have announced the departure of Mehmet "cNed"
Yağız İpek from their active roster.
The 2021 world champion joined NAVI ahead of the 2023 VCT, replacing Ardis "ardiis"
Svarenieks from the former
roster to complete the team.
cNed and the rest of NAVI performed well at the first international event of the year, placing among the top four at LOCK//IN after losing to
Emir Ali Beder
, the eventual victors of the tournament.
Looking to outperform their placement on the world stage, NAVI shakily qualified for Masters: Tokyo after placing fourth in the EMEA League. Unfortunately, the team failed to pick up a single win in Japan, and were sent home early after falling to
Zheng Yongkang (郑永康)
Wang Senxu (王森旭)
Tang Shijun (唐时俊)
Wan Shunji (万顺治)
Zhang Zhao (张钊)
Guo Haodong (郭浩东)
in Group A.
Relegated to the EMEA LCQ as part of their results, NAVI once again barely qualified to the next major event – Champions – after placing second in the LCQ. Their placement saw them thrown into Group D in Los Angeles alongside
Felipe de Loyola
Kim Gu-taek (김구택)
Goo Sang-Min (구상민)
Kim Ki-seok (김기석)
Yu Byung-chul (유병철)
Kim Myeong-gwan (김명관)
Jung Jae-sung (정재성)
Despite just barely losing to DRX in their opener, NAVI were only able to oust Team Liquid from the tournament before being sent home themselves by LOUD in a close three-map series.
Forced to watch from the sidelines for the rest of the year, the organization began making changes to its roster by swapping out cNed for ardiis to reunite the old FPX core.
Following cNed's departure,