s1mple: "Next time I'd like to win the tournament instead of the MVP"

We managed to get a hold of Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev after the grand final of StarSeries i-League Season 4, where he won the HLTV.org & Betway MVP medal despite Natus Vincere's second-place finish.

Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev has been doing wonders for Natus Vincere all-tournament long, but stepped up to a new level in the playoffs, especially after the first map of the quarter-final, where his team lost to Astralis on Nuke. The Ukrainian deserved the HLTV.org & Betway MVP award for his immense fragging, clutching and overall impact.

electronic had a positive influence on s1mple's play, the Ukrainian says

After the game, we talked to s1mple who became the first player to receive an MVP award of an event without winning it.

It's obviously disappointing not to win, but can you find positives from this tournament for you as a team and for you personally?

It's our third tournament with this team, first it was DreamHack Winter, not a really big tournament but we won it. After that, it was the Major, and we have electronic who has up to that point never been in big tournaments, in finals, semi-finals... So we lost to FaZe, and we discussed mistakes. Now at StarSeries we lost the final, unfortunately, but we will fix our mistakes and we will keep moving forward. I believe in this team, I see that everyone wants to win and everyone is trying really hard.

We didn't close Mirage, we had our chances with 15-14, and after that, they just played better on Train. So congratulations to mousesports.

Tell me, last year you finished eight on HLTV.org's Top 20 rankings, I think you even commented that you don't even deserve that. Have you come into this year with even more determination? Even going back to DreamHack Winter, it seems like you have been playing insane since then?

I just started to practice more with the team. So things like setups, flashbangs... electronic showed me a lot of nades that I now know, and I can help my team from any position. I don't know, I'm just practising a lot and I want to become champion with this team.

I think a lot of people took note of the clutches you pulled off throughout the whole tournament, the last two series in particular. Is it a thing that once you win a couple of them, you feel even more confident, so it is even easier to win more later? What's the deal there?

When I'm playing well I'm just feeling more confident and it's more comfortable for me to play any map. So I'm just trying to play better and better, trying to fix my mistakes from every game. That's how I'm trying to become a better player.

What's next for you guys, you are obviously missing Katowice so you have a break, how do you go on from here?

We are going to take a five days break, maybe one week, and practice for ESL Pro League matches. We need to qualify for the ESL Pro League Finals, it's our main goal because we are going to miss Katowice. After Katowice I guess it's going to be WESG with Team Ukraine and Team Russia, so after that we are going to practice coming up to next tournaments. We don't actually know what the next tournament is after Katowice, but now that we finally have a lot of time, we will do a bootcamp, a big bootcamp.

Now that you are the first player at a premier event to win an MVP and not win the tournament, how does it feel, is there anything special?

It feels good, but for me, it's better to win the tournament than the MVP medal. I'm not happy about it, I'm fine with getting it, but next time I'd like to win the tournament instead of the MVP.

Any last thoughts, shoutouts, something you want to say?

Thanks everyone for the support, unfortunately, we didn't close out the final, but I'm proud of my team that we actually beat FaZe and Astralis, two strong opponents. Today, mousesports are better, so I'm just waiting for the next tournament. I want to play.

Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.20
Maps played:
744
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.68
MVP was deserved, but he also deserves to win a big title again. Mousesports played amazing too, sadly they won't be in Katowice.
2018-02-26 02:16
20 replies
#3
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United Kingdom Tendies
oh damn, the perfect headline for s1mple's career atm
2018-02-26 02:14
1 reply
He's gonna get both then anyways
2018-02-26 02:14
#16
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Paraguay imjustmau
FaZe s1mple when
2018-02-26 02:16
11 replies
#74
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New Zealand flux1
after next major if faze dont win "bye bye guardian" and s1mple buy out but because s1mple has a 2 season/year contract guardian might stay with faze until the contract expires. this is all hypothetical tho
2018-02-26 04:37
2 replies
He wont go faze
2018-02-26 06:09
#137
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Denmark Gazil
Niko is too annoying for s1mple to play with, I'm pretty sure personality will get in the way of results.
2018-02-26 12:17
#150
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Denmark Xipingu
Can you read? He isn’t interested in FaZe xD
2018-02-26 12:38
5 replies
#182
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Australia KatVian
Very seriously, I can see simple joining mouz.
2018-02-26 20:16
4 replies
#184
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Czech Republic LIFTY!
Wont happen, oskar and s1mple dont like each other.
2018-02-27 08:07
3 replies
#185
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Australia KatVian
Really, how do you know?
2018-02-27 08:08
2 replies
#186
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Czech Republic LIFTY!
Check streams, it was 2015/ early 2016. Now they can speak to each other, but it will not happen.
2018-02-27 08:09
1 reply
#187
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Australia KatVian
Oh ok.
2018-02-27 08:10
Faze shox after his surgery
2018-02-26 17:56
1 reply
Shox is dead
2018-02-27 19:26
Did the failed to qualify?
2018-02-26 06:50
2 replies
Yep, both mouz and navi failed XD
2018-02-26 16:17
#191
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France Rod1_92
They don't failed , they don't want to play 2 event close like this so they don't care about qualify for katowice
2018-02-27 15:29
S1GOD
2018-02-26 06:54
First time I ever seen that MVP doesnt goes to players who won the tournament. Sad but very well done.
2018-02-26 14:47
1 reply
You just need to know what MVP stands for
2018-02-26 15:14
cry is free
2018-02-26 02:14
14 replies
You would know, you must do a lot of it being a Dane and fan of krimz lul
2018-02-26 02:17
13 replies
#47
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Canada _Dark__
damn ease off the kerosene
2018-02-26 02:31
he has a family dude. jeez
2018-02-26 02:45
Think of the children
2018-02-26 03:09
#64
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Sweden Trkmag
KRiMZ best swedish player and chill af
2018-02-26 03:14
#66
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Denmark qwedsa
damn dude, why so mean, he didn't deserve for that rekt
2018-02-26 03:21
both krimz and danish CS won more than s1mple and NA ever will.
2018-02-26 07:30
5 replies
and danish cs has more roster changes too!!
2018-02-26 07:44
4 replies
yeah and Albanian cs has more.... Oh wait you don't have a scene.
2018-02-26 07:47
3 replies
if they had time to play games ,maybe they would have scene. Mindblown
2018-02-26 07:54
2 replies
#98
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Ukraine ksay
how about no?
2018-02-26 08:53
They have a succesful Mercedes business unlike danish
2018-02-26 09:05
#113
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Russia razorVJ
boom
2018-02-26 09:48
lmao
2018-02-26 18:40
k
2018-02-26 02:14
1 reply
Dear HLTV, Let me teach you something.... Don't get fooled by stats, you know what I mean? Despite top fragging in every match, s1mple single handed destroyed NaVi. They were top1-3 before he joined and were constantly making finals in tournaments. Now even after 1 year he joined they are just a good tier3 upset team. And please don't lie to me saying they didn't have a IGL. Zeus came back and they are still dog shit. What's the conclusion? s1mple ruined the team Just like NiKo in mouz...thy are a much better team Now That's why coldzera is miles ahead of both
2018-02-26 14:11
Damn
2018-02-26 02:14
Sad
2018-02-26 02:14
#8
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Macau fivemorning
Feel so fucking sad for God s1mple
2018-02-26 02:15
4 replies
as simple himself said, this is their third event with this iteration of navi. they won dh winter, got 3rd at the major, and 2nd at this event. this iteration of navi is very competitive.
2018-02-26 04:02
3 replies
I can agree with that
2018-02-26 06:21
#151
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Russia Dodoodle
Na'Vi will be again the Kings of the Second Place
2018-02-26 12:49
Considering how bad their teamplay is still.. its a bit scary. I think they are real contender in next major.
