s1mple clinches record-breaking BLAST MVP

The eighth medal in 2021 sees Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev set a new record for most MVPs earned in a calendar year by a single player.

s1mple has been named the BitSkins.com Most Valuable Player of the BLAST Premier World Final by HLTV.org following an unmatched individual display that led Natus Vincere to the title and $500,000 grand prize.

A menacing presence throughout the event, the Ukrainian superstar spearheaded his team's way through their impressive lower bracket run in Copenhagen with massive performances in every series following Natus Vincere's opening upper bracket loss to Liquid.

One of device's records falls as s1mple looks to break another

s1mple went above and beyond to bring the final trophy of the year to NAVI, averaging a staggering 1.51 rating in the lower bracket sweep that saw the world's best team take down Heroic, G2, Liquid, Vitality, and Gambit in five consecutive elimination series en route to the top spot on the podium.

Outside of topping the charts in overall rating (1.42), the 24-year-old scored several other No. 1 placings in the stats leaderboards, such as ADR (92.7), KPR (0.90), KAST (79.1%), and Impact rating (1.52), outdoing the likes of the other two big standout players of the tournament, Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut and Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač, in each.

Securing the eighth MVP medal in 2021, s1mple has now beaten Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz's previous record of seven MVPs earned over a calendar year from 2018 and matched the Danish AWPer's 19 medals won in total as he looks set to break the overall record, as well.

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
IEM Fall CIS - Russia sh1ro
IEM Fall Europe - Denmark device
PGL Major Stockholm - Ukraine s1mple
V4 Future Sports Festival - Russia sh1ro
BLAST Premier Fall Final - Ukraine s1mple
IEM Winter 2021 - France ZywOo
BLAST Premier World Final - Ukraine s1mple

