s1mple claims third consecutive MVP in EPL victory

Alongside the Pro League title and the Intel Grand Slam, the Ukrainian superstar was awarded the 16th MVP of his career.

An impressive showing from start to finish in Natus Vincere's title run at ESL Pro League Season 14 sees Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev claim the MVP award by HLTV and Skinbaron.

This is s1mple's third consecutive MVP won, having also been the most valuable player at the StarLadder CIS RMR and IEM Cologne before the break.

s1mple's efforts were crucial to NAVI's Intel Grand Slam victory

In the historic event for Natus Vincere and s1mple, as it secured them the $1,000,000 Intel Grand Slam Season 3 alongside the $195,000 first-place prize for ESL Pro League, the Ukrainian was the standout in a number of statistical categories.

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s1mple was the best performer at the event in a number of categories, including rating (1.35), impact rating (1.48), KAST (77.8%), and kills per round (0.88), while also being top-5 in terms of ADR (87.3), K-D difference (+135), and opening kills per round (0.18).

His consistency was impeccable, finishing just two maps with a below-average rating (0.69 on Inferno vs. Evil Geniuses and 0.96 on Overpass against Vitality), allowing him to edge out the main rival for the MVP award in Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut, who posted a 1.31 event rating in Vitality's runners-up finish.

2021 MVPs by HLTV.org:

BLAST Premier Global Final - Ukraine s1mple
cs_summit 7 - Russia Jame
IEM Katowice - Russia sh1ro
ESL Pro League 13 - Russia Ax1Le
FunSpark ULTI Europe Final - Canada FaNg
DreamHack Masters Spring - Ukraine s1mple
Flashpoint 3 - Slovakia frozen
EPIC League CIS - Kazakhstan Hobbit
IEM Summer - Russia Ax1Le
BLAST Premier Spring Final - Kazakhstan Hobbit
StarLadder CIS RMR - Ukraine s1mple
IEM Cologne - Ukraine s1mple
ESL Pro League Season 14 - Ukraine s1mple

France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.28
Maps played:
866
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.62
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.25
Maps played:
1439
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.64
#1
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United States JonBeans
very well played by s1mple!
2021-09-12 22:55
29 replies
#17
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Russia zj2
11/13 mvps cis players ezz
2021-09-12 22:57
22 replies
All tier1 tournaments mvps cis players
2021-09-12 23:03
4 replies
s1mple now has the same amount of mvp medals as gambit
2021-09-12 23:12
3 replies
1 less
2021-09-13 06:18
2 replies
Nah, he has the same amount
2021-09-13 06:48
counting is hard
2021-09-16 20:53
would have been 13/13 if cis teams attended those 2 dog events
2021-09-12 23:21
6 replies
xD please don't make s1mple haters more mad 😂
2021-09-12 23:29
#103
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Ukraine VoidWave
forze and vp were at funspark
2021-09-12 23:49
4 replies
idk couldnt even find hltv page with this event, also t10 teams
2021-09-13 00:33
1 reply
funwhat?
2021-09-13 00:35
rekted him
2021-09-13 10:06
#86
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Ukraine StaR1y
Ukraine dosnt CIS!!!!
2021-09-12 23:31
3 replies
Google is your friend <3
2021-09-13 08:51
2 replies
#177
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Iceland Iceland
Yeah might wanna use it yourself then cus Ukraine is not part of CIS
2021-09-13 23:37
1 reply
OMFG :D :D :D :D :D :D
2021-09-16 14:13
Only 6/13. Ukraine is not in CIS if you don't know
2021-09-13 12:29
5 replies
1/8 Ukraine is not in CIS anymore, however NAVI plays in the regional tournaments for CIS. Every commentaror also refers to NAVI as CIS giants.
2021-09-14 16:16
4 replies
Might have something to do with NaVi being Russian org:D
2021-09-16 22:35
3 replies
Navi is a Ukrainian org.
2021-09-17 21:00
2 replies
My bad, the org is ukranian but the team is russian (according to hltv)
2021-09-17 21:24
1 reply
Yes, 3 Out of 5 players are Russian, that's why it's listed as Russian.
2021-09-17 21:47
Lucky zywoo still better
2021-09-12 22:57
2 replies
0 MVPs in 2021. Cope.
2021-09-13 03:40
#141
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Chile brez12
S1mple made +90 frags in bo 3 where navi where his teammates were not very successful - later in the grand final s1mple was not playing at his highest level at all and navi in ​​general was playing very poorly, even then s1mple got a high rating of 1.22. If vitality lost against the worst navi imagine with the best
2021-09-13 05:20
+1 Not really a great final, other than the last map, but whatever. GGWP and very well-deserved for Navi and s1mple.
2021-09-12 22:59
2 replies
A final going to all 5 maps is pretty fking interesting in my eyes at least!!
2021-09-12 23:18
1 reply
Don't worry he's only mad Astralis are crap now
2021-09-12 23:47
#3
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Finland Cucumber))
god
2021-09-12 22:55
Nice
2021-09-12 22:55
goat
2021-09-12 22:55
#6
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Russia Kalacia
Goat
2021-09-12 22:55
#8
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Bulgaria goshyy
EZ FOR THE GOAT
2021-09-12 22:56
wow
2021-09-12 22:56
#10
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Serbia eliiiiii_
nice
2021-09-12 22:56
GOAT TOP 1
2021-09-12 22:56
Year of s1mple
2021-09-12 22:56
s1mple already top 1 2021
2021-09-12 22:56
#15
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Latvia TIBR0X
GOAT ALWAYS BEST WIN MAJOR
2021-09-12 22:56
#16
LUq | 
Poland legitb
god
2021-09-12 22:56
#19
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North America RapidWater
0 majors
2021-09-12 22:57
4 replies
Same as liquid and zywoo
2021-09-12 22:58
2 replies
#45
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North America RapidWater
I know zywoo hasn't won a major, I don't care about zywoo. Also who cares about liquid, I hate them and all they do is choke. NA lucked into 1 major and will never get lucky again.
2021-09-12 23:02
1 reply
And now only Stwie2k is still available, the rest 4 are disappeared from the Tournament
2021-09-12 23:28
Grand slam >>> maj0r
2021-09-12 23:14
Ukraine and Russia dominating the MVP race
2021-09-12 22:58
2 replies
that looks so one sided , cis won a lot of tournaments this year no chance for MVP for a lot of great EU and even NA players
2021-09-13 01:02
And Kazakhstan (Hobbit).
2021-09-14 16:16
GOAT
2021-09-12 22:58
#23
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Russia ToughGuy
at this point top1 is already decided not so excited anymore
2021-09-12 22:58
+135kd thats crazy, demn s1mple u just next lvl
2021-09-12 22:58
the best player EVER
2021-09-12 22:59
#27
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China HEIDASHUAi
Goat
2021-09-12 22:59
1 reply
+1
2021-09-12 23:00
Crazy how s1mple is so much better and so much more impactful than zywoo
2021-09-12 22:59
7 replies
+1 s1mple top1 2021
2021-09-12 23:00
I mean, Zywoo has more years to come and I believe he didn't enter his prime yet. Also at this point s1mple has nothing to prove but a lot to accomplish.
2021-09-12 23:10
5 replies
s1mple hasn't hit his prime either. his 2018 year was the highest performance of all time and he seems to be doing even better in 2021...and u can tell that his skill ceiling would allow him to do even better
2021-09-12 23:12
3 replies
+1 Just that major, please just that 1 major to shut all retard haters
2021-09-12 23:31
2 replies
Jai shree Ram
2021-09-14 13:14
if he gets 1 major people will start saying shit like JW_3_MAJOR_S0MPLE_1 lmao, he needs like 5 to shut up all the baiters, just ignore 'em.
2021-09-16 22:41
s1mple isn't even 24 yet lol
2021-09-12 23:17
s1mple <3 THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME
2021-09-12 23:00
2 replies
+1 GOAT s1mple
2021-09-13 03:41
+1
2021-09-22 14:45
Nice s1mple, let's gooo!
2021-09-12 23:00
#34
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Nepal nyandere
90% of his maps above 1.13+ rating damb
2021-09-12 23:00
