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.
|3.||Ninjas in Pyjamas||3-1||116-103||+13|
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.
|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|