NAVI defeat NiP in BLAST Premier Fall Series opener

Natus Vincere took out NiP on Inferno (16-12) and Train (16-13) in their BLAST Premier Fall Series opening match to secure a spot in the Group 1 upper bracket.

Natus Vincere start their BLAST Premier Fall Series run with a win against NiP, and will now make their way through the Group 1 upper bracket, where they will face the winner of Evil Geniuses vs. OG, while the loser will fight Björn "⁠THREAT⁠" Pers’s men to keep the hope of qualifying straight through to the Fall Finals without having to go through the Showdown.

Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev was key to Natus Vincere's success against NiP with a 1.49 rating, bouncing back from an uncharacteristic dip in form in the last two IEM New York CIS matches, which he ended with a below-average rating. "I wanted to be ready individually to see that I can play my best game," the Ukrainian star said in the post-match interview when asked about his performance.

Before their opening BLAST Premier Fall Series bout, Natus Vincere and NiP finished their respective Regional Major Ranking (RMR) tournaments in fourth place. The CIS side lost to IEM New York CIS champions Virtus.pro in the semi-final before forfeiting the third-place decider to Spirit, while the Swedes fell to the two DreamHack Open Fall finalists, Vitality and Heroic, in the upper bracket quarter-finals and lower bracket final, respectively.

s1mple was in tip top shape against NiP with a 1.49 rating in the series

Tim "⁠nawwk⁠" Jonasson downed three CTs in the opening pistol round on Inferno to get his team on the board, but the Swedes were stopped the following round as NAVI took the forcebuy with doubles by Denis "⁠electronic⁠" Sharipov and Kirill "⁠Boombl4⁠" Mikhailov. NiP won their first gun round with a play on A, but quickly found themselves down 2-7 in subsequent rounds, and although they were able to get within one point of tying it up, they eventually finished the half down by three, 6-9.

Simon "⁠twist⁠" Eliasson downed three with the USP to make it 7-9, and two rounds later nawwk single-handedly won a 2vs2 afterplant situation to get the tie. Down 10-11 Natus Vincere won map control and played a late A execute, which they won with two clean entries on the site to bring things back to even. The CIS team then entered the B site equally as clean the following round to retake the lead, imposing their will late in the map to take it 16-12.

NiP took the lead on NAVI’s pick, Train, on the favored CT side, but s1mple and company tied it right back up after four rounds before taking the lead against a hard eco in the fifth. Doubles by Nicolas "⁠Plopski⁠" Gonzalez Zamora and Hampus "⁠hampus⁠" Poser in a forcebuy made it 3-4. The two teams struggled to gain control, going back-and-forth, but NiP broke the attacking team’s economy to go up 6-4 before closing the half out 9-6.

The Swedes flooded the A site with glocks to hit double digits in the first round of the second half, going on to win three rounds before back-and-forth rounds ensued with the Swedes trying to switch up the pace, but NAVI gained control on the defense, not wanting to let go of the map. After tying it up 13-13 the CIS squad kept their momentum going on to close the series out 16-13 and secure a spot in the Group 1 upper bracket.

