nafany: "I think we can try to close this year in the top two"

With a grand-final against Entropiq on the horizon, Vladislav "⁠nafany⁠" Gorshkov sat down with HLTV to talk about Gambit's year.

Gambit are the fairy-tale story that every young player dreams of. They were a inexperienced team grinding their way through the ranks, and through hard work and dedication they rose to the pinnacle of the CS:GO world.

Since reaching the heady heights of the number one spot in the HLTV world rankings, things haven't quite gone smoothly for the Russian squad. Still a member of the Counter-Strike elite, results have cooled off in the second part of 2021.

nafany is well aware of his team's inexperience

With a grand-final matchup against Entropiq awaiting Gambit on Sunday, IGL nafany sat down with HLTV to discuss his team's performance at V4, their run at the Major, and what they hope to achieve in the rest of the year.

You had a slow start to the event, dropping a map to Fiend, surviving a scare against eSuba and dropping a map to Enterprise. Why do you think that is?

There are a lot of things which make this result; first of all, we have a lot of dark horses at this tournament, for example eSuba and Enterprise. They are great teams and have good players, and it is obvious that they can put up a big fight with us, this is the main reason I guess.

The other reason is that we were not in the best shape after the Major I will say, but I feel like now we are really confident in our map pool and we can beat every team right now. Also we need to understand that we are here to gain more experience on LAN, because we are a very young team, as far as I remember we were the second youngest at the Major after GODSENT. That’s why we are here and trying to gain more experience.

Is that maybe why you have gotten better as the tournament has gone on, you are feeling more comfortable with each day?

For sure, for sure. We need to understand that in this tournament we have different monitors etc., so that is also a reason why we were playing not so confident. Now it is okay for us, as we can see; we played a good Dust2 versus BIG. They didn’t play well on Ancient as we know, but we have what we have.

Talking more about Dust2, you lost twice on that map earlier in the tournament, what turned it around for you so you could beat BIG here?

We just made some fixes on this map, also we must understand that we are working with our coaches and they help us a lot to understand this map better. I surely can say that our coaches really like Dust2 because it is an old school map, and they understand it really well, so we are feeling confident on this map.

Looking forward to the grand-final, you will be facing off against either Fiend or Entropiq, so how are you feeling about these teams?

To be honest, I don’t really like to speak about other teams. Every team at this event is good, and we expect anyone to be able to get to the final. We didn’t take in mind who could beat each other, we will see who wins and we will prepare for them, that is all.

Did you come into this event expecting to win it?

Our main goal is to gain as much experience as we can, maybe even earlier we should have come out of the group in second place to play a few more matches, who knows (smiles). As I said, our main goal is to gain more experience. Everyone, of course, expects from us at least the final and probably to win the tournament, but we do not think about it all because we don’t need this pressure. We are just trying to play games and have some fun.

If I could ask about your performance at the Major, how did you feel about making top-four in Stockholm?

It’s a good result for us, not the best because if we maybe didn’t fail in the group we would be in the other bracket to NAVI and maybe get a final. They deserved it, we did not have as much experience, it was our first Major for four players and it’s an insane result for us. If someone said to us one year ago that we would be top-four in a Major, we would say “okay, it’s an insane result!”. We have what we have and we will continue our work.

nafany thinks his team can win both IEM Winter and BLAST

NAVI won that series fairly comfortably, why do you think that was?

Let’s say, first of all, they were better as a team at this tournament, it’s obvious. Also we need to understand that we weren’t experienced at all, we have four young players and the only experienced player was Hobbit. They have at least two very experienced players, and the other guys have some experience except B1t, I guess that’s the main reason we lost. Our matches versus NAVI are always like, they win one game, and we win the next game. We got good experience from this game.

Looking at your year as a whole, you started off in great form and were the number one team in the world, but since Cologne you haven’t been as dominant. What happened?

To be honest, we said in previous interviews that we will probably have some struggles at LAN because we are not experienced at all, so that’s the main reason why we are not number one now. I think we can try to close this year in the top two, I think we can do it, it’s our main goal right now.

