fnatic beat Renegades; Natus Vincere send FaZe to lower bracket in IEM Katowice openers

fnatic kicked their year off in Katowice with a victory over Renegades, 2-0, while Natus Vincere won a disputed 2-1 series against FaZe.

fnatic didn’t let underdogs Renegades get under their skin, winning the Australian team’s map pick by an ample margin before mounting a comeback on Inferno to bring it back from the brink and close out the series 2-0. The other concurrent match saw FaZe unable to show the dominating performances they did at BLAST Premier as Natus Vincere stopped the European side to take the series 2-1 with solid CT-side performances on Dust2 and Overpass.

fnatic kicked off Dust2 on the right foot,winning the CT pistol round with a triple by Maikil "Golden" Selim and taking an early 4-0 lead before Renegades could get on the board on their map pick. The Swedes didn’t let it faze them, however, and kept racking up rounds, reaching 10-1 before Christopher "dexter" Nong and Simon "Sico" Williams were able to win another for their team with doubles. Up 11-2 Ludvig "Brollan" Brolin downed three players in mid doubles doors with SG553 headshots to pave the way for a 13-2 half.

Renegades won a 5vs4 retake in the second pistol round, but were immediately surprised by a forcebuy in the second round as Golden and Brollan got entry frags on the way to a 5vs3 plant to go up 14-3. Renegades managed one more round, but that would be all they would get on their pick as fnatic were quick to shut it down and take the 1-0 lead into map two.

fnatic didn’t let Inferno slip away to close the series 2-0

Renegades took the lead on the CT side of Inferno and then won a clean anti-eco, but fnatic were quick to bring it back to a tie with guns in play before winning an eco of their own to take the lead, 3-2. Renegades didn’t let up and tied it back up before turning it around as Sico had tremendous impact with the AWP. fnatic struggled to find openings, taking a timeout when down 4-9, but it would only help them to find one more round before the half, which ended 5-10.

Renegades increased their lead in the second half to 11-5, but doubles by Jesper "JW" Wecksell and Brollan with pistols kept the Swedes alive, but they were equally upset the following round by Renegades’ pistols. The Australian side took advantage of their superior economy to go up 14-6, but slowly started to lose grip on the match as fnatic clawed their way back. Four-kill rounds by Brollan further powered his team as Renegades deflated and with the momentum completely in their favor the Swedes ended the series 16-14.

Matchpage
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2
24th February 2020
4
Dust2
16
14
Inferno
16
 Renegades K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Australia Liam 'malta' Schembrimalta 34 - 35 -1 70.0 0.94
Australia Joshua 'INS' PotterINS 30 - 39 -9 64.9 0.89
Australia Christopher 'dexter' Nongdexter 29 - 37 -8 71.8 0.87
New Zealand Simon 'Sico' WilliamsSico 24 - 35 -11 60.2 0.85
Australia Jordan 'Hatz' BajicHatz 22 - 35 -13 52.6 0.71
 fnatic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Ludvig 'Brollan' BrolinBrollan 45 - 26 +19 90.4 1.44
Sweden Jesper 'JW' WecksellJW 44 - 23 +21 86.0 1.39
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquistflusha 38 - 32 +6 84.8 1.16
Sweden Maikil 'Golden' SelimGolden 29 - 29 0 62.9 0.99
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' JohanssonKRIMZ 25 - 29 -4 59.0 0.92

Natus Vincere won the CT pistol round on Nuke, FaZe’s map pick, to set the pace in their opening series, taking a 2-0 lead. Marcelo "coldzera" David and Håvard "rain" Nygaard were then able to win a 2vs2 afterplant on B to get on the board and keep the early game tight. After a long technical pause the game resumed and Natus Vincere increased their lead to 3-1 before winning an extremely close 2vs3 in which FaZe didn’t have time to plant despite their superiority. An incredible retake by Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev in a 2vs2 with two kills including a wallbang through huti further increased his team’s lead to 6-1. FaZe slowly brought it back as Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer took down three to get a second on the board, and from there on out it was the European side who were able to claw their way back to an 8-7 lead at the half.

