Top 20 players of 2014: swag (18)

The 18th spot on our Top 20 players of 2014 by Xtrfy goes to Braxton "swag" Pierce who represented compLexity and iBUYPOWER. The 18-year-old was the star for both squads throughout the year, and was a key member in their successful runs at several ESEA Finals and FACEIT Season 2 Finals.

Braxton "swag" Pierce first became known to the wider public in 2011, when CS 1.6 in North America was winding down. Despite his very young age he found his way to the ESEA Invite league and attended his first LAN in September that year after just turning 15, the Season 9 Finals.

There he played with Kory "SEMPHIS" Friesen and Sean "seang@res" Gares in Full Gaming and they finished 2nd behind the at the time untouchable Evil Geniuses featuring Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert. The team went on to win the next two ESEA seasons while swag put in MVP-worthy performances and established himself as one of the biggest talents not only in NA, but also the world.

In August 2012 he attended his first international event, WCG Pan-Am, as a stand-in for UMX together with n0thing where they finished 2nd behind Brazilians playArt.

At around that time CS:GO came out so he joined Keven "AZK" Lariviere and Eric "adreN" Hoag in Dynamic, his first big team in the new game. But he actually didn't make a clear cut transition, instead kept playing on both fronts, attending ESEA Season 12 Finals in both CS 1.6 and CS:GO and finishing second in both games.

DreamHack Winter 2012 was his first big international event where Dynamic made it to playoffs and lost to VeryGames in the quarter-final.

n0thing later joined the team but they saw no success at their next event, ESEA Season 13 Global Finals in April 2013, where they lost two close matches against VeryGames and Quantic to finish 7th-8th.

That led to the disbandment of the team, so swag and n0thing ended up reuniting with SEMPHIS and seang@res in a new team that first became Quantic, and then got picked up by the famous North American organization compLexity.

The new team was immediately a success as they made it to the grand final of the 14th ESEA Season and even managed to take a map off of the then-unbeatable NiP. They went on to make it to the playoffs of ESWC, as well as the semi-finals of the first CS:GO major, DreamHack Winter, establishing themselves as the best North American team.

In that time the 17-year-old swag wasn't the star of the squad, but he kept flashing his potential and it was only a question of when he will finally break out.

Coming into 2014 on the wings of recent DH Winter success, compLexity were in for an unpleasant surprise at the ESEA Season 15 Global Finals in January.

After losing a very close third map against favored Titan in the upper final, swag & co. fell to their local nemesis iBUYPOWER in the consolidation battle 2-1 and ended up 3rd in their first event of the year.

swag wasn't to blame for their disappointing finish though, as he gave it his all and was clearly the best player in the iBP series. In those three maps he had 84:59 (1.38 rating, 20 assists and 14 entry kills), while he put on one of the highest scoring regular time performances of the year on the first map with 37:21 (POV).

Besides that, he was definitely one of the best players of the entire tournament with the 2nd highest rating of 1.16 and as the 3rd most consistent contributor (68% of rounds with a kill, assist or survival).

compLexity restored some of their NA reputation by winning CEVO Season 3, although without meeting iBUYPOWER in the final as they were knocked out earlier, but they were still an unknown factor going into the next major, EMS One Katowice.

Despite being handed a tough group of LGB, Clan-Mystik and Na`Vi, compLexity managed to come out of it in 2nd place after besting Kenny "kennyS" Schrub's squad two times.

Luck of the playoff draw wasn't on their side though, as they met NiP in the quarter-final and couldn't move on further. Nevertheless, the North Americans put up a hell of a fight, winning the first map and keeping the third one close (16-12, 2-16, 11-16).

One of the main reasons for that was swag's play, as he almost singlehandedly won map 1 by being the only above average performer in his team with 30:17 (1.65 rating, 1vs4 clutch, POV video).

1vs4 clutch against NiP at EMS One Katowice

He was also the only above-average performer in the entire tournament from his team, with a 1.13 rating in what ended up being a solid playoff run. However, that led him to consider his options elsewhere after the event, and he decided to transfer to iBUYPOWER a couple of weeks later.

A few days later the team was completed with the addition of Lucas "steel" Lopes, but it wasn't until three months later that they had their LAN debut at ESEA Season 16 Global Finals in June.

