Top 20 players of 2016: Snax (5)

Kicking our top 5 off is the Polish beast Janusz “Snax” Pogorzelski, extending his top 5 appearances to three in a row in HLTV’s top 20 rankings. The Virtus.pro player earned two MVP and two EVP awards en route to the 5th place on our list this year.

Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski has been around since the days of 1.6, playing in some of the top Polish teams like Universal Soliders, DELTA, and MaxFloPlay. It wasn’t until CS:GO came around, though, that Snax was able to make a big leap in his career and join Poland’s elite.

Snax and Paweł "byali" Bieliński played for GF Gaming in early 2013 where the duo started catch people’s eyes. When Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas, Filip "NEO" Kubski, and Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski decided to cut Jakub "kuben" Gurczynski and Mariusz "Loord" Cybulski from the team, two slots in Poland’s top team became available. With pashaBiceps also on the balance, the future of the Polish legends was uncertain.

Snax from GF-Gaming
Snax during his time in GF Gaming

Snax was immediately called to try out for the team with Bartosz "Hyper" Wolny and a revolving group of players. During that time, pashaBiceps confirmed he would stay in the team and eventually the ex- ESC team confirmed the signing of Snax as well as that of his ex-GF Gaming teammate byali, who they had been playing with for several weeks.

Under the Universal Soldiers banner, Snax went on to show his worth at the first CS:GO Major—DreamHack Winter 2013. There, Universal Soldiers got eliminated in the group stages after painfully allowing Recursive to come back from a 3-12 deficit at the half to win it 16-13 in one of the most agonizing comebacks at a Major. Snax dropped 28 frags and had a 1.35 rating that match, and a 1.22 rating at the event.

In 2014, Snax & co. signed for Virtus.pro, where they have gone on to become the longest standing team in CS:GO history, and are showing no signs of slowing down.

"Playing together for over three years now is easy for us because we know each other. We’ve been playing a long time together, but we still need to practice as much as always because if not it’s easy for the rest of the teams to get ahead."

Virtus.pro were the first team to win a Major in 2014 at EMS One Katowice, on home soil. With 50 clutch rounds won that year, the highest number out of any player, Snax kept showing he was one of the best in the game, and was named number four on our top 20 ranking that year.


Snax lifting the trophy at the EMS One Katowice Major

In 2015, Snax was once again named the fourth best player of the year per our rankings. Then, Snax had the fourth highest rating at Majors, fourth best opening kill-death difference, and was the third best rated player in grand finals. With two semifinals and one quarterfinal at the Majors, Virtus.pro remained a team always present on the biggest stages.

"I think it’s all about your mind, what you have in your head. You just need to be focused all the time, and you just need to practice. That’s all."

Snax had a slow start in 2016. His first event, DreamHack Leipzig, was his worst—by far. At that event, Virtus.pro went out in last place and Snax ended with a 0.78 rating (#4 in the team) and 64.5 ADR.

IEM Katowice went a little bit better, but not much. Virtus.pro ended in 5-6th place and Snax had a 0.94 rating. Not anywhere near the way he’d end up playing later in the year, but already an improvement.

"We are not like a lot of other teams. Three of our guys have children now, if we include Kuben, and they need to be home. They need to see their wives and families. For us it’s harder because of that. We played a lot of tournaments the last years, so we ended up a bit exhausted.

"The time I was most disappointed this year was during our first three months. That was our worst period in our whole time as a team.

"You could really tell we took a break between September and January, and were not playing as much. We lost our plow mode, you know, the feeling for the game. We just needed to come back into the game, and once we got back in, we were able to plow again."

The third event of the year for Virtus.pro was Counter Pit League Season 2. The tournament in Croatia marked the beginning of an incredibly strong run of events for Snax which would pretty much last all the way to the end of the year. In Split, Virtus.pro made it to the semifinals and Snax was awarded his first EVP of the season after ending the tournament with a 1.19 rating, 1.34 impact, and 90.5 ADR.


After a couple months the plow was back

Next up for Snax was MLG Columbus, the first Major of 2016. While Virtus.pro were unable to make it past the quarterfinals at the Nationwide Arena, Snax ended with a respectable 1.07 rating and 82.5 ADR, and the team had assured a place at ESL One Cologne later on.

DreamHack Masters Malmö, the first event of its kind, came quick after the Columbus Major. While his team crashed out of Masters in 5-8th place, and only byali was able to have a rating over 1.00 out of his teammates, Snax was on the war path with a 1.34 rating and a stunning 97.3 ADR in 4 maps—two of which he was the PotM in.

CEVO, which had been a staple tournament for the Poles—they had won Seasons 7 and 8 in 2015—, didn’t go as well as in the past for Virtus.pro. There, the Polish side was able to get another top 4 finish. For Snax, a 1.09 rating was the silence before the storm.