Three kills by coldzera eased FaZe into a 9-7 lead after the second pistol round on Nuke before Natus Vincere had a similar round to the one FaZe had in the previous half where they had superiority but no time to plant as they went down 7-10. s1mple then took down three to tally a round for Na`Vi on the attack, but FaZe went right back to winning ways, giving up just one more round before hitting match point, 15-9. Helvijs "broky" Saukants then stuck a defuse in a 1vs1 on B in the last round to seal the deal, 16-9.

Natus Vincere brought the series back on Dust2 to win in Overpass

Natus Vincere kicked Dust2 off with a hit on B to go up 1-0 and quickly won against forcebuy and eco to make it 3-0. Once the economy settled it was FaZe who took the point however, taking a 5-3 lead before a B explosion by Natus Vincere brought it back to within one. Down 5-7 Natus Vincere were able to once again close the gap despite losing a 2vs2 afterplant on B as the bomb went off, helping turn the half around to an 8-7 lead for the CIS team.

Three kills by Nikola "NiKo" Kovač and two by broky tied it up 8-8 in the second pistol round after which FaZe sat comfortably in the lead on the attacking side. The European combine seemed on the way to match point with a 13-9 lead, but it was then that Natus Vincere got back into the game winning five defensive rounds in a row to tie it back up, 13-13. The map then slipped away from FaZe whose attacks got stale, as Ilya "Perfecto" Zalutskiy won a 1vs1 clutch situation against olofmeister in the thirtieth round to take it to a decider.

FaZe struggled attacking on Dust2 and Overpass

FaZe opened up the scoring on Overpass, the third and final map of the series, after retaking B in the pistol round. The European squad were then off to the races, taking a 6-0 lead before their defense was broken for the first time. Natus Vincere exploited the B site to make it 3-6 after a quad-kill round by Kirill "Boombl4" Mikhailov the previous round. The CIS squad kept the pressure high but FaZe still won it 9-6.

Four quick kills by Egor "flamie" Vasilyev in the second pistol round kept it close as could be as Natus Vincere went on to tie it up, 9-9. FaZe once again fizzled out on the attacking side and it was Natus Vincere in the driving seat late in the game as NiKo and company were unable to make successful plays on the Terrorist side. broky won a 1vs1 against s1mple to make it 10-14, but it would prove to be too little too late as Natus Vincere closed it out 16-10 to advance through the upper bracket.

