Birthday: January 4, 1989
Nationality: Ukrainian
Role: Coach
Earnings: ~$15,000.00
World Rank: #73

Mykhailo “kane” Blagin – Player Profile

Mykhailo “kane” Blagin is a veteran professional CSGO player, currently coaching the team Natus Vincere. Formerly a very successful player, he is known for his achievements in the role of in-game leader of pro100 and Virtus.pro.

He has some well-noticed capabilities of leading a team, and any team to have him as their leader is not to be underestimated. His career is long, and he has the experience to match.

Personal Info and Team Orientation

Kane is born in Kharkiv, the second largest city in Ukraine on 4. January 1989. Initially, while he was a child, Kane’s passion was sport – soccer. However, following an injury, while he was 14 years old, Kane discovered an alternative he loved – Counter-Strike.


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In the beginning, he called himself SolomonKane, because he loved reading fantasy. He took the name from the homonymous book, Solomon Kane. As he says, he took it from a book, as the movie was “pretty weak”. As time went on, he simply shortened it to Kane as we know it today.

First Team

His first CSGO team was Pro100 he joined in 2001. They had a number of successful tournaments. They won the first place in the first tournament of Donetsk. Their most successful roster was formed in 2004 and included some players he is playing in NaVi now with – Danylo “Zeus” Teslenko and Ioann “Edward” Sukhairev. They won bronze on ASUS Autumn Cup 2004, and a year later gold on ASUS Autumn Cup 2005. he left the team in 2007.

Loss of motivation

While Mikhail was in his prime for gaming, Esports was definitely not a thing we know today. The money involved was absolutely minimal, and it was not really possible to make a living by playing games. He said that the problem was that there was no paychecks or main financial sources. The only money they got was from winning tournaments, which was not even enough to live and manage teams for a month or two.

So, as a result, he switched to a Poker career.  This was a much better option if you wanted to make a living by playing. During his career, he won many tournaments, with his largest cha-ching being $12,000. He said the money was so easy, he didn’t even think about tomorrow. He thought he would always win. Of course, as he treated life like there’s no tomorrow, he spent most of it.


Return to Counter-Strike

His former colleagues and friends Danylo “Zeus” Teslenko and John “Edward” Sukhairev told him that he should become an assistant coach. They said Kane had some really bright and useful ideas, and he should try and make use of that. At the end of the year 2015, he started noticing that teams could do a lot better.

Mykhailo kane Blagin

Kane and Zeus held mostly together, being part of both FlipSid3 and Gambit Esports together. After that story ended, they both joined Natus Vincere, where they are to this date. They say that the atmosphere “absolutely works” and there is no reason to leave.

The teams Mykhailo played CS: Global Offensive for are:

  • pro100

  • Virtus.pro

  • FlipSid3 Tactics (Coach)

  • Gambit Esports (Coach)

  • Natus Vincere (Coach)

What is Kane’s team role?

For many years, Kane didn’t play Counter-Strike himself. Instead, he coached, after being told by his colleagues that his ideas are very useful. His ideas and bright mind helped many people in his rosters organize between each other and form a functional unity to beat their numerous rival teams.

What are Kane’s accolades?

  • Was one of the most successful players of the early Counter-Strike scene

  • Is regarded as a Coach with valuable experience and ability to transfer knowledge

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