The task was to defend the title from the previous season, but it wasn't going to be easy with this time NiP, Virtus.pro, Natus Vincere, as well as swag's old team compLexity attending.

iBUYPOWER edged out Virtus.pro in a very close upper semi-final three map series, and then beat coL two times 2-0, in the upper and the grand final, to retain the title in a convincing fashion.

swag himself was undeniably the MVP of the tournament with a 1.36 rating overall and an incredible performance in the last match. In fact, it was probably the best grand final performance of the entire 2014 – 52:26 score, 1.86 rating, 4x 4K, 2x 3K (1st map POV, 2nd map POV)

3 actions from the ESEA S16 grand final

One month later the team decided to attend Gfinity 3 as preparation for the next major, but they didn't manage to repeat their ESEA success. It still wasn't a poor showing by any means as they defeated NiP in the group stage, and drew fnatic, but Titan were too strong for them in the quarter-final.

swag wasn't on the same level this time, only scoring a kill in 43% of the rounds compared to over 50% at the previous events. He was most missed in the Titan series which he ended near the bottom of the scoreboard, but he also didn't excel in the NiP win or the fnatic draw.

Overall it was an average performance from the still-17-year-old who ended up with a 1.00 rating and below average 0.67 kills per round, his year low.

The team stayed in Europe for a two week bootcamp ahead of ESL One Cologne, where they were set to meet fnatic and Virtus.pro in the group stage, two teams they played well against in the past two events.

However, at the major they got completely outplayed by both, losing 7-16 to fnatic and 2-16 to Virtus.pro in the deciding match.


swag's great play in Cologne wasn't enough to reach the playoffs

This time swag was back to top shape, ending up with an incredible 1.43 rating, including a Man of the Match performance against dAT (26:7, 1.94 rating, POV video) and putting up a great fight in the loss to fnatic (26:16).

After heading back across the Atlantic, iBP managed to qualify for FACEIT Season 2 Finals, which meant another prolonged stay in Europe at the end of October as they also had a spot at ESWC.

Before heading to Italy they went to CEVO Season 5 Finals where they reaffirmed their status as NA's best, defeating Cloud9 in two Bo3 series after coming from the lower bracket.

At FACEIT they were once again put into a group with fnatic, as well as dignitas, but this time they fared much better. First they put up a great fight against the ESL One Cologne finalists, losing 12-16 and 13-16, and then they demolished dignitas 16-3 and quickly won the four needed rounds in the last map to secure a place in the playoffs.

swag's 30:6 display in their all-important group stage win over dignitas was one of the most dominant of the year (2.55 rating, POV), and he continued playing great in the playoffs too.

Full POV video of swag vs. dignitas at FACEIT S2 Finals

iBUYPOWER surprised LDLC and edged them out in the semi-final, and then even took the first map against fnatic in the grand final. They ended up losing 1-3 but it was still the best result by a North American team at a European tournament, and it was largely thanks to swag's great play.

He was one of the best players at the tournament, and of course his team's best, with a 1.15 rating while contributing in 70% of rounds. And it wasn't all thanks to the group stage, as he topped the board for iBP in the grand final and in the second map against LDLC (VOD).

But then a week later both he and the team didn't replicate that great play at ESWC, ending the campaign in the quarter-final against Natus Vincere.

swag didn't really heat up in the relatively easy group stage and then failed to make an impact against the Ukrainians when it was needed. Overall it was an average performance despite a solid 1.08 rating as he was only 4th best in the team.


The roster was broken up after ESWC 

Shortly after that 5th-8th finish in Paris, France the team surprisingly dismissed Sam "DaZeD" Marine and steel, while adding less experienced Derek "desi" Branchen and Nick "nitr0" Cannella to the roster for the upcoming major, DreamHack Winter.

With around two weeks of preparation with the two new players they headed to Sweden, where an easier group than expected was awaiting them thanks to the removal of Titan from the competition. But despite that, the team failed to make it through, losing to dignitas and then in the deciding match failing to convert a 13-2 lead against German side PENTA.

swag was for the third time his team's best player at a major, topping their kill and assist list and having a 1.14 rating. He was also the only one who put up a fight in that last match in which they couldn't even buy a T-side round when they needed it the most, ending up with a 31:18 score (POV).

For the last event of the year, ESEA Season 17 Global Finals, iBUYPOWER had to look for a stand-in to replace desi, who was not allowed to play for them due to playing for two other teams in the regular season.

