s1mple: "We didn't expect mousesports to pick Cobble"

Striker
December 3rd, 2017 21:21

For one of the final pieces of our coverage from DreamHack Open Winter we naturally talked to the tournament's Most Valuable Player, Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev.

Natus Vincere grabbed their first title with Denis "electronic" Sharipov following a turbulent tournament, although the grand final was a fairly one-sided affair, with the Russian-Ukrainian squad grabbing Cobblestone 16-4 before locking down Inferno 16-11 following a great Terrorist side.

s1mple posted incredible numbers throughout DreamHack Open Winter

We talked to Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev after the grand final to get his thoughts on his team's win, his amazing performance throughout the event, as well as plans for the next month, which the team will spend preparing for the ELEAGUE Major's Main Qualifier:

Let's get into the semi-final first, talk to me about Nuke against EnVyUs, which was a close affair and it took you a while to get into it and eventually close it out.

We didn't start well, but we knew that we would win the game, I don't know, everyone had a lot of confidence after the first map. We lost like five forces on the T side, so we were a bit frustrated on the T half. After we lost the pistol, then we forced twice and we lost it, but everyone knew we could come back because it's a CT-sided map.

Going into the final, Cobblestone was such a one-sided map, but Inferno was rough for you on the CT side, similarly to the Gambit match in the group stage. What do you think went wrong at the beginning?

First of all, we didn't expect them to pick Cobble. We expected them to pick Nuke because it's one of their strongest maps, but I think they decided to pick Cobble and maybe they saw we were playing bad on this map. We didn't really have time to prepare six or seven maps, but we managed to win this game.

The Inferno match was similar to EnVyUs on Nuke, because we lost a lot of forces as well. They were more lucky in this regard than us, for example when I was on long I wasn't watching my monitor and chrisJ walked into the smoke and killed me. Some of these situations. But we told ourselves that we need to take like five to six rounds and after that we can come back, because we knew that our T side on Inferno is good, everyone saw that against Gambit and other games that we lost, like for example G2 at ELEAGUE, we were winning 10-1, so...

Obviously you had such a massive performance throughout the entire tournament, is this something we can look forward to in the future?

Yeah, I hope so. I'm not going to change the resolution or crosshair and I'm going to sleep better, because I know if I sleep better I play better.

You have about a month and a half before the Major qualifier, what is going to be Na`Vi's plan for those several weeks?

We discussed having a break for a week or a week and a half. Then we are going to prepare before the New Year, we expect a lot of teams to prepare for the Major and the Major qualifier before the New Year. After the New Year, we will have like three to four days and we will practice before the Major qualifier. It's going to be an important tournament for our organization and team, so we hope we will qualify for the Major and show a great result at the Major as well, because every team is going to prepare for these two tournaments.

What will be the focus in practice? Have you noticed anything that you specifically need to work on in your first weeks with electronic?

We just need to work on our map pool, I guess. Of course, individual skill and everything, but our map pool and strats on some maps, we need to upgrade it.

Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
424
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
681
KPR:
0.84
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.11
this guy is insane. hope he keeps this form for the major quals
2017-12-03 21:24
#6
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Germany GeoRg___J 
lul
2017-12-03 21:22
lul
2017-12-03 21:54
#69
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Spain 3rg00s3 
S1mple I love you
2017-12-03 22:41
#76
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Finland ingg 
lul
2017-12-03 23:02
lul
2017-12-03 23:43
#105
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North America vaniIIa 
lul
2017-12-04 17:56
lul
2017-12-04 20:47
#59
shox | 
Europe Mrfloppy 
Luuuuuul
2017-12-03 22:14
#98
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Poland filonchester 
yeah, i hope so too. his performance at this tournament was, like you said, insane! i hope na'vi climb to the top with this new roster :)
2017-12-04 07:21
ez for P1mple
2017-12-03 21:22
nice
2017-12-03 21:22
Yes!!!
2017-12-03 21:22
mouz offline LUL
2017-12-03 21:25
#88
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
Mouz offline won Lanbit...
2017-12-04 02:06
k
2017-12-03 21:22
EZ
2017-12-03 21:23
#9
Sweden X-rAy 
cheater so obvious
2017-12-03 21:23
#12
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Estonia Athreos 
Mad cause Swedish scene is dead?
2017-12-03 21:25
#14
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Europe Spoonman20 
>Dead >IEM Oakland winners Pick one.
2017-12-03 21:26
#33
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Canada KawaiiKai 
Fluke
2017-12-03 21:40
#36
rain | 
Hungary myrmidonn 
Dead
2017-12-03 21:41
Dead
2017-12-03 21:54
#71
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Switzerland Infi2k 
says the VP FanBoii^^ gl in future vs tier 3000 teams
2017-12-03 22:55
Why you bully
2017-12-03 22:55
#73
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Switzerland Infi2k 
why you even talk boii? you talking about dead scene but vp cant handel tier 5 teams^^
2017-12-03 22:58
Not tier 5. It just not important for VP to win those games. It is not tier 1 tournament or Major
2017-12-03 22:59
#75
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Switzerland Infi2k 
so they won something else lately?^^
2017-12-03 22:59
#92
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United States SmokaDaWeEDs 
Our hearts?
2017-12-04 05:39
#101
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Sweden ekiw0w 
exactly
2017-12-04 13:39
#66
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Estonia Athreos 
Dead
2017-12-03 22:35
#55
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Slovakia TrYx_T 
Still better than Estonia XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
2017-12-03 22:08
#65
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Estonia Athreos 
Estonia is also 30 times smaller
2017-12-03 22:35
#89
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
For cs team need 5 players. Its not too much. But u have only 2... Pure little country))
2017-12-04 02:08
#90
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Estonia Athreos 
4 actually
2017-12-04 02:09
#91
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
I didnt hear about 2 others)) but still not enough
2017-12-04 02:13
Please visit your doctor, maybe he can save your brain
2017-12-03 22:33
#10
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Estonia Athreos 
Nothing mentioned about CT sides :(
2017-12-03 21:24
#11
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Canada officeglobal 
Navi' been hiding Cobble strats for Major and now this
2017-12-03 21:24
hell yeah
2017-12-03 21:29
Cool
2017-12-03 21:25
#15
shox | 
Serbia ravi0ll1 
cheats in bed
2017-12-03 21:27
xD
2017-12-03 21:29
we didn’t expect your team to win lmao
2017-12-03 21:27
not really
2017-12-03 21:28
who would expect a tier4 team to win a tier2 event?
2017-12-03 21:31
0/8
2017-12-03 21:33
that’s all you got? replying 0/8 insinuating that I’m baiting? couldn’t expect more comming from a french guy.
2017-12-03 21:34
#38
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Norway ntasevski 
Said the Italian. Lol?
2017-12-03 21:47
can’t understand the relation about what I said and the fact that I’m Italian, can you explain me?
2017-12-03 21:50
can’t understand the relationship between what you've said and the fact that he is French, can you explain it to me?
2017-12-03 21:55
frenchs know nothing about CS, while Italians are good analysts and also intelligents. pretty much it, if you need another explanation tell me.
2017-12-03 22:01
#77
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Brazil igricardf 
Italians know so much about the game that they don't have any good team in the scene
2017-12-03 23:07
another retard who clearly knows nothing about CSGO. explain me #57
2017-12-03 23:11
#48
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Norway ntasevski 
I can't understand what baiting has to do with French guys? Your comment makes less sense. #45 Exactly. 10 secs before me.
2017-12-03 21:56
#50
2017-12-03 22:01
#56
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Norway ntasevski 
Nice bait again. So good at analyzing and playing that your scene is at the top. 0/8 x2 from me now.
2017-12-03 22:09
Thooorin is one of the best CSGO analysts and UK scene is also “at the top” as you said, how do you explain that? nice logic btw.
2017-12-03 22:11
#62
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Norway ntasevski 
