NAVI take revenge on Liquid in BLAST Premier Global Final

The CIS giants move on to the consolidation final to face Vitality.

Natus Vincere have booked a spot in the consolidation final of the BLAST Premier Global Final after posting a 2-0 victory over Liquid, taking revenge on the North American side for Wednesday's defeat by the same scoreline. The maps were exactly the same as in that first match just three days ago, but NAVI looked a much more resolute side this time around, keeping their composure even when things were frantic in the closing stages.

Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev spearheaded the team's spectacular Inferno comeback with an imperious display on the T side (1.89 rating), while Egor "⁠flamie⁠" Vasilyev led the charge on Nuke after coming on in between maps. The CIS giants seem to be improving after each match, but they will now face their biggest test yet in the form of Vitality in the consolidation final, with Astralis lying in wait in the tournament decider.

NAVI went into the match all guns blazing, storming to a 6-1 on the CT side of Inferno, Liquid's map choice. The North Americans then finally got a footing in the game, courtesy of a trio of frags by Michael "⁠Grim⁠" Wince and then a 1v2 clutch from Keith "⁠NAF⁠" Markovic in the following round, but NAVI picked up the pace in the final stages of the half and picked up a 9-6 lead, with Valeriy "⁠B1T⁠" Vakhovskiy leading the charge with 16 frags.

s1mple will go up against ZywOo on Sunday

Liquid came out of the break looking lively and shut out NAVI six rounds in a row with a watertight defence. Things looked a bit concerning for the CIS giants, who were struggling to find openings and looked bereft of ideas, but then s1mple did what he normally does and pulled the team out of an adverse situation. After putting up 15 frags in the first 21 rounds of the game, he shifted into a higher year and racked up 18 kills in the following eight rounds to inspire NAVI's comeback against a shellshocked Liquid side that could do nothing to stop the Ukrainian prodigy.

Nuke began with Liquid looking the brighter of the two sides, keeping the Terrorists at bay during the early stages for a 7-1 lead. NAVI responded with 3v5 clutches in back-to-back rounds, which changed the complexion of the game: The CIS team took control of proceedings after that and reduced the deficit to a solitary round before the break, with Ilya "⁠Perfecto⁠" Zalutskiy raising eyebrows with multiple key frags.

NAVI carried that momentum into the second half and won six rounds in a row, bringing the scoreline to 13-8. They seemed on the brink of victory, but then a 1v3 clutch by Jonathan "⁠EliGE⁠" Jablonowski turned the game on its head and revitalised Liquid, who went on a dominant run, eventually taking the lead after clutching a 2v4 situation. NAVI would not let things get out of hand, however, and locked down the map after tightening up in the dying stages of the game.