At StarLadder’s first Invitational, Snax went HAM, ending the tournament with a 1.22 rating, 84.8 ADR, 1.34 impact, three PotM performances, and after propelling his team to the first place in the tournament he was given the MVP award.


Snax was the MVP at the SL Invitational

After two beastly performances came the second Major of the year, ESL One Cologne. On the shores of the Rhine, Snax had a much more quiet performance. With a 1.04 rating by the end of the event, he was the highest on his team and was crucial in getting Virtus.pro to the semifinals.

Coming back to Atlanta after the Major, where they had been just a few weeks prior playing the group stages of ELEAGUE, Virtus.pro went on an incredible run which lasted several weeks from the Last Chance Qualifier to the grand final. Throughout the 20 maps that Virtus.pro played there, Snax got a 1.20 rating, with 81.8 ADR, and 1.31 impact. Snax also managed to be recognized seven times as PotM on his way to earning his second MVP award of the season.

"It was hard because we had to fly out to Atlanta, then play the Major in Cologne, and then fly back, getting jet lagged twice. Although we finally adapted to the time and even to living there, since we were there for like thirty days.

"ELEAGUE was definitely the best tournament for me. I played very well there, especially in the playoffs. I was even calling on Dust2 vs. NiP, and we did very well against them. They were surprised with what we were doing. Yeah, ELEAGUE Season 1 was the best memory of the year."

SL i-League StarSeries Season 2 was something Virtus.pro were eager to forget the second they lost their second map. Snax was the second best rated player with a 0.91 rating in the two maps the team played before their 13-16th place exit.

For the last four events of the season Snax and Virtus.pro got back on track and were able to score some decent results, starting at DreamHack Bucharest. Virtus.pro claimed the trophy in Romania, and despite a 1.10 rating, Snax was only the fourth best rated player on the team.


Snax and his team won their last event of the year in Bucharest

At ESL One New York, Snax was named an EVP for the second time this season. Virtus.pro went on a run all the way to the final but were eventually beaten by Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev and his Natus Vincere. Snax was the second highest rated player on his team with a 1.09.

At EPICENTER: Moscow, Virtus.pro were once again able to make it all the way to the finals, but there they were upset by a youthful dignitas full of poise. Snax didn’t have the best rating, with a 1.01 (#2 in team).

The last event of the year for Virtus.pro was the second season of ELEAGUE. There, Snax had an impressive 1.15 rating even though his team was unable to make it past a 5-8th place finish.

"Individually I want to start playing more [as a goal for 2017]. Really, I’m so lazy! I’m not playing as much as I should. I need to play more to become much better, I know I can do it!

"As far as the team goes, I want to win every tournament. My goal is to win everything and have the whole team play very well."

Why is he the 5th best player of 2016?

Snax was one of only four players to get two MVP awards this season. On top of that, he was also able to get two EVPs as well. One of the ways he was able to get those was by rarely having a bad game (rating above 0.85 in 84% of his maps). He was also the fourth player with most PotM selections (23).

This year, Snax increased the amount of use he gave to his AWP which made him one of the best all-around players in the world. By the end of the year he ranked 14th in AWP kills per round (0.27), and he was particularly impactful with it as Virtus.pro won 79% (#2) of rounds when he got at least one AWP kill.

"Actually, I don’t feel like I do the most or I’m the best, it depends on the year. Like in 2014 I was the best clutcher and in 2015 I was the best entry-killer, so… It doesn’t matter. Now I’m playing the AWP a lot more, and like I said, it’s about what we need. If I need to adapt to playing with the AWP, I’ll do it; if I need to clutch, I’ll do it; and if I need to entry, I’ll do it."

Snax was also very important to opening rounds up for his team. He ranked #8 in the world with 57% of opening duels won. He also had 0.13 opening kills per round, #14, shining particularly bright on CT sides. On the other side of rounds, Snax was a great closer, perhaps the best. With 57 1vsX rounds won, Snax ended the year as the player with the most clutches, a big reason he made it into the top 5.

"I was playing AWP a lot before, just not in Virtus.pro. I always adapted. If they needed an IGL, I was calling. Like I said before... if they needed a clutcher, I was there. If they needed a sniper, I was there."

Despite playing several medium events, those didn’t boost his rating as he averaged 1.10 in both medium and big events. As far as ranking fifth goes, Snax didn't have downsides in his play, the top four players were just either better on big stages or more consistent than Snax.

Bold prediction

We asked Snax to name some up and coming players that could end up in next year’s top 20 of 2017 ranking, and he went with two compatriots.

Poland Michał "MICHU" Müller and Poland Grzegorz "SZPERO" Dziamałek

"I think they can be good if they play like they did at WESG 2017. They have been doing good in Kinguin, and I want some of my old mates to do well and be in next year’s top 20!"

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.

Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Age:
30
Team:
Rating:
1.01
Maps played:
1227
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Poland Jakub 'kuben' Gurczynski
Jakub 'kuben' Gurczynski
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating:
0.95
Maps played:
167
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.16
Poland Mariusz 'Loord' Cybulski
Mariusz 'Loord' Cybulski
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating:
0.91
Maps played:
355
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Poland Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Age:
29
Team:
Rating:
1.01
Maps played:
1232
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.17
Poland Bartosz 'Hyper' Wolny
Bartosz 'Hyper' Wolny
Age:
27
Team:
Rating:
0.98
Maps played:
441
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
Poland Paweł 'byali' Bieliński
Paweł 'byali' Bieliński
Age:
23
Team:
Rating:
1.03
Maps played:
1069
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Poland Grzegorz 'SZPERO' Dziamałek
Grzegorz 'SZPERO' Dziamałek
Age:
25
Team:
Rating:
1.02
Maps played:
766
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.12
Poland Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Age:
23
Team:
Rating:
1.08
Maps played:
1046
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Poland Michał 'MICHU' Müller
Michał 'MICHU' Müller
Age:
20
Team:
Rating:
1.10
Maps played:
770
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Poland Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Age:
29
Team:
Rating:
1.04
Maps played:
1176
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
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
Snax surely was best player of VP again on 2016, thou he had many nice moments like 5vs1 ninja defuse at mirage vs FaZe, 4v1 clutch vs NaVi on cobblestone still he couldn't manage to carry VP on some important matches as well. I hope in 2017 we will see him back in top3 at least.
2017-01-16 19:59
lol
2017-01-16 19:59
#4 IZAKOOO
2017-01-16 20:01
EZ 4 ENCE.ASUSROG
2017-01-16 20:26
LUL
2017-01-17 12:44
ez
2017-01-16 19:59
wtf
2017-01-16 19:59
ez
2017-01-16 19:59
n1
2017-01-16 19:59
Impossible
2017-01-16 19:59
I agree with you ma man.
2017-01-16 20:00
#49
Russia dsee 
how?
2017-01-16 20:00
how??
2017-01-16 20:00
wow youre so good xddd
2017-01-16 20:00
device is the most overrated player ever.
2017-01-16 20:01
You're dumb. You'll see his consistency through the whole year even when astralis struggled.
2017-01-16 20:49
why there isnt esl cologne in 3rd achievements.
2017-01-16 20:01
Snax kept showing he was one of the best in the game, and was named number four on our top 20 ranking that year. HLTV wat ?
2017-01-16 20:05
what are you talking about?
2017-01-16 20:12
read the article above photo "Snax lifting the trophy at the EMS One Katowice Major"
2017-01-16 20:14
what about it?
2017-01-16 20:14
it says that snax is ranked number four, but on hltv ranking he's 5th
2017-01-16 20:15
thats the number four in 2014
2017-01-16 20:15
my bad, ty
2017-01-16 20:16
np
2017-01-16 20:17
It's sure thing you are one of the hltv's crew members, as you always know about which player to write the comment. Beside the fact that you are, almost every time, the first to comment.
2017-01-16 20:15
+ knows which player will be next Still no banned (jonathan bans posts hunters) his comments looks like it was made by some good writer
2017-01-16 21:20
How does it feel to be retarded? Both of you?
2017-01-16 22:49
Exactly my thoughts, kids that never seen copy paste before.
2017-01-17 11:35
w0w
2017-01-16 19:59
#8
Andorra veach 
expected tbh
2017-01-16 19:59
Almost 1
2017-01-16 19:59
#10
Russia dsee 
n1
2017-01-16 19:59
deserved
2017-01-16 19:59
ez
2017-01-16 19:59
SNAX GOD :DD
2017-01-16 20:00
<3
2017-01-16 19:59
Snax top 5 every year !
2017-01-16 19:59
Top 6 in the last year bro
2017-01-16 21:57
top4
2017-01-17 00:27
nice b8 top 4
2017-01-17 00:38
liol
2017-01-16 19:59
lul
2017-01-16 19:59
+1
2017-01-16 19:59
deserved
2017-01-16 19:59
undeserved
2017-01-16 19:59
i got it
2017-01-16 19:59
who?
2017-01-16 19:59
Stop posting the same 'who?' comment in each Top 20 news piece. Thank you. Consider yourself warned.
2017-01-17 02:23
I just asked twice and I know the rest of the players so no worries
2017-01-17 02:24
Get shook faggot
2017-01-20 04:38
Hi jonathan my friend
2017-01-17 14:01
why?
2017-01-18 20:09
There is the big apple
2017-01-16 19:59
#334
Canada dB- 
and snax is hungry :D
