S1mple On Comparison With NiKo


S1mple Shares Who Is the Better CS:GO Player - Him or NiKo

The GOAT of Counter-Strike is focused on himself.

Aditya Singh Rawat
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S1mple shared his thoughts on who is the better CS:GO player between him and NiKo in this year.
S1mple has won seven MVP awards so far this year which includes the one for the PGL Major Stockholm 2021.
NiKo in the last few months has put up insane statistics with nothing but a rifle, proving himself to be the best rifler in CS:GO at the moment.

The player who has managed to bag seven MVP (Most Valuable Player) awards to his name this year, Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev, is enjoying the season of his life along with Natus Vincere (NAVI). The 24-year-old recently shared his opinion on who was the better CS:GO player between him and Nikola "NiKo" Kovač, during an interview with HLTV.

The NAVI star AWPer had already been named the second-best CS:GO player in the world two years in a row, in 2019 and 2020. However, things are looking different this time as he is all set to take the top position due to his consistently brilliant performances.

But as the year nears its end another name has started vying for the top spot, NiKo, as he has put up amazing fragging statistics, which are simply unmatched, and he has done so by using nothing but a rifle.

S1mple shares his thoughts on who the better CS:GO player is between him and NiKo

NAVI with s1mple leading the charge has achieved everything they could have asked for and more in CS:GO this year. Though they could not manage to remain undefeated on LAN, they did claim the Intel Grand Slam Season 3 while also lifting the trophy in Stokcholm by winning the Major.

Shining bright behind all this success was none other than s1mple, supported by the perfect team that enabled him to keep his best foot forward every single time.

S1mple was named the 'Best Esports Athlete' by The Game Awards 2021

While s1mple was busy working his magic with the AWP, there was NiKo on another front fighting hard for G2 Esports with nothing but a rifle. NiKo's team did not register a single win at any significant CS:GO tournament, but despite that he managed to mesmerize the entire community with his mind blowing performances. This led to discussions and doubts about who would be named as the best CS:GO player of 2021.

Speaking about the same in a post-match interview with HLTV, s1mple after NAVI's win against Heroic said that,

Well nothing, I mean they already saw the whole year. So let the people and other players decide. I mean, I know that I'm playing better and that's it.
Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev - Interview with HLTV

S1mple left the decision upto the public. He did not downsize NiKo and without any ego simply explained his thoughts on who should be the best CS:GO player of 2021.

Letting his performances do all the talking, s1mple indirectly emphasized that viewers should take a look at the whole year instead of just one portion of it, and this is exactly where he shines due to his consistency.

This does not take anything away from the fact that NiKo has been a beast of a rifler in these past few months, putting up incredible performances and remarkable statistics for a player that only wields a rifle.

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Aditya 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.