nipl to play some maps for NAVI at BLAST Premier World Final 2022

Andrii "nipl" Kukharskyi, a member of NAVI's academy roster, will make his debut in the club's main team at BLAST Premier World Final 2022, which will be held in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, in mid-December, Andrey "B1ad3⁠" Gorodenskiy, Natus Vincere's coach, said in an interview with

According to B1ad3⁠, at BLAST's final tournament of the year, nipl will show up as a replacement for Viktor "sdy" Orudzhev on some maps. The competition between the two players is necessary to decide on the lineup for 2023, the specialist added.

We will make all decisions after Abu Dhabi, we are still thinking about what will be. We are also giving more chances to sdy, but we will also use nipl for Abu Dhabi, we want to split the maps. I actually like the idea of it, we had it also before. Yeah, only on Majors you can't do this so if you think about it, you can keep doing this after each Major. It's very interesting, after each Major you can give a chance and experience to an academy player, you can watch how he plays and experiment. This is a competition between players to show up, to show who is better, and I think it's normal and natural. We want to give nipl some maps and we want him to show up and show what he's capable of.

BLAST Premier World Final 2022 will take place on December 14-18. Participating in the big $1 million tournament will be NAVI, FaZe, Vitality, Outsiders and four yet-to-be-determined teams.