Na’Vi secure the $100,000 prize money after a 3-0 dominating performance against Gambit esports in the DreamHack Masters Spring Grand finals.

Natus Vincere swept Gambit 3-0 in the grand finals of the DreamHack Masters Spring 2021 to win its second title of the year.

This was the second time the two teams met in the same tournament. Earlier in the group stage, Gambit esports took down Na’Vi 2-1 in Group A Upper Bracket round 3. Na’Vi fought through the quarterfinals defeating FURIA and Heroic to reach the grand finals.

The grand finals was a relatively one-sided affair as both Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev and Denis “electronic” Sharipov stepped up to the occasion. It was an exciting all-CIS finals between Na’Vi and Gambit. Gambit had the slight advantage coming into the grand finals. The team is in great form and is ranked higher than Na’Vi. Gambit has also defeated Na’Vi in their last two encounters. But when S1mple and Electronic show up on the server, there’s little any team can do about it.

The DreamHack Masters Spring grand finals

After an exciting few days of play, Na’Vi and Gambit met each other in the grand finals of the $250,000 tournament. It was a best-of-five series and the first team to reach three map wins would take the trophy. 

The map veto

  • Gambit removed Nuke.
  • Natus Vincere removed Vertigo.
  • Gambit picked Overpass.
  • Natus Vincere picked Dust2.
  • Gambit picked Train.
  • Natus Vincere picked Mirage.
  • The last map was Inferno.

Na’Vi set the tone for the grand finals in the first map itself. Na’Vi had a strong defense and Gambit could not find a way through. After an 8-0 start, Na’Vi looked dominant and in control of Overpass. But Gambit managed to bring back the map by winning five rounds in the first half. However, the team did not have an answer to the trademark Na’Vi aggression. Overpass ended with a 16-7 victory for Natus Vincere.

After winning Gambit’s map pick, Na’Vi were back on familiar territory of Dust 2. The team had a similar start to Dust 2, this time cruising through to a 10-1 lead. However, unlike Overpass, Gambit could not find a way back in the first half, ending it with a 3-12 score. 

But Gambit’s T side was much better as the team made a competitive game out of this map. Whilst they eventually lost Dust 2 (12-16), it was a much better outcome compared to Overpass. 

Train was much closed compared to the first two maps as both side had a decent chance of securing the victory. Individual performances were the highlight on Train but Na’Vi had just enough firepower to win the series. 

S1mple performance at DreamHack Masters Spring stats page
S1mple led Na’Vi to victory with a dominating performance throughout the tournament. Image Credit: DreamHack.

Na’Vi earned $100,000 and 1,000 Pro Tour points for the victory, with Gambit collecting $42,000 and 750 points. 
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Rohan Samal - Eurasia Editor

Rohan Samal

Eurasia Editor | Twitter: @rohan_esports | Twitch: rohan_3105

Eurasia Editor for Found esports through gaming nearly 6 years ago and has been involved ever since. Primarily a Dota 2 player, but has the occasional experience in FPS games. Even tried (unsuccessfully) to go pro in Overwatch.