NAVI hold out against Heroic to claim semi-final spot

The last Danish core has been eliminated from the tournament.

Natus Vincere claimed the last semi-final spot of PGL Antwerp 2022 following their 2-1 victory over Heroic. The Danish squad took Inferno (16-10) and almost swept the reigning Major champions on Ancient (14-16), but Andrey "⁠B1ad3⁠" Gorodenskiy's men held out to the very end before a dominant CT display on Nuke (16-8).

The Eastern European squad will play ENCE in the next round of playoffs. Marco "⁠Snappi⁠" Pfeiffer's team looked good throughout the whole event and reached the semi-finals after a 2-0 sweep of Copenhagen Flames earlier on Friday.

Casper "⁠cadiaN⁠" Møller's men will leave Belgium with a top-eight finish at their second Major following an up-and-down Legends stage in which they earned victories over the likes of G2 and Vitality.

NAVI secured their spot in the semi-finals

Natus Vincere opened up Heroic's pick of Inferno with a successful pistol, but they struggled to keep up after the defenders brought out the rifles. Ismail "⁠refrezh⁠" Ali was playing at the top of his game on the CT side, delivering several multi-kills on the A site to stop the Eastern European squad in their tracks. Despite their early advantage and Denis "⁠electroNic⁠" Sharipov's best efforts, Natus Vincere went into halftime trailing 6-9 behind.

After switching sides, B1ad3's squad equalized the scoreline at 10-10 after another pistol victory and a crucial Kirill "⁠Boombl4⁠" Mikhailov triple kill on the B bombsite, seemingly giving control of the game to Natus Vincere. However, the Danes proved to be cooler under pressure and won every remaining round on the back of two 1v2 clutches by René "⁠TeSeS⁠" Madsen and cadiaN. Heroic closed the map with a 16-10 scoreline to go 1-0 up in the series.

Facing elimination, Natus Vincere desperately needed a solid offensive on their pick of Ancient to have a chance to stay alive in the bracket, and they delivered. A third consecutive pistol victory gave Boombl4-led squad the early lead, but it was not an easy fight for either squad. On the last round of the half, electroNic converted an unthinkable 1v3 clutch on the A bombsite to give Natus Vincere a 9-6 advantage going into halftime.

cadiaN's 1v2 clutch on round 25 sealed Inferno in favor of the Danes

Heroic took their first pistol round of the series on the T side of Ancient, but they were never able to steal the lead of the map as Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev, Valeriy "⁠b1t⁠" Vakhovskiy, and electroNic started to take over the server. It was not a straightforward affair but at the end Natus Vincere's CT side won out with a narrow 16-14 victory, forcing the series into the decider.

After two incredible maps, Nuke was significantly more one-sided. Natus Vincere took the early lead on the decider, kickstarting an incredibly dominant CT side courtesy of one of electroNic's best performances at the whole event. The Danes had no response to the defense and remained in the passenger seat for the whole half as Boombl4 and co. drove them to a 3-12 deficit. From there, Heroic would only take the pistol and a short four-round streak before being eliminated with an 8-16 scoreline.

