How Na’Vi won the IEM Championship

Na’Vi recently won the Intel Extreme Masters Season XVI, walking away with the $400,000 prize money, while one of the team members, S1mple, was crowned the tournament’s MVP.

The Russian squad, Natus Vincere (Na’Vi) can now be seen as the best Counter Strike Global Offense team in the world, as they won the Intel Extreme Masters Season XVI- Cologne 2021 on Sunday, 18 July 2021. Na’Vi casually sailed through the group stage of the tournament, at the expense of Team Vitality, Astralis and Renegades. Each match resulted in a 2 – 1 win for the team, however, Na’Vi ruled the third map every time. The playoff stage seemed to go even smoother, as the FaZe Clan did not stand a chance against Na’Vi in the semifinals. Na’Vi then faced the G2 Esports team in the tournament’s finale.

The finale started on Dust 2, where a very competitive counter terrorist, G2 Esports stumbled into a 16 – 11 win for Na’Vi. In Mirage, the second map, G2 got off to a solid start on the counter terrorist side, however, Na’Vi soon stepped up and won the round 16-14. During the third map, Nuke, G2 started to realize that they needed to do something, as Na’Vi was winning the game. However, Na’Vi got into a strong economic position during the second half, which they used to take control of the terrorist’s side of Nuke. This was seen as the nail in G2’s coffin, as they were unable to put up a proper fight for the final two rounds. It was one last grenade stack through the smoke that sealed Na’Vi’s championship with a victory of 16 – 14.

One member of Na’Vi’s team, Oleksandr Kostyliev, better known online as S1mple, continued his excellence into a new era of CSGO local area network (LAN). His statistics at the tournament broke the charts of Half Life Television (HLTV), as he obtained 93.1 percent damage and 96 kills per round combined for a 1.77 kill-death (KD) ratio for the event. These statistics made S1mple stand head-and-shoulders above anyone else at the IEM Cologne. He also broke the record for the most aces at a prominent LAN tournament, with four full team wipes. It came as no surprise when S1mple was announced as the tournament’s most valuable player (MVP).

Not only is Na’Vi now seen as the best Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) in the world, but they also received $400,000 in prize money. The team will join G2 Esports, Mousesports and Astralis, among others, in a tournament to compete for $750,000 in August.