NAVI exact revenge on NIP to qualify for BLAST Premier Spring Final

The world no. 1 team got the job done despite not playing up to their end-of-2021 form.

Natus Vincere have joined Vitality, G2, FaZe, and OG as teams that have secured their spots at the $425,000 BLAST Premier Spring Final in June after defeating NIP 2-0 in the last-chance match.

The CIS side showed weakness throughout the tournament, losing BO1 matches to MIBR and Astralis in the first week and a BO3 to NIP in the second one, but performed well in the crucial matches. When elimination was on the line in games against Liquid and the rematch versus NIP, Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev and co. took 2-0 victories and ultimately did what they had to at the group stage — securing a spot at the Spring Final.

NAVI march on to the Spring Final

"It is a slow start of the season, but we are happy with the result, we got to the Final," Kirill "⁠Boombl4⁠" Mikhailov said in a post-match interview, explaining that they will focus on preparation for the upcoming IEM Katowice after getting over the first hurdle in 2022.

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NAVI collapse against NIP in BLAST Groups

Multikills from Patrick "⁠es3tag⁠" Hansen were the only thing stopping Natus Vincere from running over NIP on the T side of Nuke, the first map of the series. The Danes' efforts translated to three rounds on the defense, but that was way too little for NIP to mount a comeback on the offense, dropping the map 16-6.

It seemed like the series was going to be a complete whitewash as Natus Vincere took an 8-0 CT lead on Overpass, NIP's map pick. Just like on Nuke, Love "⁠phzy⁠" Smidebrant had a slow start, but he got himself and his team on the board with a 1v1 clutch in the ninth round. NIP salvaged the half with some quick hits, but struggled to establish themselves on CT initially.

Some heroics from Fredrik "⁠REZ⁠" Sterner and another clutch from phzy kept NIP's head above water and they slowly built momentum. Seven rounds in a row went their way and the score was tied at 14-14, but Natus Vincere's B hit stopped the streak, broke NIP's economy, and allowed the favorites to push it across the line before overtime.

