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Richard 'shox' Papillon is no stranger to best player lists, coming in at number 13 in this year’s top 20 ranking powered by EGB.com, thanks to his versatile high level play and solid numbers on the big stages.
After placing 3rd in 2013, a year in which Richard "shox" Papillon had at times been considered the best player in the world, and 8th in 2014, Papillon ranks five places lower than the year before for the second time in a row.
Papillon’s roots go back to CS 1.5, with him moving on to every new version after its release, leading him to Counter Strike: Global Offensive through CS:Source, even including a short stint in 1.6 after he was already making his way in CS:S.
Papillon made his breakthrough in 2008, and had already been signed to VeryGames for the first time by 2009, a team he would later see much success with in both CS:S and CS:GO. By the time he signed for VG, Papillon was already being considered one of the best in the world.
After leaving VG in late 2009, Papillon played for LDLC.com and 3DMAX, where he hooked up with current Titan teammate Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom. That wouldn’t last long, however, as Papillon would be on his way back to the top signing for VG once again. Alas, after internal problems, Papillon was removed from the lineup again in late 2011.
With CS:GO’s arrival, Benrlitom and Papillon—who had teamed up once again in Tt Dragons—, would make the jump together under Imaginary Gaming, a team they managed to take to LAN for the SLTV StarSeries IV finals, where they came in 3rd behind ESC and Virtus.pro.
At the start of 2013, however, it was Benrlitom’s turn to head to VG, leaving Papillon to fend for himself playing in different mix teams, including TCM-Gaming for which he qualified to StarSeries VI playing with now Na`Vi superstar Kovács. Halfway through the year, though, it would be his time to return home and take the spot in VG that had just been left vacant by Kenny "kennyS" Schrub.
It was during late 2013, after VeryGames managed to dethrone NiP and Papillon put in solid performance after solid performance, that he had started to be considered the best player in the world.
Papillon after slaying the Ninjas at RaidCall EMS One Fall 2013
At the top both individually and as a team, Papillon and the newly renamed Titan, would have a rough beginning to 2014, ending up in Papillon switching places with Schrub and taking a spot in Clan-Mystik, the team that would eventually go on to represent Epsilon.
Epsilon was a limited team, and it came as no surprise that Papillon would take part in the French shuffle that ended up with a new iteration of LDLC.com, a team in which he and Epsilon teammate Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey joined up with ex-Titan teammates Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux and Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt under the leadership of Vincent "Happy" Schopenhauer and would go on to win a major at Dreamhack Winter 2014.
Cue 2015. After their last success under the LDLC.com banner with a 1st place finish at the MLG X Games event in Aspen, Colorado, in which Papillon had been the 2nd best player on the team with a 1.15 (+41) rating, and the best player in the final, North American organization EnVyUs signed the team ahead of what promised to be an eventful year.
Their first tournament as nV wasn’t their most successful, as the team fell in semifinals to fnatic at the Inferno Online Pantamera Challenge, with Papillon showing a modest 1.03 (+2) rating.
Major time rolled around, and Papillon was ready. While the team would end up falling 2-0 to NiP in a catastrophic semifinal, Papillon showed he was hungry by posting a 1.13 (+20) rating—the highest in the team—in Katowice.
Papillon at Gfinity Spring Masters 1, where he put in another solid performance
Papillon went on to string three very solid tournaments at Gfinity 2015 Spring Masters 1 (1.20, +45), SLTV Starseries XII Finals (1.08, +16), and ESL Pro League Winter 2014/15 Finals (1.07, +11), the two first ones which his team ended up winning in their new jersey.
CCS Kick-off Season Finals and DreamHack Tours 2015 were the other side of the coin, though, and Papillon would struggle to find good form and ended up with ratings of 0.79 (-33) and 0.90 (-12), the lowest ratings on the team in both occasions with the team placing 4th and 2nd respectively.
His old form started to come back and Papillon’s next three events got incrementally better, ending up in a prodigious Gfinity 2015 Summer Masters 1. The first was Gfinity 2015 Spring Masters 2, in which he was 3rd in the team with a 1.02 (+10) rating although the team as a whole ended up no farther than in 5th-6th place.
