Russian team Natus Vincere won IEM Cologne 2021, the first CSGO LAN championship since 2020. This feat brought the team $400,000 in prize money.
Na’Vi made it through to the group stage against Renegades, Team Vitality and Astralis. Every match was 2-1, but Na’Vi dominated the third map every time. The knockout round went more smoothly. FaZe Clan failed to beat Na`Vi in the semifinals, and G2 Esports was eliminated in the finals. This LAN win strengthens Natus Vincere’s status as the best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team in the world and adds the Cologne championship along with the team’s 2020 win at IEM Katowice.
Na`Vi was heavily favored in the grand finals and for good reason. The series started on Dust 2, where a highly competitive CT from G2 Esports was defeated in a 16-11 win for Na’Vi. The second map, Mirage, looks like G2 had a solid start on the CT side, but Natus Vincere took the win 16-14 with a great performance by 18-year-old Ukrainian Valerii.” b1t” Vakhovskyi . Now needing a reverse sweep, G2 needs to start its rally with Nuke.
After an odd first half, Natus Vincere had a very strong economic position in the second half and used that to gain control of Nuke’s T-side. This was the nail in the coffin of G2 Esports, as they were unable to create a proper teamfight for the last two games. One final grenade through the smoke sealed Natus Vincere’s LAN CSGO championship with a 16-14 victory.
Aleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev continues his excellence in the new era of CSGO LAN. s1mple’s stats at IEM Cologne really broke the charts on HLTV. 93.1 damage and 0.96 lives per round combined for 1.77 KD for the event. Those stats are higher than anyone else at IEM Cologne. s1mple also broke the record for most aces at a standout LAN tournament, with four team wipes.
Natus Vincere will defend his reign as offline king at ESL Pro League Season 14. Na’Vi, G2 Esports, Astralis, mousesports, etc will compete for $750,000 in Malta starting the 16th. August.