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Na'Vi to Play out of Two Boot Camps for ESL Pro League S11 due to Coronavirus Pandemic

Aditya Singh Rawat
16/Mar/2020 10:29 pm

Cover Image Courtesy: Natus Vincere | Thumbnail Image Courtesy: NAVI CS:GO

It looks like Natus Vincere will be facing some problems of their own while playing in the ESL Pro League Season 11. As the borders between Russia and Ukraine have been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Na’Vi has decided to split themselves up into two groups for the duration of the tournament.

Such an arrangement has been made by the team so that none of the players face any sort of difficulty returning back home while playing the tournament in a secure and safe environment.

[Also Read: Flamie Reveals Changes made by Na'Vi Leading to their Success at Katowice]


According to a statement by Aleksey “xaoc” Kucherov - COO of Na’Vi,

“The situation with international movement is now really very difficult, risky, and most importantly, unpredictable. Therefore, it was decided, taking into account all the risks, to gather the team in two groups; Electronic, Flamie, Boombl4 in Moscow and s1mple, perfecto, b1ad3 in Kyiv.”

He also acknowledged the problems associated with such an arrangement, stating that “Ping will create a certain difference in the conditions of the players,” while also telling everyone to “not worry about the unfair play, as the level of players in the championship is such that no one will risk his career for a few matches.”


And it is not just about the difference in ping, but the overall team communication will not be as smooth or seamless as one would desire while playing in a top-tier league. Na’Vi who is poised to go up against the Danish roster of North might be a bit nervous about their upcoming match, but it will certainly be interesting to see if the best team in the world is able to recreate the same form which they showed at Katowice.

[Also Read: S1mple's Prediction About Na'Vi turns out to be True at IEM Katowice 2020]

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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.