B1ad3 confirms nipl will play "some maps" at World Final: "We want him to show what he's capable of"

Natus Vincere's coach was frank about experimenting with the roster in the last event of the year.

Natus Vincere have been a top-two team in the world for the past two years, but they stumbled in their IEM Rio Major campaign with a quarter-finals exit at the hands of FURIA. In general, the CIS side have not been at their best since the summer playerbreak.

They arrive in Copenhagen at something of a crossroads, with rumours flying that Viktor "⁠sdy⁠" Orudzhev is not long for the squad and that Andrii "⁠npl⁠" Kukharskyi will play with the team at BLAST Premier World Final. There is also a claim circulating that Natus Vincere are interested in picking up Abay "⁠HObbit⁠" Khasenov, but that is yet to be confirmed by a reliable source.

B1ad3 wants to create competition for spots on NAVI's roster

Head coach Andrey "⁠B1ad3⁠" Gorodenskiy has at least partially confirmed the recent rumours in this interview with HLTV, stating the team will experiment with the roster in the season-ending Abu Dhabi event, with Oleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev having said the team is already practicing with 17-year-old npl. In his chat with HLTV B1ad3 also went in-depth on Natus Vincere's early Major exit and gave his initial thoughts in the most recent CS:GO update.

Obviously you were one of the favourites to take the trophy in Rio, but ended up losing in the quarter-finals to FURIA. What do you think happened there?

I think we lacked some tournament experience, as I have said before. I think if we would go deeper, of course it was quarter-final already, but for us we didn't have experience on the big stage for a long time. We played like two best-of-ones and then two best-of-threes, and were getting the tournament vibe and the confidence.

Versus FURIA we actually never had problems before when we were playing, and when you are analysing the match there were some little but crucial mistakes that eventually were affecting the results of the rounds. I think on Mirage there were three or four mistakes and the pressure was very high at that point, so if you speak about the crowd for example, it didn't have such an affect on the first or second map. It really had an effect at the end of the third map because you feel the pressure of losing the match, and then the crowd becomes even bigger and louder, it's making the effect even stronger of the pressure. The problem was more in different pieces, different factors, a complex situation, it was not like one big thing. Absolutely one problem is that we had issues after the summer break, we found out that we didn't play the same CS as before, the system started to be more vulnerable. Also other teams started to play much strong, we see the results in Rio, top-four were not even in the world top-five right? So it was a bunch of factors.

We were playing versus the home team, and FURIA actually played much better than they usually play. I think another day, not on the stage, it would have been a different game in my opinion, but overall I think the pressure is something that was near the red line throughout the whole tournament. You saw so many teams fall. I actually keep analysing this, I think the pattern shows that the pressure was a problem for most teams, even if you speak about the RMRs, Complexity lost to Imperial and they also say it was the pressure. I don't know how it's possible because before the pressure was also there in other events, right? In Antwerp, Cologne, everywhere has pressure, but I think this case was a combination, pressure plus better quality of teams, they became stronger. For example for us in Stockholm, we have pressure, but the teams are not good enough to beat us. Here now if you have that pressure and the teams are good enough to struggle with you, to compete, they will beat you. FaZe 0-3, Cloud9 losing, Vitality losing, Heroic losing in the grand-final in that fashion.

The pressure of the crowd was key in Rio, according to B1ad3

On social media s1mple directly referenced an incident where a player was spat at by the crowd. Can you talk at all about that, and maybe more generally about playing in front of a crowd that was very much against you?

I think the same as I answered in the previous question, it was an additional pressure. If the pressure was really high just in terms of results and what is going on like at the end of the third map, at that time the crowd was really important. It's also a huge boost for FURIA, in that scenario I think it had an effect.

If it pushes you down a bit and lifts them up a bit, it makes a difference?

Yes. For me it was a very interesting experience because the crowd was not the same as before, they were singing the songs all the match, very unique, they were like one big organism trying to hypnotise us like 'guys you must lose, you must make a mistake', doing drums really strong. At the end of the match you end up in some kind of different rhythm, I don't know, but it was a really strange experience. They are trying to destroy your focus, and they're not giving up, 'you must lose, you must give up, you must make a mistake'. I know at the end of the match we played not the same CS as we usually play, the mistakes that we did were really unusual.

