NAVI superstar Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyleiv commented on their loss to G2 Esports in BLAST Spring Groups 2023. Speaking with his fans on stream, he echoed B1ad3's recent interview, stating that this event is more of a training ground for the squad after the break and the addition of new player.
No, we are not eliminated, we're in the lower bracket. Guys, IEM Katowice will be the showcase event, while this one is just a warm-up.
Just like that, with a new player. <...> It's not that easy and simple. We had a rough start on the first and second maps. We had our come back on the second, but it wasn't enough. How did we lose? I think everyone who wanted to see it, saw it. Unlike those who placed their bets and were just waiting for game to end.
NAVI lost to G2 with a 0:2 score. They were devastated on Nuke and had a poor start on Inferno, losing 7:14. Thanks to s1mple's heroics, the team managed to get to overtime but still lost. Next, they will compete against NiP for the right to fight in the Group's final.