B1ad3: "If you want to win the second Major in a row, you need to beat all the best teams"

The NAVI captain shared his thoughts on the match against Heroic after his team advanced to the semi-final.

Natus Vincere have continued their run to a second consecutive Major title after entering PGL Major Antwerp's Legends Stage in strong form, topping the Swiss group stage with a 3-0 record to be one of the first teams through to the playoffs, where they secured a 2-1 win over Heroic in the quarter-final.

The match kicked off on Heroic's pick of Inferno, one which saw Natus Vincere end up starting the series on the back foot after some chaotic rounds, including a pair of 1vs2 clutches from René "⁠TeSeS⁠" Madsen and Casper "⁠cadiaN⁠" Møller which ultimately helped Heroic take things over the line.

"When you play such a strong team as Heroic, it's always about mistakes and who will try to minimize them," Andrey "⁠B1ad3⁠" Gorodenskiy explained to HLTV.org after the match. "On Inferno we didn't show the best that we could."

NAVI have a gamut of teams to move past if they hope to win their second consecutive Major

Those mistakes were less present on Ancient, despite an extremely close scoreline, an enthralling affair that went the distance before Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev and company ran away with the Nuke decider, coming in prepared after Heroic had previously beaten them at the European RMR.

"Nuke, we analyzed last time, and we were much more prepared this time, We were aware that they can beat us now because they couldn't for a while. We were much more prepared now, and they won us last time because we played a really terrible Nuke."

As they now look toward their semi-final match against ENCE on Saturday at 20:00 , B1ad3 says that NAVI won't be preparing any differently, but that their fiercest competition at the Major are FaZe and ENCE — two teams he expects to need to beat to secure NAVI their second Major title.

"If you want to win the second Major in a row, you need to beat all the best teams, and I think FaZe and ENCE are the two best teams in this event at the moment, except us."

