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Na`Vi brush past NRG to win StarLadder i-Series Season 5 in Kiev

The Ukrainian team made sure their home advantage counted, wrapping up the trophy in two maps.

On one half of the Grand Final of StarLadder i-League Season 5 was plucky North American team NRG, who reached their first LAN final in their first playoff appearance having started the event with a 0-2 record. The other was home favorites Natus Vincere, who with Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev under their belt were looking frightening, even after a 3-2 group stage record. 

The maps the two were set to play were Overpass, Mirage and the potential decider, Nuke.

Overpass began with Na`Vi in control, taking the first seven rounds in a row to take the lead. NRG managed to start a comeback in the remaining rounds of the half, with Ethan "nahtE" Arnold doing his part, managing to see themselves only just behind at 8-7. But the second half was all Na`Vi, with Denis "electronic" Sharipov and s1mple controlling the required bombsites to prevent NRG entry to be able to claim a 16-8 win.

Mirage was next, and s1mple was around to flashily ruin NRG's hopes and dreams. The story was similar to the first map, a close first half, this time at 9-6, followed by a dominant second half performance from their opponents. Egor "flamie" Vasilyev helped lead the line for Na`Vi this time around, eventually numbering 27 kills with a 120.4 ADR. An ace from Tsvetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov helped stave off the inevitable, a fate which was delivered by P250s and a Zeus... from Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko.

0 - 2
Natus Vincere
All maps
NRG K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
United States Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold 35 - 38 -3 80.0 74.5% 1.05
United States Jacob 'FugLy' Medina 28 - 39 -11 77.7 70.2% 0.89
United States Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte 28 - 37 -9 69.2 70.2% 0.83
Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov 25 - 35 -10 55.1 59.6% 0.76
Canada Damian 'daps' Steele 24 - 34 -10 65.8 55.3% 0.72
Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
Oleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev 43 - 32 +11 98.1 85.1% 1.47
Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev 42 - 26 +16 93.6 80.9% 1.45
Denis 'electroNic' Sharipov 40 - 27 +13 86.6 80.9% 1.44
Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko 30 - 23 +7 64.4 80.9% 1.15
Ioann 'Edward' Sukhariev 28 - 33 -5 66.2 61.7% 0.96

This sees Na`Vi pick up their first trophy since DreamHack Open Winter 2017, having narrowly missed out at DreamHack Masters Marseille and the previous StarLadder i-League season. NRG claimed the second place prize of $50,000 and can hold their heads high, having proved there is more talent on those North American shores.

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