Ukraine’s Group NaVi are Gamers Without Borders counter-strike champions
The best of five match-up versus Germany’s mousesports was an edge-of-the-seat affair for both the franchises and their thousands of fans watching online as the two healthy teams bagged 2 matches apiece heading into the decider.
Group NaVi of Ukraine recovered from defeat in Gamers Without Borders’ DOTA2 tournament a fortnight ago to pip Germany’s mousesports in an impressive Sunday ending in GWB’s newest Worldwide Elite series, this time on first-person shooter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
The very best of five match-up was an edge-of-the-seat affair for both the franchises and their thousands of fans viewing online as the 2 well-balanced teams bagged two matches each heading into the decider.
In that final bout, NaVi – short for Natus Vincere – went 11-4 games down with only 9 rounds delegated play in the 24-round series: mousesports dominating to the point that two more game wins would see them crowned champions.
Nevertheless, in perhaps the most impressive resurgence of Gamers Without Borders to date, NaVi regrouped and went on the charge – winning 8 straight rounds to take a 12-11 lead and be just one success away from the competition’s $750,000 charity prize.
Much more drama would follow, when from no place mousesports rallied to accomplishment because decider – and take the tournament final to best of five overtime.
That loss did, nevertheless, show to be no more than a stumble for the resurgent Team NaVi, who continued their late competition form to dominate their challengers 3-0 in OT and finish as 15-12 CS: GO series winners.
Gamers Without Borders is everything about contributing money to charities leading the international fight versus coronavirus, and in line with that both finalists received money from the event prize fund that they turned over to organisations on that frontline. Group NaVi provided their $750,000 to UNICEF, and mousesports contributed their $500,000 to the International Telecommunications Union.
Those contributions were enough to see Gamers Without Borders – which was organised by the Saudi Arabian Federation for Electronic and Intellectual Sports (SAFEIS) – smash the $8million mark in the amount of money it has handed over to charity from its $10million because getting underway just three weeks ago.