s1mple: "I believe in this team, and we can do more"

After the conclusion of DreamHack Masters Marseille, Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev took the MVP award despite his team falling to Astralis. We sat down with him to give him his medal and hear his thoughts.

Natus Vincere failed to take the trophy home as an incredibly dominant Astralis won the final. Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev, however, managed to take home the MVP award with a staggering 1.52 rating (which went up to 1.57 in the playoffs), 99.4 ADR, 1.63 impact, and an 82.2% KAST.

s1mple had an all-time great performance in Marseille

The Ukrainian hybrid player, who now boasts two MVP medals this year despite his team only being able to finish second at the events he was awarded in, told us about the atmosphere in the team, the plans for the future, and the technical delay caused by a reflection that briefly paused the final. 

Let's kick off with something positive. You made it to the final here and have been getting good results this year. What are the positives you can take away from this tournament?

I can just say that we practiced really well before the tournament. Maybe not enough, like Astralis. They were stronger today, congrats to them. Here we played a lot of maps, and we decided to pick Nuke against Gambit to practice it because we have more tournaments soon. We need more experience on all maps against great teams.

The tournament was great, another LAN experience for us. We lost the final, unfortunately, but we're going to fix our mistakes and keep moving forward. We're going to stay strong and I hope one day we'll show the world we're going to win a tournament. One day.

Even now when you were outside talking after the final, everyone on the team was together and there seems to be a very good team spirit despite the loss. Will that help you moving forward?

Yes, of course. We fixed all of our problems with each other like a month ago, so now we're just becoming stronger and stronger. I believe in this team, and we can do more. It wasn't our game against Astralis today. Of course, they were better, because only a better team wins at such a big tournament, but we'll keep improving.

What are your plans for the next events?

We're just going home now. If we get visas for Sydney we'll fly there. If not, we'll do another bootcamp with a little break before Dallas so we can practice more. Our map pool, and strategies, everything... like we did before, to become better.

It's always disappointing to lose a final, but you got the MVP. Second time this happens to you, and the only player it has happened to at a big event...

I mean, you know... How do I explain? It's okay to get the MVP award, but as I see it I would rather win with my team and give the MVP to an Astralis guy, than getting MVP and losing against them. It's tough to lose this game, but I still think it was a good result. We played three tournaments, two finals and a semifinal in Boston against FaZe for which we didn't prepare well.

Something curious happened during the final that made the match stop. You could see a reflection or something like that?

When gla1ve won the 1vs3 against us, I was watching on Edward's monitor after I died and I noticed I could barely see their money and the radar. I could see how they were moving, so I called a pause and told the admin I didn't want to look at the radar but that when I looked on Edward's monitor I could see their rotation and a bit of their economy with my peripheral vision. They fixed it quickly and everything was fine.

Hopefully, next time, you can get both the MVP medal and the trophy, but before we close out the interview are there any shoutouts you'd like to give?

Yes, just thanks to everyone for their support. Sorry to all of our fans that we disappointed once again in the final, but we will keep improving.

Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.21
Maps played:
782
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.68
It actually happened... wow..
2018-04-22 20:00
9 replies
n1
2018-04-22 20:00
6 replies
#15
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Austria shaak!
The time is running out...
2018-04-22 20:01
5 replies
Imagine -Zeus -Edward +2 good players PogChamp
2018-04-22 20:41
4 replies
Keep imagining
2018-04-22 21:05
3 replies
You may say I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one
2018-04-22 21:12
2 replies
i hope some day you will join us
2018-04-22 23:56
1 reply
And the world will be as one
2018-04-23 07:11
OMEGALUL
2018-04-22 20:01
Thanks god, the VeryNiceGuy is not first cg.
2018-04-22 20:17
#2
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Poland anton1oo
XD
2018-04-22 20:00
#3
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Sweden Skroomile
lol
2018-04-22 20:00
Cool
2018-04-22 20:00
Ez for :Ds1mple
2018-04-22 20:02
not with Edward in the team
2018-04-22 20:00
2 replies
he is outdated
2018-04-22 20:00
#114
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Finland Smoonah
true. probably got paid extra to not talk down on the team
2018-04-22 22:24
#9
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Lithuania LuXe
With Edward you can win nothing
2018-04-22 20:00
22 replies
#27
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Europe supWassup
with navi*
2018-04-22 20:01
18 replies
#35
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Lithuania LuXe
S1mple Niko Gla1ve Ropz Sunny
2018-04-22 20:02
17 replies
-Sunny +Rain And bring some veteran as well like krimz
2018-04-22 20:05
8 replies
Rain who sucks completely the whole year? No way
2018-04-22 20:08
6 replies
#57
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Greece TridentoZ
>Rain >sucks Choose one
2018-04-22 20:17
5 replies
I choose sucks
2018-04-22 20:32
#87
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United Kingdom galaxzy
both cus he does
2018-04-22 20:54
He sucks this year..
2018-04-22 21:25
2 replies
Goes to show how little you know
2018-04-23 13:13
1 reply
#173
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Canada Japss^_^
Little did he know that rain is the most consistent player in FaZe when Niko struggles to continue dominance he doesn't show up in the finals, among the players around rain is def one of the best A site anchors the guy was literally 2017's 4th best player of the year. a consistent 1.10 rating too
2018-04-23 19:00
#115
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Finland Smoonah
getting rid of sunny over ropz haha
2018-04-22 22:24
#51
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Ukraine extezy10
niko :DDDDDDDDDD
2018-04-22 20:12
ruining 4 teams to make a super 1? no thanks
2018-04-22 20:12
#65
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Other Phinks
Zeus S1mple Electronic Hobbit Adren
2018-04-22 20:27
4 replies
TOP1 this must happen
2018-04-22 20:34
3 replies
assuming not fake flagging north or south cyprus
2018-04-23 02:44
2 replies
North
2018-04-23 02:44
1 reply
do you have any opinions south cyprus? or north where you live?
2018-04-23 02:48
#73
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Russia RoneEZ
-NiKo +KRIMZ
2018-04-22 20:33
Just add markeloff instead of Edward
2018-04-23 08:26
2 replies
-1 washed up 1.6 legend who can’t kill people on the server +1 washed up 1.6 legend who can’t kill people on the server
2018-04-23 13:29
1 reply
Add anyone instead of edward Add my nephew and he'd play better than a bot
2018-04-24 14:36
CSGOD
2018-04-22 20:00
LULL
2018-04-22 20:00
Just stfu simple, u cant do shit with zeus and botward
2018-04-22 20:01
1 reply
-edward +markeloff
2018-04-23 08:26
I aren't think that
2018-04-22 20:01
#16
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Finland EdiEz
nice
2018-04-22 20:01
nice s1mple!
2018-04-22 20:01
#18
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Europe netgmy
S1mple in mouz please
2018-04-22 20:01
#19
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Slovakia ypsylonnn
unfortunately not
2018-04-22 20:01
but why
2018-04-22 20:01
#21
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United Kingdom trtr098
CSGOD
2018-04-22 20:01
Slava s1mplu!
2018-04-22 20:01
#23
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Germany cartii
mouz ceo pls get him
2018-04-22 20:01
nice1
2018-04-22 20:01
200 IQ in game 0 IQ out side
2018-04-22 20:01
9 replies
you shouldn't be that self-critical about yourself :)
2018-04-22 20:02
6 replies
#50
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Russia Divait
+1
2018-04-22 20:11
Dont consider that he has 200iq ingame. 20iq would be enough tho :P
2018-04-22 20:12
4 replies
0/8
2018-04-22 20:26
normal human being has amount 100 IQ So with 0 IQ He wouldn't be able to write something
2018-04-22 20:48
2 replies
outplayed xD
2018-04-22 20:55
He couldn't even play if his IQ is 0. LuL
2018-04-23 01:43
