flamie: "I regret not going to WESG, it was a really ugly thing to do"

Natus Vincere star Egor "flamie" Vasilyev has admitted that he regrets not attending the WESG Finals with Team Russia.

The 21-year-old told his teammates that he would not attend the Chinese event just 72 hours before the start of the competition, leaving captain Denis "seized" Kostin lost for words and in a race against time to find a replacement - who wound up being Russian veteran Dmitry "hooch" Bogdanov.

On VK.com, Egor "flamie" Vasilyev cited "many personal issues" as the reason to skip the event, and offered to pay for hooch's flights, with the 31-year-old going on to help Team Russia to place third at the $1.5 million showpiece tournament.

flamie admits that he "let many people down" by skipping WESG

In a lengthy interview conducted by Alexey "OverDrive" Birukov, the Natus Vincere player has now revealed that he regrets his decision, which, he admits, let the fans down. The interview also touches on several other interesting topics, including his decision to leave HellRaisers and join Na`Vi, the recent team shuffles, and the most devastating losses throughout his career. 

Below you can find a snippet of the interview:

Tell me about your decision to skip WESG.

After the game against GODSENT, there was a moment when I realized I was out of energy and I needed to take a break and restart myself. Although I now regret not going, not even because Russia placed third, but because it was a really ugly thing to do; I let down many people, many fans. And I didn’t spend the time I got instead of the tournament the way I wanted to spend it. So I should’ve gone there.

What do you think about the reshuffles in the top-tier teams of the American scene?

To be honest, I don’t get the logic behind the American reshuffles. Cloud9 win a Major, gain in form, and replace two players; I don’t get that. Nor do I understand why steel decided to leave Team Liquid.

You’ve been on NaVi for about three years by now; many players have come and gone over that time. Have you ever taken part in replacing one of the players?

I’ll be honest, I was involved in the replacement of Zeus, as indeed were other guys on the team. I’m glad Danya has been able to forgive me for doing that, and that we’re playing together now. Regarding GuardiaN, he himself wanted to leave the team. He believed that the roster we had then was past its prime; at the time, there were a lot of micro-conflicts, and at some point, he asked to be put on the transfer list. As for seized, it was his personal decision as well; I even considered leaving along with him. I really believed in him then and I do now. When he was leaving NaVi, saying goodbye to him was hard for me, as we’d made the whole journey together. Essentially it was him who had recommended me to the team, but things went the way they went.

To read the full interview, which has been translated into English, go here.

