“It’s an insane feeling”: npl on Na’vi’s bronze in Katowice

By Kenneth Williams


Feb 12, 2023

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Andrij “npl” Kukharsjkyj made his international LAN debut at IEM Katowice 2023, ending a deep run with Natus Vincere at third-fourth.

Natus Vincere is out of IEM Katowice in third-fourth place, earning $80,000 from wins over Cloud9, Team Liquid, and Outsiders. The eastern European squad put up a valiant effort against Heroic but was unable to progress further. After a solid performance at his debut LAN, Na’Vi, newbie npl took some time to talk with WIN.gg about what it was like to compete in Katowice for the very first time.

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WIN.gg: Is there a sense of excitement about playing at Spodek Arena in the capital of CSGO, Katowice?

npl: It was insane, the crowd was supporting us so much. It’s my first time on the scene, so it’s an insane feeling. I don’t know what else to say, it’s really insane.

Were you intimidated by other players, some of them already legends in CSGO?

It doesn’t matter to me. In my team, I listen to them. I try to listen to what they recommend me to do or tell me to do. But against me, I actually don’t care who I’m playing against. I just try to play my game, prepare for them, and destroy them. 

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How did you start playing CSGO?

I started playing young at a computer booth.

When did you start thinking you could play it professionally?

Maybe three or four years ago, I was thinking that I could become a cyber sportsman and I could do a lot for this. I’ve played a lot and improved myself.

What do you think is next up for improving yourself as a player?

I still have to work on micro efficiencies in-game, like knowing what my enemy is going to do and completing that puzzle. You’ve got to know what to do on the map and help your teammates.


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