Denmark René 'TeSeS' Madsen
René 'TeSeS' Madsen
Age:
21
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Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
811
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DPR:
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Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Age:
27
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Rating 1.0:
1.05
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1455
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0.63
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
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1.25
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DPR:
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#1
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Lithuania Zen3ix
Navi 2nd major easy
2022-05-21 00:04
24 replies
#22
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United States Virgin Islands zj2
theyll lose to ence heroic played like trash and almost beat them ence >>>> heroic
2022-05-21 00:26
20 replies
#37
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CIS lua_
Nah, NaVi played bad, but even then was able to comeback. We've seen that before. If NaVi can play bad, without s1mple and still win, it says a lot more about them, than their opponents. No team in the world can beat them if all players are having a good game and that can happen any time.
2022-05-21 01:34
15 replies
#42
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United States DarkFX
I dont see Electronic dropping 75 kills against Spinx & Ence
2022-05-21 01:50
7 replies
Just wait and see then
2022-05-21 01:54
He wont drop 75 cause they will win by map 2
2022-05-21 02:07
#45
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CIS lua_
I don't see s1mple playing like a normal player for too long either and THAT is a fact. That's what you don't understand. NaVi is winning while s1mple is just being pedestrian. He will step up at one point. Last major was the same thing and he woke up. If that happens, ENCE has absolutely no chance at beating NaVi.
2022-05-21 02:29
4 replies
He used to over-perform in every tournament before. 7 MVPs last year, but today cadian outshot him easily. If not for electronic, they'd lose.
2022-05-21 04:13
3 replies
#60
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CIS lua_
Exactly, which is something we rarely see from him and that's why saying ENCE can easily beat them is stupid. S1mple is the most consistent player we've ever seen in the top 5. He won't keep having these bad games for too long.
2022-05-21 04:19
Wait you actually think s1mple over performed? The point is he was not on today and they still won, he usually is meaning they'll be way better.
2022-05-21 08:25
s1mple over thinking so he died many rounds & heroic prepared for s1mple But, s1mple is best at crucial rounds e.g. refresh was flanking CT on ancient & s1mple killed him no scope if s1mple died NAVI lose that round and after that economy broken so NAVI would have lose that map and series as well. See s1mple interview after match. He told he need to step up & not over thinking about opponents' strats bcoz he thinks heroic played normal & s1mple gave them chance due to his overthinking.
2022-05-21 10:27
#47
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Chile baruj
dear, totally agree with you.
2022-05-21 02:41
#52
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Egypt Alinst
broooo imagine if all of faze players are having a good game btw i hope for a faze-navi grand finals it would be the game of the year
2022-05-21 03:40
3 replies
#53
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CIS lua_
Man, if both NaVi and Faze make to the final, I won't even be sad if Faze wins. Since NaVi already won once, seeing Karrigan finally winning his first major would be just as good.
2022-05-21 03:44
2 replies
#62
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Egypt Alinst
hopefully they get past ence and spirit first then we can have a great grand finals
2022-05-21 04:41
Faze won Katowice & ESL Pro League back 2 back so NAVI will denied them to win this Major.
2022-05-21 10:29
#115
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Korea malakie
faze vs navi opinion bro?
2022-05-22 11:04
1 reply
#118
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CIS lua_
I think FaZe can win if NaVi makes tons of mistakes and s1mple and electronic or b1t don't show up. The thing is that all of them showed up last game. But who knows, anything can happen. If the rumors are true that this roster will break up, I bet they want to win this major even more than the last one, since they're basically going to be forced to split up.
2022-05-22 20:00
#38
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Ukraine Slavv_Boss
It’s not like Navi played like trash S1mple whiffed so many shots, it’s very uncharacteristic
2022-05-21 01:35
2 replies
But then, knowing s1mple he would be very pissed at homself despite winning. Hopefully he can use the anger to fuel himself.
2022-05-21 04:15
1 reply
Aged like wine :)
2022-05-22 10:15
#87
