Number 12 on our top 20 ranking powered by EGB.com belongs to Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen, who makes the cut for the third year in a row. He was one of the most consistent players of the year and played an important role in TSM's title runs.
Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen is one of the cases of players who quickly rose through the ranks in CS:GO after being widely unknown in previous iterations of the game. The Danish talent never made it to the top in CS:Source, but he quickly gained notoriety when CS:GO was released, playing for 3DMAX, one of the country's strongest teams during the early days of the game, alongside players like Søren "socN" Falke and Tomas "xlo" Falden.
At the end of 2012, the players went their separate ways, and dupreeh landed a place in the new Copenhagen Wolves roster, boasting some of the most successful Danish CS:Source players and led by Henrik "FeTiSh" Christensen. It was a breakthrough move for the then 20-year-old, who helped the team to top-eight finishes at multiple events, including the first CS:GO major, DreamHack Winter, landing him the #18th spot in our 2013 ranking.
Before the end of the year, dupreeh and his teammates were left without an organisation after talks with Copenhagen Wolves regarding a new deal fell through. For nearly two months, the team played as über G33KZ, but then in February 2014 the players signed for dignitas.
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dupreeh playing for CPH Wolves
Under the banner of the UK-based organisation, the Danish team cemented their place at the top of the pile, finishing top eight in every international event they attended and securing semi-final appearances in two of that year's three majors. dupreeh, as always, played a vital part in the team’s impressive year and earned the 16th place in our ranking. But despite all that success, the Danish team continued to lack silverware - something that was about to change.
The Danish team attended just one event in 2015 under dignitas' banner - MLG X Games Aspen. After a rough start to the tournament, with a -11 K/D against NiP in an overtime defeat, dupreeh stepped up to the plate and helped the team to grab the bronze medal with a 1.09 rating - the Danes' third-highest at the event. His display against fnatic in the third-place decider earned rave reviews as he posted an impressive 1.44 rating to help the team to secure a 2-0 victory.
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MLG X Games Aspen was dupreeh's only event under dignitas in 2015
At the end of January, the Danish players signed for Team SoloMid in what represented the North American organisation's first foray into Counter-Strike. The news of TSM expanding to Counter-Strike was received with much fanfare, but the team were unable to capitalise on all that hype and had a rather quiet debut at ESL One Katowice. dupreeh was in the green during the group stage and netted 66 frags in three group matches, including 27 in the team's 14-16 defeat against Cloud9, but he was not at the races in the quarter-final match against NiP, in which he had a 0.89 rating. Overall, he was third in the team with a 1.03 rating, finishing behind René "cajunb" Borg (1.13) and Nicolai "device" Reedtz (1.07).
The SLTV StarSeries XII Finals, in Kiev, came right after, and this was a particularly hard event for dupreeh, who posted a positive rating in just three of the 11 matches played by TSM. Still, he managed to score an overall 1.00 rating, finishing third in his team, who had to settle for a 5th-8th place.
Weeks later, TSM attended Copenhagen Games, and dupreeh showed he was hungry for frags by posting positive ratings in nine of TSM's first 10 games in the competition. However, Virtus.pro wound up being his Kryptonite as he managed to finish just one map in the green across two best-of-three series against the Polish team, returning home with a 1.08 rating - the lowest of TSM.
dupreeh bounced back later that month by being TSM's top performer at the ESL Pro League Winter Finals, where the team finished 3rd-4th. The 22-year-old was the joint third-best player of the event on a 1.16 rating and picked up over 20 frags in six of the team's nine matches in Cologne.
TSM then went through their best period of the year with first-place finishes at three events in a row, the CCS Kickoff Finals, the FACEIT League Stage 1 Finals and the fragbite Masters 4 finals. Of the three, the tournament in Stockholm was the only one in which dupreeh secured a positive rating (1.00). In the other two, he ended up with 0.98 ratings but still had the third-highest score of the team on both occasions.
At the start of July, the Danish team returned to Cologne, for the ESL ESEA Pro League Season 1 Finals. It was a disastrous tournament for TSM, who were out after just two matches, but dupreeh was one of the two players on the team to keep a positive rating (1.04), the other one being cajunb.
