Top 20 players of 2017: Hobbit (11)

MIRAA
January 8th, 2018 20:00

Number 11 on our top 20 ranking powered by EGB.com goes to Gambit's Abay "Hobbit" Khasenov, who is debuting on this list. The Kazakhstani talent was one of the most consistent performers of the year, in which his team most notably picked up a Major title.

Top 20 players of 2017: Introduction

Abay "Hobbit" Khasenov has enjoyed such a meteoric rise to stardom over the last 18 months that it becomes easy to forget that he is anything but a newcomer. In fact, he has been playing Counter-Strike since 2004, but his frequent breaks, sometimes for as long as a year or two, hampered his progress during those early times.

"I was 10 years old when I started playing and managed to secure a third place in an ASUS qualifier. This means that I have been playing for a very long time, but I was not able to break through [at the time] due to different factors. It was my brothers who introduced me to the game, they took me to a local LAN. [Growing up], I supported AdreN and mou, they showed everyone in Kazakhstan that it is possible to break through and play on a professional level."

Everything changed for Hobbit in 2016, when he was offered the chance to play for Tengri, who were already an established team in Kazakhstan and in the CIS region. That year, he played in the qualifiers for ELEAGUE Season 2 and in the ECS Season 2 Development League, and helped Tengri to finish third at the Adrenaline Cyber League Finals, in Moscow.

Hobbit at the CIS Championship #2

As we entered the final quarter of the year, Hobbit was approached by Gambit, who had recently parted ways with Ivan "spaze" Obrezhan and Dmitry "hooch" Bogdanov, and ended up signing for the UK-based organisation, initially on a six-month loan from Tengri.

"I was at a difficult situation in my life at that point. The results of my team did not live up to expectations, and if I kept playing like I was playing I would get expelled from my university, so I considered going inactive. That is when I got offers from several organisations, including Gambit. I was really happy and understood that this was my chance, so I spoke to Tengri’s owners about it. They did not want to give me away for free since they knew I had potential, so they decided for the very first time in the history of esports to arrange a loan deal."

Gambit’s new roster was not an instant hit, the team crashing out of ESWC 2016 in the quarter-finals at the hands of Space Soldiers. But then they ended the year with a bang, winning the Acer Predator Masters Season 3 and DreamHack Winter. It was at the latter event that Hobbit really showed himself to the world as he earned an MVP medal.

"ESWC and Acer Predator Masters were like practice for us, for the team to gel and for me to get experience prior to DreamHack Winter. Personally, I believe that we could win it and I was confident in my team. But I did not expect to perform so well that I would get an MVP medal. I did not even know what it was at that point.

"After that, our goals for 2017 were to be a top-five rated team on HLTV and to secure the best possible achievements in all tournaments."

Gambit did not have the best of starts in 2017, finishing 5th-8th at their first two events, the ELEAGUE Major and DreamHack Masters Las Vegas. On both occasions, Hobbit was rated second in the team, with the DreamHack event providing his second-highest tournament rating of the year (1.19) and a very high 1.22 Impact.

After those two playoff runs, the team were at one of their lowest points in 2017 as they were eliminated from the StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 3 in 12th-14th place - with Hobbit still putting in decent numbers despite the team's shortcomings (1.10 Rating, 1.21 Impact and 81.4 ADR).

"We were in very good shape for the Major and for DeamHack, and I was certain that our form would allow us to reach the final in both tournaments, but I did not take into account that we were not ready to win such big tournaments from a psychological point of view.

"We played a lot prior to StarSeries. We had never played so much. We crashed at this tournament, where we understood that we got burned out from playing so much. But all the work ended up paying off further down the road."

cs_summit was the event that marked a turning point for Gambit. Its more relaxed atmosphere and the double-elimination format really suited the Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko-led team, who beat every opponent who stood in their way bar SK, finishing in second place after a three-map final against Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo's men. Hobbit, who had a memorable 2.43 rating in the Train game against Liquid, earned his first EVP mention of the year after securing a 1.14 rating - 10% higher than the team's average -, with his only below-average ratings coming against the Brazilians.

DreamHack Austin gave Gambit their first title of 2017

Riding the wave after that runner-up finish in Los Angeles, Gambit took it one step further at DreamHack Austin, showing their predilection for these medium-sized $100,000 tournaments. In Texas, the Kazakhstani team topped their group after moving past Heroic and HellRaisers, then passed a difficult test against a G2 team still looking for their first title before defeating Immortals in a two-map final. Hobbit, whose only below average rating came in the overtime defeat to G2, finished the event with a 1.15 rating/+21 KDD, earning his second EVP of the year.

“All the practice before StarSeries paid off at cs_summit and DreamHack Austin, where the strats we had prepared for StarSeries finally began to work. I remember that we had the chance to win both titles, but SK turned out to be a level higher than us. These tournaments showed me that hard work pays off sooner or later. cs_summit was one of the most memorable events of my life. It is too bad we did not get an invite to the next event, even though we were the finalists last year."

Gambit were left frustrated with their inconsistency once again after their next event, DreamHack Summer. The Kazakhstani team reached the end of the road following defeats to CLG and fnatic, which did not bode well for their chances at the second Major of the year.

But then Gambit defied the odds and swept everyone off their feet in Krakow. Victories over mousesports, G2 and Virtus.pro put them through the first stage on a perfect 3-0 record, with Hobbit boasting an average 1.26 rating in the Swiss rounds. In the playoffs, the 23-year-old continued to show his incredible consistency, putting in 1+ ratings on all maps his team won, but he saved the best for last as he posted a 1.65 rating, his personal best in the tournament, and clutched a 1v3 in the third game of the final against Immortals, helping Gambit to add their name to the exclusive list of teams who have claimed Major titles. For his efforts (1.13 Rating, +24 KDD and five 1vsX situations won), Hobbit secured his third EVP mention of the year.

