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As we enter the last five of our Top 20 players of 2015 powered by EGB.com, it's time for Robin "flusha" Rönnquist, who always turned up the heat for big events, majors especially.
Similarly to most of his fnatic teammates, except for Dennis "dennis" Edman, Robin "flusha" Rönnquist has never gained much notoriety until CS:GO was released. Throughout the first year of CS:GO he was putting together what would later on become a lineup of fnatic, who went on to take the first major title at DreamHack Winter 2013.
After an unsatisfying first half of the year 2014 he joined up with current teammates Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson and Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer, and worked his way up to becoming one of the very best players in the game. He deserved a place in both player rankings we have completed so far in CS:GO, as he was the 13th-best player of 2013, and second-best of 2014.
Rönnquist's start in 2015 correlated with fnatic's. After finishing 2014 on a very high note, MLG X-Games Aspen was a disappointment from the team, especially the Swede, whose first tournament in 2015 was in the red zone (0.83 rating, the lowest in fnatic by a big margin) and ended up being his lowest point all year.
The next tournament, Inferno Online Pantamera Challenge, turned out much better for both him and the team. Rönnquist stepped back into positives on home turf, and while he wasn't the carry we've known him to be in 2014, he still had solid showings in both playoffs series (against EnVyUs and Titan), helping fnatic bring home the first significant title of the year.
He stepped up a bit more in time for the first major of the year, ESL One Katowice. After fnatic advanced from the group with a couple of one-sided games (16-3 against Vox Eminor, 16-7 against Natus Vincere), Rönnquist helped destroy PENTA on one of the quarter-final maps. His best map at the event came from the Virtus.pro semi-final, as he stepped into the spotlight when it mattered—in a 19-17 victory on de_cbble (27-17, 1.32 rating). Overall he was fnatic's second-best player against the Poles as well as versus NiP in the final, where he was the swing vote on one of the maps as well (1.17 rating in a 16-14 de_dust2 win).
flusha was the best-rated player at majors in 2015, starting with a strong Katowice showing
After another solid showing at ESEA Invite Season 18 Global Finals (1.08 rating, third highest in fnatic), he had three above-1.20 rating performances in a row, the most important of which was CCS Kick-off Season Finals. Not only was he the best from his team, he was one of the best overall, thanks to six out of nine maps above 1.25 rating. In Bucharest Rönnquist topped rating (1.21), kills+assists per round (0.87), kills per round (0.81) and number of clutches won (7).
The other two events, FACEIT Stage 1 Finals and DreamHack Open Tours, weren't as dominant from the Swede. In both cases Johansson was the star of the team, although Rönnquist's sparks of his Bucharest form burst out in both semi-finals: against TSM in London (1.15 rating from two close lost maps), and against HellRaisers in France (29-13, 2.04 on de_dust2).
fnatic attended another event in London the following weekend, Gfinity Spring Masters 2. Rönnquist was the reason why fnatic even survived a Vox Eminor surprise with a tie (1.23 rating from two 29-round maps), but his main contribution came in the playoffs. He wasn't fnatic's best player in either of the series, but he brought a high level of play in both of them.
After a couple of slightly above-average performances at Fragbite Masters Season 4 Finals and DreamHack Open Summer, the second $250,000 event was around the corner. Rönnquist's group stage record at ESL ESEA Pro League Season 1 finals wasn't the greatest, but he turned up the heat for playoffs. He helped defeat Virtus.pro in the semi-finals with a 1.22 rating (highest in the series), and he was the best-rated player of the best-of-five grand final against Cloud9 as well. He also recorded one of his best maps in a close encounter in the final, turning in a 1.52 rating in a 16-14 victory on de_overpass (POV video).
flusha's memorable action against NiP at DreamHack Summer
FACEIT Stage 2 Finals at DreamHack Valencia was the second event where Rönnquist dropped into the red zone (0.91). While the lost matches at that event were especially underwhelming from him, he was one of the best players of the semi-final opposing NiP with a 1.18 rating in two 16-14 victories, on de_train and de_mirage.
