Na`Vi at Arbalet Cup Best of Four
Recalling the past of Сounter-Strike, we present an article covering one of the most unusual CS tournaments — Arbalet Cup Best of Four. It was held in early April in the newly built "Kiev Cybersport Arena" and was the first grand tournament in Ukraine.
Two CIS teams (Na`Vi and UNiTED) and two Swedish teams (SK Gaming and fnatic) came to the tournament.
The format was very unusual. There was only one group consisting of 4 teams. Each team played with each team 5 maps. 3 scores were granted for the victory on the map. The team, which gained most scores in the group took first place. The Champion received $12 000, Vice-Champion — $6 000, third place — $3 000, outsider — $1 500. Therefore the total prize pool was $22 500.
The first matchday
The Born to Win opened the tournament.The new world champions of IEM were to fight against the Swedes of Schroet Kommando. The favorite of the match was our team. At the time nobody could compete Natus Vincere. The result was predictable: the Ukrainians won 3 maps, lost one map and played 1 draw map. Na`Vi gained 10 scores, SK had only 4.
The next match was fnatic vs. UNiTED. Few people believed the Russians would win and they were right. fnatic was the favorite of the match. UNiTED managed to win only 2 maps. As a result fnatic won 9 scores, UNiTED — 6. The tournament table after the first day:
The second matchday
The first match of the second matchday granted a spectacular show! Natus Vincere vs. UNiTED. Some thought both teams were equal, while others said that UNiTED had no chances, since this team hadn't managed to find their game, though being a perspective one. The flawless game of Ukrainian team didn't provide a chance to the Russians to earn at least one score. Na`Vi won at 5 maps in the row, gaining 15 scores. It made our team a confident leader of the tournament. Other teams practically had no possibility to catch up with the Born to Win.
The second match of the day was a Swedish derby. fnatic played poorly and managed to earn four score, their rival SK getting 10 scores. The tournament table after the second day:
The third matchday
The final matchday of the tournament began with the match between SK and UNiTED. The Swedes won 4 maps and lost 1 map. As a result UNiTED took fourth place in the tournament and $1 500 prize.
Two rivals Natus Vincere and fnatic finished the matchday and the tournament. It was this match, when Edward made his splendid 5 kills with USP, it being now a part of the history and Glory Hall of Counter-Strike! Let's recall this amazing moment together! Enjoy watching:
The Born to win proved that they were the first team in the world by winning their rivals in 2 maps out of 5. This was enough for our players to earn the champion's title and $ 12 000. Unfirtunately for fnatic 3 maps they won in this match didn't enable them to take second place. Instead they took third place, while SK unexpectedly took second place, overcoming their compatriots by 4 scores! The final tournament table:
Now it's time for the tournament's highlights: