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Number 14 on our top 20 ranking powered by EGB.com goes to Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev who is debuting on this list. It was Vasilyev's acquisition in 2015 that finally allowed Na`Vi to pack enough firepower to begin garnering consistent high placings at events.
It is a little known fact that Egor "flamie" Vasilyev, who was then not even sixteen years old, showed up to Copenhagen Games 2013 (the one NiP won to bring their offline record to 85-0 at the time) as part of one of Alexey "OverDrive" Birukov-sponsored Nostalgie teams.
The Russian youngster, who was then completely unknown, was easily the best player on his team with a 1.0 rating, despite Nostalgie losing four straight series with 0-2 scores (or eight straight maps) to leave the event.
Perhaps his team's poor showing was a sign to Vasilyev that he would have to yet bide his time and hone his skills, or perhaps real life obligations got in the way, but the next we hear of the Russian player is in early 2014 when he was involved in a USSR roster.
Vasilyev and teammate Alexander "Lk-" Lemeshev were kicked to make room for Anton "kibaken" Kolesnikov and Nikolay "latro" Lee on the roster in January, but by the time the regional Voronezh Cup rolled around a few months later, Vasilyev was back on the team again.
Another interesting thing to note is that Denis "seized" Kostin would play on this USSR roster as a stand-in during Voronezh, perhaps as a favour to ex-Na`Vi teammate Kolesnikov, and that such a chance meeting may have proven fruitful for Vasilyev as well in the long run.
Regardless, USSR lost in the semifinals 1-2 to the Belarussian 97club side and then managed to beat a HellRaisers mix 16-13 to win third place at the event. Vasilyev was easily the best player on his team, with an assertive 1.24 rating, punching in far above his teammates and playing a big role in their success.
Vasilyev also helped USSR win the SLTV ProSeries IX online cup and thus qualify for StarSeries around the same time.
As his skill kept increasing, the next time Vasilyev would stand out would be equally impressive but also controversial.
Andrey "B1ad3" Gorodenskiy's dAT team had no doubt noticed the young player’s skill and asked him to play as a stand-in during the European qualifiers for ESL One Cologne 2014, which Vasilyev obliged and proceeded to help wreck all opposition in his way as dAT were one of the first to secure qualification with victories over mousesports and ESG!
Vasilyev's relatively unknown status outside of the CIS region meant that he became the target of hackusations from certain players who had lost or was called an "onliner," a loaded euphemism which pretty much entails the same idea as cheating. This incident forced Vasilyev and dAT to defend themselves and the then-17-year-old was ultimately vindicated and allowed to attend the major.
It made little difference ironically enough as a tough group draw in Cologne meant that dAT were steamrolled in the group stage by Virtus.pro and iBUYPOWER, with the Ukrainian-Russian team picking up 13 rounds total across both games. Vasilyev scraped in a 0.99 rating, the best on his team by far again.
Not much transpired for Vasilyev for the rest of 2014 in the way of offline events and thus we leap into 2015 where at the beginning of the year Vasilyev and dAT teammate Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev left the squad and linked up with HellRaisers.
HellRaisers attended ASUS ROG Winter 2015 where they finished in 3-4th after losing to event winners NiP in the semifinals. Vasilyev once again was the highest rated player on his team throughout the event, with a 1.05 rating.
The next event was the major of ESL One Katowice, which HellRaisers qualified for by virtue of their top eight finish at DreamHack Winter 2014. Once again, Vasilyev would find himself on a CIS region team bombing out of the group stages, as HellRaisers lost a 14-16 nailbiter to CLG and then a 12-16 game to the Brazilian Keyd Stars team to leave the tournament.
Despite his statistically sound performances until then, Vasilyev was developing a trend of underperforming at the majors, and at Katowice the 17-year-old showed only a 0.93 rating with Kystaubayev rating higher.
