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S1mple
Oleksandr Kostyliev
Born (1997-10-02) October 2, 1997 (age 21)
Kiev, Ukraine
NationalityUkraine Ukrainian
Current teamNatus Vincere
RoleAWPer
LeagueCIS[note 1]
GamesCounter-Strike: Global Offensive
Career prize money$333,386[1]

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.[2][3][4][5] Some also regard him as one of the most talented players of all time.[6] Even Duncan "Thorin" Shields, a well-known individual in eSports, has stated that:[7]

"[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..."

Career[edit | edit source]

S1mple's career started sometime in 2013, when he joined his first semi-professional team, LAN DODGERS.[8]

2014[edit | edit source]

In February of 2014 he moved to Courage-Gaming, and then moved around to other lesser-known teams.[8] 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.[8]

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,[9][10] to go on to the quarterfinals at DreamHack Winter 2014. HellRaisers earned $23,675 while s1mple was on the team.[11]

2015[edit | edit source]

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.[8][11] DAT Team became Flipsd3 Tactics, and s1mple moved there.[11]

2016[edit | edit source]

On 2 January 2016, s1mple announced his signing with Team Liquid, a North American team and organization.[8] 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.[12] 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.[13] Later on, s1mple left Team Liquid to go to Natus Vincere (Na'Vi), a team from his home country of Ukraine.[12] Soon after joining the team, Na'Vi won ESL One: New York for a prize of 125,000 US Dollars.[14]

2017[edit | edit source]

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.[15] That year S1mple was awarded the 8th best player of 2017 by HLTV.org.[16]

2018[edit | edit source]

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.[17]

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.[18][19]

Tournament results[edit | edit source]

Complete list as of 2 October 2018; bold denotes a Major:[19]

2013[edit | edit source]

2013
Event Placing Team
European Championship 2013 17-20th UkraineUkraine

2014[edit | edit source]

2014
Event Placing Team
SLTV StarSeries IXSLTV StarSeries IX - UkraineCourage-Gaming
Voronezh Cup 2014 1st UkraineHashtag
CIS Rising League Season 1 - RussiaUSSR
SLTV StarSeries X - Commonwealth of Independent StatesNostalgie
SLTV ProSeries X - UkraineA-Gaming
European Championship 2014 Qualification Round 2 - UkraineUkraine
FACEIT League EU Season 2 - Commonwealth of Independent StatesHellRaisers
European Championship 2014 - UkraineUkraine
SLTV StarSeries XI - Commonwealth of Independent StatesHellRaisers
Game Show CS:GO League - Commonwealth of Independent StatesHellRaisers
Caseking of the Hill #9 - Commonwealth of Independent StatesHellRaisers
Fragbite Masters Season 3 9-12th Commonwealth of Independent StatesHellRaisers
Game Show Season 1 Finals 2nd Commonwealth of Independent StatesHellRaisers
DreamHack Winter 2014 EU Closed Qualifier - Commonwealth of Independent StatesHellRaisers
ESWC 2014 5-8th Commonwealth of Independent StatesHellRaisers
DreamHack Winter 2014 5-8th Commonwealth of Independent StatesHellRaisers
G2A.com December Cup Powered by FACEIT Europe - Commonwealth of Independent StatesHellRaisers

2015[edit | edit source]

