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Esports: NAVI secure Pro League playoff berth

Despite the absence of their in-game leader, Natus Vincere have made quick work of Group D.

Natus Vincere have secured their spot in the ESL Pro League Playoffs after a 2-0 victory over a struggling Complexity. The win took their record in Group D to 3-0, with prior wins against AGO and Evil Geniuses guaranteeing them a top-three spot in the group.

Coping without "⁠Boombl4⁠"

Those three wins were gained without their in-game leader Kirill "⁠Boombl4⁠" Mikhailov and after being passed fit to play late on Friday, Natus Vincere will be back to full strength for their final two matches against Astralis and Heroic.

Despite a 0-2 defeat, Complexity can still qualify for the playoffs, though it would require a small miracle. They would need to win their last three games and hope ultra-specific results go their way. 

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The series kicked off on Complexity's pick of Ancient, but the North American squad quickly found themselves 3-12 down after their Ukrainian opponents put up a stern defence.

Comlexity fall short

Complexity did mount a comeback in the second half and reduced the gap to 12-13, but Natus Vincere eventually closed out the map 16-13.

The series moved on to Dust2 and it was a case of deja-vu, as Natus Vincere raced into a 12-3 lead once again, this time on their attacking half.

Like Ancient, Complexity mounted a comeback and found themselves on level terms at 13-13, but they were unable to convert their good work, losing the map in heart-breaking 16-14 fashion.

Natus Vincere now turn their attentions to a grudge-match against Astralis, who sit 2-1 in the group, while Complexity will need to win the North American derby against Evil Geniuses to keep themselves in playoff contention.

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