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CS:GO: s1mple reveals how Na’Vi can dethrone Astralis

Published: 8/Apr/2019 13:41 Updated: 7/Apr/2020 12:47

by Connor Bennett

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Natus Vincere Counter-Strike: Global Offensive superstar Aleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev revealed his team’s plan to bring down Astralis following their impressive win at StarSeries i-league season 7 in Shanghai.

Astralis have run roughshod over the competitive CS:GO scene for a year, picking up 12 trophies from LAN events – including back-to-back Major wins, back-to-back ESL Pro League successes and consecutive victories at ECS season finals.

While some players, like Mousesports’ Finn ‘Karrigan’ Andersen, have called upon a higher power to help knock the dominant Danes down, teams are still doing their best to play catch-up and knock Astralis off their perch.

ESLAstralis have enjoyed winning event after event over the past year.

What is Na’Vi’s plan?

After admitting that they didn’t practice all that much ahead of their recent IEM Katowice run, s1mple shed some light on his team’s seemingly simple plan to bring down Astralis – by going about their business with an added level of seriousness.

Since Katowice, the organization has made a switch, adding former Gambit coach Andrey ’B1ad3’ Gorodenskiy as an esports director, a move that s1mple is relishing working under.

“Now, we’re trying to get a new system with B1ad3 and we’ll try to get new people into our team, a dietologist and a psychologist as well,” s1mple told HLTV in Shanghai. “ We just want to see what’s going to happen when we are at 100% preparation and work that we’re going to put in in the next month.”

StarLadderS1mple led NaVi to their first win of the year in Shanghai, claiming another MVP award for himself.

How will B1ad3 help Natus Vincere?

B1ad3, a former in-game leader and teammate of s1mple’s, will be tasked with completing transfers, developing Na’Vi’s team and making sure their schedule is locked in with plenty of notice and preparation in the coming months – similar to how other organizations operate.

While it’s an overhauling move to catch and mimic Astralis, similar to how the Danes added a sports psychologist in 2017 to fix their issues, improvements will have to be made in the server to take down the Danish squad.

Moving to an increasingly professional set-up, similar to how Astralis employ physiotherapists, dieticians and make scheduling decisions of their own, will help in the long run. 

In actual fact, Astralis may have gotten a slight boost with Valve removing their perma-ban map, Cache, from the Active Duty map pool – with teams still playing catch-up on other maps.

Just which team steps up to the next level and finally challenges the Danes consistently in a final remains to be seen, but at least Na’Vi recognizes that going about things a bit more seriously is the first step they need to take.

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BLAST Premier Global Final – NAVI and Team Liquid go through

Published: 22/Jan/2021 20:55 Updated: 22/Jan/2021 22:09

by Albert Petrosyan

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BLAST Premier’s Global Final is underway! Eight of BLAST’s best compete for the lion’s share of $1 million. Here’s the Global Final schedule, stream, and results — as well as a recap for each day as the action unfolds! 


  • Winner’s Final: Astralis vs Team Vitality scheduled for 10:30AM (EST) / 4:30PM (CET)
  • NAVI send G2 Esports home 2-0
  • Evil Geniuses swept by Team Liquid 0-2

BLAST Premier Global Final: Stream

As with all other BLAST competitions, the 2020 Global Final will be broadcast live on their official Twitch channel, which we’ve embedded above for your convenience.

The tournament will likely also be live-streamed on BLAST’s YouTube channel, which is also where the VoDs for all the matches will be uploaded, so feel free to check that out if you missed any games throughout the event.

BLAST Premier Global Final: Schedule & results

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Day 5 — Saturday, January 23

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners Final Astralis vs Team Vitality 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers Final Team Liquid vs NAVI 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Day 6 — Sunday, January 24

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Consolidation Final TBD vs TBD 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Grand Final TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Day 1 — Tuesday, January 19

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners R1 Astralis 2-1 Evil Geniuses 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Winners R1 G2 2-1 FURIA 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Astralis & G2 edge through to semi-finals

Astralis opened by taking on Evil Geniuses in a three-game series, with the first map (Inferno) going the way of EG (16-14). The North American’s ability to convert pistol rounds was not enough to guarantee a second map, as both Overpass (16-8) and Vertigo (16-6) were claimed by the Danes. Xyp9x’s AUG proved too hot to handle on Overpass — will we see it again?