Matchpage
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23rd January 2021
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Inferno
16
14
Nuke
16
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
48 - 40 +8 74.9 1.14
44 - 40 +4 80.7 1.08
36 - 42 -6 69.1 0.99
34 - 47 -13 71.4 0.94
31 - 44 -13 64.4 0.89
 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
54 - 37 +17 87.0 1.34
27 - 21 +6 94.9 1.22
22 - 17 +5 73.4 1.12
45 - 39 +6 76.7 1.07
32 - 37 -5 73.6 0.99
33 - 42 -9 66.2 0.89
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1396
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
Russia Ilya 'Perfecto' Zalutskiy
Ilya 'Perfecto' Zalutskiy
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
453
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.62
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1357
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
United States Michael 'Grim' Wince
Michael 'Grim' Wince
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
676
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1473
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
Ukraine Valeriy 'B1T' Vakhovskiy
Valeriy 'B1T' Vakhovskiy
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
217
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.24
Maps played:
1302
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.64
#1
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Switzerland m16r_Bra71l
BR CS KEKW
2021-01-23 23:25
11 replies
kick fallen asap, it's already obvious he's not the right fit for liquid.
2021-01-23 23:28
10 replies
#38
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United States roknir
it was obv before they signed him
2021-01-23 23:34
7 replies
navi always lose to whatever team early, this doesn't mean anything lol
2021-01-23 23:36
6 replies
just as the first tournment after 1 week together doesnt mean he isn't worth. they overachieved by being top 4 in the tournment and even winning a serie against navi
2021-01-24 00:00
4 replies
#79
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Philippines mushmer
You got baited. Lol
2021-01-24 01:39
They lose a Very close match up. 16-14 16-13 If Stewie didnt have some dumbass deaths, Liquid had won 2-0 again
2021-01-24 04:26
2 replies
Not only stewie's fault, fallen was horrible on inferno. Grim needs experience. I would say only NAF was almsot perfect
2021-01-24 05:12
#118
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United Kingdom HuzzyBoii
You can literally say that about any player in every game ever played in the History of CS... You can say the same about boom in saying navi would 16-0 if he didn't go 0-0-10 for so long on Nuke
2021-01-24 13:44
One bad performance =/= kick
2021-01-24 08:12
cringe
2021-01-24 04:23
#2
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Japan Yuukek
- FalleN + RELIABLE AWP FalleN had enough time to prove his worth, but alas, he turned out to be a washed up bot like his friend Fer. The sooner Liquid's management understands this, the faster they can stop the team from turning into MIBR.
2021-01-23 23:25
19 replies
HAHAHAHA are you talking this for real? TL had 10 days of practice and you are already kicking him? LMFAO
2021-01-23 23:27
4 replies
hltv never changes bro
2021-01-23 23:28
Don't mind him, he probably thinks Kenny is still a tier 1 player.
2021-01-24 00:01
#56
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Slovakia EvErisT
+1
2021-01-24 00:14
-1 clearly bait
2021-01-24 04:26
#20
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United Kingdom novaseer
man's played what, 3 officials?
2021-01-23 23:29
5 replies
That's like a year in a no scene country
2021-01-23 23:31
4 replies
#85
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Australia CaZeR01
tf point are you trying to make?
2021-01-24 02:22
3 replies
person from belgium is stating fallen has played 4 matches (8 maps) and its enough to kick him...
2021-01-24 09:19
2 replies
#119
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Australia CaZeR01
I know what he said is dumb but you saying that without any context is kinda random
2021-01-24 15:12
1 reply
lol my bad, but that guy literally pissed me
2021-01-24 16:05
the other matches they won he was crucial.
2021-01-23 23:30
Braindead comment from a fellow g2 fan is saddening to me.
2021-01-23 23:31
0/8
2021-01-23 23:31
#44
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Brazil hugoooo
Judging by one match?? Why don't you judge his previous matches on Liquid then dumbo?
2021-01-23 23:39
xD they are going to tilt and u know it
2021-01-24 00:06
Lol yea, your dumb.
2021-01-24 01:13
What a spectacular genius, you should manage your own company once you hit 18 bro, imagine the amazing things you could do with all that wisdom you have amassed in your 12 years old of life. Can take the world. Please tell us more.
2021-01-24 01:21
1 reply
Hahahaha
2021-01-24 09:53
Gl tho
2021-01-23 23:25
The match we wanted Navi vitality lets go Hope the better team wins
2021-01-23 23:26
20 replies
Hope the better player owns i.e. s1mple
