NAVI brush aside Vitality to set up all-CIS grand final

Vitality's last dance came to an unceremonious end as they were easily beaten by Natus Vincere.

Natus Vincere comfortably swept Vitality aside to set up an all-CIS grand final with Gambit, besting the French side 2-0 with a 16-12 victory on Nuke and a 16-5 demolition on Dust2. The result was never in doubt, with the entire Natus Vincere squad firing on all cylinders.

The grand final matchup between Natus Vincere and Gambit pits the two best teams of the year against each other, Gambit dominating the online-focused first half of the year, Natus Vincere crushing ever since LAN returned with IEM Cologne.

s1mple, alongside electronic, lead the way for NAVI

An emotional Dan "⁠apEX⁠" Madesclaire gave a post-game interview, putting the defeat down to a long stretch away from home for his team: "We are out of gas, of fuel, of everything, that was quite hard. We knew that if we wanted to beat NAVI, we had to be at 100%, and obviously it didn't happen, s**t happens."

He was also asked if he was proud of the year his squad had: "Of course I am. It's been three years working together with this team, and personally it's something special."

Turning to the game itself, Nuke was the opener for this series, the pick and home map of the favourites Natus Vincere.

Vitality got off to the perfect start on their defense, running up to a 4-0 lead and setting themselves up for a great half, before Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev slapped the Frenchmen down; he picked up a 4k of headshots in a 2v5 to turn the map around. This seemed to galvanise the CIS squad, whose upper hits became the foundation of their attack, and they managed to secure an 8-7 lead going into the favoured CT side.

Whilst allowing Natus Vincere seven T rounds was probably too much, the #1 team in the world made the point moot by putting up a crushing early defence, getting to 13 before Vitality could muster any fight.

The Frenchmen grabbed a few rounds and broke the CT economy to get to 11 and make the score respectable, but a huge 3k hold from control room in round 25 from Kirill "⁠Boombl4⁠" Mikhailov stopped the comeback in its tracks. Vitality grabbed one more, but it was not enough to stop Natus Vincere closing out the first map 16-12.

Onto the Vitality pick of Dust2, and unfortunately the Frenchmen could not justify the pick.

The first half was another crushing start from Natus Vincere, getting all the way to 7-0 this time before any response from the boys in black and yellow. Whilst Vitality began to find some success through taking mid control, it simply wasn't enough as the CIS squad cobbled together a few more to make for a 10-5 half.

This time Natus Vincere didn't let the Frenchmen get their foot in the door, as they quickly put the game to bed 16-5 to secure a grand final matchup with Gambit. The usual duo of Denis "⁠electroNic⁠" Sharipov and s1mple stood out across the series for their team, whilst an unusually quiet series from Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut was likely a key factor in Vitality's demise.

