While CIS team Natus Vincere fell to American Team Liquid in the Quarter-finals of ESL One Cologne, it still remains one of the top 5 CS:GO teams in the world, capable of reaching the Grand Final of any tournament they decide to enter. Looking at the skins used by their players, Ioann “Edward” Sukhariev, Denis “seized” Kostin, Egor “flamie” Vasilyev, Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovács, and Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko is still a worthy cause if you find the subject interesting. I do, so here goes.
While some players in the world prefer P2000, none of Na’Vi players prescribe to this inclination. All five use USP-S. Kill Confirmed is an overwhelming favorite USP-S skin among Na’Vi players. GuardiaN and Edward use StatTrak-less versions, while seized and flamie do have StatTrak. Zeus is the only one who bucks the trend, preferring StatTrak Caiman instead.
The starting T side pistol skin of choice for Na’Vi is once again the same for 4 of the teams players, who use StatTrak-less Fade, while Zeus stands out once again, having Wraiths. Why do I get a feeling, that Zeus is going to be original all through the rest of his weapons?
While I thought I loved P250, my passion for this pistol is nowhere near close enough to GuardiaN’s. He bought it almost exclusively. When most of his team got Tec-9s, Deagles and Five-SeveNs, GuardiaN stayed true to his P250 | Asiimov. Seized didn’t have a P250 skin at all, Edward used Franklin, Zeus went with Valence, while flamie had a Souvenir Gunsmoke.
While not as prevalently as Kill Confirmed and Fade, Desert Eagle | Blaze dominates Na’Vi loadouts nevertheless, with GuardiaN, seized, and Edward using it. Zeus and flamie rejected the trend, however, using StatTrak Hypnotic and Golden Koi respectively.
Tec-9/CZ75 – Auto/Five-SeveN
Obviously, Na’Vi players had different preferences concerning these three pistols. GuardiaN and Edward seem to be sceptic about their usefulness, preferring P250 or Deagle. Even though Edward did buy Tec-9 with the Toxic skin, he didn’t do it often. On CT side, he hasn’t bought CZ75 or Five-SeveN even once, during the whole ESL Cologne 2016 tournament. Same goes for GuardiaN, who didn’t buy Tec-9 or CZ75 at all, only getting Five-SeveN once or twice. When he did, it had the Violent Daimyo skin. Tec-9 and CZ75 – Auto were the pistols of choice for seized, who uses Souvenir Brass for Tec-9 and Pole Position for CZ75 – Auto. Zeus preferred Five-SeveN (no skin) over the CZ75, while using Army Mesh on his Tec-9. The same loadout was favored by flamie, with only the skins used being different. He preferred Souvenir Tec-9 | Red Quartz and Souvenir Five-SeveN | Hot Shot.
Usually, teams heavily lean towards M4A4, preferring the bigger clip size to better accuracy. Na’Vi is different. GuardiaN, seized, and Edward used M4A1-S exclusively, skinning their weapon with Mecha Industries, Souvenir Knight, and StatTrak Hyper Beast respectively. Zeus was the only Na’Vi player who didn’t have M4A1-S in his loadout, using M4A4 | Poseidon throughout the tournament, while flamie had a Souvenir M4A4 | Tornado for most of the tournament, getting a Souvenir M4A1-S | Knight for the final map of their loss to Team Liquid, which resulted in their elimination from the tournament.
The Terrorist rifle of choice had two StatTrak Fire Serpents applied to it by seized and flamie, while GuardiaN used StatTrak Case Hardened. Zeus was original once again with his StatTrak Point Disarray. Edward did something weird, swapping out his StatTrak Redline for a Vulcan. Who knows why he did it, maybe he got Vulcan after a game and decided that it looks better?
I was prepared to call Edward a bad man for not buying an AWP for GuardiaN or seized during the whole tournament, only to notice him dropping an AWP | Graphite when I was just about to lose hope. Zeus was similar, only buying Hyper Beast once. Flamie preferred Medusa, though he doesn’t buy the AWP often either. Of course, it might be so because Na’Vi handily won most of their matches against everyone but Liquid. Their riflers didn’t need to take one for their AWP-wielding teammates too often because they could afford the AWP themselves. Anyway, speaking of AWPers, GuardiaN used an awesome Souvenir Dragon Lore, while seized had a non-StatTrak one.
Every Na’Vi player except GuardiaN, who used Flip Knife | Lore from the recently released Gamma Cases, had two knives for different sides. Dopplers were preferred by seized (both StatTrak Karambits of different colors) and flamie (StatTrak M9 Bayonet and Karambit). Zeus used Karambit | Crimson Web and Butterfly Knife | Night, while Edward had a Bayonet | Marble Fade and a StatTrak Karambit | Marble Fade.