Natus Vincere have been crowned ESL Pro League champions after seeing off Titan 2-1 in the grand final (16-12 on de_mirage, 7-16 on de_cache and 16-13 on de_cobblestone).
The title decider of the ESL Pro League pitted the two surprise packages of the tournament against each other as certainly most people expected the final to be contested by EnVyUs and Team SoloMid, especially after both teams finished at the top of their respective groups.
Opening up the series was de_mirage, where Titan got off to a great start by picking up a total of ten rounds on the CT side of the map. But Na`Vi, powered by Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev, the top fragger for his team, turned the score around in the second half to take a 1-0 lead in this best-of-three tie.
|Na`Vi win ESL Pro League photo hltv.org|
Next up came de_cache, where the two teams played out a very close first half as Titan were enjoying a one-round lead at the break after playing on the CT side. But the face of the game changed as soon as the Frenchmen moved to the offensive side of the map as they took eight rounds without response to level the series.
The deciding map was de_cobblestone, on which neither side were able to distance themselves from the other during the first half. A narrow 8-7 lead after playing as CT on this map usually spells trouble for a team, but Na`Vi were the exception to the rule as they gave a great account of themselves on the T side of the map to seal a 16-13 victory and take home the big prize.
1. Na`Vi - $15,000
2. Titan - $7,000
3-4. EnVyUs - $3,000
3-4. Team SoloMid - $3,000
5.8. dignitas - $1,000
5.8. 3DMAX- $1,000
5.8. Virtus.pro - $1,000
5.8. Copenhagen Wolves - $1,000