Top 20 players of 2018: rain (18)

Making his second consecutive appearance in the Top 20 players, Håvard "rain" Nygaard comes in at No. 18 of 2018's list powered by EGB.com on the back of an impressive first half of the year.

Top 20 Players of 2018: Introduction

rain first appeared on the international scene in 2014 after a climb through local teams saw him join Norway's No.1 at the time, London Conspiracy, with whom he went on to attend his first LAN tournaments, most notably making it to the playoffs of Gfinity 3, and his first Major at ESL One Cologne alongside names such as Ruben "RUBINO" Villarroel and Pål "Polly" Kammen.

The same core became known as LGB at the beginning of 2015, with Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad and Morten "zEVES" Vollan also being part of the roster, and rain qualified for his second Major at ESL One Katowice. His stint there didn't last long, as some impressive tournaments like the aforementioned Major gave him the chance to join the international side Kinguin, featuring Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom, Ricardo "fox" Pacheco, Mikail "Maikelele" Bill, and Alexander "SKYTTEN" Carlsson (later Dennis "dennis" Edman) in May of that year.

From Kinguin to G2 to FaZe, the team went through countless lineup changes until only rain stayed from the original lineup, having improved with every year as FaZe eventually became an elite side

That is where the Norwegian got the first win under his belt, leading the team at the infamous Gaming Paradise before he also got another first in the form of a Major semi-finals appearance when the entire squad switched under G2's banner, making the top-four stage at DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca after beating mousesports (at the time featuring Nikola "NiKo" Kovač) and Virtus.pro.

G2 had already made a few lineup changes by then and that continued after the team switched to FaZe and weren't able to make deep runs, but an impressive level from rain saw him keep his place as the only remaining member of the original roster by the time they welcomed Finn "karrigan" Andersen. After the Danish in-game leader and later on NiKo joined FaZe, they became one of the best teams of 2017, clinching four titles and five more runners-up finishes, with rain ending 2017 on a high note as the fourth-best player in the top 20 ranking after elevating his play to an elite level.

Norwayrain
2018 LAN tournament stats
TournamentEvent Team (place) Rating 2.0 (in team) ADR KPR DPR Impact KAST Award
EL Major 2018
(2nd)
1.15 (4th, 1%) 82.2 0.69 0.68 1.26 72.5%
StarSeries S4
(4th)
1.14 (2nd, +6%) 83.0 0.72 0.68 1.19 71.9% EVP
IEM Katowice 2018
(2nd)
1.01 (5th, -9%) 75.3 0.60 0.68 0.95 70.0%
V4 2018
(3-4th)
1.18 (3rd, +4%) 85.9 0.75 0.67 1.16 75.5%
DHM Marseille 2018
(5-8th)
1.16 (2nd, +10%) 81.6 0.75 0.69 1.29 73.6%
IEM Sydney 2018
(1st)
1.15 (3rd, +2%) 82.9 0.71 0.67 1.16 73.1% EVP
EPL S7 Finals
(3-4th)
1.15 (2nd, +6%) 81.6 0.78 0.66 1.15 71.3%
ECS S5 Finals
(3-4th)
1.08 (3rd, -1%) 78.5 0.72 0.67 0.97 72.6%
ESL One Belo Horizonte
(1st)
1.08 (4th, -8%) 74.7 0.66 0.63 0.98 74.1% EVP
ESL One Cologne 2018
(3-4th)
1.29 (1st, +15%) 93.4 0.81 0.67 1.42 74.7% EVP
EL Premier 2018
(7-8th)
0.86 (5th, -17%) 67.4 0.56 0.78 0.83 68.2%
DH Masters Stockholm
(5-8th)
1.08 (3rd, -3%) 76.5 0.69 0.66 1.21 67.6%
FACEIT Major 2018
(5-8th)
1.04 (4th, -5%) 74.5 0.65 0.72 1.05 71.3%
ESL One NY 2018
(7-8th)
1.03 (3rd, 0%) 75.2 0.64 0.68 1.06 71.6%
EPICENTER 2018
(1st)
1.07 (3rd, -5%) 72.9 0.64 0.65 1.09 71.9%
BLAST Copenhagen
(4th)
1.12 (1st, +13%) 79.6 0.76 0.72 1.19 68.2%
IEM Chicago 2018
(3-4th)
1.02 (2nd, 0%) 71.4 0.64 0.64 1.02 67.9%
BLAST Lisbon
(5th)
0.86 (4th, -7%) 64.5 0.59 0.76 0.92 62.0%
5% above average
5%+ below average
Closer than 5% to average

After a successful finish to 2017, FaZe went into the first big event of the new year, the ELEAGUE Major, as the biggest favorites. rain was in good shape, playing a key part in several of the team's wins as they went 3-1 in the first stage and 3-0 in the second, before taking down mousesports and Natus Vincere en route to the grand final. In the end, the European side lost to Cloud9 in frustrating fashion, giving up a 15-11 lead on the deciding map, Inferno, to fall short of the ultimate dream to win a Major. Although rain finished the first event of 2018 as only the fourth-highest rated player within his team (still a 1.15 rating), he had plenty of impact with 0.16 opening kills per round and also finished the event as one of the best assisters; two stats that belonged to his strengths over the course of the whole year.

