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s1mple gets new role following Na’Vi CSGO roster change

Published: 24/Jan/2020 11:22 Updated: 24/Jan/2020 11:32

by Joe O'Brien

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Na’Vi have announced a change to their CS:GO roster, replacing Ladislav ‘GuardiaN’ Kovács with Ilya ‘Perfecto’ Zalutskiy.

The change follows earlier reports that GuardiaN had stopped practicing with the squad, and that they were looking for a young rifler to replace him.

Perfecto has most recently been competing for Syman Gaming, who most notably appeared at the StarLadder Berlin Major in September 2019, where they pulled off upset wins over Vitality and North before eventually being eliminated in the Challengers Stage by eventual finalists AVANGAR.

The change marks the end of GuardiaN’s short second stint in Na’Vi, having returned to the team in September 2019. The period was largely underwhelming, with GuardiaN putting up some of the weakest performances in his career.

The introduction of GuardiaN to the team also came with a switch for star player Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev, who gave up the AWP to move into a primary rifling position. While the change was one that s1mple himself stated he had wanted to make, the results weren’t what the team had been hoping for, with Na’Vi failing to see an improvement in performance.

With GuardiaN now leaving the team, s1mple will once again be taking up the AWP, with Perfecto filling the vacant rifler position. Fans of both the team and s1mple himself will undoubtedly be pleased to see the change, with many of his best performances historically coming with the sniper in hand.

GuardiaN competing with Na'VI at DreamHack Malmo
Adela Sznajder for DreamHack
GuardiaN is departing Na’Vi for a second time after returning in September 2019.

Na’Vi coach Andrii ‘B1ad3’ Gorodenskyi cited language barriers as one of the main reasons for the change, with GuardiaN being the sole Slovakian on an otherwise Russian and Ukrainian squad.

“Everybody tried very hard and progress was noticeable but in critical moments of the match, we lacked the coherence where we would react to opponent’s actions as a one unit. One of the reasons is the language barrier, which was especially noticeable in the game against tier-1 teams, where quality and speed of communication is of a great importance. That’s why we decided to replace Ladislav, and s1mple returns to the AWP role, because he is simply the best in that field.”

Na’Vi are due to make their debut with the new squad in the BLAST Premier Spring group stage, which is taking place from January 31 to February 16.

Na’Vi’s new CS:GO roster:

  • Egor ‘flamie’ Vasilev
  • Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev
  • Denis ‘electronic’ Sharipov
  • Kirill ‘Boombl4’ Mikhailov
  • Ilya ‘Perfecto’ Zalutskiy
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How Team Vitality Broke their CSGO Curse Against All Odds @ IEM Beijing

Published: 26/Nov/2020 18:21

by Marco Rizzo

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Dexerto explores how Vitality was able to win their first tournament of the year at IEM Beijing, pulling out an incredible comeback against a seemingly unstoppable NaVi. 

French CSGO has made a comeback in the past two years, with Team Vitality and G2 Esports working hard to put France back on the map.
While the performance of the two best teams in the region has been admirable, reaching multiple grand finals throughout the year, they have failed to overcome their opponent on every occasion.
After their performance at Blast Premier Fall Series, Vitality looked to be in good form coming into IEM Beijing-Haidian, especially as the addition of Nabil ‘Nivera’ Benrlitom seemed to add another weapon to the Vitality arsenal.
The Frenchmen showed from the start of the group stages how dangerous they could be and how their new sixth member could change the way they approached games.
The finals of the tournament saw the two highest-rated players in the world face each other, with Oleksandr ‘s1mple Kostyliev taking on Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut. Both acting as catalysts for one of the most entertaining series of the year.
The rivalry between the two is only just starting, with a few tournaments still left before the end of the year, both prodigies are looking to claim the title of the best player of 2020.