NAVI beat G2 3-0 to win IEM Cologne

Like in 2018, NAVI reign supreme in the 'Cathedral of Counter Strike'.

Natus Vincere claimed the first international LAN title of 2021 after defeating G2 3-0 in the grand final of IEM Cologne, adding the trophy to the BLAST Premier Global Final, DreamHack Masters Spring and StarLadder CIS RMR prizes that they secured online earlier in the year.

NAVI, who won their second trophy in the 'Cathedral of Counter Strike' after claiming the title in 2018 against BIG, picked up right where they left off at IEM Katowice (the last LAN event before competition shifted completely online), with a 3-0 victory against G2 and in the exact same maps, albeit in a different order. This time around, It wasn't as easy as the result suggests: NAVI were clearly the better team on Dust2, but Mirage and Nuke were closely-contested affairs that could have gone in a different direction had G2 not collapsed at the final hurdle.

As the match came to a close, it was impossible not to feel that the scoreline was too harsh on G2, particularly on Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač, who put in great performances in the last two maps after Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev had stolen the show on Dust2, where he even broke the record for the most aces at a Big Event (four).

"It was nice, but the emotions were not as strong as if we were playing on stage," said s1mple said after the match. "We still need to work on a lot of stuff. Our goal was to win back-to-back tournaments, and we managed to do it. We won the CIS RMR, and now we won this tournament.

"Today we didn't play like we can play. Maybe we showed some nerves."

s1mple led the charge as NAVI beat G2

It did not take long for s1mple to make his presence felt. Eight rounds into Dust2, he pulled off a 1v3 clutch in the B site, redeeming himself for missing a no-scope in the previous round in the same scenario after dispatching the first two opponents. Up until then, it had been Denis "⁠electronic⁠" Sharipov doing most of the work for NAVI, who jumped out to a 4-0 lead, forcing G2 into an early timeout.

That s1mple clutch put NAVI up 6-2 and halted G2's momentum after they had won two rounds in a row, the second of which with a quad-kill from Nemanja "⁠huNter-⁠" Kovač. NAVI then ceded control to G2 after being caught off-guard in an anti-eco round, but still managed to win the half thanks to a 1v3 clutch from Ilya "⁠Perfecto⁠" Zalutskiy and a successful force-buy in the final round.

The second half began at a frantic pace, with rounds going both ways as neither team looked to dominate the game. But all that changed in the 20th round, when s1mple and Valeriy "⁠B1T⁠" Vakhovskiy defied the odds and retook the B site in a 2v3 scenario. G2 were left kicking themselves after that round, and to make matters worse, they saw s1mple get a record-breaking ace. From there the game was over as a contest as NAVI kept their defence tight and quickly put the game past G2.

Mirage began in the same manner as Dust2, with NAVI taking a comfortable lead early on before G2 fired back. Nemanja "⁠nexa⁠" Isaković helped his team to bring the deficit to a minimum before the break with some high-impact rounds, including an ace, taking some of the load off NiKo, who was in superb form all game.

G2 carried that momentum into the second half and romped to an 11-7 lead, forcing Andrey "⁠B1ad3⁠" Gorodenskiy to call a timeout to stop the bleeding. The break had an immediate effect as NAVI retook the lead after a spell of dominance. G2 refused to relent, though, and they thought they had done enough to take the game to overtime after winning a force-buy thanks to a trio of Desert Eagle frags by NiKo, but their mid push gamble in the 30th round proved disastrous and cost them the game.

G2 looked a bit off the pace in the early stages of Nuke but they brushed off that sluggish start to end the half ahead, with nexa and NiKo combining for 28 frags. The Bosnian talent pulled off a 1v3 clutch in the pistol round to fire G2 further into the lead, but the respite would not last long as NAVI took control after winning the third round with a weak buy.

