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Natus Vincere: History

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Natus Vincere was founded on 17 December 2009. After the collapse of Ukrainian team KerchNET, the former players of the team were supported by a well-known maecenas and organizer of e-sports tournaments, Murat "Arbalet" Tulemaganbetov. The new team got the name "Arbalet UA". It was composed of Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko and Ivan "Edward" Sukharev from Kharkiv, Sergey "starix" Ischuk from Kiev, Arsenij "ceh9" Trunozhenko from Lviv and Yegor "markeloff" Markelov from Dnipropetrovsk.

Winning ESWC 2010[edit]

Na`Vi at the ESWC 2010 prize ceremony

After a poor performance at the Arbalet Cup CIS 2010 (4th place), markeloff, the best player on the team, decided to skip the next big tournament, ASUS Winter 2010, so they could prepare for the Arbalet Cup and Ukrainian qualifications for the ESWC. [1][2] In the middle of May 2010, Na`Vi took 2nd place in the prestigious Arbalet Cup Europe 2010 in Stockholm, losing to Fnatic in the finals and earning $10,000 in prize money. [3] Na`Vi finally gained victory at ESWC Ukraine. [4]

In the final part of the ESWC, the team received the highest seeding, along with SK Gaming, Fnatic and [5] On July 4, 2010, Natus Vincere achieved the highest accolade in the history of Ukrainian e-Sports, winning the ESWC (which previously hadn't been done by any CIS team), defeating SK Gaming in the finals: 16:5 (Train) and 16:4 (Inferno). [6] During the tournament Na`Vi passed through the group stage thanks to fortune but outplayed Fnatic and in the playoffs. [7]

After being victorious in the world championship, Natus Vincere announced their participation in 2 more tournaments – Arbalet Cup Dallas and GameGune 2010 (Bilbao). [8] On July 18, 2010, Na`Vi won Arbalet Cup Dallas beating Mousesports in the final match: 19:15 (Dust II), 16:12 (Inferno). After receiving $25,000, Na`Vi took the first place in quantity of prize money earned by European teams that year. [9] Na`Vi took 3rd place in GameGune 2010 and Intel Extreme Masters Shanghai. [10][11]

Victory at the World Cyber Games 2010[edit]

Na`Vi at the WCG 2010 prize ceremony

On August 15, Na`Vi won the Ukrainian qualifications for the World Cyber Games and got a paid voucher to the finals in Los Angeles from September 30 to October 3, 2010. [12]

The next tournament for Na`Vi was ASUS Summer 2010, to which the team received a direct invitation. This tournament became first in the ASUS Open series, which was held at Kyiv gaming centre "Kyiv CyberSport Arena". In the semi-finals, Na`Vi lost to Kazakh team k23 and as a result, took the 3rd place.

On October 4, 2010, Natus Vincere became the World Cyber Games world champions by defeating Danish team in the finals. [13] This victory made Na`Vi the first team in the world which had managed to hold the three most prestigious championship titles at once (IEM, ESWC, WCG). At the end of October 2010, ESL TV commentator Bakr "KinGSaicx" Fadl proclaimed that SK Gaming was going to invite the Ukrainian team to take place of its Swedish squad, but the manager of Natus Vincere declined this information. [14]

In early November 2010, Natus Vincere took part in WEM 2010, which annually gathers the best teams from all over the world in the Chinese city of Hangzhou. Among eight participants of the tournament, Na`Vi took 4th place as well as $7,500. [15]

Victory at DreamHack Winter 2010[edit]

From the 25th to the 27th of November 2010 in the Swedish city of Jönköping, the largest LAN party in the world took place – DreamHack Winter 2010. To go to this tournament, Natus Vincere had to skip a major Russian tournament, ASUS Autumn 2010, since it was coinciding with DreamHack's dates. After finishing the group stage Na`Vi consistently outplayed teams puta, fnatic, Frag eXecutors and then in the finals, winning the tournament. [16] During the four play-off matches the Ukrainians lost only one time to fnatic on the new map – Mirage. [17][18] starix received the tournament's MVP award.

After winning DreamHack Winter, the team established a new record: winning $220,000 in one year. [19] The previous record belonged to Swedish team fnatic, who earned $189,000 in 2009 (before that, the record was held by Swedish team SK Gaming with earnings of $183,000 in 2003). [20]

Winning the Intel Extreme Masters 5[edit]

On March 5, 2011, FamousFive defended their position in Hannover as the champions of the Intel Extreme Masters and earned $35,000. They defeated Polish team Frag eXecutors in the finals: 16:12 (Train) and 16:10 (Dust II).[21]

Record prize money[edit]

The amount of prize money in 2010– $215,573 (as of November 7, 2010) holds the record for the entire history of professional Counter-Strike. [19] Previous records belong to Swedish teams SK Gaming ($183,000 in 2003) and fnatic ($189,000 in 2009).

