Counter-Strike: Global Offensive superstar Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev took his own collection of highlights to the next level, pulling off a ridiculous game-winning knife at BLAST Pro Series: Madrid.
Scoring a knife kill at the top level of CS:GO is usually reserved for the pre-game warmup or a tournament showmatch, as it’s something that fans don’t get to see on a regular basis.
Even though professional players do, quite often, tease viewers with the potential for a knife kill, they end up being blasted away - leaving onlookers disappointed. However, s1mple really disappoints and even laughed in the face of an M4A4 spray down to secure a game-winning knife kill.
Usually when teams take on Natus Vincere, their first concern is making sure that they know where s1mple is and just how he’s going to try and take them down. But, it’s hard to be on the lookout for him when, well, he’s actively hiding and waiting to strike.
With Na’Vi looking to close out their Dust 2 win over Vodafone Giants, the CS:GO superstar made himself pretty scarce and hid inside of a bloomed smoke grenade as his teammates took down the remaining player on the Portuguese squad.
As the final player, Ricardo ‘fox’ Pacheco, tried to salvage something by bursting out to the mid-doors, s1mple patiently let him past before sneaking behind and trying the backstab. The Ukrainian could only get one swipe in before fox fired back and realized what was happening. Yet, he was powerless to resist s1mple’s second slash as Na’Vi closed the game out with a 16-14 win.
Despite the genius of s1mple, NaVi’s faith at BLAST Pro Series: Madrid ended up out of their own hands after dropping two matches - including a devastating 16-4 loss to ENCE Esports in their opening game and a tight 16-13 defeat to Astralis.
However, they can at least take some solace in the fact that the best player in the world remains on their roster and is so easily capable of pulling out highlight plays whenever they need him too.