TSM returned to winning ways in Valencia, at the offline finals of FACEIT League Stage 2, where dupreeh had his best event of the year thanks to an impressive 1.24 rating (+38) across seven maps (POV video of his best map). The 22-year-old was the joint third-best player of the entire event and had the second-highest rating of the team, once again falling behind cajunb.
Before the end of the month came one of the lowest points for TSM in 2015. The Danish team went into the Acer Predator Masters finals event riding a wave from four international titles in just a few months but were stunned by E-frag and HellRaisers, finishing 7th-8th. dupreeh did his best to keep TSM afloat and was the team's joint top performer on a 0.97 rating - his worst event record of the year.
Next up was IEM Gamescom, which had a very peculiar format. TSM were the team who played the highest number of maps - nine in total - but still finished runners-up to EnVyUs, who played two maps fewer. With a 1.11 rating (+27), dupreeh was third in the team.
ESL One Cologne was the event that followed, and here dupreeh looked shaky at times, combining poor displays against NiP and EnVyUs with MVP-like performances against Renegades and Team Kinguin. Unable to keep the consistency going, he posted a 1.08 rating (+22), the second-worst of the Danish team.
After skipping Gaming Paradise, TSM travelled to Dubai for the ESL ESEA Pro League Invitational, featuring a $250,000 prize pool. At the event, dupreeh put in big performances against Na`Vi, fnatic and NiP but once again struggled against Virtus.pro in the grand final, finishing the tournament on a 1.0 rating (+6).
dupreeh then had two very successful tournaments at DreamHack Open London (1.16, +23) and the PGL Season 1 Finals (1.17, +30), with the Danish team picking up the title at the latter event. The 22-year-old was able to keep up that level of form when TSM returned to Romania for DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca. With 45 frags over two group matches, he powered the team to the playoffs, where they would fall short against NiP. Despite the 5th-8th place finish - TSM's worst campaign at a major in 2015 - dupreeh had positives to take from the event as he boasted a team-leading rating of 1.18.
The next event on the calendar for TSM was IEM San Jose, where the Danish team survived three-map clashes against Cloud9 and G2 before losing to Na`Vi in the grand final. dupreeh was third in the team with a 1.05 rating, with the curious fact that he amassed over 20 frags in every map where he had a positive rating (50 per cent of all maps).
The FACEIT League Stage 3 Finals was the team’s last event under TSM. Despite having back-to-back FACEIT titles to their name, the Danes finished in a modest 3rd-4th place, and dupreeh showed a 0.98 rating, with three teammates of his placing higher in the ranks.
While playing as questionmark, the team still attended two events, the fragbite Masters 5 Finals and the ESL ESEA Pro League Finals, finishing 4th (last) in the former and 3rd-4th in the latter. For dupreeh neither tournament was really worthy of note as he posted a 0.99 rating (-1) rating in Stockholm and a 1.02 rating (+2) in Burbank.
Why is he the 12th best player of 2015?
A key part in dupreeh's 2015 placing is his consistency. His lowest event rating throughout the year stood at 0.97, which is just slightly below average. Still, with an average rating of 0.92 in grand finals and 0.98 in semi-finals, upper finals and consolidation finals combined, he struggled for form during key matches, in which he has the worst record of the entire top 20. This is, in fact, the main reason why he is not up higher on the list.
It is worth mentioning, however, that 99 of the 164 maps (60%) played by dupreeh were against top 6 teams of the year. This greatly increases the average difficulty of the matches he played, thus rendering his stats more valuable than those of most players below him in the ranking.
Even though he was never the MVP during TSM's title campaigns, the 22-year-old still played an important role in the team's runs at the FACEIT League Stage 2 Finals and the PGL Season 1 Finals, showing that when is on point and at the top of his game the team benefits from it.
Over 2015, dupreeh proved why he is a player who should never be taken lightly. He ranks 11th in clutch rounds won (53 in total) and boasts a 76.7% success rate in 1on1 situations - the highest percentage of all players in the top 20. He also had the ninth-highest number of opening kill (480) during the year and was one of the most efficient round opening killers on the T side.
In addition to opening up rounds on the Terrorist side, dupreeh was also effective at clutching in them
dupreeh has been ever present in our top 20 ranking since the start of CS:GO. From #18 in 2013 to #16 in 2014 and #12 now in 2015, the 22-year-old maintains an upwards trajectory, and as the team's stock continues to rise, so does his.
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