NAVI defeat FaZe to set up IEM Cologne grand final match against G2

Natus Vincere bulldozed their way to the grand final by winning two 16-7 maps, ending FaZe’s dream run at IEM Cologne in the semis.

Natus Vincere booked their ticket to the IEM Cologne grand final following a 2-0 victory over FaZe on Inferno (16-7) and Mirage (16-7), making the first Big Event grand final back on LAN the same as the last one before the online era, G2 vs. Natus Vincere, which was played at IEM Katowice with Andrey "⁠B1ad3⁠" Gorodenskiy's men sweeping the series.

The two grand finalists have shown to be the strongest teams at the event in Cologne so far, winning their groups with 3-0 records and following it up with semi-final victories. Both Natus Vincere and G2 will clash in the best-of-five Sunday final to keep their record clean and raise the first trophy on LAN since March 2020.

Despite the semi-final loss, FaZe will have much to celebrate after their run in Germany, as the international squad started their IEM Cologne run in the play-in, ranked 36th in the world, and have pleasantly surprised with a top 4 finish, leaving teams like Complexity, Vitality, Heroic and Gambit in their wake.

s1mple topped the board with a 1.78 rating across both maps

Doubles by Helvijs "⁠broky⁠" Saukants and Håvard "⁠rain⁠" Nygaard topped off with a knife kill by Finn "⁠karrigan⁠" Andersen got FaZe off to a flying start on the attacking side of Inferno, but the international combine were unable to keep up the pace with full buys in play. Natus Vincere won five of six rounds to get ahead for the first time in the series, 5-4, before flexing their muscles and securing the half hitting double digits as Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev dropped 21 opponents before the switch. NAVI then made quick work of FaZe on the attack to close the map out 16-7 and go up 1-0 in the series.

Natus Vincere didn’t let up on their map pick, Dust2, taking a 4-0 lead as terrorists before FaZe managed to get on the board. The international combine then tallied a second as rain won a 1vs1 afterplant clutch against Denis "⁠electronic⁠" Sharipov on B. The CIS squad then blitzed back, winning a clean round and went on a tear as the game started to fall apart for Russel "⁠Twistzz⁠" Van Dulken and company, with NAVI giving up but two more rounds in the half.

FaZe won a second round forecebuy to stay alive on the attack, but they were living on borrowed time as s1mple and company wasted no time in closing out proceedings, bagging the map 16-7 to secure their berth in the grand final.

