s1mple goes inactive and is ready to consider offers from other clubs
NAVI's Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev announced via his Twitter account that he is taking a break from competing. According to the star esports athlete, he needs time to resolve personal issues. However, at the same time he is open to considering offers from other clubs and even explore switching from the AWPer role to a rifler.
So what’s next, time to take break as I wanted, but that’s only half of story. Need to fix documents and take care of other people in my life.
About switching to other org: never thought about it but would be interesting to see offers, maybe on rifle since AWP a bit not impactful in new game. While nothing decided yet, I hope you still gonna cheer for boys in upcoming tournaments.
s1mple’s statement came after reports in the media about NAVI's intentions to replace their leader. According to HLTV.org, the Black-and-Yellow have already decided on a new sniper. The role will be taken by Ihor “w0nderful” Zhdanov if transfer negotiations with Sprout are successful.
Kostyliev has been competing for NAVI since 2016. It was with him that the Ukrainian club achieved the greatest success in CS:GO, including champion titles at prestigious tournaments such as StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 7, IEM Katowice 2020, BLAST Premier Global Final 2020, IEM Cologne 2021, ESL Pro League Season 14, PGL Major Stockholm 2021, BLAST Premier Fall Final 2021, BLAST Premier World Final 2021, as well as the Intel Grand Slam S3 award.
NAVI's current lineup looks as follows:
Valeriy "b1t" Vakhovskiy
Justinas "jL" Lekavicius
Mihai "iM" Ivan
Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen
Andrey "B1ad3" Gorodenskiy (coach)
Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev (inactive)