s1mple: "We need to win tournaments that have all the best teams"

We caught up with the HLTV.org and betway MVP Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev after his team won StarSeries i-League Season 5.

Natus Vincere started the tournament slowly, losing two straight maps to TYLOO in the BO3 Swiss group stage, but recovered after that and managed to go into the playoffs with a 3-2 score. The Ukrainian-Russian side was then drawn into the tougher side of the bracket and had to defeat SK and mousesports to reach the grand final.

s1mple has been practicing with the SG553, aiming for even more versitility

Underdogs NRG awaited there, whom s1mple and co. dispatched in two quick maps. Overall, s1mple was by far the best player at the tournament, finishing with an event rating of 1.40.

After the grand final, we spoke to s1mple about the two games they played today, what he expects from himself and what are Natus Vincere's goals for the future.

I'll start with the mousesports semi because it also happened today, so all of it is fresh. On Mirage there were those two rounds that they clutched against you, oskar and suNny, round after round. Tell me how the team felt after that and how did you recover to go into the rest of the map?

We felt really bad because, before the oskar clutch I told my team that they should play really passively since mouz had destroyed our economy and we needed to get more weapons, more money. And then we lost this round and everyone was like, "what's going on?". That lasted until the 2v5 with Edward and electronic, with the Deagle. This one round changed everything.

It seemed that you were going A on Mirage a lot against mousesports, did you have a specific gameplan going into it?

We just called a lot of individual rounds, we knew how we were going to play against them, we knew that they were going to play aggressive mid, really really aggressive mid, especially chrisJ on catwalk, dodging flashes and picking mid, we lost one of these rounds, though. We started to hit our shots and I think we destroyed their economy and it was easier to play after that. But before the 2v5 round it was a really nervous game.

You win Mirage and you go on to Nuke. You lose the pistol, which was to a beautiful ropz 4K, but after that, you just kill two people with the Scout, instantly, wallbang headshots - how much does that mean to the team, to pump you up and get you a good start on Nuke?

I practised this wallbang a lot so I decided to try to do it with the Scout. I saw the replay later, my crosshair was on the place and he moved into it. When I got the kill I was so surprised that it actually worked, especially with the Scout. I didn't expect I could wallbang main with a Scout, I usually did it with an AWP on practice.

Before the game, I didn't really want to play Nuke because it's one of their strongest maps, but kane told us that everything was going to be ok, he vetoed Train, I guess, and we started playing Nuke. We started really well, but later we lost some crucial rounds, like a 2-on-4 with suNny from secret and ropz coming up on heaven, and they started to do a comeback and it was a really, really tough game. I mean it was harder to play against them than NRG, because we know mousesports, they have been putting in great performances at every tournament. And NRG, they are really good, they are a young team, they don't have a lot of LAN experience but they have already proved that they are not "onliners" like a lot of people say.

s1mple cheering on the crowd in Kiev

I saw that you had the Krieg in the NRG game in one round, was that a misbuy?

Zeus should've bought an AWP but he just misbought, and I told him that I had practiced with that weapon, so he just gave it to me. Unfortunately, he thought that they did not have an AWP and CeRq instantly killed me.

So you've also been trying to add that weapon to your arsenal?

Yeah, I practice with it on deathmatch, it's a really strong weapon if you know how to use it, especially when you use the scope.

The final was kind of one-sided for you guys, I guess you were having a bit more fun than what you would usually have in a grand final. Can you tell me a bit about how you were feeling during that match?

We knew that they would be nervous because it's their first final, we just told ourselves that we should set the rules in this final because we are the favorites in this game. So when the score was 15-6 on Mirage I just asked my teammates "What do you feel right now, how do you feel before winning the tournament?". Yeah, we had some fun, it wasn't like against mousesports, but there were great emotions.

At the beginning of the tournament you mentioned that you weren't happy sometimes with how you played, some people were a bit surprised by that because you are playing great overall. So what do you need to do, for example, in a BO3 to be happy with your performance?