"I was really happy, there are no words to describe what I felt. It was one of the happiest days of my life. We had internal issues before the Major, and the atmosphere on the team was very poor. We came late to practice, we were constantly in a bad mood, but we kept doing our best and continued to practice. I remember that it was really tough, but we decided to ignore all outside factors and do everything necessary to win the Major."

Gambit stunned the scene by winning PGL Major Krakow

After the event, Hobbit was rewarded with a permanent deal by Gambit, becoming the most expensive signing in the CIS region following a deal worth $100,000. But it was not all good news for the recently-crowned Major champions, who lost Zeus to Natus Vincere and had to improvise by handing the reins to Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev.

With Zeus no longer in the fold, Gambit travelled to Malmö with Bektiyar "fitch" Bahytov as their new fifth player. Even though Gambit's 3rd-4th place finish was one of their best results that year, the event was hardly memorable for Hobbit, who had 1+ ratings on just 54.5% of the maps the team played, with his 1.16 and 1.32 ratings against FaZe and Astralis being eclipsed by some below-par performances against NiP (0.86) and especially North (0.75). His 1.02 tournament rating in Malmö was his second lowest of 2017, only challenged by the 0.97 rating he brought in at ESG Tour Mykonos - his sole below-average tournament rating of the year. In the Greek island, Hobbit was conspicuously absent and looked well off the pace, even in his team's only victory (16-7 over Heroic), in which he had just a 0.82 rating.

"A combination of Zeus’s departure and a frustrating loss at DreamHack Masters made us feel worried and under pressure. We were afraid of losing and lacked confidence, especially me."

Hobbit quickly overcame such issues, however, and ended 2017 as Gambit's top performer at each of their last three big events, starting with EPICENTER, where he put in a respectable 1.11 rating despite the team going out after two matches (1-2 defeats to FaZe and Virtus.pro.

IEM Oakland was Hobbit's best event of 2017

IEM Oakland turned out to be the event where Hobbit had his best performance of the year, bringing in a 1.26 rating, the next closest player being Rustem "mou" Telepov at 1.08. Curiously, the 23-year-old had a slow start, with back-to-back 0.99 ratings against OpTic and Liquid, but once he shifted into a higher gear there was no stopping him. He played a pivotal role in Gambit's comprehensive victory against FaZe (2.17 rating) and produced a one-man show against Cloud9 (1.26 Rating, +23 KDD), which, however, did not keep his team from losing the match. Hobbit's rating was the third-highest of the event and 22% above the team's average in Oakland, with the 23-year-old leading the tournament charts in terms of KPR (0.87) and percentage of rounds with at least one kill (57.8%), picking up his fourth EVP of the year.

"I do not think I peaked at that point. Andi helped me a lot and he continues to do so. I think he will continue to help me and the rest of the team to achieve as much as we possibly can. My family and my wife have also helped me a lot psychologically, and I think I can become even better!"

The final event of the year was DreamHack Winter, where Gambit could not repeat their heroics from 2016 as they went out of the tournament in the semi-finals. Hobbit crushed Rise Nation in his team's opening match (+25 KDD, 2.22 rating), but then his form took a hit as he put in below-par displays in the overtime victory against Natus Vincere and in the one-sided defeat to mousesports. Still, he finished the tournament with an above-average rating (1.07), the only Gambit player to do so.

Gambit could not repeat their DreamHack Winter success from 2016

We asked Hobbit’s about his goals for 2018, after an eventful year that brought two big titles, one of them a Major:

"I really hope that 2018 will be a productive year. Our goal is to become a top three team, and we want to achieve more things than in 2017!"

Why is he the 11th best player of 2017?

Without a doubt, the biggest factor behind Hobbit's place in the ranking is his remarkable consistency. He only had one under-1.0 tournament rating throughout the year and put in ratings of 1.07 or higher at 10 of the 12 events he attended, earning four EVP recognitions in the process - two at big events (PGL Major Krakow and IEM Oakland) and two at medium-sized competitions (cs_summit and DreamHack Open Austin).

On average, Hobbit secured 0.74 kills and dealt 81.1 damage per round, which ranks him 12th in the world in both categories. And even though 2017 was the first year in which he competed on a top level all year long, he showed that he can acquit himself really well against the best as he averaged a 1.11 rating in the playoffs of big events, the 12th highest overall.

Despite his heroics, the 23-year-old still finished outside the top 10 as he was not impactful enough and did not have enough standout performances over the year to break into the upper half of the ranking, which in part can be explained by the fact that Gambit only attended seven tournaments that fit the "big event" category.

Bold prediction

Hobbit believes 2018 could be teammate fitch’s year, but he expects some of the lesser-known Kazakhstani players to raise eyebrows as well.

Kazakhstan Bektiyar "fitch" Bahytov

"I think that fitch has a huge potential to become a top 20 player in 2018. Moreover, I think that everyone on AVANGAR has a chance to make a name for themselves, if they continue working and improving!"

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.

