More changes are coming to Natus Vincere’s Counter-Strike division. Following the recent announcement that Danylo “Zeus” Teslenko would retire from competitive CS:GO, it appears the teams coach is making his way out as well.
Mikhaylo “Kane” Blagin’s run with the team will end at the conclusion of BLAST Pro Series Moscow, the same as Zeus’. Kane joined the team in conjunction with Zeus’ return in 2017 after they worked together at Gambit, winning the PGL Krakow Major.
Kane competed in Counter-Strike from 2004 to 2009 on teams such as pro100 and Virtus.pro before turning to coaching in 2016 with FlipSid3 Tactics, then Gambit, and finally Na’Vi.
With Na’Vi, Kane helped lead the squad to six LAN victories among other top finishes including Major semifinal and final appearances.
“I would like to express my gratitude, first of all, to the fans of ours: I felt your support throughout 2 years — a big and sincere thank! I am sad to part ways with the guys who became a part of my life, but such is the work of a coach,” Kane said in the official post.
“I have to admit 2019 wasn’t the most successful in terms of results. Unfortunately, the main goal — winning a Major — remained unfulfilled.”
The future of Kane in the realm of CS:GO and esports is currently unknown
The were recently rumors that Na’Vi is targeting Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovács as a potential replacement for Zeus. At this time nothing has been confirmed, however.
Natus Vincere’s CS:GO division following BLAST Pro Series Moscow:
-Egor “flamie” Vasilyev
-Aleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev
-Denis “electronic” Sharipov
-Kirill “Boombl4” Mikhailov