OverDrive: "In theory, BLAST could be the last tournament in NAVI not only for sdy"
Insider Alexey "OverDrive" Birukov commented on NAVI's performance at BLAST Premier World Final 2022, where the team went to with six players. In his opinion, the replacement of Viktor "sdy" Orudzhev with Andrii "npl" Kukharskyi is a gradual implementation of a new player to the Natus Vincere roster and not a situational replacement for several maps, while following the winter off-season, there may be even more changes.
This six-player mess had a destructive effect on NAVI's game. You should not confuse the replacement of sdy with npl with the replacement of flamie with b1t. Then, it all happened amid a possible common six-man roster meta. Now it's just a gradual replacement of one player with another. It didn't quite work out.
They had to either let sdy finish the tournament or let Vitya go and completely immerse npl in the tier-1 scene. It would be stupid to blame npl now. Conclusions about him can be drawn after 3-4 tournaments. And as for the game against Liquid, he, not being warmed up, was thrown into the fires of hell on the decisive map. Even an experienced player would have problems in such a context.
NAVI are going on vacation and who knows what lineup we will see at the next tournament. In theory, BLAST Premier World Final 2022 could be the last tournament not only for sdy. The likelihood of it is not very great but it's there.
At the ongoing BLAST tournament, which marks the final big event of 2022, NAVI used npl as a replacement on Inferno and Mirage. At the moment, the 17-year-old Ukrainian is the worst player of the event with a 0.67 rating.