StarSeries Season 5: First Champion Title for Natus Vincere in Two Years
2018-06-04

StarSeries Season 5: First Champion Title for Natus Vincere in Two Years

The fifth season of StarSeries i-League concluded with the confident victory of Natus Vincere. In the grand finals they defeated NRG Esports, receiving $125,000 in prize money and their first championship since 2016.

The $300,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament started with a group stage on May 28th, which featured 16 teams competing in a Swiss system format with best-of-three series. Top eight teams advanced to the playoffs, while the others were eliminated. The results of the group stage can be found below.

Group Stage:

# Team Matches Rounds RD
1. AGO Esports 3-0 112-80 +32
1. SK Gaming 3-0 114-93 +21
3. Team Liquid 3-1 155-121 +34
3. Ninjas in Pyjamas 3-1 116-103 +13
3. mousesports 3-1 141-134 +7
6. Natus Vincere 3-2 154-130 +24
6. North 3-2 168-147 +21
6. NRG Esports 3-2 142-128 +14
9. GODSENT 2-3 159-144 +15
9. AVANGAR 2-3 149-159 -10
9. Renegades 2-3 138-195 -57
12. HellRaisers 1-3 108-124 -16
12. Virtus.pro 1-3 120-137 -17
12. TyLoo 1-3 94-136 -42
15. Gambit Esports 0-3 104-116 -12
15. VG.FlashGaming 0-3 73-100 -27

Both Natus Vincere and NRG Esports advanced to the playoffs from the sixth place in the group stage: Na`Vi lost to TyLoo (0-2) and mousesports (1-2), while defeated VG.FlashGaming (2-0), Virtus.pro (2-0) and AVANGAR (2-0); NRG started with two losses (0-2 to Team Liquid and 1-2 to Heroic), but then managed to bounce back by defeating VG.Flashgaming (2-0), HellRaisers (2-0) and Renegades (2-0).

The playoffs stage was held in a single-elimination format with best-of-three series, including the finals. On their way to the grand finals Na`Vi defeated SK Gaming (2-1) and mousesports (2-1), while NRG Esports managed to outplay Team Liquid (2-1) and North (2-1). In the grand finals the crowd-favourites from Na`Vi looked far stronger than their opponents and managed to secure the series with the 2-0 score (16:8 at Overpass; 16:7 at Mirage). Despite placing high at multiple events, this victory brought Na`Vi their first champions title since 2016, when they emerged victorious at ESL One: New York 2016.

Playoffs Bracket:

Tournament Results:

Place $ USD Team
1st $125,000 Natus Vincere
2nd $50,000 NRG Esports
3rd-4th $25,000 mousesports, North
5th-8th $10,000 SK Gaming, Ninjas in Pyjamas, AGO Esports, Team Liquid
9th-11th $6,000 AVANGAR, Renegades, DOGSENT
12th-14th $4,000 TyLoo, HellRaisers, Virtus.pro
15th-16th $2,500 VG.FlashGaming, Gambit Esports