The current CS:GO rulers from Natus Vincere have had a quite unsuccessful BLAST Premier Spring Groups campaign, having lost to MIBR, Astralis and NIP. Nonetheless, have Aleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev and company still managed to book a ticket for the prominent BLAST Spring Final tournament in June this year.
The qualification became a reality this Sunday when NAVI met the Swedes from NIP for a rematch from the previous stage. Last time NIP got the better of the world leaders - however, today the power balance had turned.
Not even a strong NIP comeback on Overpass turning a 7-14 deficit into 14-14 could overthrow NAVI, as they showed impressive damage control in a tough situation, securing the 2-0 win despite the Swedes stepping up their game on the second map.
NAVI – NIP 2-0 | BLAST Premier Spring Groups
16-6 (Nuke) | b1t – 1.78 Rating / 25-8 K-D / 101.9 ADR
(Overpass) | s1mple – 1.48 Rating / 26-17 K-D / 93.3 ADR
MVP: Aleksandr ”s1mple” Kostyliev – 1.59 Rating / 50-28 K-D / 99.0 ADR