The Spanish event as a whole was a worrying sign for Rönnquist, seeing as ESL One Cologne was fnatic's next event. After a month fnatic had to prepare though, he flipped a switch. As usual, Rönnquist turned up for the major, and his level there was spectacular. After destroying the group stage with two 16-2 blowouts, he certainly didn't stop against Luminosity in quarter-finals. Virtus.pro got a taste of their own medicine afterwards, as this time it was Rönnquist holding the plow (68-48, 1.27 rating). Finally, his 51-33 score in the grand final against EnVyUs put him on the highest of pedestals; the MVP of a major, and a dominant one at that.
He turned up with an above-1.00 rating on all nine maps, eight of which were even above 1.15. Leaderboards of the event are filled with flusha at the very top: Among other categories, he was ranked first in rating (1.38), kills per round (0.91), 1+ kill rounds (58.4%), assists per round (0.21), and in survived, kill or assist percentage (77.6%). He was also one of the hardest to kill in Cologne, holding 0.53 deaths per round (second best at the event). If anything could compete with Kajbjer's force at ESL One Katowice, it is Rönnquist's dominance at the second major.
flusha's POV from de_dust2 of the EnVyUs grand final (28-18, 1.31 rating in a 19-15 victory)
He also proved his worth at another $250,000 event, the fourth of the year, ESL ESEA Dubai Invitational. A 1.22 rating there was the team's highest, although it was also one of the six events where fnatic placed outside of the grand final. Rönnquist played well above average up until two blowouts in the Virtus.pro semi-final, especially in an overtime loss against TSM (29-17, 1.30 rating) in the group stage, and in a close encounter with Titan in the group decider (28-18, 1.42).
His capabilities in close matches were showcased at Gfinity Champion of Champions as well, specifically on two maps against NiP (32-17, 1.62 on a 16-13 de_mirage, POV; 35-24, 1.36 on a 17-19 de_inferno), and one in the EnVyUs grand final (26-14, 1.47 on a 16-12 de_train). It wasn't enough to add another trophy to fnatic's cabinet, but it was a good consolation prize for the Swede who recorded a 1.15 rating, the second highest at the event.
His form at the dawn of another major dropped off once again. PGL Season 1 Finals was one of the few cases in which the Swede didn't have much of an impact, and it also showed in fnatic's end result—a third place out of four teams.
Rönnquist didn't let that affect the major though, as he was—barring Johansson—the only one to turn up at DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca in good form overall. He destroyed EnVyUs on map one of their quarter-final after a great group stage, but he dropped off significantly on map two and three in fnatic's only exit outside of the top four in 2015.
flusha turned in another good major performance in Cluj
A big change in fnatic's structure was ahead. Markus "pronax" Wallsten's exit from the team meant Rönnquist would start calling full-time, not just as a test run, and it showed. Not at the first event with Edman, FACEIT Stage 3 Finals (one of the seven $250,000 events), as he was still fnatic's third-best player there, but at both events at the end of the year.
Fragbite Masters Season 5 Finals was measly from him—a 0.88 rating was caused by his extreme inconsistency. In somewhat comfortable wins he had solid showings, but he couldn't make an impact when it mattered. He recorded a below-0.40 rating on one of the maps of all fnatic's three-map series.
The last $250,000 event of the year was the only one out of seven where he didn't have a rating of at least 1.10. His performance at ESL ESEA Pro League Season 2 Finals wasn't particularly bad, but it was still slightly below average (0.97), and the inconsistency was still there, too. A very good score on de_dust2 of the grand final with Natus Vincere (26-18 in a 16-14 win) was completely negated by a measly one on de_inferno (13-24 in a 16-14 win), while the remainder was average within fnatic. His team still finished the year with three titles in a row despite his significant drop in form, arguably because of his leadership duties.
Why is he the 5th best player of 2015?
Despite a few underwhelming events by Rönnquist, he boasts some of the most impressive statistics which had a large impact on his high placing in the ranking.
The Swede was one of the best clutchers of the year, having won 67 clutch rounds (fourth most), nearly half of which were at least 1-on-2's. Also, when he got at least one kill, his team won in 70.6% of cases (fourth most).
He holds first place in a largely impactful statistic, rating at majors: a superb 1.22. In all seven $250,000 events combined he is the second best-rated player with a 1.13 rating. His monstrous level of play at ESL One Cologne (1.38 rating) was the best tournament performance of the year, with Kajbjer's at ESL One Katowice trailing in second place.