I think it was the same versus FaZe in the grand-final of Cologne, on the last map in the last three rounds. We would never lose these rounds in a normal game, imagine you are standing on Nuke four A and they are doing an A split, we know how to counter this round but we didn't. So I think the pressure was the same.

Looking to the future, there have been a lot of rumours about your roster and what it might look like moving forward. There are suggestions that sdy will not play with the squad, that you might use nipl for the World Final, and that HObbit might be coming in next year.

Can you comment at all on those rumours?

We will make all decisions after Abu Dhabi, we are still thinking about what will be. We are also giving more chances to sdy, but we will also use nipl for Abu Dhabi, we want to split the maps. I actually like the idea of it, we had it also before…

Yeah, with flamie and b1t!

Yeah, only on Majors you can't do this so if you think about it, you can keep doing this after each Major. It's very interesting, after each Major you can give a chance and experience to an academy player, you can watch how he plays and experiment. This is a competition between players to show up, to show who is better, and I think it's normal and natural.

It's normal in other sports isn't it, where you have people fighting for spots on the team?

Of course, and that's what we want to do in Abu Dhabi. We want to give nipl some maps and we want him to show up and show what he's capable of.

sdy will need to prove his worth in the final events of the season

Does that change the expectations for the Fall Final and World Final? I know NAVI usually target trophies, but maybe you will focus more on the performances?

I think we will focus on the winning of course, that's why we are giving only some maps to nipl, and in that case always two maps out of three can be strong maps. You risk a little bit, but you have a backup plan, a third map where everything is fine if nipl cannot show up good in the first maps. Like b1t for example, he was not doing good in his first maps and then he started improving. It takes time.

We are focusing of course on winning, but the main goal for us was winning the Major. For the moment the highest goals are things we didn't achieve before, like a second grand slam, a second Major, this stuff.

So you are in a building period, building towards those future achievements like a second Major and grand slam?

Yeah.

To bring the interview to an end, have you had a chance to look at the update and what it might mean?

Actually I didn't have any chance to deeply analyse it, but it's nothing special maybe, only three changes. Anubis I think is a very good idea, it doesn't matter that we play Dust2, for me I didn't have any negative thoughts like 'oh no', it's only good when you have a new map. Some players told me that it's not balanced yet, like CT side is more OP. The silencer is something I wanted very much to be fixed, nerfed, I think it's ridiculously overpowered and every time after matches I would look at demos thinking 'what the heck, this is a broken game'. I'm pretty sure if they would do the change before this Major the result would be different, lots of teams would fall because mechanically you must be at the top level and the silencer doesn't show that. It doesn't open the potential of the mechanical aspect of the game, but the M4A4 is something that you must master. This is very important.

The AWP I think is something where theory doesn't work, you have to practice for one month and see, maybe something will pop up. At the moment I can't see what happens, I can't see that there will be a problem with the AWP. Even if the AWP plays aggressive, you will never face five players, you always have a core three players, lurks one or two players, if you do it properly you can reload before you go aggressive. If you are facing the execution on CT side it’s the same, you have support, let's imagine you are facing A execute on Ancient you can shoot two times and go away to focus on the retake. Maybe on T side in the last seconds it can be a problem, like 30 seconds and you are going to split some bombsite, if there is a problem like you miss something, there could be no time to reload, you must cover the bomb and don't have the time. In this aspect it can be a problem.

But you need to see it played first before you know for sure?

Yeah, maybe it will be like swoosh you pull out the Deagle and one-shot (laughs).

Like the old-school CZ days!

Yeah (laughs).

