sdy on fighting for his place: "If I couldn't handle these things, why should I stay in the roster"
Natus Vincere are a squad used to challenging for trophies, used to being one of the best in the world, but that has not been the case in recent months. Some underwhelming showings pre-Major were followed up by a quarter-final exit in Rio, which was their worst finish at CS:GO's most prestigious event since 2019.
This has led the CIS giants to rethink their current roster, and they come into the BLAST Premier Fall Final fresh from the news they will be experimenting with fielding Andrii "npl" Kukharskyi, if not here in Copenhagen, then certainly at the season-ending BLAST Premier World Final in Abu Dhabi.
sdy, who has been part of the Natus Vincere roster since IEM Cologne, is the man whose spot is in danger, but he didn't seem to let the uncertainty surrounding him prevent him from showing up in his team's 2-0 win over Fluxo. He gave a quick interview to HLTV to discuss that game, as well as the news that he will be sharing game time with npl.
Was the first map closer than you were maybe expecting?
Yeah it was too close for comfort, I expected us to do much better on Dust2.
Why do you think it was so close, what did they do that allowed them to keep the score so tight?
They have a good game plan. They surprised us with short contacts, I can say it like 'explosions' maybe, and we didn't expect it and lost some crucial rounds.
On Mirage it was a little bit more convincing, and you yourself played very well, you had some big clutches in the first half. How important is it for you to play well in these matches?
Uh (laughs) it's important to play well in every match, because there is no unimportant matches, so it's good.
Is it maybe more important for you right now? NAVI have said they are going to use nipl for the BLAST World Finals, that they are maybe experimenting with the roster a little bit. Does it put a little bit more pressure on you to perform well in these matches?
Nah, it's the same like it was before but now we have a young guy and I will try to help, to do my best so he can grow up faster.
So maybe you are using it more as motivation than anything else?
Yeah you can say it like that.
What has been said to you about bringing nipl in, has it been said that you are fighting for your place? How have NAVI put it to you?
For now basically he is just watching how we play, he is learning by spectating, but in the near future he will play some maps.
Are you disappointed at all by that? Or do you just think it's normal for NAVI to try out an academy player, try give him experience?
Nah I don't mind it, I think if I couldn't handle these things, why should I stay in the roster at all?
Do you think you've done enough to justify your spot on the roster long-term? Obviously you did win the BLAST Spring Finals with the team.
I think I still can do much better, so not enough.
How are you feeling about the rest of the tournament, you have won your first game now, can NAVI do well and maybe win the tournament?
We are still playing shaky, a lot of mistakes that shouldn't happen at all, but overall if you focus on the right things I think we can get this tournament.