nafany after early elimination: "If someone wants to find someone to blame, it is obviously me"

Cloud9's captain took the responsibility for the team's 9-12th finish at the prestigious tournament.

One-sided losses to Liquid and Astralis eliminated Cloud9 from IEM Cologne shockingly early, with the world No.4 team not even close to contending for the title just a month after lifting the IEM Dallas trophy.

Particularly struggling in Germany was the team's in-game leader Vladislav "⁠nafany⁠" Gorshkov who posted a mere 0.71 rating across the six maps played. The 21-year-old opened up the tournament with a decent showing against Outsiders, but was a complete bystander in the following two games they handily lost — and admitted as much in an exit interview.

Cloud9 were sent packing early from Cologne

Talking to Freya "⁠Freya⁠" Spiers on the broadcast after being eliminated by Liquid, nafany was clear in pointing out that he was the reason his team struggled.

"We played really awful today, and yesterday as well. Sure, it is a couple of things why we are not playing how we can play. But if someone wants to find someone to blame, it is obviously me because I played awful both series, against Astralis and Liquid."

nafany's struggles were the worst in the first map against Astralis, when he posted a horrifying 1-23 K-D in a 16-11 Mirage loss. He said that not only was his individual performance as an entry player lacking but that he didn't deliver as a caller either.

"When you have an opening fragger who isn't getting opening frags then it is obviously hard to play. And as an in-game leader, I was not so good this tournament. So these are a couple of things why I ruined this tournament for my team."

The 9-12th finish at IEM Cologne brings to an end a turbulent season for the former Gambit lineup, who went through a period of struggle on the big LAN stages, an organizational change, and managed to win their first big trophy in an arena in the first six months of 2022.

"Thanks to everyone who supports us, it is very important, and thanks to everyone who hasn't stopped believing in us," nafany said to close out the interview. "It was a tough season for us for a lot of reasons, but I believe we will go back and train a lot in the next season."