Kazakhstan Rustem 'mou' Telepov
Rustem 'mou' Telepov
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
937
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Kazakhstan Bektiyar 'fitch' Bahytov
Bektiyar 'fitch' Bahytov
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
415
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.15
Kazakhstan Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1237
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.16
Kazakhstan Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
547
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Russia Ivan 'spaze' Obrezhan
Ivan 'spaze' Obrezhan
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
510
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Age:
31
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1287
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.17
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
973
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.59
APR:
0.11
Russia Dmitry 'hooch' Bogdanov
Dmitry 'hooch' Bogdanov
Age:
31
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
805
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
#1
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Germany Gloin 
I DID IT! GET THE CAMERA MOM! GZ HOBBIT
2018-01-08 20:00
#12
NiKo | 
United States atom2k 
fuk
2018-01-08 20:00
#37
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Qatar kys_lvl99 
faze pls disband
2018-01-08 20:01
#52
NiKo | 
United States atom2k 
hhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaa ur bad
2018-01-08 20:01
#125
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Austria shaakeh 
*cough cough* e x p e c t e d
2018-01-08 20:16
0 mvp #11 hmm
2018-01-08 22:40
#305
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Latvia Xaity 
some buttheart ?
2018-01-09 08:19
yes butt heart
2018-01-09 10:32
#362
shox | 
Russia Shurnd 
hahaha "HEART" fucking low latvian faggot, do u remember me? Fucking stupid bitch, shame of the humanity
2018-01-10 18:50
#364
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Latvia Xaity 
Wtf who are u baited autist ? O.o
2018-01-10 19:06
#96
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Finland Taynz 
We all know u are brazilian fakeflagger
2018-01-08 20:06
#107
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Qatar kys_lvl99 
I'm American. Don't they teach flags of the countries at school nowadays?
2018-01-08 20:10
talking about education but don't know what fakeflaggin means, wp
2018-01-08 20:23
#137
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Netherlands DerFuhrer 
You have fallen for his bait.
2018-01-08 20:25
and you fell for mine :*
2018-01-08 20:40
#237
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Switzerland Alzameister 
And you all fell for mine xD
2018-01-08 22:12
#329
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Netherlands DerFuhrer 
IT WAS A TRAP!
2018-01-09 14:06
It's a wrap!
2018-01-09 20:53
#360
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Switzerland Alzameister 
its a crab!
2018-01-10 08:32
#365
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Netherlands DerFuhrer 
its a nap!
2018-01-10 19:28
#370
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Switzerland Alzameister 
Its a clap!
2018-01-10 22:04
#163
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United Kingdom SLurSs 
If you were educated you would relise they are calling your flag incorrect not calling the USA flag Brazillian you would also know Finland has the best education system in the world you would also relise you sound retarded.
2018-01-08 20:40
#209
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Qatar kys_lvl99 
if you read it again you might notice that he said I'm brazilian. wp kid.
2018-01-08 21:29
#213
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Malta aidsss 
He said that u are brazilian FAKEFLAGGER
2018-01-08 21:35
#214
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Qatar kys_lvl99 
I think brazilian fakeflagger is also brazilian. wp sir.
2018-01-08 21:39
#225
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Malta aidsss 
This guy meant that u have a fake flag cuz he thought that u are brazilian
2018-01-08 21:51
#269
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Denmark MeToxi 
I think you're wrong.. He fits the american description by being that fucking retarded.
2018-01-08 23:33
#259
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United Kingdom SLurSs 
Yes Brazilian fake flagger he meant you are Brazilian pretending to be NA cause you act so dumb
2018-01-08 23:18
But NA people from Hltv are normally a bit dumb.
2018-01-09 04:33
Isn't everyone on HLTV a bit dumb
2018-01-09 20:54
true
2018-01-10 04:02
#298
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Finland Taynz 
You are FaZe hater you probably are brazilian
2018-01-09 07:00
#321
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Qatar kys_lvl99 
+1
2018-01-09 11:49
#299
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Finland Taynz 
You are FaZe hater you are probably brazilian fakeflagger
2018-01-09 07:00
#314
NiKo | 
India Sishir 
+1
2018-01-09 09:41
#31
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Qatar kys_lvl99 
gj
2018-01-08 20:01
#69
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Bosnia and Herzegovina kick_pita_ffs 
Hi Gimli son of Gloin
2018-01-08 20:02
#88
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Germany Gloin 
Hi :)
2018-01-08 20:05
He's Gloin son of Groin (or Glóin son of Gróin), actually. I know, reading is hard. You're welcome.
2018-01-08 22:14
#122
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Germany Gloin 
I think Hobbit would have deserved a #10 spot though.
2018-01-08 20:15
Nah
2018-01-08 20:42
stupid kid. The ranking is set up by performance
2018-01-08 21:11
#238
rain | 
Brazil LeoMan 
Just because he thinks the hobbit should be #10, is he a stupid kid?
2018-01-08 22:13
#140
dennis | 
Latvia De1Co 
Overrated
2018-01-08 20:27
He had a great year and played well, not over rated at all
2018-01-09 18:04
#2
Xyp9x | 
Czech Republic Puget 
expected
2018-01-08 20:00
#111
rain | 
India Dumbarse 
Yep
2018-01-08 20:11
#139
dennis | 
Latvia De1Co 
Overrated
2018-01-08 20:26
ok, no scene
2018-01-08 21:19
#242
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United States Shadow272 
Does Russia have a scene? Except Dosia X GOD
2018-01-08 22:26
#244
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Ukraine labl3 
Electronic, flamie, seized, worldedit, a lot of t3 talents...
2018-01-08 22:32
#297
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Finland T3ME_ 
I played against worldedit few days ago
2018-01-09 06:32
#328
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Ukraine labl3 
He plays a lot of mm, everyone played against him XD
2018-01-09 14:01
#353
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Sweden werkaster 
Electronic t3? One of the biggest talents we've seen in years? Haven't proved it in Navi yet, maybe, but we know he can play from earlier in his career. Should be a top 10 player next year, in the world, not just that region.
2018-01-09 19:35
#363
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Ukraine labl3 
i mean El, fl, szd, we AND a lot of t3 talents
2018-01-10 19:00
14 players from Russia will play on Boston Major imgur.com/a/6n0vB
2018-01-08 23:31
#277
dennis | 
Latvia De1Co 
I want to see how fast those Russians will lose... Only hope is Navi and it's not even Russian team xD
2018-01-09 00:01
They at least are there, but you and your motherland are not there and never was close
2018-01-09 00:05
Aahhahaah +1, at least im not rasict, cuz avangar will be kicked fast too(((
2018-01-09 04:12
#306
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Latvia Xaity 
wtf Janis why mad ?
2018-01-09 08:21
#300
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Brazil R_ananias 
But that includes the qualifier!! I wanna see how many will make it to the real Major.
2018-01-09 07:09
#331
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United States Shadow272 
Yeah but who has a real chance to go to playoffs No one Maybe the Navi players
2018-01-09 14:43
#245
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Latvia AntonsMc 
Any russian team? That's what I thought doggy
2018-01-08 22:35
Where is your scene? that's what I thought doggy
2018-01-08 22:51
#253
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Latvia AntonsMc 
NA talking. OMEGALUL
2018-01-08 22:59
In your country, only one normal player, and then he speaks Russian and plays in the Ukrainian team.
2018-01-08 23:27
but 0 players from your country vs 14 players from Russia on Major imgur.com/a/6n0vB /closed
2018-01-08 23:33
#270
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Denmark MeToxi 
Could u tell me.. How many russian people is there for each latvian?
2018-01-08 23:36
#275
dennis | 
Latvia De1Co 
Latvia has 1,957,200 people, which 25% is Russians and Russia has 144,463,451. So if I did math correctly, it's about 74 Russians on 1 Latvian...
2018-01-09 00:00
China,India, Pakistan, USA Latvian logic @$#%€¥¥ lmao
2018-01-09 16:27
#342
dennis | 
Latvia De1Co 
What China, India and Pakistan has to do here? Irreverent fuk
2018-01-09 16:44
Population doesnt play any role at all. Thays all Btw Idk what Latvians are good at. Pretty much useless country as Estonia, Lithuania
2018-01-09 16:55
#346
dennis | 
Latvia De1Co 
So does Norway... Useless...
2018-01-09 17:12
#276
dennis | 
Latvia De1Co 
144,463,451 against 1,957,200 and Latvia still won xD
2018-01-09 00:00
F3 won some events? They prepare only for majors... QBF will be elimjnated with score 0-3
2018-01-09 04:13
#319
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Latvia AntonsMc 
Last 5 players don't even count because of the change. 9 players from 144 mil people. Such wow
2018-01-09 11:25
#271
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Brazil EnzoAirezZ 
Latvia scene??????
2018-01-08 23:47
#273
dennis | 
Latvia De1Co 
