B1ad3: "s1mple is not complete. I think there is a ceiling that he didn't reach"
NAVI's coach Andrey "B1ad3" Gorodenskiy shared in a video for the tournament operator BLAST his opinion on the development of Natus Vincere's leader Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev. According to the specialist, the AWPer has not yet reached his peak and, in particular, is able to progress from the tactical point of view.
I think s1mple is not complete. I think there is a ceiling that he didn't reach in terms of tactical aspect. If he was an IGL for half a year, for example, I think he would improve in a huge way. I think s1mple is at his best when he's confident. Then, he is destroying everyone.
Gorodenskiy also described the duties that fall on s1mple as the main star of NAVI.
You must make the decisions to be a star player inside the game. In the mid round, you must analyze everything, every aspect of the round at this point, and then you make a decision. Without confidence, there will be no decision, I think, there will always be hesitation and you will lose the time.
Over the past few years, s1mple has been one of the best players in the world. During this time, he won many big events, including PGL Major Stockholm 2021, and also set a record for most MVP medals won by a CS:GO player in the pro scene.
HLTV.org twice awarded Kostyliev the title of the best player in the world: in 2018 and 2021. That said, in 2019 and 2020, when Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut from Vitality was crowned world number one, the Ukrainian placed second on the ranking.