s1mple: "I know that NAVI can play much better"
Alexandr "s1mple" Kostyliev, the AWPer of NAVI, in an interview with the ESL Pro League organizers, commented on the victory over Heroic in the semifinal of the tournament. The Ukrainian is positive that his team has not shown their real power.
The parts quoted are the translation from our Russian website.
I don't think we were playing our game. If we want to win the final, we need to do much better as a team. <...> I know that NAVI can play much better, and I was surprised that this was not the case at the beginning of the second and third maps. We need to focus before an important match ahead of us.
Kostyliev noted the actions of the team's in-game leader Kirill "Boombl4" Mikhailov at the end of the third map. According to him, the teammates told Boombl4 to focus on making calls and not worry about the individual game.
At the end of the third map, Boombl4 made some great calls. We told him to stop worrying about his individual game. He needs to coordinate the actions of the squad, this is what his main responsibility is all about. And he handled it well.
One of the most memorable moments of the game was s1mple's double kill with an unscoped AWP. The 23-year-old player described that moment in detail.
Did I train this? No. Just decided I would give it a try. I saw oskar do this on Train and Nuke. I thought that according to the timing, the rivals should have already walked out the door. I needed to close the way with the smoke, but I decided to check everything with the AWP first. I got lucky with these shots.
In case of victory over Vitality in the final of ESL Pro League Season 14, not only will NAVI become the champions of the tournament, but also will win the third season of the Intel Grand Slam. s1mple believes that the upcoming match will not be the only opportunity for the team to win the prestigious award.
Of course, we will think about a possible victory in the Intel Grand Slam, but I am absolutely sure that this is not the last final for our team. As B1ad3 said, NAVI want to be the third team to get the IGS title. Even if we lose to Vitality, there is still a chance of winning it. This thought is in our heads.
It should be added that the NAVI - Vitality matchup will take place today, September 12, and will start at 17:00 MSK. The strongest team will be determined in the best-of-five battle.