Gambit move past NAVI to book BLAST Premier grand final spot

The world No.1 side will play on Sunday their sixth title decider in a row.

Gambit have secured a spot in the grand final of the BLAST Premier Spring Final following a 2-1 victory against Natus Vincere. The world No.1 team put a stop to a two-match losing streak against their CIS rival (0-3 in DreamHack Masters Spring and 0-2 in EPIC League CIS) with a dominant performance that sees them make their ninth final since the start of the year, the sixth in a row.

Fresh off 2-0 victories over Evil Geniuses and Complexity, the young CIS roster drew first blood in the series with a narrow Dust2 victory in a closely-contested game. NAVI replied on Ancient, showing marked improvements from Wednesday's defeat to FaZe on Train's replacement, but their map pool issues were laid bare for all to see as they were outclassed on Mirage, one of their worst maps in recent history.

"We need to play more Ancient," Vladislav "⁠nafany⁠" Gorshkov said after the match. "It's not the best in our map pool, but I think that after some time it will be one of our best maps. It's like a new map and no one has much experience. It's a bit like Vertigo, which is now one of our best maps." The in-game leader, who put in a strong performance on Mirage, added that he expects a strong NAVI side if they manage to reach the final: "I think it will be the toughest game ever."

Gambit advance to Sunday's grand final

Gambit made a whirlwind start to the series, hopping out to a 4-0 lead on the offence on Dust2 before NAVI finally came to life, powered not only by their big guns but also Valeriy "⁠B1T⁠" Vakhovskiy, who raised eyebrows with an ace in the nith round. The 18-year-old was a joy to watch in the first half, racking up 15 frags, five more than Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev or Denis "⁠electronic⁠" Sharipov, as NAVI controlled the flow of play from the midway point and went into the break with a minimal advantage.

The second half began with Gambit retaking the lead on the back off a trio of frags from Sergey "⁠Ax1Le⁠" Rykhtorov in the pistol round. The game became more chaotic once it reached the gun stages as neither side were able to stamp their authority over the author, but in the end, NAVI's insistence on letting the clock wind down backfired and allowed Gambit to make a late push for the win.

NAVI hit back immediately after losing the pistol round on Ancient and rode that momentum to a 6-1 lead. An ace clutch from Abay "⁠Hobbit⁠" Khasenov then breathed new life into Gambit, who began to fight their way back into the game, but the half still ended with a three-round lead for NAVI thanks to two key clutches from B1T in the closing stages.

The second half brought no relief for Gambit, who had no response to their opponents' pace and power. One round was all that the young CIS side could muster as NAVI ran out comfortable winners in this one-sided affair.

Gambit came out on Mirage all guns blazing and raced to a 7-0 lead on the offence. NAVI then finally managed to hold back their opponents to earn some much-needed breathing room, but the respite was only temporary as Gambit quickly took control once again to end the half up 12-3, with nafany leading the charge with some impressive numbers (19-11 KD-D, 123 ADR and 9-2 opening duel record).

NAVI showed some signs of life in the second half and put some rounds together after losing the pistol, but by then it was simply too late. Gambit tightened up and immediately took the upper hand, shutting out NAVI for a swift end to the game.

