Top 20 players of 2017: Xyp9x (13)

Coming in at number 13 on our top 20 of 2017, powered by EGB.com, is Astralis' Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth, who proved throughout the last year that playing a support role doesn't mean one cannot have a significant impact on a team's play.

Top 20 players of 2017: Introduction 

Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth is the outlier on Astralis as he is the only player on the team to come from CS 1.6. There, his first steps came in Wikipediots under the wing of in-game leader Timm "ArcadioN" Henriksen. That was mere months before CS:GO was released, though, and the team only played a few events before the Dane made the jump to the new game.

"There have been lots of teams, but I guess my first big step into the professional scene was when I joined Wikipediots/Xapso in 1.6 with ArcadioN, zanoj, turkizh, and COLON. This was just half a year before the CS:GO release and we only played two or three tournaments tognoether (an invite event in Stockholm and Copenhagen Games), so we weren't really tested as a team. I was pretty much the only one who wanted to change to CS:GO from the lineup so we decided to split up; some kept playing 1.6, and some stopped completely. Before that I hadn't really been playing at any top level, I was mostly a gather-hero, what you would call an FPL hero today. So that was a big first step for me, and while I was kind of sad we didn't go to CS:GO together as a team, I was confident that I could translate my talent to CS:GO."

In a scene weighted heavily towards ex-CS:S players, Xyp9x made the jump late and ended in a mediocre CPLAY roster with players who had come only from the aforementioned game. The team was a downgrade for him, but they still managed to place fourth place at NorthCon 2012, ahead of the likes of Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen’s 3DMAX and Markus "pronax" Wallsten’s Absolute Legends.

"In Denmark there was a lot of hate between the 1.6 and the CS:S scenes, because one scene always thought their game was the best and vice versa. For me, personally, it was also weird that I hadn't been playing gathers or anything with the guys I was about to play with, but I think we did very well and even got fourth at Northcon. That same LAN I did an ace with the sawed-off. Looking back, I knew at the time that team probably wasn't going to be the end destination, and that many of the other teams would probably change players as it was a whole new game so some players would probably quit precisely for that reason."

It was at the beginning of 2013 that Xyp9x finally got the call to mix with the upper echelons of the Danish CS:GO scene when he was invited to join fnatic. There, he connected with the likes of Michael "Friis" Jørgensen and Martin "trace" Heldt, and later Andreas "MODDII" Fridh and Finn "karrigan" Andersen. With fnatic, Xyp9x went on to get second places at RaidCall EMS One Spring 2013 and Mad Catz Birmingham.

"I had strong ties to some of the players at that time, and they had their eye on me even before I joined CPLAY, but I wasn't ready to take the chance at that time. I guess what I remember the most from fnatic was what my role was, and how much times have changed. Not just for me personally, but the game and the meta. I would say I was the star player in Fnatic. I guess the competition back then wasn't as fierce, and I also didn't have the mindset/brain or was in the position to be a support player back then. I also guess at that time support players weren't really a thing. Roles weren't really defined, and tactics were not as complex, so it was mostly just run and gun. Eventually we split up."

Xyp9x with fnatic at Mad Catz Birmingham

After the summer, Xyp9x and Friis joined Henrik "FeTiSh" Christensen, Nicolai "device" Reedtz, and dupreeh in CPH Wolves, making it a proto-core of the current-day Astralis, although the team was still very far from becoming what it is today.

"Something was not right in that team. We were struggling with taking practice seriously and it was mostly just a sh*tshow, with roster changes and no stability or structure whatsoever. We ended up changing organisation to dignitas."

After the stint in CPH Wolves came to an end, with mostly 5-8th place finishes and a semifinal run, the team signed with Dignitas going into 2014 and René "cajunb" Borg came on board for Friis. That team was the beginning of the emergence of Danish Counter-Strike, as Dignitas went on to make it to four semifinals in 2014 and was known for having one of the best CT-sides in the game.

"It became a little more serious and we had a really good relationship. The infamous CT-sides were because we were pretty good at standards and playing off each-other, but when it came to T-sides we didn't have too much depth and I guess we were easy to read. So when it was like that in the back of your head, and you start losing round after round, then it's hard to cope with that situation mentally, and I guess it also created a lot of mistrust within the team, which just made those situations worse."

Going into 2015, Xyp9x & co. took karrigan in as their in-game leader, and, after a third-place finish at MLG X-Games Aspen 2015, they signed with TSM in a year that would see the Danes explode into the top of the scene with five first places and six second place-finishes, although a Major title still remained elusive. All of this happened as the team was growing, and several of its players were still in school.

"In some way being in school made me more motivated to play CS. On the other hand, it was very stressful and sometimes I didn't get that much sleep. I was sitting in school waiting to get back home and play. I was also delivering newspapers on my bicycle and later on I had a job at an IT-store. I had lots of stuff to do, but at that time the schedule wasn't nearly what it is today. You cannot have an education while playing at the level we do anymore."

Xyp9x at the PGL Season 1 Finals, one of the tournaments TSM won in 2015

After a very successful 2015, TSM were once again at it in 2016 albeit under a new organization, Astralis, but a string of playoff exits at events like DreamHack Open Leipzig 2016 and IEM Katowice 2016 saw the team change cajunb for up-and-coming talent Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye.

"It really didn't affect us that much [creating Astralis], a lot of people speculate if that was why our results were bad the first year. But I think it was mostly bad luck and poor timing."

The results weren’t quite coming, as the team failed to win any events, and towards the end of the year karrigan was benched and Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander brought on to lead the squad. With this change, Astralis were finally able to win a tournament, the last one in the year, the ECS Season 2 Finals. For Xyp9x, personally, this year was one of stability and consistency, with only two events witha rating below 0.94.

