s1mple: "I tried to imagine us losing, and it was so terrible that I wanted to win even more"

We caught up with Major MVP Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev to hear about the comeback on Nuke and lifting the long-desired trophy.

PGL Major Stockholm winner and Most Valuable Player, NAVI's Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev, talked to HLTV.org about finally getting his Major title, creating NAVI's era, and the possibility of taking an extended break following the biggest achievement in his career so far.

s1mple talked about Natus Vincere's recovery from 14-8, saying that they "always told each other that we need to believe in ourselves and we're going to do it," and clarified that his post-Major break won't be happening quite yet.

"No, not really. I want a few months to take care of myself because health is the most important and I feel like I need some time for this. But probably not now. I will try to look for some time while I'm playing.

Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.25
Maps played:
1466
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.64
#1
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United States Rayduh
what a chad
2021-11-07 23:52
11 replies
S1MPLE 1 Major DEVILWALK 1 MAJOR
2021-11-08 00:15
9 replies
The curse is broken!
2021-11-08 00:22
#90
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Russia Presence
Where's this pun from?
2021-11-08 01:08
7 replies
#94
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United States guschti
Devilwalk was a player on the 2013 Fnatic roster that won the Dreamhack 2013 major. Nobody has ever heard of him tho, and he dropped off the face of the earth after Fnatic dropped him. The joke here is that a no namer has (had) more major wins than s1mple, arguably the most well known and best of all time player ever to touch the game.
2021-11-08 01:15
2 replies
Yes but he was with fnatic during the start of their era, so he ain't a nonamer for sure, if you aren't a newfag
2021-11-09 11:28
#168
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Russia Presence
I see, thanks!
2021-11-17 01:47
#103
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Australia poppyxox
Devilwalk_1_major_s0mple_0_major
2021-11-08 01:57
1 reply
find this guy at hltv!
2021-11-08 08:17
funnyly enough, devilwalk himself embraced the meme back in 2019: reddit.com/r/GlobalOffensive/comments/an..
2021-11-08 19:11
1 reply
also did in recentlys hltv confirmed podcast
2021-11-08 21:19
#80
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Finland Nollegee
I was just about to say this
2021-11-08 00:41
#2
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Luxembourg Aybars1
top1
2021-11-07 23:52
5 replies
#30
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Europe chespiZ
bit and boomb deserved more, dis duo was sick on alot f rounds
2021-11-07 23:56
4 replies
What do you mean deserved more?? They literally just won a major bro.
2021-11-08 00:04
2 replies
lmaooo fr what more could they ask for? they cant both get MVP along with the best ever
2021-11-08 00:11
Hltv ranking
2021-11-08 00:26
This guy. hahahah deserve more hahahaha
2021-11-08 16:14
#3
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Canada jlwriting19
s1mple gonna win 1 more major before he retires.
2021-11-07 23:52
14 replies
he has to, one major isnt enough for a guy of his talents
2021-11-07 23:54
7 replies
deez
2021-11-08 00:02
6 replies
wtf do u want haas
2021-11-08 00:02
3 replies
He wants to know if you emailed dee
2021-11-08 02:58
2 replies
who the fuck is dee
2021-11-08 03:01
1 reply
#130
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Finland Perska
deez nuts baby
2021-11-08 07:28
nuts
2021-11-08 00:23
#121
Xyp9x | 
Indonesia he_J
nt gunther
2021-11-08 06:30
Lmao he's nowhere near retirement If this version of Na'Vi holds form and establishes an era that'd be crazy to see. But if they can't do it then I can still see them making finals and taking majors ever now and then
2021-11-08 01:23
3 replies
I mean he's going to win 1 more major in his career before he's gone that's what I meant.
2021-11-08 01:24
2 replies
Think they are going to go on a huge run, win everything this year and next year. Still wish Hunter and Niko would have went to Vitality. That is probably the only roster that could stop them.
2021-11-08 02:21
1 reply
Damn hunter niko and zywoo on one team, insane. But hey atleast k0nfig blamef gla1ve xyp9x sounds good too
2021-11-08 09:06
And u got one comment left. Then u retiré also
2021-11-08 01:28
Not with the teams they will face from 2022.
2021-11-09 14:02
GOAT
2021-11-07 23:52
top 1 2021
2021-11-07 23:52
#6
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Brazil isbetter
The meme is over =\
2021-11-07 23:53
3 replies
#35
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Brazil Vicmar
Better than Choko winning
2021-11-07 23:59
1 reply
Choko won... Another choke
2021-11-08 07:02
#156
