Top 20 players of 2016: Kjaerbye (16)

Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjaerbye hits the 16th position in our top 20 ranking of 2016. Starting out the season in dignitas and finishing it in Astralis, the 18-year-old has proven to be one of the top prospects in Denmark’s incredibly dense youth talent pool.

Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye started out his journey in NO SIR!, who had at the time qualified to go play at ASUS ROG CS:GO Summer Tournament 2014 in Helsinki, Finland. The then 16-year-old Kjaerbye and his team, under the banner of myRevenge, went on to win the tournament beating Jacob "pyth" Mourujärvi’s Publiclir, Miikka "suNny" Kemppi’s Recursive, and Joona "natu" Leppänen’s ENCORE on the way.

"I feel like NO SIR! was a really good place to start because that was actually the first real team I played in. They had qualified to Assembly Summer 2014 in Finland and suddenly needed a player after zaider got VAC banned. I remember BERRY told me I was one of the candidates as they had seen how good I was in the Danish gathers.

I wanted to do anything to get the chance to play with them but it wasn’t easy to convince them at all since I was on a summer vacation in Spain with my family and they couldn’t even try me out before making the hard call. That’s something I’m still really grateful for today since I think I wouldn’t have come so far to this day without such a big opportunity."

A couple months later Kjaerbye was brought into CPH Wolves, where he shared a team with the likes of Jacob "Pimp" Winneche and Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander. With one of the iterations of CPH Wolves, Kjaerbye played his first Major, DreamHack Winter 2014.


Kjaerbye with CPH Wolves at ESWC 2014

As 2015 rolled around the corner, Dignitas left to play under the banner of TSM, which prompted the British organization to pick Kjaerbye & co up. There the youngster would ply his trade for over a year and a half, albeit with a revolving door through which players came and left.

"I joined Copenhagen Wolves in October 2014 since they needed 2 players for the Danish ESWC Qualifiers. Pimp chatted with me on steam and convinced me to join them because they were a much better team than NO SIR! and this was my chance to take my career to a higher level. Sadly, though, I had to leave some really good friends behind who had helped me improve a lot over a very short amount of time.

The adaptation process was pretty easy since my communication was already pretty good at that point in my career, in large part thanks to coming from a very tactical team. So yeah, from there on out a lot of changes happened and I was eventually the last core member of that original team in May 2016 before joining Astralis, as we went from CPH Wolves to dignitas in January 2015 and since then I played for that organisation for 1,5 years, just with different players."

The first iteration of that Dignitas lineup included Philip "aizy" Aistrup, Pimp, Nicolaj "Nico" Jensen, and Henrik "FeTiSh" Christensen, who had been playing for Dignitas before being dropped for Finn "karrigan" Andersen. A little bit later that year, with Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen and Jesper "TENZKI" Plougmann for FeTiSh and Nico, Dignitas made it to the DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca 2015 Major, Kjaerbye’s second, where he once again went out in groups.

Dignitas made a couple changes, with aizy and Pimp being substituted by Ruben "RUBINO" Villarroel and Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke, and erupted into 2016 with a semifinal run at DreamHack ZOWIE Open Leipzig 2016 and a second place finish to Envy at the GEC Finals in February, showing the world they had a lot of potential to make a name for themselves as more than just a dark horse.

Kjaerbye dropped this gem at DreamHack Leipzig

DreamHack Leipzig was particularly good for Kjaerbye. There the 17-year-old finished the tournament with 85.5 ADR and was the best rated player on his team, earning him his first EVP award of the year. He followed that up with EVPs at GEC and ESL Barcelona, where he scored a year-high 1.23 rating en route to a fourth place finish.

"Some of my best moments are getting far at DH Leipzig in our first team with Rubino & k0nfig on board. It was just a pleasure to see the confidence for the future in my teammates’ eyes, huddling together after our loss against Na’Vi, beating the giants Virtus.pro in the decider match in our group, and probably also playing my first really good tournament since Assembly Summer 2014!

Of course there were a few low points as well, one of the biggest standing out for me was surely not qualifying for MLG Colombus. We went into the qualifiers as favourites and full of confidence. I think we made a "Major" mistake participating at ESL Barcelona just before travelling to Columbus, 5 days prior to the tournament, without any chance of keeping in shape by practising or playing at all.