With no room for error, Audric "⁠JaCkz⁠" Jug dragged his team out of trouble with two great rounds, but then it all fell apart for G2 after they failed to plant the bomb in a round that was theirs to lose, against four pistols and an AWP. With the momentum back in their favour, NAVI pressed on and won the last two rounds they needed to run out victorious.

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Dust2
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14
Mirage
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Nuke
16
 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
65 - 61 +4 86.1 1.15
55 - 59 -4 69.0 0.96
53 - 57 -4 59.0 0.91
49 - 60 -11 61.9 0.86
36 - 60 -24 48.1 0.66
 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
75 - 49 +26 82.3 1.37
62 - 47 +15 76.8 1.27
59 - 47 +12 69.4 1.12
57 - 58 -1 81.0 1.05
44 - 57 -13 63.4 0.88

IEM Cologne 2021 final standings:

1. Russia Natus Vincere - $400,000
2. Europe G2 - $180,000
3-4. Europe FaZe - $80,000
3-4. Denmark Astralis - $80,000
5-6. Russia Gambit - $40,000
5-6. CIS Virtus.pro - $40,000
7-8. Denmark Heroic - $24,000
7-8. Germany BIG - $24,000
9-12. Brazil FURIA - $16,000
9-12. France Vitality - $16,000
9-12. Sweden NIP - $16,000
9-12. United States Liquid - $16,000
13-16. Russia Spirit - $10,000
13-16. Australia Renegades - $10,000
13-16. Europe Complexity - $10,000
13-16. Europe mousesports - $10,000