2017-01-17 13:04
;)
2017-01-18 10:17
Expected ;D
2017-01-16 19:59
obvious
2017-01-16 20:00
nice ez, hope he does good next year :D
2017-01-16 20:00
ez for polish beast why in achievments in 3rd play u didnt show esl one cologne? vp was 3/4 olof got 3rd place major in his achievments..
2017-01-16 20:03
ikr
2017-01-16 21:09
#54
Sweden thof 
top 5 in the last 3 years what a god
2017-01-16 20:00
michu in vp hltv confirmed :V
2017-01-16 20:00
Ez
2017-01-16 20:00
Ha Ha Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaa....
2017-01-16 20:01
Too high this year imo but not the worst ranking ever. gg Top 4 easy to guess.
2017-01-16 20:01
Deserved
2017-01-16 20:01
s1mple top4 keepo
2017-01-16 20:01
DESERVED USP GOD
2017-01-16 20:01
he should be top4/top3 cmon hltv r u drunk?
2017-01-16 20:02
Expected, Last is S1mple or device
2017-01-16 20:02
wtf Snax > Device and simple
2017-01-16 20:02
are you drunk? too much vodka I guess
2017-01-16 20:03
gorilka u ment
2017-01-16 20:37
Xd????????
2017-01-16 22:57
meant*
2017-01-17 14:58
Snaximus Decimus Meridius...
2017-01-16 20:02
Commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the TRUE emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the nextt
2017-01-16 20:23
TOP 5 and Fking device will be top 3 HHAHAHAHAHA
2017-01-16 20:02
I hope so, he deserved it this year mad snax fanboy
2017-01-16 20:04
He deserved HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Where the ufck was he i never heard him on majors or big tournaments ??? WTF
2017-01-16 20:05
huh really that's weird hltv.org/?pageid=247&playerid=7592&stats.. he was pretty much the only reason why astralis was somewhat competitive this year.
2017-01-16 20:08
getting quite after being proven wrong? :,) funny, atleast admit your mistake. snax was good this year but surely not on the same level as device
2017-01-16 20:12
HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA VP >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ASTRALIS
2017-01-16 20:13
? never said anything different? this isn't a team competetion sir, devve got in big events alone 5 EVPs (one at a major) and the most dominant mvp performance this whole year. snax has only 1 evp and 1 mvp in big events. sorry bro I like vp but don't twist the facts :/
2017-01-16 20:15
im just wondering... is that pole a troll or a real tard
2017-01-16 22:54
German fakeflagger.... so both troll AND tard, yes
2017-01-16 23:38
Device topr what a joke
2017-01-16 21:29
5 snax 4 fallen 3 simple 2 device 1 cold
2017-01-16 20:02
+1
2017-01-16 21:03
fallen>s1mple imo, more consistent showings on LAN
2017-01-17 13:57
he should be higher than top5 imo
2017-01-16 20:02
ESL ONE COLOGNE 3 place cevo season 9 3 place missing
2017-01-16 20:02
Should be higher but hltv ranking looking at only rating and not actual impact
2017-01-16 20:02
maybe more impact than device but I don't think he was better than for example cold and fallen this year (I'm not BR :D)
2017-01-16 20:08
yeah cold and fallen are definately top 1 and 2 this year
2017-01-16 20:11
well most of us didnt remember how bad vp is earlier in the year tho.
2017-01-17 07:53
4 - Device 3 - Simple 2 - Fallen 1 - Cold
2017-01-16 20:02
#79
France Lykd 
l0l br.......................
2017-01-16 20:03
Fallen won 2 majors in 2016, best IGL, best Awper, trully impactful player, what Device and S1mple did last year?
2017-01-16 20:05
You meant sh1tple?
2017-01-16 20:17
look stats device and s1mple and look stats Fallen Fallen have coldzero,fer,fnx( player of top20). device did Astralis top1 it is reason, why device higher then Fallen. device is best awper,best aimer,best clutcher. S1mple no comments.
2017-01-16 20:27
This guy has a point.
2017-01-16 21:02
Fallen>>>>>Simple, Device
2017-01-16 20:08
Fallen>Device>>>>>>>>>>sh1tple
2017-01-16 20:18
4. s1mple 3. device/fallen 2. device/fallen 1. cold
2017-01-16 20:18
cold simple fallen device
2017-01-16 22:23
+1 if its different than this I quit hltv
2017-01-16 23:40
s1mple in top4, wtf
2017-01-16 20:03
unexpected
2017-01-16 21:59
2014 snax 4th 2015 snax 4th 2016 snax 5th That is player :D
2017-01-16 20:03
Snax is pretty much the best all round CSGO player over the last 3-4 years. He's been amazingly consistent and his stats say it all. VP win if he gets awp kills, they win when he gets entries, they win when he wins clutches, they win when he calls. Etc etc. He's so impact gul and the main reason that team has kept a top5 spot in the world for the last 3 years.
2017-01-16 23:10