That felt like a horrible turning point for our team as we had been performing really well at Leipzig and GEC, and were developing quickly. It was a big setback for everyone but we were good at using our losses to our advantage and knowing how to fix most of the mistakes we made.”

At this point, Dignitas went to DreamHack Masters’ first edition in Malmö, an event with a little bit more cachet than the aforementioned three first events of the year. The team slowed down a bit, going out in 5-8th place, but Kjaerbye still managed to put up impressive numbers including a 1.30 impact rating, his highest yet.

"Another big moment for me was to walk on the DH Malmö stage in front of our families and a huge crowd in the arena. A lot of Danes showed up as well and it was a really good opportunity to show them what we were made of. We were trying to make our countrymen proud as Astralis was already out of the tournament.

Walking out on stage during the team introductions was just an awesome feeling as it was our first test on a big stage, and regardless of the fact that we lost against EnVy I will always look back on it as a really big and emotional experience in my career."

Kjaerbye’s last event with Dignitas which counted towards this year’s ranking was CEVO Gfinity Season 9 in London, where he had a less impactful showing. There, his team ended up going out in groups after losses to Tempo Storm and local rivals SK.


Kjaerbye led the way for dignitas in Malmö

At this point, there were three Danish teams vying for the best team in Denmark, but Astralis still held onto their prestige from a very strong 2015, while Dignitas and SK were trying to figure out how to best complement their rosters and become truly competitive.

With Astralis having failed to exit the group stages of two of the bigger events up to that point, the ESL Pro League Season 3 Finals and DreamHack Masters Malmö, a roster change was brewing in Denmark and Kjaerbye was called up to be the fresh new face to help Astralis get back on track and reclaim national supremacy.

"I feel like I was used to playing big tournaments coming from dignitas where I believe we were ranked 6th in the world at some point. I actually felt really prepared and confident coming into Astralis as I had been much more consistent and better than in 2015 and could feel improvement.

I sort of became aware of my strengths, weaknesses, the role I’m supposed to be playing, and the fact that I perform best when I just think about the team—then the frags and so on will come by themselves."

Kjaerbye’s first two events with Astralis were the first season of ELEAGUE, one of the biggest tournaments he’d been in, and DreamHack ZOWIE Open Summer 2016. The event in Atlanta started out really well for the Danes, as they breezed past their group. Then DreamHack Summer came around and Kjaerbye had another 1.23 rating tournament, with an astonishing 94.2 ADR, 1.37 impact—his highest of the year—, and 76.9% KAST.

What is notable about DreamHack Summer is that it isn’t a very large or weighted tournament, but three of the maps that made up Kjaerbye’s five maps at the event were against Astralis’s nemesis, NiP, giving such good numbers solid grounding.


Ups and downs made for a bumpy road after Kjaerbye joined Astralis

Right after that great individual display Astralis hit a wall, crashing and burning at the ECS Season 1 Finals and going out in groups with losses to two North American teams, TSM and Cloud9. There, Kjaerbye was unable to hit the 1.00 rating for the first of only two times this year.

"I can speak honestly now since we are performing a lot better. I think I was in some ways disappointed about how different situations were handled. Losing was handled the wrong way, for example. At least for the way I work mentally. I think it’s really important to keep faith in the system and have specific roles everyone is confident in playing, and we kind of had a role clash.

Coming into the team I was promised my best positions on maps but we quickly had to switch some of those up since it was hard for Finn to call from the outer positions of the map, which I 100% respect and understand as most callers have to be where the action is to take map control in order to read the opponents and make the perfect call."

After ECS, Kjaerbye had to sit Major in Cologne out due to Valve’s restrictions on Minor system players being traded to qualified teams, and was therefore substituted by gla1ve, who helped Astralis lock down a spot at the next Major.


Having to sit Cologne out meant Kjaerbye would miss both Majors in 2016

Following the Major, Kjaerbye & co. flew back to the United States to play the ELEAGUE Season 1 Finals, but they didn’t go far as mousesports took them out in two maps, which the team tanked collectively. Despite the respite of remaining Legends at the Major, the catastrophic loss at ELEAGUE kept the cloud above their heads, and kept Astralis in general and Kjaerbye in particular in a dark period.

