s1mple: "seized the secondary sniper"

We've reached out to Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev to find out what the offers he received were, how he's been adjusting to Natus Vincere and their SL i-League StarSeries debut.

Earlier this month Natus Vincere announced the signing of Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev, who replaced former in-game leader and veteran Danylo "⁠Zeus⁠" Teslenko on the active roster.

In their first week of playing together, Natus Vincere already showed some of the strength of the new lineup, winning all four maps in ESL Pro League Season 4, against elite-level teams Astralis and G2.


s1mple has been a perfect teammate, according to GuardiaN

We finally got to talk to the new addition about his teamless period after definitively leaving Liquid, and found out which other offers he received during that time.

He also explained what the first week of playing with Na`Vi has been like, how they distribute AWPing duties and what his goals for SL i-League StarSeries Season 2 Finals are:

Let's first talk about the few weeks when you knew you weren't going to stay in Liquid after Cologne, can you share anything about the offers you got?

I had like 4-5 offers to join a team, one of these offers was FaZe, that was the closest offer to Na`Vi.

Had you stayed in Liquid, how do you think that particular lineup would do over the next few months, considering what it accomplished in only weeks?

I don't know, I can't say when everything is over. Maybe we would do better after the Major, or become worse, it's a very hard question, but I think we might have been even better if I stayed in Liquid.

What about their new roster with Pimp, who is an entirely different player, can they match Liquid's previous success?

I believe in this team and I believe in Jacob, they didn't start their season of ESL Pro League well enough, but there are a lot players with a huge amount of experiece, especially after the second place at the Major. They should just practice and everything is gonna be good in this team.

When did you first get in talks with Na`Vi and with whom specifically? Did you immediately say yes or were there other offers you were considering as well?

seized invited me to join Natus Vincere after ELEAGUE. As I said, there were other offers. I was thinking about it for a few days and after that I answered Na`Vi that I want to play with them and be part of this organization.

s1mple 


s1mple left secondary AWPing to seized

While skill-wise I don't think anyone argues this move is very exciting, there are questions about you fitting into the team personality-wise. Do you think being surrounded by five experienced and respected teammates helps you in that aspect?

I fit in this team very quickly. Everyone helps me - players, coach, our manager. To be honest - I'm happy to be here, it has become my new home for the next years.

How are the AWPing duties split between you, GuardiaN and also seized who used to be a secondary sniper?

Seized is the secondary sniper, I'd like to play without the AWP if it's working and my team is winning.

You've won all four Pro League matches and practised for about a week now, how confident do you feel prior to your LAN debut at SL i-League StarSeries? Would you only be satisfied with a win or would another high placing be acceptable considering you've only just joined?

We should just play our game that we're gonna practice before SLTV finals. Like all other players I want to win our first LAN tournament and make a lot people that support us happy.

You're attending a bootcamp alongside SK Gaming, what is the idea behind doing a joint bootcamp such as this one?

The idea is to practice with the best team in the world, spend some time together, get to know everyone better and become better.

Any last words?

Thank you everyone for the support.

Natus Vincere are currently attending a bootcamp alongside SK during their week off in ESL Pro League, preparing for their LAN debut, SL i-League StarSeries Season 2 Finals, set to take place in Kiev from September 7-11.

Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1400
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.17
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.24
Maps played:
1300
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.10
Ayayay Navi tier3 inc
2016-08-23 19:00
8 replies
navi ez top1
2016-08-23 19:05
#62
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World twsCS
nt
2016-08-23 19:05
nt Virtus.premier
2016-08-23 20:12
4 replies
nt g2, envy tier 50
2016-08-24 11:47
3 replies
they at least stayed in pro league. They didn't need the group to be widened to get in.
2016-08-24 14:10
2 replies
wow, what a surprise, vp lost some games ONLINE what planet are you living on?
2016-08-24 14:11
1 reply
The planet of Earth, where VP is shit online, Navi is the new #1, Fnatic is shit, Godsent is good, mouz isn't a german team, and SK has fallen from power.
2016-08-24 14:15
#191
shox | 
Canada dB-
no, you're thinking of VP ;)
2016-08-24 11:34
wow sick man!
2016-08-23 19:00
#9
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Germany GeoRg___J
lul
2016-08-23 19:00
#14
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Yugoslavia pepols))))
lulz k den , -guardian?
2016-08-23 19:00
#15
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Poland marco555
dfg
2016-08-23 19:00
ok
2016-08-23 19:00
'lp
2016-08-23 19:00
#18
niko | 
Denmark ilnert
use 3 awp and ez
2016-08-23 19:00
#21
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Sweden DEFENSE!
Sweet :D
2016-08-23 19:00
#26
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Sweden lagcats
waaaaat
2016-08-23 19:00
lul
2016-08-23 19:00
hi
2016-08-23 19:00
:(
2016-08-23 19:00
k
2016-08-23 19:00
#33
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Finland JAEK
W0000 lets go
2016-08-23 19:00
#35
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Sweden EMDIE
HAHAHAHAha SEIzED SNIPER AHAAHAHA
2016-08-23 19:00
dumb move imo
2016-08-23 19:00
ez s1mple
2016-08-23 19:00
13
2016-08-23 19:00
13th
2016-08-23 19:00
#41
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Portugal 69_mL
S1mple CSGOD
2016-08-23 19:00
w t f
2016-08-23 19:00
seized awp > s1mple awp
2016-08-23 19:00
18 replies
not really :)
2016-08-23 19:01
LOL
2016-08-23 19:03
expected from UK noob, knows nothing about CS.
2016-08-23 19:07
15 replies
expected from- oh wait, damn. No flag... Trying to talk shit about someones country is pretty hypocritical when ur country is so bad you have to hide it :/
2016-08-23 19:19
14 replies
not all the flags can be chosen.
2016-08-23 19:28
13 replies
yeah, but hltv probably has the flags they know of. If this guy isnt from a country that has a flag then chances are hes in a 10th world country mate so regardless he still cant talk shit
2016-08-23 19:54
12 replies
Why are you making us look bad by saying stupid things
2016-08-23 20:44
11 replies
Who are you going at? Some hypocrite no-flagger talks shit about our country and you're coming to me saying im being stupid? I don't represent the UK mate
2016-08-23 21:38
10 replies
He calls you noob because you say noob things :>
2016-08-23 22:29
9 replies
elaborate.
2016-08-23 23:07
8 replies
You said seized is better at awp
2016-08-23 23:30
7 replies
oh my lord you are retarded
2016-08-23 23:56
6 replies
Typical Britistan
2016-08-24 14:34
5 replies
atleast im not 2d
2016-08-24 16:31
4 replies
Japan 2d? Kek, typical UK education.
2016-08-24 16:52
3 replies
yes mate that wasnt a stereotype at all just terrible education you got me mr red dot
2016-08-24 17:38
2 replies
Nice English
2016-08-24 22:25
1 reply
jap trying to correct my native tounge. You dont have a clue what you are on about do you?
2016-08-24 22:49
#CSGOD
2016-08-23 19:00
#47
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Andorra Wolter
lmao
2016-08-23 19:01
Rip navi
2016-08-23 19:01
USHUASHAUISDHSA SEIZED SNIPER KKKKKKKKK
2016-08-23 19:01
2 replies
seized is actually sick
2016-08-23 19:14
typical pereiro
2016-08-24 23:03
can't wait to see SK vs NaVi
2016-08-23 19:01
Faze to poor to buy s1mple and they get AWP ,,C,, category Allu 4Head
2016-08-23 19:02
6 replies
No lol. navi is just a 10x better team..
2016-08-23 19:08
navi is just much stronger than faze.
2016-08-23 19:21
4 replies
i know ukraines they are greedy nation can do everything for moneys if faze give s1mple better salary than navi he will be join to this trash stack
2016-08-23 19:23
3 replies
#123
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Poland Astoner55
Bestest englando in an world i are think
2016-08-23 19:56
disagree... s1mple has the best perspectives with Navi. that is the reason.
2016-08-23 19:59
Uhh...or maybe he just wants to play with a team that is a MILLION fucking times better (and definitely heaps better than his Liquid teammates), so that he has a legitimate chance to win the next major (not to mention the other tournaments) and easily make up for the smaller salary, with teammates that speak his language...? No, yeah, Ukrainians are greedy xDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD kill yourself
