Mikhaylo "Kane" Blagin will step down as coach of Natus Vincere after the conclusion of the ongoing BLAST Pro Series in Moscow
Mikhaylo “Kane” Blagin will step down as coach of Natus Vincere after the conclusion of the ongoing BLAST Pro Series in Moscow. Danylo “Zeus” Teslenko, 31 years old, will also be retiring from gaming following Na Vi’s run in the Blast tournament.
Both Kane and Zeus had previously worked with the Gambit squad, which won the PGL Major in Krakow. The pair then went on to join Na Vi back in 2017.
“I have to admit 2019 wasn’t the most successful in terms of results,” Kane said. “Unfortunately, the main goal of winning a Major remained unfulfilled. I will keep the memories of 2018, which I consider a successful year, and will be glad that some of the cups in Na Vi museum are there in part due to my work.”
Na Vi has had relative success under the leadership of Kane. He has led Na Vi to six LAN titles, including the StarSeries i-League Season 7, their most recent victory. Apart from title victories, Na Vi have also been runners-up in several tournaments, including 2018’s FACEIT Major.
“I want to wish the fans to keep calm, the backbone of the team is young guys, and their path is still ahead of them,” Kane said about the future of Na Vi. “I am sure the next Major will see the squad fighting for the win. I will be happy to see everyone in Moscow at my last tournament in Na Vi uniform.”
Egor “flamie” Vasilyev, Aleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev, Denis “electronic” Sharipov and Kirill “Boombl4” Mikhailov will make up the rest of the Na Vi roster following Zeus’ departure. S1mple has been in sensational form in recent months, aggregating 0.83 kills per round in the last three months of CS:GO action. Although the future of Na Vi is quite promising, they are tasked with replacing the experience of veteran Zeus in their roster.