The Natus Vincere superstar, who is arguably the best player in the world, may not have the recent tournament success to back up his own skills, but there's no doubt that he dedicates himself to trying to improve rather than just playing for the sake of playing.
Like the majority of top players, s1mple commits himself to practice through hours upon hours of playing CS:GO. Yet, not all of them have matched his ability to get better through playing seriously.
During his June 14 stream, the Ukrainian had been dabbling in games of FACEIT Pro League alongside a number of fellow pros when viewers questioned his decision to not select upcoming talent 'D0cC' for his team. S1mple explained that he wanted players who played the game the right way and not “stupid” in highly intense rounds.
“If you’re going to play really stupid in these rounds, then what? Why are you even playing FPL, why you play CS?,” stated S1mple. “Even if FPL, Matchmaking, FACEIT or whatever is for fun you always need to play your hundred percent level.”
He continued: “How do you want to be consistent in official games if you don’t know or if you can’t be consistent in any other matches? I don’t understand the question ‘how to be consistent’. Just play at your max level every time.”
Will anyone take s1mple's advice on board?
Considering s1mple has seemingly god-given talent to be one of the premier CS:GO professionals around, it’s pretty easy for him to say that you should just play 100% at all times. However, he practices what he preaches and even takes games with his non-pro friends as serious as he would an on-stage match for Natus Vincere.
It remains to be seen if any other top-level players take his advice on board and look to propel themselves even further. After all, better competition means that everybody has to raise their own game and s1mple could very well take his skills to the next level as he goes in search of that elusive Major win.