s1mple: "I don't know what is going to happen with NAVI and all the players. Maybe I will take a break"
In an interview with HLTV.org, NAVI's AWPer Alexandr "s1mple" Kostyliev spoke about the current uncertainty regarding the future of his team. The star player admitted that this, along with the need to make his life outside of Ukraine, might be the reason for taking a break from CS.
s1mple's remarks came as a response to a journalist's request to comment on his ambiguous message from two weeks ago, when the Ukrainian tweeted: "Still thinking about my decision, 2BC."
It is about deciding what to do. I don't know what is going to happen with the organization and all the players. We still need to decide if we will stick together or if we should do more changes. Because maybe I will take a break because I need to do things in life, like I need to move, I need to get a lot of documents... when you have a tournament after tournament you just have no time.
Kostyliev also expressed regret that NAVI failed to establish its era. He believes that this was the result of the war that broke out in his home country.
Yeah, it felt like Putin decided to remove all CIS teams from winning tournaments and disband them, you know? Because that is the most important thing that happened, when the war started we were mentally destroyed, we even got to the semi-finals [in Katowice], we lost to G2... I mean, G2 who still can't win tournaments. We lost to ourselves the first time, after that we had no preparation [for Pro League] and we lost again, and then at the Major it felt like it could be our last hurrah because we knew something was probably going to change, and we failed again.
Overall, things happening in the world... we just lost to ourselves. Maybe it feels like an excuse and that we could play better and we could win, but I think that is the main reason why there is no NAVI era right now. But still, it gave us a lot of experience, as people.
The interview with s1mple took place in the run-up to BLAST Premier Spring Final 2022, which will be held from June 15 to 19. The Ukrainian stressed that he will for sure play at the next tournament for his team, which will be IEM Cologne 2022 (July 5-17).
Earlier, during a press conference ahead of the upcoming BLAST event, Kostyliev said that he considers two countries as a new place of residence: Portugal and Spain. That said, he has already received a one-year residence permit in Portugal.