Just when most had Virtus Pro penciled in as the third team to qualify for the DreamLeague Major LAN Finals, Natus Vincere pulled off the unthinkable and swept the ESL One Hamburg Champions.
By handily winning the CIS showdown, Natus Vincere put Virtus Pro’s Major dreams in jeopardy while securing theirs. Although there’s still a good chance for Virtus Pro to qualify, OG going 4-0 tomorrow against MidorFeed and coincidentally enough, Natus Vincere, isn’t exactly a far-fetched idea.
Should that happen, both OG and Virtus Pro will have similar 8-6 records and there will be no tiebreaker match. Instead, the former will take the fourth spot by virtue of having more 2-0 series wins.
In a way, you could say that Virtus Pro’s chances of qualifying for the DreamLeague Major LAN Finals are in Natus Vincere’s hands.
The Long Road to the DreamLeague Major LAN Finals
The only open qualifier team from the CIS region, many considered Natus Vincere as an afterthought at the combined EU + CIS regional qualifiers for the ROG DreamLeague Major. And, for good reason, Virtus Pro had a stranglehold on the CIS region.
While the latest iteration of the black and yellow has had a more solid showing this season than that of last year, many believed that there was no way they’d leapfrog over the likes of Virtus Pro, Team Liquid, Team Secret, and OG — the teams many expected would qualify for the DreamLeague Major LAN Finals.
In their first five games, Natus Vincere went 5-1, which included an encouraging draw against the reigning TI champions, Team Liquid. However, they’d go on to lose 2-0 against Team Secret, while Virtus Pro would race ahead near the top of the group with a 7-3 win-loss record in their first ten games.
Heading into the final stretch, Natus Vincere needed to sweep Virtus Pro to firmly secure their spot at the DreamLeague LAN Finals and that’s exactly what they did.
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Natus Vincere beat Virtus Pro at their own game in Game 1. They gave the CIS bears a 34-12 drubbing that many never saw coming. Then, in Game 2, they took the best that Virtus Pro had to offer and won anyway; the supah midah, Danil ‘Dendi‘ Ishutin, posted a masterful performance on his Ancient Apparition to close out the series.
As you might expect, the win drew many “NaVi is back‘ cheers from audiences all over the world. And, in between the DreamLeague Major LAN Finals and the MDL Macau Minor in December, Natus Vincere will have plenty of chances to prove if whether they truly are back or not.
Natus Vincere Roster
- Vladislav ‘Crystallize‘ Krystanek
- Danil ‘Dendi‘ Ishutin
- Victor ‘GeneRaL‘Nigrini
- Vladimir ‘RodjER‘ Nikogosyan
- Akbar ‘SoNNeikO‘ Butaev
- Alexander ‘XBOCT‘ Dashkevich (Coach)
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