Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev has already made quite a name for himself during his young and short career thus far. Despite alleged attitude and personality issues, s1mple has shown that he is amongst the very best to ever play Counter-Strike, with nearly unrivalled raw skill and versatility. This talent has now landed him a spot on global powerhouse Natus Vincere, as Kostyliev is set to replace long time team member and CS legend Danylo “Zeus” Teslenko.
There is no question that what Team Liquid had put together during their last two Major runs was nothing short of exceptional. Kostyliev was brought in prior to MLG Columbus to increase the team’s pure firepower, despite the concerns over personality clashes that have followed s1mple throughout his young career.
Unfortunately, the magic that was created within that lineup was not meant to be, as Kostyliev has opted to leave Team Liquid citing his qualms with living abroad and his wishes to pursue his career from his home in Ukraine.
That being said – insane amount of skill in this lineup. Very intriguing to see how it all works on the servers!
— Joona Leppänen (@natuCSGO) 4 August 2016
Moving forwards, this could be the move that finally pushes Na’Vi past their toughest competition. Taking this move at face value, one can only shudder in fear of the AWPing capabilities Na’Vi now possesses between top tier AWPer by trade Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovács and the dynamic abilities of s1mple.
Na’Vi coach Sergey ‘starix’ Ishchuk may well have his hands full trying to keep s1mple’s personality in check, but there seems to be a growing notion that he will have to mould s1mple further to fit within the team’s established play-style as well.
While it is true that every player must adapt themselves to mesh better with their team, attempting to chain down s1mple could end up being Na’Vi’s downfall. S1mple is what he is, an insanely talented and creative top level player – and it may be best to let the beast roam.