Na`Vi squeeze past forZe to secure first ESL Pro League S11 victory

After three tightly-contested maps, Natus Vincere emerged as the victor over CIS rivals forZe in ESL Pro League Season 11.

Despite being the #1 ranked team in the world, Natus Vincere's form was questionable going into the match against forZe as their return to online CS wasn't going too well. Before the start of ESL Pro League S11, the CIS side played their last online match in 2018, and suffered defeats to BIG and North this week.

On the other hand, forZe opened the competition with two wins, and looked good to secure their third one, over Natus Vincere, throughout the series. However, time after time, Natus Vincere were able to pull off comebacks, and eventually claim the series on Nuke, 2-1.

Boombl4's men secured their first win in Pro League

forZe were quick out of the gates on Inferno, their map pick, as they claimed eight unanswered rounds to kick off the proceedings. Evgeny "⁠FL1T⁠" Lebedev, who was a transfer target for Natus Vincere earlier this year, was leading the charge for forZe, posting 14K-5D as they closed out the first half with a 10-5 lead.

Four more rounds were added to their tally after the switch to the CT side, seeing Andrey "⁠Jerry⁠" Mekhryakov's men assume a dominant 14-5 advantage. On the brink of defeat, Natus Vincere woke up and starting mounting a comeback, but a gamble play from forZe finally worked out, allowing them to close out the map 16-12.

FL1T caused some issues for Na`Vi, but forZe were unable to close out the series

Double kills from Dmitriy "⁠facecrack⁠" Alekseyev and Bogdan "⁠xsepower⁠" Chernikov in the CT pistol allowed forZe a strong start on Train, following up their success from the opening map. The score was 10-2 for the all-Russian team before Natus Vincere managed to find their footing, claiming four rounds before the switch mainly thanks to the efforts of Denis "⁠electronic⁠" Sharipov and Egor "⁠flamie⁠" Vasilyev.

Following some initial T-side success for forZe (13-6), Natus Vincere put up the defenses and, just like on Inferno, started mounting the second-half comeback. Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev activated on the defense and helped his side reach 15-15, who built on their CT success in overtime to close out the map 19-17.

Natus Vincere brought over that momentum to Nuke, where they claimed a 5-1 lead on the offense to put pressure on Jerry and co. from the start. The Russian in-game leader and facecrack were catalysts for forZe's comeback in the second part of the half (7-8), but Natus Vincere kept ahead by claiming the pistol after the switch.

The score was 11-7 for Natus Vincere before forZe managed their first buy, but they made it count and started chaining rounds together. However, after reaching a 13-11 lead, forZe fumbled an anti-eco round which allowed Natus Vincere to swing ahead and claim the victory on Nuke after a s1mple 1v2 clutch.

Matchpage
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1
21st March 2020
12
Inferno
16
19
Train
17
16
Nuke
13
 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
70 - 61 +9 81.1 1.16
67 - 61 +6 71.1 1.09
66 - 62 +4 75.8 1.05
62 - 68 -6 75.3 1.01
45 - 57 -12 62.0 0.86
 forZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
75 - 72 +3 89.9 1.21
66 - 63 +3 87.5 1.09
69 - 58 +11 72.4 1.05
47 - 55 -8 55.1 0.94
52 - 64 -12 60.7 0.90

This is how the ESL Pro League Season 11 Group B standings look ahead of tonight's match between fnatic and North:

