Na'Vi and Fnatic Lock Horns in Intense Quarter-Final Match at ESL One: Cologne - Match Report and Highlights - Dexerto
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Na’Vi and Fnatic Lock Horns in Intense Quarter-Final Match at ESL One: Cologne – Match Report and Highlights

Published: 6/Jul/2018 15:50 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:06

by Ross Deason

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Natus Vincere has knocked Fnatic out of ESL One: Cologne 2018 following a match that saw the team’s incredible firepower make all the difference.

Na’Vi and Fnatic met in the first quarter-final of the $300,000 ESL One: Cologne event for the somewhat questionable reward of facing the dominant Astralis in semi-finals on July 7th.

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Both teams walked into the packed Lanxess Arena looking confident. In fact, Fnatic were so confident that they allowed Overpass through during the veto, despite losing to FaZe Clan 16-1 on the same map just 24 hours before.

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Fnatic actually opened up with an emphatic pistol round victory but Na’Vi bounced back immediately and quickly started to race away to a commanding lead.

The Ukrainian side rarely broke stride throughout the remainder of the first half and held an impressive 12-3 lead before switching to the T side of the map with Egor ‘flamie’ Vasilyev topping the scoreboard.

Fnatic once again took the pistol round as the second half got underway but it quickly became a case of déjà vu when Na’Vi nounced right back with a devastating force buy in the second round to regain control.

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The rest of the map should have been a mere formality but the Fnatic players seemed to suddenly find their form and started to grind out rounds.

Unfortunately for the Swedes it was too little, too late, and Na’Vi eventually secured a 16-12 win to a take the 1-0 lead in the best of three series.

Next up was Fnatic’s map choice, Train. Despite the first map loss, the Swedish team’s ability to mount something of a comeback on Overpass should have left them feeling like they were still in the game.

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However, a stunning CT pistol round from Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev saw Na’Vi get right back into the driving seat and begin to build a lead.

The Fnatic players did manage to put up more of a fight on the T side of Train than they did on Overpass but the firepower of Na’Vi was still too much to handle as the Ukrainian side secured an 11-4 lead by halftime.

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Fnatic looked like they were going to keep their hopes alive with a pistol round win after switching to the CT side but Na’Vi once again embarrassed them on their anti-eco.

This time around Fnatic was able to rally before Na’Vi reached match point but it was still not enough as seemingly every clutch round went in favor of s1mple and company.

Eventually Na’Vi secured the map win with a score of 16-10. They will now move on to face Astralis in the first semi-final match on July 7th.


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Nadeshot frustrated as ESL shut down his restream of CSGO finals

Published: 19/Oct/2020 0:49 Updated: 19/Oct/2020 11:59

by Theo Salaun

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Ahead of 100 Thieves’ announced departure from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Mathew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag came under a bit of fire for disinterest in his org’s finals match at IEM New York and, subsequently, admonished by ESL for streaming the event.

Nadeshot came home to Los Angeles after 12 hours of travel and was excited to stream some of the Black Ops Cold War open beta for the first time, but, as the stream started, he also mentioned that he wouldn’t be responding to chat as much as usual because 100T was facing Furia in the IEM New York Grand Finals.

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Unfortunately, some found it disappointing that the organization’s founder would multitask and play another game during his team’s final CS:GO match ever, with former pro Chad ‘SPUNJ’ Burchill even calling him out.

With people like SPUNJ discrediting Nade’s loyalty to his team and Black Ops Cold War coincidentally crashing, the 100T CEO attempted to switch over to the big match. But, in another string of disappointments, that idea wasn’t meant to be either.

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After trying to watch the Grand Finals with about 13,000 viewers, Nade received word that this re-stream was against ESL guidelines and that he was not allowed to do so.

Frustratedly, he returned to his initial Black Ops Cold War plans and expressed some understanding, as well as disappointment with the tournament organizers’ decision.

“At the end of the day, I get it from a business perspective on ESL’s standpoint,” Nadeshot said. “I mean, they pay for broadcast rights and they’re putting on this tournament and all these things.

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But, from my perspective, I have all of their sponsors and broadcast assets on my stream … I’m essentially just on a soapbox right now, blasting the stream but with just 12-13,000 more viewers.”

As he explained on stream, by putting the stream on full screen without any of his brandings, he felt that he was just giving the official broadcast more exposure. But, ultimately, he understands why the decision was made.

In a later clip, following his return to streaming BOCW, the 100T head honcho added further clarification.

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While affirming that he fully understands why he wasn’t allowed to re-stream the event and that he respects ESL’s business decisions, he felt that this situation was unique and could have been handled differently: “Well, I got your logos up here, I’ve got none of my sponsors up here. Can’t we just make an exception?”

First criticized for not giving his team’s play enough attention and then reprimanded for giving it too much attention, this wasn’t one of Nadeshot’s more fortunate streams. Still, he understands why ESL came down on him and, perhaps more importantly, he did eventually get to play BOCW without his PC crashing.

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