s1mple on what makes this the best Na`Vi: "All of us have insane individual skill and we understand each other better"

We caught up with Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev, who won his 10th MVP after leading Natus Vincere to a dominant victory at IEM Katowice.

Natus Vincere completed their title-winning run at IEM Katowice with another incredibly dominant display in the best-of-five final against G2, who could only put up a fight on Dust2 while the CIS-based side ran over the Frenchmen on Nuke and Mirage to pick up a 3-0 series win.

s1mple is proud of Na`Vi's progress with Perfecto

In our interview with the Ukrainian superstar, we asked him about why he called this lineup the best version of Na`Vi and what his chances of catching up to Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz in MVPs are:

From that close win over FaZe at the end of the group stage to the incredibly dominant run here in the playoffs, how proud are you of the achievement this early into the lineup?

I'm proud that we had such great results over the past two weeks only. We played the final against mouz, lost it, we beat everyone in our group at BLAST, and now we won the tournament that I didn't expect to win like three or four months ago. I think we're doing a great job and I'm just happy for everyone to step up. Everyone was on the next level of confidence, and because of this they are just playing at 100%.

Nuke is a map that hasn't historically been the best for you, but here you've now had two dominant wins on it against Astralis and now G2, what was behind that?

It's always our coach and our in-game leader behind that. They just remove or add some small details before any opponent and, because of that, the opponent doesn't know how we're going to control some kind of areas. But, of course, we always progress on maps that we lose. Like Nuke against FaZe twice and Mirage to fnatic, as well. We're just trying to find more and more time because we understand that only with a good map pool you can beat all these teams at this tournament.

You seemed just more and more confident to make big plays here, how does it make you feel that you have these players behind you that can step up like Boombl4 did on Nuke even if those plays don't work out?

I just see it and enjoy. I saw Boombl4 laughing, smiling after his score, and I'm just asking myself "How is it happening that our in-game leader so easily controlled the whole map?" And same with every teammate. You just understand and you know, you feel that they're going to do something insane.

You've called this the best Na`Vi. What does this lineup have that the previous ones didn't?

I think all of our players have insane individual skill. All of our players are the same age, so we understand each other better outside and inside the game. We have the psychologist who created this system of our mental preparation before games, so big thanks to him because he always does a great job.

Can you give an example of what he does with you to prepare you?

For example, we have these talks at our bootcamp where we talk with our psychologist. You talk with him not because you need to do it but because you want to. Because you feel nervous, you're feeling panic, and you want to just focus on your own game, focus on the belief in your team, and forget any other stuff inside of your head.

This is your 10th MVP, which means that you now have the second-most MVP awards alongside GeT_RiGhT and kennyS. What do you think your chances are of catching up to device, who has 15?

Oh, it would be nice, but I just want more trophies. I know that good teams win tournaments from last year, and it's a much better feeling when you get the trophies. But, of course, I want to always show my best performance and I know all of our players want to. I know they can easily get these MVPs, as well. Everything depends on the timings on maps. When we play on the highest level, as you saw nobody came to Perfecto, so he couldn't find any kills. When Boombl4 gets 28 kills per half, it's pretty hard to get more numbers. I'm happy if anyone would get the MVP, but I just want to keep winning tournaments with my team.

Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
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Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
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2020-03-01 21:48
India X3pHyR
+1 c9 said the same on addition of Tarik and RUSH and won a major
2020-03-01 22:43
I remember lots of teams saying the same thing it's weird
2020-03-02 09:01
your nickname hurts me..
2020-03-02 20:27
Why? It's about time
2020-03-04 09:30
2020-03-04 17:55
right, I heard same when FAZE added guardian and won couple of tournaments.
2020-03-02 11:10
2020-03-02 15:14
s1mple go kill electronic go kill flamie go kill boomitch go kill perfecto wait and bait
2020-03-02 16:21
Perfecto - russian Xyp9x
2020-03-02 17:48
be honest perfecto have good aim . and thats enough for na'vi reach rank 1 .
2020-03-04 15:45
Insane player
2020-03-01 21:48
2020-03-01 21:50
2020-03-02 09:37
Cry is free niko
2020-03-02 12:20
2020-03-02 12:21
Crying cuz faze lost 2 times in a row against navi?
2020-03-02 12:29
both were fluke wins 4 NaVi and you know that
2020-03-02 12:46
2020-03-02 12:56
2020-03-02 13:39
2020-03-02 13:57
2020-03-02 15:15
ur mind is a fluke and we know that
2020-03-02 15:13
United States autopzyy
flag checks out
2020-03-02 15:47
India _Jazz_
2020-03-02 15:11
2020-03-02 15:13
2020-03-03 09:53
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k
2020-03-01 21:48
i agree. s1mple #1
2020-03-01 21:48
stfu fluke win and u know it
2020-03-02 12:21
Europe mAngOnice
Fluke as how your brain exists
2020-03-04 05:42
stfu p1mple fanboi....come suck my c*ck u mf whore
2020-03-04 08:56
Europe mAngOnice
Cry in africa the need water över there
2020-03-04 15:48
2020-03-01 21:48
Sweden Trkmag
Nice to see blade do work
2020-03-01 21:49
2020-03-01 21:50
wish you major shaska
2020-03-01 21:51
s1mple: "BOT Zeus and BOT GuardiaN are gone"
2020-03-01 21:51
ahahahaha basically this "All of our players are the same age"
2020-03-01 21:54
2020-03-01 22:01
best of the best in interpretation
2020-03-01 22:34
thanks mens))
2020-03-01 22:57
2020-03-01 21:52
2020-03-01 21:53
Ukraine Tokyoyo
Ezz for top 1 team atm lul
2020-03-01 21:52
2020-03-01 21:52
Hong Kong naaw5
2020-03-01 21:52
Russia Divait
2020-03-01 21:52
nice mens)
2020-03-01 21:53
ez money
2020-03-01 23:24
I so wish I had the balls to bet :( congratz!
2020-03-02 10:42
problem with betting is you mostly will get addicted and lose all your money in the end or bet a large amount,win 7 digits and never go out to society again
2020-03-02 12:19
Russia Divait
sOMEGALULciety, tell this to people, who make money on it, please don't mention retards, who are ill and loosing all the money
2020-03-02 20:27
Navi era(2020-20xx)
2020-03-01 21:52
zeus was a problem
2020-03-01 21:53
Most overhyped player and team! LMAO As I've said: This will be their first and last trophy of 2020. Once zonic has figured out what went wrong it that game they wont stand a chance anymore...
2020-03-01 21:55
i thought zonic figured out everything from blast?
2020-03-01 21:57
2020-03-01 21:59
Attempt number 3, Zonic preparing another strat book just for Na'Vi
2020-03-01 22:00
2020-03-01 22:00
Canada razneK1789
2020-03-01 22:02
He did. He figured out, Navi is the better team. Twice
2020-03-01 22:05
xaxaxaxa +1
2020-03-01 22:30
Lmao rekt +1
2020-03-01 23:49
Albania JonZherka
2020-03-02 03:19
2020-03-02 07:15
Bulgaria zhelyazkoG
You are more toxic than Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant .
2020-03-01 21:59
nt two faced
2020-03-01 21:59
We can be friends but I still hate navi & s1mple
2020-03-01 22:03
I hate you too
2020-03-01 22:04
I thought the phrase "opposites attract" are only about relationship stuff
2020-03-01 22:06
kinda now they sex yes?
2020-03-01 22:29
wild sex of two passionate HLTV personalities yes men)
2020-03-01 22:30
yeah this is going to be the wildest and dirtiest night in hltv history😳🍆
2020-03-01 22:35
Zonic retires after he realizes Asstralis individual skill is not enough
2020-03-01 21:59
18 hours of preparation just get ass clapped by electronic and co.
2020-03-01 22:11
You're so mad lmao
2020-03-01 22:52
Romania PastaiaUci
They literally went full ge/supreme mode,they got in 2 maps around 23-25 kills
2020-03-01 22:54
let me insert Krappa insteed of you.
2020-03-01 23:20
Cry is free
2020-03-02 12:21
Idk why you hate s1mple i mean look at your team ,s1mple is better than any astralis player for sure but astralis has been together for long and thats what makes them so coordinated and strong but this time as your said i think they still didnt prepare enough because its not like navi didnt lose even 1 map so its astralis fault too and at the same time its navi’s hard work but i do hope astralis win the major or atleast epl s11 as it would mean more than katowice 😂but i love s1mple and its so stupid to hate him just cause he is good
