NAVI dominate Vitality to win BLAST Premier Spring Final

Championship Sunday is here as Vitality and Natus Vincere look to break new ground in 2022, setting their sights on their first title of the year.

20:35 : NAVI are your BLAST Premier Spring Final champions!


 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
26 - 10 +16 116.0 1.89
20 - 10 +10 105.8 1.62
17 - 8 +9 77.2 1.45
18 - 7 +11 72.6 1.43
9 - 10 -1 58.6 1.04
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
12 - 16 -4 77.4 0.87
10 - 17 -7 54.1 0.76
11 - 19 -8 66.3 0.63
6 - 20 -14 36.2 0.43
6 - 18 -12 34.9 0.35

20:33 : GG! NAVI close it in dominant fashion

France Vitality 5-16 Ukraine Natus Vincere


20:30 : Vitality finally break the streak, but it's just too late

France Vitality 5-14 Ukraine Natus Vincere

After 13 rounds in a row going the other way, Vitality found their first with a B defense, but a key Valeriy "⁠b1t⁠" Vakhovskiy double in an A execute immediately put NAVI back in control.


20:26 : Is it too early to call the time of death?

France Vitality 4-13 Ukraine Natus Vincere


20:16 : Another ace, this time from electroNic

France Vitality 4-11 Ukraine Natus Vincere

It's a slaughter. Denis "⁠electroNic⁠" Sharipov's ace gave NAVI their 10th round, and in the end it's 11 in a row from the CIS titans. Vitality are nowhere to be seen, Emil "⁠Magisk⁠" Reif and Kévin "⁠misutaaa⁠" Rabier are missing completely, and no one is stepping up.


20:10 : b1t gets the first ace of the grand final

France Vitality 4-7 Ukraine Natus Vincere

It may be against just pistols, but it's a confidence boost nonetheless — a crisp ace from b1t.


20:03 : NAVI pick up four in a row

France Vitality 4-4 Ukraine Natus Vincere

Not much has gone well for Vitality the last four rounds, as they're having trouble contesting for map control. Even the one round where they got early picks went the other way, with Viktor "⁠sdy⁠" Orudzhev and electroNic turning around a 3v5.


19:52 : A much better start from Vitality

France Vitality 3-0 Ukraine Natus Vincere

A pistol win, a deathless conversion (I think they call it the unicorn round?), and the first gunround go the way of Vitality on the T side without too much drama. A sign of better things to come?


19:37 : NAVI's first time on Overpass with sdy coming up next

Andrey "⁠B1ad3⁠" Gorodenskiy was saying on the stream that while NAVI haven't played it at BLAST yet, they have practiced the map and are feeling confident starting on the CT side, where sdy replaced Kirill "⁠Boombl4⁠" Mikhailov directly in the rotation position.


 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
21 - 15 +6 102.3 1.48
18 - 15 +3 96.1 1.35
23 - 15 +8 83.2 1.32
13 - 16 -3 59.1 0.89
11 - 16 -5 59.5 0.85
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
20 - 16 +4 82.6 1.22
19 - 21 -2 86.5 0.99
13 - 15 -2 65.8 0.93
13 - 17 -4 77.9 0.81
11 - 17 -6 39.5 0.57

19:27 : A brief resurgence from Vitality wasn't enough

France Vitality 8-16 Ukraine Natus Vincere

For a brief few rounds it looked like we might have a game on our hands, but then b1t stepped up to the plate with a quad-kill and two triples to shut Vitality down. NAVI take the first map 16-8.


19:16 : Perfecto's 4K in the second pistol all but seals the first map

France Vitality 5-12 Ukraine Natus Vincere


19:10 : A decent recovery, but still a ways to go for Vitality

France Vitality 5-10 Ukraine Natus Vincere

With four out of the last five rounds, Vitality at least enter the realms of possibility. The French-Danish team has put up some good T sides so far at the event, but there's big pressure on the upcoming pistol round.

A fan with an Astralis jersey was spotted in the very NAVI-favored crowd, looking... Let's say like a typical Astralis fan these days would — not very happy with the state of affairs.


19:02 : Vitality go on the aggressive to take back some control

France Vitality 3-9 Ukraine Natus Vincere


18:57 : Vitality are getting spanked at the moment

France Vitality 1-8 Ukraine Natus Vincere

A close retake situation on A, but NAVI come out on top again on the back of an electroNic triple. We could be heading for a stomp.


18:45 : NAVI have early momentum on T side

France Vitality 1-4 Ukraine Natus Vincere


18:35 : s1mple is already here to play

France Vitality 1-1 Ukraine Natus Vincere

Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev gets two entries on the hero AK-47 in a second-round forcebuy and NAVI get on the board immediately. Six kills in two rounds from the Ukrainian superstar already.


18:32 : The grand final is live!

France Vitality 1-0 Ukraine Natus Vincere

Here we go. s1mple's triple wasn't enough, and on the other side it's Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut and Dan "⁠apEX⁠" Madesclaire with doubles in the pistol to give Vitality and early advantage.


18:25 : "It's been one year and a half we didn't beat them.. I guess it's a bit too long," apEX says when asked about Vitality's losing streak to NAVI.


