NAVI edge past Heroic on their way to EPL grand final

NAVI will face Vitality in the final and fight for the crown and the one million dollar Intel Grand Slam.

Casper "⁠cadiaN⁠" Møller's men were unable to reach back-to-back ESL Pro League finals after an incredibly close match. Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev, as he often does, proved to be the X factor that gave Natus Vincere the edge in the series that went the distance on all three maps.

"We didn't play our game today, if we want to win tomorrow we need to play much better," said Natus Vincere's superstar when talking about the close game. "[Heroic] played good... overall they were prepared."

Natus Vincere will face Vitality in the grand final tomorrow and will play a best-of-five match to decide who will be crowned EPL champions. The series will also have the Intel Grand Slam on the line for the world's number one team and a potential $100,000 spoiler bonus for Vitality should the Frenchmen stop the favorites in the final.

s1mple put up incredible numbers for NAVI ending the series with a 1.59 rating

The semi-final got started on Natus Vincere's map pick of Mirage. The CIS squad got off to a great start on the offensive side following their conversion of the pistol round, but once Heroic's rifles came out, the balance tipped in favor of the Danes. cadiaN's dynamic CT side created serious problems for the CIS squad, briefly granting his team a 6-4 lead. Natus Vincere managed to win some key rounds, allowing them to keep the half competitive and close it 8-7.

Natus Vincere began the second half by comfortably winning the pistol round and the following two rounds before Heroic managed to mount a response. Heroic's T side was characterized by rapid aggression on the bombsites, catching Kirill "⁠Boombl4⁠" Mikhailov's men off guard, quickly catching up to Natus Vincere and taking the lead at 12-11. s1mple came up clutch, though, force buying the AWP and single-handedly swinging the momentum in favor of his team, and Natus Vincere closed the map 16-14.

The Danes began Overpass by dominating their T side, swiftly gaining a 5-0 advantage on their map pick. Once Natus Vincere settled on their CT side they begun playing more aggressively, producing their first round. The CIS squad maintained the pressure, taking the lead at 6-5 before Heroic's Deagles provided the opportunity for cadiaN's team to begin the second half with an 8-7 advantage.

The offensive looked promising for Natus Vincere, a hero rifle on s1mple allowed his team to break the Heroic bank and press the issue to create a 12-9 lead. However, Natus Vincere's slow T rounds were unable to produce results, with the defense consistently being able to shut them down. Heroic only dropped one more round on their way to a 16-13 win.

Nuke did not disappoint. It was another 8-7 half, this time in favor of Natus Vincere with the CTs barely managing to hold off the Danish offense thanks to a stellar performance by s1mple. Despite a 4-0 start for Boombl4's men, they were unable to snowball their advantage, allowing the opposition to close the gap.

A thrilling second half ensued, with both teams taking turns leading the series. Natus Vincere initially seemed to have the upper hand on their offense, extending their lead 12-7 before a Heroic defense put a temporary halt to their ambitions. The Danes strung together six rounds in a row, taking the lead and seemingly complete control of the game but a great push down vents by Valeriy "⁠B1T⁠" Vakhovskiy gave back the initiative to his team. Natus Vincere kept the pressure, edging out Nuke 16-14, taking the series 2-1.

