s1mple: "The organization and team need to finally decide with what roster we want to continue in 2023"

The Ukrainian superstar commented on his team's struggles in 2022 and the most recent update to the game.

Natus Vincere arrive in Copenhagen to play at BLAST Premier Fall Final 2022 after a disappointing campaign at the IEM Rio Major, which ended in the quarter-final at the hands of FURIA. Andrey "⁠B1ad3⁠" Gorodenskiy's team was among the favorites to lift the trophy, especially after other contenders such as FaZe and Vitality were eliminated in the Legends Stage. Instead, Natus Vincere were knocked out in the first round of the playoffs by the home crowd favorites.

Oleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev and Natus Vincere will look to enter the season's closing stages on an upwards trajectory with a solid result at BLAST Fall finals, partially redeeming their early exit from the Major.

s1mple believes he won't swap to the M4A4 after the update

The "Undertaker" answered a few questions during a press conference on the eve of the tournament, touching on his frustrations about the organization's failure to settle on a 2023 roster, the newest game update, and his expectations for the Danish LAN.

"We are feeling okay," replied s1mple when asked about the team's expectations for the tournament. "We have added a sixth player [nipl] to see how he's going to practice with us and overall we expect to go as deep as possible."

There have been rumors of Viktor "⁠sdy⁠" Orudzhev's departure from Natus Vincere after BLAST, with NAVI Junior prospect Andrii "⁠npl⁠" Kukharskyi among the favorites to take over the spot in the main lineup. However, it seems like the final roster has not been finalized. When asked what the team needs to reach the heights of 2021, s1mple said: "I think the organization and team need to finally decide with what roster we want to continue in 2023."

"When we won all the tournaments last year, we had like four or five months together with our new players and we were always practicing and always had boot camps. Since the war started, there's been no boot camps, there was hard practice, and we removed players as well... I think we just need time and we need to understand with what roster we need to move in the future."

s1mple also touched on the toughness and the pressure of playing against FURIA in front of the Brazilian home crowd at the Rio Major: "It was hard to play, sometimes we did not hear the game, I think FURIA handled it better."

The conversation then moved on s1mple thoughts on Natus Vincere's year, and the disappointment when compared to the heights reached in 2021: "It [2022 season] was 100% worse than the last one because we were winning every tournament," said the 25-year-old. "It was a bad year, the war started and overall it was a bad year for a lot of people."

When asked about the most recent update to the game, which resulted in nerfs for both the AWP and M4A1-S, the Ukrainian marksman said that not much has changed with the Big Green, and that he will still equip the silenced version of the assault rifle: "I am still playing [with] the silenced [M4A1-S]. I feel like there is no difference if you hit in the head."

"I checked all distances, like middle and long distances, and it's the same damage when you hit twice. My teammates started to play with the A4, so maybe in some maps they'll play M4 and in some A1s."