What also played a part in his placing was his rating in grand finals (1.07, seventh highest), which, combined with the aforementioned, is why he is in the top five despite not being as consistent as others in the top eight.
On the other hand, apart from Cologne he was never the star in his team's biggest title wins, although he came very close at ESL ESEA Pro League Season 1 Finals thanks to his playoffs performance. What also cost him a higher place in the ranking is that he wasn't the main impact player in his team, but was more of a stable contributor.
What do you make of Rönnquist's 2015? Where would you have rated him? Let us know your opinion in the comment section 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 2016-01-16 18:10:51
Player-wise device is the top carrier for TSM while fnatic has olof for example.
What I'm trying to say is that it's more "spread out" on fnatic while device is more on his own, that just takes much more than what flusha's doing, imagine if he didn't have olof and JW.
SHOULD HAVE BEEN :
Post edited 2016-01-17 02:37:41
WHAT A FUCKING JOKE XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
Even though I hate flusha I find this ranking the biggest bullshit ever lol
not top1-4 tho lmao
1. Olof (most obvious 1st place ever)
The rest dont matter lel
Happy is obviously best EnVy player so he deserves top3
kennyS even thou carried before awp nerf, he was bot after and now he is decent at most.
Come on, don't say kennyS is decent awper, we both know its not true ^^
I am not his fanboy btw. Imo guardian is like 10x better, but guardian is just waaaaaaaaaaay above the rest
-never like kennyS,before update he was best awper, now he's not, simple as that... he has his moments, but when he doesn't he sucks dick like a pornstar. too inconsistent, lost the cologne final single handedly
and flusha is "just" beast on majors, he sucks on other events
Also at the beginning of the year he was bt far worst fnatic player lol
Happy deserves way better, but yeah maybe not as much as flusha but "not even close" is abit too much.
GuardiaN no achievements? Finalist at a major as a f***ing one-man-army is quite an achievement to me, and yes he is VERY good individually, remember this is an individually list. If it was a team-achievement based list neither dupreeh or device would even be there, TSM didn't win shit.
Flusha is not even fnatics carrier.
Also what you mean that device is alone?
Xyp9x is very good support
Kerrigan has his days and cajunb is good player
Saying that device is all alone because he has good KDA is bullshit.
But nt fanboy
Device > Dupreeh
Xyp9x, Karrigan and Cajunb is not even top20 players while fnatic has 4. They're definitely good ofcourse, but not top players as fnatics players.
Also even if they won some on LANs It was only on small, non important tournemants lel
Device always chokes on important matches and he is the reason why TQM will never win a major because they put so much on him but he never plays well when he has to ^^
Stop fanboying him, he will be top3 only because he has incredible rating on not important matches lel
I know he is very good player but just can't take preassrure on big matches, thats all.
So sure let's say that device always chokes and only reason they were #1 in the world is because of they're awesome rating and non-important wins "lel"
And the "people" calling them #1 is HLTVs own list which I guess comes closest to an official list instead of overhyped fanboys.
You got 1st good team in csgo so the hype was real, but sadly TSM was never able to play as good as they were hyped to :P
And I'm not sure about what you mean with we got first good team?
And I am not making excuses, I am just showing my POV about all that TSM/TQM hype as a person not from biased Denmark
Yeah Dignitas has always been shit :P
Well the fact that you believe TSM was #1 just because HLTV is a danish site is just ABIT lame isn't it? :D
I'm pretty sure your opinion or POV isn't better than HLTVs statistics, but ofcourse you can believe in anything you want for no matter how long you want, it wont change the fact(s) :P
TSM won the majority of the games that TSM and NIP played against eachother. NIP was only worth to mention when CSGO came out because they adjusted to the game faster than all the other teams, as soon as they adjusted aswell NIP was long gone and has been since, I barely remember who they are.
Hell no come from a nip fangay
I am a nip fangay but i'll put flsuha #1 to be honest.
#1st flusha #3rd olof #5th krimz
you know deep inside you that device does not deserve this at all
but flusha > device for sure
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Post edited 2016-01-16 18:12:52
device > flusha?
still don't know how this ranking works?