2015
Event Placing Team
Game Show CS:GO League Season 2 - Ukraine Flipsid3 Tactics
CCS Kick-off Season - Ukraine Flipsid3 Tactics
Global Offensive Champions League Season 1 - Ukraine Flipsid3 Tactics
Copenhagen Games 2015 4th Ukraine Flipsid3 Tactics
CCS Kick-off Season Last Chance - Ukraine Flipsid3 Tactics
CIS LAN Championship 1st UkraineFlipsid3 Tactics
DreamHack Open Tours 2015 Closed Qualifier - UkraineFlipsid3 Tactics
DreamHack Open Tours 2015 5-6th UkraineFlipsid3 Tactics
Fragbite Masters Season 4 - UkraineFlipsid3 Tactics
SLTV StarSeries XIII - UkraineFlipsid3 Tactics
Counter Pit League - UkraineFlipsid3 Tactics
FACEIT League 2015 Stage 2 EU Qualifier - UkraineFlipsid3 Tactics
DreamHack Open Summer 2015 Closed Qualifier - UkraineFlipsid3 Tactics
FACEIT League 2015 Stage 2 - UkraineFlipsid3 Tactics
DreamHack Open Summer 2015 5-6th UkraineFlipsid3 Tactics
SLTV StarSeries XIII Finals 3-4th UkraineFlipsid3 Tactics
Gaming Paradise Inhouse Qualifier 2nd UkraineFlipsid3 Tactics
Uprise Champions Cup Season 3 - Commonwealth of Independent StatesNostalgie
ESWC 2015 3-4th UkraineFlipsid3 Tactics
xfunction Masters Season III - UkraineEvolution
GameAgents League Season 2 - UkraineWorst Players
World Championships 2015 European Qualifier - UkraineUkraine
D!ngIT $2000 Weekly Cup #11 - UkraineEvolution
CEVO Professional Season 8 - Commonwealth of Independent StatesHellRaisers
D!ngIT $2000 Weekly Cup #16 - UkraineWorst Players
DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca 2015 EU pre-qualifier #2 - UkraineWorst Players
FACEIT League 2015 Stage 3 - Commonwealth of Independent StatesHellRaisers
Global Offensive Champions League Season 2 - Commonwealth of Independent StatesHellRaisers
DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca 2015 Qualifier at DreamHack Open Stockholm 9-12th Commonwealth of Independent StatesHellRaisers
Fragbite Masters Season 5 - Commonwealth of Independent StatesHellRaisers
Acer Predator Masters powered by Intel Season 2 - Commonwealth of Independent StatesHellRaisers
SL i-League StarSeries XIV - European UnionOrgless
Uprise Champions Cup: Europe CIS Qualifier - UkraineArcade
Game Show Global eSports Cup 2016 - UkraineFlipsid3 Tactics
QuickShot Arena #18 - UkraineFlipsid3 Tactics
ELEAGUE Road to Vegas Closed EU Qualifier 3rd UkraineFlipsid3 Tactics

2016[edit | edit source]

2016
Event Placing Team
ESL Pro League Season 3 - United StatesTeam Liquid
IEM Katowice 2016 NA Qualifier 3rd United StatesTeam Liquid
CEVO Gfinity Professional Season 9 - United StatesTeam Liquid
DreamHack Masters Malmö 2016 NA Closed Qualifier 2nd United StatesTeam Liquid
MLG Columbus 2016 Main Qualifier 5-8th United StatesTeam Liquid
iBUYPOWER Invitational Spring 2016 2nd United StatesTeam Liquid
MLG Columbus 2016 3-4th United StatesTeam Liquid
MLG Columbus 2016 All-Star Match 1st United StatesAmerica's All-Stars
DreamHack Masters Malmö 2016 13-16th United StatesTeam Liquid
Operation: Kinguin #3 25-28th UkraineWorst Players
SL i-League Invitational #1 5-6th UkraineCourage Gaming
DreamHack ZOWIE Open Summer 2016 Closed Qualifier #1 9-16th UkraineWorst Players
ECS Season 1 Finals 5-6th United StatesTeam Liquid
ESL One Cologne 2016 2nd United StatesTeam Liquid
ESL Pro League Season 4 - Europe 8th Commonwealth of Independent StatesNatus Vincere
SL i-League StarSeries Season 2 Finals 13-16th Commonwealth of Independent StatesNatus Vincere
ESL One New York 2016 1st Commonwealth of Independent StatesNatus Vincere
EPICENTER: Moscow 3-4th Commonwealth of Independent StatesNatus Vincere
IEM Oakland 2016 9-10th Commonwealth of Independent StatesNatus Vincere

2017[edit | edit source]

2017
Event Placing Team
ELEAGUE Major 2017 5-8th Commonwealth of Independent StatesNatus Vincere
IEM Katowice 2017 EU Closed Qualifier 1st Commonwealth of Independent StatesNatus Vincere
ESL Pro League Season 5 Europe 5th Commonwealth of Independent StatesNatus Vincere
DreamHack Masters Las Vegas 2017 5-8th Commonwealth of Independent StatesNatus Vincere
IEM Katowice 2017 5-6th Commonwealth of Independent StatesNatus Vincere
SL i-League StarSeries Season 3 Finals 3-4th Commonwealth of Independent StatesNatus Vincere
ECS Season 3 Europe 5th SwedenNinjas in Pyjamas
DreamHack Open Tours 2017 5-6th Commonwealth of Independent StatesNatus Vincere
ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals 9-10th Commonwealth of Independent StatesNatus Vincere
Adrenaline Cyber League 2017 2nd Commonwealth of Independent StatesNatus Vincere
ESL One Cologne 2017 3-4th Commonwealth of Independent StatesNatus Vincere
PGL Major Krakow 2017 12-14th Commonwealth of Independent StatesNatus Vincere
ESL Pro League Season 6 Europe 12th Commonwealth of Independent StatesNatus Vincere
DreamHack Masters Malmö 2017 5-8th Commonwealth of Independent StatesNatus Vincere
ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017 9-12th Commonwealth of Independent StatesNatus Vincere
EPICENTER 2017 CIS Closed Qualifier 2nd Commonwealth of Independent StatesNatus Vincere
ESL One New York 2017 5-6th Commonwealth of Independent StatesNatus Vincere
WCA 2017 Europe Main Qualifier 4th Commonwealth of Independent StatesNatus Vincere
WESG 2017 Ukraine 1st UkraineUkraine
IEM Oakland 2017 Europe Closed Qualifier 5-8th Commonwealth of Independent StatesNatus Vincere
WESG 2017 Europe & CIS Regional Finals 1st Commonwealth of Independent StatesNatus Vincere
DreamHack Open Winter 2017 1st Commonwealth of Independent StatesNatus Vincere
LOOT.BET Cup 2 - cs_summit 2 Qualifier 1st European UnionMousesports
ESL Pro League Season 6 Europe Relegation 1st Commonwealth of Independent StatesNatus Vincere

