Natus Vincere have booked a place in the ESL Pro League grand final following a 2-1 victory against EnVyUs (15-19 on de_inferno, 16-7 on de_overpass and 16-12 on de_cobblestone).
Na`Vi had come into the match high on motivation following a 2-0 thrashing of dignitas in their group's Consolidation Final, but certainly only a few people expected them to be able to pose such problems to the StarSeries XII champions.
The first map of the series was de_inferno, where a flying start from EnVyUs saw them take a nine-round lead at the break after playing on the CT side. Na`Vi then responded in similar fashion and brought the scoreline to 15-15, but the former LDLC team were unstoppable in overtime as they bagged four rounds without response to take the lead in the series.
|Na`Vi through to ESL Pro League title decider photo hltv.org|
de_overpass was the map that followed, and here Na`Vi were in complete control from the early stages as they quickly sealed a 16-7 victory, powered by their Russian duo, Egor "flamie" Vasilyevand Denis "seized" Kostin.
It all came down to de_cobblestone, which was a keenly-contested map from start to finish. In such cases, individual brilliance usually makes the difference, and this match was no exception, as a world-class display from Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács helped Na`Vi to beat EnVyUs and seal passage to the grand final.