Top 20 players of 2016: NiKo (11)

Coming in at 11th in our top 20 players of 2016 list is Nikola "NiKo" Kovač, the 19-year-old mousesports star hailing from Bosnia and Herzegovina. NiKo got a spot on the list due to impressive opening kills statistics, contributions in his team's round wins and overall rating.

Even though it wouldn't seem like it considering his young age, Nikola "NiKo" Kovač has been around competitive Counter-Strike for quite a while now. The Bosnian showed promise in as early as 2010, when the then 13-year-old competed in regional tournaments after plying his trade in the Kovač family's LAN cafe in Brčko, Bosnia and Herzegovina. NiKo slowly made a name for himself by attending numerous small CS 1.6 LAN center tournaments, which were at the time often held across Bosnia and the neighboring Serbia. 

"I started with CS at a very young age, I don't even remember what tournament was my first, but I remember that every one of them was very grueling, that I had to stay up all day and all night to finish the competition, but I always wanted to improve and to win - it didn't matter that I was tired or didn't get enough sleep. At that time winning and improving were my only goals, those two things lead me in my "career" at the time."

"The support of my parents meant a lot and had a big impact on my career and success, they supported me in every moment, they took me to tournaments. they did everything in their power to allow me to accomplish my goals and that's why I'll be thankful to them for the rest of my life - as that is not something all parents do."

After establishing himself as a highly talented individual player, at 15 years of age NiKo got an opportunity to play alongside Aleksandar "kassad" Trifunović and Luka "emi" Vuković in iNation - the best Serbian team at the time. Just as Counter-Strike 1.6 was coming to an end, NiKo attended DreamHack Bucharest 2012, but an unlucky bracket draw saw his team eliminated in the quarter-finals by fnatic, the eventual winners of the tournament.

NiKo made the switch to CS:GO early on, continuing to play with the iNation core that then added two more renowned Serbian players - Janko "YNk" Paunović and Nemanja "k1Ng0r" Bošković. After competing at events such as Mad Catz Vienna and DreamHack Bucharest 2013, NiKo's breakthrough finally came at StarLadder StarSeries VIII, where iNation were invited to replace Clan Mystic.


NiKo representing team Refused at DH Bucharest 2013

At the event, iNation were able to 2-0 Astana Dragons, an elite-level team at the time, and play competitively against AGAiN (now Virtus.pro) and Natus Vincere - with the the young NiKo standing out as the most valuable player of his team.

Unfortunately for NiKo, iNation's international aspirations came to an end shortly after StarSeries as internal issues sparked after a string of bad results in online matches. The team ended up only attending two Serbian LANs over the course of 2014, easily winning against what was mostly local opposition.

"Before I made/joined the team aimface/iNation I didn't want to play Counter-Strike, I didn't have any motivation and I didn't think I could succeed because the scene in the Balkan region was very bad, almost non-existent. Even though I got an offer to join mousesports in that period (when I wasn't playing), I didn't accept it as I couldn't imagine myself playing for an international team. I could say that I was scared about how it would work out, one of the reasons being my English and also my age at the time."

"But after returning to the scene, after seeing it grow my motivation came back as well. I played with iNation for some time and then another offer from mousesports came - this time I took it without a second thought. At that time I decided that I'll give it all and sacrifice everything I need to succeed."

After six months of total absence from the scene, NiKo resurfaced at the end of 2014 with another version of the iNation lineup - and played in various lower tier online tournaments under the tag aimface. Only a few months after coming back to action, the Bosnian accepted the offer from an international team - and joined mousesports in March of 2015.

NiKo was instantly making a difference on the server, raising eyebrows at his first LAN showing at ESEA Invite 18 Global Finals. However, his initial struggles with communicating in English and the opportunity to grab a major spot by picking up the PENTA Sports trio Denis "denis" Howell, Johannes "nex" Maget and Timo "Spiidi" Richter led to mousesports benching the Bosnian just two months after they added him to the team.

"ESEA Invite Season 18 was one of my favorite events - it was my first international event with mousesports and a tournament at which I had to play with a different mouse (Rival, because my Zowie EC-2 broke during the showmatch), but I still played to a high level."

"NiKo - The Balkan Prodigy" - the first HLTV fragmovie dedicated to the Bosnian star

The change saw him sit out a Major, a tournament every CS player wants to compete in, but Kovač wasn't disheartened - he used the time off well. NiKo first stood in for Kinguin at the Gaming Paradise LAN qualifier, defeating  Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev's FlipSid3 twice, and then helped SK win $4,500 at IEM X Gamescom and then qualify for DreamHack London 2015.

"When I was benched, I felt betrayed and very bad. Because, even though they had their reasons, I thought I didn't deserve it as I was ready to give everything to make it work with mousesports - and I think I did just that. I don't think I disappointed anyone since I joined the team. The only one disappointed was me, it was a big personal drop but at the same time I had a lot of motivation to get back into the team and prove my worth to them."

"Standing in for both Kinguin and SK was surely helpful, I got some experience, I learned to play with someone you practically don't even know - and if I didn't do that and prove myself, I believe the whole process would be slower."

After mousesports had a disappointing showing at the Major without him - finishing last in their group - NiKo was called back to the main roster, this time to stay. With NiKo in the squad, mousesports qualified for the last Major of the year, DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca, and were close to getting to the playoffs of the event - but were edged out by G2 in the end.

NiKo continued with great performances after re-joining the mousesports roster, and did the same at the last event they attended in 2015 - CEVO Professional Season 8 Finals. At the event in Columbus, NiKo carried his team to a second-place finish with a 1.21 rating overall, only dropping off in the grand final series against Virtus.pro.

Even though the competitive year ended there, a notable change happened in mousesports before the end of 2015. Following a string of bad individual displays, mousesports decided to release their leader Fatih "gob b" Dayik, moving NiKo to the IGL role for the first time in his career - something that was planned to be just a temporary solution.

As NiKo stated in his interview at the beginning of the 2016 - the changes didn't go as planned. The team intended to move the leadership out of the game and let their coach Navid "Kapio" Javadi do the calling, but the experienced German player decided that going full-time into CS:GO wasn't worth it for him, pulling out of the team. That decision made the temporary solution of NiKo's calling a permanent one, as the young Bosnian lead mousesports for more or less the whole year.

At DreamHack Leipzig, the first event mousesports attended in 2016, the at the time still predominately German team destroyed Virtus.pro on Dust2, but couldn't close out the match against Astralis that would secure them secure them a spot in the playoffs. Instead, they faced off against dignitas in the decider and lost in two maps, going out in the group stage.

