Kane leaves Na'Vi after BLAST Pro Series Moscow
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Natus Vincere has announced that Mykhailo "Kane" Blagin will leave his position as team coach after BLAST Pro Series Moscow 2019.
Kane and Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko's replacements will be announced after BLAST Pro Series. Na'Vi captain Zeus recently announced his retirement from competitive CS:GO.
Kane began his competitive career playing Counter-Strike and secured a number of achievements as in-game leader for pro100 and Virtus.pro. He began his coaching career in 2016 under the FlipSid3 Tactics banner. After a few months he moved on to Gambit Esports where he contributed to their PGL Major Krakow 2017 victory.
Joining Na'Vi on August 9, 2017, he helped achieve a 2nd place finish at FACEIT Major: London 2018. Under his guidance, the team also reached the semi-finals in both ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018 and Intel Extreme Masters XIII – Katowice Major 2019.
Kane had this to say regarding his departure: "I have to admit 2019 wasn't the most successful in terms of results. Unfortunately, the main goal — winning a Major — remained unfulfilled. I will keep the memories of 2018, which I consider a successful year, and will be glad that some of the cups in Na'Vi museum are there in part due to my work."
Na'Vi esports director, Andrii "B1ad3" Gorodenskyi also had the following to say: "Earlier, a legendary captain announced his retirement, and now the coach will leave as well — those are, basically, cruсial elements of any team. During his work period, Kane had his ups and downs, but ultimately, Mykhailo didn't decisively complete the tasks laid out."
"Kane and Zeus were meticulously building our game. Almost everything depended on them, the development of the team and its results were on their shoulders. We are greatly grateful for that contribution."
B1ad3 went on to say that the organisation is not afraid of big changes. Upon this new page in the team's history, they will move on with confidence.