s1mple: "Only after we get better results, we'll feel like number one"

Oleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev discusses rejoining NAVI just in time to qualify for the Fall Final, Daniil "⁠headtr1ck⁠" Valitov's stand-in stint, and his team's claim on the No. 1 status.

After missing out on the first stage and letting NAVI Junior AWPer headtr1ck step in, s1mple rejoined the team at the BLAST Premier Fall Groups just in time for their qualifying match against Vitality and helped them finish off the job, as NAVI made it to the Fall Final in their first attempt.

Following the match, we had the chance to speak to the Ukrainian superstar about his brief stint on the sidelines. s1mple shared what it was like to watch his team play without him and gave us his thoughts on headtr1ck filling in for him, praising the academy player for helping the team secure the first seed in the group stage.

s1mple also spoke about overtaking FaZe in the HLTV.org rankings and discussed some of the biggest teams who made changes in the off-season, including G2, Vitality, and ENCE.

s1mple, is this a new meta for you to let your team stroll through the group stage and then come in and get the job done?

Yeah, it's much easier to enjoy CS, just one game and we are in the Royal Arena.

What did you make of watching the team from the sidelines make it through the groups?

It was a great experience. I gave them some tips after the first games, I saw a lot of mistakes, pistol rounds, everything, I saw everything. It's interesting, you know? I told them some words, I chatted with them, and I saw the progress how the game was changing. It was very cool.

s1mple was only needed for one match for NAVI to qualify for the Fall Final

What did you think of how headtr1ck was able to fill your position? I spoke to B1ad3 and he wasn't particularly impressed with him matching up against the tier-one - what did you think?

I think he did a good job. I mean, they qualified from first place, he did what he could do. He got a lot of experience and it's very nice that NAVI Junior allows other players to play instead of the main roster and gain more experience for future games. He started to play the AWP a few months ago and he played really decent in the WePlay Academy League games, and coming here he showed a great result.

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B1ad3: "I think headtr1ck is not ready to play versus tier one comfortably enough"

You joked about it a little bit on Twitter when you saw that you overtook FaZe in the HLTV rankings. I'm curious about if you think that you have a claim on the No.1 or if there are still things to prove?

I already made a joke, FaZe better not lose another best-of-one or they become third or fourth. But I understand how they're feeling, we had the same situation with them, I think, or with Gambit when we basically won a lot of main tournaments and became second. Our team just needs to prove it with results. Only after we get better results and better tournaments, we'll feel like number one.

I wanted to lastly ask you about the changes that happened in the off-season. A lot of teams are trying to catch up to you and FaZe and get that last change that will finally get them over the line. What did you think of some of the biggest teams, like G2, ENCE, Vitality? Do you feel like those were clear improvements?

I think G2 [was] not quite a good improvement. It's still 50-50 for me, I don't understand some changes, but it's their team so they do whatever they want. Vitality, yeah, I like how they got better form. Before, I felt like they had some lack of communication because of a language barrier, but right now I feel like they're playing better as a team.

ENCE, we played some scrims already. It's nothing impressive, as always (laughs). I mean, let's see, let's see, I like how their AWP player plays, so it's interesting what they're gonna prepare for the next event.