'Thorin one of the best CSGO analyst' 0/8 x3. P.S: Atleast UK has some kind of a "scene". Italy has nothing. I'm not even gonna waste my time with you. We got it. You're extremely dumb.
2017-12-03 22:33
“Not gonna waste my time with you” cuz you can’t even prove your point. where’s the point into discuss something you know nothing about. That’s exactly what you’re doing. have a nice day.
2017-12-03 22:36
#70
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Norway ntasevski 
And what did you prove? The only thing you proved is that you're extremely dumb. Nothing more. Don't @ me.
2017-12-03 22:53
Italy has kng
2017-12-03 23:10
#17
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World neomax360 
S1mple preparation for major = Play some FPL games Lul
2017-12-03 21:27
xd
2017-12-03 21:28
#37
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Europe Spoonman20 
He hasn't played much FPL lately.
2017-12-03 21:42
#18
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Poland raaVz 
"and I'm going to sleep better, because I know if I sleep better I play better." rofl
2017-12-03 21:28
it's true conclusion tho
2017-12-03 21:28
#34
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Canada pokerchip 
Although it is indeed quite repetitive, it still makes perfect sense.
2017-12-03 21:41
actually this is a very underrated thing and im happy he actually addressed it in an interview. imo his aim, especially with the awp, got a lot more shakier after all those fpl marathons he has been doing late into the night. he's still going through adolescence and irregular sleep hours & sleep deprivation can be a serious issue. him acknowledging that is quite important. props to the org.
2017-12-03 22:01
ez for s1mple Failsports with onlinekar and onlineJ
2017-12-03 21:28
#25
s1mple | 
Russia dra9on 
s1mple best of the best :)
2017-12-03 21:31
+1
2017-12-03 21:33
#27
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Ukraine extezy10 
navi need to work in ct side. in any map bad ct side
2017-12-03 21:32
#32
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Canada officeglobal 
also they need to work on anti-ecos seems like they lose more to pistols no kevlar then any other team
2017-12-03 21:38
especially on de_inferno
2017-12-03 21:52
#47
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Sweden CISfan[Guy] 
Overpass too
2017-12-03 21:55
#46
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Sweden CISfan[Guy] 
True , they win like 10-12 with t cide and then have problems to close the map
2017-12-03 21:55
this. +100. overpass ct especially awful
2017-12-03 22:35
+1
2017-12-03 23:39
#CSGOD
2017-12-03 21:34
#35
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Canada pokerchip 
Finally, Natus Vincere are relevant once again by winning an event! I'm so glad. <3
2017-12-03 21:41
+1
2017-12-03 21:52
Reply needs to have actual content
2017-12-03 21:53
#CSGOD!!!
2017-12-03 21:55
"when I was on long I wasn't watching my monitor and chrisJ walked into the smoke and killed me." pimple winning tournaments afk? :O
2017-12-03 22:04
#54
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Libya Greenb0y 
SimpleVincere
2017-12-03 22:08
#58
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Sweden CISfan[Guy] 
We didn't expect them to pick cobble so we decided to win 16-4
2017-12-03 22:11
liar, hes going to change resolution tomorrrow. anyway navi need to work on ct sides of every map and post plant situations where they have man advantage
2017-12-03 22:20
strange how he switched to 4:3 stretched when he always played with 4:3 bb or 16:9. same applies for scream now all players from the top 3 (s1,cold,niko) are using 4:3 stretched, interesting
2017-12-04 00:56
I tried it myself aswell and it only made me play worse once I went back to the res I've always used...
2017-12-04 17:28
#61
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Russia morzhoff 
Navi is so strong before they get 9-10 rounds, then something goes wrong and they cant close the game. it is one of the main problems they have.
2017-12-03 22:21
They just suck really hard at defence. Especially on over and inferno.
2017-12-03 22:35
Great player weak teammate Hopefully he proves me wrong
2017-12-04 00:13
#106
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Belgium n1ckst4r2002 
i agree, he is very emotional and on the fly thinker but one of the greatest talents of our generation
2017-12-04 18:22
#83
FalleN | 
World Vechnyp 
tier 4 team won tier3 event, congrats navi
2017-12-04 00:53
#86
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Brazil SK_SENSUS 
MVP @ tier 3 tournament. LOL!
2017-12-04 01:24
#87
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Turkey Thranfindel 
congratz na'vi @tier 3 event. s1mple vs woxic 1v1 never forget.
2017-12-04 01:45
s1mple>woxic by a large margin. 1v1's don't indicate anything.
2017-12-04 05:54
Tell me one woxic achievement brah
2017-12-04 06:09
#107
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Belgium n1ckst4r2002 
making FPL counts?
2017-12-04 18:23
#95
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Italy TheLegenDDDD 
Ez for forge
2017-12-04 06:24
#96
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Sweden lagcats 
gj s1mple
2017-12-04 06:28
amazing tournament by the Undertaker
2017-12-04 07:44
Ez mvp
2017-12-04 07:55
#102
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Latvia Tibro 
ez mvp simple love ya brat
2017-12-04 13:50
Yeah, this guy is maybe a "controversial" character in the sense of his personality, but his skill is just over the top. :D
2017-12-04 19:52
p1mple washed up kid
2017-12-06 10:44
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