Na`Vi eliminate NiP in Katowice

Natus Vincere have secured a spot in Group A’s lower bracket final after confidently dispatching NIP in two maps, with the Russian squad set to face either Vitality or FaZe in the next round.

Natus Vincere live to see another day at IEM Katowice after dismantling NIP in dominant fashion, which saw the Russian squad step up to the plate following a disappointing loss to fnatic in the previous round.

NIP opted to kick off the Group A lower bracket semi-final on Mirage in hopes of picking up an early advantage in the series, but Natus Vincere forced the Swedes to regret their veto decision immediately as Kirill "⁠Boombl4⁠" Mikhailov’s men stormed to a 7-0 lead on the CT side. A Nicolas "⁠Plopski⁠" Gonzalez Zamora triple kill earned NIP their first round on the board, but the Russian squad refused to let up as an Ilya "⁠Perfecto⁠" Zalutskiy 1v2 clutch help extend Natus Vincere’s lead, with a commanding 13-2 scoreline soon materialising.

The tremendous deficit proved insurmountable for NIP, who only managed a single force buy round before Natus Vincere convincingly wrapped the map up with a quad kill from Egor "⁠flamie⁠" Vasilyev. Despite many Natus Vincere players stepping up in the clutches, it was Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev who stood the tallest with a 2.07 rating come the conclusion of the map.

s1mple led the charge as Na`Vi took down NiP convincingly

Now heading into their own map pick of Train brimming with confidence, Natus Vincere looked to carry over their momentum to rapidly close out the series. A fast-paced A site hit kicked off a string of three rounds for the Russian side before a Jonas "⁠Lekr0⁠" Olofsson triple kill briefly interrupted the T-side’s success.

After conceding two additional rounds, NIP began to impose themselves on the defence to lock down consecutive rounds for the first time and level the score at 5-5. However, a moment of brilliance from flamie with a Deagle in hand snatched the lead back for Natus Vincere, with the Russians securing three of the final four rounds for a 9-6 advantage.

NIP won the second pistol to keep the pressure on Natus Vincere, but a Perfecto quad kill in the subsequent round instantly turned the tables on the Swedish squad. Lekr0 and his troops came close on multiple occasions to responding with rounds of their own, but further clutches from flamie and Perfecto kept NIP at bay. The Swedes eventually found some success with a trio of rounds to narrow the score difference to 10-14, but Natus Vincere refused to let their lead slip, going on to close out the map 16-10, and the series 2-0, to eliminate NIP from the event.

