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Who is the Best CSGO Player?

Who is the Best CSGO Player?

If you're into the competitive Counter Strike world at all, you might be familiar with some of the top players. But if you're not sure who's on top, not to worry. Today, we're exploring everything you need to know about the titans of CS:GO. We'll delve into the lives, careers, and jaw-dropping skills of the top players who've left an indelible mark on the game. Whether you're an aspiring pro, a casual gamer, or just someone who appreciates top-tier esports action, we're counting down the best CS : GO players so you can be in the know -- and know where they stand.

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  • September 29, 2023
Who is the Best CSGO Player?

13. Dupreeh

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When it comes to the world of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, few names resonate as loudly as that of Peter Rothmann Rasmussen, better known as Dupreeh. Born on March 26, 1993, this Danish esports sensation has carved out a legacy that’s hard to ignore.

Teams

Dupreeh kicked off his professional journey in 2012 with the team 3DMAX. He didn’t stick around for long, though, as he moved to Copenhagen Wolves in 2013. His early years were marked by a series of team changes, including a stint with über G33KZ from 2013 to 2014.

Dupreeh’s career really started to gain traction when he joined Team Dignitas in 2014. He was part of the team for about a year before moving to Team SoloMid in 2015. During this period, he began to make a name for himself as a formidable rifler.

In 2015, Dupreeh became a part of Astralis, a team that would go on to become one of the most dominant in CS:GO history. After leaving Astralis in December 2021, Dupreeh, along with Emil “Magisk” Reif and coach Danny “zonic” Sørensen, joined Team Vitality in January 2022

Achievements

He was with Astralis until 2021, and during this time, he racked up an impressive list of accolades. a few of which include:

  • 5× CS:GO Major final champion (Atlanta 2017, London 2018, Katowice 2019, Berlin 2019, Paris 2023)
  • 7× HLTV Top 20 Player of the Year (2013-2015, 2017-2020)

Legacy

Dupreeh’s impact on the CS:GO scene is monumental. His journey from a young, aspiring player to a living legend serves as an inspiration to many. With the upcoming Counter-Strike 2 on the horizon, it’ll be interesting to see how Dupreeh adapts his insane game sense and continues to dominate.

12. GeT_RiGhT

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Christopher Alesund, known to the esports world as GeT_RiGhT, got his start in professional Counter-Strike back in 2007. His first significant team was Begrip Gaming. These early years were a mix of team-hopping and skill-honing, setting the stage for what was to come.

Teams

GeT_RiGhT’s career took a meteoric rise when he joined Fnatic in 2009. The team clinched multiple titles, and GeT_RiGhT himself was showered with individual accolades. However, it was his time with Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP) that truly cemented his legacy. Joining NiP in 2012, he was part of an unbeatable squad that went on an 87-match winning streak.

After a storied career, GeT_RiGhT transitioned to a content creation role with Dignitas in 2021. Though he stepped back from competitive play, his influence on the game remains undeniable.

Legacy

GeT_RiGhT is celebrated for his consistency and clutch performances. He popularized the “lurker” role in CS:GO, changing team dynamics forever. With multiple HLTV awards and a Major title under his belt, his impact on the game is undeniable.

11. GuardiaN

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Ladislav Kovács, better known as GuardiaN, is a Slovak professional CSGO player born on July 9, 1991, in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia. He started his professional career in 2006 and has been a force to reckon with ever since.

Teams

GuardiaN’s career has seen him play for several top-tier teams, including 3DMAX, Virtus.pro, and notably, Natus Vincere (Na’Vi). His time with Na’Vi was particularly impactful, spanning from 2013 to 2017 and then again from 2019 to 2021. He also had a stint with FaZe Clan from 2017 to 2019. GuardiaN is renowned for his skills with the AWP (Arctic Warfare Police sniper rifle), making him one of the game’s best snipers.

Achievements

GuardiaN’s career is adorned with numerous awards and recognitions:

  • 6× HLTV Top 20 Player of the Year (2013-2018)
  • 8× HLTV MVP

Legacy

GuardiaN has not only been a top five player in the world, but also a trendsetter, especially when it comes to the use of the AWP. His career earnings exceed $800,000, underscoring his success in the esports arena.

10. karrigan

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Born Finn Andersen, karrigan was introduced to Counter-Strike around 2001 by his brother. By 2006, he was already competing at a professional level.