Having won the ECS Season 2 Finals and come into 2017 with a fresh outlook, the team found new motivation, and with the ELEAGUE Major in Atlanta about to take place, it was the perfect time for Astralis to finally take home a trophy from the biggest event in Counter-Strike.

"Lukas [gla1ve] had just joined the team, and I felt we were really motivated and determined. If we manage to get the same mindset and preparation as last time, we will be in a good position for the next Major too."

And take the trophy they did. Despite being the lowest rated player on the team at the ELEAGUE Major (1.02), Xyp9x averaged a 1.10 rating in the playoffs and was crucial, despite not getting an EVP, in that title run, with above-average ratings on 5 of the 6 maps his team won in the knockout stages. He also ended the tournament with seven clutches—six of which came in the playoffs—, his third highest of the year, foreshadowing a renewed ability to close out rounds.

Xyp9x was a driving force of Astralis' success in Atlanta

After a 3rd-4th place at DreamHack Masters Las Vegas, where Xyp9x had a year-high 26% traded deaths and a 1.35 CT-side rating, came IEM Katowice 2017, his best event of the year. There, Xyp9x was the highest rated player (1.21), had an 81.3 ADR, and a year-high 1.24 impact rating, which earned him his first MVP medal. He also cemented his newfound status as a clutch player with a record-breaking 13 clutches, which were immortalized in the following video:

"To be honest, I don't really know what clicked for me to play like that. I had a good group stage run with a lot of clutches, which sparked my confidence. Everything felt easier, but, at the same time, I think I left my support role during that tournament. So it's a fine balance and I'm not sure we can be as stable with me leaving the support role."

After his shenanigans in Katowice, Xyp9x was once again the highest rated player of the team at their next two events, the StarSeries Season 3 Finals, where he was an EVP in Astralis’ second-place finish, and IEM Sydney, where the team went out to FaZe in the semi-finals. When asked about his rise in notoriety, Xyp9x had this to say:

"I guess I made some highlight clutches, that's what people like, so that's what I give them, and knowing how to handle the support role and to stop playing the ultra passive role. I believe we, as a team, have done a lot of improvements, which has helped me and made me more stable. I like stability in our play and in general I like to know what my teammates do. That's probably why my brain works 50% more when everyone else is dead, because then I can focus on my own game."

After this spike, Xyp9x went back to having more regular numbers, being the 3rd-5th rated player in the team. Astralis started to slow down, and got 3rd-4th place finishes at the ECS Season 3 Finals and the PGL Major, in Krakow, where the Danes fell to the eventual winners, Gambit.

The team then took a dip, going out 5-8th and 5-6th at DreamHack Malmö and ESL One New York, respectively, with the latter being the second lowest rated event for Xyp9x all year - still a decent 0.95 -, while the former was a bit brighter for him individually (1.15), despite his team’s shortcomings.

Astralis caught a break at ELEAGUE Premier, where the Danish squad was able to go all the way to the final after beating fnatic and Cloud9 the playoffs. However, a FaZe on the rise was too much for the Danes to handle, as the international superteam was able to take the final 2-0. Xyp9x, with a +38 DKK and a 1.15 rating, was awarded his second EVP of the season.

Xyp9x was an EVP at the ELEAGUE Premier Finals in Atlanta

Despite coming close, Astralis couldn’t quite go back to their winning ways, and Xyp9x and the rest of the team were unable to make it past the semifinals at EPICENTER. Despite ending as the fourth highest-ranked player on the team, before the third-place decider Xyp9x was actually leading the charts for the Danes. Astralis then went out in groups at IEM Oakland, an event device where missed the first match, and the team lost an opportunity to make another deep run in tournaments.

With device on the sidelines, Astralis used Dennis "dennis" Edman as a stand-in at BLAST Pro Series, an event hosted by RFRSH in Denmark. The perfect setting for Astralis, who made it all the way to the last match, to once again lift a trophy, but an incredibly in-shape SK snatched the final from under their nose in overtime of the last map. At BLAST, Xyp9x received his third and final EVP of the year, thanks to a 1.14 Rating, a +23 KDD and a 1.20 Impact.

"dev1ce's illness complicated things (practice, preparation, etc.), but ultimately I think it was a lot of factors, and of course having to play with two stand-ins. The uncertainty of if and when dev1ce would be back is never a good state to be in. But taking everything into consideration, I think we managed to do very well."

The final two events of the year, which closed out the ESL Pro League Season 6 and the ECS Season 4, didn’t go that well for Astralis, who now had Ruben "RUBINO" Villarroel standing-in for the still sidelined device. In Odense, Astralis did not get to play in front of the home crowd as they went out in the group stages after losses to Liquid, FaZe, fnatic, and HellRaisers. That event was a heavy blow for Xyp9x, who ended up with a year-low rating of 0.91. In Cancun, Astralis fared a bit better as they made it to the semi-finals, but then they were bested by mousesports, with Xyp9x ending the year with a 1.11 Rating and a year-high 1.43 Terrorist rating.

"I don't think that we really had anything going really bad, everything was pretty justified. But if I have to mention a tournament, then ESL Odense was a bummer—not being able to play in front of the home crowd again and disappointing a lot of fans [was the low point of the year]."

Why is Xyp9x the 13th best player of 2017?

Despite sitting at a 0.67 KPR, the lowest in this year’s top 20, Xyp9x earned his place in the ranking thanks to several other factors—his ability to provide clutches (52 1vsX situations won, the third highest), his consistency (12 of 15 events with 1.00+ rating), and contributions in practically every deep run Astralis made throughout the year.

