Natus Vincere took down G2 in convincing fashion, 2-0, to eliminate the French-Balkan team from the tournament. The CIS side fell into the lower bracket early, afer a loss to Liquid, while G2 were two rounds away from taking down Astralis in the upper bracket final on Thursday, but are now out of the event.
The Natus Vincere – G2 match was clear-cut from the start, as Kirill “Boombl4” Mikhailov‘s men took the lead on Train and didn’t let go of it for the whole series. They continue their lower bracket run on Saturday, with a rematch against Liquid.
Boombl4‘s triple kill opened up the action on Train, with the CIS squad bouncing back from an anti-force loss to grab the early lead as Terrorists. G2‘s engine struggled to get going, as they only grabbed their second when Natus Vincere already had eight on the board. Nemanja “nexa” Isaković‘s team was unable to tie two together, though, with the map continuing onward in a similar fashion.
The half time finished 11-4 and Nikola “NiKo” Kovač secured the pistol for his side with a quad kill, but again no momentum was built as s1mple took down three with the SSG-08 to win the force-buy. With a massive lead, Natus Vincere had no issues closing out their map pick, 16-6.
On Mirage, NiKo found himself in three clutch situations early on, but losing two of them meant Natus Vincere stamped their foot down on the second map. They reached an 8-1 lead before nexa‘s double-entry got G2 rolling and made the half competitive.
The European side salvaged the offensive half, reaching six rounds before the switch, but Boombl4‘s double burst-fire frag extended the lead for Natus Vincere on the pistol. Ilya “Perfecto” Zalutskiy was also having a great game, and finished with a 19K-9D scoreline as his team concluded the series with a 16-8 on Mirage.