Natus Vincere beats Vitality to win BLAST Premier Fall Finals

Natus Vincere defeated Team Vitality 2-1 Sunday in the grand final of the BLAST Premier Fall Finals, earning the team a berth in next month’s World Final.

Vitality forced a rematch of the upper bracket final by beating Astralis 2-1 earlier in the day to emerge from the lower bracket. Astralis took third place as a result.

Natus Vincere (NAVI) landed a $225,000 prize for first, Vitality won $85,000 for second and Astralis took home $40,000 for third.

NAVI blew out Vitality on Saturday to wrap up the upper bracket, but Sunday’s grand final was a more closely contested affair. NAVI squeaked out the win on the opening map, Mirage, 16-12. Vitality then stormed back with a 16-6 victory on Nuke.

The deciding map of the match and the tournament was Inferno, and NAVI jumped ahead 12-3 before holding on for a 16-7 win.

Aleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev of Ukraine concluded a terrific showing at the tournament with 76 kills and a plus-30 kills-to-deaths differential to carry NAVI. Countryman Valeriy “B1T” Vakhovskiy posted 53 kills and Russia’s Denis “electronic” Sharipov added 51.

Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut of France was the lone member of Vitality with a positive K-D differential, a plus-13 on 63 kills.

In the lower bracket final, Vitality dropped the first map to Astralis, 16-12 on Nuke, before responding with a 16-11 win on Inferno and a 16-7 triumph on Mirage.

ZywOo dominated for Vitality with a match-high 78 kills and a remarkable plus-38 differential. Kevin “misutaaa” Rabier had 59 kills and a plus-6 while Richard “shox” Papillon had 53 kills and a plus-1 for the all-French squad.

Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke of Denmark carried Astralis with 69 kills and a plus-10 in the loss.

All matches in the double-elimination, $425,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament were best-of-three, including Sunday’s grand final.

NAVI will head to the BLAST Premier World Final, scheduled for Dec. 14-19.

Prize pool and BLAST Premier points:
1. $225,000, 4000 points — Natus Vincere
2. $85,000, 2000 points — Team Vitality
3. $40,000, 1500 points — Astralis
4. $25,000, 1000 points — Heroic
5-6. $15,000, 500 points — FaZe Clan, Team Liquid
7-8. $10,000, 250 points — BIG, Ninjas in Pyjamas

–Field Level Media

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