NAVI beat Heroic to set up G2 matchup

The series was marred by technical issues on the CIS squad's side, with the third map of Overpass getting interrupted several times.

Natus Vincere defeated Heroic in a three-map series, with the teams trading two close-fought maps in Mirage (16-14) and Inferno (14-16) before Natus Vincere closed out the game on Overpass (16-7) after several tech issues and long delays. Oleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev was unsurprisingly the highest-rated player in the series, even though Casper "⁠cadiaN⁠" Møller gave him a run for his money on Mirage.

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Steam issues cause two hour-long delay at EPL, frustrations ensue *

The victory sets Natus Vincere for a match against new-look G2 in the quarter-finals on Friday at 19:00 . Heroic's focus now switches to the RMR, where they will start their campaign against SAW on October 4th.

s1mple was in good spirits despite persistent tech issues

Heroic started Mirage like a team on fire, as they won the pistol round and jumped to a 9-1 lead. cadiaN repeatedly got the better of s1mple in several AWP duels, as the CIS squad looked dejected at the start of the half. Denis "⁠electroNic⁠" Sharipov stepped up when Natus Vincere needed him most, winning a 1vs2 clutch to completely turn the tide of the game. With the round, he shattered the Heroic economy which didn't fully recover at any point in the half. Things got a bit perilous for Natus Vincere, as they needed Ilya "⁠Perfecto⁠" Zalutskiy's clutch to bail them out of losing against a full eco, but the scoreline still ended 9-6 after their five-round streak.

Natus Vincere weren't able to get the hot start to the second half they wanted, as Heroic won the first gun round and managed to win the force-buy wars. That got them to get up to a 13-9 lead before Perfecto's heroic B defense meant the scores were soon tied up at 14-14. Natus Vincere secured five rounds in a row to close out the map 16-14, getting over their bad start and moving the series to Inferno.

Natus Vincere were much more successful at shutting down Heroic's aggression at the start of the first half, negating their pistol-round win with a five-round streak of their own, started by a couple of impressive scout shots by s1mple. Natus Vincere kept the lead till halftime, looking comfortable bar a loss in a 3vs5 situation against Heroic's pistol buy.

Natus Vincere grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck after winning the pistol to reach a five-round lead. cadiaN was the only member of his team to buy in the next round, with his rifle providing three kills and switching the game's momentum. Natus Vincere's lead was decreasing with each passing moment, with both teams winning rounds from some unfavorable situations. Jakob "⁠jabbi⁠" Nygaard stepped up to get a triple-kill on Banana to start a four-round streak that enabled them to close out the map 16-14.

The first few rounds of Overpass were marred by technical pauses, with several Natus Vincere players suffering difficulties that made it impossible for them to play. Several crashes happened mid-round, with the game normally resuming at a 5-3 scoreline. s1mple looked as warmed-up as ever, getting four kills in the first two rounds to put his team 7-3 up. Heroic looked to have been more affected by the two-hour delay, eventually losing the half with a 10-5 scoreline after getting the last two rounds of the half.

Viktor "⁠sdy⁠" Orudzhev secured the second pistol round for his team with a triple-kill, and Natus Vincere looked in control from then on. They lost just one round in the second half, ending up 16-6 winners of the marathon series that took almost six hours to finish.