Ukraine Viktor 'sdy' Orudzhev
Viktor 'sdy' Orudzhev
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1144
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.63
Ukraine Andrii 'npl' Kukharskyi
Andrii 'npl' Kukharskyi
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
63
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.69
Ukraine Oleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Oleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
1.25
Maps played:
1609
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.64
nipl coming
2022-11-22 17:18
20 replies
Electronic's contract is until 26.12.2022 and there aren't any signs of a new one. NaVi will probably go for Hobbit and Nipl and Electronic will join C9.
2022-11-22 17:31
19 replies
#32
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Montenegro ymrr
HAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
2022-11-22 17:35
r u drank? who is going to igl then?
2022-11-22 17:41
7 replies
#39
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Iceland Voidsphere
Who's igling right now, cuz elec's calls suck tremendously.
2022-11-22 17:44
2 replies
#67
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Germany EZ_for_BIG
+1
2022-11-22 18:49
#73
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Spain sary44
the attacking strats are not going well for navi fact
2022-11-22 19:30
s1mple igl, he lost ability to hit shots but still has great gamesense
2022-11-23 07:58
3 replies
#104
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North America S_1ayER
Are u drunk?
2022-11-23 10:51
2 replies
aRe U dRUnK?
2022-11-23 12:38
#108
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India DG_1998
Are u drunk?murican kiddo.
2022-11-24 09:39
I can offer you better whisky
2022-11-22 18:11
#52
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Denmark 12inchNRG
Navi are not signing hobbit, no chance. He has a match fixing investigation ongoing and it is pretty conclusive that he is guilty, he's getting permabanned in all likelihood.
2022-11-22 18:19
8 replies
Speaking of bans. Heroic squad perma ban when!?
2022-11-22 18:24
3 replies
#69
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Denmark 12inchNRG
Investigation concluded and aside from Nico heroic was exonerated. Keep crying. Hobbits Investigation is ongoing and pretty conclusive that he was involved in match fixing.
2022-11-22 18:55
2 replies
What about the fact that the rest of the team knew about it and said nothing?
2022-11-22 21:18
1 reply
#92
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Georgia endyyoo
As he said, the investigation was concluded, so nothing will happen.
2022-11-22 22:54
#58
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Canada Bak2BED
Flair talking lol Hobbit won a major. Why would he be risking his career and legacy by fixing in dog shit tier 2 tournaments
2022-11-22 18:26
3 replies
#68
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Denmark 12inchNRG
This happened years before he won a major or played in Gambit. there was chat logs, screenshots and TeamSpeak recordings released a few months back when he played in an old Kazakh team. It's pretty conclusive that he match fixed, and it wasn't a tier 2 tournament, it was a major qualifier.
2022-11-22 18:55
2 replies
#70
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Canada Bak2BED
oh damn
2022-11-22 18:57
it was also extremely conclusive that at least Teses was complicit in Heroic's cheating (and 99% for every other member) yet nothing came of it. Of course Danish bias probably played a big part in that, but I dont think they're going to do anything to Hobbit either. ESIC is a joke
2022-11-22 20:52
SIMPLE > JAME
2022-11-22 17:18
3 replies
no and why does he want to kick sdy ?
2022-11-22 17:38
#40
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Iceland Voidsphere
Well, Jame actually forged a great team out of nobodies. s1mple? Nah, not so much.
2022-11-22 17:45
#93
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Puerto Rico zywh032
skill wise yes brain wise no
2022-11-22 23:09
#6
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Poland Astoner55
Yes indeed
2022-11-22 17:18
#7
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Romania Peanspey
ez
2022-11-22 17:19
Ame is God
2022-11-22 17:20
3 replies
#88
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United States rabbitlord
Ame? Dota?????
2022-11-22 22:02
2 replies
Yes
2022-11-23 02:16
1 reply
well I have to say he is quite handsome lol
2022-11-23 20:29
So he likes sdy at the end
2022-11-22 17:20
s0mple toxic
2022-11-22 17:20
#13
hades | 
North America minte
hades better
2022-11-22 17:21
1 reply
#94
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Australia Sify
+100 hades hot
2022-11-22 23:19
please change his name to something not so stupid. I'm not gonna scream WOW NICE CLUTCH NIPPLE. You just dont do that.
2022-11-22 17:21
10 replies
+1 lmao
2022-11-22 17:22
I like the prospect of a pro player called nipl. Maybe it's b1t who should change his name to t1t
2022-11-22 17:25
6 replies
lol
2022-11-22 17:29
b1t in french is funny.
2022-11-22 17:51
#45
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Ukraine Bumbas_cat
good one)
2022-11-22 17:58
Nipl = Ninjas in pyjamas lose
2022-11-22 18:32
Xaxaxaxaxa +1
2022-11-22 19:33
#82
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Brazil Whillpull
this thread made my day
2022-11-22 20:36
nipl is red…
2022-11-22 17:34
1 reply
Hahaha 🤣
2022-11-22 17:59
#15
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Finland AliSabid
GOAT
2022-11-22 17:21
#16
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United States zovint
Welcome nipl
2022-11-22 17:22
#18
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United Kingdom Bullitead
Yawn!
2022-11-22 17:23
nipl to NIP pls
2022-11-22 17:23
1 reply
NiP L
2022-11-22 19:36
#21
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Serbia own3dAk1NG
POG nipl insane player made fplc qual with him top1 and 2nd ! :) insane lineup if they add him in navi as actual player
2022-11-22 17:27
Pog Valorant player interview
2022-11-22 17:28
fucking yes finally he speaks up about sdy
2022-11-22 17:31
#26
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Germany who|cars
ez4 100k elo demon *boosted
2022-11-22 17:32
Ezz for the goat
2022-11-22 17:34
nipl????
2022-11-22 17:35
S1mple wants to kick sdy as we expected
2022-11-22 17:36
The main nerf is that most of players hit in the body, not in the head. So they didn't need to aim that much. Maybe now it's going to harder, but I don't believe in this
2022-11-22 17:43
2 replies
Most players try to hit the head first, look at the crosshair placement, its just that when you are in a wild exchange multiple enemies, everywhere you hit what oyu can get. But. no, head is almost always a priority. The issue now will be that at medium to long distances you need 5 chest bullets to kill, and in long to extra long distances you wont kill any more with 1 HS and 1 Chest, you need either 2 HS or 1HS and 2 Chest. Whereas the A4 can still kill with 1HS and 1 Chest at the same long/extra long distance. I think some poeple would still use the A1S because of the price and traceers plus easy spray control and 4 Chest short to mid distance, but if they make them the same price, then A4 would dominate again.
2022-11-22 17:56
Yeah the A1 could always 2 hit players with a headshot
2022-11-22 18:41
just why nipl instead of headtr1ck???
2022-11-22 17:56
1 reply
#47
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Ukraine Bumbas_cat
headtr1ck awper
2022-11-22 17:59
the funniest shit on hltv is that some random users actually think they know which player a pro team should switch etc
2022-11-22 18:14
1 reply
90% of these comments left by 12 yo idiots that never left their home beside goin school, what did you expect?
2022-11-22 19:38
s1mple <3
2022-11-22 18:21
RIP sdy I guess
2022-11-22 18:29
Bring back boombl4 and NAVI will rise again it's that s1mple my dude.
2022-11-22 18:39
I think S1mple will leave Navi next year
2022-11-22 19:04
1 reply
He just re-signed a contract?
2022-11-22 20:53
headtr1ck >> nipl
2022-11-22 19:34
Will s1mple watch world cup?
2022-11-22 19:37
Get hobbit you dumbass toxic kazakophob.
2022-11-22 20:12
3 replies
Maybe they tried and C9 not agree with this
2022-11-22 20:22
2 replies
Heh, navi in 12 years never joined kazak players. Navi founded 2009 by Murat Tulemagambetov in Almaty.
2022-11-22 20:35
1 reply
Who cars navi never win Major again
2022-11-22 20:40
snake s0mple asking for sdy's head
2022-11-22 20:53
#90
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Aruba defoliant
cant wait to see navi being even more shit.
2022-11-22 22:44
lmao navi going to sabotage s1mple's career for the next 3 years
2022-11-22 22:49
2022-11-23 04:17
#103
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Brazil Mandarjn
-s0mple +w0nderful -sdy +chopper
2022-11-23 09:21
they need to get an IGL or someone insane. Electronic is way too good to be dropping 26-39 against Fluxo and they wont win events with Sdy
2022-11-24 11:10
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