Natus Vincere (Na’Vi) looks to be back in form as they claimed the top spot at the Dota 2 CIS Qualifier of The International 2019 (TI9). In order to reach this, Na’Vi had to go through some of the region’s best teams.
Vega Squadron was the main attraction, which despite having a relatively new team, took the top spot during the Group Stage by ripping through their enemies. Vega finished as winners without dropping a single game. The team had been having trouble qualifying for any DPC events, so it was indeed a surprise to many when the group showed initial strong performance. This Cinderella story appeared to move forward as Vega beat Na’Vi in the first round of the Playoffs. Their luck was with them in the first game of the Playoffs against Na’Vi as well. However, Team Winstrike proved to be a bit too much and Vega Squadron dropped to the losers bracket.
Na’Vi was more than eager to take revenge after the loss. The series between them and Vega was definitely one of the most interesting out of all games in these qualifiers. In the end, Na’Vi prevailed. It’s been a while since the Ukranian powerhouse played at this event. Having said that, it will be interesting to see how they will hold up against the other teams at TI9.
The roster of Na’Vi is currently composed of Vladislav “Crystallize” Krystanek, Idan “MagicaL” Vardanian, Evgeniy “Blizzy” Ree, Bakyt “Zayac” Emilzhanov, and Akbar “SoNNeikO” Butaev. Fan favorite Danil “Dendi” Ishutin remains on with inactive status and has been loaned to The Pango.
Dota 2 CIS Qualifier Finale
For the finals, the initial expectation was that it would be an even match. Na’Vi instead trounced Winstrike and dominated the match, leading to a 3-0 win.
The final game of the closed qualifiers was an epic battle between Team Winstrike and Natus Vincere. Game one went in favor of Na’Vi mainly due to their early advantage. Their entire draft was heavily focused on the mid-game, which is a very common tactic for the CIS teams.
Nearly the same happened in game two as well. However, this time Na’Vi emphasized more on the late game. Despite that, they were able to take an early advantage that proved to be very hard to overcome for Winstrike.
The third game was full of actions and a series of back-and-forth plays. Winstrike was the leader for the first 30 minutes, but Na’Vi had a very good high-ground defense that was able to withstand the pressure. Natus Vincere was in the driving seat soon enough, and they just ran down their opponents, securing the CIS spot for TI9.
— Natus Vincere (@natusvincere) July 10, 2019
This marks the return of Na’Vi to The International after the team’s early exit back in 2016. It’s been three years straight since both Na’Vi and Alliance qualified for The International. The wait is over for both of these teams and for all their fans. Alliance vs. Na’Vi is now a thing again.
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