Teams

karrigan’s professional journey has been quite the ride, with multiple team affiliations along the way. He started his CS:GO career with Fnatic in 2012, later moving on to mousesports. He’s also had stints with Team SoloMid, Astralis, and most recently, he’s back with FaZe Clan as their In-Game Leader (IGL) and support.

Achievements

karrigan has a trophy case that would make any esports athlete envious. Some of his most notable achievements include:

  • Winning a CS:GO Major at the age of 32, making him the oldest player to do so.
  • Clinching the IEM Grand Slam championship in Season 4.
  • Earning the title of HLTV MVP.

Legacy

What sets karrigan apart is his strategic mindset. He was a founding member of Astralis and has been instrumental in the successes of every team he’s been a part of. His leadership skills, both as a player and an IGL, have left an indelible mark on the CSGO community.

9. coldzera

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Born Marcelo Augusto David on October 31, 1994, coldzera got his professional start in 2014 with Dexterity Team. But that was just the tip of the iceberg for this Brazilian prodigy.

Coldzera’s journey in the professional scene has been a rollercoaster of team affiliations. He’s been a key player for some of the most iconic teams in CSGO, such as Luminosity Gaming, SK Gaming, and FaZe Clan. Currently, he’s showcasing his skills with Fake Natty, where he’s taken on the roles of rifler and lurker.

Achievements

Coldzera’s list of accolades is nothing short of jaw-dropping:

  • Two-time CSGO Major champion, with wins at Columbus and Cologne in 2016.
  • Named HLTV’s Player of the Year in both 2016 and 2017.

Legacy

Coldzera roles as a rifler and lurker have influenced team strategies and set new standards in the CS:GO community, earning him a solid spot on our list.

8. f0rest

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Meet Patrik “f0rest” Lindberg, a name that’s become synonymous with competitive Counter-Strike. Born on June 10, 1988, in Sweden, f0rest is a professional esports athlete who’s made waves in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competitive scene since.

Teams

f0rest started his journey in the world of esports with Counter-Strike 1.6, the predecessor to CSGO. His talent was evident from the get-go, and it wasn’t long before he was picked up by professional teams. He played for several renowned teams in the 1.6 era, including Fnatic and SK Gaming.

Achievements

When it comes to accolades, f0rest has a laundry list that would make anyone’s head spin. He’s won multiple major championships and has been named MVP (Most Valuable Player) in several tournaments.

Legacy

f0rest’s longevity and consistent performance are what make him stand out. Many players have come and gone, but f0rest has stood the test of time. His career spans over a decade, yet he continues to perform at an elite level.

As of now, f0rest is a top star player and part of Dignitas, continuing to showcase his skills and contribute to the team’s success.

7. electroNic

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Denis “electroNic” Sharipov was born on September 2, 1998, and he’s been active in the professional CSGO scene since 2015. He started his career with lesser-known teams like ACES and Evolution before moving on to more prominent organizations.

Teams

ElectroNic has had a colorful career, hopping from one team to another, each time leaving an impact. He’s been a part of several teams, including Team Empire, FlipSid3 Tactics, and most notably, Natus Vincere (Na’Vi). As of now, he’s with Cloud9, where he serves as the in-game leader and entry fragger.

Achievements

ElectroNic’s career is studded with numerous awards and accolades won:

  • Multiple S-Tier tournament wins, including BLAST Premier events and the PGL Major Stockholm 2021.
  • Approximately $1.5 million in total winnings.
  • Consistently ranked among the top players by HLTV, including being the 7th best player of 2021.

Legacy

ElectroNic possesses tactical brilliance and sharpshooting skills making him a formidable opponent.

6. kennyS

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Born in Digne-les-Bains, France, kennyS, whose real name is Kenny Schrub, was quick to make a name for himself in the world of Counter-Strike. He was barely 8 years old when he started showing his older siblings who the real gamer in the house was.

Teams

KennyS has been a part of several iconic teams. His career kicked off with VeryGames, followed by stints with Titan and Team EnVyUs, before landing him at G2 Esports.

Achievements

  • Major Wins: His crowning achievement was winning the Cluj-Napoca 2015 Major.
  • Recognition: He’s been a regular feature on HLTV’s Top 20 Players list, appearing five times from 2013 to 2017.