Bosnia and Herzegovina Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1317
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.67
Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1141
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1166
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
France Audric 'JaCkz' Jug
Audric 'JaCkz' Jug
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
938
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.68
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
1480
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.67
Ukraine Valeriy 'B1T' Vakhovskiy
Valeriy 'B1T' Vakhovskiy
Age:
18
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
307
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.65
Russia Ilya 'Perfecto' Zalutskiy
Ilya 'Perfecto' Zalutskiy
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
570
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.61
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.25
Maps played:
1419
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.64
ezpz for Na'Vi
2021-07-18 20:12
1 reply
+1
2021-07-18 20:44
#4
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Ukraine McSwell
From losing to pistols with no time left - to Cologne title win with pistols and no time left. It's CS, baby. Decent fight from G2 tho. All 3 competitive maps, final was interesting despite a 3-0 score.
2021-07-18 20:12
1 reply
#61
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India Pranav3112
It was poetic, I agree
2021-07-18 20:17
simple beast, gg!
2021-07-18 20:12
yaaay!!!
2021-07-18 20:12
GG both teams
2021-07-18 20:12
-amaKEKW +fl0m
2021-07-18 20:12
#9
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Netherlands SpiceNut
POG
2021-07-18 20:12
Fluke in my book
2021-07-18 20:12
1 reply
It would be a fluke if G2 won
2021-07-18 20:27
unexpected
2021-07-18 20:13
#13
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Sweden Akoulad
Astralis would have played better. luck2Gaming.
2021-07-18 20:13
gege
2021-07-18 20:13
who?
2021-07-18 20:13
#17
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United States urm@m
the sky is blue
2021-07-18 20:13
#18
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Croatia Esketite
classic g2
2021-07-18 20:13
Russia/Ukraine win the event, as expected, and in a 3:0 fashion! Three CIS teams made it to play offs at this IEM leaving everyone else rekt behind, the better one out of all lifted the trophy today! Too good for the World! :) gg bb cya
2021-07-18 20:13
#21
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Russia Voldarck
Shheeeesh, insane game, gg G2, NAVI top 1 now
2021-07-18 20:13
ez4navi and s1mple
2021-07-18 20:13
#23
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United States GGtho
s1mple haters crying
2021-07-18 20:13
Best LAN performance by the man himself. Well deserved.
2021-07-18 20:13
#25
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North America drac0z
TITLES WILL COME TO G2 SOON TRUST THE PROCESS
2021-07-18 20:13
s1mple is goat
2021-07-18 20:13
3 replies
+1
2021-07-18 20:25
+1
2021-07-18 21:51
+1
2021-07-19 03:38
#27
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Ukraine MichiLife
Ez win for the best team in the world!!!!and Goat Simple
2021-07-18 20:14
No wins, just memes :D g2 will forever be just a meme org
2021-07-18 20:14
S1MPLE MVP
2021-07-18 20:14
#32
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China HEIDASHUAi
Goat s1mple
2021-07-18 20:14
#33
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Russia scorchy
ez
2021-07-18 20:14
ez 4 my boys
2021-07-18 20:14
4th tournament won by Navi this year, good job!
2021-07-18 20:14
can't hear s1mple haters xaaxxx
2021-07-18 20:14
#37
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Czech Republic PAVLiTKO
gg
2021-07-18 20:14
#38
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Chile cristiaan
EZ
2021-07-18 20:14
1 reply
REAL EZ
2021-07-18 20:22
#39
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India aR__
Wow, godlike performance. Well deserved!
2021-07-18 20:14
1 reply
+1
2021-07-18 21:03
#40
BnTeT | 
United States Emopi
GG
2021-07-18 20:14
#41
Dosia | 
Russia Rapu
CIS continues to dominate
2021-07-18 20:15
EU/NA/SA cs is crying rn
2021-07-18 20:15
GG OMEGALUL g2, nuke and bomb plants what a trio
2021-07-18 20:15
#45
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Czech Republic xANUx
some things never change it seems
2021-07-18 20:15
Gg! 3-0 doesn't do the series justice, all games were fairly close and fun to watch. Congrats NaVi, well deserved
2021-07-18 20:15
navi is best team in 2021 s1mple is best player in 2021
2021-07-18 20:15
3 replies
