It is not a good time to be a Team Liquid fan as one of their best players decides to step out of the team. After having a great ESL tournament in Cologne and reaching finals TL is going to disappoint some of their fans with s1mple, one of their star players leaving the team. Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev is not only one of the best players in his team, but also in the whole CS:GO scene. His talent is immense and he proved it with his stellar performances in the last tournament where the title just slipped away through their hands.
Despite not finishing on the top Team Liquid was one of the top teams to watch this tournament finishing second in the group stages behind Virtus Pro and in front of mousesports and Team EnVyUs. After the group stages TL made their way to the final after defeating Na’Vi and Fnatic. In their semi finals match against probably the strongest team in the world right now – Fnatic Oleksandr showed his incredible talent getting the Man of the match title with 55 total kills in two rounds.
S1mple had some issues during his time in Team Liquid, but it seemed like they took care of it, especially after getting him back to play at ESL Cologne. Earlier this year s1mple had a similar situation with the team, leaving them for some time and playing for Ukrainian squad Worst Players on few European tournaments.
Oleksandr also had problems with one of the new guys entering the team back in February. TL called Kenneth “koosta” Suen to enter the team and that was one of the main reasons for s1mple’s long trip to Ukraine. Koosta is best known as an AWP player with questionable skills regarding other riffles in the game. With s1mple being most interested in playing that role in the team it became pretty clear why he decided to leave for some time. Just few weeks before the ESL Cologne 2016 Team Liquid came to an agreement to swap koosta with jdm64 from Counter Logic Team in order to recreate a spot for Oleksandr.
Day before the final match of the tournament Spencer Martin, better known as Hiko posted this message on his twitter profile making it clear s1mple won’t be joining them after the tournament
Going to be an emotional day tomorrow, last day playing with my son @s1mpleO
Gonna miss you <3
— Spencer Martin (@Liquid_Hiko) 9. srpnja 2016.
Some rumors say s1mple’s main reason for leaving TL is not bad relationship with teammates, but squads’ location which puts him a long way from home and we believe those are most likely to be true. S1mple will be searching for his place in some European teams in the following months and we wish him best of luck on building his way back to the top of Counter Strike: Global Offensive scene.
After spreading the news about s1mple’s departure Hiko also mentioned he will be replaced by Jacob “Pimp “ Winneche, former SK Gaming member. Is he able to fulfill his place and prove he is a top player it is yet to be seen?