Ukraine Daniil 'headtr1ck' Valitov
Daniil 'headtr1ck' Valitov
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
102
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
Ukraine Oleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Oleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
1.25
Maps played:
1573
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.64
#1
FASHR | 
Netherlands H34T0N
faze 1
2022-08-27 21:58
1 reply
is s0mple eating too many donuts? his face is really round.
2022-09-01 22:47
XD
2022-08-27 21:59
S1mple kinda 'shitting' on hltv rankings as well lmao
2022-08-27 22:00
2 replies
#44
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United States Busmoney
+1
2022-08-28 01:18
Well, he has apparently joined the majority lol. Think a rework is necessary?
2022-09-01 03:03
Even s1mple knows faze is the real #1
2022-08-27 22:00
#5
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United States TrashPanda
The GOAT.
2022-08-27 22:00
ok but ez 4 big
2022-08-27 22:00
#7
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Netherlands Lasarius
gg
2022-08-27 22:01
"ENCE, we played some scrims already. It's nothing impressive, as always (laughs)." s1mple with the bants as always
2022-08-27 22:04
6 replies
He will never stop with the bants.
2022-09-01 03:03
5 replies
You are replying to some old ass comments men😎👉
2022-09-01 03:14
4 replies
Holy shit sorry bro. It's 7 in the morning here.
2022-09-01 03:19
3 replies
You either need to go to sleep QUICK or stop browsing HLTV after waking up🤨
2022-09-01 03:32
2 replies
Some habits die hard haha. I use HLTV rarely cuz of work but it's a bit chill for a couple of weeks so )
2022-09-01 03:33
1 reply
Well have a great couple of CHILL WEEKS and enjoy the EPL games(if you are watching)! And have a great up coming weekend, men!😎
2022-09-01 03:37
P1mple think he always nr1.. when infact they nr3
2022-08-27 22:04
19 replies
Are u scared?
2022-08-27 22:05
3 replies
I think he's trolling :)
2022-08-27 22:08
2 replies
He's trying so hard tho..
2022-08-27 23:19
#31
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Greece h0nest_fan
Since when is being stupid equals to trolling?
2022-08-27 23:50
faze has to be nr4 or nr5 then
2022-08-27 22:09
13 replies
#22
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Argentina Joedash
After the BO3 against OG yeh :(
2022-08-27 22:35
How does it feel to lose against nr4 or nr5 team in both Major and IEM Finals? KEKW
2022-09-01 02:13
11 replies
feels bad, never should have lost to the lower-tier opponent but things happen
2022-09-01 02:57
10 replies
Thosed things happened three times for this year only LOLOL delusional
2022-09-01 13:20
9 replies
cry about it
2022-09-01 13:35
8 replies
Why I cry? LOLOLOL We won all you lost all Losers :)
2022-09-01 15:25
7 replies
copium
2022-09-01 15:32
6 replies
Cry more XD
2022-09-01 15:45
5 replies
try getting over it
2022-09-01 16:21
4 replies
Keep crying more XD
2022-09-01 16:24
3 replies
HAHAHA bro. Let's end it, this was pretty fun. I was clearly baiting, of course Faze > NAVI in 2022 so far
2022-09-01 16:25
2 replies
Alright, wish Navi gl against Fnatic :) Expecting ez win for you guys
2022-09-01 16:28
1 reply
Thanks, although I don't think NAVI even need it.
2022-09-01 16:29
Baited hard. He even said he dont think Navi is number 1, they have to prove it first. But Simple is obviously number 1 and the Goat.
2022-08-28 03:11
The best
2022-08-27 22:04
That's some B1ad3 vibes, GOAT
2022-08-27 22:05
#13
ropz | 
Norway Lassii
Cant fkn stand his new hairstyle
2022-08-27 22:07
9 replies
Why? Lmaooo
2022-08-27 23:34
1 reply
Those sporting an inverted bob haircut are known for their catchphrase: "Let me speak to your manager"
2022-08-28 05:34
just say that u can’t stand the man in the first place ffs
2022-08-28 01:18
Hey, don't trigger people with Karen haircuts or they'll demand to speak to your manager.
2022-08-28 05:31
Levi Ackerman
2022-08-28 05:57
2 replies
Levi Thickerman
2022-08-28 11:50
1 reply
I don't condone body shaming but this made me laugh. I'm gonna go to hell aren't I?
2022-09-01 03:04
+1 is so unbelievably ugly wow
2022-08-28 12:01
#78
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Latvia Vebster
+1 ugly
2022-08-29 12:44
Goat
2022-08-27 22:09
G2 xaxaxax
2022-08-27 22:10
s1mple <3
2022-08-27 22:16
Lol that was pretty harsh on G2 .. ezz for the goat
2022-08-27 22:26
1 reply
#23
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Iceland Voidsphere
Sometimes the truth can hurt. G2 should actually be that harsh on themselves and question everyone in their team, not only the IGL.
2022-08-27 22:36
the GOAT
2022-08-27 22:31
5 replies
2022-08-27 23:31
4 replies
+1
2022-08-27 23:33
+1
2022-08-28 02:09
Why does the goat have s1mple head?
2022-08-28 02:55
1 reply
it's s1mple's true form ;)
2022-08-28 11:42
lol navi never was and never will be "number one" deluded
2022-08-27 22:34
12 replies
#30
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Finland HARD4ENCE
I guess you skipped 2021
2022-08-27 23:45
9 replies
#36
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Europe dooddi
and 2020
2022-08-28 00:06
6 replies
#37
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Finland HARD4ENCE
