Ukranian superstar Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev will remain a member of Natus Vincere as he heads into 2020 with new contract, according to multiple sources close to the player and organization. It is unclear at this time when exactly s1mple re-signed, but multiple sources explained the agreement goes until at least December next year.
Natus Vincere announced the signings of s1mple, Egor "flamie" Vasilyev and Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev to two-year contracts in December 2017. Edward is no longer a member of the active roster but remains on the Na’Vi inactive list. It is unknown at this time if flamie also re-signed.
The departure of veteran in-game leader Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko in September led to a significant positional change for s1mple, who was the main AWPer for more than two years. He now plays with the rifle and a second AWP when economy and strategy allow, a result of the re-acquisition of Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács, who originally played for Na’Vi from 2013 until mid-2017. GuardiaN uses the main AWP, and Kirill "Boombl4" Mikhailov acts as in-game leader.
Since the positional change, Na’Vi reached the semifinals of DreamHack Masters Malmö and qualified for the ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals by going undefeated in group play. Na'Vi's most recent international performance was its worst, a group stage exit at StarSeries Season 8.
Natus Vincere did not initially respond to request for comment.
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