Kazakhstan Abay 'HObbit' Khasenov
Abay 'HObbit' Khasenov
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1225
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
Ukraine Viktor 'sdy' Orudzhev
Viktor 'sdy' Orudzhev
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1144
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.63
Ukraine Andrii 'npl' Kukharskyi
Andrii 'npl' Kukharskyi
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
63
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.69
Ukraine Oleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Oleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
1.25
Maps played:
1609
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.64
#1
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Sweden pevzz
W
2022-11-22 18:43
2 replies
nipw
2022-11-22 18:44
#74
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Finland Kashmiir
nipl le god
2022-11-22 21:25
#2
cat | 
Europe pix3w
cool
2022-11-22 18:43
W
2022-11-22 18:43
Some hahha wtf
2022-11-22 18:43
2 replies
Hahahahaha he nerver got the chance
2022-11-26 13:02
1 reply
i mean world final =/= fall final but still funny
2022-11-26 13:04
#5
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Finland jpleevi
nipple
2022-11-22 18:44
1 reply
+1 hes literally a nipple.
2022-11-23 05:16
Surely u guys have time to come up with a better nickname for him
2022-11-22 18:46
1 reply
+1 17 year old being called that is gonna be weird
2022-11-23 15:53
#9
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United States zovint
He is not ready for tier 1 :(
2022-11-22 18:46
G2 winning it
2022-11-22 18:46
RIP SDY damnnnn
2022-11-22 18:47
#12
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United Kingdom tank6123
its over
2022-11-22 18:49
#13
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United Kingdom Bullitead
“ I think we lacked some tournament experience” Lmao! What kind of bs Copium is this?
2022-11-22 18:50
3 replies
fraud exposed
2022-11-22 22:48
Flair axaxxaxax
2022-11-23 14:49
1 reply
#114
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United Kingdom Bullitead
Pointless reply! axaxxaxax
2022-11-23 15:28
#14
Jame | 
Russia Toshus
they should replace s1mple choker, not sdy
2022-11-22 18:50
2 replies
idk if you're trolling or you just posted the shittiest take in 21st century. i can't tell because of the flair.
2022-11-25 02:58
Undeserved major for the baiter, but yeah who cares. Rio was a joke of a major
2022-11-27 22:10
hmm
2022-11-22 18:53
I dont think this guy is the next b1t but this means rip sdy in NaVi permanently man :(
2022-11-22 18:53
Hobbit is joining next year? What?
2022-11-22 18:55
1 reply
learn to read, it was rumour
2022-11-22 19:02
only anubis
2022-11-22 18:59
I'm all for new players but can't wait to giggle when casters call out "nipple".
2022-11-22 19:01
2 replies
#37
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Europe kuu1
Blade enjoys nipl...'s play.
2022-11-22 19:23
#42
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Brazil Karlogaria
This.
2022-11-22 19:33
???? some maps?
2022-11-22 19:03
4 replies
#32
DaDte | 
Russia bult0
6th player, who plays instead of sdy on one of the maps like anubis/mirage or smth (just an example) Like b1t used to play Inferno only instead of flamie in 2020, then mirage, Inferno and overpass in 2021 before becoming a full time player
2022-11-22 19:20
3 replies
volvo said no in 2021 iirc he's just hinting sdy will be kicked i expect "some maps" will be all maps navi play
2022-11-23 02:02
2 replies
#95
DaDte | 
Russia bult0
volvo, not blast or esl. pretty sure they can make a choice between them before major
2022-11-23 02:08
1 reply
nah the sole reason all 2020's six man rosters don't exist anymore is bcuz volvo said no the events were still hosted by esl and blast back then
2022-11-23 07:42
EZ AF For nipple
2022-11-22 19:04
1 reply
One of the breast talents for sure.
2022-11-22 19:16
#27
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Netherlands RichHours
From world tour with navi to being replaced by guy with nickname "nipl" and back to Ukraine playing faceit pugs SDY WILL BE FINE
2022-11-22 19:15
1 reply
Yea he used to be crazy good on spirit. All he need is a star player role and he will slay
2022-11-23 20:27
here we go again hahaha, it is the same when B1t step in on inferno map to replace flamie. if nipl good then goodbye sdy
2022-11-22 19:16
Ezz
2022-11-22 19:18
also it feels weird to read "Abu Dhabi" and not having it be about F1 lol