United Kingdom Freya 'Freya' Spiers
Freya 'Freya' Spiers
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
Russia Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
885
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.69
You'll bounce back King
2022-07-10 17:04
18 replies
#74
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Hungary H0bbesCS
+1
2022-07-10 18:06
+1
2022-07-10 18:18
#91
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United Kingdom FNA_IC
+1
2022-07-10 18:38
+1
2022-07-10 18:46
+1
2022-07-10 18:49
+1
2022-07-10 18:49
??? how
2022-07-10 19:00
#114
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Russia avvakum
+1
2022-07-10 19:03
#123
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Belarus kw1xie
+1
2022-07-10 19:31
+1
2022-07-10 19:44
bounce back home to russia
2022-07-10 20:07
+1
2022-07-10 20:14
+1
2022-07-10 21:17
#140
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Slovakia EvErisT
+1
2022-07-10 22:13
#142
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CIS edgepy
+1
2022-07-11 00:17
#147
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United States vivix
+1
2022-07-11 02:29
#165
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Portugal Tiago4
+1
2022-07-11 16:33
+1
2022-07-11 19:23
#2
TenZ | 
Japan aki!
rekjt
2022-07-10 17:04
That was just awful not just his performance also his calling. Stop this drypeeking bullshite already. They were on a comeback train but what happened since the round where he picked the awp... on dust 2 is was just braindead
2022-07-10 17:05
6 replies
#95
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Latvia laiziolas
Where are you and where he is? They are humans like us, and they play everyday for many hours. Please think that you say big boy silver.
2022-07-10 18:44
5 replies
Bet you ur silver as well lmao
2022-07-10 18:48
4 replies
Bet you ur silver as well lmao
2022-07-10 18:49
3 replies
All of you silvers shhhh. Fight me I'm bronze
2022-07-10 19:24
1 reply
Bronze pants xaxaxa
2022-07-10 19:57
Im lem;(
2022-07-10 21:52
sad to be him
2022-07-10 17:04
#5
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Russia Soawii
king
2022-07-10 17:04
you will win major in rio dont worry
2022-07-10 17:04
6 replies
+1
2022-07-10 17:07
Copium
2022-07-10 17:15
1 reply
#143
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CIS edgepy
well they redeemed their major run at dallas, maybe this will work too?
2022-07-11 00:17
Gaules will win Rio, thank me later
2022-07-10 17:34
1 reply
#155
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Slovakia AJDEEEE
haha, gaules will probably destroy Rio, lmao
2022-07-11 09:30
huge cope
2022-07-10 19:19
true cap unlike the likes of Aleksi
2022-07-10 17:04
#8
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Korea IsakD
Sad to see but he will probably use this as fuel to come back stronger.
2022-07-10 17:04
12 replies
Or it‘s his final demise. A team that won just a tier 1.5 event shouldn‘t become worse
2022-07-10 17:06
11 replies
he had 1 bad tournament, it happens unfortunately. He will bounce back after the player break.
2022-07-10 17:09
10 replies
I wouldn‘t say he has had one bad tournament. It happened way to often where he simply plays that bad and still having the same useless style for his teAm
2022-07-10 17:13
8 replies
Sadly true. on LAN, He only had good performance at Dallas this year and to see him playing this way makes me depressed. Nafany often says that sh1ro is a very smart player, sometimes helps with mid round calls and there is a chance sh1ro may become an IGL in future. I'd wait till December, and if slump continues then -nafany +proper entry. It's very risky move, but i dont see another way out.
2022-07-11 03:17
3 replies
Sh1ro igl & awping. They need a different approach of their gamestyle. This dry-peeking bullshite works in MM maybe but not in the biggest tier 1 events.. and I really don‘t want a jame #2 situation. I really enjoyed their story that is why I want this EXACT LINEUP to win consistently tournaments, but it‘s not going to happen.
2022-07-11 14:02
2 replies
I think they should play little bit more proactive on ct side and take more risk, they just constantly play default rounds snd sit on positions and give away a lot of map control, thats why their rotations often so late cuz they dont have any info and dont know what's going on map. I dont see any ideas on ct rounds that could catch enemy off guard like triple mid control on mirage for example or Inferno apps push like Complexity do. Yeah, you're right about dry peekig tho, i've been saying this for months already, this may work 2 or 3 times but you cant do this constantly. Groove and F_1N don't do their jon properly and they are more to blame for this i think than nafany.
2022-07-11 15:06
1 reply
F1N is a even a part of this team. I really like Groove, but he should be their head of analyst or w.e position they want to create for him rather being their headcoach.
2022-07-11 16:17
We also shouldn't forget that hobbit became inconsistent and stopped putting numbers as before
2022-07-11 03:24
3 replies
Yep indeed. The issue is. How empty the performed. They had a solid break between IEM dallas and cologne (they wanted robobet for practice). Nafany said that they are seeing themselves as title contenders and that they had a great preparation for cologne and giving us this disgustingly bad Performance is not acceptable
2022-07-11 14:00
2 replies
In both matchups against Liquid and Astralis, all team looked so dead on cams as if they woke up 30 minutes before the start of the game and only had time to drink coffee. Mb their mindset was "Ok, we already beat these teams mulitple times, let's just play default and we will win." On mirage against Astralis, it was clearly visible that they weren't prepared for agro CT playstyle, interz who usually plays lurk in palace/slope didnt control these positions on many gun rounds Crazy to think about it, but i ak afraid if they played against Col, they would lose
2022-07-11 14:43
1 reply
You are absolutely right. They literally didn‘t care acting like they‘ve won multiple tier 1 lan events..
2022-07-11 14:56
#57
gla1ve | 
Denmark JKTP
He could also risk that cloud9 might make changes though Player break is a good time to make a roster shuffle.
2022-07-10 17:53
#9
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North America minte
it happens
2022-07-10 17:04
poor guy is too hard on himself, he will be back :)
2022-07-10 17:04
6 replies
#63
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Czech Republic JameS_19
Unlike the NA guys, who don’t practice and play PUGs/stream all day long. They’d need a bit of this mentality, be a bit hard on themselves, because now they just don’t care (not talking about Liquid guys, talking about especially EG, but also your valorant players who stream all day/play ranked instead of practicing with their teams, your esport scene has a disease called content creation, and it’s a disgusting disease, never understood why would anyone rather create content than go pro)
2022-07-10 17:56
5 replies
I was just trying to be nice why did you write an English essay
2022-07-10 18:12
3 replies
xdddd
2022-07-10 18:34
#98
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Czech Republic JameS_19
Ik you were trying to be nice, I’m just mad at the EG guys, sorry
2022-07-10 18:46
1 reply
all good
2022-07-10 18:47
cuz it doesnt makes sense to pracc in na since most decent players jumped over to valorant..
2022-07-10 18:50
The legend 123
2022-07-10 17:05
feelsbadman :(((
2022-07-10 17:05
Nafany takes ownership like a leader. Stewie blames others. More respect grown for king nafany.
2022-07-10 17:06
35 replies
+1
2022-07-10 17:11
+1
2022-07-10 17:13
+1
2022-07-10 17:17
#39
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Ireland reyno0o
+1
2022-07-10 17:21
+1
2022-07-10 17:24
#42
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Austria holzpyjama
+1
2022-07-10 17:26
stew did take some responsibility for EG dumpster fire still nafany >>>>> stew
2022-07-10 17:27
9 replies
How many majors does he have?
2022-07-10 17:38
8 replies
#58
gla1ve | 
Denmark JKTP
0 Majors How much respect does stewie have?
2022-07-10 17:53
6 replies
im pretty sure hes more respected in the scene than nafany lol
2022-07-10 18:50
5 replies
nobody respect stewie no one
2022-07-10 19:06
4 replies
says who? some fanboys here on hltv? im sure stewie is way more respected in the pro circuit than nafany nobody cares about nafany tho
2022-07-10 19:08
3 replies
a lot of people loves nafany lmao na fangay jaajaajajajaj stewie ajaj bot2k 0 legend
2022-07-13 21:32
you are the only who cares about bot2k jaaajaja look the comments i your fav never gonna win a trophie jaaajaajaa boottt
2022-07-13 21:48
1 reply
i dont care about stewie im talking about the pro scene...you clueless moron your mental illness speaks for yourself tho
2022-07-13 22:45
#76
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Hungary H0bbesCS
how many majors do u have?
2022-07-10 18:09
#47
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Sweden frizzahh
+1
2022-07-10 17:33
#50
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Poland tailal
+1
2022-07-10 17:41
+1, nafany has the potential to become goat igl
2022-07-10 17:46
1 reply
+1
2022-07-10 19:27
#53
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Hong Kong Naffer^
+1
2022-07-10 17:47
#54
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Senegal ysatyi
+1
2022-07-10 17:48
#56
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United States Jaksin
+1
2022-07-10 17:51
+1
2022-07-10 17:55
#72
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North America AsheS_EdeN
+1
2022-07-10 18:02
#75
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Hungary H0bbesCS
its like a jeffrey vs adoniss comparison lol chad nafany vs virgin stew
2022-07-10 18:08
+1
2022-07-10 18:27
+1
2022-07-10 18:36
+1
2022-07-10 18:37
+1
2022-07-10 18:45
+1
2022-07-10 18:48
+1
2022-07-10 18:49
+1
2022-07-10 20:07
I don't like his team's playstyle but I respect them
2022-07-11 01:34
+1
2022-07-11 19:27
#14
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Pakistan LoOuU2
It's fine, it happens. What matters you learn from this and bounce back, make sure to screw up next time! Let's go Ex-Gambit players!
2022-07-10 17:06
#16
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Europe kuu1
No questions about his haircut?
2022-07-10 17:06
2 replies
#20
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Czech Republic nosacik
He is HOT AF
2022-07-10 17:08
1 reply
#46
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Poland gobelin77
+1 nafany hot twink
2022-07-10 17:31
Despite the results, he's a great igl
2022-07-10 17:07
I hate clown9 but this is sad
2022-07-10 17:07
"Hope to see u again after players break." guy already knows how cloud9 works
2022-07-10 17:08
#22
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Germany tilted_up
'I think we're always title contenders.' -> didn't age that well tbf.
2022-07-10 17:08
1 reply
Just like people saying that BIG is contender XD I thought the same XD
2022-07-10 18:00
big mouth
2022-07-10 17:08
#24
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Denmark Rubix__
go back to gambit..cloud9 is cursed
2022-07-10 17:08
2 replies
Gambit is banned from tournaments
2022-07-10 19:06
1 reply
#133
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Denmark Rubix__
western propoganda at finest..banning gambit who had nothing to do with current sitation
2022-07-10 20:28
#25
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Czech Republic nosacik
Hope you wont ruin my Fantasy next time -44 point :( still love ya
2022-07-10 17:08
4 replies
HAHA SAME I love nafany but he brought me from top 5% to like top 15
2022-07-10 21:17
3 replies
#139
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Czech Republic nosacik
I have simple he is holding me in top 20 xd I have to say nafana brought me lot point many times... just a fluke
2022-07-10 21:56
2 replies
I have simple sdy karrigan and Broky Im glad they played so good recently, if mafany played good I would’ve been like top 3% maybe
2022-07-10 22:41
1 reply
#163
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Czech Republic nosacik
GL man you might get to top 1% broky is a beast i take him most of the times, now i went with simple, rain and defecto + estag (17p only...)
2022-07-11 15:07
#27
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Indonesia LosD
hope u bounce back for the second part of the szn brotha
2022-07-10 17:10
Out of all IGL's he's the only that always blame only himself in losses Much respect to nafany. The king.
2022-07-10 17:11
Why dont they change how they play? It doesnt work for a year already
2022-07-10 17:12
3 replies
Exactly...
2022-07-10 18:13
They won IEM Dallas a month ago.
2022-07-10 18:42
1 reply
Please consider the bigger picture... they have beaten in a bo1 and a bo3 liquid (with shox being already out) easily, struggled vs Nip lead by ztr (on c9 vertigo thanks to sh1ro 1v4 which took the game to ot and an easy victory over nip on ancient), were badly beaten by furia, matured vs faze, overcome BIG, beaten ence with standin (in map 1 they looked bad but overcame them and beaten them convincingly on map 2+3)
2022-07-10 19:05
#31
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Singapore Jjonath0n
apparently he had a wrist injury but doesnt blame that
2022-07-10 17:13
Freya is 26? Looks like 38 lol
2022-07-10 17:13
3 replies
brooooo
2022-07-10 17:15
2 replies
Yo whats up
2022-07-10 17:28
1 reply
glad I wasn't drinking coffee cuz I would have spit over my keyboard reading #33
2022-07-10 17:54
respect for owning up to it like a man
2022-07-10 17:19
#40
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Russia sand026
Its not important tournament for Cloud9, i think he training for Major in Rio to win. xD Sad for Nafany, he deserves criticism, but not the kind that is currently pressing on him. He is young, he will still show
2022-07-10 17:23
2 replies
#65
gla1ve | 
Denmark JKTP
It's a pretty important tournament All pro's consider it like a Pseudo-major. It's the 3rd biggest event after the 2 majors.
2022-07-10 17:59
Turik ne v prioritete xD
2022-07-11 03:21
#45
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Australia Blue_oce
Even though I lost decent money, can't help but respect this and wish you good luck after the break! Won't be betting on c9 for a bit tho haah
2022-07-10 17:30
And now, a pay cut until he shows up again
2022-07-10 17:42
#55
arT | 
United States Regit99
Good luck anyway! Everyone has bad days, that's ok
2022-07-10 17:50
#60
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Malta DaaVyiD
Respect to him for taking responsability, but it shouldn't rest all on one player. Props to him hope to see him bounce back.
2022-07-10 17:54
#62
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Europe EmirCS
everybody has bad days
2022-07-10 17:55
#64
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Netherlands arTvamp
no blame ME!!!
2022-07-10 17:57
Man.....i feel so bad for C9. Sad to see them go so early
2022-07-10 17:59
ill give him respect for this, he mans up and admit he played bad.. takes a whole different mentality to admit your wrongs to millions of gamers. this is a team-sport, you cannot blame one player. even niko missing deagle shot in heaven isn't the blame for them losing the major.
2022-07-10 18:00
5 replies
Yes
2022-07-10 18:00
Unlike ukranian president
2022-07-10 18:00
3 replies
what?
2022-07-10 18:01
#79
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Hungary H0bbesCS
name check
2022-07-10 18:14
#87
NAF | 
United States Scvboy2
same
2022-07-10 18:31
legend
2022-07-10 18:04
At least you know the reason and dont come up wth another excuses. I think we may see -nafany +anyone, sh1ro/Hobbit take IGL role if they continue to play badly.
2022-07-10 18:20
1 reply
Yekindar to entry, sh1ro to IGL New VP Pog
2022-07-10 20:13
lesgo mabois🥲
2022-07-10 18:20
#85
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New Zealand kdeadly
respect
2022-07-10 18:29
BlameF
2022-07-10 18:41
#94
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Europe FaZeIsBest
123 LUL
2022-07-10 18:42
#96
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North America go1x1n00b
i blame aleksib
2022-07-10 18:44
respect!
2022-07-10 18:50
Huge respect for this guy, he takes responsability for bad result, he's not hiding behind someone else or blaming others even if it can go against him. Other IGLs should follow this way, for example Aleksi.
2022-07-10 18:55
No shit Sherlock?!
2022-07-10 18:55
#113
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Portugal dracø
known issue.. still.. learn from this aleksi
2022-07-10 19:02
#119
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Serbia DakileX
-Nafany +Boombl4 opinions?
2022-07-10 19:17
1 reply
#124
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Russia mcs#
plz NO
2022-07-10 19:37
Nafany is a real man. I can only have respect for interviews like this, where he actually takes responsibility for his mistakes. He will definitely come back stronger.
2022-07-10 19:46
1 reply
„ He will definitely come back stronger.“ doubtable. Always the same shite with this team. Same playstyle, same star players who are missing at imporant stages of the game, major iem katowice, iem cologne the biggest tournaments with the worst results
2022-07-10 19:59
A bit less harsh language in the text maybe “horrifiying” , calm it down a little. CSGO scene is toxic enough as it is.
2022-07-10 20:45
#135
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Brazil Fauchard
1/GAULES ?? hHAHHAHAHAHAHA wtf
2022-07-10 21:05
shit happens, that's ok.
2022-07-11 00:28
sh1ro onliner
2022-07-11 01:37
+Bombl4 because he is russian
2022-07-11 03:37
Excuses with C9, first it was “we need more LAN experience” then they can’t back up Dallas win 😂 Onliners getting exposed
2022-07-11 05:58
-naf +stew That double awp call lost them the map.
2022-07-11 08:39
Typo. nafany was clear in *ponting* out that
2022-07-11 08:43
Respect
2022-07-11 10:56
#157
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Europe BARAO555
Admire to own mistakes is the first step to succes. You cant be great every match at every time naffany will achive something more than we think.
2022-07-11 10:58
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