2020 was somewhat of a brawl between like 3 teams (of course covid and the online period also mixed things up somewhat), but in the end Astralis came out on top. But in 2021 NaVi was like the clear number 1.
2022-08-28 00:11
5 replies
#38
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Europe dooddi
they were number 1 at some point still, even in 2016
2022-08-28 00:11
4 replies
only 1 week lol
2022-08-28 00:38
3 replies
#42
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Europe dooddi
1 week when?
2022-08-28 00:48
2 replies
in 2016
2022-08-28 03:27
1 reply
#69
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Europe dooddi
3 weeks ?
2022-08-28 12:49
dude navi never had an era or something like that, ye they got top1 hltv ranking with points but this rating is more like "an orientation" more than anything
2022-08-28 01:11
1 reply
#60
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Latvia pumasiK
Bro choose what you are talking about first comment is about nr1 and now you are talking about era, two different things
2022-08-28 08:42
Idk dude you look more deluded to everyone here
2022-08-28 09:05
jerman
2022-08-28 11:50
#24
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France weedwalker
they are easily the best in the world
2022-08-27 22:56
based
2022-08-27 23:20
Even s1mple dont agree with hltv ranking. Thats why he is the best in the world! Knows that Faze are true top1
2022-08-27 23:50
1 reply
Nobody gives a shite about clownish ranking from hltv. LMAO. Neither astralis nor mouse are top 5 just because of one tournament lol
2022-08-27 23:58
The GOAT has spoken, and confirmed what tons of us have been saying for years : these rankings are ridiculous. The recency bias is obscene. Time to correct this HLTV
2022-08-27 23:51
#35
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Poland Broken_BS
Navi #1 Faze #2 Gap Others
2022-08-28 00:05
1 reply
Delusional BIG fans #1 Gap Others
2022-08-28 02:49
goat
2022-08-28 00:18
#41
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Finland AliSabid
GOAT
2022-08-28 00:44
GOAT
2022-08-28 01:18
1 reply
VOAT
2022-08-28 02:48
Interesting read - thanks men.) s1mple has a lot of things happening at the moment. I wish him well.
2022-08-28 02:49
S1mple humble he knows faze is still #1 that’s why we respect him
2022-08-28 03:53
#55
fame | 
Yugoslavia mrmojo
s1mply trolling them all :D GOAT
2022-08-28 05:26
S1mple giving Vitality some respect for their improvement. Dude has some good takes, everyone feels the same about G2 lol
2022-08-28 06:40
Ofc cuz they arent number one , dont know who makes these mickey mouse rankings mouz astralis movistar 4-6 hahaha , and navi won 1 tournament while faze won 5 big ones this year but yeah navi number one....
2022-08-28 10:29
Ok
2022-08-28 10:47
s1mple based
2022-08-28 11:47
G O A T
2022-08-28 14:13
Of course Blast Spring > IEM Cologne + IEM Katowice + Antwerp Major + EPL S15 :)
2022-08-28 15:37
#72
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United States Rayduh
So based G2 is literally becoming worse and worse after each roster move
2022-08-28 16:04
1 reply
+1 It's actually hilarious What a waste of money
2022-08-29 09:50
#73
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Afghanistan Pewpo
Even simple knows these HLTV rankings are a joke.
2022-08-28 17:17
1 reply
#74
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Lithuania CSLeaks
yes ofcourse and he is not top1 player this year becouse hltv rating is joke. sorry but p[eople see what is writed not what whant fans, no i see Navi 1 Faze 2 so Faze official is nr 2 now and that closed.
2022-08-28 17:54
s1mple is clearly an Aleksib fan
2022-08-28 21:14
#1 4ever
2022-08-28 21:46
why does he look like an old lady?
2022-08-29 14:01
that haircut XD s1mple please look in mirror, its not a good haircut mate
2022-08-30 08:20
#81
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Brazil luisgmb
hltv rankings make no sense lol, faze won katowice,cologne,major and pro league and are number2? on esl world rankings they are number 1 by a large margin
2022-08-30 18:38
Faze doesn't look the same as before. They most likely lose blast. They have alot of work to do
2022-08-31 03:46
1 reply
a win is a win let's only see results
2022-09-09 11:25
YEAH SURE
2022-09-02 15:13
Lmao
2022-09-02 15:16
Still feel like number one simple? Even after loosing to endpoint vitality and nip? 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 electronic sucks at calling 😀
2022-09-05 07:42
1 reply
he literally said that he doesn't feel like they're number one, read the article again
2022-09-06 12:40
-s1mple +boombi4,tx me later
2022-09-06 12:31
You are fat
2022-09-06 12:35
No confirmation about the last matchfixing? I am disappointed..
2022-09-06 13:31
-s0mple+headtrick -sdy+booml4 EZ top1
2022-09-06 13:36
Aged like fine milk
2022-09-07 06:44
2 replies
#113
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Canada loldougie
+1 lmao came here to say just that
2022-09-07 23:44
hahahahahaha
2022-09-09 11:24
#114
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Japan slier
s1mple, you need get on diet my fren
2022-09-08 08:52
eww
2022-09-11 23:16
wow 👍😲🔥
2022-09-11 23:17
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