June 29, 2022


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NAVI coach B1ad3 hails electroNic’s IGL potential: “A lot increased than Boombl4’s”

NAVI coach Andrey ‘B1ad3’ Gorodenskiy has performed down issues about Denis ‘electroNic’ Sharipov’s potential to steer the crew shifting ahead.

electroNic has taken over in-game management duties within the crew following the removing of Kirill ‘Boombl4’ Mikhailov resulting from what the NAVI group described as “excessive reputational dangers for the membership”.

The choice has raised issues about NAVI’s possibilities to return to the highest, with electroNic having little expertise within the function. Boombl4 had soaked up loads of data from his temporary time taking part in alongside Danylo ‘Zeus’ Teslenko and from the years he spent competing below B1ad3’s tutelage.

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The BLAST Premier Spring Last is NAVI’s first occasion with electroNic as the principle IGL

Nonetheless, it was solely in 2021 that Boombl4 overcame a few of his preliminary struggles and have become a succesful in-game chief in high-pressure conditions, serving to NAVI to dominate the CS:GO circuit earlier than the conflict in Ukraine broke out and disrupted the crew.

B1ad3 stated that it’s nonetheless early to cross judgment on electroNic as an in-game chief, however he backed the Russian participant to achieve the function.

“We didn’t have lots of time to apply [for BLAST], and we’ll have to see the errors that will probably be made throughout high-stress conditions in video games,” he advised Dexerto.

“However electroNic’s potential as an IGL is far increased than Boombl4’s. He has a greater imaginative and prescient of the sport and extra expertise. It will depend on how a lot effort he places into this.”

B1ad3’s feedback echo these of star participant Aleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev, who stated that electroNic “has extra concepts” and a greater understanding of the sport than Boombl4.

It has solely been a few weeks since electroNic took up the function, however main just isn’t one thing solely new to him. In ESL Professional League Season 13 initially of 2021, he was the crew’s caller on Mirage and Overpass of their early matches after some promising scrims. The expertise didn’t final, although, and Boombl4 returned to being the principle caller on all maps following back-to-back losses to FURIA and Gambit.

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However now it’s completely different. There is no such thing as a fall-back plan, nobody to carry his hand or step in if issues go mistaken. And due to this, B1ad3 stated, electroNic is absolutely dedicated to creating it work.

“On the time, he was not critical sufficient as an IGL,” B1ad3 defined. “It was one thing like, ‘Let’s give it a attempt’. You recognize that if it doesn’t work we’ll return [to how it was]. You don’t give one hundred pc of your self due to this.

“Now it’s a unique state of affairs, there’s a extra critical method. Now he should work extra on his function. It was his need, his ambition, to attempt to lead. He stated that he had a imaginative and prescient and that he is aware of lead.

“We didn’t ask him to do it, like, ‘Please, you could do it for the crew, you could sacrifice your self’, as a result of in the event you do that, the lineup won’t have future. But when he needs to do it, it’s value attempting. I believe that he simply wants a while.”

Doing it like Astralis

Each championship crew wants a participant who can share the load with the star, and for NAVI, that participant has typically been electroNic. Signed in November 2017 from FlipSid3 Ways, he has been a invaluable sidekick to s1mple, even taking on when the Ukrainian is having one in every of his uncommon off days. Proof of that’s his 4 consecutive appearances in HLTV Prime 20 lists, twice getting into the highest 5 and by no means rating beneath No.7.

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A typical theme within the CS:GO scene is how high-fragging gamers see their numbers plummet once they turn into in-game leaders due to all of the micro-managing that comes with the function.

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B1ad3 says electroNic can turn into a high-impact IGL like gla1ve was throughout Astralis’ prime

However B1ad3 doesn’t assume that needs to be the case, pointing to Lukas ‘gla1ve’ Rossander’s performances throughout Astralis’ period for example of a high-impact in-game chief. Nonetheless, he famous, there will probably be different gamers able to put in further work, together with NAVI’s still-to-be-determined new fifth man.

“I’m not anxious,” he stated about lacking firepower with electroNic’s new function. “It will possibly come from the brand new fifth participant, from b1t, or from Perfecto. As quickly as we all know the lineup we could have, we’ll begin to construct in that course.

“However electroNic will be some type of gla1ve. You can not say that he was in anybody’s shadow throughout prime Astralis. I believe he had a big impact by way of firepower. I believe electroNic can simply be that type of IGL. Not like karrigan, not like Boombl4. He will be like apEX.”

B1ad3 additionally used Astralis to clarify why he felt it was essential at hand the reins to somebody who was already accustomed to NAVI’s system reasonably than herald an outdoor IGL together with his personal methodology and mind-set.

“I believe when Magisk was main it confirmed that others gamers even have this data [of the system] since you evolve as a crew collectively and their energy was that they had been analyzing their conditions and constructing collective data of the crew,” B1ad3 defined.

“We’re attempting to do the identical. The IGL ought to be somebody from our system. It’s a lot simpler to regulate our gamers with any person from the system. If we took somebody from the skin it might be troublesome, we would wish to clarify the system to that individual or he would convey his personal system. It’s doable, however Plan A is to have one in every of our gamers lead.”

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The early indicators are encouraging: NAVI are by way of to the quarter-finals of the BLAST Premier Spring Last, the place electroNic is averaging a 1.07 HLTV score and a team-high 1.25 Impression. However the first actual check will come immediately towards FaZe — a match that may supply a greater gauge of how the Russian can deal with himself within the saddle.

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NAVI and FaZe will sq. off in a rematch of the Antwerp Main ultimate

B1ad3 just isn’t too anxious in regards to the final result of this match — or of the event for that matter —, regardless that he thinks the crew nonetheless has an opportunity to win the trophy, based mostly on their particular person expertise and the truth that they’re sticking to a system that has confirmed so profitable.

For NAVI, electroNic’s progress as a frontrunner will probably be value greater than the outcomes they obtain right here. That is merely the primary stage of a transformational course of that requires him to open his eyes to a brand new means of feeling the sport.

“He should at all times do not forget that his first precedence ought to be to regulate the crew,” B1ad3 stated. “He has performed for as long as a star participant that I can see that typically he’s nonetheless pondering like a participant and performing some issues mechanically. It’s like a behavior.

“It’s a matter of adapting. I believe he must set the purpose to turn into an amazing IGL and that’s it. He has every part.”