Matchpage
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1
24th February 2020
9
Nuke
16
16
Dust2
14
16
Overpass
10
 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostylievs1mple 57 - 46 +11 77.7 1.15
Russia Ilya 'Perfecto' ZalutskiyPerfecto 53 - 52 +1 70.1 1.07
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipovelectronic 52 - 57 -5 77.1 1.00
Russia Kirill 'Boombl4' MikhailovBoombl4 56 - 57 -1 73.3 1.00
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyevflamie 48 - 55 -7 63.4 0.90
 FaZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo 67 - 56 +11 91.2 1.17
Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera 55 - 53 +2 76.8 1.11
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister 51 - 50 +1 59.1 1.00
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain 46 - 56 -10 73.3 0.95
Latvia Helvijs 'broky' Saukantsbroky 46 - 52 -6 62.9 0.93
Russia Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
676
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
1132
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.11
Sweden Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin
Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
635
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Latvia Helvijs 'broky' Saukants
Helvijs 'broky' Saukants
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
298
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
Sweden Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
612
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Sweden Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1661
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1308
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
New Zealand Simon 'Sico' Williams
Simon 'Sico' Williams
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.18
Maps played:
676
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.58
APR:
0.14
Russia Ilya 'Perfecto' Zalutskiy
Ilya 'Perfecto' Zalutskiy
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
280
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1382
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1218
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Australia Christopher 'dexter' Nong
Christopher 'dexter' Nong
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
678
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1187
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.24
Maps played:
1129
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.10
#1
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Sweden Stephano123 
ez for my favorites players s1mple and electronic and good for fnatic
2020-02-24 19:10
#9
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Morocco Op1xoN 
Damn faze
2020-02-24 19:08
#50
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Europe chespiZ 
Navi 2strong
2020-02-24 20:21
Krieg Clan/ Blast Clan once again showing they’re shit
2020-02-24 19:08
I mean what do you expect from team roidzera?
2020-02-24 19:48
NA kiddo Crying cause FaZe make 4-0 against Chokequid
2020-02-24 20:41
They were like 8-0 vs c9 before you know what
2020-02-24 20:53
Faze was good today, navi barely edged out if not for that 4k awp by simple on dust2 A bombsite, faze would've taken the series 2-0 and u wouldnt be shitting on them. See how 1 round changes everything?? Lol
2020-02-24 22:47
#84
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India KNOX23 
That's what skill is You cant change it that they lost and just because of not winning a round lmao They could have tried to comeback but Navi was a better team in the second half
2020-02-25 02:11
#90
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Brazil Roufas 
It was gg overall, Faze vs Navi is probably the best match of the tournament for now.
2020-02-25 17:14
#86
KRIMZ | 
Poland cyanlink 
wut about kreig geniuses? Faze at least is gitting gud. kreig geniuses never learn.
2020-02-25 03:29
#27
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Belarus Gaz1beK 
+1
2020-02-24 19:15
+1
2020-02-24 19:17
#89
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Pakistan XtraticX 
Wow! Swedish guy supporting Na'Vi
2020-02-25 08:09
FAZE WTF ?????
2020-02-24 19:07
#30
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France MarcoXY 
Ahahahhaa
2020-02-24 19:18
Expected from Blast Clan
2020-02-24 19:36
Snakezera so bad ahahahaha
2020-02-24 19:47
Worse than mibrs very own roidzera
2020-02-24 19:48
#61
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North America 007DBR9 
lmao L
2020-02-24 21:37
#3
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Ukraine McSwell 
Good start for NaVi and top-1 player.
2020-02-24 19:07
Yeah, wp electronic
2020-02-24 19:58
1.00 rating
2020-02-24 22:48
nt BooMbI4 save this game, check #18 comment.
2020-02-25 00:19
Without simple's 4k on dust2 A bombsite at 13-14, 3rd map wouldnt even have happened. Says " boombl4 saved the game" My @$$
2020-02-25 04:42
#62
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North America 007DBR9 
ik Zyw0o had a 1.30 rating against NiP
2020-02-24 21:37
#66
Ukraine bia 
Zyw0o won 2-0 in easy match
2020-02-24 22:08
#67
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North America 007DBR9 
exactly, navi won, and top 1 player clapped some cheeks
2020-02-24 22:15
Yeah top1 player had a lot of impact on dust2 and overpass. But top2 player got carried by UK CS.
2020-02-24 22:49
#4
pronax | 
Hungary Gombi_ 
ok
2020-02-24 19:07
#5
emi | 
Croatia Nvucovich 
Navi
2020-02-24 19:08
#6
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Hong Kong Gold907 
