Analyst Duncan Thorin Shields praised the skills of Natus Vincere sniper Alexander s1mple Kostylev. On Twitter, he stated that this player is significantly ahead of the rest. According to Shields, even Mathieu ZywOo Erbot cannot yet compare with Kostylev.
Thorin noted that now s1mple can change several positions in one match, which is unusual for any CS: GO player:
“Replace ZywOo with s1mple in Team Vitality and he is unlikely to lose a match. That is how he is now bypassing everyone. Other great players have always been in their position or role. S1mple has been in teams with obvious weaknesses for so long that now he just plays with opponents all over the map. Now on some maps he is ready to play three or four positions in defense per match, if necessary. He went beyond Counter-Strike. “
According to Shields, ZywOo has not yet reached the s1mple level, but after a few years they may be equal:
“ZywOo can hit a target that others won’t hit. But s1mple can hit a target that others didn’t even know existed. Let’s see what happens in a couple of years, when ZywOo gains experience and this battle becomes really fair. “
In the playoffs of BLAST Premier: Fall 2020, the NAVI team lost to Vitality with a score of 0: 2 and fell into the lower bracket of the playoffs. S1mple and ZywOo finished the match with a positive kill / death difference – +17 and +15, respectively.