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It’s been a long and a rough season for Na’Vi thus far. The rebuilt team without Danil “Dendi” Ishutin is yet to find consistency in results. From qualifying to the first Major of the season, to not making it out from Minor qualifiers a few days ago, Na’Vi have been all places.

It’s not a matter of lack of practice says, the team manager Igor “caff” Sydorenko in a press release on Sunday, April 7. “I read a lot about insufficient preparation of NAVI for the Major, but would like to note that we started practicing 20 days in advance, while the last 7 days were spent on a bootcamp. Nonetheless, some mistakes were made at the tournament, which didn’t allow us to achieve the desirable result,” Caff declared, referring to the results at the Stockholm Major where Na’Vi finished bottom four.

Coming from the Major in Sweden, Na’Vi seem to have lost even more of the grip on the meta, they often overthought their drafts and ended up losing both the MDL Disneyland® Paris Major and the OGA Dota PIT Minor qualifiers. “The team was spiritually exhausted by the time OGA Dota PIT Minor 2019 qualifiers came, so we couldn’t even make our ideas happen. It’s frustrating, but we’ll keep working nonetheless,” said Igor Sydorenko today, when Na’Vi announced a stand-in for the team captain, Akbar “SoNNeikO” Butaev.

Na’Vi are expected to arrive next week in India to play at ESL One Mumbai, a non-DPC event with $300,000 on the line. Former ESPADA and Winstrike support player Mikhail “Misha” Agatov will play with Na’Vi at the upcoming ESL One Even while SoNNeiKO “needs this time to solve the health issues. Misha will play with us at the coming tournaments.” Misha will play with Na’Vi starting this Monday, April 8, when the team will fight in the regional qualifiers for ESL One Birmingham. In their official announcement, Na’Vi mentioned that their captain will return to the squad after the event in India.

“Note that this decision was made before the qualifiers, and is not connected with anything other than health. Upon returning from India the team will keep on preparing with the full roster,“ said the team manager.

Na’Vi temporarily roster:

  • Vladislav “Crystallize” Krystanek
  • Idan “MagicaL” Vardanian
  • Evgeniy “Blizzy” Ree
  • Evgeniy “Chuvash” Makarov
  • Mikhail “Misha” Agatov


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