Xyp9x was the top-rated player on Astralis at EPICENTER before the 3rd place decider

In addition to his record-breaking 13 clutches at IEM Katowice 2017, where the team ended up winning the tournament and Xyp9x getting the MVP, he also put up EVP performances at the StarSeries Season 3 Finals, ELEAGUE Premier, and BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen. Moreover, there is a lot more to his contribution to  Astralis’ Major win than the stats show as he stepped up immensely in the playoffs and almost reached EVP level, just like at EPICENTER, where his numbers dropped in the third-place decider match. 

"We really want to win the Major again. Having a streak and having the feeling of being unbeatable is amazing. The feeling we had during the start of last year, I want that again. Winning the Major, nothing tops that! :)"

Xyp9x ended the year with a very solid 1.09 playoff rating at big events, the 11th highest amongst all of the players on our top 20 list. Besides, he showed he excels in the support role, as evidenced by his high assist rate (0.16 APR, 7th highest in the game), low death count (0.62 DPR, 5th) and +7.3 damage difference per round (#9).

Bold prediction

For his bold prediction, Xyp9x went with a fellow countryman, picking North Academy’s Daniel "mertz" Mertz as one of the young up-and-coming players to watch, and one with the potential to even make it onto a top 20 list.

Denmark Daniel "mertz" Mertz

"There is actually a lot of mentionable talented young players in Denmark, but if I have to choose one, I would go with Mertz. He is definitely a guy to keep an eye on. It is only a matter of time before he climbs the list.

Stay tuned to our Top 20 players of 2017 ranking powered by EGB.com and take a look at the Introduction article to learn more about how the players were picked.

