CS:GO: Natus Vincere Win Gamers Without Borders Charity Event

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CS:GO: Natus Vincere Win Gamers Without Borders Charity Event

NaVi donates their $750,000 prize to UNICEF.

Natus Vincere have come out victorious at the Gamers Without Borders $2 million charity CS:GO tournament, taking down mousesports in the Grand Final. The proceeds for the event go towards COVID-19 relief efforts, with NaVi’s share going to UNICEF. This is Gamers Without Borders’ fifth charity esports event, with one more planned for June.

The Semis

Natus Vincere kicked off their Gamers Without Borders run against FaZe Clan in the semi-finals. Fresh off a victory over G2 Esports, FaZe put up a fight against the current second-ranked team in the world. Playing in MR12 format, NaVi took Inferno 13-11 before falling 2-13 on Vertigo. 27 kills from Aleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev propelled NaVi to an overtime 15-12 victory on the decider map, Nuke.

After defeating OG 2-1 on the other side of the bracket, mousesports stepped up to face Natus Vincere in the best-of-five Grand Final. The series kicked off on Mirage, with NaVi taking the win 13-11 on mouz’s own map pick. The CIS squad put themselves up 2-0 after taking a dominant 13-3 win on their own map choice, Dust2.

The Final

Moving on to mousesports’ choice of Nuke, the multinational squad came back from a 4-8 deficit to take the map 13-11. The series then went to NaVi’s pick of Train, where mousesports forced a fifth map with a 13-10 victory. Inferno stood as the series decider, and mouz looked ready to complete the reverse sweep after ending the first half up 8-4. NaVi rallied back, and the map went into overtime. With three straight round wins, NaVi claimed the series and tournament victory with a 15-12 scoreline.

NaVi’s $750,000 share of the $2,000,000 prize pool will be donated to UNICEF to aid in coronavirus relief efforts. Mousesports are awarded $500,000, which will go towards ITU, with the other teams’ shares going to UNICEF and DirectRelief.

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Caroline Rutledge
Caroline is an esports journalist focusing on CS:GO. Starting out as a casual CS:GO fan, her interest quickly turned into a passion as she spent years studying the game. She has put that knowledge to use as a journalist, now writing about professional CS:GO for multiple websites including TheGamer.