NiKo had a great individual showing at DreamHack - he was the best-rated player of his team with a 1.24 rating and 98.9 ADR, with his only bad map coming from the 16-4 stomp dignitas gave them on Cobblestone. In a way, DreamHack Leipzig foretold NiKo's 2016 - it was going to be a year of great individual performances, heartbreaking losses, and group stage exits.

mousesports bounced back by qualifying for MLG Columbus and winning Acer Predator Masters 2, doing everything one could ask of them at two events that were not taken in consideration in the top 20 rating, but still played a part in the team's overall form.


NiKo's display at IEM Katowice wasn't enough for his team to make the playoffs 

At the next premier event, IEM Katowice, mousesports were placed in a tough group with fnatic, NiP, Virtus.pro and Luminosity, but it seemed that NiKo was determined to achieve more than what his team was capable of at Leipzig. The Bosnian played out of his mind at Katowice, which could be easily seen in all of his statistics - 1.44 rating, 111.6 ADR and 1.04 KPR. It goes without saying that NiKo was his team's best player with a 38% better average rating than his teammates, but that wasn't enough for mousesports to advance to the playoffs - they ended the tournament with only two wins.

"IEM Katowice was a tournament as any other, but we came there directly from the Columbus qualifier so the energy was high and everyone was motivated to play - we played only two maps over the seven days we were at the qualifier. That helped me at Katowice, if we hadn't qualified for the Major beforehand it would be harder for me as well."

Even though he played great in four of the five maps at the event, the deciding match against fnatic on Dust2 was the definite standout performance from NiKo. Playing against the team that won five tournaments in a row at that point- and with a pre-injury, in-form Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer on the opposing team - NiKo was able to carry mousesports, allowing them to come back from a 5-10 CT side and push the game into overtime. In the end, it was a 19-17 victory for the Swedes and a group exit for mousesports, despite NiKo's remarkable 42-kill, 114.3 ADR display.

"In the match against fnatic I was very angry and motivated to play as good as I could because we previously lost a match to Luminosity - which we should have never lost. If I remember correctly, there was still a chance for us to move on to the playoffs, so I gave more than my 100% to get us the win."

The group draw of MLG Columbus matched mousesports with Luminosity, FlipSid3 and NiP, and this was once again a good tournament for NiKo - but not his team. Out of the five maps played, the Bosnian was above averagely rated in four of them once again, but this time his one weak showing came in the deciding map of the best-of-three against NiP. Even though the Swedes were using their coach Björn "THREAT" Pers as a stand in, mousesports weren't able to defeat them with NiKo having a below average match - something that became a norm over the course of the year.

mousesports surprised many as they finally made it out of the groups at DreamHack Masters Malmö by defeating two teams that had success at MLG Columbus - Luminosity and Liquid. Even though their run ended in the quarter-finals by the hand of GODSENT, mousesports finally made progress, and despite NiKo being the main source of firepower once again, other players such as nex and Spiidi were chipping in too - which can be seen in the slightly lower difference between NiKo's rating and his team's average than at previous tournaments.

"DreamHack Masters Malmo is in my memory because of the defeat to GODSENT in the quarterfinals, and one round in particular. When we were eco on Mirage at 13-14, I went short with a Tec-9 in a 2v5 and killed four, but we managed to lose the 2v1. I was under a lot of pressure during that round and the rounds after it, because if I managed to win that round - who know what could've happened in the rest of the tournament."


mousesports had a better showing at DH Malmö, finally making it out of the groups

NiKo and co. qualified for the second Major with three straight wins at the ESL One Cologne Qualifier and got placed in a group with Virtus.pro, EnVyUs and Liquid. Even though the Major wasn't as individually good for the 19-year-old as previous tournaments in 2016, NiKo was still the best rated player of his team in what ended up being another group stage exit, with a 2-0 loss to Liquid sealing the deal for the German outfit.

The first part of the year was brought to an end with ELEAGUE Season 1 - even though mousesports didn't have a brilliant performance in the group stage, map wins over Natus Vincere and FlipSid3 secured them a spot at the Last Chance Qualifier where they beat G2 (with Simon "Fuks" Florysiak instead of Cédric "RpK" Guipouy) and FaZe to make it to the main part of the tournament. NiKo was the crucial player in all of mousesports' map wins in the qualifier, and was once again key in the quarter-final 2-0 win over Astralis that landed them another showdown with Virtus.pro.

NiKo wasn't able to carry on his earlier form into the televised semi-final against the Poles, but the tournament was a success for both him and his team - a $70,000 cheque for mousesports' highest finish of the year and an EVP award for NiKo.

"ELEAGUE Season 1 was the first tournament for which I was away from home for over 20 days, so it meant a lot to me to play well. Along with that, it was one of the best run tournaments ever, and it was during the summer in Atlanta."

ELEAGUE Season 1 was the last event of the first half of the year, but also the last in the string of six tournaments in which NiKo was the best player in his team - sometimes by far.

"NiKo - The Balkan Prodigy 2" is a collection of highlights from his time in mouz

Following ELEAGUE Season 1, mousesports released their coach kassad, NiKo's IGL from the iNation days who was with mousesports in Cologne and during their run at ELEAGUE. With good results behind the partnership, many Counter-Strike fans were mistified with the decision:

 "Kassad didn't fit with some of the players in the team, I'm not sure if it was a mentality issue or something else. I was against removing him from the team as it meant a lot to me to have someone by my side who I've known for a long time and with whom I can talk in my language, but it was a team decision in the end."

"Kassad didn't fit with some of the players in the team, I'm not sure if it was a mentality issue or something else. I was against removing him from the team as it meant a lot to me to have someone by my side who I've known for a long time and with whom I can talk in my language, but it was a team decision in the end."

In the summer break, mousesports replaced nex with Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný - but that was a short lived change as the Czech sniper was soon replaced by the young Spanish rifler Christian "loWel" Garcia Antoran. The addition of loWel, together with Chris "chrisJ" de Jong's rise in form lead to a slightly different composition of mousesports in the second half of the year - even though NiKo was still the main star, they now had three strong players capable of stepping up at different times.

This new roster had it's debut at the ELEAGUE Season 2 group stage, where they defeated Immortals and Cloud9 to move on to the playoffs. They flew directly to Brazil for the ESL Pro League Season 4 Finals after that, where they went 4-0 in the group stage by defeating Liquid, OpTic, Immortals and EnVyUs. The first place finish in the group allowed them to go directly to the semi-final, but they were stopped there by the eventual winners - Cloud9.


With loWel in the lineup, we saw a different mousesports team

NiKo once again performed very well over the period, finishing ESL Pro League with a 1.10 rating (second best in his team), but he had his worst showing of the year right after that - at IEM Oakland. At another five-map round-robin group stage tournament, NiKo had only two good maps and was overall below average in most categories except impact - showing that he still did contribute to the team in terms of entry frags and multi-kill rounds.