"I’ve learned that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side and that there will be ups and downs no matter what. In the end it's about how you and the team manage to handle it in order to bounce back and strengthen yourself while not getting stuck in the past, especially since there are so many tournaments nowadays.

I’ve always learned that I need a strong tactical leader that I respect and truly believe in—in all kinds of different situations—, and that I need to feel like my team believe in the fact that I can win every round or tight situation. There are many such nuances, 2016 has been a long journey for me and there are so many different things that I’ve learned and experienced in both teams that I could probably talk about it all day."

SL i-League StarSeries Season 2, in Kiev, was the first event after the summer break for all of the teams in top flight Counter Strike, including Astralis. There, the Danes made it out of groups but were unable to make it past a 5-8th place finish, with young Kjaerbye playing a decent tournament but far from his full potential.

ESL New York was a crucial point of inflection for Astralis and for Kjaerbye, as his future was going to change after what was his worst event of the year, and what was also karrigan’s last event with the Danish squad. Going out 7th out of 8 teams with the swiss format in play, a change had to happen.

"I think I just joined Astralis at a bad time. I feel like I played really well in the beginning as expected, but the team spirit was very different from my old team and in bad state after having repeatedly gone out of groups all of sudden, something they weren’t used to, so it actually got really hard for me to bounce back from bad tournaments and we just started over thinking every loss because losing close games was so frustrating and we just weren’t performing the way we should.

We ended up changing playstyle a lot and we lost faith in karrigan and his way of calling which didn’t benefit any of the parties in that situation and therefore it was best for him and the team to go separate ways and not waste time being outside the top 10."

To change things up gla1ve was brought in from Heroic to replace karrigan, and the newly formed Astralis noticed the effects immediately. At ELEAGUE Season 2 the Danes crushed their opposition in the group stage, beating ALTERNATE aTTaX and SK for the top seed. In Atlanta, Kjaerbye had a particularly good match against SK in which he was the highest rated player on the team.

Ahead of the ELEAGUE finals, Astralis took a trip to the Bay Area to play at IEM’s stop in Oakland. There, this facelifted team proved they were on their way to getting back on track with a semifinal run. It was a discrete tournament for Kjaerbye, who ended with a more than acceptable 1.05 rating, but things were just getting started ahead of the last two events of the year.


Signing gla1ve benefited Kjaerbye's personal performances

Back in Atlanta, Astralis took on their archenemies NiP, who had been beating them all over the place in 2016 (SL i-League StarSeries Season 2, DreamHack Summer, DreamHack Masters), and eliminated them in a three map quarterfinal at the ELEAGUE Arena. Kjaerbye ended that match with a 1.49 rating, 101.5 ADR, and had a +29 KDD. Then, Astralis went on to beat SK again, in two maps, to make it to the final. Astralis lost to OpTic in Atlanta, but Kjaerbye’s numbers proved he had what it takes to play the big tournaments and shine ending with a 1.15 rating, 1.24 impact, and a team high 73.9% KAST earning himself his fourth EVP title of the year.

"I’m back to my old self. gla1ve knows how to utilize me well and I’m back at 100% taking map control on T sides which is really awesome for me. Now I feel like my performance isn’t limited to a certain extent as it was before when I would sometimes have positions that didn’t fit my playstyle, positions like dark in Dust2, for example, and a few other outer positions."

Kjaerbye’s last tournament of the season, ECS Season 2, was a walk in the park for Astralis, who took the trophy without giving up a single map against FaZe, SK, and then taking revenge on OpTic who had beaten them in the ELEAGUE Season 2 final. Kjaerbye had a staggering 1.21 rating, which was somehow the lowest on the team but still enough to earn him his fifth and final Exceptionally Valuable Player award of the year.

"Winning ECS was also a good moment, but it was pretty weird to win and it took me some time to realize that the further you get in a tournament the more effort you have to put into not thinking about the trophy and focus on your game.

You can’t let anything distract you because even though it’s a final it is still just Counter Strike and it doesn’t change if it’s a group stage game or a grand final, it is what you make of it and therefore it’s really important to stay focused and play like you have been doing in practice."


Finally, a big win

Why is he the 16th player of 2016?

