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 Virtus.pro 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 Naâ€™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 â€œSnaxâ€ Pogorzelski, and great executions by Pawel â€œbyaliâ€ Bielinski.
Looking for a comeback on de_Train, a map theyâ€™ve been seen to be quite comfortable with â€“ Naâ€™Vi get a quick 3-round lead before Virtus.Pro get one on the board, and the map eventually goes the way of Naâ€™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 â€“ especially since both teams are known for being strong on it.
Naâ€™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 Naâ€™Vi, and here Virtus.Pro started to turn
things around. They continued to push and pressure, hurting Naâ€™Viâ€™s economy and gaining strength for themselves, convincingly winning six rounds in a row and taking the game to a 14:14 tie. Naâ€™Vi take the next round, but Virtus.Pro take the 30 th round on the back of a clincher 1v1 between Ioann â€œEdwardâ€ Sukhariev and Jaroslaw â€œpashaBicepsâ€ Jarzabkowski â€“ sending the game into overtime.
The first round of overtime was taken by Naâ€™Vi, and the second by Virtus.Pro on a clutch defuse with mere seconds left on the clock, but itâ€™s another back-and- forth, and Naâ€™Vi take the third round for themselves, bringing it back to a 17:17 tie. Naâ€™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 â€œGuardiaNâ€ 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 â€œs1mpleâ€ Kostyliev takes home a well-deserved HLTV.org MVP medal after an impressive run in the tournament.
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