Next up were the SLTV StarSeries VIII Finals, in which Papillon posted the first of two best-in-team performances (1.16, +40) leading nV to a second place, followed by an MVP performance at Gfinity Summer Masters—his best event of the year—thanks to a whopping 1.24 (+71) across 12 maps which lead his team to victory.
ESL ESEA Pro League Season 1 Finals was another event in which Papillon trembled a bit and was unable to maintain a high consistency, as he ended up with a 0.91 (-10) rating in his team’s 5th-6th place finish.
Papillon sitting very close to Titan at ESWC
Titan played the ESL One Cologne qualifier and made it through to the big event, the first with the newly acquired duo, Papillon and Dubourdeaux. Papillon did it again, he posted the highest rating on his team at a major (1.04, +1), but was the only one to have a score above 1 (Mathieu "Maniac" Quiquerez was second with 0.93), which resulted in the team floundering in only two maps.
Papillon still did well despite the circumstances in Slovenia
Gaming Paradise rolled around, a tournament not really worth mentioning, but Papillon did manage a 1.25 rating, the 3rd highest in the tournament, and a positive 54 kill-death difference.
ESL ESEA Dubai Invitational 2015 was another one of Papillon’s low points of the year, with a year-low 0.78 rating and a negative 19 kdd, and definitely be categorized as a poor event. It would be Papillon’s worst, in fact, but the countdown to the next major was already running, and therefore it was time for our hero to show up again.
nV watch Papillon on the big screen in Cluj-Napoca
After going through major qualifiers again, Titan found themselves through, and were headed to Cluj-Napoca this time. While Cédric "RpK" Guipouy was able to post a decent 1.07 rating, it wasn’t enough help for Papillon’s—once again—team high rating at a major of 1.12 (+6), and the team fell out in the group stage.
Titan’s last event of the year, CEVO Professional Season 8 Finals, came around and the team ended in a modest 3rd-4th place, with Papillon ending the year on a fairly even note, 1.01 (0).
Papillon in Columbus, Ohio for CEVO S8 Finals
Why is he the 13th best player of 2015?
Papillon was the 9th highest rated player of the year, with a 1.09. However, he also had some consistency issues, with CCS and ESL ESEA Dubai being two particularly bad tournaments out of a total of four in the red.
Having the highest rating on his team at every major was certainly also a huge booster for Papillon. However, he didn’t leave a huge mark at many of the biggest tournaments he participated in, even if he did play well in most of them. Instead, his best performances came at less prestigious events like Gfinity Summer Masters, SLTV StarSeries XIII Finals and ESWC.
Another big statistic for Papillon is the fact that when he gets a kill, his teams win 71% of the rounds, putting him 3rd in the world in this category.
One of the keys to Papillon, and something that has made him a truly top performer for so many years in a row is his versatility. Ranking 13th in opening kills (435) and as the 8th player with the most clutch rounds won (61) he is also above average in kills per round with pistols and rifles and is barely below average with the AWP, which on top of being the 14th player with most headshots per round (0.36) means he can open rounds, close rounds, play with all weapons, and puts bullets where he wants them—quite often in his rivals’ domes.
What did you think of Papillon's 2015? Would you have ranked him differently? 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.
Viva la shoxie
Top kek, you say it like it's worth something
This is not worth something too i guess. Will just overlook LG. They are tier 3
Also he said that the brazilian team is a top team, I guess not according to you then since thooorin's analysis is not worth anything
btw he didnt even playing this year
Saying "Titan fan lmao" is not an argument.
(Forgot that they also mentioned "not leaving a big mark" at bigger tournaments)
This article is a joke xD
1.11 at Majors
But no forget stats and continue with your hate boner.
1.11 at Majors
Best player for Envy at Majors.
You know that teams like fnatic, nV, Na'Vi, TSM etc also plays in the group stage? Shox best MAJOR was Katowice, which was the semi final.
Just go fuck a donkey or something inbred.
