NAVI's Flamie is Now a Free Agent
One of the longest serving members of NAVI CS:GO team, Egor "flamie" Vasilyev is on his way out after having competed with the Ukrainian esports organization for more than six years. The 24-year-old has been announced as a free agent who can now explore options with regards to his future. However, before parting ways with the organization flamie will be playing with the NAVI Junior roster at the upcoming WePlay Academy League Season 2.
Flamie had joined NAVI more than six years ago in March 2015, and his journey with the organization came to an end yesterday on 16th September 2021. During this time he has won two MVP medals, reached the top twenty HLTV player rankings twice, and has helped NAVI in winning 14 top-tier LAN tournaments.
NAVI announces flamie as a free agent
Flamie before going down his own path will be competing with the NAVI academy roster at the yet unannounced WePlay Academy League Season 2. This is a great chance for flamie to display his form to interested parties while also helping out the youngsters by sharing his tier-one experience.
Aleksey “xaoc” Kucherov - COO of NAVI, gave further details about this decision taken by them, explaining that flamie has been given the status of a free agent because the RMR (Regional Major Ranking) system does not allow the implementation of a six-man roster.
He further acknowledged flamie's contribution to the club and said that,
We have decided to give flamie the status of a free agent, so he doesn't come across possible restrictions for his further development. Despite the fact that Egor is a NAVI veteran, he is young, motivated, experienced, and has fantastic AIM. These characteristics are definitely demanded in ambitious teams.Aleksey “xaoc” Kucherov
NAVI had brought in Valerii "b1t" Vakhovskyi in December 2020, following which he and flamie were rotated based on map selection up until the first RMR event of 2021. Here, NAVI had to make a tough decision and they ended up going with b1t, which has actually turned out to be a great decision for the team.
Flamie was recently seen playing in a local online CS:GO tournament called INSANE FASTCUP #1 with a pickup team called Bebra Esports, consisting of Mikhail "Dosia" Stolyarov and popular Russian twitch streamer Vyacheslav "buster" Leont'ev.
It will be interesting to see what offers flamie gets and where he ends up going following his performance with NAVI Junior.