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Asia z4keo
saving this so i can ratio you later
2022-05-21 11:44
aged like milk
2022-05-23 18:17
1 reply
#122
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Lithuania Zen3ix
Me no care. Me caveman do school!!!
2022-05-23 18:28
no
2022-05-23 22:38
#2
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India psn46
Navi top 1 again soon
2022-05-21 00:04
Nice
2022-05-21 00:04
no shit Sherlock xD
2022-05-21 00:04
2 replies
actually doctor strange didnt say it in Multiverse of Madness because he's the sherlock
2022-05-21 00:06
1 reply
Holmes is the sherlock
2022-05-21 00:56
gl further! hoping for navi faze finals :D
2022-05-21 00:06
And you almost didn’t beat Heroic, gl hahahah
2022-05-21 00:06
5 replies
name checks out
2022-05-21 00:07
4 replies
But it’s true
2022-05-21 02:58
3 replies
define "almost didn't beat"
2022-05-21 03:17
2 replies
#97
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Brazil Lok72
"they throwed map 1"
2022-05-21 15:45
1 reply
well you're making it more sterotypical of sore bettors crying throw for loss.
2022-05-22 13:13
to BE one of the first teams through*
2022-05-21 00:06
2 in a row #eskettit
2022-05-21 00:06
well this is what you did at your first major win so doing the same will guarantee you the win I guess?? pretty dumb take tbh
2022-05-21 00:07
That's cool. Anyways, any word on Copenhagen Flames and how they're about to split up?
2022-05-21 00:07
1 reply
its not na u know
2022-05-21 00:11
#13
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Latvia pumasiK
chad
2022-05-21 00:08
no shit sherlock
2022-05-21 00:09
#16
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Ukraine VoidWave
Oh i thought you need to beat INSILIO, XSET, NAVI 2010 and SPUNJ’s team from the showmatch
2022-05-21 00:13
no shit sherlock
2022-05-21 00:13
Really ? You are so Sherlock kind!
2022-05-21 00:14
gigachad
2022-05-21 00:15
bro that ancient game should never go the way of na'vi
2022-05-21 00:21
2 replies
correction , that ancient game shouldnt had been that close , navi almost choked
2022-05-21 03:44
1 reply
yeah navi ct side is usually sooo good on ancient
2022-05-21 09:53
#21
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Guatemala feerzein21
"You win if you don't lose" -B1AD3
2022-05-21 00:26
They need better interviewer. Bro doesnt even know what he wants to ask
2022-05-21 00:27
1 reply
Yeah. This dude has the worst interviews and articles
2022-05-21 07:02
Agreed. Major run should be all about beating the best teams in the hardest bracket. We did it last time. Had the toughest bracket and we prevailed. We will do it again this time! OUR MAJOR! OUR ERA! DAVAYE NAVI!!
2022-05-21 00:29
14 replies
Last major was a joke. The only rebuilding teams. No competition.
2022-05-21 00:45
13 replies
No it wasn't. It was a very competitive major. It was probably the most prestigious major in the history of CSGO.. Renaissance of CSGO, if you say.. LAN CS returning after so long.. COVID.. and all that.. and then Na`Vi and the great 1 destroyed everyone enroute to his first major which everybody (even his haters) celebrated.. Only in terms of production value (for the first few days) it was horrible but nonetheless come the final game, everything was okay.. and we beat a godlike NiKo to win our major..
2022-05-21 00:59
12 replies
#33
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El Salvador Bredalow
Who is we? Do you play on the navi roster
2022-05-21 01:17
It was a weak ass major haha, trying to glorify navi their win, yes its a major win but most teams were garbage then
2022-05-21 06:53
5 replies
It was a 'weak ass major' because Na`Vi made other teams look like faceit level 5s and 6s. It wasn't until NiKo went god mode that a team was able to match Na`Vi's prowess.. even then Na`VI & their big game player (Papatronic) had enough left in the tank to pull off the miracle comeback. Astralis won two major finals vs tier2 teams, wtff u on about lol?
2022-05-21 07:20
4 replies
You obviously have some problems, go get help bro
2022-05-21 08:17
3 replies
And why would your opinion matter to me?
2022-05-21 08:25
2 replies
I think thats everyones opinion on you my friend
2022-05-21 15:34
1 reply
two newbie kids opinion =/= not everyone's opinion. Also again, what two 15 year old newbies (who recently started watching CS) think of me doesn't bother me.. LOL. HLtVGeNIoUs
2022-05-21 17:00
Nt, but no you are wrong
2022-05-21 08:45
4 replies
Your opinion means less than squat to me. You seem to me like a bitter s1mple/Na`Vi hater.. Keep hatin'
2022-05-21 09:44
3 replies
I understand that you are not in balance mentally. Your opinion about this is just delusional and wrong and I bet your already know it but you write these strange things anyway.
2022-05-21 11:41
2 replies
+1
2022-05-21 15:35
Signed up 2022-04-12 Don't have to argue with you.
2022-05-21 16:58
thanks sherlock
2022-05-21 00:34
blade realy did spirit dirty haha. in his mind faze allready beat spirit. cant blame him tbh
2022-05-21 00:39
1 reply
I think spirit is going to be harder opponent than anyone think atm, I think theres a chance that Faze loses this bo3