expected and deserved ofc
2017-01-16 20:04
3 years in a row in top 5. Fuking moster...
2017-01-16 20:04
The Great Polish Bear called Snax
2017-01-16 20:11
True. snax is an epic beast like no other
2017-01-16 22:00
only 5 :( I had hopes for 3rd place... anyway , congratulations Janusz , good year! :) 2014 - top 4. 2015 - top 4. 2016 - top 5. Legend CS:Go. /Confirmed.
2017-01-16 20:04
imo snax is better with pistol then Dennis, hes really a fantastic player
2017-01-16 20:05
#107
Poland n1u 
Idk about pistol, but with usp for sure
2017-01-16 20:08
consistent af... Snax <3
2017-01-16 21:33
should be placed higher
2017-01-16 20:05
+1
2017-01-16 20:06
He Deserved top 3 :)
2017-01-16 20:06
snax > s1mple > chokevice
2017-01-16 20:51
HE deserved TOP3, Polish beast, why only 5th? PLS VOLVO
2017-01-16 20:06
Haha this rating and only top 5 fuck hltv. Kid toxic simple and fallen better ntnt
2017-01-16 20:06
FalleN gets extra points for his IGL work. Aside from that, I do agree snax is a better player. About s1mple, I can't see him as a team player, and for that I wouldn't even put him in top10
2017-01-16 22:04
Well those "extra points" made his team from nonames in 2014 to top, tier 1 team in less than 2 years.
2017-01-17 11:09
#101
Poland n1u 
Best clutcher second time?
2017-01-16 20:08
NO. NEO best clutch of 2015. He had 67 I think
2017-01-16 20:48
#362
Poland n1u 
But Snax was best clutcher of 2014, so Snax is best clutcher second time, but not in a row ;>
2017-01-17 21:28
that way yes
2017-01-17 21:33
top 5 player of all time in CS:GO, what a beast
2017-01-16 20:08
lol snax better than shox? good joke
2017-01-16 20:08
shox shines brighter, but snax does the heavy lifting way more often.
2017-01-16 22:05
+1
2017-01-17 00:16
kek
2017-01-16 20:09
s1mple> snax hahahahha LMAO
2017-01-16 20:09
because it's true
2017-01-16 21:41
=D
2017-01-16 20:09
honestly he is the most complete player in the world but his team is like a roller coaster, and because of his teammates' play he is stuck in this place. damn
2017-01-16 20:09
Shox is a more complete player in my opinion( he can entry frag, clutch,igl,and has amazing pistol and rifle skills and he also has a good awp)
2017-01-16 20:23
Yeah, but the thing is that snax can better entry frag, better clutch and is on the same level if u look at pistol and AWP.
2017-01-16 21:28
57 clutches??? this is actually an insane amount
2017-01-16 20:10
May I ask where in this picture is 3rd place from Cologne? static.hltv.org/images/galleries/1693-fu.. Olof had one from Cologne in his but not Snax? Is it just a simple mistake?
2017-01-16 20:11
"57 Clutches won #1" Holy fck lol
2017-01-16 20:11
#335
Canada dB- 
I think he's #1 or #2 in clutches every single year just insane
2017-01-17 13:09
Expected from god snax
2017-01-16 20:11
-taz/neo +michu -pasha +szpero
2017-01-16 20:11
- br0ks from hltv
2017-01-16 20:12
:(
2017-01-16 20:12
1- Marcelo 'coldzera' David 2- Nicolai 'device' Reedtz 3- Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo 4- Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
2017-01-16 20:14
device > snax again hltv shitty rank
2017-01-16 20:14
IMO they are on similar level. No one else keeps the consistency (years on) they do, but device carries a bit harder.
2017-01-16 22:09
Device this year has definitely been more consistent than Snax. He deserves to be higher for once. But no other player in the game is as impactfull, smart and versatile as Snax when he's on form.
2017-01-16 23:11
next year gonna be top1 i hope. top5 cs;go player ever for sure. i also hope that byali's talent will explode.
2017-01-16 20:14
byali talent xDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
2017-01-17 16:19
expected, but on top 4. Still, GOD Snax.
2017-01-16 20:14
clutcherino and pistolero
2017-01-16 20:16
should be higher if simple is in top5 then topkek
2017-01-16 20:17
And again expected
2017-01-16 20:18
should be higher if simple is in top5 then topkek if you think hes not in top5 then this is bigger topkek or just braindead?
2017-01-17 02:15
deserved
2017-01-16 20:22
He should be top 3 atleast
2017-01-16 20:25
Well deserved GodSNORLAX
2017-01-16 20:26
he deserves #3
2017-01-16 20:28
why there isnt esl cologne in 3rd achievements. dafuq
2017-01-16 20:29
+1 0_0
2017-01-16 20:36
S1mple Fallen. Device. Coldzera. More than expected.
2017-01-16 20:29
its funny, top20 without Edward, he played very well in 2016, better than Guardian, I think he is top15-20
2017-01-16 20:30