"Coming into that tournament, we saw ourselves as one of the favorites to win the event for sure. We had a good end to 2017 with the win at ECS Finals, so we were feeling pretty confident going into the major. Looking back at the tournament and seeing the score we had vs Cloud9 and knowing we were one round away from winning the major sucks and it’s the only VOD I never watched from all our finals as FaZe. Definitely my worst memory from 2018."

The Norwegian followed that up with one of his best showings of the year at StarSeries i-League Season 4. FaZe placed fourth after taking revenge on Cloud9 in a dominant series as well as beating Na`Vi in groups, but the latter team ended up sending the squad to the somewhat meaningless third-place match, where they lost to Liquid. rain was right up there with NiKo among the best to earn his first EVP mention on the back of all-around great play.

rain locked down his first EVP at StarSeries i-League Season 4

March saw the 24-year-old dip to average numbers for the first time as FaZe made their second grand final of 2018 and were at the receiving end of another big upset, this time falling to a surprisingly strong fnatic — once in a best-of-three in groups and once in the best-of-five series —, with consistency issues placing rain at the bottom of the team with a 1.01 rating. He was back with a solid level at V4 Future Sports, though playing mainly against lesser competition, with FaZe unable to make it past Virtus.pro in the semi-finals of the tournament.

"In the period between the major and V4, we were still feeling pretty good and we knew we could have won Katowice if it weren’t for some small mistakes during the final. The StarSeries event after the Major was like a warmup tournament for us after the Major loss, in a way. We lost to a hard-hitting Na`Vi in the semis, but we were still happy with how we played so we didn't think too much about it."

Not long after that, Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer announced his leave of absence, which caused the European squad to pick up Richard "Xizt" Landström for the next three tournaments. rain looked unaffected from the start, working in tandem with NiKo at DreamHack Masters Marseille to add another impressive showing to his resumé, though to little avail as the temporary roster placed 5th-8th after losing to the improved Astralis in the quarter-finals.

"Losing a player like olof will hurt your team no matter what team he plays for, so the team dynamic in-game changed a little bit, but karrigan always had a thing for making chaos into something good, so we managed to get by and play our own game in a way. My role remained pretty much the same with some small changes here and there, but we all had to make sacrifices during the period to make it work with stand-ins."

It only turned out to be an adjustment period, a short one at that, as FaZe brought home their first title of the year from IEM Sydney, a tournament where the team returned the favor to the aforementioned Danes with a tight grand-final triumph, while rain secured his second EVP mention thanks to highly consistent play.

"I think coming in as a stand-in into our team was probably the easiest team to do it in seeing as we played a very loose and not too structured style where everybody can make a play in a way. One of karrigan's strengths is calling on-the-fly and he always found a way to use everybody in the team in the games. The key for us during those tournaments I definitely think was the fact we played with no pressure on our shoulders and that we just played to have fun."

The key to the wins at IEM Sydney and ESL One Belo Horizonte was a lack of pressure as FaZe played with stand-ins, rain says

FaZe closed out that period with a semi-finals finish at ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals, where the Norwegian hit some high peaks, including a 1.80 rating in a win against mousesports, a 1.47 rating in a narrow loss to Na`Vi, as well as a 1.46 series rating versus SK in the quarter-finals, before he also recorded one of his worst maps of the year in a beatdown from Astralis in the last best-of-three.

Due to Xizt joining fnatic and olofmeister extending his break for an even longer period, the team was once again at a point where they had to look for a stand-in. rain's input helped FaZe pick up his compatriot, Jorgen "cromen" Robertsen, who had stood in for Heroic right before then, for another trio of events.

"I used to play a lot of gathers and mixes with cromen back when I played source, so I always knew who he was and how good he was at the game. When Xizt left for fnatic, we had to start thinking about someone else to get, so we sat down together and I mentioned cromen because of how he played with Heroic during Pro League. He is a completely different kind of player than Xizt, but we took a shot at it and it worked out really well. He brought a lot of hunger back to the team and was super motivated to play with us and, for me personally, it was fun playing with a Norwegian again!"

The team took a tournament to warm up again, keeping their perfect streak of making playoffs alive with another semi-final appearance at ECS Season 5 Finals as rain was a bit up and down, with Astralis ending their journey once again. However, after traveling to Brazil only a few days later for ESL One Belo Horizonte, the 24-year-old was an EVP award heavier particularly due to good play in the team's three wins in the final against mousesports, which saw FaZe clinch their second title.