We still have popular people not in gaming industry yet, even tho we are one of the smallest countries Lul
2018-01-08 23:56
#284
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Australia TheHypics 
who?
2018-01-09 02:49
#307
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Latvia Xaity 
briedis and porzingis ? thats all dude , cry is free
2018-01-09 08:23
#309
dennis | 
Latvia De1Co 
There's a lot more u fakeflagger dumbass... And we are not even 2mil xD
2018-01-09 08:27
#310
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Latvia Xaity 
and russians are not 25% , more like 45ru/55lat . Why u mad ?
2018-01-09 08:28
Latvia LUL
2018-01-09 11:38
#323
dennis | 
Latvia De1Co 
Mongolia xDddddddddd
2018-01-09 12:29
Mongolia is actually better than Latvia in csgo ;)
2018-01-10 12:39
#322
dennis | 
Latvia De1Co 
Bruh, you really don't know anything about Latvia or you just live in Daugavpils...
2018-01-09 12:28
#324
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Latvia Xaity 
call me more famous ppl and what i need more to know about LV =)
2018-01-09 12:29
#336
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Latvia Xaity 
so u cant write it yourself xDDDD need to google . 0/8 dude ...
2018-01-09 16:03
#339
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Brazil EnzoAirezZ 
Fakeflagger lul
2018-01-09 16:39
#340
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Latvia Xaity 
fakeflagging LV is this new ERA ? :D
2018-01-09 16:40
#341
dennis | 
Latvia De1Co 
I mean go and see yourself, why would I need to do something for some dumb idiot who can't do it himself... It's 2018 dummy
2018-01-09 16:43
#343
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Latvia Xaity 
nt nt non-educated kiddo
2018-01-09 16:49
#345
dennis | 
Latvia De1Co 
Non-edu? Bruh, you should know how to be tolerant LMAO
2018-01-09 17:11
#347
dennis | 
Latvia De1Co 
From this point I'm just gonna ignore you... You are imbred and not educated, 12yo saying kiddo...
2018-01-09 17:14
#349
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Latvia Xaity 
Nothing to say - better don’t open ur mouth )
2018-01-09 17:44
#354
dennis | 
Latvia De1Co 
Lmao, just pathetic
2018-01-09 19:40
#335
dennis | 
Latvia De1Co 
Oh and they aren't random imgur.com/a/Hp5Ox
2018-01-09 16:01
#3
Dev1 | 
Slovakia Marbw0w 
s
2018-01-08 20:00
how are you guys so fast?
2018-01-08 20:00
#67
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Germany cartii 
F5 24h/day
2018-01-08 20:02
more like f5 spam at 1:59 before its 2:00, then spam like crazy, click then scroll down super quickly then ctrl + v or just type one letter than post. sometimes you have to get lucky because so many people are posting that the person with fastest internet speed wins.
2018-01-08 20:04
#117
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Germany Gloin 
There is a little trick though ;) (Has nothing to do with bots/ scripts or anything)
2018-01-08 20:14
whats the trick? (pm me)
2018-01-08 20:18
#176
AdreN | 
Kazakhstan Fox427 
twitter alert, no need to thank me ;)
2018-01-08 20:48
i already know the trick (twitter alert will get beaten by a million triollion bronzillion yaers)
2018-01-08 20:49
#232
s1mple | 
Ukraine _aNk3 
:D haha
2018-01-08 21:56
#93
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Denmark 1924 
• f5 19:59 - 20:00
2018-01-08 20:05
#243
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United States Shadow272 
Depends where u live
2018-01-08 22:28
Notifications on Android are fast unlike ios
2018-01-08 20:03
Always same time, fuccbois camp it out
2018-01-08 20:04
#185
AdreN | 
Kazakhstan Fox427 
twitter alert, no need to thank me ;)
2018-01-08 20:56
#4
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Qatar kys_lvl99 
ez
2018-01-08 20:00
#6
FalleN | 
Poland Mejzon 
1
2018-01-08 20:00
#7
 | 
World Raptrs 
expected
2018-01-08 20:00
#141
dennis | 
Latvia De1Co 
Overrated
2018-01-08 20:27
Ok, no scene.
2018-01-08 21:46
#8
 | 
Poland Bendarta 
wow
2018-01-08 20:00
#9
 | 
Poland Marcines 
nice
2018-01-08 20:00
#10
 | 
Russia ArtyomPLAY 
i'm TOP10
2018-01-08 20:00
Well deserved!
2018-01-08 20:00
Well done Abay <3
2018-01-08 20:00
lets go
2018-01-08 20:00
deserved
2018-01-08 20:00
hobbitGOD > fer ez
2018-01-08 20:03
#177
 | 
Brazil BrunoKatoN 
kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk good joke! Fer top 5!
2018-01-08 20:48
#194
 | 
Brazil skindaskill 
I guess not :/
2018-01-08 21:07
let this guy be Happy for once is his life.
2018-01-08 21:47
Fer is top 3, abay top 11(
2018-01-09 04:15
Wow
2018-01-08 20:00
#19
device | 
United Kingdom nellyyy 
Expected
2018-01-08 20:00
#21
tabseN | 
United Kingdom Jim3110 
ok
2018-01-08 20:00
Congratulations!
2018-01-08 20:00
#23
s1mple | 
Lithuania TGM 
omagad
2018-01-08 20:00
#24
 | 
Greenland ilikeshrooms 
1st ez
2018-01-08 20:00
#25
 | 
United Kingdom cowbunga 
GODBITT
2018-01-08 20:00
#26
 | 
Europe MpK_ 
GREAT
2018-01-08 20:00
#27
 | 
Chile nachooww 
deserveeeed
2018-01-08 20:00
#28
 | 
Europe s1e3pwa1ker 
ez
2018-01-08 20:00
#29
 | 
France Underbre 
aaaaaaaa
2018-01-08 20:00
#30
 | 