Matchpage
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11th September 2021
16
Mirage
14
13
Overpass
16
16
Nuke
14
 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
92 - 54 +38 102.8 1.59
54 - 59 -5 79.5 1.01
47 - 50 -3 61.6 0.94
46 - 60 -14 59.9 0.89
54 - 61 -7 59.9 0.86
 Heroic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
64 - 57 +7 74.8 1.14
66 - 61 +5 70.9 1.05
52 - 61 -9 77.9 1.03
54 - 52 +2 66.0 1.03
47 - 63 -16 58.7 0.81
Russia Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
981
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.69
Ukraine Valeriy 'B1T' Vakhovskiy
Valeriy 'B1T' Vakhovskiy
Age:
18
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
322
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1346
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.25
Maps played:
1434
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.64
Goat Zywoo will show s1mple who is boss tomorrow.
2021-09-11 23:46
6 replies
#7
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Japan Cannon12
Report
2021-09-11 23:47
#14
jR | 
Ukraine zergggg
report for baiting
2021-09-11 23:47
nt medkit also reported for baiting
2021-09-11 23:52
#32
NiKo | 
Montenegro G1EX
reported for fake info
2021-09-11 23:57
#33
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China HEIDASHUAi
he is not worthy of goat title
2021-09-11 23:57
and?
2021-09-13 00:49
goatt s11mole
2021-09-11 23:46
3 replies
#36
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Lithuania TraX_LTU
GOATS
2021-09-11 23:59
:D
2021-09-12 00:50
🔥🔥👍👍👍yup
2021-09-12 08:54
LOVE THIS TEAM
2021-09-11 23:47
18 replies
+1
2021-09-11 23:52
#25
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Austria arngnr
team s1mple today
2021-09-11 23:53
9 replies
#37
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Iran Barely5ft7
He's the goat it should be team simple I know you may feel like Zywoo is the best but for many of us simple is the best and the best player should have his team serving him to win the match for all of them .
2021-09-11 23:59
2 replies
#144
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Austria arngnr
nah I think s1mple is the best this year :) (You'd be stupid to deny that)
2021-09-12 14:00
1 reply
Salute
2021-09-13 09:04
if you'd look just at the scores and player ratings you'd think heroic won this series lmao
2021-09-12 00:11
are you crying or whaT
2021-09-12 00:23
4 replies
#145
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Austria arngnr
not really, just stating facts
2021-09-12 14:00
3 replies
well, the "Winners are never judged by how. They save that for the losers."
2021-09-12 14:29
2 replies
#155
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Austria arngnr
ok I assume you never said something like "Team ZywOo" :)
2021-09-12 15:55
1 reply
XD HAVE A NICE VIEWING
2021-09-12 16:04
90 KILLS IN 3 MAPS THE GOAT
2021-09-12 00:02
6 replies
Well, inflated stats on overpass. He got 2 eco aces back to back then. If we make fun of ecov1ce then s1mple can be called out for that as well.
2021-09-12 10:37
5 replies
he is the guy who the pushes the hardest for frags when enemy has eco
2021-09-12 11:53
3 replies
Its 2021 ecos arent free rounds anymore, so i see a point letting s1mple do the job to make sure they keep it clean
2021-09-12 12:48
2 replies
+1 true mate
2021-09-12 13:01
+1 fact
2021-09-12 14:25
Yeah, now tell me who esle ever did 2 aces back to back even vs forcebuy or eco in tier1
2021-09-12 12:57
#4
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Sweden XenoRex
Super Close
2021-09-11 23:47
7 replies
Yes. This is because Na'Vi were playing not to lose so that they can use most of their strong strategy in the grand finals against Vitality. This itself is a good strategy and quite risky but I like it.
2021-09-12 04:55
6 replies
Lmao Indian iq
2021-09-12 07:43
1 reply
Believe me or not, it is true.
2021-09-14 06:13
0/8 this makes no sense at all
2021-09-12 13:34
1 reply
How?
2021-09-14 06:14
Cope
2021-09-12 14:20
1 reply
Ok.
2021-09-14 06:15
#5
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Japan Cannon12
S1mple goat
2021-09-11 23:47
1 reply
BAAANZAI
2021-09-11 23:49
EZ4NAVI
2021-09-11 23:47
the fact navi, not in form, beat the biggest onliners and convicted cheaters of cs proves they're the #1 team
2021-09-11 23:48
11 replies
#46
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Russia ToughGuy
ur comments always make me laugh
2021-09-12 00:07
+1
2021-09-12 00:12
lol XD
2021-09-12 01:14
#95
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Turkey DiPLo0o
-1 cadian no1
2021-09-12 05:14
2 replies
in which version of reality?
2021-09-12 07:51
1 reply
#142
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Portugal MCDOUG
In the multiverse
2021-09-12 13:12
Imagine if any of the evidence is soo strong that heroic actually gets banned
2021-09-12 07:16
4 replies
You mean as strong as the evidence that s1mple cheated in 1.6 and that Navi coach starix got a 10 month ban from coach bug abuse? Maybe cool it with the stone throwing.
2021-09-12 08:29