"My best memory from 2018 is winning the ESL Belo Horizonte tournament! The crowd and atmosphere in the arena when we played was so crazy. I can still feel my bones shaking from the noise."

rain's fourth EVP followed right after at ESL One Cologne, which became by far his highest-rated event (1.29), largely thanks to massive peaks against BOOT-d[S] (1.79 rating in a 16-9 win) and fnatic (1.65 rating in a 2-1 series) in the groups, but also following a solid level on two close maps in the team's semi-final loss to BIG.

The German tournament marked the end of FaZe's roster issues, as olofmeister finally came back ahead of ELEAGUE Premier, but also of rain's streak of above-average ratings. In Atlanta, he hit one of his two disappointing lows with an overall 0.86 rating, as did the team by placing dead last following close losses to mousesports and fnatic.

"When olof came back, we were all pretty burnt out from all the traveling and being without a 5th for such a long time, so we were at a low place when he came back for ELEAGUE. We went into the tournament to win even though it was the first tournament with olof back, but I think our team was really tired at that point and just wanted a vacation. Me personally, I didn't feel like myself at all during ELEAGUE and I played some of the worst cs I have played. I don't really know exactly what happened, but think I just needed a break."

Upon returning from the off-season, FaZe were back in the playoffs at DreamHack Masters Stockholm and at the FACEIT Major but couldn't make it past the quarter-finals either time, with mousesports and Astralis being on the other end of the playoffs series. By then it had been clear that rain was losing steam as he recorded 1.08 and 1.04 ratings and FaZe began going through internal turmoil as NiKo overtook in-game leadership halfway through the London event.

"I think the big make or break event for us after olof's return was the Major and, as everybody knows, we had a lot of problems during the Major, which led to NiKo taking over the IGL position from karrigan. After the Major, the atmosphere in the team was a bit weird and we felt like we knew something had to happen, but we just kept on playing together."

Less than a week later, the mixture finished last for the second time in 2018 across the big pond, at ESL One New York, a rather sub-par tournament for rain as FaZe lost to G2 and NRG in the groups. Somehow, the European side turned it around at EPICENTER after nearly a month full of only online play. It almost looked easy for the now NiKo-led team in the playoffs in Russia, where they beat NiP, Liquid, and Natus Vincere with convincing 2-0 victories despite losing to Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko's side in the groups. While rain did not have a poor showing there, he was missing big performances to earn another award in the team's third title-winning campaign.

"To be honest, I don't really know why we played so well together during EPICENTER, but it always helps to have an in-form NiKo on your team, so I think he played a big part in pushing us to win that tournament."

EPICENTER was one of rain's better events in the second half of the year as he helped FaZe lift their third trophy of 2018

In fact, he finished the second half of the season without any awards to his name, with his highest-rated event out of the seven in total being BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen, where a team-high 1.12 rating was not enough to pull them through to the final as FaZe went 2-1-2 in the round-robin.

IEM Chicago followed only three days later and that was likely the Norwegian's best chance of another run to an award, as he played a pivotal part in beating MIBR and Astralis to make the top four. However, in the end, a very poor showing in a whitewash by Liquid on maps two and three of the semi-final brought him down.

"It's hard to say what has caused me to play worse this year in general, but I will always do my best to try to grind back to where I need to be. 2018 as a whole for me was a bad year in Counter-Strike. I think I lost some of my motivation and lust for winning after olof had to go on a break. 2017 was a great year for me in terms of individual performance and also winning my first international tournament with faze, so it's pretty easy to say 2017 was way better for me than what 2018 was."

As the team failed to qualify for either of the big league's finals, only one tournament remained. The year came to a close at BLAST Pro Series Lisbon, with FaZe looking out of energy from the get-go, as they got destroyed by Astralis and lost to Cloud9 (for the second time since Copenhagen) to get off to a 0-2 start, which put them at low odds of making the grand final already. In the end, they didn't win a single match, with a 0-2-3 record putting them in fifth place, as rain added another measly 0.86 rating to write the final chapter of the year.

"My personal goal for this year is to get back in shape both in-game and out of the game. You can see how well the gym and a healthy life is affecting people's play."

Why was rain the 18th best player of 2018?

rain's placing in the top 20 was largely driven by the first half of the year up to ESL One Cologne, during which he earned four EVPs, with two of them coming from FaZe's title runs in Sydney and Belo Horizonte and two more from being one of the key players in the semi-final finishes at StarSeries i-League Season 4 and in Cologne. During that time, he was among his team's top-three performers at eight out of 10 events while FaZe made at least the top four every time but once.

The first half of the year saw rain secure four EVP mentions

Up to that point, rain looked on course for a top-10 placement with a 1.14 average rating over the first 10 tournaments. However, the second half of the year (from ELEAGUE Premier on) brought him down overall, as he did not receive any more awards due to the lack of key performances and inconsistency, with his average level dropping off by a significant amount.

Still, with both periods in mind, rain stood out in a number of ways overall. As an aggressive player, he was heavily involved in opening duels on the T side (in 27%, putting him in fourth place) and often converted them into an advantage with the opening kill (0.12 per round on the T side, eighth most). Furthermore, he ranks fourth in damage assists with 0.16 per round, and fourth as well in how often his death gets traded with 23.7%, which showcases his strength in positioning.