France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.28
Maps played:
934
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.62
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1793
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1552
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.25
Maps played:
1491
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.64
ez
2021-12-19 22:47
2 replies
#43
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United Kingdom ChuMatrix
Expected
2021-12-19 22:53
Simple goat
2021-12-20 00:28
#3
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Finland Cucumber))
goatest of all time
2021-12-19 22:47
18 replies
#14
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New Zealand SkirmishX
Best player to ever touch CSGO
2021-12-19 22:48
17 replies
+1 Highest stats of all time in Tier-1 CSGO history, most individual achievements within the game, most awards even outside the game + literally all of the biggest trophies in CSGO.
2021-12-19 22:52
16 replies
Did he beat his 2018 peak?
2021-12-19 22:59
15 replies
he is a better player than he was in 2018, even if his stats are slightly worse.
2021-12-19 23:01
3 replies
Agree!
2021-12-19 23:04
the stats are nearly identical, its wild how long this guy has been this good hltv.org/stats/players/compare/7998/s1mp..
2021-12-19 23:05
His stats this year are better than his 2018 stats
2021-12-20 12:17
Yes, he has beaten it, putting everything into context. 20 years old s1mple (2018) might have been a little more crisper, clinical, and more accurate than 2021 s1mple, mechanically speaking. He was also more effective in clutches in 2018, in general. But in terms of literally everything else, he's completely evolved as a player. His champion mindset, the so-called "grindset" is what sets him apart. Unlike the past s1mple, he doesn't make his teammates look average, but instead helps them shine in their roles. He does so much for the team both inside and outside the game - "s1mple formula" documentary showed how much he's changed. He's broken tons of world-records this year and has been unbelievably consistent and godlike, just in a different way. I so wanna call him the GOAT lmao.
2021-12-19 23:11
5 replies
That's really impressive! Finally, this man gets what he deserves. Surely, next year Na'Vi will be fighting full force to remain on that top1 spot!
2021-12-19 23:12
+1
2021-12-20 00:26
+1 said beautifully
2021-12-20 00:36
why are you lmaoing at the end
2021-12-21 00:37
1 reply
#221
cArn | 
Europe m5_cs
lmao
2021-12-22 16:40
#124
JW | 
Switzerland Titan))
2 things to consider when answering this question: the actual level of skill in 2018 vs 2021 s1mple's peak proportional to other players at the time the first one is clear; s1mple is a better player today than in 2021. The scene has evolved and matured further since then and the level of play generally gets higher every year. His opponents are tougher. He is however still better then 2nd one that is more debatable: 2018 s1mple was absolutely other worldly and he was solo carrying NaVi basically. It's possible than s1mple was even better compared to other players back then than he is better than them today
2021-12-19 23:53
4 replies
Oh wow, that's a bit confusing :D But very interesting take, I like it!
2021-12-19 23:55
3 replies
#127
JW | 
Switzerland Titan))
yeah not the greatest wording but I hope u understood what I tried to explain - that 2018 simple>>>others while 2021 simple >others
2021-12-19 23:57
2 replies
Yea, I did. s1mple in 2018 felt like a different beast, almost untouchable.
2021-12-19 23:59
I wouldn't say so. 2018 was a s1mple who had severe scoliosis from all the solo carry. Now Nvi has his back. The stats still say s1mple as insane as ever. s1mple 2018=s1mple 2021>>>others, and thats why he's the GOAT.
2021-12-20 03:44
#4
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Ukraine McSwell
s1mple has the best team he ever had. NaVi has the best s1mple csgo ever had.
2021-12-19 22:47
1 reply
#120
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Latvia Tibro
HE did it my man GG finally got his major, tournaments in row.. and mvps. what a year Finally... have been waiting this kind of year for 5years
2021-12-19 23:45
#5
s1mple | 
Hungary 2yw17
The best!
2021-12-19 22:47
#7
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New Zealand SkirmishX
GOAT
2021-12-19 22:47
#8
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Bulgaria kr9ptonn
GOAT
2021-12-19 22:47