However, Vasilyev would not need to waste his days ruminating on the increasing senility of the HellRaisers lineup as he quickly left the roster following the major. With Na`Vi player Sergey "starix" Ischuk stepping down from his team the next day, it took less than a 1980's calculator to figure out what was going to transpire, and Vasilyev was quickly announced as a stand-in for the team.
The StarSeries XII finals were right around the corner and Na`Vi's youngest addition availed himself well with a 1.07 rating, tying Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev in the former aspect. These statistics are all the more surprising considering that Na`Vi finished last (6th) at the event, after an early 2-1 win against TSM gave away to a double French baguette in the form of losing to EnVyUs and Titan.
The signing functioned as something of a good luck charm for the till-then beleaguered Na`Vi as they struggled to transition 1.6 glory into CS:GO success as the team went to Cologne for the ESL Pro League Winter 2014/2015 finals and won the event, triumphing over Titan in the grand final.
The victory was Na`Vi's first international title in over six months and Vasilyev was right at the front of the pack statistically, rated first in his team with 1.16, making him an extremely valuable player during that tournament.
Vasilyev had a cooling off period afterward and when the team went to London for the FACEIT Stage 1 finals, the 18-year-old pulled in at a .94 rating while his fragging teammates Kostin and Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács achieved 1.21 and 1.17, respectively. Na`Vi ultimately finished 5-6th place.
Gfinity Spring Masters II, likewise in London, was an improved situation as Na`Vi made the playoffs and finished 3-4th at the event. Vasilyev achieved the kind of results here that are more consistent of his mid-year play, where Kovács would often take the reins and Vasilyev would follow behind as a sort of statistics clean-up man. Vasilyev scored a 1.15 rating.
The Fragbite Masters Season 4 finals once again saw Vasilyev polling third on his team in terms of rating (1.01), with Teslenko joining the team's Slovakian star ahead of Vasilyev. Na`Vi finished in third place (out of four teams) and continued a streak of moderate finishes.
DreamHack Open Summer saw Na`Vi finish second place and Vasilyev likewise took a second place in the team in terms of performance, this time delivering a 1.07 rating.
Oddly enough, at Na`Vi's second victory of the year in the StarSeries XIII finals, Vasilyev finally dropped off from the consistent and dependable fragging portfolio which he had been building during his time in Na`Vi. Vasilyev had the lowest rating in the team (0.96). With Kovács in full elite mode however, perhaps the player knew he could rest on his haunches during this particular event.
ESWC 2015 was an interesting event, not least because many remember Vasilyev and Kostin, the two Russian players on Na`Vi, struggling to secure Canadian visas to attend the event until the last possible second.
It was also an event which Na`Vi exploded at in terms of performance, as the team generally had an easy time until their tense grand final with Cloud9. Vasilyev himself told us in a text interview that his team "wanted to play Cloud9 in the grand final."
Vasilyev was an indispensable part of the team here, putting up a total 1.28 rating at the event and he is also best remembered as getting a clutch triple kill in the final round of the grand final match to avoid overtime and give Na`Vi the win.
Vasilyev would continue to be an on-and-off player throughout the summer however, as evinced by his worst performance of 2015, at the FACEIT Stage 2 finals at DreamHack Valencia. The team as a whole did manage to finish 3-4th, but Vasilyev was conspicuously absent, bringing in a 0.84 rating, the next closest player was Sukhariev at 0.92.
CEVO Season 7 saw a decent performance from Vasilyev, with a 1.08 rating as Na`Vi finished in second place. ESL One Cologne, the second major of the year, would meanwhile be the last time we would see the Russian in the red, and tied for last place on the team with a 0.90 rating.
Na`Vi did manage to make top eight in Cologne but it was also around this time that rumours began to swirl of potential roster changes; others told tales of extreme rage issues or internal discord and many of these centered around in-game leader Teslenko and the young Vasilyev.
Whether this was true or not may remain a matter of conjecture forever, but what is objectively true is that from this point onward Vasilyev rocketed off towards an extremely consistent rest of the year, always finishing above a 1.00 rating and generally improving his performance in the server.
