NAVI take down G2, BIG dispatch Imperial

The first round of matches has now concluded, with every team playing one more match today.

In what was possibly the most high profile match of the first round, we had Natus Vincere meet G2 on Mirage. It was Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev's team which prevailed in the end after a set of overtime with a 19-17 scoreline.

On the B stream we had BIG pick up a victory against Imperial on Nuke. It was a very CT sided game for teams, as they both struggled to put up rounds on the offensive side.

The reigning champions started their title defense with a win

Natus Vincere got off to the better start in their game, with s1mple beginning the matchup with an aggressive push in the pistol round, while Kirill "⁠Boombl4⁠" Mikhailov finished off the round with a knife kill.

The match quickly descended into a high-octane brawl, with G2 winning a round with unarmored pistols to get the upper hand in the game, enabling them to quickly reach a 4-3 lead. The teams kept trading rounds throughout the first half, as G2 came out the other end with a narrow 8-7 lead.

Natus Vincere started off their T side with a pistol round win, evening the score at 8-8. G2 were unable to fight back for a while as they were outmaneuvered by the CIS side, before they started to find their feet, winning five rounds in a row. A couple of trademark slow rounds by Natus Vincere once again evened up the score at 14-14.

At that point, G2 decided to forcebuy but it was none other than s1mple who shut them down with a 1v2 clutch, putting his team up to match point, before a B hold by the European mix team forced out overtime.

Once in overtime, Natus Vincere took control of the game with two rounds on their T side, one of which being a 3v5 round won by some great positioning by s1mple and Ilya "⁠Perfecto⁠" Zalutskiy. As the sides switched, they kept up their momentum and won the game 19-17.

Matchpage
19
17
14th May 2022
Europe
19
Mirage
17
 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
31 - 21 +10 90.8 1.30
26 - 20 +6 68.2 1.12
24 - 24 0 73.0 1.01
18 - 24 -6 71.4 0.88
17 - 25 -8 55.0 0.74
 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
30 - 23 +7 80.8 1.24
25 - 22 +3 67.2 1.07
21 - 24 -3 71.7 1.03
21 - 25 -4 63.5 0.97
17 - 23 -6 57.4 0.80

In the second match it was BIG who started off on the favored CT side. They made the most out of that, racing to a 5-0 lead before the Brazilians of Imperial got their first round on the board.

Imperial were unable to get their offensive side going even after that however, as they got just one more round which meant they were 13-2 behind at the half.

The Brazilians were able to win the second pistol round, mounting a decent comeback attempt as they were able to get up to a 11 rounds with all members off the team contributing with several multikills in important positions. BIG were able to get their T side together in the end, however, coming out 16-11 winners.

Germany
Matchpage
16
11
14th May 2022
16
Nuke
11
 BIG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
21 - 14 +7 89.7 1.31
18 - 15 +3 81.1 1.24
20 - 15 +5 72.4 1.23
16 - 14 +2 62.6 1.00
11 - 15 -4 34.1 0.75
 Imperial K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
15 - 17 -2 67.9 0.98
18 - 17 +1 67.4 0.96
13 - 19 -6 58.4 0.87
14 - 16 -2 53.1 0.85
13 - 18 -5 61.2 0.84

After the first round, this is what the standings of the PGL Major Antwerp Legends Stage are:

