Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev is known to be outstanding amongst other Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players on the planet. He began to showcase his tremendous potential with the sniper rifles in Amazing Gaming and HellRaisers. Having started his career in the game in 2013 with the Ukrainian team LAN DODGERS, he was discovered in early 2014 after his impressive showings online, especially at StarSeries IX, where he played for Courage Gaming. Because of inward issues, be that as it may, Kostyliev left the ex-Boldness crew and came back to LAN DODGERS, which later became Amazing Gaming
In mid-September 2014, s1mple saw his career elevated to new heights as he signed for HellRaisers.
During this time in HellRaisers, s1mple began making waves universally, most quietly at DreamHack Winter 2014, where his group beat Fnatic in the gathering stage, 16-14, prompting a top position in their gathering. HellRaisers parted ways with s1mple about two months later, with the main reason for the decision being s1mple ban from ESL tournaments s1mple then joined the predominantly Ukrainian Flipsid3 Tactics team. Because of his previously mentioned ESL boycott, players like DavCost and CyberFocus were often standing in for him on occasions overseen by ESL.
He left the squad on July 17, 2015, following internal problems, and later announced that he would be going inactive for the time being. In any case, he took an unexpected U-go to this choice just a couple of days after the fact, as it was reported that he would join the patched-up program of Evolution, which later rebranded to Evolution. The dark story didn’t keep going long notwithstanding, as Evolution discharged the entire “Dull” crew following a month. Be that as it may, the players would hold playing together under the name of Worst Players. S1mple became good friends with Hiko when the latter was playing as a stand-in for Flipsid3 Tactics, which would later lead to him recruiting s1mple to Team Liquid, a move that meant s1mple had to sacrifice his university course in the process.
Team Liquid, with s1mple and Hiko, would go on to make it to the semi-finals of MLG Major Championship: Columbus 2016. At the same Major, s1mple was chosen for the NA vs EU All-Star Game on the NA side, which would go on to win the match in overtime. S1mple was awarded the All-Star MVP.
In August 2016, he joined the Ukrainian team Natus Vincere, replacing Danylo “Zeus” Teslenko.
After a series of failures, the team took home the trophy at ESL One New York 2016, but this was to be the last big victory for this roster. After a significant stretch of re-rearranges, which saw long-term Natus Vincere players GuardiaN and seized supplanted by a returning Zeus and rising youthful star electronic, the group had the option to discover achievement, and rapidly ascend in the HLTV group appraisals.
s1mple has been featured on the HLTV Top 20 Players of the Year lists numerous times, finishing top of the rankings in 2018, due to unprecedented personal performance throughout the year, an achievement whose legacy he has carried into 2019, leading many to call him one of the best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players of all time.
ESL ONE New York
His first big tournament win was in 2016 at ESL ONE in New York. S1mple and his colleagues beat Team Liquid in the semi-finals 2:1 in maps and after that Polish crew Virtus.Pro the same 2:1 in maps. S1mple additionally received MVP compensation for the entire competition for his astounding exhibitions. The prize pool in New York was $250,000 and Na’Vi take $125,000 for first place.
DreamHack Open Winter
Dreamhack at Jönköping, Sweden was Simple’s next big win, and the second time he was awarded an MVP medal for amazing performances. Aleksandr and his teammates finished second in the group stage with a 3-2 result. After that, they win over french squad Envy 2:0 in the Playoffs which lead them to the grand finals at Jönköping. They had a harsh rival in the last, the notable german crew mousesports, however, they actually played like divine beings and win the initial 2 maps. The prize pool was $100,000 and their share was half of that.
StarSeries i-League Season 5
The next time s1mple managed to win a tournament was in his Country, in Kyiv, Ukraine. They finished the group stage with a 3-2 score and managed to playoffs. In the playoffs S1mple and co. won over SK first 2:1, then mousesports 2:1 too. After that in the final match, they had an easy game over team NRG and won 2:0. S1mple additionally gets a third time remunerated as MVP and in that time he began to be known as perhaps the best player in the world ever. The reward for first place was $125,000.
CS:GO Asia Championships 2018
Asia championships in Shanghai, China was the next location where s1mple team won the tournament with an amazing prize pool of $600,000. Oleksandr finished first in a group stage, with a 2-2 score. They face Team EnVyUs in the semi-finals and beat them 2:0. Grand final match was versus polish team Virtus.Pro and they beat them in a very intense match 2:1. They take $150,000 from the prize pool and s1mple was 4th time awarded as MVP.
ESL One Cologne 2018
At Cologne, s1mple team had an easy way through the group stage, after in the quarter-finals they face Fnatic. In Best of three-game, they won 2:0 and secured the semi-finals. After they face Astralis and also won 2:1 in maps. The final match was a very intense game in a best-of-five versus german lineup BIG better known as Best In Germany. The result was 3:1 for s1mple team and he again was considered as MVP of the tournament. The prize pool was $300,000 and Na’Vi took $125,000.
BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen 2018
Natus Vincere and s1mple were on the right foot again at Copenhagen. They just dominated the whole tournament and again take first place beating Team NiP in the Grand finals in a best-of-three match with a result of 2:0. Na’Vi earned $125,000 dollars from compensation.
StarSeries i-League Season 7
Shanghai, China was the next destination for the big tournament with half million dollars prize pool. S1mple and co finished the group stage with a 3-1 record and proceed to playoffs. The quarterfinals were hard matches versus Team ENCE and Na’Vi somehow took that win 2:1 in maps. In the semi-finals, s1mple had an amazing performance and help his team to beat team Renegades 2:1 in maps. Fnatic was waiting in the final match and Na’Vi and s1mple was just on point every single round. They win with a flawless win 3:0 and took $250,000 from the prize pool. S1mple was again MVP with an amazing kd rating of 1.43.
IEM Katowice 2020
At Katowice s1mple was also awarded MVP with an amazing 1.33 kd rating in over 15 maps played. They beat Astralis in the semi-finals at 2:0 and in the final match at 3:0 over french squad G2. S1mple was considered the best player of the tournament and took MVP reward for numerous times. Na’Vi share was $250,000 dollars.
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Cash earned: Total Prize Money Earned: $651,988.64 From 105 Tournaments