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B1ad3 on IEM Cologne final: "I think it was the worst defeat of my career", even more painful than the Major Interview

NAVI CS:GO coach Andrii "B1ad3" Horodenskyi spoke about the loss to FaZe Clan in Cologne and described their decision to keep sdy on the roster. In the interview for the club's YouTube channel, he was confident that NAVI can best any opponent aside from FaZe Clan, even with another player. He thinks the scene doesn't progress enough.

We dominated in late 2021, but then FaZe came around, and they've been one of our biggest obstacles in the past six months. They beat us at EPL, Major, and Cologne. They're our biggest rival right now. [You bested them at BLAST though] We did. That's why I said if we beat them, we can place first.

We know we can beat anyone in the current scene, with or without Vitya [sdy]. The way I see it, I think we can do it with any player of Vitya's level. However, if the teams can adjust and improve, there'll be more competitors like FaZe, which makes it harder for us. That's when we'll need Vitya to step up and reach our players' level. We'll see what will be the other teams' form following the player break.

It's pretty simple. Our current form, our system, and everything we've practiced so far is enough to be the second-best in the world. However, I'm not sure it'll be enough if the scene improves going forward.

Andrii "B1ad3" Horodenskyi, NAVI head coach
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These kinds of games are nerve-wracking. We had a lot of slip-ups, but I think they weren't typical because it was a standoff between two top-class teams, forcing each other to make mistakes, mechanical and mental ones.

The number of mistakes and the quality of our performance was pretty discouraging at times. I kind of expected us to play our game and dominate in specific situations, but it was nothing like that. <...>

Well, as I said, it was a painful game, at least for me. I think it was the worst defeat of my career. I don't know about the players, but it felt like it was really important for everyone to win that game. [So the Major final against FaZe wasn't as painful as the Cologne final?] No, not as much.

Andrii "B1ad3" Horodenskyi, NAVI head coach

On losing 14:13 lead on Nuke

We were incredibly close on Nuke towards the end, but then something happened. Maybe it was some psychological factor, I don't know. It was the only time across all maps that we crumbled this hard as a team and lost a full buy round this fast. Twice in a row. I think something snapped.

As I said, it was the only time across all 5 maps that 3 of our players died in an instant, and the round was over. All the intrigue, 14-13, 14-14.

Maybe it was the timeout or technical pause that got in the way. Who knows what that technical pause was for? It's 14-14, technical pause, you get time to think or reconsider something.

Andrii "B1ad3" Horodenskyi, NAVI head coach

On bo5 finals

First and foremost, I prefer bo5 as a viewer since it's a head-to-head between the two best teams in the most challenging format. It's different for the players. However, this is the proper way to determine the best. Two teams go up against each other, and they have to put in their best performance, both mentally and physically.

For me, it felt more like 4 hours rather than 7, because you just don't notice how time flies when you're staying focused and concentrated. I guess it's important in terms of spectacle. It should only be played in the finals of large tournaments.

Andrii "B1ad3" Horodenskyi, NAVI head coach
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On sdy's progress and mistakes

I can't say he's a fast learner because he's at the age where he's already developed a lot of in-game skills and a solid knowledge base, like reacting to plays, his playstyle, and so on. Adaptation isn't an easy process, so he needs to play according to the situation. He has a job he needs to do in a round, but he should play according to a situation rather than the task he's given. He needs to find a way to implement a specific idea in the overall picture. This is how we're trying to play as a team. It certainly requires tier-1 competition experience and flexible thinking.

It's possible to adapt and get better, but it takes time. Sdy's main issue is probably his reaction to certain plays in-game; it's different, both in decision-making and speed.

It's only up to him whether he'll be able to adjust. It'll be about his self-improvement and how he can prove himself on the team in the best way. I don't know how things will unfold, but he's got the drive and motivation, and you can tell he's putting in a lot of effort. I can say that he does a really good job in some in-game situations, and if he can make it happen consistently, then it's going to be great.

Andrii "B1ad3" Horodenskyi, NAVI head coach

NAVI are having a break from competition until the BLAST Premier Fall Groups 2022. During the interview, B1ad3 confirmed sdy will continue playing with NAVI until the end of the IEM Rio Major, which will take place in early November.

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