s1mple: I care about the result

After finishing their first match at the HTC 2v2 Invitational, Na`Vi's duo sat down with HLTV.org to talk about the tournament and the current state of competitive CS:GO.

Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev and Denis "seized" Kostin fell to FaZe's duo in the opening match of the HTC 2v2 Invitational, losing 2-1 to one of the favorites for the tournament—Nikola "NiKo" Kovač and Håvard "rain" Nygaard.


s1mple thinks that all tournaments should use the same coaching rule

Following their match, the two Natus Vincere representatives talked to us about the tournament, their motivation, and hot topics such as academy teams, different coaching rules, and female CS.

Why are you the Na`Vi duo here, were you both invited, or did you both want to come more than the rest?

seized: It was supposed to be s1mple and GuardiaN, but GuardiaN couldn’t make it here so I came instead.

Why did you decide to come?

seized: I was here last year for the 1v1 tournament and I liked it, so I wanted to come back.

And what is it you like about these tournaments?

seized: I like this tournament because they’re funny, you come and meet the other players, and I don’t care so much about the result.

s1mple: I care about the result.

Haha, a lot?

s1mple: Yeah, so I’m going to go sleep at midnight because we have a game at 11, and I don’t want to lose to the girls.

seized: the pressure is on. [laughs]

Talking about female CS, why do you think they can’t reach the same level as males?

s1mple: I think they have a lot of things they have to do in real life. A lot of girls want to be beautiful, and they want a lot of things, but for us, it’s just work. We understand this, and I hope they will see it as work one day. I hope a female team can make it to the Major qualifiers one day.

And what about online CS, do you think it’s still relevant?

s1mple: I don’t think it’s important, but for example the six spots for the LAN finals in Pro League are really important for us. But I don’t know. Just online games, they’re not important at all. Qualifying for LAN is important for any team.

seized: Online and LAN is very different. I would prefer to play only on LAN.

It appears lately it has become a bit harder to predict results and outcomes in tournaments or find very dominant teams, do you think it has to do with the high level of competition, or the current meta, or something else?

s1mple: I think it has to do with the high level of competition there is. Everyone is practicing a lot, and trying hard. A lot of new teams, good players.

seized: Every team now has a coach, every team knows how you play, and trying to counter…

s1mple: And now organizations are signing academy teams, so for example in the future the main team can practice against the academy team and not show strats to other teams.

And what do you think about academy teams, are they good for the game?

s1mple: They can’t play some tournaments, right? I think that’s a bad thing. I think academy teams are good for CS.

seized: I think it’s good for countries. After a few years, more talents will be able to grow. Right now, for example, in CIS, we have a few really good players, but if you compare it to Swedish or Danish CS, they have a much deeper pool.

You mentioned coaching and teams now all having coaches, how do you feel about different tournaments having different rules about coaching? Do you think the ruleset should be unified?

s1mple: I think all tournaments should use the same coaching rules, every big tournament should just follow Valve's rules.

How has that gone for you? You’ve had to change IGL several times, and have gone through different coaches.

seized: When starix was our IGL we had this problem because for example, in one tournament he could talk, and he could decide what we have to do to play better… Now Andi is the coach, and I’m the IGL all the time, so we don’t care so much anymore.

Have you been enjoying it more, or is it something you feel forced to do?

seized: Some days I enjoy it, when everything is going well, but when it’s not going well, sometimes it’s pretty bad.

How is Andi adapting to the team as a coach?

s1mple: I think he is adapting really well. He needs a bit more experience, but he is good for the team. Now he’s helping with strats and helping seized become a better IGL. It’s fun to work with him.

seized: He’s trying to fix our mental problems and trying to create a better team spirit, which is a very important thing.

s1mple, you used to be a bit more free and now it seems you’ve been playing more roles. How has the adaptation gone?

s1mple: It’s good on the T sides… wait, let me think… It’s easier for me to adapt to this playstyle even though I sometimes still want to go get entries, but I’m trying to do it for the team. It’s easier for me on T side than CT side. Sometimes I need to decide on CT side if we double AWP, and that can destroy our economy… I’m not playing very passive on many maps, I’m still playing like before, but a little bit more calm in some situations.