2022-05-21 15:36
Yeah, last major there was no real competition. All the teams went throw rebuilds
2022-05-21 00:44
6 replies
delusional
2022-05-21 03:45
3 replies
Faze, Astralis, vitality, NIP and so on… You are the delusional one
2022-05-21 08:44
2 replies
Even this major is still almost same thing :D Feels like everyone havent made correct adjustments with the new team yet..
2022-05-21 15:38
1 reply
yeah a bit, Vitality and NIP for example but there are lots of really good teams now. Last major G2 made the final and now they got better players but did not even make it to legends. So the last major was really bad in terms of good competition
2022-05-22 04:35
#88
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Latvia pumasiK
So delusional lul
2022-05-21 12:24
1 reply
Flair lol
2022-05-21 12:49
#30
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Finland AliSabid
GOAT
2022-05-21 00:57
if you want to win, you need to win
2022-05-21 01:05
B1ad3 <3 We have done it before and we will do it again. #NAVINATION
2022-05-21 01:28
3 replies
+1 NAVI DAVI
2022-05-21 03:06
+1 Navi to the stars
2022-05-21 10:23
no keks xd
2022-05-23 22:40
#35
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United States zovint
I think we gotta Mr. captain obvious over here
2022-05-21 01:32
2 replies
no sht Sherlock...
2022-05-21 01:37
1 reply
#40
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United States zovint
Does a bear sh*t in the woods?
2022-05-21 01:38
oh I never would have imagined that to win the major you would have to beat the best teams, interesting
2022-05-21 01:33
2 replies
Xdddd Blade. Mr sarcastic since 2k16 😂😂
2022-05-21 01:43
Yaa i got staggered by blade statement, really to win major you have to beat best teams.
2022-05-21 05:36
#46
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United States Illusi0n1g
Navi got this in the bag
2022-05-21 02:30
#49
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Brazil sprk1
ORLY
2022-05-21 02:59
Team Spirit: Am I a joke to you?
2022-05-21 03:59
ez win for faze
2022-05-21 04:09
#61
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United States bfrank
if you want to win, you have to win so inspiring
2022-05-21 04:26
I mean yeah, imo, in a major grand final, the team that beat the harder opponents has a better chance of beating the other team.
2022-05-21 07:09
#68
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Poland throwing
Thise sentence doesnt make any sense but its expected from blade, he doesnt look too smart.
2022-05-21 07:57
5 replies
Yet it got navi a major
2022-05-21 17:03
4 replies
#102
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Poland throwing
what?
2022-05-21 17:43
3 replies
you said blade doesn't look too smart, yet he's got navi a major in the bag
2022-05-21 17:44
2 replies
#104
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Poland throwing
lol its not because of him dude XD he is pretty bad coach, he can just study opponents, thats something anyone can do
2022-05-21 17:55
1 reply
The best bait I’ve seen around here for a while lol
2022-05-22 07:14
NaVi are now the favorites of the major. Because of this there is a lot of pressure, hopefully they will win this major.
2022-05-21 07:59
Whether NaVi or Ence win, it doesnt matter; its going to be a great match. Spinx & Dycha are the two players that can turn the game along with the calling of Snappi; but i do think NaVi is more balanced and have a higher skill ceiling. I am a NaVi fan so definitely routing for them, but i like Ence too specially spinx being really explosive.
2022-05-21 08:29
Sounds like if you want to win you can't lose lol
2022-05-21 08:55
b1ad3 - "water is wet"
2022-05-21 08:58
#80
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Kazakhstan k_a_s
"if you want to eat you need to open your mouth" b1ad3
2022-05-21 10:14
Captain Obvious
2022-05-21 11:01
Blade: If you want to survive, you need to eat
2022-05-21 11:31
2 replies
Made me laugh thx m8 xD
2022-05-21 15:40
1 reply
Blade: If you want to laugh, find something funny
2022-05-21 18:34
#90
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El Salvador Bredalow
Blade: if you dont win every match in the playoffs , you lose the major!
2022-05-21 15:12
1 reply
absolute mastermind
2022-05-21 16:58
wow rly
2022-05-21 15:39
navi so full of themselves, especially since they have people in the crowd yelling call-outs for them. watch it will be faze - ence grand final.
2022-05-21 21:03
1 reply
nt
2022-05-21 22:51
NAVI WILL DO IT AGAIN I BELEIVE
2022-05-21 21:28
#109
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Mongolia dennek
water is wet
2022-05-21 23:48
Blade: if you want to freeze water you should put it to the freezer
2022-05-22 07:12
no shit sherlock
2022-05-22 07:26
#117
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Germany 4ntoN
well this is what you did at your first major win so doing the same will guarantee you the win I guess?? pretty dumb take tbh
2022-05-22 13:16
ez4faze
2022-05-22 23:01
if you want to want to read a book, you have to first learn how to read
2022-05-23 18:20
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