They turned to their old member adreN and took on Virtus.pro in the first round. They played great against the Poles, only losing in triple overtime on map three, and then went on to eliminate mousesports, Titan and Denial.

However, fnatic were too much to handle in the consolidation final, so iBP finished 3rd unable to defend their title.


swag at ESEA S17 Global Finals

swag had perhaps his most disappointing tournament as he didn't leave a mark on any match except the mousesports one, ending up with his only below average rating of the year (0.96). He still contributed in 67% of the rounds and was one of the best assisters of the tournament (0.20 assists per round), but his fragging was missed.

A few days later a new change occurred as iBP traced their steps back and decided they need DaZeD after all, showing the door to desi in the process.

They also removed the other new addition nitr0 and added Cloud9 star Spencer "Hiko" Martin as a temporary member for the MLG X-Games qualifiers. The new all-star roster surprisingly lost to mouseSpaz in the first qualifier, but then won the second one to secure a place in Aspen, Colorado.

Why is he the 18th best player of 2014?

Braxton "swag" Pierce was of utmost importance to both of his 2014 teams, compLexity and iBUYPOWER, as he was always the star of the team during their successful runs.

However, that success wasn't too big in comparison to other stars, mostly coming at ESEA Finals (one title and two third places), and the only podium finish by a North American team in Europe – 2nd place at FACEIT Season 2 Finals.

In the majors he only has one quarter-final finish and two group stage exits, all of which he played great in though, and two other quarter-final finishes at Gfinity 3 and ESWC, during which he didn't stand out much.

His two best performances coincided with his team's biggest success – the MVP display at ESEA S16 championship run, and another impactful display at FACEIT Season 2 Finals where he was one of the best players of the tournament.


swag was one of the best fraggers in 2014

Overall he has very impressive stats – he is one of the best pure fraggers with 0.77 kills per round (6th) and 51.3% of rounds with at least one kill (4th). He also gets a lot of assists, so he contributed with a kill or assist even more compared to other players (3rd with 59.2%).

His importance to his teams is statistically best described by the fact that only three players had at least one kill in round wins more often than his 66.9%.

However, those stats largely came from ESEA events at which he played 29 of his 65 maps (45%), which puts them in a slightly different perspective.

swag still played great at the majors, had no bad tournaments and had a number of amazing matches against tough opponents, so his place in the Top 20 was always guaranteed, he just couldn't go any higher due to not making a bigger impact at more events.

Also notably he was the 3rd best rated player on Dust2 with a 1.27 rating and the 5th best rated on Cache (1.18).


 

What is your take on Braxton "swag" Pierce's performance in 2014? Was it enough to earn a place in the Top 20? Or should he have been higher perhaps?

Our Introduction article has all the info you need to know about the Top 20 players of 2014 ranking by Xtrfy, including an updated list.