GOAT
2021-12-19 22:47
CS God himself <3
2021-12-19 22:47
8 MVP IN 2021.... HE INSANE!
2021-12-19 22:48
Deserved
2021-12-19 22:48
#13
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Czech Republic Ventraks
Again EU year, nice to see it 😁👍
2021-12-19 22:48
8 replies
*cis
2021-12-19 22:52
6 replies
#44
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Czech Republic Ventraks
UA = EU anyway, idk why in this stupid system there's something like cis and why would UA be there.
2021-12-19 22:54
5 replies
Yea it damn sucks, especially considering UA has never been part of this CIS thing, and never going to be.
2021-12-19 23:15
1 reply
Three of the five team members are Russian. The team is Ukrainian, but the composition of the CIS. You can treat the same Electronic, Perfecto and Boombl4 with more respect. They are from the CIS. Simp genius is a fact, but now such a success because all the cogs in the mechanism are in the right place. And 3 guys from the CIS also contributed a huge fact to the team's success today
2021-12-20 18:34
#118
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Ukraine cleyk
+1
2021-12-19 23:40
#183
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Poland Hellp3r
Coz cis is about half of Europe's population.
2021-12-20 07:43
1 reply
You mean Eastern Europe?
2021-12-20 14:34
0/8, clearly delusional
2021-12-19 22:55
GOAT
2021-12-19 22:48
GOAT
2021-12-19 22:48
EZ for the GOAT kkkkkkkk
2021-12-19 22:48
GREATEST OF ALL TIME
2021-12-19 22:48
s1mple is GOD of CSGO toxic, but real top1 2018 2019 2020 2021 top2 in 2021 Niko top3/4 Zywho/Sh1ro
2021-12-19 22:48
6 replies
3 replies
It's was gifted. But s1mple made adjustments and was more motivated so it's a win for him
2021-12-19 23:01
gold nova 2 REAL top1 R E A L E A L
2021-12-19 23:05
1 reply
So every pro and analyst is gold nova?
2021-12-20 03:16
what Niko won in 2021? nothing. and even by stats he's not there, see hltv.org/stats/players?startDate=2021-01.. so top 2 is Zywoo top 3 Niko top 4/5 - elec & b1t .. all others
2021-12-19 23:11
1 reply
Your top 2 is correct rest not
2021-12-20 03:17
GOAT.
2021-12-19 22:49
3 replies
So happy perfecto had much more impact on map 2 and especially 3
2021-12-19 23:03
2 replies
Happy for Godfecto as well. Just an unbelievably unlucky first map. Will you create an alt "S1MPLE_TOP1_2022" btw? Cuz this one is slowly getting irrelevant 😁
2021-12-19 23:23
1 reply
Everything is possible :D We'll see)
2021-12-19 23:25
And navi also break astralis's record with the most cashprize won in a single year
2021-12-19 22:49
3 replies
because of the major prize pool, not because of the amount of tournaments won tho.
2021-12-19 23:04
2 replies
#103
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Indonesia lukerey
That's exactly what he said. "Cashprize"
2021-12-19 23:16
1 reply
xD
2021-12-20 07:52
The greatest to ever touch the game objectively...and the 2nd best isn't even close to being close to him
2021-12-19 22:49
1 reply
While attending less events: 13 to 17 Meant to comment on #25
2021-12-19 23:01
#29
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United States hleev4
Cis with 80% of mvps
2021-12-19 22:49
#31
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Israel selukvey
ggwp
2021-12-19 22:50
In this case, I'll make an exception :D s1mple is the GOAT! Best player of all time anyway, and now he's equalled device's total MVPs record as well as broken the record for most MVPs in 1 year. Hopefully, he can conquer 2022 as well, and cement himself as the undisputed Greatest player to have ever touched CSGO.
2021-12-19 22:51
9 replies
#42
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North America AsheS_EdeN
He already has. There's no argument. After now winning a Major without dropping a map - he is the single best player to ever touch CSGO.
2021-12-19 22:53
8 replies
Most MVPs? Done Most Top1/Top2? Done Best stats? Done Highest individual performance in CSGO history? Done 2nd highest individual performance? Also done xD Most Esports awards? Done Won every big trophy in CS? Done Tons of world records and memorable plays? Done But he doesn't have the most Major MVPs (both device and Coldzera have 2 each). Once he beats that, s1mple has no competition anymore, individually speaking.
2021-12-19 22:59
3 replies
Majors are a difficult part as nowadays we have only 1 per year it seems. If there were 3 this year like previously I have no doubts Navi would've taken at least 2
2021-12-19 23:03
2 replies
