Natus Vincere Wins IEM Cologne 2021

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In a sweep of G2 Esports, Natus Vincere won IEM Cologne 2021. The finale for the Counter Strike: Global Offensive tournament was held Sunday, July 18, in the first LAN event since IEM Katowice over a year ago in March 2020. In a thrilling series, Na'Vi beat G2 Esports 16-11 on Dust II, 16-14 on Mirage, and closing it out, 16-13 on Nuke to sweep their European rival.

Natus Vincere Wins IEM Cologne 2021

With 75 kills, Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev led the way for Na'Vi, helping them secure the $400,000 grand prize. Despite the sweep, G2 Esports had multiple chances to take control away, but couldn't manage to do so. They came close on their map pick, Mirage, but Na'Vi was too much to overcome for the Spanish organization.

Of course, with Cologne wrapped up now, many are looking ahead to the fall, when the next IEM tournament is held in late September. And of course, many fans are hoping that by September, the COVID-19 pandemic will have receded, Na'Vi may be the favorite now, but G2 Esports, FaZe Clan, and others will have something to say about that. Right now, Natus Vincere is celebrating their performance and well-deserved win.

Recently, Natus Vincere announced its entrance into professional Valorant, with the signing No Pressure members. In addition to the CS:GO exodus, Nathan "NBK" Schmitt announced his intentions to leave CS:GO in favor of Valorant.