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Na'Vi, Vitality advance to Grand Final at IEM Beijing Europe

Field Level Media
22 Nov 2020, 08:40 GMT+10

Natus Vincere and Team Vitality each notched semifinals victories Saturday to book their spots into the Grand Final of the Intel Extreme Masters XV - Beijing Online: Europe event.

The two teams will battle on Sunday in a best-of-five title match.

Na'Vi was forced to rally for a 2-1 comeback victory over G2 Esports to earn their finals trip.

G2 won the opening map, pulling away from a close battle early on to take Dust II 16-10. But Na'Vi built quick 5-0 and 9-4 leads on Train, and eventually held on for a 16-12 win to even the match. Na'Vi rode that momentum to a 16-3 rout on Nuke to advance.

Ukraine's Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev led the way for Natus Vincere in the showdown, posting a match-best 65 kills and a plus-16 kills-to-deaths differential. Four of Na'Vi's five starters recorded positive K-D differentials. G2 was paced by Nemanja "huNter-" Kovac, who earned a team-high 53 kills in defeat.

Team Vitality won 2-0 over Complexity in a match that was closer than the final scores might indicate. The first map on Vertigo went back and forth with several lead changes until Vitality pulled away at 11-11 and won the final five points for a 16-11 win. After Vitality's early 7-2 lead on Mirage was dwindled down to 8-7, Vitality stormed their way to eight straight points and a convincing 16-7 victory.

France's Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut carried the day in a balanced attack for Vitality, with a match-high 45 kills and plus-22 K-D differential. Complexity was led by Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke with his 43 kills, and at plus-7 he was the only team member to finish with a positive K-D differential.

The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament started with 16 teams divided into two double-elimination groups. All group-stage and playoff matches were best-of-three except for the Sunday final, which will be best-of-five. The champion will receive $60,000, 400 ESL Pro Tour points and a berth in the $500,000 IEM XV - Global Challenge, scheduled for Dec. 15-20.

G2 Esports and Complexity were eliminated from the event, finishing in the fifth- to eighth-place slot.

Intel Extreme Masters XV - Beijing Online: Europe standings, prize pool and ESL Pro Tour points:

1. TBD, $60,000, 400 points

2. TBD, $30,000, 265 points

3-4. TBD, $12,000, 160 points

5-8. G2 Esports, Complexity, FaZe Clan, Astralis, BIG, Heroic, $5,000, 75 points

9-12. Team Spirit, MAD Lions, mousesports, Ninjas in Pyjamas, $2,500, 45 points

13-16. OG, Fnatic, North, ENCE, $1,500, no points

--Field Level Media

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