#66
pronax | 
Europe ShaV
! Still Best :-)
2021-07-18 20:18
+111111
2021-07-18 20:26
once again LAN shows navi is top 1 on LAN and all these Heroic/Gambit onliners is down
2021-07-18 20:40
S1mple MVP interview was LIT !!! Gg
2021-07-18 20:15
biggest prize money navi has ever won?
2021-07-18 20:15
1 reply
No. Blast globall finals win this year was the highest
2021-07-18 20:18
GGWP NaVi! nt G2
2021-07-18 20:15
EZ4NAVI - BEST TEAM IN THE WORLD UNDEFEATED ON LAN SINCE LAST 2 YEARS s1mple GOAT top 1 2021 #NAVINATION #NAVIDAVI
2021-07-18 20:15
Navi era !!
2021-07-18 20:16
Na'Vi are just too strong.
2021-07-18 20:16
s1mple the GOAT
2021-07-18 20:16
Why is this not a major ? Lol Who cares about majors …. Money matters
2021-07-18 20:16
#57
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Netherlands Sem0733
No tier 1 events for a month. Hello darkness my old friend.
2021-07-18 20:17
1 reply
At least there is that tournament for academy teams, hope it's not matchfixing
2021-07-18 20:25
S1mple GOAT, rest of Navi is playing well Good fight from G2, unfortunately Amanek was missing part in this BO5. ggwp
2021-07-18 20:17
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 20:17
Zywoo still better number 1 2019 and 2020
2021-07-18 20:17
4 replies
stop crying, no scener
2021-07-18 20:18
2020 was clearly S1mple's year, 2019 BOTWoO had 0.01 more rating cuz NAVI did too many roster changes and so on
2021-07-18 20:20
1 reply
dont deny facts stats dont lie -
2021-07-18 20:23
Name checks out
2021-07-18 21:06
Ez
2021-07-18 20:17
Gods
2021-07-18 20:18
#67
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Serbia Dusan837
FUCKING GOAT SASA
2021-07-18 20:18
GG both teams. But a bit borring final tbh!
2021-07-18 20:19
S1mple already has 2 Cologne Champions and MVP's, believe no ppl can reach the same level currently, now he needs a Major or one more
2021-07-18 20:19
#73
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Singapore FallBlade
EZ Clap
2021-07-18 20:19
#74
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United States burNout_
expected, NaVi were on another level this tournament
2021-07-18 20:19
#75
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Ukraine SiriusB
It felt so close and competitive and yet a clean 3-0. NAVI are the best right now.
2021-07-18 20:19
s1mple >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> NiKo + hanter
2021-07-18 20:20
GOD B1T, GOAT S1MPLE
2021-07-18 20:20
#78
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India Pranav3112
I was here. Crazy tourney from start to end. Glad to see simple get the deserved trophy. I can hopefully study now xD in the player break.
2021-07-18 20:20
1 reply
+1
2021-07-18 20:25
G2 need instantly better awper. I mean solid awper, there are some to get fairly cheap still. I was fan of amanek in original roster (with kenny) but in this lineup he's completely redundant. They should be happy they even reach finals. I mean navi... expected victory, s1imple almost done with POTY award for 2021 (can't imagine what zywhoo would have to achieve in second half of the year to reclaim that).
2021-07-18 20:21
3 replies
Yes but ZywOo at 1.50 and winning all tourneys should seal the deal but problem with vitality is ZywOo's inconsistency. So if ZywOo ups his game, vitality might win everything. You see he performed well and they won against gambit but he is so inconsistent this year.
2021-07-18 20:28
2 replies
this is the difference between s1mple & Zywoo for me: when Navi sucked as a team clearly lacking firepower, s1mple was still putting huge numbers and even carrying them to wins; now when Vitality clearly lacks firepower, Zywoo looks like a very good player, not superstar though I'd be very intrigued if G2 bring ZyWoo to replace Amanek - that would be a scary team; also ZyWoo contract is probably crazy expensive, so given these difficult times don't know if that even feasible
2021-07-18 20:58
1 reply
Zywoo certainly still looks like a superstar , just not a game breaking God like s1mple , certainly still top 10 material I'd say at least. However s1mple in my book has been number one for years , and atleast number 2 for a fact for years even through the struggle. Hell even when he went AK with guardian in the team. But cmon man zywoo is still a superstar and putting out insane numbers , just nowhere near s1mple level.
2021-07-19 01:43
France François 'AmaNEk' Delaunay 36 - 60 -24 48.1 0.66 He's not even the IGL. He's the freaking main awp. Vs this Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev 75 - 49 +26 82.3 1.37 GGs. Well deserved for NaVi.
2021-07-18 20:21
1 reply
Painful for nexa who is IGLing while putting in decent numbers, almost the same level as electronic.
