Natus Vincere

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Natus Vincere
NaVi LOGO.jpg
Location Ukraine
Founded 2009
Manager(s) Ukraine Oleksandr "ZeroGravity" Kokhanovskyi
Sponsors Tesoro
Kingston
SteelSeries
AOC International
G2A
Divisions Counter Strike: Global Offensive
Dota 2
FIFA
World of Tanks
Website www.navi-gaming.com

Natus Vincere (Na'Vi) are a multi-gaming electronic sports club based in Ukraine. Their Counter-Strike division is the first in history to win three major tournaments - Intel Extreme Masters, Electronic Sports World Cup and World Cyber Games 2010 - in one calendar year, and their Dota 2 division is well known for winning the inaugural edition of The International Dota 2 Championship. The name of the club is Latin for "born to win".

Counter-Strike[edit]

History[edit]

Winning the ESWC 2010[edit]

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After a bad performance at the Arbalet Cup CIS 2010 (4th place), Markeloff, the best player of the team, decided to skip the next big tournament, ASUS Winter 2010, so that the team could prepare for the Arbalet Cup and the Ukrainian qualifications for the ESWC.[1][2] In the middle of May 2010, Na`Vi took 2nd place in the prestigious Arbalet Cup Europe 2010 in Stockholm, losing to Fnatic in the finals and earning $10,000 in prize money.[3] Na`Vi finally gained victory at ESWC Ukraine.[4]

In the final part of the ESWC, the team hit the highest seeding, along with SK Gaming, Fnatic and mTw.dk.[5] On July 4, 2010, Natus Vincere achieved the highest accolade in the history of Ukrainian e-Sports, winning the ESWC (which previously couldn't be reached by any CIS team), defeating SK Gaming in the finals: 16:5 (de_train) and 16:4 (de_inferno).[6] During the tournament Na`Vi passed through the group stage thanks to fortune, but outplayed Fnatic and mTw.dk in the play-offs.[7]

After being victorious in the world championship, Natus Vincere announced their participation in 2 more tournaments – Arbalet Cup Dallas and GameGune 2010 (Bilbao).[8] On July 18, 2010, Na`Vi won Arbalet Cup Dallas beating Mousesports in the final match: 19:15 (de_dust2), 16:12 (de_inferno). After receiving $25,000, Na`Vi took the first place in quantity of prize money earned by European teams that year.[9] Na`Vi took 3rd place in GameGune 2010 and Intel Extreme Masters Shanghai.[10][11]

Victory at the World Cyber Games 2010[edit]

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On August 15, Na`Vi won the Ukrainian qualifications for the World Cyber Games and got a paid voucher to the finals in Los Angeles from September 30 to October 3, 2010.[12]

The next tournament for Na`Vi was ASUS Summer 2010, to which the team received a direct invitation. This tournament became first in the ASUS Open series, which was held at Kyiv gaming center "Kyiv CyberSport Arena". In the semi-finals Na`Vi lost to Kazakh team k23 and as a result took the 3rd place.

On October 4, 2010 Natus Vincere became the World Cyber Games world champions by defeating Danish team mTw.dk in the finals.[13] This victory made Na`Vi the first team in the world which had managed to hold the three most prestigious championship titles at once (IEM, ESWC, WCG). At the end of October 2010, ESL TV commentator Bakr “KinGSaicx” Fadl proclaimed that SK Gaming was going to invite the Ukrainian team to take place of its Swedish squad, but the manager of Natus Vincere declined this information.[14]

In early November 2010 Natus Vincere took part in the World e-Sports Masters tournament (WEM 2010), which annually gathers the best teams from all over the world in the Chinese city of Hangzhou. Among eight participants of the tournament, Na’Vi took 4th place as well as $7,500.[15]

Victory at DreamHack Winter 2010[edit]

From the 25th to the 27 November 2010 in the Swedish city of Jönköping the largest LAN party in the world took place – DreamHack Winter 2010. To go to this tournament, Natus Vincere had to skip a major Russian tournament, ASUS Autumn 2010, since it was coinciding with DreamHack’s dates. After finishing the group stage Na`Vi consistently outplayed teams puta, fnatic, Frag Executors and then mTw.dk in the finals, winning the tournament.[16] During the four play-off matches the Ukrainians lost only one time to fnatic on the new map – de_mirage.[17][18] "Starix" (Serhiy Ischuk) received the tournament's MVP award.

