seized
Denis Kostin 
Russia
Natus Vincere
Joins FlipSid3 on loan
November 6, 2017
After giving up electronic to Natus Vincere, seized will now join FlipSid3 on loan, the organization has revealed.
ANALYSIS
Last month, the long-term member of Natus Vincere decided to step down from the active lineup after a series of disappointing results. Despite Zeus re-signing, seized struggled to find his place in the team and stepped down, resulting in former FlipSid3 member, electronic, coming in to fill the void. With electronic going to Natus Vincere, part of the trade was for seized to join FlipSid3 on loan. The loan is only valid until the end of 2017 when his contract expires with Na'Vi and becomes a free agent. Although the players and team would expect seized to eventually join the team as they have plans to play together for the Main Qualifier for ELEAGUE Major Boston, should the team qualify.
No longer on Na'Vi starting lineup
October 17, 2017
seized has stepped dowen from the starting lineup of Natus Vincere, the team announced Monday.
ANALYSIS
After the departure of GuardiaN, Na'Vi haven't had the greatest results. In the last two major tournaments, the ELEAGUE Premier 2017 and ESL New York, the team hasn't lived up to its potential. They didn't make it out of groups in ELEAGUE, and placed 5th-6th at ESL One New York. It was not surprising then to hear that seized decided to step down from the roster. This is the second time in a few months that he has made himself inactive. seized said on Twitter that he will give some reasoning behind this move soon. Until the team finds a new player to fill his spot, 1uke will be standing in.
Seized the day in sweep
October 7, 2017
seized went 45/37 on Wednesday in a 2-0 sweep over Team LDLC in ESL Pro League Season 6.
ANALYSIS
seized started the series on Inferno with a creative first half for the offense to earn the 5-0 lead early. However, LDLC gained some ground by breaking the economy of Na'Vi to pick up three straight. Although seized adjusted and picked up several entry kills and post-plant holds to win five straight to close out the 10-5 half. LDLC got the better start in the second half but seized still made noise for the defense with a pair of holds on the B-bombsite to end LDLC's three-round streak. From there, rounds went to both sides but seized come out on top to edge with a 16-14 Game 1 win. A slow start to Game 2 of Nuke resulted in a 3-0 deficit early but seized managed to come back and help tie the score with a triple kill to hold the line 3-3. LDLC put up a good fight in the first half but it was seized to hold off and come out on top 9-6. The second half was all entry kills on behalf of seized to pick up seven rounds to close out Game 2 16-10.
Pushes Na'Vi to big win
September 15, 2017
seized finished Natus Vincere's win over Team EnVyUs on Day 1 of ESL New York with a KD 48/31.
ANALYSIS
seized was ready and waiting for Liquid in this series on Friday. From the very start, he was leading his team with reckless abandon. But that's not to say that he was careless with his play. He was just incredibly on point and able to cut down EnVy at will. He capped off his strong performance with a 3k towards the end of the game to put them on map point. He continued this into the second game where he played spoiler for EnVyUs. Even when SIXER picked up a ridiculous 3k to open a round, seized was right there with a double to shut it down and give his team the win. He once again capped off a game with a big showing, tallying a 4k in the final round to give Na'Vi the 16-8 win.
Falters in sweep loss
August 31, 2017
seized only managed a 21/39 KD in Natus Vincere's loss at the hands of Astralis on Day 2 of DreamHack Malmo.
ANALYSIS
seized opened up this series by barely winning the pistol round on the back of a nice retake, but then it all went downhill. He couldn't seem to find his footing in the later rounds of the game that his team started to lose. While Na'Vi as a whole looked pretty rough, seized was especially bad. He was incredibly inaccurate with the pistol, which was quite the problem given that their economy was in the tank and seized were stuck on pistols for most of the game. He started a bit better in Game 2, but then ended up right back on the bottom of his team before long.
Unable to seize the moment in win
August 30, 2017
seized put together a 11/13 KD in Natus Vincere's win over Virtus.pro on Day 1 of DreamHack Malmo.
ANALYSIS
While Na'Vi played well as a whole, seized never really managed to get into much of a groove at any point. He mainly stuck to the shadows while bringing in kills here and there. Granted, with s1mple and flamie playing as well as they were, seized didn't really need to bring a whole lot to the table. Still, he will likely need to step it up a bit as the tournament draws on.
Returns to active lineup
August 9, 2017
seized has returned to the active lineup following the return of Zeus, the organization has announced.
ANALYSIS
After departing from the active lineup with GuardiaN in late July following an early PGL Major Krakow exit, the former in-game leader returns. seized faced a great fate just under a year ago, becoming the in-game leader when Zeus and starrix both left the active lineup due to the team having internal complications, as well as Valve's new coaching rule. seized led the team to the ESL One New York title, but since then there have been multiple disappointing finishes in the group stages as well as the early outing of the playoffs, most notably the PGL Major Krakow. Now, seized will travel with the team to the gaming house to prepare for the ESL Pro League Season 6 as well as DreamHack Masters Malmo.
To exit Natus Vincere
July 27, 2017
seized is set to leave the active roster of Natus Vincere, reports Jarek "DeKay" Lewis of Slingshot esports.
ANALYSIS
Since the exit of Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko last year and the rule changes on coaches implemented by Valve that sent coach Sergey "starix" Ischuk looking for another job, seized has taken as the in-game leader, restricting production from his behalf. The in-game leader struggled, although remaining legend status at both past Majors this year, it failed to show as seized fell short of the playoffs. Team member Oleskandr "s1mple" Kostyliev openly admitted change would be coming. Neither player nor organization has made an official comment.
Rollercoaster ride in 2-0 loss to C9
July 9, 2017
seized gathered a 35/44 KD on Saturday in a loss to Cloud9 in the semifinals at ESL Cologne.
ANALYSIS
seized had a great start to Mirage picking up the first three rounds, including his Round 2 anti-eco triple kill on the B-bombsite that added fuel to the fire. Although his performance remained stern in the first half, many rounds were lost as Cloud9 took the 7-3 lead. seized only could catch a couple of rounds before being stopped in his tracks for a 10-5 deficit at the half. The second half started slow as he quickly turned things around in the second anti-eco which led to seven rounds over Cloud9 to tie the game at 13-13. His explosive offense allowed him to entry as well as win his duels to stay in the game. However, Cloud9 edged away for the 16-13 win, posting an 18/22 KD and 81.3 ADR. Game 2 seized had a poor start facing a 6-0 deficit early on, but contributed to the short comeback down 9-6. The second half was highly contested, but seized helped the team stay alive in Round 28 at map point with a triple kill on the B-bombsite, unfortunately, Cloud9 got the one round needed for the 2-0 series taking Overpass 16-14.
Fails to show up to the table
July 4, 2017
seized only put up a 9/16 KD in Natus Vincere's loss to Team Liquid on Tuesday at ESL Cologne.
ANALYSIS
seized started off somewhat strong, but only compared to his teammates who were floundering in the first half against the North Americans. He came off a bit stronger as the game progressed and Na'Vi tried to get back in it. Unfortunately, this run of play didn't last too long, as Na'Vi still never managed to string together a set of rounds to stop the Liquid onslaught. They will certainly need to change some things here if they wish to bounce back from the loss.
Fails to impress with AWP
June 1, 2017
seized put up a 10/20KD in Natus Vincere's loss to OpTic Gaming on Day 2 of the ESL Pro League Finals.
ANALYSIS
seized played pretty much at an equal level of his teammates in this game, which is to say that he didn't play very well at all. He didn't get anything at all until Round 4, but he did get a double in that round to tie things up. Soon after, he picked up an AWP to try and give his team some space, but that didn't really work out very well. He didn't exactly light things up with his play on the sniper rifle. Without much cohesion as a team, Na'Vi were easily taken down 16-8 by OpTic Gaming.
Excellent on the offense
May 30, 2017
seized posted a firm 16/11 KD for Na'Vi on Tuesday, Day 1 in a win over Team Liquid in the ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals.
ANALYSIS
seized had a slow start, taking a 2-0 deficit early. But in the third round he managed to deny the retake with a triple kill on the B-bombsite in a post-plant scenario to win the first round of the half. This started the massive streak until eventually controlling the first half on the offense for an 11-4 lead at the half. Opening up the bombsites and holding the post-plant scenarios helped in the long run with the strong economy to take the massive lead at the half. seized surged with his 91.0 ADR to shut out the second half in five rounds for a 16-4 win on Train.
Quiet in big Na'Vi win
April 7, 2017
seized finished Na'Vi's win over Fnatic on Wednesday with a KD of 16/15.
ANALYSIS
seized had a pretty quiet showing on Overpass, bottom-fragging while the rest of Na'Vi popped off. seized struggled to pick up near a kill per round, largely due to the rest of his team fragging extremely efficiently. From a quiet first half on rifles to an inconsistent sporadic showing in the second, seized finished the Na'Vi win with only a KD of 16/15, but a win's a win regardless.
Late performance in Game 2, too late
March 29, 2017
seized posted a 33/40 KD on Wednesday in a series split against NiP in the ESL Pro League Season 5.
ANALYSIS
seized had a rather slow start to his campaign during Game 1, posting a team-low 14/19 KD followed by a 57.3 ADR. seized contributed to the early lead with some early trade kills on the B and A bombsites, however, NiP came back for vengeance, evening the score 8-7 at the half. The second half was controlled by seized and his offense to split the defense for eight rounds in a Game 16-12 win. Game 2 didn't go so well for seized in the first half, down 11-4 and unable to convert his odd =0man situations to rounds won during the first half of play. NiP controlled the second half, allowing the offense to win four rounds before being stopped 16-8 in Game 2. seized earned a team-leading 19/21 KD and 106.4 ADR in the series split against NiP.
Short of series sweep versus HR
March 28, 2017
seized earned a 33/35 KD on Tuesday in the series split versus HellRaisers in the ESL Pro League Season 5.
ANALYSIS
seized started the day off well with a grand performance in Game 1 contributing to the massive lead in the first half 14-1, posting a 15/12 KD and 87.4 ADR. seized had a strong showing on the defense holding down the A-bombsite. Though the second half was a bit slower on the offense, seized picked up a couple entry kills to help close Game 1 16-5. Game 2 seized had a great start on the offense on Mirage opening up the A-bombsite as well as taking control of mid for a 6-1 lead. However, seized was shut down for the remainder of the half until the team finished with an 8-7 lead. Though seized's performance in the second half was dismal as the team only contributed to three rounds won in the 16-11 Game 2 loss. seized earned an 18/23 KD following a 77.1 ADR.
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