s1mple: "We understand that we need more time"

We spoke to Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev during the BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen media day and heard about the issues Natus Vincere had at StarSeries and the development of the new roster.

Natus Vincere had an inspiring debut with their new lineup at DreamHack Masters Malmö, finishing 3-4th, but failed to follow that up at the event that followed, StarSeries i-League Season 8, where they ended 13-16th.

s1mple admitted that an early exit from StarSeries resulted in Na`Vi reevaluating their goals

We spoke to the team's main star, s1mple, and heard about the process Natus Vincere is going through, adapting to a new system and new roles, as well as s1mple's thoughts on potentially losing the #1 player in the world status.

After Malmö, I think a lot of people had higher expectations from Natus Vincere going into StarSeries, so what went wrong in Turkey?

Uh... I don't know, we had high expectations as well. We made a goal as a team, and it was only one goal, for ESL Pro League Finals, but now because of this bad result, we understand that we need to work much more before our main goal [can be achieved]. At StarSeries, we just made the same mistakes and it felt like other teams were more prepared than us. We still need time because on paper it is a good team, but it is a new team, and like any other new team we need time to prepare. We didn't change only one player, we changed our whole game with a new structure and with everything new.

Something that happened during the tournament was the admin leak that came out and some internal things were put out in the public. What is your take on what was said and how did that affect the team?

This leak was something I wouldn't expect anyone to do in esports (laughs), it feels really weird. I don't think this referee deserves to be instantly fired, but still, it is really weird.

Yeah, there were some problems that I didn't control myself because I didn't know why we were losing to such teams like Heroic or for example G2 because we just beat them in London. I saw the comment that B1ad3 told Boombl4 to become in-game leader again, it was just on Nuke because he felt like Boombl4 wasn't seeing the whole team. B1ad3 told him to get back to being the in-game leader, instead of thinking about his own game and planning what the team was going to do around some of his movements on the other side of the map.

B1ad3 is obviously someone that has a lot of his ideas and he wants to implement them in the team. Has it been difficult taking how he wants you to play and then implement that? Have there been issues putting together that style in the server?

It is not that hard to do, but it is hard to discuss it before doing it. You need to spend an hour or two hours for just 20% of one map. And we understand that we need more time because other teams have already gone through it and they already have their new game. Like Liquid, or Astralis, or Evil Geniuses. It is hard work, I would say, and there is a long road to get this.

There have been a bunch of slow rounds with this Na`Vi team, running out of time on the T-side, is it a flashback to the old FlipSid3 days? Is it frustrating to play with three seconds left on the clock and not having time to plant the bomb?

No, I think it is really different, it didn't happen in practice at all. Some rounds were slow, but sometimes B1ad3 also told us to play faster, to get map control every time... it is some kind of meme being late going onto the site, but it is not like in FlipSid3, it is still like in Na`Vi, but sometimes when players don't know what to do, that happens at the end.

GuardiaN is back in Na`Vi and he obviously switched from an English-speaking team back to a Russian-speaking one. Is that something that is a struggle for him right now, to communicate in Russian and have all of that going on?

I think he needs to fix his communication a bit now, because he forgot Russian information on maps, sometimes it is hard for him, sometimes when there is some fast action he cannot say everything, the same would happen to me if I would play in some English-speaking team, it is very hard. So yeah, he needs more time to understand how to use his AWP better in this team. I mean he can do what he wants, but he needs to find how to do it properly, how he has shown he can do it.

You are back to playing the rifle, has it been weird finding yourself in this situation again? In the round, you can now maybe go aggressive in situations you previously couldn't and finding the balance can be kind of difficult. How has that aspect been for you?

I think it is a bit harder for me on the T side on some maps because even when I played with Liquid, I played as the second AWP on CT and the primary AWP. I just understand that I need to learn my new positions and playing with the rifle is not like playing the AWP. There needs to be more discipline. But still, I don't know why I stopped taking the second AWP on CT, I need to do it more again so we can use the double AWP more. But all of our players can play the double AWP on specific maps as well. I'm just trying to find my role as well, always asking B1ad3 what went wrong in a specific situation, how to play it better. For example, I have a hard position on CT Nuke so I'm still learning how to play there with all this rotation around the map.

Obviously you need more time, but how deep are you in the development of the team to getting to 100%, or maybe it is better to say to an optimal level for you guys?

I think we will see everything at ESL Pro League Finals. I think we will feel at least at more percent as a team because we will spend more time as a squad. And of course, this tournament is good to just prepare our maps better, like Nuke which we lost twice in our last games I think. We are going to prepare our game and see what happens. We spent a lot of time but we have to understand that we need to wait a bit to get the prize we want. After we put in all the work I think we will get it. And now it will be more satisfying when you understand what kind of work you did with your team.

You are always trying to improve yourself and be the best that you can. The race for the #1 player of 2019 is definitely not decided yet, but ZywOo has been putting up some good numbers, and with Na`Vi's struggles, even though you personally played well, you didn't make that many deep runs. How do you feel about all of that, do you feel like you can still be clearly considered the #1 player again, in this year?

I would say that I feel a bit sad because I see all these results and a lot of these tournaments that my team didn't attend before, and we understand that because of that, you can easily lose the spot because your team is not playing. You lose experience at LAN games and other teams are becoming better because of this. I would say that some tournaments are still left, but I'm not going to be really mad if any other pro player becomes top 1, I understand that we didn't have results. I would aim for next year because for me the goal is to win with the team like Astralis did a year ago and, as I said, it would be much better to win with the team, it would be a new feeling I didn't have before.

But I'll try my best, I don't know, I'm doing the same, I'm practicing the same as I always did. Maybe sometimes it is not working, maybe sometimes some players have better days, or some teams have better days because they had better practice, but I'm just going to keep working on my game, keep working with the team, and we will try to show our best game.

Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
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ok very interesting -s1mple to fix navi
2019-10-31 15:43
JoJo | 
Finland Gogito
2019-10-31 15:40
Poland Kazk
2019-10-31 15:50
Who would you put instead of s1mple? Btw - s1mple navi is tier 3 team
2019-10-31 15:53
It's s1mple to fix Nav'i lol..
2019-10-31 15:57
2019-10-31 18:23
Poland L0r4k
s1mple should leave na'vi
2019-11-01 00:23
gonnna be good team
2019-10-31 15:40
s1mple toxic
2019-10-31 16:15
Brazil |LUCAS1|
you're toxic
2019-10-31 18:09
Indonesia lumayan
Brazilian flag lol, expected toxicity
2019-11-01 02:39
Brazil |LUCAS1|
You're being toxic here LOL
2019-11-01 03:51
p1mple in 2019 LMAO Na'Vi already out of top 10 and they will continue to fall as long as they have s0mple. They should learn from FaZe - having a team with "Superstars" (Washed Up baiters) don't work
2019-10-31 15:48
okay Blastralis
2019-10-31 15:42
Ok noscene
2019-10-31 15:42
okay Blastralis
2019-10-31 15:43
Denmark Kon10R
Eeeh ... just a reminder: Blast and Astralis went separate ways some months ago. The owning company of Astralis is called: Astralis Group. Who by the way try to enter the stock market in the near future: First of it's sort on the planet! They also have a Legend squad and a FiFa team, if I understand correctly. And no: NaVi without S1mple may NOT be the best move! He says "more time", and I think everybody can wait a bit to see what he, Guardian and the rest of the boyz can do! Looks promising to me!
2019-10-31 15:51
United States Murr
2019-10-31 16:16
Denmark Kon10R
Very deep thoughts, I must say ...
2019-10-31 16:33
Brazil |LUCAS1|
2019-10-31 18:10
2019-10-31 15:51
Denmark Kon10R
Looks like: "Not a fan of the strongest team ever, inventing sooo much stuff that we even have utility usage named after them by now ... every CS GO player and/or coach spend hours and hours during 2018 studying HOW to play this game ... since Astralis set the bar soooo high" ... I understand if you support other teams ... but the "lul" part about Astralis may hit you in the back like a boomerang ... I don't think you find many pro players who may come up with "lul" as their first reaction to Astralis ...
2019-10-31 16:39
Nepal Aguminok
no emotions in their plays, always boring
2019-10-31 18:07
Denmark Kon10R
They are pro's. They have played 8 or 10 hours a day for years. They've seen EVERYTHING. They have been on more big stages than most with audiences supporting or "buuuhing" at them. They have won ... they have lost ... They have come back from hopeless situations like no one ... They have been "slapped in their face" as favorites ... In short: They go for the BEST POSSIBLE CS GO. If you look for "passion" and "emotions" ... Fair enuff.
2019-10-31 18:53
Nepal Aguminok
look at fnatic for example, they are also insanely good but they are actually fun to watch, while astralis are just like ok cool u exist
2019-10-31 21:15
Denmark Kon10R
Personal preference: Flamboyant personalities or just the best CS GO ever played. In that case: Yes, you may find much more interesting individual players elsewhere. If looking for the GREATEST CS GO ever played: Fill in the rest.
2019-10-31 21:26
Nepal Aguminok
ahah ok well that matches well with ur flag
2019-10-31 21:30
Denmark Kon10R
Yeah, well ... I would probably have written the same if I was from Nigeria, Siberia, Argentina, Sweden or Taiwan. Flag or flair ... No shit, Sherlock! Juzz look at results and statistics. HOOO gives a HOOT about what I'm sayin' here? 405 days on top #1, 2 Majors, a Grand Slam as well as winstreaks on Nuke and Inferno, we will NEVER see again. Astralis' stats checks out. If I was from Mars or not ...
2019-10-31 21:39
Haha Kon10R why are you getting pissed over someone calling Astralis for lul - You are defending them like you are their mother or something. its pretty comic reading. Astralis are playing borring. It works, they win, but it is so boring to watch compared to other teams. It is the META right now, and thats pretty damn sad. Device even says it here: youtube.com/watch?v=8n5HUYB32Rc
2019-11-01 10:26
Denmark Kon10R
Not particularly pissed or mad or whatever you guyz come up with. If anything I wrote is indicating that i apologize. I'm happy though that you find it amusing! That wasn't intended either. I was just presenting statistics and facts about Astralis, which I honestly find it hard to believe anyone think is funny or laughable. And another thing: YOU may find them boring to watch ... guess you prefer the flashy stuff that looks cool on tv. But: Anyone could potentially do that. After 5 seasons with a superhero kickin' all the bad guyz with some fancy fighting technigue I GET a little bored! I think astralis plays THE most fantastic Counter Strike ever seen, because: NOT everyone can do that! But that's just a matter of taste. No problem.
2019-11-01 13:45
Nepal Aguminok
GREATEST CS GO ever played??? ahahha getting raped by top21 team lmaooo
2019-11-01 20:21
Denmark Kon10R
I see you are capable of picking out ONE match ... Of course Astralis is obviously not winning everything. No one is. You see a more and more methodical approach to the game amongst other teams these days ... Guess why!
2019-11-02 13:15
Nepal Aguminok
one match? 2-16 faze 7-16 nip lul both not even top10
