloyda 
kick guardian
2019-12-19 19:34
what the point of decider matches if every team still goes to quartefinals?
2019-12-19 19:36
That's what I said. So stupid just a waste of everyone's time.
2019-12-19 19:46
#45
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
seeding
2019-12-19 21:10
#36
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Slovakia sawsee4len 
Guardian is crazy
2019-12-19 19:55
S1mple top1 2019
2019-12-19 20:08
Winner will be vs the loser of the next match. Since theres no lower bracket, pretty balanced so the winner can be vs the weaker team.
2019-12-19 20:11
#38
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong void0 
Gz s0mple with boosting stats on t3 teams
2019-12-19 20:09
#46
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
nt tier 3000 scene
2019-12-19 21:10
#47
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong void0 
Relog s0mple and stop getting mad cuz bad.
2019-12-19 23:10
#44
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Estonia Leedk 
GuardiaN nice to see u back !!! Awesome game from u ! #guardianisb4ck
2019-12-19 21:09
Lmao they will say s1mple is best and carrying. Haha he should retire and start playing for t2 teams only. Cuz 0.30 is the rating he will have vs t1 teams with 4 frags on a map. Lmao ofc farming that he comes close to ZywOo's 1.64 Do you think that's possible?
2019-12-20 09:31
gg
2019-12-20 14:36
#58
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Nepal sasukeee 
what is the advantage of having higher seed? lol absolutely nothing lol 😂
2019-12-20 18:06
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