false, flipside and hellraisers still played tier 1 competition whenever they could. Neither of them was on a tier 1 team in 2014 and 2015,if you look at their match history they still played NiP, Na'Vi, fnatic, ldlc, etc. Their teams were roughly ranked with the same rating.
The only difference is that s1mples worst year was 1.15 rating, dev1ce career rating is 1.17. It's not even close, s1mple has been top1 all time for 2 years now.