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China RADNIKEY
NiKo is the originator for the meme
2021-11-08 19:14
top 1 2021
2021-11-07 23:53
#8
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Armenia KotpeHead
S1MPLE
2021-11-07 23:53
#10
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China HEIDASHUAi
The GOAT.
2021-11-07 23:53
2 replies
#85
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British Virgin Islands Fingy123
S1mple 1 major Devil walk 1 major Finally
2021-11-08 00:56
1 reply
Yes
2021-11-08 01:30
goat
2021-11-07 23:53
<3
2021-11-07 23:53
#13
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Latvia pumasiK
Goat
2021-11-07 23:54
WE LOVE YOU S1MPLE WE LOVE YOU S1MPLE WE LOVE YOU S1MPLE
2021-11-07 23:54
3 replies
Cringe.
2021-11-08 08:30
2 replies
Mad?
2021-11-08 10:00
1 reply
Cringe.
2021-11-09 08:42
#16
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Foxxyownz
reverse jinxed his own mind
2021-11-07 23:54
4 replies
+1, what a madman
2021-11-07 23:59
200IQ strat
2021-11-08 00:24
5Head
2021-11-08 00:45
lmao
2021-11-08 01:13
#17
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United Kingdom konradyyyy
I no longer have as many majors as s1mple.
2021-11-07 23:54
RIP Meme S0mple Majors Congratz s1mple and NAVI
2021-11-07 23:54
GOAT
2021-11-07 23:54
GOAT
2021-11-07 23:55
#21
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Russia numanox
best
2021-11-07 23:55
GOAT
2021-11-07 23:55
Legend !
2021-11-07 23:55
#24
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South Africa Ston3Cold
Congrats s1mple and Na'Vi. Finally, the GOAT has won a Major :D
2021-11-07 23:55
#25
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Ukraine d3adLY
BEST PLAYER EVER
2021-11-07 23:55
#26
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Kyrgyzstan roflinka
Take care of yourself KING
2021-11-07 23:55
#27
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Brazil dudugbrod
he's so nice
2021-11-07 23:55
#28
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Ukraine VoidWave
s1mple_1major_devilwalk_1major
2021-11-07 23:56
GOAT
2021-11-07 23:56
#31
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United States amba01
s1mple_1_major_devilwalk_1_major
2021-11-07 23:57
Where is “Hello haters me again” opening mens((
2021-11-07 23:57
#33
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Finland AliSabid
GOAT
2021-11-07 23:58
Makes sense
2021-11-07 23:58
#36
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Brazil thiagomrm
S1mple_1_major_devilwalk_1_major
2021-11-07 23:59
S1mple_1_major_devilwalk_1_major
2021-11-08 00:00
simpel
2021-11-08 00:00
Go conquer them all, s1mple. With time, you will be the undisputed GOAT of CSGo. But not yet, not yet (Gladiator Movie line) GGWP <3
2021-11-08 00:00
#41
nitr0 | 
United States Zake_
s1mple_1major_devilwalk_1major
2021-11-08 00:00
S1mple_1major_devilwalk_1major
2021-11-08 00:01
Sigma grindset Also S1mple_1_major_devilwalk_1_major
2021-11-08 00:01
#44
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Argentina fedezera
🐐GOAT
2021-11-08 00:01
#46
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Europe Zwenix
GOAT
2021-11-08 00:02
really deserve the win
2021-11-08 00:03
goat
2021-11-08 00:03
#51
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Russia DevilBr0
GOAT
2021-11-08 00:05
well deserved :(((((
2021-11-08 00:05
GOAT<3
2021-11-08 00:07
GREATEST OF ALL TIME, I LOVE YOU s1mple
2021-11-08 00:08
#55
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Latvia TIBR0X
GREATEST OF ALL TIME, I LOVE YOU s1mple
2021-11-08 00:10
GOAT mentality and mindset Sasha <3
2021-11-08 00:11
STRIKER go get VACCINATED
2021-11-08 00:11
#59
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Germany at0myq
GOAT GOAT GOAT GOAT
2021-11-08 00:11
Certified GOAT
2021-11-08 00:11
GOAT mentality
2021-11-08 00:13
"winning isn't everything, its the only thing" much better quote
2021-11-08 00:14
1 reply
+1 The real tangible achievements are always the awards and trophies that you win.
2021-11-08 05:48
<3333
2021-11-08 00:19
#65
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Canada chanse
One silent moment for choko
2021-11-08 00:20
S1mple 1 major devilwalk 1 major
2021-11-08 00:20
"s1mple talked about Natus Vincere's recovery from 14-8" It was actually 14-7
2021-11-08 00:25
He will probably take small day-offs and then I expect in 3-5 days he will come to the Navi boyz and will say the Kobe Bryant's famous quote "Let's go win a championship now !"
2021-11-08 00:26
GOAT
2021-11-08 00:26
Understandable yeah
2021-11-08 00:27
STRIKER go get vaccinated bro
2021-11-08 00:28
s1mple had a bad daydream on that time out
2021-11-08 00:29
g1d
2021-11-08 00:32
#78
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Italy Skye620
s1mple GOATED imo now. Choko strikes again
2021-11-08 00:32
#79
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Poland mjenta
king
2021-11-08 00:40
#81
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Portugal Troll_JuJu
Best ever
2021-11-08 00:41