Last but not least, what is for you the most satisfying thing about CS?

s1mple: The competition. I also love the fans and traveling around the world. It’s always nice to see other people from different countries.

But what about in-game?

s1mple: I just enjoy the game. Even when losing. Many players need to understand that losing they can get a lot of experience, and that they should never give up. Even if they lose 16-0 like we did against mouz [laughs].

seized: I love my job, seeing new countries and new people, but talking about CS, I totally agree with s1mple.

Russia Denis 'seized' Kostin
Denis 'seized' Kostin
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1224
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1179
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1148
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1069
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.11
rekt
2017-05-13 19:43
s1mple: I care about the result But mr s1mple, the real question is "Does the result care about you?"
2017-05-15 12:24
#5
jks | 
World Spourma 
expected
2017-05-13 19:43
ez
2017-05-13 19:43
#7
Jonti | 
Japan MrBean444 
n1n1
2017-05-13 19:43
#8
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Malta Yarrak 
#news1mple
2017-05-13 19:43
#9
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Russia band1 
kick seized then
2017-05-13 19:43
#10
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Argentina Jijador 
Lol
2017-05-13 19:44
nice simple ofc care about result hes a winner
2017-05-13 19:44
I want interview with xantares
2017-05-13 19:44
Stay tuned :3
2017-05-13 19:47
Do youlll translate the conversation or do they really give an interview in english?
2017-05-13 19:51
#37
Jame | 
Iceland xijmplr 
coach will translate?
2017-05-13 19:56
xijmplr, he does not have choach with him I guess
2017-05-13 19:59
#42
Jame | 
Iceland xijmplr 
He had a manager/translator while SPUNJ interviewed him :) BTW: clips.twitch.tv/WildTawdryLeopardMcaT
2017-05-13 20:00
oh, I didnt know that. thx man :)
2017-05-13 20:03
I wonder who will translate it
2017-05-13 19:57
lol
2017-05-13 20:02
#81
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Germany JuaNiko_^ 
rip english as a language
2017-05-13 23:20
I'm feeling, thank you.
2017-05-15 12:29
s1mple thinks he is good LUL
2017-05-13 19:44
He IS good
2017-05-13 19:47
I mean as "top player" level... cleraly not even top10 in 2017 =p ruined navi and cant perform on important matches, as we saw on majors etc only important final he played good was NY, and hes been playing for years :>
2017-05-13 19:49
You're an idiot.
2017-05-13 20:02
tell me where I'm wrong :> uk cs LUL
2017-05-13 20:03
You're wrong by saying s1mple is not a top level player. He's easily a top 10 player in 2017. And the fact you try to relate how INDIVIDUALLY skilled a player is by team results is beyond me.
2017-05-13 20:04
as individual he choked on lots of important games on lan, including major semis against lg, AND major finals against SK, gave away man advantage multiple times on both ocasions... cant perform against the best teams, and still, stomp people when play against tier2 etc xd overated AFFFFF ahahahah he did nothing to be in the top10 2017 so far =p
2017-05-13 20:15
Can't argue with an idiot I guess
2017-05-13 20:50
of course you cant... you cant put arguments so you call the guy idiot XD very smart persan and intelligent xd thank mr uk
2017-05-13 20:51
You are literally a retard
2017-05-13 23:19
still no arguments :> mad s1mple fanboi
2017-05-13 23:31
Yes man of course. All the "facts" you brought up are conpletely true and not just made up. Brazil is just the best at eeeeverything. Top 5 best players are all in sk. We have world star talents like coldzero and fall and taco and the other faveLas. The rest of the world is shit.
2017-05-14 02:34
you are full of shit LUL, I never compared to any br related shit xd go and watch the games I mentioned... if s1mple didnt choke then I'm stupid :< but guess what, he choked LUL next to shox, cold, olof, snax... s1mple is nothing :> he is miles and miles away from those guys :> just facts :> #thecryisfree
2017-05-14 02:35
What the fuck are you on about. Do you know how an argument works? You give a point, evidence and explain how it supports ur stance. Uve pointed out some complete bogus statement and are telling me to go and find evidence supporting your argument. Fuck off m8.
2017-05-14 02:38
