ESL One Cologne 2019: the first victory!

CS2 / News / 1 July 2019 — 23:48

Starts at 12:00 CEST

In the first round of the group stage, a face-off teams ua NAVI.GG.BET and eu mousesports will take place. The match will start on July 2nd at 12:00 CEST and will be held in the format of best of 1.

After IEM Katowice 2019, a series of changes happened in eu mousesports. So, the coach ua lmbt left the team, as well as the backbone of players in the face of fi suNny, cz oskar and sk STYKO. Subsequently, the organization seriously rejuvenated the composition, inviting tr woxic and sk frozen. In addition, the captain's duties passed to the former leader of eu FaZe Clan — dk karrigan.

It took the European team some time to take a turn. The last few tournaments eu mouz has shown some good games: a victory at DreamHack Open Tours, a 3rd-4th place at the ESL Pro League S9 and a successful performance in the closed qualification of Starladder Berlin Major.

The updated lineup of eu mousesports hasn't crossed path with ua NAVI yet. The competition in Cologne will be the first official tournament for the renewed ua Natus Vincere roster. Recall that the guys gathered at the bootcamp on the eve of ESL One Cologne 2019 and focused on introducing and familiarizing ru Boombl4 with the team's game structure. We believe that ua NAVI will delight the fans with their game and start the tournament with a victory! #NAVINATION

ESL One Cologne (BO1)
July 2nd at 12:00 CEST
  • S1mple
  • electroNic
  • Zeus
  • Boombl4
  • flamie
  • chrisJ
  • ropz
  • karrigan
  • woxic
  • Frozen

Train — Natus Vincere [16:14] mousesports

The beginning of the map was good for ua NAVI: we won the pistols, force and eco. The gun rounds went the way of the CTs, but the second one saw the opponent pull off a ninja defuse, losing all players. Unfortunately, this led to a stronger economy for them, and eu mousesports drove the score to 3 : 3.

Fortunately, ua NAVI were planting the bomb consistently, securing the money. Only during the 10th round did the Born to Win have to go for a setup with an АК-47 and 4 pistols.  We managed to break the eu mousesports streak during the 10th round, with ua Zeus and ua s1mple taking a 2v3 clutch.

Unfortunately, the rest of the first half was dictated entirely by the European squad, so the half ended with 4:11 their way.

We had to take either the pistol round or the force buy. We managed to do it, winning the pistol. However, eu mousesports went for a B plant и and took a clutch thanks to nl chrisJ (1 vs 2).

Fortunately, this time around the opponent got reset. Round 21 saw an intense fight of ua s1mple vs dk karrigan. The Danish player won the clutch. Following this, the game got very intense — neither team was willing to go down without a fight.

Ultimately, the last 2 rounds were the ones to seasl the deal. But it looked easier for ua NAVIeu mousesports went for an eco, opting for a potential draw. So, ua Natus Vincere went straight for the match point, defeating eu mousesports (16 : 14).

Natus Vincere
Player Kill/Death +/- ADR Rating
s1mple 32-17 +15 93.1 1.53
electronic 21-15 +6 82.3 1.19
flamie 21-19 +2 68.8 1.11
Boombl4 18-21 -3 65.6 0.97
Zeus 17-20 -3 68.5 0.90