Top 20 players of 2013: pasha (19)

Number 19 on our ranking of Top 20 players of 2013 brought to you by is Polish player Jarosław "pasha" Jarząbkowski, the most consistent member of the team that was known as ESC Gaming, Universal Soldiers and AGAiN throughout the year.

Basic info and history

Jarosław "pasha" Jarząbkowski is no stranger to our Top 20 list, as he was already featured on it as number 18 in 2011 after what was a great second year for him with the seasoned veterans of the Golden Five.

ESC Gaming finished 2011 as the best team in the world, and even built on it at the start of 2012 by winning the year's biggest event, IEM6 World Championship, where Jarząbkowski was even named the MVP. They were unable to replicate that form later on though, seeing fnatic rise ahead of them to finish of the CS 1.6 era, and then at the end of September they made the switch to CS:GO.

After a bad start, which included a group stage exit at ESWC, where they lost to VeryGames and Germans n!faculty, and DH Winter fiasco where they bottomed out in a group with NiP, fnatic and mousesports, the Poles finally started looking like their old selves in December.

They started the last month of 2012 by putting up a great fight against VeryGames in AMD Sapphire Prague quarter-final, then clinching 2nd place at NorthCon behind NiP and eventually becoming the first team to win an international title besides the Swedes.

The occasion was SLTV StarSeries IV Finals, the inaugural CS:GO season of the league, where the Poles defeated Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom and Richard "shox" Papillon's team Imaginary, as well as in the final, who would later end up becoming the first team to beat NiP on LAN.

That end to the year brought them up to 3rd place in the world rankings, even closing in on VeryGames, whereas Jarząbkowski was still in the shadow of one of his more famous teammates, Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas, who was considered one of the top players in the game's early stage and their main star at that moment.

Most consistent player of the Polish squad

The beginning of 2013 continued in the same manner for ESC, by winning a tournament named Your road to Katowice, albeit it more of a local than international event, over Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács' in the final.

A couple of great AWP actions at the start of the year

Mad Catz Vienna at the end of February was the first bigger event of the year for Jarząbkowski's team and expectations were high. They struggled in the group stage though, but still made it to playoffs where a win over sent them to the semi-final against NiP.

The Polish team tried their best, but still ended up losing with a 16-8, 16-12 scoreline. They then finished 4th after a loss to VeryGames in the 3rd place decider, but not before finally managing to take a map off of the French team.

Jarząbkowski was just about average at the event overall, having a 1.00 rating, although standing out in the wins against the French teams, top fragging in the series vs. LDLC and the one map win over VG.

A month later they attended TECHLABS Cup in Moscow where NiP, and Natus Vincere awaited. As the favorites among the three challengers, ESC found themselves upset by the visibly improved compared to their previous clash in December, losing 16-9 twice to the CIS-based team.

The only positive from the event was a win in the lower bracket final over Na`Vi, their long-standing nemesis who they previously drew in Vienna, and who they would end up meeting many times throughout the year at various events.

The following weekend, they attended Copenhagen Games where they hit their year-low, a 13th-16th place finish at the massive event which featured practically every top team in the world at that moment.

It all started with a surprising loss to mousesports in the group stage, which in turn led to a meeting with in the first round of playoffs. Once again Kirill "ANGE1" Karasiow's squad got the better of them (16-6, 16-14), so they fell to the lower bracket quite early.

Hope was still there, but two rounds in they found themselves getting surprised once again, this time by the Swedish youngsters of Epsilon (16-14), and future winners of DreamHack Winter who were still unproven at that point.

An eco ace at Copenhagen Games on-site qualifier

Jarząbkowski's play was certainly not the cause of their problems though, as he played well in every match and was the team's best fragger at the event with 0.73 kills per round. That would become more of a rule than an exception later on in the year, as Jarząbkowski would be one of the best players in his team at almost every tournament.

The next challenge for them was SLTV StarSeries V Finals, where they were the reigning champions. But due to only coming in as fourth seed from the online section, they were paired up with NiP in the first round, which once again sent them to the lower bracket right away after a 16-8, 16-7 loss at the hands of Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg and co.

They then met Na`Vi and this time lost to them as well, 16-9, 19-15, finishing as 4th and never getting to meet the new thorn in their side,, who went on to win the tournament by beating the Swedes twice.

Prior to those last several events, ESC had qualified for RaidCall EMS One Spring Finals where they were to once again meet NiP in the first round, but unfortunately Jarząbkowski was hit by pneumonia only days before the tournament, and the team didn't want to attend with a stand-in, so they left their spot up to k1ck.

Interestingly, ESC only got the chance to attend their next big event, ESEA Season 13 Global Finals, after pulled out due to visa issues, and with Jarząbkowski's health back to normal, the team made the trip to Dallas, Texas at the end of April.

It all started great for the Polish side, with a win over North America's Quantic (16-3, 7-16, 16-7) and with Jarząbkowski on form, having one of his best maps of the year to open the tournament (29:8 score, 2.36 rating and 13 AWP kills).

pasha from ESC

pasha was on fire at the start of ESEA 13 Finals

However, they lost to VeryGames yet again after that and later fell to Quantic in their rematch in the lower bracket final after having a 1-0 map lead, thus finishing fourth while the North Americans went on to finish 2nd.

Jarząbkowski hadn't used the AWP much in CS:GO until this event, where it constituted 44% of his action and he ended up second only to Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham in the AWPers ranking.

He would keep playing in the same style for their next big event almost two months later, DreamHack Summer, but despite having his best fragging display yet (0.79 KPR), the team would once again fail to leave a mark.

First they dropped a huge lead against in the group stage for a 16-14 loss, despite Jarząbkowski's monster performance of 33 kills, and then proceeded to get knocked out by in the quarter-final (19-16, 16-4).

In the meantime they also lost to 3DMAX at TECHLABS Minsk, and it became known that they had been without salary for four months inside the year, so their future was under question.

As far as Jarząbkowski's play is concerned, the change in playstyle didn't result in improved placement, so he would end up dropping the use of AWP until the end of the year.

"Indeed I was playing less with the AWP, it was only my choice [to drop it], but it begins to change and I'm AWPing more now" - speaking in December about the AWPing duties.

Either way, it seemed that CS:GO suited him as he adapted quite well to the new game.

"I really like this game. It came naturally. At the beginning I played it in the same way I did 1.6, but my feelings had to finally change, I had to kick 1.6 out of my mind. With my heart I'm with 1.6, but my mind is in CS:GO."

But the team just kept disappointing, as despite passing all the online exams in another RaidCall EMS One season, they fell to yet again in the first round of the Summer Finals to finish 5th-8th. The final straw was another couple of losses at SLTV StarSeries VI Finals, where who other than would get the better of the Poles (16-14, 16-13), as well as their old nemesis Na`Vi (16-10, 19-16), and another disappointing 4th place was in the books.

Jarząbkowski had his only bad display of the year on that occasion in Kiev, Ukraine, but it didn't matter much, as the team was apparently in shambles judging from what followed when Mariusz "Loord" Cybulski and Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas fell out publicly and the team was disbanded.

ESC Gaming

One of the last occasions we saw the Golden Five together

Cybulski and Jakub "kuben" Gurczynski were cut, while Jarząbkowski had already planned on going inactive as he was about to get married. After a long public dispute the Golden Five was broken up for good, and it would be two months before we would see Jarząbkowski in action again.

In the meantime Filip "Neo" Kubski and Wojtas won Prague Challenge with an international mix team over Natus Vincere, and later started testing out new Polish players for their squad, such as Bartosz "Hyper" Wolny, Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski and Piotr "peet" Ćwikliński.

Still, it was their imperative to get Jarząbkowski, who was pondering retirement, back out of inactivity, and eventually they did.

"Yes, I thought about ending my career, but the boys wrote to me that it's not worth it in that style, so I decided to come back and achieve something."

