wins Starladder Invitational

Esports Asia News have won SL i-League Invitational #1 after defeating Natus Vincere 2-1 (16-11 on Inferno, 8-16 on Train and 16-10 on Cobblestone).  The first map of the series, Inferno, began at a frantic pace as rounds went back and forth, with Ioann “Edward” Sukhariev twice rescuing Na`Vi in force buy situations. With the scoreline 2-2, went on a massive run that saw them win eight rounds in a row thanks to their impeccable map control. Na`Vi then finally brought’s streak to an end, with Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovács getting two entry frags with the AK-47 before Sukhariev won a 1vs2 clutch with the SCAR-20. However, hit back right after to reset Na`Vi’s economy before closing out the half with a 12-3 lead. Egor “flamie” Vasilyev went huge in the pistol round as CT and picked up four kills inside B to give Na`Vi the round. then hit back on a force buy, but they were unable to follow it up, with Na`Vi picking up three rounds in a row to reduce the deficit to six rounds. then picked up back-to-back rounds to reach map point. Na`Vi refused to throw in the towel, however, and won four rounds straight, but a quad kill from Filip “NEO” Kubski in a tec9 push sealed the deal for the Polish side. On Train, Na`Vi got off to a dream start on the CT side, winning ten of the first 11 rounds as struggled to find a way past the defensive setup of the CIS team. With some key AWP kills from Janusz “Snax” Pogorzelski, strung two rounds together, but Na`Vi came back to haunt them in the final stages, taking a massive 12-3 lead. In the second half, kept themselves in the game by winning the pistol round with ease. Na`Vi almost cause a major upset on a force buy, but Jarosław “pashaBiceps” Jarząbkowski saved the day with a spectacular 1vs3 clutch. Round after round, shut down Na`Vi’s offense, but an insane 1vs3 clutch from Danylo “Zeus” Teslenko on 10 hp gave Na`Vi their first round of the half and sparked a great run from his team, who took the map 16-8. Lastly, managed to snatch Cobble under the noses of NaVi, clinching them their first title of 2016.

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