Denmark Michael 'Friis' Jørgensen
Michael 'Friis' Jørgensen
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
938
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1329
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Denmark Timm 'ArcadioN' Henriksen
Timm 'ArcadioN' Henriksen
Age:
-
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
APR:
0.00
Norway Ruben 'RUBINO' Villarroel
Ruben 'RUBINO' Villarroel
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
971
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1580
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.17
Denmark Henrik 'FeTiSh' Christensen
Henrik 'FeTiSh' Christensen
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.86
Maps played:
239
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.17
Sweden Andreas 'MODDII' Fridh
Andreas 'MODDII' Fridh
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1123
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borg
René 'cajunb' Borg
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1452
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1523
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Denmark Daniel 'mertz' Mertz
Daniel 'mertz' Mertz
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
628
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.10
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1403
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Sweden Markus 'pronax' Wallsten
Markus 'pronax' Wallsten
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.89
Maps played:
1199
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1540
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1246
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1089
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Denmark Martin 'trace' Heldt
Martin 'trace' Heldt
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
125
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.16
#1
NiKo | 
Europe trey_ 
only #13? joke
2018-01-06 20:00
wtf
2018-01-06 20:00
#47
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Qatar kys_lvl99 
karrigan = bot of the year
2018-01-06 20:03
Shiit
2018-01-06 20:08
want to see X9 vs 2K in the smoke
2018-01-07 04:44
stop fucking danish players go something different hltv
2018-01-06 20:22
Xyp deserved top 10, not even biased on that one
2018-01-06 20:24
#179
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Germany KRY2k 
Agreed, GodXyp9x.
2018-01-06 21:04
#235
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Denmark LauritsKH 
Definitely
2018-01-06 22:58
#299
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Germany Fabbsen 
Would be nice,but i am still happy for them to be on this list Should be a 4 out of 5 players here this year
2018-01-07 11:15
almost definitely, dupreeh around 9 or 10, device around 4 or 5
2018-01-07 14:47
#318
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Sweden werkaster 
CS:GO is about a lot more than winning clutches, and he isn't even best at that. Only 3rd in 1vX situations, as the article mentioned. I respect him because of his brains but he isn't good enough in other areas to be on this list. Lowest KPR of them all, and should probably be around top 25-35.
2018-01-07 23:14
#34
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Spain Miki2K 
wdym he played well in the first half of the year lol
2018-01-06 20:01
#36
NiKo | 
United States atom2k 
HOW SO FAST
2018-01-06 20:01
EligE #12 confirmed
2018-01-06 20:04
lets see?
2018-01-06 20:09
#241
denis | 
Germany m1soooo 
dupreeh
2018-01-06 23:14
Dupreeh top 10 at least
2018-01-06 23:53
#304
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Denmark Enggaard 
Dupreeh top 5! He has been carrying astralis in many matches tbh
2018-01-07 13:44
+1
2018-01-07 20:22
#57
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Czech Republic mitsorubi 
yeah not even top 10 wtf hltv
2018-01-06 20:05
#162
Boo | 
France mbl4 
ofc, people get blinded by his flashy plays and clutches, but even if he is a good support and clutcher, he is the 3rd-4rth Astralis best player. I love him but seeing him in the top 10 would have been unfair
2018-01-06 20:53
#178
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Czech Republic mitsorubi 
The thing is that his support role and important clutches are a huge part of astralis's success and i can't think of a better support player in the world then him tbh. I would honor importance of a player more then performance.
2018-01-06 21:01
#204
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Denmark JustYes 
coldzera is support
2018-01-06 21:41
+1
2018-01-06 22:02
cold is lurk
2018-01-06 23:36
Suport
2018-01-07 06:08
lurker
2018-01-07 06:42
Actually, coldzera Is support, but not that typical kind od support throwing nades for team, escorting players etc. He is frag suport, a star player. His support role includes running and killing players, esp. that low ones.
2018-01-09 08:57
Cold is not supp, supp is taco xd
2018-01-07 00:43
#308
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Germany sommares 
taco is k/d support for cold
2018-01-07 15:16
#272
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Faroe Islands arkkMage 
Kinda funny considering that the best player in the world is a support player
2018-01-07 02:45
nop
2018-01-06 20:09
+1
2018-01-06 20:21
#228
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Poland anton1oo 
+1, xyp9x should be higher <333 anyways, we'll see all Astralis in top 20 :)
2018-01-06 22:20
#233
NiKo | 
Europe trey_ 
gla1ve at #12 or higher? xD i arent think thatz
2018-01-06 22:38
gla1ve will never be in top20
2018-01-07 05:19
#306
NiKo | 
Europe trey_ 
+1
2018-01-07 13:51
#309
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Germany sommares 
u will see all except mister gla1ve
2018-01-07 15:17
They Rank it after performance.
2018-01-06 23:35
#2
MICHU | 
Poland papaski2 
xaxaxa
