While he’s one of the best players in the world, s1mple had certain troubles while trying to become a mainstay in Team Liquid, with one of the problems being homesickness. As a result, he was much less seen in high level matches. With his recent agreement to help Team Liquid in ECS Season 1 Finals and ESL One Cologne 2016, I decided to take advantage and see which skins he uses; who knows when the next opportunity will come knocking.
Starting with pistols, default ones to be exact, s1mple uses StatTrak USP-S | Kill Confirmed (no surprise there) and Glock-18 | Fade. Less favored, however, still used quite a lot, are his StatTrak P250 | Asiimov and Desert Eagle | Blaze, with StatTrak Tec-9 | Avalanche, as well as StatTrak Five-SeveN | Violent Daimyo trailing behind. Before I started writing this series, I would have thought that the pros would use the P2000 at least occasionally, however, it seems that it’s just not happening. Interesting.
Moving on to rifles, s1mple is the first pro I’ve seen who used M4A4 | Desolate Space, the new addition to premium skins for this weapon from Gamma Cases. His Kalashnikov choice is much less original. S1mple uses a StatTrak version of AK-47 | Fire Serpent, just like everyone else who don’t opt for Fuel Injector. Granted, Fire Serpent DOES look absolutely amazing. AWP | Dragon Lore is s1mple’s AWP skin of choice. This honestly surprised me because I would have thought that he wouldn’t want to fork out the cash for it when FalleN himself only has Redline. Of course, he might have had it drop for him or he might have received it by some other means? Nevermind, the fact still stands. Rounding up the list of rifle skins, s1mple uses StatTrak Galil AR | Eco and StatTrak FAMAS | Valence, which is the most popular FAMAS skin by far. While it might not become immediately obvious while reading about it in this kind of paragraph, you might notice one thing while going through the table at the end of the article: s1mple loves his StatTrak. A lot.
Seeing as the Ukrainian superstar used only one SMG from what I could see, I will combine it with the two knives. Staying true to his StatTrak fetish, s1mple has StatTrak MP7 | Impire, while also using different knives, depending on the side he plays, which are Karambit | Doppler Crimson and Flip Knife | Doppler Sapphire. It’s quite interesting that his knives are of a different type, for I’m noticing a trend where pros either use one skin for all of their games or have two knives of the same type, finished with different colors. S1mple is original in that respect, at least from the small sample size, which was already analyzed.
The list of all skins used by s1mple, click the name for more info: