Top 20 players of 2016: GuardiaN (17)

Professeur
January 4th, 2017 20:00

Slotting into the 17th position of the top 20 players of 2016 is the Slovakian sniper Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács. GuardiaN is featured in the top players list once again due to his impressive AWPing and entry fragging, especially in the first half of the year.

Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács is another returnee to the top 20 players list, making it for the fourth year in the row now. His first top 20 placing came in 2013, a turbulent year for the then 22-year-old Slovakian. GuardiaN had already proven himself in Counter-Strike: Source, but after transitioning to Global Offensive, he couldn't find the same level of success playing with a Czech-Slovakian roster - 3DMAX at the time. After a few unsuccessful events in which GuardiaN was head and shoulders above the rest of his team, he made the decision to move away from the domestic scene.

Shortly after, he found himself in TCM-Gaming, a team that also featured the at the time teamless Richard "shox" Papillon. With what was always just a short-term international mix, GuardiaN managed to defeat Natus Vincere and catch the eye of another CIS team that decided to pick him up - Virtus.pro. GuardiaN managed to learn enough Russian to communicate with his new team and went on to be a part of the team that earlier defeated NiP for the first time at a LAN tournament. Just as things started to look good for the Slovakian, the Virtus.pro team was brought to an end by the formation of the CIS super-team Astana Dragons


GuardiaN playing the DHW 2013 BYOC qualifier, with STYKO 

GuardiaN didn't stop there - he attended the BYOC qualifier for the first CS:GO Major, DreamHack Winter 2013, with Nostalgie, a mix-team formed by Alexey "OverDrive" Birukov. The rag-tag group was one match away from qualification, losing to Reason in the finals - but his effort wasn't for nothing as both him and Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev, his teammate in Nostalgie, got picked up by Natus Vincere following the tournament.

After a rough ride, GuardiaN had finally found a team that he would play on for the years to come. He maintained his 2013 level throughout 2014, finishing at #11 in our rankings, but his biggest year was yet to come. Moving on to 2015, GuardiaN was able to unlock another level and become the main driving force behind Natus Vincere's wins - with the MVP award at all four tournaments the team won and a commanding 2nd place in the Top 20 of 2015

After closing out 2015 with a second place finish at ESL ESEA Pro League, where they lost 3-2 to fnatic in the grand final, Natus Vincere attended SLi StarSeries XIV to kick off 2016. At the first event of the year, GuardiaN was in stellar form from start to finish. It didn't matter if he was playing against weaker teams such as CyberZen, losing to Luminosity in the group stage or edging out G2 in overtime, the Slovakian was consistently topping the scoreboard for Natus Vincere

His one and only below average performance of the tournament was in the quarterfinals against Team Questionmark (who later became Astralis), where GuardiaN struggled on the second map, Overpass. Still, his showings on Mirage and Dust2 pulled his team through to the semifinals, where they walked over Envy - GuardiaN finished that series with a +21 K-D difference, securing another grand final match against fnatic.

The Swedes were an unsolvable mystery for Natus Vincere at the time, and it proved to be a similar case once again. Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer and co. smashed the CIS side on their "home soil" in Minsk, allowing Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko's team to pick up only 10 rounds over two maps. Despite the sizable defeat, GuardiaN was still able to finish the series with a positive K-D - something no other Natus Vincere player was particularly close to.

GuardiaN was giving his all against fnatic at StarSeries, but it wasn't enough

With a second place finish and an EVP award, GuardiaN traveled to Leipzig to compete at the first DreamHack Open event of the year. With no fnatic in attendance and "" going out in the group stage, Natus Vincere seized the opportunity and made a dominant run to the grand-final where they once again met Luminosity (now SK). The Brazilians put up a tough fight, pushing both maps to overtime, but weren't able to take the title in Germany as the CIS side closed it out with two 19-16 scorelines.

GuardiaN had a stunning performance at the event, finishing with a 1.19 rating and without a single below-average map. The Slovakian also excelled in round-to-round contributions, getting a kill, assist, survive or trade in 76.2% of the rounds. Overall, his teammate Egor "flamie" Vasilyev edged him out in terms of individual contribution at DreamHack Leipzig, grabbing the MVP award, but GuardiaN was awarded a second consecutive EVP for his performances.


Natus Vincere with the DreamHack Leipzig trophy, their first tournament win of 2016

Kovács first underwhelming event came in March, when Natus Vincere attended IEM Katowice 2016. After initial losses to fnatic and Luminosity in the group stage, the team managed to bounce back with victories over mousesports, NiP and TheMongolz. GuardiaN wasn't having his usual impact in the first part of the tournament, and struggled once again in the round-of-six match against Tempo Storm, where he was outperformed by the Brazilian AWPer Henrique "HEN1" Teles (15:11 in direct duels).

With the rest of the team stepping up, Natus Vincere were able to close out the series and move on to the semifinal where they were to play Luminosity once again. At this point, the Na`Vi - Luminosity rivalry was becoming one of the most enjoyable to watch - the community was excited to see two tactical teams go against each other, with the Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo - GuardiaN AWP duel only adding more enjoyment to the matchup.

"It was a game of nice actions and a lot of mistakes by both teams. I remember that we have used our 2 boosts for the first time in this game and I think we moved the game possibilities to the next level. Even though both boosts were successful, we lost the game, but still, we can say it was a very nice game for the viewers."

Even though the game delivered in terms of excitement, the Slovakian sniper didn't - he ended the series with another below average performance, and his team was eliminated from the tournament for a 3-4th place finish.

As most of the teams were doing their final preparations for the Major, Natus Vincere and a couple of other top teams accepted an invite to play at Counter Pit Season 2 Finals in Split, Croatia. Despite the quality of teams at the tournament not being very high, Natus Vincere had to play more maps and had a harder bracket overall than at DreamHack Leipzig. They started by beating their domestic rivals FlipSid3 over three maps, moving on to Virtus.pro, who they took down fairly easily in two, and closing it out with a three-map grand final against Astralis to win their second title of the year. 


GuardiaN was on point at Counter Pit Season 2 Finals 

This time around, it was GuardiaN who was the best player on his team and the clear-cut MVP of the tournament - 1.38 rating, 1.49 impact, three-times player of the match and a mind-bogglingly high ADR, especially for an AWPer - 92.5 over eight maps.

"There was nothing special [about Counter Pit], after this event my injury started and since then everything from my game disappeared. It was a lovely event for me, I really felt every single frag and I felt as confident as ever. Where I went, there I killed."

It seemed like the #2 player of 2015 couldn't be in better shape going into the first Major of the year, MLG Columbus. The truth was quite the opposite though, as GuardiaN started to feel pain while playing - the result of an injury sustained while playing football a month earlier.

"Well all the pain started during the group stage of MLG Major, till then it was lets say OK, but then it just came and never wanted to disappear. I can't regret anything since I've done everything I could to fix it. I had some laser and ultrasound treatment which helped me a lot. The only thing i regret is that I haven't helped my team at all this year, I was completely useless and I feel sorry for that. I hope I will change it this year." [GuardiaN about the injury and potential regrets]

Despite their star player struggling, Natus Vincere still fought their way to the grand final where they once again faced off against the Brazilians of Luminosity. In pain and playing on a ~4 times higher sensitivity than usual, GuardiaN was still able to have an impact in the first map, but wasn't able to carry that onto the second map, where Natus Vincere were crushed 16-2, losing the series 2-0.

"I was not frustrated, I was very sad I could not help my team at all. I got carried to the final and the feeling of not being able to do anything for the team is just very awful. I hope nobody will experience anything like that, nobody in the game and job we love to do."

Despite being hampered by an injury, GuardiaN had a good group stage showing and got a Player of the Match award in his team's stomping of Virtus.pro. With that in mind, the Slovakian was still a valuable player for his team in Colombus, although his overall rating was pretty low due to some hardships in the playoffs.

Following the Major, GuardiaN took a rest from Counter-Strike, focusing on his recovery while Natus Vincere attended DreamHack Masters Malmö using their coach Sergey "starix" Ischuk as a stand-in. The Ukranian, who wasn't renowned for his individual play in CS:GO, was holding his own surprisingly well, but the team still decided to fly in their primary AWPer to play with them in the playoffs

"I felt like everything is alright, I told them I could come and play, but they could decide to refuse it and play with starix for the whole event. The team talked about me, and I think they believed in me, so they decided that I should come for the playoffs."

After a two week break from Counter-Strike, GuardiaN stepped back into the team and was looking formidable for someone who couldn't even play on his normal sensitivity just a month ago.  Natus Vincere comfortably dispatched of TyLoo in the quarterfinals and had an even easier game against EnVyUs in the semis, reaching the grand final where they would play the home crowd favorites - NiP.

GuardiaN aceing TyLoo at Malmö after coming back from an injury-induced break

It was against the Swedes that GuardiaN's lack of form came to show, as his middle-of-the-pack performance left his team without enough 'oomph' to close out a map, but instead losing 16-14 twice. However, he still put up good numbers for a recovery tournament - 1.04 rating, 70.3% KAST and a decent number of AWP kills per round (0.41) showed that he was slotting back into his role slowly.

The injury was behind GuardiaN shortly, as he finished off the first half of the year with three good showings. It all started with the SLi Invitational, where Na`Vi shockingly lost the opener to Dobry&Gaming, ending up in the lower-bracket from the get-go. Natus Vincere almost completed a miracle run through the lower-bracket, but were stopped by Virtus.pro in the grand final in the end. GuardiaN was a big performer throughout the tournament, earning him an EVP award to go along with another second-place finish.

The time for the next Major came around, and GuardiaN once again delivered in the group stage to secure his team the playoffs after maps against FlipSid3 and NiP. After a day off, Natus Vincere took on a Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev-powered Liquid - and were defeated 2-1 despite the heroics of the Natus Vincere legend Edward (+21 K-D for the series).