Gaming Paradise is perhaps only worth glossing over (1.01 rating, 4th best on the team) but at ESL ESEA Dubai Vasilyev was able to deliver a 1.08 rating in what was overall a disastrous performance by his teammates (Kovács had an unthinkable 0.75 rating).
The whole team got their act together afterwards and entered DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca, which is a milestone for Vasilyev in that it was his first major where he moved out of the red and achieved a 1.02 rating. Although that major itself was the Kovács show for Na`Vi, Vasilyev's contributions alongside his teammates helped bring Na`Vi to the silver medal podium.
Vasilyev's end-of-the-year ratings continued to grow with each event, and despite one more weak run at CEVO Season 8 for the team, he achieved a 1.07 rating which was the second best on the team as he and Kovács tried to keep the struggling team afloat at that event.
Finally, IEM San Jose and ESL ESEA Pro League Season 2 were where Vasilyev came into his own in 2015. With Na`Vi winning the former and placing second in the latter event, their young Russian rifler himself picked up a 1.13 and 1.28 rating, 2nd and 1st best on the team, respectively.
EEPL Season 2 was also crucial for Vasilyev in that he was MVP of the whole event despite finishing in second place with his team.
Why is he the 14th best player of 2015?
Vasilyev cannot be called the Guardian Stone of Na`Vi because that team already has an aptly named player who fulfils that role and who is the main driveshaft in the team's firepower. But the young Russian is much more like a powerful piston of the team, an explosive and forceful component that is instrumental in driving the entire structure to its end goal.
Aside from that, Vasilyev is a precocious fragger and only three out of his nineteen events this year have him getting below average kills per round which is impressive considering that his team do not always set him up for these kills. High fragging also comes in conjunction with stellar aim and Vasilyev ranks fifth in headshots per round this year (0.39) and fourth in headshot percentage (53%).
The Russian player is also a consistent contributor in rounds, rather than being a baiter who looks for utility kills. He ranks fourth (67.3%) in rounds where he had a kill, assist, or survived.
Indisputable role in bringing Na`Vi to top three status, as in our current ranking
There are even more statistical reasons to grant him the laurels today: Vasilyev ranks second in clutches won this year (68) and is also one of only six players to have above average kills-per-round, assists-per-round, and below average deaths-per-round, meaning that he is a player whose impact is nearly constantly felt during the game.
Finally, as mentioned, Vasilyev was the MVP of the ESL ESEA Pro League Season 2 finals with a dominating performance and he was nearly MVP at two other events (ESWC 2015 and ESL Pro League Winter finals).
From a more subjective perspective, it could be argued that Vasilyev's addition to the Natus Vincere roster solved the final piece of the puzzle that the team were lacking which was more firepower. As he has matured over the year and calmed a sometimes volatile temperament, Vasilyev has brought the ideal package of a young and consistent rifler to a top five team in the world.
What did you think of Vasilyev's 2015? Where would you have rated him? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
Stay tuned to our Top 20 players of 2015 ranking powered by EGB.com and keep track of the list over at the Introduction article.
Post edited 2016-01-07 20:44:19
second, his strats got figured out after dominating the entire scene with it for 9 months.
why am i even arguing with retards like you who knows nothing
hahahaha epic kid...
but i suppose a new fag like u prolly start following the scene 3 months ago lel
>Watching competitive cs scene since 2009
My point is you should stop comparing players based only on team achievements.
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how come kennys was placed higher than shox or happy in 2014 when ldlc won a freaking major and earned more than 3 times the money titan did.
hell, even dignitas earned more than titan in 2014 and placed better in all 3 majors, yet dupreh and device were "only" 16 and 20 respectively.
i'll tell you how - your logic is absent.
