B1ad3: "We believe that we can beat any team in the playoffs and we have already defeated all of them online, but any of them can surprise"

The Ukrainian coach said that FaZe are the team that have surprised him the most and commented on a potential match-up with G2 in the final.

NAVI seem to have picked up where they left off when LAN events stopped as they are one of the frontrunners to win IEM Cologne, the first international LAN since last year's IEM Katowice, where they sealed the title after hammering G2 in an empty Spodek Arena. The tip of the spear is none other than Ukrainian superstar Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev, who was in stellar form in the group stage to help NAVI win three straight matches on the way to a semi-final berth. Ahead of the last-four bout against FaZe, the 23-year-old is averaging a 1.52 tournament rating, equalling his personal best from DreamHack Masters Marseille in 2018.

s1mple’s wingman, Denis "⁠electronic⁠" Sharipov, has also been in terrific form at the German event, something Andrey "⁠B1ad3⁠" Gorodenskiy had foreshadowed at the press conference before the event when he stated that the 22-year-old shows his true colours on LAN. At a second press conference, held ahead of the playoffs, electronic himself talked about his performances so far in Cologne, where he is averaging a 1.25 rating. "LAN gives me a lot of discipline and confidence because I always played a lot of LANs in the city where I grew up, so I'm more used to LAN than online," he said. "But it's still very hard to come back to LAN after almost two years. It's a weird feeling and I need to remember what it’s like, but my confidence is growing game by game."

s1mple and electronic soared in the group stage as NAVI secured a 3-0 record

The team's newcomer, Valeriy "⁠B1T⁠" Vakhovskiy, also delighted spectators in the group stage with his crisp mechanics and an incredible 68.9% headshot ratio. "B1T has shown a really great performance," B1ad3 said of the team’s rookie, who posted a 1.18 rating in the group stage. "He's the kind of player that focuses on his aim a lot, and that's why he's showing good results. He plays close to the monitor, watching his crosshair closely, and he's not distracted by any other stuff."

Despite being effusive in his praise of B1T, B1ad3 also mentioned other aspects of the 18-year-old’s game that aren’t as solid as his mechanics. "At the same time, he couldn't control the macro on the map all of the time," he explained. "So we need to find some balance in the future regarding this because he has out-aimed a lot of opponents, pretty much everyone at this event, so it's not a problem. But if he's not out-aiming other players, we'll have to find something else. Up until now, it has worked really well because he's shooting really well, but at the same time he was making a lot of mistakes, which we analyze all of the time."

B1T has been able to overcome his first big event jitters, and the fact that there will be no stage or crowd is going to help the youngster feel comfortable in the playoffs. "It's not the kind of LAN with a huge stage and all of that pressure," B1ad3 commented. "We played the first games from the hotel rooms, which was like playing from a bootcamp. On stage, it was a bit shaky, but he showed incredible resolve, mostly because of his mental preparation.

"The only thing that can have an effect on him is the pressure of a big match, not from the environment, and he's working with our performance coach. She's helping him a lot and we'll do everything we can to prepare him the best we can so that he can show the same level. We feel very confident as a team, and I think he feels it, which helps him with his own confidence."

FaZe took out the top team in the world to reach the semi-finals against NAVI

"FaZe overperformed," B1ad3 said when asked about which team surprised him the most during the group stage, "but I think everyone expected them to be much better on LAN than online. They had very close matches online, they have incredible skill and a lot of experience. I think everyone was expecting them to do much better on LAN and they have." The Ukrainian coach further commented on how the team led by Finn "⁠karrigan⁠" Andersen can be one of the biggest threats for Natus Vincere, with the two teams having clashed only once since the Danish tactician's return to the international outfit. "We believe that we can beat any team in the playoffs, we have already defeated all of them online, but I think any of them can surprise," the coach said. "Maybe FaZe would be the most unexpected match-up for us, we'd need much more preparation."

B1ad3’s men have needed three maps in every series they’ve played at IEM Cologne so far but have been very resolute in the deciders, winning all of them convincingly. When asked about how the team finds such late-game resolve, the coach stated: "It's about the maps and our game plan, if we have a good preparation and a good game plan then we're just confident in our maps and in that case it doesn't matter if it's the second or third map [in the series]. For example, against Renegades, we didn't expect them to pick [Inferno] and played poorly in the beginning, but we discussed the other two maps really deeply and we were very confident on those maps.

