electronic: "We need to improve our Dust2 for the future, so we have to play it more"

Our last interview from day one at DreamHack Masters Stockholm is with Denis "electronic" Sharipov, who shared his thoughts on the Dust2 loss to Ghost and their win over NRG in the elimination match.

Natus Vincere have survived day one in Stockholm despite suffering a loss to Ghost in the opening match on Dust2, as they defeated NRG in the elimination match of Group B following a close encounter in which they had to come back from a map deficit.

electronic talked all things Na`Vi before and during Stockholm

We asked electronic about the team's preparation for the tournament after the break, as well as about the decision to play Dust2 against Ghost, and the NRG series.

When did you start practicing after vacation and how much have you been able to prepare for Stockholm considering everyone had the off-season until late in August?

We had some issues with documents - as you know, we have to get visas for the Major, and we also had other problems with documents. That's why we couldn't get together, in Kiev or Moscow, it doesn't matter, we couldn't do this. We did it online and it was about four or five days, not more.

Was that enough to be satisfied going into Stockholm and later going into the Major, or will you be able to get a bootcamp after this tournament?

Of course, I'm not satisfied with our preparation because we didn't have enough time for it. But we're trying to do our best for this tournament, this tournament is more like a bootcamp for us, as well. The main goal for us is the Major, so after this tournament, we will have a bootcamp for about six days to be ready for the Major.

Do you have practice areas here?

We have practice areas here, but it's not the usual. We lack the space to do some usual stuff we do in our bootcamps, for example, get together and make some tactics, other teams can see it, so we can't do this. Of course, we have rooms, but it's a bit difficult, a bit different from our usual preparation. We are trying to practice here, but it's not as good as we'd like it to be.

I'd like to get your thoughts on your opening match against Ghost and what went wrong there, particularly the decision to play Dust2, which has been a poor map for you ever since it was introduced back into the map pool.

The decision was made by our coach and it was more about practice, we need to improve our Dust2 for the future, so we have to play it more. As you know, we have bad statistics on this map, but we have to play it. We were leading 13-9, but we went into overtime and lost it. But still, this is the best Dust2 we ever played with this lineup, we are growing up.

In the elimination match against NRG, it looked like you got into the first map and your pick, Inferno, too late to make up for the first half, what was behind that slow start?

As we said before, one of the main reasons is our preparation. It wasn't as good as usual, but we did what we could. This is one of our strongest maps, but the concentration was bad, the loss to Ghost impacted us and we were a little stressed. Even on Overpass, we were a bit confused on the map.

But we often lose the first map and make a comeback to win the best-of-three matches, this isn't the first time we lost the first map and came back to show a good result. That's what happened in this game, as well, we like when it's hard for us to win. When we get into a bad situation we play better and better, it's one of our strengths.

With this result, do you feel relieved that you've survived the first day after coming back from the break?

We're ready to play the next matches and we'll do our best to show our game, improve our skills and move forward. As I said, this is practice for us too. We know that this is also a really important tournament because it's in the Grand Slam, everyone understands that they should work hard on their own skills and their own game.

That's what we're going to do to show our fans who are supporting us, who cheer for us, that we are a real team and ready to play in any conditions and even after such a long break.

Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
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Bulgaria Minatø 
2018-08-29 22:30
Thorin | 
Netherlands RafV 
NO SHIT SHERLOCK we already knew it after u loss to almighty Virtus.pepe 16-2 or something Like wtf
2018-08-30 01:09
2018-08-30 07:08
Ethiopia Africa_Bumbata 
2018-08-29 22:30
i think yes
2018-08-29 22:31
Edward | 
Russia Mussgod 
2018-08-29 22:31
United States desoward 
Fucking yikes
2018-08-29 22:31
2018-08-29 22:31
Lithuania andyy_ 
A tourney isn't the best place to practise.
2018-08-29 22:31
Europe n0kay 
actually it is, because later u will see what u were doing wrong, what wasn't working etc. etc. against teams.
2018-08-29 22:35
Brazil R1skySHOOOW 
When you are looking for the major... I think it is!
2018-08-29 22:59
Lithuania andyy_ 
Well, yes. In this case, you're right. It's better to fail in a big tourney than in a Major.
2018-08-29 23:01
250k big tourney pick one
2018-08-30 05:09
dh masters grand slam point top teams big tourney i pick 4
2018-08-30 08:29
thats right. its a regular prize pool for a cs event. its not dota or some shit
2018-08-30 09:52
2018-08-29 22:32
United States Sh00ze 
NiP thanks you for losing to ghost :D
2018-08-29 22:33
Canada kyzradaM 
Not ez4s1mple
2018-08-29 22:33
World WestSideDude 
it was actually very easy +25 for S1mple vs NRG.
2018-08-29 23:39
Canada kyzradaM 
Lost to ghost :(
2018-08-29 23:41
World WestSideDude 
1st game..
2018-08-29 23:41
Canada kyzradaM 
2018-08-30 00:05
2018-08-29 22:34
wow you don't say 🤣
2018-08-29 22:35
navi on dust 2 OMEGALUL
2018-08-29 22:35
s1mple #1 2018 btw
2018-08-29 22:37
Na Vi overrated trust me they will go down pretty soon.Simple will not always be there and eletronic and flame are some times lost but zeus and edward are trash fraggers ,no firepower to this team.
2018-08-29 22:39
nt montewhat????
2018-08-29 22:44
Belarus andryxa1337 
Go home, baiter
2018-08-29 23:26
World WestSideDude 
retarded haters are striking every minute.
2018-08-29 23:39
ceh9 | 
Russia Klugervl 
How much u lost, bro))
2018-08-30 04:03
Latvia pumasiK 
your name, GOVNOmrtvo really speaks for yourself.
2018-08-30 12:28
Israel qumz0r 
Go Navi)))
2018-08-29 22:42
Brazil devomelembrar 
2018-08-29 23:09
Sweden godname 
2018-08-29 23:20
Belarus andryxa1337 
2018-08-29 23:26
Belarus andryxa1337 
Electronic the beast!
2018-08-29 23:26
World WestSideDude 
GENIUS. The 2nd S1mple of the World.
2018-08-29 23:38
Singapore SashaTr1ceps 
How you didnt improve it since ESL Pro League Finals lose vs Liquid, 3 monthes still need improve ... Lose in Major on Dust2 "We need improve our dust2..."
2018-08-29 23:54
that's a solid reasoning by the coach actually. if you aren't ready to try it on lan against ghost you probably won't try it at all. perma banning it is always an option but that generally makes your map pool weaker.
2018-08-30 00:36
Navigation back to dropping out in groups at major?
2018-08-30 04:34
EliGE | 
United States EdgyBlob 
kane thrown under the bus :P
2018-08-30 04:45
better start practice fucking cache, not dd2
2018-08-30 05:10
Ukraine minemax 
With players like zeus and edward, your dust2 cannot be improved. :)
2018-08-30 08:52
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