Following Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev's ESL One Cologne 2018 MVP award by HLTV.org & betway, our video editor Filip "filq" Szatkowski has produced a video with some of the player's best moments.
Natus Vincere started their ESL One Cologne run on the back foot, losing 14-16 against G2 in their opener. Still, with s1mple leading the charge with a tournament-high 1.37 rating, the Ukrainians went on to lift the trophy, beating the likes of Astralis and BIG in the process to take home the grand prize of $125,000.
Throughout the 17 maps he played, the 20-year-old star had a single below-average performance, a 0.82 rating on the only map that Natus Vincere lost against BIG in the grand final. Moreover, he led the tournament charts in five categories besides rating: kills (404), kills per round (0.90), KDD (+142), opening kills (71) and rounds with at least one kill (56.1%).
The Ukrainian also appeared in the top five in nine other stats categories, including KAST (76.9%), clutches (8), deaths per round (0.58) and success in opening duels (62.3%).
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