The year ended with another frustrating showing for NiKo in the playoffs of ELEAGUE Season 2 - his team was eliminated by OpTic in a match in which the Bosnian struggled to make an impact, finishing the series with a -13 K-D difference and 54.9 ADR.

"I'm not sure what the problem is in big matches, I still don't have a lot of experience or a lot of big tournaments played - and as a team we didn't manage to do much at the ones we did play at. So I won't be trying to think about it as a problem in my game, but rather just try to give more and perform better at the next event."

It was a rough year for NiKo and mousesports as a team, so we asked the young player about his biggest regrets of 2016:

"IEM Katowice was statistically my best event, but I have that event as one of my worst memories of the year because of tough losses where I gave my all but it wasn't enough. We lost to Luminosity 16-14 on Cobblestone after having a 14-8 lead, despite having a lead in many rounds, and lost to fnatic in overtime. It was very disappointing for my team and me."

After achieving his first HLTV top 20 appearance, how does NiKo feel about his personal growth over the course of 2016 and what is he aiming for in 2017?

"Honestly, I didn't expect that I'd finish this high in the ranking due to not achieving much with my team, so I must say that I'm surprised with how it ended up - but I promise that I'll finish even higher next year. I'll try to stabilize my role as much as I can, improve even more as an IGL but still do my job in terms of fragging. I will also try to control my emotions during important games because that leads to me losing focus - and I believe it does the same to my teammates as well."

"My goals will alway be the same - that my team is the best in the world - and I'll keep on working until I achieve that. I don't know when that will happen, but I know that it will. That will be my goal for 2017 as well."

Why is he the 11th best player of 2016?

Over the course of the year, NiKo has built a strong case for him to be considered as one of the best individual players in the world, as his statistics show as well. Kovač impressed with a 1.15 LAN rating (4th overall), he is the most impactful player in terms of multi-kills and opening frags with a 1.14 impact rating (1st) and has dealt the most average damage per round - 89.5 ADR (1st).

Adding to that, he is a high volume fragger with 0.80 kills per round (2nd) and a good part of those kills are first kills - NiKo averages 0.17 opening kills per round - another category in which he is ranked first overall.

NiKo was key in mousesports wins, averaging 118 ADR in rounds that his team won (1st), and that was especially apparent in his EVP worthy performance at ELEAGUE Season 1.

Even though his numbers are very impressive, especially considering a lot of them come from big events, there are drawbacks to his year overall. The most obvious one is that most of his good performances were in group stage matches, while his rating in big playoff games drops to an under-average 0.97 - making him the worst big game player out of the top 20 of 2016.

On the flipside of NiKo's high impact is his low level of round-to-round consistency - he ended the year with a kill, assist, survive or traded death in only 68.7% of the rounds, making him the top 20 player with the highest number of rounds in which he didn't have contribution at all.

The final point that stopped him from ranking higher in 2016 is his lack of personal awards - with only one EVP, he wasn't able to break into the top 10 players of this year.

Bold prediction

We asked NiKo to name one promising player that he thinks could end up in the top 20 of 2017 and he picked the young Estonian Robin "ropz" Kool:

Estonia Robin "ropz" Kool

Hmmm, maybe ropz, who I met in FPL. I'm not sure he will be in the top 20 next year, but I do think he has potential to be there, he just needs some time and an opportunity.

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.

France Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Age:
27
Team:
Rating:
0.98
Maps played:
634
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Germany Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Age:
29
Team:
Rating:
0.83
Maps played:
582
KPR:
0.55
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Germany Navid 'Kapio' Javadi
Navid 'Kapio' Javadi
Age:
-
Team:
Rating:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
APR:
0.00
Germany Timo 'Spiidi' Richter
Timo 'Spiidi' Richter
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating:
1.00
Maps played:
654
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.16
Germany Denis 'denis' Howell
Denis 'denis' Howell
Age:
22
Team:
Rating:
0.94
Maps played:
656
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.15
Germany Johannes 'nex' Maget
Johannes 'nex' Maget
Age:
24
Team:
Rating:
1.11
Maps played:
622
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.16
Serbia Aleksandar 'kassad' Trifunović
Aleksandar 'kassad' Trifunović
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating:
0.75
Maps played:
98
KPR:
0.52
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.14
Spain Christian 'loWel' Garcia Antoran
Christian 'loWel' Garcia Antoran
Age:
20
Team:
Rating:
1.07
Maps played:
476
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
20
Team:
Rating:
1.17
Maps played:
586
KPR:
0.82
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Czech Republic Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný
Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný
Age:
25
Team:
Rating:
1.16
Maps played:
466
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Sweden Björn 'THREAT' Pers
Björn 'THREAT' Pers
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating:
0.81
Maps played:
49
KPR:
0.54
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
France Simon 'Fuks' Florysiak
Simon 'Fuks' Florysiak
Age:
22
Team:
Rating:
0.92
Maps played:
191
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Estonia Robin 'ropz' Kool
Robin 'ropz' Kool
Age:
17
Team:
Rating:
1.07
Maps played:
51
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.12
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Age:
27
Team:
Rating:
1.08
Maps played:
863
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Serbia Luka 'emi' Vuković
Luka 'emi' Vuković
Age:
23
Rating:
0.96
Maps played:
355
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.16
Serbia Nemanja 'k1Ng0r' Bošković
Nemanja 'k1Ng0r' Bošković
Age:
28
Team:
Rating:
1.00
Maps played:
223
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.15
Serbia Janko 'YNk' Paunović
Janko 'YNk' Paunović
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating:
0.98
Maps played:
105
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.13
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
25
Team:
Rating:
1.12
Maps played:
853
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
19
Rating:
1.17
Maps played:
563
KPR:
0.84
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.11
Well ranking niko as 11th seems correct after seeing previous rankings even thou he had mediocre performances in year at important tournaments he did some exceptional stuff on few minor tournaments so he deserved this.
2017-01-10 21:22
Lol not even top10 whata noob
2017-01-10 21:22
ofc im not the first one to post cus im on this shitty laptop
2017-01-10 21:22
Well deserved Niko, worked hard eventhough his team couldn't manage to win tournaments.
2017-01-10 21:59
Why dou you care.. why does anyone. Grow up kids being first gets you nothing Well, in comments that is
2017-01-10 22:15
Well ranking niko as 11th seems correct after seeing previous rankings even thou he had mediocre performances in year at important tournaments he did some exceptional stuff on few minor tournaments so he deserved this.
2017-01-10 21:23
wat
2017-01-10 21:22
hahah fuck off
2017-01-10 21:22
xD
2017-01-10 21:22
rofl get out of here
2017-01-10 21:22
ez
2017-01-10 21:22
wow
2017-01-10 21:22
No, it isn't
2017-01-10 21:22
yea legit, lmao
2017-01-10 21:22
Hahaha fuck you're good...
2017-01-10 21:22
yes
2017-01-10 21:22
You're honestly an admin on a 2nd acc, this is impossible.
2017-01-10 21:23
LOOOOOOOOOOOOOL
2017-01-10 21:23
yes he does .
2017-01-10 21:23
how? do you have access to the sites back end or smh?
2017-01-10 21:23
its an prob an 2nd account from an hltv admin member
2017-01-10 21:26
+1 the fact that he's not banned, and i remember jonathan banning first post hunters.
2017-01-10 22:01
to be fair they are good comments most of the time normal comments and not just 1
2017-01-10 22:05
... how.
2017-01-10 21:24
prob script or admin trolling.
2017-01-10 21:25
NIKOKOKOKO
2017-01-10 21:34
Are you joking? This guy is so overrated, they put him there cuz he have fame. Look the results, the best are a 3/4th place. This rank is a joke.
2017-01-10 22:01
this is top 20 for players, not teams :)
2017-01-10 23:05
Yea cuz good players don't win tournaments. Btw this is based in stats and he's is like tier2 players
2017-01-10 23:28
Have you actually ever watched him play? That statement is as ridiculous as your face, haha. There's a reason why mousesports is winning anything, that reason is NiKo. :P They really used to need a really hard carry, loWel and ChrisJ not being OnlineJ has helped obviously but NiKo is still a monster who can 1v5 dgl ace any team at any time, that's a force to be reckoned with even when playing a mostly otherwise T2 performing team.
2017-01-11 06:57
are u retarted? hltv.org/?pageid=246&playerid=3741 Niko is fucking carrying team while playing against fucking tier1 and having good k/d ratio
2017-01-12 15:33
"they put him there cuz he have fame" xDDDD
2017-01-11 10:45
yeah......no.......youre fucking cheating m8
2017-01-10 22:13
he is the most impactful player in terms of multi-kills and opening frags with a 1.14 impact rating (1st) and has dealt the most average damage per round - 89.5 ADR (1st). But ranked #11 fucking nice one hltv
2017-01-11 01:16
+1 top #3 will be cold, s1mple and fallen (which is deserved), the rest of the list is totally ???????????
2017-01-11 12:09
Device*
2017-01-12 04:33
we'll see but i keep my prediction ^^
2017-01-12 13:43
twitch.tv/eleaguetv/v/107606837?t=07h57m.. exceptional stuff indeed...
2017-01-11 14:04
Niko well deserved!
2017-01-10 21:22
NiKO RLY 7?7???7 HLTV u drunk?
2017-01-10 21:22
talking about beeing drunk with that flag haha
2017-01-10 21:26
nt no scene
2017-01-10 21:27
what do you mean ? who dafuq are you ? oh wait ... just a drunk inbred russian thinking he is a part of some greater thing.
2017-01-10 21:28
nt Greenland no name country
2017-01-10 21:32
you are dumb , bye.
2017-01-10 21:32
u are too,bye
2017-01-10 21:33
u know that greenland is denmark's colony?
2017-01-10 22:06
+1
2017-01-11 01:13
XDDD
2017-01-11 07:19
No he's Russian, I believe he doesn't even know what Europe is
2017-01-11 08:37
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
2017-01-12 00:21
how long did you survive in the world wars?
2017-01-14 20:31
Why are u talking about this ? I am saying that he doesn't know what Europe is, because most Russians say to Europeans, Americans, which means they don't know Geography...
2017-01-15 01:10
he was insane for 7 out of 12 months of the year like during that time his adr on lan was like 95
2017-01-10 21:50
Only 11.... How?!
2017-01-11 02:57
Read the article, because his team is shit. They didn't do good enough mousesports didn't win much, if anything in 2016. If he was on better team then he would be higher
2017-01-11 10:43
#6
Russia dsee 
n1
2017-01-10 21:22
expected ;) always said that ;) deserved
2017-01-10 21:22
he is not german calm down
2017-01-10 22:52
Where did i say that? 😊
2017-01-10 22:59
rofl
2017-01-11 01:20
If every muhammad is german nowadays, then NiKo is as German as Bratwurst with Sauerkraut, I mean he speaks the language, has great work ethic and so on. Oh btw loWel is German now, too.
2017-01-11 14:23
Nice one
2017-01-10 21:22
overrated
2017-01-10 21:22
n1
2017-01-10 21:22
He might be a good player but what did he achieve with his team
2017-01-10 21:23
I know right
2017-01-10 21:54
Ehmm, stats bro,stats...
2017-01-11 04:01
top 4 at eleague... thats about it
2017-01-10 21:59
Nt non eu norway xD
2017-01-10 22:19
nt bankrupt
2017-01-11 16:46
thats why this is top players not teams
2017-01-10 22:06
Carried them like fuck but basically 1v5'ing a professional team while trying to IGL 4 not-much-more-then-bots(for the most of the year).. I'd like to see you scrubs try. =)
2017-01-11 07:00
nt xseveN
2017-01-11 08:12
Why are you even commenting? Didn't you already go dig yourself a hole to go hide in after your 1st retarded comment? Haha!
2017-01-17 11:13
nice
2017-01-10 21:22
lul
2017-01-10 21:22
nice
2017-01-10 21:22
lel
2017-01-10 21:22
xD
2017-01-10 21:22
expected tho
2017-01-10 21:22
nice
2017-01-10 21:22
n1
2017-01-10 21:22
Thats cool!
2017-01-10 21:22
best dgl
2017-01-10 21:22
#32
Russia Reph 
UNEXPECTED
2017-01-10 21:22
He deserve more
2017-01-10 21:23
nope top 15 max
2017-01-10 22:07
Armenia is shit btw =)
2017-01-10 23:47
still better than fucking estonia
2017-01-11 07:51
nope sorry lol EU>Everything
2017-01-11 08:38
oki but armenia > estonia anyway
2017-01-11 09:25
tq ha4 ebanii , ebalo svoe zakroi huinya ebanaya :DD
2017-01-11 15:38
hahahahahaha zakroi ebalo 0 esli tebe nechego skazat sidi mol4a obossish
2017-01-11 16:32
eb@lo
2017-01-11 00:28
na zer0 ?
2017-01-11 00:28
He would deserve a team where he doesn't have to 40-bomb a match to have any chance in winning it. That's gods honest truth and if we ever see that we'll find out what this kids potential is. I bet he could go all the way, no problemos.
2017-01-11 07:02
xD
2017-01-10 21:22
olof too good
2017-01-10 21:22
GAHAHAHAHAHAH
2017-01-10 21:22
weird
2017-01-10 21:22
BULLSHIT
2017-01-10 21:22
MegaLUL
2017-01-10 21:22
WOW
2017-01-10 21:22
:(
2017-01-10 21:22
n1
2017-01-10 21:22
Flicko
2017-01-10 21:22
fuck i knew it :@:@
2017-01-10 21:22
IMPACT
2017-01-10 21:22
"top 5", they said.
2017-01-10 21:22
UNEXPECTED AF
2017-01-10 21:22
lul
2017-01-10 21:22
LMAO WHAT?!?!?!??!?!?!?
2017-01-10 21:22
:O toooo low
2017-01-10 21:22
WHAT
2017-01-10 21:22
11 ELEGIGGLE GET REKT NOOB
2017-01-10 21:22
Only 11th? Bullshit ....
2017-01-10 21:22
deserved
2017-01-10 21:22
lol
2017-01-10 21:22
lol
2017-01-10 21:22
deserved
2017-01-10 21:22
NIKO 11 ? WTF
2017-01-10 21:22
nice team achievments Kappa
2017-01-10 21:23
hltv is drunk GuardiaN 17th but NiKo 11th LEL
2017-01-10 21:24
i completely agree.
2017-01-10 21:40
What did GuardiaN do in 2016? Stop living in the past where GuardiaN was godlike and placed 2nd behind olof on hltv. Ignore the <3NiKo but you should be honest with u and admit that he did way better than guardian. At least in 2016
2017-01-10 21:46
people only remember the last 4 months + last major or rankings from previous year
2017-01-10 22:01
It's INDIVIDUAL ranking, how people still dont get this...
2017-01-11 11:49
What a top 5! Kek
2017-01-10 21:23
noooo :( not deserved at all GuardiaN 17th but this guy at 11th place... like wtf
2017-01-10 21:23
guardian was afk in 2016 dude
2017-01-10 21:26
yeah especially in the first 3 months
2017-01-10 21:27
Dayum ropz getting hyped as fuck
2017-01-10 21:23
finally this guy congrats bois
2017-01-10 21:23
beast , but 90 % games online , 11? deserved!
2017-01-10 21:23
#93
United Kingdom Alth 
Hahaha. HLTV yet again valuing results over ability on the top player rankings. What a complete joke of a ranking. The narcissistic pricks who do the rankings won't ever adjust them though, so it will always be completely useless.
2017-01-10 21:23
11th spot for NiKo is way too high
2017-01-10 21:25
Well using a sample size instead of doing rankings on "this player is better than this player"
2017-01-10 21:25
They put way too much weight in team results in a player based rankings, it's ridiculous.
2017-01-10 21:51
+1
2017-01-10 22:36
And rightly so they should, how good a player is doesnt matter that much if he isnt wining anything?. Its the same in other sports, niko getting 11th is the perfect sweet spot considering mousesports success in 2016......
2017-01-10 23:42
This is a player ranking, not a team ranking. So no, it is most certainly not right so.
2017-01-10 23:50
If a player doesnt win anything, ofc he shouldnt be higher in the ranking. Whatever stats he gets, is going to mean less if the team doesnt win the match/game/tournement which is the end goal. Again, it's the same in other sports..... it doesnt matter if it is a "player ranking" And no they dont put to much weight on team achievements. If they did, why is TACO not on the list? he won 2 majors and a hell alot of tournaments with SK. Because he didnt perform with very good stats and ratings, so yes they do take player stats/ability in to account........ how do u not realize this?
2017-01-11 00:08
I realise if two players have equal stats, they should give the higher ranking to the one with better placings. The issue with HLTV's horrifically designed rankings is, they put so much weight in the team, that they devalue insanely talented players who have showcased their skill at the highest level on LAN, and put them at a lower ranking vs someone who was far less impressive throughout the year, but who's team got better LAN results. That is the issue.
2017-01-11 00:10
The problem with your way of thinking is, that the player that played longer in a tournament, and placed higher, has therefore played against better teams/players more than a player who hasn't achieved as much. Therefore deflating the actual stats of the player in question ie. that players stats are worth more. Niko might actually be the best player in the world. But under no circumstances would anyone be able to rightfully justify that ranking since the game is not played 1v1.
2017-01-11 00:54
brexit brain
2017-01-11 23:42
Well, he has proved himself but not really beyond the group stages. If he had a team that he didn't have to hard carry so much, he'd be higher on the ratings for sure. If they based more of their rating on opinionated matters, they would probably anger more people then this way. There's already undeserved disgrunt from some users about NiKo's placement. Too high or too low, doesn't really matter how godlike he is if that ain't enough to produce wins.
2017-01-11 07:06
expected and deserved
2017-01-10 21:23
not even top 10 lelelel
2017-01-10 21:23
Deserved, nice
2017-01-10 21:23
Where is byali ? In my opinion he should be in the top 20 players of the year 2016 . I guess he should be on 10th place
2017-01-10 21:24
Hltv brain dead no olof wtf
2017-01-10 21:24
niko will be in top 5th they said hahaha
2017-01-10 21:24
lol?
2017-01-10 21:24
He deserves it, as well as better team :)
2017-01-10 21:24
NIKO 11 LUL WAT
2017-01-10 21:25
xDDDD
2017-01-10 21:25
top 5 4Head
2017-01-10 21:25
1.15 rating and top 11 xd
2017-01-10 21:26
usually his team played on minors and usually never got through the group stages
2017-01-10 21:27
+1mln his 1.15 rating is made against some trash tier4 teams palyers in qualification to qualification games in mine LAN from 1.15 rating to 0.15 fucking overated overhyped online trashers
2017-01-10 21:30
Online tournaments and small LAN's such as qualifiers, APM2 and Gfinity didn't count towards his rating. Most of his tournaments were actually big (250k+).
2017-01-10 21:32
Don't smaller lan count at all? Only doesn't count I figured
2017-01-11 09:17
Just apply fucking filters on his profile. 2016, Majors, his rating is 1.08 when all team has lower than 1.0. Then go to match history for that filter and fucking witness: Only 3 maps rating lower than 1.0 Notable matches: Against Luminosity(SK) - rating 1.3 highest on map, bigger than coldzera 2 Maps against NIP - 1.04 and 1.3 rating Against VP - rating 1.06 So, it is not a fucking 0.15 And if you go and search with 1 decent filter - "Big Events 2016" he has 1.13 rating. So, stfu
2017-01-11 11:16
I get what you mean but NiKo has never played in a Valve minor
2017-01-10 21:34
I mean he usually plays some shitty qualifiers vs hellraiser, flipside, ENCE and other top 20 teams in which he trashes them and after that he is mediocre (very good compared to his teammates) at the main event where his team fails to go through the groupstage
2017-01-10 21:37
100% true is mine difference between shoot 50x goals in San Marino leaque and Championship Leaque and 99% time against pure tier1 teams players he look like boosted silver without zero impact
2017-01-10 21:42
gj niko deserved
2017-01-10 21:26
ropz top20 next year confirmed by dennis and niko
2017-01-10 21:26
hype
2017-01-10 22:43
ropz to faze confirmed
2017-01-11 00:37
who put most overated onliner to TOP rank ?
2017-01-10 21:27
Yea, Coldzera will be top 1
2017-01-10 22:05
so flusha and olof top 10 aka
2017-01-10 21:27
who is this bum
2017-01-10 21:28
11???????????????
2017-01-10 21:28
what a fucking joke, 2 times 3rd and hes 11th thats a fucking joke
2017-01-10 21:30
LOL
2017-01-10 21:30
Really enjoyed the "Why is he the 11th best player of 2016?" section. Always enjoy some of the statistical gems pulled out in that section. Highlights his skill, but always exemplifies some of the space he needs as a player.
2017-01-10 21:30
Lul
2017-01-10 21:31
mr. groupstage
2017-01-10 21:30
is this a joke? hes so fucking good like wtf
2017-01-10 21:30
Are you a joke? A player rankings of a whole year is not "this player is better than the other". If the player doesnt win anything with his team then ofc he wont be placed very high ..
2017-01-10 23:47
A few years ago Messi won nothing and won the ballon d or. Shit happens
2017-01-11 03:10
Gratz Niko, as an IGL in a shitty team, 90% of the time carrying your mates hard, vs best teams, and being able to madfrag, you deserve all the respect. OFC that you deserve much higher place on the list, but with a system as it is valuing teams performance, this is a big achievement as well. Good luck in a future, I hope that your mates will improve up to your standards, or you will get a better team !
2017-01-10 21:31
If results count, Taco will be in top10? Two fucking majors in one year. Thousands of top2, top3/4.
2017-01-10 21:32
rofl no
2017-01-10 21:38
No Taco in top 20
2017-01-10 21:45
taco is shit
2017-01-10 21:53
lol are u actually retarded?
2017-01-11 12:48
NIKO Ma boy! Good luck in future!
2017-01-10 21:33
LUL :0 Only 11th? I think he would be in top 7 as well! He has amazing skill, but mousesports is too bad for him that's why Niko only 11th, but i believe he can be the best player in the world See in the future battle between S1mple and Niko for the best player
2017-01-10 21:33
WTF 1.41 impact (1) ADR 89.5 (1) GOD NIKO
2017-01-10 21:34
People fail to understand this ranking isnt all about skill, its about how much you contribute to your team and how successful the team is BECAUSE of that. Hes a god dont get me wrong, but what has he achieved?
2017-01-10 21:34
LOL NICE JOKE HLTV FEEL LIKE APRIL 1. WHEN I SAW THAT
2017-01-10 21:34
wtf HLTV :D
2017-01-10 21:34
Ropz, new star inc???
2017-01-10 21:38
nica joke hltv
2017-01-10 21:39
Lul first Flamie and then this???? Biggest joke ever
2017-01-10 21:39
well you aren't following hltv for very long then.. they never include players that didn't win anything in the top spots
2017-01-10 21:44
n1
2017-01-10 21:39
HAHAHAHAHA where is all the retards saying nik0 > cold ?
2017-01-10 21:41
wtf.. this shit
2017-01-10 21:42
considering his shit team, he is the best player lol. he needs to stop being igl by the way.
2017-01-10 21:44
Expected
2017-01-10 21:44
looking forward to see all the players they want to shoehorn infront of niko.
2017-01-10 21:45
cold, fallen, s1mple, device, snax, olof, flusha, scream, shox, konfig(?)
2017-01-10 21:47
man i dont think olof will be there this year, no way
2017-01-10 21:49
I think f0rest will be there
2017-01-10 21:50
yeah could be, he had a few MVP's If I'm not wrong
2017-01-10 21:51
olof in 2016 LOL
2017-01-10 21:50
olof had better stats than dennis in big events of 2016, so if dennis is in top 20 olof should be there as well
2017-01-10 21:53
olof had an injury for god knows how long, and once he was back he was average. should flusha really be infront of niko? scream as well..? niko has the shittiest team to work with of probably all players in this list, 0 system around him that can elevate his performance. Mouz would have been nowhere in 2016 if it wasn't for niko. you can't really put him to the same standards of achievements that you put other players such as cold, f0rest, s1mple, etc. as they have an amazing team around them. very similar to kennyS. titan didn't win shit when kennyS was dominating, however he elevated the team so it could be a contender against other teams that are much better on paper. difference is however that kenny had ex6 to build the team around him, niko is pretty much on his own in that regard.
2017-01-10 22:12
WTF WHY IS NIKO NOT TOP 1 PLAYER WTF BEST DEAGLE)))
2017-01-10 21:45
could it be that they failed to include the major qualifier in his LAN results?
2017-01-10 21:45
So many picking Ropz as an upcoming talent. Is he that good?
2017-01-10 21:45
wouldnt matter since estonia wont produce a good enough team
2017-01-10 21:58
He can play in an international team though
2017-01-10 22:07
Yeah the only chance he has to suceed is with an international team
2017-01-11 21:56
rekting all the pros in FPL faceit.com/en/players/ropz/stats/csgo
2017-01-11 02:13
11 place to NiKo... Deserved
2017-01-10 21:46
Man... must feel pretty bad for him, once considered top1 to not even be in top10... ouch
