s1mple: "I'm not comfortable with my individual skill [at the moment]"

Natus Vincere secured a spot in the quarter final of DreamHack Masters Malmö earlier today by defeating Renegades 2-0. To hear about his switch to primary AWPing and Zeus' leadership, we talked to Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev.

The Ukrainian team walked over Virtus.pro in their opening match, setting themselves up for a strong group stage in Sweden. Denis "⁠seized⁠" Kostin and co. faltered against Astralis yesterday, but managed to get through to the playoffs by taking down Renegades on Cobblestone and Train.

s1mple is excited to play in the Malmö Arena

HLTV.org sat down with Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev to talk about the role changes, their opposition in Malmö and the feeling of moving on to the playoffs.

I'll start with getting some of your general feelings now with Zeus coming in and leading. How has the feeling been for your personally, what changed?

It's great for us because we have a real in-game leader, so we changed our play style a lot. I started playing with the AWP, we have new roles, for us, it was really hard to prepare for these three tournaments in a row, it's going to be DreamHack, then ELEAGUE then New York. And we had only two weeks to prepare six maps. So it's pretty hard for us, but everyone likes it. Everyone likes Zeus and Kane and the team.

You opened up with a match against Virtus.pro. It ended up being pretty straightforward, 16-4, tell me a bit about that match, did you expect it to go so smoothly for you? What went so well?

We knew how they were going to play but we didn't expect that they were going to play really safe in the beginning of the game. Then they continued to do this and we had just got banana and mid control every time. I don't know, it's after the break, maybe Virtus.pro didn't feel comfortable on this map, but they did everything same like they did against Immortals at PGL Krakow in the semi-final. So we just read their game.

After that, you faced Astralis, a pretty tough opponent. They ended up winning the game, you struggled as a team to get into the match. What do you think went wrong there, both maps?

First of all, Astralis is one of the best teams so we knew that they were going to play great because they start practicing like three weeks ago I guess. And they have been playing together for one year, they already won a Major. We knew it was going to be a really really hard game. On Overpass we started great on the T side, then we lost like 2-3—I don't know if I can say it—lucky rounds. Because it was 4-on-3 and they read us really well, for example, when we went on A there were already three people A, one guy behind from connector, and the next round was 4-on-3 and we went B, and kjaerbye pushed underground from behind, he gave information.

On Mirage, it was a good start again and then something went wrong, they started faking us, using a lot of strats and they were just better in that game.

Moving to today, you played Renegades obviously. Tell me a bit about the first map in particular, you had a great start and then, in the end, it started being a little bit shaky? What was the issue there on Cobblestone?

So we started like 13-2 on the CT side and after we lost the pistol and started force buying, doing some things... We didn't have a good strat or plan, maybe because we knew that we were going to win already after the first half score. I can just say that if we started T, we would've probably played much better because it's harded. I don't know what happened really, they just played really great.

I mean, we watched their demos on Cobblestone against Liquid and Immortals, from ESL pro League and ELEAGUE qualifiers, they played really good on Cobble, on the T side. We just knew how we were going to play as CT, but after that, something just happened with us.

Emotional moments during the Renegades game

So how important was that 1v5 that got you to the match point? How was the feeling then?

When I killed the first four guys, my heart was shaking, I don't know, I was so nervous. I knew that I was going to go A and he is going to stay in connector and still hold B. Maybe I had good timing because maybe he could've been watching towards the wood. When I crossed the wood I saw him so I just planted the bomb, went under heaven and I knew he was going to come out of connector. Maybe, maybe it was an important round for our team, I hope so because nothing worked.

They took B platform control, there was one round when we knew they were going to do B platform control, and usually they left drop so we can go down drop and just split A. But they had four B, two B plat and two drop, that we didn't expect because they didn't do this against Immortals or Liquid.

You ended up winning the game, moving on to the playoffs, can you give me some of your feelings, emotions going into the playoffs for the first time with this roster and after the break?

First of all, I'm happy that I'm going to DreamHack Malmö Arena. It's the first time because last time I played for Liquid and we lost to TyLoo. And the guys that now play with me lost the final against NiP, so maybe we have a chance to face them as well.

