B1ad3: "Now NAVI Isn't a Fully Formed Team, But I Can See a Progress"
Natus Vincere's coach Andryi B1ad3 Horodenski commented on the team's current form. In the post-match interview, he noted that the team is still in the process of being built.
Our current problems are straightforward to explain. We had a change of roles. We focused on the development of npl from the academy, not sdy. ElectroNic is a new captain who is stressed because of this. Every lousy result makes the whole team nervous. We continue to build, and, for example, you can already see improvements in npl actions. NAVI is not a fully formed team, but I can see progress.
NAVI's results in 2023
At the beginning of 2023, the "born to be winners" barely made it to BLAST Premier: Spring Final 2023. Denys electroNic Sharypov's team had to be selected through the Play-In network because, in the decisive match of the group, they lost to G2 Esports.
Next up was IEM Katowice 2023, where NAVI finished second in Group A, again losing to G2. In the tournament's quarterfinals, the Ukrainian club beat Outsiders, and in the semifinals, they failed to cope with Heroic. As a result, the team took 3-4th place, which seemed very good.
At the time of publication, NAVI is playing in group D at ESL Pro League Season 17. In the first round of the group, the team failed to cope with FORZE and fell into the middle bracket, where they had already managed to win against Astralis. In the next round, NAVI will face Rare Atom. Pre-match statistics are available here.
EPL S17 takes place from February 22 to March 26 in Malta. The teams are raffling off a prize pool of $850,000. You can follow the schedule and results of the championship here.