Natus Vincere
Ukraine
Moments of brilliance not enough Na'Vi
June 1, 2018
Crystallize played a good series, but it wasn't enough for Natus Vincere against Newbee at the China Super Major. The carry finished with a KDA of 10/4/21.
ANALYSIS
Crystallize had a quiet Lycan game in Na'Vi's series opener against Newbee. He had a fairly easy laning stage against Kpii's Omniknight. He managed to farm a six-minute Helm of the Dominator and a 19-minute Necronomicon 3. But the objectives didn't come for Na'Vi as Newbee prevented their enemies from crossing the river. Crystallize went with Lifestealer in the important Game 2 for Na'Vi. He had an excellent laning stage which he used to farm an impressive 17-minute Radiance. While Crystallize had an excellent game with eight kills, he lacked help from any of his teammates to turn around the match.
Can't keep up with the rising stars
June 1, 2018
Dendi wasn't much of a factor for Natus Vincere in their loss against Newbee at the China Super Major. The veteran finished with a KDA of 10/10/20.
ANALYSIS
Dendi struggled from the get-go against Newbee with his Queen of Pain. He never got going against Sccc's Lina. His 13-minute Veil of Discord was terribly slow and he didn't get the QoP snowball game that he needed. In Game 2, Dendi's Gyrocopter didn't have much of a better showing. His 29-minute Black King Bar was 10 minutes too late and he couldn't survive long enough in teamfights to be a factor for Na'Vi.
Struggles to get going
June 1, 2018
GeneRal had a terrible series for Natus Vincere in their loss against Newbee at the China Super Major. The versatile offlaner finished with a KDA of 7/12/27.
ANALYSIS
GeneRal started the series with Doom in the offlane. GeneRal was forced to abandon his lane early in favor of the jungle because of Newbee's aggression. His farm and levels were really lacking in the game as he never posed a threat against the Chinese squad. GeneRal was more impactful in Game 2 with his Brewmaster. His usage of Primal Split allowed Na'Vi to take a few fights in their favor. GeneRal was involved in 26 of his team's 31 kills which was an impressive statline for him.
Crumbles in debut
June 1, 2018
Velheour had a rough debut for Natus Vincere at the China Super Major. The young support finished with a KDA of 7/14/26.
ANALYSIS
Velheour kicked off the series with Rubick. He couldn't really do anything for Na'Vi with his rotations as he couldn't pick up a kill to help his team out. He managed 12 assists with overall but it was still a very forgettable game for the young gun. Velheour's Game 2 on Tusk was a lot more impactful for Na'Vi. His rotations early on allowed Natus Vincere to keep the game close against Newbee. He even had a few Snowball saves that turned it around for Na'Vi in the mid game. But despite all of his heroics, Na'Vi would still eventually succumb to Newbee's superiority.
Newest entry in Na'Vi's revolving roster door
May 14, 2018
In an announcement on its website, Na'Vi announced that velheor will be joining the squad to replace LeBron.
ANALYSIS
The move comes after weeks of continued poor results for Na'Vi since the addition of LeBron. velheor is at this point an unknown player in the international scene. He previously played for SFT esports as well as a number of assorted CIS mix teams. This move will also shift Lil to position five, while velheor takes up the four role. Whether this move is enough to revitalize an extremely stagnant Na'Vi roster remains to be seen.
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Withdraws from ESL Birmingham
May 14, 2018
Na'Vi announced via its own website that in addition to the roster changes the team would withdraw from ESL Birmingham.
ANALYSIS
Na'Vi cited needing time for the roster to train together and focusing on the Dota 2 Supermajor as reasons why the team would back out of ESL after qualifying. The team will now be forced to play through the TI8 open qualifiers