“Brazilian fans, just wait for us. We are so excited”: NaVi qualify for IEM Rio cover image

“Brazilian fans, just wait for us. We are so excited”: NaVi qualify for IEM Rio

electronic’s squad powered through the Outsiders and made it to IEM Rio as Legends.

After FaZe Clan made it through, their year-long rivals were right behind. NaVi managed to qualify for the IEM Rio Major after a dominant victory over their regional rivals, Outsiders. With a superstar performance from s1mple, there was very little Outsiders could do to prevent NaVi from going 3-0.

A game of the smallest margins on Mirage

On their own map pick, NaVi started the proceedings with a converted pistol round that powered them to a 7-3 lead. Once the hardest team to put away, the Outsiders showed some of that resilience as they slowly made their way back into the game. Throughout this, they kept their economy stable thanks to their trademark saves. Finally, FL1T's 1v1 clutch gave them a slight lead into the next half.

The two teams were inseparable in the second half as well. NaVi started with a strong retake to take the lead, but the Outsiders looked destined to take the game when they secured a 3v5 victory on the B site with just pistols. Unfortunately for them, NaVi rocked back into the game and denied them another T-side round. The Ukrainian side closed the map 16-13.

S1mply unstoppable: NaVi qualify for IEM Rio

When it came to the second map, NaVi completely flipped the script. Sometimes you beat NaVi, sometimes you lose to NaVi. And then there are the maps where you could do everything well, but you are facing peak S1mple. This was one of those nightmare maps for Outsiders.

S1mple started the map with a quad kill and never looked back, racking up 21 kills in the half. The game quickly got out of control for the Outsiders ending in a 16-4 scoreline. NaVi managed to take the series 2-0 and qualify for the IEM Rio Major.

After their disappointing finals performance against FaZe at the last major, NaVi will be looking to come into IEM Rio in their best form. And Blad3 is already focusing on it, not getting too excited by the 3-0 run. If their form from today can be replicated at the Major, we are in for fireworks. Stay tuned to esports.gg for the latest CS: GO news and updates.