Matchpage
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17th July 2021
16
Inferno
7
16
Mirage
7
 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
52 - 22 +30 105.7 1.78
42 - 29 +13 99.2 1.44
33 - 26 +7 79.6 1.31
34 - 27 +7 88.1 1.30
25 - 23 +2 58.7 1.06
 FaZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
36 - 36 0 78.3 1.07
29 - 37 -8 76.5 0.85
26 - 39 -13 67.9 0.69
17 - 36 -19 58.2 0.63
18 - 38 -20 49.0 0.58
Latvia Helvijs 'broky' Saukants
Helvijs 'broky' Saukants
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
535
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.62
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1851
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1163
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1455
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1215
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.24
Maps played:
1416
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.64
Faze afraid of G2 and GOAT Niko or why did they lose this match?
2021-07-17 22:52
15 replies
Ez4navi
2021-07-17 22:53
2 replies
ez4simple. cmon Navi, it is time to set your era!
2021-07-18 02:48
1 reply
+99999 my friend
2021-07-18 08:44
FAZE SO BAD WITHOUT COLDZERA
2021-07-17 22:53
6 replies
Nt 10x better than before
2021-07-17 22:54
#20
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Denmark KhT
with cold they wouldnt even beat EG and wouldnt even make it to groups
2021-07-17 22:54
Put your bias to bed and pay attention to more than individual statistics. With Coldzera, the roles weren't as they should have been. Role clashes will kill teams regardless of how good each player is. It's a team game.
2021-07-17 23:50
#130
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World Tenshi_R
totally agree, they can't even lose all games properly and fly out on the last place, what a sh*tshow
2021-07-18 05:55
2 replies
HAHAHAHHAHAHA N1
2021-07-18 08:44
XD
2021-07-18 12:38
#11
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Denmark KhT
gg wp navi
2021-07-17 22:53
#24
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Brazil arunino
ez4navi ez4goatS1mple
2021-07-17 22:56
2 replies
+1
2021-07-17 22:58
#62
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China HEIDASHUAi
+1
2021-07-17 23:08
#159
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United Kingdom Xteria
I’m retarded but it’s plain to see you lick bus windows as a day job.
2021-07-18 12:19
unluko
2021-07-17 22:53
15 replies
NiKo>>>>>>>>>>s1mple
2021-07-17 22:55
12 replies
#28
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Brazil arunino
at drinking alcohol maybe
2021-07-17 22:56
9 replies
+9999
2021-07-17 23:00
LOL
2021-07-17 23:19
+1
2021-07-17 23:38
+1
2021-07-18 01:59
Rekt +1
2021-07-18 02:36
that was good bro
2021-07-18 02:46
lmao n1
2021-07-18 05:16
LAAAMOOOOO
2021-07-18 09:13
s1mple is going to this one too soon tbh
2021-07-18 11:13
In beer contest, yes.
2021-07-17 22:58
#63
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China HEIDASHUAi
ok
2021-07-17 23:11
#78
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Bulgaria justTSB
we get the same teams in the final of the first big LAN after the online era as of the last big LAN before the online era
2021-07-18 00:09
1 reply
True. Nobody noticed that. In katowice it was g2 vs navi and navi rekt g2
2021-07-18 02:36
ez
2021-07-17 22:53
2 replies
for
2021-07-17 22:54
1 reply
navi and goat s1mple (someone had to say this)
2021-07-17 22:56
#4
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Ukraine McSwell
Good. Real CS should start the same way it ended - with Navi vs G2 grand final.
2021-07-17 22:53
6 replies
LETS GOOOOO S1MPLE BEAST
2021-07-17 22:54
1 reply
#79
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Spain N0Love
It's unreal how good he is
2021-07-18 00:10
3-0?
2021-07-17 22:56
2 replies
#80
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Spain N0Love
Money on G2
2021-07-18 00:10
1 reply
Lul imagine putting money on choke2 to win a finals vs navi
2021-07-18 01:46
+1 , wish fnatic had stayed together until this point. They should bring back golden for lan , plz
2021-07-18 01:27
#5
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Ukraine FGVM
LET'S GOOOOOOOO!!!!
2021-07-17 22:53
Expected
2021-07-17 22:53
NAVI 3 - 0 G2
2021-07-17 22:53
2 replies
#81
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Spain N0Love
Nexa sexa though
2021-07-18 00:11
1 reply
G2 always throw finals, its clean 3-0
2021-07-18 02:47
nt faze ggwp anyways on this lan
2021-07-17 22:53
Now lets get that trophy easily
2021-07-17 22:53
Please Navi, just play like that in the upcoming major. PLEASE. S1mple is the GOAT and deserves his trophy
2021-07-17 22:54
4 replies
+1
2021-07-17 22:57
2 replies
Haha, username checks out! +1 to your +1))
2021-07-17 23:03
1 reply
Hahaha
2021-07-17 23:05
They are unplayable when they play like this. Peak major playoffs astralis wouldnt be able to beat them lol, let alone anyone now.
2021-07-18 11:16
gg it feels like another navi 3-0 g2 tomorrow
2021-07-17 22:54
-Olof finally can retire +Zywoo faze no. 1 gg
2021-07-17 22:54
1 reply
#170
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Russia Thfthf
Zywoo = Vitality Vitality = Zywoo That will never happen.
2021-07-18 16:08
Jesus christ s1mple at least let them breathe
2021-07-17 22:56
5 replies
#32
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Brazil arunino
I would joke that Jesus Christ and S1mple are the same person. But S1mple and God are synonyms.
2021-07-17 22:57
2 replies
Indeed, out of this world
2021-07-17 22:57
1 reply
#38
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Brazil arunino
absolutely!
2021-07-17 22:58
no chance for one week era a.k.a FazeWashedUpB0T
2021-07-18 05:19
1 reply
Respect boostmeister
2021-07-18 10:31
REPEAT FINAL KATOWICE 2020
2021-07-17 22:56
#34
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Brazil arunino
+30 S1mpleGOD wtffffffffffffffffffffffffff mannn how 1 man can be that ABSURDLY GOOD?!!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!
2021-07-17 22:57
#41
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Russia ToughGuy
as expected
2021-07-17 22:59
people are used to see s1mple getting +30 +40 +50 K/D so they are not even commenting KEKW s1mple = LAN GOD, Online GOD, just GOD
2021-07-17 22:59
5 replies
#53
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Ukraine SiriusB
That is so true. We are simply too used to it. 1.78 rate? So what? It's S1mple.
2021-07-17 23:04
+1
2021-07-17 23:07
#85
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Brazil Karlogaria
The best ever
2021-07-18 00:27
+1 lmao, godlike stats are his average nowadays
2021-07-18 03:29
+1 s1mple G0D
2021-07-18 05:19
#48
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Lithuania Airforlife
Karrigan and olof nice ratings :D
2021-07-17 23:02
NIKOKOKO is the only man who can stop S1mple! Lets go G2!!
2021-07-17 23:02
6 replies
#57
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Sweden ShageN
you mean the beta loser ChoKoko? nah man... just nah when you say S1mple... and then ChoKo in one sentence...
2021-07-17 23:05
5 replies
nip lol...
2021-07-17 23:32
No need to disrespect the aim god
2021-07-18 02:38
3 replies
+1
2021-07-18 03:28
#140
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Sweden ShageN
no one disrespects S1mple and B1T
2021-07-18 08:10
1 reply
Lol
2021-07-18 17:03
ah shit, here we go again
2021-07-17 23:03
Very fucking expective. Too fuckin' EZ.
2021-07-17 23:04
EZ4NAVI
2021-07-17 23:04
1 reply
+1
2021-07-18 06:59
#59
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Sweden ShageN
S1mple +30 O_o
2021-07-17 23:06
1 reply
#169
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Brazil angryyyy
just like fallen vs faze
2021-07-18 15:02
Natus Vincere didn’t let up on their map pick, Dust2, taking a 4-0 lead as terrorists ...
2021-07-17 23:08
1 reply
#68
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Brazil Nero7
+1, though i was the only one who had seen it lol
2021-07-17 23:29
Well played Na'Vi 🔥 b1t333
2021-07-17 23:13
damn so ez tourney for navi
2021-07-17 23:36
easy for navi in the final
2021-07-17 23:37
Yeah I hoped for better… it should’ve been :(
2021-07-17 23:40
#75
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Latvia sonofdog
karrigan should retire, really
2021-07-17 23:45
4 replies
dumb comment, karrigan is the one who brought faze even into this game by taking charge against gambit. get some knowledge.
2021-07-18 00:18
#92
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Ukraine Xe0m
do not watch cs again pls
2021-07-18 01:11
+1 10/10 should retire
2021-07-18 05:18
#152
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Norway 2kayn
do you even know what game are u watching?What is this bs, faze made a very good run
2021-07-18 10:47
ggwp
2021-07-17 23:50
so sick just to see faze get to semis, worth it just to see them beat out gambit
2021-07-18 00:25
#84
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Brazil Karlogaria
The GOAT at it again. If needed he will resolve this final by himself tomorrow. I believe we might be hours from a lifetime tournament final performance
2021-07-18 00:26
2 replies
Man I wish we have a decent final
2021-07-18 00:44
1 reply
Surely we will ...
2021-07-18 02:43
sadge
2021-07-18 00:45
s1mple destroy bots g2 navi win 3-0
2021-07-18 00:46
