NAVI coach Andrey 'B1ad3' Gorodenskiy has played down concerns about Denis 'electroNic' Sharipov’s ability to lead the team moving forward.
NAVI coach Andrey ‘B1ad3’ Gorodenskiy has played down concerns about Denis ‘electroNic’ Sharipov’s ability to lead the team moving forward.
A common theme in the CS:GO scene is how high-fragging players see their numbers plummet when they become in-game leaders because of all the micro-managing that comes with the role.
But B1ad3 doesn’t think that has to be the case, pointing to Lukas ‘gla1ve’ Rossander’s performances during Astralis’ era as an example of a high-impact in-game leader. Still, he noted, there will be other players ready to put in extra work, including NAVI’s still-to-be-determined new fifth man.
“I’m not worried,” he said about missing firepower with electroNic’s new role. “It can come from the new fifth player, from b1t, or from Perfecto. As soon as we know the lineup we will have, we will start to build in that direction.
“But electroNic can be some kind of gla1ve. You cannot say that he was in anyone’s shadow during prime Astralis. I think he had a huge impact in terms of firepower. I think electroNic can easily be that kind of IGL. Not like karrigan, not like Boombl4. He can be like apEX.”
B1ad3 also used Astralis to explain why he felt it was important to hand the reins to someone who was already familiar with NAVI’s system rather than bring in an outside IGL with his own method and way of thinking.
“I think when Magisk was leading it showed that others players also have this knowledge [of the system] because you evolve as a team together and their strength was that they were analyzing their situations and building collective knowledge of the team,” B1ad3 explained.
“We’re trying to do the same. The IGL should be someone from our system. It’s much easier to control our players with somebody from the system. If we took someone from the outside it would be difficult, we would need to explain the system to that person or he would bring his own system. It is doable, but Plan A is to have one of our players lead.”
The early signs are encouraging: NAVI are through to the quarter-finals of the BLAST Premier Spring Final, where electroNic is averaging a 1.07 HLTV rating and a team-high 1.25 Impact. But the first real test will come today against FaZe — a match that will offer a better gauge of how the Russian can handle himself in the saddle.
B1ad3 is not too worried about the outcome of this match, or of the tournament, for that matter, even though he thinks the team still has a chance to win the trophy, based on their individual talent and the fact that they’re sticking to a system that has proven so successful.
For NAVI, electroNic’s growth as a leader will be worth more than the results they achieve here. This is merely the first stage of a transformational process that requires him to open his eyes to a new way of feeling the game.
“He must always remember that his first priority should be to control the team,” B1ad3 said. “He has played for so long as a star player that I can see that sometimes he’s still thinking like a player and doing some things automatically. It’s like a habit.
“It’s a matter of adapting. I think he needs to set the goal to become a great IGL and that’s it. He has everything.”NAVI coach B1ad3 hails electroNic’s IGL potential: “Much higher than Boombl4’s” View Story