Natus Vincere triumphed in a stacked 16-team Masters Championship event, defeating G2 Esports 3:0 in the Grand Final and earning the lion’s share of $500,000 and an Intel® Grand Slam contribution at the Spodek Arena.
The Ukranian-Russian mix had only welcomed new star ‘Perfecto’ a month before travelling to Poland for IEM Katowice 2020. Having said farewells to prominent legends such as Zeus and GuardiaN in recent days, many fans were uncertain about this Natus Vincere squad. True to his reputation, s1mple captained the black and gold representatives to victory and earned himself the MVP award of the event while averaging a 1.33 rating throughout.
The Gallance of G2
The French steamed into the famed corridors of the Spodek in fine form, decimating their group with series victories over 100 Thieves, mousesports and even Team Liquid. At the forefront of their success, master AWPer kennyS secured a 1.33 rating in G2’s graceful sweep to the Spodek. Finding themselves against the Fnatic in the Semi-Final, both nexa and huNter- proved their value by securing a 2:1 victory. The French momentum fell short against the nuance of Natus Vincere in the Grand Final, where G2 were utterly crushed 3:0 by Blad3 and s1mple’s reign [16:4, 16:13 and 16:2].
Astonished and Attentive
Astralis, as per usual, flawlessly bombarded their group stage with three swift 2:0’s over Cloud9, Team Vitality and Fnatic. However, when the Danes met Natus Vincere in the Semi-Finals, the world’s No. 1 team lost 0:2 [5:16 and 5:16] in what was the most brutal defeat they’ve received score-wise of all time at a Big Event in the Finals.
With IEM Katowice 2020 concluded, Natus Vincere improved their position in Season 3 of the Intel® Grand Slam, enhancing their ranking in the Road to Cologne. The next stop for elite-class level Counter-Strike will be ESL Pro League Season 11, with $750,000 up for grabs! Group stages are scheduled to begin on the 16th of March so be sure to tune in and check out the event here!