Cajunb was beast at the beginning of the year, carrying tsm/ex-dig to win lans, consistently good for mid 2015 but slumped big time the recent few months. it wasnt like he never did shit for his team and just get carried this whole year like the rest of titans players in 2014.
because forest didnt carry nip like kennys carried titan in 2014, he didnt make it an yhigher on the list.
unless you are saying forest was the one man army of nip like kennys was in 2014, single-handedly carried nip to whatever wins they had this year and maikelele/allu/get_right barely did shit for his team.
i'll tell you - your retardation is present.
you demonstrated it again by trying to convince me cajunb deserves his spot or that f0rest should be higher on the list, but i never said otherwise. you probably have a difficulty with reading comprehension.
my example was of someone who hardly won anything in 2014 and was still placed high in the ranks because of his individual skill. in other words #169 and #188 are ignorant and irrelevant to the discussion.
reread your initial comment to which i replied and perhaps you'll understand what i am saying.
your 2nd and 3rd paragraph is what you should have replied to #56 if you wanted to make sense.
considering how i have to spoon feed you i think you got a bit confused in your last sentence.
btw, while i agree that cajunb is a really good player, probably one of the best pistol players (or at least used to be) saying he carried tsm at the beginning of 2015 sounds like an exaggeration. here's his stats from the lans they won at the beggining of 2015:
stats wise he was 4th on two of them and 5th on the third. wouldn't call that a carry.
Post edited 2016-01-07 20:46:08
should be higher
edward might be in 15-20 next year if he steps up a bit :)
and s1mple definitely, as long as he gets enough playing time.
the best clutcher last year was snax with 50, but more events this year so its normal to be higher
Post edited 2016-01-07 20:47:00
Flamie, Skadoodle, Guardian and ... ? Probably shox
he can be in top20
He is no where near his 2013-early 2014 form but still played good.
1.09 Rating on LAN
1.11 Lan at majors
sadly nobody from titan is
the only other player from navi who is gonna be maybe in top5 will be guardian
there are 13 positions left:
maybe byali ?
and thats it !!!
JW had a bad year especially at majors only having a 0.93 rating.
Byali in terms of stats played worst than shox.
If we talk pure stats shox would be on this list.
He also has achievements from his time in envy.
No reason he shouldn't be in it.
Is Snax the best or Happy? I'm confused now
Post edited 2016-01-07 20:49:24
percentage of 1v1 won, 1v2 won, etc. does
Who will be 1st? Flusha?
AND if you go to Flamie page, it says he has won 70 clutches not 68. Doesn't make any sense???
By the HLTV logic I suppose Krimz is gonna be first but not sure...
Post edited 2016-01-07 21:12:38
But then it's actually correct, Flamie is 2nd after Krimz. I mean I already guessed it right but you have to suppose Shox isn't in the top 20 list so he doesn't count putting Flamie 2nd. Not sure I agree, Shox stats should count even if he isn't in the list but it's HLTV so ye hahaha
Look at what flamie and cajunb won in 2015 ..
There are only 2 players left who did not attend DHW, and one will certainly be GuardiaN. Who will be the other?
Damn straight. Even if I think Happy is the better player right now, as the article says Flamie doesn't have it easy when it comes to getting the kills so his stats are pretty impressive.
Imo the best young new talent
Could coldzera be at top 10? oO
The only person with a volatile temperament aka 200% toxic behaviour on the team is Zeus, the only man who can pull out "ok i'm done do whatever you want" shit in a pro-scene match.
Post edited 2016-01-07 21:37:34
He said himself he is mad sometimes. But compared to zeus and #oldflamie he is just best guy in the world. Lately he has changed a lot. Grill, sex...
Btw Edward is also difficult person. Thats why he was kicked from Astana Dragons.
Justnavithings. Crazyteam :D
If you see the stats it's between Snax, Krimz and Flusha in 2015.
Post edited 2016-01-07 21:36:39
Dat will be close to the official list (I hope)
Also Happy top5
Look at their rating and stats on LAN in 2015. Happy best rating on EnvyUs + IGL. Good chance he makes top5 barely.
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However, if you watch closely he often uses his teamm8's to set up baits for him to get frags. It's also always him who gets the 'easy' frags, like in the pistol round CT on cbble, it's always Happy who gets boosted in the ladder room.
