Natus Vincere, the inaugural champion of ESL One New York, will have the chance to defend its title.
ESL announced Wednesday on Twitter that Na’Vi will attend ESL One New York, which will take place Sept. 16-17 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Na’Vi was the first team invited to the event, which will feature eight teams and $250,000 prize pool.
Na’Vi won the inaugural event after a thrilling final against Virtus.pro in October to take home the $125,000 first place prize. It was Na’Vi’s first breakthrough win after signing Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev earlier in the summer and famously prompted tears from Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovacs during the post-match celebration on stage.
Recent form has not been strong for Na’Vi, which is coming off a group stage exit at the ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals in Dallas, Texas. The team of s1mple, GuardiaN, Denis “Seized” Kostin, Egor “flamie” Vasilyev and Ioann “Edward” Sukhariev will also attend the Adrenaline Cyber League in Moscow and ESL One Cologne in the weeks leading up to the PGL Major next month.
In an interview with Slingshot, s1mple said the most difficult part of Na’Vi’s struggles have been figuring out who should be doing what and when.
“You just need to try different positions. You need to try something else,” he said. “For example, we tried on Cobblestone to change our positions, and now we understand how to play on A or B. So when we rotate, we understand each other. We communicate better.”
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