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Remove december. If that's what u consider insane I think u have problems.
Not being capable of judging one's performance from a longer period of time just shows that your IQ is kind of low. Don't take me wrong, I understand that your brain just can't process larger entities.
how do you know anything about cs?
Only 7 players left who didn't attend ESWC and those should be
1 more ex-TSM player (dupreeh/Xyp9x)
1 more VP player (byali/pasha)
I mean NBK Happy and Kio won 2 majors like fnatic did this year. (TSM 0 majors 0 finals, VP 0 majors in 2015)
kennyS won a major with greats stats. Guardian had fucking insane stats.
So basically Flamie best player of Na'Vi, and Apex best player of nV based on the classement.
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Shox is top 40!
JUST ONE PLEASE! (I guarantee you it's impossible)
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Otherwise maybe it'd have jogged your memory that he was one of nV's best players in many of their successes in the first 7 months (13 tournaments). And you'd maybe even catch that table which shows how incredibly much he actually contributes to success in general.
What you basically showed here is at least two of these three things:
1) Relying on faulty memory, not caring about checking what actually transpired and why he was placed here
2) Exaggerating timelines and extrapolating things based on that, as well as making assumptions like the implication that because the team was falling apart it actually means shox couldn't have been playing well or the team couldn't have had success (which btw was actually 2 weeks not months, from ESL ESEA to ESWC when they were actually falling apart)
3) Setting expectations for a player and then when he doesn't play as well as before underestimating his contribution
Post edited 2016-01-08 21:20:02
So if you're gonna go with "I was just saying what others think, I don't think that" I'll go with:
then I was replying to them through you.
he didn’t leave a huge mark at many of the biggest tournaments he participated in, even if he did play well in most of them. Instead, his best performances came at less prestigious events like Gfinity Summer Masters, SLTV StarSeries XIII Finals and ESWC.
cold > neo
cold > flamie
cold > allu
There is only one more player who did not attend DHW on the list, and it will 100% be GuardiaN. With this, a host of players that attended at least 2 majors and 2 other $250k events are officially out of the running.
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GJ hltv and onliners :D
Shox 1.09 at LAN in 2015
Flamie 1.08 at LAN in 2015
and now for the big difference
Shox at Majors = 1.11
Flamie at Majors = 0.97
Post edited 2016-01-08 20:59:31
top 1 will be scream or other shit
All the stupid plebs were like :"omg seized, rain, fallen, pasha is so much better, no chance for SHox"
Fkin inbreds, get a brain.
nice logic HLTV.ORG
Great player but not enough time and achievements to be on the list.
But despite impressing so much in many aspects, especially at the biggest event of the year, his lack of first places and missing out on several big events earlier kept him at the 9th place, which is still the highest placing among the players with no titles.
He was at tournaments the entire year. He didn't just show up and start playing in the last part of the year. They had stats throughout the entire year.
This was also 2013 when there was a lot less players of that skill to choose from.
Its possible he will be on the list but missing for 8 months is not going to help him with missing so many tournaments.
Playing domestic matchs versus crap NA teams for 4 months (skadoodle) should not count and have impact at all
JW (Could be replaced by Cold/Fer)
(not in order)
imo GTR shouldn't be on top 10 there is no place for him all these players had a very great yea.
Remember this is not based on who has the most achievements it is based on a mix of like 80 percent individual play and 20 percent achievements.
Get_right had a better year than forest and probably will be on the list.
Like I said yesterday I'm pretty sure Cold will be 11 or 12.
Only other players I can think of is Dupreeh and other LG players. JW had a pretty bad year as well.
I will admit I was wrong if it is the case. Thanks man
It is still possible he won't be on the list tho.
The Top 12 could be
JW ( Could be replaced by Fer/Cold)
Post edited 2016-01-08 21:21:39
I put JW cause even if he had a bad yearwith 1.03 rating this ranking also counts team performance and winning two majors is a big plus.