2019-11-02 15:19
Denmark Kon10R
Okay, two Bo1's ... Fair enuff. You are somehow trying to deny what Astralis stands for. You are of course welcome to support other teams, nothing wrong with that. Yes, I'll give you that: The two first games Friday was some of the worst we've seen from Astralis, but: I see too many puppy dogs in here who screams and yell about "bot" or "disband"or "s**t team" about the strongest top teams in the world. That is juzz stupid.
2019-11-03 00:56
Nepal Aguminok
ok i never said they are bots or anything but 1 they are definitely not "greatest cs go ever played" 2 quite overrated cuz their actual level is far from what it was in late 2018 3 like i said, their game has 0 emotions
2019-11-03 14:50
2019-11-01 04:30
Denmark Kon10R
You are cute! ;O) If Astralis is that entertaining to you and you "laugh Out Loud" everytime you see them playing ... well ... Fine with me!
2019-11-01 13:47
2019-11-01 13:48
Denmark Kon10R
Another CAPS maestro ... It takes a little more than a random hltv user to make me "mad" ... No worries about my temper. I was just wondering how this team can make you "laugh out loud". I missed the "fun" part! ;O)
2019-11-01 13:52
Device is top1 camper
2019-10-31 16:19
Still bangs hottest girls
2019-10-31 17:13
>the blond grill >hottest girls Lul... fakest sh*t i've ever seen.
2019-10-31 20:25
hltv.org/stats?startDate=2019-01-01&endD.. "p1mple" in 2019 is top1 actually.
2019-10-31 17:38
Idk but it seems like all the danes here on forum are really toxic, maybe the most toxic out of all the regions.
2019-11-01 05:47
I guess 10 years enough for them to get a major
2019-10-31 15:40
Username checks out
2019-10-31 16:11
Credit card no. Checks out
2019-10-31 17:28
ns, s1mple, valuable words
2019-10-31 15:41
"nice shot, s1mple, valuable words"? Learn what something means before you use it
2019-10-31 15:52
Where did you find "nice shot" here ? wtf
2019-10-31 15:54
what did ns mean then
2019-10-31 15:58
I meant nice, lol
2019-10-31 16:00
Okay my best friend ly
2019-10-31 16:19
'Nicely said' perhaps?
2019-10-31 16:00
no, just nice, my fault, had to write "nice", SORRY
2019-10-31 16:05
No one rights Nice as ns. Where does the s come from
2019-10-31 17:18
rights lulz
2019-11-01 04:52
ns = nice shot
2019-10-31 16:03
already realized
2019-10-31 16:05
dont let them bully you, ns works fine
2019-10-31 19:06
Ukraine Sla1ter
We all heard that from NaVi
2019-10-31 15:41
CIS kofilzz
as always btw. NaVi is the only team that needs time all the time
2019-10-31 15:41
actually every team says that. But Navi has a reason Zeus is gone that means a big change.
2019-10-31 17:44
CIS kofilzz
nah, believe me, if you watched their media, you would understand that this has already become a meme. Navi is constantly running out of time.
2019-10-31 18:51
2019-10-31 15:42
2019-10-31 15:42
if they wait more guardian will become too old to play
2019-10-31 15:42
s1mple leave navi come to bulgaria
2019-10-31 15:43
come to brazil
2019-10-31 15:49
Stfu toxic
2019-10-31 15:55
Yes and you will win a major soon:D
2019-10-31 15:56
New hltv top20: #1 device #2 zywoo #3 brollan #4/#5 kscerato/cerq s1mple no top5 confirmed
2019-10-31 15:59
>brollan >kscerato name checks out
2019-10-31 16:03
Ahahahaha they rocks. p1mple sucks
2019-10-31 16:14
Should probably check the stats my friend
2019-10-31 16:43
Only stats make you wrong men. Check the success of navi with s1mple. That is a team game. You can frag more. But the most important is giving #1 to your team. Fragging is important but fitting your team is more important. All of big events in 2nd half of 2019 s1mple sucked. (Especially against zywoo). They lost a lot. But just look at brezhe. They got some big events. Also he always carried. He almost never sucked. Look at brollan. He always bring victory of big events or big matches to his team. What did s1mple do? They always loose.
2019-10-31 21:16
>top 5 players >talks about teams username checks out and #76
2019-10-31 22:02
Cry tox1mple fanboys
2019-11-01 10:22
Ur name actually checks out
2019-11-01 05:48
Tox1mple fanboys
2019-11-01 10:21
Csgo is a tram game but, top 1 player reward is individual reward, look at last year, navi won nothing but s1mple is top 1 it means that device is out of top 5
2019-11-03 06:57
In last year, s1mple was playing well in every match. But in this year, he is a bit worse. He couldnt carried every match. Also he wasnt good ar last major. Electronic did 1.4 rating but s1mple only 1.1. But zywoo or kscerato, or jame. They always carried. They was quite good. Also they got finals/semi finals/quarter finals. But s1mple almost nothing
2019-11-03 10:24
Only stats make you wrong men. Check the success of navi with s1mple. That is a team game. You can frag more. But the most important is giving #1 to your team. Fragging is important but fitting your team is more important. All of big events in 2nd half of 2019 s1mple sucked. (Especially against zywoo). They lost a lot. But just look at brezhe. They got some big events. Also he always carried. He almost never sucked. Look at brollan. He always bring victory of big events or big matches to his team. What did s1mple do? They always loose.
2019-10-31 21:16
how many big tournaments did they played compared to simple?
2019-10-31 17:47
