Natus Vincere avoided becoming victims of the first major surprise at ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals.
The number two team in the World rankings was a couple of rounds away from losing on Mirage to Australian minnows ORDER, but kept it together towards the end to escape the trap hole.
ORDER came out the gates with a dream start, putting up 10 rounds on the board before Na`Vi could put up 2. Order was restored on short notice though. The Europeans went on a rampage that won them 12 out of 13 rounds, effectively giving them their first lead of the game.
The boys from down under had just enough left in them for one last push for glory. Three successive defensive efforts put ORDER back in the lead at 14-13. Due to the convincing fashion in which Na`Vi were winning rounds up to then, their economy was still strong after that small run by ORDER and Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev and co. made the guns pay off.
The final two rounds were not without their tense moments, both ending up in a 1v2 situation for ORDER players, but both went Na`Vi’s way, shaping the 16-14 score line.
In the other match played at the same time mousesports took the game to Ghost on Train for an impressive 16-5 win. Martin “STYKO” Styk’s reintegration in the squad seems to be going just fine and it’s a story to follow whether or not mouz can make a splash in Odense.
The first opportunity to keep an eye on that storyline is tomorrow when mouz will take on Na`Vi at around 7:30 p.m. CET. Ghost and ORDER will play their game at the start of the competitive day – at 12 p.m.