s1mple: "Our goal for ESL Pro League S14 is to at least reach the final"
Alexandr "s1mple" Kostyliev, the AWPer of NAVI, in an interview with the ESL Pro League Season 14 organizers, said that reaching the final of the current event is a minimum target. At the same time, he outlined the power of other rosters continuing to fight for the trophy.
The parts quoted are the translation from our Russian website.
We are focused on the opponents. We understand that in order to finish the tournament successfully, we need to show our game. Sometimes, when it doesn’t work the way we want, the matches turn out to be tense. As I said before the start of the tournament, there are teams like Heroic or Vitality, who can surprise. And especially OG. The way this team played in the quarterfinals shows that they are capable of putting up a good fight. <...> Our goal for ESL Pro League S14 is to at least reach the grand final.
Kostyliev also responded to the words of ENCE in-game leader Marсo "Snappi" Pfeiffer, who, in the run-up to the quarterfinal, said that a loss for NAVI would be embarrassing. According to the Ukrainian, Natus Vincere prepared well for the opponent, which was the reason for the successful result of the match.
How do I feel? Great. We avoided the shame, you know? So everything is just fine. ENCE and us have an identical map pool. They don’t play Inferno, so we knew which maps we would play on. Of course, without Mirage, since they stopped forZe's winning streak on this map. Overall, we were well prepared.
I think that the main difference between our teams is experience and understanding of how this experience should be conveyed between the players. I, electronic, BoombI4 and even Perfecto played in LAN tournaments. We quickly passed on all the knowledge to young players like B1T and earlier Perfecto. Now the whole squad has one goal, and confidence grows with every match.
Heroic will be the NAVI’s opponent in the ESL Pro League Season 14 semifinal. The match will begin today, September 11, at 20:15 MSK.