Bad News Eagles acted as the grim reaper yesterday knocking tournament favorites FaZe out of IEM Rio. Today the Balkans was tasked with an equal tough job in Natus Vincere.
Unlike yesterday, NAVI opted not to ban Ancient against BNE. A decision that turned out to be a good idea.
NAVI came out firing on all cylinders finally activating Valeriy 'b1t' Vakhovskiy. The young Ukrainian has had a rough IEM Rio, but against Bad News Eagles the NAVI rifler was ruthless. With Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev also showing off his insane talent, NAVI smashed BNE 16-3 on Ancient!
On their own map pick of Nuke, NAVI won eight rounds on their T side in the first half. A strong start to the map, where Bad News Eagles now had to produce their best-ever T side to stay alive. But two rounds was all that NAVI allowed them to win. The PGL Stockholm Major winners were on another level in the match and had absolutely no problems taking down BNE.
Natus Vincere is now in the 2-2 bracket, and will have one last match left to qualify for the playoffs tomorrow.
NAVI – Bad News Eagles 2-0 | IEM Rio Major Legends Stage
16-3 (Ancient) | s1mple – 2.15 Rating / 25-6 K-D / 128.5 ADR
16-9 (Nuke) | s1mple – 1.41 Rating / 20-15 K-D / 85.6 ADR
MVP: Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev - 1.72 Rating / 45-21 K-D / 104.1 ADR