Natus Vincere are moving to the lower bracket of ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals’ Group B after getting utterly embarrassed by mousesports.
The CIS side came into the tournament as one of the favorites to win it but have been shaky in their first couple of matches to say the least. After their struggles with ORDER yesterday many expected them to pick the pace up against better opposition, but this was not the case.
The exact opposite can be claimed for mouz. The international squad is always considered a dark horse at worst but they have been rather inconsistent since re-adding Martin “STYKO” Styk to their lineup a couple of months ago. So far mouz have been arguably the most impressive team in Odense with crushing victories over Ghost and Natus Vincere. This is turning the impending clash with mibr for a semifinal spot into a spicy bite for the neutrals.
Na`Vi paved the way to their own demise as early as the veto, allowing two of mousesports’ best maps – Nuke and Train, to be the playing field. Even with that, nobody expected things to go as bad for Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev and co. as they actually did. A 16-6 on Nuke, that probably only got to 6 due to mouz starting on the T side, was followed by 16-4 on Train with a 14-1 first half as the cherry on top.
The only good news for the CIS group is that they are not out of the tournament yet. They have Sharks to beat tomorrow in order to keep their heads above water, with another win needed for a spot in the playoffs.
Meanwhile, G2 have suddenly made their way to Group A’s lower bracket final with a 2-1 victory over HellRaisers. The French are playing their last tournament with Kévin “Ex6TenZ” Droolans and Edouard “SmithZz” Dubourdeaux in the starting five and are doing what they can to separate on a high. They could do one better if they defeat Renegades tomorrow. This will secure a farewell playoff appearance for the two departing veterans.
The ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals resume play tomorrow at 12 p.m. CET with Natus Vincere – Sharks and Ghost – NRG.