this is so stupid for me, snax was the main carry for VP who were pretty successful this year and what exactly has s1mple done this year except one major final and mvp of new york , anyway gj
2017-01-16 20:31
fantastic player. snax > s1mple imo.
2017-01-16 20:31
+1
2017-01-16 20:36
top 3 minimum for Snax
2017-01-16 20:31
ok
2017-01-19 18:11
bla bla bla, deserved.
2017-01-16 20:32
he will be a legend like neo
2017-01-16 20:33
he is pre legend allready
2017-01-16 20:37
yep
2017-01-16 21:14
No byali in top15 is a joke
2017-01-16 20:34
they don't want hackers on the list
2017-01-17 14:10
So why Fallen is going to be in top 3?
2017-01-17 15:23
Fair enough lol for all we know, top3 is dev1ce/fgb/bogdan
2017-01-17 17:32
Ikr So where is HUNDEN? Nt
2017-01-17 17:47
-dev1ce+hunden then probably
2017-01-18 03:25
+1
2017-01-18 07:20
Snax should be above s1mple, he was better in so many ways... When you'll see s1mple's DPR & Consistency, you'll shit bricks. Even in terms of clutches, entries, impact on his team winning a round when he had a kill... He is better than s1mple. You'll compare to all the top5 even top10 players... What a joke this is. If s1mple is not fourth, then this top10 ranking is the worst you've ever made.
2017-01-16 20:43
Best Clutch. One of the better AWPers and a great entry fragger is 5th nowadays. What a world we live in. Put the man at 4th place or 3rd place HLTV. This man has won more than S1mple and won the highest prize pool event of the year. He is also straight up better than device at everything. He is better than fallen as a rifler and clutch and better than coldzera at entry and AWP. This man is GoD. Make him atleast top 4
2017-01-16 20:44
Wow the time I was finished reading article and refreshed, it was only 61 comments. Now my comment is 194. Lot of folks active right now
2017-01-16 20:45
May I ask something about s1mple? He had only 68 LAN games (even though most of this games were in Big Tournaments and often playoffs). Wasn't that a factor that should work againt him placing in TOP4? I know that he performed great most of the time, but still from what I've checked (in public stats on HLTV) snax in the tournaments with similar size and competition to s1mple's tournament (or even in the same ones) had similar performances and he played nearly twice the amount of maps that s1mple played. Doesn't the fact that he played less tournaments made his stats "look better" than they could look if he played the same amount as others in e.g. TOP6? (Isn't it harder to maintain that level of play when you've played way more?) If I'm totally wrong, correct me :D Thanks in advance.
2017-01-16 20:44
This is unbelievable. It should matter, of course you can have the best looking stats if you play less bigger tournaments. s1mple was away from the competition for a long time, then he played for WorstPlayers and he played only one "medium" event with this lineup... Then he joined Na'Vi. He has, on LAN, half of the maps Snax has.
2017-01-16 20:48
They were close to each other through the year, and this top is subjective for sure. Perhaps the final factor in favour of s1mple was their performance at majors. hltv.org/?pageid=186&c1=2553_1545&c2=799..
2017-01-16 21:30
Yeah, I've checked it many times. Still snax placings at major wasn't bad and s1mple had a big boost in stats as he played CLG in Columbus. It was the easiest game they could get and his rating without that (giving him around 1.10 in both maps against other team than CLG - not a set amount but somewhat likely if they played VP e.g.) would be a "only" 1.06. His stats from CLG match inflated his rating greatly in this Major (and also in both Majors combine). The stats from Cologne were 100% true though (he was just a beast there).
2017-01-16 21:47
That excuse with CLG isn't really working/ I mean should we also say that coldzera doesn't deserve top 1 cause his rating was boosted as he had "ez games" at both majors vs liquid (semi-final and final) and final at major vs navi cause guardian had an injury?
2017-01-16 21:53
I'm not saying that it doesn't count. I'm saying that it not as good as it seems to be. As HLTV rates big games separately and maybe even on the case by case it doesn't add as much to his performances as hard quarter final versus Na'vi at Cologne or semi versus Fnatic (also at Cologne).
2017-01-16 22:05
Beast nothing more to say
2017-01-16 20:45
well played Snax ;)
2017-01-16 20:47
fallen and cold on top 3 ??? if so... wow
2017-01-16 20:52
