The past few weeks have been rough for Natus Vincere, having been eliminated fromStarLadder in the first stage and currently struggling in D2CL. Things seemed to be looking up for the team in Major All Stars, but sadly they lost to Ninjas in Pyjamas in the lower bracket final, denying them a top three finish.
Statement from the Navi manager on Artur ‘Goblak’ Kostenko’s departure
“First of all, I’d like to express gratitude to Arthur for excellent performance, for great skills of a captain and a drafter he has demonstrated. We’ve lived through many things together during a short period of time. We had bright victories and painful losses. I don’t know the ideas Arthur is fond of now, but I am sure that he’ll achieve them because he is the Professional!”
This currently leaves Artur ‘Goblak’ Kostenko as a free agent, and it’ll be interesting to see who picks him up as TI5 quickly approaches. We wish him the best of luck and hope he finds future success.
Natus Vincere have currently enlisted the help of Akbar ‘SoNNeikO’ Butaev to fill in his position. With ESL One Frankfurt still underway, as well as the aforementioned TI5 looming over the horizon, we’ll just have to wait and see if they can produce better results. Their next match will be up against Burden United in the D2CL, so be sure to tune in for their first match with the new squad.
Current Natus Vincere roster
Danil ‘Dendi’ Ishutin
Alexander ‘XBOCT’ Dashkevich
Olexandr ‘DkPhobos’ Kucherya
Ivan ‘Vanskor’ Skorokhod
Akbar ‘SoNNeikO’ Butaev