Zywoo, s1mple and Device
Let me make things clear, this would probably be my last topic since there are so many toxic people who are coming up with unreasonable arguments and dumb statements.
- Player far better than s1mple because he seems like a chill guy, super skillful and he would never have a single problem to change his playstyle if he was to join coordinated team like Astralis. He would win multiple majors there and be proclaimed the best player of modern CS:GO era. I like him so much and he 100% deserves spot number 1 this year without any competition. He carried the team that is kinda bad, without having ego and many requirements.
- Also a super great player who never won major and never will because of his inner toxic personality, because his team is decent but he wants to be the main guy. DO NOT tell me that there was a part where i said that s1mple didn't deserve top 1 spot last year, because he did, Na'Vi's best year was last year since players allowed him to shine at his brightest and still put up some decent numbers besides his. He will remain a legendary player because of his insane skill and great flashy plays. S1mple would never be s1mple if he was a player on Astralis because Gla1ve would most likely cut his balls off if he didn't listen to what team wants, not what HE wants. Still, these are not arguments which are supposed to say "He's shit", these are the things that are truth but it makes him no less than one big hybrid superstar that he is today.
- I might even take it back, because it is just too early to call anyone GOAT here, but player of decade? Definitely. Here's why. First of all, he never left HLTV's top 20 since 2014, he never was below top 5 since 2015 (5th once, 3rd 3 times and 2nd once) which was a period long before Magisk came to complete Danish superteam. Why do i consider him a player of decade? Cuz he never played bad, against any team, under any circumstance, he always did put up the numbers in 3 seperate eras (End of Fnatic era, SK era and at last Astralis era, the most competitive time of CS). In Astralis, you have no room to be s1mple or Zywoo, you are a team player, listening to your IGL and Coach and your main objective is to WIN everything. To do that, you have to put ego aside. Astralis is a team which makes it hard to decide who's better there, because there is small gap inbetween each one of them and all of that is because of their superior coordination and teamplay. Even teams like that will always fall at one point, but hardly anyone can do what they did. Device is a great player and top fragger ON A SUPERSTAR TEAM WITHOUT *EGO*. For that you need strong consistency and skill. Astralis players are making him look like he's super good, which he is, but just not as good as, let's say Zywoo. It is hard to stand up in team like Astralis. He should've been 2nd, honestly, not 1st because Zywoo deserves every inch of it. If Device was to leave Astralis, he'd still be a teamplayer, he'd bring the coodrdination rather than super insane plays. He's different than s1mple and Zywoo, but can still match them and help his team in different ways. This is why he is 4 time major winner and 2 time major MVP and many other things.
Conclusion, Zywoo is better player than Device, s1mple is too, but only skillwise. There are aspects that s1mple cannot bring, and that device can and there are things that s1mple can bring in but Device can't. Zywoo came too late to be considered the player of the decade because there is someone who exists on pro scene long before him, and it's Device. There are things that each one of these 3 players bring to the table, but each one in their own way. Individual awards won't make you GOAT or player of decade unless you are on top for a long period. Ego took away a lot from superstars, Niko thought that Coldzera would be the solution, but it is not. These players require dominance and they will always stand above individually, but in terms of achievements, they could win some, but oh, how accidental is it that neither Niko or s1mple won major? Coldzera was a player just like Device, he was in a team that was a great fit for him, there were not too many flashy plays, he was just good and well placed but as soon as better teams came, SK looked mediocre, he couldn't do a single thing despite him being 1st twice in a row. Each player had their own era and prime time, but only these 3 will be able to keep it on top. We're lucky to see them play and win trophies :)