For the first half of the year, when Dignitas were making a name for themselves, Kjaerbye was the best player on that team earning three EVP titles. Two of those EVPs were also carry performances, at DreamHack Leipzig and ESL Barcelona, although they were both medium sized events.

While we’re on EVPs, though, it is important to mention the last two he got at the end of the year while playing for Astralis at ELEAGUE Season 2 and ECS Season 2. Those two EVPs have great value as they were in some of the bigger events of the year.

One of Kjaerbye’s strengths throughout 2016 has been his consistency, with the exception of a couple tournaments while Astralis were slumping. Kjaerbye ranks well in ADR (#13), with 81.9, and is one of only five players with an above average record in kills, assists, and survivals.

"I didn’t actually know that, but I guess it’s pretty good considering my role as an entry fragger in which you either get the kill or die, although most of the time do enough damage to at least get assists. So yeah it fits my playstyle to be pretty aggressive, even though I’m not as aggressive when compared to some of the Swedish players or k0nfig, who are like full yolo (which works for them of course).

I believe I have a pretty good understanding of mixing it up and when to take specific chances or risks. The thing is you can’t play to not lose the game, you have to make plays, and have enough confidence that you will not force yourself into bad positions and thus take the right chances—meaning the ones you are used to from practise. This will work most of the time if you’re somewhat on point."

The young Dane’s stability mostly shows in his KAST (#12), with 72%, his amount of maps with a 1.00 rating or higher (#12), 64%, and perhaps most notably in the fact that he had a rating above 1.00 in 11 out of 13 tournaments. As a curious but mostly inconsequential fact, Kjaerbye is the ninth player with most headshots per round at 0.40.

"I hear a lot about my shake, and I’m not sure how to explain it. It’s just something that I have always been doing. Sometimes I feel like I hold onto the mouse so tight and want the kill so badly that I try to control the spray pattern and the pace at which I’m killing my enemy, if that makes sense."

What impeded Kjaerbye the most this season wasn’t his numbers or performances, which we have seen plenty of from him, but rather where they were garnered. Kjaerbye excelled in medium tournaments more than he did in big tournaments—although he did end the year on a high note—, and he missed the two most important tournaments of the year, the Majors. Finally, while Kjaerbye played well in quarters and semis of big events, with a 1.05 rating in 25 maps, lackluster performances in finals ultimately hindered his placing.

Bold prediction

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

Sweden Fredrik "REZ" Sterner

"I’ll go with REZ as a bold prediction. He seems to be very talented and has played some good games throughout the year, and even though all their opponents might not be good ones I think if he gets a chance in a bigger Swedish team and gets some good roles for himself he can do some big things in 2017!"

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.

Finland Joona 'natu' Leppänen
Joona 'natu' Leppänen
Age:
34
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.88
Maps played:
188
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.16
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1322
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Norway Ruben 'RUBINO' Villarroel
Ruben 'RUBINO' Villarroel
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
961
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Denmark Henrik 'FeTiSh' Christensen
Henrik 'FeTiSh' Christensen
Age:
32
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:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1305
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Denmark Jesper 'TENZKI' Plougmann
Jesper 'TENZKI' Plougmann
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1033
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Finland Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1041
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Sweden Jacob 'pyth' Mourujärvi
Jacob 'pyth' Mourujärvi
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
734
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1538
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Denmark Jacob 'Pimp' Winneche
Jacob 'Pimp' Winneche
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
976
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
1530
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.15
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1246
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Denmark Nicolaj 'Nico' Jensen
Nicolaj 'Nico' Jensen
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
399
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1051
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
884
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
#1
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Sweden NIP Fanboy #1 
Nice!
2017-01-05 20:00
Nice That juan deag play should have been in the top 10 plays of the year imo
2017-01-05 20:01
Kjerbye is the most overrated player of this year, how can he be higher than guardian, get_right and dennis wtf?!
2017-01-05 20:17
Yeah. He was very good at early year but he did nothing after that showing up in dignitas. Joined astralis and ....
2017-01-05 20:21
That's the point, the series takes into account all the year. Also, if you read the article, you would realize he was able to perform with Astralis as time progressed.
2017-01-05 20:29
#147
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United Kingdom trtr098 
EZ 4 ENCE.ASUSROG
2017-01-05 21:22
+1 I LOVE BRITPOSTING
2017-01-05 22:15
Wtf is this
2017-01-05 23:52
He was very good at the start of the year with Dig, played mediocre when Astralis started slumping, but ultimately regained his form at the end of the year. Isn't that still pretty much better than all of the players listed above?
2017-01-05 20:57
#148
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Netherlands liQuidmoTion 
Agree. Getright had slumps too
2017-01-05 21:25
Agree
2017-01-05 22:15
Did you watch cs this year ?
2017-01-06 02:02
Stats don't lie. You do
2017-01-05 20:53
You dont understand how rankings work my friend try to read the article, mby it will get to you
2017-01-06 08:52
I'm a little confused on that aswell. Kjerbye is still a really good player. Not sure if he is out matched by though
2017-01-09 14:18
n1
2017-01-05 20:00
#3
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Poland Kagor 
Nice
2017-01-05 20:00
ex6 number one?
2017-01-05 20:00
ez predict
2017-01-05 20:00
gud pick
2017-01-05 20:00
NIce
2017-01-05 20:00
#144
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France Fran6k1D 
kjearbye doesnt matter anyway
2017-01-05 21:20
Like french scene
2017-01-05 21:21
#149
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France Fran6k1D 
i just read your name dude chill out lmao. Assume
2017-01-05 21:26
Sorry im on edge since hltv users keep telling me i dont matter.... n1 even though i didnt get it at first
2017-01-05 21:27
#21
RpK | 
Brazil bskkr 
LUL UNDESERVED
2017-01-05 20:00
Salty?
2017-01-05 21:05
#158
RpK | 
Brazil bskkr 
i meant he should be higher in the rank, sry my friend
2017-01-05 21:35
damn
2017-01-05 20:00
#24
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Argentina CrayZ 
Why? Kjaerbye played better than top 16
2017-01-05 20:01
ROFL
2017-01-05 20:00
ayee
2017-01-05 20:00
aren't think that
2017-01-05 20:00
#32
flusha | 
Germany sanos 
omg top 10
2017-01-05 20:00
n1
2017-01-05 20:00
i arent think that
2017-01-05 20:00
#37
TACO | 
Brazil SUVACO 
:O
2017-01-05 20:00
YAY!
2017-01-05 20:00
#39
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Finland Juups 
wtf where is stewie
2017-01-05 20:00
#42
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Andorra Wolter 
hah
2017-01-05 20:00
#43
France Bouf 
joke
2017-01-05 20:00
lolll
2017-01-05 20:00
yeah right mr shaky hand literally accomplished nothing in 2016
2017-01-05 20:00
#46
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Estonia teremartin 
gj good player :)
2017-01-05 20:00
Woah. Did not expect.
2017-01-05 20:00
lol
2017-01-05 20:00
#50
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Korea BasedIX 
nice
2017-01-05 20:00
#51
s1mple | 
Poland DeVel 
he over guardian? XD nice rank
2017-01-05 20:00
#69
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Poland Hell2k 
Because he was better look rating and dont cry
2017-01-05 20:02
Guardian sucked hard in 2016 if you actually watched the game.
2017-01-06 15:36
#213
s1mple | 
Poland DeVel 
i remember his ace on overpass, nothing about kjaerbye only deagle clutch.
2017-01-06 18:45
CS is not about highlight plays once a year, it's about constant fragging and contributing to the team.
2017-01-06 19:16
#215
s1mple | 
Poland DeVel 
so its definetly not kjaerbye xD
2017-01-06 23:02
Lol pls gtfo
2017-01-05 20:00
NT
2017-01-05 20:00
#55
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Poland kurwafa 
deserved
2017-01-05 20:00
Deserved
2017-01-05 20:00
#59
steel | 
Belarus Ruble 
coincidence vac ban i arent think that ;D ezpz cheater
2017-01-05 20:01
#63
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Myanmar Lemo2K 
Should be better place top 15+
2017-01-05 20:01
S H A K E R B Y E
2017-01-05 20:02
ok
2017-01-05 20:02
Kjaerbye words "I think if he gets a chance in a bigger Swedish team and gets some good roles for himself he can do some big things in 2017!" About REZ. NIP ITS YOUR FUCKING CHANCE TO CUT FRIBURGER AND PYTH
2017-01-05 20:02
-friberg (-pyth) +REZ (+draken) it would be so ez
2017-01-05 20:09
#113
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Spain raes 
From my POV REZ is a very good and skillful player. I have seen many lans with him and his performances have been really awesome. The problem is that NiP can't remove the "foundations" of its Team. Why? Dunno...
2017-01-05 20:27
Just being pussys and scared to change (nip family bullshit) Nip needs to pick Rez and draken asap of course if fnatic and godsent wont shuffle
2017-01-05 20:57
#70
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Poland trancemeister 
deserved , good year by Kjaerbye :)
2017-01-05 20:03
RIP AUTIMATIC
2017-01-05 20:03
Nice! That means BOT device won't be in top20! Kjaerbye > overrated choker BOT device.
2017-01-05 20:03
#78
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Poland trancemeister 
Dev1ce top 5 , for me top 3 but nt LOWBAITS JAMES haha.
2017-01-05 20:06
top3 xDDDDD
2017-01-05 20:31
not even low, just bad bait
2017-01-06 12:16
low is BOT device's skill
2017-01-06 12:58
sure, personal jealousy doesn't count in this ranking
2017-01-06 13:22
personal skill also doesn't count if BOT device will be in top 10
2017-01-06 13:33
Always wondered what LBJ stood for. Thought it was some kind of exotic BJ at first. :p
2017-01-05 22:24
#76
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Russia Dem0nEr 
ez predicted
2017-01-05 20:04
#77
Europe bueR 
well deserved, one of denmarks finest youths.
2017-01-05 20:06
Kjaerbye better that GuardiaN lul
2017-01-05 20:06
Guardian was shit this year he doesn't even deserve top 40 this year but I agree that kjarbye shouldn't be on the top 20 this year
2017-01-05 20:13
I guessed Dupreeh... :)
2017-01-05 20:07
#82
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Turkey powergs 
:P this list full of stats if u look impact playd hr is no near top20 astralis was dogshit 3/4 of year and when they wake up it was glave,device and kinda xy9x who leveled up team (im big dupreeh fan but he had bad year) Ps:This list means shit they re picking ecofraggers basically
2017-01-05 20:07
u know better then hltv yeah
2017-01-06 14:47
#83
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Armenia gr1nch 
good precition about REZ, gl to him
2017-01-05 20:08
#84
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Austria Phil_1337 
fer ????
2017-01-05 20:08
#130
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Brazil mth^ 
higher :P like 12-15th
2017-01-05 21:00
#85
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Portugal dracø 
I remember a kjaerbye aim shake. Meh, seeing him over dennis hurts my soul, but I guess facts are facts.
2017-01-05 20:09
hahahaha what?
2017-01-05 20:09
Astralis fanboy here but I don't think he deserves top 20 this year
2017-01-05 20:12
#102
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Denmark clutchkongen 
I think that.
2017-01-05 20:20
#92
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United Kingdom boydicus14 
Shakeærbye best player <3
2017-01-05 20:14
#93
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China Paracios 
kjaerbye > dennis lmfao
2017-01-05 20:14
#96
NEO | 
Europe Inthawk 
nice
2017-01-05 20:15
lol
2017-01-05 20:17
Mr. aim shake.... gj
2017-01-05 20:18
wut
2017-01-05 20:18
#103
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World LeviathaNz 
I had him at this place in my ranking, he had a good year overall, it's nice to see him here :D My ranking is here for those interested : hltv.org/?pageid=18&threadid=1357418 It's pretty detailed !
