Natus Vincere Win the Adrenaline Cyber League Tournament

Natus Vincere have pulled off the unthinkable in the Grand Finals of the Adrenaline Cyber League LAN tournament, winning their first LAN title since taking home honors at the Starladder i-League StarSeries Season 2 back in July of 2016 after a dominant 3:1 showing against the kings of CIS, Virtus Pro.

This is the second time in as many weeks that Natus Vincere have played spoilers to Virtus Pro.

Earlier last week, Natus Vincere booked their tickets for the DreamHack Winter 2017 festivities in December after sweeping the ESL One Hamburg Champions in the combined Europe + CIS Regional Qualifiers.

The win gives Natus Vincere their first LAN title in over a year and $65,000 in prize money.

Make Way for the New Kings of CIS Dota

Ever since forming in the middle of The International 6, Virtus Pro have made the entire CIS their playground. Not a single team since have come close to threatening their spot at the top of the proverbial totem pole in CIS as they’ve become the most successful Dota 2 team from the CIS region since Natus Vincere‘s reign of dominance from 2011 to 2013.

Coincidentally enough, Natus Vincere, led by one of the old guards in Danil ‘Dendi‘ Ishutin, are the ones giving Virtus Pro a good run for their money this season.

Natus Vincere took no time proving that their win against Virtus Pro at the DreamLeague Qualifiers was not a fluke once they met in the Grand Finals of the Adrenaline Cyber League LAN. They raced off to a 2-0 lead before the Bears bounced back in Game 3 to stretch the series to a fourth game. Unfortunately, one win was all that they could muster up.

Game 4 was a tight, back-and-forth affair for the most part. However, Natus Vincere slowly pulled away as the game went late; their superior vision via Vladimir ‘RodjER‘ Nikogosyan and his Night Stalker gave them all the information they needed to read Virtus Pro’s every move.

As the game dragged on, however, Vladislav ‘Crystallize‘ Krystanek and his Chaos Knight got too big to contain. Meanwhile, Dendi proved that a magic-oriented build for Shadow Fiend would work at the game’s highest level. His Ethereal Blade and Scythe of Vyse pickup gave Natus Vincere disables for days against Virtus Pro.

Adrenaline Cyber League LAN Tournament

The Adrenaline Cyber League LAN event, held in Moscow, featured a respectable $100,000 prize pool and four participating teams: Natus Vincere, Virtus Pro, mousesports, and the sole qualifier team, Team Empire.

Despite not being a Pro Circuit tournament, the prize pool and experience made participating worth it. Especially for Natus Vincere, who came away with a much-needed win ahead of the ROG DreamLeague Major.

What do you think of Natus Vincere’s recent performance? Do you think that this is the year that they will return to prominence, just like the good old days? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.

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