The trio went on to pick up Pogorzelski and Paweł "byali" Bieliński and join Universal Soldiers as their new organization, while Wolny and Ćwikliński ended up in a team with former G5 member Cybulski.

"Thanks to Loord and kuben I'm here where I am today. I am really grateful to them. Hyper and peet? They will never achieve anything." - Jarząbkowski said about the lineup changes that resulted from the disbandment and testing out new players.

The new squad showed early promise with some solid online results during September in SLTV StarSeries VII (although they failed to qualify for the finals) and RaidCall EMS One cups, at which time Jarząbkowski stood out as a clear star of the team with over 0.80 kills per round in each tournament.

Having also skipped DreamHack Bucharest, the first big LAN test for them would be RaidCall EMS One Fall Finals, which additionally offered two spots for the all-important DH Winter. The debut itself of the new squad will go down as one of the best matches of the year, and although they were on the wrong side of a 31-28 scoreline against Na`Vi, they ended up making up for it by taking the Ukrainians down in the group's 2nd place decider later on.

But VeryGames, who ended up winning the event, were too big of a bite in the semi-final (16-4, 21-17), so the Poles had to settle for a 3rd-4th place finish, which was certainly a good start for the new lineup and it got them a slot for the Swedish event.

The debut in Cologne went well for pasha & co.

They missed out on ESWC as there was no Polish qualifier and they were only in the process of testing lineups when the international one took place, but before DreamHack Winter Universal Soldiers still had one final test at TECHLABS Cup Grand Final together with the likes of 3DMAX, Na`Vi and Astana Dragons.

They seemed poised to win the title as 3DMAX and Na`Vi were relatively easily disposed of in the upper bracket, but Kirill "ANGE1" Karasiow's squad once again took down the Poles, who even dropped a map lead in the final (16-11, 5-16, 3-16).

Jarząbkowski was the team's best player thanks to excellent displays in the two victories, having his year-high 1.16 rating, and also finally getting in some AWP action, even though it was only 24 kills.

Coming into the biggest event of the year following that 2nd place and a solid performance in Germany earlier, Universal Soldiers had every right to be optimistic. They started great, with a 16-9 win over North Americans iBUYPOWER, but NiP brought them down to earth with a 16-4 win to top the group.

The deciding match for 2nd place of the group against Kenny "kennyS" Schrub's Recursive, however, would be something they will beat themselves up about for the rest of their lives.

"I remember our match vs. the French team at DH, after a 12-2 result we lost 16-13. After that I felt like a piece of ****."

DreamHack Winter is definitely a tournament pasha would like to forget

Just like that, the team that is famous for thriving in major tournaments was out of the biggest one ever already in group stage, and all of the blame they put on themselves.

But they earned another chance to prove their new lineup's worth in 2013 thanks to solid online play in SLTV StarSeries VIII, where they clinched the second seed for the LAN Finals.

Teams like DH Winter quarter-finalists LGB and ESWC winners Clan-Mystik weren't able to go to Kiev, so the Polish side, who were now named AGAiN after having left Universal Soldiers in the meantime, had a good chance to make their third trip to Ukraine count.

While Astana Dragons fell before even meeting the Poles, they still had a tough task of overcoming the new and improved Natus Vincere, both in the opening match and later in the grand final, as well as the surprise of the tournament, Balkan based squad GamePub.

AGAiN were finally up to the task, and they won all three of those series and clinched their first meaningful title of the year, while Jarząbkowski put in an MVP worthy performance, with great displays in each of the match-ups for the tournament-best 1.14 rating, side by side his younger colleague Bieliński.

"My best moment was at the end of the year, when we won SLTV. Neo started being the in-game leader and everything was easier. He told me 'you do what you want in the game', and this was the key" – Jarząbkowski about what may have affected him to put in an MVP worthy performance.