2018-02-26 16:20
Lol
2018-02-26 02:15
#10
lover | 
Other Gala0
trolololololololololo
2018-02-26 02:15
#11
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Germany simonmy
HAHAHAHa MOUZ <3
2018-02-26 02:15
do it
2018-02-26 02:15
Not toxic at all
2018-02-26 02:15
So he’s saying he wants to leave Navi?
2018-02-26 02:15
6 replies
Great English comprehension, 10/10.
2018-02-26 02:18
(...) ''but we will fix our mistakes and we will keep moving forward. I believe in this team (...)'' (._.')
2018-02-26 02:18
#35
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Brazil MrJanitor
Nice english
2018-02-26 02:26
#73
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Turkey dogboi2001
Hahah. Woosh at people above me.
2018-02-26 04:17
1 reply
People on this thread specifically have been so savage XD Edit: this article comment section
2018-02-26 07:36
So you're saying he wants to kill all his teammates? Also, the market is dominated by pimples...
2018-02-26 12:19
#15
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Bangladesh N0SP4C3
i feel bad ofr em. 90 kills and still lost
2018-02-26 02:15
1 reply
30+ frags on each map geez
2018-02-26 02:22
Save this man :(
2018-02-26 02:16
nice one ex cheater. One time cheater always cheater.
2018-02-26 02:17
5 replies
cant cheat on vac secured servers
2018-02-26 02:21
If i cheated vac would detect it and instant ban me
2018-02-26 02:28
3 replies
noob
2018-02-26 09:07
2 replies
Kys u spastic cunt
2018-02-26 09:08
1 reply
wtf mad boi?
2018-02-26 09:08
#19
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Brazil celowdrums
He should be in karrigan's place!
2018-02-26 02:17
1 reply
#117
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Germany Limenator
You have zero understanding of csgo
2018-02-26 10:08
Karrigan leave Faze Simple go Faze .... Faze 1 world
2018-02-26 02:18
5 replies
Taking out Niko would be the better option imo.
2018-02-26 03:10
3 replies
Yea I agree who will be be the igl ;-;
2018-02-26 03:28
Nah Niko just need to get help from Astralis' Mental coach. Needs to get his tilting under control and stop choking.
2018-02-26 03:41
1 reply
+1 .. idk whats up with him,imo he should of already learned that getting tilted doesn't help,neither him nor the rest of the team.
2018-02-26 11:31
Who's caller then?
2018-02-26 07:48
#23
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Portugal Careck
Win or no win, this man did what he could... and more actually.
2018-02-26 02:18
Undeserved ChrisJ was the MVP.
2018-02-26 02:20
9 replies
ZeuS
2018-02-26 02:21
6 replies
What about him? Anyway this was a big moment for Mouz Sports, Chris J was made so many huge plays in over time and on the last map, he had a great tournament overall and was the main reason Mouz won the tournament imo Chris J is the MVP, I don't give a fuck his stats are lower or he didn't get as many frags, he made the big plays in the big moments nothing else matters to me.
2018-02-26 02:22
5 replies
I'm just joking that Zeus should get mvp. His play is really not good but I see that they all motivated and wanted to win this tournament. but other team instead of s1mple just can't deliver at the same level.
2018-02-26 02:28
2 replies
I thought Zeus was pretty good on the final map of Train though he did bounce back from his horrible game on map 2, ppl talk so much shit about Na'vi talking so much shit about them when they have really good players and people act like s1mple is playing 1v9 it's so fucking disgusting, he has the most delusional and retarded fanboys since FaZe fans probably and I feel bad for his team mates having to go through this shit with community always hating them for n oreason.
2018-02-26 02:30
lmao even evident baits don't work
2018-02-26 08:54
Btw they already made it a lot better now with +electronic -Guardian. I see again navi's spirit back to 2014. Theres a lot of a potential of this team.
2018-02-26 02:29
1 reply
Maybe they are feeling better but their results are not even close to Na'vi 2015 with Guardian.
2018-02-26 02:30
Funny
2018-02-26 07:37
1 reply
My opinion of course, he didn't have the ultimate stats or anything he just made big plays in crucial rounds consistently throughout the tournament and this was a big moment for him and his team so he's the MVP to me.
2018-02-26 10:02
Don't understand how people want him over karrigan on FaZe. People think you just put 5 mad fraggers and that's it. Roles don't matter, anyone can igl... rofl, go learn the basics about a pro team first please
2018-02-26 02:21
2 replies
olof IGL +S1mple -karrigan ez
2018-02-26 02:24
-Niko (inconsistency) +S1mple
2018-02-26 03:19
ImProve zeubot first. Jjjjjj
2018-02-26 02:24
maybe if he learn to play for his team, stop overpeeking, and try to be more envolved on teamplay, map control, etc he can be more than t2 team LMAOO s1mple overated STOMPED by mouz #neverforget
2018-02-26 02:24
24 replies
retarded should be banned for saying this about s1mple
2018-02-26 02:25
1 reply
who cares, the guy can make highlights and get a lot of frags, but play 100% alone =p look at mouz stats lol, this is a real team.
