NAVI ravage ENCE to set up final showdown against FaZe

The CIS juggernauts have a chance to defend their Major title in the final against FaZe.

Following the thrilling semi-final match between FaZe and Spirit, the second semi-final at the PGL Antwerp Major saw Natus Vincere sweep aside ENCE 2-0 (16-7 Nuke, 16-12 Dust2) and earn themselves a spot in the grand final.

ENCE capitalized on their strong form as of late to make it to the top four at this Major, but the Major playoff rookies were ultimately outclassed by the experience and raw skill of Natus Vincere. With this result, the final is set to contain the top two ranked teams in the world, and the two favorites coming into the event.

NAVI will look to defend their title and reclaim the #1 spot

The series kicked off on ENCE's pick of Nuke, where they post an 80% winrate in the last three months. Natus Vincere spent no time taking the pistol round and were poised for a strong CT side. Despite Marco "⁠Snappi⁠" Pfeiffer pulling off a 1v3 clutch to prevent the second round conversion, the SMGs of Kirill "⁠Boombl4⁠" Mikhailov and Denis "⁠electroNic⁠" Sharipov kept the CIS side on track to take a strong lead.

Leading by example, Boombl4 was an unstoppable force on the defense, picking up multi-kill after multi-kill and stopping ENCE completely in their tracks. Eventually, Paweł "⁠dycha⁠" Dycha was able to push his team to scrounge together four rounds by the side-switch, and had a tall task of mounting a comeback against the Russian-Ukrainian powerhouse.

ENCE set the stage for a close match by taking the first three rounds of the second half. However, Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev truly woke up, and secured three opening kills out of the next five rounds, helping to push Natus Vincere to clean up the rest of the map and take the victory 16-7 on ENCE's map pick.

Boombl4 ensured NAVI won Nuke

Determined to make Dust2 a different affair to Nuke, ENCE got started with a quick 3-0 to secure themselves. They were poised to win the first gun round as well, but Valeriy "⁠b1t⁠" Vakhovskiy pulled off an impressive 1v3 clutch to put Natus Vincere on the board. Continuing to dominate in the opening kills department, all members of Natus Vincere contributed to answer back and eventually take a 5-4 lead.

Olek "⁠hades⁠" Miskiewicz picked up his first opening kill in the series in round 10, allowing Pavle "⁠Maden⁠" Bošković and dycha clean up and keep the score tied. ENCE took back the lead, and were poised to take round 12 as well with Natus Vincere being on an eco, but two massive kills with the desert eagle from s1mple shut down the hopes of the international lineup.

With the momentum shifted back towards Natus Vincere once again, all the individuals from the CIS giants stepped up and took the rest of the rounds in the half. The momentum continued into the second half, with s1mple demolishing the opposition early on, including an MP9 ace in round 18.

hades came online with a couple more opening kills, but still ENCE were unable to make a dent in the Natus Vincere defense. Hitting match point once again at 15-7, Natus Vincere looked poised to cut the semi-final short. Some aggressive plays led by the Snappi saw the Danish IGL pick up a quad-kill and push ENCE to double digits.

Fighting their way up to 12 rounds, the pan-European team inched ever closer to overtime. Unfortunately winning eight rounds in a row was too tall a task, and eventually Natus Vincere won the map 16-12 and the series 2-0.

