The Natus Vincere superstar, who was ranked as the #1 player in the world for 2018, has been dominating competitive CS:GO games since 2014 and continues to treat tournament matches as if they’re normal matchmaking games - running through plenty of opponents with ease.
However, s1mple had to reach deep into his bag of tricks to clutch up for his squad during a half-buy round on Inferno, as his team saw themselves trailing Finnish upstarts ENCE Esports in their StarSeries Shanghai quarter-finals match-up.
Operating from the apartments position, s1mple quickly gunned down Aerial as his teammates began falling one-by-one during a stagger bomb site hit. He added a second by finishing off an already weakened Aleksib.
Diving off the balcony of the apartments, the NaVi superstar nailed sergej with a quick flick after he moved out of pit. Left in a two-on-one clutch situation, s1mple quickly ran towards the downed bomb, picked it up and planted the explosives with the round clock ticking towards its conclusion.
With the final two ENCE players closing him down, s1mple ditched the sniper scope and fired two extremely precise, close-range no-scope shots onto Allu and xSeven to clutch out the round and finish his Ace in style.
Behind s1mple’s incredible individual play, NaVi went on to pick the map victory by a scoreline of 16-12 - leveling the series at one map apiece. The Eastern European squad then rolled that win into a series victory, claiming Overpass with a 16-11 scoreline.
That series win propelled them into the StarSeries Shanghai semi-finals, where they dispatched of Renegades in three maps to move into the grand final - where they will face Fnatic for the tournament crown.