CIS esports giants Natus Vincere revealed the first member of their upcoming Valorant roster.
The Na’Vi legacy
Natus Vincere, or Na’Vi, is one of the best-known esports organizations in the world. They have been part of the elite in the Dota 2 and Counter-Strike professional scenes for over a decade now, and now they’ve set their sights on Valorant.
One out of five
No, Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev is not heading over to Valorant. That photo is just too good not to use. Na’Vi announced its intention to participate in the ever-growing esports scene of Valorant. This follows the growing trend of esports giants like OG, G2 and Team Liquid dipping their toes into Riot’s popular first-person shooter.
The first member of the Na’Vi Valorant roster is Kirill “Cloud” Nehozhin. Cloud comes from the impressive CrowCroud roster that placed 4th in the CIS Stage 1 Masters and won CIS Challengers 1 of Stage 2. Mainly taking up Reyna and Sova duties in his previous team, Cloud racked up an impressive ACS of 239, 1.28 KDR and 1.24 rating.
Test of time
With Stage 3 already underway, Na’Vi have yet to announce the rest of their Valorant roster. Despite that, Cloud hasn’t lost his hunger for competitive games: he competed in the CIS open qualifiers under team No Pressure, joining free agents Vladyslav “arch” Svistov, Mikhail “Duno” Fokin, Artur “7ssk7” Kyourshin and Denis “dinkzj” Tkachev for the endeavor.
The team stormed their way into the closed qualifiers, beating all their opponents without dropping a map to secure a spot. They took out Divinity in the first round of the closed qualifier sbut were ultimately crushed 0-2 by an in-form Gambit Esports.
It’s still unclear if No Pressure was a backdoor for the organization to put promising players on trial with Cloud. On top of that, there are only two Challenger events left to qualify for and a single VCT Masters event to secure VCT points. Are Na’Vi preparing for a hail mary to get into Valorant Champions, or are they preparing for the 2022 season? We’ll see soon enough.