NAVI edge past FaZe in BLAST Premier Spring Final upper bracket

Natus Vincere denied FaZe victory in Olof "⁠olofmeister⁠" Kajbjer’s return to the starting lineup by a razor-thin margin.

Natus Vincere overcame FaZe with two 16-14 victories in the second and third maps of their BLAST Premier Spring Final opening series. The two teams played an incredibly close decider map on Mirage after each team took their own map pick, but it was the squad led by Kirill "⁠Boombl4⁠" Mikhailov that was able to come out ahead in the final round of regulation, denying their rivals a victory in olofmeister’s return to the starting five.

Andrey "⁠B1ad3⁠" Gorodenskiy’s men will now play the upper bracket semi-finals following their opening triumph, where they will face off against BIG, while FaZe will fight for survival in the tournament’s lower bracket in a tough match against their former teammate Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač and the rest of the G2 squad.

NAVI put forth a strong team performance to close the series out

The series started on FaZe’s map pick, Ancient, where the Finn "⁠karrigan⁠" Andersen-led team started on the offense, tallying six rounds before the switch. It was then that the international squad were able to really take control, with the aforementioned in-game leader also leading on the scoreboard with 22 kills, 100 ADR and a 1.63 rating as they posted a clean half with Natus Vincere unable to break the defenses a single time.

The CIS squad looked poised to wipe the slate clean with a victory on Dust2 and took the first rounds of the map on the attack, but FaZe put up resistance with an on-point Håvard "⁠rain⁠" Nygaard from the first moment they could get their hands on rifles, tallying a five round streak in a half that stayed close all the way to the last round, which went the way of FaZe. NAVI retook the lead on the CT side, and although they weren't allowed to run away on the scoreboard, in the end it was the CIS squad who were able to clinch the map in the last round of regulation to force a decider map.

Mirage started out as a close affair with Natus Vincere on the attack and FaZe on the CT side, although it was Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev and company who had the edge throughout the half despite losing the pistol round as they carried a 9-6 lead at the time of switching sides. FaZe didn’t fret and tied things up after the first three rounds of the second half but a series of back-and-forth rounds kept the map even. Ultimately, it was Natus Vincere who were able to thrive in the dying embers of the match to win another 16-14 map and secure the series.