2022-11-22 19:19
2 replies
+1
2022-11-22 19:32
#126
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Ukraine litekreu
+1
2022-11-25 13:54
Lets go nipples, maybe nip should sign this nipple instead and add to their nips collection?
2022-11-22 19:22
2 replies
#86
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Algeria Maxmeister
hahahahahahahahahahahahaha im dead
2022-11-22 23:25
1 reply
Died and went to heaven? :D my man, I love to see that many ha
2022-11-23 01:07
Hobbit don’t do this to you’re kids man, they need you. I know it’s a rumor but still
2022-11-22 19:22
1 reply
#81
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Finland ThaMuse
don't do this to you are kids. flag checks out
2022-11-22 23:15
Personally, I'd rather them get an igl like fear or Nickelback instead of another fragger. Who tf wants electronic to continue igling when he's a top 10 rifler?
2022-11-22 19:22
1 reply
#57
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Romania styl3noxe
+1111
2022-11-22 20:01
COMEON NIPPPLLLLL
2022-11-22 19:26
they need a effing IGL.
2022-11-22 19:27
#41
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Finland Emvi
Why would you call yourself a nipple? Cmon now
2022-11-22 19:32
Where did he mentioned about HObbit?
2022-11-22 19:34
Sdy is a good player. but not a good player for NAVI's needs
2022-11-22 19:39
Add headtr1ck and s1mple becomes a rifler. Problem solved.
2022-11-22 19:41
3 replies
Looks like either Blade or S1mple doesn't like headtr1ck.
2022-11-23 00:55
2 replies
#107
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China Neas0rT
That's because NAVI needs a IGL,not a awper.....
2022-11-23 12:19
1 reply
There are many ways they could change roles. They get nipl who is also not an IGL.
2022-11-23 15:32
Also, -Boombl4 was a HUGE mistake
2022-11-22 19:41
1 reply
#108
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China Neas0rT
i agree with you
2022-11-23 12:25
#50
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North America BoDaddy
Dudes name is nipl….. -_-
2022-11-22 19:44
1 reply
#85
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Algeria Maxmeister
youtube.com/watch?v=UDCTa-s-18w bro watch simple acted like he forget his nickname hahahhaha
2022-11-22 23:25
im positively surprised by king_dempz. i didn't like any of the "analytical" articles in the past, but this interview was actually good. keep it up
2022-11-22 19:48
Sdy isn’t the problem
2022-11-22 19:55
4 replies
#63
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United States rabbitlord
His individual level is good except on A site CT mirage. But I think the problem here is more about the chemistry and positions. After he joined, B1t has been playing not as good as before, on Inferno due to position change, on other maps **perhaps** due to the chemistry. S1mple has been choking on LAN, I am not sure if this is about chemistry, but this is a bigger problem now I believe. Anyways, the whole team doesn't feel right, there is no synchrony, not enough communication, even not a proper vibe, which is the problem of chemistry.
2022-11-22 20:18
3 replies
+1 same thoughts
2022-11-22 21:22
Hmm well few off games in rio don't mean it's all bad. But then, maybe, you could be right, maybe boombl4 really did make it all click.
2022-11-23 01:28
1 reply
Yeah I don't really know. This year is just unfortunately bad for Navi. I am not finding excuses for them. But man, what can I say, I really hope they can stabilize their lives and just have at least some good forms for themselves (e.g. S1mple loses some weight hahaha).
2022-11-23 15:51
Navi into nipl play? :()
2022-11-22 19:59
#60
JK | 
Asia flipflop
Hobbit? wtff...
2022-11-22 20:10
No hobbit that means navi continue suck in 2023 like with sdy
2022-11-22 20:30
i belive in sdy <3
2022-11-22 20:36
#68
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Germany mrzxea_cs
I wonder how casters will pronounce his name. I really wanna see some nipl plays though
2022-11-22 20:44
nipple stickers incoming
2022-11-22 21:03
good read
2022-11-22 21:04
Big W good luck to nipl
2022-11-22 21:12
happened exactly the same with b1t?
2022-11-22 22:05
SDY played well and had highest rating on some maps… He wasn’t the problem at all.
2022-11-22 22:23
Basically Navi just gave up on the idea being top 1 They should’ve never kicked boomich..
2022-11-22 22:33
nipl anubis confirmed
2022-11-22 22:58
