After an astounding 1v4 clutch to close the series, the 2nd seed of the tournament has knocked out the international squad to set up a rematch against Gambit in the grand final.
NAVI eliminate G2 in a close series
After falling to Gambit in the upper bracket finals, NAVI found themselves in the lower bracket finals against G2. Following their close series against Ninjas in Pyjamas, G2 secured a top-three spot in the event, but want to set up a match against Gambit to finally win a trophy this year.
The series started on G2’s map choice of Mirage. On it, was a dominant showing from NAVI and Ilya ‘Perfecto’ Zalutskiy. Perfecto had 22 kills with only 13 deaths. Despite a somewhat quiet night from their superstar AWPer Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev, they still managed to take their enemies map pick with ease. It was a one-sided score by the end but the first half was still anyone’s game, at ‘6-9′ in favour of NAVI. But once the second half began, G2 was unable to hold back NAVI’s T-side attacks. G2 won only 3 rounds in their second half, and they then lost the map quickly with a score of ’16-9’.
The duel would continue on NAVI’s chosen battleground of Dust 2. This map would be more competitive and more intense than the previous, with G2 showing a stronger performance than their lacklustre Mirage display. The first half would go neck and neck until the very end, with NAVI coming out with the single round lead at ‘8-7’. The second half of this match would show us some of the ‘craziest’ rounds that have ever been played on Dust 2 in quite some time.
The CIS squad would get on a comfortable ’12-8′ lead before they slowly lost momentum. G2 would go on a short streak to lower the lead down to ’12-11′ before giving a single round away to NAVI. This is when disaster struck for the CIS side. NAVI finally lost all grip of the momentum when they allowed a 2v5 clutch by Nemanja “nexa” Isaković and François “AmaNEk” Delaunay to happen on a crucial round. This would have given them the 14th round win if they had denied the heroic clutch. This was followed by 4 consecutive round wins by G2 to close out NAVI’s map pick at ’16-13′.
With the series tied, the match led to the final map of Nuke. Again, the first half was as competitive and close as it could be, ending ‘8-7′ in favour of NAVI once again. The final half of the series was a duel between NAVI’s s1mple and G2’s Nikola “NiKo” Kovač. NiKo would end the map at the top of the scoreboard with an astounding 26 kills, and right next to him is AmaNEk with 23. But despite these efforts by G2’s stars’, they could not prevent s1mple from completing a brilliant 1 vs. 4 clutch to secure the victory for NAVI.
With this win, NAVI secure their spot at the grand final, where they will meet with Gambit for a rematch of their upper bracket series earlier in the tournament.
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