1 reply
1.6 issue of s1mple is nowhere near what herioc have done They have done this on a very very high tier 1 level So thats not a good argument
2021-09-12 18:35
They are not going to be banned
2021-09-12 14:21
1 reply
I hope But i feel there is tension there
2021-09-12 18:36
#9
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Ukraine zergggg
wtf S1mple doesn't stop impressing ... :O
2021-09-11 23:47
zywho vs s0mple
2021-09-11 23:47
4 replies
Zywoo destroyed mantuu today. Cry
2021-09-12 00:13
3 replies
i already did
2021-09-12 00:13
2 replies
At least you're honest
2021-09-12 02:49
Sad
2021-09-12 07:14
#11
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Brazil Elakk
+38
2021-09-11 23:47
s1mple is the greatest to ever touch any version of cs
2021-09-11 23:47
6 replies
#67
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Russia vynn
Yeah, one of best
2021-09-12 00:52
He was bad in 1.6. :)
2021-09-12 04:45
2 replies
He was 12yo
2021-09-12 07:14
1 reply
He was 14-15 or even 16 years old (don't remember when exactly I played with/against him in 1.6). Just saying that statement about "ANY version of cs" is not correct. In CS:GO he is surely the best.
2021-09-12 10:54
F0rest 4 majors 11 finals appearances S1mple 2 finals 0 major
2021-09-12 14:24
1 reply
f0rest himself said s1mple is the best to ever do it :)
2021-09-12 15:58
#13
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Ukraine McSwell
Online matches NaVi vs Heroic are always very close, every map is often "on the edge" somehow, and NaVi wins almost every time with a giantic s1mple's impact. Tomorrows rivalry vs Vitality in their current scary form will be unpredictable, I hope NaVi left their Grand Slam thoughts and pressure behind.
2021-09-11 23:47
1 reply
Lift*
2021-09-12 06:31
Men so ez for godple
2021-09-11 23:47
Dude everytime I quit watching because of Navi losing, they won somehow. I'm genuinely happy.
2021-09-11 23:48
8 replies
Same here bro
2021-09-12 02:24
I switched off after heroic won 14th on mirage, should've stayed :(
2021-09-12 04:00
1 reply
I turned it off on 13-14 Nuke and 2v4 situation for NAVI just to comeback and see 15-14 and 16-14 later... Just NaVi things
2021-09-12 09:36
True! It also happens with me.
2021-09-12 05:00
4 replies
Why so many simple and NaVi fans from India?
2021-09-12 07:45
3 replies
Because we love him/them.
2021-09-14 06:11
2 replies
Even more than Pubji mabajl? Sorry couldn’t hold it
2021-09-14 06:57
1 reply
Not more than PUBG MOBILE for sure but there are still many Counter-Strike fans in India.
2021-09-14 07:15
s1mple is the goat zywoo has no chance tomorrow
2021-09-11 23:50
#19
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African Union Sup_bro0
Heroic lost 2 pistols on nuke going 0-4 both halves 8-0 yet almost won. Navi wp but you weren't the better team today gg.
2021-09-11 23:51
11 replies
True. They just have the best player. They are not winning on good teamplay play or strats. It's basicly just like the second pistol on Nuke. Simple one taps 3 guys with the p250 i yard and the round is over.
2021-09-11 23:54
6 replies
When tactics dont work aim and skill your last hope
2021-09-12 00:03
2 replies
#69
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Russia vynn
Let's hope together
2021-09-12 01:01
2021-09-12 07:58
Dude have you seen last 3-4 rounds on nuke ? It wasn’t won on aim lmao
2021-09-12 07:17
2 replies
I saw the whole match. It's not about the last couple of rounds, they all count. Swap s1mple out with any other player in the world and Navi would not have won that match.
2021-09-12 11:32
1 reply
Yeep, but in the end of the day he is where he is and noone can do jackshit about it, but hope that he will have a bad game. That said, game was actually won thanks to several crucial boomblas calls
2021-09-12 15:49
atleast they didn't cheat
2021-09-11 23:54
its like saying heroic didnt win the important clutches so they were not the better team today. bullshit, both teams played well and navi won the important rounds. it could go the other way as well, in a game such this its about the deciding rounds, where a team can lose the economy and thus lose the game.
2021-09-12 04:01
#99
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Russia Thfthf
Heroic werent the best tream day before tbh...
2021-09-12 05:43
Lol if you look at it that way, Heroic didn't even deserve to be here. Liquid were clearly the better team but that clutch tilted them, so they didn't.
2021-09-12 05:59
This shit is so intense I will have a mental breakdown from watching these cs matches
2021-09-11 23:51
#21
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Liberia rationale
So, basically s1mple won the match. That doesn't particularly exciting.
2021-09-11 23:51
8 replies
Watching 1 player beat 5 players in a close match is more exciting than when everyone from navi shows up and there just isn't a chance and they just Stomp the opponent. In my opinion atleast
2021-09-12 00:07
5 replies
+1 agreed
2021-09-12 00:15