sad navi always had unluko timing with majors.
2021-12-20 02:00
The plan of Valve is to have 2 majors a year every year. Its just covid has been halting the normal schedule.
2021-12-20 23:16
Without dropping a map? I watched another match yesterday?
2021-12-20 07:56
3 replies
Yesterday wasn't a major. The Stockholm major was won without dropping a map, for the first time in CSGO history.
2021-12-20 10:32
1 reply
Ahhhh ok you're absolutely right
2021-12-20 10:32
You ve watched another tournament
2021-12-20 10:50
#33
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Turkey duxs1
GOD
2021-12-19 22:50
gg
2021-12-19 22:50
GOAT S1
2021-12-19 22:51
G O A T
2021-12-19 22:52
#41
EliGE | 
Poland Roxin
GOAT
2021-12-19 22:53
#47
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Brazil Karlogaria
He deserves every single one of them. GOAT
2021-12-19 22:56
#49
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Estonia rokuomi
Ez for GOAT
2021-12-19 22:57
EZ 4 GOD S1MPLE
2021-12-19 22:57
"named the BitSkins.com Most Valuable Player of the BLAST Premier World Final". You sell your pants but leave underwear atleast, lol
2021-12-19 22:58
1 reply
Yep this is so trash xD
2021-12-20 07:59
GOAT
2021-12-19 22:58
#54
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Brazil diixon
GOAT1MPLE
2021-12-19 22:58
not s0mple anymore , wp
2021-12-19 22:58
S1mple 2021 was yours. 2022 is yours to!!
2021-12-19 22:59
i know my goat
2021-12-19 22:59
#61
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Italy NotNew
time to go to valorant now
2021-12-19 23:00
CIS counter-strike too good?
2021-12-19 23:00
8 replies
No chance for MVPs if device stays in nip
2021-12-19 23:05
by the time the careers of zywoo, s1mple and niko are over, dev1ce will certainly not have the most mvps, and its possible he wont even be in the top 3 lol
2021-12-19 23:10
5 replies
"by the time the careers of zywoo, s1mple and niko are over, dev1ce will certainly not have the most mvps" Well u aren't genius cuz he's already tied with s1mple and considering their form + team - s1mple will overtake him in next max 2-3 tournaments. But CS will be completely dead by the time niko gets even close to him with amount of MVPs XD
2021-12-19 23:33
4 replies
CS has been doing fine for 20 years, what's another 5 years?
2021-12-20 03:20
Cs is doing better than ever. Even Valve has confirmed its plans for several years forward.
2021-12-20 23:19
2 replies
Ok I guess u didn't get the point
2021-12-20 23:24
1 reply
I got it now. Sad for Niko though.
2021-12-20 23:25
#157
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Germany Teztyment
who gives a rats ass what Thorin's yellow teeth brainless chapass thinks
2021-12-20 02:35
certified GOAT
2021-12-19 23:01
EZ4S1MPLE
2021-12-19 23:02
Now i can finally sleep well at night knowing a prestigious record like most mvps in a year is not held by a snake astralis abuser. Congratz GOAT!
2021-12-19 23:03
GOAT
2021-12-19 23:05
G O A T status. You may love him, you may hate him, you may not give a single f*ck about him... But you cannot deny his consistency and form is just out of this world. Man's pulling insane numbers year after year. We're living and seeing a brilliance we might not see ever again. So be thankful for players like him, that inspires others to improve and try their best, which collectively elevates the whole CS scene.
2021-12-19 23:05
3 replies
+1
2021-12-20 01:20
Damn breh deep words
2021-12-20 08:00
1 reply
This is what happens when you're bored on a sunday night, lmao.
2021-12-20 11:20
where is Niko mvp
2021-12-19 23:05
the GOAT !!
2021-12-19 23:06
goat
2021-12-19 23:07
GOAT
2021-12-19 23:08
Zywoo fanbois still think that Zywoo is GOAT. This is how goat looks like. I dont like s1mple but those are the facts, this guy is best player that ever played this game.
2021-12-19 23:10
3 replies
I don’t like you But you’re sporing facts
2021-12-20 01:15
2 replies
Its ok, I like You tho.
2021-12-20 08:06
1 reply
<3
2021-12-20 17:38
Our boy!
2021-12-19 23:10
goat
2021-12-19 23:14
#97
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Finland AliSabid
GOAT
2021-12-19 23:15
#98
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
Congratulations, s1mple! :) All respect and adulation is rightfully deserved - What a year you've had! :D
2021-12-19 23:15
#101
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Belarus J4ckp007
TOP 1
2021-12-19 23:16
S1mple GOAT Player.
2021-12-19 23:16
#105
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Indonesia lukerey