1) Headline should have been "Blade reveals the nipple" 2) He will play "Some" maps, i.e. he will play maps, previously played by somedieyoung. Not bad.
2022-11-22 23:00
#82
NAF | 
United States Grimly
aside from nipl, hobbit on navi would be insane, but who would replace him on c9 if that were to happen?
2022-11-22 23:17
haha nipple
2022-11-22 23:21
1 reply
#84
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Algeria Maxmeister
youtube.com/watch?v=UDCTa-s-18w bro watch simple acted like he forget his nickname hahahhaha
2022-11-22 23:25
#87
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CIS imixiu
next to kick will be blade. navi without godly simple performance doesnt exist. this team isall about simple. i am sad that he is not buildin his legacy and that ge didnt join other team to win another major.
2022-11-22 23:30
are the caster gonna pronounce it as nipple?
2022-11-23 03:28
#99
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Germany who|cars
huh same decision like nip need igl sign another rifler
2022-11-23 06:30
The goat coach has spoken
2022-11-23 08:22
#102
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China Neas0rT
NAVI needs a nice IGL.
2022-11-23 09:33
First mistake of blade
2022-11-23 10:41
Ukraine is not in CIS.
2022-11-23 11:47
Is there a reason that the war in Ukraine is never mentioned in interviews? I mean it's pretty expected that performance drops when the safety of your loved ones is on your mind at all times. It surprises me really. One minute Ukrainian players like, say SDY plays the game of his life in a major, the other minute he posts images of his little brother hiding in a bathtub on his birthday for the sake of not dying to bombardment. It's not rocket science to understand that this must have an impact on the players focus. Even if their name is S1mple. Obviously it's not worth fully blaming on if you can't do anything about it but it's weird to me that this never seem to be even acknowledged. as a problem.
2022-11-23 12:09
3 replies
Bullshit excuse. Some Jewish people won Olympic meals during WW2.
2022-11-27 01:02
2 replies
Really makes you wonder...
2022-11-27 01:38
I'm not saying it is an excuse. I'm saying it most likely is a problem for them. Just look at the teams rating. It is stable no 1 for months, then 1,5m after full scale invasion their rank declines and never goes back. That's also when they won their last event. What olympics are you refering to? There was no Olympics during ww2. There was one in Berlin before the war though, held by nazi germany but that was before the war. Between 36-48 there was no Olympics.
2022-12-04 16:19
How the hell are you a pro player and your name is nipple.. Might as well change his name to Pnis
2022-11-23 12:13
3 replies
#109
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China Neas0rT
nipple=niko+s1mple xD
2022-11-23 12:30
1 reply
Lmfaoooooo
2022-11-27 01:02
flusha has joined the server.
2022-11-27 01:38
B1ad3 - Headtrick is not yet ready for big matches. After about a week - Oh, yeah, he's ready! *stamps price tag on forehead Rinse and repeat!
2022-11-23 13:40
1 reply
I hope they learned from that blunder lol. Miscomunication: "Hey our product is not ready yet! - Wait management says we need to sell? Ok - buy our product!"
2022-11-27 01:39
no surprise. Sdy hasnt been good enough for Navi to win events. I would look for an IGL and let Electronic go back to killing people but if they can make it work with Hobbit then keep him as IGL
2022-11-23 13:42
"Like the old-school CZ days!" Like wtf, that's old-school now? I'm getting old so fast T.T
2022-11-24 11:20
1 reply
#122
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Georgia Nickk8k_
how old are you 15?
2022-11-24 21:17
Blade: "We want nipl to show..." That man is so dirty.
2022-11-24 23:14
Literally added a nipple to the team
2022-11-25 13:58
blyat eshe i nipl v komande
2022-11-25 15:37
cry is free
2022-11-26 10:10
navi used sdy for 9 months now they will try to milk nipl for another 6 months. my advice is why not navi play with all 5 stands-in. u hav navi juniors.. amke a stand in team. name it "Stand-ing Navi"
2022-11-26 12:59
Rip NAVI. Nipl will not last either. BRING BOOMBL4 BACK or split-up the roster.
2022-11-27 01:01
Nipl will go HARD!
2022-11-27 01:37
I hope Hobbit stays in C9. I wanna see them become the hunters and change the narrative around that whole team.
2022-11-27 04:34
Get rid of pimple.
2022-11-27 10:15
#FreeTheNipl
2022-12-04 16:21
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