Sources: Natus Vincere to Implement B1T as a Sixth Player


Ukrainian and Russian Counter-Strike team Natus Vincere are expected to implement Valerii "B1T" Vakhovskyi as a sixth player, according to multiple sources close to the team. B1T currently plays with the Natus Vincere Junior team and is expected to help occasionally on specific maps, when rules allow.

Na'Vi last made a change to their roster at the start of 2020, by adding Ilya "Perfecto" Zalutskiy to the lineup in place of veteran AWPer Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács. Directly after making that change, Na'Vi came in second place at the ICE Challenge 2020 and won IEM Katowice in early March, the last offline event played in professional Counter-Strike. More recently, they finished runner-up in both ESL Pro League Season 12 Europe and IEM Beijing Europe Online.

B1T does not have any record of playing professionally prior to joining Na'Vi to play on their junior team in September of 2019. It is not believed at this time that B1T will leave his position on the Na'Vi Junior roster or if he will be used by Na'Vi as a sixth player when offline play resumes. In 2020, the Junior team has not been able to qualify for any top European tournaments.

The next event for Na'Vi is the BLAST Premier Fall 2020 Finals, beginning next week. That is followed by the IEM Global Challenge just two days later. They have already qualified for the BLAST Premier Global Finals, set to take place in early 2021.