s1mple: "Zeus likes to joke sometimes; everyone understands this is the most important tournament"

We caught up with Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev during the first day of the New Legends Stage and discussed Natus Vincere skipping a bootcamp, other teams underrating them, and more.

Natus Vincere started off their Major campaign with a win over G2, defeating the French team on Inferno 16-7. The win comes after Natus Vincere showed some holes at the ICE Challenge event, and their IGL saying that the Major is "just another event" for them.

s1mple doesn't take Zeus' comments about the Major too seriously

Following Natus Vincere's first match at IEM Katowice, we sat down with s1mple and discussed the recent rumors, the public pressure, and their chances at the tournament.

As we know, you didn't have a bootcamp between your last tournament and this one, you played online. What were you working on? Was the focus on what you already have, building on that foundation, or did you more so change up and add new things?

Firstly, we didn't have a really good bootcamp because, due to our sponsorship obligations, because we needed to go to this tournament [ICE Challenge], meet some people... After that tournament we didn't do a bootcamp because electronic should become a father. He should've been a father three or four days ago, but it still going on, you never know when it will happen. Because of that, he needed to spend time with his wife, it is a very important step in his life so it is pretty easy to understand why we let him do this.

Online, we worked more on our rounds and our game, our understanding of all of the situations we have on maps so people are not going to be confused if something happens, they will expect everything.

ESL did some changes to the Major, there is a different format, a bit updated, and there is a crowd here for the group stage. So what are your thoughts on what they did with the Major this time?

I really like the new format, now it is not random to pass the group stage, you always have a chance to win a BO3 and show all of your game in that match. The thing that they move the stage is kind of fun as well. But with the viewers, I think that if you allow viewers for games at this stage, it should be full. Now it is half-full, of course, if there would a Polish team at this Major, everyone would come and watch every game, but still. However, the new thing that is added, instead of the classic hand warmers, under the monitor you have a red light, like a warmer, that you can use to warm you hands whenever you want. It is pretty cool.

I know Zeus said that you are approaching this Major as "just another event", but is this tournament just another event to you or does it have a bit more meaning?

It is a very important event for all of our players. Maybe... I don't know, Zeus likes to joke sometimes, but everyone understands that this is the most important tournament, that we have a lot of experience to go to finals again, and to do one more step to get this trophy. It is going to be hard, all teams are here for about two weeks, all of the teams that really want to win a Major, and everyone is upgrading their game every day. They are watching demos, adding new rounds and strats and they are trying to prepare for every opponent much better. That is what we are going to do the next days.

As you said, Zeus likes to say things that can be controversial. It gets you a lot of attention from the public, people start talking about you as a team, before this Major there was a lot of talk about what is next for Na`Vi, if you need to change players... Does that put pressure on you, as a team or personally?

It is not putting pressure on any of us, we all understand that we need to play better, that we need to upgrade our game. Sometimes, when some players have a bad day, they always work really hard on their mistakes. And I don't feel any pressure at all, I feel like we have a good chance to win the Major. The tournament in London was just a random tournament, nothing really happened, we tried to test sometthings and that is it.

Do you think that people are, because of some comments and because you placed second in that ICE Challenge tournament, unfairly underrating you?

I mean, I'm really happy if someone underrates us, I like these teams. I know about some of them, because we saw how everyone seeded. It was fun to see G2 put us in the 7th place, I think they are the only team that put us that low, so it is pretty nice to know that your enemy thinks you are playing bad. But only you know how you are playing, all of the fans, people, they see one picutre of the team, but only we see the real picture and what we are doing to win these games.

G2 put you pretty low in the ranking and you ended up playing them. Did it add some special flair to the game?

Yeah, I watched their games a lot, actually, at the last stage when they played against fnatic and TYLOO. After the first map, when fnatic beat them on Mirage, I turned off the stream, I thought that G2 had a low chance of winning, but they managed to qualify. They are showing good results and I know that their team is working really hard, their coach is really fun, always trying to add structure and discipline. So good luck to them in the next games.

Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.24
Maps played:
1168
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.10
#2
EliGE | 
India astaelian 
JEBAITED
2019-02-20 17:42
#3
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Norway Alexed 
LMAO
2019-02-20 17:42
8/8 Zeus god /close
2019-02-20 17:42
#60
NiKo | 
India antique94 
+1000
2019-02-20 17:48
#121
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India lemuig 
Liked how zeus fragged this time At this rate they got a pretty good chance of winning the major
2019-02-20 18:26
#6
Xyp9x | 
Ukraine Bananagl 
CLOWNS AHSASHGDASAGHD
2019-02-20 17:43
Lmao joker
2019-02-20 17:43
Goat
2019-02-20 17:43
#10
meesHa | 
Lithuania SH4NKER 
lmao
2019-02-20 17:43
zeus is a joke
2019-02-20 17:43
#122
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India lemuig 
Nt
2019-02-20 18:27
0/8
2019-02-20 19:28
#12
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Spain elskio 
lol
2019-02-20 17:43
#13
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China Alar1c 
ez 4 s1mple
2019-02-20 17:43
300iq bait LULW
2019-02-20 17:43
bait worked
2019-02-20 17:43
#16
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Japan Fanta_machine 
Father at 20 damn
2019-02-20 17:45
Yeah... damn.
2019-02-20 18:01
#95
Zeus | 
Faroe Islands cookye 
now electronic is father of cs xD
2019-02-20 18:06
When you got the money and a wife why not make sex and babies?
2019-02-20 19:20
Honestly, I'll agree with ya mate. Depends on the dude but some dudes at 20 are years ahead of some dudes that are twice that age in terms of parenting. If my mans really wants to be a dad, no reason he should hold back.
2019-02-21 13:30
Amen sista
2019-02-21 15:44
#175
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Brazil BlueLighting 
'cuz kids sucks when you have a lot of things to do and you still young asf
2019-02-26 05:41
Nah babies are a blessing man. Maybe he just knocked her up on accident who knows
2019-02-26 18:52
Of course kids are a blessing, but 20 is just too damn young man.
2019-02-27 03:30
For you yea. Some people are ready for parent hood even before 20. There is no standard for living
2019-02-27 16:29
:DDD
2019-02-20 17:43
Knew it
2019-02-20 17:43
DRAMA ALERT!
2019-02-20 17:43
lmao
2019-02-20 17:44
nice joke
2019-02-20 17:44
#22
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Finland skroudi 
trolling LUL
2019-02-20 17:44
It's not trolling if you're just bad.
2019-02-20 17:47
#23
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Libya s1v9mple 
electronic: 20 years old father what the hell??
2019-02-20 17:44
I thought the guy was a virgin.
2019-02-20 17:45
so did i
2019-02-20 17:55
21st century is fucked up, being father at 30 will be surprise soon
2019-02-20 18:22
#162
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France LanaRhoades 
I don't think so , before ppl were dad or mom between 18yo and 25yo max (xxx-1970)
2019-02-21 19:07
Yea he has a wife and loads of money. Usually when you get married and rich then you have kids. I doubt he’ll have any trouble (outside of typical parental stress) raising them
2019-02-20 19:21
#165
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Ukraine ReanuKeeves 
Just cis things
2019-02-22 12:22
idiots OFC it was bait he does it since PGL MAJOR 2017 LMAO
2019-02-20 17:44
ikr. I still feel baited tho, I had them for 3 - 0 :(
2019-02-24 05:27
yes
2019-02-20 17:44
#26
dupreeh | 
Belgium dzkay1 
Congrats eletronic
2019-02-20 17:44
thx
2019-02-20 18:09
#27
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Singapore FallBlade 
Kappa
2019-02-20 17:44
#28
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Turkey Thunderball 
8/8
2019-02-20 17:44
#29
KRIMZ | 
Romania moetxxx 
To bait mb
2019-02-20 17:44
#30
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Lithuania andy_ 
FUNNY haHAA
2019-02-20 17:44
#31
kNgV- | 
Italy InSuu 
We got baited xd
2019-02-20 17:44
#34
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Argentina EnvyJ 
Zeus bait god
2019-02-20 17:44
#36
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Indonesia segopecel 
electronic has a child? he still 19-20 yo tho
2019-02-20 17:45
#42
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Europe w1ntermu7e 
Yeah, his GF posted a few months ago about it on insta
2019-02-20 17:46
200IQ Zeus
2019-02-20 17:45
#39
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Poland jaroosz22 
RIP people who picked NAVI 0-3 rofl
2019-02-20 17:45
#99
Zeus | 
Faroe Islands cookye 
they literally ate the zeus' bait, he does this since he joined gambit, lmao
2019-02-20 18:08
I picked 'em 3 - 0. Just as rip (unless Faze beat C9)
2019-02-24 05:28
what? how g2 put them on 7th place? G2 making rankings or what?
2019-02-20 17:46
Each team gave some amount of points to the rest of the teams and that's how the first matches were seeded. Astralis with the biggest amount of points playing vs compLexity lowest amount of points and so on.
2019-02-20 17:57
lmao weird format, how can i find the ranking?
2019-02-20 18:01
thx
2019-02-20 18:04
I just found this: twitter.com/IEM/status/10981709570285772.. Maybe there is more detailed information about it, I'm not sure.
2019-02-20 18:05
yeah i think we can't see the players' rankings
2019-02-20 18:07
#45
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Argentina n4ziS1mple 
Xd
2019-02-20 17:46
He said that bc he have a major lol
2019-02-20 17:46
Jebaited
2019-02-20 17:46
Zeus doesn't troll, he's just bad.
2019-02-20 17:47
#51
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Spain BlaNcoW 
Electronic is father with 20 years LOL
2019-02-20 17:47
True lol
2019-02-20 17:47
#177
Gringo | 
United States lybrel 
Jealous you won't live to see your great-grand children?
2019-02-27 03:28
Like I thought
2019-02-20 17:47
Zeus bait 8/8
2019-02-20 17:47
Jebaited.
2019-02-20 17:47
#59
STYKO | 
Brazil STYKinho 
> As we know, you didn't have a bootcamp > What were you working on at the bootcamp? did jonathan e write this ?smh
2019-02-20 17:48
#141
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Bangladesh thug_doctor 
Cya in 10
2019-02-20 19:44
xd they edited it
2019-02-20 19:45
#61
NooK | 
Russia foggy54 
S1mple numba one
2019-02-20 17:48
#62
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Sweden ThorinEk 
Navi baits everyone into underestimating them than reveals everyone was wrong. #CalculatedByZeusS1mpleKane
2019-02-20 17:50
s1mple follows zeus on insta again btw, u all got so jebaited xD
2019-02-20 17:50
#64
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Chile Lionel_Hutz 
0/8 As a NaVi fan I never fell for that
2019-02-20 17:51
#65
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Poland KasPro 
RITO WAS RIGHT
2019-02-20 17:51
#67
mantuu | 
Europe R2D2s 
who?
2019-02-20 17:54
#143
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Poland KasPro 
this polish esport news channel. sorry for the disappointment :(
2019-02-20 20:23
#144
mantuu | 
Europe R2D2s 
ok dud, hope his channel grow :P
2019-02-20 20:27
#66
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Poland Hypu 
uff I pick navi in pickem
2019-02-20 17:52
#68
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Ukraine w1nth 
"hand warmer underneath the tables" Holy fuck, the "Supreme Major" is here. :O 600 IQ mind games btw from Zeus.
2019-02-20 17:55
#70
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Russia Sur10n 
Jebaited
2019-02-20 17:56
#71
kennyS | 
United States @rex 
Simpel
2019-02-20 17:57
#73
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Poland Julka 
200 iq fake
2019-02-20 17:57
#74
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Sweden swedz2 
Lmao Electronics wife is a golddigger
2019-02-20 17:57
incel detected
2019-02-20 18:08
i knew
2019-02-20 17:58
#76
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Sweden changrai 
i told yall they were baiting
2019-02-20 17:58
#77
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Finland Sandels 
ffs
2019-02-20 17:58
C=
2019-02-20 17:59
c(:
2019-02-24 05:20
#79
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Other Phinks 
Sad they came out with the bait this early.
2019-02-20 17:59
#166
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Ukraine ReanuKeeves 
+1 Although their results would make it obvious anyway.
2019-02-22 12:28
#167
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Other Phinks 
In hindsight yes
2019-02-22 13:17
Jebaited
2019-02-20 18:01
#83
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Italy Wakkaa 
I feel sorry for this guy that he has to play with trash like Zeus
2019-02-20 18:01
#85
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Latvia Tibro 
navi i believe again s1mple and others are deserved to win
2019-02-20 18:02
others mean electronic only right
2019-02-21 08:43
#86
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Libya s1v9mple 
They were right when they said that s1mple is a baiter
2019-02-20 18:02
#88
ZywOo | 
Singapore Blloopy 