United States SladesterG 
Gg Edit: Stewie2k TOP 10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2018-01-08 20:01
#144
 | 
Poland ToxoFox 
he wont make top 20 at all dude.
2018-01-08 20:28
ahahahahahhaa
2018-01-08 21:48
#254
 | 
United States SladesterG 
Mad cuz fer is a budget Rain ??? Aahhabhahahahaahaa
2018-01-08 23:01
Fer 3rd>Rain 4th
2018-01-09 04:16
#326
 | 
United States SladesterG 
If hltv actually does of team and player achievements then rain>fer cuz rain 2 MVPs
2018-01-09 13:18
deserved frodo
2018-01-08 20:00
He deserves more
2018-01-08 20:01
#34
 | 
Brazil Bl00nd 
nice
2018-01-08 20:00
Deserved
2018-01-08 20:01
Unexpected :0 But deserved
2018-01-08 20:01
it was pretty expected...
2018-01-08 20:03
#155
 | 
Brazil SnozeyLx 
of course not ...
2018-01-08 20:36
maybe for people like you who thought that kng or hen1 will be in top20...for everyone else it was expected
2018-01-08 20:41
Kng should be top 20 for sure.
2018-01-08 21:48
no he shouldnt lol...
2018-01-08 21:49
no he wouldnt, but shouldnt, not couldnt.
2018-01-08 21:51
0/8
2018-01-08 21:52
8/0
2018-01-08 21:53
#281
 | 
Czech Republic Jurys 
maybe in top20 death threats
2018-01-09 00:56
LOLd
2018-01-09 08:53
#38
 | 
Germany ropzGOD 
Knew it. Expected aswell.
2018-01-08 20:01
WP
2018-01-08 20:01
#41
 | 
Sweden mixmixmartin 
LUL
2018-01-08 20:01
#42
 | 
Sweden Rexz 
gz
2018-01-08 20:01
#43
 | 
Sweden krak3n_ 
Deserved
2018-01-08 20:01
#44
Germany RRRo 
WELL DESERVED
2018-01-08 20:01
#45
 | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina kick_pita_ffs 
Expected
2018-01-08 20:01
#46
 | 
Sweden Zae 
LOL
2018-01-08 20:01
#47
 | 
Sweden yayer 
EXPECTED
2018-01-08 20:01
#48
 | 
Sweden naturen 
More like Top 5
2018-01-08 20:01
you're kidding right?
2018-01-08 21:13
#49
 | 
World nakTriceps 
Well deserved.
2018-01-08 20:01
#50
 | 
Germany PurpleSlimer 
Oh guardian bye bye
2018-01-08 20:01
#82
s1mple | 
Poland Hell2k 
Lol GuardiaN is top 10
2018-01-08 20:04
Stevie fanboy LUL
2018-01-08 21:30
EXPECTED 2X
2018-01-08 20:01
EVEN BEFORE NOTIFICATION THERE WERE 50 COMMENTS
2018-01-08 20:01
#57
 | 
Portugal dracø 
deserved a top 10 finish
2018-01-08 20:01
#59
 | 
Spain akproxx 
cute hobbit
2018-01-08 20:01
should be top 10 for sure
2018-01-08 20:01
#61
 | 
Poland Cortex_D 
#10 pashaBiceps!
2018-01-08 20:01
#62
s1mple | 
Poland Hell2k 
GJ godbit
2018-01-08 20:01
Yea my man cutiepie Bobbit <3 Such a humble player, and so underrated, D E S E R V E D <3 One of the rare players that nobody hates !
2018-01-08 20:02
+999
2018-01-08 20:07
+1
2018-01-08 20:33
#308
 | 
Latvia Xaity 
"One of the rare players that nobody hates ! " only navi fans hates :)
2018-01-09 08:25
GJ!
2018-01-08 20:02
#65
 | 
Australia Dubzayy 
Well Deserved, god throughout the year.
2018-01-08 20:02
#66
 | 
Brazil spaark1 
deserved. hobbit god!
2018-01-08 20:02
LUL
2018-01-08 20:02
Really seems a Hobbit lol
2018-01-08 20:02
Omaygad HOOBIT
2018-01-08 20:02
Deserved, GOD HOBBIT
2018-01-08 20:02
#73
 | 
Poland ULTRALUL 
fuck, i wanted him to be top 10
2018-01-08 20:02
nt
2018-01-08 20:02
#75
 | 
United States Neroz44 
First
2018-01-08 20:02
#76
 | 
Germany XRippeR 
He deserved top 10 tbh
2018-01-08 20:02
#77
 | 
United States sundby11 
haha ez predictions
2018-01-08 20:03
#84
 | 
Russia skipster 
Good job Abay!
2018-01-08 20:04
#85
 | 
Finland Jonzu95 
GOD HOBBIT
2018-01-08 20:04
#86
 | 
China batil 
nice
2018-01-08 20:04
#87
 | 
Czech Republic MatthEWw_w 
who?
2018-01-08 20:05
#89
 | 
Russia Nikosimus 
Top10 from 10 to 1 Guardian Dupreeh KennyS Fallen S1mple Device Rain Fer NiKo Cold Screenshot this
2018-01-08 20:05
fallen 5, device 6, s1mple 7
2018-01-08 20:14
#161
 | 
Russia Nikosimus 
May be true, they are close This year I have no clue what HLTV uses to put them in such order if Elige is 12,Adren is 17 and f0rest is out of top20 while oskar is 16
2018-01-08 20:39
#134
TACO | 
Brazil TonimSan 
Device and s1mple over Fallen and Kenny kappa
2018-01-08 20:24
We get it, you're Brazilian
2018-01-08 20:33
#156
TACO | 
Brazil TonimSan 
Remove Fallen from my post, it still stands...
2018-01-08 20:37
Device has had a much better year than Kenny lol, are you alright? And s1mple has performed better across the year, not a better awper, but all round better yes
2018-01-08 20:39
#172
TACO | 
Brazil TonimSan 
Both have almost the same rating, but KennyS has two tier 1 MVPs and two tier 2 MVPs, is A LOT more impactful than dev1ce, bigger K/D, and much more better stats than I can remember.
2018-01-08 20:45
MVP's, Ratings and K/D dont tell the whole story, thats basic knowledge
2018-01-08 20:49
#287
TACO | 
Brazil TonimSan 
Mark this and comeback Jan 18th to see who was right...
2018-01-09 03:54
lol why? Because Cold will be first? You dont need numbers and mvps to know that
2018-01-09 15:12
#348
TACO | 
Brazil TonimSan 
No, both Kenny and Fallen will be ahead of dev1ce and s1mple.
2018-01-09 17:20
lol, alright then
2018-01-09 17:52
Just like how KennyS has been above dev1ce the past 2 years right lol
2018-01-09 17:56
#165
 | 
Germany Constikdw 