Matchpage
2
1
20th May 2022
10
Inferno
16
16
Ancient
14
16
Nuke
8
 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
75 - 52 +23 102.0 1.46
58 - 53 +5 76.7 1.08
57 - 47 +10 69.9 1.07
49 - 55 -6 69.5 1.04
40 - 47 -7 57.5 0.90
 Heroic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
58 - 49 +9 79.3 1.21
60 - 56 +4 82.5 1.10
48 - 58 -10 65.9 0.94
47 - 56 -9 71.7 0.93
40 - 63 -23 53.1 0.66
Russia Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1081
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
Ukraine Valeriy 'b1t' Vakhovskiy
Valeriy 'b1t' Vakhovskiy
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
428
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
Denmark René 'TeSeS' Madsen
René 'TeSeS' Madsen
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
811
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
Denmark Ismail 'refrezh' Ali
Ismail 'refrezh' Ali
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
965
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
Russia Denis 'electroNic' Sharipov
Denis 'electroNic' Sharipov
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1287
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1558
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1455
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.25
Maps played:
1540
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.64
#1
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North Macedonia Sagi280hz
NAVI ERA
2022-05-20 23:19
2 replies
#6
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Russia MovementGod
elec 1.46 no hax, no win
2022-05-20 23:20
1 reply
Flair checks out, name doesn’t
2022-05-20 23:27
#2
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United States Illusi0n1g
Lets go navi
2022-05-20 23:19
#3
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Ukraine SwissRolls
ez 4 goat s1mple (secretly bc of papatronic though)
2022-05-20 23:19
2 replies
#98
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Croatia Markssi421
On the last map he wiffed so many shots its unbelievable
2022-05-21 11:04
1 reply
Idk, he has put just enough effort for the win, and those misses on nuke don't matter cuz the map was one-sided anyway. It'd be perfect if the goat continues to turn hax on in the pivotal moments
2022-05-21 12:41
Crowd was nice
2022-05-20 23:20
1 reply
Without Somalia aim it simply doesnt work😞😔 no clutches etc
2022-05-21 01:44
#5
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Germany mrzxea_cs
EZ4GOAT S1MPLE
2022-05-20 23:20
1 reply
#101
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Denmark chriti
did you see how many shots he missed on nuke? lol
2022-05-21 14:06
Ez
2022-05-20 23:20
gg
2022-05-20 23:20
🐐 simple >> 🤡 comedian
2022-05-20 23:20
papatronic way too strong
2022-05-20 23:20
Heroic gonna be kicking themselves when they watch that last match
2022-05-20 23:21
EZ
2022-05-20 23:21
3 replies
#16
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Finland AliSabid
+1
2022-05-20 23:21
+1
2022-05-21 01:50
1 reply
based name
2022-05-21 01:55
Not a fan of Heroic, but the amount of fight they always put vs NaVi is respectable. Crowd, nice info on ancient btw
2022-05-20 23:21
2 replies
crowd was on navi's side, they were hyped when boombl4 was sneaking.
2022-05-20 23:23
+1
2022-05-20 23:24
#14
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Finland AliSabid
HEY COMEDIAN, NEXT MAP: DE_AIRPORT KKKKKK
2022-05-20 23:21
1 reply
#64
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Germany DonBones
Amazing 🥹
2022-05-20 23:41
#15
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South America ncrs2k
papatronic what a fckin beast
2022-05-20 23:21
Papatronic went nuclear NT from Comedian
2022-05-20 23:21
CIS finals incoming
2022-05-20 23:21
Let's go Comedian ahajajaj
2022-05-20 23:22
Thx 4 savin our pickem
2022-05-20 23:22
Hopefully we get now Faze vs Navi final would be awsome
2022-05-20 23:22
3 replies
ence spirit would be hype too same with navi - spirit
2022-05-21 00:01
2 replies
So basically every possible combination except faze vs ence?
2022-05-21 00:09
1 reply
no not as hype for me
2022-05-21 09:53
Papatronic carried the boys through. So glad electronic pulled it together, faze navi grand final will be fantastic
2022-05-20 23:22
3 replies
#75
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Latvia pumasiK
still have to beat ENCE tho
2022-05-21 00:10
2 replies
u mean still have to beat SPIRIT tho
2022-05-21 00:14
1 reply
#89
