- July 28, 2017
In a recent interview, NaVi CEO, Yevhen Zolotarov, talked about the recent changes regarding the organisation’s CS:GO roster, as well as what’s going to happen to their Dota 2 roster.
Natus Vincere’s Losing Streak
For an organisation whose name translates to “born to win”, things haven’t exactly gone well for Natus Vincere’s rosters for CS:GO and Dota 2.
While their Dota 2 roster remains a fan favourite, they haven’t exactly achieved anything noteworthy recently. The last time Danil ‘Dendi’ Ishutin led his team to a LAN title was at StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 2 in July of 2016.
Since then, the team has posted one disappointing performance after another and to make matters worse, the team failed to qualify for TI7 this year.
This makes it the first time in history that the black-and-yellow will not be at a TI.
Their CS:GO roster hasn’t exactly fared any better during that span either.
Like their Dota 2 roster, Natus Vincere’s CS:GO squad also last took home gold last year. That was at the ESL One New York in October of 2016. The team hasn’t been able to post anything higher than a semi-final finish since. In fact, the team finished in the bottom 12 at the recently concluded PGL Major Krakow.
Coincidentally, the team’s performance started to wane after kicking Danylo ‘Zeus’ Teslenko from the team following their win at ESL One New York.
On the other hand, Gambit Esports’ performance has only improved after picking up the Ukranian IGL and making him their captain, culminating in them taking home a Major at the PGL Major Krakow.
NaVi CEO: “Probably we should’ve made some roster changes a bit earlier.”
During the interview, Zolotarov talked about talked about what may have led to their shortcomings. He also took the time to clear the air surrounding Zeus’ exit from the organisation, as well as confirmed the departures of both Denis ‘seized’ Kostin and Ladislav ‘GuardiaN’ Kovács from the team.
NaVi’s CEO also talked about changes coming to Dota 2’s roster. Albeit many of the changes will come after TI7. However, he did go on to say that they will be adding a new coach, which may happen this weekend.
Finally, he revealed that the organisation is expanding into Quake Champions.
Watch the whole interview below for more information: