s1mple: "I'm proud and happy about the work that we did as a team"

We sat down with Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev after the Ukrainian won yet another MVP award, this time in Natus Vincere's ESL One Cologne win.

s1mple had yet another great event and was consistent throughout the event, putting up big numbers against the likes of fnatic, Cloud9 and Astralis, edging out his teammate Denis "⁠electronic⁠" Sharipov in the MVP race.

s1mple claimed his third consecutive MVP in Cologne

After winning his first Intel Grand Slam title with this Natus Vincere squad, which was also the first event they won that featured all of the top teams, we talked to s1mple about the tournament and the teams they faced in the playoffs.

The last time we talked you said your goal was to win the big tournaments with Astralis and FaZe in attendance, which you absolutely did do. How does it feel, what are your first impressions?

It feels really great, I'm proud and happy about the work that we did as a team, before every tournament. And yes, finally we did it, it's an important win for us, at a tournament where all the teams are. Now we know how everyone plays and we know that we have one week to fix everything and prepare for ELEAGUE.

Once again, you played the final against an unexpected team, similarly to StarSeries. Is there a wish that you got the win against FaZe? Would it be more satisfying?

I would say that if we would win over FaZe I would be more excited after the game, firstly because if it was FaZe, they would have the chance to get the first Grand Slam. BIG is a really good team, they prepared very well for this tournament and they deserved the final. But playing against them it is a bit different than playing against FaZe or Astralis, because in those matches you can be the underdog, they are really good teams. When you are the favorite, it's more scary to play against a team like BIG, there is more pressure. It was very weird to play the first two maps, I didn't have any emotions, I don't know what happened with me. Maybe it's because when you play the final, something always happens. But still, it would be exciting to beat FaZe, Astralis or another team with a big name in the grand final, it is more exciting I guess.

The only map you lost in the grand final was Dust2, as a team, you don't feel comfortable on that map yet?

Yeah, I think that not all players know how to play on their positions, we all have time to fix this still. I don't know, against BIG there were so many stupid mistakes like contacting mid when they had a force-buy so nex did an ace. Also when we lost a force, when they went out catwalk, there are so many mistakes that happened again and again.

On that map you went for a lot of entries, maybe risky peeks with the AWP on the CT side. Because the team isn't practiced on the map, did you feel that you had to do those plays, to get the entries early, sometimes doing too risky plays?

At the end of the CT half I did two risky plays because I just wanted to win those rounds, I knew that it was going to be hard on the T side for us. But still, I did everything that Zeus told me, before I do something, I always ask Zeus if it is going to be ok with the team and if it is not going to fail the round for us.

In the semi-final against Astralis you did a lot of force buys, something you kind of are famous for at this moment. Was it a plan to not allow them to build an economy by going for a lot of force buys? And who calls them?

kane said we should force buy before the first map, Overpass. He always says that if you kill three on your force buy and still lose the round, you should still force. You shouldn't allow your enemy to get a better economy, to get double AWP or something like that. For example, when we know that they don't have an AWP on the CT side, I'm trying to not buy the AWP at all because if we are to lose a round they are going to take my AWP, so there is no point. It is really comfortable for me to play with different weapons. And it's a big boost for your economy as well.

You got the MVP here, it's the fifth of this year and seventh in total, I guess this is the favorite one considering the size of the tournament?

Yeah, this one is the favorite because we put in a lot of work. We had more confidence because we knew that the strats that we do are working. We just practiced a lot for all tournaments with this lineup, and when the tournament starts we are still practicing.

Now you are the longest standing team in the top 10, you said that you are feeling confident in this lineup, do you feel that you've been together for a long period of time as well?

We feel like we always fix our mistakes, if we have some problems we always try to fix them. Everyone works really hard, all of the players, the coach... We always listen to kane, he is one of the smartest people I've met in this game, he explains a lot of things, stuff about the economy and everything.

As a team, you were making all of the playoffs, then you won a couple of smaller tournaments, now you won the big tournament as well. Is setting the sights on winning the Major, is that the next thing maybe?

The next three tournaments are ELEAGUE, DreamHack Masters Stockholm and the Major, the most important tournaments for us are ELEAGUE and the Major. Of course we want to win them. At DreamHack we are going to test some new things, maybe play more maps that we usually don't play to get more experience.

Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1024
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.24
Maps played:
1277
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.10
GOAT
2018-07-08 23:18
28 replies
+1
2018-07-08 23:18
1 reply
#43
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Palestine zwe
expected
2018-07-08 23:53
+1
2018-07-08 23:19
+1
2018-07-08 23:27
#26
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Poland Unluko
lul
2018-07-08 23:31
#28
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Sweden ShageN
+1
2018-07-08 23:32
+1
2018-07-08 23:48
#42
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CIS LRtx
+1
2018-07-08 23:53
+1
2018-07-09 00:25
+1
2018-07-09 01:27
+1
2018-07-09 02:15
#83
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Peru vaniIIa
+1
2018-07-09 03:59
#84
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United States b3nnyC
Yeah, "team". If NaVi lose s1mple, electronic would be in the same position he was in when he was on flipsid3. I like the guys at NaVi, but as a team, it's a two-man band between s1mple and electronic.
2018-07-09 04:05
9 replies
And sometimes flamie too Sometimes.
2018-07-09 05:03
2 replies
And sometimes Edward too Sometimes.
2018-07-09 13:35
1 reply
#158
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Ukraine Samdi
And sometimes Zeus too Sometimes.
2018-07-09 17:29
Yeah, that's why they beat Astralis with Zeus carrying them.
2018-07-09 05:30
2 replies
yeah lets call him a carry when he topfragging at one map in bo3
2018-07-09 08:43
That was his best single map performance (without OT) since 2015 , over 1.2k maps.
2018-07-09 09:42
This is the shittiest argument I've seen in a while. Their playstyle and firepower is based on stars like s1mple, electronic and flamie so if you take them out of course they are going to be worse.
2018-07-09 09:44
And zeus? Flamie?
2018-07-09 11:41
Yeah, because a team consists only of fraggers...
2018-07-09 13:53
You mean your work as a one team army.
2018-07-09 07:52
LUL
2018-07-09 09:21
ez
2018-07-09 13:18
+1
2018-07-09 14:23
+1
2018-07-09 17:19
he is the best atm but far away to be a goat. stop write nonsense
2018-07-09 17:26
Gl god
2018-07-08 23:18
#6
Xyp9x | 
Czech Republic Puqet
xaxaxaxaxaxa
2018-07-08 23:19
Good yob
2018-07-08 23:19
#9
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Finland autism@exe
no shit
2018-07-08 23:19
ekectronic real mvp
2018-07-08 23:19
4 replies
I think they both deserve it
2018-07-09 00:29
zeus real mvp
2018-07-09 11:33
1 reply
actually yes without his fire power they wouldn't beat astralis
2018-07-09 14:22
what a player
2018-07-08 23:20
Very cool
2018-07-08 23:20
nice
2018-07-08 23:21
#17
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Spain Mahtu
Reformed
2018-07-08 23:23
Happy Sasha <3
2018-07-08 23:26
gj s1mpleo <3
2018-07-08 23:27
god
2018-07-08 23:29
goat
2018-07-08 23:29
<3
2018-07-08 23:30
God.
2018-07-08 23:32
#29
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Sweden ShageN
THE GOD OF THE GAME!
2018-07-08 23:32
GOAT
2018-07-08 23:32
expected
2018-07-08 23:33
Remember when gambit kicked Kane xdd
2018-07-08 23:36
5 replies
Now andi is gone too xaxaxax
2018-07-08 23:41
#36
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Sweden ShageN
hahahaha
2018-07-08 23:43
xD
2018-07-09 00:25
G OMEGALUL M B OMEGALUL T
2018-07-09 00:29
They really wanted to kick Kane so hard before and now where are they? HAHA!
2018-07-09 01:41
#33
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Germany b1azed
Omg how people can still think that s1mple is teamruiner wtf? He is CSGOD and i hope he is very clever and kind irl
2018-07-08 23:39
3 replies
#39
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Sweden ShageN
it's just a retarded meme "toxic" "team ruiner". only 12 y/o retards spaming this shit about S1mple
2018-07-08 23:44
they are the people who stopped to watch csgo scene since 2016
2018-07-09 00:12
no one thinks that, only 7 year old bots.
2018-07-09 13:01
s1mple very good but goat... ou...sorry... god...yeah.....god=DDD
2018-07-08 23:43
1 reply
xdd
2018-07-09 00:13
#38
NiKo | 
Europe trey_
ez
2018-07-08 23:44
horrible guy, return the MVP achievement
2018-07-08 23:53
3 replies
Why?
2018-07-09 14:13
2 replies
because I don't like him. simple reason :)
