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Headtr1ck replace s1mple on NAVI - Blast Premier

Posted by: SlayeR in News (eSport)     Tags: Headtr1ck s1mple NAVI Blast replace
NAVI Junior's youngster has been called up to the main lineup for the second time this year.

Natus Vincere will start their BLAST Premier Fall Groups 2022 campaign without Oleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev as their talismanic AWPer takes a leave of absence for personal reasons. Daniil "⁠headtr1ck⁠" Valitov will round up the roster after being listed as the team's backup ahead of the tournament.

It is still unclear whether the Ukrainian superstar will only miss the opening group stage games, or will be out for the entirety of the event, including the knockout phases.

This is the second time the 18-year-old from the academy steps in to play with the seniors, having filled in for Kirill "⁠Boombl4⁠" Mikhailov at ESL Pro League Season 15 after the Russian in-game leader tested positive for COVID.

headtr1ck will have large shoes to fill as s1mple has been the standout performer for Natus Vincere for the last six years. The youngster performed admirably in NAVI Junior's 5-6th campaign at WePlay Academy League Season 5 earlier in August, leaving the event with an average 1.24 rating across the 14 maps played.

The Ukrainian core will start the tournament in Group B alongisde Complexity, Liquid, and G2 on Saturday, August 20.

Natus Vincere's starting lineup for BLAST Premier Fall Groups will be:

  • Russia Denis "⁠electroNic⁠" Sharipov
  • Russia Ilya "⁠Perfecto⁠" Zalutskiy
  • Ukraine Valeriy "⁠b1t⁠" Vakhovskiy
  • Ukraine Viktor "⁠sdy⁠" Orudzhev
  • Ukraine Daniil "⁠headtr1ck⁠" Valitov
  • Ukraine Andrey "⁠B1ad3⁠" Gorodenskiy (coach)
Added: Aug 20 2022, 01:37 PM
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