After winning DreamHack Winter 2010, the team established a new record: winning $220,000 in one year.[19] The previous record belonged to Swedish team fnatic, who earned $189,000 in 2009 (before that, the record was held by Swedish team SK Gaming with earnings of $183,000 in 2003).[20]

Winning the Intel Extreme Masters 5[edit]

On March 5, 2011 FamousFive defended their position in Hannover as the champions of the Intel Extreme Masters and earned $35,000. They defeated Polish team Frag Executors in the finals: 16:12 (de_train) and 16:10 (de_dust2).[21] $4,550 of the prize money was deducted (13% of the total) as a penalty for breaking the rules.[22]

Record prize money[edit]

The amount of prize money in 2010– $215,573 (as of November 7, 2010) holds the record for the entire history of professional Counter-Strike.[19] Previous records belong to Swedish teams SK Gaming ($183,000 in 2003) and fnatic ($189,000 in 2009).

World Top Counter-Strike players[edit]

In 2010, popular website HLTV.org had made rankings for the 20 best Counter-Strike players. Yehor "markeloff" Markelov was 1st place, Serhiy "Starix" Ischuk 4th, Ivan "Edward" Sukharev 5th and captain of Na'Vi had 19th place, as well as “The best captain of the year”.[23][24]

DotA & Dota 2[edit]

History[edit]

In October 2010, the creation of a Defence of the Ancients (DotA) squad was announced, which included the best Ukrainian players. Initially the team was composed of Oleksandr "XBOCT" Dashkevych, Artur "Goblak" Kostenko, Bogdan "Axypa" Boychuk, Oleksandr "Deff" Stepaniuc and Andriy "Mag~" Chipenko. However, in December 2010, Mag~ and Deff- left the team. The empty slots on the team were filled by Ukrainian players from DTS.Chatrix - Danylo "Dendi" Ishutin Davis Brianne "Tacxz" Tacorda and Ivan "Artstyle" Antonov, who became the captain of this new squad.

A roster change on June 17, 2011 resulted in the replacements of Goblak and Axypa with Clement "Puppey" Ivanov and Dmitriy "LighTofHeaveN" Kupriyanov. In August 2011, Na`Vi was invited to the first Dota 2 tournament at GamesCom, Cologne, Germany. The event named "The International" featured 16 of the top teams from all over the world with an impressive amount of prize money – $1,600,000. Na`Vi was the ultimate winner, beating Chinese team EHOME 3-1 in the grand finals and winning a cash prize of $1,000,000.

On October 13, 2011, shortly after their victory, Artstyle left the team. The captain position was taken up by Puppey, and Sergey "ARS-ART" Revin, from Russian team Moscow Five, took the fifth slot on the roster.

2012 was a very successful season for Na`Vi as they won multiple tournaments throughout the year, including four consecutive seasons of Star Ladder's Star Series, the premier tournament for the CIS region.

At The International 2012, Na`Vi attempted to defend their title where they ultimately placed 2nd, losing to the Chinese team Invictus Gaming 1-3 in the grand finals.

At the end of February 2013, ARS-ART was replaced by Hlib "Funn1k" Lipatnikov from Russian squad Team Empire. Kuro "KuroKy" Salehi Takhasomi from Mousesports also joined the team, while LighTofHeaveN went inactive. In April 2013, after his contract expired, LighTofHeaveN officially left for Team Empire. In June 2013, Na'Vi announced an all female squad.

The first half of 2013 was difficult for Na`Vi as they struggled to gain a footing in major tournaments with their new lineup. Their first major tournament win was against RoX.KIS at the first season of the ESL Major Series One in April. In July, Na`Vi competed against 9 of the best Eastern teams at the Alienware Cup. They defeated LGD Gaming.cn 3–2 in the grand finals, and became one of the few Western teams to win a major Chinese tournament.

In August 2013, Na`Vi once again reached the Grand Finals of The International 2013, but they lost 2–3 in a very close fifth game against the Swedish team Alliance.

In July 2014, Na`Vi was knocked out in the lower bracket knockout phase of The International by Cloud9, placing at 7/8th place and earning $519,208. This would be the first time Na`Vi would not make it to the Grand Finals of The International. Many fans attributed this to lack of adaptation and even went as far to mark it as an end of an era. Soon after this, Kuro "KuroKy" Salehi Takhasomi and Clement "Puppey" Ivanov left the team.