Matchpage
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26th October 2020
Sweden
16
Inferno
12
16
Train
13
 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostylievs1mple 61 - 32 +29 92.3 1.49
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyevflamie 37 - 29 +8 69.4 1.13
Russia Kirill 'Boombl4' MikhailovBoombl4 38 - 38 0 83.8 1.07
Russia Ilya 'Perfecto' ZalutskiyPerfecto 34 - 37 -3 64.6 1.03
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipovelectronic 30 - 37 -7 73.0 0.96
 NiP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Simon 'twist' Eliassontwist 38 - 42 -4 79.2 1.00
Sweden Tim 'nawwk' Jonassonnawwk 36 - 36 0 59.6 0.96
Sweden Hampus 'hampus' Poserhampus 41 - 44 -3 72.3 0.95
Sweden Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez ZamoraPlopski 28 - 41 -13 65.3 0.85
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' SternerREZ 30 - 38 -8 64.2 0.83
Russia Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
824
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Sweden Björn 'THREAT' Pers
Björn 'THREAT' Pers
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.78
Maps played:
54
KPR:
0.52
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Sweden Hampus 'hampus' Poser
Hampus 'hampus' Poser
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1092
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Sweden Tim 'nawwk' Jonasson
Tim 'nawwk' Jonasson
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
699
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.10
Sweden Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez Zamora
Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez Zamora
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
741
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Sweden Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1419
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1024
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.24
Maps played:
1277
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.10
GG
2020-10-26 19:25
3 replies
Damn u just 2 seconds earlier
2020-10-26 19:25
2 replies
lol and not astralis news smh
2020-10-26 19:32
1 reply
s1mple has to drop 30 on both maps to win. rip in peace navi
2020-10-26 19:56
Gg
2020-10-26 19:25
5 replies
#91
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Taiwan Rav3nEz
Time to change it g2 | Anupam
2020-10-26 20:21
4 replies
xdddd bro idk how to change
2020-10-27 04:53
3 replies
#117
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Taiwan Rav3nEz
Profile me jaake change karle, zyada rocket science nai hai :D
2020-11-02 12:52
2 replies
no option bro
2020-11-02 14:02
1 reply
#119
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Taiwan Rav3nEz
Naya id bana le maa ka saaki naaka
2020-11-02 17:00
Gg
2020-10-26 19:25
#5
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Ukraine Fluminatrix
ez boobz
2020-10-26 19:25
#6
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United Kingdom Max1elll
well done
2020-10-26 19:25
clean
2020-10-26 19:25
goat s1mple is back!
2020-10-26 19:25
#11
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Portugal 69_mL
nip win 4 pistol rounds xD
2020-10-26 19:26
1 reply
#102
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United States 1nsaneMe
Lol
2020-10-27 04:21
ez 4 Stone aka s0mple
2020-10-26 19:26
1 reply
#87
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Russia INNESOR
He is Sasha Kemen dumas
2020-10-26 20:00
GG, too easy for s1mple today.
2020-10-26 19:26
1 reply
+1 ez4s1mple
2020-10-26 19:39
#14
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Serbia LtN))
I didnt even doubt that they will comeback on Train! EZ 4 NAVI #NAVINATION #NAVIDAVI
2020-10-26 19:27
1 reply
+1 no doubts True fans never doubt their team. They support them even more in tough situations.
2020-10-26 19:39
#15
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Brazil Gaiolero
English (sorry for my bad hi)
2020-10-26 19:26
gg
2020-10-26 19:26
Wtf is happening with elec? :( He's not good since player's break.
2020-10-26 19:27
2 replies
Papatronic saving frags for LAN. He will destroy all teams in IEM Global Challenge.
2020-10-26 19:39
Hes had a few maps recently with really good showings when s1mple didn't turn up. He will be fine :)
2020-10-27 08:59
Gj navi and s1mpleGod
2020-10-26 19:26
1 reply
s1mple proving once again why he is the GOAT.
2020-10-26 19:38
2 s1mple for Na'Vi
2020-10-26 19:27
1 reply
+1
2020-10-26 19:38
#20
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Ukraine McSwell
Finally some good cs after senseless CIS matches, nt NiP for a decent fight, but NaVi were very consisting today.
2020-10-26 19:26
6 replies
lol tier 2 CS > Good CS > - Pick one
2020-10-26 19:27
5 replies
tier 2 CS > calling blast premier with 9/10 top 10 teams tier 2 ye, kinda delusional
2020-10-26 19:29
4 replies
#28
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Ukraine McSwell
mad cuz Heroic ain't participating.
2020-10-26 19:30
3 replies
well,heroic cant even beat apeks to qualify for blast showdown lmfao
2020-10-26 19:31
2 replies
#80
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Moldova shawww
lol he is a fan of HUNDEN so no point in responding to him
2020-10-26 19:52
1 reply
#103
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United States 1nsaneMe
+1 lmao
2020-10-27 04:22
Where are all zywoo fans and s1mple haters Also where are navi haters at
2020-10-26 19:27
1 reply
s1mple and NaVi haters crying themselves to sleep
2020-10-26 19:38
electronic KKKKK but NIP KKKKKKKKKK
2020-10-26 19:27
7 replies
#32
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Pakistan LoOuU2
papatronic`s marriage is fucking his career mens
2020-10-26 19:32
2 replies
too buy having sex men(((((((
2020-10-26 19:36
1 reply
#72
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Pakistan LoOuU2
yes mens((
2020-10-26 19:47
i will be waiting to judge you when you change your flair to g2 once niko is transferred
