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s1mple gets new role following Na’Vi CSGO roster change

Published: 24/Jan/2020 11:22 Updated: 24/Jan/2020 11:32

by Joe O'Brien

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Na’Vi have announced a change to their CS:GO roster, replacing Ladislav ‘GuardiaN’ Kovács with Ilya ‘Perfecto’ Zalutskiy.

The change follows earlier reports that GuardiaN had stopped practicing with the squad, and that they were looking for a young rifler to replace him.

Perfecto has most recently been competing for Syman Gaming, who most notably appeared at the StarLadder Berlin Major in September 2019, where they pulled off upset wins over Vitality and North before eventually being eliminated in the Challengers Stage by eventual finalists AVANGAR.

The change marks the end of GuardiaN’s short second stint in Na’Vi, having returned to the team in September 2019. The period was largely underwhelming, with GuardiaN putting up some of the weakest performances in his career.

The introduction of GuardiaN to the team also came with a switch for star player Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev, who gave up the AWP to move into a primary rifling position. While the change was one that s1mple himself stated he had wanted to make, the results weren’t what the team had been hoping for, with Na’Vi failing to see an improvement in performance.

With GuardiaN now leaving the team, s1mple will once again be taking up the AWP, with Perfecto filling the vacant rifler position. Fans of both the team and s1mple himself will undoubtedly be pleased to see the change, with many of his best performances historically coming with the sniper in hand.

GuardiaN competing with Na'VI at DreamHack Malmo
Adela Sznajder for DreamHack
GuardiaN is departing Na’Vi for a second time after returning in September 2019.

Na’Vi coach Andrii ‘B1ad3’ Gorodenskyi cited language barriers as one of the main reasons for the change, with GuardiaN being the sole Slovakian on an otherwise Russian and Ukrainian squad.

“Everybody tried very hard and progress was noticeable but in critical moments of the match, we lacked the coherence where we would react to opponent’s actions as a one unit. One of the reasons is the language barrier, which was especially noticeable in the game against tier-1 teams, where quality and speed of communication is of a great importance. That’s why we decided to replace Ladislav, and s1mple returns to the AWP role, because he is simply the best in that field.”

Na’Vi are due to make their debut with the new squad in the BLAST Premier Spring group stage, which is taking place from January 31 to February 16.

Na’Vi’s new CS:GO roster:

  • Egor ‘flamie’ Vasilev
  • Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev
  • Denis ‘electronic’ Sharipov
  • Kirill ‘Boombl4’ Mikhailov
  • Ilya ‘Perfecto’ Zalutskiy
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S1mple banned again on Twitch for fourth time over “aggression”

Published: 30/Oct/2020 22:28

by Bill Cooney

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CS:GO star Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev has apparently been banned again on Twitch, for his fourth time in total on the platform.

The Ukrainian is the star of Natus Vincere’s CSGO squad and generally considered one of the best CS:GO players in the entire world, but even that isn’t enough to save you from the wrath of Twitch mods.

S1mple is no stranger to temporary bans from the site, and it seems he added to his tally again on Oct. 30, with his channel being taken offline out of nowhere.

It seems that like in the past, the pro has once again been banned for using a slur while streaming, but this latest episode isn’t quite like the others.

Shortly after news of the ban dropped, s1mple Tweeted that he was banned for using a Russian slur, but he claims he only said it because he was upset with another player for saying it on his stream.

“It’s funny that I get banned for aggression towards a person that says the word “Pidor” and specifically tries to ban me on the platform,” he wrote. “I try to condemn him for this and say the forbidden word because I have a negative attitude towards it (because of rules).”

While s1mple filled fans in on why he was banned, he didn’t mention how long he would be off of the platform for. Looking at his past infractions though, and it’s safe to say he’s probably looking at a 7-day break, at the very least.

The site has been known to ban repeat offenders for longer if they continue to get in hot water for the same thing, but considering how big of a name s1mple is and the circumstances surrounding this particular incident, it’s hard to say.

A good number of his fans noted that Twitch was quick to ban the Na’Vi pro after he slipped up, but still haven’t taken action against any one of the countless channels that rebroadcast s1mple’s streams to try and steal viewers.

Still, the pro doesn’t seem so much bothered by the ban as he does annoyed, which makes sense because he doesn’t really need to stream so to speak, considering all the money he’s made playing CS:GO professionally. That doesn’t really help his fans though, who will have to find someone else to watch while they wait for his return.