Na’Vi wins PGL Major Stockholm 2021 without dropping a single match
Dimapur, Nov. 8 (EMN): Natus Vincere (Na’Vi ) officially claimed their first CS:GO major title on Sunday after defeating G2 Esports 2-0 to take home the PGL Major Stockholm 2021 trophy.
Going into the final, Na’Vi was on course to achieve something that no team in history had ever done before. They had not dropped a single match prior to the grandfinal and they had the opportunity to become the first team in CS:GO history to win a major without losing a single match.
15 Majors. 3 heartbreaking losses in the finals. 0 thoughts about giving up. We're NAVI. We're obsessed with victory. We're PGL Major Stockholm Champions!— NAVI, PGL MAJOR STOCKHOLM CHAMPION (@natusvincere) November 7, 2021
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And they did just that, trouncing G2 Esports 2-0 to become PGL Major Stockholm 2021 champions.
The win also marks the first major trophy for Na’Vi’s star player Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev, widely regarded as one of the best ever to play the game. S1mple had never won a CS:GO major prior to this tournament and with the win he has arguably cemented himself in CS:GO history as its greatest of all time.
S1mple put on a stunning performance and ended the tournament with 1.47 HLTV 2.0 rating and the HLTV MVP.
“A lot of people didn’t believe in me, and made jokes, but I f****** did it,” S1mple said in his postgame interview. “The Major is ours, the major is NaVi’s. I told [the team], we just needed to believe in ourselves, and we were going to win.”
Despite Na’Vi’s dominant display on the first map Ancient, the second game on Nuke was a different story altogether. G2 Esports almost assured themselves a third game after they went up 15-10, however, a catastrophic mistake from G2’s Nikola “NiKo” Kovač gave Na’Vi the impetus to put together a devastating comeback.
Ultimately it was Na’Vi who sealed deal in double overtime, winning the second game 22-19 and ending the series 2-0 to take home the trophy.