As much as I love dev1ce and Cold, this is a very valid argument. Greatest individual players are the best performers in every sense, no matter which team they are in. Dev1ce would be nowhere without Astralis. Cold would not even be at the top or a major winner, without the old SK gaming roster. He couldn't even get anything done being on the same team with Niko, Olof, and Rain, and disappeared from the top-scenes in 3 years. Old Fnatic, SK Gaming, the major-winning Astralis, etc were all phenomenal teams in their prime, that defined the epitomes of teamwork and hence won majors.
However, nobody, not Olof, not Cold, not GTR, not dev1ce can carry Tier3 teams to Tier1 and then to major finals, the way s1mple and Zywoo can. Even in relatively worse teams that get knocked out, s1mple and Zywoo perform tremendously and have always won MVPs and EVPs. s1mple carried an NA team to Major finals for the 1st time in history. Carried his own team (NAVI) to major semis and grand-finals many times, with dead-weight players. Carried Tier2 and Tier3 teams to Tier1 level back in the day. Is the highest-rated player so many times and tops the overall rating and impact rating not just on his team, but on the server. Leading stats in most categories in every tournament. 3rd highest rated player in 2014. At the very top notches in 2015 and with Tier1 CS since 2016, s1mple has been #4
, #1, #2
, even being in bad teams or with underperforming dead-weight players. Amongst all HLTV#1 players in CSGo history, s1mple's rating (2018) is the highest ever. This year again, #1 or #2
, logically speaking.
Here's the compilation of the official rankings: liquipedia.net/counterstrike/HLTV/Top_20..
Hence, s1mple definitely the GOAT of CS. However, if we define GOAT as the greatest team player with the highest ever consistency, it's undisputedly Dev1ce. If GOAT refers to the Greatest Individual Player of all time, it is definitely s1mple. Zywoo might become the GOAT, if he continues his current form for few more years. With barely 2 years on Tier1 CS scene, it's too early to call him a GOAT, since his 'all-time' is not even 2 years yet.