Yes, like him or hate him, you can't deny that s1mple was the only reason NaVi are in the final. B1t and electronic didn't really turn up, s1mple practically had 3 30 bombs to drag them over the line
2021-09-12 10:33
3 replies
#153
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Liberia rationale
exactly, 1v9
2021-09-12 14:47
To be fair thought they showed up at the final, and managed to win despite s1mple having a poor game. (Lol when you call a 1.20 + rating a poor game because you're just that good)
2021-09-13 18:34
1 reply
Absolutely. It shows that NaVi are still dangerous when it's just s1mple, but they're a mighty opponent when they all turn up
2021-09-13 21:50
A close game is objectively way more exciting and thrilling than a stomp one.
2021-09-12 00:15
#64
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Liberia rationale
"isn't" I'm thinking of one thing, writing the other, sorry.
2021-09-12 00:41
s1mple GOAT EZ4NAVI
2021-09-11 23:52
1 reply
#29
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China HEIDASHUAi
+1 goat
2021-09-11 23:55
#28
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China HEIDASHUAi
GOAT s1mple
2021-09-11 23:54
2 replies
#44
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Indonesia tldr))
+1
2021-09-12 00:06
+1
2021-09-12 00:12
#30
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France cedd
really good game, when it was like 13-13 on nuke and navi had to forcebuy on t side i thought this is probably over. but god damn they played so smart last few rounds. props
2021-09-11 23:55
great match , but probably the last we have seen with the Heroic tag. I dont see the result of the investigation coming against Heroic but the organization has taken so much shit upon themselves , lost their sponsorships and generally held in unfavorable views by everyone that the new owners of the org are gonna rebrand it to their Norwegian name soon. I hope the result of the investigation is actually fair and just , and that there actually is an investigation that has taken a look over the things. If they are guilty , which most of their practices have hinted towards too , they should be banned .
2021-09-11 23:56
2 replies
They didn't lose their sponsors
2021-09-12 14:27
1 reply
you are getting worked by their PR department with that tweet , they have lost their sponsors.
2021-09-12 14:35
#34
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Brazil renatorib
GOAT
2021-09-11 23:58
You mean s1mple edge past heroic? Right?
2021-09-11 23:59
GOAT 1.59 RATING IN 89 ROUNDS! GL TO ZYWOO AND CO TOMORROW
2021-09-12 00:01
absolutely insane
2021-09-12 00:04
#42
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Indonesia tldr))
Good luck for tommorow guys,take the grand slam to home and make a history #NAVINATION #NAVIDAVI 💪💪🔥🔥
2021-09-12 00:05
#43
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Brazil PaPum
NAVI IS BRAZIL
2021-09-12 00:05
5 replies
Come to navi!
2021-09-12 00:25
4 replies
Prove it or I'll _____
2021-09-12 00:54
3 replies
You'll prove it or I'll ________! ***
2021-09-12 02:54
Suck dix?
2021-09-12 04:56
1 reply
Didn't realize kng is gay!
2021-09-12 07:47
S1mple the best polish player!
2021-09-12 00:08
"what a surprise by heroic choking all crucial rounds at 13-12" at 14-13, and at 14-14."
2021-09-12 00:11
2 replies
#78
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Moldova nutel
lets be honest navi chocked before that 7 rounds in a row, all that time they didn't do a single proper a setup. Good they got their shit together in the important rounds and boom outcalled heroic
2021-09-12 02:21
1 reply
this is also the case, navi throw overpass from 12-9 lead. also, if not for the 12-12 round lost by 4 vs 2 from Navi, it could have ended earlier.
2021-09-12 02:22
#55
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Australia Beard43
s1mple smurfing in the semis. WP
2021-09-12 00:15
The god of csgo +38. Stepping up massively in important rounds.
2021-09-12 00:17
wow s1mple is really God of this game
2021-09-12 00:20
TNX s1mple, but if it wasnt for that 2k by boomich on the deciding round on nuke then likely navi lose, so gj boombla!
2021-09-12 00:24
#62
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Brazil Karlogaria
The GOAT at it again
2021-09-12 00:27
The closest to him from the team is 38 frags behind..
2021-09-12 00:27
Nice game
2021-09-12 00:48
and some people still think that there is something like "s1mple or zywoo". i really don't like s1mple but he's csgo goat for sure
2021-09-12 01:05
#71
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Portugal X-rAy
that awp shakes and hiting noscopes on the stairs 2x in a row...super weird but yeah only simple can have that "luck" and hit those shots in important moments. if he's clean no doubt hes the best player ever in csgo. for a long time zywoo just a newcomer with a good year. still good but not as good
2021-09-12 01:14
2 replies
You're an idiot
2021-09-12 07:48
if you try you can do the awp shakes too
2021-09-12 08:01
The classic s1mple won something pic: hltv.org/gallery/view/139923 Kkkk. I love it. Ahhhhgghgh
