Na’vi make the cut at Autumn Brawl

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The post-Dendi era is off to a steady start for Natus Vincere. Despite missing out on qualifying for The Kuala Lumpur Major, they will participate at DreamLeague Season 10, and now they have made the playoff stage of the Maincast Autumn Brawl. Winstrike

SoNNeikO leads his team into the knockout stage

Placed into Group B, Na’vi kicked things off in the double-elimination format against Nemiga Gaming. Surrendering a slight early lead, they eventually asserted their dominance to record a 28-minute, 31-18 win. In the Winners’ Match they faced Elements Pro Gaming, and it was a similarly dominant performance. A 27-minute match saw them build a 20k advantage, sealing the win with a 25-9 difference in kills.

Elsewhere in the group, Elements had beaten Madjor Atendari comprehensively to set up their encounter with Na’Vi. With Nemiga defeating madjor in the Losers’ Match, they then went on to defeat Elements in the decider.

Former Odium players head Group A

In Group A it was NoPangolier, a team including former Odium players Andrey 'Ghostik' Kadyk, Krivulya 'Cema' Semion and Aibek 'Naive-' Tokayev, who led the way. They first took down Troels 'syndereN' Nielsen’s HappyGuys, and then defeated Team Spirit in the Winners’ Match.

It was Spirit who then made it through to the Playoffs, defeating Happy Guys 2-1 in the decider after they had earlier won against the all-Russian squad of TpB in their opening match.

Underdogs overcome Group C

With former carry Vadim 'Sedoy' Musorin, UNDERDOGS pipped the more established CIS names of Espada and Team Empire to win Group C. They defeated the former in their opening match — Sedoy going big on Mirana — before taking down the latter in the Winners’ Match, this time with Duulat 'StormC4t' Subankulov recording a perfect 15-0-16 game.

Espada took second spot, having defeated WU TANG in the Losers’ Match. They then took a straightforward decider 2-0 against Empire, who had earlier defeated WU TANG in their decider before losing to Underdogs.

Russians ‘strike’ it big in Group D

It was Winstrike who took the spoils in Group D, recording a pair of snowball wins. First, they took down Uruk-High, then the Belarusians of FCDB Esports in the Winners’ Match, sealing their place in the Playoffs.

Team Lithium joined them, bouncing back after a loss to FCDB to defeat URUK-HIGH in the Losers’ Match. They fell in the first game of the decider to FCDB in their rematch, but took the next two to cement second place in the group.

Big names join for Playoffs

Now comes the Round of 12, with the eight qualifiers playing each other for a spot in the Quarter-Finals. There, the four invited teams will join the fray.
NoPangolier will face off against Espada with Gambit Esports waiting in the wings, while the winner of Natus Vincere against Team Lithium faces off against Team Secret — which could mean Danil 'Dendi' Ishutin faces his old side for the first time.

The final two matches see Underdogs take on Spirit for the chance to go up against, while Winstrike and Nemiga do battle for a meeting with Ninjas in Pyjamas.

Who will take the overall Autumn Brawl title?

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