GuardiaN entering the arena at ESL One Cologne 

If there was anything good to take away from the loss in Cologne it was that Kovács didn't seem hindered by his injury at all and they had another big event coming before the break - ELEAGUE Season 1 playoffs.

Unfortunately, one disappointment followed another, as Natus Vincere once again fell to fnatic, this time in the semi-finals of the TBS CS:GO league. After losing the first map to the Swedes (16-4), GuardiaN was determined to claim the second one for his team. The Slovakian put up 31 kills, including 17 with the AWP, but even that wasn't enough as he was outmatched by an on-fire Dennis "dennis" Edman.

Combining the group stage and playoff matches, GuardiaN was Natus Vincere's best player at ELEAGUE with an above average KPR and below average DPR, as well as a 1.11 rating overall.

With GuardiaN in decent form once again but big titles even further away than at the start of the year, Natus Vincere decided that it was time for a change and replaced their longest standing member Zeus with the young star s1mple in August. The plan was to have starix calling from the coaching position, as he was doing for some time while adding more firepower to the team. However, shortly after the swap happened, Valve announced a change to the coaching rule that limited the interaction between coaches and the team to four 30-second pauses.

"[The coaching rule] had a huge change on us, we had to decide who will call and who will be the captain, we chose seized who is still struggling to lead us. It's getting better day by day, but we have a lot of things to work on. We are trying to help him, but you know, skill is not everything. A captain has to gather the skill and lead it in some way, we all believe in him."

It was hard to gauge what impact the roster change would have on the team and GuardiaN himself, but it was certain that the input of a veteran such as starix would be missed, even if the team still had an experienced in-game leader on the roster.

"Starix is always trying to help, he's watching a lot of demos, saying snipers are playing like that and that, be aware of certain positions or grenades and combinations. He is and has always been very helpful to me and to the team. It's sad they changed the rules of coaching, I agree and don't agree at all. It's like banning coaches from ice hockey and leaving the players to play alone without a coach." - GuardiaN about what starix helped out with the most

After the summer break, the new Natus Vincere lineup had it's debut at SLi StarSeries Season 2 Finals in Ukraine. Despite the IGL and coaching issues, the expectations around Natus Vincere were still pretty high. However, many Natus Vincere fans were left disappointed as the team didn't even make it to the arena - going out to TYLOO and Astralis in the group stage after playing only two maps.


Natus Vincere members gathered around s1mple at StarSeries S2 

All the hype around the super-star team came down to little, as the Natus Vincere had its worst performance of the year and it wasn't any different for GuardiaN - with a 0.82 rating, an impact in 54% of the rounds and only 61.2 ADR, StarSeries Season 2 was GuardiaN's worst event of the 2016.

After almost a month of wait, Natus Vincere attended another tournament - ESL One New York. Featuring an exciting Swiss group stage format, a large prize pool and a lot of top teams, this was one of the most prestigious events of the year. Natus Vincere were flawless in the group stage, moving on to the playoffs with a 3-0 score. GuardiaN contributed highly in all three matches, but struggled a bit in the playoffs - where s1mple took the mantle. However, as the grand final against Virtus.pro came down to the last map, it was the Slovakian who stepped up once again, going 34-19 on Mirage to secure the first big, $250k+ tournament for Natus Vincere.

The MVP award of the tournament went to the young Ukranian for his overall performance, but GuardiaN was an EVP once again thanks to three Player of the Match awards, high impact and overall rating.

"Of course my favourite moment was to finally win a big event, ESL One New York. There were a lot of events that we lost in finals. Winning is everything and yeah, we did it in New York."

Following the win, many were starting to write off the StarSeries Season 2 performance as a one-off and the New York Natus Vincere as the real thing, but GuardiaN wasn't feeling the same way:

"I haven't had the same thoughts. Winning one event doesn't say anything as I mentioned. Yes we won, we won crazy rounds, clutches and that helped us to win the finals. I still think Virtus.Pro were the winners of the finals and not us. We just won some crazy rounds that made us the champions. To be honest, I still don't feel like we are champion or anything. But I believe it will come."

Looking back, Natus Vincere's ESL One New York performance looks more like a fluke than their initial display in Ukraine. In the last couple of months, the CIS team attended EPICENTER, ELEAGUE, and IEM Oakland, all with very little success - and GuardiaN's individual form dipped accordingly.


Guardian looking worried at IEM Oakland, Na`Vi's last event of the year

At both EPICENTER and Oakland, the Slovakian was no better than in his injury hampered showing in Columbus, and while he had a decent rating at ELEAGUE Season 2 - his numbers were inflated by playing two maps against a greatly inferior team in ALTERNATE aTTaX.