I don't know, I just want my team to win the game, the whole series. It doesn't matter how I'm going to play. I know that my team is playing great, all of them showed individual form and teamwork at this tournament. I'm just happy when we are winning the BO3 series. I mean, there were a few matches in which I didn't show up, but my team always supported me and said: "don't worry, we are going to do this".

Lastly, how many of these MVPs do you plan to have until the end of the year?

(laughs) I don't know, as many as possible. I'll try my best.

But we need to win more tournaments that feature Astralis, FaZe, fnatic, we want to win tournaments that have all of the best teams. That's our little goal. As we saw, there were no Astralis and FaZe here, maybe with them it would have been different, but still, we are eager to face them.

Is there anything you want to add?

Yeah, thanks to everyone for the support, finally we won a final, at least one. We are going to China for the next tournament (CS:GO Asia Championship), maybe some tier 1 teams are missing there because some teams are going to Brazil (ESL One Belo Horizonte). But after that we are going to practice more and more, we are going to fix our mistakes and become stronger.

Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
We did it
2018-06-04 00:11
7 replies
United Kingdom iMarbot
2018-06-04 00:13
6 replies
2018-06-04 00:17
5 replies
Palestine zwe
expected from s1mple
2018-06-04 00:23
4 replies
i mean i dont know
2018-06-04 00:27
3 replies
Austria shaak!
expected from s1mple
2018-06-04 00:34
2 replies
2018-06-04 05:09
1 reply
Totally expected
2018-06-04 11:33
S1mple vs all
2018-06-04 00:11
India ashwani597
Kinda true. But never mind, Astralis can keep winning if you can't :p GL Simple God!!
2018-06-04 00:12
2018-06-04 00:11
Armenia cGev
xd already cocky
2018-06-04 00:11
3 replies
I think at this point he has all the right to be cocky lol
2018-06-04 00:27
2 replies
Armenia cGev
lol totally
2018-06-04 00:42
1 reply
And i just wish he's gonna become better and better because he's hardworking
2018-06-04 00:43
2018-06-04 00:11
Sweden Yamex
2018-06-04 00:11
s1mple | 
Denmark h0lt
Great guy
2018-06-04 00:12
2018-06-04 00:12
2018-06-04 00:13
2018-06-04 00:13
Denmark JustYes
2018-06-04 00:13
Albania karrikanxD
ty mr simple
2018-06-04 00:16
fucking cheater still have the face to talk
2018-06-04 00:17
2 replies
how much?
2018-06-04 00:20
sorry that u have a brain damage
2018-06-04 02:48
Belgium HLTVnewfag
Will be hard but not impossible
2018-06-04 00:17
Ahhahahahahahahahahahahhaha not with Astralis and FaZe for sure
2018-06-04 00:23
3 replies
Greece GiakouGR
True story my friend! Only tournaments without Astralis Faze and Fnatic!
2018-06-04 02:01
ye that why they wont their recent matches on lan vs faze. Because no for sure. Nice logic
2018-06-04 02:48
Romania Tise
It's not like they've beaten faze in a comfortable manner anyways.
2018-06-04 09:46
NiKo | 
Brazil Grell
Next year, maybe. S1mple only win 1 tournament per year.
2018-06-04 00:25
1 reply
2018-06-04 02:10
Astralis will drop them 16-0
2018-06-04 00:26
7 replies
sure, right after navi destroys faze again :3
2018-06-04 00:36
6 replies
2018-06-04 06:29
5 replies
what nt? they fucked FaZe clowns many times
2018-06-04 06:53
4 replies
in upper bracket lol that too, when they had Xizt
2018-06-04 10:02
And fucked Navi many Times aswell
2018-06-04 10:59
2 replies
swag | 
Ukraine Mr_Tek
They like role "games" KappaPride
2018-06-05 14:48
1 reply
2018-06-05 22:22
"there were a few matches in which I didn't show up" uhh?
2018-06-04 00:30
3 replies
the GOAT has its own standards
2018-06-04 01:06
yep in group stage
2018-06-04 01:15
<1.20 rating = not showing up
2018-06-04 01:19
Iceland caverat
2018-06-04 00:40
