Competing was always a part of Counter-Strike, even before it developed any ladders and leagues. With the growing worldwide popularity of the game and developing game technology that allowed to track the matches more precisely, there emerged a system of statistics and competitions that busted the competitiveness of the game even further, where one was not only relatively good because of good matches and clutches, but also because of their good kill/death ratio and player rating. Additionally, CSGO introduced a ranking system that allows players to level up during any play and get new ranks during competitive matches. This allowed matchmaking to put players on a similar level into one match. Out of competitive players with high ranks, pro players will surely surface, being spotted on streams and during minor tournaments. At first, lesser or local teams will take in players with noticeable skill, and the rest runs similar to any sports club economy. This, in turn, means that CSGO stars have a chance to shine in the spotlight of globally streamed tournaments. Below are several examples of best CSGO players considered to be the crème de la crème.
What are the best CSGO Players in 2019?
Enough of the theory behind the play, let’s look at some solid names. This is our pick of best players in CSGO.
Nicolai ‘dev1ce’ Reedtz
This is the guy everyone thought was cheating since his early days. Dev1ce managed to get to Top 20 best players in CSGO spotlight during Katowice 2014. Some people claim he’s one of the most consistent players of all time, and his team, Astralis, has been on a good run since 2018. Both his role as an AWPer and his teamwork skills are something to look up to. Currently, dev1ce sports a kill/death ratio of 1.26
Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač
Here’s the shooting star of the scene. Nikola started playing at a very young age and quickly became a pro player for mousesports being only 18. He’s now the in-game leader of FaZe clan. Known for being quick on his feet and incredibly accurate, he usually plays the entry frag with a classic rifle choice of AK-47, M4A4 or AWP. His current kill-death ratio is 1.16.
Gabriel ‘FalleN’ Toledo
FalleN is in the game since Counter-Strike 1.6 and in recent years proved to be a likable, popular e-sportsman with praise and following, especially in his home country of Brazil. He utilized his CSGO career to patron the esports team. FalleN has been a member of several clans in his career, but currently takes the position of awper/main player for MIBR. His current kill-death ratio is 1.18. His accuracy while using AWP is almost legendary now.
Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev
Making his big break as a pro on Hellraisers in 2014 during group stage of DreamHack Winter, s1mple is known for both his incredible confidence, godlike AWP mastery, but also a bravado that has lead to conflicts in the past. Nevertheless, he’s going strong with his national team, Natus Vincere into victory after victory and currently holds the 2nd place in the global HLTV stats leaderboard with 1.30 KDR.
Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David
One of the veteran players in the bunch. For two years straight coldzera was named the top CSGO player by the HLTV ranking and as of now has a KDR of 1.31. Being an aiming legend for years, it’s no wonder that FaZe took him in as their main rifler. There’s probably no other player who handles AK-47 as he does, and he’s considered to be one of the best CSGO players ever.
Most memorable moments of best CSGO players
What seems like an easy round of AWPing for a spectator is a really tense tournament moment for the players. FalleN has been known for handling several situations with his AWP skill, but this year’s ace while playing against Team Liquid during ECS Season 7 North America is a perfect addition to his gaming crown. On the other hand, one of the most popular no-scopes ever performed probably belongs to s1mple, with his two kills on a match against Fnatic during ESL One 2016 Major, first performed while falling of ramp and the second one while on the ground just seconds apart. When it comes to dynamic no-scope AWP play, it would be a sin not to mention coldzera’s quad-kill with an AWP on Mirage during MLG Columbus 2016 major that has been immortalized in the map’s texture with a slick graffiti. But not only by AWP does a player make fame, to paraphrase the classic quote. N1ko had his moment midway last year during a Faceit Pro-League match, surviving an impossible clutch on Mirage, slowly taking down enemy CTs with his AK. Another case of insane survivalism is dev1ce’s 1v3 clutch during SL i-League 2016 StarSeries Season 2 Finals, where he entered the combat with 20 hp and ended with a triple kill.
Where can you watch the best CSGO players in the world?
We live in the age of streaming. Although not all the pro players live a rich online life, it’s not uncommon for them to host a stream of their day-to-day playthroughs. Some might prefer to keep it less interactive and sometimes post their movies to Youtube. If they are not leading any kind of a social profile by themselves, your best shot to witness best CSGO players of all time is to watch pro matches at CS TV and look out for globally hosted tournament streams.
Best Legacy players
As the Counter-Strike franchise progressed through the years, some of the players tugged along and switched from older versions to newer releases and upheld their pro status with the new mechanisms. While certain competitors’ status was cemented during their CSGO years, like the forementioned coldzera or one of the best NA CSGO players, Hiko, shooters like GuardiaN or f0rest have been in the top of the tops since CS 1.6. Also, probably the biggest CS 1.6 legend, Filip “NeO” Kubski, stayed for the ride and played in several pro teams during various championships, but his current clan allegiance is not certain. Overall, in CSGO best players from previous Counter-Strike versions still have their rightful legacy.
In short, these are the best CSGO players 2019 competitive arena has shown to the world. There are many ways to stardom – some find it trough incredible fragging skill and master control, others through consistency and cunning teamwork. Following in professionals’ footsteps is a great way to grow as a player yourself, so it’s never overestimated to watch the current best CSGO players and see how they go about.