Sweden
Matchpage
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26th February 2020
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Mirage
16
10
Train
16
 NIP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
31 - 38 -7 87.8 0.92
27 - 36 -9 66.8 0.78
26 - 39 -13 66.0 0.75
20 - 34 -14 52.1 0.70
15 - 36 -21 49.3 0.58
 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
46 - 20 +26 87.3 1.56
43 - 25 +18 93.6 1.45
33 - 23 +10 81.8 1.32
32 - 25 +7 80.5 1.29
29 - 26 +3 79.5 1.22
Russia Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
654
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
Russia Ilya 'Perfecto' Zalutskiy
Ilya 'Perfecto' Zalutskiy
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
258
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.62
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1286
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
Sweden Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez Zamora
Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez Zamora
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
587
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
892
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1107
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.65
NIP so bad...xaxaxa
2020-02-26 16:51
21 replies
xaxaxaxa
2020-02-26 16:51
6 replies
Expected from resident 2nd best Swedish team omegalul
2020-02-26 17:05
5 replies
true fnatic bestest 😎😎😎
2020-02-26 17:15
4 replies
Fnatic good but not best, JW best
2020-02-26 17:35
3 replies
#66
ropz | 
Netherlands Sky3rr
Brollan > JW
2020-02-26 17:38
2 replies
#67
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Russia SharpZzZ
+1
2020-02-26 17:41
Krimz > Brollan > JW
2020-02-26 20:44
Yes, BIG better men)))
2020-02-26 16:55
13 replies
BIG 1 tournament 2020 NiP 0 tournaments 2020
2020-02-26 16:57
12 replies
+1
2020-02-26 17:03
#68
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Greece CMi_
NiP plays in t1,2 tournaments while big plays on t10 kekw
2020-02-26 17:42
10 replies
DreamHack is not tier10
2020-02-26 17:58
9 replies
its tier 20
2020-02-26 18:13
3 replies
Dignitas fan talking axaxax
2020-02-26 18:14
2 replies
vietnam have internet? hahahha
2020-02-26 18:14
1 reply
fakeflagging
2020-02-26 18:18
Dreamhack masters isnt. Dreamhack open is.
2020-02-26 18:36
4 replies
Dignitas is tier10
2020-02-26 18:55
3 replies
I'm not delusional like you. Dignitas can either be relatively good or absolute crap, we don't know yet cuz they haven't played any matches aside the qualifier. But wtf does anything have to do with Dignitas? You don't have enough arguments to prove your point, that's why. Big won tier 10 event. Nip (that go to t1 tournaments) haven't. So what does that have to do with fucking Dignitas?
2020-02-26 19:23
2 replies
#90
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Australia CaZeR01
Because this is hltv
2020-02-27 01:43
1 reply
:D
2020-02-27 12:09
cool
2020-02-26 16:51
expected from beast s1mple.
2020-02-26 16:51
4 replies
Yes , he played good againts fnatic too
2020-02-26 16:52
2 replies
+1
2020-02-26 19:34
+1 he's been playing good so far. He has better stats and more wins than zywoo this year.
2020-02-27 05:00
+1
2020-02-26 17:06
NaVi the best team in 2020
2020-02-26 16:52
13 replies
#9
KRIMZ | 
Macau Jhon03
thats why they lose againts fnatic
2020-02-26 16:52
11 replies
ur logic u can never lose? deadlybrain kid
2020-02-26 16:57
6 replies
Shut your fucking mouth
2020-02-26 17:05
5 replies
macau kid talking
2020-02-26 17:12
2 replies
idiot virgin sweden boy talking
2020-02-26 17:20
1 reply
LUL +1
2020-02-26 17:36
no u
2020-02-26 17:13
Lol you are a retard
2020-02-27 03:44
#44
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Switzerland Cenoon
thats why they won against astralis
2020-02-26 17:09
3 replies
when?
2020-02-26 17:20
2 replies
Blast
2020-02-26 17:30
#60
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Ukraine JusQyl
Lmao blast premier NaVi won 2:1 against Astralis
2020-02-26 17:31
+1
2020-02-26 17:06
#8
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Singapore FallBlade
EZ 4 real top 1
2020-02-26 16:52
1 reply
+1
2020-02-26 17:06
Ez for clutch minister Perforator
2020-02-26 16:52
2 replies
Xyp9x clutch minister Perfecto clutch president
2020-02-26 16:58
1 reply
+1 xyp9x 0 clutches in 2020, Godfecto > 5 clutches in 2020
2020-02-27 03:53
#12
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Russia ToughGuy
electronic u need to step up!
2020-02-26 16:53
10 replies
Toughguy u need to shut up)
2020-02-26 16:55
9 replies
#24
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Russia ToughGuy
some triggered ukrop from politic topics malding right here
2020-02-26 16:56
8 replies
again you russians bullying us ukranians, just why? Why we can't just be friendly to each other? Russians been bullying ukranians for ages and it will never stop :((
2020-02-26 17:06
7 replies
#41
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Russia ToughGuy
#21 nt
2020-02-26 17:07
6 replies
not my problem u didnt get the joke, i even put ")" smile on it but u just went aggresive, i assume its only because im ukranian and u russians hate us, would i be from another country u would go other way
2020-02-26 17:09
5 replies
#70
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Russia ToughGuy
didnt read, waste of time
2020-02-26 17:45
4 replies
Exactly! Its just a proof u russians hate us ukranians
2020-02-26 18:12
3 replies
There is no reason in making some kind of "friendship" with russians... They are killing us and many of them wanna remove us from the map in their wet dreams.
2020-02-26 20:11
2 replies
im just mocking at him, don't take it serious
2020-02-26 20:31
1 reply
xD
2020-02-26 20:34
S1 on 🔥 If its not him its elect If not him its flamie/boommm/perfectooo This NAVI is looking like a JUGGERNAUT💪💪💪 Haters gonna hate 😂😂
2020-02-26 16:52
2 replies
This would have been good without those emojies
2020-02-26 17:02
+1
2020-02-27 05:02
ez
2020-02-26 16:53
1 reply
many ez
2020-02-28 03:19
God s1mple
2020-02-26 16:53
1 reply
+1
2020-02-26 17:06
goat
2020-02-26 16:53
1 reply
+1
2020-02-26 17:06
#17
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Indonesia Journeast
What went wrong here NIP?
2020-02-26 16:54
2 replies
#23
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Cyprus SexeSnek
idk first map but second map rez constantly died to bs and got tilted
2020-02-26 16:56
#46
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Switzerland Cenoon
navi is just better
2020-02-26 17:10
nip is playing like they gonna disband or something
2020-02-26 16:55
1 reply
they should
2020-02-26 17:11
#22
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Pakistan XtraticX
NiP is t2 team after f0rest left
2020-02-26 16:55
1 reply
...they were t2, f0rest was indeed carrying, but he was carrying a t2 team as others were lacking more often than not, so now that f0rest is gone, NIP is t3 :D
2020-02-29 02:37
no f0rest no win
2020-02-26 16:57
s1mple 1.5+ rating, finally some acceptable performance from him.
2020-02-26 16:57
3 replies
He always plays good against NiP
2020-02-26 17:08
"acceptable" lol
2020-02-26 17:24
1 reply
From his standards!!!
2020-02-27 05:03
expected
2020-02-26 17:05
#43
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United States DiabIo
nip kekw
2020-02-26 17:09
NIP dead, when left core
2020-02-26 17:10
#48
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Switzerland Cenoon
nip had no chance its like gold nova vs faceit lvl 10
2020-02-26 17:10
1 reply
Bro even gold nova would be better than NIP
2020-02-26 17:20
#57
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United Kingdom cyclon220
It's time forNiP to bench Rez. He might be a nice person, but it's been so inconsistent... He is the player that has been with NiP for the longest time at the moment, and he can't deliver in 2 consecutive maps. Wtf?? Younger players like Plopski and nawwk come and deliver good numbers from the start, while he gets his first kill in the 6th round. Last year I was expecting him to be the star player of this team, to be at a similar level with Brollan by now, but if you take him to another map than Overpass he seems lost.
2020-02-26 17:21
1 reply
then he joins another team and becomes a monster lol
2020-02-26 17:36
wow i'ts was so easy
2020-02-26 17:36
1 reply
+100500
2020-02-27 14:42
I really dont care about this NIP now.. DIG ftw
2020-02-26 17:45
without REZ playing his top game, this nip roster won't stay in tier1 for long. The firepower on this squad is average as hell, and the tactical prowess isn't there either.
2020-02-26 18:22
3 replies
#82
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France MarcoXY
"stay in tier 1" ?????
2020-02-26 19:29
They havent been in tier1 for so long already.
2020-02-27 05:04
staying in tier1 meaning still being invited to events
2020-02-27 13:53
s1mple +26 smurfing GOD
2020-02-26 20:09
Wow such pro gaming just wow
2020-02-27 01:26
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