s1mple: "I'm feeling great because I can't remember the last time we won a BO1 against Astralis, let alone a BO3"

We spoke to Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev after Natus Vincere's comeback victory against Astralis in the BLAST Premier Spring group B lower bracket match.

Natus Vincere landed a spectacular comeback victory against Astralis in the lower bracket of group B at BLAST Premier Spring, sending the tournament favourites into the Showdown event. After conceding a map that has long been a Natus Vincere staple, Train, the Russian squad bested Astralis on Nuke, later landing a 16-14 comeback on Inferno, a map heavily favoured towards Astralis.

s1mple was astounded by the highlight plays demonstrated on Inferno

In a brief post-match interview, we had s1mple comment on his emotions after the monumental victory and its significance to the team. The Ukrainian AWPer also broke down individual maps, and some of the issues and fortunes they experienced along the way.

You just took down Astralis in a best-of-three comeback series. What are your immediate emotions?

I'm feeling great because I can't even remember the last time we won a best-of-one against them, let alone a best-of-three. It means so much for our new roster, it's a very important victory. We knew it would be hard, and we knew we could lose to any opponent because we didn't have enough days of practice. We used it all as an experience.

The victory against Astralis will show us a bunch of our mistakes, much like the other games, and secondly, I think it will give us confidence as a team, and everyone will once more feel their strength. Before this match, we lacked confidence individually; we struggled to out-aim them not because we're bad at shooting, but because the teamplay needed work. We need to find our game and hone it; we need to find a playstyle that is strong and continue working at it, knowing that while there will be mistakes, we remain confident we can fix them.

You struggled on your map pick, Train. What were some of the difficulties experienced on it?

I was disappointed that we had a poor first map, though I think Astralis prepared really well for us on it. We had a 6-7 win streak on it, and it's one of the few maps Astralis could study. We thought they would ban either Train or Mirage. If they banned Train, then we would've gone for Dust2. I just think that we were unfortunate. The start was seemingly alright, 3-0, but then we started losing rounds in clutch situations. I think they gained confidence off the back of this and had a strong first half. Afterward, right from the second pistol round, we lost rounds despite advantages.

Inferno was an incredibly close grind, where you managed to comeback 16-14 and take the series. It's one of Astralis' stronger maps, and they were favoured to take it. How did keep your heads in the game?

We had a gameplan, and the beginning wasn't very good, but we told ourselves that every single round is important and that we just need to focus on the current round, not the previous or upcoming one. I think everyone on the team felt their game on the CT side. The team play I mentioned earlier, you could also feel it in the game against Vitality after around 1-6, we started playing just like we did now. We felt the game and the rotations, we communicated well. I think that really impacted the comeback.

Then, of course, there were the highlight plays from all the players: an incredible triple from electronic while in he was in a molotov, how the guys held B, how we retook A in a 5v5 off the back of communication. We won rounds that other teams would've unlikely been able to convert against Astralis. I am extremely happy it worked out this way, that even if we're not on our A game, we're still able to beat any team.

Next is a match against either Vitality or Complexity. Talk about the match-ups and whether you feel preference toward any specific opponent.

I'd say that Complexity is a dark horse, but we're indifferent as to who we play. I think that if Complexity beat Vitality then they're stronger, and that shows that they had extremely good preparation for the event.

For us, the main objective is to make it to the next stage without going through the Showdown. We don't want to waste that time and instead would like to use it for preparation. We tried to find our game at ICE Challenge, and at this event we just want to make it through to the finals and forget any other stages, focusing on our preparation before the BLAST Spring Premier Finals, Katowice and the Major.

Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1102
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.10
GOD TOP 1
2020-02-08 21:39
#31
s1mple | 
Russia pEndos 
+1 s1mple GOD and GOAT!
2020-02-08 21:45
he matured a lot... this navi will surely win some tier 1 titles this year for sure.... if only bomaesh turns into a decent igl that is.
2020-02-09 08:32
#34
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North America AlanSmith 
ZywOo is top 1
2020-02-08 21:46
#47
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Poland phoen1xcs 
+1
2020-02-08 21:54
ZywOo top 10
2020-02-08 21:57
#55
f0rest | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina veasih 
ZywOo top 10
2020-02-08 22:05
Zywoo top 10
2020-02-08 23:44
#75
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United States Who_cars_mens 
Top 1 of what? Of hltv? S1mple still best player in CSGO Zywoo only top 10 btw
2020-02-08 23:49
hltv.org/news/28877/top-20-players-of-20.. Rookie year btw, cry is free :)
2020-02-09 15:38
hltv does not exists
2020-02-09 16:08
ZywOo top 10
2020-02-09 00:22
#99
floppy | 
Indonesia raesvg 
ZywOo top 10
2020-02-09 02:19
ZywOo fluke top 1
2020-02-09 02:37
#113
God | 
Russia huetaaa 
ZywOo top 10
2020-02-09 15:08
#115
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Finland X3phyR 
Zywoo top 10
2020-02-09 15:11
+1 hate cringe s0mple fans so much, all so delusional.
2020-02-09 15:37
#119
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North America AlanSmith 
yeah they just can't accept reality poor little guys
2020-02-09 15:45
#2
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Germany grimmtz 
GOAT
2020-02-08 21:39
#20
FlipiN | 
Spain rastleh 
KING
2020-02-08 21:42
GOD
2020-02-08 21:43
#28
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Poland FREDDY_KRUGER 
GODFATHER
2020-02-08 21:44
GOAT
2020-02-08 21:39
#4
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Other Rednight 
GOAT
2020-02-08 21:39
Baiter, 0 majors and will never get one.
2020-02-08 21:39
#41
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Canada razneK1789 
lol
2020-02-08 21:51
Everything checks out
2020-02-09 02:38
#104
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Other Odinxxx91 
U mean brehze
2020-02-09 05:57
navi 2:0 og
2020-02-09 11:16
#114
God | 
Russia huetaaa 
navi 2:0 og
2020-02-09 15:09
Ok, and? So beating OG means that he will win a major :DDD
2020-02-09 15:37
Gtfo kiddo
2020-02-09 21:07
Cry
2020-02-09 22:21
Mad because s1mple rekted og nubs?
2020-02-09 22:26
#6
TaZ | 
Poland Dzangow 
S1mple Greatest Of All Time!!!! GOAT!
2020-02-08 21:39
Lets go s1mple
2020-02-08 21:40
Great job s1mple
2020-02-08 21:40
#9
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World WestSideDude 
S1mple #1 player ever
2020-02-08 21:40
#10
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Sweden XenoRex 
goat
2020-02-08 21:40
gz s1mple
2020-02-08 21:40
#12
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Bosnia and Herzegovina lousooo 
haters s*ck d*ck now... =D s1mple is GOD FATHER of CS and e-Sports.
2020-02-08 21:41
#54
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Lithuania verslininkas 
stop it lol, they not gonna win against astralis again for long time
2020-02-08 22:04
U dont know that. U only know how to hate the GOAT of CSGO
2020-02-08 23:46
esports? wtf are u talking
2020-02-08 22:39
*f0rest
2020-02-09 00:47
#13
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Brazil arunino 
the greatest player of all time
2020-02-08 21:41
Will still have forever 0 majors LUL Just lucky to meet Astralis non-bootcamped after break... Astralis will RAPE bot s0mple and trashvi in Katowice. Just a reminder: Navi didn't beat Astralis a single time throughout 2019 (LMAO)!
2020-02-08 21:44
In bo1 games lmao, astralis fluke team get rekt by complexity 2-0 XD Reminder that astralis did nothing this year and beat na'vi 0 times in 2020. Astralis is done and their coach is gone soon
2020-02-08 21:48
>ence talking about flukes
2020-02-08 21:51
Ahaha plastic ship jumper sheep prolly crush on aleksiB shut up XD Ence top #1 2020
2020-02-08 22:33
Ence top 1 in Finland, tbh Havu >> ence so Idk about that
2020-02-08 22:53
ENCE have looked so shit since losing Aleksib - actually wouldn’t mind seeing them play HAVU haha would probably be close
2020-02-09 01:23
#43
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Canada razneK1789 
+1 axaxaxax
2020-02-08 21:51
Lmao, thinking that zywoo will win one xD
2020-02-09 00:07
"Fluke team" Sorry but I don't think being #1 for a 1+ year straight and winning 3 majors back-to-back-to-back is fluke. Ence on the other hand😂
2020-02-08 21:57
Ence top #1 2020
2020-02-08 22:32
Top1 of bad roster moves yes
2020-02-08 22:37
#71
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Moldova hellioncik 
So NAVI had pracs for 5 days with perfecto.. So tell me ore about astralis no-bootcamp
2020-02-08 23:27
ofc but astralis is the team with most Plastic fans so no one gonna take you seriously
2020-02-09 00:26
Blast Pro Series Lissabon on Ovp btw 16:7
2020-02-08 21:41
#16
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Ukraine Kracken[oN] 
<333333
2020-02-08 21:41
#17
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Kazakhstan Trapptrapp 
father
2020-02-08 21:42
GOAT
2020-02-08 21:42
s1mple 2018 back?
2020-02-08 21:42
s1mple 2019 was GOD too
2020-02-08 21:43
Agreed ppl just expected a lot from him but he still was godly, just not as much as 2018
2020-02-08 23:49
#21
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Ukraine kandan 
GL versus CoL\Vitality)
2020-02-08 21:42
#23
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Ukraine McSwell 
The one who can play consistent s-tier level with either rifle or awp. Can't even name such another player. Maybe prime cold and olof are closest to.
2020-02-08 21:44
#45
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Canada razneK1789 
typical s1mple fan... the only one would be the guy who got #1 last year
2020-02-08 21:52
#48
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Ukraine McSwell 
Lol? Zywoo is profilic sniper. With rifle he isn't better than elige or Niko. While s1mple is.
2020-02-08 21:56
#52
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Canada razneK1789 
maybe not elige but niko yes you are right )
2020-02-08 21:58
I dont think s1mple as a rifler is better than niko although I m his fan.
2020-02-08 23:51
Ebanulsya? Zywoo axyevshiy rifler
2020-02-09 10:36
#109
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Ukraine Sleim1 
+1
2020-02-09 10:56
#25
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India KNOX23 
Goat
2020-02-08 21:43
#26
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Latvia Phenomennn 
GOAT
2020-02-08 21:44
Was a long time to see this relief on Navi espeically on S1mple. I guess last time was ESL Cologne 2018.
2020-02-08 21:44
S1mple is the best player for all last years. And he will probably be remembered as the BEST PLAYER EVER.
2020-02-08 21:45
Agreed +11 goat of csgo
2020-02-08 23:51
Dupreeh.
2020-02-08 21:45
#32
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Spain chuggo 
haters can eat shit now :o)
2020-02-08 21:46
+1
2020-02-08 23:52
#33
Turkey Rtax 
You are goddamn right
2020-02-08 21:46
His choice of words is telling. Us. We. The team. Recognition to his teammates play. No longer I, or them, or seeing the negative. He's serious about winning with this team and that's all the more dangerous as their roles get sorted out.
2020-02-08 21:47
+1 but haters still spam shit every second about s1mple
2020-02-08 21:48
#46
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Canada razneK1789 
its funny mens
2020-02-08 21:52
Gosh astralis/vitality fans are so annoying
2020-02-08 23:31
Only astralis fans from denmark are the most toxic ones.
2020-02-08 23:53
Yeah I was talking about the device cock-suckers ones
2020-02-09 01:02
He's also very reflective and conscious about the weak areas for the team and what Navi needs to improve.
2020-02-09 01:37
#38
jR | 
Ukraine zergggg 
Well done brother! For Motherland Ukraine! <3
2020-02-08 21:49
#39
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Latvia tibr0 
GOAT
2020-02-08 21:50
#40
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China Alar1c 
GOAT.
2020-02-08 21:51
GOAT!!!!! THE BEST PLAYER TO EVER TOUCH THE GAME!
2020-02-08 21:52
goat
2020-02-08 21:58
Every dog has its day