Matchpage
2
1
19th June 2021
16
Dust2
14
7
Ancient
16
16
Mirage
7
 Gambit K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
56 - 47 +9 83.6 1.19
55 - 56 -1 76.1 1.13
41 - 39 +2 61.8 1.01
37 - 45 -8 53.3 0.88
34 - 49 -15 53.8 0.83
 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
58 - 41 +17 88.3 1.28
53 - 44 +9 67.9 1.14
44 - 42 +2 60.4 0.99
47 - 51 -4 68.9 0.92
33 - 46 -13 62.7 0.85
Kazakhstan Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
996
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1124
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
Russia Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
697
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.69
Russia Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
763
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Ukraine Valeriy 'B1T' Vakhovskiy
Valeriy 'B1T' Vakhovskiy
Age:
18
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
265
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.24
Maps played:
1377
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.64
s0mple???
2021-06-19 19:36
46 replies
He did fine…
2021-06-19 20:03
1 reply
Called it check comment history S0mple fans voted him as a mvp lmao
2021-06-20 14:12
s1mple was by far the best on the server. what are you talking about?
2021-06-19 20:07
31 replies
Yeah as always baiting his teammates for stats hahaha
2021-06-19 20:15
30 replies
let me guess, you have 0 proofs of these "baiting moments" from this match to show us and these are just simple words to downplay GOAT s1mple somehow.. (?)
2021-06-19 20:31
19 replies
Let me guess youre right
2021-06-19 20:50
1 reply
ez...
2021-06-19 20:52
#73
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United States GameZ_iwnl
imagine calling someone the GOAT when they have 0 Majors
2021-06-19 22:11
16 replies
Devilwalk goat by your brain fart
2021-06-19 23:36
10 replies
#98
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United States GameZ_iwnl
winning a major doesnt automatically make you a goat, nowhere did I say it did try harder :)
2021-06-20 03:18
9 replies
But non of the major winners has GOAT qualities. So your argument is totally lost then
2021-06-20 07:49
8 replies
name any other athlete, or esports pro considered the GOAT of their respective sport, and didn't win the most important title/event available to them
2021-06-20 07:55
7 replies
We talk about esports not sports. So don't try to make a connection between two different things. But I guess you will do it anyway. Cuz it fits your story better.
2021-06-20 08:21
3 replies
but you provide no backing argument to your initial statement, atleast #109 did 0/8
2021-06-20 11:39
2 replies
You left the topic not me. Bye fool
2021-06-20 14:01
1 reply
I didn't, I connected another subject containing competition with similar achievement hierarchies. try harder
2021-06-20 14:16
#109
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Finland Katalepsy
Easy. Messi. Still has 0 WC titles but is still considered GOAT. And you should agree, it is really a nobrainer.
2021-06-20 09:17
2 replies
don't watch soccer, so can't agree but not gonna dismiss that. Even so, if you disclude Majors and just have them count for normal events, s1mple only leads skill, and in MVP count. If you sit down and compare every player then there's still people who would have achieved more in other ways, and maybe not quite as skilled but will still have enough across the board to take it from him
2021-06-20 11:43
WC is not the same as major in CS WC is hard to win even for prime Messi cause national team has no coordination unlike the one built in club football where they play most of the year playing in the same CS team everyday and still failing to win major would be equivalent to messi never winning laliga or ucl and he has won many of those
2021-06-20 11:44
+1
2021-06-19 23:59
It is very difficult to factor team performances when you try to evaluate the INDIVIDUALLY best player of all time, what is your take on it?
2021-06-20 07:19
1 reply
pure skill doesn't decide the GREATEST. it might decide the best, but when you say "oh x player was the greatest soccer player of all time" its always defined by their achievements, skill, and consistency. s1mple in terms of skill, inarguably top 3, arguably top 1. Achievements? Hasn't had a bad career but still only has 10 LAN trophies and no Major. ZyWoO almost tied his MVP count in 2 years, and even NiKo still has more trophies than s1mple, and s1mple has been at the top longer than NiKo. Until s1mple can claim a Major or 2, get a few more LAN wins, and probably have a convincing #1 team run for once just for good measure, sure he can be argued as the GOAT, but outside of stats, he doesn't lead in a single successful category. Isn't even top 5 in any excluding MVP, and likely EVP (I'm not digging through liquipedia for his EVPS)