"It will be the same in other match-ups in the future, like in the playoffs, so it's all about the map pool and the veto process. If we out-veto our opponent, then we feel really confident. We know how they play, we know how we'll play and it's not like it's the first time that we're trying to execute or implement something."

When asked about the other group winner, G2, B1ad3 said that he believes they "can reach the final easily". If they do, they will certainly be relishing the chance to get revenge on NAVI after last year's 0-3 defeat in the grand final of IEM Katowice - the last LAN event before the start of the online era. "They have a different lineup, now they have NiKo, a strong and experienced player that also knows how to play finals, so it will be much different," B1ad3 said. "It'll be a totally new game if we reach the final and G2 reach the final. It will be a spectacular match, but we have faced them this year and we know how to beat them."

Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1163
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
Ukraine Valeriy 'B1T' Vakhovskiy
Valeriy 'B1T' Vakhovskiy
Age:
18
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
304
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.65
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1851
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.24
Maps played:
1416
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.64
#1
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Brazil gmedeirosr
Wow
2021-07-17 13:00
ez4navi
2021-07-17 13:00
#3
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Lithuania andy_
sure
2021-07-17 13:01
Na'Vi will win Cologne
2021-07-17 13:01
Dude beating teams online doesn't mean shit. Beat them on LAN and then talk.
2021-07-17 13:01
20 replies
they are in the semis of the first LAN, what are you talking about?
2021-07-17 13:09
they won the previous lan event ??
2021-07-17 13:10
4 replies
#22
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Ukraine Jack Oneal
This guy dont know that historically Navi is LAN team
2021-07-17 13:15
LAN from 2 years ago doesn't matter.
2021-07-17 13:26
2 replies
they have the same roster except they made an upgrade to flamie
2021-07-17 13:27
NOBEL from 12 years ago dosn't matter .
2021-07-17 13:37
#28
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United Arab Emirates DynamicAWM
You're telling this to probably the best LAN team in the world rn.
2021-07-17 13:24
8 replies
#54
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Montenegro IzAlaN
best lan team in the world - 0 major lmao
2021-07-17 14:38
7 replies
how many mahors have been with this or 4/5 of this roster?
2021-07-17 15:42
major is a luck based tournament LOL, it practically functions as any other big tournament, navi has won basically every other big event(cologne/new york/katowice) aside from epl and the major
2021-07-17 17:37
5 replies
#74
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Montenegro IzAlaN
astralis luck 4 major? xdddd r u idiot?
2021-07-17 21:04
4 replies
and no esl one event won, also luck based, astralis just happened to have their big event wins be majors
2021-07-17 21:13
3 replies
#76
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Montenegro IzAlaN
unfortunately you are very stupid
2021-07-17 21:56
2 replies
was a bait LMAO
2021-07-17 21:59
1 reply
#78
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Montenegro IzAlaN
what an idiot :(
2021-07-17 22:05
#35
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Russia Desstar
"BUT ANY OF THEM CAN SURPRISE"
2021-07-17 13:35
learn how to read
2021-07-17 15:17
#62
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Germany Me_no_car
Learn to read?
2021-07-17 15:34
#70
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Argentina Caitofaze
+1
2021-07-17 17:43
+1
2021-07-18 20:58
2021-07-17 13:01
2 replies
2021-07-17 15:17
1 reply
It was a guess; there's no way i made it in time to read it and respond lol
2021-07-17 15:44
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Belarus slpng
oh nononono
2021-07-17 13:01
Lets go G2
2021-07-17 13:02
Remember: Teams always losing after such interviews
2021-07-17 13:03
1 reply
But they won all 3 group matches?
2021-07-17 15:18
I would like Astralis to defeat G2 and to be an old school grand final Astralis - NAVI
2021-07-17 13:06
11 replies
Or astralis Faze Would be just as good
2021-07-17 13:08
8 replies
Any final would be insane no matter who wins the semis: Astralis-FaZe , Astralis-NAVI , G2-FaZe , G2-NAVI
2021-07-17 13:15
7 replies
yeah man. So much story lines . Karrigan vs Gla1ve , Navi vs Astralis to defend thier cologne title from 2018. G2 vs Navi to claim or defend the katowice Dunk . G2 VS FaZe Karrigan vs NiKo
2021-07-17 13:47
5 replies
I hate when people say "Karrigan vs NiKo", they've literally said in interviews that it wasn't NiKos decision and they are still friends and would play together again :/
2021-07-17 14:10
4 replies
I know but the storie lines make it that way
2021-07-17 14:13
3 replies
The only thing that makes it that way is people theorising and trying to make NiKo look like the bad guy, as usual.
2021-07-17 14:13
2 replies
no It's just the ex igl of Faze vs the new / orignal igl of Faze
2021-07-17 15:14
What happened
2021-07-17 15:42
yeah sounds like every favourite lan team are in the top 4 which would make every final insane tbh
2021-07-17 13:47
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Indonesia tldr))
+1 i think so mens))
2021-07-17 14:20
would be boring dont think they can win without an awper
2021-07-17 15:42
ez4ence and god allu
2021-07-17 13:07
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Russia mshkoda
Wise and calm god coach
2021-07-17 13:08
les go G2
2021-07-17 13:08
Is this gone age bad?
2021-07-17 13:08
#16
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Ukraine VoidWave
when s1mple vs astralis
2021-07-17 13:08
#20
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Europe vibg0r
yeah faze gonna surprise you today #FazeUp
2021-07-17 13:12
Fuck. interviews b4 match is not aging well nowadays. hope this is exception
2021-07-17 13:15
1 reply
it's a press conference, no worries I believe
2021-07-17 16:21
Karrigan smiling, see you later today
2021-07-17 13:18
all of them defeated you as well soo???
2021-07-17 13:23
2 replies
But not many of those teams defeated every other team like NaVi did.
2021-07-17 13:32
Did G2, faze defeat NaVi. I don't think so
2021-07-17 13:49
Not entirely sure why NaVi even needs to play against FaZe today since they will just steamroll these rank #17 nobodies.
2021-07-17 13:23
2 replies
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Norway jumsarN
Aged like fine wine bro
2021-07-17 23:40
1 reply
EZ
2021-07-18 07:12
nice read
2021-07-17 13:23
Worst T1 coach getting carried by simple going sicko mode
2021-07-17 13:26
7 replies
hate is never good try to be positive buddy
2021-07-17 13:57
#45
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Romania assdada
at least he is tier1, meanwhile kenny is tier bench
2021-07-17 14:03
0/8
2021-07-17 14:05
#71
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Other pochesun
+100
2021-07-17 17:46
Are you fan of KennyS because he plays with ByStaxX? So many Spaniards are talking about KennyS now
2021-07-17 19:50
1 reply
No, i was a fan of Kenny since that cologne 15 run when I started watching cs, at that time staxx was famous because he was cod pro, but yeah, I like them both
2021-07-18 16:01
#84
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Sweden suriel666
best coach of T1 you mean, as we have seen
2021-07-20 09:50
Stop capping
2021-07-17 13:32
EZ4NAVI
2021-07-17 13:43
ez4Navi LAN GODS
2021-07-17 13:44
ez4s1mple
2021-07-17 13:53
LMAO Nice jinx. Now Faze wins for sure xD
2021-07-17 13:53
B1AD3: "Water is wet"
2021-07-17 14:06
Hmmm then it means NaVi gonna lose
2021-07-17 14:13
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Australia nsmai
Anyone can surprise he says 😂 early excuse for the faze “upset”
2021-07-17 15:02
OMEGALUL G2 will lose aganist 4 time major winners Astralis
2021-07-17 15:04
1 reply
Kkkkkk
2021-07-18 00:20
ohhhh hope you lose BIG
2021-07-17 15:15
NaVi already won this shit, ch0ko and washedrigan can't do a thing against electronic and s1mple
2021-07-17 17:08
1 reply
Why toxic?
2021-07-17 19:49
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