4. S1mple 3. FalleN 2. Device 1. Coldzera and Snax is a beast
2017-01-16 21:02
PS. It looks to me that s1mple's rating in e.g. Columbus is greatly inflated by his game against CLG (Easiest 1/4 final they could get IMO). He was tested on the big stages, but have so little LAN games beyond big games that IMO his consistency could not be fully known (He basically wasn't playing tournaments after tournaments like others often did, so we don't know if his form wouldn't fluctuate as much as others (except Cold, Device, Magisk, Fallen and maybe Snax) if not even more. It feels to me like he might have skipped a few "bad tournaments" when we compare him to others). Btw. I'm not denying that he was probably on of the best big game players, but him playing way less feel like others deserved it more IMO
2017-01-16 21:05
+1 for me: 1-cold 2-snax 3-fallen 4-device 5-s1mple
2017-01-16 21:56
I'm not sure that snax should be higher than 4th. But for me he should beat s1mple.
2017-01-16 22:05
s1mple and device didn't win anything important. they just did good stats... rank could be: 1-cold 2-fallen 3-snax
2017-01-17 13:40
nice!! Polska GOD
2017-01-16 21:09
gj snax <3
2017-01-16 21:11
deserved, good job snax ;)
2017-01-16 21:14
TOP 2 for me.
2017-01-16 21:17
snax is god
2017-01-16 21:28
snax should be top 3, but this ranking is ridicolous. overrated swedistan players and too many baggets.
2017-01-16 21:31
4 s1mple 3 fallen 2 device 1 cold
2017-01-16 21:32
I remember a snax ninja defuse! God snax, smartest player in the scene 100% 57 1vXs won holy shit. Top 3 for me, but s1mple and device will get them with their inflated stats :D
2017-01-16 21:34
Device should be 2/3 IMO even if he has some inflated stats. But s1mple played way less maps on LANs to beat snax IMO.
2017-01-16 21:50
1. Coldzera 2. S1mple 3. FalleN 4. Device
2017-01-16 21:36
that was a good year
2017-01-16 21:36
I would like to thank Snax for being in cs:go scene. Poland is land of talents.
2017-01-16 21:37
Snax different player, he is good aimer, good awper, good pistoler,good clutcher, good mag7, good ninja xD
2017-01-16 21:46
Well deserved snaxik <3
2017-01-16 21:50
-Snax +Konfig
2017-01-16 21:51
I don't even...
2017-01-16 21:53
1.Coldzera 2. Device 3. Fallen 4. Simple
2017-01-16 22:01
You should at leat give snax his 3rd place in Cologne in infographic ;)
2017-01-16 22:13
Snax is asking where is his ELEAGUE MVP HLTV medal: facebook.com/snaxfz/photos/a.30083811672.. .
2017-01-16 22:14
The medals were not launched at that time I guess
2017-01-17 03:48
He should be 4th, then he would be totally Arsenal of CS XD 4th 3 times in a row, would be epic. Most universal player, he can play with any gun, and any role and he gonna be god in it.
2017-01-16 22:15
The problem is that devve and cold can do the same as snax, just a little bit better :) Dont get me wrong, I think snax is an awesome player and think he should be #4
2017-01-16 23:06
Yep but they cant igl, while Snax is good in it
2017-01-20 12:23
wait really why? Undeserved
2017-01-16 22:30
device even being in the top20 is retarded
2017-01-16 23:05
silver 1 talk about cs
2017-01-16 23:08
Most consistent player in CS:GO. 2014: #4 2015: #4 2016: #5 Also, people are saying VP is very inconsistent when in fact they are the only team that was consistent since the start of CS:GO. Always tier 1 and relevant team, never dropped to tier 2.
2017-01-16 23:20
Exactly! VP doesn't shit the bed like the other teams they always manage to win something big EVERY year
2017-01-17 00:52
And they don't change players every 4 months
2017-01-17 03:47
they have been tier 2 alot
2017-01-17 07:43
Top 5 in the last 3 years, impressive... That can only mean one thing: one of the best CS:GO players in history
2017-01-16 23:45
And the best thing is that he is not a one role player. He is a beast with rifles, AWP and even pistols. He is a clutch king. He can be a great igl as well. Hard carry.
2017-01-17 03:46
Yeah Simple over Snax is sketchy, apart from that it should be fine; 4-Simple 3-Fallen 2-Device 1-Coldzera
2017-01-17 00:13
Knew he was gonna be like the neo of CS:GO. Ultimate all-around player who can do anything the team needs. A beast with pistols, AWPs, and rifles. Can entry, lurk, and call. Consistent throughout every year since 2014.
2017-01-17 00:22
4# Fallen 3# Device 2# Simple 1# Coldzera
2017-01-17 01:07
No highlights? :( #1 coldzera #2 Fallen #3 device #4 s1mple Just my thoughts though :)
2017-01-17 01:13
