electronic: "We felt a bit of pressure because we want to play in front of our crowd"

To hear his thoughts about qualifying for the playoffs of StarSeries i-League S5, we caught up with Denis "electronic" Sharipov.

Despite being one of the favorites, Natus Vincere didn't have a great time in the group stage of StarLadder i-League Season 5. Last season's runners-up started by losing to TYLOO, fell to mousesports, but ended up taking the three needed wins by defeating VG.Flash, Virtus.pro and AVANGAR.

The youngster isn't happy about his performance at the tournament so far

electronic answered our questions about the tournament, losing to mousesports and his history with Andrey "B1ad3" Gorodenskiy in a post-match interview.

You guys were playing against mousesports yesterday, you picked Mirage but it didn't end up going well. Can you tell me a bit about that map, what were the issues there?

We practiced Mirage a lot, I would say that we feel really confident on Mirage, everyone feels confident. Maybe I don't, I'm playing really bad on this tournament, at least I feel like that. But I'm still trying everything to do better. But yeah, we were really confident on Mirage and that's the reason we picked it, when we lost to mousesports we talked a bit about it and now we won Mirage versus AVANGAR, who play a great Mirage. We are still confident in our Mirage game.

Talking about the AVANGAR game, coming into that match - if you lose you are eliminated. Did you feel some pressure in terms that you need to win the game and get to the playoffs and the Kiev crowd?

We felt a bit of pressure because we want to play in front of our crowd in Kiev. We always enjoy playing in front of our fans. We really wanted to win against AVANGAR and we did it. They are a really good team right now, we practiced for them, we watched some of their demos on Mirage, on Inferno, on all maps on which we want to play versus them.

They are a CIS team, you practiced against them, played against them, did you feel in the game that they knew what you were doing, did that make it tougher for you? Were they in your head in that way?

I don't think so, we don't play versus AVANGAR in practice, we played one or two times since I joined Na`Vi and I think they had a different style now.

When you joined the team, s1mple said that you are a different player to what he is used to seeing in the CIS region and he gave props to B1ad3 for bringing you up. Is there something you remember from playing with B1ad3, something that he taught you that you are thankful for?

I learned a lot from B1ad3, he taught me as much as he could. I really want to tell B1ad3 thank you, I appreciate the time spent with him, he gave me a base on which I build my game now.

Can you compare playing under Zeus and under B1ad3?

B1ad3 has more structure, I think Zeus has a balance of structure and freedom. They are both really great captains.

You got to the playoffs, can you tell me about your feelings right now?

We are really happy, we really wanted to go through the playoffs and we got it. I think we can win this tournament so we will do our best in the playoffs.

Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
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Ukraine Andrey 'B1ad3' Gorodenskiy
Andrey 'B1ad3' Gorodenskiy
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Brazil Fallenzera__SK 
2018-06-01 17:42
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
gg expected
2018-06-01 17:43
Palestine zwe 
2018-06-01 17:48
2018-06-01 17:52
gg! ___________________________________ Twitter: @fallenzeraSK mail: fallenzeraSK@outlook.com
2018-06-01 17:44
United Kingdom galaxzy 
2018-06-01 17:42
China o_O 
2018-06-01 17:42
2018-06-01 17:43
2018-06-01 17:43
Russia McN1k 
1st =( 8th
2018-06-01 17:44
2018-06-01 17:43
Blad3 best igl
2018-06-01 17:54
Europe H0wLinqDawN 
crowd won't change anything LUL remembered last starseries i-league? axaxaxaxa
2018-06-01 18:04
Ukraine dashbug 
2018-06-01 18:09
LeX | 
Russia mddn 
they was top2, decent result
2018-06-01 18:10
Europe DJkpot 
Nt vladimir alt
2018-06-01 19:06
Europe H0wLinqDawN 
who axaxaxaxa
2018-06-01 19:13
United States ItsImpact 
Lmao Zeus good captain
2018-06-01 18:04
blade nice igl no doubt
2018-06-01 18:05
So basically it's luck, since they got through by defeating the 3 weakest opponents in the whole tournament lmao
2018-06-01 18:12
they are done, s1mple plays avarage CS at this tourney while 4 other are dead by default GG :^)
2018-06-01 18:20
2018-06-01 18:57
Ukraine bleckvat 
2018-06-01 18:59
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
2018-06-01 19:37
Zeus | 
Russia JavaGang 
Zeus to the position of trainer! Edward on retire.
2018-06-01 19:31
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