CSGO interviewer Banks noted s1mple's surprising lack of confidence at the Berlin Major - Dexerto

CSGO interviewer Banks noted s1mple’s surprising lack of confidence at the Berlin Major

Published: 4/Sep/2019 21:34 Updated: 6/Apr/2020 12:33

by Scott Robertson


In an interview between interviewers just before the Champions stage of the StarLadder Berlin major, James Banks told Frankie Ward and Dexerto about a rare lack of confidence he saw in CS:GO star Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev.

In a series of interviews for Dexerto, powered by Razer, Frankie Ward has spoken to several members of the StarLadder Berlin major talent team. One of them is James Banks, who has been performing interviews with a number of prolific CS:GO players throughout the tournament.

When Frankie asked James what the most surprising things he’s uncovered in his interviews are, he spoke candidly about his conversation with s1mple, who has famously never lacked in confidence.

“I’ve been interviewing him for so many years and speaking to him as a friend, but I’ve never seen him not confident in his own ability… He said himself he’s not at his A game. He’s not the confident s1mple you normally get.”

You can watch Frankie’s full interview with James Banks here:

s1mple has always gone the extra mile when it comes to mastering his craft, playing hours and hours of Counter-Strike and focusing solely on getting better, even during player breaks.

In his interview with Banks, he acknowledged some new steps that he and Natus Vincere are taking, including spending more time together both in game and out.

Despite his status as one of the world’s best players, s1mple is demonstrating a more team-focused approach, and this Na’Vi team is definitely one worth watching, both in Berlin and after.


Jarek ‘DeKay’ Lewis has reported that Na’Vi are exploring options for replacing Danylo ‘Zeus’ Teslenko, and Banks said in his interview with Frankie that it’s apparent we’ll see Na’Vi and Zeus part ways after the major.

Banks spoke at length about the potential of the team’s newest addition Kirill ‘Boombl4’ Mikhailov, saying that Na’Vi have everything they need going forward.

With a young leader being groomed for greatness, a star still at his peak, and team chemistry at an all-time high, the future of Na’Vi is very bright, and they’ll be looking to win that elusive major title when the Champions Stage begins.


Banks still has Team Liquid winning the major, adding that when he spoke to Liquid, they said the extra games they played in the Legends stage would be important to knocking off the rust.


FACEIT offer $55k pot for collegiate Valorant, CSGO & League of Legends

Published: 29/Oct/2020 9:22

by Alan Bernal


Esports platform FACEIT is putting together a host of leagues for collegiate North American teams to vie for a $55,000 pot across League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Valorant circuits.

The deadline for college players to sign up will be November 1, after which the TO will move ahead with a two-division system for CSGO & Valorant as well as regional qualifiers for League of Legends.

For the two tactical shooters, FACEIT will have a “Premier league, for top-tier competition, and Contenders league, for more casual competition.”

College players should note that the Premier and Contenders league will have a registration fee of $125 per team and $75 per team, respectively.

FACEIT will give aspiring esports players a chance to compete for cash in Valorant, LoL, and CSGO.

CSGO & Valorant leagues

From the $55,000 pot, CSGO will get a $30,000 prize pool, $5,000 of which will supply the Contenders league winnings. Meanwhile, FACEIT is putting $10,000 up for grabs in Valorant.

Both Premier and Contenders will have a 10-week Swiss format regular season that will lead into a single elimination playoff in Spring 2021.

Matches start on November 5-10 with the regular season’s 10th match scheduled for February 18-23, so student teams will have months to plan, prepare, and play out the full season.

The playoffs are planned to take place in March through April in the new year, with the Championship following after.

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FACEIT will hold collegiate varsity events for Valorant and CSGO.

League of Legends

FACEIT will produce a three-phase LoL circuit that will eventually decide which team claims the biggest take of the $15,000 prize pool.

State-wide qualifiers, consisting of 16 teams each, are going to take place in the US and Canada. These will decide which teams make it into the Regional Stage. The top four teams that make it out of the Regionals will go on to the Finals for the biggest share of the $15,000 pot.

The breakdown of target dates for FACEIT’s state-wide LoL events.

Every state qualifying tournament will require a $100 registration fee, 50% of which goes to the prize pool. FACEIT gave this example: “if the California tournament has 10 teams, there will be a $500 prize for that.”

To get more information on the collegiate leagues, head over to FACEIT’s hub to register your team.