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What we should expect from NAVI in 2023

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In the CS:GO world, fans have been closely following the performance of NAVI and have been wondering what to expect from the team in 2023.


NAVI did not have a good 2022. They had a stunning, exciting, and unforgettable 2021, winning every tournament, but the next year did not follow the same trajectory and NAVI got to show poor campaigns, especially in the IEM Rio Major 2022 that took place in Rio de Janeiro last November. They were defeated by Furia in the quarter-finals and despite being the favorite to win the tournament, they were eventually knocked out, leaving fans and the team itself largely disappointed.


But the BLAST Premier Fall Final 2022 wasn’t a good tournament for NAVI either. The team went to Copenhagen, after their disappointment with Rio de Janeiro and got defeated by Ninjas in Pyjamas in the quarter-finals, forcing them to leave the competition earlier than anticipated. 


2022 was not a good year for Ukraine and this has definitely influenced NAVI. According to Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev, there were some things that can be blamed for the poor performance of NAVI this year. 


The war was certainly the most difficult thing to deal with in every bit of the routine and the lives of the players. As Kostyliev explained, the team had no time to practice (when one year earlier they were to devote a full five-month period for practice), there were hardly any boot camps and they were generally disoriented and disorganized. Adding the fact that the team also removed some players, this whole issue had a negative impact on their dynamics.


As we’re at the dawn of 2023, we expect NAVI to get an upward trend in its performance and leave behind the pitfalls of 2022. 


NAVI has added a sixth player so as to see how the team is going to function and although there are rumors that Viktor ‘sdy⁠’ Orudzhev will be leaving the organization, they already have Andrii ‘npl⁠’ Kukharskyi in the lineup for filling the vacant position. Andrii ‘npl’ Kukharskyi is now in NAVI junior and his talent is something to boast about.


For many CS:GO experts (and fans in fact) the most important issue to resolve is to make a decision on the roster. Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev has also pointed this out, stating that the team needs to decide with what roster they are to get into 2023. 

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