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6th February 2022
Sweden
16
Nuke
6
16
Overpass
14
 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
50 - 28 +22 99.0 1.59
48 - 26 +22 86.9 1.48
40 - 33 +7 94.2 1.37
33 - 32 +1 66.7 1.13
31 - 30 +1 67.8 1.00
 NIP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
35 - 39 -4 79.9 0.99
35 - 45 -10 84.8 0.85
30 - 40 -10 73.0 0.82
28 - 41 -13 59.7 0.74
21 - 37 -16 42.8 0.57
Russia Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1047
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1245
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
Sweden Love 'phzy' Smidebrant
Love 'phzy' Smidebrant
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
397
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.63
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1277
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.25
Maps played:
1500
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.64
Even in not the best form NaVi qualified as they were supposed to. Props to Blast for having a decent qualification format, where fluke and bo1 upsets factors are set to minimum.
2022-02-06 17:55
23 replies
+1
2022-02-06 18:05
19 replies
#24
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Europe Theivze
Navi lost 3 matches and still qualified, undeserved
2022-02-06 18:07
18 replies
bo1's
2022-02-06 18:08
9 replies
They lost a bo3 as well lol
2022-02-06 18:10
8 replies
and won 3 bo3's
2022-02-06 18:21
7 replies
2 bo3's***
2022-02-06 18:35
6 replies
2 BO1 Lost 2 Bo3 Won 1 Bo3 Lost I think this Must be it
2022-02-06 19:23
5 replies
Still undeserved, navi should have been out of contention after losing to pug team mibr LUL
2022-02-06 19:53
4 replies
Literally BO1, and by the same argument Mibr should just disband for not qualifying to blast
2022-02-06 20:08
Cry is free
2022-02-06 20:17
2 replies
#71
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Australia Sify
navi fans are the ones crying
2022-02-06 23:08
Cry is free" is one constantly used sentence to users who are complaining about something. But what most don't know, is that this sentence is actually a huge lie. As far as we know, tears consist of water and 0,9 gram salt per litre. And both of these ingredients are not free. Here I listed the price for 10 litre tears for the countries of the G8. I used the following formula (price is in US Dollar): (Price 100 gram salt/100)x9 + (Price 1 cubic litre water/100) = Price for 10 Litre Tears France: 0,20 $ Italy: 0,17 $ Germany: 0,19 $ United Kingdom: 0,22 $ USA: 0,18 $ Canada: 0,18 $ Brazil: 0,18 $ Russia: 0,16 $ That means Russia has the cheapest cry. Thank you for reading.
2022-02-07 01:03
totally undeserved , not to mention the opponents they had to play
2022-02-06 18:08
6 replies
the #1 remains #1, nothing u can do about it
2022-02-06 18:19
5 replies
#1 is literally praising blast for this failure of a format, shut up fren
2022-02-06 18:42
4 replies
How is this failure of a format ?
2022-02-06 19:14
3 replies
Hopefully someone else will be patient enough to explain to you
2022-02-06 19:48
2 replies
Keep crying. BO1 format is so much better I are agree
2022-02-06 20:27
1 reply
crying? why do you have to act like a kid? have some respect when talking to people.
2022-02-06 20:56
There is no such thing as the undeserving, you either win or lose, and NaVi won when they needed to do it, so, if something, they deserved to qualify, because they won 2-0 and because they were superior in general. As simple as that. People is just salty because it's NaVi...
2022-02-06 22:05
#56
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China HEIDASHUAi
+1
2022-02-06 19:25
+11
2022-02-06 19:59
If this was bo3 Navi wouldn't have all this problem they had bo1 online like wtf ?
2022-02-07 21:32
#2
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Iceland iPhone))))
ok
2022-02-06 17:55
#3
ropz | 
India psn46
NIP fans kekw overconfident.
2022-02-06 17:55
3 replies
Don't think anyone believed nip would take this. With that said navi should be out already
2022-02-06 18:11
2 replies
8/8
2022-02-06 18:17
Because Nip won the no.1 then they got confident of becoming the no.1? they are still far away from the target, here not saying how strong Navi is, just look at the rematch between Astrails and Big, Astrails couldn't revenge, you just need to know that The Winner Takes It All
2022-02-06 21:03
#4
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CIS CIS_ERA
expected
2022-02-06 17:56
Trash format.
2022-02-06 17:56
2022-02-06 17:56
1 reply
xD
2022-02-06 17:58
#7
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Ukraine Uncle_Sam2K
1.59 s1 is back
2022-02-06 17:56
expected
2022-02-06 17:57
#10
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Europe robo1234
" he got himself and his team on the board with a 1v1 clutch in the ninth round" It was actually a 1v2 as he took down both Bumbles and simple.
2022-02-06 17:57
6 replies
I think you are talking about the CT side clutch? The one in the ninth round was 2 NIP players on B, one rotating to A and dying to b1t, and then phzy killing b1t from behind
2022-02-06 17:59
5 replies
#16
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Europe robo1234