2021-07-18 20:24
ohh NAVI haters have to back to their holes again EEEEEEEEEEEEEEZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
2021-07-18 20:21
1 reply
PS: s1mple robbery day 179
2021-07-18 20:24
#84
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Russia mshkoda
Nice play, nice money, congrats boys)
2021-07-18 20:22
Cry is free haters. See ya at EPL and major
2021-07-18 20:22
SO EASY
2021-07-18 20:23
#93
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Russia PVC13
Zywoo still top 1 2021
2021-07-18 20:25
3 replies
Let him at least come out with tier 2
2021-07-18 20:27
nt
2021-07-18 20:27
hahahahahahahahahahaha nt hater know your place
2021-07-18 20:42
S1mple farmed this tournament along with good support from his teammates, electronic until the final was great and bit + Perfecto stepped up. Navi just needs to stay consistent and they're winning the next major
2021-07-18 20:26
G2 wasted final spot forever confirmed.
2021-07-18 20:26
Boombl4's script was real
2021-07-18 20:26
NAVI definitely deserved the win, G2 should have at least 1 map though, but props to NAVI on capitalising on G2's mistakes.
2021-07-18 20:27
EZ
2021-07-18 20:27
B1T's debut on Lan win the ESL Cologne, he is very lucky
2021-07-18 20:27
4 replies
1.21 = lucky?
2021-07-18 20:29
lucky? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA have you seen the match? xD "lucky" buahahaha
2021-07-18 20:30
2 replies
No offense, Should I say easy? After all, quite a lot of good players have higher rates but couldn't win the champion , but B1T''s debut
2021-07-18 20:33
1 reply
are you trolling? b1t is 2nd best player after S1mple with +15 and 1.27 rating... B1T deserved the MVP of the tournament, but we have S1mple so he is 2nd best
2021-07-18 20:50
#109
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Denmark Pabuna
Boring final
2021-07-18 20:28
7 replies
The same like Astrails in the peak era
2021-07-18 20:34
If Device not left, the situation will be changed
2021-07-18 20:51
5 replies
#160
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Denmark Pabuna
Then navi would be the losers. You right
2021-07-18 21:45
4 replies
Should not be so sure, I think 50/50 The least don't have to be like sweeping away from a side
2021-07-18 23:06
1 reply
#192
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Denmark Pabuna
Wow
2021-07-19 09:19
1 reply
#198
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Denmark Pabuna
Lol
2021-07-20 22:58
So sad for G2, How many times they couldn't come over to Navi at big events, believe Niko is upset why to have to live under the shadow of S1MPLE
2021-07-18 20:29
4 replies
#120
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Europe elefiveS
they choked hard in the MOST MOST important rounds in mirage and nuke
2021-07-18 20:33
3 replies
from the beginning, they were struggling fighting with Navi, but Navi always go one more further
2021-07-18 20:37
2 replies
#130
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Europe elefiveS
yes but even so they still had very good chances to go OT in mirage and to even win nuke (if hunter planted that)
2021-07-18 20:38
1 reply
Imagine missing the chance at the moment and causing the result you can not save in Grandfinally, heartbreak for G2 The best player not just good at skill also has to have a powerful spirit that can handle the pressure.
2021-07-18 20:42
1. Ukraine Natus Vincere - $400,000 S1mple +26 [1.37 rating]
2021-07-18 20:30
Clear number 1 this year for me.
2021-07-18 20:31
horoshi
2021-07-18 20:32
born to win
2021-07-18 20:34
#123
TBD | 
Andorra DG84
Expected i hope navi will perform at pgl
2021-07-18 20:34
Navi has finally players to support s1mple, B1t amazing player, electronic played really good all the tournament, Perfecto is a rock solid support player that has his clutch moments and boombl4 can make random plays here and there. Deserved Win!
2021-07-18 20:36
#126
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Israel Xpicyy
s1mple is fucking G.O.A.T
2021-07-18 20:37
Where are the S1mple haters?
2021-07-18 20:38
3 replies
quite and malding
2021-07-18 20:41
2 replies
Why do they hate s1mple? He just a player not a ganster
2021-07-18 20:50
1 reply
envy of people, or specially bait for fun creating threads about s0mple with 0 majors.
2021-07-18 20:52
Ukrainians leading Russian bots, expected
2021-07-18 20:41
2 replies
S1mple and B1T were just OUT OF THIS WORLD all NAVI members including COACH B1AD3 ARE GODS
2021-07-18 20:49
#191
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Russia Thfthf
Take top 10 Ukrainians and top 10 Russians and then say who are bots
2021-07-19 09:08
