Natus Vincere overcome Vitality in DreamHack Masters Spring
Going into the match, Natus Vincere was in worrying form, ending the ESL One: Road to Rio with a group stage exit after two wins from five games .However, in the first match between Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev and Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut since BLAST Premier Spring Series, it was the CIS side that mustered the win, but only after an unlikely comeback on Dust2.
Vitality were off to a 4-1 start on the offensive side of their map pick, Nuke, but were unable to break Natus Vincere's economy fully, and the CIS side started pulling back. The lead was assumed by Natus Vincere after Ilya "Perfecto" Zalutskiy denied ZywOo's 1v3 attempt (5-4). However, Vitality turned on the pace and caused a lot of issues for the defenders, reaching eight rounds shortly, with Natus Vincere's force buy success earning them seven before the switch.
The second half was quite one-sided, as Kévin "misutaaa" Rabier, who was having a great game, opened up the fragging on the pistol, and the French side quickly ran away with it. Kirill "Boombl4" Mikhailov's team earned their first and only T-side round with a fast A play, but crippled their own economy by force buying, making it easy for their opponents to close out the map, 16-8.
To turn things around on Dust2, Natus Vincere started by claiming two disadvantageous rounds: the second-round force-buy and a 2v3 retake in round six, which swung the first half their way, giving them the economic advantage. The score was 7-2 when misutaaa found an opening for Vitality which they converted, with the Frenchmen started their comeback after it, chaining five rounds together and ending the half just one round behind.
After dropping the CT pistol, Vitality pulled into the lead thanks to a force buy and Cédric "RpK" Guipouy's flank. The Frenchmen looked unstoppable on their CT side, just like on Nuke, reaching 14 following a Richard "shox" Papillon 1v2 (14-9). Just as things were looking dire, members of the CIS side started turning things around with strong individual performances, such as the Denis "electronic" Sharipov ace that made it 14-12, and managed to chain seven in a row to muster a 16-14 win on their map pick.
Despite a back-and-forth start to Overpass, Natus Vincere was able to assume control of proceedings on the CT side, 7-2. Vitality had a good chance to add another on the board in the next round, finding themselves in a 4v3 afterplant on A, but were unable to hold off the retake. The one-way traffic continued for the rest of the half, with Vitality only managing three before the switch.
RpK held down the B site in the CT pistol which gave the French side a chance to come back on the defense. Turning around a 3v5 situation allowed Vitality to secure six from the first seven rounds of the half, edging back into the game (13-9). The Frenchmen weren't able to pull it all the way back, however, as Natus Vincere then resolved a 3v3 in their favor, helping them closed out the map on the T side, 16-9.
|Natus Vincere||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|66 - 52||+14||91.1||1.30|
|60 - 52||+8||85.4||1.17|
|55 - 49||+6||71.9||1.12|
|60 - 55||+5||82.4||1.08|
|36 - 52||-16||50.9||0.75|
|Vitality||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|67 - 51||+16||85.9||1.26|
|55 - 56||-1||74.8||1.09|
|49 - 53||-4||71.6||1.01|
|50 - 57||-7||60.1||0.87|
|39 - 60||-21||62.1||0.83|