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United States Sam 'DaZeD' Marine
Sam 'DaZeD' Marine
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
170
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.19
United States Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
906
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.14
Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
879
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1077
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
United States Eric 'adreN' Hoag
Eric 'adreN' Hoag
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
597
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
Canada Keven 'AZK' Lariviere
Keven 'AZK' Lariviere
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
282
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
United States Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
812
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Canada Kory 'SEMPHIS' Friesen
Kory 'SEMPHIS' Friesen
Age:
30
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
789
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
United States Sean 'seang@res' Gares
Sean 'seang@res' Gares
Age:
30
Rating 1.0:
0.88
Maps played:
713
KPR:
0.59
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
United States Braxton 'swag' Pierce
Braxton 'swag' Pierce
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
470
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.14
United States Derek 'desi' Branchen
Derek 'desi' Branchen
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
325
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.13
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
1458
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
nice
2015-01-03 16:44
18 gets the 18th spot.
2015-01-03 16:47
expected
2015-01-03 16:57
yes
2015-01-03 17:02
u sure? well still better than hiko but i dont know. if ska is not on the list than this is complete blasphemy.
2015-01-03 19:07
Can't tell if joke or not. Skadoodle has only performed with the AWP, and he has not been using it for that long.
2015-01-04 19:05
illuminati?
2015-01-03 17:44
pashas baby gets #1 spot???
2015-01-03 18:18
nope, shes too young.
2015-01-03 18:47
I dont she is 1 year old yet ;) Next year no1!
2015-01-04 14:01
meeh
2015-01-03 17:03
expected
2015-01-03 16:44
goddamnit man
2015-01-03 16:45
#3
 | 
Finland SexSeveN 
n1
2015-01-03 16:44
#4
Finland snabe 
n1
2015-01-03 16:44
SWAG lol, this is such a good JOKE.
2015-01-03 16:44
Post your own list and we'll see how good it is, please.
2015-01-03 17:31
1. friberg 2. fifflaren 3. swag 4. ex6tenz 5. steel 6. dazed 19. f0rest 20. edward
2015-01-03 17:49
#180
Belarus 4rz 
20. Edward? Hahahahaha you are funny mate... Device is the 20th.
2015-01-03 19:16
lol, yeah right
2015-01-03 19:17
#192
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Germany Lifant 
2. Fiffy 3. swag 4. ex6tenz no KennyS Krimz or anything... Are you high, drunk or both?
2015-01-03 19:47
or just on hltv...
2015-01-03 20:51
#241
 | 
Macau fAKEs2j 
Friberg? LOL, what a joke... NIP FANBOY!
2015-01-04 03:50
1st at one out of four majors 2nd at three out of four majors umad hermann?
2015-01-04 13:58
1. Friberg *OK? Probably he has some important good fights, so his opinions I guess? I personally will put KennyS above, but whatever. Continue reading a bit.* 2. Fifflaren /stop reading I'm myself a Vietnamese and a NiP fan, but not much delusional as this guy.
2015-01-04 18:46
swag top 1 NA
2015-01-28 05:11
gj
2015-01-03 16:45
LOL
2015-01-03 16:45
#9
Monsen | 
Norway Piesso 
swag>kio dafuq?
2015-01-03 16:45
#68
 | 
Finland Variksenmarja 
+1
2015-01-03 17:01
+1
2015-01-03 17:23
O_O
2015-01-03 17:30
+1
2015-01-03 17:40
+99999999
2015-01-03 19:02
#193
 | 
Germany Lifant 
+1
2015-01-03 19:47
swag > device HLTV confirmed, what the hell man
2015-01-03 16:45
lmao exactly what I thought tho
2015-01-03 16:48
there is a logic to it. Unlike device swag was there in big matches and play-offs. Besides he won something
2015-01-03 17:26
Kio also performed in big matches and thats really big matches that Swag might not even have an opportunity to play in his entire career from now on. Why he ranked below Swag ?
2015-01-03 17:34
+1 kio>swag anyday
2015-01-03 18:17
It was all year, Kio has played really well since around summer, whereas Swag has been all year
2015-01-03 18:17
make your own list if you don't like it, these are the opinions of the HLTV staff.
2015-01-03 18:17
+1
2015-01-03 17:35
Yeah reading the entire story, I can see why he's rated above device, fair enough.