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 ENCE K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
35 - 41 -6 69.4 0.89
28 - 39 -11 65.1 0.84
31 - 39 -8 69.0 0.83
29 - 41 -12 66.3 0.72
19 - 38 -19 49.5 0.61
 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
58 - 31 +27 113.0 1.76
39 - 27 +12 84.7 1.31
30 - 25 +5 70.9 1.14
35 - 26 +9 60.8 1.14
34 - 33 +1 82.6 1.08
Poland Olek 'hades' Miskiewicz
Olek 'hades' Miskiewicz
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
572
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.62
Poland Paweł 'dycha' Dycha
Paweł 'dycha' Dycha
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
783
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
Russia Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1083
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
Montenegro Pavle 'Maden' Bošković
Pavle 'Maden' Bošković
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
669
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.70
Russia Denis 'electroNic' Sharipov
Denis 'electroNic' Sharipov
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1289
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1560
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
Ukraine Valeriy 'b1t' Vakhovskiy
Valeriy 'b1t' Vakhovskiy
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
430
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.25
Maps played:
1542
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.64
I dont think so
2022-05-21 22:34
5 replies
Think better.
2022-05-21 22:36
4 replies
Just thought about it again and Faze will win tomorrow. GOAT karrigan and rain will teach cheater s1mple a lesson...
2022-05-21 22:38
3 replies
2022-05-21 22:39
good name
2022-05-21 22:47
#48
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Ukraine Anhelick
clown
2022-05-21 22:51
#2
 | 
Portugal ron4r
lets goo
2022-05-21 22:34
Third
2022-05-21 22:34
ez
2022-05-21 22:34
1 reply
#34
REZ | 
Sweden Kabbe
Not for Ence lul
2022-05-21 22:39
ggs!
2022-05-21 22:34
#6
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United States Phanji
when spinx doesnt show up
2022-05-21 22:34
Karrigan ftw
2022-05-21 22:34
Expected tbh
2022-05-21 22:35
Eze4Navi
2022-05-21 22:35
spinx from goat to onliner?
2022-05-21 22:35
2 replies
xDD
2022-05-21 22:59
#77
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Czech Republic AztecCSGO
Surely cant be that he is playing his first major in the semifinals against navi with 300k+ people watching them and a whole fucking arena rooting against them, nah that cant be it, he is a bot 100%
2022-05-22 15:45
#11
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Finland Tearsofjoy
ggwp!
2022-05-21 22:35
congratz gg wp
2022-05-21 22:35
#13
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Israel fvlion
nt
2022-05-21 22:36
SO EZ
2022-05-21 22:36
s1mple second major mvp????
2022-05-21 22:36
3 replies
IT loooks like it
2022-05-21 22:37
#35
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Greece h0nest_fan
more like b1t if he shows up in final
2022-05-21 22:39
1 reply
#50
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CIS lua_
Well, s1mple made it clear he will show up, just like he did in the last major. So unless b1t plays like a god, I doubt he'll get it.
2022-05-21 22:55
You can't fail a clutch vs Ence on mirage, if there will be no mirage Wp today, expect great final tomorrow. Let the better team win.
2022-05-21 22:36
1 reply
Insane final. The final we deserve
2022-05-22 01:04
EZ4NAVI
2022-05-21 22:36
#19
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Simple finally woke up, Faze beware!
2022-05-21 22:36
EZ FOR NAVI
2022-05-21 22:36
#21
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Latvia pumasiK
lets go boys, one more!
2022-05-21 22:36
Wow, this article was fast.
2022-05-21 22:37
inkoming / Na'Vi PGL Major winners
2022-05-21 22:37
Gonna be a great final
2022-05-21 22:37
6/6 pickem so far
2022-05-21 22:37
fuckin poggers
2022-05-21 22:37
gg let's go finals. #FaZeUp :D
2022-05-21 22:37
#29
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World streetson
hades is a fraud
2022-05-21 22:38
EZ for Navi
2022-05-21 22:38
LOL that was fast EZ 4 NAVI
2022-05-21 22:39
1 reply
+1
2022-05-21 22:40
What a terrible call from Snapi that 3rd b rush in a row was. He got Navi exactly were he wanted, 2 succesfull b strikes and they called time out, they had to adjust b set up at this point, this is exact scenario when experienced caller like Snappi should thrive and force fast a play. Why he wanted that 3rd b rush? There was no point. Also Spinx needs tostop lurking, he is good as trader on t side, but his lurk timings are terrible.
2022-05-21 22:38
Hades needs to get out of his slump.
2022-05-21 22:39
Most boring play-off match so far.
2022-05-21 22:39
EZ
2022-05-21 22:41
s2mple?
2022-05-21 22:42
1 reply
On what number will he end is the question. s15mple?
2022-05-21 22:46
#42
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Europe micassd
EZ for NAVI. Not a good game for Ence. But good major for them overall.
2022-05-21 22:44
19 kills in 51 rounds. Someone had a rough day
2022-05-21 22:45
GGWP.
2022-05-21 22:50
GGWP
2022-05-21 22:51
#49
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Poland Hypuu
Katowice 2019 the good ending
2022-05-21 22:51
Ence can win any team but NAvi, it’s not their problem, faze will stop navi
2022-05-21 22:56
GGWP, great run overall
2022-05-21 23:02
I love this team
2022-05-21 23:02
Ence has been incredible and they deserve all the success they have had, but they are not a title contender. Top4 at a major is amazing and I hope they can keep on working to keep it up.
2022-05-21 23:02
ravage wtf is this a pornhub title
2022-05-21 23:03
I think if Navi destroy Faze, they can continue 2021
2022-05-21 23:03
#58
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Finland FlNLAND
1.76 GOAT
2022-05-21 23:04
i hate navi so much
2022-05-21 23:10
1 reply
Freak
2022-05-22 00:06
1.76, like last major, S1mple just farm stats for the MVP at semis and finals
2022-05-21 23:16
#62
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Finland AliSabid
Expected, easy!
2022-05-21 23:17
ENCE stumbled to lack of experience from deep playoff runs, most of the players have pretty much zero experience from stage matches and NaVi played extremely well. ENCE's lineup needs time to get used to deep playoff runs, stage matches and learn how to win high pressure matches.
2022-05-21 23:23
lol ravage
2022-05-22 00:29
#66
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Lithuania CSLeaks
1.76 KD wtfk withy this guy he is not normal not even close to hem noone
2022-05-22 00:32
I hope this doesn't affect future ence
2022-05-22 00:48
#68
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Ukraine Bidus
These scores are too far from being ravaged. Are you masturbating dictionary over unusual words/phrases?
2022-05-22 01:04
2 replies
lol
2022-05-22 02:47
+1 the title is not right
2022-05-22 03:56
forza navi
2022-05-22 01:46
sad :(
2022-05-22 01:49
He is back
2022-05-22 06:48
-hades +allu
2022-05-22 09:23
#76
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Germany 4ntoN
You can't fail a clutch vs Ence on mirage, if there will be no mirage Wp today, expect great final tomorrow. Let the better team win.
2022-05-22 12:57
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