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|Born||October 2, 1997|
|Current team||Natus Vincere|
|Games||Counter-Strike: Global Offensive|
|Career prize money||$333,386|
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Oleksandr Kostyliev[note 2] (Ukranian: Олександр Костильєв; born October 2, 1997), better known as s1mple, is a Ukrainian professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) player who plays for Natus Vincere (Na'Vi).
He is often seen as one of the best players in the world. Some also regard him as one of the most talented players of all time. Even Duncan "Thorin" Shields, a well-known individual in eSports, has stated that:
"[S1mple is] one of the most skilled Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players in the world and one of the most talented individuals I've encountered in my 15 years in esports..."
S1mple's career started sometime in 2013, when he joined his first semi-professional team, LAN DODGERS.
In February of 2014 he moved to Courage-Gaming, and then moved around to other lesser-known teams. On February 2, 2014, s1mple was banned by ESL for cheating and attempting to circumvent his punishment. The ban was officially lifted two years later.
In mid-September 2014 he moved to his first serious team, HellRaisers, replacing Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev. At the time the team was considered to be in the top 15 best teams. S1mple's biggest accomplishment on the team was defeating Fnatic, one of the most legendary teams of all time, according to some, to go on to the quarterfinals at DreamHack Winter 2014. HellRaisers earned $23,675 while s1mple was on the team.
In mid-January 2015, HellRaisers replaced s1mple and fellow teammate Yegor "markeloff" Markelov with Egor "flamie" Vasilyev and former HellRaisers player AdreN. S1mple and markeloff later joined dAT Team. S1mple won MCS Open Season 1 Finals on dAT Team for a prize of $5,000. After less than one month, S1mple moved to the team Evolution and later Evolution Dark. DAT Team became Flipsd3 Tactics, and s1mple moved there.
On 2 January 2016, s1mple announced his signing with Team Liquid, a North American team and organization. S1mple and Team Liquid defeated Counter Logic Gaming to make it to the semifinals at MLG Major Championship: Columbus, where they were defeated by the eventual champions of the tournament, Luminosity Gaming. This was the first time a North American team was in the Top 4 of a CS:GO Major since the first Major at DreamHack Winter 2013. At the next Major Championship, ESL One Cologne 2016, s1mple and Liquid made it to the Grand Finals, the first time that had ever happened with a North American team back then. However, in the finals they were beaten in a Best of three by SK Gaming (now known as MIBR) who were the defending champions at the time. Later on, s1mple left Team Liquid to go to Natus Vincere (Na'Vi), a team from his home country of Ukraine. Soon after joining the team, Na'Vi won ESL One: New York for a prize of 125,000 US Dollars.
In 2017 Na'Vi didn't do as well. The only notable achievements for the team were placing top 4 at ESL One: Cologne 2017 and winning Dreamhack Open Winter. That year S1mple was awarded the 8th best player of 2017 by HLTV.org.
Na'Vi began having better results, winning three international tournaments (StarSeries iLeague Season 5, CS:GO Asia Championships and ESL One Cologne 2018). In the most recent Major Championship, FACEIT Major: London 2018, s1mple came seeking his first Major Championship win. Na'Vi got to the finals, but they ended up losing to Astralis 2-0.
As of 6 October 2018, he has participated in 11 big events (prize pool of over US$100,000 so far this year, having won 3 of those, and has won 7 MVP awards during his entire career, having won 5 of those in 2018.
Complete list as of 2 October 2018; bold denotes a Major:
|European Championship 2013||17-20th||Ukraine|
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- Sources still vary from Oleksandr to Aleksandr
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- Švejda, Milan (3 October 2016). "Natus Vincere win ESL One New York". HLTV.org. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
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- Milovanovic, Petar (December 31, 2017). "Top 20 players of 2017: Introduction". HLTV.org.
- Donigan, Wyatt (23 September 2018). "Astralis wins FACEIT Major crown". espn.com. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
- Mira, Luis (8 July 2018). "S1MPLE WINS ESL ONE COLOGNE MVP AWARD". HLTV.org. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
- s1mple event history. HLTV.org. Last looked at on 2 October 2018.
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