“Flamie” is no longer part of the Natus Vincere, he is a free agent now. Natus Vincere announced today that Egor “flamie” Vasilyev will no longer be under contract with the organization and now he is a free agent. In WePlay Academy League season two, CS: GO rifler Na’Vi Junior will play to regain his personal form while sharing his experience with young players.
— NAVI (@natusvincere) September 16, 2021
After Valeriy “*B1T” Vakhovskiy was promoted from Na’Vi Junior in December 2020, he lost time to the active lineup. The team rotates both players based on the map. Valve threatened in April 2021 to punish teams who subbed out players during regional major rankings (RMR) events if they substituted the youngster out. In addition to their ESL Pro League Season 14 title, Na’Vi became the world’s best team with flamie on the bench and B1T running the server, winning four out of six tournaments plus the Intel Grand Slam season three.
After a brief period as a stand-in, Flamie became a Na’Vi member in April 2015. Egor “flamie” Vasilyev helped the team win notable tournaments such as IEM Katowice in 2020, ESL One Cologne in 2018, and ESL One New York in 2016.
In an official statement, Na’Vi’s COO Aleksey “xaoc” Kucherov said that the decision was made after the team’s recent success and the RMR system was implemented, which allows no sixth player on the roster. Accordingly, we decided to give Egor the status of a free agent, so that he doesn’t have any possible restrictions on his further development after considering these factors and Egor’s contribution to the development of the discipline and the club as a whole. Even though Egor has been in NAVI for a long time, he is young, motivated, experienced, and has a fantastic goal to accomplish. Having these qualities is definitely a requirement for ambitious teams.”
No date has been set yet for the start of season two of the WePlay Academy League. Meanwhile, Na’Vi fans will get a chance to celebrate some of flamie’s best moments until he takes part in what could be his last tournament for the organization.