Multi-game esports organization Natus Vincere has acquired Oleksander “s1mple” Kostylev, as announced Thursday morning in an official press release.

S1mple most recently played for Team Liquid, which he joined earlier this year in January. Shortly after signing to the organization he expressed a great desire to return home to Ukraine to be with his friends and family, as his homesickness was affecting both his performance at events and his ability to settle into America. When he returned to Ukraine to renew his visa, s1mple made the decision to stay home and step away from Team Liquid, though he remained under contract with the organization and acted as a stand-in.

“I am really happy to join this great organization and be part of my favorite lineup with the world’s best players on it,” said s1mple in his statement, “I will do everything I can to achieve big goals together with the team.”

Taking his leave from the forefront of Natus Vincere is Daniil “Zeus” Teslenko, who is arguably one of the best-known members of the Counter-Strike community. Zeus joined Na’Vi as a part of their Counter-Strike 1.6 roster in 2009, and made the conversion to Global Offensive in 2012 with the rest of the team.

Team manager Eugene “ugin” Erofeev explained in a statement that the decision to sign s1mple was , “Quite easy to explain,” and said simply that, “Everything flows, everything changes. It’s time for Daniil to go, and for a young and talented player to replace him on our lineup.” He later went on to explain that the team was experiencing a lack of synergy and morale that proved detrimental to their performances and, while Zeus was not the sole reason for this, a change was desperately needed.

While he is stepping away from the starting lineup, Zeus will remain a part of Natus Vincere with a new position that will be announced towards the end of August.

The current CS:GO lineup for Natus Vincere is as follows:

• Sergei “starix” Ishchuk -Team Coach
• Denis “seized” Kostin
• Egor “flamie” Vasiliev
• Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev
• Ioann “Edward” Suharev
• Ladislav “Guardian” Kovacs
• Daniil “Zeus” Teslenko (inactive)


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