NAVI send Heroic to the lower bracket

It was a relatively tight series between the two teams, but in the end it was Natus Vincere who proved their class.

Heroic made good on their pre-game promise that they were one of the teams who could run Natus Vincere close, taking them to all three maps in this series before falling to the CIS titans.

Whilst the score lines across the three maps tell the tale of a very close series, in reality it was a little bit more comfortable for Natus Vincere than that; Natus Vincere only won two pistol rounds across the series, and after one of those they were immediately upset by a forcebuy. Across the gun rounds Natus Vincere were the better side.

s1mple was, as usual, the standout player for his team

Kirill "⁠Boombl4⁠" Mikhailov gave plenty of credit to his opposite number for the closeness of the series: "I think that cadiaN is a great in game leader, he has a lot of energy and he gives a lot of energy to his team. They have a lot of good things, they are a hard team to play."

This result gives Natus Vincere an upper bracket match against either Vitality or Astralis on Saturday at 16:30 , whilst Heroic will look to pick themselves up in the lower bracket against either Liquid or NIP on Saturday at 13:30 .

The first map of the series was the Danish side's pick of Inferno, and it was a reasonably close battle.

Natus Vincere won the pistol only to be immediately pegged back by a Heroic force, giving the Danes a 3-1 lead on their offensive side. Natus Vincere immediately began to take control of the half from this moment, netting seven rounds on the bounce, with Heroic's fairly basic, grouped up approach punished by the CIS squad's coordinated, staggered crossfires.

The Dane's did manage to find the switch up necessary to grab a few more rounds, and could have had more considering they dropped a round where were in a 5v3, the half finishing 6-9.

Moving into the second half Heroic got off to the perfect start by winning the pistol and converting, getting back to a 9-9 score. Once again Natus Vincere took control once the gun rounds came about, largely succeeding due to sheer entry power, finding opening frags with apparent ease.

Whilst Heroic did manage to post a couple more rounds to keep the score line respectable, it ended up being a fairly simple day at the office for Natus Vincere as they closed the map 16-11. The usual duo of Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev and Denis "⁠electronic⁠" Sharipov got the bulk of the work done, posting a 1.35 and 1.34 rating respectively.

Next up came Natus Vincere's pick of Mirage, which ended up being a slightly bizarre affair. The CIS squad started on the T side, and after winning the first two rounds, they hit a brick wall. Heroic won nine consecutive rounds as Natus Vincere struggled to get anything going, with few of the rounds even coming close. Towards the end of the half Natus Vincere awoke to scrape a few more rounds together and give themselves a chance going into their CT side.

It looked dire for s1mple and co. at the start of their defensive side, as they lost the pistol and watched the Danes get up to match point without reply. At this point, something similar to the first half ensued, with the offense of Heroic struggling to get anything going as they ran into a wall time and time again, often falling to Natus Vincere's mid aggression.

A team effort got Heroic the win on Mirage

Fortunately for the Danes they had enough of a cushion, and just as it seemed we would go to OT, one of Natus Vincere's aggressive moves failed them; Heroic took the advantage and converted it to a final round, finishing the map 16-14.

The decider was Overpass, a map that is strong for both teams, and thus a perfect finisher for this series. Heroic started on the T side and it was a bright start for the Danes, as they took four of the first six rounds to run up to a 4-2 lead. Once again Natus Vincere grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck, seeming to make the correct information play every round as they ran up eight rounds in a row to get out to a 10-4 lead. Heroic grabbed the final round to go in at half time 5-10 down.

In the final half of the series, Heroic once again started brightly only to falter, winning the first five rounds on the bounce before only managing two of the next eight as Natus Vincere took the map 16-12, and thus the series. s1mple was the difference maker on Overpass, posting a staggering 7:0 in opening duels to carry the CIS squad to victory.

