The second to the last day of the FACEIT Major London 2018 ended short as Natus Vincere and Astralis made quick work of their opponents to advance to the grand finals.
— CS:GO (@csgo_dev) September 22, 2018
Navi is definitely back
Navi kicked off the semifinals with MIBR in a much anticipated classic showdown. But all things went to the favor of the CIS powerhouse after a convincing 16-10 win at Overpass before delivering a 16-5 Dust II annihilation to the Brazilian group to end their Major run.
In an interview with HLTV.org, Denis “electronic” Sharipov shared the team’s point of view coming to a CS:GO Major grand finals for the first time since MLG Major Championship Columbus 2016.
— Natus Vincere (@natusvincere) September 22, 2018
“I’m pretty calm because I understand that this is not the end. One more step is left to win this tournament, this is my dream, I thought a lot about this and this is what I wanted the most for myself and for the team, to win the Major.” He added.
The first time Major finalist also said he didn’t mind whichever team comes against them in the finals. What’s important is their objective since this will be Navi’s third attempt to bag a CS:GO Major.
Doubling the shooting stars
Astralis looks to add another Major trophy to their showcase after toppling Team Liquid in a 16-8 and 16-7 battering in Nuke and Mirage respectively.
— Astralis (@astralisgg) September 22, 2018
The Danes have already eliminated tournament favorites Faze Clan in the quarterfinals which gave fans the presumption that they are set to take the championships all the way. Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen even said that “(The) semi-final against Liquid is going to be the best match of the Major”, adding much flare to the grand final match against Navi.
Interestingly, Team Liquid was the only team that took a win over Astralis during the New Legends stage where Astralis finished 3-1.
This will only be the second appearance of the Danes in a CS:GO Major finals with their first being the ELEAGUE Major Atlanta 2017 which they have won against Virtus.Pro.