Russia Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1075
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
Russia Ilya 'Perfecto' Zalutskiy
Ilya 'Perfecto' Zalutskiy
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
685
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.60
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.25
Maps played:
1534
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.64
#1
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Poland COPIUM
Navi lucky win BIG rekt brazilians as usual
2022-05-14 17:25
8 replies
Kk
2022-05-14 17:25
g2 lucky at taking eco rounds
2022-05-14 17:26
1 reply
this tbh
2022-05-14 17:29
name
2022-05-14 17:27
Stop crying kid
2022-05-14 17:32
Lucky how? G2 got lucky eco rounds and still lost. Get facts right. And Imperial made a good comeback and are still a good team to surprise us.
2022-05-14 17:35
its not luck when a team comes down from 11-14 to win a map its just get ggod g2 to close maps they almost choked on everyone in challengers stage call them lucky to be here it was a very fun match to watch tbh good fight from both teams
2022-05-14 19:04
You never win a major by luck Should have been obvious by now but retarded haters overdosing on their copium too much
2022-05-14 19:53
S1mple what are u doing - those clutches are out of this world
2022-05-14 17:25
3 replies
That angle he took against monesy on a site. Wtf was that. Never i have seen that
2022-05-14 17:26
1 reply
And he was so fucking quick. 99% of CSGO would have missed that shot for sure.
2022-05-14 17:27
#28
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Argentina jota_bs
Where is this clutch from? s1mple are you serious? What is that? You can't do that s1mple, that's not allowed, this is not FPL, this is a Major!
2022-05-14 17:30
#3
 | 
Finland Cucumber))
ez big
2022-05-14 17:25
#6
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Ukraine bodya_x_GOD
navi vs who??
2022-05-14 17:26
2 replies
BIG
2022-05-14 17:27
1 reply
ty
2022-05-14 17:42
EZ4BIG
2022-05-14 17:26
Fill in the Blanks... _ _ _ _ _
2022-05-14 17:26
1 reply
cya in 10
2022-05-14 17:30
#10
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Other Quagmire_
NiKo again bottom fragging when it matters the most
2022-05-14 17:26
3 replies
It's the first game and no he wasn't bottom fragging lol
2022-05-14 17:27
#32
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Netherlands JUNG13
I bet Boom knife kill on Niko was tactical, he got tilted and played mediocre all game
2022-05-14 17:33
1 reply
#35
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Other Quagmire_
Who wouldn't get tilted after that lol
2022-05-14 17:35
#11
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Germany mrzxea_cs
Aaaand Fallens losing streak to BIG continues!
2022-05-14 17:27
1 reply
Go b returned to big just to continue his streak. Brazilian kryptonite.
2022-05-14 17:29
So Ez for Na'vi :))
2022-05-14 17:27
s1mple is still top 1 this year
2022-05-14 17:27
#18
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Poland Tongus
Expected, NaVi 5 levels above Choke2 brainless team
2022-05-14 17:28
7 replies
5 levels above?? they lost few anti ecos and barelly closed the map ...
2022-05-14 17:35
3 replies
#38
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Poland Tongus
First Game for NaVi is always a warmup G2 after so many games still cant do shit
2022-05-14 17:36
2 replies
0-3 faze
2022-05-14 19:01
1 reply
#47
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Poland Tongus
And? Who cares
2022-05-14 19:11
+1 G2 is a fluke
2022-05-14 17:39
why do you lie on the internet?
2022-05-14 19:57
1 reply
#51
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Poland Tongus
Wdym? Pure truth
2022-05-14 20:21
#19
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Europe Khanan
Aaaand like I said FaZe “big fav” aged like milk and Navi has vintage performance again and is stronger than anyone. Don’t forget G2 is the destroyer of Ence.
2022-05-14 17:28
3 replies
NaVi routinely lose their first matchups in tournaments they are favorites in. One BO1 loss to an insane up and coming roster means fuckall.
2022-05-14 17:42
2 replies
#43
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Europe Khanan
0/8 not even nt, you’re mad bro
2022-05-14 17:43
1 reply
Nah idc, I'm just saying the first BO1 of a tournament is not indicative of how good a team is.
2022-05-14 21:18
#20
boltz | 
Brazil xxAxx
Nt imperial
2022-05-14 17:28
Simple are still the number 1
2022-05-14 17:29
#24
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Fiji Juuzou_
G2 can’t deal with the mindgames and late round pressure. Would’ve kinda expected this by now from niko. But he choked in important momente, again. Navi is still insanely strong, and with both faze g2 and vitality in 0-1 this could go sour for alot of potential finalists.
2022-05-14 17:29
Great game, b1t>m0nesy still
2022-05-14 17:30
how tf did they write this so quickly lol
2022-05-14 17:30
S1mple, b1t beasts 🌟 go go Imperial, we can make it 🙂
2022-05-14 17:31
Strange playstyle from G2 this time , i like it
2022-05-14 17:32
G2 and choking name more iconic duo
2022-05-14 17:34
#34
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United States _Max0n_
I would like to point out what bad shape Niko is in. Hunter was dragging the whole team behind him. If it weren't for Hunter, G2 would have been buried a long time ago. So many clutches to give away, it's just brutal...
2022-05-14 17:34
EZ4NAVI
2022-05-14 17:39
Hello , can somebody how match number 2 are choose , i dont understand exept 1-0 vs 1-0 / 0-1 vs 0-1 thats all ty
2022-05-14 18:32
#50
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United States Illusi0n1g
Hahahah get owned Imperial bye bye
2022-05-14 20:02
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