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Latvia pumasiK
yes
2022-05-21 02:17
#23
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Antigua and Barbuda Obuz8
Unlucky
2022-05-20 23:22
Welcome to the electronic show
2022-05-20 23:23
let's go!!
2022-05-20 23:23
#27
sdy | 
Ukraine drxxmxr
It's so beautiful. Heroic – NT
2022-05-20 23:23
Mistake in the article: heroics pick was inferno not mirage
2022-05-20 23:23
Its nice game by heroic but the problem is the crowd, everytime its heroic POV the crowd goes like BOOOO, but when navi just like YEAHHHH, what is wrong with this crowd
2022-05-20 23:24
1 reply
Heroic won against vitality, so the FR crowd was disgusting, BR crowd the same, gives info. Was a hard fought battle, but in the end Elec was on point, even S1mple was average, not too much impact, teams needs to address 3 key players not only one on Navi Side, Elec, S1mple and B1t, not an easy task tho
2022-05-21 01:36
Jesus. Refrezh is absolutely atrocious on LAN...
2022-05-20 23:23
Heroic's pick of mirage?
2022-05-20 23:24
heroic still shit on lan except for cadian&stavn
2022-05-20 23:24
EZ 4 GODTRONIC
2022-05-20 23:25
#35
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Germany DonBones
Quite impressive considering s1mple didn’t turn up
2022-05-20 23:26
Refrezh should be playing at Silver :'D
2022-05-20 23:27
#39
ropz | 
India psn46
Heroic fans in shambles. Kekw.
2022-05-20 23:28
comediaN trying too hard to be the hero. So many rounds he force bought or went for hero play instead of letting his star player stavn do it.
2022-05-20 23:28
EZ4NAVI
2022-05-20 23:28
Navi as usual giving us a scare, but goddamn... Papatronic just shut down all the haters calling him out. 1.46 overall and 1.70+ on Nuke. The man is a lan beast and if they keep this up, I see them doing a back-to-back.
2022-05-20 23:30
wp cadiaN, he did played well
2022-05-20 23:31
1 reply
#55
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Sweden X4l3rio
+1
2022-05-20 23:33
#51
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Germany DonBones
I have to say heroic came much closer to winning than they should’ve. Congrats to NaVi but they aren’t winning the major.
2022-05-20 23:31
#56
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Sweden skorpan
refrezh super bot as every game before
2022-05-20 23:33
expected
2022-05-20 23:35
I just hope that nobody from Cph Flames will go to Heroic. I'd rather see nicoodoz and roej in Astralis
2022-05-20 23:35
I was a little concerned that s1mple and b1t were not looking as good as before, but papatronic showed tf up
2022-05-20 23:39
#66
 | 
Lithuania Jaguaras
lantroNic
2022-05-20 23:48
#68
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Indonesia lukerey
Papatronic showing up big time today!
2022-05-20 23:51
How come on the first map NaVi started on T side? It was Heroic's pick. They should have started T side
2022-05-20 23:54
2 replies
It was navi's choice and they chose to start on t-side. I think they thought of going with harder side first.
2022-05-21 01:04
1 reply
Inferno is T sided in 2022 with 53% round win against 47...
2022-05-21 06:54
#71
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China HEIDASHUAi
GODTronic
2022-05-20 23:55
2022-05-21 00:00
gg
2022-05-21 00:28
#79
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Germany at0myq
elec now performing so he won't be replaced
2022-05-21 01:06
#80
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Philippines sijibats
now electronic will not be benched
2022-05-21 01:16
That Navi cannot take a map from faZe btw
2022-05-21 01:28
4 replies
yeah, it can't take one, because it will take two in a row to sweep faze
2022-05-21 01:54
3 replies
+1
2022-05-21 07:10
Ok
2022-05-22 23:03
ok bot
2022-05-23 08:17
Expected from pros!
2022-05-21 01:42
electronic putting out some numbers.
2022-05-21 02:13
Close!
2022-05-21 03:49
what a game by Electronic, now I understand why s1mple always put electronic on dream team list.
2022-05-21 07:26
#94
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Sweden dogtown
cadian too cocky.
2022-05-21 09:02
#96
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Cringdian and Cheatroic out ? I am happy! Respect Papatronic.
2022-05-21 10:02
Expected win!
2022-05-21 10:34
amazing game. was very interesting to watch. Navi the best team around. i used to like heroic, i mean its fun watching them play, but having a toxic player just makes it hard for me to enjoy them winning.
2022-05-21 13:22
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