B1ad3 on NAVI's bad form: "I think the problem is we're still lacking our pre-break form"
NAVI coach Andrey "B1ad3" Gorodenskiy gave an interview to the club's YouTube channel and answered several questions. Among other things, he explained the reasons for the team's unsuccessful performance at ESL Pro League Season 16 and stressed that the roster is in bad form after the end of the summer break on the CS:GO pro scene.
I think the problem is we're still lacking our pre-break form. We're not there yet. We have discussed that as a team but I can't go into detail about it on video. It's apparent we've been a different team coming off the break.
According to the coach, the team's current problems have had a negative impact on Denis "electroNic" Sharipov's ability to manage teammates as an in-game leader.
I think it's hard for him because we're not the same team as we were before the break. He may have expected it to be like Cologne or Lisbon but it's more difficult for him now, which explains inconsistency. He might not expect us to have a particular flaw and his reaction to our mistakes can be discouraging sometimes. It's too early to talk about Denis because we need to hold a proper bootcamp to adjust our slightly broken system, and then we'll be able to see how he's progressing in this system.
Gorodenskiy also commented on NAVI practicing Vertigo. He noted that at IEM Rio Major 2022, the team would even be able to pick this map in matches against certain opponents.
We're playing Vertigo because we want to play 7 maps. It's convenient because you don't have to ban the map against teams who play 6 knowing they won't go for it. If they do, you have some strats and you can play the map. So it's really good. We were ready to leave it in the pool at this tournament and the RMR event, and I think we might even be prepared to pick the map at the Major. Against those who don't play it, obviously.
The interview with B1ad3 took place in the run-up to the European RMR event IEM Road to Rio 2022, which NAVI started with a victory over Illuminar. Today, October 5, at 20:45 MSK, the Black and Yellow will play the second-round match against MOUZ.