s1mple Team History
s1mple Professional Career
|Name in Native Language
|Олександр Олегович Костилєв
|2013 – Present
|Date of Birth
|Oct. 2, 1997
|Social Media Handles
s1mple was born in Kyiv, Ukraine. He started playing Counter-Strike at four years old at the recommendation of his older brother. S1mple picked up Counter-Strike: Global Offensive shortly after its release in 2012, joining his first professional team a year later.
S1mple’s first team was a team called LAN DODGERS, but he was soon signed by Courage Gaming. Around September 2014, s1mple was signed by a large organization known as Hellraisers. There, he joined ANGE1, Dosia, Kucher, and Markeloff, who s1mple considers his idol.
In January 2015, s1mple was soon removed from Hellraisers due to his inflammatory comments about Germans, and an ESL wire ban for cheating. This ban was also extended to 2016 due to ban evasion.
In 2016, After a short stint studying Chinese at a university, s1mple moved to America in early 2016 and joined Team Liquid. A Team Liquid player, Spencer “Hiko” Martin, was standing in for Flipsid3 at ESWC 2015, and he developed a friendly relationship with s1mple there. Team Liquid was surprised at the first major, and reached the semifinals of MLG Major Championship: Columbus, before falling to the eventual champions, Luminosity Gaming.
In 2019, Na’Vi came 3rd to 4th in the first major of the year. S1mple would keep up his form from 2018, and receive an MVP at StarSeries Season 7. After this, Na’Vi would eventually hit a slump and replace s1mple’s long time teammate Ioann “Edward” Sukhariev with Kirill “Boombl4” Mikhailov who was in September 2019 made the team’s leader Oleksandr Kostyliev.