flamie: "It's a tournament in our home country, we needed to win and pass the group stage"

We sat down with Egor "flamie" Vasilyev following Natus Vincere's victory over Heroic to hear how the team is feeling after qualifying for the playoffs.

Natus Vincere played five matches in the group stage of StarSeries i-League Season 4, starting off strong with two wins. However, they got to the edge of elimination after losses to FaZe and SK and had to face Heroic for a chance to play in front of the live audience in Kiev. Natus Vincere managed to take the win despite a debacle on Mirage, which they lost without taking a single round as Terrorists.

flamie thinks that they relaxed too much in the second half of Mirage

In our post-match interview, we asked Egor "flamie" Vasilyev about the knife situation against SK, the struggles on Mirage and Denis "electronic" Sharipov's role in the team.

I'll start with the match you played yesterday, against SK. Obviously, a hard matchup but the talking point was the knife and losing Cobblestone. Can you tell me what was the atmosphere in the team like then?

During the game, when we decided to knife, it was a stupid mistake by us, but we didn't feel like we were going to lose the game after that round. We thought that they didn't play as good as we expected as CT, but they just felt the power after that round and they played their best game after it. So we didn't win it, we expected to lose Cobblestone but we didn't expect to play so bad on Inferno because it is our best map right now, I think. So I don't know, we just played a bad game and we lost, that's it.

You got the draw against Heroic today, what was the initial thinking when you got that matchup?

Of course, it's an easier match than Cloud9 or mousesports but they are a really nice team. As you can see, they always play well against top teams and we knew that it was going to be a hard match for us, but we managed to win and I'm happy that we did it.

I have to ask about the Mirage that you played, after an 11-4 first half you get zero T rounds, what was the issue there?

I think in the beginning we maybe thought that we already won, or something like that. We should never think like this and we should play rounds 100% [focused]. So we had some close rounds but we didn't take them and we messed up our economy, messed up our rounds... We didn't start to tilt a lot but we didn't feel the game at all. They took Mirage but we discussed after that it should not happen again, that we should win Overpass. It's a tournament in our [team's] home country, we need to win and pass the group stage.

The start of Overpass was a lot of back and forth, eco rounds and pistol wins. What was going on in your minds during that period?

When we play the force rounds we know that they are maybe one of the most important rounds in the game, so we need to focus a lot on it. We managed to take these force rounds and crush their economy as well, we played good on these rounds and, after that, it was just our normal game and we won.

When you won the second half anti-eco, kane started jumping and yelling, that's not what we usually see from him. What was going on there?

Yeah, as I said it is our home tournament so we really wanted to make it to the playoffs, and when Heroic win rounds like this they usually start yelling. We usually don't do this but we needed to break their morale. So kane started to help us with this and he started shouting as well, and it worked.

At the beginning of the tournament, Zeus mentioned that he was sick. Is that still active and is it something that bothered him in this match?

In the beginning of the tournament, he had a stomach problem so he couldn't focus that much on the game, but we didn't play that bad. And right now, before the game, two of our players started to feel headaches. And it's hard to focus when you are in pain. Right now it's better, no stomach problem, but there was a headache problem. I hope it will be fixed before the playoffs.

When electronic was playing in FlipSid3, he was by far the best player of that team, putting up great numbers all the time. Now he seems to be more of a middle of the pack player, a lot of people are kind of disappointed with him in Na`Vi, wondering why he can't be on his FlipSid3 level. What is your take on that?

I think, first of all, we have s1mple on our team, he always gets 30 frags so it's kind of hard to do the same when one player on your team has such a good rating and good stats. But for electronic, I think that he is more of a support player right now, not a star player. He is usually throwing nades. So for example, Xyp9x from Astralis, he also doesn't have crazy stats because he is a support player, and that is how it works right now.

Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
816
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1248
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
#1
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Sweden Rexz 
gl
2018-02-21 19:12
#5
ableJ | 
Bangladesh DisableJ 
wtf
2018-02-21 19:13
#8
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
:thinking:
2018-02-21 19:13
#13
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Sweden Rexz 
fast af
2018-02-21 19:14
#50
SaufS | 
Switzerland zulecsgo 
flamie wanted to say ''simple needed to win and get pass the group stage''
2018-02-21 19:58
#57
Jame | 
Russia z1vver 
8/8
2018-02-21 20:11
Russian flamie calling Ukraine home country. Legit.
2018-02-21 20:22
#89
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Netherlands eoNs! 
Even Ukraine is better than that junk-hole they call Ruissa
2018-02-21 21:19
Stop crying about CIS. 'Even' Russia is better than Europe. However, i'm pretty sure you pick Europe because don't want anyone to know where are you exactly from. African boy
2018-02-22 08:40
#108
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Europe selfmeister 
he said about hes team dumb NaVi is ukrainian team from 2008 and 3 of players are ukrainian there
2018-02-22 11:50
Because NaVi is an organization from Ukraine, it doesn't mean you name Ukraine now your home. Speaking for "team" is still dumb. Team can be 80% Ukraine but still you are Russian/Uganda/Pakistan or any other country citizen. You don't name Ukraine your home since it's not yours. VP is russian organization but you have never seen VP guys saying Russia is home soil or SK calling Germany home.
2018-02-22 12:23
#110
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Europe selfmeister 
omg hahahhaha but he talks about his team navi, navi is ukrainian thats why he said that it is their home
2018-02-22 12:26
#111
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Norway JoVoCS 
Na’Vi is based in Kharviv though, isn’t it?
2018-02-22 16:02
Kiev
2018-02-22 16:31
#114
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Norway JoVoCS 
I thought Zeus and Edward were some of the co-founders that based the org in Kharviv, then it moved to Kyiv.
2018-02-22 22:40
They were never involved in creating NaVi. In 2009 NaVi was created by some rich guy called Arbalet.
2018-02-23 06:24
#2
ableJ | 
Bangladesh DisableJ 
gl
2018-02-21 19:12
#3
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Portugal manuhcruz 
Ty flamie
2018-02-21 19:12
#6
SpawN | 
Bulgaria Sickzz_ 
Hi
2018-02-21 19:13
yes
2018-02-21 19:13
Noice interview
2018-02-21 19:13
#10
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Ukraine EarthAintFlat 
coming-out from flamie, always knew that because he obviously eats a lot of salo.
2018-02-21 19:13
and drinks gorilka :D
2018-02-21 19:18
no, he obliviously dont. Gorilka was created to burn the salo that can affect your weight. Only salo.
2018-02-21 20:13
#91
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Ukraine c63 
lmao +1
2018-02-21 22:12
-EDWARD +ADREN -ZEUS +HOBBIT NaVi top 1
2018-02-21 19:14
Who would be the IGL? AdreN? He sucked as Gambit's IGL -Edward +Hobbit -Zeus + ANGE1
2018-02-21 19:35
Hobbit is a igl now that Adren didnt like it
2018-02-21 19:36
Didn't know that. Thanks for the info. But anyway, Gambit is not going so good right now. I don't know if this would still be the best option. But could be awesome. Just want to see NaVi getting better again.
2018-02-21 19:46
#106
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France Rod1_92 
Problem of navi is not edward or zeus , the problem is they dont have real team spirit
2018-02-22 10:09
Would like to see that
2018-02-21 20:34
-zeus +ange1 is the best move for na'vi
2018-03-08 12:45
okay that doesn't make your teams plays any better though
2018-02-21 19:14
#15
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Czech Republic VeryCzechGuy 
Nt Flamie you won't win , cause Navi sucks
2018-02-21 19:14
KNIFE COLD
2018-02-21 19:14
#17
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Brazil S3bjastjan 
Flamie! do it!
2018-02-21 19:14
Flamie from Ukraine confirmed
2018-02-21 19:14
lol my thoughts
2018-02-21 19:17
I know it's a troll but Our home = NaVi's home
2018-02-21 19:17
Flamie was borned in Na'Vi.
2018-02-21 20:09
#58
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Germany smart_leftist 
yes he's son of zeus and ceh9 (famous youtuber)
2018-02-21 20:12
#65
pronax | 
Europe ShaV 
azaza) +1
2018-02-21 20:30
CIS region in general xd go to school little kid
2018-02-21 20:11
TRIGGERED
2018-02-26 15:58
#19
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Chile nachooww 
but edward and zeus sucks :u
2018-02-21 19:15
#20
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
I think, first of all, we have s1mple on our team, he always gets 30 frags so it's kind of hard to do the same when one player on your team has such a good rating and good stats
2018-02-21 19:15
#21
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Turkey Ch0p$1sh 
Using Electronic as support? LuL
2018-02-21 19:15
Ukraine is your 100% home flamie!!! <3
2018-02-21 19:17
ROFL
2018-02-21 19:21
#29
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Finland Smoonah 
only need to get out of groups if tournament is at home? hmmm
2018-02-21 19:22
#32
vberg | 
North America Mang0 