"I don't know if I should take this as a compliment or not, but I guess it's a good thing in a way. I think it comes down to being entry fraggers and even if you die most of the time, there is going to be someone there to revenge you. I have never been known to take the safest duels/positions, so I guess that can be a small part of it, as well. There are times when I feel like I could have changed the round by not getting traded and just getting the kill instead, but I try not to think too much about it."

Bold prediction

The Norwegian went with his compatriot, 18-year-old Håkon "hallzerk" Fjærli, who is currently part of Nordavind, where he is playing alongside rain's ex-teammate zEVES.

Norway Håkon "hallzerk" Fjærli

"I have seen this one Norwegian kid hallzerk and it seems like he is the next big thing Norway will come with. Hopefully, he gets the chance to prove himself among the best in the world during 2019."

Stay tuned to our Top 20 players of 2018 ranking powered by EGB.com and take a look at the Introduction article to learn more about how the players were selected.

Norway Morten 'zEVES' Vollan
Morten 'zEVES' Vollan
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.86
Maps played:
289
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.14
Norway Ruben 'RUBINO' Villarroel
Ruben 'RUBINO' Villarroel
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
950
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Sweden Mikail 'Maikelele' Bill
Mikail 'Maikelele' Bill
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
928
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
Norway Jorgen 'cromen' Robertsen
Jorgen 'cromen' Robertsen
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
393
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1108
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Sweden Alexander 'SKYTTEN' Carlsson
Alexander 'SKYTTEN' Carlsson
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
382
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Belgium Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1425
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1400
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.17
Norway Håkon 'hallzerk' Fjærli
Håkon 'hallzerk' Fjærli
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
264
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.10
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1523
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Norway Pål 'Polly' Kammen
Pål 'Polly' Kammen
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
400
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.12
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1549
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1303
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Portugal Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
790
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1139
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Norway Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
854
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1050
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
#1
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Denmark Duke1996 
Deserved?
2019-01-03 20:00
Deserved
2019-01-03 20:00
#62
Get_Rice | 
Denmark KFB4 
no
2019-01-03 20:00
why ?
2019-01-03 20:01
#73
Get_Rice | 
Denmark KFB4 
why?
2019-01-03 20:01
why not? Great player way better than shitzera+team
2019-01-03 20:03
#97
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Brazil g4g4 
RAIN NOOOOO
2019-01-03 20:03
#132
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Ukraine illinoize 
s1mple top 1
2019-01-03 20:11
#180
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Denmark loof 
WE Get it
2019-01-03 20:23
#354
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Ukraine illinoize 
Just triggering device fans
2019-01-03 23:52
#400
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Indonesia Astranesia 
nt astralis haters
2019-01-04 07:15
#435
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Russia xtkjdtr01 
How can u trigger me when i know that device will be top 1 this year
2019-01-04 14:59
#368
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Brazil rush_ntc 
device >>>>
2019-01-04 01:01
very unexpected
2019-01-03 20:36
#111