2021-06-20 08:07
Some people have curse of never winning something big but that doesn't mean he is bad. S1mple is always the greatest player in CS:GO.
2021-06-20 07:38
1 reply
2021-06-20 08:07
Shut the fuck up Russia today propaganda crap
2021-06-19 23:35
#93
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
Did you even watch the game?
2021-06-20 02:08
8 replies
no need
2021-06-20 02:10
7 replies
#97
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
Well if you're accusations are anything like your original post, then yes you need to. You're accusing s1mple of something he isn't guilty of, only assumed by a user admitting to not watching Na'Vi games...
2021-06-20 02:23
6 replies
u can tell by the stats he baited the shit out of his teammates otherwise he wouldve won the match
2021-06-20 11:15
5 replies
"u can tell by the stats he baited the shit out of his teammates" No you can't, you've made this assumption out of nowhere and admitted that you didn't watch the game. What you're doing is making up reasons to dislike s1mple by making hideous assumptions based on the statistics alone. "otherwise he wouldve won the match" s1mple has pretty much top-fragged every game Na'Vi has played and apart from Gambit, they did win pretty much every match, so I have no idea what you're referring to here. Instead of making up lies based on the statistics alone, actually watch Na'Vi play.
2021-06-20 13:06
4 replies
i just watched the VOD, he was baiting his team 24/7
2021-06-20 13:55
3 replies
Oh? And how did he do that?
2021-06-20 17:46
2 replies
he was waiting for his teammates to die to get easy kills
2021-06-20 17:48
1 reply
So you didn't watch the VOD then or you don't know how bait is being utilised on Na'Vi then? Either way, this is clearly a projection due to your dislike of s1mple and I respect your opinion but your original statement remains incorrect.
2021-06-20 17:55
Better than all gambit lol
2021-06-19 20:14
3 replies
+1
2021-06-19 20:31
#47
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China HEIDASHUAi
+1
2021-06-19 20:38
Name
2021-06-19 23:59
Simple was very good. He got the biggest rating on the server
2021-06-19 20:35
1 reply
+1
2021-06-19 20:53
#75
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Hungary BYZMO
nafany number 1 in the world
2021-06-19 23:23
Dragging his team down just so he can get a high rating as always
2021-06-20 00:16
4 replies
baiting as usual.
2021-06-20 01:47
3 replies
nt I _NEVER_ bait
2021-06-20 02:02
2 replies
no u!!! s2mple aka best baiter.
2021-06-20 02:02
1 reply
ufff U almost gave me earth attack !
2021-06-20 02:04
ez4gambit
2021-06-19 19:36
ez
2021-06-19 19:36
#4
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Ukraine McSwell
NaVi could close this 2-0 with proper time management on dust2. Not a big deal tho, match vs G2 or NiP will be a lot more interesting.
2021-06-19 19:36
1 reply
#37
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Other pochesun
hahaha
2021-06-19 20:13
#5
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Latvia emzijs
EZ
2021-06-19 19:36
Gambit move past NA
2021-06-19 19:36
GG
2021-06-19 19:37
#8
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Russia necklace
gg!
2021-06-19 19:38
#10
ropz | 
Norway thojo
dominant
2021-06-19 19:40
7 replies
2-1 = dominant? lmao
2021-06-19 20:07
6 replies
#29
ropz | 
Norway thojo
cope
2021-06-19 20:07
5 replies
2-1 is not dominant. losing a map 7-16 = not dominant so keep dreaming xd
2021-06-19 20:08
4 replies
#31
ropz | 
Norway thojo
flag, flair
2021-06-19 20:09
1 reply
reality...
2021-06-19 20:13
#122
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France Floweegod
keep dreaming? gambit 7final in a row.. so dreaming about WHAT?!
2021-06-20 16:35
#123
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France Floweegod
gambit is absolute dominant team rightnow
2021-06-20 16:35
#11
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Ireland kdorek
Ez4Hobbit
2021-06-19 19:42
#12
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Sweden boyyscout
Maybe it's time to just give Gambit all the titles in advance and the other teams can compete for #2
2021-06-19 19:42
S1mple wasting time in Navi when he could win major with Gambit Prove me wrong
2021-06-19 19:42
14 replies
#14
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Russia skazzi1212
s1mple team can't win the majors He is the main reason why Navi will never win
2021-06-19 19:44
13 replies
worst bullshit i've ever seen
2021-06-19 20:07
