s1mple: "Hope to show beautiful CS"

In our next interview from the ELEAGUE Major, Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev talked about Na`Vi's win against mousesports, their intense preparation for the event, and the biggest threats.

Natus Vincere kicked off their journey at the ELEAGUE Major with a dominating 16-3 victory against MOUZ on Cobblestone.


 s1mple sees Astralis as one of their biggest threats

After their first match, Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev talked to us about the match, Na`Vi's preparation, the format and more:

You had a very comfortable affair on Cobblestone against mousesports, anything you'd like to say about the match?

I just want to say that we played really great like we did in practice, at the bootcamp. We had a lot of confidence against them, we prepared against every team, we're ready to beat anyone.

Talking about the preparation, before the Major it came to light that you as a team had the most hours out of everyone, how much did you actually play as a team and individually?

We had about 22 practice days, 10 days of bootcamp. We woke up at 12, started talking about maps and practiced our communication after playing deathmatch. After this we had like five or six scrims, and after the scrims some went to sleep and me, flamie, GuardiaN and seized, we played FPL and slept for about 5-6 hours. And this we did for the 10 days.

What did you focus on during practice?

I focused on communication and teamplay with the players that I hold sites with, it was the most important thing, especially for me.

What about the map pool, in the past few months your map pool was very poor, with only Overpass being your consistently good map, were you able to fix that in the last few weeks?

Yeah, we just had a good bootcamp, it was great. We just played a lot of maps.

Talking about the teams here, who do you think will be your biggest threats? Any underdogs that could surprise?

I think our biggest threat is going to be Astralis, because they didn't want to practice us, and I'd say SK Gaming even if they have fox and changed a position. Gambit are playing really great right now, at least from practice, and they already won against North.

Was there anyone else that wanted to avoid you in practice?

We didn't play with OpTic, because they were in NA, we didn't play with fnatic or GODSENT, because they didn't search for scrims, I don't know why. And we didn't play against Astralis and mousesports.

You played the Swiss format once before in New York, what do you think it's going to be like for the Major, is it a good system in your opinion?

Yeah, it's a great system, because you have one more chance to go to playoffs. And you always change the opponent, you can't play the same team twice.

You've always played very well at the Majors, especially the last two. In Columbus you placed 3rd-4th, in Cologne you got second place, is it time for you to win one? What would that mean for you?

At the first Major, DreamHack Winter 2014 I placed in quarter-finals, in Columbus semi-final and in Cologne the final. I hope we can show great, beautiful Counter-Strike and prove that we're a good team.

Check out the other interviews we've conducted so far on day one of the ELEAGUE Major:

Poland Janusz "⁠Snax⁠" Pogorzelski: "It's always close vs. OpTic"
Portugal Ricardo "⁠fox⁠" Pacheco: "We played 12-14 hours a day"
France Richard "⁠shox⁠" Papillon: "FaZe can do pretty well here"
Kazakhstan Abay "⁠HObbit⁠" Khasenov: "We prepared for everyone"
Kazakhstan Abay 'HObbit' Khasenov
Abay 'HObbit' Khasenov
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
137
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.67
Portugal Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
Age:
35
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
500
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1008
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.66
Poland Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
965
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.18
Maps played:
499
KPR:
0.84
DPR:
0.70
I hope s1mple will show us beautiful CS as he said on this major.
2017-01-22 23:09
6 replies
#12
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United Kingdom trtr098
EZ 4 #CSGOD
2017-01-22 23:10
nice
2017-01-22 23:10
#25
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Iceland Iceland
Amazing
2017-01-22 23:10
#26
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Finland IFK
he himself is beautiful.
2017-01-22 23:10
wtf man, youre fucking monster, so fucking fast
2017-01-22 23:10
Ur fast
2017-01-23 21:40
#2
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Finland neksu
great words by s1mple!
2017-01-22 23:09
Let's go s1mple.
2017-01-22 23:13
nice !
2017-01-22 23:10
good luck P1mple
2017-01-22 23:10
#7
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Finland Despasiitto
He will
2017-01-22 23:10
g0ds1mpl3
2017-01-22 23:10
#13
NEO | 
Poland RuN[t]
<3
2017-01-22 23:09
n1
2017-01-22 23:09
nice!
2017-01-22 23:10
n1
2017-01-22 23:09
#18
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Sri Lanka cnsr
do it
2017-01-22 23:09
#21
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Iceland 29heldeg
eh no
2017-01-22 23:09
You're definetively showing us some beautiful CS s1mple, keep up
2017-01-22 23:10
#CSGOD
2017-01-22 23:11
s1mple's interpretation of beautiful cs: Falling and long distant noscopes, wallbang kills and knives Kappa
2017-01-22 23:11
Was there anyone else that wanted to avoid you in practice? We didn't play with OpTic, because they were in NA, we didn't play with fnatic or GODSENT, because they didn't search for scrims, I don't know why. ¯\_(&#12484;)_/¯
2017-01-22 23:15
Godsent and fnatic shuffle is already confirmed
2017-01-22 23:18
hope to rid acne
2017-01-22 23:19
#43
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Spain chuggo
The best player in the World!
2017-01-22 23:19
GL Na'Vi team and s1mple, win this major now!
2017-01-22 23:19
"some went to sleep" = edward?
2017-01-22 23:28
some went to sleep and me, seized, flamie, guardian played FPL LUL
2017-01-22 23:38
1 reply
sleeper guardian
2017-01-22 23:45
#50
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Portugal 69_mL
I hope NAVI will take this Major S1mple is top 3 player last 3 years gl Natus
2017-01-22 23:44
1 reply
#55
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Spain chuggo
+1
2017-01-23 00:07
#51
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Portugal 69_mL
some went to sleep and me, seized, flamie, guardian played FPL xD
2017-01-22 23:45
1 reply
#67
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Denmark pistolen
Edward y u have 2 sleep that much :(
2017-01-26 18:39
edward sleeping beauty lul
2017-01-23 04:37
#61
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Luxembourg alex24
toxic simple as usual
2017-01-23 08:06
2 replies
good luck with b8
2017-01-23 12:37
1 reply
#64
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Luxembourg alex24
no bait i really do think hes toxic :)
2017-01-23 13:29
Good interwiew. As always he has to do his best
2017-01-23 12:49
Rising Legend
2017-01-26 06:29
he will carry them to the finals
2017-01-26 18:41
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