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Sdy: "NAVI's system is a step ahead of other teams" Interview

Victor "somedieyoung" Orudzhev spoke about adjusting to NAVI, his new roles in the team, and compared CS:GO esports economics to Dota 2. In an interview with Ukrainian caster Mikhailo "Olsior" Zvieriev, Victor praised NAVI's approach to the game, which he sees as superior to other teams. He attributes that a lot to the coach Andrii "B1ad3" Horodenskyi, whom he praised multiple times.

It is a whole new level of CS and its understanding. I'd say it's one step ahead of the teams I've played before. It was hard to adapt, and I am still doing it. I have many new roles. The hardest thing to keep on par with the guys was probably the understanding of the game in the mid-end rounds. I learned some scripts and roles. I was forgetting some, but others helped me. Let's say I have big problems with mid-calls. I had to follow the guys and adjust to them.

Victor "somedieyoung" Orudzhev

On his new roles

It depends on the map. There are some positions, where I simply fully replaced Kirill, and there are some, where we made more clever changes, the way Andrii [B1ad3] sees it. The coach guides us and decides on what he thinks is the best for work.

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On NAVI's system

[How the club adapts players to this level so fast?] It's a very well-coordinated system. Actually, you don't see this too often. There are many factors to fit together: in-game and out-of-game aspects, psychology, and everything that makes a sportsman. The system works during the matches; everybody uses it and understands it.

The system is not hard to understand. I have some problems, but I'm working on them. It is a system that is a step ahead of other teams. When we were playing Spring Finals, I saw many opposing teams were afraid of NAVI and the tag: they cannot properly play, aim, kill, or whatever. They have additional tension.
[Why others can't do that?] They say you don't get anywhere without talent. But without work, you won't reach anything no matter the talent. Guys are working a lot, and B1ad3 is working the most.

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Would he like CS to have The International like in Dota 2?

The first thing we are jealous of about Dota 2 is The International. But it breaks the ecosystem. Dota doesn't show high-level play until The International. The whole season is not that spectacular, it's different. I think that CS is better in that matter.

As far as I know, there is a difference in salaries. Because Dota 2 players earn more money from the events, take The International. This is why their players have lesser salaries than CS pros. I don't know if it's true or not, but I heard these things.

Victor "somedieyoung" Orudzhev

How did he left Ukraine? With a sports visa?

Yes, exactly. They made me the documents, a big event invitation. There were some talks with TO as well. I signed a voucher that I promise to return to Ukraine on a specific date. I'm gonna have to do that for every tournament.

Victor "somedieyoung" Orudzhev

Sdy is standing in for NAVI on loan. Before, he was playing for Team Spirit and MAD Lions. The team said, that his future will depend on his perfomance, and so far he helped it to win BLAST Spring Finals. NAVI already confirmed Victor for IEM Cologne, which starts on July 5.

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