To consider the rest of the year, you have IEM Winter and BLAST Premier Global Finals left to play, are you looking to win these events?

We never have goals like winning the tournament, we try to do our best and we see what we can do. I believe we can win both tournaments, but I can’t say that we will for sure win this, I don’t take that in mind, I am just playing the game and that is all.

As for next year, do you think you can take back the number one spot?

Of course we are trying to take that spot, but as I said, I never make solid predictions. We are trying to take each tournament as it comes.

Russia Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
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Romania Laskof
still good results
2021-11-20 21:10
10 replies
nafany best igl in the world right now
2021-11-20 21:19
9 replies
yes, after boombl4
2021-11-20 21:30
6 replies
0/8 boombl4 is not better than nafany and even navi fans know that lmao. but what did i expect from a new 2021 navi fan from portugal LUL
2021-11-20 21:34
4 replies
Canada Arsi_yolo
Sorry bout that..
2021-11-20 22:44
Spain t3mg
boombl4 is bigger than gamb0t
2021-11-20 23:26
2 replies
true but not a better IGL than nafany sry
2021-11-20 23:27
1 reply
boombla for his own is better then entire gambit
2021-11-21 23:33
Romania ArticC555
idk who is the better igl but navi definetely the better team atm, but probably nafany is better than boombl
2021-11-22 15:26
Belgium Golllum
What metrics / factors do you rely on to define the best IGL? I'm really curious now
2021-11-20 21:54
Georgia endyyoo
Sorry but Boombl4's not the better igl. But in my opinion he's better at entry fragging.
2021-11-20 23:05
G2 #2 2021
2021-11-20 21:10
Finland Cucumber))
2021-11-20 21:10
18 replies
why are you fake flagging?
2021-11-20 21:26
17 replies
Finland Cucumber))
I'm not fakeflagging? Lol
2021-11-21 16:08
16 replies
You are russian fake flagger
2021-11-21 17:53
15 replies
Finland Cucumber))
because of my vega squadron flair? xd bro
2021-11-21 17:56
14 replies
because of my vega squadron flair? xd bro
2021-11-21 18:00
2 replies
Finland Cucumber))
because of my miswhotaa flair? XD veli
2021-11-21 18:02
1 reply
misutaaa slander 👎🏻
2021-11-21 18:04
u have 3 alt accs - sea_cucumber, Cucumber)) and morskoykonek so obvious
2021-11-21 18:10
10 replies
Finland Cucumber))
HAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA bro i have never even seen sea_cucumber and morskoy well morskoy is a nice lad! (def not my alt)
2021-11-21 18:14
6 replies dont lie to me u even have similar flairs alt haver
2021-11-21 18:23
5 replies
Finland Cucumber))
what does this proof had i visited the profile before or?
2021-11-21 18:23
4 replies
just leave it already and accept the fact alt haver you are breaking HLTV rules
2021-11-21 18:25
3 replies
Finland Cucumber))
bro what
2021-11-21 18:25
2 replies
you are not my brother, you alt haver get out
2021-11-21 18:26
1 reply
just realized you are trolling wp and cya
2021-11-21 18:26
Dont insult me calling me a gambit fan, kiitos appreciate a lot !
2021-11-21 18:19
2 replies
so obvious cucumber alt ... nt cucumber
2021-11-21 18:22
1 reply
Finland Cucumber))
just open my twitter you can think i have schizophrenia if you want
2021-11-21 18:24
top1 i think
2021-11-20 21:12
9 replies
Germany tim_fcs04
2021-11-20 21:17
7 replies
we just need to win IEM Winter and BLAST Global Finals
2021-11-20 21:47
6 replies
Germany tim_fcs04
"just" lmao
2021-11-20 22:02
just is an understatement :D
2021-11-20 22:36
Georgia endyyoo
0/8 this is the dumbest statement i've ever read on this site. navi won a fucking grand slam and major wdym top1 nice bait lmfaoooo
2021-11-20 23:06
Na'vi won the fucking Major + a Grand Slam while Gambot won some online tournaments LMAO, Na'vi this year is atleast 5 tiers above everybody.