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28th September 2022
14
Mirage
16
16
Inferno
14
7
Overpass
16
 Heroic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
65 - 54 +11 82.2 1.19
53 - 59 -6 78.6 1.05
55 - 59 -4 73.6 0.91
41 - 62 -21 62.6 0.77
43 - 63 -20 51.1 0.74
 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
71 - 43 +28 88.8 1.42
58 - 48 +10 75.7 1.17
56 - 54 +2 78.1 1.11
61 - 60 +1 79.3 1.07
50 - 52 -2 58.1 0.93
Russia Ilya 'Perfecto' Zalutskiy
Ilya 'Perfecto' Zalutskiy
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
744
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.60
Denmark Jakob 'jabbi' Nygaard
Jakob 'jabbi' Nygaard
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
799
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
Russia Denis 'electroNic' Sharipov
Denis 'electroNic' Sharipov
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1340
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
Ukraine Viktor 'sdy' Orudzhev
Viktor 'sdy' Orudzhev
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1124
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.63
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Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1499
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.63
Ukraine Oleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Oleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
1.25
Maps played:
1592
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.64
#1
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Norway JakkeJ
When pro matches end with a knife kill <3
2022-09-29 01:51
8 replies
like liquid vs navi ESL cologne 2019 ended with one
2022-09-29 01:52
6 replies
#7
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Brazil flytw4tp
hooxi gonna humble navi
2022-09-29 01:52
2 replies
GOAT hooxi will get as many majors as s0mple after rio
2022-09-29 02:20
1 reply
+1
2022-09-29 02:48
Pain.
2022-09-29 03:01
#40
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Romania Pecea
hahaahah
2022-09-29 06:22
LOL
2022-09-29 08:20
Faze v Spirit at the major.
2022-09-29 06:04
#2
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Finland Cucumber))
this delay XD
2022-09-29 01:51
ez4s0mple
2022-09-29 01:51
xd
2022-09-29 01:51
Heroic stomped by NaVi n o t h i n g new
2022-09-29 01:54
+refrezh -jabbi
2022-09-29 01:56
6 replies
I think it's funny they thought they need one player to push them over the top. Amazing arrogance on the part of Heroic.
2022-09-29 01:58
3 replies
#46
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Germany felixG
Without jabbis very unlikely mp9 3k in banana they would have lost Inferno already
2022-09-29 07:24
2 replies
#64
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Europe kuu1
refresh made a 1v5 ace on inferno, mp9 triple kill would have been easy for him.
2022-09-29 11:11
1 reply
#72
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Serbia DakileX
no one dueled him , he just walked into every position and killed every single guy from liquid idk why no one swinged him he would be dead instantly , overrated clutch ...
2022-09-29 17:53
Jabbi was good in CPH but I think zyphon was fitter to the roles Heroic make him play
2022-09-29 08:02
lol
2022-09-29 08:24
#13
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Portugal dracø
1st and 2nd map were bangers 3rd map ruined sad shit man
2022-09-29 01:56
what a shit show, scam
2022-09-29 01:58
lol ESL so bad
2022-09-29 01:59
#20
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Asia BzeeL
El Classico
2022-09-29 02:00
EZ4NAVI
2022-09-29 02:03
The delay was kinda nice, I got to watch some live CS after work. That never happens for us poor na people. Sorry to all the eastern Europe people staying up till like 2am though
2022-09-29 02:20
3 replies
ahah true. I hope they will do it for liquid. A 5 hour delay would be fine.
2022-09-29 02:29
1 reply
Haha
2022-09-29 06:35
#65
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Europe kuu1
So Canada was doing the dastardly sabotage! Who would have thought?!
2022-09-29 11:13
-sdy + headtrick
2022-09-29 02:22
Expected from pros gg
2022-09-29 02:32
Expected awful organization and tech issues from ESL. Gosh, I hope Rio Major will not be a catastrophe. GG NaVi
2022-09-29 02:54
2 replies
#43
arT | 
Asia ke1fu
Better then pgl
2022-09-29 06:56
#70
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Europe nekker
Lol. It was a steam issue. Nothing to do with esl
2022-09-29 12:29
Hopefully no more of these tech issues, its time for HooXi to show s1mple who's boss >=)
2022-09-29 06:36
Love that he sent this cheater scum team a message
2022-09-29 07:14
#45
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Switzerland eLipzz
Corrections : Last paragraph says 16-6 but score says 16-7.
2022-09-29 07:20
Actual shit show. Heroic lost all momentum and NaVi got a full reset. You can't know for sure who would've won with no pauses and that's why things like this suck.
2022-09-29 07:44
No stavn no win. Btw wth happened to s1's smile ?
2022-09-29 08:00
perfecto seat changed . that's success
2022-09-29 08:20
#56
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Sweden skorpan
Maikelele > all of heroic as well then?
2022-09-29 08:55
ESL is tier-B event host in my book from now.
2022-09-29 09:09
ESL once again shown why only PGL should host majors
2022-09-29 09:19
#60
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Portugal synyp
good game for heroic but navi destroyed on 3rd map
2022-09-29 10:46
This Paula dude is unbearable and in fact the entire „night shift“ sucks… it supposed to be witty banter but theres no wit and Paula does sound like hes having a stroke. Where the heck are Hugo&Harry, they commented like 2x games. Stunna, Hugo&Harry and Spunj&Machine in the corona phase was peak entertainment and now it feels like 3x steps backwards with this bunch.
2022-09-29 10:57
1 reply
yeah, hopefully Harry and Hugo will be at the major.
2022-09-29 11:29
they changed refrezh to this?
2022-09-29 10:57
Heroic had their chance on first map, they could have closed it all then. But a small choke made them lose it all, it is what it is.
2022-09-29 11:14
#67
fame | 
Yugoslavia mrmojo
Classic Heroic start out strong, but gradually become worse and worse. NaVi don't look good though, if they play like this they won't get far.
2022-09-29 11:23
1 reply
Well, at the start of the third map Heroic had the momentum. The break couldn't have happened in the worst time for them and to be honest Navi may have been saved... by an invisible hand.
2022-09-29 13:59
#69
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Afghanistan Pewpo
Let's be honest heroic had no motivation after that 2 hour delay and that showed on the server
2022-09-29 11:57
gl Na`Vi
2022-09-30 01:43
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