2021-01-23 23:30
19 replies
we all know who is number 1 two years in a row
2021-01-24 00:07
9 replies
Doesnt make him better. Cold was top1 2 years in a row. Niko was top 2. But niko was still better individually however cold had better team. Same thing applies here. Vitality > Navi S1mple > zywoo.
2021-01-24 00:14
3 replies
no one beside u thinks niko was top 1 in 16 and 17 that faze team that was on top was being carried by rain not niko,cold won 2 majors with best rating on team while niko choked against c9 who didnt win more than 10 rounds in previous 10 matches against faze
2021-01-24 00:16
and navi was being ranked above vitality this year and majorty of mvps tha zywoo won was when they lost tournaments So na vi is better team and s2mple has top 5 player in the world while zywoo has no top 20 player in the world by his side
2021-01-24 00:17
1 reply
Yet his other teammates are better than any of s1mple’s teammates :)
2021-01-24 10:18
who care abaut hltv top or other website ? if valve will make top its will be real other tops is nothing.
2021-01-24 01:33
4 replies
why are you on this site than?
2021-01-24 01:46
3 replies
to read news not look on some random admin making hes own top. top off players can official make only boss it is VALVE.
2021-01-24 03:01
2 replies
why should valve decide that, when they clearly dont give a shit about cs their majors in dota have like 30 mil in prise pool and in cs they are lower than at some tournaments
2021-01-24 04:16
1 reply
becouse VALVE is the boss not org platforms or hltv
2021-01-24 16:53
s1mple usually doesn't play well against Zywoo.
2021-01-24 00:18
8 replies
Thats not true He outperformed everyone and outfragged zywoo at iem Beijing 2019 finals in a bo5
2021-01-24 04:33
7 replies
There's a reason I included "usually" in the statement. Up until then he had never performed well against Vitality.
2021-01-24 04:44
6 replies
s1mple used to perform very badly against in early 2018 astralis Now he is the best player against astralis The same trend is going on for him and vitality That usually will change soon
2021-01-24 06:16
5 replies
It happened once against Vitality. I'm not saying it can't happen again, or that he won't adjust, but historically both Vitality and Astralis have been hard for him to put up big numbers against.
2021-01-24 06:46
4 replies
Astralis No. Vitality Yes. He almost always perform against Astralis.
2021-01-24 11:59
3 replies
Astralis have shut his performance down on a number of occasions...
2021-01-24 17:57
2 replies
Idk if we watch the same CS, but i dont remember a single game in 2020 where s1mple didnt perform against astralis.
2021-01-24 18:14
1 reply
It's a common complaint, but I don't consider online results as reasonable benchmarks. I do understand the circumstances, but still, to me many of these matches the past year have had an asterisk.
2021-01-24 20:26
gg wp
2021-01-23 23:26
Liquid looking promising ngl
2021-01-23 23:26
expected! knew the first loss was a fluke
2021-01-23 23:26
15 replies
The match was close asf what do you mean fluke
2021-01-23 23:27
11 replies
cry
2021-01-23 23:27
7 replies
wtf) im a navi fan why should i cry
2021-01-23 23:30
actual 1head
2021-01-23 23:33
5 replies
cringe
2021-01-23 23:38
4 replies
you are for sure
2021-01-23 23:46
#83
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United Kingdom serjaeger
dude every reply to you here would be a ratio on twitter
2021-01-24 02:06
2 replies
wow "ratioed" haha so funny, time to grow up buddy
2021-01-24 02:54
1 reply
#125
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United Kingdom serjaeger
this is the most 5head response I've ever received, amazing
2021-01-25 07:36
he means that liquid was heavily favoured due to fresh roster change
2021-01-23 23:28
First loss of navi against liquid few days ago was a fluke coz they underperformed.
2021-01-23 23:29
1 reply
Both teams kind of underperformed. Naf showed up, but EliGE was completely absent. It was sort of the same story here, neither team really looked convincing.
2021-01-24 00:20
0/8
2021-01-23 23:31
If your fan of Navi you'll know theyre slow starters. Stop being deluded
2021-01-23 23:32
1 reply
#108
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Poland GromoGG
+1
2021-01-24 10:22
Ez for s1mple. now take that crown back from zywoo. Will ya!!
2021-01-23 23:28
4 replies
s1mple is the KING. Rankings made by a random dude from Serbia can't change that.
2021-01-24 00:44
3 replies
#93
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United States RAK47
Cry it is free In 2018 it is relevant but after that it become shit because pimple got outclassed by zywOoo the real king cry cry
2021-01-24 04:19
1 reply
Who became shit may I ask?? S1mple?? The 2nd best player of 2019 and 2020?? U have to be on to something to say that.
2021-01-24 12:01
#116
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United States Bettorgod
Go cry tonight after zywoo rApe Navis tonight
2021-01-24 12:09
#10
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Sweden frizzahh
ez katka
2021-01-23 23:27
#11
