Winter might be Natus Vincere’s season. Almost a year after incredible performances from Na`Vi’s players at IEM Katowice 2020, the team’s youngest member is making serious waves at the start of 2021. 18-year-old Valeriy “B1t” Vakhovskiy has started to settle into his role as NaVi’s sixth player and he’s performing better than anyone could have expected.
B1t has been better than the eye test suggests, showing off some stats that suggest B1t is CSGO’s next Michael “shroud” Grzesiek. Over the past three months, B1t isn’t just tallying frags as he splits time between Na`Vi and its academy team. He’s also hitting headshots at an absurd rate.
With a 71.4% headshot percentage, B1t leads all players in a category that used to be reserved for the “headshot machine” himself, former CSGO player Adil “ScreaM” Benrlitom, who won the title for highest headshot percentage for five years in a row. As of Na`Vi’s grand finals matchup at BLAST Premier on February 14, B1t lead all players in the past year, stealing the spot from none other than FaZe’s Russel “Twistzz” Van Dulken.
Twistzz was set to take the lead in the headshot percentage with ScreaM’s move to professional Valorant, but B1t came out of nowhere in 2020 to leave Twistzz more than four points behind. It’s an impressive stat for a young player like B1t, especially since he’s pulled it off against top-tier competition. Four of his recent matches have come against Astralis, with Team Liquid and FaZe Clan rounding out Na`Vi’s matchups where it has subbed him in.
There’s something to be said about the way Na`Vi has worked him into the lineup, too. The roster struggled on Inferno in 2020, going .500 on one of CSGO’s most commonly played maps. But since it brought B1t in to swap with Denis “electronic” Sharipov, Na`Vi is won 80% of its contests.
B1t should continue to improve, and his now fellow pros had better keep their heads on a swivel.