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Олександр Костильєв
(Oleksandr Kostyliev)
Oleksandr s1mple Kostyliev.jpg
Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev
Personal information
BornOctober 2, 1997
HometownKiev, Ukraine
Nickname(s)s1, simple
Career information
Current teamNatus Vincere
GamesCounter-Strike: Global Offensive
RoleAWPer, Star player
Career history
2014-2015El Esparragal cf
2015Flipsid3 Tactics
2016Team Liquid
2016–presentNatus Vincere

Oleksandr Kostyliev (Ukrainian: Олександр Костильєв; born October 2, 1997), better known by his alias s1mple, is a professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player from Ukraine.[1] He currently plays for Natus Vincere (Na'Vi) and is considered to be one of the best players in Global Offensive history.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

S1mple was born on October 2, 1997 in Kiev, Ukraine. He started playing Counter-Strike at four years old at the recommendation of his older brother. S1mple picked up Counter-Strike: Global Offensive shortly after its release in 2012, joining his first professional team just a year later.[4]



S1mple's first team was a team called LAN DODGERS, but he was soon signed by Courage Gaming. Around September 2014, s1mple was signed into a higher-level team known as Hellraisers.[5] There, he joined ANGE1, Dosia, kucher, and markeloff, who s1mple considers his idol.[6]


In January 2015, s1mple was soon removed from Hellraisers due to his inflammatory comments about Germans, and an ESL ban from CS 1.6, which was extended to 2016 due to ban evasion. S1mple had cheated back in Counter-Strike 1.6.[7][8] S1mple was soon signed by Flipsid3 Tactics, but his time in the team would cut short due to the team's semi-final exit at ESWC 2015. Contrary to his teammates, s1mple wasn't happy about the result. At this period in his career, s1mple was known for being quite "toxic," or rude to his teammates.[9][10]


After a short stint studying Silbo Gomero at a university,[4] s1mple moved to America in early 2016 and joined Team Liquid. A Team Liquid player, Spencer "Hiko" Martin, was standing in for Flipsid3 at ESWC 2015, and he developed a friendly relationship with s1mple there.[11] Team Liquid surprised at the first major, and reached the semifinals of MLG Major Championship: Columbus, before falling to the eventual champions, Luminosity Gaming. Despite this result at the game's biggest tournament, it wouldn't be long before s1mple would leave Team Liquid, citing homesickness. The next major of the year was approaching, and s1mple once again played for Team Liquid.[12] During the semifinals at ESL One Cologne 2016, Valve added a graffiti on Cache commemorating s1mple's falling AWP play against fnatic.[13] Thusly, Team Liquid became the first North American team to reach a major final. They were stopped in the finals by the same Brazilian lineup of SK (formerly Luminosity Gaming).[14] After leaving Team Liquid, he replaced Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko on Natus Vincere.[15] With Na'Vi, s1mple won ESL One: New York 2016 with Na'Vi, and he was awarded the #4 placement in the HLTV top 20.[16]


During the first major of the year, ELEAGUE Major 2017, Na'Vi lost to Astralis during the quarterfinals. After a group stage exit at PGL 2017 Krakow Major Championship, Na'Vi benched Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovacs and Denis "seized" Kostin former-member Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko.[17][18] GuardiaN had been the AWPer for Na'Vi, so s1mple was forced to take up the sniper rifle after his departure. Despite these changes, Na'Vi continued their drought of results, and replaced found a replacement for seized in the form Denis "electronic" Sharipov.[19] s1mple didn't find much success in 2017, but he still kept up his individual form from the last year. S1mple was awarded the #8 placement in the HLTV top 20 this year, down from #4 in 2016 due to a lack of results in the team.[20]


Na'Vi started 2018 with a semi-final finish at ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018. At the start of 2018, Brazilian organisation MIBR attempted to sign s1mple and flamie. The deal was reportedly very close to being finished, but Na'Vi asked for too high of a buyout, and the deal eventually fell through.[21] After two 2nd-place finishes at Starladder & i-League StarSeries Season 4 and Dreamhack Masters Marseille, Na'Vi won their first event of the year at StarSeries & i-League Season 5; they would follow it up with wins at CAC 2018, and ESL One Cologne 2018. S1mple won MVPs at StarSeries and Dreamhack Marseille, despite his team not winning the events.[22][23][24][25][26] In the semifinals at Cologne, they beat the best team at the time, Astralis.[27] Na'Vi would lose to Astralis at the second major of the year, FACEIT Major: London 2018. Na'Vi won their final event of the year, BLAST Pro Series: Copenhagen 2018, and s1mple would once again claim the MVP award.[28] Due to s1mple's personal performance,[29][30] he would be nominated for the #1 spot at the HLTV top 20 players of 2018.[31] According to the to statistics from HLTV, s1mple in 2018 had achieved the highest individual rating out of all previous top 20 players. He is considered one of the best players to ever play Counter-Strike.[32][33][34][35][36]


Na'Vi came 3rd to 4th in the first major of the year. S1mple would keep up his form from 2018,[37] and receive an MVP at StarSeries Season 7. After this, Na'Vi would eventually hit a slump and replace s1mple's long time teammate Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev with Kirill "Boombl4" Mikhailov who was in September 2019 made the team's leader (or IGL).[38]

Notable results[edit]

Placement Tournament Location Date
With Team Liquid
3rd, bronze medalist(s) MLG Major Championship: Columbus Columbus, United States March 29, 2016 – April 3, 2016
2nd, silver medalist(s) ESL One Cologne 2016 Cologne, Germany July 5, 2016 – July 10, 2016
With Natus Vincere
1st, gold medalist(s) ESL One: New York 2016 New York, United States September 30, 2016 – October 2, 2016
3rd, bronze medalist(s) StarSeries Season 3 Kiev,Ukraine April 4, 2017 – April 9, 2017
3rd, bronze medalist(s) ESL One Cologne 2017 Cologne, Germany July 7, 2017 – July 9, 2017
3rd, bronze medalist(s) ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018 Boston, United States January 12, 2018 – January 28, 2018
2nd, silver medalist(s) DreamHack Masters Marseille 2018 Marseille, France April 18, 2018 – April 22, 2018
1st, gold medalist(s) StarSeries Season 5 Kiev, Ukraine May 28, 2018 – June 6, 2018
1st, gold medalist(s) CAC 2018 Shanghai, China June 14, 2018 – June 18, 2018
1st, gold medalist(s) ESL One Cologne 2018 Cologne, Germany July 3, 2018 – July 8, 2018
3rd, bronze medalist(s) ELeague CS:GO Premier 2018 Atlanta, United States July 21, 2018 – July 29, 2018
2nd, silver medalist(s) FACEIT Major: London 2018 London, United Kingdom September 5, 2018 – September 23, 2018
2nd, silver medalist(s) EPICENTER 2018 Moscow, Russia October 23, 2018 – October 28, 2018
2nd, silver medalist(s) BLAST Pro Series: Lisbon 2018 Lisbon, Portugal December 14, 2018 – December 15, 2018
3rd, bronze medalist(s) IEM Katowice 2019 Katowice, Poland February 13, 2019 – March 3, 2019
1st, gold medalist(s) StarSeries Season 7 Shanghai, China March 30, 2019 – April 7, 2019

Individual awards and accolades[edit]




Other awards

  • Esports Awards, PC Player of the Year, 2018[43]


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