2015-01-03 18:57
Wtf, we still ain't in April... Why make such a joke...
2015-01-03 16:46
#37
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Bulgaria vilgax0000 
why so mad danes?
2015-01-03 16:51
Dude, device only good online and groupstage, that's the Problem. I agree he is very fucking skilled and has full of potential buy he always fails to show it when it matters the most
2015-01-03 17:12
Stop being such a fanboy. Ofc swag> device.
2015-01-03 17:34
Ouch. Who said I'm a fanboy? For the record, I'm not even a fan of any Danish teams/players...
2015-01-04 03:40
He never once mentioned device, you assumed he was a fan purely based off his flag, typical.
2015-01-04 13:24
wtf?!
2015-01-03 16:46
SWAG
2015-01-03 16:46
swag>kio? wow
2015-01-03 16:46
ya
2015-01-03 18:27
expected
2015-01-03 16:46
#17
World e.lm 
easy to have good stats when you play mainly against NA teams
2015-01-03 16:46
Take a look at his lan appearances, he played against the biggest teams in europe at biggest events and he had amazing k/d's!
2015-01-03 16:59
Kinda agree with that. But still he played good in global tournaments
2015-01-03 17:35
+1 NA is bad
2015-01-03 18:07
Not fair. He played great against international teams.
2015-01-03 19:08
his best performance is an utter spanking of dignitas
2015-01-03 20:14
those stats are only from international tournaments
2015-01-04 07:58
zweg
2015-01-03 16:46
#19
World  
unexpected
2015-01-03 16:46
FEEL THE SWAG !
2015-01-03 16:46
TricoN spoiled so expected
2015-01-03 16:46
This is gonna looked lame. Seriously, Swag better than Kio ???
2015-01-03 16:48
Swag > kio but that also depends on their teamroles mate. You cant compare them directly and dont judge everything by this ranking ;)
2015-01-03 16:51
If i can't judge everything in this ranking, this ranking means nothing.
2015-01-03 17:02
#66
f0rest | 
Serbia dankooo 
why are people so surprised i dont get it. swag was the only one worth in NA scene with some exceptions who we cant put in top20 clearly. look #48
2015-01-03 16:59
People are surprised because Kio was like MVP of DHW14 for many. His impact to LDLC game in that tournament maybe slightly above Happy. and then he was ranked below the guy that achieved nothing, no memorable moment in the last year. What a joke !!!
2015-01-03 17:06
no
2015-01-03 17:21
#149
AZK | 
United States Dood 
That was one event. Kio was barely worth noticing on Clan Mystik.
2015-01-03 18:19
Finally. People don't understand that this year was not only kio in LDLC (where he is really good now) but also kio in Clan Mystik and Epsilon
2015-01-03 19:11
Swag's year wasnt better tho.
2015-01-03 21:36
$wagger
2015-01-03 16:49
#31
f0rest | 
Serbia dankooo 
let the stupid comments begin
2015-01-03 16:50
this
2015-01-03 16:53
#32
 | 
Spain akproxx 
swag>device and kioshima REKT BY HLTV
2015-01-03 16:50
#33
 | 
Belgium FnX^ 
kio under swag oh god here we go LOL
2015-01-03 16:51
expected
2015-01-03 16:51
How they could post anyone from NA is beyond me.
2015-01-03 16:52
you're retarded.
2015-01-03 19:46
this is just another example of how bad ratings by k/d are
2015-01-03 16:53
this isnt accoding to K/D :| pbs.twimg.com/media/B6LHAAJCQAIx3I3.png All factors involved ^
2015-01-03 16:55
we cant see this u know ? :D
2015-01-03 17:05
#170
 | 
Finland Kurppa 
2015-01-03 18:54
is there a ranking out there that satifies all the fanboys crying in every single ranking news post? (btw, it's a rhetorical question lol)
2015-01-03 16:53
+1
2015-01-03 20:08
+1
2015-01-04 06:50
#44
 | 
Chile Cristoff 
expected will ska be on the list?
2015-01-03 16:53
#49
f0rest | 
Serbia dankooo 
ofc not
2015-01-03 16:54
#52
 | 
Chile Cristoff 
maybe yes
2015-01-03 16:55
#55
f0rest | 
Serbia dankooo 
i am 100% sure he wont, maybe hiko will be
2015-01-03 16:55
#73
 | 
Chile Cristoff 
agree
2015-01-03 17:02
I hope they don't put Ska over swag. I'd say the only NA player with a chance to appear is Hiko, probably far from top 10
2015-01-03 16:55
#71
 | 
Chile Cristoff 
i forget hiko completely with his inconsistent performance at the end of 2014, but yeah, it's possible. He was top 10 (#9) in 2013 btw, amazing year.
2015-01-03 17:02
Wow you are dreaming mate, Ska will never make it to this list, swag is probably the only NA player to make it, unless Hiko comes 17.
2015-01-03 17:09
what about the sandwich? number 1?
2015-01-03 22:16
No. I think only Swag from America will be on the list.
2015-01-03 17:04
I think Kappa
2015-01-03 17:07
Swag played better than Device & Kio at every event,whats with the surprise? Not his fault IBP sucks.