#55
Per0N | 
Venezuela 643
This fits to the majority of csgo players
2018-04-22 20:13
0 IQ in game 0 IQ outside perfectly fit for you
2018-04-22 20:34
-botward
2018-04-22 20:01
1 reply
+anyone Even my nephew would play better than him
2018-04-23 08:27
#28
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Germany sunnyrain
said s1mple while held at gunpoint by navi mafia
2018-04-22 20:01
#29
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Korea dev1sta
I thought he was gonna try and escape again lmao, hope NaVi comes back stronger
2018-04-22 20:01
#30
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Israel Vladi0z
-Edward +markeloff -markeloff +seized -seized +decoy -decoy +Arbuz
2018-04-22 20:01
2 replies
-arbuz + ur mum
2018-04-22 20:11
1 reply
#63
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Other Phinks
Mam*
2018-04-22 20:26
-stewie + s1mple sk era to the end of the globe
2018-04-22 20:02
1 reply
cant wait to see coldzera speaking ukrain language ahaha xDD
2018-04-22 20:56
#32
NiKo | 
India Sishir
He's a good guy.
2018-04-22 20:02
#33
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India Reaper1
can someone pls remind NaVi that mir is on bench right now
2018-04-22 20:02
3 replies
why would someone take a guy who got cut by fucking Vega Squadron
2018-04-22 21:11
2 replies
Oh yes. U have brain, no? He wasnt cut for his performance. He was cut for his disagreement with other players
2018-04-22 21:47
#146
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India Reaper1
If you don't think that mir is an upgrade from Edward.. refrain from replying to me ty.
2018-04-23 06:12
overrated af
2018-04-22 20:02
2 replies
#56
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Russia Divait
Mixwell is overrated, not s1mple xD
2018-04-22 20:13
1 reply
true mixwell overrated too
2018-04-22 23:14
not with these teammates, no.
2018-04-22 20:03
Get another team
2018-04-22 20:03
nah. its enough s1mple
2018-04-22 20:04
-edward +markeloff pls SAVE MARKELOFF
2018-04-22 20:04
1 reply
YESSS
2018-04-23 08:28
#42
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Estonia Eduzera
TACO was the problem
2018-04-22 20:06
1 reply
can you explain your argument?
2018-04-22 20:57
nt, s1mple.
2018-04-22 20:07
THE LEGEND!!!!!!!!!
2018-04-22 20:09
#46
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France t3r4byt3
-STYKO +s1mple
2018-04-22 20:11
#48
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Europe potatomato
Aleksandr ''Two Faced'' Toledo
2018-04-22 20:11
3 replies
#75
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Russia RoneEZ
Why 2faced?
2018-04-22 20:34
2 replies
#78
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Europe potatomato
a couple weeks ago he wanted to leave and join SK
2018-04-22 20:35
1 reply
+1
2018-04-23 07:36
poor s1mple can't leave due to his 2-y contract so he convinces himself of believing in that team, may be he believes in Santa?
2018-04-22 20:11
With zeus and edward, thats like impossible xd
2018-04-22 20:13
Sadly no when you have botward and zeus the decoy. Man I really want to see s1mple replace styko in Mouz that would be sick!
2018-04-22 20:22
3 replies
mouz online shit retarded burger
2018-04-22 20:46
2 replies
Salty russian
2018-04-22 22:03
1 reply
fat burger 00.1 IQ
2018-04-22 22:27
#60
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Estonia qoznyyy
just give this man a better team smh
2018-04-22 20:24
#61
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Other Phinks
-edward -flamie +hobbit +adren Ez major
2018-04-22 20:25
4 replies
both Hobbit and AdreN are f*cking bots nowadays
2018-04-22 20:25
2 replies
#66
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Other Phinks
Topkek. Have you seen them play? They turned up. And defff better than edward en flamie.
2018-04-22 20:27
1 reply
as I said, they both from good players became bottomfragging bots
2018-04-22 20:28
-Edward +Hobbit or Adren. Problems solved.
2018-04-23 01:31
edward cant win even with cheats LUL
2018-04-22 20:29
That was fair
2018-04-22 20:30
#70
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Ukraine ArtemXGOD
Gj Navi!!! Go win on Sydney!!!
2018-04-22 20:33
#72
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Europe tweekzter
man of honor for sure.
2018-04-22 20:33
more like u can do more :D cuz ur doing awesome job already. <3
2018-04-22 20:35
sure s1mple first he wants to leave and when he realised that noone will ever pay his buyout and he is trapped in the team, he suddenly is a big believer . #news1mplethings
2018-04-22 20:41
With ZEUS and Botward? LUL
2018-04-22 20:47
2 replies
Idiot, without zeus they could do nothing
2018-04-22 20:55
+1 hf carrying those old farts XDDD
2018-04-22 21:01
He's wasting his best time.(FEELSBADMAN) look at his condition.... just foking look at this , he's insane. this team is not his level, just carried this 2nd place for NAVI
2018-04-22 20:49
