An amazing year for CS:GO just ended, and what better way is there to start 2014 than to look back at who the best players were? Our Top 20 players of the year series is returning and we will be revealing our ranking one player per day over the next few weeks.
Our 2010 and 2011 editions of the Top 20 series were hugely popular, and although we skipped 2012 due to it being a transition year for CS:GO, the game has by now fully settled in, so we can embark on the big project once again, which will this time be supported by eSportsventure.com.
The ranking will as before be based on statistics from big LAN tournaments throughout the year, and additionally we will consider a player's influence on his team's success and contribution in big matches. Although we didn't have MVP and All-Star votes throughout the year, we have selected the MVP of each tournament, which will also carry some extra weight in determining the final ranking.
Here is where we will update the list of Top 20 players of 2013 brought to you by eSportsventure.com when each player is annoounced:
1. Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund 2. Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg 3. Richard "shox" Papillon 4. Mihail "Dosia" Stolyarov 5. Nathan "NBK" Schmitt 6. Richard "Xizt" Landström 7. Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom 8. Jesper "JW" Wecksell 9. Spencer "Hiko" Martin 10. Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács 11. Adam "friberg" Friberg 12. Kenny "kennyS" Schrub 13. Robin "flusha" Rönnquist 14. Nicolaj "Nico" Jensen 15. Yegor "markeloff" Markelov 16. Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev 17. Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux 18. Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen 19. Jarosław "pasha" Jarząbkowski 20. Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth
We will be counting down the ranking from number 20 until our Player of the Year, by announcing one per day over the next twenty days with detailed articles about the player's performances in 2013.
A new addition for this series will be quotes from each player with their thoughts about the year, events, best moments and happenings within their teams. Furthermore, each player will be asked to make a "Bold prediction", in which they will need to try and name a future star that isn't recognized as one at the moment.
Seeing as many people usually like trying to guess which players will be featured in the ranking, here are a few clues: 19 of them played at Copenhagen Games, 18 were at the year's biggest event DreamHack Winter, while 16 participated at ESWC.
We hope you will enjoy the countdown throughout the next few weeks, and as always don't hesitate to tell us what you think about the ranking, what you would change and what your Top 20 would look like. Stay tuned to HLTV.org and happy New Year!