Obv flusha is nuts, and imo #5 should be device, #4 Snax, #3 Flusha, #2 Olofm, #1 Guardian but well, still top 5.
Hltv, you'll never stop surprising.
Top 2. Device
Top 3. Guardian
Top 4. Snax
Post edited 2016-01-16 18:57:07
Flusha is an alleged cheater, and so are some of his teammates. That's all that matters here.
I've been financially helping MSF since I was 18 and acquired financial independance, and Greenpeace since I was something like 16. This doesn't make you a hero or anything, just a normal dude, plus, considering how bad Flusha's reputation was at that moment, I can very well see him do this as a move to get sympathy.
Or maybe he just donated out of kindness of heart, in which case, he's still an alleged cheater.
If you wait on Valve to get shit done, GL mate, HL2 was 12 years ago, the last time you had sex also.
Looks like he's being punished for not attending as many low level tournaments as other teams did (fnatic in general were very selective). Imagine him attending all the low level Gfinity tournaments and such.
The absurd thing is last year they emphasized big tournaments soooo much more than this year in the ranking.
Post edited 2016-01-16 18:56:08
expected him 2nd or 3rd.
Post edited 2016-01-16 18:17:54
Also Devve. The biggest choker in biggest matches.
You rated #5 the most consistent player in the scene. It might be joke.
Olof and flusha must be in top #2 together. They reserved that.
And also i think Snax did nothing in 2015. He shouldn't be in top ranks. Karrigan reserves more.
1st CEVO Season 7: Professional
1st ESL ESEA Pro League Invitational
1st Crown Counter-Strike Invitational
1st CEVO Season 8 Professional Finals
kerrigan above snax ? good joke. I agree flusha > snax
Post edited 2016-01-16 18:32:03
Also Crown International. They won against Renegades and Immunity. ROFL. VP, C9 and 4 Aussie teams. I think that can't counted as a LAN victory.
There are 2 LAN victories. It equals almost any. And it shouldn't be enough for top 5 ranking.
surviving the shitstorm from this retarded community accusing him of cheat, stays strong. Deserves at least TOP3 for his mental strength.
Post edited 2016-01-16 18:19:30
I actually thought Snax was very underrated, but this is bullshit
Are you sure you are watching the same majors as the rest of the world.
Whoever makes these rankings is WAY PAST HIS PRIME compared to how they were in 1.6.
How can you be 5th when your the best player in majors and 2nd best rated in all 250k tournaments?
The only reason why he has some inconsistent stats in tournaments nobody heard off is because his team mates stole his kills.
There is literally no arguement how he isnt Top 2 at the very least.
Guess this is a popularity contest afterall with Olof being first and GuardianN second....
Post edited 2016-01-16 18:20:48
Flusha was better in every single statistic than Get_Right and achieved 5x more yet Get_Right who wasnt even top 10 won.
Only because HTLV didnt have balls to place FLusha first due to cheating accusations.
If this ranking was based on stats and achivements it would be:
Post edited 2016-01-16 18:29:46
Although it's very harsh to call the list useless, the list is very statsbased and im sure hltv does a good job keeping count on every possible stat :) as long as olof will be no 1I'm still happy!
Post edited 2016-01-16 18:33:26
flusha has 4 equal teammates, which can win them tournaments by themselves.
That's why in this year Snax > flusha.
idk why device would be above him though...
Flusha(1 of 3 main topfraggers in the best team in the world who won 3 major titles in 2015,1 of the best clutch players in the world) - #5
Device(1 of 2 topfraggers in the ~2-4th best team in the world,lost in semis on major and once lost in quarters on major) - above flusha.
fuck this ranking
tsm never do shit in majors
performing every major playoffs match of the year > performing against flipsid3 in the group stages of majors and then choking.
the ONLY tournaments that all teams even practice for are the majors. it's where all the players are at their peak. it's where we see the measurement of the players at the highest level. it's the only tournaments everyone has the motivation to practice for (especially flusha admits this).
it should be given so much more weight than shit tournaments that only half the players have even pracced for...
Post edited 2016-01-16 18:28:16
Best player after olof.
it's just a ranking kiddies - get over yourselves
Most majors won ever
= 5th best?