After ending the year on a high note, the Polish team is currently still without an organization, but with EMS One Katowice's $250,000 tournament looming ahead in March, they are sure to be as prepared as ever for the first challenges in 2014.

"My dream is to qualify for Katowice and to play in the grand final on the big stage with cheering from our Polish fans."- about hopes and plans for the new year.

What makes him the 19th best player of 2013?

Jarosław "pasha" Jarząbkowski is by now an established name in the scene, but before 2013 he was always in the shadow of his more famous teammates Filip "Neo" Kubski and Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas.

In 2013 and in CS:GO itself, he finally stepped out of that shadow and went on to be the team's most consistent performer with almost no bad events behind him individually. The team however, had a disappointing year by their standards, especially after entering it as 3rd best in the world, as they kept underachieving and eventually reforming the roster.

As a result, they only have one title and one second place at events where neither NiP nor VeryGames were present, but they were always a tough team to beat and the changes seemed to have been for the better according to results in the last four months.

Jarząbkowski ended up with a 1.04 rating for the year, the lowest in our Top 20, but he put in MVP worthy performance on both of their celebratory tournaments, and was one of his team's best on almost every other occasion.

Still, apart from those two tournaments he was never really a clear star in the team since various players stepped up in different tournaments, so he couldn't go any higher in the ranking.

Bold prediction

Russia Denis "seized" Kostin

In his bold prediction about which player will become a star in 2014, Jarząbkowski was concise, saying: "seized will be good". The 19-year-old Russian currently plays for Natus Vincere who he joined back in August 2013 as his first professional team.

How did you rate Jarosław "pasha" Jarząbkowski's 2013? Does he deserve the 19th place in our ranking? Can he continue in the steps he made at the end of the year and establish himself as the star of the best Polish team?

Tell us what you think in the comments below, and keep an eye on our Top 20 players of 2013 by ranking which we our updating once per day.

