S1mple Talks About NAVI Era

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S1mple Talks About 'NAVI Era' and What the Team Aims to Achieve in 2022

The GOAT of CS:GO had a lot to say about their achievements!

Aditya Singh Rawat
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Highlights
NAVI has won a total of eight trophies in 2021, this includes victories at four consecutive LAN tournaments.
S1mple who was not sure if the 'NAVI Era' has truly begun is confident about this fact now, following their victory at BLAST Premier: World Final 2021.
Talking about NAVI's plans for 2022, s1mple said that they just want to stay on top and would be working hard to ensure it.

Natus Vincere (NAVI) has had one hell of a year when it comes to competitive CS:GO, winning four consecutive LAN tournaments and eight trophies overall. With the team celebrating this achievement, their star player Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev is now convinced that CS:GO is finally witnessing the much discussed 'NAVI Era'.

The 24-year-old is on cloud nine himself, proud of having won eight MVP (Most Valuable Player) awards in 2021 and setting a new record. The star AWPer overtook Nicolai "dev1ce" Reedtz's record of seven medals that he had achieved in 2018 along with Astralis.

'NAVI Era' has finally begun according to s1mple

Before the start of BLAST Premier: World Final 2021, s1mple had said that "I think, people will realize when it starts". He was not sure if they had done enough to prove their worth and consider their run as an era of its own. However, the stupendous lower bracket run displayed by NAVI at the tournament seems to have turned things around.

In a post-match interview with HLTV, s1mple while speaking about the 'NAVI Era' was confident in his response as he acknowledged that at the moment he feels as if they truly are in it.

Right now, I'd say yes. We won four LAN events in a row and eight tournaments overall, it's the best year for my team and our organization.
Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev - Interview with HLTV

S1mple further added that he was proud of the team for having achieved this feat and was happy to be able to do this with NAVI. His impact on the team's performance has been immense as he clinched the MVP title for all their eight victories.

s1mple after winning BLAST Premier: World Final 2021

As for what NAVI looks to achieve in 2022, s1mple emphasized that right now the entire team needs to rest for a bit and then repeat the same results or go even further beyond.

We just want to stay on top. That's our first goal because we understand that even before now teams wanted to remove us from the top, but we're working so hard for that not to happen.
Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev - Interview with HLTV

He pointed out that there will be new rosters in 2022 as multiple teams are undergoing massive overhauls, which should make things very interesting next year. This offset of teams stepping forth with a new lineup is a double-edged sword that can work both for and against NAVI.

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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.