Aleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev and his men performed a clean-sweep over Gambit in the second semi-final of the PGL Major Stockholm while G2 Esports will take the stage tomorrow for their first-ever Grand Final appearance at a Major.
Natus Vincere Vs Gambit
Event: PGL Stockholm Major
Event format: Best of 3, LAN
Map Veto :
- Gambit removed Nuke
- Natus Vincere removed Vertigo
- Gambit picked Overpass
- Natus Vincere picked Mirage
- Natus Vincere removed Inferno
- Gambit removed Ancient
- Dust2 was left over
Gambit looked destitute and listless as the crowd at the Avicii Arena witnessed a complete massacre by Natus Vincere who constantly shut down what their CIS counterparts had on their papers to execute despite a valiant effort put up by Abay ‘Hobbit’ Khasenov on Overpass. The first half of Overpass looked well contested by Gambit only to enter a downward spiral, getting punished left, right and centre by Na’Vi.
Having lost their map pick 16-8, Gambit looked firm to square off the series deficit on Mirage, further being hammered down by their own mental stability to crash 16-3 making it the fastest map to have ever ended at a Major.
While the last three years have indeed been tough for Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač post-FaZe Clan’s choke at the hands of Cloud9 from the ELEAGUE Boston Major. But it was the 24-year-old’s passion that kept the stone rolling for his now current team, G2 Esports as the latter are just hours away from facing Natus Vincere in their first-ever Grand Final at a Valve Sponsored event.
With the above being said, both Niko and S1mple would be battling out for that Major title and the sweet lion’s share of $1,000,000 from the prize pool as the duo have never ever laid their hands over a Major trophy. This would be the first time we would see a different face taking home the Major title after Astralis who won a hat-trick of majors from across 2018-19.