Na`Vi elaborate on CS:GO plans
After Na`Vi's manager Aleksander "ZeroGravity" Kokhanovsky announced the CS team's plans of trying out CS:GO during ESWC, the squad has now elaborated on their plans on the team's website.
Na`Vi bursted out onto the international scene at their debut event under the Natus Vincere name in March 2010, as they became world champions in CS 1.6 by winning IEM 4 Global Finals and $50,000.
Since then the team went on to win over $220,000 in prize money during 2010 beating all previous records, and have one of the most dominant years in CS' history.
It all started for Na`Vi in Hannover over two and a half years ago
Together with fnatic the Ukrainian side has stayed dedicated to CS 1.6 as some of the last teams, while a vast majority has switched over to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, which is blooming on the tournament circuit.
Today Kokhanosky chimed in with more information for the fans:
"We have taken a final decision to try out CS:GO as a new and upcoming e-Sports title. We should not compare CS 1.6 and CS:GO because they are completely different games with a similar weapon and map setting. It will be a TOUGH CHALLENGE for the guys as they are not 17-20 years old anymore and right now time spent for gaming is much more valuable. I do not know who will be able and who will want to switch to CS:GO after these 60 days are over. I am asking all our fans all over the world to support our players during their streams, official matches and tournaments. Despite your taste for the new game, your support is really important to our players as it gives them confidence in their capabilities. On the other side you will be able to follow ceh9, Zeus, markeloff, Edward & starix team matches and success all together!"
One of the best AWPers in the history of the game, Yegor "markeloff" Markelov also shared his thoughts on Na`Vi's CS:GO plans:
"Just because it is a new game and it is very different from the good-old Counter-Strike 1.6, we will have to play a lot every day to achieve the same level we had in Counter-Strike 1.6. You will be able to follow not only our DM and mix games, but also our team practice in our streams. CS still remains for me a favorite game. We will do our best to become the same example to follow for everyone we were in CS 1.6, that's what I can promise to all our fans"
Finally, the in-game leader Danilo "Zeus" Teslenko wanted to emphasize how much the fanbase's support means to the team:
"While it may sound a bit strange, but we are really starting to play CS:GO. Time will tell weather it is good or bad. First of all we have to do that because we have no other choice. Right now CS:GO does not have good ratings, but the tournaments are announced every week while there is almost no events for CS 1 6. We are going to play 4-6 hours per day. We haven't discussed the exact preparation plan, but I guess we are going to stick to our 1.6 experience by improving both our individual and team skill at the same time. I think that everyone wants to do what he likes the best in his life and in this aspect I got lucky as I've been playing my favorite game for 10 years. Right now we are changing to СS:GO and I will be convincing myself that I shall enjoy this game too, but I do not know if that works out or not. I'd like to say the following to our fans: CS:GO is completely new game which is very different to CS 1.6. We will have new tournaments, triumphant victories and saddening losses here. It is very important to me to feel the support of our sincere fans that have been supporting us for years. I can't even imagine if we could get these achievements without you... That's why stay with us and let's conquer the world now in CS:GO!))"
Natus Vincere have so far not announced any tournaments or online leagues they are planning on participating in for CS:GO, but you can find their streams from the HLTV.org front page.