It's been a good run.
NaVi were the best team in the world last year, but external factors have caused some issues for them, and they don't look quite as dominant as they used to.
Some might say that this team was the best in the world, and deserves some time. Yes, sort of - but one does not remain on top by treading water. You have to be quick to act when things go wrong. The silver lining of this insecurity, is that YEKINDAR is available.
Time to take over
'Sources say' that YEKINDAR might be on his way out of VP/Outsiders, and I too have heard similar.
Every team in the world should be offering him a packet and letting him choose; there's basically nobody who wouldn't be improved by YEKINDAR.
That includes Natus Vincere.
electronic is great. He's one of the best entry fraggers in the world, who has ridiculous highs and obviously is a Major winner. But he's only 'one' of the best entry fraggers - YEKINDAR is the best.
electronic also lives in Russia, and NaVi have stated they won't deal with people who pay taxes to the Russian government. He could move, of course, but he has a family, a wife, his whole life in Russia. It's entirely possible he would not want to move - that is his choice.
YEKINDAR would be an apt replacement. He offers the same explosive highs, does the same job but better and speaks Russian fluently. What's not to love?
YEKINDAR taking a picture with a fan.
This team hasn't run its course as such, but there's always room to improve; and FaZe are showing NaVi the power of fresh hands and new ideas. FaZe are clearly the best in the world at this moment in time, and NaVi need to catch up.
You can try and grind through it, or you can shortcut the system and just plug in the best entry fragger in the world and win everything again.
The choice is yours. Sorry electronic, but it's time to go.