Matchpage
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25th November 2021
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Inferno
16
16
Mirage
14
12
Overpass
16
 Heroic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
57 - 56 +1 66.8 1.01
46 - 52 -6 61.8 0.99
51 - 56 -5 74.6 0.95
47 - 57 -10 62.5 0.84
44 - 58 -14 58.1 0.80
 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
75 - 44 +31 86.1 1.40
57 - 53 +4 82.9 1.14
55 - 52 +3 72.6 1.10
50 - 53 -3 69.7 0.97
40 - 43 -3 47.8 0.92
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Russia Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1018
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1218
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.25
Maps played:
1471
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.64
FIRST LETS GO BABY
2021-11-25 19:01
13 replies
NaVi fell off
2021-11-25 19:02
1 reply
Happens to the best , they still managed to close it and they were close to a mirage a comeback
2021-11-25 19:05
Imagine a Navi vs Heroic Major Final, in front of the crowd. I know Heroic choked against G2, but for some reason, literally all Navi vs Heroic games are close. It would have been amazing! But then again, who really cares about "IF X happened, then Y would have happened" lmao. GGWP Heroic, you had a great chance today!
2021-11-25 19:06
8 replies
true would have been beautiful !
2021-11-25 19:07
The final was perfect. The story with niko and s1mple was there and the final was close enough
2021-11-25 19:11
4 replies
+1 definitely.
2021-11-25 19:13
+1
2021-11-25 19:24
#48
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India Xtreme015
True
2021-11-25 20:29
+1
2021-11-26 02:10
#43
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South America Melegatti
This game was close to a 2-0... not close to heroic winning
2021-11-25 20:14
Heroic lost last 6 matches against Navi
2021-11-25 21:46
Pog, mate
2021-11-25 19:14
1 reply
thanks bro :D
2021-11-25 19:24
EZ
2021-11-25 19:01
navi era soon
2021-11-25 19:01
s1mple top1 2022 +31 k/d smurfing with nova's LULLLL
2021-11-25 19:03
Wp
2021-11-25 19:02
Simple is monster. Someone should check his brain. He is not human
2021-11-25 19:02
2 replies
#50
B1T | 
Russia dteakh
of course s1mple is monster but this is not normal... someone needs to check him brain... maybe he's using some cells...
2021-11-25 20:38
1 reply
This is not normally...
2021-11-25 21:31
nice NAV111111 also nt heroic
2021-11-25 19:02
Nice try Heroic
2021-11-25 19:02
When it matters , S1mple delivers. Gg heroic well played
2021-11-25 19:03
KYKOLDbl4 has no respect of true NaVi fans
2021-11-25 19:04
6 replies
flair
2021-11-25 19:39
1 reply
check my 2nd flair it is NaVi
2021-11-25 20:17
You called him KYKOLDbl4, but your flair is just a bunch of soft weebs that are crying on stream lmao
2021-11-25 19:52
3 replies
Actually agree that there are no masculine vibes on Gambit. Sad
2021-11-25 19:59
1 reply
hobbit
2021-11-25 20:15
tupical rusky bot check my profile i am fan of two teams. Second is NaVi
2021-11-25 20:18
lower bracket cringe region
2021-11-25 19:04
3 replies
yeah bug clan is cringe
2021-11-25 19:15
2 replies
I agree
2021-11-25 22:06
1 reply
Based Jerman.
2021-11-26 00:00
#15
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Hungary faltopfake
gg Heroic stepped up! Got closer, but NaVi is on its prime!
2021-11-25 19:05
Rekt!
2021-11-25 19:06
Navi - S1mple is…
2021-11-25 19:08
#19
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Italy senseyy8
rip map streak
2021-11-25 19:08
1 reply
Yeah mirage is fucked .
2021-11-26 06:18
I exspected navi to go 2-0. Honestly it’s one or two hero plays from either heroic player to win this game…:) well played
2021-11-25 19:08
1 reply
One or two hero plays from Na`Vi on mirage and they would have won 2-0. Nt by Heroic anyway though.
2021-11-26 00:03
Gg nice game. Was close, but damn did Navi feel weaker in Mirage. Its like they went back to their old ways where they always were on time pressure. It happened quite a bit in the second half of overpass too. I don't understand why they always have to exec at 20 seconds? All it does it inflicts pressure on both parties and since you have to plant it quickly, they could always just rush... Anyways, gg
2021-11-25 19:11
#25
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Ukraine McSwell
How in a 39-46 round game main Heroic's awper can be the lowest rated man on a server, also the loudest one?
2021-11-25 19:14
2 replies
because he's always loud.
2021-11-25 19:21
He's IGL.
2021-11-26 00:04
#28
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China HEIDASHUAi
gg wp Heroic nice try
2021-11-25 19:21
#31
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Czech Republic smkcs
Sadge
2021-11-25 19:30
Gg
2021-11-25 19:30
Gg
2021-11-25 19:30
good game but imagine if cadiaN was little bit more on point this game could be hard times for NaVi
2021-11-25 19:34
#35
alex | 