2014-01-02 18:10
Shox #1
2014-01-03 15:31
2014-01-02 18:11
2014-01-02 18:37
World Moya 
nice, a good player. GeT_RiGhT #1
2014-01-02 18:12
Serbia LEdq 
2014-01-02 18:13
Sweden sebb7 
gl hf pasha AGAiN, Katowice needs AGAiN in there for sure! :)
2014-01-02 18:13
France mSx-- 
Why only 1 per day
2014-01-02 18:14
Poland mhl_ 
so that the website gets a proper daily views portion ;]
2014-01-02 18:16
its not an easy work as you see?
2014-01-02 18:16
Poland kstk 
1 good read per 1 day
2014-01-02 18:38
per day
2014-01-03 02:55
Its not so easy to meka arcticles like this and one good read per day irs very good for me. :)
2014-01-02 18:43
Why no come back on cs:go ?
2014-01-02 18:45
sometimes "mickc" deathmatch :D:D
2014-01-02 19:04
deserved well done pasza #Biceps
2014-01-02 18:14
Canada xb0y 
Would be hilarious if jw ends up being #1
2014-01-02 18:15
In that case , I guess would go through another generation of jW best's .
2014-01-02 18:31
Well if that would happen he would be the best :DDD
2014-01-03 10:39
Not gonna happen
2014-01-02 19:20
tbh i dont think he will be on the top, he has been top fragging for what.. 2 months? :/
2014-01-06 05:19
2014-01-02 18:16
Slovakia giveitup 
pasha will find you
2014-01-02 18:16
only 19 ? :/
2014-01-02 18:17
Pasha has only 1.04 rating, while Xyp9x has 1.08 rating ^^
2014-01-02 18:36
2014-01-02 21:57
Neo is definitely among the top 100, even top 50
2014-01-02 18:17
not sure about the top50 but maybe top100 yeah;[
2014-01-02 18:22
neo is neo, always beast
2014-01-02 18:24
n0thing top 1
2014-01-02 19:58
He is right, neo's preformance in csgo not that good. I like neo but unfortunatly he is in the top50
2014-01-02 22:39
n0thing will be in this top unlike neo
2014-01-02 23:25
Doubt it, if any American is worthy of this it would be Hiko.
2014-01-03 00:11
Like you said, i think that only Hiko is worthy it :) The list will have mostly swedish,Danes,VG and VP in the Top 10.
2014-01-03 10:41
2014-01-03 10:41
Sweden mrarrogant 
"Hyper and peet? They will never achieve anything." LOL shots fired
2014-01-02 18:18
Hyper will as soon as he decides to cheat again
2014-01-02 18:23
are u fucking kidding me
2014-01-02 19:58
lol +1
2014-01-02 18:24
AHAHAHA nice1 pasha! :D
2014-01-02 18:36
Yeah... This was harsh :-)
2014-01-02 19:49
2014-01-02 18:20
n1 jaroslaw
2014-01-02 18:23
I expect Taz higher as pasha but nice gratulation to biceps :P
2014-01-02 18:25
Poland Baaq 
Pasha is nice guy
2014-01-02 18:27
Well deserved!
2014-01-02 18:28
2014-01-02 18:30
pasza so stronk
2014-01-02 18:31
good read
2014-01-02 18:31
I'm sure you guys will do well in 2014. :)
2014-01-02 18:32
I don't think so why? The fans are waiting like over a year for them to achieve something and still they can't make out of the group on big tournaments with the best teams.
2014-01-02 18:37
Because I think so? Also they just topped the SLTV StarSeries VIII Finals.
2014-01-02 18:39
topped SLTV with the newbies on the big stage "GP", just made NaVi and the awful AD
2014-01-02 18:43
It's still a tournament they won. They'll do great.
2014-01-02 18:44
Well, danish teams never won anything. I think winning those "international" events, could be more for their minds to believe they can win.
2014-01-02 20:42
wouldn't say it was that bad performance on DHW. It was expected that they would loose against NiP, as they did. Then they had a really close game against cursive, could have gone either way.
2014-01-02 18:49
2014-01-02 18:36
World ntgd 
2014-01-02 18:37
so taz won't be in this ranking? :/
2014-01-02 18:38
Yes I think :(
2014-01-02 18:51
Hungary lemusz 
congrat pasha! :)
2014-01-02 18:46
would be nice to see him back to his 1.6 form :) and awping like a madman :)
2014-01-02 18:50
Pasha = cs & gym = living life
2014-01-02 18:50
2014-01-02 18:51
ZywOo | 
Sweden Le_Dieu 
19 inch biceps.
2014-01-02 18:52
pasha 2 stronk
2014-01-02 18:57
2014-01-02 19:03
xyp9 > pasha tbh
2014-01-02 19:14
2014-01-02 19:20
Georgia Fatal Fighter 
gratz pasha! :)
2014-01-02 19:31
United Kingdom smoggy:. 
pasha has really impressed me this year, for some reason i thought he would be a weak link in his team. after being married i thought his mind would be elsewhere but he has shown how good he can be xD great write up!
2014-01-02 19:43
2014-01-02 19:45
Top 18 dupreeh
2014-01-02 19:51
dupreeh top 10
2014-01-02 19:54
