NAVI COO, Oleksii ‘xaoc’ Kucherov, went on a Twitch dwell stream in the present day to speak about what is going on contained in the group. Crucially, it means NAVI ElectroNic and Perfecto would stay.
2022 has been a troublesome 12 months for Ukrainian group NAVI, and there was an excessive amount of hypothesis about the way forward for the roster. Most of this was centered across the three Russian gamers Denis ‘electroNic’ Sharipov, Ilya ‘Perfecto’ Zalutskiy and Kirill ‘Boombl4’ Mikhaylov.
NAVI ElectroNic and Perfecto stay
Ultimately, Boombl4, who’s the IGL for the workforce, was removed from the roster. The reasoning for this choice was “excessive reputational dangers for the membership” based on NAVI’s announcement. The group and its CEO Yevhen Zolotarov mentioned, “We’re not going to work with individuals who dwell in Russia and who pay taxes to the Russian Federation,” and that he hopes “that the Russia-based gamers are going to relocate.”
The consensus locally was that the gamers wouldn’t be prepared to accommodate and depart their properties, and hard occasions had been forward of the workforce. Nevertheless, in the present day the COO of the workforce Oleksii Kucherov was a visitor on a Twitch stream to debate the workforce dynamics and what’s occurring.
Based on Kucherov, Boombl4’s removing would be the solely change within the workforce when it comes to the present gamers. ElectroNic and Perfecto are open to relocation and it’ll occur actual quickly.
To exchange Boombl4, Kucherov mentioned they’re contemplating Virtus.professional gamers Mareks ‘YEKINDAR’ Galinskis and Timur ‘buster’ Tulepov. Each YEKINDAR and buster had been benched after the Main, and VP already has their replacements. Virtus.professional announced in the present day that David ‘n0rb3r7’ Danielyan and Petr ‘fame’ Bolyshev, each from K23, can be becoming a member of the workforce.
Nevertheless, each YEKINDAR and buster nonetheless are contracted by VP and have buyouts that the Russian group insists on being paid. NAVI alternatively mentioned they aren’t contemplating shopping for out these gamers, and can solely contemplate them if they’re launched from their earlier workforce.
If NAVI can get one of many aforementioned gamers, there’s nonetheless the query of who would be the new IGL. Based on Dexterto’s Luís Mira, the strongest candidate for the place is electroNic.
— Luís Mira (@luismmira) May 31, 2022