s1mple: "We're hungry for a second in a row"

The Ukrainian star says Natus Vincere's players still see themselves as the best team in the world.

NAVI have confirmed a spot in the grand final of PGL Major Antwerp after a dominant showing over ENCE, a series that was one-sided from start to finish as Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev laid waste to the European combine with a 1.76 rating across the two maps.

s1mple hopes the stadium will back NAVI in the grand final

As Natus Vincere now prepare to take on FaZe in the grand final on Sunday for the Major title and following the decisive series win, s1mple spoke to HLTV about their semi-final match against ENCE, the readiness of the NAVI players to win back-to-back Majors, and the high stakes of such a prized title bout between the top two teams in the world.

You came out really strong against ENCE, were you expecting a Nuke pick from them?

Yeah, we expected Nuke or Overpass. Like 80% of our team said it would be Nuke, B1ad3 said yesterday that it would be Overpass, but today he said it would be Nuke, and it was. I think it was because of our win rate on the map. Maybe it was 33%, but just two losses in three games because we didn't play it or pick it in the past three months.

It was a really good pick for us because we started CT and we knew how they play. This is the map we practiced the most before the Major because we lost win percentage on it.

You also started quite strong on Dust2, although they were able to mount a bit of a comeback at the end. Were you confident in closing it out?

Yes, yes. In the end it was some B contact and we just told our guys that it's 'OK, it was a mistake, you're gonna finish them and we just stay three A, maybe they just decide to fake.' They did it in the last round, so yeah, our game plan on this map was super good against ENCE.

There's been some talk about not having as many hours as you used to, maybe not seeing the best s1mple, but today we did. Are you back and here for the grand final?

Yeah, definitely, YEKINDAR said that I had 35 hours before this Major but it's not true, I had it before the RMR but before this tournament I was playing 24/7. Me and my team are fully prepared.

We're seeing everyone have moments stepping up, b1t had an amazing Legends stage, Boombl4 also had a great game today. What's the feeling in the team, is this yours to win?

We have really good chances to win back-to-back Majors and I think the whole team understands this and are 100% focused. All of them spent time preparing to win this Major, but we're facing a strong team. karrigan and rain haven't won a Major, as well, so they're really hungry for this Major, but we're hungry for a second in a row. The team who deserves it more is going to win.

This is the dream final, the top two teams in the world. FaZe are first in the ranking, but I've heard many say they believe NAVI is still the best. What do you expect from a match like that at a Major final with a great crowd?

I hope more fans will cheer for us because when FaZe played Spirit today I heard a lot of FaZe fans and I hope we'll decide soon who the real number one is.

Will this settle who is the best team in the world right now?

Yeah, yeah. A lot of people ask this question, who is actually the best? Because of course we had some issues in the world and FaZe took over our place, but we want to prove that we're still capable to beat any team.

How do you feel about it, do you see yourselves as the best?

Yes, I feel that we're number one. We're between number one and number two after they won ESL Pro League because they won two tournaments in a row and we lost some points from previous tournaments...

Without counting the rankings, though, do you see yourselves still as the best in the world?

Yeah, yeah. We always feel like this, we always remind ourselves that we're the best. You see a lot of teams stealing some rounds or set-ups from us. We understand that it's hard to stay at the top and that we need to give 100% to get that number one spot back.

Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.25
Maps played:
1542
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.64
#1
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Europe Putin69
Let's get it!
2022-05-21 23:20
3 replies
NaVi is going to starve then
2022-05-22 00:06
2 replies
Comedian fan i see
2022-05-22 07:52
Flair bro
2022-05-22 09:32
ez faze 2-1
2022-05-21 23:20
4 replies
+1
2022-05-22 00:06
clown
2022-05-22 00:18
1 reply
#145
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Australia Aleclol
nice username
2022-05-24 02:51
#71
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Peru TenoriPEEK
+1
2022-05-22 01:24
My goat
2022-05-21 23:20
what
2022-05-21 23:20
#5
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Brazil MIBR_IS_BAD
he is
2022-05-21 23:20
#6
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Luxembourg 2000
It will be so easy against FaZe, Let's get another major NAVI.
2022-05-21 23:21
18 replies
easy? remember when FaZe dumped on Navi last they played?
2022-05-22 01:50
15 replies
#75
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Luxembourg 2000
1 series = Doesn't mean they are going to win against NAVI every time also this is not ESL Pro League Season, This is major.
2022-05-22 01:51
14 replies
No, but it means FaZe will have the confidence to do it again and it wont be easy
2022-05-22 01:51
13 replies
#77
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Luxembourg 2000
It will be easy and watch NAVI dominate FaZe 1 sided the worst and boring Grand final where the whole NAVI squad dominates FaZe.
2022-05-22 01:52
7 replies
come here after the match kekw
2022-05-22 06:48
5 replies
IF boombl4 read match better than karrigan NAVI win otherwise 50-50 chances for both. If NAVI will start to throw bcoz Faze team deserve major then Faze will win.
2022-05-22 10:44
4 replies
#126
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Croatia FoxerHR
Lol as if boombl4 can outread the GOAT IGL.
2022-05-22 18:20
3 replies
He can!!!
2022-05-22 18:47
2 replies
Obviously he could not karrigan was without a supporting coach and boom had blade ;)
2022-05-24 13:30
1 reply
Karrigan is a coach himself. He is old player
2022-05-24 18:03
#142
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El Salvador Bredalow
Clown xd
2022-05-23 07:31
FaZe struggled against Spirit, their "confidence" doesn't mean shit.
2022-05-22 07:36
3 replies
nope
2022-05-22 11:07
and prime navi struggled against niko g2, a g2 that was just being hard carried by one person and didn't even have an awper
2022-05-22 12:22
1 reply
Ouch man +1 keep telling the truth
2022-05-23 05:47
I think faze is the one with more pressure on the right now. Navi can "only get a second major", but for karrigan, it may be his best chance to get one.
2022-05-22 09:33
aged like milk my friend
2022-05-22 22:36
1 reply
#133
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Luxembourg 2000
True it did unfortunately xD
2022-05-22 23:03
It will happen, its time for NaVi era.
2022-05-21 23:21
1 reply
+1
2022-05-22 10:45
#8
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Bangladesh ImpacT_
gl Sasha
2022-05-21 23:21
#9
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Greece cristmon_cs
sry faze 2-1, 2-0
2022-05-21 23:22
4 replies
#43
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Czech Republic WysTaaN
Nt try. Navi 2-0 Faze
2022-05-21 23:50
2 replies
funny
2022-05-23 01:21
#141
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El Salvador Bredalow
Clown
2022-05-23 07:29
#84
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United States DarkFX
I think its time to Fazeup!!
2022-05-22 03:38
Navi 2:0 FaZe
2022-05-21 23:23
My goat
2022-05-21 23:23
1 reply
#39
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Latvia pumasiK
banger
2022-05-21 23:40
I hope faze win
2022-05-21 23:23
1 reply
#82
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Asia lanlan
+1
2022-05-22 03:25
GOAT YES BUT IT WILL BE HARD WAY 2-1 NAVI WIN MY GOAT <3 AND EVERYONE GOAT <3
2022-05-21 23:24
1 reply
didnt age well i guess
2022-05-23 12:31
#17
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Germany ChRiZOwow
S1mple and his team are insane!
2022-05-21 23:25
#FazeUp
2022-05-21 23:25
#19
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Brazil jmario
Goat
2022-05-21 23:25
Would undoubtedly put s1mple as the undisputed goat
2022-05-21 23:26
#22
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Russia Soawii
Navi 2-1
2022-05-21 23:26
Lets go GOAT S1 #NAVINATION
2022-05-21 23:27
Awp abuser, always saving 2 v 2. Bot
2022-05-21 23:28
1 reply
Ahahahah
2022-05-21 23:30
#26
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United States Jxcek
This gonna be a AMAZING GAME!!! for tomorrow!!! Im a FaZe fan, but if FaZe lose, I will be upset, but Id be proud of them getting this far.
2022-05-21 23:28
4 replies
#86
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United States DarkFX
Yes it will be sad if they lose but them just making it through this grueling torny to the final is an achievement in itself.
2022-05-22 03:43
1 reply
#88
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United States Jxcek
Amen
2022-05-22 04:04
FaZe should have lost to Spirit. Losing in finals is indeed good result for them.
2022-05-22 07:40
1 reply
#140
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El Salvador Bredalow
Cry is free lmao spirit
2022-05-23 07:27
Navi would win but where is old simple with 1.7 rating every map wtf
2022-05-21 23:31
1 reply
#87
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United States DarkFX
Everyone studies his tendencies so game is hard
2022-05-22 03:43
#31
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Ukraine dnsk
Lets go NAVI !!!
2022-05-21 23:32
This major doesn't feel as major even doesn't feel as a big tourney idk maybe I'm the one who feel like dis... (
2022-05-21 23:33
2 replies
+1 like theres something big missing
2022-05-22 00:01
1 reply
Yeah wtf my friend
2022-05-22 13:35
#34
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CIS CIS_ERA
''Because of course we had some issues in the world and FaZe took over our place'' Faze are fake number 1
2022-05-21 23:35
1 reply
top 1 excuse this year xd
2022-05-23 01:20