2015-01-03 16:54
Playing good against team like NiP, NaVi is not like playing against team like Penta.
2015-01-03 16:58
They don't suck, they're were usually givin hard groups and then crack under the pressure.
2015-01-03 17:03
They crack because they have less teamplay and isn't as tactically sound as most european teams.
2015-01-03 17:35
Well they barely beat anyone outside of the US teams,hence the term "suck",swag does his job 9/10 times.
2015-01-03 18:40
Well deserved ! Skillwise one of the best
2015-01-03 16:55
swag DA K1NG
2015-01-03 16:55
lol why are people so surprised? swag was the the best player for coL and for a long time in iBP, now I would say skadoodle is the best there, but I thought he might be even higher between 10-15
2015-01-03 16:57
I'm late =(
2015-01-03 16:57
Top 1 : ScreaM
2015-01-03 16:58
deserves to be higher
2015-01-03 16:59
He deservs place in top 5
2015-01-03 17:01
#70
Spain Ayrr 
Sorry but Swag isn't better than Kio. My thoughts.
2015-01-03 17:01
swag biggest talent in the world. Had a great year. Fully deserved.
2015-01-03 17:05
Nice
2015-01-03 17:05
best NA player! #18 thnx to dazed and steel! btw well deserved
2015-01-03 17:05
lol swag is way better then device and kioshima haha you kids are so lost wait till swags starts streaming or some shit you'll see his skillz
2015-01-03 17:06
It's NOT about skill...........
2015-01-03 17:13
Who care about streaming ???
2015-01-03 17:14
even in tournaments swag is superior then device/kio with a more dysfunctional team.shows how much better he is then these 2 really.
2015-01-03 17:23
Kio was just like MVP of DHW for many. What did Swag do in that tournament ??? Got kicked out off group stage by Krystal and friends ???
2015-01-03 17:27
is Kio your boyfriend?
2015-01-03 17:33
and you are Swag's bitch ?
2015-01-03 17:39
original comeback.. but the fact remains that you have made 10+ posts in this thread crying about kio's place in the rankings. I mean this is a ranking solely based on statistics and stats, made by hltv.org from a neutral point of view (presumably). What is there so hard to understand ?
2015-01-03 18:29
statistics=stats wat
2015-01-04 05:17
Yea I know.. :D But by stats I meant purely in-game frags and by statistics I meant all other data pointed out in those articles
2015-01-04 10:54
kek
2015-01-04 18:05
well, i got it
2015-01-03 17:07
> swag > top 20 ok.. > NA > top 20 WHAT?
2015-01-03 17:13
Nice but unexpected imo swag is a top15 player. NBK or apEX tomorrow
2015-01-03 17:18
Hopefully no apEX tomorrow, he deserves to be higher.
2015-01-03 17:44
Holy fuck dude, you called them.
2015-01-06 18:56
hehe yep, already called for kioshima as 19 and i said an american for 18 :D
2015-01-06 22:49
#101
bloodR | 
Finland bIoodR 
When people will realize that this Top 20 is based on tournaments performance? Overall, swag performed better than kioShima and device. Kids should start reading content rather than title.
2015-01-03 17:21
nice sweg
2015-01-03 17:22
>US Player as top 20 Every us player has great skill but are so inconsistent they are only showing their true skill in 1/10 maps fuck this list
2015-01-03 17:24
i thought it was gonna be skadoodle
2015-01-03 17:25
#110
aizy | 
Poland flvcko 
gj zweg
2015-01-03 17:25
To everyone complaining about this list and how they think this list is a joke - post your own lists.
2015-01-03 17:29
actually it's hilarious to read fanboys crying :D
2015-01-03 17:34
ok. 1.smn 2.KQLY 3.Emilio 4.Lurppis /thread
2015-01-03 17:47
Lurpiss not good ebough for 4. Sf is 4. and Lurpiss is 5. /discuss
2015-01-03 19:27
#226
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Greece hekzy 
nice try Sf
2015-01-03 23:13
#124
bramz | 
Tunisia bramzz 
lol device & kio are way better than sweg
2015-01-03 17:35
s1mple 2 & kenny 1
2015-01-03 17:39
nice!
2015-01-03 17:44
Doesn't give much hope for other NA players getting top 20. Well deserved swag.
2015-01-03 17:44
gj sweg
2015-01-03 17:45
slot 18 of swag make me think,csgo not about skill,its about how u work and stack with ur team like any moba game
2015-01-03 17:50
MOTM - Man Of The Match?
2015-01-03 17:51
#141
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France cedd 
swag carries ibp hard in tough times and is very consistent. he deserves it
2015-01-03 17:54
dazed walls off freekick :D
2015-01-03 17:58
mOE will be #1
2015-01-03 18:19
better then device hahahahahahhahahaha
2015-01-03 18:24
the list is not about skill
2015-01-04 00:57
Top 20 players of 2014
2015-01-04 02:25
