ESL One Cologne: First day summary
The first day of ESL One Cologne is over. The first four quarterfinalists were determined. Natus Vincere play their first match against Titan. The French team had undergone reshuffle before the tournament, so nobody knew what to expect from it. The battle was held at de_overpass. The Born to Win began the match very confident. The first half ended 11:4, Na`Vi winning.
It seemed that after such a confident beginning, our team will easily push Titan to the end. However, the French managed to show a very powerful defense and equaled the score, which resulted in overtimes.
Having pulled themselves together, our players managed to win a very important round in attack and later successfully defend. The final score is 19:17. Our players won
It was noticeable that the players weren't fully confident. In some cases, the bullets of Natus Vincere didn't reach the aim; and sniper rifle of GuardiaN missed in the moments, he was to make a frag. seized wrote on his Twitter:
After such unconfident beginning, the players were to play with fnatic — the main favorite of the group. The teams picked de_inferno and Na`Vi had to begin as attack. From the very beginning the game went bad for our players. The Swedes were playing confidently as attack. Our team managed to win only 2 rounds.
Our players didn't manage to recover from such strike. fnatic first won gun round, pushed and eventually defeated Na`Vi, having taken the first place in the group.
In general, the first day brought no surprises. The main favorites won their slots in the quarterfinal. Team SoloMid defeated Renegades and NiP easily. EnVyUs, having strengthened its squad, defeated Flipsid3 (easily) and Luminosity, though the Brazilians fought fiercly. Virtus.pro faced no problems in defeating Team Immunity and Cloud9.
Tomorrow Natus Vincere will have to fight over the slot in quarterfinal again. The matches will begin at 12:00 CEST. Read all the information about the tournament and watch the stream on our website.