With the end of another year of the Counter-Strike Global Offensive competitive scene, we can now look back at the majors, tournaments and leagues that took place in 2017 to decide who the current top ranked players of CS GO are. Here is a list of the top players of this year along with videos of some of their best performances. Some are on the list by virtue of their great in-game leadership, some have put up impeccable fragshows with the rifle or the AWP while others have shown their incredible dedication to consistency and reliability. All of these qualities, whether it be individual, teamwork or support, are important factors to consider when deciding which players deserve the coveted top spots. Now is your chance to help decide who the top players actually are. Rank these players in the order that you think they ought to be and contribute to the average ranking! (If you feel I have missed anyone, write it down as a suggestion or give your reasons in the comments - I will make the changes necessary). Source(s): Wikipedia, Liquipedia, HLTV
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Marcelo "coldzera" David (born October 31, 1994) is a Brazilian professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player. He currently plays for SK Gaming as a rifler and secondary AWPer. He is known as one of the best players in the world, near unmatched in incredible consistency and raw fragging.
Nikola "NiKo" Kovač (born February 16, 1997) is a Bosnian professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player and former Counter-Strike 1.6 player. NiKo got very popular within the community after his impressive performances for mousesports, especially during ESEA Season 18 where he showed his incredible aim and game sense at such young age. He currently plays the role of a rifler and secondary AWPer for FaZe Clan.
Nicolai "dev1ce" Reedtz (formerly known as device and devve; born September 8, 1995) is a Danish professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player and former Counter-Strike: Source player. Regarded as one of the best players in the world, he was ranked 20th in 2014 and advanced to 3rd in 2015 as one of the best players of the entire year. Dev1ce is known for his impact in the game and is feared by many for his awping ability.
Peter "dupreeh" Rothmann (born March 26th, 1993) is a Danish professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player and former Counter-Strike: Source player. He is currently playing for Astralis as the entry fragger. He has been a core member of this lineup since the very beginning, when it started in Copenhagen Wolves in January 2013, consisting of current teammate, Nicolai "device" Reedtz, former in-game leader, Henrik "FeTiSh" Christensen, former coach, Steffen "3k2" Markussen, and former teammate, René "cajunb" Borg.
Håvard "rain" Nygaard (born August 27, 1994) is a Norwegian professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player and former Counter-Strike: Source player. He currently plays for FaZe Clan as the entry-fragger. He is the longest lasting member of the lineup, having played since the team first formed under the Team Kinguin banner.
Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo (born May 30, 1991) is a Brazilian professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player and former Counter-Strike: Source, CrossFire and Counter-Strike 1.6 player. He currently plays the role of a AWPer and In-game Leader for SK Gaming. In 2015 he was chosen the most influential person in Brazilian eSports. He is the owner of Brazilian eSports organization Games Academy.
Fernando "fer" Alvarenga (born October 30, 1991) is a Brazilian professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player and former Counter-Strike 1.6 player. He currently plays for SK Gaming as the entry fragger.
Kenny "kennyS" Schrub (born May 19, 1995) is a French professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player and a former Counter-Strike: Source player. Known for being a former Counter-Strike: Source player, kennyS is currently playing for G2 Esports since February 2017 after a player swap between EnVyUs and G2 eSports. kennyS was playing for EnVyUs since a player exchange with Titan. He was on Titan since May 2014, coming back after leaving them on May 2013, when he was replaced by Richard "shox" Papillon, who later left Titan to join Clan-Mystik, giving kennyS the opportunity to get recruited back into Titan. He is regarded as, by his fans and other players, one of the quickest and most skilled AWPers, if not even the best AWPer in the game.
Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev (born October 2nd, 1997) is a Ukrainian professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player. He currently plays for Natus Vincere. Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostylev is known to be one of the most talented Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players from his region, if not on the entire global scale. Despite being first known as a paramount rifler, he began to showcase his amazing potential with the sniper rifles in Amazing Gaming and HellRaisers. Having started his career in the game in 2013 with Ukrainian team LAN DODGERS, he was discovered in early 2014 after his impressive showings online especially on StarSeries IX for team Courage Gaming. Due to internal issues, however, Kostlyev parted company with the ex-Courage squad and returned to the DODGERS team that later became Amazing Gaming. In mid-September 2014, s1mple saw his career elevate to a new height as he signed for team HellRaisers, joining stars like Dosia and markeloff. In his time in HR, his first international achievement happened at DreamHack Winter 2014, beating fnatic in the group stage 16-14, which led to surprising win of the whole group. Their DHW run ended in the quarter-finals as they were dominantly beaten by Ninjas in Pyjamas, losing the series 2-0. HellRaisers parted ways with s1mple about two months later, with the main reason for the decision being s1mple's ban from ESL tournaments (a notably harsh blow to his potential due to two majors organized by ESL in 2015). His ban has finally expired on February 1, 2016. s1mple then joined the predominantly Ukrainian Flipsid3 Tactics team. Due to his aforementioned ESL ban, players like DavCost and CyberFocus were often seen standing-in for him in events managed by ESL. He left the squad on July 17, 2015 following internal problems, and later announced that he would be going inactive for the time being. However, he took a sudden U-turn to this decision only a few days later as it was announced that he would join the revamped roster of Evolution, which later rebranded to Evolution.Dark. His Evolution.Dark story didn't last long as Evolution released whole "Dark" squad after a month. However, the players would keep playing together under name of Worst Players. Just a few weeks later, it was announced that s1mple was going to stand-in for his former team, HellRaisers, which had been looking for the fifth player after the surprising departure of Dosia. Two weeks later HellRaisers attended DreamHack Stockholm 2015, which was a qualifier for upcoming Major, DreamHack Cluj Napoca 2015. The team failed to qualify despite being a big favorite for a Major spot, as they lost to Titan eSports 1:2 in the winners match, and then were upset by Vexed Gaming losing 1:2, which they had defeated just a day before 2:0. s1mple became good friends with Hiko while Hiko was playing as a stand in for Flipsid3 Tactics, who would later go on to recruit him to Team Liquid, sacrificing his university course in the process. Team Liquid, with s1mple and Hiko would go on to make it to the semi-finals of MLG Major Championship: Columbus. At the same major, s1mple was chosen for the NA vs EU All-Star Game on the NA side which would go on to win the match in overtime. s1mple was awarded the All-Star MVP.
Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke (born April 19, 1997) is a Danish Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player. He plays the dual roles of a rifler and an awper for his team North.
Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski (born July 5, 1993) is a Polish professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player. He currently plays for Virtus.pro as the rifler.
Richard “shox” Papillon has been at the top of the pile since the early days of CS:GO, and his presence in HLTV.org’s Top 20 year rankings in the last three years is proof of that. Boasting an incredible rating of 1.13 – one of the highest among top CS:GO players -, shox is heralded as one of the most versatile players in the game, and he will be looking to inspire the team to win international silverware after clinching a major title in 2014. Shox is an incredibly talented player, known for his amazing pistol skills, astonishing accuracy with rifles and energetic AWPing style, making him an all-round player, which in his prime was carrying teams like VeryGames and Epsilon. shox started playing Counter-Strike back in the days of 1.5, having first discovered the game in 2001 at nine years of age. He then slowly moved on to each next version of the game, ending up in Counter-Strike: Source.[Citation needed] In 2008, he started making his breakthrough with a team called Creativ` and already in March 2009 he joined VeryGames for the first time. Already then he was an established top player, by many accounts even the best in the world, but the team itself ran into some problems and would be released from the organization near the end of the year. Shox would then even try out playing Counter-Strike 1.6 for a short period in 2010, but he went back to Counter-Strike: Source to represent Team ROCCAT, LDLC.com and later 3DMAX together with another current star, Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom. After only a few months in that 3DMAX team, shox left to join VeryGames once again where he would sit on top of the world for about six months. And then, despite being one of the best players in the world and winning ESWC with the team, he was removed due to internal problems at the end of November 2011. He would go back to team up with ScreaM in Tt Dragons at the beginning of 2012, and they would together switch to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive when the new game came out.
Finn Andersen (born April 14, 1990), better known as Karrigan, is a Danish Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player who is the in-game leader for FaZe Clan. Andersen is considered one of the best players in the world. He has also played for other teams including n!faculty, Team Dignitas, Team SoloMid, Copenhagen Wolves, fnatic, and mousesports. Karrigan was a founding member of Astralis, a player owned team established in 2015. He began playing competitively in 2006 during the Counter-Strike 1.6 era. Karrigan's brother started playing Counter-Strike around 2001 and soon afterwards he was introduced to the game. karrigan was playing competitively by 2006 and 2007 and on November 5, 2010 he joined Full-Gaming, whose teammates included Michael “Friis” Jørgensen and Timm “ArcadioN” Henriksen. In 2015 he finished a dual Master's Degree in business administration and auditing from Copenhagen Business School. He currently resides in Aarhus. Karrigan joined fnatic around March 25, 2012 and the team won many tournaments that year. With the advent of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive scene he joined mousesports because "the offer they gave me was really good", and he felt like the Fnatic lineup did not have what it took to be successful in the new title. Karrigan left Copenhagen Wolves and joined the Denmark-based roster of North American organization Team SoloMid. On January 25, 2015 Team SoloMid picked up Team Dignitas' CS roster. In July SoloMid placed 3-4th the year's second Major, ESL One Cologne 2015. In October TSM got 5-8th at the last Major, DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca 2015. TSM's CS:GO roster left the organization on December 3, 2015 amid internal troubles. For the next few tournaments the team competed under the name "Team Question Mark". On January 9, 2016 Team Question Mark unveiled the new organization they created, Astralis, because of a desire to have a "stable environment" in eSports. The organization was registered as an Anpartsselskab (ApS) and received venture capital from Sunstone Capital, and is angel invested by entrepreneur Tommy Ahlers. On June 5, 2016 he was denied entry into the United States to compete in the group stage of ELeague Season 1 due to new rules regarding Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) travel because he had been to Iran within the last five years. During the matches he missed the team used coach Danny "Zonic" Sørensen in his place. Astralis got 3-4th at the MLG Major Championship: Columbus in March. In July they got 5-8th at second Major, ESL One Cologne 2016. Karrigan transferred to FaZe Clan on October 19, 2016.
Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný (born June 27, 1991) is Czech professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player. He has been considered as one of the strongest "online" players at the moment for his impressive performances against top tier players, especially in FACEIT Pro League. He currently plays the role of AWPer for mousesports.
Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth (born September 11, 1995) is a Danish professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player and former Counter-Strike 1.6 player. He currently plays as a support player for Astralis.
Christopher Alesund (born May 29, 1990), known by his alias GeT_RiGhT, is a Swedish professional Counter-Strike series player. He is currently a member of Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP). He is considered one of the best Counter-Strike players in the history of the series. He began playing competitively in 2007. Alesund has previously been a member of SK Gaming, Fnatic, and Begrip. In 2007 GeT_RiGhT and Begrip placed 2nd at spiXelania 2007. In later that year he joined SK Gaming. SK placed 4th at EM II - Finals on March 9, 2008. In early 2009 Alesund joined Fnatic. Fnatic won the WEG e-Stars 2009: King of the Game. They then placed 3rd/4th at IEM Season IV - gamescom and then 2nd at IEM Season IV - Chengdu. They topped off the 2009 season with a second-place finish at World Cyber Games 2009 and a victory at World e-Sports Masters 2009. After two seasons GeT_RiGhT started a third stint at SK Gaming, and he was joined by Fnatic teammates Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg and Rasmus "Gux" Ståhl. In July 2012, in anticipation of switching Counter -Strike versions to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, he left SK Gaming and joined Ninjas in Pyjamas. GeT_RiGhT was an integral part of this dominant NiP team that went 87 matches without a loss. NiP won the ESL Major Series One 2013 spring tournament, defeating Fnatic 2-0. NiP and GeT_RiGhT finished tied for 5th-8th at ESWC 2015. The next month NiP finished 5th at ESL One Cologne 2015. GeT_RiGhT is widely considered to be one of the greatest Counter-Strike players of all time in both versions of the game. While never considered the best at aiming in the series, he is well known for his highly consistent play, success in clutch and high-pressure situations, and for popularizing the "lurker" role among teams. HLTV.org rated him as the best player of 2014 in their end-of-year rankings due to his high level of play in tournament finals and other important games.
Henrique "HEN1" Teles (born July 14, 1995) is a Brazilian profesional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player and former Counter-Strike 1.6 player. He is the twin brother of Lucas "LUCAS1" Teles. He plays the role AWPer for his team 100 Thieves.
