s1mple: "I didn't expect to have such feelings after winning this final"

Shortly after Ukraine's grand final win and before the award ceremony begun, we managed to grab Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev for a short interview to get his feelings about the victory.

Ukraine, composed of three Natus Vincere members and two well known Ukrainians, Yegor "⁠markeloff⁠" Markelov and Vladyslav "⁠bondik⁠" Nechyporchuk, managed to take the win at the WESG EU&CIS Regional Finals, beating the likes of BIG, fnatic and GODSENT along the way.

s1mple was impressed by bondik's impact at this event

As the dust settled in Barcelona, we talked to a happy Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev about the team dynamic, bondik's efforts and the Natus Vincere situation, now that they've added Denis "⁠electronic⁠" Sharipov to the mix.

I wanted to get some of your thoughts about playing with this lineup: it's the core of Na`Vi and two of your ex-teammates, markeloff and bondik. How was the atmosphere in the team, how was it playing with these players?

It was really great to play with everyone. We talked to eachother and we understood that we needed to play with our system, the Na`Vi system. It's slow, and here, there was a lot of patience in our team. Every time when we played a round there was 20 seconds left when we went on a site. I've never seen this before.

And everyone was listening to Zeus, the calling was great by Zeus and kane, everyone was ready to win this trophy. I mean, I didn't expect to have such feelings after winning this final, you know? I understand that we are playing like a mix team, but the emotions are really great after winning this final.

About the emotions, is it more based on playing for your country or is it as well the fact that you didn't win a tournament in quite a while?

I was really, calm before the final, I wasn't nervous at all before this final, but after we started playing, I started bad... But I don't know, it felt really good to win this tournament. Me, Edward, bondik and markeloff didn't win anything in 2017, only Zeus and kane won the Major—and we just forgot this feeling, to beat someone in a final and to be the winning team.

There were a lot of force-buy rounds that you won, especially in the final. Why do you think that is, is that more down to the way you played or mixed teams and all of that coming into play?

We discussed every force buy, when Zeus and kane call, we knew what we were going to do. Even if we didn't have preparation for this tournament, we talked about our four-five maps for this event and we were ready to play this. We had some structure, some planned rounds, even force buys.

We would go to eat and we would discuss our rounds, before the game. Unfortunately, we lost a lot of pistol rounds, but after, we just won a lot of forces, so I'm really proud of all of the players.

I want to get your thoughts on bondik, he is not playing in HellRaisers, he is benched and actually playing with the Chinese guys in TyLoo. So he's not active in a CIS or EU team, what are your thoughts on that, considering his performance here?

bondik surprised me a lot on this tournament, really a lot. He played in positions that are not his usual positions and he didn't communicate in this language for one and a half year, when he was playing with HellRaisers, and international team, and after that TyLoo. And despite that, he had a great tournament. If HLTV would give an MVP, I'd probably say that you should give it to him, because he was really the impact player of this tournament.

I'm really happy for him, it was his goal. He missed a tournament with TyLoo, he told them that he would come to this tournament no matter what. He came and he won, I'm really proud of him. He really loves Ukraine, you know, so he is really proud of his country as well. It's a big achievment for him.

I want to touch a bit on Na`Vi, now that you added electronic. How are things going with the team?

electronic is great, to be honest. When he came to our team, we had two weeks practice, and I saw that he has a different brain for the game. He knows a lot of things, he knows a lot of nades, it's so easy to stay in clutch situations with him. And B1ad3 from FlipSid3, he helped him a lot to grow up as a player. I don't know, what I want to say is thank you to B1ad3. Because he developed a lot of players, and everyone is playing in good teams right now.

The last tournament you have this year is DreamHack Winter, if I'm correct, what are your thoughts about that tournament?

We prepared well, but we need some more time. DreamHack Winter will be our preparation before the Major. Of course, we want to win this tournament, but there are a lot of good teams there as well. And we had only two weeks of preparation, now we are going to go back to Ukraine, stay there for 2-3 days to bootcamp more, and after that we fly to Sweden. I hope and I wish that we can show great results with Na`Vi as well.