2016-08-23 22:22
n1
2016-08-23 19:03
why is seized the secondary? he's ok at it but s1mple is for sure better
2016-08-23 19:03
14 replies
#72
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Ukraine AndriyK
even Edward is better :D
2016-08-23 19:07
seized is consistent awper hitting most easy shots also he can hit hard ones too. s1mple is more incosistent with awp and he hit more hard shots than seized but he also miss more easy shots than him.
2016-08-23 19:47
7 replies
#125
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Sweden ShageN
s1mple is much accurate and fast with an AWP than seized... and s1mple is better AWper than seized in general. but i just think s1mple don't want to spoil their relationships in team. that's the main reason to left seized 1nd awping imo.
2016-08-23 19:58
2 replies
"1nd" i giggled here xD
2016-08-23 20:37
1 reply
#216
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Sweden ShageN
i mean 2nd. missclick.
2016-10-21 05:00
seized is for sure not more consistent
2016-08-23 20:51
3 replies
yes he is? seized is one of the most consistent players in navi.
2016-08-24 00:25
2 replies
consistent AWPER he said, which s1mple is better at
2016-08-24 01:35
1 reply
nah. s1mple miss so many easy shots and hit only flashy ones. seized hit many easy shots. seized is so fucking underrated especially as a 2nd awper.
2016-08-24 01:39
What we could learn from the 4 ESL matches, seized takes very static role when AWPing and holds one bomb site only on CT. That role is something that doesn't really fit for s1mple nor for GuardiaN.. and in fact, is perfect double AWPer role with Guardian, as Guardian likes to move a lot. As s1mple like to play similar "hunter" style as Guardian, even on CT, where they actively try to find the first kill, seems like NaVi tries to use both of them in this role, while seized, Edward and flamie take much more stationary role. Thus, better to have one AWP hunter and one M4. On terrorist NaVi doesn't seem to use double AWP. But I personally think they should play T -side so that if GuardiaN dies, s1mple should swap to AWP if possible in mid-round. That way they would get full potential of having two of top5 aggressive AWPers in the team.
2016-08-23 19:55
2 replies
+1
2016-08-23 19:59
People are awp crazy. Double awp costs so much money and if u can 1 AK people like simple it's way better on almost every map and every situation. It's not 1.6 or css. Awp is nerfed in go.
2016-08-23 23:14
Old saying... if you just caught the bus you can't sit on the window.
2016-08-23 19:59
Cause simple is a rifle god. He's nasty with every weapon and drills headshots all day. Obviously the best decision.
2016-08-23 23:08
#57
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Germany L4Ndo
s1mple becoming adult. wp man, wp
2016-08-23 19:04
5 replies
Media training, coaching, management.. They trained him well.. He like Aniken Skywalker yet to become Darth Vader.. Only teh future will tell
2016-08-23 19:05
4 replies
#65
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Germany L4Ndo
so his son will be the one bringing balance between na and eu cs?
2016-08-23 19:06
3 replies
Yes, did I spoiled it all now?
2016-08-23 19:07
2 replies
#76
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Germany L4Ndo
na. it's all about the journey m8 let's watch a new legendary team rise
2016-08-23 19:08
1 reply
#58
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Poland Spanksss
ayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
2016-08-23 19:04
Thank u my mom for watching my girlfriend
2016-08-23 19:04
OMG WTF R U KIDDING ME
2016-08-23 19:06
What a wasted talent. s1mple can be one of the greats with the awp; he can really be regarded as the "markeloff" of csgo but all of the teams he is on are constantly making him pick up a rifle. Just let the man be. This community has made him into a whipped bitch that is pressured not to play with the awp as long as the team he is on is winning. Let him pursue his passion and maybe we will see how high his skill cap as an awper really is.
2016-08-23 19:06
5 replies
#74
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Sweden ShageN
Now he is faaar from Markeloff 1.6. He need to do really a HUUUGE work to be called "markeloff of CSGO". But for sure he is the best player skill-wise nowadays imo. The strongest one.
2016-08-23 19:08
2 replies
I know he is far to be markeloff of csgo and I am upset because he is not putting ALL of his work towards becoming that as he is now going to rifle for navi for god knows for how long. Sure mentally he will be a better player but skillwise his awping will suffer imo.