2017-01-05 20:20
Alright list, but I'm pretty sure both NiKo and s1mple will be higher than that. You pretty much have all the right players on it though, I'm only questioning Magisk. I think we might see Edward/byali/k0nfig instead of him.
2017-01-05 21:02
He is a Edward fan and wanted to see him in the list aswell but we both lost the hope that he'll make it to the list because the publisher are blind. Byali should be included so or so not instead of. Edward aswell but that won't happen they will probably pick a player who had 3/4 good tournaments ;-)
2017-01-05 21:09
#152
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World LeviathaNz 
I'm not specially a fan of Edward but you have to give him credits that he played amazing earlier in 2016 and at the major where he had an INSANE rating. But he won't be there. Magisk will be in, it is said that two players that did not play to the major will be in the top20. It's Kjaerbye & Magisk :p
2017-01-05 21:32
What you mean i've to give him credits for Edwards 2016? I am always doing it^^. And yeah its true Edward won't be ir which is simply stupid and you're right its probably Magisk because he hasn't been in a Major which is completely ridiculous and stupid
2017-01-05 21:35
Yep, you're right, I just re-read the introduction article. I guess we can forget about Edward, byali and k0nfig then. To be fair to Magisk, he did have pretty insane stats at big events (hltv.org/?pageid=181&statsfilter=2825&ma.. ), albeit it's a fairly small sample size. It'll be a little sad not seeing Edward here at all, since he was the 2nd best player at the Majors this year. hltv.org/?pageid=181&statsfilter=1545
2017-01-05 23:44
#183
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World LeviathaNz 
Yeah, that's why I had him in my ranking at first, but then I did re-read the introduction articles, which said that majors were less valued this year and that two players did not attend any majors this year and two did not win any big events this year. :D I did update my ranking though (last post) : hltv.org/?pageid=18&threadid=1357418 After doing more research.
2017-01-05 23:51
Where is edward?
2017-01-05 21:01
Undeserved
2017-01-05 20:20
lmao undeserved
2017-01-05 20:22
I agree. He is overrated. played like crap most of the year.
2017-01-05 21:01
yea kjaerbye is overrated, and he didn't contribute at all to dignitas success early-mid 2016 and didn't play really well and contributed to astralis success with very good performance in the later stages of the year, nope not at all. Have you even read the article? hahahahaha
2017-01-06 08:23
#178
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Brazil Jcxbjd191 
NA nickname
2017-01-05 22:52
#108
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Brazil ZangadoHG 
fair.
2017-01-05 20:23
#109
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Denmark regnant 
Deserved. Kjaerbye is nuts
2017-01-05 20:24
Atleaat i got the prediction right about this cheater kid
2017-01-05 20:25
damn.. 18 years old and ranked 16th for the year pretty impressive!
2017-01-05 20:26
#112
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Poland crouzzz 
Kyerbyebyayayeyeay is a good player, no problem
2017-01-05 20:26
GIVE ME ELIGE YOU BITCHES
2017-01-05 20:31
#192
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Belgium bioZARRRD 
Elige should be ranked higher than 16 tbh
2017-01-06 02:38
#221
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Sweden wyv0 
rip NA, 0 players in top 20
2017-01-08 20:40
kjaerbye LMAO
2017-01-05 20:37
im not a fan lol
2017-01-05 20:43
#120
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Brazil Collee 
Deserved But fnx > guardian, get_right, kjaerbye
2017-01-05 20:45
rofl this onliner bot
2017-01-05 20:50
most blatant cheater in scene makes hltv top 20 dead game
2017-01-05 20:53
Kjaerbye better than dennis lmao
2017-01-05 20:55
OK this proves that this list is made by blind Journalists. WHAT A crap useless list!
2017-01-05 20:57
kjaerbye > dennis? nt
2017-01-05 20:59
what?
2017-01-05 21:01
lmao untill now rankings are ok,even if i tough some of them higher,you guys should stfu faggs
2017-01-05 21:02
It's been like this for many years now, people always bitch about the placings.
2017-01-05 21:08
Actually not because kjaerbye surely didn't deserve it. I remember how weak he was in Astralis till November but then everybody stepped up. So 2 months is enough for being placed in this useless ranking?
2017-01-05 21:13
You clearly forgot about first half of a year which kjaerbye was a monster in dignitas and manage to do good upsets at LAN because of him,also was a good part of astralis after join it.He had 3-4 weaks months at summer
2017-01-05 21:14
