NAVI overcome slow start to beat mousesports in ESL One Cologne

The CIS giants came back from a map down to win the series and set up a semi-final contest with Complexity in Group A's upper bracket.

Natus Vincere got their ESL One Cologne campaign off to a good start as they moved past mousesports by a 2-1 scoreline. The international team began the series brightly with a convincing victory on Nuke but faded quickly as they were outfought and outclassed on the remaining maps, where NAVI's star power was on display.

mousesports, who will fight for their tournament life on Friday against MAD Lions, were a two-man show as Robin "⁠ropz⁠" Kool and Özgür "⁠woxic⁠" Eker once again did most of the fragging for the team. With the rest of the team struggling to put up good numbers, questions will need to be asked about the future of the current lineup. How much longer can they afford to wait before giving backup player Aurimas "⁠Bymas⁠" Pipiras a shot?

Ilya "⁠Perfecto⁠" Zalutskiy opened up the action on Nuke with a quad-kill to put NAVI in the lead, but there was no follow-up as mousesports responded immediately with Desert Eagles. The opening period was a touch fragmented as neither team looked capable of taking charge of the game, but then Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev began to leave his mark on the contest with his AWP.

s1mple led NAVI to victory with a series-high 1.28 rating

With a stunning Desert Eagle quad-kill, woxic then changed the momentum of a game that was that was threatening to get away from his team: ropz followed that up with a quad-kill of his own before Finn "⁠karrigan⁠" Andersen brought the curtain down on the half with a 1v2 clutch.

Things looked bright NAVI after switching to the T side as they executed a flawless pistol round, but it all fell apart after that. ropz picked up three stunning Desert Eagle headshots in the following round to halt the CIS giants, who never found themselves in the game again. NAVI struggled for ideas on this T side and were out-aimed for the entire half as mousesports quickly locked down the map, led by an outstanding performance from their Estonian star, who had 33 frags to his name.

Train was a reminder - as if one were needed - of how deadly NAVI's star duo can be when they are on point. s1mple and Denis "⁠electronic⁠" Sharipov combined for 54 frags as the IEM Katowice champions swept aside their opponents. The game initially followed the same pattern as Nuke as mousesports brought the deficit to a minimum with a late streak of rounds, but the second half was dominated by NAVI, who kept an unmovable defense that only conceded two rounds.

ropz came back alive on Dust2, racking up 10 frags in the opening stages as mousesports raced to a 4-1 lead. Things were looking promising for karrigan's troops, but then NAVI tightened up their defense, shutting down any chances of their opponents stringing rounds together to head into the break with a three-round lead. The second half turned out to be a one-way street as the mousesports defense could not keep up with the pace set by NAVI, who went on a 7-1 run to put the series to bed.

Matchpage
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Nuke
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Train
9
16
Dust2
7
 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
65 - 43 +22 84.9 1.28
61 - 49 +12 87.6 1.26
47 - 41 +6 64.6 1.11
51 - 52 -1 82.6 1.09
48 - 54 -6 72.4 0.94
 mousesports K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
69 - 55 +14 91.9 1.26
58 - 49 +9 84.9 1.16
36 - 55 -19 61.4 0.77
38 - 57 -19 64.9 0.76
36 - 59 -23 56.7 0.71
Russia Ilya 'Perfecto' Zalutskiy
Ilya 'Perfecto' Zalutskiy
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
458
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
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
Lithuania Aurimas 'Bymas' Pipiras
Aurimas 'Bymas' Pipiras
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
152
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
Estonia Robin 'ropz' Kool
Robin 'ropz' Kool
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
890
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1779
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
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
Turkey Özgür 'woxic' Eker
Özgür 'woxic' Eker
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
904
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
#2
mimi | 
Indonesia raesvg
ez
2020-08-19 18:48
#3
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Serbia LtN))
ez 4 NAVI
2020-08-19 18:48
3 replies
+1
2020-08-19 18:49
#71
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Indonesia lumayan
lol fluke onliners
2020-08-19 19:37
1 reply
#79
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Serbia LtN))
who is talking about BIG?
2020-08-19 19:50
ropzwoxicsports lost again
2020-08-19 18:48
1 reply
lul i kekw
2020-08-20 00:06
ez for the #1 team and #1 player in the world
2020-08-19 18:48
34 replies
BIG didn't play today and neither did NiKo
2020-08-19 18:49
27 replies
#19
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Serbia LtN))
lol
2020-08-19 18:50
Who tf is talking about BUG and Ch0k0?
2020-08-19 18:50
24 replies
2020-08-19 18:51
23 replies
#1 team Natus Vincere #1 player goat s1mple So?
2020-08-19 18:51
22 replies
#1 team BIG CLAN (check ranking) #1 player NiKo (you know its true cuz s0mple is a baiter)
2020-08-19 18:52
21 replies
#1 team Natus Vincere (IEM Katowice winners) #1 player s1mple (Ch0k0 baiter hiring fpl talents to bait them with his 0 iq strats)
2020-08-19 18:53
9 replies
#1 team BIG CLAN (won multiple tournaments in a row and ranked #1 by multiple independent rankings) #1 player NiKo (most consistent and non-toxic player in the last 4 years)
2020-08-19 18:55
8 replies
#1 team BUG CLAN? ahahahaha irrelevant dh open events that too online. Onliners will be out of top 30 when LAN events start. #1 player Ch0k0 LMAO. Most consistent baiter who hasnt won anything relevant. Kicked IGL and recruited fpl talents only to bait them for stats to make delusional fanboys like you think he is actually good.
2020-08-19 18:58
7 replies
#1 ranking doesnt car about delusional s0mple fan's opinion #1 s0mple LMAO. Most consistent baiter who hasnt won anything relevant. Kicked IGL and recruited fpl talents only to bait them for stats to make delusional fanboys like you think he is actually good.
2020-08-19 18:59
6 replies
haHAA expected from jermen Got rekt and now copy pasting my exact words. kkkkkkkkkk
2020-08-19 19:01
4 replies
haHAA expected from cis kid Got rekt and now copy pasting my exact words. kkkkkkkkkk
2020-08-19 19:07
3 replies
You are getting sad Be happi lmao Stop posting cringe
2020-08-20 09:20
2 replies
2020-08-20 10:28
1 reply
both are cringe I'll say. No one right now is truly a number one. Especially after that long break.
2020-08-24 15:50
S1mple #1
2020-08-19 21:23
BUG CLAN LOST TO TEAM OUTSIDE OF TOP 30 LUL
2020-08-19 19:04
9 replies
Navi lost to trash like hard legion wdym lul
2020-08-19 19:07
8 replies
But we in cologne now things different
2020-08-19 19:09
5 replies
keep telling yourself that kkkkk
2020-08-19 19:10
4 replies
Keep telling yourself that the only recent BIG Clan LAN win was at dreamhack open against tier 3 wins, while navi won a s tier event on Lan kkkkkkkkkkkkk
2020-08-19 19:44
3 replies
No one cares about Navi fluke win kkkkkkkkkkkk they are shit now
2020-08-19 19:48
2 replies
i mean they're in the upper bracket, and BIG is not kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
2020-08-19 20:20
1 reply
+1
2020-08-20 14:57
1 reply
old lineup kekw
2020-08-20 10:28
#99
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Montenegro 1inchkuk
Where is your Niko? Losing against Heroic while bottomfragging
2020-08-19 20:41
get your facts straight niko did play today and had a great game against faze
2020-08-20 00:06
+1
2020-08-19 18:52
Sh1ro rekt s0mple, Navi not even #1 in CIS kek
2020-08-19 20:05
4 replies
0/8 very funny idiot
2020-08-19 20:23
1 reply
cry is free
2020-08-20 00:21
>NaVi 1st place finish at CIS rtr event and goat s1mple MVP >Not even #1 in CIS Pick one
2020-08-19 21:11
1 reply
Did s0mple sex you yet??
2020-08-20 07:24
#6
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Peru Elkauza
Mouz
2020-08-19 18:49
free ropz
2020-08-19 18:49
"overcome slow start" - Na'Vi in a nutshell
2020-08-19 18:49
2 replies
They just want to practice more maps. :D
2020-08-19 18:49
#130
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Finland HARD4ENCE
But once they get fired up.. oh, you don't want to be on the opposing side..
2020-08-20 11:31
trashsports
2020-08-19 18:49
#13
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Russia ToughGuy