1st = fox or hunden then
Post edited 2016-01-16 18:34:28
im flusha also tqm fangay but this is fckn emo dude
This guy is the by far highest rated player in the playoffs of majors this year, he has absolutely no equal in it. Not even olof has a better rating after group stages of majors than him...
Now you can reply with a 1000 word monologue full of empty words, t1gwris.
Post edited 2016-01-16 18:38:40
Post edited 2016-01-16 18:46:58
I didn't expect flusha to have finished below snax - but I do believe snax can peak at a higher skill than almost anyone. Ez win for olofm!
Post edited 2016-01-16 19:14:44
+1 for you for good reply, not something like "stfu toilet cleaner" :D Greets :)
im not saying if he gets top3 he didnt deserve it. i can see an argument for him being top3 and i can even agree with it. all i am saying is that flusha did too much for fnatic imo to not be top3, although i can again see an argument against him being top3 and probably even at some points made an argument for him not to be top3.
5th is still great, and gotta remember - the ranking could always have been worse.
AT LEAST 90% OF THE COMMENTS IN THESE THREADS ARE BASED ON A COMBINATION OF THE POSTERS 1. FANISM; 2. SHORT TERM MEMORY; 3 MISUNDERSTANDING OF THE ACTUAL PARAMETERS THE RANKING IS BASED ON (WHICH HAVE BEEN EXPLAINED); 4. SELECTIVE SKILL-SELECTION; 4. BETTING RAGE.
THE RANKING IS BASED ON, AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, HARD COLD STATISTICS, SO IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH THE LIST THEN ARGUE THE PARAMETERS (OR THE WEIGHING BETWEEN THEM) INSTEAD OF WRITING STUFF LIKE "OMFG HLTV IS A JOKE"
I've put this in caps, which I hope the admins allow!
Post edited 2016-01-16 19:29:33
Device has a 1.12 rating in Majors (flusha 1.22) and 1.15 overall in LAN's (flusha 1.07 )
So basically it's a choice between consistency and being the best at Majors (while sometimes sucking). You have a valid point though and I don't think much separates devve, snax and flusha, while I think Guardian and Olof clearly are #2 and #1. So we need to address whether Majors (and other big events) should weigh even more than they already do.
My post were actually directed towards all the hate posts :D
Post edited 2016-01-16 19:46:51
Anyway this list just bullshit dupreeh flamie shoxie gtr kennys 2much undeserved placement only thing they care players fucking fanbase thats all and btw im Snax fanboy all the way but he didnt better this year then flusha
He just happened to be the best player during KQLY's ban and everyone was witchhunting for cheaters. Flusha, the guy that rarely ever speaks and just has insane gamesense was the perfect target for the insecure scum part of the community to boost their egos.
Flusha has been the best player in CS:GO for over a year now and everybody knows it. Olof has insane skill but could he IGL from one day to another like flusha? Very much doubt it.
Flusha doesn't give 2 shits about rankings, good for him. I hope that in a few years, he will be universally recognized as one of the best (maybe the best) CS:GO players ever.
What i thought of after kennys
device is fucking onliner and gets good lan stats against na teams
Anyway, Flusha>>>Device. Idk about Snax, he carried VP so hard through the whole year.
my top 20 > hltv top 20
Post edited 2016-01-16 21:35:24
HLTV Trolling us once again
Like in 2014
How can u place flusha below Snax and Device?!
He performed so well in almost every Tournament especially in Majors.
Flusha, guardian and olof are the best players of 2015 nobody can't fucking doubt about it
4.Snax 3.GuardiaN 2.olofm 1.Tgwri1s
FLUSHA NOT IN TOP3 AT THE VERY LEAST? lol
when I saw Happy out of top5 I knew it was bullshit
Post edited 2016-01-17 04:45:55
everysince he is the IGL of fnatic his KD maybe dropped, but not much and THIS shows how good of a fragger he is... and he was ALWAYS #1 at the biggest tournaments... so if you just count the majors flusha has to be #1 without him fnatic didnt win atleast the last 2 majors... but ok
flusha easily top3... imo behind olof at #2 this year.. and that is even close flusha/olof #1/#2
Post edited 2016-01-17 09:44:26
But I can be wrong, lets see the stats from these two to judge if it's right or wrong.
Thank you ;) ez pz
Post edited 2016-01-17 16:33:38