Na'Vi have officially announced the addition of Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov to their CS:GO squad in place of Ioann 'Edward' Sukhariev.
The move was originally reported on May 28, and has now been officially confirmed on May 29. In addition to Na'Vi's signing of Boombl4, it's been announced that Edward will transfer in the opposite direction, joining the Winstrike squad.
The two teams' official rosters are now as follows.
Reports suggest that Na’Vi are set to make a change to their CS:GO roster, replacing Ioann ‘Edward’ Sukhariev with Winstrike’s Kirill ‘Boombl4’ Mikhailov.
Edward is a veteran of Counter-Strike going back to 1.6, and has played in Na’Vi’s CS:GO squad since December 2013, making him the longest-standing member of the line-up considering Danylo ‘Zeus’ Teslenko’s departure to Gambit between 2016 and 2017.
His prospective replacement, Boombl4, who is best-known for competing on the Quantum Bellator Fire squad that came out of nowhere to a top-eight finish at the ELeague Boston Major in January 2018.
Na’Vi’s current roster formed in November 2017 with the addition of Denis ‘electronic’ Sharipov. In the time since they’ve had some stand-out results, most notably a run of victories at StarSeries Season 5, the CS:GO Asia Championships, and ESL One Cologne in mid-2018
Despite the luxury of playing with the world’s current best player, however – Aleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev, who many contend may be the greatest player to ever play CS:GO – Na’Vi have since struggled to find consistent success commensurate with their status as a top-three team.
The reported change comes in the wake of one of their weakest results to date, failing to reach the playoffs of the ESL Pro League Season 9 despite opportunities in two rounds of the group stage in which they should, by ranking at least, have been favored to top their group.
Having missed out on the EPL finals, Na’Vi’s next offline event will be ESL One Cologne on July 2-7, giving them over a month in which to integrate the new signing should it come to fruition.
If the change goes through, Na’Vi’s roster would be as follows:
Last updated: May 29, 2019 - 9:15 AM EST