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Na'Vi Allegedly Planning on Benching GuardiaN

Aditya Singh Rawat
17th Jan, 2020

Cover Image Courtesy: StarLadder - Igor Bezborodov | Thumbnail Image Courtesy: EPICENTER

There has been a debate going on for quite some time now related to the future of Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovacs with Natus Vincere. While some believed this to be the worst roster move of 2019, a few were still willing to give him some more time with the team.

But it looks like Na’Vi might have made its mind to remove the 28-year-old AWPer from its active lineup, according to a report by 1pv.fr. It looks like Aleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev will be returning to the position of an AWPer, which he had handed over to GuardiaN upon his arrival.


In the four months that he has been with the team, Na’Vi has not won a single tournament. In fact, they didn’t even perform well in a single one of them. The Ukranian organization has overall had a really bad season last year, with StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 7 being the only tournament that they won in 2019.

This move was specifically made to add more experience and talent to the team after Danylo “Zeus” Teslenko had decided to retire from Counter-Strike post the Berlin Major. But instead of things turning around for them, the team only suffered more loses with everyone starting to debate GuardiaN’s move to the roster.


At the moment none of the parties involved has given any official or unofficial statement on this matter. But it seems that GuardiaN has been replaced by Rodion “fear” Smyk from the Na’Vi Junior team for the practice sessions. However, it is still not certain if the 19-year-old will be joining the main team permanently.

The future of GuardiaN with Na’Vi was always a big question mark ever since the community started speaking about it. Duncan “Thorin” Shields even made a whole video debating over it. In a few days time, it will be clear what Na’Vi has in store for the Counter-Strike veteran.

[Also Read: Thorin calls GuardiaN a "Liability on Na'Vi"]



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Aditya Singh Rawat is the in-house CS:GO editor at AFK Gaming. While his understanding of the esports space is not restricted by geographical borders, his current focus lies in the Asian region. Understands and follows almost all major esport titles.

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