Patrik Lindberg (born June 10, 1988), known by the pseudonym f0rest, is a Swedish Counter-Strike and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player. Having played competitively since 2005, Lindberg has been widely regarded within the esports scene as one of the best players in Counter-Strike history. Lindberg is best known for his four years of tenure on the Fnatic roster, which he helped bring to prominence as the dominant team of 2009, during which year the team broke the record for the highest-earning team in Counter-Strike history. Near the end of 2010, Lindberg left Fnatic and joined SK Gaming, which he remained with until July 2012. Soon after, he transitioned over to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and joined the team Ninjas in Pyjamas. Lindberg began his professional gaming career in early 2005, when he made his international debut at the global finals in South Korea for the World e-Sports Games, alongside the new Swedish team of Begrip Gaming. There, Begrip defeated all opponents, including the defending champions Catch-Gamers and won the prize pot of 50,000 USD. Following this victory, Lindberg dropped out of high school to concentrate on his Counter-Strike career. In 2005, Lindberg was nominated for the eSports Award 2005, under the categories for "Newcomer of the Year" and "Best Counter-Strike Player". In early 2006, Lindberg left Begrip alongside his teammate Kristoffer "Tentpole" Nordlund, and signed a contract with Fnatic and became a permanent member of the team. Lindberg's first year in Fnatic proved to be successful, having the team earn upwards of $100,000 USD, which was acknowledged by Turtle Entertainment. During 2006, Fnatic won the Cyberathlete Professional League Championship, the World Tour, along with a silver medal at the Electronic Sports World Cup. Lindberg was once again nominated for the eSports Award and won the Counter-Strike Player of the Year Award. However, Fnatic faced a major slump from 2007 through 2008, as the team failed to win any major tournaments and only achieved a handful of medals. The team regained its form and chemistry in 2009, however, with the retirement of Oscar "Archi" Torgersen and Oscar "ins" Holm and the recruitment of Christopher "GeT_Right" Alesund and Rasmus "GuX" Ståhl. During 2009, Fnatic was the single most-dominant team, having garnered gold medal victories at the Intel Extreme Masters Global Challenge, European Finals and World Championship, ESWC 2009, e-Stars Seoul, KODE5 and World eSports Masters. In 2009, Lindberg was nominated for the eSports Award 2009, under the category of "Regional eSports Player of the Year Northern Europe", but lost to his teammate Alesund, who won the main category for eSports Player of the Year. Fnatic could not repeat its success from 2009 in the 2010 season, however, as the team found itself at odds with the Ukrainians from Natus Vincere, with their winnings being upward of 220,000 USD. Following this underwhelming year, Lindberg, along with his teammates Alesund and Ståhl, attempted to have Fnatic replace the team's in-game leader, Patrik "cArn" Sättermon, as well as its captain, Harley "dsn" Örwall, with SK Gaming's Jimmy "allen" Allén and Robert "RobbaN" Dahlström. This was, however, not approved, so Lindberg and Alesund left Fnatic and joined SK Gaming. Early 2011 proved to be slow for SK, as they failed to impress at their first event, IEM European Championship Finals, being unable to surpass the group stage, while Lindberg's previous team won the event themselves. SK Gaming managed to regain their form, however, and finished as the second highest-earning team of 2011, behind the Polish team of ESC Gaming. On July 26, 2012, it was reported that SK Gaming had gone into a state of disarray, with the head coach, Anton Budak, resigning from the organization, along with Patrik Lindberg and his teammates Robert Dahlström and Christopher Alesund. According to Budak, this came as a result of SK refusing to send the players to GameGune 2012. The following August, it was announced that Lindberg would be making a transition over to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, by joining the team Ninjas in Pyjamas, which included Alesund in its roster. From the beginning of the competitive Counter-Strike: Global Offensive scene in 2012, Ninjas in Pyjamas became the single most dominant team, having won the vast majority of the tournaments they attended, as well as maintain an 87-map winning streak for a time. Ninjas in Pyjamas has maintained their dominance for the years of 2012 and 2013. Ninjas in Pyjamas reached the grand finals of all major $250,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournaments until ESL One Cologne 2015. In August 2014 they won ESL One Cologne. At Dreamhack Cluj-Napoca where they were ousted by NaVi in the semi finals.
Olof Kajbjer Gustafsson, (born January 31, 1992) better known by his in-game name olofmeister or olofm, is a Swedish professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player who is currently playing for FaZe Clan. He has previously played for H2k, Absolute Legends, LGB eSports and Fnatic. Olofmeister is widely regarded as one of the best CS:GO players in the world. He has won two CSGO Majors, ESL One Katowice 2015 and ESL One Cologne 2015, as well as many other tournaments. Olof grew up in Tyresö. He has a brother, Karl, and a sister, Hanna. He developed an interest in playing football at the young age of four and remained active in the sport until he sustained a knee injury at the age of fifteen. The injury eventually became a catalyst for his transition from playing Counter-Strike casually, into taking it more seriously. In 2012, Olofmeister quietly began his Counter-Strike: Global Offensive career in Absolute Legends and H2k without garnering much attention. It was not until teaming up with LGB eSports that he began to rise to prominence. Kajbjer joined Stockholm-based fnatic in June 2014. There, he found immediate success, helping his team to a second-place finish at the ESL One Cologne 2014 Major Championship. During one of the games in this tournament against Team Dignitas, on the map de_overpass, he gained widespread attention after winning the 29th round, with some graffiti being added to the map to commemorate this. In the months following, Fnatic saw tremendous success, and were favorites going into DreamHack Winter 2014, the following Major Championship. After advancing from a second-place finish in their group, Fnatic were seeded against rivals Team LDLC in the quarter-final. There, Olofmeister was a part of a large controversy when he was boosted by his teammates into an, unbeknownst to him, illegal position which helped his team to a win. Fnatic