No[o]ne Talks About Experience After NAVI's Failure to Qualify for TI10
Vladimir "No[o]ne" Minenko had joined NAVI just days before the consequential Eastern Europe (EEU) qualifier of The International 10 (TI10). Although the team had a star-studded roster, it failed to qualify for TI10 after a disappointing performance. A recent interview posted on the organization's YouTube channel offered No[o]ne's thoughts following this heartbreaking loss. For the first few months, the NAVI midlaner noted that he was clueless, but then he met his former Virtus.pro teammate, Alexey "Solo" Berezin, and began formulating plans for the upcoming season. Furthermore, No[o]ne disclosed that a European team had made an offer to him earlier this year.
No[o]ne talks about TI10’s qualifier loss with NAVI
There were mixed expectations for NAVI’s performance at the TI10 qualifiers as a result of the roster changes during 2021 along with its mediocre level of success over time.
Several days before the qualifier, both No[o]ne and Akbar "SoNNeikO" Butaev had joined the team from AS Monaco Gambit. Several believed it would be enough to change the tide, whereas others thought it was already the end of NAVI this season because of the changes that had occurred and the fact that Team Spirit looked like the much better team.
In the end, NAVI only managed 5th-6th place, which was far below expectations. No[o]ne has now revealed that it was a difficult time following the loss since he had nothing significant to play for a long period. Later, he sat down with Solo, and together they began to put together NAVI's current roster.
“It’s a tough question. After you lose the qualifiers for the main tournament of the year you have basically nothing to do, and you realize you have completely failed the season, and I didn’t have any thoughts about what to do in the first 3 months. Solo and I got to talking about what to do coming into the next season and that’s when we started putting together this roster.”
After the qualifier, NAVI had experienced more drastic changes and welcomed Solo, Ilya "ALOHADANCE" Korobkin, Viktor "GeneRaL" Nigrini, and coach Ivan "Artstyle" Antonov. No[o]ne and Alik "V-Tune" Vorobey had retained their place in the team.
No[o]ne talks about playing in Europe
NAVI along with No[o]ne have been through quite the ordeal with regards to the roster changes that occured. No[o]ne has been through the ringer ever since he left Virtus.pro in the latter half of 2020. In the vlog, he was asked whether any European teams had approached him in the past year, to which his response was,
“Not really. I mean, Tundra [Esports] offered me to join them at the beginning of the year back when they were pretty bad - but now they are really good. Other than that, no. Nobody invited me among good teams.”
Currently, NAVI is running a bootcamp in Kyiv, Ukraine. The team is currently competing in scrims against TI teams like Evil Geniuses and Elephant.