This guy is a fucking legend
2018-06-04 00:45
United States FlagMaster
Be careful what you wish for. ( Talking about Astralis not FaZe)
2018-06-04 00:47
he can't in this team
2018-06-04 00:51
Love seeing this such a wake up call to his fucking delusional shit tier fanboys, wins tier 2 tournaments no one cares. Also gj to Na'vi glad to see them do something even if it was low tier, the money was still good.
2018-06-04 01:19
2 replies
Spain N0Love
It wasnt low tier. Only astralis, faze and fnatic missing. Tier 2 at minimum
2018-06-04 09:19
1 reply
Yeah I agree tier 2 tournament with only 2 tier 1 teams which is Mouz and Na'vi rest of the event (14 teams) are tier 2 or lower.
2018-06-04 17:41
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Italy Wakkaa
Good guy s1mple . said exactly what I wanted him to say =] could potentially become my fav player, maybe one day he can join VP perhaps? :D
2018-06-04 01:38
2 replies
Spain N0Love
VP should pray and suck his d*** for that to happen
2018-06-04 09:20
Finland tetuan
Only team worth joining for simple would be faze.
2018-06-04 11:03
s1mple needs a better team
2018-06-04 01:50
no faze no astralis no fnatic...
2018-06-04 01:54
Why you hef to be med? Iz only a geym
2018-06-04 02:39
wtf is a krieg?
2018-06-04 02:44
2 replies
Australia NotSoMLG
cod gun
2018-06-04 04:27
SG 552
2018-06-04 18:43
China haskell_cg
Simple will be top 1 in 2018
2018-06-04 04:46
1 reply
South Africa Ston3Cold
Expected and confirmed.
2018-06-04 05:56
2018-06-04 06:23
translation: fak u astralis why u bully me?
2018-06-04 06:29
Ezz for edward
2018-06-04 06:58
if he keeps playing like this the entire year, well, #1 for sure. but it's like some of you have said: while in Navi, he won't get any big titles. sad, but true. great player, no doubts.
2018-06-04 07:15
NaVi are so confusing at times. One series they will look solid and have great team play and everyone will play well, next series Flamie will become a BOT, Zeus and Edward might as well log out mid match. I cant see them having the firepower to beat Astralis if Flamie has a bad event against the big teams like he did this one because Zeus and Edward are never really going to drop big numbers. Its good for their confidence though. I feel like this event has a lot of teams that are one or two players away from really becoming a strong force... SK, Mouse(Styko), NiP(GTR, let Dennis kill people, no more IGL), North(MSL & Aizy).
2018-06-04 09:08
3 replies
bullshit. they already beat Astralis in 2018 and without "special" problems
2018-06-04 09:40
2 replies
Astralis absolutely dumped on Navi at Dreamhack. It wasn't even close. It took them a few month to get Magisk on the same wave length but now they are a different animal.
2018-06-04 09:45
1 reply
I still think it's 50/50 clash and it depends on the day.
2018-06-04 09:47
shut up you fucking racist. hope you break your arms and can never play again
2018-06-04 09:54
2 replies
2018-06-04 10:41
1 reply
go fucking die in a car crash shit russian
2018-06-05 16:46
Good luck mr. S1MPLE
2018-06-04 10:43
no u wont win anything with big teams
2018-06-04 11:39
Belgium Insannik
Well he says it himself, win bigger tournaments..
2018-06-04 12:13
t2 event
2018-06-04 13:35
Fallen and Fer should replace Zeus and Flamie. That's the pitch.
2018-06-04 15:06
Brazil Dedstars
but did not win a Bof 3 against the faze in DH Marseille. NAVI > FAZE...
2018-06-04 15:12
S1mple future major winner and all time MVP. Navi to win Asian tournament as well. Respect greatness you peasant brain users.
2018-06-04 15:14
Zeus needs to stop playing and go to coaches. he could become a legend in this place for he can not shoot
2018-06-05 17:29
Asia mocity123
2018-06-05 19:51
He right
2018-06-07 00:20
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