NaVi coach Mykhailo “kane” Blagin will stand-in for the team in a ESL Pro League Season 8 match against the German BIG in place of Denis “electronic” Sharipov.
The concluding round of ESL Pro League will see the number two team in the world, Natus Vincere, facing off against the German powerhouse Berlin International Gaming (BIG). NaVi has already secured themselves a spot in the $750,000 USD LAN finals that will take place in Odense, Denmark in the beginning of December.
In their 24 games, Natus Vincere came out victorious 18 times and tasted defeat only six times — enough to secure a second ranking overall, just behind Astralis.
Following the Ukrainian team in the rankings are their next opponents — BIG. The German team secured 15 victories and nine losses, same as the fourth-place team North. Owen “smooya” Butterfield’s BIG will be looking to take down NaVi in the final match of the regular season and secure themselves a third spot overall coming into the global finals.
Due to a family emergency, Denis “electronic” Sharipov will miss the fight and the team’s coach, Mykhailo “kane” Blagin, will be stepping in for the two games.
The last time kane played in an official match, which was a year ago in a ESL Pro League Season 6 match against North, he managed to get 14 kills over two maps and the average of around 30 ADR.
While NaVi has secured their position, North is only three points behind BIG and still very much in contention for the third spot. Since seven teams from the European league move on to the global finals, both teams have earned their spot in the LAN finals in Odense.
The last time these two teams crossed swords was during the elimination match at IEM Chicago, where the German team claimed a 2:0 victory over their more experienced opponents.
The match will begin on November 14 at 20:00 CET and will be held in the best of two format. The maps are yet to be decided.
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