devilwalk 1 major, NiKo 0 major #feelsbadman
2021-11-08 00:49
#84
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United States WutToWrite
S1mple_1_major MVP devilwalk_0_major MVP :)
2021-11-08 00:57
goat
2021-11-08 01:00
#87
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Serbia Ljannister
Deserved, sad for Niko but simple and navi deserved it more.
2021-11-08 01:06
Imagine s1mple_3_major_devilwalk_1_major We'll see...
2021-11-08 01:06
1 reply
Has to be s1mple_5_major to complete the game
2021-11-08 01:33
He says He wants to take a break of several months and Nobody talks about it
2021-11-08 01:13
2 replies
Because everyone has average IQ to know that he said that months ago and he just answered in this interview by saying "no not really, i will find some time while playing" 🤷
2021-11-08 05:45
He should, i know ur name checks out but Na'vi has been on a crazy grind. Best player of the year deverves some good christmas break
2021-11-09 13:52
Please no break s1mple ! You have to win everything here and now ! It may be too late if you take a break
2021-11-08 01:09
4 replies
I think he said he wasn't taking a break right now
2021-11-08 01:17
He never took player break all this time practicing .I think he said this on his stream. He deserves a break now for health.
2021-11-08 02:50
2 replies
Perfect time for monesy to join Na`Vi and play with Na`Vi for a couple of tournaments. I think they will make the move in 2022. Early part of 2022.
2021-11-08 11:49
1 reply
No just no. He will take a break when he doesnt have a lot of tournaments lined up in a row. Monesy has no bussiness in navi for at least some years.
2021-11-08 14:38
s1mple_0_major_devilwalk_1_major is in shambles
2021-11-08 01:13
GOAT .
2021-11-08 01:18
G.O.A.T #NAVINATION #NAVIDAVI #BORNTOWIN
2021-11-08 01:42
Sashka you're such a sun) Keep banging strong)
2021-11-08 02:56
just a 🐐
2021-11-08 03:20
#112
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Brazil Sr_Tiago
Simply the best of all time
2021-11-08 03:46
:D
2021-11-08 03:53
I'm so proud of you guys. You deserve it
2021-11-08 04:02
Oof during the final I thought for a second it would be crazy if he retired after winning a major in such fashion.
2021-11-08 04:50
Although I respect the % play style of Astralis, I'm really happy that a team that are a B1T more flashy are the dominant force now.
2021-11-08 05:40
3 replies
#133
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Finland iroc_xano
that % play was 2 years ago now
2021-11-08 09:04
2 replies
Yea it was 2 years since CS had big tournaments in front of crowds. I didn't follow the online era tbh.
2021-11-09 06:13
1 reply
#163
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Finland iroc_xano
well astralis tried to mix things up a bit. from % plays and safes to more calculated aggression. wasn't better or worse maybe
2021-11-09 11:50
GOAT 🔥 Please don't move to Valorant.
2021-11-08 05:43
officially goated now. a living legend
2021-11-08 05:48
#123
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Iceland xK0uL
A chad indeed
2021-11-08 06:40
#125
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Denmark Jonasnhj
The GOAT
2021-11-08 07:11
Deserved
2021-11-08 07:12
nice mental boost, good job
2021-11-08 07:15
just looking for s1mple_1_major_devilwalk_1_major guy
2021-11-08 07:22
When s1mple hugged electronic.. I cried a little. s1mple-electronic is the best ever duo to play CS.. I am sorry but no disrespect to Dupreeh & Dev1ce or GTR & F0rest.. But this duo.. the s1mple-elec duo is something beyond this world.. I am waiting for the pictures. I am sure there will be that picture of s1mple hugging elec.. What a moment.. 2 absolute Gods!
2021-11-08 10:01
3 replies
Calm down
2021-11-08 10:38
2 replies
Why?
2021-11-08 11:43
1 reply
May be he is hater of s1mple?
2021-11-08 16:21
cringe
2021-11-08 12:24
He was imaginating all the s0mple threads
2021-11-08 12:32
cringe
2021-11-08 12:35
#146
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Iceland suriel666
GREATEST OF ALL TIME
2021-11-08 13:55
s1mple deserves it - let the man have his moment.
2021-11-08 14:39
s1mple_1_major_devilwalk_1_major
2021-11-08 16:16
A real Champ 👍👍👍
2021-11-08 16:31
#153
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United States Teztyment
Great Article. Good Write-up and interviews. s1mple and Na'Vi deserve this major for sure. s1mple deserves the MVP without a doubt even though his teammates were amazing all the way through the major. Na'Vi NatioN baby get used to it cuz Na'Vi ain't going anywhere soon just going to get better from here on out.
2021-11-08 16:55
carried by b1t /closed
2021-11-08 17:52
1 reply
+1
2021-11-09 14:04
#160
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Romania b0jack
crazy
2021-11-09 08:59
#161
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Slovakia Adwarin
Very interesting personality. Very enjoyable spend of time.
2021-11-09 09:29
good for him
2021-11-09 22:19
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