GuardiaN returns to Na`Vi, B1ad3 moves to coach
Natus Vincere have completed their lineup with the acquisition of Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács from FaZe, while Andrey "B1ad3" Gorodenskiy has become the team's new coach, the organization has announced.
GuardiaN joins Natus Vincere as a replacement for Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko, who decided to retire from competing as a player following the StarLadder Major, with BLAST Pro Series Moscow being his last tournament with the team.
The 28-year-old makes a return to Na`Vi, whom he represented for nearly four years from 2013 to 2017, helping them reach Major finals at DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca and MLG Columbus as well as win titles at several tournaments such as ESL One New York 2016.
Throughout 2019, the European mixture faced mixed results while they struggled to find a new in-game leader following the release of Finn "karrigan" Andersen at the end of last year, which resulted in the loss of a spot in the top-10 ranking for the first time in the core's history after they parted ways with Filip "NEO" Kubski.
"It's nice to come back home, where I started my long journey as a professional player. I will do my best to give this team everything I can, for it to become the best team and to win a major. Thank you for this opportunity," GuardiaN said in a statement to Na`Vi.
B1ad3 comes in as the new coach, replacing Mikhaylo "Kane" Blagin after occupying the position of Na`Vi's esports director since late March. The veteran has previously coached two teams: Gambit for a seven-month period in late 2018 to early 2019 and HellRaisers in a short stint only lasting for the DreamHack Winter 2014 Major.
GuardiaN and B1ad3 complete Na`Vi's lineup less than two weeks before their participation at DreamHack Masters Malmö, which will take place on October 1-6. At the moment, the team is also confirmed to play in the 10th season of ESL Pro League and at BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen, where they will have a slim chance to claim a spot at the Global Final.
The Slovakian's addition makes Natus Vincere's lineup the following:
Andrey "B1ad3" Gorodenskiy (coach)