Russia Alexey 'OverDrive' Birukov
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Russia Dmitry 'hooch' Bogdanov
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Who cares
2018-04-27 12:20
Turkey SLendeRuLeZ 
Flamie blink tiwce if russian mafia behind u
2018-04-27 12:22
Cry is free. $150 haha lul
2018-04-27 12:26
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
His fault :)
2018-04-27 12:37
rain | 
India red_ez 
2018-04-27 12:46
Portugal Surya 
2018-04-27 13:12
2018-04-27 12:20
Brazil coldzao2 
+1 very very ugly
2018-04-27 12:53
Latvia Xaity 
2018-04-27 13:04
Ur mother could go sleep in garbage :))
2018-04-27 15:15
Latvia Xaity 
Why mine?
2018-04-27 18:51
oskar | 
Czech Republic divous6 
2018-04-28 08:16
Germany xappy 
2018-04-27 12:20
Paraguay imjustmau 
Happy unbanned check dust2
2018-04-27 16:30
allu | 
Sweden Dguyg 
2018-04-27 18:25
Ivory Coast WaldhuterHanz 
2018-04-27 12:21
Netherlands PolandRepublic 
your fault idiot
2018-04-27 12:21
Denmark Snadefar 
2018-04-27 12:21
United Kingdom Fizzhaz 
2018-04-27 12:21
Denmark danishwarrior 
2018-04-27 12:21
I was don't know this details
2018-04-27 12:21
Flamie did not want to play with Russian team as at that time, s1mple and flamie both deciding to join SK. But that project failed and he also missed $800K tournament. So he is tilting himself for his decision now 4Head
2018-04-27 12:31
s1mple | 
Korea Somon 
Nice englando
2018-04-27 15:59
Pakistan perth 
2018-04-27 12:21
France 1Faren 
ofc not lmao who cares about a mix russian team when u dealing with SK and s1mple
2018-04-27 12:31
Poland mki` 
Honestly... this is a fantastic interview...
2018-04-27 12:34
A lot of great questions and answers. We need more like this
2018-04-27 12:41
ye amazing interview i think that goes to show you shouldnt judge a book by its cover flamie seems like a really nice guy
2018-04-27 13:22
2018-04-27 16:36
2018-04-27 13:23
France Deadfish 
flamie two faced toledo
2018-04-27 12:53
expected from this fat kid
2018-04-27 13:00
Expected, but respect to egor
2018-04-27 13:08
Zeus | 
Ukraine Najara 
> didn't go to WESG > Kicked Zeus > Wanted to go to SK Flamie 2faced Mcdonalds
2018-04-27 13:11
Zeus | 
Russia shanr1s 
2018-04-28 07:05
2018-04-28 13:30
Portugal RKO23 
2018-04-27 13:12
lol expected now stop crying
2018-04-27 13:19
ANGE1 | 
Turkey RAGE_M 
Scared from tier 5 teams lul.
2018-04-27 13:22
flam1e is a cool dude tho his life is quite dramatic by itself. It is good that he understood he made a mistake.
2018-04-27 13:29
Brazil de_lite 
Atleast Flamie cares about how LAN dodging reflects on him, unlike a certain other player....
2018-04-27 13:30
its fine Egor. next time please go with team <3
2018-04-27 13:52
who cares, don't give a fuck
2018-04-27 14:04
Norway Hyggeligulv 
You just did.
2018-04-28 00:00
fuck flamie, i cant be fan of navi because of him and simple
2018-04-27 14:19
Europe VeryHighIQ 
2018-04-27 14:27
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
Maybe because of zaaz?
2018-04-27 17:51
Thailand fsjp 
Putin gonna do something about this. Be prepared kid.
2018-04-27 14:35
Peru vaniIIa 
he doesn’t understand why Steel left Liquid, and now that I think about it neither do I. I get he was underperforming, but his mom did pass so maybe he just wanted some time closer to home over in LG
2018-04-27 14:38
I believe he left and went home to Brazil before she passed, so he could spend some time with her (she was in the hospital for quite some time). This seems like a pretty valid reason to step down, also his underperforming might have something to do with him knowing his mother is terminally ill and could die any day.
2018-04-27 17:45
it was probably a combination of stress due to his mother's condition and the cultural divide between him and the other players (in an interview he said it made him really uncomfortable)
2018-04-27 21:27
Pussy, if Russia won’t go out of groups he wouldn’t have said that
2018-04-27 15:01
Luxembourg alex24 
russian regrets things... WOW this is new... who cares, team russia almost won the event just because this inconsistent pleb didn`t attended
2018-04-27 15:25
Didn't know he lost his parents at a very young age :(
2018-04-27 15:25
Denmark Xipingu 
Yeah, he regrets it because they almost made it to the final and could have had a shot at winning. Stfu Flamie "TwoFaced" Toledo.
2018-04-27 15:27
>almost made it final >deleted 2-0
2018-04-27 15:29
Denmark Xipingu 
The point was if they had gone out in groups, this crappy statement wouldn't have been a thing on HLTV.
2018-04-27 15:32
Ugly person does ugly things, not surprised here.
2018-04-27 15:58
No question about the SK rumors?
2018-04-27 16:10
#FlamieHonestPerson gj flamie. nice interview!!! Na`Vi grinding to the top1!
2018-04-27 16:25
no surprise
2018-04-27 16:33
Sweden mr-gusse 
Ofc he regrets it now, he lost out on quite a lot of money....
2018-04-27 16:36
over krasavec, kachestvenny content
2018-04-27 17:05
Great interview.
2018-04-27 17:18
Finland Smoonah 
Danylows Teslenkows
2018-04-27 17:26
Thailand hahahoha 
dad died at 2 mom died at 6, FeelsBadMan gained new respect for flamie
2018-04-27 17:29
you are ugly so that is to be expected.
2018-04-27 17:46
2018-04-27 17:59
Turkey Mustafa- 
LUL Flamie is a god
2018-04-27 18:24
respect for being honest and mature
2018-04-27 18:26
2018-04-28 10:57
It's low move to refuse attend the promised tournament. Players sometimes turn brain activity off.
2018-04-27 18:50
India Reaper1 
Reading the comments it seems like no one actually read the whole interview.. they're just shitting on him by just reading the title and these extracts.. this is actually one of the best interviews I've seen in csgo
2018-04-27 19:27
Considering how weak the interviewer is with mostly low-ball generic questions (except the hooch one) flamie actually gives really in-depth answers. I'm quite impressed.
2018-04-27 22:11
Flamie... i understand you. Sometimes you have so much work to do that you just can't over exaggerate. Stay strong and healthy.
2018-04-27 19:31
2018-04-27 19:52
North America FishingWithC4 
if he went he could of paid his buyout
2018-04-27 22:01
I have to question Flamie when he implies EnVyUs is a Tier 1 team lmao
2018-04-27 22:09
At least he admits that he made a mistake. That's worth something already.
2018-04-27 23:29
who is OverDrive??
2018-04-28 00:52
oldschool russian pro player from 1.6. mostly known for teams like forZe. he wasn't good aimer so he was blamed as TACO nowadays. he is also known as a rich guy, who used to create strong teams with top CIS players around him, but all failed and blamed him for that despite the fact it was about his money... he played with Dosia and many other known russians.
2018-04-28 10:53
good read
2018-04-28 03:46
because ur such a noob, burger!
2018-04-28 06:46
United Kingdom Georgebaii 
2018-04-28 12:15
i want go to american
2018-04-29 06:07
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