G2 Esports vs FURIA was a much closer affair. G2 took the initiative on Inferno (16-12), snatching FURIA’s map pick. After falling short on Mirage (14-16), G2 bounced back on Nuke (16-10) to clinch the series. NiKo shined, as he clocked out with +20 frags, going 70-50 in three maps.

Day 2 — Wednesday, January 20

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners R1 Vitality 2-0 Complexity 4:30 AM 7:30 AM 1:30 PM
Winners R1  NAVI 0-2 Team Liquid 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers R1 Evil Geniuses 2-1 FURIA 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

FURIA bow out early, FalleN’s Liquid surprise Na’Vi

Complexity were unable to perform in their first series of the year, being swept on Mirage (9-16) and Dust2 (8-16). ZywOo shined, delivering 46 kills over two maps. 

A new-look Team Liquid pull the upset against NAVI, dispatching the CIS squad on Inferno (16-6) and Nuke (16-14). S1mple’s 36 kills on Nuke were not enough to keep his team in the upper bracket

Despite a convincing win on Inferno (16-9), FURIA fell short on Mirage (14-16) against Evil Geniuses. Stanislaw and co. followed up with a swift win on Nuke (16-6) to keep their tournament hopes alive.

Day 3 — Thursday, January 21

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Losers R1 Complexity 1-2 NAVI 4:30 AM 7:30 AM 1:30 PM
Winners R2 Astralis 2-1 G2 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Winners R2 Vitality 2-0 Team Liquid 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Astralis and Vitality secure top-4, Complexity knocked out

Complexity were eliminated by NAVI after a 1-2 series. Electronic was the star of the show with 75 kills over three maps.

Astralis took down G2 Esports following a thrilling series. The Danes followed Dust2 (14-16) with wins on Vertigo (16-8) and Inferno (16-4) with Dupreeh displaying an impressive 91.5 ADR across three maps.

Team Liquid failed to overcome Vitality falling short on Vertigo (11-16) after a close game on Nuke (14-16). ZywOo seemed unbeatable in clutches across both maps.

Day 4 — Friday, January 22

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Losers R2 Evil Geniuses 0-2 Team Liquid 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers R2 G2 0-2 NAVI 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

G2 and Evil Geniuses fall short, NAVI and Liquid trough

Team Liquid send Evil Geniuses packing after two swift wins on Inferno (16-12) and Dust2 (16-8). NAF shined for the North American team, delivering 51 kills over the two maps. 

NAVI take down G2 Esports, looking unstoppable on both Train (16-6) and Mirage (16-8). Everyone on the CIS squad was on point, with s1mple standing out with an impressive 94.3 ADR across the series.

Blast Premier Global Final: Teams & players

Eight total teams will be in attendance at this year’s BLAST Global Final, all of them qualifying through a variety of competitions, such as the Spring Finals, Fall Finals and BLAST Premier Circuit.

Lots of eyes will be on Team Liquid, who will be with their new star acquisition, FalleN, after the Brazilian legend joined their ranks to replace Twistzz.

Team Qualified via Players
Astralis Fall Finals device, dupreeh, Xyp9x, gla1ve, Magisk, Bubzkji (s), zonic (C)
Complexity European Spring Finals blameF, RUSH, k0nfig, jks, JUGi, keita (C)
Evil Geniuses American Spring Finals Brehze, CeRq, Ethan, tarik, Stanislaw, zews (C)
FURIA Esports BLAST Premier Circuit yuurih, arT, VINI, KSCERATO, honda
G2 Esports BLAST Premier Circuit kennyS, AmaNEk, nexa, huNter-, NiKo, maLeK (C)
Team Liquid BLAST Premier Circuit ELiGE, NAF, Stewie2K, Grim, FalleN, moses (C)
Natus Vincere BLAST Premier Circuit flamie, s1mple, electronic, Boombl4, Perfecto, B1T (s), B1ad3 (C)
Team Vitality European Spring Finals apEX, RpK, ZywOo, shox, misutaaa, Nivera (s), XTQZZZ (C)

BLAST Premier Global Final: Final Placements

Eight teams are battling it out for their share of $1 million… Additionally, BLAST are gifting the winners an exclusive TW Steel watch to complement the $600k in cash.

Placement  Team Prize
1 TBD $600,000
2 TBD $200,000
3 TBD $80,000
4 TBD $50,000
5-6 G2 Esports $20,000
Evil Geniuses
7-8 Complexity $15,000
FURIA