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It’s a question I’m sure many have been wondering or at least making the question between. Is Vitality poised to follow the same path as Natus Vincere? Is Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut to suffer the same fate as Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev?
Both player seem to be leagues above their teammates and opponnents for the most part and while Na’Vi do occasionally perform as a whole and win an event, s1mple seems to be the only consistent factor and he’s a huge one.
ZywOo has been the shining light and dominant force behind the success of Vitality since he was brought on board. It should be mentioned, however, that at this point things are looking a bit more positive as both Dan “apEX” Madesclaire and Alex “ALEX” McMeekin seem to be on the upswing. The pair had a strong performance alongside ZywOo during the teams victorious run at the ECS season 7 finals where ZywOo earned the title of MVP.
While this may dissuade some from comparing s1mple’s Na’Vi situation to that of ZywOo we must also remember the times in which we saw his teammates step up and help him secure a trophy as well. The key to determining whether or not the Frenchmen will suffer similarly will be consistency.
The next two to three events for Vitality will be very telling as to what the fate of ZywOo will be with this roster. Will he be the hard carry with all the weight on his shoulders or will his team help to hold the weight.