Right before the FACEIT Major, team captain of Natus Vincere, Danylo “Zeus” Teslenko, opened up about their team struggles, preparation for the Major, and the future of CS:GO.
Teslenko joined his former teammate and a prominent CS:GO caster in the CIS region, Arseniy “ceh9” Trynozhenko, on stream for a lengthy discussion before the FACEIT Major London 2018. The two discussed NaVi, their preparation for the tournament, and a disappointing exit at the DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018 a few weeks back.
Natus Vincere will have their first match later today, at 19:00 London time. Facing them will be one of the favorites this Major, the Danish Astralis. Even though the Ukrainian team is ranked second in the world right now, they will be entering the match as heavy underdogs. Esports betting platform VIE.gg is offering 2.96 odds for those looking to bet on NaVi’s victory. Conversely, those betting on Astralis to win are offered 1.51 odds.
Their current form was one of the subjects Danylo “Zeus” Teslenko discussed on ceh9’s stream.
About DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018
“We had to work very hard to catch up because we had so little time to prepare for the DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018. Most teams practiced for two weeks, we had one day. We played for a few days with subs. Other teams were preparing very hard, and it wasn’t just for DreamHack, Major was coming after all. But we couldn’t.
After DreamHack we had a five-day-long bootcamp. We worked really hard there to gain back what we have lost. All the other teams already gained a lot of momentum but because of the force majeure, we had nothing to show for it. It wasn’t just because of flamie, a few things lined up to create this situation for us. Visa issues, for instance.”
About the FACEIT Major London 2018
“Everyone played really well in the Challenger stage. Guys from the CIS region worked really hard, Vega, Spirit, Hellraisers. Although you can tell that Spirit still aren’t skilled enough to compete against teams like Astralis right now.”
“As for us, our players aren’t feeling Dust 2 at all right now. They’re in a state of shock. Electronic, for instance, is completely lost there. He has no idea what’s happening, he never played this map. It’s a brand new map for him. It’s very hard for him. He’s getting the kills on his aim alone, but he wants to understand the map.
We had no time to prepare for every map. We need more practice, we need more time. In general, I think we’ll be able to get our first victory on Dust 2. At DreamHack we played it against Ghost just because we wanted to practice it some more. We need Dust 2 in our map pool.”
About the future of CS:GO
“The interesting thing about the future of CS:GO is that I have inside info on what’s coming next year, even though I can’t talk about it right now. Soon an interview will be released on my YouTube channel where you’ll be able to find out more. In a few words — Valve have finally realized that things can’t stay as they are for long and they are preparing a few very interesting surprises for us.
The rumor on the street is that one company is making a game conceptually similar to Counter-Strike and that it will likely become a competitor for CS:GO. That really made Valve reconsider things and get a move on.”
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