S1mple explains why current Na'Vi CSGO lineup is the "best" ever - Dexerto
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S1mple explains why current Na’Vi CSGO lineup is the “best” ever

Published: 28/Feb/2020 11:33 Updated: 1/May/2020 16:22

by Kamil Malinowski

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive superstar Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev has explained why this iteration of Natus Vincere is the “best” one yet. 

S1mple is widely considered to be the best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player in the world and joined his dream team, Na`Vi, in 2016, creating a line-up that many thought would dominate the CS scene.

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However, the team never quite managed to reach the peak and even struggled to do much of anything in 2019, resulting in a few roster changes. Most recently, Ladislav ‘GuardiaN’ Kovács was removed from the squad to make room for Ilya ‘Perfecto’ Zalutskiy and the team has already shown impressive results, winning their group in the BLAST Spring season.

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S1mple is widely considered to be the best CS:GO player of all time.

The Na`Vi squad has been battling it out with the best in the world at IEM Katowice 2020 and managed to secure a spot in the playoffs. Things are looking better than ever for the team and s1mple even claimed that this is the best line-up yet in an interview with Dexerto.

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“I think our individual performance, of all our players, is the best of all [previous Na`Vi] players. If everyone’s on point we can easily win every clutch.” Oleksandr began, with some high praise, before explaining what exactly makes the team so good.

“Everyone’s progressing [well] and everyone understands each other. We all understand what we bring to Counter-Strike and what we need to reach 100% of our level.”

S1mple also spoke about their next matchup, in which they face off against Team Liquid in Katowice on Feb 28. He claims the team is now “confident” when playing against the North American squad, and seemed extremely calm about the match.

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There’s no doubt that it will be an exciting one as the two teams battle for a spot in the semi-finals of IEM Katowice 2020, where they will face the current number one team Astralis.

The Ukrainian, his team, and CSGO fans are in for an exciting weekend of Counter-Strike action, where we may just see the best Na`Vi squad yet shine.

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How Tabsen rebuilt German Counter-Strike

Published: 13/Oct/2020 1:51

by Alan Bernal

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German Counter-Strike was a marvel to see in the days of 1.6, and it’s been a long time since the scene had much acclaim. But Johannes ‘tabseN’ Wodarz has slowly been building up the country’s prominence in the esport alongside the rest of the BIG lineup.

Hailing from pre-Source era LANs, tabseN was there when the Germans were a force to be reckoned with, alongside the neighboring French teams of the time. But that pales in comparison to modern CS:GO, where a German player has yet to even grace a grand finals for a Major.

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Looking to right that wrong, tabseN would leave NRG Esports in 2017 to create Berlin International Gaming (BIG). He linked up with Fatih ‘gob b’ Dayik and Nikola ‘LEGIJA’ Ninic to take Germany back to its CS glory days.

The early road was rocky, to say the least. Roster changes and injuries marred the first couple years.

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This made it hard for tabseN and co. to put together any meaningful results, with only minor success or deep bracket runs that would fizzle out before reaching the finals. TabseN didn’t win a single championship in 2019, that was his first dry year since 2012.

Then the online era of 2020 rolled around, where he was now the prominent IGL and the team had added Florian ‘syrsoN’ Rische and Nils ‘k1to’ Gruhne to the lineup.

Like classic German engineering, he would create a team that could withstand major obstacles and persist pressure. This is the story of how tabseN rebuilt German Counter-Strike.

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