S1mple Would Have Switched to Valorant if He Played for Astralis

Published 03/31/2021, 1:19 PM EDT


Very few players in the world have achieved what Oleksandr “S1mple” Kostyliev has done in the world of CS: GO. He has won countless MVPs in big time tournaments like IEM Katowice, ESL One Cologne, and has played at an elite level for many years. The Natus Vincere player is on the list of the greatest players in the game’s history. But recently, rumors started swirling around the Ukranian star’s potential switch to CS: GO’s biggest rival, Valorant.

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S1mple in Valorant

The chatter around the Ukranian’s potential move to Valorant came after he received the ban hammer in the game. He got unbanned within hours after one Valorant developer noticed his tweet about getting banned. As Vanguard is one of the strictest anti-cheat systems in FPS, other players must have reported his account after seeing him pull off insane Operator shots.

S1mple has been streaming a lot of Valorant recently to go with his regular streams and scrims on CS: GO. Last year, during a random AMA on Twitter, he joked about joining his former teammate Hiko in the 100 Thieves Valorant team. But other than that, he has never really talked about leaving CS: GO, even with all the rumors floating around. But it looks like he might have finally put all these rumors to bed.

He probably would have left if he played for Astralis

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During a recent stream, a viewer asked S1mple if he would quit CS: GO to play Valorant competitively. He replied by saying that if he played for a team like Astralis and won 4 majors, then he would probably think about it. He later said that until he gets that elusive major, he will continue to keep grinding for Natus Vincere.

Fans of CSGO would know that he has the talent and the skill to be considered the game’s greatest player of all time. But with zero major wins in his career, fans have a hard time making that case for him. With just a single major in his long list of achievements, he can have a very serious case of being the GOAT over players like dev1ce and f0rest. Fans might expect him to make the switch with a couple of majors under his belt, but for now, S1mple is not moving away from Natus Vincere and CS: GO.

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Rupesh Nair

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Rupesh is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. Currently a student at Mumbai University, he has been involved with eSports since his childhood. Having played titles like Fallout 4, Minecraft, FIFA, Portal 2 and Halo 4 extensively, Rupesh has a deep understanding of the sport.

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