Legacy

What sets kennyS apart is his unparalleled skill as a CSGO sniper. His aim and reflexes were so extraordinary that they even led to discussions about him being the best in the game, especially before changes were made to the sniper mechanics.

In a move that shook the esports world, kennyS announced his retirement in May 2023, right before a high-stakes semifinal at the Blast Paris Major.

5. olofmeister

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Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer Gustafsson was born on January 31, 1992, in Tyresö, Sweden. Initially, his passion was football, but a knee injury at 15 led him to take Counter-Strike more seriously. This shift in focus turned out to be a game-changer, literally and figuratively.

Teams

Olofmeister’s professional journey in CS:GO began in 2012 with H2k. He later moved to Absolute Legends and LGB eSports before joining Fnatic in 2014. Each team offered him a unique set of experiences and challenges.

Achievements

Olofmeister has had his share key moments of ups and downs:

  • Major Wins: He won two CS:GO Majors—ESL One Katowice 2015 and ESL One Cologne 2015.
  • HLTV Awards: He was named HLTV Player of the Year in 2015 and has appeared in the HLTV Top 20 Players list multiple times.

Legacy

Olofmeister took a break from competitive play in May 2020, citing fatigue and loss of motivation. However, he returned to FaZe Clan’s lineup later, proving that you can’t keep a good player down for long.

4. ZywOo

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Born in France on November 9, 2000, ZywOo, whose real name is Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut, was introduced to the world of Counter-Strike at just 7 years old. His mom was supportive of his gaming interests but made sure he finished his education before diving headfirst into a professional esports career and has won numerous awards since.

Teams

Upon completing his education, ZywOo took the esports world by storm. He initially joined Team Vitality in 2018, and the team quickly tasted victory with an incredible performance by winning DreamHack Open Atlanta that same year. Although he had brief stints with other teams like WySix and Against All Authority, it’s with Vitality that he’s become a household name.

Achievements

  • Major Wins: His most recent triumph was at the Paris 2023 Major, where he also snagged the Major MVP title.
  • HLTV Accolades: He’s been twice named the world’s No. 1 player by HLTV, in 2019 and 2020, and has also been a runner-up in 2021 and 2022.
  • MVP Titles: The man has 16 HLTV MVP awards to his name, showcasing his brilliance on the field.

Legacy

ZywOo has a rather poetic nickname, “The Chosen One,” which he earned because he shares his birthday with the commercial release date of the original Counter-Strike game.

3. NiKo

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Nikola “NiKo” Kovač was born on February 16, 1997, in Brčko, Bosnia and Herzegovina. His parents owned an internet cafe, which became his playground for honing his skills in Counter-Strike. He even played the earlier versions of the game with his cousin Nemanja, also known as huNter.

Teams

NiKo’s illustrious career in CSGO started around 2012 with a team called iNation. Over the years, he’s been a part of multiple teams, including GamePub, aimface, and mousesports.

Achievements

  • HLTV Rankings: NiKo has been a regular feature in the HLTV Top 20 Player of the Year list from 2016 to 2022.
  • MVP Titles: He’s earned 8 HLTV MVP titles.

Legacy

In 2017, NiKo joined FaZe Clan and was part of the team until 2020. During his time with FaZe, he won several tournaments and was a key player for the team. In October 2020, he moved to G2 Esports, where he was reunited with his cousin huNter. Under G2, he has continued to excel, recently winning IEM Katowice 2023.

2. dev1ce

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Born on September 8, 1995, in Vejle, Denmark, Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz was destined for the gaming world. His early years were marked by a passion for video games, and he even had a knack for badminton. However, a knee injury and a stronger love for gaming led him to focus on esports.

Teams

Dev1ce’s professional career kicked off in 2013 with Copenhagen Wolves. He later joined Team Dignitas and Team SoloMid before settling into Astralis, where he truly made his mark. In 2021, dev1ce made a surprising move to Ninjas in Pyjamas (NIP). However, he returned to Astralis in October 2022, rejoining the team on a multi-year deal.

Achievements

  • Major Championships: Four-time CSGO Major champion with titles in Atlanta 2017, London 2018, Katowice 2019, and Berlin 2019.
  • HLTV Awards: He’s been a regular feature on the HLTV Top 20 Player of the Year list from 2014 to 2021.

