s1mple: "[At the bootcamp] I practiced a lot individually"

HLTV.org talked with Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev after Natus Vincere defeated HellRaisers at StarSeries i-League Season 4, going 1-0 up in the Swiss group stage.

The first map of the series between HellRaisers and Natus Vincere was a tightly contested one, as Kirill "⁠ANGE1⁠" Karasiow's team pressured the Danylo "⁠Zeus⁠" Teslenko and co. despite playing with Kevin "⁠HS⁠" Tarn as a stand-in. However, Natus Vincere closed out the map and then took Inferno fairly comfortably, securing the 2-0 for the series.

Natus Vincere are very confident in their Inferno

In our chat with Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev, we learned his thoughts about the ELEAGUE Major, his EPL showings and playing against countrymen from HellRaisers.

Let's start with the Major, what did you think about what Na`Vi did there, the placing and the games you played?

At that point, we played two or three months together, as a five we didn't have a long bootcamp because of tournaments. First there was DreamHack, then the break because of New Year, then after we prepared for the Major. There, our road to the semi-final was not hard, to be honest, everyone can see that the only tier 1 team that we beat was fnatic. We faced against QB.Fire and then the important match was against FaZe because we played against them on practice, we knew what they were going to do, but something happened with us, it was once again a problem in our heads. We didn't play like we usually play on those two maps, Inferno and Mirage. It was not really a good and not really a bad result, it's just the beginning for us.

Before the Major you requalified for EPL, you played some EPL matches last week and you personally had some crazy games. How are you feeling about your form and about what you have shown so far this year?

The first two games in EPL, against HellRaisers, I didn't play on my form really, because it was the first day of the bootcamp and for the next three or four days of bootcamp I practiced a lot individually because we had a week break before that. So far we did a great result I guess, because we beat FaZe, who are favorites to go to the LAN finals, we won against HellRaisers, and  won one and lost one map against North, but we had more rounds than them in total so it's really good for us. I'm just looking forward to playing more matches, last season we finished next to last so it's an important tournament for us.

With all that in mind, the tournaments you played before and your form individually, what was the expectation like coming to this tournament?

First of all I want to say thank you StarLadder for this great Swiss format with BO3's. Now it's not going to be random like in BO1 matches, that because of some mistakes of the better team lose to the underdog.

Our minimal goal here is top 8, like for any team, and I'm always saying that of course we want to win the tournament, but we are going to take it step by step, we didn't really practice a lot because of time constraints. Now that we didn't qualify for Katowice and we will have one month of practice, but we will have WESG in China so we will have to practice with our national team as well. I just want to get some time to practice together, like for one month, but it's not possible right now.

The first game you had here was against HellRaisers, playing against ANGE1, bondik, two players from your country, there are some ex-teammates between the teams, what was the feeling like going into that match?

For me, it's like I'm playing against any team. It's our opponent, I know that they prepared pretty well. Unfortunately, ISSAA didn't get a visa and I heard that woxic got sick yesterday or two days ago, so they didn't show their strongest performance because of these details. But it was a great match for us, we knew that they were going to pick Cobblestone or Overpass. We didn't start well though, we lost a full eco round because of miscommunication. But then we came back and we knew that on the second map, Inferno, we have 80-85% win rate so we were really confident, even though Zeus was feeling pretty bad, having some stomach issues.

Is there anyone you would like to get in the draw for the next matchup? Or is there anything else to add?

I don't really care who we are going to play because I know that we are going to meet strong teams if we are going to play well, it's going to happen sooner or later. I just want to say thanks to everyone for your support and we are going to practice more and more to get Na`Vi back to the top level.

Estonia Kevin 'HS' Tarn
Kevin 'HS' Tarn
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
886
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
Ukraine Kirill 'ANGE1' Karasiow
Kirill 'ANGE1' Karasiow
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1728
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.17
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1400
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.17
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.24
Maps played:
1247
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.10
#1
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Ireland PattonIRL
nice s1mple!
2018-02-17 20:54
Gotta pad his stats somehow!!! NaVi from tier 1 to tier 500000000 Thank god this toxic overrated guy made GuardiaN give up on navi and make his comeback on the FaZe Clan!!! S1mple aka the CSGO Bas Dost
2018-02-17 21:07
expected from Twofaced fat slovac fan.
2018-02-17 21:13
Gotta get that attention somehow!!! Add more zeros so that you will look even dumber. GuardiaN gave up because he didn't have to carry all these bots anymore since s1mple was doing that every single time. KevinGatesYo aka Faze plastic gloryhunter. Objectively, Proud Faze Fan since 1999.
2018-02-17 21:14
+1
2018-02-20 12:38
Lol talk to my man Thorin, if GaurdiaN wasn't in FakeClan then you'd hate on him too, you're blind to tier one players unless they're bought out by the worst org in CS. GG idiot
2018-02-17 21:19
CSGOD
2018-02-17 21:45
Classic simple not playing for the team
2018-02-18 00:22
#2
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Poland Astoner55
nice s1mple!
2018-02-17 20:54
OK
2018-02-17 20:54
navi era is begining
2018-02-17 20:55
#36
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China Tonzzy
noooooo never with zeus
2018-02-18 02:51
#5
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United Kingdom Noisuf
FIST
2018-02-17 20:54
#7
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Mexico 6ix9ine
sexy s1mple I want to lick you
2018-02-17 20:55
save this man
2018-02-17 20:55
s1mple needs a new team
2018-02-17 20:55
It's know fact that always when HLTV.org is written you have to attach "BEST CSGO FORUM EVER MADE BY HUMANS XD" I'm a bit dissapointer at you Professeur
2018-02-17 20:55
simple like karrigan, the same shit, except karrigan 1.6
2018-02-17 20:56
agreeeeed
2018-02-17 20:56
#15
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Ukraine XFESTER
nice s1mple!
2018-02-17 20:59
Have a strong day! -VeryStrongGuy
2018-02-17 21:07
Gl s1mple
2018-02-17 21:07
i really hope they win the tournament
2018-02-17 21:11
#CSGOD
2018-02-17 21:12
ez for CSGOD and dad zeus not bot today, feelsgoodman
2018-02-17 21:14
#25
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Russia f1zzzz
Good luck, s1mple!
2018-02-17 21:16
#26
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Finland Smoonah
germans
2018-02-17 21:17
s1mple: i got better cheat from cheat provider
2018-02-17 21:17
#28
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Brazil cadik
expected from selfish solo player team destroyer
2018-02-17 21:18
what are you talking about retard?
2018-02-17 21:25
White flag waver stfu
2018-02-18 08:52
what a nice guy s1mple top 1
2018-02-17 21:55
s1mple <3
2018-02-17 22:22
Onliner and boosting stats againsts tier 2/3 team.
2018-02-18 03:00
s1mple = top 1. Haters gotta hate.
2018-02-18 03:11
nah he just got a new cheat, cheater in the past will be a cheater in the future but good luck to him anyway.
2018-02-18 03:17
<3 flusha XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
2018-02-18 14:36
he should replace rain on faze.
2018-02-18 07:00
stfu
2018-02-18 07:43
Gj s1
2018-02-18 07:53
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