This What the hell?
2018-02-21 19:24
I like Flamie, he is calm and without this "cocky" attitude which seems to be popular nowadays. I think he is confident person. And the WHOLE Na`Vi changed in better way as persons I think. Hope you guys will train hard and rest good, and one day find your Champion form! Good luck!
2018-02-21 19:22
i love flamie he's such a personality, smile more flamie!
2018-02-21 19:24
with one more game like today's second game against Heroic no matter which home Kiev is - this home adds nothing to the NaVi playstyle, and its not even about the home, its typical "raspizdyastvo"
2018-02-21 19:34
okay then who is edward LUL
2018-02-21 19:33
#37
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Denmark Xipingu 
I can only ponder, if this is so important for you, why you decided to throw your momentum to the sharks vs SK. And stutter around like confused animals on T-side Mirage. It's hard to take seriously then.
2018-02-21 19:34
yeah sure zeus is a fucking mastermind making electronic a support??? who the fuck is star apart from s1mple?flamie or edward? who the fuck took that role
2018-02-21 19:42
they might know better what they need and why they do like that, no?
2018-02-21 20:35
if u keep the player on a support role who people even called better than s1mple at some point and giving star role to any1 out of flamie or edward then suddenly they dont know :x
2018-02-21 20:37
"who people even call better than s1mple" AHAHAHAHAH LUL never seen a single person being such retarded to call him better than S1mple and now i'm wondering who did that?
2018-02-21 20:39
most of the people:)
2018-02-21 20:39
:DDDD stop it plz
2018-02-21 20:40
:)) cant stop a retard from defending his positions,not gonna talk with a retard:)
2018-02-21 20:40
ahahahahhahahahaha. at least you tried... :D prac more Electronic and you may be at least half good as s1mple one day. goodluck
2018-02-21 20:41
#43
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Poland coincc 
they will loose in quarter finals anyway
2018-02-21 19:43
clean ma to1let
2018-02-21 20:35
Ukraine >> Russian in cs go
2018-02-21 20:15
stop being retard. this sounds so f*cking lame. it's like you want to be "cool", but you pooped in your pants. stop bragging ffs. braindeads
2018-02-21 20:33
+100500
2018-02-21 20:35
It's not ur home country, stupid fat kacap.
2018-02-21 20:25
*retard alert* Why can't you be just friendly like S1mple or Flamie? Why you always need this "hohol-kotsap" shit? Why you always need to bring shitty politics here in friendly zone aka Cybersport?
2018-02-21 20:32
true
2018-02-21 20:35
Respect for saying that brother.
2018-02-21 20:37
+1
2018-02-22 07:11
too much tv/internet
2018-02-22 10:06
#87
s1mple | 
CIS avens1s 
toxic kid?
2018-02-21 20:56
it will be ;-)
2018-02-21 20:59
Why simple cant be calm, nice and humble like flamie.... What a guy, you just cant hate him, GL flamie <3 Also keep using awp, its going well for you !
2018-02-21 20:34
actually s1mple now is calm and friendly, and humble. he is working on his personality and he changed a lot from what he used to be.
2018-02-21 20:34
stuck in 2014?
2018-02-21 20:34
blindtard
2018-02-22 07:10
lol so many retards here. gl flamie, gl brother.
2018-02-21 20:33
+1
2018-02-21 20:35
#78
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Russia foggy54 
They use godlike aim of Electronic as support.. okay ^^
2018-02-21 20:36
saying like he can't shoot while being a support OMEGALUL
2018-02-21 20:40
fatmie, ur country is raisia
2018-02-21 21:55
#92
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Ukraine c63 
Ez Ukraine
2018-02-21 22:13
#93
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Brazil davidzor 
He is a good guy
2018-02-21 23:15
Flamie is cute =)
2018-02-22 00:15
+1 :D
2018-02-22 07:10
#95
Aleksib | 
Denmark megz 
heroic gotta feel robbed. Navi didn't deserve the win, but simple thought otherwise. He carried so hard , especially on train. He won both pistols on his own. Flamie sucked when it mattered, same as the rest of his team
2018-02-22 06:33
#99
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Brazil Gunzel 
Flamie ebuchiy hohol
2018-02-22 08:11
and you "koncheniy daun" if you can't be normal and "drochish" na propagandu of our mass-media
2018-02-22 08:12
#102
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Brazil Gunzel 
Idi nahui
2018-02-22 08:34
He feel like Ukraine is Russia
2018-02-22 08:20
#105
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Poland LucaS04 
He is Russian and he is saying that Ukraine is him Homeland OMEGALUL
2018-02-22 10:08
#107
s1mple | 
Other Betz 
Flamie says electronic is support in NAVI !! what the heck !!! you bring the star from flipside and made him a support n ur team and ruining his play ! stupid NAVI... Electronic sud be 2nd star after simple.. and Flamie 3rd coz not consitent!!! idiot navi!! Edward sud do the support role!!! OMG!!! what the hell ...NAVI... Making electronic support role will not help NAVI !! idiots
2018-02-22 11:49
coldzera is support for SK, so ?
2018-02-22 20:19
#116
s1mple | 
Other Betz 
Cold is not support in SK .. TACO does that for him !! He is a passive player that why u think like he is playing support.
2018-02-23 05:53
Navi at their best. Only pass the group stage against tier 2 team
2018-02-23 05:32
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