Matchpage
2
1
16th June 2021
9
Ancient
16
16
Dust2
14
16
Mirage
14
 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
69 - 53 +16 82.7 1.17
57 - 52 +5 78.5 1.09
56 - 54 +2 77.7 1.01
50 - 53 -3 58.7 0.89
36 - 59 -23 56.2 0.80
 FaZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
62 - 56 +6 78.6 1.14
63 - 58 +5 75.3 1.12
51 - 51 0 64.4 1.04
46 - 55 -9 63.7 0.95
49 - 51 -2 62.5 0.91
Russia Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
919
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.69
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1464
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1425
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1821
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
1454
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.24
Maps played:
1372
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.64
sad!
2021-06-16 20:21
18 replies
#8
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United Kingdom KhT
just pain
2021-06-16 20:22
15 replies
LuckVi strikes again
2021-06-16 20:22
11 replies
xaxaxaxaxa
2021-06-16 20:23
#35
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China HEIDASHUAi
lol?
2021-06-16 20:26
Noob clan as always
2021-06-16 20:42
5 replies
just 16-14 two maps.Faze is better actually.And on mirage 2 eco...
2021-06-16 21:57
4 replies
-Faze is better actually -ok
2021-06-17 01:22
Faze won both pistols on mirage tho, your point becomes pretty invalid
2021-06-17 01:33
1 reply
kek the pistol round is a part of the game so ur point is invalid...
2021-06-17 13:12
#104
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Asia z4keo
L is an L, accept it. If faze is better, then they should win. Simple as that
2021-06-17 18:00
#52
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Serbia LtN))
axaxaxaxxax
2021-06-16 20:44
huh?
2021-06-16 21:41
how much? Fuze was the lucky one managed to win 1 map
2021-06-17 02:42
be hopeful man, we played really good considering we just got olof and almost no one had hopes, yes the end result is an absolute heartbreaker, but atleast we know that they arent total dogshit and they have the ability to put up a real fight against other big teams #FaZeUp
2021-06-16 20:39
2 replies
yes I was really impressed with faze either way. coming into the match i thought faze lacked firepower but they clearly madr it up with the team play
2021-06-16 21:01
#61
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United Kingdom Bern1e
They had so many chances to win too, it shouldve been a 2-0 but they just threw way to many rounds on dust 2. They also got incredibly unlucky in two rounds based solely on nades
2021-06-16 21:31
Smart choice for FaZe to pick Ancient. Sad they cant close other maps.
2021-06-16 21:04
SAD!
2021-06-16 22:44
Really close one GG WP
2021-06-16 20:21
#3
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Hungary Karpatia
so bad
2021-06-16 20:21
1 reply
why?
2021-06-16 22:40
soooooooo close
2021-06-16 20:21
where are stats? GGWP btw gl further
2021-06-16 20:21
4 replies
For some reason the mirage stats are taking 10 years to appear so overall stats for the match aren’t available
2021-06-16 20:26
3 replies
yea but why? they already had problems during the match, wtf could cause this
2021-06-16 20:27
2 replies
every match is lagging as I've seen
2021-06-16 21:42
#69
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Netherlands SpiceNut
Really annoying indeed...
2021-06-16 21:45
expected
2021-06-16 20:21
Cold was the problem. Kappa
2021-06-16 20:21
1 reply
+1
2021-06-17 09:05
GGWP Crossed 300K viewers after such a long time. Nice!
2021-06-16 20:22
1 reply
Astralis vs navi match would have still gone up to be honest like last year's epl finals. Atleast good sign for cs
2021-06-16 20:23
#FaZeUp avenge vs G2
2021-06-16 20:22
1 reply
inchaallah habibi
2021-06-16 21:28
Such a close series Eco wins secured Na`Vi the win
2021-06-16 20:22
1 reply
Actually Faze won both pistols in Mirage. It is more advantageous than those two eco rounds.
2021-06-16 22:07
#12
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Brazil MARSH4LL
Kioshima was the problem KEKW
2021-06-16 20:22
1 reply
You are living in 2017 lol
2021-06-17 07:50
#14
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Serbia LtN))
Damn, that was a GG
2021-06-16 20:22
#16
sh1ro | 
Argentina Xaby
nice stats NA hltv
2021-06-16 20:22
4 replies
NT EU website
2021-06-16 20:23
3 replies
#28
sh1ro | 
Argentina Xaby
NA server
2021-06-16 20:23
2 replies
Haha lol
2021-06-16 20:24
NA game as well
2021-06-16 20:24
#17
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Russia Soawii
GGWP. Tough game, GL to faze vs G2!
2021-06-16 20:22
Ggwp to both teams
2021-06-16 20:22
-broky +torzsi
2021-06-16 20:23
nt
2021-06-16 20:23
free money ty
2021-06-16 20:23
hltv hasn't even registered last map yet. Pog tech
2021-06-16 20:23
#25
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Russia INNESOR
gg wp was close game
2021-06-16 20:23
navi vs tier2 team XD
2021-06-16 20:23
lol
2021-06-16 20:24
nice scoreboard
2021-06-16 20:24
#33
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China HEIDASHUAi
gg so close and unlucko for Faze
2021-06-16 20:25
1 reply
haha
2021-06-16 20:30
Not that ez for Navi, but GGWP both teams! 💛🖤
2021-06-16 20:28
Funny
2021-06-16 20:28
what happened to stats from mirage? missing in matchpage and stats are missing here, as a whole. wtf?
2021-06-16 20:32
#42
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Georgia Megobari
ggwp
2021-06-16 20:35
ez
2021-06-16 20:35
#44
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Russia mshkoda
Yeah i saw Navi's ancient as wanted.
2021-06-16 20:36
Ggwp
2021-06-16 20:37
gg
2021-06-16 20:40
#48
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Portugal cyn1cal
FaZe should won tho
2021-06-16 20:40
#49
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Brazil Anarchybr
Damn at this point I’m actually sad for FaZe fans. They can’t win close matches like this but they always make us think they will. Pain.
2021-06-16 20:41
match stats?
2021-06-16 20:43
#53
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Netherlands Novak1991
44-41 in favour of faze. Faze winner. EZ for faze
2021-06-16 20:46
Hell yea, edging, yet again
2021-06-16 20:58
coldzera is problem?
2021-06-16 21:00
1 reply
To get such a close result against navi ... Probably yes
2021-06-16 21:38
Pain Every time close map is gooing to end in favor of opponent. Just fckin heartbreaking for every FaZe fan.
2021-06-16 21:11
Demn it feels good to see olof back in the scene even faze losing this tought matchup
2021-06-16 21:26
The game was close but I feel some decision-making on FaZe was still very poor. I think this is the end of FaZe at this tourney. I don't think they will beat G2.
2021-06-16 21:39
that was bad lol
2021-06-16 21:39
16-14 16-14 feels bad man
2021-06-16 21:43
nt faze
2021-06-16 21:44
wanted to check s1mple;s mirage stats but hltv is frkn trash and it doesnt work
2021-06-16 21:51
2 replies
+1
2021-06-16 22:45
ye same here, works now mens!
2021-06-17 00:16
#72
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Poland sosiad
cis is so lucky
2021-06-16 22:05
Expected
2021-06-16 22:20
Shitusvincere barely beating a dead team. Lucky poop. BIG will hopefully abuse them
2021-06-16 22:29
#77
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United States Rayduh
So lucky 16-14 16-14
2021-06-16 22:43
cry is free NaVi haters bitchesss
2021-06-16 23:00
#81
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Russia ToughGuy
left after ancient damn it was mistake i see
2021-06-16 23:12
1 reply
not mistake, validol ya ebal
2021-06-17 00:01
that hurts
2021-06-16 23:49
#84
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African Union mikecool
Could've went either way so closely contested. Good games.
2021-06-17 00:06
that was close, faze looking rly good with olof
2021-06-17 01:02
navi didnt deserved to win this
2021-06-17 01:34
1 reply
not their fault FaZe is so ass
2021-06-17 01:36
Too much hezitate from Faze. If go, go fast agressive, prefire, get a plant. Go Faze.
2021-06-17 01:41
Really close game, but still have some progress! FaZe Keep going!
2021-06-17 04:40
Lol as soon as Rain got a decent stat-line, he started playing super passively.. sometimes not even going for a trade when teammate dies. What a stat player. Noob. Thats why people like him never win. BlameF comes to mind..
2021-06-17 04:48
s1mplegoat
2021-06-17 05:02
#97
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Sweden ShageN
s1mpleGOAT top1 2021
2021-06-17 08:18
"Man Twistzz Wake Up" - Me the entire Match...
2021-06-17 08:30
EZ4NAVI
2021-06-17 09:31
1 reply
whut? They barely won dude!
2021-06-17 12:20
Nt faze
2021-06-17 10:17
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