2018-02-26 02:27
#36
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Bangladesh N0SP4C3
he didnt get stomped tho
2018-02-26 02:27
brain off retardnes on
2018-02-26 02:31
Well if Zeus would have had more than 7 kills in fucking 30 rounds...they would actually win
2018-02-26 02:46
sorry bro, you've been saying funny stuff for a while but this is completely delusional... s1mple is no longer the baiter that people known him for... he got all those stats off of entrying and doing great impact plays for his team, creating SOOO much space for his team, even playing support now and then and clutching so much, it's just not really his fault that people like bot zeus cant seem to do anything to help him with thtt.
2018-02-26 03:21
6 replies
he plays alone, 0 teamplay skills, navi cant trade kills like they use to, and again the other 4 get the blame cuz s1mple is good but play alone Funny, every team.s1mple joins the other players instant become shit lul
2018-02-26 08:59
5 replies
#126
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Latvia pumasiK
kys
2018-02-26 11:30
3 replies
no arguments back and mad af expected from fan of streamer. #thecryisfree
2018-02-26 11:44
2 replies
NaVi streamer?
2018-02-26 12:12
#139
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Latvia pumasiK
IM MAD ARRGHHH I WILL EAT SK ALIVE ARGHHHHHHH
2018-02-26 12:23
0 teamplay?? Did you even watch a single Navi match this tournament? He literally had the most entry frags and opening kill percentage of this tournament... His teammates we're not able to do a lot every time when he made those kills... He created so much space for his team to succeed, it's not his fault his team couldn't capitalize on it. And no, that last point isn't true. Flamie has always been very good some games, decent some games, and very bad some games. Edwards been the same in csgo even awhile before s1mple joined.. Electronic is a rising young player but he is also inconsistent because of that. And Zeus is just a complete bot... You probably didn't watch a single one of the Navi games this tournament.. I did and he did not play to bait like old s1mple, he created so many winnable situations for his teammates, they just didn't capitalize off of them..
2018-02-26 11:58
3 tournaments with this lineup 1st place 3rd place 2nd place Yea definitely T2, tell me what has SK done lately to make them better than NAVI?
2018-02-26 07:40
7 replies
This 2 place os the only.legit placement, their win was tier 5 tournment lol
2018-02-26 08:58
6 replies
3rd place at major not a legit placement kkkkkkkkkk
2018-02-26 09:41
4 replies
omg.amazing, thats 2 good placements and 0 wins.LUL omg s1mple best evah
2018-02-26 09:46
3 replies
2 good placements in the only 2 T1 tournaments they’ve played in
2018-02-26 10:50
2 replies
Quarterfinal at major was qbf...
2018-02-26 12:12
1 reply
Dude it was a major it doesn’t matter that it was qbf since they deserved to be there anyway
2018-02-26 16:24
If Navis win doesn't count, then neither do 3 of the 8 tournaments won by SK last year
2018-02-26 12:01
the most retarded hater of S1mple out there
2018-02-26 08:55
1 reply
not hater i like s1mple, but he is overated.. Still one of the most enternaining players to watch
2018-02-26 09:47
Bra71L #NeverForget
2018-02-26 10:49
1 reply
+1 #RUNGERMANYG #neymarOVERATED #davidluizJEBAITED #germanyGODtop1ACTIVATED
2018-02-26 10:56
s1mple best of best
2018-02-26 02:28
#41
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Finland Smoonah
LOL
2018-02-26 02:29
respect
2018-02-26 02:29
S1mple, u the best. Never stop getting better
2018-02-26 02:31
Much <3 for you S1mple. Keep moving forward strong!
2018-02-26 02:35
S1mply the best.
2018-02-26 02:35
#51
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Ukraine sm1leyx
gg BRO. HOPE MVP AND WIN MAJOR
2018-02-26 02:37
WE NEED MORE PEOPLE LIKE S1MPLE #GOODGUYSASHA #NEWS1MPLE
2018-02-26 02:38
#53
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France Deadfish
LOL
2018-02-26 02:39
Sorry, but na`vi won't ever win a tier1 tournament. Forever 2nd place, RIP.
2018-02-26 02:45
#57
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Malaysia Suno[t]
ez 4 s1mple TOP ONE
2018-02-26 02:46
LOOOOOOL
2018-02-26 02:51
#59
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United States V1ruh
FREES1MPLE
2018-02-26 02:56
#60
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Brazil tdurante
Awwwww poor simple kid lol
2018-02-26 02:59
#61
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Brazil tdurante
R u mad? Cuz I'm not
2018-02-26 03:00
#69
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Brazil cadik
LIAR he never played for victory and never will stats hunter s1mple
2018-02-26 03:34
4 replies
#82
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CIS LRtx
flair checks out
2018-02-26 06:59
2 replies
Flair checks out
2018-02-26 12:13
1 reply
#152
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CIS LRtx
flair checks out
2018-02-26 12:50
braindead
2018-02-26 10:59
ENTAO JOGA COM O TIME ARROMBAAAADO
2018-02-26 03:56
born to lose
2018-02-26 05:05
s1mple is currently the best individual player.
2018-02-26 06:03