it's about their performance in 2014. not their skill.
2015-01-04 03:04
Allu pls
2015-01-03 18:27
These are based on facts so they are a lot more accurate than whatever bullshit you believe
2015-01-03 18:27
swag is top 5 in his team
2015-01-03 18:29
-swag +fiffalaren
2015-01-03 18:33
unexpected...
2015-01-03 18:37
swag his performances go unnoticed mostly due to iBP not doing so well internationally in the majors however they did have a good run in the latest half of the year in EU and swag was one of the reasons why he is a very highly talented player and should be watched out for in the future.
2015-01-03 18:39
nj, but dia de los santos inocentes was 28th of December.
2015-01-03 18:44
LOL, bullshit
2015-01-03 18:44
He and Hiko are the best NA players right now they should be in one team.
2015-01-03 18:45
Can you guys actually read the article before saying this is BS ?We all have different criterias to rank players.
2015-01-03 18:48
So you telling me that swag is a better player than device and kio? OK OK OK HLTV confirmed
2015-01-03 18:59
No. They are telling you he performed better than both of them in 2014. Not that his skill is higher, but his performance. Now, one might suggest that the performance of player is his skill, but I disagree.
2015-01-04 00:59
swag 18 and kio 19? this is a joke.
2015-01-03 19:08
#182
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Serbia firegon 
Ok now this explaination is bullshit tbh Blablabla ... played great at the majors, had no bad tournaments ... blablabla ... couldn't go any higher due to not making a bigger impact at more events. WHAT IMPACT DO YOU WANT? Dropping 50 bombs wouldn't be enough in his team. Yet in 90% of tough games he was the one to at least compete against the best teams. I could at least understand explanation for device because he is known to choke in big games. Well guess what? SWAG DID NOT CHOKE! Hmmmm so as I understand kennyS 17th place incoming? That logic would be fair I can even imagine that part: "Overall kennyS had the best stats of all players this year, he also made the biggest impact as an individual player, BUT GUESS WHAT? NO 1st PLACE IN MAJORS, WELCOME KENNY TAKE YOUR 17th PLACE AND SHUT UP!" I don't understand something. I felt like its not about placings, its about various stats, with one rule: performances in big tournaments are worth more. Swag did not underperform ANYWHERE. He actually carried the team on every single tournament. He had amazing rating, amazing stats. Soooooo. Why is he 18th? BECAUSE HIS TEAM DIDN'T WIN? Well I thought its INDIVIDUAL RATING. EDIT// As an explaination for why swag > kio ON THIS LIST It is supposed to be a description of performance in the whole year. IMHO ATM KIO>SWAG but its only atm. Kio was considered as very skilled player who CAN have his day, yet mostly he doesn't have it. Obv it changed after Cologne but its still half of the year as very inconsistant dude
2015-01-03 19:25
+1, one of the most intelligent and non-hltv retarded explanations
2015-01-03 19:36
maybe swag is 18th cause there are 17 other players who were better than him this year and actually managed to accomplish something as well as perform? its obvious individual stats are not only what count here. if you had 2 players with the exact same rating and the same amount of frags, consistency all around the year but one of them actually won two majors while the other one didnt make it to one single final, who would you pick to be best? the guy who didnt win? get a grip douche
2015-01-03 21:05
#224
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Serbia firegon 
name 10 better players I know that if you have 2 guys with similar level tournaments should matter.
2015-01-03 22:17
swag > kio skillwise and performance 2014 wise; why y'all mad
2015-01-03 19:22
wtf
2015-01-03 19:24
It became very hard to guess the rest of top20 Gtr.f0rest.shox.nbk.happy.apex.kennys.olof. jw. krimz. Friberg. Scream. Guardian. Pasha. Snax. Edward. Flusha. Byali. Meikalelele
2015-01-03 19:43
swager <->
2015-01-03 19:47
People are hyping Kio way to much. he was not the player we all saw at DH at the beginning of 2014. This is for all Of 2014 guys. Swag was good all year. Kio wasnt even mentioned in top 20 at beginning of the year. Please remember its ALL of 2014.
2015-01-03 19:54
