Many fans had been anticipating Natus Vincere, the most storied organization in CIS Counter-Strike history, to make a serious statement in VALORANT Esports. In June, they took the first step by bringing in Cloud from CrowCrowd, and they have now followed it up by signing all of No Pressure, featuring Vladyslav “arch” Svistov, Mikhail “Duno” Fokin, Artur “7ssk7” Kyourshin, and Denis “dinkzj” Tkachev. The move comes after No Pressure worked their way up the CIS ladder in Stage 3, qualifying first from CIS Challengers 1 – Open Qualifier, then CIS Challengers 1 – Closed Qualifier, and finally placing 2nd at CIS Challengers 1, where they played with Cloud on their team.
7ssk7 is clearly the cream of the crop, putting up a 1.18 rating and 1.09 KD ever since he started competing all the way back in May last year. dinkzj has been stellar with his sentinel play, not only providing information and value for the team as whole but also carrying his weight at fragging. NAVI will look to Duno and arch, who go way back having played on Entropiq in August last year, to support and set up their stars.
Fans have plenty of reason to be optimistic about the future of the squad, having seen the core play together and develop under Worst Players since March. Also of note are the additions of SmartSeven as coach and Dracon as analyst, who makes the switch from commentating and hosting.
NAVI will make their official debut at Stage 3 EMEA Challengers Playoffs starting August 12th to book a spot at Masters Berlin.
With these signings, NAVI are now:
Vladyslav “arch” Svistov
Mikhail “Duno” Fokin
Artur “7ssk7” Kyourshin
Denis “dinkzj” Tkachev
Kirill “Cloud” Nehozhin