2020-02-08 22:07
#58
s1mple | 
Russia pEndos 
can you shut up dolboeb? they won and S1mple was +32 dominating Astralis like "dogs" just fuck off with your retarded hate already
2020-02-08 22:12
Hurt your feelings eh ? Throw more insults if it will make you feel better .
2020-02-08 22:13
#61
s1mple | 
Russia pEndos 
i throw my cum on your dirty face. makes me feel better THX
2020-02-08 22:17
Ohh no you really owned me , gj kiddo :))
2020-02-08 22:24
#77
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Europe Malcorianus 
You could try to do something productive. Travel to Varna and try to find Lars Mittank. S1mple is still the best. Being Jealous is a weak characteristic, just saying.
2020-02-08 23:49
He himself was surprised they won , he played great this time yes but Electronic was mvp imo , im not jealous of anything just being more objective . Navi didnt play that good I think you know that too , they can still lose easily to Col for example .
2020-02-08 23:53
Impact rating between those 2 says otherwise. Simple 1.61 impact rating Electronic 1.48 impact rating Clutches won by s1mple says otherwise. Electronic was definitely great today but s1mple won more impactful rounds for navi. All the damage is not impactful u know so higher ADR means less than u think... unless u r just one of those ignorant s1mple haters then explaining all that to u wont make any difference.
2020-02-08 23:56
#85
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Europe Malcorianus 
Electronic did the most work at the ICE Challenge, and he helped him by giving S1mple his needed confidence back. S1mple clutched vs Mouz and won train, at least 1 map vs a strong team, that was the turning point for him individually. That was the moment where he started to believe in himself again. And today he showed that on Inferno, he was great.
2020-02-09 00:03
Electronic was clearly the best player in Ice challenge no doubt about that.
2020-02-09 00:30
#84
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Europe Malcorianus 
They have their mistakes, many tbh, but they try to improve and to get better every single day. Sure, S1mple was surprised, why would he not be? Astralis is still ranked #1 after all. Everyone played great, even Perfecto showed up while the comeback was going on, with getting a couple of double kills. Everyone contributed, especially Electronic with this 3k while burning away. I don't care about who gets the fkin MVP of the match, as long as Navi wins, sure, Elec was mvp, he was great. They played bad on Train, but pretty good on Nuke, while still losing rounds to weak buys and ecos, which is a big problem :( But you must admit that this comeback was really something else, and you could see how much it meant to navi. S1mple was out of control after their win.
2020-02-08 23:58
+111 that was satisfying to see navi cheering after they won.
2020-02-09 00:31
#103
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South Africa Ston3Cold 
Amen, indeed. Was great to see them cheering and how much it meant to all of them, especially s1mple.
2020-02-09 05:49
+11
2020-02-09 18:20
#57
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Finland tomppi1 
GOAT
2020-02-08 22:10
Glaive maddest bitch in town
2020-02-08 22:16
All time most Goatest men))
2020-02-08 22:21
im feelink thank you
2020-02-08 22:29
He was good in this match but Astralis especially dupreeh in low conditions.
2020-02-08 23:05
#91
woxic | 
Turkey razendd_ 
Godsports top1 Navi top2
2020-02-09 00:35
ns man!
2020-02-09 00:38
great come back on the last map great nuke
2020-02-09 01:59
I am feeling thank you =)
2020-02-09 02:07
1.47 against top1 team, he's back
2020-02-09 04:21
Yesterday
2020-02-09 09:39
GOD :) 🖤🖤🖤
2020-02-09 10:15
#111
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United States EmperorTrump 
zzzywhoo? s1mple is real #1
2020-02-09 13:46
Goat
2020-02-09 15:07
God
2020-02-09 17:06
#123
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Germany Ray6elliouS 
s1mple ftw
2020-02-09 18:34
#127
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Germany cTm|oNe 
Astralis x4 Major, S0mple still suck with 0 Major
2020-02-10 07:53
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