#33
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Brazil Anarchybr
0 iq comment
2021-06-19 20:12
2 replies
#57
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Russia skazzi1212
still more than avg brazil
2021-06-19 21:07
1 reply
-100 iq coment and -08/08 bait.
2021-06-20 02:22
0
2021-06-19 20:20
#48
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China HEIDASHUAi
I really hope you are baiting
2021-06-19 20:39
2 replies
Baiting or not what he said is correct imo.
2021-06-19 21:01
1 reply
It's definitely not? xddddd
2021-06-19 21:27
+1
2021-06-19 21:00
#58
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United States 3manu3l
0/8
2021-06-19 21:09
0/8
2021-06-19 21:36
0/1000000000000x^99999999999999
2021-06-19 23:37
0/8
2021-06-20 04:07
unexpected
2021-06-19 19:50
#16
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CIS AURELIAXNX
ez
2021-06-19 19:56
#17
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Russia Kirillqa89
Nice
2021-06-19 19:56
Ez for the best team !
2021-06-19 19:58
#19
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United Kingdom Xteria
If you didn’t know result and just looked at stats it would be easy to think navi had won, the late plays on d2 are so typical of navi and equally frustrating and bewildering at the same time
2021-06-19 19:58
gambit in major winning form
2021-06-19 19:59
s1mple still GOAT
2021-06-19 20:06
Navi losing to clock again on dust 2. Could of been 2-0 navi but again they lose to the clock. Navi need to improve their mirage as its their worst map in map pool. Sometimes they just suck on it.
2021-06-19 20:11
#34
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Other pochesun
expected
2021-06-19 20:12
A really good game. Insanely close matchup. GGWP.
2021-06-19 20:13
Navi is the only team that can stop Gambit in the grand final. But Navi will have to defeat someone from: NIP-G2
2021-06-19 20:30
#44
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Hungary szia
S0mple stays crying
2021-06-19 20:34
#45
ZOREE | 
Finland N0va1
Nice
2021-06-19 20:34
ez for major winner hobbit
2021-06-19 20:46
no one mentioned that B1T and S1mple were GODLIKE and both better than whole GamBOT team?
2021-06-19 20:53
5 replies
Who cares ? GamBOT won Navi went home crying
2021-06-19 21:17
4 replies
gamBOT are at home so as NAVI. it is dumb online era of coronavirus. aka era of trash teams like gamBOT / Squirtus.vrot / BOTroic etc
2021-06-19 21:20
3 replies
Yes ofc. they are peaple that can help u with mental issues like that. Btw. how is gamBot home when they are at a bootcamp ?
2021-06-19 21:24
2 replies
gamBOT fangirl spotted.
2021-06-19 21:30
1 reply
Yes
2021-06-19 21:47
ntgoats1mple
2021-06-19 21:05
Expected
2021-06-19 21:18
Those last d2 rounds is still haunting lmao. Work on time management boys. Gg to gambit. Mostly it gonna G2 vs navi for semis
2021-06-19 21:20
3 replies
don't betray your nickname bro
2021-06-19 21:31
2 replies
I'm always with my boys no matter what.
2021-06-19 21:50
1 reply
you are THE MAN then
2021-06-19 21:51
#67
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Australia Beard43
WP Imo these are the two best teams here so it'll likely be a rematch in the grand final but time will tell!
2021-06-19 21:34
2 replies
#94
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
I certainly hope so, this series was excellent. :D Always enjoyable to see these two go at it. ^^
2021-06-20 02:09
1 reply
#128
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Australia Beard43
+1 I'm hyped! Enjoy mate ;-)
2021-06-20 19:22
s1mple vs 9
2021-06-19 22:11
#74
Dosia | 
Russia Rapu
Impressive
2021-06-19 22:45
Nafany looking for that mvp award
2021-06-19 23:28
samer is a trash castor ! go back to your cartoon game so I don't have to hear your annoying voice and comments that don't make sense!
2021-06-19 23:43
Bro Navi strats are trash if they had a Solid IGL not even a great one they could be so much better
2021-06-20 00:00
1 reply
Aleksib to navi???
2021-06-20 10:41
#85
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Finland teukkjs
gg gambit!!
2021-06-20 00:17
-Axile in this match.Vy predict grand final/Gambit-Navy 3-1!
2021-06-20 00:44
Bit very good!!!!!
2021-06-20 00:44
nt navi
2021-06-20 01:49
NaVi will destroy them in final
2021-06-20 04:08
1 reply
nt LUL
2021-06-25 19:49
This is getting ridiculous
2021-06-20 07:21
Ez for gambit another trophy again
2021-06-20 11:28
another win for s1mple
2021-06-20 12:12
It's confirmed now, we are living in a Gambit era, no one is even close to their level rn. NAVI has good firepower, but as a team, they are no match to Gambit.
2021-06-20 18:39
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