froz1k joins NAVI Academy
The 13-year-old will develop under the umbrella of NAVI as the CIS organization's youth system continues to grow.
Natus Vincere have expanded their youth academy with the inclusion of yet another budding youngster, 13-year-old Adam "froz1k" Nagorny from Ukraine, who joins several months after the CIS giants added Dmytro "Dem0N" Myroshnychenko to the academy in February.
froz1k's biggest exploits so far have come on the FACEIT platform, where the youngster has over 3000 ELO and scored a jaw-dropping ace that was immortalized on Niels Christian "NaToSaphiX" Sillassen's stream in October 2020.
"I have always admired NAVI's game and I am extremely glad that they allowed me to show myself," froz1k stated on NAVI's website. "The experience I shall gain through the academy will be a key to reach a new level of play. I will do my best."
NAVI Academy is the first point of contact for the youngest players signed into the multi-tiered system that has one of the top youth squads in the world, NAVI Junior, who are currently holding second place in the WePlay Academy League round-robin group stage. But the youngest players will not be competing on a team together just yet, and instead will start their journey being taught theory and standing in on practices.
At the same time, a second development team is also under construction, NAVI Youth, with the Road to NAVI scouting platform currently open and taking applications in order to find more mature players to join Daniil "headtr1ck" Valitov and Vlad "latt1kk" Vydrin, while another youth coach is set to join the secondary team and help with the youngest players in NAVI.
Despite not yet being placed into a team right off the bat, froz1k and Dem0N will be under the tutelage of coach Amiran "aMi" Rehviashvili, and on top of learning through NAVI's academy structure and joining in on the discussions of their older peers, they may get some playtime with NAVI Youth in hopes of eventually landing a permanent position on the squad as they grow in the organization.
"When they reach a certain age, we already know how to use the player," NAVI Junior's coach aMi said of the bottom-up-structure NAVI is building with its youth system, "where to put him, what problems he has, and what to work on, as it was with B1T."
NAVI's multi-tier youth system is currently comprised of the following players under aMi's supervision: