B1ad3: "We always must be capable of finding our balance, we call it optimal battle mode"

The Natus Vincere coach had a brief chat with Freya "⁠Freya⁠" Spiers on broadcast after a prolonged series versus Heroic.

Natus Vincere have set up a quarter-final battle against G2 in ESL Pro League Season 16 after coming out on top of a drawn-out affair versus Heroic on Wednesday. The series began in thrilling fashion as the teams won their own map picks with narrow margins, but tech issues on map three killed the momentum of the match, with Natus Vincere eventually claiming a blowout win nearly six hours after things first began.

B1ad3 says G2 are picking up momentum and can win trophies

After the game came to an end, Freya briefly spoke to Andrey "⁠B1ad3⁠" Gorodenskiy on the ESL broadcast to touch on the veto for the match, as well as how the team mentally recovered from the lengthy pauses. She also questioned the coach regarding his opinion on G2, who NAVI will face on Friday at 19:00 .

B1ad3, first of all, huge congratulations on that win. I know it's been a long night for you so I won't keep you for long. I want to talk about the map veto first of all, because it was kind of a surprise to see you guys banning out Nuke in that second wave. Can you give me some of the logic behind that, what was the reasoning?

Heroic is a really good team on Nuke, and we knew that they would choose Overpass. We're more confident on our Overpass, especially our CT side, and we think we can outaim Heroic on this map if we are on fire because the map is different, it's not such close duels. I think we just feel more confident versus Heroic in duels.

Obviously I'm not going to ignore the elephant in the room, we had to experience that unfortunate delay for the players coming into this game as well. As the coach coming into that third map of Overpass when we were able to resume the game, how do you make sure the players are still feeling it, still igniting that fire, because it seemed like you guys were confident going into the latter stages of that map?

It's very hard for any player, you're very tilted after the round with jabbi on banana. We work a lot on this with our performance coach, with our psychologist, before the game, during our practices. We always must be capable of finding our balance, we call it optimal... let's say like when you go to battle, your battle mode, you need to have your optimal battle mode. You must know how to do this always, you must be professional.

I want to get your thoughts on your next opponent, G2, who kind of surprised us all by having that flawless run in the groups. Were you surprised to see them performing so well considering the changes they've recently made?

G2 are really nice. From what I saw, Vitality was in good shape, and now they had more time to prepare more things. G2 was really confident also. G2 are a team that plays a lot from confidence, NiKo, huNter-, they didn't win a lot of trophies, but they thrive for this, they're really hungry for trophies. The potential for them is there to win, these type of players are the ones who can win trophies, like m0NESY, NiKo, huNter-, so I think it's more about this, I think they are now in a momentum.

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Finland Cucumber))
Wp navi
2022-09-29 02:39
i love b1ad3, he doesn't mince words like some cowards
2022-09-29 02:39
3 replies
Russia 6tuf
2022-09-29 09:08
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2022-09-30 01:35
b1ad3 most honest coach, doesn't downplay the success of other teams or sugercoat the recent struggles with NAVI
2022-09-29 02:41
4 replies
North America shockingxx
2022-09-29 04:56
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Canada SparklMastr
optimal battle mode
2022-09-29 02:43
1 reply
Deploy the optimal battle moose!
2022-09-29 10:24
Optimal battle mode won't stop the unstoppable GOAT train of hooxi n friends
2022-09-29 02:49
2 replies
Denmark 45ETY
2022-09-29 09:18
1 reply
2022-10-01 05:29
France ZeroIQ
If they lose to G2 I hope G2 wins the tournament.
2022-09-29 03:03
4 replies
g2 lul
2022-09-29 04:30
+1 MVP hooxi
2022-09-29 06:18
2 replies
+1 Most valueless Player
2022-09-29 11:26
1 reply
Most Vgigachad player
2022-09-29 13:29
Argentina cheapdeed
unplugging the wifi cable for hours isn't optimal at all
2022-09-29 03:11
<3 blad3
2022-09-29 03:20
gonna use optimal battle mode brb
2022-09-29 04:15
Has anyone else noticed that the navi players have changed places? before: b1t - electronic - s1mple - sdy - perfect [front] now: perfect b1t electronic s1mple sdy [front]
2022-09-29 04:31
9 replies
sdy going to get kicked lul
2022-09-29 04:51
4 replies
Netherlands SpiceNut
I think it's more about elec sitting in the middle as the igl, and the importance of s1mple sitting besides him
2022-09-29 05:59
3 replies
No, it's about perfecto and B1T playing next to each other since they hold many sites together
2022-09-29 11:03
2 replies
Netherlands SpiceNut
Maybe a combination of both aspects?
2022-09-29 11:24
1 reply
2022-09-29 12:38
They covered this in their latest vlog, b1t and perfecto hold a lot of sites together so they sit together, and electronic has switched to the middle because he is an igl
2022-09-29 07:07
3 replies
Kinda curious why they didn't do this earlier. Almost every team in the pro scene has their igl sit in the middle.
2022-09-29 12:09
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Romania kiyudo
maybe s1mple is the one that lifts the team's spirits up and they put him in the middle, or maybe they thaught that they would connect better with him, since he is very dynamic (on the map) and needs to communicate with everyone
2022-09-29 14:22
I think electronic played anchor before becoming an igl, and only recently shifted into a rotator role because of sdy. Also s1mple mostly just plays rotation with the awp on ct so I guess he needs to know the most information after the igl
2022-09-29 15:59
Did he just imply that G2 are going to win?
2022-09-29 06:38
Sounds like something a group of 9 year olds playing fortnite would come up with
2022-09-29 07:00
common W from the best coach
2022-09-29 09:32
No toxic comment against SDY this time? Great coach in terms of tactics, but everything else he sucks at
2022-09-29 10:42
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2022-09-30 07:13
Jabbi on banana <3
2022-09-29 10:59
I think that along XTQQZ, he is one of the best coaches of csgo ever. It is said that when he calls a tactical timeout, he gives them instructions how to play for at least the next 4 rounds, tactical details perfectly explained. For XTQQZ, I say this for what he has done for Vitality so far
2022-09-29 11:11
Blade already mentioning vitality like he knows they will face them in semi’s 😂
2022-09-29 11:29
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Canada yuv1_
optimal battle mode: enabled
2022-09-29 15:09
Gundam ORG
2022-09-29 18:07
Snappi | 
Poland SebL
One of the biggest brains of CS:GO history for sure.
2022-09-29 21:32
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