flamie: "We didn't have good prep"

Our last interview before the start of today's $1,000,000 event in Cologne features Natus Vincere's Egor "flamie" Vasilyev.

Following a lengthy downtime period, Natus Vincere resurfaced in ELEAGUE a little over ten days ago where they topped group E ahead of FlipSid3, mousesports and Echo Fox.

Coming back from Atlanta, the team was expecting to put in a decent week-long bootcamp at their base in Ukraine ahead of ESL One Cologne, but the youngest member Egor "flamie" Vasilyev was hit with an illness and forced to head home to Russia to recover.


flamie was separated from the team ahead of ESL One Cologne 

We talked to him about that issue, how it affected their preparation, what their goals are and more.

How have you been preparing for ESL One Cologne? The rest of Na`Vi have been bootcamping, but you were unable to go. Have you been able to practice with the team and follow what they have been doing?

We didn't have good preparation before the major, but I tried my best. I had a problem with my throat and had an operation to remove pus. After that, I needed at least 1 day to rest, so we played like 5-8 maps for this event.

How has the return of GuardiaN felt? It seemed as if the team dipped in performance since he took some time off after the last Major. Do you think the team will be back at its full potential in Cologne?

He is better and better day by day. Of course he is not in form that he was in before, but I really hope he will shine again at the major!

Na`Vi have been finalists in the last two majors, but you haven't managed to win one yet. Do you think the third time's the charm? What are your expectations of this major?

Of course we want to win the major, but now it's gonna be even harder cause there is such a small difference between tier2 and tier1 teams.


Na`Vi are expected to top group B

Your group consists of NiP, FlipSid3 and OpTic. What are your thoughts on the teams you will have to face? Your opener is against F3, do you think they could upset you being a local rival?

It's not the hardest but not the easiest group. All of the teams are very strong tactically and with slow plays. Opener against our good rival, F3 - they know how we play, we know how they play, I think it will be good match.

Pyth said he thinks they (NiP) will come out first in the group. Do you have anything to say about that?

We will try to afflict him and win this group :D

You guys have only played StarLadder, DH Masters, and ELEAGUE since the last Major. How do you think not having gone to as many events as many of the other teams in Cologne will affect you?

We had a lot time to prepare, but I think the biggest preparation is - LAN games. So it has both effects - good because we didn't show our rounds and bad - because we didn't play many games.

Is any other result that winning acceptable for Na`Vi? Who do you think are the top contenders to take the trophy home? Do you think any team could be a potential dark horse?

To be honest, I think we're not considering anything other than a win. For sure the top contenders are SK, fnatic, G2, NiP. Dark horses are VP & EnVyUs for me.

We have seen you guys practicing on Nuke, a map Na`Vi historically never played. What do you think of the map, and do you think it will be a good map for your team?

I hope it will be a good map for us and better than it was before. It's a new map and since nobody knows how to play it now, everybody is in the same condition.

With only hours to go until the start of the Major, here's some more of our content to pass the time:

Brazil Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo: "Have to beat them all"
Sweden Jacob "pyth" Mourujärvi: "We will definitely recover"
Denmark Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke: "Main goal is top eight"
Canada Damian "daps" Steele: "Focus on getting out of groups"
Ukraine Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev: "We'll do everything we can"

Germany Group A preview by Michal "stich" Malachowski
Germany Group B preview by Milan "Striker" Švejda
Germany Group C preview by Michal "stich" Malachowski
Germany Group D preview by Milan "Striker" Švejda

Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
937
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Sweden Jacob 'pyth' Mourujärvi
Jacob 'pyth' Mourujärvi
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
716
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1011
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.59
APR:
0.11
Canada Damian 'daps' Steele
Damian 'daps' Steele
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.88
Maps played:
789
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1140
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
959
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
#1
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Finland Dagyhy 
ye
2016-07-05 07:54
ez for flipside then.
2016-07-05 08:09
Markeloff to awp and drop 60 Frags?
2016-07-05 08:17
Jawohl Brudii.
2016-07-05 08:18
#38
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Finland Lehtori 
Markeloff 30+ WorldDelete 30+ Blade 10-20 GODshara 5-10
2016-07-05 08:44
#39
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Finland Lehtori 
Waylander 30++
2016-07-05 08:45
#23
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Germany AdiZen 
EZ for ENCE
2016-07-05 08:11
SHIT
2016-07-05 07:54
nt lol
2016-07-05 10:02
#3
Bulgaria Keepo 
haha no
2016-07-05 07:54
#4
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Portugal dracø 
I want to see some memorable flicks from Guardian.
2016-07-05 07:55
GuardiaN isnt really known for his flicks though, its his consistensy and positioning that makes him the worlds best awper when on point
2016-07-05 10:29
#53
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Portugal dracø 
i was don't know this details
2016-07-05 10:48
#54
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Finland OpTic_allu 
ur mother could sleep in garbage ))
2016-07-05 12:02
Ayy
2016-07-05 07:54
#6
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Australia JonoMate 
Lol
2016-07-05 07:54
#7
United States Pradu 
feels good to be first
2016-07-05 07:54
6th
2016-07-05 07:54
GG EZ
2016-07-05 07:55
Because of Volodya :/
2016-07-05 07:55
#11
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Bulgaria kr9ptonn 
Are there going to have interview with any of the fnatic players?
2016-07-05 07:55
#43
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Sweden Kasidro 
"Our last interview before the start of today's $1,000,000 event in Cologne features Natus Vincere's Egor "flamie" Vasilyev" is the first sentence of the article so I guess the answer is no, at least not a pre interview
2016-07-05 09:33
i was don't know this details
2016-07-05 07:56
#19
1mpala | 
Ukraine he-he  
ur mother could go sleep in garbage
2016-07-05 08:08
I arent think that
2016-07-05 08:13
"we are not prepared" nt we see what u did there ;)))))))
2016-07-05 07:57
wtf
2016-07-05 07:58
I think Navi will win this, trust me, if guardian start steppig up again and flamie doing is job, edward playig like mlg.columbus seized doing a amazing job and zeus key kills navi can do that
2016-07-05 07:59
5 players cant step up in one LAN, max semis for navi, g2, SK and...
2016-07-05 08:03
I know, but im tryig to saying if guardian and flamie stepping up like they do before the guardian injury it will be amazin,my opnion semi finals will be navi, fnatic, g2 and nip, trust me sk will not come ;),
2016-07-05 08:05
Oh ye, my bad, i forget that fnc always wins vs SK and g2 know how to win with SK, so g2, fnc, navi but it Will be hard cuz they had bootcamp for 2/3 days only, nip is playing good atm,but astralis can also go to semis
2016-07-05 08:08
kjarbye will not play for astralis in the major so I think they cant :D
2016-07-05 08:10
Fnatic only always beats SK in BO3's... It was against Fnatic in a BO1 game (as Kabum) that SK started to gain recognition. Also, G2 doesnt neccesarily know how to win against SK, personally I think SK has a better map pool and more overall consistency and skill.
2016-07-05 08:21
If guardian before injury with flamie shows up im %100 sure NaVi will win this.All teams are shaky NaVi with full capacity guardian-flamie rape any other teams G2 Sk NaVi Vp This is my top4 but we will see i really hope VP then NaVi/g2 to take this major
2016-07-05 08:34
one na'vi player talks about bad prep before any big major... maybe that flips the tactics of flipside tactics.
2016-07-05 08:11
this guy stole my sandwiches
2016-07-05 08:13
Ya, that might have been me....
2016-07-05 08:22
#29
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Kazakhstan Tarob 
gg
2016-07-05 08:18
#32
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Brazil chococaine 
nip top contender lmao
2016-07-05 08:23
#34
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Canada LongBaguette 
Pus in his throat? Disgusting!
2016-07-05 08:26
#35
Estonia 2026 
Na`Vi are expected to top group B Could you fix the font please?
2016-07-05 08:28
#37
smooya | 
United Kingdom trtr098 
"We didn't have good prep" The oddsway is so real. NaVi will destroy F3, thank me later
2016-07-05 08:40
#57
smooya | 
United Kingdom trtr098 
Ezest skin of my lyfe
2016-07-05 16:08
every fucking team is always saying "we didnt have enough preparation" holy shit, you are playing for that much money why not make sure no matter what you get good preparation?
2016-07-05 08:59
+1
2016-07-05 09:26
Time to bet against them
2016-07-05 09:19
#45
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Armenia gr1nch 
so why the fuck u are crying? instead of training u was at home and crying in twitter "we cant cuz health problems and etc"
2016-07-05 09:46
#56
Sweden HNCZ 
He had a surgery ffs
2016-07-05 13:41
top player
2016-07-05 10:13
Lul no need for prep when Volodya will coach XDXDXDXXDDDXDDXXDXDXD
2016-07-05 10:22
TOP KEK
2016-07-05 10:37
team toxic doesnt have good prep. i wonder why
2016-07-05 10:40
excuse to bet on flipside
2016-07-05 10:43
flamie best angry bird
2016-07-05 12:14
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