B1ad3: "We did not have any practice at all after ESL Pro League"

The reigning Major champions earned their chance to defend their title in Belgium and coach Andrey "⁠B1ad3⁠" Gorodenskiy thinks they have a good chance to do it.

Natus Vincere have qualified for the PGL Major in Antwerp after a 2-0 victory over Vitality's French-Danish project. The CIS powerhouse began their adventure at the Regional Major Ranking event with wins over QUAZAR and OG, before being slowed down by a surprise 1-2 loss to Heroic on the second day.

B1ad3 is glad to qualify for the Major despite not getting any practice.

It was not an easy game for the Major champions, but they were able to pull through the series over Vitality in two maps. Following their victory, the 35-year-old coach caught up with us to discuss a few of the issues and obstacles that Natus Vincere had to face at this event.

Congrats on your win against Vitality, you are 3-1 now and through to the Major. I am sure you'd prefer the Legends spot to be within your control, I think you need MOUZ to win against FaZe for you to go through, but how does it feel to have secured your place at the Major?

Thank you. Yes, I think the fifth round will determine a lot, I don't know if Eternal Fire has won (Editor's note: The interview was conducted during the Eternal Fire vs fnatic matchup) but if they win, we'll go through in a lot of scenarios. We are happy that we managed to qualify.

Let's go back to yesterday, what happened in the game against Heroic? It was a tough one for you.

Yeah, it was a really tough game but I think we managed to qualify despite losing to Heroic. We did not have any practice at all after ESL Pro League because of different circumstances and we could not get together. Our players were only playing individually and I think it affects us a little bit when we play versus tier one teams, because of our decision-making and analysis. It would have helped us if we practiced more to be more in the CS world so our brains can be merged with this universe, right? In that scenario, we would have been more focused on details, but still, we are happy without practice we managed to qualify.

Inferno has not been perfect for you recently, yesterday you lost it against Heroic, and even when you won today it was a close game. Has your feeling for the map changed or is it something else?

Inferno is actually a map we play a lot depending on our skill, we didn't have a lot of difficult or complex tactics with which we can fool our opponents, so we play with more raw skill because the map forces us to do this, it's a really old map. Still, some of the same problems came up, we did not have the practice to add something new and the little details I said were important in clutch situations.

Especially when we started to lose yesterday, we started to get a lot of nerves and we started to play more passive, I think emotionally we were not so fired up, especially on the last map. I think we made too many mistakes, we lost 4v2 on the CT side of Inferno and that was a very important round, I think it changed a lot. On the T side, we lost the pistol round 3v2 before losing the next force buy. We were going into A 4v1, on round 5 or something, and we lost it. So...mistakes, too many mistakes.

On the other hand, your Mirage has been really good, probably one of the best in the world. We noticed on the first day against OG you used this new molotov, the "Guatemalan Molotov", tell me about it?

When I saw it, when s1mple was standing on it and I realized what was going on I thought: "Woah, that is a cool and interesting molly." He told me that he saw it in some other game and practiced just before this game and yeah, we are working a lot on our Mirage.

You have a really good record against Vitality, you played against them a bunch of time in big games in the last year, now they have a different lineup. How different did they feel to you, and do you think you still fit that matchup?

Actually I don't know the details, I did not analyze to get the whole picture for this team, once we play them more I'll understand more, but at the moment I think they lack individual skill. I mean not skill in terms of thinking but in terms of mechanics, raw skill, out aiming, etc. They need firepower.

There have been a few rumors about NAVI, the future of the team, and the players. How do you as a coach manage to keep everyone united and on the same page in times like this?

I think the same as any other coach really. We have problems, emotionally everyone is not "in their dome." We just always try to speak more as a team to stay in reality, just to realize that if each player does not give 100%, we'll regret it in the future anyway. When you are emotionally down, still you'll feel even worse if you lose.

We are trying to understand that our main goal, no matter what, is winning and creating our era, we lost two events but still, it's something that the players must keep in their heads and try, even if they don't, they can try to do this.

You are going to the Major in less than a month, have you got any preparation ready or have some things you already know you're going to do?

Now I think everyone on the team is realizing really deeply what is going on. They are now understanding that they lost one event, a second event, and when you are losing you are refreshing these motivational reserves inside of you for when you are playing, not at 100%, but maybe 150%, when you do everything to win — as we did at the last Major.