I've to admin that i forgot how good he was in dignitas tbh. But let's begin in January he has played 3 times vs VP where he had nice stats overall, then he played 6 times vs Envy where he 3 times over 1.00 and 3 times under 1.00, twice vs NaVi with 1 good rating and 1 weak rating, once vs Fnatic where he had 1 great rating but that was it. All his performances where done vs T2/3 teams when he was in Dignitas. Then he struggled till October (except of few matches obviously) but in October he started to become the player that Astralis hoped for them.
2017-01-05 21:33
#140
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Russia FoRtyGG_ 
He want to kill gla1ve
2017-01-05 21:13
GTR nº17 and Kjaerbye nº16 LUL , hltv pls go sleep a bit
2017-01-05 21:21
But GTR is 18 because of 16- 2 -18
2017-01-06 09:56
Easyyy
2017-01-05 21:32
what does EVP mean ?
2017-01-05 21:33
#160
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Brazil wAc 
extremely valuable player
2017-01-05 21:38
#159
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Brazil wAc 
unexpected
2017-01-05 21:36
nice deserved
2017-01-05 21:39
omg where is autimatic smhhh
2017-01-05 21:42
Kjaerbye was not and is not a better player than Dennis/Guardian
2017-01-05 21:52
#164
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Finland Dynas 
Unexpected
2017-01-05 21:54
#165
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Russia PS1337 
im glad
2017-01-05 22:04
#168
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United States drawdeN 
Expected
2017-01-05 22:15
#169
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
Congratz! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2017-01-05 22:18
wp
2017-01-05 22:21
Kjaer > dennis confirmed
2017-01-05 22:27
#173
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Norway just_sAvage 
this list gonna bring so much hate and triggered ppl :) getting intresting cant wait to see top10
2017-01-05 22:28
#175
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Pakistan perth 
This guy was a beast in dig hence why he has such a high place
2017-01-05 22:38
surprised he made it into the top20 without playing a single major in 2k16 this list is crazy so far
2017-01-05 22:41
csx
2017-01-05 22:49
#179
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Sweden WickedFM 
What a joke. Get right and dennis under him? no way.
2017-01-05 22:52
#185
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Czech Republic Lueg 
getright deserved that tbh but i feel like dennis shouldve been like top 10
2017-01-05 23:56
#209
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Sweden WickedFM 
man,get right was a beast. him and forest shoulb be top 15,forest top 5
2017-01-06 13:54
dennis sucks
2017-01-05 23:31
I don't think he deserves a top 20 spot tbh
2017-01-06 00:29
this year he has arguable been Astralis' second best player after device. dupreeh would under normal circumstances be considered here, but he has underperformed in 2016 compared to other years. for a team that currently ranks as the best in the world it would be weird if device was the ONLY player in the top20. imo kjaerbye deserves it, he has lifted his game.
2017-01-06 01:24
Well deserved. Just because he has a weird recoil control it doesn't mean he's bad. Fantastic player imo. Hope he keeps developing.
2017-01-06 02:03
he killed glaive lol
2017-01-06 02:23
nice.
2017-01-06 02:33
Idiots think ranking is based on skill FailFish
2017-01-06 04:37
#194
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Denmark silfize 
fek yah
2017-01-06 06:05
Probably because his performances in Dignitas, he never hit that level on Astralis.
2017-01-06 06:30
#199
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Denmark clutchkongen 
true, he got better after gla1ve joined as igl, but you are right! he never really hit that same level as he showed in dignitas in the start of 2016.
2017-01-06 07:19
undeserved wtf
2017-01-06 06:47
Didn't deserve to be in top 20...Maybe 2017 but not 2016... By this logic Im waitinig mou in top 15 and Niko top 10 Also Hobbit top 5!!!
2017-01-06 07:08
#198
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Denmark clutchkongen 
you forget that the first part of the year he was very very good for dignitas, one of the reasons astralis even picked him up, plus he has shown big form after gla1ve joined the team.
2017-01-06 07:16
the reason he got picked it's cuz he's young and there was none else to pick...who should they get? NOTAN 1DEAGLE? pls use ur brain Ontopic: this kid doesnt even deserve top50, hltv ranking very on point Kappa
2017-01-07 00:13
#218
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Denmark clutchkongen 
wtf are you are talking about idiot! please activate your own brain before talking BS.
2017-01-07 01:53
ok then tell me 1 guy they could pick instead of him. LUL this guy is exactly like that girl that plays for some NA team at some lan atm =D
2017-01-07 09:08
You haven't looked at the article, and you dont know how well he performed early in the year with dignitas
2017-01-06 08:49
1) Colon 2) Magisk 3) Konfig 4) Device 5) Valde <3
2017-01-06 08:48
Congratz for beating Optic and SK with a stand in
2017-01-06 14:34
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