s1mple on possible changes in NAVI: "The situation is complicated. I hope everything will be ok"

NAVI’s AWPer Alexandr "s1mple" Kostyliev in an interview to the club's YouTube channel expressed the hope that his team would continue to play together despite the difficulties caused by military action in Ukraine. He also talked about what Russian esports atheltes should do under the current circumstances.

It all depends on the players and what they want. If they stay in Russia during the war, then a lot of sanctions will be imposed on banks. They will not be able to receive salaries. In the future, if the situation worsens, they will not be able to leave the country at all.

I tried to put myself in a Russian player’s shoes. I would definitely leave, so that this does not prevent me from... So that I do not lose time.

Will we have changes? No clue. The situation is complicated. I hope everything will be ok. I don't think there will be any changes.

During the interview, s1mple also talked about the state of NAVI coming into ESL Pro League Season 15, which the team will play at on March 30.

Official praccs began on March 15. <...> The squad is doing fine in terms of the individual shape. Sometimes we do dumb things in some rounds. We practiced with Vitality, NIP and other strong teams.

Advancing to the next stage of the event is generally easy, I think. Damn, I’ll jinx it again... It’s good that we are in Group D and won’t have to wait for the playoffs for too long.

On March 30, NAVI's first opponent in the group stage of the ongoing ESL Pro League season will be AGO. The team will start the prestigious tournament without their in-game leader, Kirill "Boombl4" Mikhailov, earlier tested positive for coronavirus.

Origin: www.youtube.com