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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s pro scene starts 2021 with a bang

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive made a magical start to 2021, with this past weekend’s Blast Premier Global Final event seeing an incredible comeback win for Natus Vincere, better known as Navi, alongside the most-watched match in Counter-Strike history. Dead game, amirite.

This event had everything, though by the end the biggest story was Navi: sent packing early, favouring a six-man rotation strategy (Counter-Strike teams have five players), with the player many regard to be the best around, Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev, at the heart. Day two saw Navi defeated by Team Liquid (despite s1mple scoring an astonishing 36 frags on Nuke), sending the team to the losers’ bracket: from where they’d go on to beat Complexity and G2 before gaining revenge on team Liquid in the losers’ final. Although this ended up 2-0 in Navi’s favour it was an incredible match, and saw the team pretty much do to Liquid what Liquid had done to them.


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