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Israel hybrider 
+1
2019-01-03 20:04
Not great, but good player
2019-01-03 23:45
Well we will see my friend Hang in there
2019-01-04 03:41
Lol “ better than shitzera” Coldzera: 2 times major mvp and 2 times top 1 Rain: 0 major and 0 top 1
2019-01-04 16:55
even if he is not in his old form,still a good player
2019-01-03 20:02
still a good player hahahahahaa
2019-01-03 20:21
#189
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New Zealand onelover11 
0/8
2019-01-03 20:26
#65
broky | 
Latvia De1Co 
17th tarik
2019-01-03 20:01
#255
s1mple | 
Ukraine Wok3r 
+1
2019-01-03 20:52
#61
JaCkz | 
Europe cArn5 
lol
2019-01-03 20:00
#66
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Netherlands Removed 
FFS I acidentally commented on one of the pictures
2019-01-03 20:01
#136
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Ukraine illinoize 
you got removed by yourself 200iq
2019-01-03 20:11
#88
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United Kingdom RannarrCSGO 
no
2019-01-03 20:02
Happy for the dude!
2019-01-03 20:06
#289
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Spain L3gi13 
not
2019-01-03 21:09
#310
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United States Trump2020KAG 
No
2019-01-03 21:39
Yes, he is one of the best players of FaZe (i think only Niko is better) and FaZe is a TOP 6 Teams of the world
2019-01-04 01:37
No not at all
2019-01-04 06:12
#433
kNgV- | 
Brazil cathory 
rain sucked this year, not deserved.
2019-01-04 14:43
Agreed - he's still great, but no longer as good as he was
2019-01-04 15:45
#3
Xyp9x | 
China Autumn7 
Hmm Imo ropz and valde > rain overall
2019-01-03 20:03
-1
2019-01-03 20:30
+1
2019-01-03 20:55
+2
2019-01-03 21:45
#297
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Poland KyemonOOO 
-1
2019-01-03 21:19
#301
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Denmark blue_sheep 
Right now yes. Not when rain is in form. When in form he is top 10 for sure
2019-01-03 21:29
#346
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France agea 
He is as good as dupreeh as entry when in good form, so he could even be top 5!
2019-01-03 23:10
+1
2019-01-04 00:28
#5
Xyp9x | 
Austria shevve 
nice
2019-01-03 20:00
Unexpected
2019-01-03 20:00
#195
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New Zealand onelover11 
+1
2019-01-03 20:27
+1
2019-01-03 20:55
#11
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Sweden Nokkeri 
Lol
2019-01-03 20:00
Wtf
2019-01-03 20:00
#16
woxic | 
Brazil Skilo 
So Ez
2019-01-03 20:00
Nice, first try to f5, get it, btw, expected
2019-01-03 20:00
#17
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Brazil igster 
unexpected for #18
2019-01-03 20:00
+1
2019-01-03 20:54
#272
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Brazil igster 
lmao you should have a german flag
2019-01-03 20:55
why ?
2019-01-03 20:56
#303
 | 
Denmark blue_sheep 
Name does not check out
2019-01-03 21:31
#304
 | 
Brazil igster 
sorry if u german lol im tired of german mibr hating accounts
2019-01-03 21:33
Expected
2019-01-03 20:00
It would be tarik or rain.
2019-01-03 20:00
#23
s1mple | 
Bulgaria Critias 
n1
2019-01-03 20:00
#24
Simple | 
Mexico Ch4vez 
xd
2019-01-03 20:00
#25
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Israel tplaysmhg 
i will never be the first, so I just want to say you guys that never give up.
2019-01-03 20:00
I've been first just from lucky refresh mid-day, you will get there
2019-01-03 20:01
#230
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Faroe Islands Jones123 
It'll happen when you least expect it, probably
2019-01-03 20:46
+1, i remember getting 1st 2 times very nice random f5 😎
2019-01-04 09:14
#306
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Denmark blue_sheep 
Believe in yourself tplaysmhg! Nothing is impossible for the one who carries the will in his heart.
2019-01-03 21:33
#337
 | 
Israel tplaysmhg 
thank you man, I love you.
2019-01-03 22:40
#26
 | 
South America IFK 
Wow
2019-01-03 20:00
#27
 | 
Faroe Islands Jones123 
ok so basically this confirms elige is top 20
2019-01-03 20:00
XDXDDdd
2019-01-03 20:12
these people are gonna do the same thing with tarik lmao
2019-01-03 20:30
what do you mean!!?!?!?? tarik is in top 5 at least, HE WON A MAJOR + HE CARRIED THE BEST BRAZILIAN TEAM😎
