Boombl4 on Heroic rematch: "It won't be like last time"
The NAVI captain spoke about the team's run at the Major so far and their upcoming quarter-final rematch against Heroic.
Things have gone well for Natus Vincere so far at the PGL Major Antwerp, as the team returned to CS:GO's biggest stage looking like they're rediscovering their title-winning form just in time to attempt to defend the Stockholm crown.
They went 3-0 in the Legends Stage and now are set to kick off their playoffs campaign, facing a difficult Heroic matchup right off the bat, one that they had just lost for the first time at the preceding Regional Major Ranking tournament.
The captain, Kirill "Boombl4" Mikhailov, spoke about NAVI's Major campaign in the team's vlog, discussing close matches they played against G2 and particularly NIP, who managed to take Mirage off the Ukrainian-Russian side.
"The NIP game was more valuable for us in terms of experience because it was three maps, and we got to continue our winning streak on Ancient," the in-game leader said, highlighting the 10-map winning streak NAVI have on Ancient dating back to September. "Ancient is kind of our signature map now."
Boombl4 also talked about Valeriy "b1t" Vakhovskiy's improvement after the youngster was once again the highest-rated player of the Legends Stage. "I think he's improving his macro game. He's definitely improved and I think he's way more comfortable now that he has a better understanding of how tier-1 CS works."
After talking about other results in the previous two stages and the upsets that have happened, such as G2's and Vitality's struggles and Cloud9's shock loss to Imperial, the 23-year-old went on to discuss the upcoming Heroic quarter-final, admitting the Danes are one of the hardest teams to face out of those still in the running. However, he feels confident that NAVI are in better form than at the RMR, where they suffered their first loss at the hands of the Danes.
"To be honest, a lot of teams are tough to play against: FaZe, ENCE, and Heroic. These three teams that are still in the running can inflict damage and the games aren't gonna be easy."
"I think it's a lot about clutch situations against them [Heroic]. Nuke didn't go well the last time but as I said, our team form is different at this tournament."
"We've delved more into CS now so it won't be like last time."
You can see the full vlog, released on NAVI's YouTube channel, below: