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."
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."