1 reply
3-1 also good for -1.5 bet
2021-07-18 01:04
#91
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Ukraine Xe0m
nt
2021-07-18 01:10
God of csgo, give a major to s1mple! he deserves it
2021-07-18 01:13
It was nice while it lasted :( Gg NaVi played good cs
2021-07-18 01:26
S1mple+electronic+b1t kills > whole FAZE team kills +perfecto +boooomich Thats insane
2021-07-18 01:41
No surprise here...
2021-07-18 02:16
What a monster 2.0 impact rating and 1.13 kpr lmao
2021-07-18 02:40
hope navi wins and make the racists cry
2021-07-18 02:41
I am happy that G2 and Navi will meet on a major final, because it would mean either of NiKo and s1mple will finally win a major. <3 #G2Army #NaViNation
2021-07-18 03:27
4 replies
#127
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Montenegro IzAlaN
this is not major lel
2021-07-18 05:21
1 reply
Oh sht nvm
2021-07-18 12:55
#150
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CIS xMadara
this ain't major
2021-07-18 10:17
1 reply
Sadge man, ok :(
2021-07-18 12:56
#115
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Europe robo1234
There is a small mistake in the article: at the start of the story about the second map Natus Vincere didn’t let up on their map pick, Dust2 It should be "Mirage", not "Dust2". Dust would have been the decider.
2021-07-18 03:54
1 reply
#117
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India _Jazz_
Yeah. I got confused as well.
2021-07-18 04:43
#116
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France cedd
i hope g2 show up tomorrow but they always crumble under grand final pressure :/
2021-07-18 04:28
i think g2 will win tomorrow if jackz puts product in his hair... s1mple 2.0 rating cannot stop jackz sexy hair from winning game. sexy hair sexy headshots.
2021-07-18 04:52
1 reply
Good analysis, thanks for sharing
2021-07-18 07:26
boombl4 IGL DONT FORGET
2021-07-18 05:01
#120
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Asia Rkch001
Let's go NAVI. LET'S GO AND WIN THE GRAND FINAL.
2021-07-18 05:07
rip faze era ends here
2021-07-18 05:18
#126
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United States Rayduh
No surprise
2021-07-18 05:21
Well at least Faze did better than they were doing in the previous events. I thought they will be the first to be eliminated but made it to Top 4 that's good.
2021-07-18 05:26
expected lol
2021-07-18 05:28
S1mple is just one of the best CSGO players of all time.
2021-07-18 05:57
2 replies
Not one of the best, but the best of all time (csgo)
2021-07-18 07:17
1 reply
#141
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Sweden ShageN
+1 GOAT 100%
2021-07-18 08:11
Ez for navi super complex strats in the grabd final; throw smokes in the last 20 secs.
2021-07-18 07:42
This will be a super interesting final. Actually looking forward to watching a full BO5!
2021-07-18 07:54
#139
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Philippines p0k1em0n
I like their strat now. Let's go NAVI!
2021-07-18 07:56
All my money on balkan cs GOD Niko one taps these cis noobs all day long So ez for niko Niko will one tap on bit's ass he bit attempts one of his miserable sprays. Ez for balkan god One taps for days, so ez so ez
2021-07-18 08:48
Im a huge zywoo fan, but this tournament will probably seal S1mple as the deserved number one this year. Incredible performances back on LAN
2021-07-18 08:52
There's a lot of 10-year-old NaVi die-hards in these comments.
2021-07-18 08:56
s1mple finally got a team that backs him up and his stats are getting more and more insane
2021-07-18 09:26
#155
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Poland MNSAf
bad news (bears)
2021-07-18 11:17
zywoo exposed as the fraud he is s1mple best player in the world the last 3 years
2021-07-18 13:05
1 reply
#167
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Sweden ShageN
+1
2021-07-18 14:28
S1mple is a god
2021-07-18 13:30
nice
2021-07-18 14:06
Watch history repeat itself
2021-07-18 14:42
Deserved victory. NaVi playing like the best team in the world. S1mple the best player in the world and it's not even close. Hopefully they can keep this shape up. GGWP.
2021-07-18 20:07
#177
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Brazil wlaan
god simple #1
2021-07-18 20:08
Damn Well played by Navi -great to see the Ego-maniac put in his place ;-) Atleast Astralis would have put up more of a fight, but were unlucky in their semi against an overperforming G2 … Lets hope Navi doesn’t succumb to the player break, like Liquid did back in 2019 … Never thought I’d say this, but I would actually like to see Navi and Simple win the Grand Slam …
2021-07-18 20:23
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