Matchpage
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19th December 2021
12
Nuke
16
5
Dust2
16
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
30 - 40 -10 70.2 0.92
28 - 36 -8 66.6 0.84
31 - 40 -9 68.8 0.80
22 - 38 -16 56.8 0.65
18 - 37 -19 55.5 0.60
 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
44 - 29 +15 95.0 1.44
43 - 26 +17 94.1 1.44
39 - 22 +17 83.0 1.35
42 - 29 +13 85.9 1.34
23 - 23 0 54.8 1.01
Russia Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1038
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.28
Maps played:
934
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.62
Russia Denis 'electroNic' Sharipov
Denis 'electroNic' Sharipov
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1238
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1917
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.25
Maps played:
1491
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.64
expected
2021-12-19 17:07
8 replies
feeling sad for shox :(
2021-12-19 17:11
4 replies
unfortunatly he isnt playing good last time Maybe he will join to new envyus roster with kenny
2021-12-19 17:26
3 replies
Kenny shox and kyojin ??? :/
2021-12-19 17:45
2 replies
#54
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Finland Lindeni
Kenny Shox Kyojin Jackz Amanek ;)
2021-12-19 18:03
1 reply
+1
2021-12-20 11:40
SUP MALDPEX FANS🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
2021-12-19 17:30
I think I won't be mistaken if I say that most people following cs go expected such an outcome. :)
2021-12-19 17:57
1 reply
+1
2021-12-20 03:57
ez4navi
2021-12-19 17:08
gl to Vitality
2021-12-19 17:08
Gg Vitality
2021-12-19 17:08
Ez clap.
2021-12-19 17:08
#7
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Pakistan LoOuU2
this scene needs more dedicated guys like Apex , you are gonna be back on top soon with multiple major winners and GOAT coach Dan. Dont cry , everything has to come to an end
2021-12-19 17:09
7 replies
#16
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Ukraine Slavv_Boss
I just hope that he will play cs for as long as possible. He is true gem to cs community
2021-12-19 17:11
6 replies
#20
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Pakistan LoOuU2
+1 his passion is unmatched , will be a sad day when he hangs up his mouse
2021-12-19 17:12
5 replies
#22
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Taiwan T1dal
and picks up the headset hopefully
2021-12-19 17:13
4 replies
#23
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Pakistan LoOuU2
he would be the best hype coach for sure , but he will tilt his own team when they lose a round before any player does lmao
2021-12-19 17:14
3 replies
#24
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Taiwan T1dal
lol yeah but it would be great. I wanted something like this for zeus but apex was born to lead
2021-12-19 17:14
2 replies
#27
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Zeus as a coach would have been a sight to see too.
2021-12-19 17:19
1 reply
+1 charismatic guys, showmen, I love to watch them. I would also add to this list: hltv.org/player/7964/cadian hltv.org/player/8415/zoner -the second, you probably do not know.
2021-12-20 05:02
I'm sad this is the end, <3 Vitality (True Brothers and Friends till end) Good Luck to Natus Vincere in the Finals
2021-12-19 17:09
#9
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Sweden Traitorz0r
s1mple GOD NAVI GODS #1 both
2021-12-19 17:10
Wp navi Soo consistency in performance Scarier than the prime Astralis
2021-12-19 17:11
10 replies
#30
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Sweden Traitorz0r
+1
2021-12-19 17:26
sacrier than the prime astralis hell no, the actual best team (by far) and can make a era yes
2021-12-19 20:51
8 replies
Tbh i feel much more confident with watching this navi Earlier with prime Astralis , mibr did beat them
2021-12-20 03:44
7 replies
+1 I think the era of Navi has come. Navi take all trophies at the tournaments where they participate
2021-12-20 05:08
and the disband liquid beat navi, if we talk about eras i am with the astralis one by a mile but today navi look too powerfull TBH
2021-12-20 05:18
5 replies
I agree with you. Prime astralis was scarier but still they lost to MSL' North in a final!! Navi only lost to liquid in the first game of the tournament. If Navi stays at top until 2022 ends then they can challenge prime astralis for the GOAT status. But they need more majors for it!!
2021-12-20 11:43
1 reply
+1 i think we need more lan to judge for know astralis is goat by far but in the future who knows maybe navi win 3 more majors
2021-12-20 17:34
Obv astralis had a better era But with all these online teams in the mix I would say navi's performance have peeked higher than the astralis era Obv astralis lasted a dominant long term Lets see what happens They might have lost to liquid But in the end they redeemed themselves and won the tourney Right now navi have the highest winning season with 4.275 mil 500k more than 2018 astralis
2021-12-20 13:04
2 replies
the money talk more about the escene grow up than the level of teams, imagine with today price pools the titles astralis get in 2018
2021-12-20 17:36
1 reply
Covid happened so we cannot replace what should have or could have happened. Its just good to see lan is back
2021-12-20 19:52
#12
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Greece h0nest_fan
CIS year (Era?) was meant to end with CIS final!
2021-12-19 17:10
8 replies
#17
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Portugal Digassmen
CIS are growing stronger and stronger by the day, soon forget about West Europe, CIS will dominate
2021-12-19 17:12
6 replies
#60
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Denmark sNju
West Europe? When was that ever a thing? Sweden and Denmark = Northern Europe. Or narrowed down even further, Scandinavia.
2021-12-19 18:38
4 replies
+1 to true not to laugh at :DD
2021-12-19 19:53
+1. Denmark and Sweden.
2021-12-20 05:11
The French scene was strong for a long time VeryGames/LDLC/Titan/NV/G2/Vitality were all top 2 (sometimes top 1)
2021-12-20 19:20
#106
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Portugal Digassmen
France was at the top at one point, even now they have vitality and g2. But they soon will become more like french org but not many french players at all
2021-12-21 06:21
there were no dominant teams in Western Europe. There were strong teams, but no more.
2021-12-20 05:20
Expected. But there were thoughts that Vitality could be instead of Gambit in the finale. Vitality and Gambit are roughly equal, a class lower than Navi. But the Gambit team is young, hardened in battle, and finally managed to overcome their kryptonite in the form of the French.
2021-12-20 05:19
Vitality were a good rival to NaVi through 3 years as all french teams were historically. Danish Astrality will be the whole different team. Farewell.
2021-12-19 17:12
EZ4NAVI
2021-12-19 17:12
#19
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Russia AR4ER
CIS Final....love this both teams, the strongest will win.
2021-12-19 17:12
3 replies
NaVi ofc will take this
2021-12-19 17:26
2 replies
#36
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Kazakhstan Massaget
then bet your house if you are so sure about it lmao
2021-12-19 17:30
1 reply
I dont bet , poker is more my thing
2021-12-19 17:58
Zeewho
2021-12-19 17:15
I hope they will rest well for the time they have till the next match. Let's go NA'VI !!!
2021-12-19 17:18
#33
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Finland AliSabid
Zywho?
2021-12-19 17:27
#34
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CIS darkness_
feeling so sad for Apex :’(
2021-12-19 17:34
ez4theGOAT and the #1 team
2021-12-19 17:33
Bye bye cheater shox
2021-12-19 17:37
apex can t handle preasure and drag his whole team down with bad igl
2021-12-19 17:40
#42
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Russia mshkoda
logical ending of the year)
2021-12-19 17:40
#43
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Czech Republic Ventraks
all-CIS ukraine /= cis
2021-12-19 17:43
1 reply
Who cars lul
2021-12-19 17:47
ggwp
2021-12-19 17:53
all the trophies grabbed by one team, other players and teams would be suffering very much, Apex just one of them, crying not just for himself.
2021-12-19 17:56
Expected to have a Ukranian/Russian grand final for half a mill dollars, just too good for the world to be able to handle CIS!
2021-12-19 18:00
1 reply
+1
2021-12-19 18:13
#52
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Russia fslexcduck
It's Russian! Russian-Ukranian teams! With a Kazakh in one of them. That's how you should call them. Why aren't you calling EU-teams EU-teams??
2021-12-19 18:00
2 replies
You must be fun at parties
2021-12-19 19:09
1 reply
#97
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Uzbekistan R_Sick
He definitely is
2021-12-20 06:35
zywho?
2021-12-19 18:03
when boom had 1.34 rating you know you just had no chance .. gg vita
2021-12-19 18:05
That hurt
2021-12-19 18:09
Sad end.
2021-12-19 18:47
Sh1mpul
2021-12-19 19:09
Liquid putting up a much stronger performance than Vitality... please don't disband, TL.
2021-12-19 19:20
#69
D7 | 
Czech Republic castkic
FeelsBadMan
2021-12-19 20:11
love you apex
2021-12-19 20:13
EZ
2021-12-20 14:35
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