SK Gaming were the stars of 2017, claiming victories at ESL One Cologne and EPICENTER 2017 before taking the top prize at the ESL Pro League finals.
Three months on since their last premier victory, SK Gaming are set to shake things up. An underwhelming performance at the $1.5m WESG finals, in which they crashed out at the group stage, may have finally prompted the organisation to consider roster changes, HLTV claims.
The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive side will now look to acquire Natus Vincere duo Aleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev and Egor “flamie” Vasilyev in a bid to boost its firepower. Should SK succeed in its pursuit, these two players would replace Epitacio “TACO” de Melo and Ricardo “Boltz” Prass in the roster.
According to HLTV, a deal for s1mple is closer to completion. However, the transfer fee demanded by Na ‘Vi is proving to be a stumbling block.
Fans feel that these acquisitions would put SK on par with FaZe Clan. However, this could be short-lived. The Brazilian side’s star players, Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo, Marcelo “coldzera” David, and Fernando “fer” Alvarenga, are expected to depart the side to join Immortals when their contracts expire.
s1mple, coldzera and fer is more ridiculous that FaZe, considering this trio are all in their prime.
— Thorin (@Thooorin) 22 March 2018
Losing s1mple and flamie would be disastrous for a Na ‘Vi side that are already struggling for results.
Who are s1mple and flamie?
CS:GO fans will be well acquainted with the duo, who have been some of CS:GO’s best performers in recent years.
flamie joined his Na ‘Vi in 2015, with s1mple penning his deal a year later. Both players are currently contracted to the organisation until the end of the 2019 season. They both agreed new deals in December 2017.
Secondary AWPer flamie was one of the stars of the 2016 season. Hee helped the team to first place finishes at the DreamHack Open Leipzig and ESL One New York.
However, on current form, s1mple will be the one that the fans want to see. Having showed great form during the late stages of 2017 and early stages of 2018, the Ukrainian is currently regarded as one of the best CS:GO players.