2020-03-02 14:06
Its astralis fault first of all for not preparing enough and its like navi is a new roster so theyre unpredictable and this time they played insane but still they lost a match and a few maps where they won ,so navi’s run was not like the astralis katowice run last time where they didnt even lose a single map so astralis has to come back better and navi must maintain this ,im an astralis and s1mple fan so im ok with both of them winning but i think astralis must win major as they have been humiliated by navi twice
2020-03-02 14:12
i hope navi wins rio
2020-03-01 21:54
2020-03-01 21:55
2020-03-01 21:59
+1 with this team its possible, skill on point, just need to work on better strats in pressure moments
2020-03-01 22:09
They wont but hope is something I guess
2020-03-01 22:32
Australia CaZeR01
Who do you think will? And dont say asstralis because they are done
2020-03-02 04:35
astralis would have lost to g2 in the final even if they made it, cry is free
2020-03-02 05:44
Navi would have lost to fnatic in the final even if they made it, cry is free
2020-03-02 08:05
lol +1
2020-03-02 09:39
Delusional and still butthurt dan
2020-03-02 11:08
G2 won against fnatic and navi destroyed g2
2020-03-02 12:23
the point is that no matter who astralis played they would not have won. Navi would have won against any opponent in the playoff bracket.
2020-03-02 13:04
Brazil arunino
2020-03-01 22:44
Go s1mple, keep working as you do, make history with this new Na'Vi! Take major or two, but you're already a LEGEND to me and many others whatever happens :>
2020-03-01 21:58
+1 <3
2020-03-01 22:00
Brazil arunino
2020-03-01 22:44
Ukraine hukutka94
2020-03-02 09:04
2020-03-02 09:44
GOAT 🐐 🐐 🐐
2020-03-01 21:59
2020-03-01 22:00
Brazil arunino
+1 s1mple GOAT
2020-03-01 22:44
Great words, a true team player. Navi is about to takeover the world
2020-03-01 22:00
2020-03-01 22:05
Brazil arunino
+1 S1mple FOREVER #1
2020-03-01 22:44
Didnt know that they have psychologist
2020-03-01 22:04
who needs psychologists bartenders are free therapy. jk
2020-03-02 01:11
Netherlands SpiceNut
I think every top5/10 team has at least one therapist, some players have an individual one too
2020-03-02 08:39
It's refreshing to see Navi be happy for their teammates. Electronic was a little salty, you could see he really wants an MVP award at one of these. But it will come, he already got one this year. Boomich is just genuinely happy for all his mates, flamies mental fortitude looks much better too. Perfecto very level headed guy, doesn't make stupid decisions that Navi players often like to do from being overly excited. He's like the anchor when they go off.
2020-03-01 22:10
Agree with all.
2020-03-01 23:13
I was actually really impressed with Perfecto, especially for a first time on the scene of a giant event... Really top tier aim, doesn't mind to play the roles, and like you said calm as a true russian under fire/pressure. Stoic. Great decision making in 1vX etc. He plays anchor so he didn't get to see much of G2 on both Nuke and Mirage but his plays in 1vX/retakes situations were near flawless.
2020-03-02 00:19
2020-03-02 10:36
Great interview, hopefully Na'Vi keeps their form and win the major in Rio, a player like s1mple deserves it more than anyone.
2020-03-01 22:12
2020-03-02 09:46
I fear it might be sort of a honeymoon period
2020-03-01 22:19
Brazil arunino
2 events = too long "honeymoon" period dude. The are just Gods.
2020-03-01 22:42
most fans are navi team (russia) lmao
2020-03-01 22:22
nt qikert, ain't you regretting about denying Navi?
2020-03-02 09:48
Idk cuz shit'vi.
2020-03-02 09:57
hahahaha someone is madling because Navi is winning
2020-03-02 10:31
Perfecto is better for navi why need other player you dumbass.
2020-03-02 10:36
stop crying already qikert
2020-03-02 11:02
Insane player
2020-03-01 22:23
2020-03-02 00:19
gg team!
2020-03-01 22:30
Brazil arunino
GOAT and GOD! S1mple the #CSGOD
2020-03-01 22:42
2020-03-02 00:19
Russia sasha1608
S1mple > Markeloff
2020-03-01 22:54
+1 s1mple > ALL
2020-03-02 00:19
Do not compare please
2020-03-02 09:43
Stupid comparison
2020-03-02 12:26
hns | 
Europe Whatafz
TOP 1 Navi
2020-03-01 22:58
2020-03-02 00:19
Greenland revivee
ZywOo > s0mple =))))))
2020-03-01 22:59
zywho? omegalul
2020-03-02 09:50
United States autopzyy
ZyWho?= 5mvps, 23maps, doesn't make it past group stage. GOAT= 10mvps, 1117maps, wins the tourney with the highest, by far, rating.
2020-03-02 16:00
Russia drfast
The best team in the world!!!
2020-03-01 23:03
