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Na’Vi CS:GO make major roster change following disappointing results [UPDATED]

Published: 28/May/2019 14:20 Updated: 29/May/2019 13:21

by Joe O'Brien

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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.

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The two teams’ official rosters are now as follows.

Na’Vi:

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

Winstrike:

  • Aurimas ‘Kvik‘ Kvakšys
  • David ‘n0rb3r7‘ Danielyan
  • Vladyslav ‘bondik‘ Nechyporchuk
  • Aleksey ‘El1an‘ Gusev
  • Ioann ‘Edward‘ Sukhariev

Original article:

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.

The move has been reported by 1pv.fr and HLTV.org, and Boombl4 himself seems to have hinted at the transfer by tweeting the Na’Vi motto, which translates to “I see the goal – I see no obstacles.”

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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

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DexertoThe biggest success of this Na’Vi line-up was winning ESL One Cologne 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.

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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:

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

Last updated: May 29, 2019 – 9:15 AM EST

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How Tabsen rebuilt German Counter-Strike

Published: 13/Oct/2020 1:51

by Alan Bernal

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German Counter-Strike was a marvel to see in the days of 1.6, and it’s been a long time since the scene had much acclaim. But Johannes ‘tabseN’ Wodarz has slowly been building up the country’s prominence in the esport alongside the rest of the BIG lineup.

Hailing from pre-Source era LANs, tabseN was there when the Germans were a force to be reckoned with, alongside the neighboring French teams of the time. But that pales in comparison to modern CS:GO, where a German player has yet to even grace a grand finals for a Major.

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Looking to right that wrong, tabseN would leave NRG Esports in 2017 to create Berlin International Gaming (BIG). He linked up with Fatih ‘gob b’ Dayik and Nikola ‘LEGIJA’ Ninic to take Germany back to its CS glory days.

The early road was rocky, to say the least. Roster changes and injuries marred the first couple years.

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This made it hard for tabseN and co. to put together any meaningful results, with only minor success or deep bracket runs that would fizzle out before reaching the finals. TabseN didn’t win a single championship in 2019, that was his first dry year since 2012.

Then the online era of 2020 rolled around, where he was now the prominent IGL and the team had added Florian ‘syrsoN’ Rische and Nils ‘k1to’ Gruhne to the lineup.

Like classic German engineering, he would create a team that could withstand major obstacles and persist pressure. This is the story of how tabseN rebuilt German Counter-Strike.

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