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forZe reportedly set $1.5 million buyout for Na'Vi CSGO target

by Connor Bennett
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Natus Vincere has reportedly had to turn their attention to a different CS:GO signing after being quoted an absurd price tag from forZe for Evgeniy ‘FL1T’ Lebedev, according to NeL of 1PV.

Even though their roster holds, arguably, the best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player in the world, Na'Vi have been unable to break through the stranglehold at the top of the rankings and dominate tournaments. 

After much speculation, the team finally parted ways with Danylo ‘Zeus’ Teslenko back in September, adding former star Ladislav ‘GuardiaN’ Kovács to their ranks. Yet, the reunion of Guardian and s1mple hasn’t quite worked as planned and now the former FaZe Clan star is seemingly set to be replaced, after reports claimed he had been replaced by Na’Vi Juniors player Rodion ‘fear’ Smyk in practice.

Image of s1mple pumping up the crowd at a CSGO event
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S1mple might be the best CSGO player in the world but Na'Vi still lag behind some top teams.

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However, it appears as if fear won’t be a permanent addition after the organization has reportedly been in the market to pick up a player from a rival CIS squad.

According to French insider NeL, Na’Vi had turned their attention to forZe’s 21-year-old FL1T, but had been told his full buyout price was somewhere north of 1.5 million dollars. “Na'Vi dropped off and is looking into other options now,” NeL tweeted. “Won't be a player for forZe nor Gambit for sure.”

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Disputing the tweet, the forZe Twitter account fired back with a handful of tweets of their own – responding directly to NeL with a gif of Huell from Breaking Bad taking a nap on a bed of cash. 

They followed that up by issuing a TwitLonger statement on the matter, claiming that Na'Vi had contacted them about a transfer but "there were no offers made and no amount named" and they were looking to "stop any speculation and conjecture."

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Even though CS:GO insiders like NeL have been perfectly sound with their information in the past, teams do dispute their claims – even if the insider’s claims come true eventually.

It remains to be seen what Na’Vi will do to reshape their roster as they could very well dip into their junior team but it appears as if they do want a player with a bit more experience.