Don't know about Perfecto.. but aight, if you say so
2020-03-01 23:26
"Perfecto, so he couldn't find any kills. When Boombl4 gets 28 kills per half, it's pretty hard to get more numbers." so true, after that 1st half on nuke perfecto was like 3K/3D, while boombl4 had 28 kills :D
2020-03-01 23:31
2020-03-01 23:37
Qikert having fun with VP just like sunny with ence. Lmao
2020-03-01 23:52
S1mple best
2020-03-01 23:49
2020-03-02 00:18
2020-03-01 23:54
2020-03-02 00:19
Japan pawbeast
ZyWHO???? hahahhh Gla1ve not even close to boombl4 iq
2020-03-02 00:18
boomich's lead and his gamesense - be it to make call or make individual moves - were actually mindboggling in this series. You could see he prepared his ass off with blad3...
2020-03-02 00:21
Australia csRIOTgo
It's gotta be s1mple right?
2020-03-02 01:23
Some little detail I saw: At the beginning of 2019, s1mple only sit in the corner, and electronic was the only teammate sit beside him. After Guardian came back, s1mple sit in the corner with Guardian or in the middle between Guardian and electronic. However, s1mple sits in the middle of the team nowadays, between the IGL boombl4 and electronic nowadays.
2020-03-02 01:58
yup nice observation! Right all impact of position of sitting in case of communication. s1mple can easily communicate with Navi's players now
2020-03-02 08:19
United States jsxanatos
this makes me want to say simples favorite gamer word on a twitch stream in celebration
2020-03-02 02:11
GG navi !
2020-03-02 02:14
This navi team roaster is just unstoppable , I was just in awe and couldn't believe my eyes when they put to shame the best teams in the world like Astralis , Liquid and G2. This is just RIDICULOUS performance. s1mple individual skills are insane , it was very entertaining to watch. But I am kinda sad that there wasn't any crowd :/ I hope to see the same level from navi on Rio Major 2020 and finally take the trophy home. Those two days were just magical for me , never saw such beautiful counter strike in my life before. Thank you navi ! <3
2020-03-02 02:14
Agreed +1111
2020-03-02 10:38
Xaxaxaxa back to astralis era after this fluke
2020-03-02 02:46
Europe laczyslaw
fluke? they just destroy semi and finals
2020-03-02 11:03
Nice Astralis/G2 win btw LUL Keep taking your medication kid LUL
2020-03-02 11:11
GG navi
2020-03-02 03:02
Unecessary insults against former NaVi Players, shows a lot about him.
2020-03-02 03:26
didnt insult anyone but ok
2020-03-02 03:55
Who did he insult??? Even xyp9x once said that this astralis roster is the best roster he ever played in. Do u think he insulted his past teammates?? Simple said the same thing here. Stop exaggerating just coz u dont like the guy.
2020-03-02 10:41
Sure this new Navi is good but the old navi with simple carrying but losing and raging at his teammates was much more fun to watch :(
2020-03-02 05:05
"FINALLY, ZEUS, HE DOES SOMETHING!" is my favourite caster moment of all time
2020-03-02 07:26
Ukraine CISanimal
hope they can repeat this success at rio major.
2020-03-02 07:34
Zeus about perfecto join navi "he is not good player for navi"
2020-03-02 09:07
2020-03-02 09:45
qikert would be better ofc, strong aimer and experience, but he chose to stay in much worse team
2020-03-02 10:08
Navi is russian team you cheer this team
2020-03-02 10:11
I cheer for s1mple and any team he's in, right now I care only about strong Na'Vi, not what players they have
2020-03-02 10:14
S1mple is not ukrainian he can't speak native language. He said Crimea is Russia
2020-03-02 10:21
Why you talking about qikert qikert qikert stfu perfecto is fit navi you dumbfu k
2020-03-02 10:48
axaxaxa, I only mentioned him once, but I would like to see his face when Na'Vi took the trophy xd meanwhile, he has to play in tier 2 Virtus Pro gj Qikert xaxaxaxaxaxa
2020-03-02 10:51
qikert dumbest person i have ever seen axaxaxaxaxa
2020-03-02 11:13
+1 mens) what a silly boy lol
2020-03-02 11:16
After kicked zeus he won major in kazak team
2020-03-02 11:22
NaVi was on fire on this tournament. Keep going guys, and you'll finnaly win a Major!
2020-03-02 10:27
2020-03-02 12:28
+1 It is very important for Na`Vi to keep this confidence, but stop the possible "overconfidence" / arrogance! Just to keep these results.
2020-03-02 12:57
2020-03-02 14:13
p1mple back to cheating?
2020-03-02 14:48
Russia Astrali5
That's why they are struggling against FaZe?
2020-03-02 14:51
haha +1 lol true
2020-03-02 15:26
Finland J3bediah
If everyone would play csgo, would there be more s1mple’s?
2020-03-02 15:43
Better than s1mple also
2020-03-02 17:16
Switzerland N1K0_189
1 man army rofl
2020-03-02 19:07
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