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CSGO star s1mple explains why he’s giving up the AWP

Published: 23/Sep/2019 23:21 Updated: 23/Sep/2019 23:33

by Andrew Amos


Natus Vincere star Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev has spoken to HLTV about why he’s giving up the AWP and going back to rifling.

If there is any player in the world that can easily swap between roles in Counter-Strike, it’s s1mple. Named the best player in the world in 2018, the Ukranian superstar has always shone in bright lights, no matter the team he is on or the weapon in his hands.

He’s made a name for himself with his deadly precision with the AWP, but in an interview with HLTV on September 23, he’s described how he’s going to give it all up with the latest rendition of Na`Vi.

Blast Pro SeriesNa`Vi made some roster changes after BLAST Moscow, bringing back GuardiaN.

The Ukranian superstar described the impact of Ladislav ‘GuardiaN’ Kovács’ return to Na`Vi on the team structure. 

The former AWPer left in 2017 amid rumors of infighting, which forced s1mple onto the AWP for the Ukranian squad. However, with GuardiaN back from his stint on FaZe Clan, s1mple was asked to swap back onto rifles – something he happily obliged in.

“With our new coach, B1ad3, he asked me if I want to keep playing with the sniper and I told him, as I always say, if there was going to be a better sniper, a real sniper, of course I was going to give him the AWP,” he said.

GuardiaN is considered one of the best in the world in terms of wielding the green stick, having dominated the early days of CSGO on Na`Vi. A pure sniper at heart, he is a more than apt replacement for the Ukranian superstar.

“(GuardiaN) knows how to use this weapon, he has the most experience out of anyone,” he said. “So he knows how to win and I’m confident in his sniper skills.”

ELEAGUEGuardian is back on Na`Vi after almost two years at FaZe Clan.

Rifles aren’t new to s1mple. The talented player used to be chucked on the AK-47 and M4A4 on teams gone by, and the role gave him more freedom which he is looking forward to reclaiming.

“I feel confident with rifles, I wanted this before, there is more freedom when you play as a rifler,” he said. You can hide in a smoke, you can use all your nades, you can easily trade – I think it is going to work for our team.

“Before, I practiced all the weapons, and even when I was the main AWP I was kind of a hybrid player. Now I’m just going to focus on my positions.”

StarLadderRegardless of the weapon in his hands, s1mple will undoubtedly shine on Na`Vi’s new roster

s1mple’s role in Na`Vi will shift towards more of a secondary AWPer role, picking it up when the team requires another experienced hand on the gun.

“I’m going to play as the secondary sniper so I’m still going to pick it up sometimes,” he said.

Na`Vi’s first major event with their new line up will be at DreamHack Masters Malmö, which starts on October 1.


Mouz & FURIA win BLAST Premier Fall Showdown: final placements & results

Published: 29/Nov/2020 22:10 Updated: 29/Nov/2020 22:15

by Marco Rizzo


The BLAST Premier Fall Showdown 2020 has all wrapped up as Mousesports and FURIA claimed the final qualification spots for the main event at BLAST Premier Fall Finals.

The event hosted sixteen teams from around the world, including invited and qualified squads alongside the teams that failed to reach top-two in their groups at the BLAST Premier Fall Series

The top two teams, Mouz and FURIA, earned $25,000 each as well as a direct invite to the main event in December and the chance to compete for $750,000.

Everything you need to know about this event can be found below, including all of the scores, finalized brackets, and the full final placements.

BLAST Premier Fall Showdown brackets

Group A

BLAST Fall Showdown bracket

Group B

The tournament will consisted of two, single-elimination brackets meeting in the middle, with every match being a best-of-three. The brackets were seeded based on rankings for each team.

Some of the most anticipated games included FaZe vs MiBR, with Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David facing his old team, and Liquid vs MAD, as the North American giants returned to international competition.

BLAST Premier Fall Showdown match scores

Tuesday, 24th November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Round of 16 Complexity 2-0 Sprout 04:30 07:30 12:30 13:30
Round of 16 Spirit 1-2 VP  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Round of 16 FURIA 2-1 Isurus  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Wednesday, 25 November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Round of 16 Mouz 2-0 Godsent 04:30 07:30 12:30 13:30
Round of 16 NiP 0-2 Cloud9  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Round of 16 FaZe 0-2 MiBR  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Thursday, 26 November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Round of 16 Liquid 2-1 MAD  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Round of 16 Heroic 2-1 Endpoint  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Friday,  27 November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Quarter-final FURIA 2-1 VP  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Quarter-final Mouz 2-1 Heroic  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Saturday, 28th November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Quarter-final MiBR 0-2 Liquid  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Quarter-final Cloud9 2-1 Complexity  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Sunday, 29th November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Semi-final FURIA 2 – 1 Team Liquid  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Semi-final Mouz 2 – 0 Cloud9  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

*There was no Grand Final for this tournament since the winners of the two semifinals tie for first place and automatically qualify for the BLAST Fall Finals.

BLAST Premier Fall Showdown Final Placements

Place Team Prize Money (USD)
1-2 Mousesports $25,000 + Qualify for BLAST Fall Finals
1-2 FURIA $25,000 + Qualify for BLAST Fall Finals
3-4 Cloud9 $15,000
3-4 Team Liquid $15,000
5-8 Complexity $10,000
5-8 MiBR $10,000
5-8 Heroic $10,000
5-8 VP $10,000
9-16 Endpoint $3,750
9-16 MAD $3,750
9-16 FaZe $3,750
9-16 NiP $3,750
9-16 Godsent $3,750
9-16 Isirus $3,750
9-16 Spirit $3,750
9-16 Sprout $3,750

BLAST Premier Fall Showdown teams

BLAST Fall Showdown 2020

The BLAST Premier Fall Showdown included a mix of European and North American teams, the latter of which traveled to Europe to get a better connection to the online tournament.

FURIA, NiP, FaZe, and Complexity found themselves here after BLAST Premier Fall Series, where they failed to qualify for the finals, placing 3rd-4th in their groups. Heroic took Evil Geniuses’ spot after the NA squad was denied travel to Europe due to health restrictions.

Mouz, Virtus.pro, Sprout, and Spirit received invites to participate in the event. While Team Liquid decided to not take part in the group stages, their partnership with BLAST landed them an invite to the Showdown.