The Ukrainian organization Natus Vincere and the superstar AWPer Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev have entered into a three-year contract extension.
Aleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev has signed contract extensions with NaVi that will keep him with the organization through 2025. Since his arrival in 2016, s1mple has constantly delivered for NaVi, supporting one of the greatest and most consistent organizations in CSGO over a journey that has been filled with ups and downs. A team that continually improved in CSGO’s ranks and popularity over the past few years had The “Undertaker” as its backbone.
“We believe the upcoming Intel Extreme Masters Rio Major 2022 tournament will end up another victory for our team, and Brazil will be the place for s1mple to once again become one of the architects of NAVI’s success!” – Natus Vincere
— NAVI (@natusvincere) October 18, 2022
s1mple’s journey with NaVi
In light of his reputation as one of the most talented players in the game, it should come as no surprise that NaVi wasn’t willing to wait any longer to sign him, especially after a turbulent season. As a result of his contribution to Natus Vincere, the team won 11 titles including ESL One New York 2016 and IEM Cologne 2018. After struggling for years, he captured the elusive Major trophy at 2021 PGL Stockholm just less than a year ago, setting a record for winning a Major without dropping a single map in a Major.
His contributions also resulted in the team’s success at the BLAST Premier Spring Finals 2022 as well as NaVi ’s victory in the third edition of the Intel Grand Slam. Recent performances by the rifler at European RMR, where he earned an HLTV rating of 1.48 and a 1.55 impact rating, helped Natus Vincere secure a seat on the Legends Stage at the forthcoming Major. The 25-year-old Ukrainian native has won 21 MVP awards and has twice been crowned the best player in the world by HLTV in 2018 and 2021.
Natus Vincere roster:
- Denis “electroNic” Sharipov
- Ilya “Perfecto” Zalutskiy
- Valeriy “b1t” Vakhovskiy
- Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev
- Viktor “sdy” Orudzhev (stand-in)
- Andrey “B1ad3” Gorodenskiy (coach)
While s1mple is still on the team, fans can expect exciting games and the occasional blowout victory, regardless of the fact that NaVi struggled to win any titles in the second half of the 2022 season. While s1mple has now been confirmed to stay with NaVi for three more years, there is no information on Denis “electroNic” Sharipov’s future with the organization. The two-year contract that Electronic signed with NaViin 2020 is about to expire in the coming few months.
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