I have no ideea how people can be wrong with top 4 we all know 1 cold 2 s1mple 3 device 4 fallen
2017-01-17 01:44
s1mple is a bad player, Na'Vi with ZeuS was better
2017-01-17 03:27
hahaha..check the latest top 4. :)
2017-01-18 02:11
1. cold 2. dev1ce 3. s1mple 4. fallen ez
2017-01-17 01:21
should be higher if simple is in top5 then topkek if you think hes not in top5 then this is bigger topkek or just braindead?
2017-01-17 02:20
Well deserved! Congratz Snorlax <3 We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! <3 Kreygasm
2017-01-17 01:41
This is the only year where I agree Device should be above Snax, however in 2015...
2017-01-17 02:08
Virtus.Premiere
2017-01-17 02:23
How much would you bet snax wouldnt have picked michu and szpero as bold predictions if they had not lost to them at wesg
2017-01-17 02:27
He would still pick them, he was even more impressed by them at wesg. He would surely pick michu
2017-01-17 03:44
for me snax is top2 this year 1-cold 2-snax 3-dev1ce 4-fallen 5-shox
2017-01-17 03:29
how to trigger the entire polish population
2017-01-17 04:15
Would really have liked you to add more highlight clips to these but other than that they're great reads. Nice to read about the players' history.
2017-01-17 04:23
1-cold 2-simple 3-fallen 4-device
2017-01-17 04:59
Heart broken :( 2014 - 4th 2015 - 4th 2016 - 5th That Slump :( btw look here, Virtus.pro won 79% of rounds when he got at least one AWP kill. (#2) Except one even full time awper is also behind in this list. but still ironically By the end of the year he ranked 14th in AWP kills per round (0.27) That's because snax is not doing full time awp. and that's a problem with vp in many map that they don't play with awp. Atleast they should give a try to snax as a full time awper whenever possible.
2017-01-17 05:14
1.Marcelo "coldzera" David 2.Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev (though Sasha has deserved the first place) 3.Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo 4.Nicolai "dev1ce" Reedtz 5.Janusz “Snax” Pogorzelski
2017-01-17 06:40
device is 3rd or 2nd
2017-01-17 07:00
i dont think s1mple>device tbh
2017-01-17 13:40
huyasha blyat braindead fanboys
2017-01-17 21:10
I'm not sure if this confirms anything, but I feel like there might not be any NA players in this list. Can't say for sure tho.
2017-01-17 10:00
nice b8 m8
2017-01-17 21:12
And no highlights at all haha gj top5 player xD
2017-01-17 09:59
4. Dupreeh 3. NBK 2. KRIMZ 1. NEO
2017-01-17 11:10
1.Cold 2.s1mple 3.FalleN 4.dev1ce
2017-01-17 11:14
np
2017-01-17 12:17
Ineed replies so ican post shitposts on HLTV. Shroud top 1 confirmed
2017-01-17 12:39
here you go, brah
2017-01-17 12:48
thanks breh
2017-01-17 12:51
5th best of 2016 and no highlights of him? wtf, hltv?!
2017-01-17 12:45
+1
2017-01-17 13:37
Congratulations Snax. Well deserved. Best player in VP in 2016. Hope they keep on track with the team. Was sad for their loss in WESG 2017
2017-01-17 13:42
-57 1vX situations won (#1) fucking 57 :v
2017-01-17 14:05
Expected, #4 Fallen #3 Device #2 S1mple #1 Coldzera
2017-01-17 15:37
he deserved top3.
2017-01-17 15:46
king of clutches king of usp king of smokes
2017-01-17 15:47
We asked Snax to name some up and coming players that could end up in next year’s top 20 of 2017 ranking, and he went with two compatriots. Micha&#322; "MICHU" Müller and Grzegorz "SZPERO" Dziama&#322;ek lul
2017-01-17 16:11
snax top5 for the third year in a row. talking about being consistent
2017-01-17 17:40
best csgo player of all time
2017-01-17 18:55
scream use cheats on esea! youtube.com/watch?v=DdA-HgT_rqE
2017-01-17 19:59
That isnt esea, thats faceit.. silver newfag
2017-01-17 20:31
Device 4?
2017-01-17 20:21
yes
2017-01-17 20:23
WHAT IS TAKING YOU SO LONG HTLV? PLEASE I WANT TO SEE S1MPLE IN 4th IT'S BEEN ONE HOUR LATE FROM THE NORMAL TIME (7 PM GMT)
2017-01-17 21:01
ez.
2017-01-18 10:59
GZ Gruba swinia !
2017-01-19 15:54
2017-01-19 19:52
Let's fuck them Mr.Janusz!
2017-01-29 04:24
Virtus.pro a team of all time. If ever something happens wrong with a team that's never no other Polish team will not repeat their successes. How many times have not lost I will always cheered them and they will be for me the best. You have to remember that anyone can have a bad day and that it is only the people but sometimes they do such actions that shock :) Good luck guys in 2017
2017-02-01 10:28
the best player in VP for now
2017-02-19 15:38
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