LOL of course he is top 20 players 2014. He is easily top 1 in NA.Anyone who is disagreeing with that is a kid or a fanboy.When he was 15 he was a pro player and played with n0thing ???? yeaa Hes now very young but still a very good player and can compete against european players.Hes team didn't play on every big tournament like fnatic did or ldlc but he still made good frags.To me its werid that hes not top 10-15 how amazing he played and he led his team to win important matches and he was the best player in iBP.He played the last 2 tournament bad so hes rating has dropped.Europe will always be better in cs and will have better talents then NA
2015-01-03 20:05
expected
2015-01-03 20:06
#199
Hong Kong ppX 
yes! well deserved. swag is the most solid skilled players consistently in NA. hands down.
2015-01-03 20:07
Agreed that Swag is Top 20, but the fact that he is ahead of Device is literally retarded. This just goes to further show that Device did not deserve to be ranked at 20, more like 12-15 at least. Device may choke in bad situations, but a point against swag is that his position is not even comparable to Device. Swag play lurk, which means he needs to be able to handle pressure. As such, he commonly is thrust into situations where he is the LMS playing against injured players. This makes getting kills for him a lot easier, and sometimes he isn't even needed to play lurk. For this reason Swag's stats are not representative of his actual skill, which is still definitely very good. Device, on the other hand, is one of the best CT players in the world, very versatile in his positions, and has a solid game sense. Putting swag, who has comparable stats imho, ahead of Device is just plain dumb.
2015-01-03 20:20
+1
2015-01-04 03:18
This top 20 is a fucking joke ! good job HLTV bet Lurpis has decided all of these.
2015-01-03 20:23
SWAG>device(what a fcuking joke) even if i like swag more than device this has to be joke. device is number 1 dignitas player. DIG>ibp. case closed
2015-01-03 20:27
+1
2015-01-03 20:38
Shit Logic. VP is better than Titan. But KennyS is way better than Snax.
2015-01-04 00:35
to be honest you are right ! ;D but yes kennys is huge fragger etc but he is awper which is really tough to deal when u dont have much money, but i dont think VP would play better with kennys(knowing polish language) than with snax.
2015-01-04 01:01
Seems like this top20 has a lot of influence on your lifes and is very important to you viewers.
2015-01-03 20:46
YES
2015-01-04 11:59
deserved
2015-01-03 21:13
wonder if european player will be penalized if their best stats are in europe and not america lol.
2015-01-03 21:14
this ranking only cares about LAN stats so it hardly matters. Its not like swag was stat-padding online against some shitty NA teams.
2015-01-03 21:56
swaggy
2015-01-03 21:16
In this thread: Kids thinking their subjective opinion is somehow superior to ranking based on extensive statistics.
2015-01-03 21:17
And/or kids thinking only the latter parts of the year count
2015-01-04 04:49
i can agree with this
2015-01-03 21:19
#219
Estonia rYm 
noooo top5 aimers in the world! should be in top10 atleast
2015-01-03 22:01
Swag deserved this place
2015-01-03 22:01
#222
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Sweden klvmeister 
ok
2015-01-03 22:05
1) FODDER 2) WHO CARES 3) WHO CARES 4) WHO CARES 5) WHO CARES
2015-01-04 01:09
The law will be top 15
2015-01-04 03:16
So much mad butthurt jelly yuropoors here hahahaha
2015-01-04 06:09
big talent
2015-01-04 11:26
Bull crap
2015-01-04 11:28
#258
trace | 
France Reo_O 
I don't care about his 18th place in the top 20 (even if I think device and Kio were better this year but well). But why the fuck he chose a nickname like "swag"? The most retarded word of this century, awful.
2015-01-04 13:10
gl swag
2015-01-04 13:37
swagged his way to the top... well not the top-top but close.
2015-01-04 14:19
deserved
2015-01-04 14:25
hello, do you guys think that someone from virtus pro is going to be on the list?? especially Neo??
2015-01-04 16:33
Man what is the top rated player on d2 if 1.27 rating is 3rd place lmao.
2015-01-04 16:33
why is this ranked #18??????? nowhere near top20
2015-01-05 12:23
wow! Nice
2015-01-05 18:58
yea
2015-01-06 22:51
He deserves better, he should have been in the top 10 best player in NA by miles
2015-01-14 15:01
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2015-01-27 00:18
#279
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United States Warfororks 
Top 1 player NA
2015-01-27 00:56
RIP career :(
2015-01-27 11:12
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2015-01-27 11:16
Well this is awkward now...
2015-01-27 19:35
:(
2015-01-28 05:12
im pretty sure he wont be in top 20 for 2015!
2015-01-28 05:43
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