Poland SebL
As I said before I don't think there is a lineup that can challenge NAVI atm., and Heroic actually challenged them well, this was a good series, but overall the better team won. Heroic seems to lack something to trully be this title contender, maybe a little bit of firepower, a little bit of tactical depth, something is just not there yet to be a true title contender team. But this was above expected performance for me. GGWP!
2021-11-25 19:38
15 replies
#38
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Denmark BaitMe
Heroic has more tactical depth than Na’Vi, that is the only reason why they’re so close every time ( CadiaN is a better IGL than Boomie, sorry boomie ) The thing missing is a real starplayer, stavn is good, but can’t carry the team in crucial rounds, if you look at their overall stats, they’re all playing almost equally good, when they make mistakes, they need a player like S1mple or B1t for that matter… Na’Vi is the better team, but they’re only like 5% ahead due ti having stronger players Just my take
2021-11-25 19:56
14 replies
I would say Heroic better at the momentom game but Navi are actually better tactically imo Also Heroic do not have CS God behind them, cuz everyone liers in that team )))
2021-11-25 20:00
9 replies
#41
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Denmark BaitMe
I can’t agree, for me it is the other way around
2021-11-25 20:02
8 replies
Different cs views :)
2021-11-25 20:08
1 reply
#44
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Denmark BaitMe
Yeah i respect your view tho, at the buttom line it comes down to marginals
2021-11-25 20:15
#67
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Uzbekistan R_Sick
NaVi have the best T side in the pro scene right now, so it speaks for itself which team is better tactics wise
2021-11-26 05:35
5 replies
#69
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Denmark BaitMe
Not them? Na’Vi has the most firepower of all teams out there, nothing to do with tactics really
2021-11-26 07:51
4 replies
#71
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Uzbekistan R_Sick
I can only say that you don't watch a lot of CS if you think they relying just on their firepower
2021-11-26 07:54
3 replies
#72
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Denmark BaitMe
I wasn’t at all implying that, the whole discussion was to who had more tactical depth Na’Vi are semi good tactically, but it’s not like boomie is the best IGL to ever touch the game
2021-11-26 08:59
2 replies
#73
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Uzbekistan R_Sick
Just tell me you are biased without saying you are biased
2021-11-26 09:23
#75
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Uzbekistan R_Sick
Like m8, IGL is only one thing that can add to a team's tactical depth, there are also other aspect to take into consideration. Like what makes you believe that NaVi is just "ok" tactically and that they are overly reliant on firepower?
2021-11-26 09:46
I don't think Heroic need star player. It might ruin team's chemistry. Just keep grinding and improve.
2021-11-26 00:08
2 replies
#70
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Denmark BaitMe
I’m not saying they should replace anyone, just that a star player could make them a #1 contender
2021-11-26 07:51
1 reply
I didn't say they should replace someone.
2021-11-26 15:28
#74
alex | 
Poland SebL
I think the gap between those 2 teams is far larger than 5%, but I respect your take.
2021-11-26 09:35
#49
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Finland AliSabid
Lets gooo
2021-11-25 20:31
Na'Vi had a 19 LAN map streak, before Heroic ended it. That's very impressive by Heroic.
2021-11-25 20:52
#52
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Pakistan D35TR0Y3R
Navi showing their level to heroic
2021-11-25 20:53
EZ4NAVI
2021-11-25 21:19
s1mple > device
2021-11-25 21:47
1 reply
anarkez > device
2021-11-26 02:09
"NaVi never dominated us." ROFL, 6 series between Heroic and Navi played on record totally (5 BO3s, 1 BO1), Heroic managed to win 0 of all, but still Heoric has never been dominated by Navi, right?
2021-11-25 23:32
2 replies
#59
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Russia ToughGuy
All series were close
2021-11-25 23:52
1 reply
Not all of them, the series played in ESL Pro League Season 12 Europe was a total destruction by Navi, where Heroic couldn't manage to reach 10 points on both maps. Besides, if losing all 6 straight series is not domination to you and them, you and the Heroic boys are inhaling way too much copium.
2021-11-26 04:15
EZ for NaVi
2021-11-26 12:46
Has cadiaN commented what happened on inferno during that round where he was supposed to have a full clip in his gun, but it felt like he only had 3 bullets in his M4 when he started spraying? Was that a gun/reload glitch or?
2021-11-27 04:55
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