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Esports: Natus Vincere promote "headtr1ck" to first team

Natus Vincere are among the favourites to win season 15 of the ESL Pro League but will at least start the competition without captain Kirill "⁠Boombl4⁠" Mikhailov, who is unavailable for selection.

Punters can back Natus Vincere at 5/4 to win the ESL Pro League.

Changes all round

In the absence of "Boombl4", teenager Daniil "⁠headtr1ck⁠" Valitov is set to be promoted to the first team from NAVI Junior to take his place.

Natus Vincere were last in action back in February in the IEM Katowice, having reached the tournament's semi-finals in which they lost to G2 Esports.

They had won Group B in the tournament after victories over ENCE, FURIA Esports and FaZe Clan and were also crowned champions at the PGL Stockholm Major back in November last year.

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Tweaks are made

With a tweaked roster, NAVI will now turn their attention to the next edition of the ESL Pro League and they are 1/80 to defeat their first opponents AGO, who are 12/1 to come out on top.

Among the other teams in Group D of the ESL Pro League are Heroic, Astralis and Evil Geniuses.

The other three groups have already concluded with Ninjas In Pyjamas, FURIA Esports and Movistar Riders taking the respective top spots.

Following the announcement of "headtr1ck" coming into the team temporarily, Natus Vincere wrote on their official website: "We know that the community is waiting for information about the future of the roster.

"Now the NAVI CS:GO team is focused on the upcoming championships.

"After them being held, all personnel decisions will be made together with the players."

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