2018-01-06 20:00
xaxaxa
2018-01-06 20:04
Xaxaxaxa
2018-01-06 21:13
xaxaxxa
2018-01-06 23:35
expected
2018-01-06 20:00
#189
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Myanmar Lemo2K 
Still waiting for the NA Players
2018-01-06 21:26
i dont think there will be any i expected just elige 15-20 but i dont think he will be higher now...
2018-01-06 21:33
thats too bad
2018-01-06 23:35
Elige will be on the list, probably top10. Only NA player that will even be on the list. Although Stewie could edge in at 10-11. Who knows those as HLTV has a weird way of ranking these players.
2018-01-07 03:40
ez
2018-01-06 20:00
#6
broky | 
United States NoKeTchup 
LUL
2018-01-06 20:00
wat
2018-01-06 20:00
ez
2018-01-06 20:00
#9
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United Kingdom ChrisFroome 
Ez
2018-01-06 20:00
#10
HUNDEN | 
France unnn 
expected
2018-01-06 20:00
#11
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Russia Lucky1827 
2
2018-01-06 20:02
#262
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Portugal NabasKi 
+2
2018-01-07 00:38
#12
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Italy marxie 
N1
2018-01-06 20:00
noice
2018-01-06 20:00
#14
k0nfig | 
Denmark QDouble 
no way
2018-01-06 20:00
#15
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Lithuania xeNNw0w 
nice well deserved
2018-01-06 20:00
He was better than dev1ce in 2k17 btw so he should be higher imo
2018-01-06 20:01
#210
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Australia KatVian 
Device is a Super star player, best hybrid awper and one of the most diverse players in the world.
2018-01-06 21:51
#221
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Belgium YoGatesKevin 
tf are you smoking lol? Device is a world-class choker, best at eco-fragging and exitfragging, known to miss easy shots, to crumble under pressure and still be regarded as "a Super star player, best hybrid awper and one of the most diverse players in the world.". LOL. The things xyp did during this year is something device was never capable of.
2018-01-06 22:03
#231
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Poland anton1oo 
dev1ce will be 1-5 this year.
2018-01-06 22:27
3-5
2018-01-06 23:33
Where's felps/f0rest/elige?
2018-01-06 20:01
#64
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Spain akproxx 
xdddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd
2018-01-06 20:08
Read #96
2018-01-06 20:18
Felps will be 11-12, forest and EliGE won't make the list
2018-01-06 20:09
#81
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Poland Hell2k 
Felps 11 12 HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
2018-01-06 20:12
12- stewie2k 11 - hobbit 10 - dupreeh 9 - guardian 8 - kennys 7 - simple 6 - fallen 5 - rain 4 - device 3 - fer 2 - niko 1 - coldzera
2018-01-06 20:15
#94
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Poland Hell2k 
Stewie no way
2018-01-06 20:16
#99
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Latvia AntonsMc 
kennyS Omegalul
2018-01-06 20:18
You want to bet that he's in top 12?
2018-01-07 08:09
He will be like7-8 or so
2018-01-07 10:40
#117
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Brazil mendAo 
4- fallen
2018-01-06 20:23
1-coldzera 2-niko 3-fer 4-fallen 5-guardian 6-kennyS 7-device 8-dupreeh 9-stewie 10-hobbit 11-D O S I A 12- Someone in the list 10000000 - KARRIGAN (BOTRRIGAN)
2018-01-06 20:29
stupid list. GuardiaN > kennyS? Where is rain? Guardian/kennyS > device? NA player in top 30? Dosia?
2018-01-06 20:42
Dosia it's a joke and i think Guardian had a better year than kennyS Retire the NA Player -stewie +rain Device i think he don't had a good year
2018-01-06 21:11
#268
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World neomax360 
"Guardian is better than KennyS this year" LMAO. Guardian comeback to the level when he joins Faze, before he was average in Navy (loose of motivation) G2 win 5 tournaments this year (KennyS 5 MVP this year) KennyS carry G2 to their victory man. KennyS better than Guardian this year, no doubt!
2018-01-07 01:10
Indeed! First person with opinion just like mine :D +1
2018-01-07 10:42
Shut ur mouth moron NA player like Stewie,Elige,autimatic top30 Go play fucking pubg dumb ass
2018-01-06 21:51
#266
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Australia KatVian 
Yes, but probably not top 20.
2018-01-07 00:50
U r realy stupid fucking Australian 2x good players from there :,(
2018-01-24 23:46
#174
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World memyselfandI 
Fer above Fallen? You could at least try to be realistic.
2018-01-06 20:59
I Think it is, because Fer is the best Aggressive player, (or not i don't know)
2018-01-06 21:09
To have Fer stats in his positions, Man, you need to give him an extra credit.
2018-01-06 23:11
how tf u think guardian and kennys will be here ?!?!
2018-01-06 23:51
#207
 | 
Brazil zptz 
If adren is #17, Hobbit wont make the list Adren got 2 tournaments and 2 MVP's Hobbit 2 tournaments 0 MVP's
2018-01-06 21:48
#212
 | 
Australia KatVian 
Hobbit is still just as good as adren if not better.
2018-01-06 21:53
#258
 | 
Brazil zptz 
bUT THE ACHIEVEMENTS COUNTS
2018-01-07 00:10
#264
 | 
Australia KatVian 
Adren played slightly better in the final, Hobbit carried all the way to the final.
2018-01-07 00:48
#265
 | 
Brazil zptz 
You see the matches?
2018-01-07 00:49
Not saying all of them will be in the ranking, but imo one of them must be, cuz we know only 11 players and one is missing
2018-01-06 20:16
#112
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Spain akproxx 
no way that felps and elige make in the top 20 this year sad for felps but he is inactive since he left sk
2018-01-06 20:22
But we already know 11 players, who is the other one then?
2018-01-06 20:27
#133
 | 
Spain akproxx 
maybe f0rest yes also magisk
2018-01-06 20:29
So exactly what i said Lol, magisk? No way
