After a thrilling final round on de_Mirage that went into overtime, Natus Vincere win the finals 2:1 over Virtus.Pro


Coming in from a close matchup in the semi-finals which they clinched from Team Liquid on the back of an amazing performance from Egor "flamie" Vasiliev, Natus Vincere faced a that had just eliminated tournament favorites SK Gaming in the finals of ESL One New York 2016.


Virtus.Pro pick up de_Cobblestone first, a map the current Na’Vi roster has severely struggled with in their recent matches, and take a very commanding lead with a 3:16 score thanks to some amazing last-man- standing clutch plays by Janusz “Snax” Pogorzelski, and great executions by Pawel “byali” Bielinski.


Looking for a comeback on de_Train, a map they’ve been seen to be quite comfortable with – Na’Vi get a quick 3-round lead before Virtus.Pro get one on the board, and the map eventually goes the way of Na’Vi 16:8 to tie the series.


After two highly one-sided matchups, hopes were high that the third map, de_Mirage, would bring the grand finals excitement people were clamoring for – especially since both teams are known for being strong on it.


Na’Vi once again quickly gain a 3-round lead before Virtus.Pro secure themselves a round, but the game continued on in an exciting back-and- fourth, with Virtus.Pro edging out a lead by the eleventh round, 5:6, eventually closing out the first half with a 7:8 score.


By the 23 rd round, the score was 14:9 in favor of Na’Vi, and here Virtus.Pro started to turn

things around. They continued to push and pressure, hurting Na’Vi’s economy and gaining strength for themselves, convincingly winning six rounds in a row and taking the game to a 14:14 tie. Na’Vi take the next round, but Virtus.Pro take the 30 th round on the back of a clincher 1v1 between Ioann “Edward” Sukhariev and Jaroslaw “pashaBiceps” Jarzabkowski – sending the game into overtime.


The first round of overtime was taken by Na’Vi, and the second by Virtus.Pro on a clutch defuse with mere seconds left on the clock, but it’s another back-and- forth, and Na’Vi take the third round for themselves, bringing it back to a 17:17 tie. Na’Vi wins the next round, and then the final round, to finally win the championship with an incredibly gutsy bomb defuse under the cover of smoke by Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovacs, and Natus Vincere finally win a big tournament after a string of semi-finals and finals finishes without securing the championship. They take home the $125,000 prize, and Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev takes home a well-deserved MVP medal after an impressive run in the tournament.

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