2016-08-23 19:40
1 reply
#124
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Sweden ShageN
I think he will still practice with an AWP anyway..
2016-08-23 19:57
he need to do a lot of work to be the "markeloff of cs go" :)
2016-08-23 19:20
would be awesome if he win everyhing and became a Markeloff of CS:GO
2016-08-23 19:26
#66
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Turkey xxxjet
NaVi gonna beat SK next Tournament :)
2016-08-23 19:06
2 replies
Cold says no Kappa I hope both teams improve with each other and we get some awesome games like the navi vs lg games :D
2016-08-23 20:19
1 reply
o_o first normal .br fan.
2016-08-23 21:02
I'd like to play without the AWP if it's working and my team is winning Meaning once Na`Vi start losing, s1mple will try to grab that role straight away, no matter from whom - GuardiaN or seized. Mark my words, he will fuck everything up with his strong belief that he's the best and knows everything better than the others.
2016-08-23 19:06
8 replies
Nah, he knows that his team is experienced enough, even if they will loose sometimes he knows that the problem isnt the players.
2016-08-23 19:12
1 reply
Implying his previous teams that he trashtalked like an idiot weren't experienced enough? And how do you know what's "enough" for him in terms of experience? And who cares about the experience when you still lose?
2016-08-23 21:12
he respects Na`Vi too much to do that shit...
2016-08-23 19:13
4 replies
I really hope he does, but he showed it many times that he respects only himself and may be his friends (like Hiko), but he has no friends in Na`Vi yet and who knows if he will manage to get some...
2016-08-23 21:14
3 replies
How do you know that he isnt friends with the members of NaVi ? have you ask everyone in the team or do you assume thats the case because of earlier circumstances?
2016-08-23 21:30
you are really wrong here dude... you probably didn't knew it, but s1mple is in really good friendship with Seized. And he respects Edward and Starix very much, they are like his idols(like all old Na`Vi 1.6 members). +he never show disrespect to GuardiaN, he respects him too i think. trust me, i know better ;)
2016-08-23 21:38
1 reply
i know better s1mple thinks the same way xD Dude, I cheer for Na`Vi and I do want you to be right, but s1mple proved everyone wrong many times in the past about his maturity. I will be glad to turn out being mistaken though.
2016-08-24 17:22
shat ap coldzera hacker
2016-08-23 22:08
LUL...nt s1mple, now you cry and you got secondary sniper
2016-08-23 19:07
#70
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Sweden ShageN
The #NewRisingLegend
2016-08-23 19:07
the new legend is coming...
2016-08-23 19:09
1 reply
+100500
2016-08-23 19:12
#79
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Brazil arunino
one of the skillest players @ the Galaxy
2016-08-23 19:10
1 reply
#187
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Australia KARMAAAYT
Well... he is with the GuardiaN of the Galaxy. ;)
2016-08-24 10:34
makes sense
2016-08-23 19:12
#84
jks | 
Turkey paviz0
if he had gone to faze faze would be top1 no doubt. a top tier awper is all they need atm
2016-08-23 19:13
2 replies
agree, but in Navi it looks much more cool i think
2016-08-23 19:14
1 reply
#88
jks | 
Turkey paviz0
y i wish he adapts as fast as he can to navi but i still think he would fit better to faze not including the language factor nor the player friendships
2016-08-23 19:15
#87
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Turkey KacaKTV
nice
2016-08-23 19:15
woooooooooooooooooow!
2016-08-23 19:16
lol, rip guardiaN?
2016-08-23 19:16
3 replies
why? guardian = 1st AWP, seized = second.
2016-08-23 19:18
1 reply
and s1mple is a rifeler player?
2016-08-23 20:09
wtf?
2016-08-23 19:25
S1mple #CSGOD is huuuungryyyy for wins!
2016-08-23 19:17
RIP no-scopes graffiti.
2016-08-23 19:19
the King
2016-08-23 19:19
seized is shit with awp wtf s1mple ur a god :(
2016-08-23 19:21
4 replies
Seized is shit with awp? Buy some eyes please.
2016-08-23 21:21
3 replies
clean toilet fagot s1mple way better
2016-08-23 22:21
2 replies
That's what the favela Kid said
2016-08-24 11:23
1 reply
Atleast we have faketaxi Here not like in ur poor country
2016-08-24 11:34
#101
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Faroe Islands Arismendi
RIP the dynamic duo Guardian/S1mple FeelsBadMan
2016-08-23 19:23
1 reply
xD
2016-08-23 19:24
The best player on the planet!!!
2016-08-23 19:24
sad!
2016-08-23 19:25
s1mple awp > seized awp :(
2016-08-23 19:26
2 replies
+1
2016-08-23 19:32
Yeah his rifles are much better than seized also so this is the obvious decision. People are just awp crazy. Truth be told simple is a more effective player with rifles. He might be the best rifle in the game.
2016-08-23 23:23
without awp?
2016-08-23 19:27