World Top Counter-Strike players[edit]

In 2010, popular website had made rankings for the 20 best Counter-Strike players. markeloff was 1st place, starix 4th, Edward 5th and captain of Na'Vi had the 19th place, as well as "The best captain of the year". [22]


Natus Vincere reached the finals of DreamHack Open Cluj⁠-⁠Napoca 2015 where they were beat 0-2 by Team EnVyUs. Na'Vi won Intel Extreme Masters X - San Jose after beating Team SoloMid in the grand finals 2-0.


Na'Vi started off the year by winning DreamHack Open Leipzig 2016 2-0 over Luminosity Gaming on January 22. Na'Vi placed 3rd-4th at the Intel Extreme Masters X - World Championship. On April 3, Na'Vi placed second at MLG Major Championship: Columbus 2016, losing 0-2 to Luminosity Gaming in the finals.

Shortly after on April 17 the team placed second at DreamHack Masters Malmö 2016. Na'Vi got second at the StarLadder i-League Invitational #1 after losing to in the finals on May 22.

Na'Vi placed 5-8th at ESL One: Cologne 2016. On July 29, the team placed 3rd-4th at ELEAGUE Season 1.

On August 4, Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev replaced Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko on the active roster. [23]

On September 2, Na'Vi became the champions of ESL One: New York 2016, defeating in the finals.


On March 10, team coach Sergey "starix" Ischuk stepped down from his role in the team. He is replaced by team analyst Andrey "Andi" Prokhorov. [24]

On July 28, seized and GuardiaN stepped down from Natus Vincere. [25]

On August 9, Zeus and kane were brought in and seized returned. [26]

On November 6, Na'Vi brought in electronic in place of seized who stepped down from the roster. [27] [28]


On January 27, Na'Vi started up with 3rd-4th at ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018, losing 0-2 to FaZe Clan in the semifinals.

On February 25, Na'Vi placed second at StarLadder & i-League StarSeries Season 4, losing 1-2 to mousesports in the grand finals.

On April 22, Na'Vi placed second at DreamHack Masters Marseille 2018, losing 0-2 to Astralis.

On May 19, Na'Vi placed 3rd-4th at EPL Season 7 Finals, losing 0-2 to Team Liquid in the Bo3 semifinals.

During to June and July, Natus Vincere became the champions of StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 5, CS:GO Asia Championships 2018 and ESL One: Cologne 2018. On July 28, they placed 3rd-4th at ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2018 where they were beaten 0-2 by Team Liquid.

On September 23, Na'Vi placed second at FACEIT Major: London 2018, losing 0-2 to Astralis in the grand finals.

On October 28, Na'Vi placed 2nd at EPICENTER 2018, losing 0-2 to FaZe Clan in the grand finals.

During to November and December, Natus Vincere became the champions of BLAST Pro Series: Copenhagen 2018. They also placed second at EPL Season 8 Europe and at BLAST Pro Series: Lisbon 2018.


On March 2, Na'Vi reached to the semifinals at Intel Extreme Masters XIII - Katowice Major 2019, where they were beaten 1-2 by ENCE.

On April 7, Na'Vi became the champions of StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 7, defeating Fnatic 0-3 in the grand finals.

On May 29, Na'Vi replaced Edward with Boombl4. [29]

On July 6, Na'Vi placed 3rd-4th at ESL One: Cologne 2019, losing 0-2 to Team Liquid.

On September 14, Na'Vi placed 6th at BLAST Pro Series: Moscow 2019. After the event, Zeus became retired, kane was released. [30] [31]

On September 20, GuardiaN rejoined Natus Vincere, B1ad3 took over as coach. [32]

During to October, Na'Vi placed 3rd-4th at DreamHack Masters Malmö 2019, 1st-4th at EPL Season 10 Europe.


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  24. starix (2017-03-10). "Ребята всем привет, пришло время осветить ситуацию и рассказать вам, что все-таки происходит. " [Hello guys, it's time to cover the situation and explain what's going on.] (in Russia Russian).
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  26. "Zeus is back to Natus Vincere G2A!". Natus Vincere. 2017-08-09.
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  28. MIRAA (2017-10-17). "seized steps from from Na`Vi active roster". HLTV.
  29. RusseD (2019-05-29). "Changes in NAVI.CSGO roster". Natus Vincere.
  30. Kirill "RusseD" (2019-09-09). "Zeus retires". Natus Vincere.
  31. Kirill "RusseD" (2019-09-11). "Kane to leave NAVI after BLAST Pro Series". Natus Vincere.
  32. "New Natus Vincere CS:GO roster". Natus Vincere. 2019-09-20.