18:20 : The maps are set

"Vamos!" Mathieu "⁠Maniac⁠" Quiquerez exclaims on the desk as he sees an Overpass pick from Vitality, with the Swiss analyst showing his appreciation for Danny "⁠zonic⁠" Sørensen and apEX deciding to test the new NAVI's map pool.

1. Natus Vincere removed Vertigo
2. Vitality removed Ancient
3. Natus Vincere picked Mirage (Map 1)
4. Vitality picked Overpass (Map 2)
5. Natus Vincere removed Nuke
6. Vitality removed Inferno
7. Dust2 was left over (Map 3)

The grand final starts in 10 minutes.


Journey up to this point

When they first arrived in Lisbon, neither Vitality or Natus Vincere looked anywhere near title-winning form, but they have grown as the tournament progressed, reaching the grand final despite early woes in the group stage.

Having failed to go on a deep run ever since they brought in the Danish trio at the beginning of the year, apEX's squad looked on course to another disappointment when they faltered to G2 in their opening series and lost a map to massive underdogs paiN in the next series. Something finally clicked for Vitality when they played ENCE in the quarter-finals, though, with great T sides and everyone turning up seeing them secure a 2-0 win against the world's No. 2 team in their biggest scalp yet. They then took revenge on G2 in the semis, powered by a vintage apEX performance in a close Dust2 and by another strong T side showing on Nuke.

One of NAVI and Vitality will claim their first title of 2022 today

Over in the other group, Natus Vincere were getting their first taste of what it's like playing with electroNic as the in-game leader and sdy following the departure of Boombl4. The early signs weren't great, when an OG team playing with a stand-in and two new players brought down the CIS titans, but since then s1mple & co. have looked more like their old selves and perhaps even better at times. A comfortable win against BIG followed, and a stunning victory over FaZe dispersed any doubt that this NAVI squad can still be a world beater. A rematch against OG in the semis proved to be a much bigger test, but it was one that NAVI passed despite occasional stumbles throughout the series.

MVP status check

As you can imagine, the two best players of the past three years, s1mple and ZywOo, are the leading candidates in the race to the HLTV x BitSkins MVP award as their teams' standout players and as the two highest-rated players at the event up to this point.

electroNic also stands a chance in his first event as NAVI's in-game leader, in particular after a highlight performance in the semi-finals against OG and thanks to a consistent showing in the leadup to the arena matches before that. Here are the two teams' lineups and the players' ratings so far in the BLAST Premier Spring Final:

Vitality
France ZywOo (1.30)
France apEX (1.06)
Denmark dupreeh (1.05)
France misutaaa (1.01)
Denmark Magisk (1.00)

Denmark zonic (coach)
Natus Vincere
Ukraine s1mple (1.37)
Russia electronic (1.23)
Ukraine b1t (1.14)
Russia Perfecto (1.04)
Ukraine sdy (1.01)