He's also their primary lurker, which also naturally brings some easy kills. He's never the guy who goes in first to a site as T.
So yeah his 1.15 rating on LAN is impressive, but still a lot of factors play into it.
Kenny imo should be placed slightly higher than happy.
Post edited 2016-01-08 02:19:16
Putting him above or below KennyS may be subjective but imo the fact he's been more consistent through the year and being the IGL gives him the edge.
But we'll see:)
Also I think it's a fault to rate Byali over Dupreeh this year. Dupreeh has performed better imo. So -byali +dupreeh.
Seized and shox are no-brainers. Better than byali this year.
Post edited 2016-01-07 22:51:05
Now I'm not sure about the last four.
First imo JW shouldn't be in this list but the fact he was in Fnatic makes things hard cause the team is an important aspect in the list. That also includes NBK who has better ranking than JW but he won one less major so HLTV may consider JW top10 worthy, who knows.
Second, the two brazilians. From the list of players without a major these two have the best ratings. Considering Flamie already appeared should mean Seized is not in the list but who knows cause Cold was only half the year in Luminosity. But I put Vold cause Ska also missed one major and started to play later, same as Cold.
Besides that, from the top10, 6,7 and 8 depends on HLTV. Imo KennyS should be the 6th best cause of the major (simple as that) but we all know the crush HLTV has on GTR lol. Snax should be under him tho I think.
Last Happy imo should be above Device just because of the major and the fact Happy is, apart from a crazy fragger, the IGL of the team which is a big plus.
Second, have you read my post at all? Have you looked at the stats? The fact you think there will be no brazilian in the list makes you look like a retard
If you're right and they consider Cold joined too late to be placed in top20 then Fer has to be on the list with a 1.09 rating better than Flamie. If this is correct he will be 12 or 13.
Post edited 2016-01-08 03:00:08
Excited to see, if I get this prediction right :)
no jw, no byali :)"
Shox rating at
LAN - 1.09
Majors - 1.11
JW rating at
LAN - 1.03
Majors - 0.93
They both have achievements
JW has entry fragging going for him but shox wasn't entry fragging the entire year.
Also Flusha and Kenny is in the top 5
Post edited 2016-01-08 03:55:57
JW had a 0.93 rating at Majors.
Calm your Shox hate boner.
LMAO your logic is ....... lol. JW on lan and majors = played more. Titan in lan and majors played less games. So easily you can get a good rating because you're fighting in groups and easier opponents. Fnatic fighting the best teams until finals that's why it's hard to get a good rating. NA titanFALL logic = FailFish
Post edited 2016-01-09 01:05:13
Shox also fought against the best teams and was a way better player.
Fnatic also go through groups and usually face easier teams to boost stats on..
Won many tournaments under envy and was on the best players in tournaments they won.
You sound like you have very little knowledge of CS.
Get your eyes checked.
He was Envy's 1st/2nd best player during his time in envy IN 2015.
Blind as fuck. what is with silver kids and pretending to have been playing CS since 1999.
I'd bet it's Cold cause he attended two majors and two 250k events like they said. Also has an insane 1.16 rating.
If they consider Cold joined too late to be placed on the list then Fer has to be on the list with a 1.09 rating better than Flamie.
maybe byali ?
Fallen ? NotLikeThis
Maikelele ? EleGiggle
Hiko/s1mple? fan? Kappa
Aizy? who is this :D
Post edited 2016-01-08 14:03:56
olof, flusha, krimz
kennys, happy, nbk
so there is 2 remain
not sure but it's probably two of these :
jw, saized, pasha"because people like him"
f0rest > flamie
in all history of CSGO
f0rest > flamie
This rank is "2015 year rank of players".
2015 year FLamie >>>>>>>>>> f0rest
so he is much higher in rank. that's all. true facts.
so who's fanboy ? why you talking about "history of CS:GO"?
I think you are not only fanboy but a little bit retarded. (or myabe just a troll).
Post edited 2016-01-09 11:39:06