"I think it was all about team game, nothing worked out and also we failed skill wise too. There are no excuses, we were no good, we lost in all factors of the game and we didn't deserve to be in top4 at all." - About the last three events of the year

In the end, the second half of the year ended poorly for Natus Vincere and GuardiaN: the Zeus - s1mple swap did result in one big tournament win, but also poor form overall. This is what GuardiaN had to say about the differences between the two players:

"They are completely different players, s1mple is a super skilled and talented player while zeus is a player with tactical mindset and huge leadership skills. It will take some time to get some achievements with s1mple, even though we won ESL New York, but still, it doesn't say anything at the moment."

To end off our talk, we asked GuardiaN about his regrets about 2016 and plans for 2017. This is what he had to say:

"As I mentioned, I regret I could not help my team at all in the game and that I disappointed them many times."

"My team goal is to carry Natus Vincere to be the #1 team in the world and personally to become the #1 player in the world for 2017!" - Guardian about his goals for 2017

Why is he the 17th player of 2016?

Firstly, GuardiaN has excelled at his role - the one of Natus Vincere's main AWPer - by picking up the most average AWP kills per round - 0.44. That number might be slightly inflated by playing on some smaller events, but makes him one of the elite AWPers nonetheless.

GuardiaN also had a great start to the year with EVP performances at StarSeries XIV and at DreamHack Open Leipzig followed by an MVP at Counter Pit - one of the best performances at a tournament this year. He got another EVP at SLi Invitational before the summer break, with only MLG Columbus playoffs staining an overall good eight-month period.

However, the second half of the year wasn't as good, with only an EVP at ESL One New York standing out. Inconsistency plagued him as well, which is apparent in the fact he dealt 0 damage in 36% of his rounds throughout the year (5th most) and that Na`Vi lost 47% of those round - more than any other team when a player did no damage.

On the flipside, he still has a very high impact and has been the Player of the Map 21 times over the course of the year, ranking fifth in the category. He is also fifth in survivability, living through 38% of the rounds - an extremely important statistic for a player wielding a $4,750 gun.

GuardiaN has also shown a tendency to be better on the CT side, boasting a 1.14 rating, but is also good at opening rounds - winning 56% of his opening duels.

Bold prediction

We asked GuardiaN to name one player he expects to break through and become a candidate for 2017's Top 20 players:

Denmark Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså

"I feel like valde could show us something good in this year, he already did in 2016, so if he gets some attention and opportunities, I think he will do good."

Stay tuned to our Top 20 players of 2016 ranking powered by EGB.com and take a look at the Introduction article to learn more about how the players were picked.

Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1300
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
686
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1334
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Russia Alexey 'OverDrive' Birukov
Alexey 'OverDrive' Birukov
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.65
Maps played:
101
KPR:
0.44
DPR:
0.74
APR:
0.11
Argentina ''
 ''
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
APR:
0.00
Ukraine Ioann 'Edward' Sukhariev
Ioann 'Edward' Sukhariev
Age:
30
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1271
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Age:
31
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1285
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.17
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
971
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.59
APR:
0.11
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1099
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Sergey 'starix' Ischuk
Sergey 'starix' Ischuk
Age:
30
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
514
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Brazil Henrique 'HEN1' Teles
Henrique 'HEN1' Teles
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
618
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.58
APR:
0.12
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1170
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
907
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
918
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Interesting to see Guardian in the list too after such sloppy year, so far I can say all players revealed surprised me with their rankings.
2017-01-04 20:00
#43
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Armenia KKegham 
late again
2017-01-04 20:00
#93
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Turkey rusty james 
actually he let me be first
2017-01-04 20:06
#226
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Armenia KKegham 
ooh k den.
2017-01-05 02:15
#52
s1mple | 
Latvia em1^ 
rekt
2017-01-04 20:00
#58
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Lithuania MaximilianEPC 
When the fastest guy on HLTV gets beaten by a turk.
2017-01-04 20:01
they are the same account
2017-01-06 01:44
nt
2017-01-04 20:01
#62
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Czech Republic ffeiht 
nt
2017-01-04 20:01
lul not the fastest
2017-01-04 20:01
#66
KRIMZ | 
Denmark slacking 
next year you'll drop from rank2 to 17 aswell slowboy
2017-01-04 20:01
Sure ? , You can see he has most awp kills per round. He is still best sniper in the world.
2017-01-15 20:22
NT but consider changing your nick
2017-01-04 20:01
#70
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Europe Apzi 
Now its quite obvious that you are an insider at HLTV. There was no way that you predicted this correct and were ready with the copy pasta.
2017-01-04 20:01
he could just have script where "Guardian" is taken from the post title, easy to code if you can do bot anyways that's why the comment is simple and not player specific
2017-01-04 20:06
How does this that work?
2017-01-05 17:26
hard to explain unless you know anything about coding :D
2017-01-06 10:42
#287
Zeus | 
Europe iqpi_b2k 
George ffs... he just told you in the comment you are replying to.
2017-01-07 11:57
Retard alert
2017-01-04 21:50
nt
2017-01-04 20:01
nt
2017-01-04 20:07
So far I haven't seen a problem with the ranking. What would you change?
2017-01-04 20:10
#139
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United States r0seCS 
Everybody replying to you not knowing that you and rusty james are friends IRL and you told him how to get comment first.
2017-01-04 20:34
nt
2017-01-04 22:02
#236
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World Max_Eason 
surpised but i dont disagree at all.
2017-01-05 05:25
ez
2017-01-04 20:00
#91
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Ukraine [magda1ena] 
Where is sh1tple?
2017-01-04 20:06
#21
2017-01-04 20:21
#4
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Bulgaria kr9ptonn 
lol wat
2017-01-04 20:00
#73
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Turkey rusty james 
rip
2017-01-04 20:01
#5
 | 
Denmark beastd 
Guardian 2k#17 lel
2017-01-04 20:01
#6
Gr4vity | 
United Kingdom Remen 
ye
2017-01-04 20:00
#7
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Ireland Mackey91 
EZ
2017-01-04 20:00
nice 1 guardian
2017-01-04 20:00
noiiice
2017-01-04 20:00
expected
2017-01-04 20:00
gg
2017-01-04 20:00
#18
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Kazakhstan Juandro 
gj Ladislav :D
2017-01-04 20:01
#19
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Cyprus Swishh_ 
expected
2017-01-04 20:00
#20
mimi | 
Brazil mZERAAAA 
lol, guardian top 17 haha that's a joke!
2017-01-04 20:01
only?
2017-01-04 20:00
#23
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Lithuania FakeLithuania 
Wp
2017-01-04 20:00
#24
NEO | 
Europe Inthawk 
damn kennyS better than him? xd
2017-01-04 20:01
Obviously.
2017-01-04 20:31
Obvious
2017-01-04 23:51
He is not even in top 20 this year...
2017-01-05 13:09
hehe
2017-01-17 07:54
#25
 | 
Brazil kluz 
WHAT
2017-01-04 20:00
Gj Guardian
2017-01-04 20:00
#28
 | 
Malaysia byaIi 
n1
2017-01-04 20:00
wat
2017-01-04 20:00
#30
 | 
World STEEN_ 
WAT
2017-01-04 20:00
#32
 | 
Brazil Reznor 
Expected
2017-01-04 20:00
n1
2017-01-04 20:00
ggodian
2017-01-04 20:00
ez prediction
2017-01-04 20:00
#37
KRIMZ | 
Denmark slacking 
rip GuardiaN :(
2017-01-04 20:00
ohhh lul
2017-01-04 20:00
#277
 | 
France stambert 
+1
2017-01-05 22:03
LEL
2017-01-04 20:00
#41
Ethiopia xohs 
nice
2017-01-04 20:00
I thought Guardian would be higher up in the ranks !
2017-01-04 20:00
#172
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Estonia Chaostic 
He has been complete shit the second half of the year
