Fan Creates s1mple’s Portrait With Rubik’s Cubes

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Natus Vincere’s superstar Aleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev has a huge following of fans, which is no surprise as he has arguably been the best CSGO player in the world for a few years. Fans recreate his legendary plays in other games such as Minecraft and Roblox but this time a fan went the extra mile and made a portrait for s1mple. This wasn’t a regular portrait either as it was made using Rubik’s cubes.

Instagram user space.xxl posted the portrait he made 4 weeks ago. The portrait was based off of s1mple’s celebrations at IEM Katowice 2020, the last LAN event before the coronavirus pandemic. 

The portrait was also posted to reddit by user u/iwna. Space.xxl used 204 Rubik’s cubes to recreate the iconic image of s1mple. 

This isn’t the first time that space.xxl has created a portrait of someone famous through Rubik’s cubes, he has previously made portraits of footballer Ronaldinho, actor Keanu Reeves as well as Team Spirit’s DOTA 2 team after they won The International 2021.

s1mple had previously posted the portrait on his instagram story as well, when space.xxl first posted it on 11th January.

s1mple’s Rough Start to 2022

After being the best player of 2021, winning a Major, a total of 8 MVPs and a plethora of other trophies, s1mple arguably had the best year ever for a CSGO Pro. He also became the first player to reclaim the #1 spot on HLTV’s top 20 list, something which hadn’t been done before. GeT_RiGhT had won for 2 consecutive years in 2013 and 2014, olofmeister in 2015, coldzera won consecutively in 2016 and 2017 and s1mple won in 2018. ZywOo then took the throne away from s1mple for 2 years, being #1 in 2019 and 2020 while s1mple was #2.

s1mple came back with all guns blazing as he wrecked everyone in his path to take back the #1 spot as ZywOo finished second and NiKo third.

NaVi and s1mple had somewhat of a rough start to 2022, as they lost their first official to MIBR. This was followed by another OT loss to Astralis and NaVi were on the verge of elimination. They then bounced back with a win against Team Liquid but lost to NiP. They finally took their revenge against Ninjas in Pyjamas in the Last Chance Stage and qualified for BLAST Premier Spring Finals 2022. The true test for NaVi and every other team for that matter would be at IEM Katowice, which starts on February 15th with the play-in stage. The playoffs for IEM Katowice 2022 will take place at the Spodek Arena, on LAN with a crowd. 

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