2017-01-10 21:48
No pro will give a shit about top20 rankings.
2017-01-10 21:50
thats not actually true
2017-01-10 21:54
<3 device
2017-01-10 21:55
and? I dont know if device cares about HLTV ranking, but s1mple does and other players aswell
2017-01-10 21:56
Woooooow S1mple... Anyone who isn't braindead will know stats don't show everything.
2017-01-10 21:59
ehh, did i say that stats mean anything? you are totally out of the way lol
2017-01-10 22:03
Do you understand how the rankings are made ?
2017-01-10 22:06
a lot of pros care actually
2017-01-10 22:14
Funny, all I've ever heard is the opposite. Fans care more than the actual players.
2017-01-10 22:15
uk brain EleGiggle
2017-01-10 22:17
Syrian brain EleGiggle
2017-01-10 22:31
Some players do care actually. I remember last year seized tweeted something like he was sad as he was not going to be in HLTV top 20 list.
2017-01-11 08:00
expected and deserved
2017-01-10 21:49
NT niko, lul.
2017-01-10 21:50
This is actually a crime
2017-01-10 21:50
Hltv doesn't go by Skill they go by achivements obviously. Just look at Dennis 20th and Kenny 13th. What a joke lol :D
2017-01-10 21:53
But then kennyS > fer, so they don't go by achievements either xD Some things make little sense
2017-01-10 21:55
+1 this ranking just doesn't make sense anymore
2017-01-11 07:16
Dat impact 4head. This beast needs a decent team :\ It's unreal how he is being dragged down.
2017-01-10 21:54
I'm sure he would have ranked higher had he played in faze or something
2017-01-11 03:14
wtf, NiKo 11th best player: Achievements: - Rating in big matches: - Number of worthless ffa style frags per round 1,7. Obviously NiKo>fer, fnx, magisk, kjaerbye, guardian, get_right... Most undeserved ranking in Hltv's ranking history.
2017-01-10 21:55
Yea, should be higher, right
2017-01-10 22:09
nt mouz fanboy
2017-01-11 20:08
Ropz again!
2017-01-10 21:56
God GuardiaN 17th? and NiKo 11th? FUCK OFF HLTV. FUCKING BIASED.
2017-01-10 21:56
Guardian trash after injury in ~March. NiKo was great all year imo, idk why he is only 11.
2017-01-10 22:06
You will have to wait and see that the 10 players before him bring to the table I guess.
2017-01-11 04:45
But people said that team achievements matter
2017-01-10 21:58
4 #1 Notable Stats and he's on 11, LEL.
2017-01-10 21:59
Deserved :) He's one of the most entertaining players to watch imo
2017-01-10 21:59
Worst ranking lol
2017-01-10 22:00
Why are you idiots complaining?He was a top1 player in the world for 3-4 months by far.And if it wasnt for him mouz wouldnt even be a pro team
2017-01-10 22:01
Niko needs to get on a good mixed team. mousesports not gonna cut it. He should try out with FaZe. First sub him for k1o and if he still igls well, get karrigan out and put in k1o
2017-01-10 22:08
His bad team brings down his survive rating (less than average) otherwise he would have 1.2 + rating
2017-01-10 22:08
He has done jack shit. Doing 30 kills in random online games should not affect this rating...
2017-01-10 22:09
Online tournaments and small LAN's such as qualifiers, APM2 and Gfinity didn't count towards his rating. Most of his tournaments were actually big (250k+). *professeur quote
2017-01-10 22:16
Yea but what achivements do he have from such tournaments? I haven't watch CSGO in a long while but years ago mousesports didn't really win anything.
2017-01-10 22:20
That doesn't necessarily mean he isnt a top player, if barcelona doesnt win a single trophy for a year messi will still be in the top3 players if not the best. You have to keep balance with team achievements too, but they shouldnt be the MAIN factor in an INDIVIDUAL rank, my opinion.
2017-01-10 23:45
hltv TOP20 ranking is based only on LAN performances m8
2017-01-10 22:35
"Notable team achievements 1st - 2nd - 3rd Eleague S1 ESL Pro League S4" Nice
2017-01-10 22:42
"Team" you fucking retard.
2017-01-11 00:29
Yea it's a team game. If you are a top player you should achieve SOMETHING with your team.
2017-01-11 15:34
Its "top 20 players of 2016" you fucking imbecile.
2017-01-11 16:23
Read again. And stop being agressive online when everyone knows you're a pussy.
2017-01-11 16:39
->TEAM<- achievements. Are you really this autistic?
2017-01-11 01:01
#380 American calling someone autistic xD
2017-01-11 15:35
wow...
2017-01-10 22:09
gratz
2017-01-10 22:11
lol
2017-01-10 22:13
Well, finally NiKo achived something, gratz
2017-01-10 22:18
Bit high to place him 11 because he choked in every important match mouz had in the year.
2017-01-10 22:18
WOW this list is such a fkn joke niko is top 10 for sure
2017-01-10 22:24
not bosnian tho Both he and his cousin Hunter born in Republika Srpska (Serbian part of Bosnia)
2017-01-10 22:27
i know hes really skilled player but putting him so high with 0 achievements,no finals to actually show some balls and stuff like that is a stupid idea
2017-01-10 22:33
ROFL Their excuse will be like "he lacked great team achievements" Then explain how kennyS is above fer and magisk. Especially fer, who had a similar rating and played for the best team of 2016, while kennyS played for a low tier 2 team What a joke. Worst CS ranking I've seen, there's no criterion on it
2017-01-10 22:34
if cold gets no1 will you stop whining?
2017-01-10 22:36
if they change the other 19 players' positions, yes
2017-01-10 22:39
So you want NiKo to have a higher ranking than 11? Lol
2017-01-10 22:44
BOI
2017-01-10 22:35
HAHAHAHAhaha NICE TOP,THANK U HLTV
2017-01-10 22:35
I'm laughing so hard rn, this guy won 0 tournaments sure but that makes the performance even more impressive. 1.15 rating on mouse lmao you don't get much better than that
2017-01-10 22:40
Lol, no it does not..
2017-01-11 01:07
"impressive" doesn't matter in a ranking like this. What matters is facts, what did he do and what did he not do.
2017-01-11 10:41
KeKo
2017-01-10 22:40
This....
2017-01-10 22:50
ROFL Nothing at 1st, 2nd LMAO
2017-01-10 22:53
need better team
2017-01-10 22:57
Fallen 1, cold 2
2017-01-10 22:57
Nikokogod
2017-01-10 23:01
So many retardos in the comments don't even know how the ranking works, yet they open their mouth. Deserved and wp to NiKo !
2017-01-10 23:09
nice MVP/EVP/achievement list pretty deserved #11 NOT
2017-01-13 09:27
"Niko won't be in top 20" lul
2017-01-10 23:12
Would be 1st if he played in a top team.
2017-01-10 23:15
expected
2017-01-10 23:16
nice, ez TOP10 2017
2017-01-10 23:18
niko carrying mouz since 1993
2017-01-10 23:25
So far i completely agree with this top 20.
2017-01-10 23:38
If we are talking about INDIVIDUAL skills he should be in top 5 players for sure, but I understand why he is not, since mouz wasn't that good in 2016.
2017-01-11 00:06
"The final point that stopped him from ranking higher in 2016 is his lack of personal awards - with only one EVP, he wasn't able to break into the top 10 players of this year." so if they did win something of value, he would've been in top 3 for sure.
2017-01-11 00:31
gabesson top 1
2017-01-11 00:33
Kind of hard to win any EVPs when you can't even win an event I think this ranking is retarded, EVP is directly linked to your team winning an event, it's not a personal achievement in that sense because you need a good team in order to win that award. You can play better than everyone else in the tournament but if your team loses than you don't win the EVP simple as that.
