We ended NaVi's Nuke run!

Elliott Griffiths
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...but at what cost?

We wound s1mple up, annoyed electronic and enraged B1T. Was it worth it? Did we really need to win map two?

NaVi blitzed Vitality on Inferno and cut through them on Mirage to take the Grand Final, and really cement their spot at the top. Nobody, nobody comes close to toppling them right now. But - the Nuke streak is over.

While it would be easy to wax lyrical once more about s1mple, about NaVi, about the best team in the world, we'd like to give some credit to Vitality. Coming in to the tournament with a 'dead roster', nobody expected a thing.

In fact, the whole arena turned up to see the Nu-stralis run through a tired, old Vitality and take their rightful place as NaVi's prey. And it's fair to say, that crowd was doing everything they could to get Astralis back to the top, or near it.

But apEX led from the front, and with his pocket rocket ZywOo in tow, slashed and sliced at the exposed throat of Astralis and their home crowd, leaving their voiceboxes in tatters. The crowd was silent, and apEX was jubilant.

Vitality stole what many saw as Astralis' shot at the king, but put up a fight in the final.

Though they fell in map three, they did something which nobody at the Major could do; take a map off of NaVi - and it was Nuke, too. NaVi's Nuke streak is over, even if their tournament streak continues.

What now, for Vitality? Well, according to gla1ve, they do appear to be continuing with the great improvement; that is, the Danish invasion of France. This was merely a last dance for the Frenchmen, and they came closer than most would have done.

NaVi, on the other hand, have an obvious future. Keep. Winning. Trophies.

We're sure they can manage that. Who stops them, now?

November 28, 2021

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