NaVi started the group stage of the tournament in group A. Playing in the Ukrainian team could have made everyone happier. Vitality, NIP defeated NaVi, which shocked all fans and viewers. NaVi failed to defeat the NiP team in the group A match at ESL Pro League S16. The game ended with the score 2:1 in favor of the Swedes. Alexander s1mple Kostylev played with a negative K-D. Nobody expected such a bad start of the season. Below NaVi's coach disclosed what happened with the team during the tournament. And Cyber-sport.io analyzed his comments.
In general, we didn’t play much with Alexander at that time. We played with him for 3 or 4 days after the holidays. Sasha was in Dubai, and we trained with other players. Then Sasha returned to play a game on Blast. We had 3-4 days to practice each map. Because of this, there were probably some inaccuracies and failures, and not everything was played well. Vitality was a reasonably even competitive match. The match against NIP had a strange format that is not found in other tournaments. You play the last match, and they mentally tell you that you have already gone further. Because of this, assertiveness and activity in the game disappear
After the captain left, we were in a turbulent mode. We had to find the right solution in the shortest possible time. We had tournaments ahead, Lisbon and Cologne. We did not make global changes. The problem is that after the holidays, we didn't come back with the team we were before the holiday. Going into details, we talked to the team about the problems, but it's something you can only talk about in public. But the fact is that after the holiday, a completely different team returned
After the avoidance of Boombl4, the team could look more stable. You can see it in the game. The departure of the captain entails a significant change. On May 28, NaVi management announced the departure of the team captain. This was explained by his inappropriate behavior and reputation of Cyril. Boombl4 has been playing for NaVi since May 2019. Together with the club, in November 2021, Mikhailov won the PGL Major Stockholm.
Therefore, big problems began in NaVi. The majority of analysts and viewers said the team stopped playing as one mechanism. B1lad3 noted a couple of times that the main difficulty in the team was communication. The season ended, and NaVi looked much weaker than NaVi, which opened this season. There were many rumors that there were many serious conflicts inside the whole mechanism of the team and the leadership of NaVi. Everyone understood that NaVi played at the end of the season, not for a win.
I think it's hard for him, at least because a completely different team returned from vacation, and if he had one picture in his head that was in Cologne, then after that, a lot of things changed, and the picture in Denis's head collapsed. That was the main difficulty, and from "There is instability for that. He reacts to some game flaw and often doesn't expect it. He is discouraged by unexpected mistakes by the team. It's too early to talk about Denis because we must first achieve good balance and stability in the team. After that, we will watch how Denis develops in this new system. Although we came back from vacation with the same system, we cannot see what we saw before the vacation. Only some players were able to prove themselves. When you return from vacation, and when you need to analyze more, you need to think more, negotiate, and react to situations in the game - the situation turned out to be completely different
It's been quite a while and now many people say that he is one of the strongest captains in the world in the future. At the beginning of 2021, the tournaments were still held online. And there, the results of NaVi were too unstable, so the players were constantly criticized. And sometimes, they needed to understand their decisions: during the ESL Pro League Season 13, it turned out that on some maps, it was not Boombl4 who was the captain, but electroNic.
After the events that took place, NaVi was left without a captain. It is almost impossible to find an equivalent replacement: there are no skilled and experienced in-game leaders in Eastern Europe. On May 14, s1mple announced during a press conference that Denis electroNic Sharipov would be the new captain.
Everyone noticed that the role of captain electroNic still needs to perform professionally. All analysts are inclined to believe that the player needs experience and time to begin to feel his new role in the team. It was noticeable how in the first matches of Navi with the new captain, some difficult decisions were made not by electroNic, but by s1mple. s1mple does not pretend to be the captain, and everyone understands why.
Alexander's style of play will not allow him to play the role of captain - a player who has to analyze more and more other players and play more for the team rather than himself. It is impossible to control all processes equally well at once: advise the team for the round, monitor the movement and actions of teammates and at the same time maintain a high level of shooting - there are too many distractions.
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