Did he win more than one? The one I remember was Na'Vi getting in the A site with seconds to spare and phzy was behind the corner towards long. He could have won the round just by killing Boombla while he was planting. But he chose to let him plant and then killing them with deagle before getting the defuse. A very low HP simple was behind the corner near the bathrooms.
2022-02-06 18:02
2 replies
That was way later iirc. I think you already got that tho :)
2022-02-06 18:52
1 reply
#49
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Europe robo1234
Yes, it was in the second half.
2022-02-06 18:52
#21
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Europe robo1234
edit: sorry, you were right.
2022-02-06 18:05
1 reply
Never question Prof.
2022-02-06 18:51
Ezz for the goats
2022-02-06 17:57
I'm Navi fan.. but even I think that format is trash
2022-02-06 18:00
2 replies
Agreed. Navi should be out by now. Hope they could return to glory soon, but now they seem shattered
2022-02-06 23:56
1 reply
+1
2022-02-07 03:07
ez for #1 player of 2022 and #1 team of 2022
2022-02-06 18:02
trash format
2022-02-06 18:03
2 replies
Yep, format where you have no "incentive" to win for ages. You have to lose 468415 times to be eliminated. Not to mention this is perfect format for "betting throws"
2022-02-06 18:16
1 reply
only idiots really count the bo1 that are used for seedings like wins. Navi has 2-1 and go to the finals nip has 1-2 and don't go to the finals. The bo1 made it only easier. But when you can't take the advanatge you don't derve it anyway
2022-02-06 18:59
#18
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Croatia Esketite
ffs
2022-02-06 18:04
#19
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Romania Andreyl33t
Weirdest format to be honest
2022-02-06 18:04
EZ4NAVI and GOAT s1mple
2022-02-06 18:05
NAVI = Getting an event off to a bad start and turning it around
2022-02-06 18:07
2 replies
its classic navi
2022-02-07 15:12
1 reply
#83
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Ukraine Slavv_Boss
But the Adrenalin that rushes through your body afterwards, mmm, very nice But tbf, I am sure by the age of 25 I will have at least 1 heart attack because of navi
2022-02-07 21:36
undeserved
2022-02-06 18:09
change the format asap
2022-02-06 18:11
Congrats to them but this format is stupid
2022-02-06 18:12
Kind of undeserved, NaVi has a really bad tournament, loses a bo3 in knockout stage and still gets to keep playing, of course i am biased but this format still sucks
2022-02-06 18:14
#33
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France FanchD
This format is so bad
2022-02-06 18:15
#35
 | 
China RADNIKEY
Both teams deserved to lose
2022-02-06 18:16
Yes, s1mple bot, s1mple not top 10 etc., and now silence.
2022-02-06 18:18
2 replies
#41
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Greece h0nest_fan
Classic kido-haters, they live to witness one bad day of any pro (goes to any sport) to spit their poison. Dont see any "NaVi Era done" as well anymore
2022-02-06 18:25
tHiS fOrMaT iS sO bAd, yOu ShOuLd bAn iT
2022-02-06 19:16
EZ4NAVI
2022-02-06 18:22
#43
 | 
Ukraine B0JKSIN
noobs
2022-02-06 18:37
Expected qulify
2022-02-06 18:49
Expected. NIP only wins against teams when they play bad. Fact.
2022-02-06 18:49
But what about their era?? Is it still on or is the era of Navi over??
2022-02-06 19:11
Man electronic falls off so much online. electronic is a LANer. Can't wait to see him back on LAN.
2022-02-06 19:35
brollan should join top and then NiP I SUPER STRONK
2022-02-06 20:17
i get it now, more losses = more matches to play = more practice
2022-02-06 20:19
#68
 | 
New Zealand SWARN151
GGWP Well-deserved! All the best for Katowice!
2022-02-06 21:05
Bad format. Gives losing teams too many chances. This is groups not the final. Keep it simple. 10 days is too many just for qualifying for a tournament. 2 groups of 6, 5 bo3s for each team, top 3 in each group go on to the final. Doesn't matter if a team qualifies before it's last match and it takes half the time.
2022-02-06 21:05
Extremly weird format that they have to beat NAVI again to qualify. It is always easier for the loosing team to win the next time, and harder for a team to win twice. NIP should have meet someone in the other bracket.
2022-02-06 23:26
joke format lmao lose first game, get another chance at lower bracket lose second game, get another chance at knockout stage lose third game, get another chance at last chance stage lose fourth game, still get another chance at Blast Showdown lol
2022-02-07 02:48
3 replies
+1
2022-02-07 11:07
+1 It's honestly a s**t show
2022-02-07 13:37
and NA still 9-12 places XDDDDDDd
2022-02-07 13:41
Sponsored by betting site be like its way too obvious they lose for a reason LUL
2022-02-07 08:52
1 reply
#84
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Malaysia 51438
how much
2022-02-08 09:37
not deserved, trash format, navi should have went home after 2 losses
2022-02-08 14:33
#86
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North America FAZE_ROPZ
not deserved. navi has 3 losses and advances. nip has 2 loses and are kicked.. this format is ridiculous.
2022-02-09 13:24
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