It's awfully long.
2014-01-02 19:55
No one are forcing you to read it. Whatever amount of time it takes fore you to read it, it took at least 20 times that to write it. Good job Tgwr1s!
2014-01-02 23:39
just look at the pictures!
2014-01-02 23:51
pasha, size on dem bi's atm?
2014-01-02 19:57
pasha? hm..
2014-01-02 20:16
pasha <3 MVP of sltv GJ
2014-01-02 20:21
pasha doesn't deserve the 19 spot :( One of the best players ever
2014-01-02 20:28
Germany Bongskie 
he is one of the best players ever.Everyone knows that. But! But this year he wasn't in top 15 , there were better ppl. :)
2014-01-02 22:09
imo he deserved to be in top15, but top19 is still good, he had his good moments in csgo and he carried the team a lot of times, maybe next year he will be higher
2014-01-03 01:36
Germany Bongskie 
i have to add that he is one of the most stable players , i never saw him doing bad .
2014-01-03 12:51
2014-01-06 02:48
SCREAM #1 Btw tentopole biceps > pasha
2014-01-02 20:44
5.Shox 4.Friberg/xist 3.JW 2.F0rest 1.GTR
2014-01-02 21:28
Shox top4 and Xizt/Friberg won't be in top5 imo.
2014-01-03 11:36
scream??? da fuQ? LOL
2014-01-02 21:59
I looked at Tentpole profile. WTF ! he was chubby now he looks like mr Universe
2014-01-03 04:25
2014-01-02 20:49
Really nice format here to the top 20. Love how you can get a candid response to a question like "who will become a star in 2014". I got locked in watching seized play a lot last tourney and he is absolutely fierce, under control and always ready.
2014-01-02 21:23
Seized was my own "Bold Prediction" for becoming a very solid player in 2014. He's not really known right now, but I think he will be now that Na'Vi has a really good lineup.
2014-01-03 00:14
2014-01-02 21:27
pasha best #1
2014-01-02 22:29
pAsHa PoWeR
2014-01-02 22:31 :D Still love it! And well deserved. Pasha had some big plays last year. Cant wait to see Again playing!
2014-01-02 22:33
Jarzabkowski ended up with a 1.04 rating for the year, the lowest in our Top 20 On hltv stats: pasha AGAiN 236 +589 1.15 1.12 What the hell? Which rating is proper?
2014-01-02 22:56
this top20 only counts performance from LAN or big tournaments, not online play
2014-01-02 23:06
2014-01-02 23:49
2014-01-02 23:17
Pasha Biceps <3
2014-01-02 23:30
you can't go more retarded than this. even if you'll pick a random cheater from mm in top5 can't go more retard. because you've went full!
2014-01-02 23:53
u died modfka
2014-01-03 00:05
Sweden 3GM 
2014-01-03 00:16
sick playstyle , congrats and deserved
2014-01-03 01:01
great player wich the only difficulties to appear better were early team problems
2014-01-03 01:09
he always have been a good player, since he joined polish masters he only became a better and more stable player, he deserve to be in top20 Good job pasha, keep it up, hope i will see you in top10 next year, GL
2014-01-03 01:33
Taiwan SCVready 
2014-01-03 02:34
not expected! but well done Jareczku!
2014-01-03 02:46
World owints 
2014-01-03 02:58
#Biceps kinda expected, even though the poles always get it in bad with the orgas they get some decent results here and there.
2014-01-03 04:14
2014-01-03 07:38
fail ranking , xyp9x better than spaghettiarms.
2014-01-03 08:20
The lowest and still he is above xyp9x o.O
2014-01-03 08:21
xyp9x better
2014-01-03 09:51
i have seen snax AWPing recently. don't know why... pasha is so much better than snax
2014-01-03 10:48
Maybe because pasza is also better than snax as a rifle !
2014-01-03 11:38
byali was good recently, but it was only at the end of the season but I hope he'll suceed better for 2014 !
2014-01-03 11:41
go go pasha! 2014 gonna be better!
2014-01-03 12:12
KennyS #1
2014-01-03 12:20
SpawN | 
Iceland vasyl86 
no 1 will be Shox no 18 I hope it will be Neo
2014-01-03 12:35
2014-01-03 16:57
2014-01-03 13:02
#1 must be GeT_RiGhT, for sure!
2014-01-03 13:17
Do most probably Pasha is the only member of AGAiN that made it to the list...
2014-01-03 14:05
Denmark kozality 
I have to say that I'm really frustrated about this list, I thought you meant to have the top-20 ascending, and not descending... so sad...
2014-01-03 14:14
2014-01-03 18:05
2014-01-04 14:47
2014-01-07 00:32
pasza bajceps ;d
2014-01-07 16:27
2014-01-09 20:51
haha that ace ended with knife kill xD
2014-01-13 02:25
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