2021-11-21 00:02
2 replies
1) point difference is only like 500. If we win 2 tier1 events, we are back to top1 at the end of the year 2) If you are talking about whole year, then navi won 6 events, gambit won 5 events this year. If we win the last 2 events we will have 7 event wins and we will officially be the best team of ALL 2021
2021-11-21 00:10
1 reply
Asia s1kekick
I get your point, but it doesn't take a genius to realize a major worth much more than anything of the stuff you mentioned, gambit won events, but they are not as significant as Navi ones, Iem Cologne, pro league, PGL Major, THESE ARE HUGE EVENTS. There is no way in hell gambit will pull it back,plus, they have g2 to take down, which isn't easy. Navi will easily top 1 this year because they won the significant events that everyone actually give a shit. A major worth everything, the 5 events you mentioned includes small events and are not significant. Sorry, but Navi gonna top this year, there is just no fricking way in a million years Gambit will event touch that number 1 shot this year. Add the grandslam too, I forgot.
2021-11-21 08:51
lmao no chance after NAVI won major and cologne and had grand slam in this year. Even if they win IEM winter that probably won't put them at top 1 cause NAVI isn't at that event in any case.
2021-11-20 22:11
Ukraine McSwell
Gambit already booked top-2 of 2021 overall. Top-2 LAN team in 2021 is G2 tho.
2021-11-20 21:12
2021-11-20 21:13
Czech Republic czRamtin03
2021-11-20 21:15
Croatia nAmeless69
Another jinx lol
2021-11-20 21:20
nafany is a nice guy👍 👍
2021-11-20 21:22
if rest tournaments will be on LAN deffo not
2021-11-20 21:22
unlucky but G2 top 2 .
2021-11-20 21:25
Estonia thisba!tes
Nafany <3
2021-11-20 21:28
Ukraine VoidWave
good guy nafany verynogod ruuy
2021-11-20 21:35
Netherlands daboiii
someone watched the hltv podcast
2021-11-20 21:35
Is it just me or is nafany saying some really weird things recently? I'm a big fan but I found it strange when he said something like he felt no emotions during the semi against Navi. Also this time he just kept on talking about experience and not really giving that much info in his answers.
2021-11-20 22:08
1 reply
About emotions - this shit happens, about others - ok
2021-11-22 07:33
if online then maybe
2021-11-20 22:12
they can if ax1le decides to be good again
2021-11-20 22:23
at least he knows Navi is way better
2021-11-20 22:45
2021-11-20 22:46
Nafany is really good at these interviews - other teams are good, we are just young, one game at a time etc. Hard to bait him.
2021-11-20 23:08
1 reply
he's probably grown thick skinned if he's been reading any cs forum
2021-11-21 21:08
enkay j, learn how to give interviews from this one :)))
2021-11-20 23:12
He is right
2021-11-20 23:15
finally a coherent interview from nervesfany, let's go guys
2021-11-21 00:13
Confirms it huh? The run is over for this year
2021-11-21 02:29
online tier2 team gambots
2021-11-21 03:29
Turkey razendd_
Finally a non-egoistic player statement on Hltv
2021-11-21 03:36
don't talking please gambit loses bad every time you speak
2021-11-21 05:14
1 reply
2021-11-21 11:37
onliners aside from Hobbit
2021-11-21 11:16
2021-11-21 11:36
Poland Wojtekoo
more trashtalk
2021-11-21 12:19
ropz | 
Estonia Kukkel
Gambit top30 max
2021-11-21 13:26
fell off hard
2021-11-21 16:30
Germany Teztyment
Gambit my new favorite team.
2021-11-21 18:32
for sure, great team
2021-11-21 19:02
-sh1ro +monesy so this team will be likable maybe?
2021-11-21 21:09
Hungary Doybik
I like nafany a lot but him upping fucking Esuba... :D like making them out as some sort of good team that should stand a chance against a team like Gambit, they should blow such teams out of the server and they barely beat them on Mirage.
2021-11-22 05:07
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