How many tournaments that s1mple get any success with his team. But brezhe got successes, brollan got, zywoo almost got, device got, kscerato almost got. But s1mple, lost everytime
2019-10-31 21:18
Name checks out
2019-10-31 17:19
hltv.org/stats?startDate=2019-01-01&endD.. S1mple is top1 player of 2019.
2019-10-31 17:36
Only stats make you wrong men. Check the success of navi with s1mple. That is a team game. You can frag more. But the most important is giving #1 to your team. Fragging is important but fitting your team is more important. All of big events in 2nd half of 2019 s1mple sucked. (Especially against zywoo). They lost a lot. But just look at brezhe. They got some big events. Also he always carried. He almost never sucked. Look at brollan. He always bring victory of big events or big matches to his team. What did s1mple do? They always loose.
2019-10-31 21:19
ZywOo | 
France Rabqt
zywoo > simple
2019-10-31 15:59
toxic s0mple LUL
2019-10-31 15:59
You no nothing Sasha Kostyliev.
2019-10-31 16:02
Shitty game of thrones jokes in 2019
2019-10-31 16:11
-guardian +sh1ro ez navi #1
2019-10-31 16:07
China Rynaki
Sh1ro overrated but still better than guardian
2019-10-31 16:35
i dont think he is overrated, he is real talent :)
2019-10-31 22:44
China Rynaki
He's definitely very good, I just don't think it's fair to make a judgement on how he would perform at a top level when all of his opponents so far have been weaker than what Navi would normally face. He also lacks experience which means that he could face pressure that negatively affects his performance at bigger events.
2019-10-31 23:54
Thailand hahahoha
2019-10-31 16:09
2019-10-31 16:13
im so bored of this shit srsly, same story everytime. "we are new team, we need more time" - how many times they said this? every other team is doing better after changes but somehow navi is doing worse and worse after it.. so whats the point of changes then? "we are using this "a" tournament as preparation, our focus is on "b" tournament" but they never won "b" tournaments.. same for major somehow they are always not prepared well for it. where is ceo looking at? why they cant start training like other t1 teams are doing? s1mple just wasted his peak year and team won nothing at all..
2019-10-31 16:30
Zeus left when you can accept this words? Their IGL for 2 years is gone they have a unexpericnce guy as new one.
2019-10-31 17:51
not like zeus woke up and said hello guys im leaving do whatever u want and now navi is in trouble bcuz of that. he talked about his retirement much earlier so that was the reason why navi picked another igl boombl4 = to replace zeus in future. So basically it was like zeus is playing his last events in navi to share experience with him. but in reality thats just a classic story for navi, even if they are replacing shit players like seized,edward with much better players like electronic,boombl4 they still need 3-6 months while other top teams are only getting better after changes
2019-10-31 18:41
no matter how long they know it. The change starts when he is gone not before. Navi prepared for this situation good as possible but you can't work in the future for the future.
2019-10-31 19:33
that's good news for s1mple since he realised that he should focus more on cooperation with the teammates instead of solo plays, he can't carry the team all the time since it's hard to be consistent, hope this change in mentality brings the team to the top, GL
2019-10-31 16:40
B1ad3 is good but his ingame vision is so outdated, in interview he says same things that he was saying 5 years ago, dont believe in this navi roster smh
2019-10-31 16:53
You don't have time man...
2019-10-31 16:58
France Sheld
what leak ?
2019-10-31 17:02
you always need more time p1mple xD
2019-10-31 17:16
China Alar1c
s1mple hope you can win a major in the future
2019-10-31 17:30
" it would be much better to win with the team, it would be a new feeling I didn't have before." BAM word of a GOAT
2019-10-31 17:37
>s1mple >goat pick one
2019-10-31 19:53
Either way u r picking GOAT. Coz simple = GOAT
2019-11-01 05:52
Luxembourg fowkingell
No, what they need is an experienced igl
2019-10-31 17:38
There is no time baiting bot
2019-10-31 18:07
disband when?
2019-10-31 18:15
time to disband. all of them. G2 >NAVI
2019-10-31 18:21
He needs to change his attitude for the better and navi can be top 3
2019-10-31 18:26
hahaha, classic...
2019-10-31 18:45
lots of talent here, I am sure the results will come if they can just find their song together
2019-10-31 19:01
Brazil cadik
toxic kid trying to blame time instead of his toxicity kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk expected from s0mple
2019-10-31 19:07
+1 s0mple never changed
2019-10-31 19:53
I see u r living in past eh? As expected from monkeys, they are always behind humans.
2019-11-01 05:53
This roster is dead as long as s1mple in it. Their 2nd alpha (zeus) is gone and now no one have enough balls to shut him up during game. btw again same shit "we need more time"
2019-10-31 19:56
good luck
2019-10-31 21:56
"It would be much better to win with the team, it would be a new feeling I didn't have before." LMAO
2019-11-01 00:01
More time will make it worse
2019-11-01 00:02
"leak"?? can someone elaborate i missed this??
2019-11-03 14:52
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