2017-01-11 00:47
There is a difference between evp and mvp, there is one mvp and many evp players in an event. He did not even feature in those many evp players because they barely make it out of groups
2017-01-11 03:18
Yeah he can't get those awards cause his team is shit and that led to him being ranked lower than he should be which is a retarded way to rank the best PLAYERS of 2016.
2017-01-11 03:38
Explain a better way to rank it then?
2017-01-11 10:39
Niko washed out/burned out (how u want it) in mouz, he cant carry and lead them all the time, he need a good team or kick denis and spidii
2017-01-11 00:53
he should just stop IGL because he isn't good one and it affect his fragging power
2017-01-11 05:17
niko is top10 but anyways is a good position
2017-01-11 01:07
"he is the most impactful player in terms of multi-kills and opening frags with a 1.14 impact rating (1st) and has dealt the most average damage per round - 89.5 ADR (1st)." (Ranked #11 fucking exde get out HLTV)
2017-01-11 01:16
Zero achievements counts a lot.
2017-01-11 03:40
dude, he is playing for mousesports. Not Astralis or SK. Winning tornaments and getting good placings matter. If he was playing for a better team he would be top5 for sure
2017-01-11 10:39
Niko overrated
2017-01-11 01:22
overrated.
2017-01-11 02:27
what did he even do?
2017-01-11 02:35
thought he'd push top5 easily
2017-01-11 02:51
The deagle God
2017-01-11 02:59
If he played for a better team he would be on top of the list, top5 player easily.
2017-01-11 02:59
The best
2017-01-11 03:11
NiKo>fer, fnx, magisk, kjaerbye, guardian, get_right Sure
2017-01-11 03:55
"Even though his numbers are very impressive, especially considering a lot of them come from big events, there are drawbacks to his year overall. The most obvious one is that most of his good performances were in group stage matches, while his rating in big playoff games drops to an under-average 0.97 - making him the worst big game player out of the top 20 of 2016" LOOL this says a lot but makes no sence. Being the worst of the top 20 = 11#
2017-01-11 04:01
TL;DR He did well but not that well when it mattered the most. Makes perfect sense as far as I can tell.
2017-01-11 04:51
Yeah but players like Fer, magisk and Guardian did well in situations it mattered the most so I don't really understard why he got a better position than this players. He is very talented and deserve a place in top 20 but I don't get why he is over Fer, magisk, etc.
2017-01-11 05:02
The reasons are explained in each and every article concerning the players you list.
2017-01-11 05:14
I guess its a well deserved place then. His team didn't do much but individualy he is a amazing player. I wasnt thinking in the fact that team achievements are less important here.
2017-01-11 05:25
His team is basically useless and has no winning potential, despite that he is still able to pull off a good stat through this year (meaning he carried 4 potato bags). Really wish he could join other "decent" team.
2017-01-11 05:57
I dream a day that people will understand that the best players are who do less misses and not who do best kills.
2017-01-11 04:06
these stats... this guy is such a hard carry
2017-01-11 05:13
TOP 5 IMO
2017-01-11 05:21
Great stats.
2017-01-11 05:33
should be top 5 if he is on a better team
2017-01-11 06:12
i thought the same xP
2017-01-11 06:19
nice achievements, most overrated player
2017-01-11 06:37
Should be higher with those ratings
2017-01-11 08:06
#359
2017-01-13 09:25
izi pizi : )
2017-01-11 09:28
0 1st places 0 2nd places
2017-01-11 09:53
if he was playing for a good team ......
2017-01-11 11:34
wtf hltv so biased lmao, niko didnt do shit in 2016, 0 achievements and end of 2016 lowel played better haha hltv please...
2017-01-11 11:49
number 10 taco/device/neo
2017-01-11 12:11
device 10 LUL nice try lbj
2017-01-11 13:31
are you saying that taco is better than fer?
2017-01-11 19:52
Excellent article, I recommend reading to all.
2017-01-11 12:50
This ranking does not make any sense. Niko only played above average in the middle of the year and his team did not win anything at all. There's much more "name" than merit in that rating.
2017-01-11 12:57
This is joke LOl? 2016 for mouz on LAN And Online better performance had chrisJ than him. And he is higher than Guardian or kenyss. Someone is drunk ?
2017-01-11 13:18
Goodjob Niko
2017-01-11 13:55
He should be in top 3. One of the best in the world in low team
2017-01-11 16:51
I blame team management, now I know why Oskar left. They benched Niko twice before they allowed him to play. Mouz are stupid nazi team that happen to have enough money for good players, but they make terrible conditions for them.
2017-01-11 17:47
n1 b8 i r8 0/8
2017-01-11 18:22
butthurt right hand raising fakeflagger?
2017-01-11 18:23
kys no-scene kuck)) oskar got booted because hes a toxic shit, simple as that. niko got benched because of communication problemos. In summary: You stay poor and jealous. Edit: oskar is also a bad player czech has no good players(((
2017-01-11 18:27
triggered
2017-01-11 18:27
>thats the best an angry 3rd worlder can come up with It appears I'm wasting my intelligence on u.
2017-01-11 18:30
dont make me laugh, you and intelligence in one sentence, compared to my IQ you are like a monkey or something for me
2017-01-11 18:50
W8 1 sec. If you're so smart then post 389 was let me guess, just parody of someone who's really retarded.
2017-01-11 18:57
I have IQ 172, you can't understand anything I say, because you simply don't have the capacity. I know how inferior you feel now, but don't think dark, find a professional help, before it's too late.
2017-01-11 19:08
bgdonline (shokica, masina, egze, zeus, aleksa) were actually better than ination
2017-01-11 16:58
Thought he would be higher.
2017-01-11 18:03
dont deserve! double 3rd place for a team, community have better player tha him
2017-01-11 18:04
Deserved.. like other players so far.. I believe and know that they are not pulling this statistics out of nowhere and putting players on the following rank by other reasons.. only kids,fanboys, "people" who doesn't follow EVERY single tournament and EVERY single game have something to argue about on the top 20 list every single year.. why should this year be different ? people are stupid and they hate and give their bullshit though without having any argument to back down.. Niko deserved this spot, and many other fan players will not come on the list, simply cause they didn't impress whole 2016 year.. that simple.. now hate how much you want.. final question for you all.. how much time did you spend researching on this top 20 list ? how much did you research about all Nikos game and statistic ?
2017-01-11 18:17
what, niko 11 niko easy 10>
2017-01-11 19:12
Niko !
2017-01-13 02:01
not deserved imo
2017-01-13 09:24
niko = kobe bryant / lebron james in 2007 great player, shitty team or rather a team that can achieve nothing
2017-01-13 09:40
gz niko :D
2017-01-13 16:25
Kraljina naša. :D
2017-01-21 17:15
Faze.niko
2017-02-10 22:40
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