The first CS: GO Major tournament sponsored by Valve in more than two years was held in Stockholm. The finals saw a real battle of the star players as one of the best in the world Navin Oleksander ”s1mple” Kostyliev and G2 Nikola ”NiKo” Kovac took together. This time, however, NiKo was left to lick his keys as s1mple secured a million-dollar share of the two-million prize pool for his team.
The Russian-Ukrainian Navi was a very strong pre-favorite when entering the tournament. The team was number one for a long time and seemed to be at a higher level than any other team. Considered the best player in the world, the s1mple has long been known for carrying the team while others remain on the sidelines, but with the change of players, Navi has managed to raise its level in all areas throughout the year.
The tournament started with Navilla from the second group stage, from which Kirill ”Boombl4” Mikhaylovin the team managed to get on without losing any maps. Navi traveled comfortably in the playoffs by defeating Vitality and his old arch-enemy Gambit with purely 2-0 results. Picked from the junior team Valerii “b1t” Vakhovskyi managed to surprise everyone by remaining among the top performers in the tournament, even though the youngster has no previous experience of events at this level.
The results of the Franco-Bosnian G2, which became the second finalist, had been declining for a long time before the tournament. However, the players managed to gather all their strength for the Major tournament and, like Navi, advanced from the blocks without losing.
In the playoffs, G2 faced home team Ninjas in Pajamas in the semi-finals, but the expected battle of the Titans could not be seen as G2 dominated the series from start to finish. However, Heroic, who met in the semi-finals, struggled, but the G2 managed to take NiKo to the final in extra time.
Before the start of the finals, a traditional show match was played, which usually sees miscellaneous teams battling with special tactics and weapons. This time the place of the second team was given to the Danish Copenhagen Flames. The playoffs were not far from the Flames, but the home team Ninjas in Pajamas eliminated them strictly in the final match of the blocks.
The other team was a former Swedish professional player Christopher ”GeT_RiGhT” Alesundin pile up. The ranks of the GeT_RiGhT team saw the retired Fifflaren and Zeus, as well as Olofmeister and Yekindar continuing their playing careers.
The mixed team managed to win the show match. However, it wasn’t so much about the success of GeT_RiGhT and the partners, but in reality the Copenhagen Flames gave them too much mercy by trying all sorts of joke tactics.
The final itself started with the Ancient chosen by the G2, where the first half was very smooth and ended with Nav leading 8-7. In the second half, however, G2 did not get much success, except for the pistols, and Navi won the map convincingly with 16-11 points. The biggest crowd explosion was heard when the s1mple looked unstoppable while collecting four G2 members one at a time with an AWP sniper rifle.
Nuke’s chosen Nuke was played on the second map, and even before the map began, the days of G2 seemed to be read. Navi had a 16-map winning streak in Nuke at the time of the match and the team had lost the map last May. However, the G2 succeeded in a convincing defense and the team led Navia 10-5 at halftime.
With the start of the second half, the G2 redeemed the 14-7 lead and the Navi map tube seemed to break at any moment. However, Navi did not break under pressure and continued to fight for overtime.
However, the game could have ended very differently if NiKo had hit one important projectile, G2, a winning streak away from taking the game to the third map. NiKo sneaked into the back of the sample in a 2 on 2 situation and fired at a stationary target but failed to secure a kill.
Navi finally managed to take the map to overtime, where pressures were higher than ever before. Navi won the first half of overtime, but the G2 managed to extend the playing time for the second overtime with heroic performances. Unfortunately, G2 ran out of energy by the second overtime and the team only managed to win one round when Navin won overtime and the tournament at the same time.
Having played in several Major finals, s1mple finally won a prestigious tournament and at the same time won the title of the best CS: GO player of all time. The win was amazing anyway, as Navi survived the tournament without losing a single map. For the young b1t, the tournament win was also a very significant achievement, as the player was seen for the first time in a Major tournament.
Source: Tivi by www.tivi.fi.
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