Current squad[edit]

Player position Pseudonym Real name Place of birth Date of birth Date joined
Carry XBOCT Oleksandr Dashkevich Yalta, Ukraine, December 29, 1990 22/10/2010
Midlane Dendi Danil Ishutin Lviv, Ukraine December 30, 1989 25/12/2010
Offlane Funn1k Glib Lipatnikov Kharkiv, Ukraine December 4, 1988 27/02/2013
Support VANSKOR Ivan Skorokhod Moscow, Russia January 20, 1995 08-24-2014
Hard Support fng Artem Barshak Minsk, Belarus 08-24-2014


Achievements[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

Place Tournament Location Date Prize money
5 IEM 4 European Finals  Germany, Cologne 15–17 January 2010 $1 250
Med 1.png Arbalet Asia  Kazakhstan, Almaty 30–31 January 2010 $10 000
Med 1.png IEM 4 World Championship Finals [25]  Germany, Hannover 3 April 2010 $50 000
Med 1.png Arbalet Cup Best of Four  Ukraine, Kyiv 9—11 April 2010 $12,000
Med 2.png Arbalet Cup Europe  Sweden, Stockholm 14—16 May 2010 $10,000
Med 1.png Arbalet Cup Dallas 2010  USA, Dallas 16—18 July 2010 $25,000
Med 3.png Fragnet Summer Tour 2012  Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo 25—26 August 2012 $500
Med 3.png Extreme Masters: Shanghai  China, Shanghai 29 July— 1 August 2010 $5,000
Med 3.png ASUS Summer 2010  Ukraine, Kyiv 28 — 29 August 2010 $3,000
Med 1.png Dreamhack Winter 2010  Sweden, Jönköping 25 — 27 November 2010 $28,200
Med 1.png Intel Challenge Super Cup 7  Ukraine, Kyiv 19— 20 March 2011 $5,000[26]
Med 1.png OSPL Spring 2011  Kazakhstan, Almaty 3 April 2011 $5,500[27]
Med 1.png ASUS Spring 2011  Ukraine, Kyiv 28— 29 May 2011 $4,430[28]
Med 3.png DreamHack Summer 2011  Sweden, Jönköping 18—20 June 2011 $1,600[29]
Med 1.png Adepto BH Open  Bosnia, Sarajevo 24—26 June 2011 $7,500[30]
Med 3.png GameGune 2011  Spain, Bilbao 22—24 July 2011 $4,000
Med 3.png ASUS Summer 2011  Ukraine, Kyiv 13—14 August 2011 $1,000[31]
Med 1.png The International 2011  Germany, Cologne 17–21 August 2011 $1,000,000[32]
Med 3.png e-STARS Seoul 2011  South Korea, Seoul 19–21 August 2011 $9,200[33]
Med 2.png SEC 2011  Poland, Warsaw 06–9 October 2011 $10,000[34]
Med 2.png ESWC 2011  France, Paris 21–23 October 2011 $6,000[35]
Med 3.png DreamHack Winter 2011  Sweden, Jönköping 24–27 November 2011 $4,275[36]
Med 1.png IEM 6 Global Challenge Kiev  Ukraine, Kiev 19–22 January 2012 $16,000[37]
Med 2.png IEM 6 World Championship Finals  Germany, Hanover 06–10 March 2012 $20,000[38]
Med 1.png TECHLABS Cup 2012  Russia, Moscow 17–18 March 2012 $10,000[39]
Med 2.png Copenhagen Games 2012  Denmark, Copenhagen 04–8 April 2012 $6,200[40]
Med 2.png DreamHack Summer 2012  Sweden, Jönköping 16–19 June 2012 $3,600[41]
Med 2.png The International 2012  USA, Seattle 31 August - 2 September $250,000[42]
Med 2.png Pro Gamer Series Exponor 2012  Portugal, Porto 10 — 14 October 2012 4 €000[41]
Med 1.png Alienware Cup  China, online 16 June – 7 July 2013 $25,000[43]
Med 1.png RaidCall Dota 2 League Season 3  Spain, Valencia 20 May - 21 July 2013 $5,000[44]
Med 2.png The International 2013  USA, Seattle 7–11 August 2013 $632,370[45]
Med 1.png DreamHack Winter 2013  Sweden, Jönköping 28 Nov – 1 Dec 2013 $25,000[46]
Med 1.png SLTV Star Series Season 8  Ukraine, Kiev 25 Nov 2013 – 19 Jan 2014 $62,000[47]
8 The International 2014  USA, Seattle 8 Jul 2014 – 21 Jul 2014 $519,208[48]
Total Med 1.png 16 Med 2.png 9 Med 3.png 8 $2,802,878

World of Tanks[edit]

Na`Vi and former prime minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov

In July 2013 Russian-Ukrainian team the Red Rush joined under the Natus Vincere banner in the World of Tanks game.[49]

Na'Vi won the first Wargaming.net League of World of Tanks in Warsaw, Poland in April 2014.[50]

Contribution to the development of Ukrainian e-sports[edit]

On July 14, 2010 the then Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov met the team Natus Vincere in the Cabinet of Ministers’ building. During the meeting issues pertaining to the development of the IT industry in Ukraine were discussed. The Prime Minister promised to hold the E-Sports International Open Cup of Ukraine in 2011. Ukrainian players were enrolled in to the so-called “Gold Reserve”, enlisting the support of the government.

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