There are a lot of famous players in CS: GO. The game has seen competitors take the game to new heights thanks to its strong competitive heritage and what could nearly be defined as a cult-like following.
The top players are recognized for their preparation by executing shots and tactics that leave viewers perplexed, whether it's due to instinct or a comprehensive understanding of the game's fundamentals. With so many options for players to demonstrate their abilities, both mechanically and strategically, the finest players have always found a way to stand out and prove their worth.
The following five players have consistently established themselves as being at the pinnacle of the game's competitive scene ever since its release in 2012.
The online era's breakout star was Sh1ro. He was performing out of his brain with an AWP style that was both exciting and aggressive. He was perhaps the most entertaining player to watch for a long time. When LAN returned, his performance was less amazing but still incredible. Even with +49 +/-in kills and a 1.21 rating on HLTV, his performance in the major was still impressive. In his first professional LAN, this is a tremendous achievement. He's beginning to find the rhythm he had online now that they've had a couple of LANs to get used to it. His online supremacy is undeniable, and he thus gets a slot among the top five players.
Throughout the year 2021, B1t has kept a very steady pace. Despite being overlooked at times by his teammates' great efforts, he is swiftly emerging as the team's new star. At the PGL Major Stockholm 2021, he had a 1.27 HLTV rating. In this game, it's the most stress you could be put under. It takes a rare kind of talent to perform like that in the majors while also putting on incredible shows throughout the year. He is the game's second most coveted rifler. Who knows where NaVi would be if it weren't for b1t?
NiKo's career was arguably at its lowest point in 2021. At IEM Cologne and PGL Major Stockholm, G2 struggled to find their stride and failed to win a single tournament, losing both of their finals to the irresistible juggernaut that was NAVI. Coming into 2021, there were a lot of unanswered questions about the infamous NiKo. He was thrown off as having gone down a bad path because of his controversial record during his time on FaZe. He has now demonstrated that he is willing to obey his leader and fulfill his responsibilities. He is the greatest aimer the game has ever seen. He's so excellent that he carried his squad to the major final even though they shouldn't have been there on paper. On any given map, his influence is almost unrivalled. Not just because of his accuracy, but also because of his overall game awareness. During the first part of the year, the Bosnian player was already a strong performer, but as LAN events resurfaced, he kicked it up a notch. NiKo was a sight to behold during the major, and he was a strong contender for MVP before the grand final against NAVI. At least one huge award in a year when he averaged a fantastic 1.28 HLTV rating on LAN and stood tall among the AWP gods.
In recent years, S1mple has not been the only young prodigy who has been able to rock the thrones of legends. Even though the majority of the community was aware of ZywOo's abilities, no one could have predicted that he would be ranked first on HLTV's "Top 20 players of 2019" list. However, the French AWPer hasn't been a non-factor ever since the beginning of the year. Vitality battled for months after finishing third at the BLAST Premier Global Final, with a runner-up position in the ESL Pro League Season 14 being the only bright spot in an otherwise bleak time.
Everything changed after those statements from apEX. He carried Vitality to the major playoffs (1.25 HLTV rating vs Evil Geniuses, 1.51 against Astralis, and 1.49 against Entropiq) before they met their death at the hands of NAVI after two closely-mapped matches. With their carefree approach and fluid playstyle, Vitality broke free from the restraints and became a serious threat once it became known that the squad would change drastically at the beginning of the year. At the end of the season, ZywOo recaptured some of his best forms, averaging a 1.32 rating while helping the team win IEM Winter and make major runs in both BLAST events, claiming several huge scalps along the way. The community has already hailed the mechanically gifted player as one of the best to ever play the game. ZywOo has five MVP titles under his belt and is aiming to add to his resume with a major victory.
As the era of legends drew to a close, prodigies began to emerge all across the planet. S1mple is among the first gamers from the new generation to gain international recognition for their mechanical abilities. This year, he has a rating of 1.36, an ADR of 87.0, and an impact of 1.41, to name a few of his metrics.
After losing the title of the best player in the world for two consecutive years to ZywOo, s1mple reached a new level of greatness in 2021, winning an unprecedented eight MVP trophies. He's also tied with Nicolai 'dev1ce' Reedtz for the most medals (19), and he's on track to become the player with the most MVP awards in 2022. S1mple was leagues above everyone else in a year in which he finally broke his major duck, and there was never a trace of a slump in form, even throughout NAVI's rocky phase in the opening months of 2021. He was in a league of his own, with a 1.35 HLTV rating and a 1.43 impact (1.45 and 1.55 on LAN), even exceeding his expectations set in 2018, when he was named the top player in the world for the first time.
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