ESL Pro League S8 finals: down into the lower bracket

CS2 / News / 4 December 2018 — 22:00

NAVI drop down into the lower bracket

ua NAVI.GG.BET played a Bo3 series against de mousesports at ESL Pro League S8 Finals Group B upper bracket semis. The games were tough, as we struggled quite a lot. The Bo3 ends with 0:2 for ua NAVI.

Nuke - Natus Vincere [6:16] mousesports

The pistol round was taken by de mouz, so we decided to go for a full eco to get the money for the buy. Even the guns didn't salvage the situation, but ua s1mple managed to save the AWP. de mouz continued to take round after round, as even the max loss bonus did very little. The score dropped to 0:6, and ua NAVI kept trying to beat the opponent to no avail.

Round 9 saw ua NAVI go for a double AWP setup, and it worked very well for us, as we got the first point on the board. Unfortunately, reset followed right after, which dealt a heavy blow to our economy. The end of the half was a lot more chaotic, as both teams traded frags, with ua NAVI getting the upper hand. The half ended with 5:10 on the board - even though de mouz took it, we still had a fighting chance.

The second pistol was claimed by de mouz, and they capitalized on that to increase their lead even further. ua NAVI was falling behind, hitting 5:14. We were finally able to get good guns and the first point of the half -- 6:14. Unfortunately, de mouz pulled off a reset straight away, which could not have come at a worse time, as we were just 1 round away from dropping the map, which happened very soon.

Natus Vincere
Player Kill/Death +/- ADR Rating
s1mple 15-15 0 65.5 0.99
electronic 14-17 -3 79.1 0.90
flamie 11-18 -7 60.8 0.76
Edward 8-16 -8 54.9 0.70
Zeus 14-19 -5 62.7 0.70

Train - Natus Vincere [4:16] mousesports

The pistols on Train went the way of de mouz; we had very little utility next round, which really stalled us in the tracks. de mouz continued to take in the points. Even though ua NAVI were coming pretty close to clutching out some rounds, the lack of utility and subpar guns didn't really let us gain an upper hand. The score hit 0:6, and we were still not quite there. Only when de mouz hit 10 points, ua NAVI claimed their first point in a 1v1 clutch with a bomb planted, but that was it for the first half. de mouz went uncontested till the end of the half - 1:14.

The second half started off well for us. ua NAVI took the pistol, and de mouz dropped their eco; clutch by ru electroNic brought another round home, as we knew any mistake could possibly be fatal. de mouz claimed the map point right when they got the guns off of the max loss bonus. All it took was 1 round, as ua NAVI fall in the Bo3, dropping Train 4:16.

Natus Vincere
Player Kill/Death +/- ADR Rating
Edward 12-17 -5 70.7 1.01
s1mple 12-19 -7 66.0 0.71
electronic 10-18 -8 55.9 0.47
Zeus 5-17 -12 35.0 0.44
flamie 5-18 -13 40.6 0.34

Overall match stats

Natus Vincere
Player Kill/Death +/- ADR Rating
s1mple 27-34 -7 65.7 0.85
Edward 20-33 -13 62.4 0.82
electronic 24-35 -11 68.0 0.69
Zeus 19-36 -17 49.5 0.57
flamie 16-36 -20 51.2 0.55