When you are winning, your motivation starts going down, not like really low but maybe 90%, not 100%. Now when we lost two events, I think we have a good chance to prepare for the Major. Our plan is to prepare really well for this Major because we know we can win it. In those matches that we lost, our players realized that we didn't show our game, every player understands that it was not our game and even if the opponent won against us, we knew how to beat them.

ok
2022-04-19 18:48
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ko
2022-04-19 18:49
4 replies
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Fiji summrs
bruh
2022-04-19 18:51
2 replies
#23
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Ukraine lua_
hurb
2022-04-19 19:15
1 reply
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Canada be1man
ruhb
2022-04-20 01:50
Are you sure you wish to report this post?
2022-04-19 19:14
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Finland Cucumber))
ok
2022-04-19 18:48
ez
2022-04-19 18:49
Excuses
2022-04-19 18:49
1 reply
#11
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Ukraine Valta
for?
2022-04-19 18:53
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Sweden sn1pie
Electronic needs to stepup if they want to win the major
2022-04-19 18:49
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He probably can't go back to Russia where his wife and children are, probably not very emotionaly stable
2022-04-19 18:57
10 replies
if this is the case i totally understand he`s performance
2022-04-19 19:10
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Ukraine lua_
That is totally the case. He's been in Poland ever since the war started.
2022-04-19 19:16
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Wtf? They have been home in Russia ( perf, boombla and elec)
2022-04-19 19:38
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watafak you live in elecs wall?
2022-04-19 19:45
#43
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Ukraine lua_
No. They never went back home.
2022-04-19 21:02
#46
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Sweden sn1pie
They have been at the kinguin facility
2022-04-19 21:35
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Before ESL yes, after that they havent practiced together at all. Boombla, perfecto and elec travelled back to Russia by train.
2022-04-19 23:29
None of Navi players go back home, after Katowice they went to Poland, then went to Germany for ESL, even headtr1ck couldn’t go home ( he flew to Austria for a short while before coming to Romania)
2022-04-19 21:38
nope
2022-04-20 03:16
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What nope? All Russian players travelled home by train after Navis exit from ESL pro league
2022-04-20 06:58
Navi Smurfing
2022-04-19 18:49
1 reply
Throwing on purpose .
2022-04-19 19:24
rmr was their actual practice
2022-04-19 18:51
1 reply
Haha so true
2022-04-19 20:02
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Lithuania _is_best
ok
2022-04-19 18:52
pog
2022-04-19 18:53
Best of luck for the Major :)
2022-04-19 18:54
no practice, no problem
2022-04-19 18:54
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Bro why ur flair
2022-04-19 18:59
2 replies
why not? he has rights to support whatever shet he wants
2022-04-20 03:13
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Im just curiuos why
2022-04-20 10:11
High horse
2022-04-19 19:00
1 reply
who?
2022-04-19 19:12
NaVi rekted everyone
2022-04-19 19:07
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Denmark ReSalty
Yeah by fighting for the 4 place in their group now
2022-04-20 13:21
1 reply
cry is free
2022-04-20 16:50
They need electronic to come back to win the major
2022-04-19 19:11
EVEN WITHOUT PRACTICE NAVI POPPING OFF LMAO
2022-04-19 19:17
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Brazil davidthall
cool molly
2022-04-19 19:19
Such a sour loser man. Please teach to take defeats in stride as well.
2022-04-19 19:28
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what r u smoking? they qualified
2022-04-20 03:15
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As an Indian I can confirm 95% of us are dumb af
2022-04-20 10:13
Excuses as always
2022-04-19 19:29
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Netherlands dabadpad
just admit your losses..
2022-04-19 19:30
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they admitted that they lost. He mention it at least 4 times
2022-04-19 20:51
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7 times tbh
2022-04-19 20:56
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11 times mens))
2022-04-20 03:16
s1mple 30 hours in the last 2 weeks damn
2022-04-19 19:30
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#63
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Lithuania _is_best
s1mple enjoy life
2022-04-20 10:12
Electronic looks like all this stuff has affected him the most. He looks really bad right now
2022-04-19 19:47
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there were some strange "likes" and rumours about his wife that she's pro-ruski, but he might have a different opinion + NAVI wants him to leave russia in order to stay in the team. So this may really affect his mental state all the time
2022-04-19 20:57
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Europe Khanan
He performed really good the last days
2022-04-20 01:18
#56
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Ukraine lua_
Yeah for sure. He's s1mple's best friend and I'm sure does not support what's happening, so I can't imagine what's going through his head right now, because he might as well come into a situation in which he'll have to choose between his job with NaVi, which is a dream for anyone, or his family. This war sucks for everybody. I hate it.
2022-04-20 02:31
No practice and still qualified POG
2022-04-19 20:02
Always with the excuses
2022-04-19 20:34
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Poland SebL
Well it's really impressive that they still manage to make a pretty comfortable 3-1 without preparation for the event, let's hope they've the time to fix all their mistakes before the Major and we're going to see the Na'Vi team from Stockholm, GL guys, stay strong.
2022-04-19 21:14
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Europe Khanan
+1
2022-04-20 01:17
#66
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Denmark ReSalty
Their only some what solid win is vs BOTALITY
2022-04-20 13:26
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Poland SebL
Vitality is a good team, don't disrespect them, they've some problems but overall they play good.
2022-04-20 14:47
boundless confidence
2022-04-19 21:14
#47
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Serbia DakileX
who asked?
2022-04-19 21:37
B1ad3 aren't know the details
2022-04-19 21:47
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