1 reply
yh and he isn't crying like Niko did in mouz
2018-02-26 11:33
keep it up,s1mple,you will be a champion soon!
2018-02-26 07:30
lol +37 and still lose it's sad
2018-02-26 07:35
1 reply
#160
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Europe Instabait
No Its simple
2018-02-26 14:34
First top1 of year without being in best team? He is so dominant
2018-02-26 07:38
#93
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Europe Winde
You want to win the entire tournament? Easy. Join FaZe and replace karrigan. You will win every single tournament for a year.
2018-02-26 07:52
2 replies
hahahahahhahahahahahahaa
2018-02-26 09:16
remember kennyS playing 1,2(apex)v5 like a god for TITAN? Called one of the best player of the world, the best awper in csgo etc he joined current g2. And what's now, he's currently just one of many star players, nothing more. S1mple is not dumb, he wouldn't leave navi, he's the best RU/UKR awper/player in the biggest ukr/ru org. zeus literally wanted to build a team around simple, why would he risk it to leave while getting better and better. he could demand everything he wants in navi bc he's their star player, he wanted electronic to join and he joined them. if navi doesnt work out with this roster and he wants new players to join, they probably will. dude's living a nice life, probably even in his home country, no need to change that at all. he could join faze in the future just for fun (olof) after navi reached their goals and become a top2 team and it gets boring and he joins just for the money (hiigh salary coming from a top 2 team) or if it just doesn't work out and they don't do what he demands, but i ain't seeing that i'm almost sure navi will buy out a star cis player (gambit) in the near future if the current roster won't work out and thats it he wont leave
2018-02-26 16:00
#95
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Brazil Gunzel
rofl
2018-02-26 08:15
#96
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Iceland caverat
thank mr s1mple
2018-02-26 08:20
2018-02-26 08:39
the bestest
2018-02-26 09:13
besterino
2018-02-26 09:43
winning with Na'Vi LUL
2018-02-26 09:59
savage lvl 9999
2018-02-26 10:00
Freakazoid is laughing xd
2018-02-26 11:19
Good luck One man army
2018-02-26 11:28
Nice
2018-02-26 11:41
#130
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United Kingdom trtr098
Winning is not important, in 2030 when CSGO is dead and people look back in time, nobody will give a shit about SK majors. People will only remember the best player to ever touch that game, which was s1mple CSGOD
2018-02-26 11:43
1 reply
hahah how coldzera midget stand an chance
2018-02-26 13:02
#154
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Philippines Saythok
Its better than winning a tournament while your useless
2018-02-26 13:17
next time will not be, not with this team, this garbage can't win at home with support
2018-02-26 13:17
#156
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Germany ow1e
I would be super proud to be the first one to ever achieve this, what a unthankful twat
2018-02-26 13:33
2 replies
When you do 90 frags on 3 map in a fucking final you expect your teammate to do more than 7 frags in 30 rounds. Especially someone who has over 10k hours put into the game
2018-02-26 14:10
1 reply
#183
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Germany ow1e
I wouldnt give a fuck, to achive this, as the first player ever, means more then winning a tournament, oc i would also be mad, but u have no influence on ur teammates performance, its a team game and a mvp award is a solo achive.
2018-02-27 00:00
gained all my respect
2018-02-26 13:38
#161
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Sweden Akoulad
That's the problem, he's ego is way too big.
2018-02-26 14:39
#162
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Latvia Tibro
s1mple respect bratan krasava best and most funniest man alive i am proud of them to go finals maah mvp who cares only statistics gg
2018-02-26 14:40
S1mply the best
2018-02-26 15:17
#167
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Vietnam Oida
Seeing how NaVi managed their team over the last two years: It might seem like they have a bright future ahead, I doubt it though: LEAVE THIS SINKING SHIP S1MPLE PLEASE!
2018-02-26 15:30
Brainless CIS fragger, toxic, overall just a matchmaking russian/ukrainian.
2018-02-26 16:23
3 replies
#173
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Czech Republic KLothbrok
Also the best LAN player in the world atm. He just needs better english and team now, fuck Na'Vi.
2018-02-26 16:34
kys
2018-02-26 17:14
You are definitely have some brain issues...
2018-02-27 08:11
What are his thoughts on Zeus?
2018-02-26 17:19
1 carry boy vs well structured team Which One Will Win?
2018-02-26 18:29
He's clearly more mature now and, hopefully, on his road to glory. Keep in mind that he's only 20.
2018-02-26 19:03
#181
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Europe trey_
feels so fucking bad for him
2018-02-26 20:14
best atm, no doubt
2018-02-27 13:45
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