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Natus Vincere takes down Cloud9 at IEM Katowice 2023

A struggling Cloud9 couldn't find the right footing.

Natus Vincere secured themselves their first victory at the IEM Katowice 2023 after they took down Cloud9 in a 2-0 fashion.

The mixed Russian and Ukrainian team started out as fire on Cloud9´s map pick as they gained a 7-1 lead on the CT side. Dmitriy “sh1ro” Sokolov kept his team in the game by closing the gap to a 9-6 half in favor of NAVI. Despite a close comeback towards the end Denis "electroNic" Sharipov was too strong for the young and talented team. NAVI took Ancient 16-13.

Next up, Inferno. Starting out well again was NAVI who took the first pistol round and the following. Despite Cloud9 trying their best to make the game competitive with a 3-2 lead, the Ukanian roster with s1mple where just too strong on the T side securing themselves a 12-3 half. Cloud9 managed to take the second pistol round in and covert that into a 3-0 lead in the second half. NAVI bounced back and stopped the comeback from happening which lead to a 2-0 victory for NAVI.

Cloud9 - NAVI 0-2 | IEM Katowice Group Stage

Ancient: Denis 'electroNic' Sharipov - 1.25 rating / 21-17 K-D / 90.7 ADR

Inferno: Denis 'electroNic' Sharipov - 1.61 rating / 21-12 K-D / 97.5 ADR

MVP: Denis 'electroNic' Sharipov - 1.39 rating / 42-29 K-D / 93.6 ADR

G2 dominated the Germans in BIG during their opening match at the event.

G2 - BIG 2-0 | IEM Katowice Group Stage

Anubis: Justin 'jks' Savage - 1.35 rating / 23-13 K-D / 79.9 ADR

Inferno: Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač - 1.43 rating / 21-17 K-D / 104.3 ADR

MVP: Justin 'jks' Savage - 1.25 rating / 38-28 K-D / 76. ADR

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