NAVI to start ESL Pro League S15 with stand-in; future roster changes to be considered

NAVI’s IGL Kirill "Boombl4" Mikhailov will miss the early stages of ESL Pro League Season 15 as tested positive for coronavirus, according to the press release published on the club's official website.

The NAVI’s message also states that the information about the future of the roster, which remains unclear amid the ongoing hostilities in Ukraine, will appear following the prestigious league. All the staffing decisions will be made after discussion within the team, the publication notes.

NAVI representatives emphasized on the fact that if retested negative, Boombl4 will be able to return to the team during ESL Pro League Season 15. Daniil "headtr1ck" Valitov, who will be stepping in for the Russian, has already arrived at the venue of the event and will play from a room isolated from his teammates.

AGO, the match against whom will take place on March 30, will be the first opponent of NAVI in the fifteenth season of the ESL Pro League. In Group C, Natus Vincere will also take on Evil Geniuses, Complexity, Astralis and Heroic.

 NAVI will play with the following lineup in the early stages of ESL Pro League Season 15:

Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev
Denis "electroNic" Sharipov
Ilya "Perfecto" Zalutskiy
Valeriy "B1T" Vakhovskiy
Daniil "headtr1ck" Valitov