I just need... I mean I'm not comfortable with my individual skill, people see that I won a 1 on 5 but I didn't play that good with the AWP, maybe because I changed resolution yesterday. (laughs). We just need to change, play better individually and better with team play and everything is going to work.

Before we finish, can you comment about you switching up to the AWP? How have been feeling? Since you added andi as a coach you AWPed a lot less than before and now you are getting back in the full-time AWPing. How are you coping with that?

I'm still practicing all the rifles, every time, but I didn't expect that it was going to be harder, you know, to play with the AWP. Because now you need to use new angles, you need to know how FalleN, kennyS, device, play on these positions... So it's going to be easier for me. And yeah, it's really hard... I don't want to miss shots, but for example, today I played what was not a good game for me. But thank you to my team that carried me.

Russia Denis 'seized' Kostin
Denis 'seized' Kostin
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1259
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.24
Maps played:
1223
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.10
then play some aim_botz
2017-09-01 19:30
faze clan have their own map?
2017-09-01 19:35
nice meme italian brother
2017-09-01 20:08
Why some people here in hltv call fallen twoface ?
2017-09-01 20:19
because there is good fallen and bad fallen
2017-09-01 20:50
is there some drama with fallen or it's the badfallen you see on stream
2017-09-02 01:03
There was a time when he cried about everything on twitter that was "unfair" to Brazilians. But if Brazilians did some weird and shady stuff it's totally ok. For example hen1 playing without his soundproof headset.
2017-09-02 10:20
oh okay thx for your aswer
2017-09-03 01:01
I'm not comfortable with my teammates individual skill [at the moment]* Fixed.
2017-09-01 19:37
I think he means he isn't comfortable with his individual skill at the moment because he doesn't like having to carry every game
2017-09-01 19:48
+1 LUL
2017-09-01 20:17
Baited
2017-09-01 21:15
#37
 | 
Libya nanaichini
true
2017-09-01 19:48
#114
 | 
Denmark Xipingu
Well Flamie actually woke up today, but otherwise the rest needs to step the F**K up.
2017-09-02 01:21
wut
2017-09-01 19:30
#4
 | 
United Kingdom Theodoooore
top 1 world
2017-09-01 19:30
#5
 | 
World DygL
rly n igga
2017-09-01 19:31
CRYBABY
2017-09-01 19:31
CryBaby
2017-09-01 19:31
because you suck
2017-09-01 19:31
U r bad simple
2017-09-01 19:31
#10
 | 
Brazil nitezinho
taco send a hug
2017-09-01 19:31
still 1v5 easily
2017-09-01 19:31
#12
 | 
Ukraine extezy10
1 vs 5 so bad :DDD
2017-09-01 19:32
Seized and Co. ????????? What?
2017-09-01 19:32
#14
NiKo | 
United States skurr
How good do you want to be jesus christ
2017-09-01 19:32
he missed so many shots... ofcourse he wants to be better
2017-09-01 19:36
#22
 | 
Sweden Flukey
He wants to be the best player in the world, i think he will stop at nothing.
2017-09-01 19:36
Every pro should have this mindset of always improving. You don't become a pro by being complacent with your skill
2017-09-01 19:41
the best better than get right 2013 olof 2015 cold 2016
2017-09-01 19:43
#36
 | 
Finland Smoonah
lul hltv timeliner
2017-09-01 19:48
?
2017-09-01 21:39
#110
 | 
Finland Smoonah
?
2017-09-02 00:41
???
2017-09-02 01:16
#44
 | 
Brazil arunino
He just wants to be the best ALL TIME. It's impossible I think, but this is s1mple... He can prove that I'm wrong!
2017-09-01 19:53
#49
 | 
Sweden ShageN
The God wants to be God of Gods.
2017-09-01 19:57
#15
malta | 
Malta vfXy0
U mad? Cuz im not
2017-09-01 19:33
The mvp talked
2017-09-01 19:35
#17
 | 
Poland Banan_IDK
What the fuck he wants, 1.5 kd every game ?
2017-09-01 19:35
