Crystallize crushes coL
The Ukrainian powerhouse Na'Vi had a great start into the second day of ESL One Mumbai 2019: they played against compLexity Gaming in the Losers' Match, after both teams lost on Day One.
The best player of the series against the North American team was Na'Vi's carry Vladislav 'Crystallize' Krystanek. The 19-year-old Ukrainian talent scored 26 kills in two games with Ursa and Wraith King, dying only four times. coL's carry Galvin 'Meracle-' Kang Jian Wen had a tough time and didn't make an impact to help his team-mates turn the game or series.
Despite giving the base defence their all, @compLexity crumbles to @natusvincere's insane teamfight and lose the second game.— ESL Dota2 (@ESLDota2) 17. April 2019
Next series will be starting shortly! #ESLOne
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Na'Vi didn't have much of a break after winning this series. TNC was awaiting them in the decider match to determine which team would make it into the Upper Bracket.
TNC on par with Na'Vi
The Southeast Asian team proved to be a much more difficult opponent in game one than compLexity: Carlo 'Kuku' Palad and his team-mates dismantled Na'Vi's defense in less than 20 minutes. In the end, only two players on Na'Vi's side were even able to kill one of TNC's heroes - it was a perfect game for Armel Paul 'Armel' Tabios's Queen of Pain.
Natus Vincere were better prepared for the second game and picked heroes with great stun and slow potential that could stop TNC in every team fight - which worked out perfectly. It was again a good lineup for Crystallize who killed 14 opponents and died only once. Na'Vi won that game after 35 minutes and tied up the series.
TNC didn't have a real chance in the third game: Na'Vi were in the lead from the very first moment. Banning strong TNC carries such as OD and Troll Warlord, the Ukrainians took the SEA team off guard. Their drafts were not able to be in control of the game at any given time.
Idan 'MagicaL' Vardanian won the mid lane against Armel Paul 'Armel' Tabios and carried his team to victory.
Natus Vincere will be playing in the playoffs against Keen Gaming, but Mikhail 'Misha' Kurbatov, their position five stand-in, doesn't even know which other teams are competing in Mumbai:
'I don't even know which teams are playing in the tournament' - @MishaDota 😂— ESL Dota2 (@ESLDota2) 17. April 2019
We caught up with the Pos 5 player Misha to hear about his success over @TNCPredator! #ESLOne
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Well, by now he should know who they're going to face - and they still have one day to prepare against the Chinese favorites.
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