2018-01-06 20:33
#165
Boo | 
France mbl4 
EliGE
2018-01-06 20:54
U delusional or what? Felps have lower rating than olof and if u read olof article it was said he lowest rating among top
2018-01-06 20:27
#132
 | 
Spain G3SG1LOVER 
No felps and no elige maybe f0rest but idk Felps cuz he didnt play the whole season and elige wasnt good enough
2018-01-06 20:27
2017 Forest Hahahahahahahhaha What a joke
2018-01-06 20:34
Cool
2018-01-06 20:00
LOL WHERES THE KENNYS ONE?
2018-01-06 20:00
#40
shaGuar | 
Hong Kong b1uhwk 
That was last year...
2018-01-06 20:02
#44
HenryG | 
Greenland fak_u 
in top 10 for sure
2018-01-06 20:02
Top 5 Bro
2018-01-06 20:03
#21
 | 
Denmark steffmeister 
lol
2018-01-06 20:00
+1
2018-01-06 20:00
#23
byali | 
Poland BYALl 
WHAT THE FUCK HE DESERVED TOP 10
2018-01-06 20:01
#85
 | 
Brazil HaiduHilario 
No way, it's just fine. He just delivered at the first half of the year, and hasn't being that great ever since, look at his low impact (1.02). k0nfig is and was way better than him, still got lower ranked because he didn't win anything meaningful.
2018-01-06 20:13
And now you gonna ask where felps is?
2018-01-06 20:18
#167
Boo | 
France mbl4 
felps doen't deserve to be in the top 20
2018-01-06 20:54
#256
 | 
Brazil HaiduHilario 
+1 If he didn't show up until now, he is not going to, because boltz #18 was better than him this year.
2018-01-06 23:57
+1 G2 FANBOI
2018-01-07 03:12
#297
Boo | 
France mbl4 
lel thanks I suppose
2018-01-07 10:53
+1
2018-01-06 20:18
#24
 | 
Brazil HueyNewton 
Expected
2018-01-06 20:01
#25
 | 
Spain Arhlex 
26
2018-01-06 20:01
#39
FalleN | 
Brazil tails36 
Nt not even 26
2018-01-06 20:02
#314
 | 
Spain Arhlex 
there was 4 comments when i posted it, so my prediction was pretty accurate.
2018-01-07 20:36
Fair enough, good job my friend
2018-01-07 21:13
#26
FalleN | 
Brazil tails36 
Expected of Danish website
2018-01-06 20:01
#27
 | 
Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
HAHAHAHHAHAHAHHA HLTV SO BIASED OMFG
2018-01-06 20:01
#176
 | 
World memyselfandI 
Yup, as danes they tend to show the opposite bias. Xyp9x should be top 10.
2018-01-06 21:00
#29
fnx | 
Europe FPSLin 
Not deserved
2018-01-06 20:01
#30
 | 
Sweden Rexz 
gg
2018-01-06 20:01
NICE
2018-01-06 20:01
#32
 | 
Poland Frytekooo 
xdd
2018-01-06 20:01
#33
Azerbaijan GKey 
hoho
2018-01-06 20:02
#45
 | 
China Yao_Ming 
4* device dupreeh incomin
2018-01-06 20:02
#35
 | 
Brazil baldok1 
expected
2018-01-06 20:01
#37
 | 
Palestine Imm0oO 
unexpected
2018-01-06 20:01
#38
 | 
Turkey lulpump1 
Expected
2018-01-06 20:01
deserved better rank best astralis player
2018-01-06 20:02
device and dupreeh calling you.
2018-01-06 20:22
just because they frag more? Xyp is the most important of the three, just doesnt shine as often (oh wait he does, 53 FKIN CLUTCHES)
2018-01-06 21:28
#208
 | 
Brazil zptz 
Calling from hospital?
2018-01-06 21:48
#285
HaZR | 
France Tag117 
Hahaha savage
2018-01-07 06:56
#42
EliGE | 
Brazil thedeh 
should've been felps
2018-01-06 20:02
#269
 | 
World neomax360 
felps top20 LUL
2018-01-07 01:13
#43
 | 
United States jh8 
13?!?!?! Should have been top 10.
2018-01-06 20:02
#46
 | 
Kuwait marrrwin 
deserved higher though
2018-01-06 20:03
#48
Jame | 
Portugal gazav 
Xyp9x, what a beast, he deserves better than 13th.
2018-01-06 20:03
probably one of best support player and clutcher in the world.. he deserverd for #10 but 13th place is okay.. really smart player ; )
2018-01-06 20:04
Better comment so far
2018-01-06 20:12
#54
 | 
Russia xtkjdtr01 
Expected
2018-01-06 20:04
#56
fer | 
Brazil GodMac 
Expected
2018-01-06 20:04
Expected and well deserved
2018-01-06 20:06
#59
HUNDEN | 
Other ToRu 
deserved, but i put him above Dupreeh
2018-01-06 20:06
#60
 | 
Kazakhstan tomik0 
First something deserved and true on hltv list
2018-01-06 20:06
#61
 | 
Russia Nikosimus 
Ehm 12 left are: Hobbit Kenny S1 Cold Niko Rain Fer Fallen Device Dupreeh Guardian And??
2018-01-06 20:07
Probably felps
2018-01-06 20:11
#104
 | 
Russia Nikosimus 
Ehm? He played for such a short period of time
2018-01-06 20:19
#79
flusha | 
India MAXDANK 
Maybe RPK or elige
2018-01-06 20:11
#92
 | 
Poland Hell2k 
rpk Xd
2018-01-06 20:15
#100
 | 
Russia Nikosimus 
Why all you say Elige, for what wtf?
2018-01-06 20:18
Liquid's hard carrier
2018-01-06 20:45
#172
 | 
Russia Nikosimus 
f0rest is NiP's hard carrier, NiP at least won smth this year
2018-01-06 20:56
#83
 | 
Poland Hell2k 
F0rest
2018-01-06 20:12
#97
 | 
Russia Nikosimus 
[i remember our previous conversation about believing for a long time] I still hope it's him
2018-01-06 20:17
#105
 | 
Poland Hell2k 
It must be him. We dont have other players
2018-01-06 20:20
#115
 | 
Russia Nikosimus 
Ppl say Elige and felps OMEGALUL Tbh I also know no players who deserve it On the other hand, it's strange f0rest may be higher than Xyp9x In terms of stats and skill, maybe But achievement-wise, no way:)
2018-01-06 20:23
but we all know even if f0rest play without monitor vs cheat9x he will beat him easily:)).
2018-01-07 09:16
there must be space for one American too.. stewie or elige ?
2018-01-06 23:45
#253
 | 
Russia Nikosimus 
Can you explain why they deserved it? They won nothing at all, esp Liquid, I'd somehow understand Stew but not Elige ffs
2018-01-06 23:47
#62
 | 
Spain akproxx 
totally deserved
2018-01-06 20:07
#63
 | 
United Kingdom cowbunga 
3 danes in a row? seriously hltv
2018-01-06 20:08
Dont expect to see any brits anytime soon
2018-01-06 20:37
#181
 | 
United Kingdom cowbunga 
smooya #13 2019 mark this
2018-01-06 21:07
marked
2018-01-06 22:55
#66
 | 
Brazil assisz 
Deserved
2018-01-06 20:08
clutch god
2018-01-06 20:08
clutch master #13 ??? shame for hltv
2018-01-06 20:09
hmmm... the smartest cs go player is only 13. I'm done
2018-01-06 20:10
#87
 | 
Poland Hell2k 
Cuz we have players like cold niko fer rain kenny fallen s1mple device who are better than xyp?