2019-01-04 09:15
#424
 | 
Brazil Whillpull 
He was a dead weight on MiBR and even Gambit won a major
2019-01-04 11:45
+1
2019-01-07 00:49
#28
 | 
Brazil Cold_beast 
Elol
2019-01-03 20:00
#29
 | 
Denmark smizereens 
g
2019-01-03 20:00
s
2019-01-03 20:00
#31
 | 
Poland KINGoFBETs 
lol
2019-01-03 20:00
gg
2019-01-03 20:01
EZ predict
2019-01-03 20:00
lul
2019-01-03 20:00
kixi
2019-01-03 20:01
#36
Sosa | 
Europe Sosa19 
Ahhahaha
2019-01-03 20:00
good
2019-01-03 20:00
#37
 | 
Brazil BlakeFPS 
Ez
2019-01-03 20:00
#39
 | 
Poland Bendarta 
wow
2019-01-03 20:00
v$m deserves
2019-01-03 20:03
#184
 | 
Brazil igster 
1) vsm 2) s2mple 3) niko 4) ...
2019-01-03 20:26
V$M is too superior to be in hltv
2019-01-07 00:51
He was a good player
2019-01-03 20:01
#42
ropz | 
France Mine_CSGO 
nice to see him top18
2019-01-03 20:00
Surprise for me
2019-01-03 20:00
+1
2019-01-03 20:54
expected
2019-01-03 20:00
Wtf
2019-01-03 20:00
+1
2019-01-03 20:54
#46
 | 
Sweden WhisperingEye 
ayyy
2019-01-03 20:00
#47
frozen | 
Germany rdm88 
Never
2019-01-03 20:00
yasno huita
2019-01-03 20:00
Yeet
2019-01-03 20:00
aha
2019-01-03 20:00
Gratz, s1mple top 1
2019-01-03 20:00
#52
JaCkz | 
Europe cArn5 
wow
2019-01-03 20:00
#53
 | 
France Nicolito 
Expected
2019-01-03 20:00
#55
 | 
Netherlands Removed 
a
2019-01-03 20:00
#56
 | 
United States m1santhr0pe3 
not deserved
2019-01-03 20:00
+1
2019-01-03 20:54
He could be off top 20
2019-01-07 00:52
#57
 | 
Turkey 0vercast 
undeserved
2019-01-03 20:00
+1
2019-01-03 20:54
FaZe Up
2019-01-03 20:00
#59
BOOBIE | 
United States lybrel 
Deserved
2019-01-03 20:00
Expected
2019-01-03 20:00
#63
Aleksib | 
Finland clamu 
expected...
2019-01-03 20:01
loooooool
2019-01-03 20:01
not deserved tarik or flusha deserveeeddd
2019-01-03 20:01
+1
2019-01-03 20:53
wtf,undeserved
2019-01-03 20:01
+1
2019-01-03 20:53
#70
 | 
United States Dr1GeR 
no
2019-01-03 20:01
Undeserved
2019-01-03 20:01
wtf??? undeserved
2019-01-03 20:01
LOL WHAT
2019-01-03 20:01
+1
2019-01-03 20:53
not deserved at all
2019-01-03 20:01
#76
 | 
Ukraine Dlinkeed 
i thought he will be higher placed
2019-01-03 20:01
#metoo
2019-01-03 20:04
#141
blacK | 
Namibia Toonga 
#metwo
2019-01-03 20:11
#mealthough
2019-01-03 20:14
I thought he was off the top 20
2019-01-07 00:52
#77
shox | 
Norway fen0m 
not even good
2019-01-03 20:01
#78
 | 
Argentina artemioo 
I finally guessed one right
2019-01-03 20:01
#147
 | 
Bulgaria Amerikana 
:DD next autimatic
2019-01-03 20:12
#296
 | 
Argentina artemioo 
Unfortunately auti wont be in the top20
2019-01-03 21:19
#313
 | 
Bulgaria Amerikana 
he will be for sure
2019-01-03 21:45
#318
 | 
Bulgaria Amerikana 
tomorrow you will see
2019-01-03 21:52
In ya dreams
2019-01-04 16:15
#455
 | 
Bulgaria Amerikana 
seems like my dreams came true
2019-01-04 20:25
#82
 | 
Brazil Beckermonster 
ropz and valde under rain, excuse me what the fuck
2019-01-03 20:02
+1
2019-01-03 20:53
+1, so undeserved
2019-01-04 13:15
When it rains it pours
2019-01-03 20:02
expected
2019-01-03 20:02
UNDESERVED !!
2019-01-03 20:02
+1
2019-01-03 20:53
omegalul
2019-01-03 20:02
#91
 | 
Russia dimaCrazy 
expected
2019-01-03 20:02
#92
 | 
Thailand beam2546 
Wtf
2019-01-03 20:02
#93
 | 
Germany Constikdw 
WTF undeserved af
2019-01-03 20:02
+1
2019-01-03 20:53
#94
 | 
France kennySsSsS 
from #4 to #18 well thats sad
2019-01-03 20:03
at least he made it
2019-01-03 20:03
#100
 | 
Thailand beam2546 
Who hallzerk?
2019-01-03 20:03
#153
blacK | 
Namibia Toonga 
YOU DONT KNOW HALLZERK!! WAAAAAA. Just kidding, didnt know about him untill like early this year and i am norwegian. He is just a pretty food player whom will take rains spot in the future, nothing big...
2019-01-03 20:13
#364
 | 
Thailand beam2546 
So he is new talented player?
2019-01-04 00:40
kind of, yes
2019-01-04 02:55
#102
NiKo | 
Europe trey_ 
as a FaZe fan and rain's fan xddd why
2019-01-03 20:03
Not deserved like wtf
2019-01-03 20:04
#105
 | 
Europe andyy_ 
EZ clap
2019-01-03 20:04
#106
 | 
India Tritium 
Expected
2019-01-03 20:04
#107
 | 
Sweden RaketHopp 
ez 4 håvard
2019-01-03 20:04
wtf
2019-01-03 20:04
+1
2019-01-03 20:52
kennyS will be #17/16 he played better than rain and has the better stats
2019-01-03 20:04
He is not on the list
2019-01-03 20:06
You will see
2019-01-03 20:22
He didn't play enough and not in the highest level competition.
