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NAVI crush Heroic at ESL Pro League to book semi-final against FaZe

Danyal Arabi

NAVI crush Heroic at ESL Pro League to book semi-final against FaZe

The quarter-finals at the ESL Pro League have concluded and the top four teams have been decided. After Cloud9 and ENCE triumphed in their quarter-finals, it was FaZe and NAVIs turns to step up in their respective matches. After taking down forZe and Heroic, respectively, FaZe and NAVI will headline semi-final 2 of ESL Pro League Season 17. Here’s how NAVI took the series for a chance to deny FaZe Clan a shot at their Intel Grand Slam.

NAVI beat Heroic in 2-0 fashion at ESL Pro League Season 17 quarter-finals

Heroic raised some eyebrows right at the map veto, allowing Anubis through over their reliable pick of Ancient. After floating Ancient, a map lineup of Anubis, Inferno, and Overpass was decided.

Starting off on Anubis, which was NAVI’s pick, Heroic started off on the CT side. Despite a rocky start, Heroic managed to stabilize and win the half 8-7. However, swapping to the T side, Heroic wasn’t able to capitalize on their advantage.

NAVI won the second pistol and managed to streak together five rounds. After a few nade stacks and plays by Heroic, they managed to break through with 4 rounds of their own. Heroic fell short at the final hurdle, going down 16-13.

Moving to Heroic’s pick of Inferno, viewers expected the Danish squad to take the series to a third map. However, S1mple and co. managed to close the series 2-0. Heroic was consistently on the back foot, even struggling to close out man advantage situations. On the T-side, Heroic lost the half at 7-8.

Despite a fairly even half, Heroic’s woes continued on the CT side. A few aggressive mid pushes by Heroic fell flat, consistently giving NAVI the economic and round advantage. Heroic won only one round in the half, losing the game 16-8 and setting up a FaZe vs. NAVI semi-final.

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Danyal Arabi

Danyal Arabi


Danyal Arabi is an Esports writer and Editor at The SportsRush. With a vested interest in computers since an early age he has managed to sink more than 4000 hours into CS: GO over the years. As a Deus Ex enjoyer and fan of the earlier Assassin's Creeds, narrative-driven games have taken much of his time. Being a 2D fighter enthusiast across franchises like Injustice, Mortal Kombat, and Street Fighter, a fair few controllers have been sacrificed in his pursuit to win. Apart from all things gaming, Danyal enjoys motorsport, bowling, and spending weekends with his pals over good food and banter.

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