2018[edit | edit source]

2018
Event Placing Team
ELEAGUE Major 2018 Main Qualifier 6-8th Commonwealth of Independent StatesNatus Vincere
Farmskins Championship #2 - IEM Katowice 2018 Qualifier 5-8th Commonwealth of Independent StatesNatus Vincere
ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018 3-4th Commonwealth of Independent StatesNatus Vincere
IEM Katowice 2018 Europe Closed Qualifier 7-8th Commonwealth of Independent StatesNatus Vincere
ESL Pro League Season 7 Europe 3rd Commonwealth of Independent StatesNatus Vincere
StarSeries i-League Season 4 2nd Commonwealth of Independent StatesNatus Vincere
ECS Season 5 Europe Challenger Cup 3rd Commonwealth of Independent StatesNatus Vincere
ECS Season 5 Europe 7th Commonwealth of Independent StatesNatus Vincere
DreamHack Masters Marseille 2018 2nd Commonwealth of Independent StatesNatus Vincere
ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals 3-4th Commonwealth of Independent StatesNatus Vincere
StarSeries i-League Season 5 1st Commonwealth of Independent StatesNatus Vincere
CS:GO Asia Championships 2018 1st Commonwealth of Independent StatesNatus Vincere
ESL One Cologne 2018 1st Commonwealth of Independent StatesNatus Vincere
ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2018 3-4th Commonwealth of Independent StatesNatus Vincere
DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018 5-8th Commonwealth of Independent StatesNatus Vincere
FACEIT Major: London 2018 2nd Commonwealth of Independent StatesNatus Vincere
ESL One New York 2018 5-6th Commonwealth of Independent StatesNatus Vincere

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. The Commonwealth of Independent States article has nothing to do with CS:GO League, but the CIS League consists of the countries from the Commonwealth of Independent States and some countries around it.
  2. Sources still vary from Oleksandr to Aleksandr

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "s1mple". liquipedia.net. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  2. Is s1mple the best player in the world?. Submitted by u/chappiedb on 28 February 2018 on Reddit. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  3. The Story of S1mple. thescoreesports.com. 1 April 2018. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  4. "CS:GO Ranking - World Ranking". HLTV.org. 30 July 2018. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  5. Gooderson, John (6 March 2018). "Top 10 CS:GO LAN players of 2018 so far". fragbite.com. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  6. "s1mple most Talanted player of cs:go ever".
  7. Shields, Duncan (10 May 2016). "Dear s1mple - An Open Letter to a Troubled Super-Star". dotesports.com. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 "Player s1mple - CS:GO, Participation in Teams, Match History, Awards". cybersport.com. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  9. Stenhouse, Henry (17 August 2016). "Farewell Fnatic: looking back on one of CS:GO's most legendary lineups". pcgamer.com. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  10. Shields, Duncan (1 September 2015). "Thorin's Top 20 CS:GO Line-Ups Of All-Time (10-1)". Gfinity.net. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 "S1mple's Career". dotesports.com. 26 May 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Gonzales, Dennis (4 August 2016). "s1mple joins Na'Vi". Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  13. Saedler, Phillipp (10 July 2016). "The champion of ESL One Cologne 2016 has been crowned".
  14. Švejda, Milan (3 October 2016). "Natus Vincere win ESL One New York". HLTV.org. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  15. "Natus Vincere Event History". HLTV.org.
  16. Milovanovic, Petar (December 31, 2017). "Top 20 players of 2017: Introduction". HLTV.org.
  17. Donigan, Wyatt (23 September 2018). "Astralis wins FACEIT Major crown". espn.com. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  18. Mira, Luis (8 July 2018). "S1MPLE WINS ESL ONE COLOGNE MVP AWARD". HLTV.org. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  19. 19.0 19.1 s1mple event history. HLTV.org. Last looked at on 2 October 2018.


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