Na’Vi, Vitality advance to Grand Final at IEM Beijing Europe
Natus Vincere and Group Vitality each notched semifinals triumphes Saturday to book their areas into the Grand Final of the Intel Extreme Masters XV – Beijing Online: Europe occasion.
The two groups will battle on Sunday in a best-of-five title match.
Na’Vi was forced to rally for a 2-1 comeback triumph over G2 Esports to earn their finals trip.
G2 won the opening map, retreating from a close battle early on to take Dust II 16-10. But Na’Vi developed quick 5-0 and 9-4 leads on Train, and eventually hung on for a 16-12 win to even the match. Na’Vi rode that momentum to a 16-3 thrashing on Nuke to advance.
Ukraine’s Aleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev led the method for Natus Vincere in the showdown, posting a match-best 65 kills and a plus-16 kills-to-deaths differential. 4 of Na’Vi’s 5 beginners tape-recorded positive K-D differentials. G2 was paced by Nemanja “huNter-” Kovac, who earned a team-high 53 eliminates in defeat.
Team Vigor won 2-0 over Complexity in a match that was closer than the last ratings might suggest. The first map on Vertigo went back and forth with a number of lead modifications until Vitality pulled away at 11-11 and won the final 5 points for a 16-11 win. After Vitality’s early 7-2 lead on Mirage was dwindled down to 8-7, Vitality stormed their way to eight straight points and a convincing 16-7 victory.
France’s Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut carried the day in a well balanced attack for Vitality, with a match-high 45 kills and plus-22 K-D differential. Complexity was led by Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke with his 43 kills, and at plus-7 he was the only staff member to finish with a positive K-D differential.
The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competition started with 16 teams divided into 2 double-elimination groups. All group-stage and playoff matches were best-of-three other than for the Sunday last, which will be best-of-five. The champion will receive $60,000, 400 ESL Pro Tour points and a berth in the $500,000 IEM XV – Worldwide Obstacle, scheduled for Dec. 15-20.
G2 Esports and Complexity were eliminated from the event, finishing in the 5th- to eighth-place slot.
Intel Extreme Masters XV – Beijing Online: Europe standings, prize swimming pool and ESL Pro Tour points:
5-8. G2 Esports, Complexity, FaZe Clan, Astralis, BIG, Heroic, $5,000, 75 points
9-12. Team Spirit, MAD Lions, mousesports, Ninjas in Pyjamas, $2,500, 45 points