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A breakout performance in their debut Pro League Season has landed Natus Vincere in EU's top spot, and the temporary replacement of one of the team's members seems to have not made a dent in Navi's remarkable momentum. Will this online streak continue offline, or will Na'Vi's honeymoon phase come to an end?
After defeating the prior team carrying the Natus Vincere banner, Na'Vi earned the favour of the mammoth Ukrainian organisation and an influx of new fans when this new team entered the Pro League. An impressive victory over G2 Esports on play day 3 garnered even more attention, and by play day 10 Na'Vi had firmly established itself in the middle of the pack.
However, Jack "Doki" Robertson was made unable to participate in the remaining four playdays of the Pro League and was temporarily replaced by Ellis "Pie" Pyart. With such a sudden predicament befalling Natus Vincere, no one could have anticipated the decisive victories this new ensemble would bring. Consecutive victories over PENTA, G2, Team Empire, and Chaos Esports propelled Na'Vi from the middle of the scoreboard to a first place finish, earning a spot at the Season 10 Pro League Finals.
In the lead up to the Finals, we reached out to Leon "neLo" Pesić for his thoughts:
We are working hard so Pie can catch up with everything. After we got him in, we said "Let's play the last four playdays, improvise a lot. We can do this." We prepared for each enemy and qualified for Japan and the Six Invitational 2020. Also, let's not forget that one of a kind comeback vs G2.
We obviously needed to adjust and adapt. Doki had a unique playstyle, and no one can try to imitate that. So, we swapped some roles and made adjustments.
We were a fresh PL team; none of us had played in the PL before Season 10. But, we are group of talented players who grinded a lot to get here. We still have a lot to learn, but Natus Vincere picking us up and providing us bootcamps and support has helped a lot towards our success.
We want to win Japan and we will do our best to lift that trophy.
This will be the first time we will play an APAC team, so it's going to be interesting.
I don't really care. If you want to win the tournament, you need to beat everyone.
It depends. I think Aerowolf can surprise again, and DarkZero if FaZe is forced to play without their main roster.
I would say FaZe but they have visa issues, so I'm going with Giants.