I didn't realize he was talking about hltv ranking , which like u said is just an opinion. I thought he was talking about hltv rating , which is the accurate way of making top 10.
And no , no one is slave to hltv rankings. Everyone has their opinion and they stick by it , most people still say flusha deserved #1 in 2014. Most people agreed that simple should be #1 , which he was. Most people are already saying zywoo top 1 is deserved , regardless of weather hltv puts him there or not. If zywoo gets #1 most fans would be content , but trust me if device gets #1 he will never be accepted as the best player of this year. People believe what they want , I see most of them shitting on hltv rankings tbh