At first he was like: "yeah, new chapter, joining sk and shit", but then: "oh im fine with carrying 30yo bots, i believe in this team (waiting for other teams to buy me out)"
2018-04-22 21:01
1 reply
twofaced toileto???
2018-04-22 21:10
#95
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Germany ConAction
When gla1ve won the 1vs3 against us, I was watching on Edward's monitor after I died and I noticed I could barely see their money and the radar. I could see how they were moving, so I called a pause and told the admin I didn't want to look at the radar but that when I looked on Edward's monitor I could see their rotation and a bit of their economy with my peripheral vision. They fixed it quickly and everything was fine. Dafaq?
2018-04-22 21:08
1 reply
#121
arT | 
United States No5712
it was some sort of reflection
2018-04-22 23:11
Translation "I'm stuck on this team and don't want to be toxic and tilt them" Please let s1mple go on and win majors. OR at least fucking cut Edward and Zeus
2018-04-22 21:08
6 replies
without Zeus Na`Vi are 0 same as Gambit
2018-04-22 21:22
Idiot first check their results without zeus
2018-04-22 23:04
4 replies
besides winning ESL One NY and Dreamhack Open Winter (yet to win anything after Zeus joined mind you, just higher average places), they didn't do much. But that is because of the internal problems between S1mple and Guardian, not to mention having the bot seized on their team. That is not Zeus coming in and turning the team around, he is a horrible player and a DECENT igl. With Guardian gone S1mple has been playing FAR better. There's a reason he and flamie wanted to get away from Zeus.
2018-04-22 23:14
3 replies
They were #17 when internal problems began. Now they are top 4 with zeus. When zeus left gambit were #3. Now they are #17. Any questions?
2018-04-23 03:02
2 replies
they were not #17 when the conflict BEGAN, they were higher ranked when conflict began. For all we know conflicts rose up RIGHT as s1mple joined. Gambit didn't replace Zeus with another IGL, they had no IGL. Of course they fell in rankings and power. You VASTLY oversimplify things.
2018-04-23 04:07
1 reply
Xaxa, LOL. Yeah, conflicts everywhere, zeus is a horrible player and a DECENT igl but without him gambit same as navi fell in rankings and power, thats what you are saying, right? :D Its very simple my friend, you can always check the results and its known facts my friend: 1. Navi top 2 with zeus before simple. 2. Zeus left and Navi #17 with god simple and without zeus. 3. Gambit #25 or smth like that without zeus. Zeus came and Gambit #3. 4. Zeus left and gambit #17 again. 5. Navi #17 without zeus. Zeus came and they going back to top again.
2018-04-23 04:30
Stockholm S1mple
2018-04-22 21:09
wp s1mple
2018-04-22 21:09
2018-04-22 21:17
#105
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Albania TheOneDk
he need to move to another Team,,,maby not now,,,but when the time is in...amazing player and person,,,,Astralis fan 80)
2018-04-22 21:23
god s1mple
2018-04-22 21:28
He seems to have matured a lot over the last year. Skills have reached an even higher level but he's talking a lot more respectfully and less cocky. <3 csgod s1mple
2018-04-22 21:29
S1mple-"i believe in myself and that i can do more" 1v9 every game he plays faze or mouz need to sign him ASAP
2018-04-22 21:30
lies
2018-04-22 21:38
Lots of kids on hltv. Navi crawled their way back into tier 1 from hitting rock bottom after zeus left. Now all ppl propose changes lul. Navi doesnt need more firepower with addition of electronic. Edward does a great job in supporting simple and providing experience. There is probably no better igl than zeus in cis (angel addition was only logical when they lacked firepower). Mir what will he bring to the team? Flamie is doing fine, if mir joins instead of edward the balance carry/support is fucked (lool at faze). Navi has very good team now and if they have patience like astralis they will win.
2018-04-22 22:06
4 replies
Zeus did not bring the team back by returning. Guardian leaving did. S1mple and Guardian had too many internal conflicts to make the team work, and it fell apart. Zeus was not the solution
2018-04-22 23:17
3 replies
I doubt you are right. Before zeus left they were consistent top3 even with internal problems. After zeus left and seized started calling they didnt won shit. I dont know how much time there is between guardian leaving and zeus joining and there can be a pattern there that plays a role but the most obvious factor in navi success has been zeus. Of course guardian leavin had an impact but zeus leaving had a more tangible impact. Also of course electronic joining also had an impact but in all the variables the most consistent impact has been zeus. Despite this tiny argument between us 'dont change a working system' applies here and being top3 doesnt mean the system doesnt work, in fact navi might be better than ever.
2018-04-22 23:44
2 replies
