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||No. 24 TyLoo (ELIM)||16-19||MVP Project|
|10:30||No. 9 Immortals||16-11||UYA-E/5POWER||BO1|
|12:00||No. 10 Gambit||13-16||No. 5 FaZe||BO1|
|13:30||Counter Logic Gaming||11-16||No. 15 HellRaisers||BO1|
|15:00||No. 4 Natus Vincere||16-11||No. 6 North||BO1|
|16:30||No. 12 NiP||vs.||No. 2 Virtus.pro||BO1|
|18:00||No. 4 SK||vs.||No. 16 G2||BO1|
|19:30||No. 7 Fnatic||vs.||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||No. 10 Gambit||16-13||No. 24 TyLoo|
|11:30||UYA-E/5POWER||3-16||Counter Logic Gaming||BO1|
|13:00||No. 5 FaZe||16-10||No. 9 Immortals||BO1|
|14:30||No. 1 Astralis||16-19||No. 6 North||BO1|
|16:00||No. 15 HellRaisers||2-16||No. 16 G2||BO1|
|17:30||No. 4 Natus Vincere||16-9||No. 7 Fnatic||BO1|
|19:00||No. 12 NiP||16-9||MVP Project||BO1|
|20:30||No. 2 Virtus.pro||2-16||No. 4 SK||BO1|
Day one results:
|9:00||No. 6 North||16-3||No. 9 Immortals|
|10:30||No. 2 Virtus.pro||16-4||MVP Project||BO1|
|12:00||No. 4 SK||16-12||No. 24 TyLoo||BO1|
|13:30||No. 1 Astralis||16-11||Counter Logic Gaming||BO1|
|15:00||No. 5 FaZe||10-16||No. 15 HellRaisers||BO1|
|16:30||No. 10 Gambit||8-16||No. 7 Fnatic||BO1|
|18:00||No. 12 NiP||6-16||No. 16 G2||BO1|
|19:30||No. 4 Natus Vincere||16-9||UYA-E/5POWER||BO1|