expected from the best team in the world !
2020-08-19 18:49
1 reply
+1
2020-08-19 19:02
Navi got lucky af on both Train and dust2 watch them go out of groups anyways. Absolutely horrible perfomance by s0mple btw
2020-08-19 18:50
5 replies
#28
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Serbia LtN))
by ur logic, every game NaVi won is lucky?
2020-08-19 18:51
1 reply
he is a delusional hater
2020-08-19 19:02
cry is free 32-10
2020-08-19 19:02
"Horrible performance from somple" Xaxaxaxaxaxaaxscsxcaxa x xa
2020-08-19 20:26
LUL horrible performance 0/8
2020-08-19 21:20
s1mple baited NAVI with a series-high 1.28 rating
2020-08-19 18:53
3 replies
#70
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Sweden ShageN
it seems like you baited your brain since your childhood.
2020-08-19 19:36
1 reply
kekw
2020-08-20 06:54
+1 xd
2020-08-19 20:28
Ropxicsports
2020-08-19 18:56
ez
2020-08-19 18:57
s1mpletronic ez cya ChrisJ
2020-08-19 18:57
#42
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Georgia Megobari
-ChrisJ +Bymas, pls
2020-08-19 18:57
5 replies
wont happen cuz bymas cant replace his role, bymas will replace frozen
2020-08-19 19:15
4 replies
#68
AZR | 
Taiwan Haoyuan
Good joke.
2020-08-19 19:32
3 replies
#82
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Europe headwick
he is right tho
2020-08-19 20:03
2 replies
Frozen has a lot to accomplish Chrisj is performing very bad probably bymas will replace him Karrigan will handle all the role shifting
2020-08-20 09:21
1 reply
#132
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Europe headwick
for bymas to replace chrisj, he should be a support player but he is not also i think frozen is much better than bymas
2020-08-20 14:26
#44
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Indonesia cleostar
#FreeRopz from this shit team
2020-08-19 18:58
Ezzzzz Elec lets gooo
2020-08-19 19:00
I'm sad for ROPZA in this team will be destroyed. Frozen does not perform well at T1 and gradually drops to T2-3. Good old MOUS with Ropz Sunny ChrisJ Styko Oskar .
2020-08-19 19:01
2 replies
#61
ropz | 
Czech Republic y0fl0w
yeah :((( bring them back
2020-08-19 19:13
+100000
2020-08-19 21:03
They always lose 1st map.
2020-08-19 19:07
1 reply
natus vincere's hobby?
2020-08-20 15:26
#65
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Sweden ShageN
Na`Vi #1 team S1mple #1 player
2020-08-19 19:27
1 reply
Looks like s0mple baited you as well
2020-08-20 07:26
#66
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Russia Kirillqa89
Gj
2020-08-19 19:28
Simple so ezzzz for this man!!!!
2020-08-19 19:30
#69
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Poland SebL
I'm surprised, but NaVi are looking pretty good, I think the core of s1mple, electronic and Boombl4 can still make an insane team together. mousesports is just totally dead and I think they have to build a new lineup around ropz and woxic if they want to become something.
2020-08-19 19:34
4 replies
I dont know man, but I have a feeling that woxic is gonna leave mouz soon. Kassad once said in his recent interview if he ever have to build a super team he is definitely taking woxic.
2020-08-20 01:15
3 replies
#129
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Poland SebL
woxic is really good, and I understand kassad that he would like to build a team with him.
2020-08-20 10:37
#131
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Finland HARD4ENCE
Might aswell take Ropz with him if that's the case. Just get a proper IGL with solid firepower (ALEX maybe??) around them and a few more young guns and you have a serious title contender team.
2020-08-20 11:40
1 reply
FPX is building new team around ALEX,i' saw this news on twitter. maybe woxic and ropz are leaving mouz for FPX lineup 0.0
2020-08-20 15:29
#72
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Turkey Berhava!
Ropzxicsports lost
2020-08-19 19:38
mousesports bench botxic
2020-08-19 19:44
too easy for GOAT player S1mple and GOAT organization Natus Vincere.
2020-08-19 19:45
#78
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Latvia tibr0
To easy for GOAT
2020-08-19 19:50
16:7 16:9 rekt wow such pro gaming just many wow much pro
2020-08-19 20:05
#85
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Peru Rhenie
Mouz need a fraggin igl and a non-bot support also frozen needs to start playing to his standarts. My suggestion to the Mouz Ceo would be: -Karrigan(The guy gives free openings every round) +ALEX -ChrisJ +ChrisJ -Frozen +Frozen but with DM practise I would keep woxic since he seems to be playing well again.
2020-08-19 20:19
2 replies
lul
2020-08-19 20:24
+1 kArRIgAN is bot
2020-08-20 15:24
Nice seeing all the star players from both teams performing
2020-08-19 20:20
NAVI GOATS
2020-08-19 20:20
1 reply
#108
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Serbia LtN))
flag and flair doesn't check out
2020-08-19 22:11
unfortunately for navi this does not bode well imagine if a team is good on maps outside of their comfort zone
2020-08-19 20:24
4 replies
nice englando, nice fake flag
2020-08-19 20:26
3 replies
k
2020-08-19 20:32
2 replies
nt brazillian
2020-08-19 20:34
1 reply
o
2020-08-19 20:38
gg
2020-08-19 20:40
Speaking of Cologne: Try this one out. youtu.be/WOYVj2YZL3w
2020-08-19 20:43
#109
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Peru devbot
Save Ropz mens
2020-08-19 23:11
if they replace boobmla with FODDER they will be best
2020-08-20 00:58
expected from botrigan. guardian didn't won major cuz of this noob bot! retire already botrigan!!! oh yeah thx for money btw :)
2020-08-20 15:19
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