Ukraine Yegor 'markeloff' Markelov
Yegor 'markeloff' Markelov
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Ukraine Vladyslav 'bondik' Nechyporchuk
Vladyslav 'bondik' Nechyporchuk
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Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
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Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
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Netherlands PATOZR 
Forgot the feeling of winning :/
2017-11-27 00:59
s1mple should quit CS, he sucks
2017-11-27 00:59
2017-11-27 01:03
omfg. die hater!
2017-11-27 01:10
expecting russian pug to beat fnatic not reasonable
2017-11-27 02:10
Are you claiming Ukraine is equal to or worse than Russia?
2017-11-27 20:32
Equal to
2017-11-27 22:37
Please visit you doctor, maybe he still can save your brain
2017-11-27 01:17
2017-11-27 01:29
Norway insy 
Nothing to save there.
2017-11-27 01:37
How does one save something that is not there?
2017-11-27 02:07
African Union mikecool 
I've already discussed this with him. His brain can't he saved!
2017-11-27 02:27
MAJ3R | 
United States Fanzera 
wHAT TRAGIC NEWS, his brain is suffering from severe autism and every person above me knows he cant survive!
2017-11-28 03:49
Canada Overdoer35 
-1 if it's possible
2017-11-27 01:46
u need to quit hltv.org
2017-11-27 03:18
high life | 
CIS https 
tier5 event, nothing to be proud of
2017-11-27 00:59
cry is free
2017-11-27 01:03
Denmark W0LFy[RushB] 
+1 Please let team ukraine be the new navi
2017-11-27 01:07
Agreed with you =)
2017-11-27 01:09
Denmark W0LFy[RushB] 
It would be a really good move from NaVi And besides.. I want Markeloff and Bondik playing for top tier team because they deserve it
2017-11-27 01:11
yeah! and they just proved it. that matches by Team Ukraine were really very interesting in terms of shooting and teamplay! and all that despite the fact they are MIX =) seems very very good
2017-11-27 01:12
Denmark W0LFy[RushB] 
It would be really amazing to see them playing atleast a t1 esl tournament or dreamhack or.. even a major!
2017-11-27 01:13
2017-11-27 01:14
Denmark W0LFy[RushB] 
You're a really good person bro!
2017-11-27 01:16
I think you are too bro! :) good night!
2017-11-27 01:17
Denmark W0LFy[RushB] 
Good night dude!
2017-11-27 01:18
now kiss each other
2017-11-27 02:03
+1 lol
2017-11-27 06:38
f0rest | 
Latvia Kroz1ks 
2017-11-27 11:17
A u talking about them???
2017-11-27 12:06
Australia TorGAYZo 
Zues simple electronic flamie guardian
2017-11-27 21:59
*Tier 5 event which is a qualifier for a god tier 1.5 million dollar tournament
2017-11-27 15:08
"tier 1.5 tournament" "not even a single t1 team attending"
2017-11-27 15:09
So called t1 teams only choose to play in invite level private events. Imo no teams should be invited directly to tournaments. Every team should go through a qualifier. It's dumb. Just like you. I said god-tier, 1.5 million dollar tournament. Not tier 1.5. stupid bot
2017-11-27 15:14
Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha Do you realize how stupid do you look now ? Why would T1 teams choose to play some t5 qualifiers over T1 tournament (BLAST) ? You also dont seem to understand for what purpose these qualifiers serve. TO GIVE A WEAKER TEAM A CHANCE TO ATTEND THAT EVENT.
2017-11-27 15:28
My point is if every team had to go through qualifiers, some of your t1 teams wouldn't be t1. So take your neanderthal brain and shove it
2017-11-27 15:33
Denmark W0LFy[RushB] 
2017-11-28 03:50
Finland ginbay 
2017-11-27 00:59
2017-11-27 00:59
Ukraine > Na'VI lmao
2017-11-27 01:00
S1mple #CSGOD Team Ukraine = new Na`Vi! Bondik in Na`Vi!