I'll respectably disagree with you :) I think they could do much better with a better igl. However, they are currently on the upswing. If things continue upwards then great! but if they do what I assume, stagnate and then decline, they need to make changes. Obviously it's a "we will see" scenario!
2018-04-22 23:44
1 reply
We will agree to disagree then. This event has been a resounding success for them all i wish them is patience and resolve.
2018-04-22 23:46
I just wish Valve devs realize they fucked the game up with coaching rule and let coaches call in-game. Starix calling. Guardian in place of Edward. Any other worthwhile player in place of zeus and starix man enough to convince s1mple to rifle. Guardian raping people on D2 with team claiming leftovers. Valve fucked Navi's whole timeline up. Fuck CSGO Devs
2018-04-22 22:36
Chuvstvuetsya chto on pizdabol. On kak mujik kotorii govorit svoei devushke chto dostanet dlya nee zvezdi I vse radi nee sdelaet, no uje cherez mesyac bitovyxi izbivaet ee doma v taine ot vsex
2018-04-22 22:50
1 reply
stfu russian shit
2018-04-23 10:44
#119
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Japan Legoshi
People always blame edward but there are tons of teams with 1 to 2 bad players navi's players aren't the problem its their strats.
2018-04-22 22:59
2 replies
careful, don't say anything bad about Zeus or all the Zeus fans will pull out the pitchforks. I don't understand why anyone thinks he is a god tier igl. It's obvious that the internal issues between Guardian and S1mple led to their downfall, and Guardian leaving their upswing. Not Zeus.
2018-04-22 23:16
1 reply
zeus actually performed at this event :) And I think their strats was fine, astralis was just on another level, just like simple, was on another level individually.
2018-04-23 08:50
ggs
2018-04-22 23:20
#132
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United States Will767
S1mple's second MVP this year at a big event he's gonna be #1 for 2018 imo
2018-04-23 00:55
God s1mple . Beast mode on .
2018-04-23 01:23
Guess this proves people cheat on lan. How do the admins not notice it?
2018-04-23 04:53
#143
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Norway hixxx9
-Edward +mir
2018-04-23 04:56
Pasha Taz Neo Michu S1mple
2018-04-23 05:57
#145
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Russia SuXeZzz
I am sure Simple electronic and flamie can carry navi with such experienced players like edward and zeus. The team is good they just need more practice on boot camps. Surely they can win a major. Good luck to em
2018-04-23 06:09
#147
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Luxembourg alex24
simple bot can`t win anything in 2018 or 2019 :DD
2018-04-23 07:06
#148
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Palestine MrZoldiK
That's why he is the best player in the world ...
2018-04-23 07:11
Rest in Stockholm syndrome
2018-04-23 07:40
#152
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United Kingdom Greyham
I'm sure they announced Gla1ve won the MVP award on the stream?
2018-04-23 07:41
1 reply
He won the event's MVP not the HLTV one.
2018-04-23 21:54
not with botward
2018-04-23 07:52
#154
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Finland Karri
edward is so fucking shit XD
2018-04-23 08:07
-kane +starrix
2018-04-23 08:16
He played really well, but impactwise, i think glaive, xyp or device was better.
2018-04-23 08:49
Bring back markeloff
2018-04-23 09:42
1 reply
Markeloff - biggest CS legend. The one who leads the most dominant CS era and beats Neo and f0rest.
2018-04-23 17:39
#164
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Latvia pumasiK
Im satisfied with the results, 2 second place finishes is only proving that Navi can achieve more, just give them more time. Yeah Edward is not the best aimer, but his role is helping the team and no, Zeus is not godtier, but he has personality and experience as IGL and Captain.
2018-04-23 12:36
#165
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North America allulu
100% being held at gunpoint
2018-04-23 12:38
you're delusional s1mple, you should leave them asap.
2018-04-23 15:10
1 reply
-1 they did very good results lately. even amazing results considering them to be so bad before Zeus' comeback.
2018-04-23 17:39
-Edward +mir
2018-04-23 23:03
-edward +adren
2018-04-24 10:12
Everyone who wrote -STYKO +s1mple Guess what masterminds: that won't work. Nor suNny nor ropz are eligible to play support role. Mouz would be shit after that. Mouz is fine now. If they fail Sydney and Belo Horizonte or EPL Finals, then it'll be time to find new godlike support. Finest solution for Na'Vi is now to try to get some shooter. If Edward is so bad even while not being support, they can get any good shooter on the market. It seems like Zeus shitty calling works out (or mybe that Mirage VOD was just fluke and Zeus is just good leader). Ideal image of Na'Vi for me is -Edward -Zeus +ANGE1 +bondik
2018-04-25 09:08
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