top players = go ham on important games, win finals with dominance, do it 100000x, even with their team losing, they still go ham. chokers and streamers = play very good, stomp tier2+, have highlights... but choke and cant perform on big lans semis and finals top players = shox,coldzera,snax chokers and streamers: shroud,s1mple,scream #thecryisfree
2017-05-14 02:40
Of course. You are correct everybody else is wrong and everybody who challenges your very uneducated thoughts is wrong. Have fun with the rest of you life.
2017-05-14 02:42
well, explain to me how s1mple is a top player and can be compared to cold, shox etc... come on, if u convince me, I change my opinion and print thank mr rengar211121 in my face XD
2017-05-14 02:46
Who started this comment? You. Who is bringing up an argument most people disagree with? You. I think it is you that needs to bring evidence and actual reasoning. But you are probably just going to type some brain dead shit anyway.
2017-05-14 02:49
still crying and no argument back mimimimimim =~~~~~ #keepemcomin #thesaltytears #madAF #trigguered #LUL
2017-05-14 02:50
No need to call anyone names. Thank you.
2017-05-14 13:12
That isn't even a name...
2017-05-14 17:59
You know what a idiom (call names) is, don't you?
2017-05-15 12:10
If someone calls you an idiot, that isn't necessarily a childish name but rather a direct insult.
2017-05-15 12:12
#116 as said.
2017-05-15 12:14
What I'm saying is that I've never seen "call anyone names" in this context. The answer I'd expect is "No need to insult anyone. Thank you."
2017-05-15 12:16
That is why I invited you to check the idiom I used more in detail.
2017-05-15 12:54
#14
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CIS sergioff 
SURE
2017-05-13 19:44
#15
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United States gtmaniacmda 
s1mple to be destroyed by kotaku
2017-05-13 19:45
#17
Aleksib | 
Egypt Tywin 
n1
2017-05-13 19:45
Question for seized "Why did you decide to come? " 10/10
2017-05-13 19:45
#28
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Portugal fatheroffive 
+1
2017-05-13 19:48
#19
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Turkey Azzoor 
sexist
2017-05-13 19:45
#20
shox | 
United Kingdom dezmondo 
Why were astralis not invited
2017-05-13 19:47
#36
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Turkey Tormund1 
They invited but didnt want to come
2017-05-13 19:54
nice interview!
2017-05-13 19:47
#25
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Netherlands Syliaca 
This is a really nice interview. S1mple sounds pretty grown-up.
2017-05-13 19:47
#26
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Portugal fatheroffive 
BOT SEIZED
2017-05-13 19:48
#27
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United States KrakeNCSGO 
(laugh)
2017-05-13 19:48
s1mple csgod
2017-05-13 19:49
#31
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Germany ssaH 
nice interview
2017-05-13 19:49
#32
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World ap0calyps3 
I hope Na'Vi gets their glory days back
2017-05-13 19:49
what glory lmao hahahaha
2017-05-13 20:00
#77
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Germany grimmtz 
Who asks you, retarded hater dumbshit?
2017-05-13 23:00
#79
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World ap0calyps3 
I'm not even a fan of Na'Vi... But I do want this legendary team to be good again... We all want great CS don't we? :)
2017-05-13 23:07
#97
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United States Logic_CSGO 
+1
2017-05-14 04:56
#108
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United Kingdom dravinhe 
+1
2017-05-14 15:23
#109
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Germany grimmtz 
+1
2017-05-14 16:37
#34
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Uruguay Faq^v^ 
I think they have a lot of things they have to do in real life. A lot of girls want to be beautiful LUL WTF, this guy is stupid
2017-05-13 19:50
#43
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India c0rvus 
LUL
2017-05-13 20:01
#52
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Poland ramones1 
I think they have a lot of things they have to do in real life. A lot of girls want to be beautiful XD
2017-05-13 20:05
I think they have a lot of things they have to do in real life. A lot of girls want to be beautiful, and they want a lot of things, but for us, it’s just work. We understand this, and I hope they will see it as work one day. I hope a female team can make it to the Major qualifiers one day.
2017-05-13 20:10
that might generate controversy
2017-05-13 21:08
#55
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Brazil cadik 
#csgod LUL top 500 player right now
2017-05-13 20:14
#71
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Germany grimmtz 
Nt niko
2017-05-13 21:57
#95
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Brazil cadik 
Nt simple
2017-05-14 03:50
"but not as much as I care about being topfrag"
2017-05-13 20:21
no-nonsense answers in an easy and compact format. 10/10.
2017-05-13 20:33
simple looks a bit more mature on his talk, i don't know why
2017-05-13 21:01
#66
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Slovakia bombmeister 
typical GuardiaN, motivated on h1z1..
2017-05-13 21:09
toxic simple like always
2017-05-13 21:26
toxic? you are a weirdo
2017-05-14 13:58
Seized: we don’t care so much anymore.
2017-05-13 21:34
#69
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Germany grimmtz 
#CSGOD
2017-05-13 21:54
Even if they lose 16-0 like we did against mouz [laughs]. xD
2017-05-13 22:31
ruined NAVI
2017-05-13 22:44
#83
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Brazil Gunzel 
Why you heff to be mad bro
2017-05-13 23:48
#96
ZELIN | 
Portugal Cyborgy 
Talking about female CS, why do you think they can’t reach the same level as males? s1mple: I think they have a lot of things they have to do in real life. A lot of girls want to be beautiful, and they want a lot of things, huh?oO
2017-05-14 04:35
What he means to say is that girls in general care more about stuff outside of the game then guys do. Altho this is completely wrong, the reason that girls are not on the same level as guys is simple science. Guys have better cognetive response and faster reactions hence the skill difference in the top of CS and other games
2017-05-14 14:00
retarded comment
2017-05-14 14:03
If you think science is retarded thats fine but it is the truth either way alot of studies have shown that
2017-05-14 14:07
just the "men generally have better reaction" bullshit sure it might be true ,but what about differences in races ? we don't see race only tournaments ..
2017-05-14 14:18
Omg are you really this stupid? There is way less difference between races then there is between male and female, if you dont know shit about this dont reply as of you do
2017-05-14 14:22
ok example: 100m race 2012 london only blacks does that mean we should have seperate races for different race groups ? no . should there be female only tournments in csgo ? no.
2017-05-14 14:50
Infact yes for the only female part of doesnt matter how hard they train for it they will never get higher then tier 3 maybe tier 2 male competitions. And this shouldnt be a problem because women have alot over men in other aspects. Male and female sports/esports will always be separate so you can cry all you want it wont change, ever
2017-05-14 14:57
#110
ZELIN | 
Portugal Cyborgy 
ye i mean what he said made no sense at all xD
2017-05-14 17:06
#CSGOD #magician LUL :> got rekt once again xd overated af LUL :>
2017-05-14 14:59
Nice interview NaVi won esl one NY and simple carried them to the win there against vp in the finals. Since then i have to say he had a lot of bad performances, but he is never shit in a game he just does not have a star performance, which he probably shoud have. I still think he is a top 10 player in 2017, just because there are not any players who could take the spot away from him. If you can name 10 players this year who were better than him, feel free to do it. I cannot name more than 8. I also do not think that he is the reason for the bad performances from navi, because they do not have an IGL and no player right now in navi is performing ecept maybe flamie, who is very up and down.
2017-05-14 19:06
#114
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Europe GytiZ 
imgur.com/aIiDjZA Just kick s1mple pls.
2017-05-14 20:00
#121
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Spain chuggo 
You can't just kick God.
2017-05-15 12:25
Superstar
2017-05-14 19:54
#115
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Europe GytiZ 
2017-05-14 20:01
wasted talent
2017-05-15 12:31
#125
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Europe KittyChamp 
Even if they lose 16-0 like we did against mouz [laughs]. gotta love this guy
2017-05-16 05:58
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