2017-11-27 01:02
Denmark W0LFy[RushB] 
2017-11-27 01:08
Only - markellof +electronic
2017-11-27 10:25
MAJ3R | 
United States Fanzera 
2017-11-28 03:50
United Kingdom Fizzhaz 
2017-11-27 01:03
wtf that guy on the picture looks like a flamie and s1mple combined
2017-11-27 01:04
Serbia Removekebab13 
Dont simple and markeloff hate eachother from their time together?
2017-11-27 01:05
it was long in the past
2017-11-27 01:05
Serbia Removekebab13 
Well yeah but simple was a real piece of shit back then, he still is known as the destroyer of teams
2017-11-27 01:06
destroyer of team? Lol it is a low bait... even those baiters never thought he is a destroyer. he is calm now and his stats are usually beyond godlike!
2017-11-27 01:07
Serbia Removekebab13 
Well i dont think its bait, just look at his past record
2017-11-27 01:07
record? the biggest upsets F3 did only with s1mple, Liquid took top3 and soon top2 of Major only with s1mple carrying. he is carrying Na`Vi now, ofc. they are losing but he drops 30-40 bombs per map! he is not toxic now etc. how is he destroying? bullshit and nonsense.....
2017-11-27 01:09
Serbia Removekebab13 
If he wasnt a toxicunt he could still carry and not affect his team mentally, doesnt matter if he drops 50k a game if he is toxic to his teammates
2017-11-27 01:12
he might be toxic in the past, but now he is not toxic at all. and he was carrying f*cking hard even tho he was toxic back in the days.
2017-11-27 01:13
United Kingdom hArdLad 
Carrying fcking hard doesn't mean he's not toxic anymore though.
2017-11-27 13:06
2017-11-27 01:14
he is still toxic to a certain degree just not as much as in the past,i believe,keep it real
2017-11-27 08:56
Ukraine ravenous150 
nice read
2017-11-27 01:05
2017-11-27 01:07
reply needs to have actual content
2017-11-27 01:06
Singapore repu1se 
hoping NaVi gets good again
2017-11-27 01:08
2017-11-27 01:10
Norway Phancy11 
Agree about b1ad3, this guy make cis cs better, I really wanna see him in Navi as a coach.
2017-11-27 01:10
B1ad3 is the SUPER ULTRA oldschool dinosaur of CS who finds the new talents and brings them to Na`Vi / Gambit / F3 / HR
2017-11-27 01:16
+1 also I think he should be a coach (maybe for NaVi?)
2017-11-27 02:02
lul if he is coach for navi we can say goodbye to zeus as well.
2017-11-27 03:22
ok let him coach Russian Forces then Kappa
2017-11-27 09:50
So the door for Ange1 would be open?
2017-11-27 15:30
wow such feeling Biblethump
2017-11-27 01:15
s1mple in 2017 LUL
2017-11-27 01:25
Brazil LukeW_ 
markeloff won a tournament this year... DreamHack Open Leipzig in January
2017-11-27 01:29
Bosnia and Herzegovina Mancow 
Been a while
2017-11-27 02:00
God | 
Portugal MAD_MONKEY 
winning tier10 event nice
2017-11-27 01:50
Kind words from simple it feels weird when it comes from one of the most toxic player on the scene :D
2017-11-27 01:50
Exactly :D maybe not so toxic anymore, we'll see
2017-11-27 06:22
whats so hard to understand, hes not fucking toxic anymore. Stop tying to be like everyone else and talk before you don't know go watch his streams and even someone else streams that he is on, he turned into one of the nicest and the funniest guys in the scene nearly every pro like him now including fpl pros, hes's not toxic ffs
2017-11-27 10:14
United Kingdom hArdLad 
Nice try, s1mple.
2017-11-27 13:07
god damn it xD
2017-11-27 17:50
Yeah it's really nice to hear this from s1mple - I remember the interview where he basically called all of flipside really bad, and now he's actually praising them and complimentary. It's good to see he's grown up.
2017-11-27 01:57
He's really grown fat after joining Na'Vi... :P
2017-11-27 02:04
