After reports that the move was in the works, Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovács has officially been revealed as the replacement for Danylo “Zeus” Teslenko who retired just a week ago.
GuardiaN had been playing with FaZe Clan since departing Na’Vi in alongside Denis “seized” Kostin in July 2017. According to the announcement, GuardiaN will be taking over the AWP role “while Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev will shift back to assault rifles.” s1mple has been known for his hybrid abilities and even as a rifler, it shouldn’t be surprising to see him pick up the big green gun every now and again.
“It’s nice to come back home, where I started my long journey as a professional player. I will do my best to give this team everything I can, for it to become the best team and to win a major. Thank you for this opportunity,” the 28-year-old said as part of the announcement.
In additon to Guardian, B1ad3 has also been announced as the teams new coach in place of Mikhaylo “Kane” Blagin who left the team with Zeus’ departure. He had been heading the organizations esports department prior to this move.
“During the time I spent with guys at the tournaments, I was able to learn all the inner processes and analyze the way the team is working. It’s obvious the roster needed a reboot — in my opinion, it was inevitable. So now I know for sure what needs to be changed, and how to develop the team further.
Some things need to be rebuilt, others need to be integrated for the first time. Sure, this is not an instant process and the team needs time to go to the new level. We set the highest goals, and we have confidence in our own abilities.
The support of the fans on the way to the championship is very important for us!” B1ad3 said of the move.
Na’Vi CS:GO roster:
-Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev (captain)
-Kirill “BoombI4” Mikhailov (IGL)
-Denis “electroNic” Sharipov
-Egor “flamie” Vasilev
-Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovács (AWPer)
-Andrii “B1ad3” Gorodenskyi (coach)