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ESL Pro League S8 Finals: victory vs Sharks

06 Dec 2018 47
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Natus Vincere takes a clean victory

ua NAVI.GG.BET fought with br Sharks in a Bo3 at ESL Pro League S8 Finals Group B lower bracket semifinals. Both maps went very well for us, as the Bo3 goes the way of ua NAVI 2:0.

Nuke - Natus Vincere [16:9] Sharks

The first game started off very well for ua NAVI - s1mple got a 4k in the first round, which allowed him to go straight for AK in the next round. The series went uninterrupted for 5 rounds straight, as ua NAVI climbed all the way to 5:1 - br Sharks didn't manage to turn any round in their favor. With the max loss bonus allowing them to get good guns, the opponents snatched 3 rounds away from ua NAVI, as the score hit 5:3.

Nonetheless, br Sharks didn't manage to convert those 2 rounds into anything more significant just yet. The teams started trading a lot more often - ua NAVI had a decent bank thanks to some kills, and that allowed us to maintain the lead. Despite our best efforts, though, we only got a 1-round difference by the end of the half - ua NAVI close out the first half of Nuke with an 8:7 score.

The second half was a lot more one-sided. ua NAVI got the pistol and the following round, but br Sharks got the third round of the half, coming on board with their first point. ua NAVI promptly destroyed the opponent's economy, as we won the following round, converting it successfully into a 4-round series - the scoreboard was at 14:8.

br Sharks tried to bounce back into the game with a round taken, but we did not want to allow the possibility of such an upset, so we gathered ourselves and reset the finances of br Sharks for the last round of the half. With the economy almost broken, the opponents had not much to show for the final round, as the map is taken by ua NAVI 16:9.

Natus Vincere
Player Kill/Death +/- ADR Rating
         
electronic 26-10 +16 105.1 1.82
s1mple 21-13 +8 82.6 1.32
Edward 13-11 +2 66.0 1.10
flamie 14-15 -1 63.2 1.06
Zeus 15-14 +1 68.0 1.01

Dust2 - Natus Vincere [16:3] Sharks

The second game saw ua NAVI take the pistols again, and we went on ahead, crushing the eco from br Sharks and leaving them with little money. ua NAVI converted those rounds into a very decent lead. Only during the 7th round did br Sharks manage to plant the bomb and defend it, as Zeus decided to save his AUG for the next round - 6:1 on the board.

The next round had Edward hold the bomb site by himself, scoring a 2k and effectively denying the time to plant - br Sharks' economy got ruined. The half continued in a very one-sided fashion - ua NAVI eventually cracked double-digit barrier, while br Sharks still only scored 1. The round ended with a 14:1 score, with 5 AWPs for the last round.

The pistol round of the second half saw a 3v3 clutch, as br Sharks were the ones to take it and the next one, as we had to eco. The first buy round, though, was taken by ua NAVI convincingly - 15:3 on Dust2. It didn't take ua NAVI long to close out the series, with br Sharks getting dismantled. ua Natus Vincere takes the series 2:0. moving forth.

Natus Vincere
Player Kill/Death +/- ADR Rating
         
flamie 24-8 +16 121.4 2.06
Zeus 18-9 +9 101.2 1.61
electronic 18-7 +11 88.5 1.57
s1mple 13-6 +7 63.9 1.39
Edward 14-10 +4 88.0 1.25

COVERAGE

Overall match stats

Natus Vincere
Player Kill/Death +/- ADR Rating
         
electronic 44-17 +27 98.0 1.69
flamie 38-23 +15 88.3 1.47
s1mple 34-19 +15 74.5 1.33
Zeus 33-23 +10 82.3 1.27
Edward 27-21 +6 75.5 1.15

The participants

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