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Natus Vincere CS:GO Player s1mple Explains How They Manage To Win Against Astralis



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Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev is a 22-year-old Ukranian superstar who has been playing for Natus Vincere since 2016. In 2018, he was the best player in the world. In his career, he earned around $600.000 from the events.

A few days ago, during the conversation with, s1mple shared the details of what happened in the match against Astralis and how they overcome the best team in the world. asked:

“You struggled on your map pick, Train. What were some of the difficulties experienced on it?”

s1mple replied:

“I was disappointed that we had a poor first map, though I think Astralis prepared really well for us on it. We had a 6-7 win streak on it, and it’s one of the few maps Astralis could study. We thought they would ban either Train or Mirage. If they banned Train, then we would’ve gone for Dust2. I just think that we were unfortunate.

The start was seemingly alright, 3-0, but then we started losing rounds in clutch situations. I think they gained confidence off the back of this and had a strong first half. Afterward, right from the second pistol round, we lost rounds despite advantages.” asked:

“Inferno was an incredibly close grind, where you managed to comeback 16-14 and take the series. It’s one of Astralis’ stronger maps, and they were favoured to take it. How did keep your heads in the game?”

s1mple said:

“We had a gameplan, and the beginning wasn’t very good, but we told ourselves that every single round is important and that we just need to focus on the current round, not the previous or upcoming one. I think everyone on the team felt their game on the CT side.

The team play I mentioned earlier, you could also feel it in the game against Vitality after around 1-6, we started playing just like we did now. We felt the game and the rotations, we communicated well. I think that really impacted the comeback.”

He added:

“Then, of course, there were the highlight plays from all the players: an incredible triple from electronic while in he was in a molotov, how the guys held B, how we retook A in a 5v5 off the back of communication. We won rounds that other teams would’ve unlikely been able to convert against Astralis. I am extremely happy it worked out this way, that even if we’re not on our A game, we’re still able to beat any team.”

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