s1mple: "More team play. More strategy. More everything."

Natus Vincere became the third team to make the playoffs today after beating fnatic in a three map nailbiter. We caught up with Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev after the match to hear his thoughts.

Natus Vincere had a great start yesterday, when they beat Renegades, 16-4. Today, they kept their good run by making it to the playoffs on top of Group C after beating fnatic. The Russian-Ukrainian side now sits on the playoff bracket waiting for a lower seeded team to face off with in the quarterfinals.

s1mple chalks up Na`Vi's good results to a lot of practice

In the interview, Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev went over the map selection against fnatic, his team's good run on Inferno, Denis "electronic" Sharipov's role in the team, and how he has personally been able to find such good form since the beginning of the year.

Coming into the event, did you guys run a bootcamp?

Yeah, we went to our new house in the center of Kiev, so we had a ten-day preparation. It was nice. People feel better in the center of the city so they can go out to get some air and food and come back ready to play. We had a really hard bootcamp. We practiced a lot, both individually and on strategy. That's why we beat fnatic, I guess, because we spent a lot of time on this game and everyone understands that if you want to beat teams like fnatic, SK, or FaZe, you have to play more and more.

So let's move on to fnatic. You both won your openers in pretty one-sided matches, which was somewhat expected. When you found out you were going to play them, did you prepare anything particular?

Our coach [kane] prepared a lot before this game. We didn't expect them to pick Cobblestone, we thought they'd pick Mirage, and they knew we were going to pick Inferno. We just talked before the game about how they play the maps, how Cobblestone is one of their good maps and they have more experience on it. We told ourselves that even if we lose Cbble we can take it in the third map, because we practiced on our map pool a lot.

Let's jump into Inferno, it's your best map, and you have the best record out of any team right now. It has been traditionally a map that Zeus really likes, is he a driving force behind the good results on it?

This map is comfortable for every player because of individual performances. We all know how to rotate, and how to help each other, especially on the T side. We don't even need to throw some executions. We can just smoke arch and go together somewhere. I mean, I think we just feel good in this map. We feel better on it than any other map.

Cobblestone on the other hand, you weren't so sure about, and maybe not expecting to play it. Did you see yourselves having a chance going into it or were you really ready for a third map?

Well, we thought it could be Cobble, but we really expected them to pick Mirage. We practiced it a lot the last few days [Cobblestone], and we knew we had a good chance on it. Of course, we knew they have more experience, and they played it more on LAN, playing it in Katowice and WESG, but we just wanted to win the map against them even if it's one of their strongest maps. I think we still had a good chance to do it.

How about Overpass? That's a map you guys are more comfortable on, but so are fnatic, as it showed in the close decider.

We lost a 5vs3 at the end, I remember that, and we had some forcebuys in which they always did B executions. We were close to winning an eco, 4vs2, but we didn't have armors. It was a pretty hard map. electronic and Edward did pretty well, electronic won a great round when he killed two on banana and JW didn't have time to plant, and Edward was really good on B with flamie.

Talking about electronic. He had a really good tournament at WESG and some people noticed that when he is playing with Na`Vi he isn't unleashed the same way. Do you think there's some truth to that?

It's not true, because when you play on a mix, like when you play FPL, it's like playing with Russia or Ukraine or whatever. You just play better individually, you can do whatever you want. There is no plan or anything, and it's not true that electronic can't show up on the big stage with Na`Vi. He doesn't have much experience, but...

Well, I mean maybe something more related to his role in the team?

Oh, maybe, yeah, but after our last tournament... after StarSeries, we gave him more good roles, and I told our coach that he should play the way he did in FlipSid3 and in Russia, where he had more freedom. I think he practiced a lot and he is playing much better now.

And while we're talking about form, you've been playing at a really high level this whole year. You've been playing really good CS individually, what do you think gave you that confidence?

First of all, my team. We have a good set-up that gives me freedom everywhere, and of course I practice my positions with AWP and rifles. It's a pretty hard role, to be honest, because you need to understand when you need to buy AWP and when you need to play with AK. I don't know, just a lot of practice with all guns, a lot of team practices, a good sleep schedule, I don't know... all players should understand that if they want to play better they need to spend more time with the game. It shouldn't feel like a job, it should be a dream to become champions and the best in the world.

So you find it hard to know when to buy AWP or rifles, what are the crucial moments in which you have to decide?

For example: if you play on Overpass, kane taught me a lot to not buy AWPs when they don't have AWP and when they have a low economy. I mean, we could easily lose a round like that, even to CZ's. Then they'll take the AWP, they have a good economy, and we're broke because I bought this weapon for $5,000.

Lastly, you're through the groups in first place. Is the goal to win it all? 

I don't really like to say it is to win the whole thing, because last year when I said it...

You jinxed it?

Yeah, so just step by step. We're going to see who our next opponent is, and we're going to prepare. Win or lose, it doesn't matter, you're still practising, even if you're losing. There is nobody who never loses. Even Mayweather, who has the 50-0 record, I'm pretty sure in practices, and before the streak, he lost a lot, and he practiced a lot to become better. It's another experience for us. We just want to become better as a team. More team play. More strategy. More everything.

Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
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Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
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Maps played:
2018-04-19 21:03
Palestine zwe 
2018-04-20 14:02
Dima | 
Italy Laxity 
yea man
2018-04-20 18:12
Edward | 
Moldova flymans 
Mayweather 50-0 LUL
2018-04-20 18:26
Russia f0uter 
s1mple you the best, you number 1 in 2018
2018-04-23 16:49
ableJ | 
Bangladesh DisableJ 
more interviews
2018-04-19 21:03
Sadokist | 
Poland tr1xx 
2018-04-19 21:12
United States HighFuel 
more money to keep him in the team
2018-04-20 00:01
Malaysia byaIi 
2018-04-24 15:35
Turkey willZy 
Sooo close :/
2018-04-19 21:03
2018-04-19 21:03
Simple has to leave navi if he wants to win
2018-04-19 21:03
Why? they are looking strong i think they are the top contender right now
2018-04-19 21:41
*electronic and simple looking strong.
2018-04-20 02:03
Denmark potatomato 
more friends. more tan
2018-04-19 21:03
Dominican Republic WhyUBullyDocc 
2018-04-19 21:03
2018-04-19 21:04
Lithuania Paulius_CS 
2018-04-19 21:04
CIS s1mpletop0ne 
+1 to best player ever touched this game GOD S1MPLE
2018-04-19 21:04
GOLD Words
2018-04-19 21:05
s1mple ur love.
2018-04-19 21:04
Malaysia byaIi 
harasho brother!!!
2018-04-19 21:04
teah more team play. didn't he win those two clutches this shitty team would get rekterino
2018-04-19 21:04
Gg mr S1mple.
2018-04-19 21:05
Finland artyfck 
Hueverything, blyat'...
2018-04-19 21:04
wtf s1mple 1.40 rating
2018-04-19 21:05
2018-04-19 21:06
Humble S1mple +rep
2018-04-19 21:06
He really meant "more carrying"
2018-04-19 21:08
United Kingdom tomtmh 
more like simple carry
2018-04-19 21:08
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
s1mple > mayweather
2018-04-19 21:09
United States apm54 
great to see how much s1mple is matured, and how great the form he is in now. Great interview, thanks for doing it.
2018-04-19 21:11
Latvia tibr0 
2018-04-19 21:12
>kane taught me a lot to not buy AWPs when they don't have AWP and when they have a low economy LUL kane master tactitian
2018-04-19 21:15
You can almost be certain that this sentence means they had words/argument and s1mple doesn't give a f*** about what he thinks. But he is giving him props in public to play his new role of PC/PR s1mple to the max : )
2018-04-19 22:05
simple best at this moment :D
2018-04-19 23:27
i never saw more bullshit in an interview
2018-04-19 21:17
Belgium YoGatesKevin 
Good, now I know it's a good interview. Respectfully, Proud Faze Fan since 1999.
2018-04-19 21:36
Lithuania crxyolo 
hes young tho, and delivering his minds from russian to english sometimes makes no sense, nothing special, heh
2018-04-19 22:15
Sweden Akoulad 
More cheats, yes. More luck, yes.
2018-04-19 21:17
Belgium YoGatesKevin 
More cheats and this is coming from a fnatic fan. "Luck". LUL. There are actually kids believing in such thing as luck. Respectfully, Proud Faze Fan since 1999.
2018-04-19 21:36
Latvia pumasiK 
2018-04-19 23:01
Brazil Charizaldo 
More fast and more furious
2018-04-19 21:20
Finland Empuito 
2018-04-19 21:42
Brazil VAC0 
more money
2018-04-19 21:56
Russia zAAAAz 
MORE LIFE. MORE EVERYTHING. s1mple playing CS with Drake confirmed.
2018-04-19 21:59
more everything? wtf lol he have no idea what saying just brought all the english he had xD
2018-04-19 22:19
Ukraine EarthAintFlat 
He has*
2018-04-19 23:41
Singapore Trisha 
interesting that he used mayweather as a example there xd they have a good chance to make it to the semi-finals if they keep this up
2018-04-19 22:22
Vietnam Oida 
how much NaVi pay you for that headline lul
2018-04-19 22:26
Iceland caverat 
thank mr s1mple
2018-04-19 22:32
Never thought simple is so ambitious. Feels like if he's not winning anything with navi this year, he's gonna play for faze or an NA team next year, wouldn't be surprised. I'd just kick Zeus though and try to get angel or a proper fragger, cause simple just cant win every map on its own.
2018-04-19 22:35
Ukraine EarthAintFlat 
feels like faze are not going to win anything this year
2018-04-19 23:42
It's only april, a lot can happen.
2018-04-19 23:44
More carry
2018-04-19 23:42
2018-04-23 11:14
Netherlands Deji 
2018-04-20 02:07
jleh | 
Finland jleh 
more black hats
2018-04-20 03:19
Clash of the Titans Show Match: Floyd "Money" Mayweather vs Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev only on ESPN!!!
2018-04-20 06:59
such a stupid unt from ukraine, 19+y/o with high sens, jesus christ plz kys
2018-04-20 11:58
Worst evenseen
2018-04-20 11:58
cry is free
2018-04-20 16:10
2018-04-20 16:10
2018-04-20 16:11
2018-04-20 14:10
Russia mnight 
s1mple for president
2018-04-20 15:27
Russia mearbyee 
stupid Americans do not know that the Navi had a bootcamp, while the smart Russians knew this before the bootcamp RoflanEbalo(rofl)
2018-04-20 16:19
thank mr s1mple
2018-04-20 16:20
Seems like more mature, if its true he gonna be a champion
2018-04-21 04:33
"kane taught me a lot to not buy AWPs when they don't have AWP and when they have a low economy" was S1mple being sarcastic? That's common knowledge even for MGE's ? LMAO
2018-04-22 20:22
more toxic
2018-04-23 11:13
you need a better teammate s1mple,
2018-04-24 04:07
shox | 
Hungary raffai 
You improved a lot s1mple. In every way.. :), proud
2018-04-24 07:01
If only we could make 4 clones of him More s1mple More ez
2018-04-24 07:47
more toxic
2018-04-25 18:59
toxic? old meme
2018-04-25 19:00
lollipop21k to NaVi instead of Edward - ez top 1
2018-04-26 15:30
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