A one-year path: Na`Vi.HS in 2016
Natus Vincere G2A Hearthstone team entered the history of eSports as one of the most powerful and brightest squads. Indeed, in 2016 the team hit the world's top 1 and the players took first places in the global and regional rankings.
Na`Vi.G2A Hearthstone roster began 2016 in the status of the world's best team. It was only G2 that could compete with the Born to Win. However, in most cases our team was one step ahead. The best team title was well deserved: Ostkaka was the world's champion of 2015 on BlizzCon, and Xixo was considered the best player according to gosugamers.net rating.
The team was very successful. After a satisfactory performance at ASUS ROG 10th Anniversary Tournament, where Ostkaka and Xixo hit top 8 of the tournament, we won the third place at The Curse Trials and the second place at Hearthstone Champions League Season 2. SimultaneouslySurrender got to top 6 at SL i-League StarSeries, and Hoej took third place at Copenhagen Games Spring 2016. There were other minor tournaments, but our players didn't make achievements there. However, that was only the beginning of the year.
Xixo played at several tournaments in spring. First Sebastian won FlowEsports Finals. Then he took third place at Xfinity Hearthstone Invitational II, followed by the first place at SL i-L StarSeries Season 2. Finally, he took second place at Insomnia58 — Truesilver Championship III. The only unlucky tournament in the series was DreamHack in Austin, where Xixo took 9-16 places, which was far from satisfactory. However, let us not forget that Hearthstone is partly a game of chance, sometimes you're just unlucky.
Hoej followed the glorious path of his teammate. He gained third places in Copenhagen and at DreamHack Summer 2016, 7-8 places at SL i-L StarSeries Season 2. He also hit top 4 of PGL Bucharest Tavern Tales 2016. At the same time Xixo and Hoej performed successfully as a duet. In the third season of The Deck Gauntlet, the players of Natus Vincere G2A took first place, leaving behind the rivals of SK Gaming, compLexity Gaming, Virtus.pro and ANOX.
The season wasn't as successful for Surrender and Ostkaka. The Korean player performed only at two large tournaments: StarLadder i-League Season 1 and OGN Hearthstone Seoul Cup World Invitational. He made it to the semifinal in the second tournament, where he was defeated by the future champion of the event. Ostkaka took second place at Hearthstone Champions League Season 2 and performed at several more tournaments, gaining third place at CN vs EU Championship 2016.
As we mentioned before, star players spent one year with Natus Vinсere G2A. In late September, the organization made decision not to prolong contracts with the players. The main reason for it was the intention to focus on other divisions. Nonetheless, Natus Vincere G2A became a true legends in Hearthstone, and it was due to the splendid performance of the four players: Sebastian "Xixo" Bentert, Sebastian "Ostkaka" Engwall, Frederik "Hoej" Nielsen and Jung-Soo "Surrender" Kim.
|NATUS VINCERE HEARTHSTONE team results in 2016|
|Place||Tournament||Tournament status||Venue||Date||Prize pool|
|Start Democracy Invitational||Online tournament||23.09.2016 - 26.09.2016||$ 3 000|
|Start Democracy Invitational||Online tournament||23.09.2016 - 26.09.2016||$ 1 500|
|Start Democracy Invitational||Online tournament||23.09.2016 - 26.09.2016||$ 375|
|PGL Tavern Tales Bucharest 2016||Local tournament||Bucharest||16.09.2016 - 18.09.2016||$ 2 000|
|PGL Tavern Tales Bucharest 2016||Local tournament||Bucharest||16.09.2016 - 18.09.2016||$ 1 000|
|The Deck Gauntlet 3||Online tournament||06.09.2016 - 09.09.2016||$ 2 000|
|Insomnia58 — Truesilver Championship III||Local tournament||Birmingham||27.08.2016 - 28.08.2016||$ 5 000|
|Insomnia58 — Truesilver Championship III||Local tournament||Birmingham||27.08.2016 - 28.08.2016||$ 2 500|
|ESL King of the Hill # 2||Online tournament||16.08.2016 - 16.08.2016||$ 500|
|ESL King of the Hill # 1||Online tournament||02.08.2016 - 02.08.2016||$ 500|
|SeatStory Cup V||Local tournament||KrefeldСеул||21.07.2016 - 24.07.2016||$ 500|
|StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 2||Local tournament||Shanghai||07.07.2016 - 10.07.2016||$ 20 000|
|DreamHack Summer 2016||Local tournament||Jönköping||18.06.2016 - 20.06.2016||$ 2 250|
|ComCast XFINITY Invitational||Online tournament||04.06.2016 - 05.06.2016||$ 2 500|
|CN vs EU Championship 2016||Local tournament||Shanghai||23.05.2016 - 29.05.2016||$ 5 600|
|Hearhstone ONE Season 2||Online tournament||02.05.2016 - 02.05.2016||$ 2 500|
|Seoul Invitational||Local tournament||Seoul||30.04.2016 - 01.05.2016||$ 2 000|
|SL i-League StarSeries||Local tournament||Kyiv||22.01.2016 - 24.01.2016||$ 2 500|
|The Deck Gauntlet||Online tournament||16.04.2016 - 17.05.2016||$ 500|
|Insomnia57 — Truesilver Championship||Local tournament||Birmingham||25.03.2016 - 27.03.2016||
$ 1 250