NaVi have removed Kirill “Boombl4” MIkhaylov from their starting roster after a poor outing in the PGL Major Antwerp finals against FaZe.
The Russian had joined the team in May 2019. He missed out on being on the active roster for three years in a row by a single day.
His incredibly poor performance against FaZe was one of the reasons that they lost the grand finals of the Antwerp Major.
He managed to drop just eight kills in the decisive second map that handed FaZe the title and along with it, $500,000.
NaVi have been used to winning over the years. They have been the top tier CS:GO team for a long time now.
This dominance has been challenged by FaZe this year. Karrigan and co. have won the last three big CS:GO LAN tournaments.
NaVi’s last victory came at the Stockholm Major but they were left licking their wounds after Antwerp. They’ve not beaten FaZe in three attempts now either. It was time that they made a change.
A player who is registering as just “Okay” in all of HLTV’s statistic metrics for CS, should not be on a team pushing for titles.
Dropped but not for poor game performance
Despite this, the reasoning for Boombl4’s dropping doesn’t appear to be his performance in-game. It appears to have something to do with the ongoing Russia-Ukraine tension.
The team cite “reputational risks to the club” as the reason for Kirill’s dropping.
Their full statement said: “After the PGL Major Antwerp, the NAVI esports club excluded Kirill “BoombI4” Mikhailov from the active CS:GO roster.
“This decision is related to high reputational risks for the club, and it is not the result of his game.
“We thank BoombI4 for his three years with NAVI and his dedication and contribution to the victory at the PGL Major Stockholm 2021, Intel Grand Slam 3 and other major championships.”
NaVi will announce their roster for the BLAST Premier Spring Final in due course. This is the first time in nearly two years that they’ve had to make a roster change.
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