Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev

Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev

Ukrainian golden boy, Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev started playing Counter-Strike (later CSGO) at the age of four under the supervision of his older brother Alexey. The two brothers constantly fought over the households only computer just to play Counter-Strike. He enjoyed playing Counter-Strike and he was becoming better and better every single day.

Early beginnings

Counter Strike Global Offensive was released in 2012. Just a year later s1mple made his semi-pro CSGO debut with Ukrainian team called the LAN DODGERS. The next year s1mple joined the team Courage Gaming. The world saw his raw talent and he slowly started to gain a reputation around Europe.

After seeing his performance and undeniable talent at Star Series, markeloff and Dosia invited him to join the HellRaisers team. However, just a few months later, he was abruptly banned from ESL. Due to that, he was forced to part ways with HellRaisers while he was banned.


During his ESL ban, s1mple played for CSGO team Flipsid3 tactics, the team that made a commitment to simple that HellRaisers wouldn’t. They agreed to find stand-ins for him at ESL events. During that period he spent some time standing in for HellRaisers and FlipSid3. As a stand-in for FlipSid3, he formed a strong bond with longtime North American pro Hiko. The ESL ban finally expired on February 1, 2016.

Professional Career

Thanks to his friendship with Hiko, s1mple signed with one of North America’s largest CSGO organizations, Team Liquid. He was only 18 years old and he decided to put his education on hold, leave Europe and chase a major title. S1mple almost got it, they were second placed at Major ESL One Cologne 2016. After that loss in the Grand-Finals against SK Gaming, s1mple was devastated. He went back home to Ukraine and decided that he would not be returning to North America. In August of 2016, simple replaced Zeus in Natus Vincere, in his hometown team.

With an almost entirely Ukrainian roster, it seemed like a perfect match. In his first premier event with NaVi, they won ESL One New York, emphatically making their presence felt as a force in the EU scene. During that event, simple was plus 54 with 197 kills over nine maps. He was later named as the MVP of the entire tournament. Since that day, he is still playing for Na’Vi, but there are some speculations that he might leave and join FaZe. We can’t know for sure, only time will tell.

S1mple In 2018

Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev is currently playing for Na’Vi as a primary AWP with 1,33 rating on HLTV in the course of last 6 months. S1mple was found as an MVP player of 6 big tournaments in 2018. He is known for his aggressive playstyle, something similar to KennyS in 2015. This player is single-handedly carrying team Na’Vi on his shoulders and due to that, team results are based on s1mples performance most of the time.  S1mple is always performing well, he wants to win every game and he truly is one of the best on the planet, even without a major title. Many analytics are placing his raw talent and confident gameplay above the likes of NiKo, olofmeister and coldzera, the gods of CS:GO.

S1mple in 2019

In 2019, s1mple had an excellent season. He finished as a second player right behind ZywOo on HLTV list in 2019. According to many people, he deserved the first place but that is negotiable because ZywOo had a season of his life. S1mple had a 1.30 rating on HLTV which shows us how consistent he is. It is really hard to maintain that rating during the whole year. However, he did it and always performed well. Although s1mple was one of the best players of 2019, he did not win a Major tournament. On IEM Katowice 2019, Na’Vi was stopped by ENCE in the semi-finals. Everyone thought they will do better on Berlin Major but Na’Vi was out in the Quarter-Finals after losing to NRG Esports with 2-0 the final result. 2019 is over and s1mple is still without a Major title. Will 2020 be better for this player? Only time will tell.

CSGO S1mple Settings, Gear & Equipment

If you wonder how to play like s1mple and which CSGO settings is he using, stay tuned and find out. First of all, it is impossible to play like s1mple. You will need to train and train every day to get even close to him. However, you training can be in vain if you don’t have the right settings. Try to use s1mple’s settings and you will see it is easier to aim with 4:3 aspect ratio. The player model heads will be bigger and it will be easier for you to hit the headshot. On top of that, if you reduce your sensitivity, you will be more precise. The 240 Hz monitor will also help you because you will be able to see more FPS and the game won’t feel laggy anymore. Read our article FPS in CSGO to find out more about this topic. After visual information, the sound is the second source of information in CSGO. Just try the headphones he is using. I am personally using the same headphones and I can hear a lot of things other people can’t. S1mple’s CSGO equipment is not so expensive if you really enjoy playing this game.


Mario has been actively playing CSGO ever since the game was released. He enjoys writing about Counter-Strike and he will try his best to present you with up to date news, previews, betting tips and predictions.