2018-07-09 19:55
1 reply
So becasue u dont like him u want him to return the mvp he earned
2018-07-14 14:26
Sasha simply godmode :) he suprises me year after year. WISH him all the best for the future...his parents must be proud
2018-07-08 23:54
#45
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Ukraine extezy10
As Zonic wrote in his twitter, "humble person" he has the spirit of the champion, only number 1. There are a lot of strong individual players, but with such strength of mind, only 1. Gz Sasha u deserve all that u have.
2018-07-08 23:57
2 replies
Everything but not a humble person lol
2018-07-09 04:24
1 reply
LOL looks like his PR/PC bs ( like in this interview ) finally paid off and people are seeing him differently.. He looks to be making a lot of efforts not to be tilting/toxic during games though, I'll give him that ! GJ s1mple
2018-07-09 10:38
what a men
2018-07-09 00:01
CONGRATS NAVI
2018-07-09 00:03
Lez go kane & zeus!
2018-07-09 00:04
i really like HLTV, so many people hated simple before (reason: toxic) but guy grow up to amazing person and player! REAL GOAT! :)
2018-07-09 00:06
The GOAT of CS, period. This guy is so well rounded with any weapon you imagine, his clutches are unbelieveble. He makes looks "s1mple" what is very complicated for us LUL
2018-07-09 00:10
#51
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Ukraine sir0zha
S1mply the Best! :)
2018-07-09 00:11
s1mple is unbelievable
2018-07-09 00:14
g0at
2018-07-09 00:21
#56
Zeus | 
Finland Olter
Electronic should have won, he was putting in incredible stats
2018-07-09 00:22
4 replies
#114
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Romania Iosif
Have you seen the stats? Also, the MVP award is about consistency, not about some "incredible" stats on 1 map.
2018-07-09 08:42
#114
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Romania Iosif
Have you seen the stats? Also, the MVP award is about consistency, not about some "incredible" stats on 1 map.
2018-07-09 08:42
Have you seen the stats? Also, the MVP award is about consistency, not about some "incredible" stats on 1 map.
2018-07-09 12:46
1 reply
#165
Zeus | 
Finland Olter
Have you seen the stats? Also, the MVP award is about consistency, not about some "incredible" stats on 1 map.
2018-07-09 21:21
#59
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Czech Republic jpn69
+Electronic MVP
2018-07-09 00:29
Electronic also played incredibly good! Like always!
2018-07-09 00:31
S1mple the best of all times.
2018-07-09 00:37
4 replies
so he's the boat?
2018-07-09 00:53
3 replies
=DD
2018-07-09 03:42
+1
2018-07-09 10:38
Ahahahhaahha
2018-07-09 17:36
He’s lost some weight, looks better - just needs to put some size on and get a tan!
2018-07-09 00:58
4 replies
he needs ACNE laser treatment ASAP.
2018-07-09 01:51
3 replies
Got some serious pockmarks.
2018-07-09 02:05
2 replies
#118
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South Africa BrucieBoi
kys
2018-07-09 09:15
1 reply
Why cry?
2018-07-09 12:04
god tier player
2018-07-09 01:02
#67
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Brazil LutherKing
Zeus should have won the MVP, i did never see a player like him :D
2018-07-09 01:24
#68
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Philippines p0k1em0n
The problem with Gambit is that they didn't see how helpful kane is. It's really true that God sees everything.
2018-07-09 01:26
3 replies
maybe he wasnt helpful back then
2018-07-09 07:03
2 replies
To be honest Gambit seems to be a kind of difficult core ( AdreN Mou Dosia ) to deal with, behind their smiles and cool looking attitude.. And I say that while AdreN is probably my tied top 1 favorite player..
2018-07-09 10:40
#168
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Philippines p0k1em0n
Zeus told them that kane helped them a lot, so how was he not helpful?
2018-07-11 02:13
ez for STYKO
2018-07-09 01:48
#73
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Portugal Fsgsh
Oh my god simple is a fucking god
2018-07-09 01:53
what a beast
2018-07-09 02:05
fake or not I really like this new s1mple and it's nice to see him winning a big tournament.
2018-07-09 03:18
1 reply
#news1mple
2018-07-09 05:19
#79
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Brazil cadik
zeus best without zeus they still would be tier 500 team with stupid eco/exit fragger aka s1mple
2018-07-09 03:27
2 replies
mad
2018-07-09 04:35
1 reply
don't fed him
2018-07-09 08:17
#80
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Brazil luqezman
n1 simple
2018-07-09 03:34
#81
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Brazil oldStar
TOP1 2018 FACT
2018-07-09 03:35
#86
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Poland big_boy_69
electronic MVP btw
2018-07-09 04:14
wp s1mple
2018-07-09 04:24
expected
2018-07-09 04:38
wp s1mple
2018-07-09 04:39
#93
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United States SkratarDuu
Wouldn't Faze be longer on the top 10 than NaVi?
2018-07-09 05:09
1 reply
they referred to same team roster
2018-07-09 08:17
#95
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Argentina SCAG26
best player history of cs
2018-07-09 05:20
Well deserved. S1mple is the complete player.
2018-07-09 05:44
he looks so handsome
2018-07-09 06:04
who is s1mple?
2018-07-09 07:16
I still can't believe how he grew from toxic kid to who he is now, it's like a Hollywood story. Easily top1 this year
2018-07-09 07:32
1 reply
#106
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Europe cczH
Bro, it's really incredible
2018-07-09 08:01
But did you beat Faze ? eeehhh
2018-07-09 07:38
2 replies
#107
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Europe cczH
They beat Astralis. I think Astralis is greater than FaZe. But, WP Astralis.
2018-07-09 08:01
#162
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United States apm54
theyve beaten faze 3 times in a row in bo3, they beat astralis, they beat the team that beat faze, pretty handily btw. nt tho idiot
2018-07-09 17:47
#104
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Latvia tibr0
GOAT
2018-07-09 07:39
#108
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United States Grabboid
Why do they fly a german flag behind his article and accomplishment?
2018-07-09 08:01
2 replies
german tourney
2018-07-09 08:18
#112
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Ukraine TimaSicK
tournament in Cologne, it is Germany, interview was taken there
2018-07-09 08:30
#113
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Brazil cadik
eco/exit fragger aka s1mple stole MVP from real carry aka electronic
2018-07-09 08:36
Stop bullying man
2018-07-09 09:13
#122
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Poland PiterixXx
nice
2018-07-09 10:07
Electronic robbed lol
2018-07-09 10:29
Didnt flamie say that they didnt practice much before this event? S1mple says the opposite. Expected from "insert name" 2faced Toiletto
2018-07-09 11:11
3 replies
flamie was expecting to lose the tournament?
2018-07-09 12:24
#163
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United States apm54
flamie didnt say they didnt practice for this tournament, he said that they had problems during practice, flamie and edward both had power outages on two different days, also they practiced for this tournament but eleague and the major are their priorities
2018-07-09 17:48
1 reply
Ty for clarifying it man!
2018-07-09 22:39
Electronic deserved MPV imo
2018-07-09 12:59
1 reply
#139
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Brazil cadik
+1 eco/exit fragger aka s1mple stole MVP from real carry aka electronic
2018-07-09 13:00
Best player ever!
2018-07-09 13:12
You can say whatever you want about s1mple and electronic carrying the team, and others just underperforming, but it's a fact, that without good IGL navi was worth of nothing. Fragging isn't everything in this game, there are things as important as frags which you must take into consideration
2018-07-09 14:11
s1mple is probably the best player in cs rn.
2018-07-09 14:15
#151
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Australia SUNSPY
MVC for kane
2018-07-09 14:23
top 2 world
2018-07-09 14:41
lul
2018-07-09 16:22
ez4s1mplevincere
2018-07-09 16:34
I need to know who are the best players on each map( Mirage,Cache,Train,Coble,Dust 2,Inferno...) I need this to know what demos should i watch. (Sorry,my english isnt that good)
2018-07-09 16:51
good interview, scary team shaping up
2018-07-09 17:30
Major winners incoming
2018-07-09 17:38
best player in da world rn
2018-07-10 12:49
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