CS:GO January 13, 2016 21:38
Another victory for Luminosity
After the victory in the first match of the group stage the Natus Vincere team had to go up against the Brazilian Luminosity team. As well as in the previous stages, the game ran in the BO3 format. A winner would get a place in the Final. In 15 minutes before the match teams chose a list of maps by the crossing method. After spinning a coin the teams in turn cross out maps from the list. The teams chose only one map out of three remaining ones, and the last map becomes decisive in case when the teams play the first two in a draw. Map drafting:
The first map of the meeting was de_train. Not having lost a player, the Natus Vincere team got a victory in the first pistol round. The control over the map would switch from one team to another, but Luminosity did manage to end the first half with minimum advantage [7:8]. The second pistol round ended in Natus Vincere's favor, and after that a temporary draw was set on the map [8:8]. A series of successful rounds sent the Brazilians 13:9 up. Despite all attempts of the Ukrainian team, Luminosity managed to do away with the rival and took the first map [14:16]. The next in turn was de_mirage. Although it was the pick of Natus Vincere, who started on the defense side, the pistol round and four more following ones were taken by their opponents [0:5]. Having braced up, the Ukrainian team did find a key to the Brazilians' attack and ended the first half with a 8:7 score in their favor. Natus Vincere did not manage to hold the advantage on the attack side though, and thus Luminosity took the second pistol round. The devices in the hands of Natus Vincere did not stop the Brazilians from increasing the score difference [8:12]. The team play of Luminosity brought them a deserved victory in this game [9:16]. The match was covered by professional Counter-Strike Global Offensive commentators Igor “SL4M” Sopov and Jury “Strike” Tereshenko.