S1mple: ‘Our preparation for IEM Katowice has been so much better than at the beginning of the year’

Natus Vincere, the best CS GO around the world in 2021, in the final stages of preparation for IEM Katowice. The CIS Powerhouse is one of eight teams waiting for the main event to begin after the Play-In Round ends.

Fan expectations were that NAVI would play significantly better in a LAN event this time around than they did in last week’s BLAST Premier Spring groups, where they lost to MIBR, Astralis and Ninjas in Pajamas and only made it to into the Spring Finals.

NAVI looks a bit tired during their matches. According to AWPer star Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev, the reason behind their side performance was due to a break following the end of the 2021 season.

“This is the first time we’ve had such a long vacation, and it’s hard to come back [where we were] when we win and beat everyone,” s1mple said during a press conference at IEM Katowice.

Team CIS ended the year successfully, winning all S-tier tournaments, including IEM Cologne, ESL Pro League Season 14, BLAST Premier Fall Finals, BLAST Premier World Finals and most notably, the PGL Stockholm Major in September. 11.

S1mple says that NAVI also works better on LAN, which is the setup for IEM Katowice. He believes his team will have full force and will improve over the course of the competition, should they reach the knockout stages.

The Ukrainian star thinks the preparation for IEM Katowice is better than what they did for BLAST because they have just returned from vacation and do not remember every aspect of their strategy.

“Our preparation for IEM Katowice has been much better than at the beginning of the year,” s1mple said. “We all have vacations, we all forget some trips. Hopefully, we’ll show off our A game or our S game. ”

NAVI has been placed in Group B of IEM Katowice along with G2, FaZe Clan, Team Liquid, Astralis, FURIA, and two teams yet to be determined. They will play their first game on Friday, February 18 at 5:30 a.m. CT. S1mple: ‘Our preparation for IEM Katowice has been so much better than at the beginning of the year’

Emma Bowman

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