this is the only thing I could take from this entire article. he might not have been healthy earlier but atleast he wasnt overweight. such a shame to see pro players (and people in general) succumb to the pressure or whatever might be the cause. your health comes first, without that how are you supposed to be performing at your best?
2017-11-27 02:55
Serbia Freeman021 
Pressure? Lol... They're usually normal guys who became rich playing cs, so now they're enjoying their money, and that usually means eating, drinkinf, fucking bitches etc.
2017-11-27 08:18
The pressure of wanting to perform well/your team not winning anything is real. Pros play to win and if they dont it can be really stressful.
2017-11-27 13:02
nt flamie
2017-11-27 05:50
Russia Drain3r 
Flamie is becoming more and more thicker actually
2017-11-27 06:25
they are doing better because they are having more fun just make this new navi and they can be good again
2017-11-27 02:08
Wow, surprised to see him acting so humbleish
2017-11-27 02:09
Croatia gulezi 
There needed to be question about him and markeloff... How is the things with him and marik.
2017-11-27 02:16
moonface deluxe
2017-11-27 02:30
more like chernobyl
2017-11-27 02:48
RpK | 
Iceland pumtac 
Ofc it feels good to win finally lul
2017-11-27 02:35
Canada Matomoto 
They'll go far in the world finals for sure
2017-11-27 03:07
Canada zizzle21 
New NAVI lol
2017-11-27 03:26
CS God markeloff <3
2017-11-27 04:45
Blad3 is like the CIS Hunden Everyone appreciates that kind of development and I'm glad those sorts of people get shoutouts from people higher in the scene like s1mple
2017-11-27 04:48
Pakistan perth 
For NA scene OCEAN brought up players like Stewie and twistzz.
2017-11-27 08:22
And autimatic
2017-11-27 10:42
s1mple | 
Korea Somon 
Go S1mple Gooo
2017-11-27 05:51
Mexico Mexicunt 
Simple is kinda chubby now
2017-11-27 06:51
Czech Republic Limacool 
Congratulations, BTW, Crimea belongs to Ukraine!
2017-11-27 06:56
2017-11-27 17:52
s1mple actually seems slightly mature in this interview, weird
2017-11-27 08:11
Actually markeloff won dreamhack leipzig in 2017, and Zeus won Dh Austin apart from the major
2017-11-27 08:56
Indonesia vazgaming 
2017-11-27 09:59
"Me, Edward, bondik and markeloff didn't win anything in 2017" :'(
2017-11-27 10:10
Markeloff won the DH Leipzig but it was in january so no problem to not remember especially like a minute after u won a tournament ... But yeah its really sad that such great players haven't won anything in the near past :l
2017-11-27 15:34
India Gandhii6 
I'm feeling thank you
2017-11-27 11:32
Aleksib | 
Europe lalt 
It sounds scary if Zeus gets simple into tactical play. It sounds like back to back major championship ;-)
2017-11-27 12:32
"I want to say is thank you to B1ad3. Because he developed a lot of players, and everyone is playing in good teams right now." big ups to s1mple, remembering where he came from :3
2017-11-27 13:18
2017-11-27 15:03
Australia Raychippy 
Looks like s1mple gained a bit more weight.
2017-11-27 13:36
France StickyRice 
Now make team with dennis, BnTeT, kio and ZywOo, GOD s1mple
2017-11-27 15:47
Such an impressive interview
2017-11-27 16:22
Very mature from a team destroyer and toxic kid.
2017-11-27 17:10
2017-11-27 20:37
United States hehexddd 
Players like Blad3 that groom talent are so underrated in the scene. I know they might not ever be on successful winning teams, but they're INVALUABLE.
2017-11-27 20:46
2017-11-28 02:17
bondik impressed me alot, he had an amazing tournament, would love to see him in f3 instead of botlander
2017-11-27 21:06
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