2019-01-03 20:12
100% he won't be here
2019-01-04 02:56
hltv.nrwy
2019-01-03 20:05
+1
2019-01-03 20:52
17. olof
2019-01-03 20:05
Not deserved
2019-01-03 20:05
+1
2019-01-03 20:52
What the hell???
2019-01-03 20:05
+1
2019-01-03 20:52
#118
 | 
Brazil nome421 
Expected
2019-01-03 20:05
#119
 | 
Bulgaria omaiguudness 
deserved
2019-01-03 20:06
I predicted it
2019-01-03 20:07
#126
 | 
Armenia baitpolice 
called it
2019-01-03 20:08
#128
 | 
Turkey Thunderball 
I love rain but its undeserved
2019-01-03 20:10
+1
2019-01-03 20:52
Surprised, he was performing so poorly recent months, hopefully he gets back to his level.
2019-01-03 20:10
rain LUUUUUUUL
2019-01-03 20:10
+1
2019-01-03 20:52
#133
 | 
Latvia Faaakk 
smh eco fragger
2019-01-03 20:11
had a pretty bad year and still top 20 not bad
2019-01-03 20:11
fucking undeserved he played like bot the whole year he had no mvp he might have a 1.10 rating but only 1.00 kd
2019-01-03 20:11
#138
 | 
Portugal ItsAvenn 
4 in 2017.. 18 in 2018 lmao :/
2019-01-03 20:11
coldzera #1 2016 #1 2017 #10 2018
2019-01-03 20:12
#149
 | 
Portugal ItsAvenn 
yes lmao no MVPs for cold in 2018 :O
2019-01-03 20:12
Its better than the current gtr
2019-01-04 08:48
Called it
2019-01-03 20:11
wheres flamie
2019-01-03 20:11
he is out of top
2019-01-03 20:12
#414
s1mple | 
Russia pEndos 
top3 player of all Majors...
2019-01-04 09:25
I like him Well deserved
2019-01-03 20:12
#144
 | 
Taiwan zhcwhite 
18th? dev1ce s1mple NiKo dupreeh NAF electronic Magisk coldzera KRIMZ Twistzz sunny oskar TabseN xyp9x gla1ve guardian elige autimatic >rain
2019-01-03 20:12
tabseN not here
2019-01-03 20:12
rain in 2019 LUL what a joke
2019-01-03 20:12
+1
2019-01-03 20:51
wtf rigged
2019-01-03 20:13
+1
2019-01-03 20:51
#155
 | 
Finland Veko666 
he was 4th last year wtf seriously
2019-01-03 20:13
im an astralis fan but i approve of this.... the first 3 months of 2018 he was just amazing, then he fell off but was still decent but not top 20.... but the way he played in the beginning i would say helped average his rating out to this making him number 18
2019-01-03 20:13
I don't get it. Barely top30 imo :/
2019-01-03 20:14
he had not whole year great. He was not consistent my friend =) but rain is beast!
2019-01-03 20:31
WTF XD
2019-01-03 20:15
+1
2019-01-03 20:51
disagree , he is omega, not even top30
2019-01-03 20:16
Hallzerk copy of hellzERk recent norwegian player from 1.6
2019-01-03 20:17
#220
REAL | 
Norway strifer- 
It is actually his little brother
2019-01-03 20:38
Håkon "hallzerk" Fjærli Martin "hellzERk" Solbakken I dont think so dude.
2019-01-03 20:50
They actually are.
2019-01-04 07:00
step brothers?
2019-01-04 10:33
Same mother, different fathers :)
2019-01-11 02:47
Ach, okay than 😁
2019-01-11 06:23
Same mother, different father. Both have surnames from their father :)
2019-01-04 09:07
Btw. Mad respect for REAL ;)
2019-01-03 20:51
played like shit most of the year, probably the bigest reason why faze was underforming and ofc hltv puts him in top 20
2019-01-03 20:17
same like olof in 2017, he played like one month good but still received 19th place
2019-01-03 20:30
Ehhhh. Ropz and valde should have been in front of him
2019-01-03 20:18
#169
 | 
China KensonS 
hltv.nrwy
2019-01-03 20:19
+1
2019-01-03 20:51
From god to bot.
2019-01-03 20:20
#454
 | 
China KensonS 
indeed
2019-01-04 20:17
#172
 | 
Turkey CHAMPTZ 
Pog
2019-01-03 20:21
+1
2019-01-03 20:51
A real shame how much rain dropped off in 2018. Hopefully he will gather himself and get back to his 2017 level.
2019-01-03 20:21
+1
2019-01-03 20:51
#175
 | 
Croatia Jack Russell 
Actually unexpected pick, but I forgot he was pretty good in the first 6 months. Imho: valde > rain > ropz
2019-01-03 20:21
#176
f0rest | 
Argentina Nawll 
first disagreement.
2019-01-03 20:22
#188
 | 
United Kingdom Nokzide 
u think he is too high or too low?
2019-01-03 20:26
#338
f0rest | 
Argentina Nawll 
i think it was an average year for him, he shouldn't've been here in the top 20 imo but i haven't seen the full list yet so... idk who would've been more deserving of the spot.
2019-01-03 22:46
#177
 | 
Argentina Fa7e07 
deserved... i guess
2019-01-03 20:22
-1
2019-01-03 20:50
start of the year he was good, end bad, I guess makes sense
2019-01-03 20:23
#182
 | 
Asia mocity123 
WTF
2019-01-03 20:24
+1
