Kane to leave NAVI after BLAST Pro Series

CS:GO / News / 11 September 2019 — 13:27

Kane leaves his coaching position after Blast Pro Series Moscow 2019.

ua Natus Vincere сlub announces that after the conclusion of Blast Pro Series Moscow 2019, ua Mykhailo "Kane" Blagin will be leaving his position of the trainer. The new coach of the team, as well as the name of the fifth player ua Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko, will be announced after the Moscow tournament.

ua Mykhailo "Kane" Blagin — a professional Counter-Strike player who played in teams like ua pro100 and ru Virtus.Pro between 2004 and 2009. He started his coaching career in 2016 with team ru FlipSid3 Tactics. He then joined kz Gambit Esports, with whom he secured a victory at PGL Major Krakow 2017, and after joined ua NAVI on August 9, 2017.

Together with the Born to Win, ua Kane achieved the second place at FACEIT Major: London 2018 and helped the team to reach the semi-finals of ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018 and Intel Extreme Masters XIII – Katowice Major 2019. Mykhailo spent 766 days at the ua NAVI coach position.

uaMykhailo "Kane" Blagin
Natus Vincere coach

Hello, all NAVI fans and people who care about Counter-Strike. Every road has its start and finish — and so my path in the team has come to its end.

I would like to express my gratitude, first of all, to the fans of ours: I felt your support throughout 2 years — a big and sincere thank! I am sad to part ways with the guys who became a part of my life, but such is the work of a coach.

I have to admit 2019 wasn't the most successful in terms of results. Unfortunately, the main goal — winning a Major — remained unfulfilled. I will keep the memories of 2018, which I consider a successful year, and will be glad that some of the cups in NAVI museum are there in part due to my work.

I want to wish the fans to keep calm, the backbone of the team is young guys, and their path is still ahead of them. I am sure the next Major will see the squad fighting for the win. I will be happy to see everyone in Moscow at my last tournament in NAVI uniform.

uaAndrii "B1ad3" Gorodenskyi
Natus Vincere esports director

This is a tough moment for NAVI: earlier, a legendary captain announced his retirement, and now the coach will leave as well — those are, basically, cruсial elements of any team. During his work period, Kane had his ups and downs, but ultimately, Mykhailo didn't decisively complete the tasks laid out.

Kane and Zeus were meticulously building our game. Almost everything depended on them, the development of the team and its results were on their shoulders. We are greatly grateful for that contribution.

We are not afraid of the big changes: we will turn this page with full confidence, there is a new epoch of CS:GO Natus Vincere team waiting for us. Stay tuned for more news after BLAST Pro Series: Moscow 2019!