"There are just so many s1mple stories. Oh my god!” - Team Liquid's Manager talks about s1mple's stay with the Organization

Aditya Singh Rawat
23/May/2020 12:33 pm

Cover And Thumbnail Image Courtesy: DreamHack - Adela Sznajder

  • In a recent Team Liquid podcast, jokasteve (Team Liquid's manager) spoke about star CS:GO player s1mple's stay with the organization.

  • He revealed what a struggle it was for the team's management and s1mple to understand each other and come on the same page.

  • Jokasteve also spoke about s1mple's departure from the team and how it all went down.   

In a recent Team Liquid podcast consisting of Steve "jokasteve" Perino, William "Blitz" Lee, Steve "LiQuiD112" Arhancet, and AveryHam, a segment discussed past player departures and how the organization handled them. During this discussion, the name of one of the best Counter-Strike players popped up Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev, who currently plays for the Ukrainian esports organization Na’Vi.

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Talking about s1mple’s stay with Team Liquid jokasteve responded by saying that,

“S1mple was rough because he was very young (18-years-old). He came from like a very different background than the US, being from Ukraine. It was like a total culture shock when he first got here, and he had this expectation that he was the best and that he expected everyone to be the best, and ah s1mple s1mple s1mple….there are just so many s1mple stories. Oh my god!”

He went on to reveal how tough it was for the Liquid management and s1mple to come to a mutual agreement, commending the Ukrainian by saying that “He has a heart of gold and he literally gave it his all,” but it was hard to make him understand why his teammates were not as good as him and this made the situation pretty rough.

Perino went on to discuss other problems like s1mple desperately wanting to go back home during the off-time when others wanted to practise, and his sudden addiction to the mobile game 'Clash Royale'. All of this, months later transpired into a mutual separation between the two, as s1mple went on to play for Na’Vi.

S1mple with Team Liquid during DreamHack Masters Malmö 2016

To understand things better here is a timeline of a few events that took place from s1mple's joining to his departure.

  • The star rifler joined Team Liquid in January 2016.

  • Just four months down the line he left the organization to play for a European team called ‘Worst Players’ while still in contract with the North American organization.

  • During this period s1mple used to act as a streamer for Team Liquid.

  • After just one month, s1mple returned to compete in two final events under the Liquid banner; Esports Championship Series Season 1 - Finals and ESL One: Cologne 2016.

  • Right after the two tournaments, s1mple left Team Liquid to join Na’Vi on August 2016.

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Though Team Liquid did finish second at ESL One: Cologne 2016, it was not enough to make s1mple change his mind, as both he and the organization parted ways with each other. Ever since then s1mple has stuck with Na’Vi, currently playing with the organization for the fourth straight year.


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Aditya Singh Rawat is the in-house CS:GO writer at AFK Gaming. While his understanding of the esports space is not restricted by geographical borders, his current focus lies in the Asian region. Understands and follows almost all major esport titles.