those days of s1mple playing like this are loooooooooooooooooong gone. Those times i was of course a big fan of s1mple. Nowadays I watch navi games and its boring, feels like astralis winning during astralis era (its actually more enjoyable but still). But navi aside, its very simple for me - i am a fan of whoever is doing something extraordinary. I'm not a fan just cause i like the player. I like the player, cause im a fan of what he is capable of. Zywoo the most, but even niko or k0nfig, m0nesy, torzsi, sh1ro, hobbit, yekindar. They all could be an inspiration for me. S1mple doesnt really show me anything that leaves me in shock. His game understanding and tier 1 experience, positioning, its all insane, but... device had that too and no1 was really a big fan of that. Guess why, he wasnt doing anything flashy. And although s1mple flickshots might be impressive, they arent impressive for me anymore, there is not a lot that is out of this world anymore and you know, i would like to enjoy watching him but i simply don enjoy him THAT much and I am real csgo enthusiast. Ive played on quite a high level in teams and i really am confident that i know a lot of technicalities about cs and pro play. I see mouse movements of zywoo that are unseen by any other pro. Tight peek deagle kill on door nuke vs Astralis or the way he peeks silo and shoots with awp using his movement and instantly turns back strafing backwards into secret stairs, avoiding refrag from outside. The 1vs3 efortless clutch in the grand final with 14 bullets. I can see that he can readjust his tracking so fucking fast that there is literally nobody in the pro cs world that can do this so efortless and so consistent. He is literally one of the most precise players yet hes so fast and loose while turning around corners. The mechanical ability of zywoo leaves s1mple far far behind. S1mple is only good with his mouse, he cant do any advanced moves. Despite strafe stats from lets say leetify, s1mple movement while shooting is also nowhere near to zywoos level, this is very visible when zywoo goes aggresive with awp and is always ready to shoot in the moment of counter strafe. S1mple is very static and he also has way more room for mistakes and manouvers. Zywoo is often holding everything solo, examples: solo banana hold with no support on CT overpass, solo A site holds on Dust 2 CT, solo A short holds on inferno CT. Dont even get me started on entryfragging... s1mple has good entry stats just cause hes an excellent awper in a well rounded team built for him. He almost never entries and raraly is put in tough situations, zywoo has to take map control solo, zywoo has to entry during executes and he can actually do it all on a level that is top1 in the world. Also... while maintaining better stats than s1mple (not this year finally, navi is too powerful and of course team winning/losing highly affects stats, but this thing you probably know, youre not stupid).
I could go on for long, but lets also say that zywoo is the best clutcher in the game. You can disagree of course :D But his decision making is uncomparable for me. Maybe xyp9x is on his level, but lets not compare these two, different players, different skillset.
As for what the pros are saying.... yea, everyone is praising s1mple currently, what a surprise. It just happens that a year or 2 ago, there were videos asking pros whos better, and pros were in favor of zywoo. They were saying very similar things to those you can hear in dexerto video. There is nothing that has drastically changed in the skillset of those 2, just the environment for s1mple is now sick. He even played better in 2020 than in 2021 imo.
also you can check #120