Zeus next lvl baiter 100000iq
2019-02-20 18:03
Electronic becomes a father? Holy. He is 20. Dude moves fast.
2019-02-20 18:05
gotta frag more now to pay for those diapers am I rite
2019-02-20 18:08
Indeed. Didn't even know he is married. He is so young.
2019-02-20 18:18
To everyone not picking navi to go through: Get jebaited XDDDDDDDD
2019-02-20 18:08
lol
2019-02-20 18:08
He became so smart
2019-02-20 18:10
#105
shox | 
India iejesus 
GOAT
2019-02-20 18:11
#106
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Sweden Div-\ 
Zeus fucking baited us all. Well played old man.
2019-02-20 18:12
I mean it was obvious imo. He isnt that stupid.
2019-02-20 18:16
#118
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Sweden Div-\ 
Yeah but we know how drama works, we want to believe in it.
2019-02-20 18:23
Also side note, Swede who likes Denmark? What is this?
2019-02-20 18:53
#134
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Sweden Div-\ 
Ikr, embarrassing. But I can't help it :(
2019-02-20 19:09
EZ BAIT, cant belive so many plebs fell for it xD OMEGALUL EZ ODDS!
2019-02-20 18:12
#108
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Sweden agzbagz1337 
HAHAHAHA
2019-02-20 18:12
#109
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United States KrakeNCSGO 
ahahahaah :D all idiots baited by Zeus and CO
2019-02-20 18:14
WE GOT JEBAITED
2019-02-20 18:14
roflanface
2019-02-20 18:22
#117
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Japan 153104 
where did G2 put Navi the 7th place?
2019-02-20 18:23
navi were baiting every other team attending at the major for the seeding, so they get weak opponents. 300iq move forreal, gotta admit))
2019-02-20 18:32
picutre sometthings I cant imagine electronic as a father, he looks like a little kid to me :S
2019-02-20 18:34
Me2
2019-02-21 15:44
#127
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Ukraine den37773 
EZ4NAVI
2019-02-20 18:40
LMAO
2019-02-20 18:41
lmao
2019-02-20 18:41
#130
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Italy Molinary 
ENTIRE WORLD JEBAITED BY GOD ZEUS LUL
2019-02-20 18:44
expected
2019-02-20 19:15
#136
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India Noobdian 
Lol
2019-02-20 19:16
#132
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Germany MTD3 
CONGRATZ TO ELECTRONIC
2019-02-20 19:01
GO NAVI!!!! YOUR FANS STILL BELIEVE!!!! IT'S ENOUGH TO TAKE 2nd PLACE ON MAJORS!!! YOU NEED ONLY 1st!
2019-02-20 19:07
#140
nak | 
Brazil hAGGRAZ! 
s1mple GOAT electronic GOD Na`Vi Legends Zeus masterbaiter
2019-02-20 19:29
lmao
2019-02-20 21:21
#146
flusha | 
Italy HeSY 
nice bait U got this
2019-02-20 21:33
#147
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United Kingdom brendanpls 
wtf...electronic is going to be a father? Does birth control exist in Russia?
2019-02-20 22:03
#148
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Finland Kuiva_Simo 
Why couldn't he be a father? What's wrong with being a father at 20?
2019-02-20 22:14
you almost never see it bc everyone is too poor to afford it at such a young age
2019-02-21 17:47
WTF!!! Xyp9x the best player on the world for ever Go Astralis
2019-02-21 07:07
#150
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Brazil Collee 
Expected from p1mple. Zeus knows they're not giving their best. Other players from Na'Vi have a 0% win rate in major finals. They should just listen to him. Not a joke at all
2019-02-21 08:25
expected
2019-02-21 12:43
zeus joke goat
2019-02-21 12:44
Jebaited
2019-02-21 13:31
they still looked awful going mid with no smokes to die every round 200 iq
2019-02-21 17:46
LOOOL
2019-02-21 18:34
s1mple goat
2019-02-21 19:12
wtf does this title mean
2019-02-22 02:14
#168
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Panama cyain2029 
Jebaited
2019-02-22 17:48
#169
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United States NoteStars 
ZEUS BAITED US FOR PICK'EM
2019-02-23 05:27
#174
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Denmark MetatronKbh 
ZEUS LIKES TO JOKE ,,,,....,.,ZEUS said to me today,,,we will win the MAJOR.
2019-02-26 03:17
hahhaha nice joke ty for laugh
2019-02-27 16:32
#182
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Denmark MetatronKbh 
Ha Ha Ha
2019-02-27 18:57
i mean it did sound like they weren't that much confident and wanted to say something just to get the pressure away from them, not necessarily trying to bait people
2019-02-27 03:39
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