2018-01-06 20:13
#120
 | 
Netherlands Lynch^_^ 
xyp is best in what he does tho.
2018-01-06 20:24
#73
 | 
Spain Alser 
Should be higher imo
2018-01-06 20:10
#74
Turkey ao1 
No way dude
2018-01-06 20:10
#75
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong wqnxy1 
unexpected DansGame shouldbe higher
2018-01-06 20:10
#76
 | 
World zxjaer 
well deserved
2018-01-06 20:11
#78
 | 
United Kingdom Fizzhaz 
izi for daneland
2018-01-06 20:11
#80
 | 
Russia v1p3rrr 
YAY EZPZ Dupreeh #9 Devve #3
2018-01-06 20:12
Device will be 5 or 6 maybe even lower Probably not 3
2018-01-07 08:14
#289
 | 
Russia v1p3rrr 
3-5
2018-01-07 09:22
#84
Jame | 
Portugal gazav 
Left: Fallen, Fer, Coldzera, Device, dupreeh, Niko, Rain, Guardian, Kenny S, Elige, Stewie. Maybe: Felps (Random order)
2018-01-06 20:13
s1mple hater LUL
2018-01-06 20:22
#170
Jame | 
Portugal gazav 
No, mate. I like Simple, Simple can be in top 20 too!
2018-01-06 20:56
Then you’re bad at counting?
2018-01-06 21:30
#195
Jame | 
Portugal gazav 
No, i didn't choose Simple, because of Navi history this year, just because of it.
2018-01-06 21:32
Elige and Stewie kek.Good luck if even one of them come on list.
2018-01-06 20:23
#175
Jame | 
Portugal gazav 
I thought to put only Elige, but Cloud 9 is on top rank teams, just because of that i added Stewie. In fact, i'm not a big fan of Stewie, but he's the star of top5 team.
2018-01-06 20:59
#126
 | 
World WestSideDude 
expected from Brazilian fangay
2018-01-06 20:24
#173
Jame | 
Portugal gazav 
Not at all.
2018-01-06 20:56
#291
 | 
Russia v1p3rrr 
Elige stewie rofl GETRIGHT will be #1 then xDD
2018-01-07 09:24
Well deserved
2018-01-06 20:13
Outrageous I feel like he's way better than dupreeh
2018-01-06 20:14
#125
 | 
Netherlands Lynch^_^ 
dupreeh stepped up alot when he changed his role.
2018-01-06 20:24
Yeah he really did show some impressive flexibility in the last part of the year
2018-01-06 20:50
wow, I expected him higher... but well deserved <3
2018-01-06 20:14
#90
 | 
Poland Hell2k 
Last top 12 Cold Niko Fallen Fer Rain Kennys S1mple Device Hobbit Dupreeh Guardian And who?
2018-01-06 20:15
felps/Elige maybe?
2018-01-06 20:24
#123
 | 
World WestSideDude 
guardian? for what? he was terrible 2017
2018-01-06 20:24
#127
 | 
Poland Hell2k 
But he should be in top 20
2018-01-06 20:25
#128
 | 
World WestSideDude 
no he shouldn't. he wasn't better than all who already were named.
2018-01-06 20:25
I would say better than Snax and Olof.
2018-01-06 20:28
#137
 | 
World WestSideDude 
and? is it enough to be 12 or even higher? LMAO he was a little bit good only at the end of the year.
2018-01-06 20:29
I'm not saying it's enough to be 12 or better. I was expecting him around #16 or so...
2018-01-06 20:31
#144
 | 
World WestSideDude 
so he is out of that list. that was my point.
2018-01-06 20:32
I know he is out of the list... I wrote that even somewhere on forum when I saw that Kjaerbye is #15.
2018-01-06 20:34
#93
gob b | 
Germany CSin2K19 
cutie <3
2018-01-06 20:15
#95
 | 
Poland Az1m 
He should be higher imo but well deserved anyway
2018-01-06 20:16
Xyp9x must be in Top10 - not 13 place.
2018-01-06 20:17
#121
 | 
World WestSideDude 
too many players for top10
2018-01-06 20:24
He is the smartest player
2018-01-06 20:20
f0rest top 12
2018-01-06 20:21
#109
 | 
United States majdob 
so undeserved, bias website
2018-01-06 20:21
:( feelsbad
2018-01-06 20:23
#118
 | 
Finland Smoonah 
ZIPNICKZZZZZ does it again!!! ahhh ZIPNICKZZZZZZZ with the clutch ahhhh ZIPNICKZZZZZZ - Sadokist
2018-01-06 20:23
#124
 | 
Brazil mendAo 
WHERES FELPS?? AND TACO???? THIS IS A JOKE!
2018-01-06 20:24
mr 0.96 favela monkaS
2018-01-06 23:37
#282
 | 
Europe Vallon 
Shit players in top 20? LUL
2018-01-07 05:25
#311
 | 
Brazil mendAo 
taco a shit player won 8 tournaments and 1 mvp in this year, felps other shit player won 5 tournaments. the two won much more than nip in these last years
2018-01-07 19:05
#129
 | 
Brazil cadik 
so undeserved, bias website
2018-01-06 20:26
deserve higher
2018-01-06 20:28
#139
Sf | 
Turkmenistan Autista 
and they'll put eco fragger device above him even though he missed like half of the year with herpes
2018-01-06 20:29
prove it or ill kill you
2018-01-06 20:30
#142
 | 
Iceland caverat 
not expected not deserved
2018-01-06 20:31
top 20 is shit so far top 10 will be better I hope.
2018-01-06 20:35
<3
2018-01-06 20:39
#150
 | 
Denmark FancyFerret 
3# in 1vX?
2018-01-06 20:40
#151
 | 
Poland MikoS2K 
Next Guardian
2018-01-06 20:40
13? really? is this a joke? this guy is easily top 10, maybe even top 7
2018-01-06 20:45
Most underrated player in the world, best Astralis player hands down
2018-01-06 20:44
#156
 | 
Russia Guttural_God 
Xyp9wka 6patuwka )
2018-01-06 20:46
who?
2018-01-06 20:47
#158
 | 
United States SladesterG 
How have 4 astralis players made it they had a good 2 months (hltv is Danish website)
2018-01-06 20:47
#159
 | 
Brazil Collee 
Deserved, maybe a bit more tbh, let's see who comes next. Not the best ratings you'll see because of his position on the team. But probably the best clutch player/support of 2017
2018-01-06 20:48
#161
 | 
Azerbaijan Talley 
damn sticker money, xyp9x grew some hair lately.
2018-01-06 20:53
xypex or xypnix?
2018-01-06 20:53
#185
woxic | 
Brazil Skilo 
it's xypex but xypnix sounds better imo
2018-01-06 21:11
1. Cold 2. Niko 3. Fer 4. Rain 5. Kennys 6. Device 7. S1mple 8. Fallen 9. Dupreeh 10. Guardian 11. Hobbit 12. Elige
2018-01-06 20:54
+1
2018-01-06 22:59
#270
 | 
Portugal RKO23 
dev1ce and s1mple in front of fallen? dude... NO. S1mple , the device and then fallen!
2018-01-07 01:19
#166
 | 
Denmark ta1ket 
3 DANES EZ
2018-01-06 20:54
#168
 | 
Europe JuliusCaesar 
This is pathetic if player like Xyp9x is on #13. He should be top10 atleast. This guy is doing better job than any1 else in Astralis since TSM times. Xyp9x is doing better job than Device and this is a fact but people look at K/D ratio and this is just dumb, he deserve better. Anyway, GJ and I really hope that he will save Astralis even more times than he already did.