3 in a row, waow
2021-09-12 23:01
5 MVP's in 2021, is he breaking his own record this year?
2021-09-12 23:01
2 replies
Probably yes. He might surpass his 2018 form this year.
2021-09-12 23:21
He will need 2 more MVP to break his own record. And 4-5 tournaments are left for this year, let's see what happens
2021-09-12 23:34
#40
EliGE | 
Poland Roxin
GOAT
2021-09-12 23:01
#43
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
GG s1mple. Best candidate for number 1 this year.
2021-09-12 23:01
3 replies
Lmao what? He already won the title for the best player of the year, who can even come close to his performance this year? Zywhoo has 0 MVPs.He is miles ahead of everyone.
2021-09-12 23:41
2 replies
Nobody has won that title yet because the Top 20 of 2021 hasn't even happened yet. So yes, currently s1mple is the best candidate for it.
2021-09-12 23:49
1 reply
zywoo need to win every signle event with stats 1.4+ and s1mple have to lose every single match with stats like below 1 rating that zywoo might take top-1, do you think there is a chance that to happend?
2021-09-21 06:19
#47
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South Africa Ston3Cold
GG WP s1mple, as always!! GOAT!
2021-09-12 23:03
#48
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Europe elefiveS
GOAT
2021-09-12 23:03
just best player ever, noone is even close to him
2021-09-12 23:03
zywoo top 1, pimple top 0.
2021-09-12 23:05
s1mple top 1 zywho top 7
2021-09-12 23:07
pimp mpv's in 2021: 0 zywoo mvp's in 2021: 0 pimp = zywoo
2021-09-12 23:13
16th MVP in career O_O omfg
2021-09-12 23:14
2 replies
Getting close to device XD
2021-09-12 23:21
1 reply
that's good!
2021-09-12 23:35
DESERVED
2021-09-12 23:21
deserved
2021-09-12 23:24
the real goat Wish him winning major
2021-09-12 23:26
GOAT
2021-09-12 23:28
Congratz s1mple)
2021-09-12 23:29
CIS EZ TOP 1
2021-09-12 23:35
#101
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Turkey Kuvars
Russian year
2021-09-12 23:47
Well deserved!
2021-09-13 00:02
#110
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Kazakhstan oscar9992
Crazy year! 5 MVPs won by a one Ukrainian. 4 MVPs won by 3 different Russians. And 2 MVPs won by one Kazakh. CIS year indeed. May be Navi wins Major this year who knows. I hope they will.
2021-09-13 00:07
fluke
2021-09-13 00:15
#112
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Brazil LrNz_
EZ FOR THE GOAT
2021-09-13 00:21
#113
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Brazil pepsz0rd
Simple GOAT and Electronic FMVP.
2021-09-13 00:28
ELECTRONIC ROBBED
2021-09-13 00:40
1 reply
+1
2021-09-13 07:39
full CIS region domination <3
2021-09-13 01:05
1 reply
*navi
2021-09-13 06:14
Incredible performance this dude stayed on top of his form during all these years something which is surely not given to anybody and hard to get
2021-09-13 01:08
pls win 3 more to break the record
2021-09-13 01:09
S1mple top 1 hltv this year without a doubt.
2021-09-13 02:32
s1mple 🐐
2021-09-13 03:38
Top 1 confirm!
2021-09-13 03:46
Beast S1mple
2021-09-13 04:37
Ez top1 for s1mple, no chance for Zywho.
2021-09-13 05:02
#143
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Sweden ShageN
S1mple >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> zywho S1mple 100% top1 of 2021, undisputed
2021-09-13 05:42
Sorry Zywho, 2 is not a winner and three nobody remembers.
2021-09-13 06:03
GOAT S1MPLE
2021-09-13 06:30
goat s1mple
2021-09-13 07:05
EZ4GOATS1MPLE #NAVINATION #NAVIDAVI #BORNTOWIN
2021-09-13 07:36
the best goat 4ever
2021-09-13 07:38
#156
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Russia mshkoda
God of the goats
2021-09-13 08:17
T O P
2021-09-13 10:26
awp abuser
2021-09-13 10:28
Ok, we need to see RMR, Blast and Major from s1mple and decide is he top 1
2021-09-13 10:45
ez for top1 2021 and goat
2021-09-13 11:24
#171
REZ | 
Sweden Maila
#Navination
2021-09-13 13:14
best cs go player of all time
2021-09-13 13:44
5 replies
no. no major = no goat.
2021-09-17 16:58
4 replies
is that rule on the sacred book of cs? havent read that.
2021-09-20 17:35
3 replies
well, hes doesnt have a major, doesnt have most all time frags, doesnt have most all time wins, or anything. so he cant be the greatest when theres dozens of players ahead of him in every relevant stat.
2021-09-21 19:44
2 replies
well, hes 23 years old - has time to win lots of majors... he has been on the top 20 best players of the year since 2016, and has been the second best for 2 years in a role, and before that he was first... he is the most consistent player, never felled off. he is already one of the best and will be a legend... just wait :)
2021-09-22 14:38
how many majors does Twistzz have, fan boy?
2021-09-22 14:59
GOD
2021-09-13 14:13
#174
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Albania DonXhoni
EZZZ S1MPLE GOD WHERE IS ZYWH00000 BTW??? HAHAHAHAHAHA
2021-09-13 14:36
BLAST Premier Global Final - Ukraine s1mple cs_summit 7 - Russia Jame IEM Katowice - Russia sh1ro ESL Pro League 13 - Russia Ax1Le FunSpark ULTI Europe Final - Canada FaNg DreamHack Masters Spring - Ukraine s1mple Flashpoint 3 - Slovakia frozen EPIC League CIS - Kazakhstan Hobbit IEM Summer - Russia Ax1Le BLAST Premier Spring Final - Kazakhstan Hobbit StarLadder CIS RMR - Ukraine s1mple IEM Cologne - Ukraine s1mple ESL Pro League Season 14 - Ukraine s1mple one of them is not like the others...
2021-09-14 07:32
#179
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Japan elzotta
GOAT
2021-09-14 11:51
Goat
2021-09-14 11:59
G.O.A.T
2021-09-14 13:27
He's only 23
2021-09-16 14:15
(0.69 on Inferno vs. Evil Geniuses and 0.96 on Overpass against Vitality .69 nice .96 ecin all planned
2021-09-16 22:38
noone cares about ESL since they always fixed their tournament. this entire pro league was fixed/planned out for zywoo vs simple finals. win a major first, end of story.
2021-09-17 16:58
#198
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Russia PiKaDoR
#EZ4S1MPLE He's damn good
2021-09-21 06:21
#200
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Russia numanox
2021-09-22 13:57
1 reply
XDD
2021-09-22 14:39
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