Top 20 players of 2014: device (20)

Tgwri1s
January 1st, 2015 17:16

Nicolai "device" Reedtz missed out on a spot in last year's ranking due to not playing at many events, but in 2014 he put in just enough great performances at big tournaments to earn the 20th place in our Top 20 players of 2014 brought to you by Xtrfy. He played very well at all three of the majors as dignitas made it to the playoffs - although never further than the semis - and he was especially great at Copenhagen Games and ESWC.

Nicolai "device" Reedtz's CS roots date back to 2009 when he, as a 13-year-old, attended his first local CS:Source LAN in Denmark. Later that year he already got his first international experience at SLAP LIVE #19, but he was still too young to make a big impact.

However, the talent was always visible in his play and after plying his trade in various lesser known teams, he finally started playing for Copenhagen Wolves in 2011, soon finishing 5th-8th at Copenhagen Games.

But then later that year he decided to stop playing competitively for personal reasons, which turned out to be a common reoccurrence in his career further on. He came back in 2012 and finally teamed up with some of the best CS:S players in Denmark, forming an "all-star" squad with former CKRAS stars Henrik "FeTiSh" Christensen & Bo "wantz" Vestergaard.

Yet only two months later, in July 2012, he was removed from the team after which FeTiSh said the following about him in a statement:

"Personally I feel Nicolai is wasting his potential, I haven't seen anyone as good since wantz came along and with his young age he could really make it into something big."

Foreshadowing aside, CS:GO came out the next month, but device didn't take it up until December when he joined CS 1.6 veterans formerly of Anexis – Danny "BERRY" Krüger & Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer – in a team called POPPERS and soon won ESEA Open Season 13.

He didn't stick around for too long as he was invited back to Copenhagen Wolves to join FeTiSh's new CS:GO lineup in January 2013. This was also the first time he teamed up with his now longtime teammate Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen.

But his problems once again struck and he was kicked two months later due to "not showing up for practice regularly".

After a short stint in a team called Heroic that failed to qualify for the main tournament at Copenhagen Games, device rejoined Wolves in May and finally showcased his potential in the RaidCall EMS One online cups against Europe's best.

His first appearance at an international CS:GO LAN came at DreamHack Summer, where he already looked like one of the best players at the event despite a quarter-final exit to the mighty Ninjas in Pyjamas.

He later took part in DreamHack Bucharest as well, but days after another quarter-final finish he once again stepped down and put a pause in his CS career for two more months.

The revolving door period of his career finally ended in November when he returned to CPH Wolves together with Nicolaj "Nico" Jensen, just in time to prepare for the first ever CS:GO major, DreamHack Winter, where they later finished 5th-8th. To date that was the last time device left the team, as 2014 went by much smoother and he became a core member of the squad.

As 2014 rolled around device had three members of our Top 20 of 2013 ranking alongside him, but one was quickly disposed of – Nico – due to personal issues.

To replace him, über G33KZ – as they were called at the time after leaving CPH Wolves – added René "cajunb" Borg, another returnee who previously quit the team in June the year before.

In mid-February they finally found an organization to fully support them, the UK based dignitas, and had their new year debut at the first DreamHack Stockholm Invitational with three other top teams in attendance – Titan, fnatic and NiP.

It was not a pleasant outing for the Danes, as they crumbled and lost 5-16 to fnatic and then 3-16 to NiP, finishing 4th in the four team double elimination tournament. device was one of the reasons for that poor performance, as he himself didn't do the expected damage, scoring a kill in only 13 of their 40 rounds and ending up with his year-low 0.55 rating.

Nevertheless, it was no time to be alarmed since as quarter-finalists of the first major, dignitas automatically had a spot at the next one, EMS One Katowice, and there was plenty of time left to fine-tune things.


device at EMS One Katowice

In Poland they came out on top of their group without having to meet top seeded fnatic, while they disposed of then-recently crowned ESEA S15 champions iBUYPOWER and compatriots Reason with two 16-8 wins.

device didn't shine in those two group stage matches, but he showed up in the quarter-final against HellRaisers with a Man of the Match performance in the strong 2-0 victory over the Ukrainian-Russian-Kazakh team.

He had a 49:29 score in that series (1.54 rating, plus 9 assists and 2 clutches), and was especially good in the second and closer of the maps when he put up 31:15 (VOD).

With four wins in four maps dignitas looked very good heading into the semi-final, but there awaited NiP. The Danes were again defeated convincingly and lost the chance at the title 0-2 (6-16, 5-16).


The Katowice trophy was a distant dream for dignitas

Despite the underperformance in that last match, device wound up with a solid 1.10 rating for the entirety of the second major, and despite being only the 3rd best in his team by most criteria, he was an important factor in their semi-final run.

Two weeks later dignitas showed online that they have a very high upside, as they won the second season of Fragbite Masters while defeating LDLC, Katowice champions Virtus.pro, and Titan en-route to 1st place.

That turned out being good preparation for the next big event, Copenhagen Games in their home country, while heading into it dignitas held the 5th spot in our April World Ranking.

After an anything but interesting group stage with several lower level teams, the Danes easily made it past fm-eSports and Norwegians of H2k in the first two playoff rounds. device ran rampant against the latter, topping the board on both maps with 27:15 and 30:15.

He didn't stop there even though next up was a quarter-final match against fnatic, as he put in another Man of the Match performance in what ended up being one of the closest contests of the year (22-20, 19-16).

His team came out on top of map 1 largely thanks to his 41:29 effort (1.33 rating, 8 entry kills) and he ended up with 64:51 for the series. Moreover, device got a kill in an incredible 78% of rounds dignitas won in that quarter-final (VOD).

Full POV video of device vs. fnatic at Cph Games (map 1)

However, they once again ran into the brick wall of NiP in the semi-final and were sent packing by the Swedes for the third LAN in a row. This time they put up much better resistance though, even taking the first map into overtime (15-19, 11-16). device was again the main reason for their good play with another amazing first map performance (34:26, 1.39 rating, 8 entry kills, VOD).

After Copenhagen Games we compiled a list of Top players of the tournament and device made it into the All-Star team thanks to his great overall performance.

Shortly after the Danish event, dignitas won another online title, Gfinity Pro League Season 1, which however didn't have any other top teams taking part except Kenny "kennyS" Schrub's Clan-Mystik who they beat in the final.

A few weeks later their roster was once again in turmoil, as cajunb suddenly left the team due to what he later described as his own "attitude problems". To replace him they picked up 17-year-old rising star Philip "aizy" Aistrup who proved himself at Copenhagen Games with 3DMAX.


dignitas added aizy in May

The new squad looked promising in their first online display, taking a map off of NiP and once again beating fnatic to finish 2nd in Fragbite's Mikz Challenge. Soon after they added another 2nd place online in a very competitive FACEIT Spring League, where Virtus.pro bested them in the final.

Unfortunately, they didn't get to build on their great form at the next big LAN event, DreamHack Summer, as one of their players had exams and they decided not to attend.

They did however finally beat NiP online at the end of June, 2-1 in the final of the SCAN Invitational, although without device who was unable to play that day.

In July we updated our World Ranking and dignitas then held the 4th spot heading into the next big event, Gfinity 3.

Despite that, with three months having passed since their Copenhagen Games success, dignitas were a question mark heading into the UK event with almost all of the top teams attending - especially due to it being their LAN debut with the new squad member aizy.

However, the dignitas that showed up was a scary one. They dominated their group while beating both Titan and Virtus.pro with 16-7 scorelines, and then blew NiP out of the water in the quarter-final 2-0 (16-4, 16-11).

But shockingly, after getting a 1-0 lead against Virtus.pro in the semi-final, they returned to their old ways and crumbled under the pressure, losing the next two maps 2-16 and 12-16 to once again end up 3rd-4th.


Gfinity 3 was a strange event for dignitas

device was one of the big underperformers in those two maps, which started prompting theories about dignitas' semi-final troubles being caused by their star players not playing up to par. To be fair he wasn't the star player in their run up to that anyway, but he still played very well and finished the tournament with a 1.13 rating – 3rd best in the team.

Moreover, he had an amazing series against NiP in the quarter-final (42:24) when he scored at least one kill in 27 of the 32 rounds they won (map 1 VOD, map 2 VOD).

But while Gfinity 3 had most of the big names on the team list, the real summer test was ESL One Cologne two weeks later.

The duo of device and dupreeh once again propelled dignitas into the semi-final, despite their early 14-16 loss to Cloud9, as they took down Titan in the group decider 16-1 and then Epsilon in the quarter-final 2-0.

But once again they just couldn't make it past the next hurdle. Even though this time on the other side was the future dominant new lineup of fnatic and they put up a solid fight (11-16, 14-16), their stars once again didn't have the needed numbers in the big match.


device at ESL One Cologne

Aside from that, device did put up above average numbers in all of the other matches that led to his team's top4 placing and wound up as the top rated dignitas player (1.14).

Going back to the online tournaments, device continued rampaging in FACEIT Season 2, which he ended up topping by rating just like he did during the Spring edition. And even though it was online, it's worth pointing out his incredible performance against HellRaisers in a triple-overtime 31-28 win when he had a 64:38 score (VOD).

And while FACEIT Season 2 spanned from beginning of September til end of October, dignitas had another LAN event to attend in that period – the second DreamHack Stockholm Invitational of the year.

With 8 teams and a group stage format this time, the Danes found themselves in a group with fnatic, CPH Wolves and 3DMAX. At the start they edged out their compatriots Wolves 16-14 and lost to fnatic on overtime 16-19, but then a cold shower followed. In the group decider they lost to Finns 3DMAX 17-19 and for the first time failed to make the playoffs in 2014.

device was not to blame for that early exit as he put up superb numbers of 0.86 kills per round and 1.26 rating, good enough for third overall at the entire event.

device's AWP 4-kill highlight at DH Stockholm

FACEIT Season 2 Finals were next in Milan, Italy and dignitas performed even worse than in Stockholm, failing to reach the playoffs for the second time in a row. They lost the first three maps 3-16, 5-16 (to fnatic) and 3-16 (to iBUYPOWER). Although they still had a chance if they beat the North Americans convincingly in the last map, it was a too tall of an order and the eventual 16-13 victory brought them no joy.

device was this time on the other spectrum of the performance scale. He played sub-par in every map and thus ended up as the worst player of the entire event with a 0.60 rating.

Upon their return from Italy, and with the two poor showings behind them, dignitas decided to reverse their lineup change from five months before and bring back cajunb instead of aizy.

Despite having only days to prepare for ESWC, dignitas strolled through the group stage with 5 wins, including 16-2 revenge against 3DMAX and a 16-14 win over iBP to top the group.

device was back in shape at this event, dominating in the group stage. But his not-exceptional-but-solid performance against Virtus.pro in the quarter-final wasn't enough as the Danes again bowed out of the tournament too early for their liking.


dignitas back with cajunb at ESWC

He ended up with his highest rating of the year, 1.30 (+55 K-D difference), which was good for 3rd best at the event behind two fnatic players. He also contributed (had at least a kill, assist or survived) in 72% of the rounds – his 2014 record – but it didn't pull the team through to another semi-final, so it doesn't trump his Cph Games performance.

Their next LAN event another week later, Fragbite Masters Season 3 Finals, featured only four teams and continued the double elimination bracket from the online stage – which saw dignitas start in the lower final against fnatic.

They didn't get any further than that, as they notched in another two map-losses against the high flying Swedes – making it 7 in a row since Cologne – thus finishing 4th.

device was disappointing in the series and he added his third sub-1.00 rating of the year at a LAN event (0.72).

The final trip of the year for them was the fourth major tournament, DreamHack Winter, as they opted not to attend ESEA S17 Finals after that despite qualifying.

Heading to Sweden after finally having some time between tournaments to practice with the new-old lineup, expectations were higher this time. To make things easier, their group saw Titan removed as Hovik "KQLY" Tovmassian received his VAC-ban, so they ended up making light work of PENTA and iBUYPOWER to get the top seed heading into the playoffs.

The whole team played great in those two contests, and device still managed to stand out with his display against the North Americans – 30:11 (1.92 rating, a kill in 15 of the 16 rounds won – POV).

But they just couldn't break their curse, this time faltering against Natus Vincere at the first playoff test (3-16, 13-16). device was the worst player in both maps of that series, adding to the big match misery and further strengthening the theory of their stars not showing up when most needed.


Third playoff run at the major ended earlier than the first two

He still ended up with above average performance for the event (1.03 rating) and the team still made it to the playoffs of a major, so the year was rounded up on a relatively positive note.

Not positive enough though, since as a result of their lack of progress as a team, they decided to remove their long-time in-game leader FeTiSh and add Finn "karrigan" Andersen in his stead.

The new lineup's first test came around a week later, at the end of December in the MLG X-Games qualifier, and they passed with flying colors by defeating Titan, Virtus.pro and LDLC to secure a place at the first big event of 2015.

Why is he the 20th best player of 2014?

Nicolai "device" Reedtz was actually closer to not being on the list than to being higher on it, but in the end he did just enough throughout 2014 to get the 20th spot over some other big names.

As far as team achievements go, he has no LAN titles to boast with, only four semi-final runs: EMS One Katowice, Copenhagen Games, Gfinity 3 and ESL One Cologne.

His online play may have left a better overall impression than what he actually did on LAN, with several low points and the occasional underperforming in big matches, but he had high enough peaks and he contributed plenty in his team's numerous semi-final runs to deserve a place in the Top 20.

To be more precise, his rating in "big matches" (last 3 matches of a tournament) was 0.97, one of the worst among the 20 chosen ones. And that doesn't include the Na`Vi quarter-final at DH Winter or the lower bracket exits at DH Stockholm #1 and FB Masters Season 3.

His peaks were at Copenhagen Games, where he was one of the event's best players, and ESWC, where he had the third highest rating overall. He also performed well at the majors, always playing well in the group stage to push dignitas into the all-important playoffs - and on two occasions even a step further partly thanks to his great displays against HellRaisers and Epsilon.

In what was the team's best performance, at Gfinity 3, he wasn't the star but he still put on a good show especially in their first big LAN win, the 1/4 final against NiP.

Interesting to note is also that he had the second lowest T-side rating among the Top 20 (0.87), but inversely was one of the best players on the CT-side with 1.36. Considering the team ended up playing more T rounds than CT overall, it seems that's an area he needs to improve on.


device was one of the best CT side players in 2014

He was also one of the best players on de_inferno, with a 1.21 rating for the year in 14 played maps, and 9th best on de_dust2 (1.17 in 12 maps).

Finally, not many could match his direct contribution to round wins, as he scored at least one kill in 65% of them for dignitas, good for 6th among all players who played more than 5 big events. He also showed last year that he is a natural born fragger by also ranking 6th in overall rounds with 1+ kills (51%) and 9th in KPR (0.77).

What did you make of device's 2014 performance? Is he in your top 20, and at what place?

Keep an eye on our Introduction article where we will keep updating our Top 20 players of 2014 brought to you by Xtrfy!

You can follow Nicolai "device" Reedtz on Facebook and Twitter.

Denmark Bo 'wantz' Vestergaard
Bo 'wantz' Vestergaard
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
44
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.18
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borg
René 'cajunb' Borg
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1286
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Denmark Nicolaj 'Nico' Jensen
Nicolaj 'Nico' Jensen
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
399
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1358
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1238
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
France Hovik 'KQLY' Tovmassian
Hovik 'KQLY' Tovmassian
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
250
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Denmark Danny 'BERRY' Krüger
Danny 'BERRY' Krüger
Age:
28
Rating 1.0:
0.89
Maps played:
553
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.15
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
933
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
1370
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Denmark Henrik 'FeTiSh' Christensen
Henrik 'FeTiSh' Christensen
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.86
Maps played:
239
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.17
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1133
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
1341
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
top1: rpk n1 confirmed
2015-01-01 17:18
#14
World Yeet 
*Stealing spot* Quote from HLTV in "Top 20 Introduction": "don't be afraid to post your own Top 20 list or criticize and analyze ours." - It's funny, every time somebody disagrees with Lurppis or HLTV staff, all of you are either deleting our posts, insulting us (the HLTV users) or something similar, e.g. when Lurppis was critizised for "Major Problems" articles all you did was throwing insults at the users, even Nomad who is supposed to set an example. Now, you say please feel free to criticize, when obviously we are not allowed to... hmmmmm Oh, looking forward to you deleting the post, yet promoting "feel free" blabalbala. :) EDIT: Nice article LOL!
2015-01-01 17:22
#81
North America lint 
yeah i'm sure the admins are real concerned with silencing your opinions on counter-strike
2015-01-01 17:57
TOP 5 1.diamon 2.kqly 3.smn 4.sf 5.fifflaren
2015-01-01 17:32
I miss the bold prediction!
2015-01-01 17:41
no "Bold Prediction" - no fun
2015-01-01 18:16
top1: kennyS<3
2015-01-01 21:11
#2
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Turkey rusty james 
meh. too fucking down on the list. should be in top 5 at least if you consider it on an individual basis. edit: on another note no interviews or questions this year? jeezus fucking christ. so damn dull.
2015-01-01 17:19
top5 rofl
2015-01-01 17:19
#15
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Turkey rusty james 
tell me 5 other guys who had better individual years than him and dont ride any bandwagon dick please.
2015-01-01 17:20
top5 rofl Kebab Maker confirmed
2015-01-01 17:20
#20
f0rest | 
Serbia dankooo 
HHAHAHHAHAhahahahaa
2015-01-01 17:21
#23
France JPK_ 
He never performed in important matches, unlike dupreeh.
2015-01-01 17:22
#30
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Turkey rusty james 
naw dupreeh also choked, it was cajun that saved them(before he left for the first time)
2015-01-01 17:24
#80
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Latvia Ke]R[4u 
dupreeh choked, while device never performed m8
2015-01-01 17:55
Cajunb carried them the entire Katowice
2015-01-01 18:07
rofl haahah lmao lol
2015-01-01 17:23
#28
Iceland bist 
1. kennys 2. shox 3. snax 4. guardian 5. s1mple 6. forest 7. gtr RIP CHINA
2015-01-01 17:23
#36
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Turkey rusty james 
shox was missing 3\4 of the year. are you fucking kidding me? guardian literally did nothing, na vi was shit whole year. s1mple only flicked some heads, was still mediocre as fuck. forest and gtr also was shox like all year long. but yeh they did better. snax and kenny are the only ones who actually deserve to be above than device on your shitty list.
2015-01-01 17:26
#42
Iceland bist 
"who had better individual years" You were talking about invidual perfomance and now you talk about a team? I think someone is retarded and it's not me lmao.
2015-01-01 17:28
#52
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Turkey rusty james 
nah its definitely you.
2015-01-01 17:32
#95
Iceland bist 
i just pointed out that you are wrong but i see you have no arguments haha what chinese ppl are reallly stupido
2015-01-01 18:10
#111
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Turkey rusty james 
chinese rolling out in cash while you dumb fucks bankrupt an entire fucking country. also the fact that you pointed out made no sense. this shit is a team game. they did pretty well as a team, they choked on semis and quarters. this dude also choked but still they made it to a certain fucking point. so they were top 4-5 entire year. this dude was the best fucking player on that team. some players you will see on that list did not even get out of the groups alf their tourneys. some of them couldnt even qualify for some. regardless there are 19 more people to be counted and you bet your ass some of them will be from inferior shitty teams just to make it into the list. such as cis players and the entirety of fnatic(just like they did put 4 of the nip guys) even tho this is a team game this list emphasises INDIVIDUAL fucking performances. so considering that, apart from 6-7 guys there is no way in hell you can count 12-13 better guys than this guy.
2015-01-01 18:14
xDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD still doesn't see a point what a turd
2015-01-01 18:14
#114
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Turkey rusty james 
yep mos def ur the retarded one.
2015-01-01 18:15
enjoy your ban :DD:D:D:
2015-01-01 18:21
#123
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Turkey rusty james 
for the love of god can you stop with the idiotic smileys. shit creeps me out.
2015-01-01 18:23
as you wish D:D:D:DD: @banned
2015-01-01 18:27
#135
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Turkey rusty james 
biggie biggie biggie can't you see sometimes your words just hypnotize me
2015-01-01 18:30
dont worry puta D:D:D:DD:d im ok
2015-01-01 18:30
i dont click viruses D:D:D:D
2015-01-01 18:33
not sure if you are 12 or braindamaged
2015-01-01 18:42
keylogger lost me mom.
2015-01-01 19:34
+1
2015-01-01 20:02
#182
swag | 
Latvia `DinGo 
ow snap GET REKT :)
2015-01-01 19:55
#84
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Latvia Ke]R[4u 
ur hyping device, who is in team that was shit whole year and say guardian did nothing? guy single handedly is pulling navi to be top5 team, doing insane shit over and over again. Visit some doctors my friend, i feel that you suffer from some serious brain damage.
2015-01-01 18:00
#92
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Turkey rusty james 
a team that was shit the whole year? they constantly made quarters and semis you stupid fuck. navi couldnt even get out of the grops on katowice. barely made out of groups to be destroyed by fnatic on esl. barely made it out of the groups on dhw(they were literally one round away from group eliminatin cs flipside fucking tactics and on an eco. guardian was ok at the beginning of the year, after that he was mostly an easy kill. he got entried left and right. same for seaized. edward carried them hard.
2015-01-01 18:07
since when 2:1(16:14last map)means "destroyed" :P
2015-01-01 18:18
#122
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Turkey rusty james 
it was fucking nuke. sorry bud, that dont count. i aint taking away ur d2 glory but other than that, you personally were a mess and horrible. and this could attribute to choking. so i hope and pray to gods you ont be on this list.
2015-01-01 18:22
even if i will not be, i wont kill myself.
2015-01-01 18:24
lol don't answet this puta, this guy has nothing to do and wants some attention :DDD:D puta
2015-01-01 18:29
#134
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Turkey rusty james 
i am seriously not trolling. and indeed am serious about the shit i typed. dont kill yourself. ill be sad. work on your rifle. ull be fine. and kick seized.
2015-01-01 18:29
idiotism is stronk here, much to learn rusty has
2015-01-01 19:13
#165
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Turkey rusty james 
are you fucking yoda? am guessing not.
2015-01-01 19:16
lol stupid random calling out GuardiaN, who had a solid year for Na'Vi and definitely deserves to be in the top 20, which he will be. also I realise guardian is man but I still want bj for my whiteknighting
2015-01-01 22:48
#219
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Turkey rusty james 
wot? dude showed up by himself, u high?
2015-01-01 22:50
never go full retard
2015-01-02 12:48
Yeah u'll make the list :)
2015-01-02 08:38
Just wanted to laugh at your comment.
2015-01-11 04:34
#299
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Turkey rusty james 
its fucking 5 am, this level of stalking is hella crepy bud.
2015-01-11 04:36
4 A.M. where I'm at, though scrolling through comments is hardly stalking. Don't flatter yourself, buddy.
2015-01-11 04:38
#185
swag | 
Latvia `DinGo 
youtu.be/bmfsXDcvosU :D your answer in that video fits perfectly here as well :D
2015-01-01 20:02
#99
Iceland bist 
don't even try to talk to this moron, hes totally blinded coz device is handsome and rustyjames needs so fuk that obvious reason, he just wants some D
2015-01-01 18:10
Kennys? ahaha. No Happy? ahaha. Guardian 4 ? ahaha. No byali? ahaha.
2015-01-01 21:08
are u chinks really just trying to pull off a fail troll? u are laughing bc he put kennyS on the list? KennyS is a 1man fucking army, the guy is without a doubt top5 in the world. Open ur slanty fucking eyes
2015-01-01 23:15
Oh please be quiet, you're making yourself look like a fool. He's Turkish not Chinese.
2015-01-01 23:59
+1 xD
2015-01-02 08:41
actually im trolling this guy but you muricans don't see coz 2 dumb
2015-01-02 11:36
I mean KennyS good, he's one army but not n1. 5-10
2015-01-02 01:40
It will be iceland RIP if china ever gets provoked :P
2015-01-02 08:40
kennys, jw, snax, krimz, forest, pasha, olofm, happy, apex, shox, guardian, gtr, byali, kioshima, swag, allu, edward, simple. Obviously some are debatable and you won't agree, but most of these players had a better year than device. (not saying i'd be suprised seeing him like 15-17)
2015-01-01 20:33
#205
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Turkey rusty james 
all im sayin is in devices case the chokes came in semis and quarters. at least he was consistent in that department. i agree with kenny, jw, krimz, snax and happy being better than him overall. nip were terrible before esl, after esl(they won even tho they played really bad, up til dhw finals they were still horrible) olof was lost and kinda got carried by the team after dh stockholm, never had that same performance fnatic is still the best team but before they lost to titan in dh stockholm finals they were unstoppable. they won like 20 in a row vs top 5 teams. guardian was only good at the first half of 2014. his performance really dipped. im still not sold on allu, i think most of these players can shine if they were given the reigns of a team and a free role like he did. so dig consistently choked throughout the year but they at least choked after getting thru groups and etc. some of these guys you mention were lost for most of the part of the year, they just closed the year well.
2015-01-01 21:30
Saying nip were terrible when they got to the final of every major this year :PPPppPpp
2015-01-02 14:04
#277
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Turkey rusty james 
no need for fanboyism or excessive use of adolescent smileys. they were shit after katowice. both their online and lan performances dropped crazy. it was not all fifflaren. they were all horrible. especially in esl even tho they won by gritting their teeth. they still sucked and it was mostly the mistakes their opponents made. and it showed after esl, in eswc especially. that period of time they were utterly overwhelmed by the other teams.
2015-01-02 14:17
expected
2015-01-01 17:17
#4
AdreN | 
Hungary southh 
n2 lol
2015-01-01 17:17
asdadasd
2015-01-01 17:17
expected
2015-01-01 17:17
So hot
2015-01-01 17:18
XD
2015-01-01 17:18
nice!
2015-01-01 17:18
nt flusha
2015-01-01 17:18
Not expected,i think he was going to be atleast top 10.
2015-01-01 17:19
#13
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World bigb1rd 
Bet no. 20 is device.
2015-01-01 17:19
nice
2015-01-01 17:20
wow way to underrated tbh :( deserves atleast da top10
2015-01-01 17:20
expected
2015-01-01 17:21
#24
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Japan mameloff 
just like Tom Cruise(younger) #nohomo
2015-01-01 17:22
Really good written text about him and his history! well done
2015-01-01 17:22
nice
2015-01-01 17:22
Extra points for handsomeness or what?
2015-01-01 17:24
duuuuuuude, this is so much text... sorry but tldr
2015-01-01 17:25
TLDR
2015-01-01 17:28
#43
shox | 
Lithuania despotz 
20? srsly? nooo... srsly? nooo.. he should've been at least 15. It's joke. Just like last year when Dosia was 4th which is fucking hilarious.
2015-01-01 17:28
srsly? noooooooo
2015-01-01 17:29
#177
Petra | 
World forbii 
dosia is good bruh
2015-01-01 19:40
Tldl -_- but expected !!!
2015-01-01 17:28
Too long didnt lead
2015-01-02 15:22
Sry just mistake xD
2015-01-02 16:32
expected him to be placed in a higher spot in this list :/
2015-01-01 17:37
Haha Guessed right ;x
2015-01-01 17:29
#49
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Europe midi 
Top 40 mb yeah.
2015-01-01 17:30
Deserved, gratz!
2015-01-01 17:31
cmon hltv, he is top10!
2015-01-01 17:32
hes maybe top10 in wrecking noobs in unimportant online matches
2015-01-01 17:57
nice device, deserve little lower doe
2015-01-01 17:33
how fast do these articles get published after another?
2015-01-01 17:35
1 for each day until 20th of january
2015-01-01 17:36
nnah
2015-01-01 17:35
#64
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France -huhu- 
wow nice, was a good read:)
2015-01-01 17:35
I'd think he'd placed maybe one, two places higher, but hey, he made it.
2015-01-01 17:36
19 18 17 dupreeh confirmed
2015-01-01 17:37
i am curious about the ranking now :D
2015-01-01 17:40
suprised hes only 20th, really thought device would be around 8th-12th position
2015-01-01 17:42
Anders said he saw him in top 10
2015-01-01 17:48
1kenny/ 2GTR 3Snax 4Patrick f0rest Lindberg :) 5Shoxie
2015-01-01 17:45
-GTR +Happy -Shox +Guardian
2015-01-01 19:56
2014 has 12 months and Happy was by no means a star in the first half of 2014 while GTR was still the best player in the world.
2015-01-01 23:03
f0rest will be higher than gtr that time imo
2015-01-02 11:25
1 happy improving indivudually + team 2 snax improving indivudually + team 3 kennyS improving indivudually a LOOOOT 4 f0rest 5 jw
2015-01-01 17:54
Funny
2015-01-01 18:11
I think he deserved at least top 15 but at least he made the list! GL to him next year. He is one of my favorite players
2015-01-01 17:54
top 3 hair
2015-01-01 17:57
okay
2015-01-01 18:00
Sexiest doe
2015-01-01 18:01
Lol is joke ? Device top5
2015-01-01 18:03
#98
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Costa Rica Gomezio 
chokerino
2015-01-01 18:10
1. pasha 2. pashabiceps 3. pasza 4. papabiceps 5. device POLANT CHOICEZ
2015-01-01 18:12
better than : JW, olofm, shox, pasha, snax, forest, happy,shox ? I arent think that, dude is lucky to be in top 20
2015-01-01 18:33
Top 5 in skill maybe but in the rankings how well the team performs is important and also how well the player preforms in big games.
2015-01-01 23:04
Really confident that the TOP 3 would be something like 1. KennYS 2. Krimz 3. GTR
2015-01-01 18:04
-KrimZ/GtR +Happy Simply because Happy did so much for LDLC at DHW and was IGL to boot.
2015-01-01 18:12
kennyS will never make it to top3 with those team results.
2015-01-01 18:25
GTR deserves top 10, MAYBE top 5 but definitely not top 3 for his 2014 performances. What are you basing it on?
2015-01-01 22:51
Yes 2014 started right after ESL one Cologne the 6 months before it when GTR was still #1 don't matter.
2015-01-01 23:05
how about being the most contributing player from the highest earning team this year by far (second being VP)? is that not good enough? first half of the year he was spectacular, second half he wasn't as good (by his standard) but still high up in his team and he delivered where it counted most. honestly putting anyone else at no.1 will be kinda anti NiP, ignoring all they have accomplished this year
2015-01-01 23:50
#90
Poland hqs- 
LOL rly? top20 hahaha
2015-01-01 18:05
CALLED IT
2015-01-01 18:09
will be top5 in 2015
2015-01-01 18:09
#96
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Costa Rica Gomezio 
Device? Help him, help him, he's not breathing!!! Call an ambulance!!! I think.. I think he's choking!
2015-01-01 18:10
He deserved a spot in top20 but 20 is really low btw nice read (TLMR:) )
2015-01-01 18:10
Real question regarding Device: is he more handsome than Seangares?
2015-01-01 18:11
#102
Xyp9x | 
Denmark DFTBA 
bullshit
2015-01-01 18:11
#103
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United Kingdom OBLewis 
4th best CT player in the game 3rd best player on the, currently, most played map in the game 9th most kills per round 6th best at 1+ kills per round Ends up 20th - wat.
2015-01-01 18:11
Alternitvely: How is his T side game? What does he do on other maps? Cant really argue with this, alone should put him at 15 or above really See above So, though you didn't give the full picture, I agree 20, and a low 20 like HLTV suggested, is low for a player like Device
2015-01-01 18:14
Weak T side (compared to the level), weak on maps they don't play that often, not the strongest gun round player, which is one of the reasons for Dignitas playing more T rounds than CT rounds and does not perform up to his normal level in the important matches. 20 is a fine spot for him.
2015-01-01 18:40
device is overrated.
2015-01-01 18:11
#105
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Malta WATSKy 
@LURPPIS its "Playing" no plying (first line 2nd paragraph)
2015-01-01 18:11
no more chokerino in 2k15
2015-01-01 18:12
#110
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Georgia otoghost 
device is top 5
2015-01-01 18:13
Nice tgwr1s but no small interview + prediction this time?
2015-01-01 18:16
So im gueesing that dupreeh and xyp9x wont even be on this list?
2015-01-01 18:21
y
2015-01-01 18:22
dupreeh will certainly be there according to his stats, probably 16th or sth like that, not higher.
2015-01-01 18:23
dupreeh still can be in top20 but Xyp9X not really :/
2015-01-01 18:31
dupreeh will be on this list for sure, since his stats is a bit better than device's stats. I guess, that dupreeh will be in around 15th - 18th. Xyp9x wont be on this list.
2015-01-01 18:50
Would have excepted him in the top 15 at least but the article is amazing. Looking forward to the other players
2015-01-01 18:22
def top tier player.
2015-01-01 18:25
ma nuggu
2015-01-01 18:26
#132
bramz | 
Tunisia bramzz 
wtf why top 20?
2015-01-01 18:28
EXPECTED ! :>
2015-01-01 18:31
Definetly top5 player in the world on his peak games, but I would still say top10 world even tho he doesn't peak all games :-)!
2015-01-01 18:32
such a pity; this guy is top 1 world potential, so skilled
2015-01-01 18:33
He should be in Top15 :( dupreeh should be Top20 :(
2015-01-01 18:35
can already say that this list is gonna be fucked
2015-01-01 18:35
device top 10
2015-01-01 18:38
Expected. Best Denmark player need to be in, since they are a major force in GO. He is my personal top23, but yes. This is ok... He have a chance to come in top5 in few years, when he actually put a lot more time in game. Still student. Best Denmark player ever, he will be. By the end of his carrer. Goodluck fella...
2015-01-01 18:43
Fxy0 and Allu inc.
2015-01-01 18:47
What the fuck is this list ? device is better than 20..
2015-01-01 18:49
yeah i was hoping he would be under 10
2015-01-02 08:34
cant be bothered to read that lifestory , its just too much attention for 1 person ;_;
2015-01-01 18:49
k
2015-01-01 19:02
#153
Straka | 
Argentina straka 
If kennyS is not N1 , im gonna rage.
2015-01-01 18:50
Good job guys keep up the great work you re doing.
2015-01-01 18:51
2006-2015
2015-03-22 22:23
#156
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Hungary lemusz 
congrat device, well done
2015-01-01 18:54
good read much deserved to be in the top20 this year
2015-01-01 18:54
that's so fucking wrong device deserve a better place like being in the top 8! he always carry the game but if he don't play so well the team lose !
2015-01-01 18:57
ye device its better than 20th, so the first are JW!
2015-01-01 18:58
who check this low rank ;)
2015-01-01 19:01
he should be 12-15 :) gl in 2k15 nicolai
2015-01-01 19:06
Such article, much content. Nice :0
2015-01-01 19:11
2015-01-01 19:16
Fake and gay, that aim was worse than silver's
2015-01-01 19:31
NICE :)
2015-01-01 19:27
Top 10 I would say, but I guess considering his bad performace on few events and dignitas like a team... 20 is fine?! Still top 10 for me :)
2015-01-01 19:28
Like
2015-01-01 19:32
Do people even read content?
2015-01-01 19:33
NOPE
2015-01-01 19:40
maybe
2015-01-01 19:44
some of us do
2015-01-01 20:13
i think he deserves top10. btw nice article
2015-01-01 19:43
cba to read all of this
2015-01-01 19:46
1.KennyS 2.Shox 3.Snax 4.Byali 5.Scream
2015-01-01 19:57
hahahaha scream
2015-01-01 20:18
#1. fifflaren
2015-01-01 20:24
Nice read, longer than expected (that's what she said) but still well written.
2015-01-01 20:32
When are we going to see the rest of the list?
2015-01-01 20:36
One of the most destructive players of the game with a full year of outstanding performances behind got only #20? I'm outa here.
2015-01-01 20:41
aha, list made by lurpis i think. if any vp or navi player will be higher than device then this list will be a good joke
2015-01-01 20:45
Device at 20. Does this mean no place for Hiko in the list ?
2015-01-01 20:46
device really have some good frags in tournaments.
2015-01-01 21:24
Mmmm, I was expecting a UA/USA and a possible RU player on the 20th spot and device somewhere below the 20th spot, but whatever...
2015-01-01 21:41
great player but dignitas was a disappointment, I hope 2015 brings new life to the team.
2015-01-01 21:41
Gl Hf
2015-01-01 21:46
wtf is this, top 20??? youtube.com/watch?v=zw-oK9_OxcI
2015-01-01 22:02
Inb4 kennyS 19th
2015-01-01 22:06
#212
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Serbia firegon 
Okeeeeeey device is no 20. Does it mean no more danish players on the list? That is surprising. Well hopefully for the danish scene dupreeh will be higher. Still I dont understand the choke argument - does it mean that we will see no c9 and iBP players on the list?
2015-01-01 22:06
probably u will have hiko in the top15 wich is an absolute joke :) even nitr0 should be > then hiko even tho he played only 2 lan tournaments
2015-01-01 22:31
#224
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Serbia firegon 
Yeah I also do feel like device has shown MUCH more than hiko. but maybe the thing with nitr0 is a bit of exaggeration xD Ohh and I forgot that should mean we won't see any NA player except for swag
2015-01-01 23:07
azk?
2015-01-01 23:08
#228
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Serbia firegon 
I'm saying that basing on the argument of choking in the big games (we know IBP did choke a little bit) we shouldn't see them. If it was my choice I'd put swag around 7-8th place, Ska and AZK around 15 and Hiko as 20th (but also device in like 10-15)
2015-01-01 23:21
device #20 rekt
2015-01-01 22:07
gogogo device!!
2015-01-01 22:37
n1 Device. Well deserved.
2015-01-01 22:44
he deserv much better than #20 :/
2015-01-01 22:45
#227
ZELIN | 
Portugal Cyborgy 
many onlines result and not enough lan :P
2015-01-01 23:15
#231
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Estonia elariBAY 
next year better, i think he will in top 8 on 2015
2015-01-02 00:11
bullshit lol
2015-01-02 00:20
Rising star
2015-01-02 00:35
3.Sf 2.emilio 1.KQLY
2015-01-02 00:38
Go device, you deserved better!!
2015-01-02 03:04
nice one Device. Well deserved.
2015-01-02 03:07
#239
mason | 
World PRQN 
n1 very nice deserved!
2015-01-02 03:07
gj
2015-01-02 03:10
expected
2015-01-02 03:10
nice wp
2015-01-02 03:10
device <3
2015-01-02 03:17
#245
Estonia rYm 
very talented player potential top5 in da world.. if he plays the same game in playoffs as in the group stage gl dignitas2015
2015-01-02 03:22
After reading the article, i feel like there will possibly be no NA player on the entire list.
2015-01-02 04:48
#1 in 2015, you heard it here first
2015-01-02 04:50
What happened to the short interview and questions? I enjoyed last year questions about upcming talent. A lot of players choice was a cheater LOL KQLY
2015-01-02 04:51
Nice
2015-01-02 05:09
Sick
2015-01-02 06:56
device is love <3 the future of csgo
2015-01-02 06:57
I was hoping he would be under 10
2015-01-02 08:33
that's what she said
2015-01-02 11:48
device is love. device is forever.
2015-01-02 08:48
Device good :)
2015-01-02 11:33
prettiest girl on the scene
2015-01-02 11:48
Sorry but if someone like Hiko or Xizt end up below top 19 this year then...this list will be BS.
2015-01-02 11:56
He deserves top10
2015-01-02 12:10
no he doesnt,a lot of effort has been put into making this list,this is what the stats say.
2015-01-02 13:26
for me device top5 maybe top20 because of dignitas results
2015-01-02 12:36
there is a reason he is 20th.
2015-01-02 13:28
#273
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Ukraine SuperMetal 
Next will be Dosia or other HR-player
2015-01-02 13:59
The law will be top 15
2015-01-02 15:11
Best looking: 1.Schneider 2. Device 3. Aizy 4. NBK 5. Scream 6. Shox 7. Pasha
2015-01-02 15:16
Aizy over shox? ROFL aizy is kinda ugly. no fence Aizy;)
2015-01-02 16:17
He has such a cute face doe. And bruh.. Danish accent> French Accent
2015-01-02 16:19
rofl @ 7
2015-01-02 17:09
Because Biceps :(
2015-01-02 19:35
#282
zneel | 
United States fenomix 
HLTV should make this like video-based (like the top 50 cs 1.6 players of all time)... would be sick.
2015-01-02 15:22
dupreeh should be higher i think or no ?
2015-01-02 15:35
Really good player but a really bad year for him. Rank 20 is not so unfair, everyones opinion is different and he isnt gonna be higher than say rank 15.
2015-01-02 17:51
Nice article. Looking forward to the rest of the list, especially if they're all this detailed.
2015-01-02 18:47
+1
2015-01-02 22:47
device <3
2015-01-03 10:40
#294
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Netherlands xdanny 
device so sexy
2015-01-03 18:42
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