StarLadder StarSeries S3: Na'Vi CSGO First Team Through to Playoffs After Defeating North

by Steven Cropley

Na'Vi SS
(Photo: Na'Vi)

The No. 3 team in the WWG CSGO Team Rankings is the first to move through to the playoffs in Kiev, Ukraine for the StarLadder i-League StarSeries season three finals. Natus Vincere went 3-0 in the group stage to earn its berth into post-group play.

Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev and co. kicked things off against unranked UYA in what was expected to be a win. Although it would not play out in a dominant fashion and UYA would manage nine rounds, Na'Vi would get the win and move into a match with No. 7 Fnatic.

In what was one of the better matchups of day two on paper, Na'Vi finished with the same scoreline as it did the day before. A strong performance in the first half saw Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács's squad get off to a 12-3 lead as counter-terrorists, helping them come away with the win while trailing 6-4 in the second half. s1mple's aggression on the A-bomb site was key in his team's win and netted him an 115.2 damage per round on average at the end of the game.

To decide which team would move on, Na'Vi and North battled it out on Inferno. Once again Na'Vi would show domination in the first half, this time on the terrorist side. Going into the second half up 11-4, the team would reach 15 rounds with North only at six. North would mount a comeback and come within four rounds of forcing overtime before Na'Vi closed the door.

North will move into the pool for 2-1 teams to move forward.

Day three matches/results:

 9:00   china No. 24 TyLoo (ELIM) 16-19   south korea MVP Project
10:30   brazil No. 9 Immortals 16-11   china UYA-E/5POWER BO1
12:00   kazakhstan No. 10 Gambit 13-16   Europe No. 5 FaZe BO1
13:30   USA Counter Logic Gaming 11-16   Europe No. 15 HellRaisers BO1
15:00   CIS No. 4 Natus Vincere 16-11   Denmark No. 6 North BO1
16:30   sweden No. 12 NiP vs.   poland No. 2 Virtus.pro BO1
18:00   brazil No. 4 SK vs.   france No. 16 G2 BO1
19:30   sweden No. 7 Fnatic vs.   Denmark No. 1 Astralis BO1

Matches one and two will see the loser eliminated at 0-3 while matches five and seven will see the winner move to playoffs at 3-0.

Day two results:

10:00   kazakhstan No. 10 Gambit 16-13   china No. 24 TyLoo
11:30   china UYA-E/5POWER 3-16   USA Counter Logic Gaming BO1
13:00   Europe No. 5 FaZe 16-10   brazil No. 9 Immortals BO1
14:30   Denmark No. 1 Astralis 16-19   Denmark No. 6 North BO1
16:00   Europe No. 15 HellRaisers 2-16   france No. 16 G2 BO1
17:30   CIS No. 4 Natus Vincere 16-9   sweden No. 7 Fnatic BO1
19:00   sweden No. 12 NiP 16-9   south korea MVP Project BO1
20:30   poland No. 2 Virtus.pro 2-16   brazil No. 4 SK BO1

Day one results:

 9:00   Denmark No. 6 North 16-3   brazil No. 9 Immortals
10:30   poland No. 2 Virtus.pro 16-4   south korea MVP Project BO1
12:00   brazil No. 4 SK 16-12   china No. 24 TyLoo BO1
13:30   Denmark No. 1 Astralis 16-11   USA Counter Logic Gaming BO1
15:00   Europe No. 5 FaZe 10-16   Europe No. 15 HellRaisers BO1
16:30   kazakhstan No. 10 Gambit 8-16   sweden No. 7 Fnatic BO1
18:00   sweden No. 12 NiP 6-16   france No. 16 G2 BO1
19:30   CIS No. 4 Natus Vincere 16-9   china UYA-E/5POWER BO1