S1mple AWP is better........ but okay! seized is cool too.
2016-08-23 19:32
Fox>simple
2016-08-23 19:41
3 replies
Kappa
2016-08-23 19:41
2 replies
CyberFocus > S1mple
2016-08-23 21:33
1 reply
Kappa
2016-08-23 21:35
#118
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Austria db42
inb4 he gets murdered by taco / dead / zews kek
2016-08-23 19:41
S1mple official killer with knife hahahaha
2016-08-23 19:42
a
2016-08-23 20:00
3 replies
nice post dude, makes sense.
2016-08-23 20:01
2 replies
8
2016-08-23 20:01
1 reply
ok you're r3t4rd3d.
2016-08-23 20:03
#133
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Norway sparta92
GL NaVi My favorite team and favorite player s1mple
2016-08-23 20:04
A little bit expected.
2016-08-23 20:04
I think s1mple won't user AWP until the first hard match at big LAN, and when things became very difficult for NaVi, he will say - "Ok, drop me that thing and will do some flying noscopes"
2016-08-23 20:29
1 reply
ez
2016-08-23 20:30
#143
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Thailand hahahoha
rip most exciting awp player in the world
2016-08-23 20:47
2 replies
+1 sad story
2016-08-23 20:52
jdm still alive m9
2016-08-23 20:58
weird decision. seized pls man up ffs you know s1mple > you in AWPing
2016-08-23 21:12
Nice script
2016-08-23 21:18
Video interviews only pls.
2016-08-23 21:19
Sucks 2 see s1mple rifling as he reaches the prime of his career. Make the most out of it. Give up the awp and let him loose.
2016-08-23 21:47
1 reply
#188
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Australia KARMAAAYT
I have a feeling seized will start sucking and s1mple will take it over at some stage.
2016-08-24 10:36
pray for #CSGOD
2016-08-23 22:04
s1mple <3
2016-08-23 22:13
From a general perspective, it's like... why the he**? s1mple is KNOWN for being a world class AWPer. Wtf would they NOT use him as secondary AWPer behind Guardian? What I can think of is that they don't want to change the team roles around too much. But.. you have s1mple? Who the heck cares about the roles, he's one of the best AWPers in the world. I feel it's a mistake. I think Seized should become pretty much full time rifler, and let s1mple and Guardian handle the big green guns.
2016-08-23 23:12
3 replies
Ur wrong. His rifles are maybe best in the world. Noobs just think awp is the most important thing.
2016-08-23 23:29
2 replies
I think he made a good point. A solid awper really is a HUGE thing in a team, always has been. s1mple is a great awper, that's why FaZe wanted him, they wanted an awper. s1mple refused the offer so they picked allu to awp.
2016-08-24 11:44
1 reply
Little late on this bUT - they have a solid awper. Guardian. As good as simple might be with awp I can't think of anyone better with rifles. Give him the AK and let him go to town imo.
2016-09-06 21:07
i feel like simple had someone else answering for him? most professional interview ive ever seen from simple haha
2016-08-23 23:51
"The idea is to practice with the best team in the world, spend some time together, get to know everyone better and become better." seems he's not 13 anymore, i like it :p
2016-08-24 00:13
seized > s1mple.
2016-08-24 03:19
flamie > cold
2016-08-24 03:45
#184
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United States stotte
Good to see that s1mple has faith in Team Liquid. That's what I'm talkin about. Give Pimp some time and he'll fit in nicely. #TLWIN #TLGO
2016-08-24 05:42
they are testing s1mple's patience
2016-08-24 07:48
LOL!! WTF ? :DDD
2016-08-24 09:18
S1MPLE<3
2016-08-24 10:42
So it seems like FaZe has been looking for a new player for quite some time now. fox was rektering teams back in 1.6 with his awp but for some reason he just couldn't reach the required level in Kinguin or FaZe. If the chemistry is there I think NaVi can reach a whole new level with s1mple and NaVi was the right choice for him, no question.
2016-08-24 11:37
well considering s1mple replaced dank memer who is known for being mad at his team mates when they dont play as good as usually.
2016-08-24 11:47
if they wanna win they should put simple as the number 2 awp'er
2016-08-24 13:08
He could still be secondary t-side awper. What I mean is, if Guardian gets picked off, and they still want to open the map up, s1mple is the right guy. I think that usually seized is only secondary awper ct-side holding defensive positions. Navi probably don't need 2 awpers going aggressive at the same time ct-side(might get predictable, throw it in every now and then might work).
2016-08-24 16:08
-s1mple +me
2016-08-24 16:45
who cares... to overrated anyway
2016-08-26 23:38
#s1mple CSDOG
2016-08-28 10:55
simple good but not best (jw best)
2016-08-28 10:58
Wtff Guardian? Secondary Awper should be S1mple NOT seized. Now what is going to happen to guardian?
2016-08-28 11:03
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