Nt faze
2020-02-24 19:08
...expected winnage from the better pros from NAVI, but a hard one :D gg gl
2020-02-24 19:08
Sam2k reigned supreme
2020-02-24 19:08
#10
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Finland Polki 
Lollero
2020-02-24 19:08
renegades got the worst match ups... thats rough
2020-02-24 19:08
every matchup is bad for them because they are shit overall
2020-02-24 19:40
mens))
2020-02-24 19:42
#63
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North America 007DBR9 
always hard going against one of the favorites for the entire tournament first
2020-02-24 21:38
#13
KRIMZ | 
Denmark slacking 
so stupid to have this as opening match
2020-02-24 19:09
#55
NiKo | 
Finland Unb8able 
+1
2020-02-24 20:47
Choke Clan lul
2020-02-24 19:09
BaitersPro are nothing nowdays lul
2020-02-24 20:43
#15
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Ukraine z3m4 
Navi unexpected win Such wow
2020-02-24 19:09
#16
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Australia Irtiza 
Nice setups on t side choke clan xdd
2020-02-24 19:09
#17
shox | 
India iejesus 
S1MPLE
2020-02-24 19:10
#25
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
<3
2020-02-24 19:15
NaVi should thank boombl4 for carrying them when they were down 0-6 and s0mple was full tilt
2020-02-24 19:11
+1
2020-02-24 19:21
It’s so sad to see how people who don’t know the Russian language think that the s1mple is always evil and in tilt. Just close your mouths and enjoy playing it.
2020-02-24 19:28
+1
2020-02-24 22:50
BooMbI4 save this game, 100% suck dick simpledrocher
2020-02-25 00:33
>full tilt when 0-6 >t side on overpass
2020-02-24 20:51
Na'Vi era is now.
2020-02-24 19:11
#23
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
+1
2020-02-24 19:14
-1
2020-02-24 20:44
#20
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Denmark Alphamon 
FaZe literally threw away the win twice, wp to Na`Vi though.
2020-02-24 19:13
ChokeClan is amazing :xD
2020-02-24 19:13
#22
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
expected
2020-02-24 19:14
Impressive stats from NaVi. -7 KD diff is the biggest one in NAvi while with Zeus and Edward it was like -15 in just one map sometimes)) Well done and good luck to both NaVi and Fnatic in that semis. Would be an awesome match 4sure
2020-02-24 19:15
#26
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Germany Shackrag 
dont know whats worse all this faze hype the last days or the faze trashing after this game
2020-02-24 19:15
all around gg. congrats Na'vi. Common Faze!!!
2020-02-24 19:16
#32
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Ukraine Bulletov 
why flamie 0.9 rating with (73.3 ADR and 48-55 score) and rain 0.95 ( with same ADR and 46-56)?
2020-02-24 19:23
Opening kills
2020-02-24 19:31
#41
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Czech Republic Scalpelexis 
There are multi kills, clutches, assists and other stats included.
2020-02-24 19:38
KAST
2020-02-24 20:45
#59
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Ukraine Bulletov 
flamie has better kast)
2020-02-24 20:55
#60
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Ukraine Bulletov 
can be % of hs, rain have much more hs
2020-02-24 21:02
Hs isnt counted i think
2020-02-24 22:52
More impact. All kills are not impactful u know. Some are just exit kills or eco kills but some are round winning kills.
2020-02-24 22:52
#85
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Ukraine Bulletov 
yeah, i think you right
2020-02-25 02:17
maybe flashed enemies or something like that?
2020-02-25 04:28
renebot, fuck you, nmsl. disgusting throwers
2020-02-24 19:23
#34
HeatoN | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina Durke 
gg so sad for FaZe, they could go 2 0 but some mistakes led to the 3rd map and Na'Vi took it
2020-02-24 19:24
fuck faze, wish they loose forever
2020-02-24 19:28
Brollan is so good, soooooooooo good.
2020-02-24 19:30
#78
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Sweden flippig 
GODlan
2020-02-24 23:41
That RNG choke, dude, holy fuck
2020-02-24 19:32
#64
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North America 007DBR9 
they got clapped ngl
2020-02-24 21:39
Not a good night for AU
2020-02-24 22:32
Haavard Niggard is sutch a bad player lmao
2020-02-24 19:43
#49
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Bulgaria AboveYall 
lol he has been very good recently also he's entry fragger.. look at his ADR, he always goes in first so guys like coldzera can farm 20hp kills.. he's not even bottomfragging?!
2020-02-24 20:06
+1 ppl only look at leaderboards and dont understand what goes around in actual games.
2020-02-24 22:54
Like TACO, bad reputation cause is a EntryFragger
2020-02-24 20:47
#65
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North America 007DBR9 
and like apEX too, everyone hates on the entries
2020-02-24 21:40
#79
s1mple | 
China fu22Y 
how can you say the n word?
2020-02-24 23:58
Cuz i'm latino
2020-02-25 01:23
s1mple >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> faze
2020-02-24 22:29
#77
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Sweden amazingfinnen 
KRIMZ playing to much esportal =D
2020-02-24 23:26
FaZe was really close to win.The team is getting better but the T side on overpass was just shit.Still a lot work to do to become the best.
2020-02-25 00:35
gg NaVi, beating FaZe twice as they are now out hltv.org/news/29154/navi-get-repeat-win-..
2020-02-28 14:20
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