2020-10-27 04:39
3 replies
no #FaZeUp
2020-10-27 09:25
2 replies
Good for you Not a plastic fan cool
2020-10-27 13:47
1 reply
yes #FaZeUp
2020-10-27 14:08
the impact s1mple had on train, just unbelievable
2020-10-26 19:27
3 replies
+1
2020-10-26 19:37
2 replies
they would lose 16-5 or something without him, literally holy shit
2020-10-26 22:00
1 reply
#104
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United States 1nsaneMe
True. That was a crazy game
2020-10-27 04:23
EZ EG is next 😎👌💯
2020-10-26 19:27
Wow so ez against TiP goddaaaaamn Still cant wint against vp and f OMEGALUL rze XDDD Ez group for og/eg.
2020-10-26 19:29
4 replies
Ok r0pz still cant make the major even after baiting so hard KEKW go play fpl baiter noob
2020-10-26 19:37
1 reply
Kekw kekw kekw Kekw Kekw
2020-10-26 19:38
#77
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Brazil Fauchard
Schedule excuse
2020-10-26 19:50
#82
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Moldova shawww
You clearly didn't listen to the post-interview and you didn't inform yourself about Navi's poor results in the last event but ok.
2020-10-26 19:53
s0mple heard you talk shit so he boosted his stats on tier 3 team
2020-10-26 19:31
3 replies
nt tier 5 scene NiP > NA Trash
2020-10-26 19:36
He chosed to farm statson top 10 team rather than on tier 3 teams
2020-10-26 19:37
1 reply
+1 s1mple don't farm against lesser teams unlike zywh0 who farmed against mdl trash most of his career.
2020-10-26 19:42
s1mple GOAT +29 (1.49 rating) ez top1 2020
2020-10-26 19:35
1 reply
+1
2020-10-26 19:36
s1mple GOAT
2020-10-26 19:35
#38
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Kazakhstan Trapptrapp
players like S1MPLE born 1 time per 1000 years
2020-10-26 19:36
1 reply
We are so lucky to witness a player like s1mple.
2020-10-26 19:44
#39
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Poland Dzangow
easy top1 for GOAT S1mple this year
2020-10-26 19:36
#42
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Russia wmenarg
gg simple good haters simple sucking dick
2020-10-26 19:37
2 replies
#57
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Spain chuggo
s1mple has so many braindead haters just because he is Godlike for years in a row. s1mple is the Greatest player of all time.
2020-10-26 19:41
1 reply
+1 bro It makes me sad that so many people hate him for literally nothing :/
2020-10-26 19:43
EZ
2020-10-26 19:37
1 reply
EZ4NAVI
2020-10-26 19:43
#53
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Russia ToughGuy
gg nice comeback on train
2020-10-26 19:40
1 reply
+1 NaVi #1
2020-10-26 19:43
NiP disband plz or -twist -rez -hampus
2020-10-26 19:40
1. s1mple +29 K/D, 1.49 rating
2020-10-26 19:42
1 reply
+1
2020-10-26 19:42
s1mple is top1 of Galaxy!
2020-10-26 19:44
1 reply
+1
2020-10-26 19:46
wow S1MPLE FOREVER KING of CS ggwp
2020-10-26 19:45
1 reply
s1mple top 1 2020
2020-10-26 19:46
#67
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Russia mshkoda
Good play, boys💪💪💪 Nice to see s1mple in good shape again
2020-10-26 19:45
the goat is back after 3 bad series.
2020-10-26 19:45
1 reply
#105
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United States 1nsaneMe
3 bad MAPS* Not series!!
2020-10-27 04:25
glad to see the best player ever is playing his game again!!! NAVI are true top1 of this year. especially if they gonna win one more LAN
2020-10-26 19:46
7 replies
Wtf , flair doesn't check out ? I am in shock. But respect for aknowledging and being objective.
2020-10-26 19:48
6 replies
thx bro. s1mple and zywoo are top1 and top2 of this year. 1. S1mple 2. ZywOo
2020-10-26 19:49
2 replies
I like and respect ZyWOo , I think he is also insane player. Second best player in the world for sure.
2020-10-26 19:50
1 reply
+1
2020-10-26 19:55
he's a s1mple fan with a vitality flair
2020-10-26 19:53
2 replies
flair and nickname checks out "TurboVirgin <3 autist" LUL
2020-10-26 19:56
1 reply
+1
2020-10-27 11:36
GOAT s1mple GOAT NAVI organization
2020-10-26 19:48
Did the worst ever performing just beat nip 2-0? whhahaha whut
2020-10-26 19:50
1 reply
#106
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United States 1nsaneMe
Navi is inconsistent af. S1mple or electronic performs like a madman and they win. That's how it goes in that team. 🤷
2020-10-27 04:28
lol
2020-10-26 19:51
wat
2020-10-26 19:57
Expected 2:0 for NAVI, but expected 16:1 and 16:3 by them, but ended up being harder for some weird reason :D
2020-10-26 20:07
#89
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Hungary szia
Boring
2020-10-26 20:17
#90
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Russia AR4ER
GG Na'Vi...
2020-10-26 20:18
Expected NiP sucks
2020-10-26 20:44
#93
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Poland SebL
NaVi is showing some potential, with small changes they still can be one of the best teams in the world. NiP is looking really good, unlucky match for them.
2020-10-26 20:53
nice
2020-10-26 20:57
wp
2020-10-26 21:04
exprcted more from nip
2020-10-26 21:22
#97
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Switzerland Titan))
god s1mple
2020-10-26 21:38
#98
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China HEIDASHUAi
s1mple saved navi. Flamie & Big Boom also played pretty well, great to see.
2020-10-26 21:52
Real simple is back
2020-10-26 23:39
Xyp9x of cs clutch said s1mple is the god. So there is no need to argue about goat s1mple. If you want to criticize s1mple, talk to Xyp9x.
2020-10-27 03:18
#112
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Europe AlL1n
Navi got vp problems but nip ain't one.
2020-10-27 11:25
#114
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Ukraine EmErAJID
200 IQ move performed by NaVi. Pretended to have a decline at the CIS tournament and prepared strategies for BLAST. Hello from overiqed B1ade.
2020-10-27 11:52
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