Legacy

As of 2023, dev1ce continues to be a dominant force not to be reckoned with in the CSGO scene. His consistent performance and numerous accolades make him one of the best players in the history of the game.

1. s1mple

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When you hear the name Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev, you’re not just hearing about another gamer — you’re hearing about a living legend. Born in Kyiv, Ukraine, s1mple has been a force to be reckoned with since he burst onto the professional scene.

Growing up in Ukraine, s1mple was exposed to video games at a young age. However, it wasn’t just a casual dalliance for him. He was hooked, and it didn’t take long for him to realize that he had a knack for it.

Teams

In the early years, s1mple played for several teams, including HellRaisers and Team Liquid. However, it was his move to Natus Vincere (Na’Vi) in 2016 that truly catapulted him into the limelight. With Na’Vi, he found a new team, that complemented his skills and provided the platform he needed to shine.

Achievements

  • Multiple MVP Awards: S1mple has won numerous Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards at various tournaments.
  • High Rankings: He has consistently been ranked among the top players in the world.
  • Tournament Wins: With Na’Vi, he has secured victories in several prestigious tournaments, including the Intel Extreme Masters.

It’s not just about the trophies and titles for s1mple, though. What sets him apart is his relentless pursuit of excellence.

Legacy

As of now, s1mple shows no signs of slowing down. He continues to dominate the CSGO scene and is always a player to watch in any tournament. His legacy is still being written, but one thing is clear: s1mple has left an indelible mark on the world of esports, and he’s far from done.

FAQs About the Best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Players

So, you’ve just taken a deep dive into the lives and legacies of some of the most iconic players in the CSGO universe. But hey, it’s only natural to have a few questions lingering in your mind. Let’s tackle some of the most frequently asked questions about these esports superstars.

1. What Makes a CS:GO Player the “Best”?

It’s not just about racking up kills or winning tournaments. It’s a blend of several factors:

  • Skill Level: A high level of skill in CSGO aiming, strategy, and game sense is crucial.
  • Consistency: Being good in one or two games won’t cut it. Consistency over multiple tournaments is key.
  • Teamwork: CSGO is a team game, after all. How well a player collaborates with teammates is a big deal.
  • Versatility: The ability to adapt to different roles and strategies adds extra brownie points, plus awareness of the best game settings to use.
  • Achievements: Tournament wins, MVP awards, and high rankings add to a player’s résumé.

2. How Do Players Get Ranked?

Ranking players is a complex process that involves several factors. These can include:

  • Individual Performance: Stats like kill-to-death ratio, damage per round, and MVP awards.
  • Team Performance: How well the player’s team performs in tournaments.
  • Peer and Expert Opinions: Rankings often take into account the views of other players and experts in the field.

3. Can Anyone Become a Pro CSGO Player?

The short answer? Technically, yes. The long answer? It takes a whole lot of dedication, time, and effort. Not to mention, a sprinkle of natural talent can go a long way. Many pros started as regular gamers but spent countless hours honing their skills, studying strategies, and participating in amateur tournaments.

4. What’s the Career Span of a Pro CSGO Player?

The career span can vary widely. Some players have been in the game for over a decade, while others might have shorter stints. Factors like skill level, adaptability to new game meta, and personal circumstances can all play a role.

5. How Much Do Pro CS:GO Players Earn?

Earnings can vary dramatically based on factors like team sponsorship, tournament winnings, and personal streaming revenue. Some top players earn six or even seven figures annually.

Get Started with CS:GO Gambling

So, you’ve been on this whirlwind tour of the best CSGO players, their jaw-dropping skills, and their awe-inspiring journeys. But maybe you’re thinking, “How can I get in on some of the action without necessarily becoming a pro player?” Well, one avenue to explore is CSGO gambling.

CSGO gambling sites offer various ways to wager, from traditional sportsbook-style bets on competitive matches, to more unique options like CSGO skin betting. Whether you’re a seasoned gambler or a newbie looking to dip your toes in the water, there’s something for everyone. It’s just important to find a Provably Fair platform to ensure the fairness of all games. GGDrop is a good example, which offers CSGO case battles. Or there’s Duel Bits, crypto sports betting and live casino games like blackjack and slots.

So, why not take that passion for CS:GO to the next level? Whether you’re betting on your favorite players or trading skins, CS:GO gambling offers a new way to engage with the game you love. Just remember to play it safe, and who knows? You might just hit the jackpot.

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