NAVI’s CSGO talisman Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyljev shows up at VCT EMEA to support the company’s Valorant squad
Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyljev accompanied the Natus Vincere hierarchy at the VCT EMEA to show support for the NAVI Valorant team. NAVI’s Head of Esports Amiran Rekhviashvili and CEO Yevhen Zolotarev were also in the stands beside s1mple as NAVI faced off against KOI on the opening day of the competition.
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The broadcast cameras spotted the Ukrainian posing for photos with fans before the match began and sitting among the crowd cheering on NAVI’s Valorant squad afterward. He also stepped into the arena during the interval for an interview with Yinsu Collins.
Does s1mple Play Valorant?
“I actually want to [play on this stage]. I told ANGE1 to just stand in for one map,” s1mple laughingly revealed. “But he said ‘No. I got it.'” s1mple also praised Riot Games for organizing a great Valorant tournament in Berlin.
Even though s1mple made his name as a CSGO player, he is no stranger to Valorant. He sometimes plays the first-person tactical hero shooter on his stream. s1mple also played with NAVI’s Valorant star sniper Mehmet “cNed” İpek.
The AWper is good friends with NAVI’s Valorant in-game leader Kyrylo “ANGE1” Karasov. ANGE1 and s1mple have known each other since their HellRaisers days, so they almost have a decade of friendship between them.
NAVI’s Counter-Strike team has won many honors for their parent company over the years, but their Valorant unit is yet to hit such highs. They do, however, have an impressive roster at the moment. NAVI’s Valorant side recently finished third-fourth at VCT LOCK//IN.
NAVI’s CSGO division lifted the ESL Pro League Season 14 trophy in 2021. They made it to the last four of the ESL Pro League Season 17 a few days back. s1mple and his team won the first round against FaZe, but they fell to a 2-1 defeat in the end.