S1mple is the best player in the world skillwise, just has a shit team... Look at his stats though, if he would play in a team like FaZe he would outshine NiKo with no problem.
2018-01-08 20:40
Not best in the world, but 3rd behind cold and niko is pretty fitting
2018-01-08 20:45
#186
 | 
Germany Constikdw 
I think overall as an individual player he is better than cold and niko
2018-01-08 20:59
we get it, you're brazillian
2018-01-08 22:54
#216
 | 
Malta aidsss 
>s1mple >top 10 Pick one
2018-01-08 21:42
i pick Yacult. its very good.
2018-01-08 21:53
#260
 | 
United States majdob 
wheres stewie
2018-01-08 23:18
#266
 | 
Russia Nikosimus 
At the same place with f0rest
2018-01-08 23:29
#366
rain | 
Kyrgyzstan Inv1ctuS 
Lul dupreeh 10
2018-01-10 19:54
#367
 | 
Russia Nikosimus 
Fu:P Watch, Guardian is 9 It was a switch:)
2018-01-10 19:57
#368
rain | 
Kyrgyzstan Inv1ctuS 
Yes i know
2018-01-10 21:21
#369
 | 
Russia Nikosimus 
I wrote it before the announcement
2018-01-10 21:45
#372
rain | 
Kyrgyzstan Inv1ctuS 
#368 fnatic | Kyrgyzstan Inv1ctuS Yes i know
2018-01-11 15:32
ok
2018-01-08 20:05
Imagine not having hobbit and adren in top 10 of 2017 lmao
2018-01-08 20:05
#218
 | 
Malta hurgurhut 
i cant imagine it bc its reality
2018-01-08 21:46
#92
 | 
Latvia f0rsaken11 
Tottaly deserved <3
2018-01-08 20:05
deserved!
2018-01-08 20:05
#95
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
good boy
2018-01-08 20:06
#97
mixwell | 
Spain Alser 
Yeah he's good I don't remember him formally changing his nickname from HObbit to Hobbit but he must've done so. This looks better so it's alright
2018-01-08 20:07
#98
 | 
Denmark oskarsports 
expected
2018-01-08 20:06
#99
 | 
Russia SashKa47 
deserved kazakh
2018-01-08 20:06
git gut
2018-01-08 20:06
deserved - showed a lot of improvement
2018-01-08 20:07
thank mr hobbit
2018-01-08 20:08
Deserved
2018-01-08 20:08
OFC!! ....he stole our PRECIOUS!!!!!. ....filthy Hobbit!
2018-01-08 20:09
#106
 | 
Brazil GravesGG_ 
Gratz Frodo!
2018-01-08 20:09
#109
 | 
Canada Number1F1fan 
The heck is an evp
2018-01-08 20:10
Hobbit <3
2018-01-08 20:11
#112
 | 
Bulgaria vectralsoul 
Seriously HLTV, Hobbit definitely deserved a top10 finish... smh.
2018-01-08 20:11
gg
2018-01-08 20:13
Hobbit top10 imo
2018-01-08 20:13
Gratz. He obviously deserved it in this year.
2018-01-08 20:14
#118
s1mple | 
Iceland cy_ro 
expected and deserved
2018-01-08 20:14
#119
cyx | 
Russia mitt@ 
best russian player for now
2018-01-08 20:14
russian - kazakh Russia - Kazakhstan
2018-01-08 20:32
#302
cyx | 
Russia mitt@ 
i know brah
2018-01-09 07:23
#120
 | 
Finland kyymeister 
deserveed
2018-01-08 20:14
#121
 | 
Brazil cadik 
hobbit and adren lower than s1mple? is this a joke?
2018-01-08 20:15
#154
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World Wrong_Turn 
s1mple is the best player in the world, and no one cares if he didn't win anything, it's "TOP 20 PLAYERS" and not "TOP 20 TEAMS", he will not be top 1 in hltv , because coldzera won many tournaments, so he will be around the top 5
2018-01-08 20:36
#159
 | 
Brazil cadik 
>he will not be top 1 in hltv , because coldzera won many tournaments he wont be top1 just because there many better palyers
2018-01-08 20:38
#171
 | 
World Wrong_Turn 
s1mple is better than coldzera in everything and it's fact
2018-01-08 20:44
#188
 | 
Germany Constikdw 
+1 One day people will eventually admit that simple is by far the best player in the world
2018-01-08 21:00
+1 Coldzera is the best b8er in the world and it helps the team S1mple best mechanical player in the world, most skilled in the world and hardest carrier. Coldzera not even close The only reason br fans hate s1mple is bcs deep inside they know that s1mple is so much more skillled
2018-01-09 16:31
He should be in top8
2018-01-08 20:15
#124
 | 
Brazil cadik 
he should be in top7 at least
2018-01-08 20:15
do u kno de wey
2018-01-08 20:17
#282
 | 
Czech Republic Jurys 
normie meme
2018-01-09 00:58
Les goo
2018-01-08 20:17
#129
flusha | 
Germany sanos 
nice
2018-01-08 20:19
Deserved!
2018-01-08 20:20
Hangover Asian made it at dem TOP 20!!!
2018-01-08 20:20
goosebumps when he made 3vs1 on pgl grand final
2018-01-08 20:23
#135
 | 
Brazil autonozera 
Top 10 cold-niko-fer-rain-fallen--device-s1mple-kennys-guardian-dupreeh-
2018-01-08 20:24
#199
k0nfig | 
Germany Trax_ 
I would place dupreeh over Guardian, he had a better year imo but the rest is accurate i think
2018-01-08 21:14
#204
 | 
Germany Delf1n 
Kenny over Fallen then you are completly right.
2018-01-08 21:22
#136
TACO | 
Brazil TonimSan 
Deserved! I'll never forget that Insane clutch vs. Immortals in the major final.
2018-01-08 20:25
you mean the luckiest spray in the world after coldzera ? Immortals would have won that.
2018-01-08 20:44
XD
2018-01-09 09:01
deserved
2018-01-08 20:25
TEN SCIEK 11 XDDD
2018-01-08 20:27
XDDDDDD
2018-01-08 20:39
#143
 | 
Europe S3bjastjan 
#10 Pasha<3
2018-01-08 20:28
#145
 | 
Brazil WWWWWWW 
Nice
2018-01-08 20:30
Deserved! Have an autistic day! -VeryAutistGuy
2018-01-08 20:31
#150
