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DeKay’s Sources: Natus Vincere exploring replacements for Zeus

Published: 2/Sep/2019 15:06 Updated: 7/Apr/2020 12:46

by Jarek "DeKay" Lewis


Russian and Ukranian Counter-Strike team Natus Vincere are exploring players to replace their in-game leader Danylo “Zeus” Teslenko, according to multiple sources close to the team.

It is the expectation of those involved that Zeus will play his last tournament for Na’Vi at BLAST Pro Series: Moscow 2019, which begins on September 13.

At this time it is unclear who the team has considered as a replacement for Zeus, but discussions are still ongoing, said one source. Should he be replaced, it is also unknown whether he will continue playing or retire from professional Counter-Strike.

DreamhackZeus is expected to depart Na’Vi in the coming weeks.

Zeus is currently on his second stint with Natus Vincere, having previously played for the organization from late 2009 to 2016. He left for around ten months total to play for Gambit Esports, where he won the PGL Krakow 2017 Major before returning to Na’Vi. 

Since returning, he has led the team to victories at StarSeries Season 5, ESL One: Cologne 2018, and StarSeries Season 7. 

StarLadderZeus returned to Na’Vi after the PGL Krakow Major.

Natus Vincere have made it into the playoffs of the StarLadder Berlin Major, where they will face off against NRG in the quarterfinal. To reach the top eight they beat: DreamEaters, Made in Brazil, and CR4ZY. The team’s last LAN event prior to the Major was ESL One Cologne in July, where they finished 3rd-4th. 

BLAST Pro Series: Moscow 2019 is set to begin on September 13th and run through September 14th, which is just one week following the culmination of the ongoing Major. 

Zeus’ decorated history with Natus Vincere includes the 2010 Counter-Strike 1.6 season where the legendary Ukrainian roster became the first in history to win three major international events in one year, taking the top spot at Intel Extreme Masters IV, ESWC 2010, and WCG 2010.

The 31-year-old is the last member of that legacy roster to still be playing in a Na’Vi jersey; Ioann ‘Edward’ Sukhariev was removed from the team in May of 2019 and has been on loan to Winstrike ever since.

Natus Vincere’s current roster is as follows:

  • Aleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev
  • Denis ‘electronic’ Sharipov
  • Danylo ‘Zeus’ Teslenko
  • Egor ‘Flamie’ Vasilyev
  • Kirill ‘Boombl4’ Mikhailov

BLAST Premier CSGO Fall Final schedule

Published: 3/Dec/2020 13:28

by Jacob Hale


The BLAST Premier Fall Final is right around the corner, bringing some of the best CS:GO teams in the world together to compete for the huge $425,000 prize pool.

Throughout the season, some of CS’ top teams have been competing to earn points for seeding at the Fall Finals, and the event is finally arriving, with eight teams set to lock heads in December, looking to round out the year with a huge win.

In case you missed it, the eight teams that qualified through the Regular Season and Showdown event are as follows:

  • Vitality
  • Mousesports
  • Natus Vincere
  • Astralis
  • G2 Esports
  • Furia
  • OG Esports
  • BIG
BLAST Premier showdown
BLAST Premier
The BLAST Premier Showdown was each team’s last chance to secure their spot at the Fall Finals.

Blast Premier Global Fall Finals schedule

The BLAST Premier Fall Finals will last from December 8-13, and we now know how the bracket and schedule will look ahead of time.

So far, we only have the fixtures for Round 1, but we know the times for every matchup slated to take place. Here’s when you’ll need to tune in (all times CET):

Tuesday, December 8

  • 4.30pm: Vitality vs Mousesports
  • 7.30pm: Astralis vs Natus Vincere

Wednesday, December 9

  • 1.30pm: G2 Esports vs Furia
  • 4.30pm: OG Esports vs BIG
  • 7.30pm: Lower Bracket Match 1

Thursday, December 10

  • 1.30pm: Lower Bracket Match 2
  • 4.30pm: Upper Bracket Match 1
  • 7.30pm: Upper Bracket Match 2

Friday, December 11

  • 4.30pm: Lower Bracket Match 3
  • 7.30pm: Lower Bracket Match 4

Saturday, December 12

  • 4.30pm: Upper Bracket Final
  • 7.30pm: Lower Bracket Final

Sunday, December 13

  • 4.30pm: Consolidation Final
  • 8.30pm: Grand Final
BLAST Premier CSGO Fall Finals schedule
BLAST Premier
BLAST Premier CSGO Fall Finals schedule.

So, that’s the full schedule for the BLAST Premier Fall Finals, with some exciting matchups to boot — including a big Day 1 face-off between Astralis and Na’Vi, with Astralis seeking revenge from their quarterfinal loss at IEM Beijing.

Be sure to keep checking back as we provide coverage for all of the results and happenings at the event, which is sure to prove just as exciting as it looks.