Na’Vi have come a long way ever since their forgettable performance at TI5. The team has since then revamped their roster and after missing out on the first two Majors in Frankfurt and Shanghai, the iconic organisation seems to be back on track. At the recent Manila Major, Na’Vi pole-vaulted themselves into 7th-8th place, performing way above expectations from the community and the experts. Will their new and improved form yield them results at ESL One Frankfurt 2016?
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While it’s understandable that fans are going crazy for the return of superstar Dendi, the humble, DendiFaced assassin is getting pretty tired of all the attention he is currently getting while the rest of his teammates fly under the radar. An attitude like that might just be the reason we are witnessing Na’Vi’s rise back to power. The difference between player’s abilities in the pro scene is getting slimmer and slimmer from year to year, so team play and strategy trumps all. And now that Na’Vi are finally enjoying a stable roster and new found camaraderie, the boys in yellow and black are back in business.
There is no denying the appeal of Dendi, but the performances from GeneRaL, Ditya Ra and SoNNeikO have been downright spectacular as of late. All three of them are boasting heroes with +75% winrate in pro games - Beastmaster, Lycan and Vengeful Spirit respectively. Thanks to Artstyle’s drafting, each and every player is enjoying time on some of their favorite and strongest heroes, including the draft king’s very own Chen and Enchantress. And it’s hard for their opponents to push such a versatile team out of their comfort zone during the draft. So you can expect to see their tried and true, aggressive style unleashed at ESL One Frankfurt, as Na’Vi are out to prove that their are well and truly back!
With not too many stand out performances as of late, Na’Vi came in as one of the underdogs at the Manila Major. But after they completely blew their group out of the water with 2-0 victories over Secret and DC, there was no stopping the hype train anymore. Can they keep it rolling and secure their first ever ESL One trophy?
Record over last 3 months: 44-33
Recent tournament results
- WePlay Dota 2 League Season 3: 5th-6th place
- DreamLeague Season 5: 2nd place
- Manila Major: 7th-8th place
Recent matchups against ESL One Frankfurt teams
We were fortunate to watch so many ESL One Frankfurt matchups at the Manila Major and Na’Vi themselves had their fair share of them. In the one and only El Clásico against Alliance, Na’Vi managed to drop a resounding 2-0 victory. Unfortunately their next opponents, Team Liquid, did the same thing to them. Will we see Na’Vi take revenge on the blue horses at ESL One Frankfurt?
- 2-0 at ESL One Manila qualifiers
- 2-0 at Dota Pit League Season 4 qualifiers
0-2 at Manila Major
2-1 at Manila Major
- 2-1 at StarLadder i-League Invitational
- 1-2 at DreamLeague Season 5
- 0-3 at DreamLeague Season 5
- 0-2 at Manila Major
As ESL One regulars, Na’Vi now have another shot at lifting their first ESL One trophy. Is 2016 their year?
Read up on the teams by checking out our ESL One Frankfurt previews:
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