#135
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Azerbaijan Hocturn
great match!
2021-07-18 20:42
Navi the best :3
2021-07-18 20:45
#142
shox | 
France Nooel
expected
2021-07-18 20:45
#148
JW | 
Ukraine vols
Bravo Navi, and gg to G2. The 3:0 scoreline doesn't really do justice to G2's phenomenal performance.
2021-07-18 20:51
Noice. Simple delivery. Well done. So good to see Niko lose. Double satisfaction.
2021-07-18 20:52
G2nd as always.
2021-07-18 21:08
Not taking anything from Navi, lets look at some teams in this tournament. G2 - no real AWPer Astralis - no real AWPer, kinda mess at the moment FAZE - olof back in roster, basically no firepower vs top teams as they have only one superstar and one semistar (twistz and broky). Virtus pro - sanji is GOD awfull past few months Fambit - OK, i still don't understand how they lost to faze, but they are solid. This just shows how random it was second place and below. I was surprised that some of these team even managed to go this far, but that has something to do with other teams. CoL need refresh really badly, FURIA literally 4v5,Vitality is literally new fkin NaVi, zywhoo and then almost noone more often than no, and so on. I expect earthquake of roster changes soon, there is no way this crappy rosters will try to compete with NaVi or Gambit for the 2 mil major. At least i hope so...
2021-07-18 21:08
5 replies
Well they are the best team at the moment without a doubt. There are only a few months until the major so why haven't these teams picked up an AWPer then? You ask me I think nothing will change until after the major because of RMR points and point deduction from switching players. Yes, NaVi will most likely have more of a challenge at the major, especially if NiP blossoms and performs 110%. Also Gambit & VP if they perform at their very best can be a challenge to NaVi. But right now NaVi have proven that they are the absolute best. B1t has turned out to be an insane player. Tbh, NaVi have the most firepower in the scene right now
2021-07-18 21:55
Spot on, rn only gambit can match navi's individuals and it's a big question mark if they can be as good as they were online
2021-07-19 00:36
3 replies
congrats to navi btw navi win 2 events in a row (WTF?) xD
2021-07-19 05:25
2 replies
Unbeaten on Lan for 1.5 years poggers
2021-07-19 11:23
1 reply
navi kak obichni c timings ne vezet kogda oni v ebeishoi forme vse yxodyat v otpysk libo majori perenosyat. jal' ih y nih eto poctoyanno xD
2021-07-19 15:25
Feels bad for Niko but GGWP s1mple is unstoppable.
2021-07-18 21:12
I don't like Navi but well played. Fucking waited a year to see the same matchup and result as a year ago.
2021-07-18 21:12
#159
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African Union mikecool
Solid games but g2 couldn't win a map, i think even though they were trying to keep positive, they were lacking in confidence themselves.
2021-07-18 21:18
#163
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Argentina Saazu
S1mple #1 2021!
2021-07-18 21:55
Simple is just a beast! Goat
2021-07-18 22:28
#165
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Other the_dark
GGs POG
2021-07-18 22:32
S1mple top 1 this year 1000% confirmed
2021-07-18 22:41
Sadly a rather boring game but still gg
2021-07-18 22:50
Simple win
2021-07-18 22:53
s1mple > ZYWHO
2021-07-18 23:52
#171
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South Africa Ston3Cold
GG WP Na'Vi!
2021-07-19 00:08
G2 wont wim anything. They are just forever top 4 teams. Niko better go to faze again
2021-07-19 02:04
s1mple too good
2021-07-19 02:12
+b1t -flamie permanently now it's a no brainer at this point
2021-07-19 02:19
1 reply
#180
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Australia jd4ddy
Flamie to Trident Clan
2021-07-19 03:30
we need kennySSSSSSSSS
2021-07-19 02:43
G2nd
2021-07-19 03:10
NT G2. NaVi is unstoppable.
2021-07-19 04:15
the end of onliner Gambit's era. it was a nice run gambit
2021-07-19 05:19
GG's to Navi and G2. S1mple and N1ko did play great but the best team came on top
2021-07-19 05:27
#189
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Philippines p0k1em0n
b1t finished the event with the highest HS rate. what a beast this kid is.
2021-07-19 05:56
#190
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Mongolia t3ngrist
amanek and jackz are proved that they are lan bots
2021-07-19 06:23
PeaNut bRaiN TaRik Major Winner x1 s1mple the GOAT Major Winner x0 Something seems to be a little off here lol
2021-07-19 09:57
Scary thing is that s1mple said that they didn't play like they could today
2021-07-19 21:20
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