Russia Andrey 'Jerry' Mekhryakov
Andrey 'Jerry' Mekhryakov
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1126
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1477
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1054
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Russia Dmitriy 'facecrack' Alekseyev
Dmitriy 'facecrack' Alekseyev
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1528
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.15
Russia Evgeny 'FL1T' Lebedev
Evgeny 'FL1T' Lebedev
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
894
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Russia Bogdan 'xsepower' Chernikov
Bogdan 'xsepower' Chernikov
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
964
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.58
APR:
0.08
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.24
Maps played:
1307
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.10
FLUKE!
2020-03-21 22:35
19 replies
+1 Navi is so shit
2020-03-21 22:36
13 replies
#6
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Libya OG_TOP_1
1+ Navi is so shit
2020-03-21 22:36
6 replies
1+ OG is so shit
2020-03-21 22:38
5 replies
Ok
2020-03-21 22:38
#28
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United States ShawnM
+1 big sucks
2020-03-21 22:41
2 replies
-1
2020-03-21 23:16
+1 BIG Overrated af
2020-03-21 23:32
OG=waste of money
2020-03-21 23:17
lul mibr fan ahahah
2020-03-21 22:40
lol mibr is not even near forze
2020-03-21 22:41
2 replies
MIBR did better than Forze at DH Open LUL
2020-03-21 22:43
1 reply
Dh open lmao We don't talk below masters Mibr is already gon Btw they just beat gen.g lmao Gen.g<mibr Soooo fucking sad
2020-03-24 05:00
Mibr 😂😂😂
2020-03-21 22:51
LOST TO CHAOS XAXAXAXAXAXAXAXAXA
2020-03-21 22:52
This match proved that Navi is not real top 1. They are suckers!
2020-03-21 22:36
1 reply
Name checks out
2020-03-21 23:10
+1
2020-03-21 22:36
Save Electronic
2020-03-21 22:40
12th alt Confirmed my god how many stupid big accounts do you really have? I’m starting to think over 20
2020-03-22 01:39
#2
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Israel Sonnabend
cool
2020-03-21 22:35
#4
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Ukraine McSwell
"top1, ez, navi era, strongest team, s1mple best player, elec sg-god, flamie deag professor"
2020-03-21 22:36
last of this list goes home or what?
2020-03-21 22:36
#8
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United Kingdom replicanoob
ez
2020-03-21 22:36
gg
2020-03-21 22:36
FL1T > defecto
2020-03-21 22:36
3 replies
but they don't want to sell
2020-03-21 22:50
2 replies
yeah, sad
2020-03-21 22:51
1 reply
XD
2020-03-21 22:51
#12
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Russia M13F
So Lucky
2020-03-21 22:36
Atleast they didnt lose to forZe trash onliners lul
2020-03-21 22:37
2 replies
+1
2020-03-22 07:53
#82
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Azerbaijan Sanbulich
I think in Inferno tside they played well
2020-03-22 08:37
Ez
2020-03-21 22:37
Na`Vi squeeze past forZe to secure ESL Pro League S11 victory? sounds good
2020-03-21 22:37
Pros don't fake
2020-03-21 22:37
What is the point of this league? LAN has been cancelled and there is no cash prize?
2020-03-21 22:38
FL1T crying rn
2020-03-21 22:38
forze > navi
2020-03-21 22:38
1 reply
Why do you say that? NaVi just beat them.
2020-03-21 22:42
expected ez for the best team in the world
2020-03-21 22:38
Cool
2020-03-21 22:39
2020-03-21 22:39
1 reply
+111 god1mple
2020-03-22 10:19
#25
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Europe Vallon3
Absolute luck.
2020-03-21 22:39
EZ, navi era
2020-03-21 22:41
pozornyi otskok
2020-03-21 22:41
1 reply
Vega fan OMEGALUL
2020-03-22 10:22
#32
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Europe Megaptera
this match gives me heartattack
2020-03-21 22:41
Botus Flukere Lucky this time
2020-03-21 22:42
4 replies
#42
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Russia ToughGuy
navi lose - ahaha trash disband navi won - fluke win so lucky omg
2020-03-21 22:47
3 replies
2020-03-21 22:49
Pretty much, anyone who doesn’t think Navi isn’t the top 1 seed are lying to themselves
2020-03-22 01:41
1 reply
+1
2020-03-22 08:53
Noobs can't believe that this is just a comeback of an underdog even though they are considered to be the world no. 1 team by most ranking system... GL Navi & congrats to get the progress in this online system!!! Now it's nice to watch the Navi game as they are back!!!!
2020-03-21 22:43
2 replies
omg finally someone with brains
2020-03-22 10:25
I love NAVI but you cant say they're back after only 1 victory, especially vs #22 team and in such close fashion. We'll see whats next and then talk)
2020-03-22 15:10
Pure skill win
2020-03-21 22:43
gg S1mple is a god
2020-03-21 22:44
o man was best series so far on EPL season 11 too bad simple chickend out from a fight with that ninja defuse
2020-03-21 22:45
Play on Lan will be luckier than online for Navi
2020-03-21 22:46
Not deserved win
2020-03-21 22:51
#50
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Russia ToughGuy
forze aka biggest onliners ever hits unreal shots dont worry someday u will do this on lan
2020-03-21 22:52
1 reply
xD
2020-03-22 01:44
#53
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Poland sosiad
Wtf how navi won, i left the stream when score was 14:8 on second map
2020-03-21 22:57
1 reply
me at 13-5 haha
2020-03-21 23:24
North > Navi ForZe > North NaVi > ForZe NaVi = NaVi
2020-03-21 23:04
If Na'Vi continues play like in this match, Fnatic will smash them
2020-03-21 23:05
2 replies
#79
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Russia ToughGuy
Cool story ivan
2020-03-22 07:22
1 reply
Read my nickname, I'm not Ivan. And yea, this is very cool and true story.
2020-03-22 11:09
undeserved
2020-03-21 23:16
Omegalul
2020-03-21 23:16
#62
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Europe t.o.p
electronic = greatest CIS player
2020-03-21 23:18
S1mple doesn't topfrag = navi win
2020-03-21 23:43
#1 so bad lol
2020-03-21 23:44
1 reply
#78
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Russia ToughGuy
Online matches kkkkkkkkkk
2020-03-22 07:22
EZ4NAVI FL1T NOOBKKKKK
2020-03-22 00:02
How many eco rounds did forZe lose in the whole match?
2020-03-22 00:09
haters? where are you? are you already in your dirty and cold cave???? :o
2020-03-22 00:21
5 replies
Nice job beating forze! Top 1 team for sure!
2020-03-22 05:29
4 replies
#77
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Russia ToughGuy
Blast clan axaxaxaxaxa got rekt by navi so hard
2020-03-22 07:21
3 replies
2 close 16-14 bo3s Recked hard Pick one No brain Russian Pick both
2020-03-22 10:21
2 replies
lose is still a lose, ChoKe clan fan :o it was at least on LAN and on big events, in play-offs (bo3).
2020-03-22 10:27
1 reply
Yeah faze played like noobs on t side due to NiKo bad Calls. But there is no exuse for loosing to north and big Omegalul. Navi had its fluke, now back to beeing irrelevant
2020-03-22 10:50
Sad day for sure! Navi almost 0-3 vs t2 teams. Atleast navi fanboys will brag about beating t2 forze and i can destroy them in comments
2020-03-22 05:30
4 replies
Funny to read that hater like you admits that he will shittalk about Na`Vi on purpose without any reason. Online matches - still a reason to write shit for pathetic haters like you. xD
2020-03-22 06:34
3 replies
Nt putin
2020-03-22 10:22
2 replies
wtf why you call me terrorist?
2020-03-22 10:22
1 reply
Cuz u keep screaming: plant the bomb blyat
2020-03-22 10:53
>"Boombl4's men secured their first win in Pro League" mr professeur pls fix the obvious misspell
2020-03-22 08:14
Can we just talk how amazing facecrack at entries?
2020-03-22 15:12
hahahahaahahahhahaha wtf
2020-03-23 01:46
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