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Ukraine McSwell
Very close game, could end differently if NaVi wasn't so confident in decisive moments. GG to both teams, seems like NaVi got "from weakest to strongest opponent" elimination way if they reach the finals.
2021-01-23 23:29
3 replies
A single round could make the difference in close games like this.... Navi showed up much better today
2021-01-24 00:01
Really good game. I hope liquid come back better in next tournament
2021-01-24 00:05
Finally a good comment, congrats!
2021-01-24 03:49
#14
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Greece sifounasGG
good showing from team liquid at their first event with the new lineup. GG to navi in their last 2 games they play rly well
2021-01-23 23:28
gg
2021-01-23 23:28
#18
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Russia mshkoda
Nice to see work on mistakes, previous match witch this this team some days ago was completely anoter
2021-01-23 23:28
1 reply
#35
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China HEIDASHUAi
+1 and flamie played really well so that was a bonus
2021-01-23 23:33
Kick Stew and make fallen Igl and buy good awper Or kick fallen and take good awper
2021-01-23 23:30
2 replies
+1 kick stewie asap
2021-01-23 23:31
0/8
2021-01-23 23:32
fix these smokes outside of nuke. GG played well. Fallen <3
2021-01-23 23:31
1 reply
Smokes were fine. Papatronic 200iq kept ruining them by using molo
2021-01-24 01:19
so lucky lol
2021-01-23 23:31
#36
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Spain Pog_chaos
ZywOo going to expose these frauds tomorrow anyway Just give us the grand final Ast vs Vita
2021-01-23 23:33
5 replies
good english spanish fly
2021-01-23 23:37
1 reply
#45
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Spain Pog_chaos
Ok.
2021-01-23 23:46
Nt NaVi will rekt Vitality and then Asstralis Get ready
2021-01-24 00:42
1 reply
#94
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United States RAK47
Lmao nice joke s22mple fanboy
2021-01-24 04:20
#109
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Serbia LtN))
0/8
2021-01-24 10:35
Still a good run! Better luck next time! #DIUQILOGSTEL
2021-01-23 23:37
here we go tommorow will be epic fight between top 1 vs top 2. navi more promising with b1t than perfecto but still good , i hope navi not underperfomed against vitality and make great game 5 star
2021-01-24 00:08
1 reply
#67
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Slovakia Fortal
They should get rid of flamie. I know he's an orphan and there's this huge sad backstory, but have you ever seen the guy do anything spectacular? On the CT side, he gets 1 kill, then gets traded instantly, that's his whole contribution. No double kill, no clutch, no opening frag, no nothing.
2021-01-24 00:40
#54
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Chile cristiaan
gg
2021-01-24 00:12
#59
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
inb4 danny_122333
2021-01-24 00:17
s1mple GOAT the best player ever
2021-01-24 00:30
1 reply
+1
2021-01-24 00:41
EZ4NAVI
2021-01-24 00:32
"kick FalleN" hohoho i'm retarded hello
2021-01-24 00:33
1 reply
#78
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Brazil StarOne
KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK god
2021-01-24 01:34
4th place on the first tournament with Fallen...this roster look promising in my opinion...GG to both team
2021-01-24 00:33
#66
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Japan ang9r5193
good match :D
2021-01-24 00:37
-fallen -grim +twistzz +nitr0
2021-01-24 00:53
#75
PAGO | 
Poland Kazk
Kick bot2k
2021-01-24 01:21
gg
2021-01-24 01:21
Wow flamie delivered for once :()
2021-01-24 01:55
#82
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Russia pochesun
flamie 1.22 rating lol HA HA HA
2021-01-24 02:02
#84
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Iceland caverat
Nice
2021-01-24 02:16
#86
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Russia ToughGuy
Nice
2021-01-24 02:45
Fallen is deadweight. He needs to retire.
2021-01-24 03:08
How tf did Liquid got the misfortune of playing against Navi when flamie actually delivers lol
2021-01-24 03:58
yikes fallen lost them this game hard.
2021-01-24 04:58
#110
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Serbia LtN))
gg
2021-01-24 10:35
#111
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Ukraine methazine
when snake2k come back home too tyloo?
2021-01-24 11:13
BOT FalleN
2021-01-24 11:37
#113
Jame | 
Poland SebL
NaVi is showing a little bit of life left in them, the core of s1mple, electronic and Boombl4 could build a stable no.1 team together. Liquid has potential, they just need time and practice.
2021-01-24 11:44
Fallen had a bad day and Liquid made a few bad mistakes. Let's not forget NaVi has been a consistent top 3 team in 2020. TL lost a very close match and there were also a few capital clutches that were lost and could have make the match swing in their favor. Liquid looks promising
2021-01-24 12:42
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