Ukraine B1ad3 (coach)
Russia Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1085
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
France Kévin 'misutaaa' Rabier
Kévin 'misutaaa' Rabier
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
443
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.67
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1396
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
Ukraine Valeriy 'b1t' Vakhovskiy
Valeriy 'b1t' Vakhovskiy
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
444
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
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France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.27
Maps played:
1005
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.61
Russia Denis 'electroNic' Sharipov
Denis 'electroNic' Sharipov
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1303
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
Switzerland Mathieu 'Maniac' Quiquerez
Mathieu 'Maniac' Quiquerez
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
837
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1988
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.70
Ukraine Viktor 'sdy' Orudzhev
Viktor 'sdy' Orudzhev
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1084
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.25
Maps played:
1556
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.64
#2
 | 
Comoros Kollaps
go
2022-06-19 18:21
#4
 | 
Pakistan LoOuU2
better go 3 maps with at least 1 OT
2022-06-19 18:22
4 replies
I'm sorry little one...
2022-06-19 20:39
3 replies
#18
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Pakistan LoOuU2
welp that was disappointing
2022-06-19 20:40
2 replies
Still was a great tournament. The atmosphere was wayyyyy better than IEM Dallas
2022-06-19 20:47
1 reply
#30
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Pakistan LoOuU2
yea i wholeheartedly agree. Best production, great crowd. IEM Dallas wasnt bad at all but it feels inferior compared to this for sure
2022-06-19 20:48
#5
 | 
Europe xrnavkha
Ez navi
2022-06-19 18:31
Irrespective of the result, both rosters are going to change.....
2022-06-19 19:13
Lets go navi
2022-06-19 19:39
#8
MAJ3R | 
Turkey emr111
Let’s go Vitality
2022-06-19 19:43
#9
 | 
Brazil davidthall
dry 2-0
2022-06-19 19:47
#10
 | 
Latvia pumasiK
lets go boys
2022-06-19 20:09
#11
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China HEIDASHUAi
EZ FOR NAVI
2022-06-19 20:34
EZ but props to Vitality, making a final is already a sign of improvement. French Vitality was still better tho.
2022-06-19 20:36
1 reply
French Vitality probably would have lost but at least they would have made this game exciting. Can't believe how bad they still are but they somehow made it into the finals over G2. Not sure where you go from here but if you went this path, guess even more changes.
2022-06-19 20:52
#13
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Uganda pr4ctic
Expected. Yesterday's semifinals (G2 vs Vitality) went down to who made the least amount of mistakes instead of who really dominated. Sad for FaZe, they underperformed so god damn bad... Let's see if NaVi can hold the top place.
2022-06-19 20:38
#14
KRIMZ | 
Sweden Cveta
shitality
2022-06-19 20:38
ggs
2022-06-19 20:39
#19
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Finland AliSabid
LETS GOOO
2022-06-19 20:41
s1mple will be kicked because Ahrinyan ruins his career. repeat Boombl4 history on BLAST.
2022-06-19 20:41
2 replies
0/8
2022-06-19 20:44
#58
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CIS lua_
Dude has been dating this girl for 2 years now, but go on.
2022-06-20 01:56
Congratz NAVI! Strong games!
2022-06-19 20:44
woww
2022-06-19 20:44
The stand-in buff strikes again
2022-06-19 20:45
1 reply
2022 - year of stand-ins
2022-06-20 00:03
What a performance
2022-06-19 20:45
Boombl4 diff
2022-06-19 20:46
Easy game 4 NaVi. gg & wp 4 Vita, maybe next time.
2022-06-19 20:46
#29
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North America BoDaddy
G2 would’ve at least made it a game… Vitality rolled over like puppies
2022-06-19 20:48
2 replies
+1
2022-06-19 20:53
Agreed, but vitality beat them, so I guess they deserved to be in the finals. Although I think the real final was Navi vs OG, pleasantly surprised by OG, they were the real deal at this tournament.
2022-06-19 20:57
electronic buff wtf
2022-06-19 20:48
EZ4NAVI
2022-06-19 20:49
#33
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Portugal dracø
showmatch was better than the actual final, sad showing from vitality :\ regardless, na'vi were dominating in all aspects of this game
2022-06-19 20:50
1 reply
#45
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Portugal n0xiv4
Same, showmatch was much better
2022-06-19 21:17
Welcome back navi!!!!
2022-06-19 20:53
Zywho? Awful player, no match for god s1mple
2022-06-19 20:55
This just proves what I said before major. G2 needs to kick Aleksi cuz he made them tier 1.5 Vitality is tier 1.5 and they need to disband.
2022-06-19 20:57
#40
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United States Illusi0n1g
Good job navi
2022-06-19 20:57
#42
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Ukraine d3adLY
nice, good news
2022-06-19 20:58
This competition directly made me sleepy. Navi unilaterally crushed the little bee
2022-06-19 20:59
#44
sdy | 
Ukraine drxxmxr
Nobody knew him before this tournament. But today he is destroying BIG, Faze Clan OG, Team Vitality. Natus Vincere gave SDY a chance to play on tier-1 scene He's absolutely deserves win. Thanks Blast for best and good tournaments. Thanks for everyone who saw this championship. Vitality GG.
2022-06-19 21:12
give more space to zywoo clowns.. you can t do tnothing wihtout him droping 30 bombs each maps you are not even using him smartly.. this vitality is horrible to watch..i wonder how they reached final really, washed and zero team play, playing so passive too scared
2022-06-19 21:26
#48
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Algeria Crashwow
gg
2022-06-19 21:31
That CIS CS strikes again nothing can beat that type of style that NAVI brought back
2022-06-19 21:40
2 replies
When you IGL plays like a top 5 player, that's impossible be beat. If electronic maintains at least 80-90% of his form, other teams will have to copy it to compete.
2022-06-20 00:07
1 reply
They've all played well even the rookie sdy, if NAVI played the same way against Faze they would've won their 2nd Major that's the point about CIS teams individually speaking they are good so when all team plays and every player performs you can put any top tier team you want against they would still lose, you can't say who played better and who didn't, b1t was insane, Perfecto aswell (winning all pistols), sdy (hands don't shake), electronic (IGL) and of course the rockstar s1mple aka the GOAT.
2022-06-20 13:13
Jesus Christ godtronic
2022-06-19 21:46
#52
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Latvia pumasiK
why this has only 40 comments lol?
2022-06-19 22:23
GGWP NaVi seems to be back on track. Let's see who else will step up and challenge them.
2022-06-19 23:15
#57
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Europe Cr3eP_70
So Navi crushed those bots? Uau... so unexpected wasn't it... FFS, I would cry if I have bought a ticket for the final having to take with those freakin' bots from trashality in the final. Honestly, any other random team would be harder for Navi that even didn't break a sweat to annihilate opponent.
2022-06-20 01:33
#60
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Brazil hugoooo
Fun fact: on overpass Magisk got his 5th lowest rating of all time. The man has 1396 recorded maps, and his 5th worst ever played was on a lan grand finals... how unfortunate.
2022-06-20 03:00
Ez
2022-06-20 04:16
#62
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Austria doMK0
As a BIG fan that puts their loss against NAVI a bit into perspective xD
2022-06-20 06:34
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