 | 
Turkey War2Justice 
D E S E R V E D
2018-01-08 20:33
#151
 | 
Europe vasseldomau 
Deserved By far the best player in Gambit. This guy is a future star in the game.
2018-01-08 20:33
Allways a great player to watch :)
2018-01-08 20:35
i dont know why , but i always think adren>hobbit :\
2018-01-08 20:37
#180
 | 
Europe vasseldomau 
It was when Hobbit wasnt that good. But today, Hobbit is better.
2018-01-08 20:49
Well deserved, stable player
2018-01-08 20:38
#166
 | 
Maldives lewux10 
wp hobbit
2018-01-08 20:41
what a shit top , should have been AdreN #11 and this guy #17.
2018-01-08 20:43
No they are right, hobbits been consistently better while adren was good before he was made igl
2018-01-08 21:52
well done
2018-01-08 20:45
#175
Petra | 
Turkey ao1 
well deserved
2018-01-08 20:48
Undeserved
2018-01-08 20:50
omg how is this noob above elige
2018-01-08 20:53
this guy is one of the reasons why gambit won major, elige on otherside cant even qualify!
2018-01-08 21:04
#192
AdreN | 
Kazakhstan Fox427 
1. noob 2. elige pick one
2018-01-08 21:06
You're doing it wrong
2018-01-08 22:58
Ken jeong???
2018-01-08 20:53
should be a couple spots higher imo. well deserved.
2018-01-08 20:55
Khassenov*
2018-01-08 20:59
#189
 | 
Germany Constikdw 
I guess he should be #10 because hobbit>guardian
2018-01-08 21:01
dupreeh next.
2018-01-08 21:05
#195
 | 
United States BLaCkKobRa 
damn i was hoping he will get into Top 10 :3 but still really deserved! every game he is beasting.
2018-01-08 21:08
#196
 | 
Poland crouzzz 
should be top 10
2018-01-08 21:08
#200
 | 
Russia Revan79 
gj mate
2018-01-08 21:18
They forgot to mention asus rog event?
2018-01-08 21:20
#207
 | 
Canada gritabit 
I think HLTV is only looking at Tier 1/2 tournament results. There was no one at the grand finals that could be considered a top team.
2018-01-08 21:28
#203
 | 
Germany Delf1n 
This dude looks like the doctor of Community..
2018-01-08 21:21
h0bbit #1 2019
2018-01-08 21:22
He sucks btw
2018-01-08 21:26
#247
seized | 
Russia duxhux 
You are on LAN. F*cking LAN dodger!
2018-01-08 22:36
i got a point finally i think
2018-01-08 21:28
Guess Dupreeh and Guardian will both be top 10... I'd have had both Adren and Hobbit higher but ok. They can be 9th and 10th... Top 8 will be Cold, Niko, Fer, KennyS, S1mple, Rain, Fallen, Device
2018-01-08 21:32
undeserved. just fluke major and nothing else lul
2018-01-08 21:32
#234
 | 
United States Doge14 
Tbh they really didn’t win anything other than th major
2018-01-08 22:02
#283
 | 
Finland Acoz 
Eh????
2018-01-09 02:31
#215
 | 
Malaysia byaIi 
Deserve
2018-01-08 21:40
Zeus #1 2017 screen
2018-01-08 21:48
Abay <3 Top KZ player, my congratulations!!
2018-01-08 21:55
Steel Top 10 confirmed
2018-01-08 22:03
Good
2018-01-08 22:10
#240
 | 
France Yoyoona00 
Really consistant and efficient, well deserved
2018-01-08 22:19
Tolkien never defrauds.
2018-01-08 22:35
#250
 | 
Ukraine sulyma 
alga kazakhstan gj bro
2018-01-08 22:53
Hobbit best CIS player <3
2018-01-08 23:07
#264
 | 
Brazil arunino 
s1mple >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> electronic >>>>>>
2018-01-08 23:24
#274
 | 
Netherlands G1ANLUCAS 
Zeus >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
2018-01-08 23:59
#256
Dosia | 
Denmark DRSEXY 
Expecting Dosia at first place
2018-01-08 23:09
#257
 | 
New Zealand JK_77 
cool
2018-01-08 23:10
#261
 | 
United Kingdom Theodoooore 
Fully deserved <3
2018-01-08 23:20
#262
 | 
Brazil Collee 
It's a shame he's only one position above elige
2018-01-08 23:21
punchable face
2018-01-08 23:23
#272
suNny | 
Vietnam Oida 
underrated! especially since elige is 12th... this guy fucking played like a motherfucking boss at the major and ever since.
2018-01-08 23:47
nice HObbit!
2018-01-09 00:38
#280
 | 
Argentina Zestv2 
HOBBOT
2018-01-09 00:42
#285
 | 
Russia heat7 
Hobbit is very good and fast progressing player,very humble and cheerfull person. 2 bad that he don't have Zeus as a sensei to guide him now.
2018-01-09 03:02
Should be in top 10
2018-01-09 03:16
What??? If it is hobbit n11, then guardian will be top10 noway, omg sloVAC gz gz wp
2018-01-09 04:18
same angle same angle... omg Hobbit!
2018-01-09 05:02
Deserved
2018-01-09 06:02
#296
buster | 
Kazakhstan Pandl3 
should be #9
2018-01-09 06:14
Nice.I wish you happy new year mr.Hobbit
2018-01-09 07:26
Expected. Hobbit was outstanding in 2017.
2018-01-09 07:45
#311
 | 
Romania skymeisteRr 
deserved!
2018-01-09 08:31
I remember that last year Simple predicted that Hobbit would be top20
2018-01-09 10:13
#317
SpawN | 
Russia Scady^ 
deserved
2018-01-09 10:40
100% deserved if he keeps up he will be save on the top 10 list
2018-01-09 11:19
#327
 | 
China batil 
kcash
2018-01-09 13:34
#330
 | 
Russia alebedkov 
Honestly he deserves top10
2018-01-09 14:20
#333
device | 
Yugoslavia mrmojo 
Well deserved!
2018-01-09 15:38
Abay one love <3
2018-01-09 21:49
#358
 | 
Kazakhstan SkifER 
Well deserved!
2018-01-10 02:01
he looks like a 40y old man
2018-01-11 09:24
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