2017-01-04 21:36
#260
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Czech Republic B0barian 
don't forget the hand injury in the first half of 2016. It rekt both GuardiaN and Olof...
2017-01-05 12:16
#263
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Estonia Chaostic 
ahh yes i forgot about that :/ in that case i dont even know why he is in the list at all
2017-01-05 12:56
#265
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Czech Republic B0barian 
That just show that he can still perform, but not on the same level as a year ago...
2017-01-05 13:02
#45
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
Guardian TOP17! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2017-01-04 20:00
#46
 | 
Poland wojtixxx 
#17 is good position for him
2017-01-04 20:00
nah
2017-01-05 14:14
#47
 | 
Europe GytiZ 
ahahahha
2017-01-04 20:00
THE LEGEND
2017-01-04 20:00
#54
NBK- | 
United Kingdom Vaguee 
I thought he would be higher considering his performance at the beginning
2017-01-04 20:00
HAHAHAHHAHAHAHA "GUARDIAN TOP3" XDDDDDDDD LOOOOOL
2017-01-04 20:01
#63
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Brazil StupidNigNogs 
wow
2017-01-04 20:01
#64
mason | 
World PRQN 
XD guardian 17 XDD
2017-01-04 20:01
Ez. 2 in 2015 --> 17 in 2016
2017-01-04 20:01
ez. 1 in 2015 --> not even top20 in 2016 skilled game for skilled players
2017-01-04 23:53
#237
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Brazil ftf123 
i would choose him over kennyS to be in a team anyday...
2017-01-05 05:32
I thought kennyS died in 2014 lolz
2017-01-05 07:00
Why?
2017-01-04 20:01
#72
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Croatia KockicaRekt 
lololo
2017-01-04 20:01
how
2017-01-04 20:01
#77
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North America Techno_Lover 
nope, this list hold no integrity
2017-01-04 20:02
#79
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Myanmar de_insertion 
JESUS HOW
2017-01-04 20:03
Expected him in the top 10 tbh
2017-01-04 20:03
#81
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Poland mlodyrzab 
LUL
2017-01-04 20:03
#83
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France Erakis 
The fall of a titan...
2017-01-04 20:04
#84
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Portugal dracø 
I remember more than 17 guardian flicks. He started the year with a bang, and while it's true his form declined, I'd still rate him @top 15 at least. Meh, disappointing
2017-01-04 20:04
#85
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Portugal raaVz 
WTF GUARIDAN 17???????????????????????????????
2017-01-04 20:05
SO FUCKING OVERRATED.
2017-01-04 20:05
#87
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
lol
2017-01-04 20:05
2015: top 2 2016: top 17 RIP
2017-01-04 20:05
#135
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Slovakia asdalanas1 
injury my friend..
2017-01-04 20:32
#89
World qndS 
LUL
2017-01-04 20:05
Ez for KennyS and shox French power
2017-01-04 20:06
Autimatic or Magiskboy > GuardiaN, FNX and Dennis? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
2017-01-04 20:06
Autimatic wont be in this list. Same as magisk
2017-01-04 20:11
Just going to put my name here to laugh in the future if you're wrong.
2017-01-05 01:58
Ez for Papillock
2017-01-04 20:07
Lol
2017-01-04 20:46
So GuardiaN but no Edward? Sorry this ranking is a ridiculous joke which is written by fanboys.
2017-01-04 20:07
how do you know no edward? it's only on #17 you fucking retard......
2017-01-04 20:15
Firstly that would mean that they would place him higher than expected. Tbh i didn't even expect GuardiaN on this list even with his performance till the Major. And edward was massive from begin 2016 till the summer break, after it he began to struggle except of few matches/moments. To be honest he should be considered in this ranking but i'll take a bet with you he won't be in it!
2017-01-04 20:30
Lets wait for full list. They could be using valuable stats instead of emotions ;)
2017-01-04 21:35
Take it easy. Thank you.
2017-01-05 01:25
come on though, u must admit that some people are stupid af on this site.
2017-01-06 00:17
Even if they are, why waste time (and draw staff attention of site staff) calling them names?
2017-01-06 01:31
#118
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France Erakis 
This is not a 1.6 ranking m8.
2017-01-04 20:20
sorry but edward has been the rock from the begin of last year till the big summer break and after that aswell (but only with few exception) as he struggled like the whole navi team. Edward is only ranked as the second best Major player in 2016 behind Coldzera. So he would obviously deserve a place in it
2017-01-04 20:29
Majors barely play a role in these rankings any more because there are so many other big events as well.
2017-01-04 21:41
if guardian is 17, i dont think edward will be on this list, i don't even think hes top 20 since hes been shit at the start of 2016 i think, then he got a lot better now hes shit again. Only s1mple and flamie will be on the list next, putting edward there is too much lol.
2017-01-04 21:02
Ehm what? Edward been solid at the begin of the year. In columbus he was the maincarry and that was till the summer break, yeah than he he started to struggle except of few matches but that happend to the whole team. Edward deserved it way more than guardiaN tbh ;-)
2017-01-05 02:07
Or atleast as much as GuardiaN. I mean even the 20th place would be OK. It doesn't matter will place in the ranking between 20-17 but he deserved to be in this list. Even without the list having any impact or sense tbh.
2017-01-05 02:21
#98
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Turkey Rick_Sanchez 
Well deserved lul
2017-01-04 20:08
well deserved
2017-01-04 20:10
#102
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Ukraine petruska 