2021-09-12 01:58
1 reply
+1 bro it looks so hilarious. Like cmon hltv, there's surely other pictures of s1mple right?
2021-09-12 05:20
#74
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
Holy-- These stats are insane: 92-54/+38/102.8/1.59 <-- Literally a one man show.
2021-09-12 02:03
1 reply
No. Easy to misjudge the game by stats. As much as s1mple contributed, a large share of his frags were against eco, especially on Overpass. This is not to take away from s1mple's great performance, but to prove that NaVi's victory, more than anything, was due to team effort. Two crucial rounds on Nuke, which basically changed the outcome of the game (26th and 28th rounds) were won by b1t. The latter's impact in this game btw is so underrated and not reflected in stats. Tldr this was anything but a one man show
2021-09-12 09:49
If Cadian didn’t wiff when he was awping in the hut entrance that 1 round. Heroic wins series
2021-09-12 02:06
#76
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Europe Cr3eP_70
I don't even care about the so called tomorrow's "final" nor the outcome! I am truly convinced that we all saw the best teams today and the real final... The other semi was more a 5th/6th place looking at the quality of truly average teams, one of them completely dependent from 1 single man. Thanks for the excellent final Navi and Heroic
2021-09-12 02:08
7 replies
Delusional
2021-09-12 02:43
6 replies
#134
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Europe Cr3eP_70
Honestly it relates much more with personal taste, gameplay and over 20 years experience on the game. No worries kid... One day you'll realize what I'm talking about.
2021-09-12 11:37
5 replies
ok old man xd get job or sumtin
2021-09-12 22:17
4 replies
#165
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Europe Cr3eP_70
Thank you. I can say that I heard better speeches from a cabbage leaf... Keep it up and read. Read a lot. If one day you need a job, please send me an application. My company is always in need of cleaning staff or similar. Bfn
2021-09-13 11:42
3 replies
Nah not interested in working with sweaty 40 yr nerd xd ty anyways
2021-09-13 19:08
2 replies
#176
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Europe Cr3eP_70
40??? Nice math Sweaty....? So sorry for your present home references kid... Don't be sad. Maybe you were adopted instead. Stick to your chicken fillet. You'll be growing just fine Have a nice life!
2021-09-15 01:22
1 reply
Now ur gettin mad old man XD KEKW take this L
2021-09-15 23:49
No baiter, no win. NaVi should be thanksful to have a country illness kid in their rank to be more than a tier5 team. Wp s1mple, tomorrow, zywoo will show you how to play.
2021-09-12 02:13
3 replies
Play?That's how you call sucking a huge baguette and winning nothing throughout a year.Zywoo+4 was literally doing everything but not playing for 9 months.Trash team of lazy people.NAVI deserve it and nothing can stop them.
2021-09-12 05:15
2 replies
Vitality can.
2021-09-12 06:23
1 reply
Bunch of losers can only win a couple of rounds.
2021-09-12 07:03
#81
SPUNJ | 
Singapore LawR3
1.59 rating classic s1mple
2021-09-12 02:37
casual 90bomb by goat s1mple
2021-09-12 03:20
Navi offering vitality a cut of the mill if they throw
2021-09-12 03:23
NAVI confidence versus the danes is always on point
2021-09-12 05:02
S1mple is just at a completely new level of skill. The GOAT.
2021-09-12 05:03
esic sleeping modCheck
2021-09-12 05:33
#101
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Bulgaria tedo1neun
Boombi4: S1mple go kill
2021-09-12 06:13
#109
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Romania wadd
Lets go navi
2021-09-12 07:31
Really nice matchup, hope same happens in the final
2021-09-12 07:56
gg
2021-09-12 07:57
S1mple says no
2021-09-12 08:38
FML, missed it, this had to be good game...
2021-09-12 08:43
#125
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Sweden Kasidro
Final not gonna be as good as this match
2021-09-12 09:50
Lets go s1mple. fuck them up
2021-09-12 10:48
Without s1mple, Navi is trash.
2021-09-12 11:06
2 replies
#136
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Sweden ShageN
logic of an absolute cretin. for sure any team would be way worse without their best player, isn't it? without Zywho Vitality is trash, without device Astralis is trash, without ChoKo G2 is trash etc.. S1mple is part of NAVI, s1mple IS NAVI.
2021-09-12 12:07
1 reply
ok men \\
2021-09-14 11:30
Bye bye onliners
2021-09-12 12:31
G O A T
2021-09-12 12:43
entire tournament was fixed for zywoo vs simple final
2021-09-12 16:35
#159
NiKo | 
Poland SebL
Well a little bit closer than expected but still NaVi looking great, I think they will take the final without much of a problem, the NaVi era is here. Heroic is a great team, still one of the best in the world, and honestly I feel like if they would've closed this game out they would become the champion. Great game, absolutely TOP level of CS here, GGWP.
2021-09-12 17:54
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