So imo the question is: Dupreeh over Cold? I don't think so. If you look at Dupreeh and TSM this yearnone of the tournaments they won were either majors or 250k events. The closest one was ESL Dubai with 2nd place. So if you include he has a 1.05 rating same as Seized who also got to a MAJOR final and will not appear in the list you only have one last choice.
Coldzera. But who knows :)
shoxie was top1 in 2013 right?
It's not hard to get padded stats vs trash teams and then shit the bed vs a real opponent. End result undeserved high tournament rating. With judging like that, spaze and dream3r should be #1 and #2 at the end of this year.
You can keep disagreeing with the majority of the community in your white knight crusade writing satirical responses. It won't make this ranking any more correct.
And besides, in the first major, which counts for more for his rating (7 of 13 maps, higher than his average), he was top rated as his team reached the semi.
And yet again, the majors didn't help get him to 13th at all, as is stated in the article (the part where it says he did well at big tourneys but didn't do anything special to set himself apart).
You haven't stated a single argument against shox's placing, you at best stated that you assume he was 13th based on his major rating, which you have no basis for.
He had an incredible tournament in Katowice, and if that was when the year ended he should have been ranked even higher than his current placing. However it didn't.
This is why I used the extreme example of spaze and s1mple being #1 and #2.
How about you give me one argument why shoxie should be placed higher than flamie.
Second if all this is all because he's higher than flamie?
That was quite an easy decision to make actually, I can give you plenty of arguments:
shox was more consistent (match to match, plus he had less bad games), had similar peaks (one MVP each, while shox's was in a winning campaign, flamie wasn't, as well as similar number of other tourneys where they were among the best at event). And even if you want to compare majors, flamie was far less impactful in every way. Furthermore shox was better in big matches (he even has one of the best grand final ratings at 1.09), and he was one of the most impactful players for their team per the table in the article (and more than flamie ofc).
Lastly, shox played more matches against top6 teams than flamie and they were 54% of his stats, while for flamie they're 45%. And would you look at that - shox had better stats than flamie overall in spite of that, huh.
It's incredible how many people like you make assumptions and have nothing to back them up with.
Shoxie is a great player but not this year
LAN - 1.09
Get your memory checked.
Look at his stats... It's kinda insane. Just because he was not in shape the last 3months of 2015 doesnt mean he was not a top player in 2015.
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how good he was ... miss the old times where an ace in a pistol was the normal thing for shox. :(
NICE LOGIC HLTV.ORG
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Let's imagine that, among others (but not those going to be higher on the list) that the following players are free agents:
Skadoodle, allu, apEX, Neo, f0rest, cajunb, flamie, Shox.
First player Pronax would be pick would be allu or Skadoodle, cos then he has the AWP-role set (close choice, both are world class with the awp).
Next player he would choose would be Shox. No doubt about it. Just because of his raw skill is higher than the rest.
Yes, shox had a bad year this year. Still if you forget what a legend he is, and just look objectively on his performances this year, it's still very good.
That's why he deserves this 13th spot.
Post edited 2016-01-09 08:38:53
2014 Shox Lan: 1,12 rating . 2015: 1.09 rating
2014 f0rest lan: 1,10 rating . 2015: 1,06 rating.
Then add to that, that Shox was the entry-fragger of EnvyUs, where f0rest had friberg to do that job, and the skill-difference become even more obvious.
Also in 2015 until July when EnvyUs shuffled up, shox and EnvyUs crushed NiP overall by a good margin. Beating them continously.
And f0rest is supposed to be the star player of NiP along with get_right.
Also overall Shox is easily the most intelligent player, a lot better in clutch-situations than f0rest. Not saying that f0rest isn't intelligent, but shox is on another level.
f0rest is a world class player, but shox has just been better in 2015 than him. No doubt about that. That's also why you see shox at higher placing than f0rest on this list, which I believe is very reasonable.
Post edited 2016-01-09 11:22:26
Best betting site, no queues, fixed odds
like u see it at the end of the game
"oh wow shox has 32 kills"
but u can never remember them.
can u remember a single olof kill ?
but try guardian...u can see the flick
i remember a guardian flick.