LOOOOOL
2017-01-04 20:11
Deserved, but 2016 was not a great year for him, most likely bcuz of his injury.
2017-01-04 20:11
lol awp nub
2017-01-04 20:12
#108
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Russia oppofo 
2015: top 2 2016: top 17 2017: top 32????????
2017-01-04 20:14
#194
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Czech Republic realProkda 
2017: 9K MMR
2017-01-04 22:27
rip my boy
2017-01-04 20:15
17, really ? Wow :D Then fer & Edward won't make it to the list...
2017-01-04 20:15
Fer will and Edward isn't even in top30.
2017-01-04 20:30
Edward may be, it depends on how heavily major stats influence the list.
2017-01-04 20:33
I guess not that much since we have two players that did not win any big tournaments this year and two who did not attend any majors :D Seeing GuardiaN this low with higher rating (1.10 > 1.03) than Edward makes me think he won't be there.
2017-01-04 20:43
Edward has had 5 events under 1.00 guardian 4. GuardiaN bad events were better than Edwards except the one with a 0.97 rating. Obviously GuardiaN had much better and higher stats than Edward except of the Majors were Edward was much much better. GuardiaN had 5 events with 1.10 rating while Edward had also 5 events with a 1.10 rating. And actuall you could consider that especially when Edward has played more matches than GuardiaN + he was the #2 best Major player in 2016, he fully deserved it as guardiaN did but THE Journalist might be to blind to realise it but he isn't that flashy...
2017-01-05 02:16
I'm almost sure he won't make it now :(
2017-01-05 16:57
Yeah he wont make it because the writters are blind ^^
2017-01-05 19:47
Broo we'd have exactly the same feelings...
2017-01-05 02:08
navi, time to win something...
2017-01-04 20:16
#113
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Korea DadaDahyun 
Wtf ? what ! what ??? He deserves to be in this top but WAT ?
2017-01-04 20:16
#114
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Brazil bandicoot 
we will never forget the epic clashes vs Luminosity. some of the greatest games of all time
2017-01-04 20:16
GuardiaN better than gtr and Dennis 2016? lol
2017-01-04 20:18
Dennis & fnx >> GTR AND GuardiaN for sure. Anyone who followed the scene would see that
2017-01-05 05:20
ahah these fanboy kidos lolos xD
2017-01-05 06:42
Fnx > GTR anyday...
2017-01-05 12:38
sure hes better than him being bad i agree fnx>gtr anyday at being bad
2017-01-05 20:45
BOT GTR and spray xD
2017-01-06 13:31
xDDDDDDDDDD
2017-01-06 21:16
Deserved , he was shit this year
2017-01-04 20:18
fnx #19 guaradian #17 hltv is getting retarded
2017-01-04 20:19
fnx is crap and guardian was performing well until mlg
2017-01-04 20:22
fnx doesnt deserve top20 and guardian deserves way higher raking in my opinion
2017-01-04 20:23
Thats why you don't decide this things. Ty god.
2017-01-04 20:29
Yeah, FNX 2 majors and Guardian tier 2 tournaments = GuardiaN > FNX "ohhh ok but it's my opinion" HAHAHAHAHA wtf hitlerino
2017-01-04 21:30
It's a player achievement, not a team achievement. Something you and HLTV would do well to understand.
2017-01-04 21:32
FNX was a beast the entire year. He only got kicked because internal problems.
2017-01-05 02:51
I see you spreading this around, but have you ever stopped to think that good player performances are what is needed for good team achievements? All good team achievements are a result of some good player performances? And we are ranking player performances here, not a perception of skill, and giving more weight to those that actually led to big achievements. Which is important because that means the player actually played against good teams and under pressure, in big matches not just group stages.
2017-01-06 17:07
rofl favelaboy got triggered so hard
2017-01-04 22:05
Triggered hard xD Go cry in your favela
2017-01-04 22:18
ye lol i was like "dafuq" who was guardian in 2016 and who was fnx lmao
2017-01-04 23:57
"Despite being hampered by an injury, GuardiaN had a good group stage showing and got a Player of the Match award in his team's stomping of [p.virtus.pro]." Admins please fix :) Other than that good read
2017-01-04 20:25
#124
NBK- | 
Estonia BlameS 
definetly not as top tier as KennyS.
2017-01-04 20:26
LOL what the hell, who are the clowns coming 11-16?
2017-01-04 20:28
Guardian in 2016? I aren't think that.
2017-01-04 20:28
#196
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Czech Republic realProkda 
#RUNHUNDEN
2017-01-04 22:28
... bunch of clowns in comments, sadly this community will never change. Well played GuardiaN.
2017-01-04 20:28
+1
2017-01-04 20:34
#131
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Portugal Shion 
From top 2 to top 17 :((( COME ON GUARDIAN GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER
2017-01-04 20:29
what about olof :D
2017-01-04 21:27
#201
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Portugal Shion 
i was never a fan of olof so i dont care about him but i care about guardian, my favorite sniper :(
2017-01-04 22:57
new year - new chin
2017-01-04 20:30
Called it
2017-01-04 20:35
wtf
2017-01-04 20:35
Most guys here obviously dont understand that this is ranking of players performances during the years. If some player is better then other in matter of skill.. that doesnt mean he will rank higher.
2017-01-04 20:36
unexpected tbh
2017-01-04 20:37
Expected tbh. He's been injured and even unable to play, and since he been back he haven't been on the same level as before. Same goes for olof. Olof is #15 or #16.
2017-01-04 20:39
shoulda healed better lol -pyth
2017-01-04 20:41
good job
2017-01-04 20:41
17 lol wtf ? mb 7 ?
2017-01-04 20:45
#151
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Latvia cr00ked 
EliGe next
2017-01-04 20:47
#202
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Armenia HaRRyarm 
noooooooooo he deserve top10 :(
2017-01-04 23:03
hahaha wtf this is rigged
2017-01-04 20:47
@H@H@H@ Explains what a slump navi is in
2017-01-04 20:53
#154
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United States VerySmartGuy 
rip Olof and guardian, those injuries fucked them so hard
2017-01-04 20:53
I mean..I'm sure GuardiaN's massive weight-gain also fcked him up.
2017-01-05 05:18
He played so bad! He deserved...from 2 to 17...noice! 17 huuummmm 2017 the year of the guardian =D
2017-01-04 20:55
#158
Snax | 
Poland Mval 
fine
2017-01-04 21:01
#160
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Denmark clutchkongen 
From 2 to 17, outch!
2017-01-04 21:11
Top keke rosberg
2017-01-04 21:17
WTF unexpected, guessed he will be ATLEAST top 12-13
2017-01-04 21:17
he should be happy hes still in top 20, very nice player to watch but him and his team have been strugling lately :)
2017-01-04 21:18
expected
2017-01-04 21:26
he's really struggled at some points this year, I'm kind of surprised that he's 17th but I definitely see how he could have got to that position. Congrats to him for making the top 20 though, definitely deserved.
2017-01-04 21:26
whut? wow
2017-01-04 21:36
#176
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France StickyRice 
Guardian ended up the year as a Tier 3 player. Washed up.
2017-01-04 21:46
#177
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Russia refrain 
from 2nd place to 17th. fucking trash
2017-01-04 21:47
IMO he should be #9
2017-01-04 22:04
2017 1. Guardian 2.S1mple 3.Zeus 4.Edward 5.Bondik HOHOHAHA FOOLS
2017-01-04 22:06
Not in a million years is Bondik going to make a Top 5.
2017-01-04 22:18
where Disco doplano?
2017-01-05 17:18
so, Edward's gonna be higher than Guardian, or no Edward at all?
2017-01-04 22:11
#191
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Poland slamcsgo 
no edward whatsoever. what did he even accomplish this year individually?
2017-01-04 22:20
2nd highest major rating Better than any vp player of course
2017-01-05 12:43
#273
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Poland slamcsgo 
except for snax.
2017-01-05 17:32
No, snax is not the highest rated player in 2016 majors... it's coldzera and Edward is second
2017-01-05 18:35
#278
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Poland slamcsgo 
yeah but only in majors.
2017-01-05 22:52
#192
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Czech Republic NR.Kobra 
:-) wow
2017-01-04 22:24
#195
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North America Techno_Lover 
With this logic, you might as well say SK is top 20 since they only won 3 lans last year.
2017-01-04 22:28
#198
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Lithuania karkeris 
so..kennyS and fallen wont be in top...?
2017-01-04 22:48
yeah, because the rank is about awp skills only
2017-01-04 23:04
Top 3: GuardiaN, s1mple, device
2017-01-04 23:14
#206
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Brazil Collee 
not even top 30 after his injury lul
2017-01-04 23:22
fair, poor performance from him this year
2017-01-04 23:29
#208
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Brazil cadik 
this list is joke confirmed
2017-01-04 23:29
Wayyyyyyyyyy outside of top 20 this year. WTF?
2017-01-04 23:30
#215
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Europe kennyBeast 
Guardian>kennys they said Best awper they said lmao.
2017-01-05 00:05
So sad that this coment section will never change, and my country mates are a big part of it being trash. Good job Guardian, nice recovery after a really bad injury. Can be a top 10 players easily, but had a rough year.
2017-01-05 00:25
WTF?
2017-01-05 00:40
What the hell is this top 16 gonna look like?
2017-01-05 01:05
You will have to wait and see.
2017-01-05 01:26
this is beautiful
2017-01-05 01:10
guardiaN 17?? wtf is this joke? aahhahahahahahaahha pls HLTV
2017-01-05 02:23
#230
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Faroe Islands _shubaN 
shit ranking, guardian only 17
2017-01-05 02:37
yeah should be lower :v
2017-01-05 10:55
guardian deserves higher
2017-01-05 02:53
Rip monster
2017-01-05 04:04
#238
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CIS sergioff 
EZ 4 GODIAN <3
2017-01-05 05:55
WTF why 17?
2017-01-05 07:12
Not a good second half of year for Kovacs and NaVi. GuardiaN - top 5 in 2017
2017-01-05 07:55
GTR 2016 > GuardiAN 2016
2017-01-05 09:15
#244
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Russia PS1337 
17 lul XD
2017-01-05 09:35
GTR > GUARDIAN
2017-01-05 09:38
guardo deserves better
2017-01-05 09:42
#247
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India RrOuTe_FoRcE 
Most average AWP kills per round - 0.44 That's truly incredible.
2017-01-05 10:25
from top2 to top17
2017-01-05 10:36
deserved, he was godlike in first half of the year, second half was kinda meh
2017-01-05 10:47
#250
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Latvia jAnsn 
NaVi was only good at the start of 2016.
2017-01-05 10:48
deserved
2017-01-05 10:49
#256
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Latvia jAnsn 
deserved
2017-01-05 11:02
deserved
2017-01-05 10:49
#257
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Latvia jAnsn 
deserved
2017-01-05 11:05
deserved
2017-01-05 10:54
deserved
2017-01-05 10:57
ez for cold
2017-01-05 11:40
wtf? i w8 guardian top10
2017-01-05 11:49
#264
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Estonia Chaostic 
hand injury first half of the year and not even top 50 player second half
2017-01-05 12:57
From consistent top5 player in previous years to top17. Yeh, obviously he's not a problem, but Zeus is.
2017-01-05 14:36
Just W8 for 2k17 he will be Top5 Again ...
2017-01-05 17:01
TheLegend27 is gonna be Rank #1
2017-01-07 01:57
expected
2017-01-10 12:44
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