Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostylev is known to be one of the best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players in the world. Despite being first known as a paramount rifler, he began to showcase his amazing potential with the sniper rifles in Amazing Gaming and HellRaisers.
Having started his career in the game in 2013 with Ukrainian team LAN DODGERS, he was discovered in early 2014 after his impressive showings online especially on StarSeries IX for team Courage Gaming. Due to internal issues, however, Kostlyev parted company with the ex-Courage squad and returned to the DODGERS team that later became Amazing Gaming.
In mid-September 2014, s1mple saw his career elevate to a new height as he signed for team HellRaisers, joining stars like Dosia and markeloff. In his time in HR, his first international achievement happened at DreamHack Winter 2014, beating fnatic in the group stage 16-14, which led to surprising win of the whole group. Their DHW run ended in the quarter-finals as they were dominantly beaten by Ninjas in Pyjamas, losing the series 2-0.
HellRaisers parted ways with s1mple about two months later, with the main reason for the decision being s1mple's ban from ESL tournaments (a notably harsh blow to his potential due to two majors organized by ESL in 2015). His ban has finally expired on February 1, 2016.
s1mple then joined the predominantly Ukrainian Flipsid3 Tactics team. Due to his aforementioned ESL ban, players like DavCost and CyberFocus were often seen standing-in for him in events managed by ESL. He left the squad on July 17, 2015 following internal problems, and later announced that he would be going inactive for the time being. However, he took a sudden U-turn to this decision only a few days later as it was announced that he would join the revamped roster of Evolution, which later rebranded to Evolution.Dark. His Evolution.Dark story didn't last long as Evolution released whole "Dark" squad after a month. However, the players would keep playing together under name of Worst Players.
Just a few weeks later, it was announced that s1mple was going to stand-in for his former team, HellRaisers, which had been looking for the fifth player after the surprising departure of Dosia. Two weeks later HellRaisers attended DreamHack Stockholm 2015, which was a qualifier for upcoming Major, DreamHack Cluj Napoca 2015. The team failed to qualify despite being a big favorite for a Major spot, as they lost to Titan eSports 1:2 in the winners match, and then were upset by Vexed Gaming losing 1:2, which they had defeated just a day before 2:0.
s1mple became good friends with Hiko while Hiko was playing as a stand in for Flipsid3 Tactics, who would later go on to recruit him to Team Liquid, sacrificing his university course in the process. Team Liquid, with s1mple and Hiko would go on to make it to the semi-finals of MLG Major Championship: Columbus. At the same major, s1mple was chosen for the NA vs EU All-Star Game on the NA side which would go on to win the match in overtime. s1mple was awarded the All-Star MVP.
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|2018-07-08||1st||Premier||ESL One: Cologne 2018||3 : 1||$125,000|
|2018-06-18||1st||Major||CS:GO Asia Championships 2018||2 : 1||$150,000|
|2018-06-03||1st||Premier||StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 5||2 : 0||$125,000|
|2018-04-22||2nd||Premier||DreamHack Masters Marseille 2018||0 : 2||$50,000|
|2018-02-25||2nd||Premier||StarLadder & i-League StarSeries Season 4||1 : 2||$50,000|
|2018-01-27||3rd - 4th||Premier||ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018||0 : 2||$70,000|
|2017-12-03||1st||Major||DreamHack Open Winter 2017||2 : 0||$50,000|
|2017-11-26||1st||Major||WESG 2017 Europe Finals||2 : 1||$40,000|
|2016-10-02||1st||Premier||ESL One: New York 2016||2 : 1||$125,000|
|2016-07-10||2nd||Premier||ESL One: Cologne 2016||0 : 2||$150,000|
|About achievementsComplete Results in any Tournament|
- Sometimes referred to as "Sasha" (or Саша in Russian Cyrillic) - a common nickname given to a person named Alex or Alexander in Russian-speaking countries.
- #news1mple - started using this as a nick after TaZ banned him from a FPL TeamSpeak server.
- Before joining Team Liquid, he was studying Chinese at university. 
- He was chosen to be in the "All Star" MLG Columbus match for the American side - He was rewarded a trophy at the end of the game for winning but, most importantly, for being the man of the match.
- On October 7th 2016, he got a tattoo of his 1v2 AWP No-Scope clutch round vs Fnatic from ESL One: Cologne 2016.  on his left shoulder. 
- Won Red Bull's eSports Player of the Year 2016. .
- s1mple was first introduced to Counter-Strike through his older brother, Alexey, when he was four years old. After s1mple joined Na`Vi, Alexey joined Na`Vi as well, to work as community manager. 
- Was voted the 4th best player of 2016 by HLTV.org. 
- Was voted the 8th best player of 2017 by HLTV.org. 
- Was 3rd on Thorin's Top 10 CS:GO Players of 2017. 
- Was named the MVP of ESL One: New York 2016 by HLTV.org. 
- Was named the MVP of DreamHack Open Winter 2017 by HLTV.org. 
- Was named the MVP of StarLadder & i-League StarSeries Season 4 by HLTV.org. 
- Was named the MVP of DreamHack Masters Marseille 2018 by HLTV.org. 
- Was named the MVP of StarLadder & i-League StarSeries Season 5 by HLTV.org. 
- Was named the MVP of CS:GO Asia Championships 2018 by HLTV.org. 
- Was named the MVP of ESL One: Cologne 2018 by HLTV.org. 
- 2017-01-24 | Valve at ELEAGUE Major 2017 by
- 2017-01-22 | Striker" Švejda of HLTV.org at ELEAGUE Major 2017 by Milan "
- 2016-07-04 | BenjaCS" Bektas of HLTV.org by Bünyamin "
- 2016-03-18 | by Travis Gafford of Yahoo! Esports
- Official: HellRaisers add s1mple, HLTV.org
- s1mple steps in for HellRaisers, HLTV.org
- Moobot commands
- "ELEAGUE - Player Profile - s1mple - Natus Vincere". ELEAGUE. 2017-01-11.
- "ESL One Cologne 2016: s1mple vs. fnatic". HLTV.org. 2016-07-10.
- s1mple (2016-10-07). "Thank you my brother for this gift". Twitter.
- Tom East (2016-12-28). "s1mple is your eSports Player of the Year". Red Bull.
- Zvonimir "Professeur" Burazin (2017-01-11). "Top 20 players of 2016: s1mple (4)". HLTV.org.
- Luis "MIRAA" Mira (2018-01-11). "Top 20 players of 2017: s1mple (8)". HLTV.org.
- Duncan "Thorin" Shields (2018-01-01). "Thorin's Top 10 CS:GO Players of 2017". Dot Esports.
- Michal "stich" Malachowski (2016-10-03). "s1mple: "I was calling with seized"". HLTV.org.
- Luis "MIRAA" Mira (2017-12-03). "s1mple claims DH Winter MVP award". HLTV.org.
- Luis "MIRAA" Mira (2018-02-26). "s1mple wins StarSeries MVP award". HLTV.org.
- Luis "MIRAA" Mira (2018-04-22). "s1mple claims DH Marseille MVP award". HLTV.org.
- Luis "MIRAA" Mira (2018-06-03). "s1mple claims StarSeries S5 MVP award". HLTV.org.
- Luis "MIRAA" Mira (2018-06-18). "s1mple secures CS:GO Asia Championships MVP". HLTV.org.
- Luis "MIRAA" Mira (2018-07-09). "s1mple wins ESL One Cologne MVP award". HLTV.org.