Congrats, s1mple!! Can't wait to see what u bring to the scene next year!! More trophies to come!
2021-12-19 23:18
Navi doping 2018/2019 Adderal Navi doping 2021 major blast IEM
2021-12-19 23:23
1 reply
using B1T 100% WINRATE on LAN is not allowed
2021-12-20 02:03
beast
2021-12-19 23:23
ez for goatest of all time
2021-12-19 23:24
GOAT
2021-12-19 23:32
#114
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Nepal rosiek64
ez for zywoo and device 1 mvp
2021-12-19 23:34
#115
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Ukraine d3adLY
best player ever
2021-12-19 23:36
GOAT
2021-12-19 23:38
goat of all time :)
2021-12-19 23:40
Bow down to the KING! Greatest player to ever touch this game!!
2021-12-19 23:40
GOAT. Undeniably. 🐐
2021-12-19 23:54
GOAT
2021-12-20 00:01
#130
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Finland Miroyev
Imagine another team in which players like electronic win 7 events in a year without getting a single mvp
2021-12-20 00:05
1 reply
+1
2021-12-20 23:21
#131
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Australia nsmai
Congrats! Your always were the most skilled player in csgo, but now your truly the greatest player imo. You cemented yourself with the likes of f0rest,neo,gtr from the transition era of 1.6 and will likely top them all.
2021-12-20 00:22
#132
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Europe S0me_dude
GOAT s0mple, zywoo not even close
2021-12-20 00:26
GOAT
2021-12-20 00:35
GOAT HOW IS HE SO MUCH BETTER LIKE SO SO MUCH BETTER EVERY SINGLE FKN TIME HOW HOW HOW HAVE MY BABIES CYKA CYKA YA YA GOAT
2021-12-20 00:36
The goat. Haters will hate
2021-12-20 01:05
1 reply
+1
2021-12-20 03:30
#142
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Finland Tusku
imagine thinking navi were done when they lost to liquid
2021-12-20 01:06
2 replies
imagine thinking it was not life-game for Liquid while navi played absolute bad and still 3 maps
2021-12-20 02:05
1 reply
#164
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Russia 1578
navi always losing their first games don't forget this one it is old tradition
2021-12-20 03:22
Expected
2021-12-20 01:14
#146
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Kazakhstan y2o99
13 tournaments 8 mvps
2021-12-20 01:23
1 reply
If no online. It would be like 11
2021-12-20 10:26
NAVI ERA GODS!!! S1mple #1 GOATTTTTTTTTTT
2021-12-20 01:52
Expected and deserved
2021-12-20 01:52
goat
2021-12-20 02:07
ez bois
2021-12-20 02:08
#155
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Germany Teztyment
Zywhoo?
2021-12-20 02:26
#156
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Asia M@GNU5
goddamn, mans 2 gud for the game
2021-12-20 02:27
#163
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Russia 1578
GOAT
2021-12-20 03:21
this year is CIS-cs year
2021-12-20 03:41
GOAT
2021-12-20 03:43
Yep the GOAT
2021-12-20 03:44
2021-12-20 04:07
gotta love the guy
2021-12-20 04:09
sick
2021-12-20 05:07
Ezzz for the Goat
2021-12-20 05:19
Goat
2021-12-20 06:17
wanna see those "this is end of navi era" and "simple s0mple" faces after this low-bracket championship run. where are you, haters? gg NAVI. Still dominating.
2021-12-20 06:20
If they were not drunk before IEM fall final, it's possible for s1mple to get 9 mvps...
2021-12-20 06:32
number ONE
2021-12-20 06:40
god of goat
2021-12-20 07:16
Brazil 0 NA 1 EU 3 CIS 8 s1mple 8
2021-12-20 07:49
2 replies
#192
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Russia kawa4soko
S1mple is CIS too
2021-12-20 08:29
1 reply
The point is that s1mple on his own got more or the same number of MVPs as the whole regions
2021-12-20 11:02
the year started by S1mple and ended by S1mple
2021-12-20 08:28
well deserved
2021-12-20 10:01
starting and ending the year with blast world final wins just wow, what a storied year this is for navi. Highest individual performance in a year both in terms of rating and mvps + a super dominant team performance in which probably only 2018 astralis is better should make this the best year to date of any player in csgo history by a big margin. Only zywoo has a chance to match this or even have a better year in the future.
2021-12-20 10:40
wp
2021-12-20 11:00
#208
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Albania DonXhoni
G1AT
2021-12-20 13:02
GOAT
2021-12-20 14:36
zywho?
2021-12-21 04:39
#222
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Iceland suriel666
GOATEST GOAT of the GOATS
2021-12-27 15:11
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