s1mple Returns to Competitive Counter-Strike, Joins Team Falcons for a Month

Mahir Faisal
By Mahir Faisal
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Counter-Strike’s superstar s1mple is coming back to the scene after being inactive for months.

Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyljev is considered the GOAT Counter-Strike. He has been playing for NAVI since 2016. With this team, he had some notable performances in CS:GO and even won PGL Major Stockholm in 2021.

s1mple played his last tournament in IEM Katowice 2023. Since then, he has been on a break from professional Counter-Strike. Now, after so many months of being inactive, s1mple has signed a deal with Saudi Arabian professional esports organization Team Falcons. This might finally make the 26-year-old Ukrainian player debut in Counter-Strike 2.

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s1mple Returns to Competitive CS

Team Falcons, a Saudi Arabian professional esports organization, has announced their loan deal of s1mple from NaVi. As of now, the loan deal is for one month. In his new team, s1mple will be replacing Mohammad “BOROS” Malhas, who has just been benched after Team Falcons failed to qualify for the PGL Copenhagen Major.

With this deal signed, Team Falcons will now be ready to compete in BLAST Premier: Spring Showdown. This will finally mark s1mple’s return to CS2. However, this doesn’t remove the possibility of s1mple coming back to NAVI after the loan period. As of now, neither the organization nor the player has said anything about this. Whatever the outcome might be, s1mple fans will surely be delighted to have their favorite superstar coming back to CS2.

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Mahir, an Electrical Engineering student currently working as an FPS writer at GameRiv, prefers to introduce himself as a video game enthusiast. Mostly keen on competitive FPS titles like VALORANT and CS: GO, he also enjoys exploring casual story games.