I see you have moved the goal post from device has a higher playoff rating then s1mple, to device played better opposition, and is better against the best teams in the world, after this i'm going to make you move the goal posts even farther.
S1mple has better stats vs top 5 teams, 1.25 compared to devices rating of 1.20, so the gap is still significant. He played slightly less maps but still enough to prove he is still the best player in the world against top 5 teams as well.
Also something to note is that device doesn't have to play against the team with the most effective tactical system, one which is known for shutting down star players, meanwhile s1mple is 0.01 short of having the same rating against astralis that device has against top 5 opposition.
Starseries season 5 was not a joke run, they played sk gaming, and peak mousesports twice, thats the same mous that won sltv 4 a completely stacked event. As for Marseilles if device having good stats against fnatic is so impressive, and s1mple just boosted stats agasint shitters, then it would logically conclude s1mple would do poorly against fnatic, lets see how s1mple did against fnatic because they played a bo3 at that event, oh look he went +25 in the series with a 1.4 rating, maybe fnatic are not so hard to play. Also while your diminishing s1mples marseille run because he didn't play amazing opposition, you failed to notice he put up a 1.3 rating against the best team of all time, thats better then device playing against teams struggling to be in the top 10, like hellraisers, and g2. So if you put fnatic as the number 3 team, astralis was clearly the number 1 team, and mouse is definitely the number 4 team at the time, that means s1mple played the number 1,3, and 4 team in the world, and put up a 1.52 rating in the event.
If we remove sltv 5 then we also remove blast Istanbul, which was devices second best event statistically and was a much much much worse event then sltv season 5, the 3rd best team at the event was fucking nip, the 4th best team was cloud 9 with a stand in, and it was nearly all bo1s. Meanwhile sltv season4 had basically every top team except astralis and faze, and it was a BO3 swiss system, probably the most grueling and demanding format and tournament has ever had.
So while for the general stats s1mple has a slightly easier road, no matter which way you sort it s1mples stats are just significantly better then device, there is not a way around it, unless your willing to be really dishonest, or disingenuous.
So now what you need to do is just forget everything you said in your previous comment and argue that stats don't matter, and s1mple just baits, and all s1mples stats are super inflated because he gets all the best spots(conveniently forget on ct side dust 2 he pretty much solos b and mid in there default setup), and that somehow being on the most dominant team somehow makes your stats worse.
When you say this just ignore that every time the rest of astralis are not as good as they normally are, like at blast coopenhagen, and IEM chicago that devices stats get way worse.
Instead go with the line that after magisk joined within a month all 5 players on the team became 10-20% individually better, and it definitely isn't that playing on the team with the best system and teamwork of any team ever makes it easier to get more kills and better stats then if you didn't play in that system.
Or what you can do is you can just pretend the massive gap is stats are insignificant, Of course if you are going to take this route you will have to ignore that the difference in kpr between s1mple and device is the same as the difference in kpr between device and ropz, so if s1mple and device are very close statistically, that means device and ropz are very close statistically.
Don't worry about any of that though, just say the lines. You have already completely ignored what you said once, I believe in you you can do it again.