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We’ve seen plenty of upsets since the COVID-19 global pandemic saw esports move to online, however, some are still surprising to see. Virtus.pro taking down Aleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev’s Natus Vincere is certainly one of those surprising moments.

Nobody would argue this is an upset as Virtus.pro had been struggling for months while Na’Vi had surged up the rankings, showing promise that many had expected for nearly a year.

The series only took two maps as a strong effort from Timur “buster” Tulepov, Alexey “qikert” Golubev, and Dzhami “Jame” Ali saw the Virtus.pro lineup walk away with 16-13 and 16-14 map wins, narrowly defeating Na’Vi.

s1mple was impressive as always, being the only positive player on his team with a +16 kill-to-death differential although it was Kirill ‘Boombl4’ Mikhailov who had the team-high average damage per round at 81.9.

 Virtus.proK – D+/-ADR
 Timur “buster” Tulepov51 – 39+1294.3
 Alexey “qikert” Golubev42 – 30+1279.6
 Dzhami “Jame” Ali41 – 30+1168.1
 Sanjar “SANJI” Kuliev32 – 36-467.4
 Dauren “AdreN” Kystaubayev27 – 39-1255.2
 Natus VincereK – D+/-ADR
 Aleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev48 – 32+1678.9
 Kirill “Boombl4” Mikhailov35 – 43-881.9
 Denis “electronic” Sharipov35 – 43-867.9
 Ilya “Perfecto” Zalutskiy30 – 39-961.4
 Egor “flamie” Vasilyev26 – 37-1150.4

This isn’t the first, nor will it probably be the last upset we see during this era of online Counter-Strike. Comfortability, lack of pressure, atmosphere, network, and more all play a factor that is largely removed or made equal in a LAN environment.

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