CS:GO: s1mple leads Na'Vi to victory at StarSeries i-League Season 7 - Final placements - Dexerto

CS:GO: s1mple leads Na’Vi to victory at StarSeries i-League Season 7 – Final placements

Published: 7/Apr/2019 13:51

by Calum Patterson


Natus Vincere have won their first CS:GO tournament of 2019 at StarSeries i-League Season 7, with a dominant grand final win over Fnatic, and unsurprisingly Oleksandr ‘s1mple‘ Kostyliev stole the show.

Despite a bad start, where they were upset by ViCi, Na’Vi slipped into gear and began to show their dominance over their next group play opponents, taking down BIG, NiP and NRG to book a quarter final spot.

Their grand final opponents Fnatic also looked strong throughout, although admittedly looked shaky in their 2-0 win over NRG in the semi-finals, where they forced to overtime on both maps, winning 19-17 both times.

StarLadderFlamie had a standout performance for Na’Vi in the grand final vs Fnatic.

But, with s1mple playing at the peak of his powers, he alone made Na’Vi many fans’ favorite to lift the trophy, as he come into the final with a +155 K/D differential at the tournament – just shy of his record of +161.

He would go on to beat his own record, finishing the tournament with a +166 overall K/D differential, which means he now holds the top five event K/D’s of all time, further cementing his legacy.

Likely his finest play of the tournament was a ridiculous ace clutch and 1v4 with the AWP, single-handedly controlling the A bomb site on Inferno.

A highlight reel of moments could have centered around the Ukranian himself, but his teammates also showed up when it mattered, with Egor ‘flamie’ Vasilyev arguably the best player in the grand final, in terms of raw statistics.

StarSeries i-League Season 7 – Final Placements

Place Team Prize
1 Na’Vi $250,000
2 Fnatic $80,000
3-4 NRG $30,000
3-4 Renegades $30,000
5-8 NiP $15,000
5-8 North $15,000
5-8 ENCE $15,000
5-8 Vitality $15,000
9-11 Spirit $8,500
9-11 BIG $8,500
9-11 FaZe Clan $8,500
12-14 TyLoo $5,500
12-14 ViCi $5,500
12-14 MiBR $5,500
15-16 paiN $4,000
15-16 Panda $4,000

CSGO’s Nivera on surpassing his brother ScreaM: “A Major is not enough”

Published: 23/Nov/2020 21:12 Updated: 23/Nov/2020 21:46

by Marco Rizzo


Dexerto had the opportunity to speak with Nabil ‘Nivera’ Benrlitom, the newest member of Vitality’s lineup about his role in the squad, his performance in the finals of IEM Beijing and his drive to one day outdo his brother and CS:GO legend Adil ‘ScreaM’ Benrlitom.

Brought in as the sixth member of an already established Team Vitality roster, Nivera found himself surrounded by some of the biggest names in French CS while facing a skeptic community on the feasibility of an extended roster.

After all, Astralis had also recently moved to an extended lineup but had not used Lucas ‘Bubzkji’ Andersen as a regular substitute after the original roster had been reunited.

Nivera was required to prove himself against the Complexity juggernaut at BLAST Premier Fall Series, being the first player to ever been subbed in during a CSGO match.

Nivera on his role within Vitality

Nabil has only made appearances for Vitality when the team played Inferno or Dust_2, subbing in for Richard ‘shox’ Papillon and Kévin ‘misutaaa’ Rabier.

While being an AWPer by nature, Nivera has been playing a flexible role on his new team, expanding on the topic he explained:

“In Dust_2 I’m playing with the rifle and on CT side…If I want to take the AWP, I take it…[on Inferno] I’m the main sniper, that’s why Inferno is my best map because the main sniper is my main role but I can play Rifle, that’s why Vitality took me.”

With big shoes to fill Nivera raised up to the challenge, delivering some great performances in the maps he played and helping the team secure a top spot in their group at Blast Premier Fall and the trophy at IEM Beijing-Haidian.

Nivera on being subbed in the Grand Finals of a tournament

The young star did not seem to be affected by the pressure of the grand final, even after witnessing his team’s dismantling on Nuke at the hands of NaVi.

“I had not a lot of pressure honestly…I have to give my best. I stay here for only two maps, I have to play good,” Nivera confessed. “I was a little bit sad after Dust_2 because we lost it but I was proud of myself ’cause I gave my best, even if we lost the map.”

Regarding his team’s comeback in the final, he felt the team had what it needed to win the event: “…everyone woke up, they won Overpass and we were very confident for Inferno.”

Nivera CSGO BLAST Premier Substitution
Twitter: TeamVitality
Nivera debuted for Vitality just 13 days after joining the team.

Nivera on his first tournament win at IEM: Beijing-Haidian

With little over three weeks of practice with their new member, Vitality headed to IEM Beijing after topping their group at BLAST Premier Fall.

Despite appearing like the most consistent team of the year and reaching multiple finals in the online era, Vitality failed to win a trophy until now.

“It was the first tournament that Vitality won in 2020 so I was really glad that they won it with me. It’s a really good feeling.”

Their journey to the final wasn’t easy. They faced their Danish nemesis Heroic and the Complexity juggernaut on the way.

Nivera was crucial in their victory against Heroic in the quarter-finals, being subbed in on the last map and ending the game with almost 30 kills to his name.

“I had to play and if we lost we would be out of the tournament but in my head, I was like: I will just play my game, give everything and stay focused on the game.”

Team Vitality CSGO
Team Vitality
Nivera has been impressive in the nine maps he has played for Vitality.

Nivera on becoming a legend like his brother ScreaM

After this level of performance at such a young age, the community started drawing comparisons between him and his older brother ScreaM.

“ScreaM has a big career…he has a lot of fans and is a legend of CSGO, literally. Doing more than him is hard but I will try to do it… I will just give my best like I do with everything in life and I will have no regrets”

ScreaM has been considered one of the most iconic French players in CSGO history, appearing at the top of headshot-related statistics even after his retirement from the game and switch to Valorant.

When asked if a Major title would be the determining factor of his status as a better player than his brother, the younger sibling was humble in his response.

“My brother did a lot of things in this game and I have to work hard, like really really hard ’cause he’s such a big player,” he said. “A Major is not enough, I have to do way more.”

Nivera has really impressed in his games for Vitality and if he keeps developing at the current rate, learning from veterans such as shox and Cédric ‘RpK’ Guipouy.

The 19-year-old has a bright future ahead of him.