We are back with CS:GO action and it’s getting hot at Blast Premier Spring Groups 2023. Day 3 of the tournament saw one of the most exciting matches which was NaVi vs NIP. How did the action turn out and more importantly, who won? Find out only at Gamopo!
NIP COUNTER-STRIKE IS BACK 😎 pic.twitter.com/AA3ZyiJCrA
— NIP CSGO (@NIPCS) January 21, 2023
NaVi vs NIP
- Denis “electroNic” Sharipov (IGL)
- Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev
- Ilya “Perfecto” Zalutskiy
- Valerii “b1t” Vakhovskyi
- Andrii “npl” Kukharskyi
Ninjas In Pyjamas
- Aleksi “Aleksib” Virolainen (IGL)
- Fredrik “REZ” Sterner
- Hampus “hampus” Poser
- Ludvig “Brollan” Brolin
- Danyyl “headtr1ck” Valitov
Map Picks & Bans
- Ninjas in Pyjamas removed Nuke
- Natus Vincere removed Vertigo
- Ninjas in Pyjamas picked Inferno
- Natus Vincere picked Mirage
- Ninjas in Pyjamas removed Ancient
- Natus Vincere removed Anubis
- Overpass left
Map 1 (Inferno)
NaVi started off well on Inferno winning the pistol rounds. However, NIP was quick to respond picking up the next three rounds. Till the end of the first half, things kept going back and forth. However, advantage NIP as they were up 7-8 on their own map pick. But NaVi did well to recollect themselves from the start of the second half. Five straight round wins saw them picking up frags after frags. They continued to remain untouched as they picked up their map pick 16-9.
Okayyy @headtr1ckcs pic.twitter.com/YADynt10kD
— NIP CSGO (@NIPCS) January 21, 2023
Map 2 (Mirage)
Map 2 between NaVi vs NIP was where the real action took place. NaVi started off well picking up the first round but NIP was quick to respond. NIP’s latest recruit, headtr1ck was annihilating everyone from the start of the map. The first half ended 7-8 in favor of NIP on NaVi’s map pick. NIP continued to bulldoze over their rivals from the beginning of the second half. But NaVi did a great job at coming back later tying the score line 15-15 and heading into overtime. In overtime, NIP looked determined to pick up the map. They won the first three overtime rounds and while NaVi showed some resistance, it was too little too late! NIP picked up their fourth overtime round and won 17-19 on Mirage.
— BLAST Premier 💥 (@BLASTPremier) January 21, 2023
Map 3 (Overpass)
Overpass was the remaining map that both teams tried to ignore. Right off the bat, NaVi looked determined to wrap up the series in their favor. Picking up from Mirage, s1mple was reminding everyone why he was the best picking up one frag after the other. But it was not just s1mple, the entire roster looked well coordinated and flawless in terms of strategies executed. The first half ended 11-4 in favor Natus Vincere. Second half saw NIP’s efforts go in vain as NaVi continued to dominate. The map ended 16-8 in favor of electroNic’s team.
With NaVi vs NIP over at the Blast Premier Groups 2023, Natus Vincere walks away with a win. While it was not a walk at the park for NaVi, NIP was far behind in terms of quality of strategies executed. Talking about the IGLs, electroNic surely put in a shift but the same couldn’t be said about Aleksib. S1mple continued to be himself even though he was slow in the first half of Inferno. Well, that’s what you expect from the number one CS:GO player in the world. All aside, if there’s any positive that can be taken away from the series, it’s the two young guns- headtr1ck and npl. Both have thoroughly impressed the audience with their energetic performance. We hope to see more of that in the future!
Today be like: pic.twitter.com/FTK9Waitt9
— NAVI (@natusvincere) January 21, 2023
NaVi will be facing G2 next at the Group C upper-bracket final. The two teams faced each other not too long ago in the quarter finals of ESL Pro League Season 16. G2 came out on top beating their arch-rivals 2-1 but later conceded to the champions, Team Vitality in the semi finals.