FaZe will win!
2022-05-21 23:35
hope to see a great match tomorrow! may the best win :) #FaZeUp
2022-05-21 23:37
#38
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United States Phanji
Faze win, navi lose, when they lose people will just cry and blame it on "the conflict" again instead of faze just being the better team. faze fans know if navi win they just played better wont blame it on anything
2022-05-21 23:39
5 replies
How can you be so confident and take for grandet that nobody is gonna shittalk after the game when happens what you told!? Are you realizing how silly ur post is going to look when the opposite happens?
2022-05-22 11:59
3 replies
#127
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United States Phanji
" faze fans know if navi win they just played better wont blame it on anything"
2022-05-22 18:24
2 replies
yeah thats a huge question mark imho
2022-05-22 18:27
1 reply
#130
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United States Phanji
correction, 2018 faze fans but everytime navi lose they blame the war like this matchup the first time was the war but no its just whoever has the better game
2022-05-22 18:40
Well us FaZe fans do have an excuse. RobbaN isn't coaching
2022-05-22 12:20
and our boys hungary for the first one Faze_Up ♥
2022-05-21 23:42
2 replies
#FaZeUP they should do it <3
2022-05-21 23:57
How they dont Bulgaria under pressure
2022-05-22 03:06
#FaZeUp
2022-05-21 23:51
4 replies
#FaZeUP my friend
2022-05-21 23:56
1 reply
yes mens))
2022-05-22 00:42
#CringeUp
2022-05-22 03:32
1 reply
flair and name checks out
2022-05-22 12:21
rain doesnt think soo #FAZEUP
2022-05-21 23:56
les go faZe
2022-05-22 00:02
#53
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United States lovedavis
s1mple: "We're hung.."
2022-05-22 00:02
2 replies
can confirm
2022-05-22 03:09
Liquid can agree
2022-05-22 13:19
#55
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Other Quagmire_
We'll have to start calling them s2mple and b2t
2022-05-22 00:04
2 replies
#139
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El Salvador Bredalow
Because they become 2nd
2022-05-23 07:24
1 reply
#154
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Other Quagmire_
They won a majorn way sooner than faze did lol, and the major navi won faze didn't even reach playoffs 😂😂
2022-05-25 13:32
monkaW #FaZeUp
2022-05-22 00:06
#59
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Iceland suriel666
man .. who thought of these interview questions lol? "Will this settle _who is the best team in the world right now_?" "How do you feel about it, _do you see yourselves as the best_?" "Without counting the rankings, though, _do you see yourselves still as the best in the world_?" how often do you want him to ask if he thinks they're the best in the world?
2022-05-22 00:08
2 replies
They just love hearing S1mple being delusional
2022-05-22 01:35
#103
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Ireland reyno0o
I noticed that - bizarre questions
2022-05-22 07:45
considering navi went that far on major already its very questionable will any roster changes come thru even though boombla and elec wont leave russia
2022-05-22 00:11
#64
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Finland AliSabid
Gonna be a banger match
2022-05-22 00:26
S1mple 1 major Jw 3 major
2022-05-22 00:29
hope navi wins so i can get my diamond coin
2022-05-22 00:42
nice
2022-05-22 00:42
I like Navi more but I hope Faze win so Karrigan get a major. He deserve it for his career and Navi can win next
2022-05-22 01:49
1 reply
karrigan 1 major s1mple 1 major fair enough!
2022-05-22 06:49
this is like astralis back in 2019, they fell off versus liquid in the early months and then trash them after the major
2022-05-22 02:28
3 replies
astralis =/= navi wake up astralis battled easier teams in the final faze are different lmao
2022-05-22 06:49
2 replies
ASTRALIS trashed liquid in quarters
2022-05-22 09:10
>astralis battled easier teams in the final >Beating faze, liquid, navi in london, their one of the biggest rivals mibr/SK in katowice semis, beating prime liquid in quarters, their kryptonite NRG afterwards Pick one
2022-05-22 11:44
#89
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Cuba LastSupper
gl
2022-05-22 04:17
s1mple are you more hungry than karrigan and rain for this major?
2022-05-22 06:50
lets go Mr.Goat !!
2022-05-22 07:50
do it for my pickems
2022-05-22 08:01
2 replies
They will!
2022-05-22 10:46
1 reply
#138
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El Salvador Bredalow
Axaxaxaxa
2022-05-23 07:21
You will get it :)
2022-05-22 08:57
Chad S1mple isn’t even scared of HLTV interview curse
2022-05-22 10:08
#116
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Poland SebL
Seems like Na'Vi is warming up just in time, everyone had their games in this Major so far and if 2 or 3 players activate at their absolute best in the final, FaZe will have big trouble. I'm really looking for this match, if Na'Vi wins, they are no.1, if FaZe wins, they are no.1, I really feel like this will be the best final we had in a really long time. Must watch match.
2022-05-22 11:41
#122
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United States sadcel
This gonna be a AMAZING GAME!!! for tomorrow!!! Im a FaZe fan, but if FaZe lose, I will be upset, but Id be proud of them getting this far.
2022-05-22 12:57
LETS GO NAVI WE CAN DO IT BOYS #NAVINATION
2022-05-22 13:41
1 reply
too ez4faze, sorry
2022-05-23 01:18
wow very cool and unusual. now show me a team that "isn't hungry"
2022-05-22 18:26
1 reply
#146
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Poland Ryunar
any NA team kekw they have volarante as backup
2022-05-24 02:53
somebody check on s1mple, we don't want him to starve
2022-05-23 17:15
4 replies
REPORT: s1mple eaten by boombl4 in gruesome encounter after catastrophic loss in major finals. witness "perfecto" recalls boombl4 screaming about being hungry right before the vicious attack happened.
2022-05-24 02:54
3 replies
did he eat s1mple or s0mple ????!?!?!?
2022-05-24 18:07
1 reply
from the articles ive read, he ate both
2022-05-24 18:10
Huge if true
2022-05-24 18:10
hahaha
2022-05-24 18:04
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