We caught up with Na`Vi's former in-game leader and captain outside of the game, Sergey "starix" Ischuk, to find out how the team plans on bouncing back from their past two events.
Natus Vincere left TECHLABS Cup with a disappointing fourth place finish after two 5-16 losses against NiP and ESC Gaming on de_train_se, despite promising results online, including a comeback win over NiP.
The team's run at Copenhagen Games was cut short as the organization pulled the team from the 33,000€ CS:GO tournament after issues with admins. Find out how Ischuk feels about SLTV StarSeries V Finals on their homesoil.
With only a couple of days to make adjustments based on Copenhagen Games, what are the things you will focus on during this little time off?
Na`Vi starix: Though we would like to change a lot, we won't, because we don't have much time. We will try to improve our shooting and teamplay.
What did you learn about your team at Copenhagen Games? What are your strengths and weaknesses? What is the one thing that can push you over the top?
Na`Vi starix: Nothing special, we've played with each other for a long time and I know everything about my team. Our strength is our knowledge that we can! The weakness is that we've won a lot and it's hard to find motivation in yourself, you need time for that, so we can forget our great victories, so each of us understands that he is a nobody.
You will face Virtus.pro in the first round of upper bracket. How much will you prepare for them specifically, knowing it a few days in advance? What do you predict will happen in the match?
Na`Vi starix: We won't prepare specifically, we are just going to play our own game. You gotta have your own good game to be adjusted with your opponent. Virtus.pro are showing good results now, so the conclusion is that they are playing stronger than we are. We can watch several Virtus.pro demos, because we know what maps we are going to play.
You saw NiP and ESC Gaming play at Copenhagen Games. Who do you expect to win that match? Who would you rather face and avoid? Why?
Na`Vi starix: I think NiP are going to win, though ESC can give a hard fight. Anyway, the strongest team wins, so it doesn't matter.
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Do you think the relaxed schedule of SLTV StarSeries V Finals which allow you to only play one or two matches a day is better than Copenhagen Games' packed one with multiple matches? Why?
Na`Vi starix: The schedule doesnt matter for me, I just hope that everybody plays in equal conditions. Shortages and failings can be found in any system.
Your results in the group stage at Copenhagen Games were obviously very mixed as you dropped a close series versus Epsilon but defeated fnatic, who went onto place 5-6th. How do you think you would have done, had you been placed in the upper bracket instead of fnatic or Epsilon?
Na`Vi starix: Our team is just starting to "grow up", it's hard to say anything, we haven't played that much yet. We gotta understand ourselves, what shape are we in, to estimate our chances fair enough. Taking into consideration the present results, we are top 16 =).
Do you feel any extra pressure to perform at SLTV StarSeries V, knowing you didn't qualify for RaidCall EMS One and won't be participating at ESEA Finals? Do you have any events planned for May?
Na`Vi starix: Of course we feel the hope that our fans lay on us, considering our past merits. Every lost match lays as a big burden, because we feel the pressure. As far as I know we have only one event, TECHLABS Minsk on May 18th.
How comfortable are you now in CS:GO? What is it that you think makes NiP so much stronger? How are you trying to reach that level? Is it possible for Na´Vi to dominate in CS:GO as you did in CS 1.6?
Na`Vi starix: With every coming day each of us feels progress. I can say that NiP has the understanding of the new CS:GO as if it were CS 1.6 thanks to 2 Sourcers, who helped them much + the time they spent since CS:GO has been released and we know that they were amongst the few, who switched to CS:GO from the start.
We will publish an interview with Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund later today, so stay tuned as we finalize our coverage heading into SLTV StarSeries V Final.