K/D doesn't mean shit if your team is losing because you made the wrong decision while you picked up the frags. ^^
2017-09-01 20:06
XD FKIN NOOB
2017-09-01 19:35
what resolution did he play today :D
2017-09-01 19:35
you fuck bastard
2017-09-01 19:38
he is much better with rifles, sadly he is forced to play AWP:{
2017-09-01 19:41
he wants to play awp
2017-09-01 19:43
+
2017-09-01 19:44
#40
jR | 
Ukraine zergggg
he is deadly dangerous with an AWP too.
2017-09-01 19:49
#50
 | 
Sweden ShageN
Wtf.. He could easily be top1-3 sniper also. Just look the way he is shooting. Jesus
2017-09-01 19:57
he got completely outclassed by device (not even top3 awper) s1mple is trash
2017-09-01 20:09
0/8
2017-09-01 20:28
def. had happy feet against astralis, his aim was good but moving during shots it seemed
2017-09-01 21:30
tell me he said that sarcastic lulz
2017-09-01 19:44
genius
2017-09-01 19:46
The best player ever!
2017-09-01 19:46
#CSGOD
2017-09-01 19:47
#35
 | 
Venezuela rodux
"im happy, but im not comfortable. So it's going to be easier for me. And yeah, it's really hard... so i dont know what im talking about, but u know what im saying. Its great, but its bad. So i like this, but i hate that. u feel me?" ... s1mple words
2017-09-01 19:48
#39
 | 
Finland Smoonah
No. I don't understand what-so-ever.
2017-09-01 19:49
#38
jR | 
Ukraine zergggg
<3
2017-09-01 19:49
The most skilled player ever touched this game. Also the most unique and various in terms of roles.
2017-09-01 19:51
f0rest? Coldzera? device? Niko? Hobbit? etc...
2017-09-01 20:14
PHHHHH HAHAHAHAHAHA... i lol'd
2017-09-01 20:16
forest ok coldzera ok, Niko still have to prove himself Hobbit too, device is not that skilled imo he is not on the level of forest...
2017-09-01 22:48
The only ones that you mentioned with his talent woud be niko and f0rest and i would also add shox.
2017-09-02 16:01
S1mple #CSGOD
2017-09-01 19:51
#43
 | 
Brazil arunino
S1mple and Cold are two players I admire the most. Their skill level (aim etc.) is just not from this planet....
2017-09-01 19:52
#108
 | 
Finland jakem0n
+1 both players are so good with rifles and AWP. Godlike players.
2017-09-02 00:34
#45
 | 
Latvia Phenomennn
This guy changed a lot. He starts to grow as a person, not only as a player. And I respect him very much right now.
2017-09-01 19:53
The God of the game. Learn'd on his mistakes. Probably the best player we've ever seen at this game.
2017-09-01 19:54
#47
 | 
Spain chuggo
But... You are the best!!! o_o
2017-09-01 19:55
#48
 | 
Sweden ShageN
Very interesting to read actually. s1mple is already the legend. At least because of his style in the game. Never saw such an amazing raw skill. And maybe will never see.
2017-09-01 19:57
S1mple = Shit English but S1mple = THE GOD OF THE GAME
2017-09-01 19:59
#109
 | 
Finland jakem0n
I guess your ruski is as good as simples english? I arent think thatZ
2017-09-02 00:35
Amazing player
2017-09-01 19:59
The Legend!!! S1mpluha one love! s1mple is love s1mple is life!!
2017-09-01 20:00
And why is that?! You are clearly the most skilled player nowadays... Since 2016 I guess (or even earlier).
2017-09-01 20:01
#55
 | 
India nicebaitm8
when I click this from top banner, image is opening instead of article fix that.
2017-09-01 20:01
#56
 | 
Europe marekkingx
Cool guy
2017-09-01 20:01
Incredible player and great person, when he is not a dick. :) P.s. s1mple at last grew up and understood that you don't need to be a dickhead. People will love you even more if you are just a confident player who kills everyone and respects the opponent.
2017-09-01 20:03
+1 good words
2017-09-01 21:04
ikr
2017-09-01 20:03
gl bratan and all Na`Vi too. bring the trophies to the Na`Vi's legendary hall again please <3
2017-09-01 20:03
#CSGOD aka Undertaker
2017-09-01 20:05
#61
 | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina lousooo
For sure he is the GENIUS of CS:GO, but don't be arrogant s1mple! You must work all the time to be the best. The level of competition is just insane nowadays!
2017-09-01 20:06
Thats why he said he wasnt happy with his performance and wants to improve since hes noticed some areas he feels he isnt performing to the standards he wants. Thats not arrogance, thats reflection and what every pro needs to do. Gj simple
2017-09-02 00:44
+1
2017-09-02 21:29
#63
 | 
Malaysia phyzell
Then you need a brain transplant, or move to another team.
2017-09-01 20:06
shat up you faking old fag
2017-09-01 20:07
#66
TaZ | 
Poland Dzangow
you forgot to add ""
2017-09-01 20:08
connoisseur don't need " ", no need to make it obvious
2017-09-02 03:02
s1mple about friberg in MM? :DDDDD he already appologized to Friberg.
2017-09-01 20:24
#65
TaZ | 
Poland Dzangow
The best player in the World. Great interview btw.
2017-09-01 20:07
my idol..... =)
2017-09-01 20:09
So kid's scammer is your idol ?
2017-09-01 20:11
he already explained that shit about "scumming". and nope, he is idol because he is GOD in-game and he starts to be a good person.
2017-09-01 20:15
The new generation is our salvation they said...
2017-09-01 20:15
HappyCrank aka S1mple's #1 hater, aren't you?
2017-09-01 20:19
oh OK
2017-09-01 20:21
Fookin legend
2017-09-01 20:09
Best of luck brother! Stay smart and calm. You gonna be the best. Just look at Zeus!!! :p
2017-09-01 20:10
#73
 | 
Kazakhstan Trapptrapp
He is already the best.
2017-09-01 20:11
Individually yes, but he needs to prove that with some more titles.. :)
2017-09-01 20:12
The moment when you are the best player in the World, but still want to be better.
2017-09-01 20:14
#96
 | 
Germany grimmtz
+1 lol
2017-09-01 20:32
#77
 | 
Azerbaijan Talley
is that what they call humble brag?
2017-09-01 20:14
#78
 | 
Thailand hahahoha
I remember reading that at home s1mple uses blackbar then on lan he likes to use stretched. of course that will screw up the feeling of your aim / flicks.
2017-09-01 20:14
+1
2017-09-01 20:15
Agree with that statement. U need to use the same settings to feel 100% comfortable in-game.
2017-09-01 20:18
"it's harded"
2017-09-01 20:15
Wish you all the best, bro. Keep working! never stop and all gonna be SUPER GOOD ! Don't forget to respect your teammates and your enemies. practice-practice-practice (C) RobbaN this is your formula
2017-09-01 20:21
Na`Vi is true SUPERTEAM, not those fake sUpeRteaMs
2017-09-01 20:23
s1mple no longer p1mple ayeeee
2017-09-01 20:24
the small kiddo grew up :DDD
2017-09-01 20:25
he changed a lot. and not only physically.
2017-09-01 20:27
s1mple I know you read HLTV just stop listening to these stupid kids on HLTV it's pointless all they do is hate or fanboy there is no middle ground here and focus more on your own self.
2017-09-01 21:27
The guy keeps growing. Good interview
2017-09-01 21:36
challeng1ng
2017-09-01 21:50
Stop eating so much fuckin crap, youre gonna get fat and worse at the game, youre not flamie Be better in all aspects and youll get better ingame
2017-09-01 23:08
+1
2017-09-01 23:09
s1mple was a god back in the day, he is nothing special nowdays =(
2017-09-02 05:50
#118
 | 
Brazil cadik
clown player made a clown statement LUL
2017-09-02 05:53
never ending excuses
2017-09-02 05:59
What I like about simple is he always expects the best for himself, the problem is he gets toxic because he expects the same from others.
2017-09-02 06:52
thank you to my team
2017-09-02 12:03
#124
 | 
Brazil Erickm7
lol
2017-09-02 18:05
simple.. he is an amazing player. He can play as lurker, as first fragger as support as main awp. he is very talented but flamie and siezed not bad but not good. They are simple and very preditable players. they have to go from navi, or simple u have to go to good team.
2017-09-02 18:34
Login or register to add your comment to the discussion.