Entropiq upset NAVI in EPIC League CIS
The DreamHack Masters Spring champions stumbled in their second match at the Regional Major Ranking event.
Entropiq defeated Natus Vincere 2-0 in the group stage of EPIC League, the first Regional Major Ranking event for CIS in 2021. The squad that signed for the Czech organization shortly before the event swept Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev and co. on Nuke (16-8) before sealing the deal with an overtime win on Overpass (19-17).
With teams only eliminated after three losses in the Swiss stage, Natus Vincere are in no danger of elimination yet, sitting on a 1W-1L record. However, falling to a team ranked 20th in the world added fuel to the discussion regarding the inconsistency of Andrey "B1ad3" Gorodenskiy's team, as just a week ago they brushed aside three top-10 teams in FURIA, Heroic, and Gambit to win DreamHack Masters Spring.
Natus Vincere were looking off from the get-go of the series as Entropiq kicked off their opponents' map pick Nuke with an 11-1 lead. AWPer Aleksey "El1an" Gusev stood out in the CT half with 100% KAST (rounds with a kill, assist, survival, or traded death) and gave little hope for a second-half comeback from the "Black and Yellow". Overpass was a back-and-forth affair featuring a vintage s1mple performance, but the Ukrainian's 1.45 rating was not enough for the victory as Entropiq's rifler Igor "Forester" Bezotecheskiy stepped up to the task with a stellar game of his own (1.41 rating), securing the upset.
|Natus Vincere||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|49 - 39||+10||84.5||1.24|
|44 - 39||+5||75.2||1.08|
|44 - 43||+1||85.4||1.04|
|28 - 45||-17||60.5||0.78|
|17 - 42||-25||43.5||0.64|
|Entropiq||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|52 - 30||+22||95.8||1.35|
|44 - 42||+2||79.2||1.09|
|37 - 34||+3||65.8||1.02|
|35 - 38||-3||63.6||0.99|
|38 - 38||0||69.5||0.98|
Entropiq's victory over Natus Vincere puts them just one win away from the playoffs, with the newly-signed team looking to go from strength to strength after qualifying for ESL Pro League Season 14 and reaching a new peak ranking on Monday.
Other than the Entropiq - Natus Vincere match, the early rounds of EPIC League CIS 2021 offered little to be surprised by as most favorites secured their wins and progressed to the 1-0 bracket. Action in the tournament continues shortly with forZe taking on Nemiga, while world No.1 Gambit will face off against Spirit on Monday.