Stockholm The most important CS: GO tournament of the year goes to Navi. With a 2-0 win against the Berlin team G2, the team won the PGL Major trophy – and made history with the run through the tournament.
Natus Vincere prevailed 2-0 (16:11; 22:19) against G2 Esports in the final of the PGL Major and won the most important Counter-Strike tournament of the year. For superstar Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliw it is the first triumph in a major tournament.
“I said to myself: I’ll stay with Navi and win the major with the team. I made a promise to myself and we kept it, ”said s1mple in an interview after the game. “Lots of people didn’t believe it and joked about it, but we made it anyway.”
Map selection from G2 Esports goes to Navi
Navi had marched through the preliminary round and the playoffs without surrendering a single card. For Team Vitality and Gambit Esports, the team, which has always been in first place in the unofficial world rankings of “HLTV.org” since July, was too strong.
Although G2 was able to confidently throw ninjas in pajamas out of the tournament, they only moved into the final in the semifinals against Heroic after an extension on the third card.
Already on the first card of the final, both teams fought a close battle. The game remained balanced until the second half, but a short run was enough for Navi to break away and to relieve G2 of their own choice of cards.
Extension at the Counter-Strike-Major
On the second card, G2 was much stronger and secured five match points after a strong half. Actually, the team was about to equalize, but Navi made up the gap and forced extra time.
Bitter for G2: At 15:13, star player Nikola “NiKo” Kovac snuck behind the opponents’ backs unnoticed, but didn’t hit a single shot and lost the round.
Navi took the momentum from catching up into extra time and only needed one more lap to win the tournament. G2 fought their way back and forced a second extension, but there the defense attempts were unsuccessful. In the fourth major final of the organization, the title went to Navi for the first time.
Majors are considered the CS: GO World Championship
With the run through the tournament, Navi made history: For the first time a team was able to win a major title without giving up a single card during the tournament.
There are typically two Counter-Strike majors per year. Because the best teams worldwide travel there, the tournaments can be equated with a world championship. Due to the corona pandemic, the last major took place in Berlin over two years ago.
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