2018-01-06 20:55
#169
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Serbia GODKipato 
Underrated af
2018-01-06 20:55
#171
Boo | 
France mbl4 
Expected. People who say he deserves better are a bit blinded by flashy plays he delivered all the year. It's not because you put good clutches and insane plays that you will be top 10. If it was the case, JasonR would have been in the top lel
2018-01-06 20:56
hobbit #12 confirmed
2018-01-06 21:00
dupreeh 12th so we can have 12-15 danes lol.
2018-01-06 21:05
#183
 | 
Hungary raffai 
wtf this is a fucking joke xDDDDDD
2018-01-06 21:08
#187
 | 
Brazil WWWWWWW 
xypp
2018-01-06 21:20
#188
 | 
Brazil hugoooo 
haha so HLTV consider ONE showmatch for money as a tournament!? It's a joke.
2018-01-06 21:21
Ok im confused now, who are the rest 12? I can name 11 more, but I was sure that 13th is going to be either felps or Elige, now im confused
2018-01-06 21:26
#193
 | 
Latvia Ke]R[4u 
hobbit is better than adren so he should be here
2018-01-06 21:31
Just here to comment how MODDI has let himself go...
2018-01-06 21:32
Well deserved. Guy on a support positiong so many clutches and so many games where nobody showed up except him. I wish Denmark would make a superteam with like K0NFIG, Xyp9X Device and like 2 young up coming players
2018-01-06 21:32
Why he only #13, he can easily get top 10
2018-01-06 21:32
Ahhahhhhhahaha . HLTV , RLY? ADREN IS MUCH BETTER THAN THIS SHIT .BOUGHT RATING BY TEAMS , GL RETARDS
2018-01-06 21:34
#200
 | 
Czech Republic stejn 
xyp9x over k0nfig ??? :D u are joking hltv.org ..
2018-01-06 21:35
K0nfig is a joke
2018-01-06 21:58
#202
clax | 
Russia pizdekt 
xyp9x top 13? LoL, i think he is in top 10
2018-01-06 21:40
#203
 | 
Belarus Starvoid 
xyp9x should be in top 10
2018-01-06 21:40
EZ
2018-01-06 21:43
Deserved. xyp9x is a beast!
2018-01-06 21:44
#211
TaZ | 
Poland DraggerPL 
Gimme pasha now
2018-01-06 21:52
pasha is not going to be in the top20
2018-01-06 21:56
#217
TaZ | 
Poland DraggerPL 
For me he was better than snax this year because he was playing on stable level. But i was thinking he would be no higher than 15
2018-01-06 22:01
#225
 | 
Poland Hamadoshi 
+1
2018-01-06 22:09
#218
 | 
Poland Hamadoshi 
Snax was, why not pasha?
2018-01-06 22:01
why would pasha be? he wasnt really that good this year, in fact no1 in vp was good this year since they played like shit
2018-01-06 22:05
#224
 | 
Poland Hamadoshi 
pasha was better than Snax
2018-01-06 22:09
well i think there are 12 more players deserve being top20 than pasha
2018-01-06 22:35
#243
 | 
Poland Hamadoshi 
I know, but I say that pasha should be in top 20, not Snax
2018-01-06 23:25
yea
2018-01-06 23:40
should be in top 10
2018-01-06 21:58
fuck. N1 Frank!
2018-01-06 22:01
#220
 | 
Finland jayss 
I guess device won't make it in top 20
2018-01-06 22:03
he will
2018-01-06 22:05
only 14 waat
2018-01-06 22:15
#227
Xyp9x | 
Germany h3ro_ 
You just have to love this guy =)<3
2018-01-06 22:18
xyp9 god, deserved ma man
2018-01-06 22:23
1. Coldzera 2. Niko 3. Fer 4. FalleN 5. S1mple 6. Rain 7. KennyS 8. Device 9. Hobbit 10. Dupreeh 11. Guardian 12. F0rest Obviously
2018-01-06 22:24
dupreeh 19?
2018-01-06 22:57
#234
TACO | 
Brazil teuS11 
Unexpected
2018-01-06 22:52
clutchmeister
2018-01-06 22:56
one of the first accurate rankings so far. also no na player will be in top20, deal with it amerifats
2018-01-06 23:45
elige will be in top 20,nt
2018-01-07 02:30
twistzz > elige so nah
2018-01-07 04:52
idiot spotted
2018-01-07 12:15
What? He deserves atleast top 8.
2018-01-06 23:59
Not a single amaerican player in top 20 omegaLUL What game they are playing? Crossfire? Point blank?
2018-01-07 00:13
#260
 | 
United States Acehavok 
What's an EVP award??
2018-01-07 00:19
#298
 | 
Iceland caverat 
above the mvp
2018-01-07 10:56
Good job, Zippex.
2018-01-07 00:33
xyp9x > kjaerbye ????? Are u fucking kidding me?
2018-01-07 00:51
Xyp9x was solid whole year, kjearbye was god first few months then disappeared, simple reason.
2018-01-07 05:16
#273
 | 
United States TheYusa16 
5 Danish players at the top 10. Wow.
2018-01-07 03:01
#275
 | 
Bulgaria vectralsoul 
Expected.
2018-01-07 03:24
#277
 | 
Argentina wfc 
xyp9x 13???? LOOOOOOOOOOOL
2018-01-07 04:37
1. coldzera 2. NiKo 3. s1mple 4. kennyS 5. rain 6. Fallen 7. device 8. dupreeh 9. fer 10. H0bbit IMO, don't blame me :)
2018-01-07 09:32
#292
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Korea Damianlee 
this is what's going to happen
2018-01-07 09:24
fallen>device
2018-01-07 09:25
u right
2018-01-07 09:32
S1mple hahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahha
2018-01-07 20:24
#301
fnx | 
Norway Trypticon 
The worst player on the scene, who suddenly (after being told by his team to step up or get kicked) became a superplayer. The toggle is real.
2018-01-07 12:21
#305
 | 
Denmark Enggaard 
That was Dupreeh, nice try
2018-01-07 13:50
#317
fnx | 
Norway Trypticon 
No, Xyp got told by his team to step up or be removed. Overnight, he was a superkiller.
2018-01-07 21:59
#319
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Denmark Enggaard 
Ever watched to the stars? Dupreeh and Karrigan got a warning. not xyp
2018-01-08 08:24
#302
 | 
Spain Rekto_Plasm 
Best support and one of the best clutch players
2018-01-07 13:11
ez 4 cube head
2018-01-07 13:25
clutch god xyp9. Welcome to the clutch AK skin should be exclusive to this guy
2018-01-07 15:24
God Megamind Xyp9x
2018-01-07 20:53
#320
kabal | 
Mongolia NRLT 
Why #13????? Maybe No#1
2018-01-08 11:01
no! no #13 xyp9x minimum top10 best clutch player!
2018-01-09 14:59
personally, xyp9x is my favorite player to spectate. A great teamplayer with unreal clutch ability.
2018-01-10 13:02
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