2019-01-03 20:50
ok-
2019-01-03 20:24
not deserved
2019-01-03 20:26
+1
2019-01-03 20:50
#187
 | 
United Kingdom thrailis 
Check my recent comments, I predicted Rain, I have 200IQ
2019-01-03 20:26
#190
 | 
Lithuania SH4NKER 
nice
2019-01-03 20:27
#192
 | 
Norway ludvik33 
First half of 2018 was good, second half horrible. Still a bit surprise he made it to top 20, but when u look back to early 2018, it's understandable.
2019-01-03 20:27
just friendly reminder in 2017 olof had to play one month to be in top 20
2019-01-03 20:32
#206
 | 
Norway ludvik33 
lol true
2019-01-03 20:32
same for snax, they played really good for like 2 months before that shit happened in 2017
2019-01-03 20:35
Till cologne he was very good, I don't think getting top 20 is that unfair unlike some claim, seems big recency bias by their part xd...
2019-01-03 20:33
#213
 | 
Norway ludvik33 
tbh I don't remember him having that good results early 2018, but the stats and some tourneys says otherwise. Its a hard position to play..but all I remember is not 2017 rain aim :p
2019-01-03 20:35
Undeserved but ok
2019-01-03 20:27
+1
2019-01-03 20:31
hahah what a newb
2019-01-03 20:28
#197
ableJ | 
Brazil M1K4G0D 
My bet to 18th was flamie, for me, rain undeserved top 20 this year
2019-01-03 20:28
Undeserved
2019-01-03 20:31
+1
2019-01-03 20:50
#207
 | 
Ukraine w1nth 
Deserved
2019-01-03 20:33
what
2019-01-03 20:33
Undeserved ropz > rain
2019-01-03 20:34
+1
2019-01-03 20:50
#217
Xizt | 
Italy HeSY 
Not his best year unluko
2019-01-03 20:36
#218
 | 
Poland Sneku 
Good job rain
2019-01-03 20:36
Super high ceiling but this year proved how low floor he can have as well :(
2019-01-03 20:36
He deserves it as nobody else
2019-01-03 20:41
#224
 | 
Europe b7ack0ut 
LuL
2019-01-03 20:42
Haha hahahahah rain
2019-01-03 20:42
+1
2019-01-03 20:50
lost all respect to hltv ranking rain is suck
2019-01-03 20:42
+1
2019-01-03 20:48
#227
 | 
Russia Vad97oRRR 
rain 2017 - 4 rain 2018 - 18
2019-01-03 20:43
#229
 | 
Estonia teremartin 
holy shit
2019-01-03 20:43
Rigged AF rain top1 most underrated player ever
2019-01-03 20:43
flag checks out
2019-01-03 20:49
MIBR no fnx no major
2019-01-04 09:18
are u kidding me? this is biggest joke he is not even top 30
2019-01-03 20:48
Rain didnt deserved it
2019-01-03 20:51
+1
2019-01-03 20:56
#270
SPUNJ | 
Brazil FalKsCS 
Rigged
2019-01-03 20:55
+1
2019-01-03 20:56
lmao
2019-01-03 20:56
+1
2019-01-03 20:57
#282
 | 
Europe reeinoldss 
Asian superstar
2019-01-03 21:00
who is asian ?
2019-01-03 21:01
#285
Sakura | 
CIS Ron1E 
??? Reply needs to have actual content
2019-01-03 21:01
Expected
2019-01-03 21:02
so many people here got recency bias it's insane
2019-01-03 21:05
+1 they totally forget that a year has more than one half
2019-01-03 21:57
It was always like that on HLTV :D
2019-01-04 04:38
"Let's make this easy as rain"
2019-01-03 21:10
This is so undeserved only because of last year his on this list
2019-01-03 21:11
#292
 | 
Brazil millerjmatos 
GOD
2019-01-03 21:14
undeserved as fuck, towards the end of the year he was worse than karrigan
2019-01-03 21:14
#295
 | 
United Arab Emirates a1an_nart 
I believe that he deserve better than 18th place... seriously! his impact is great in every match!
2019-01-03 21:17
Yeah one of the reasons they lost major final
2019-01-03 21:33
#298
flusha | 
Faroe Islands lagtop 
???????????????????what ?!
2019-01-03 21:27
how is he in this list. he was slumping through the whole year.
2019-01-03 21:27
He will come back stronger next year!
2019-01-03 21:29
#307
 | 
Kazakhstan MahNinja 
TOP 20 PLAYERS OF 2018: FLAMIE (17)
2019-01-03 21:34
Expected ofc
2019-01-03 21:35
#309
 | 
United States Trump2020KAG 
Rain is my fav Eu player but this is undeserved. He was terrible this year.
2019-01-03 21:38
#311
 | 
Brazil mtszeraa 
this no make sense, lol!
2019-01-03 21:43
stop reading after 18: rain
2019-01-03 21:49
#319
 | 
Japan Jotaro 
Undeserving
2019-01-03 21:55
#321
 | 
China withsn 
Although i always be a fan of faze, i have to say rain shouldn't be in this list.
2019-01-03 21:57
But the stats and EVPs are there, though I think the reason so many people are saving undeserved is because they're not used to this rain after his 2017 performances.
2019-01-04 02:58
Rain ? His can 10-5
2019-01-03 22:03
Unexpected
2019-01-03 22:05
Joke ?
2019-01-03 22:11
#328
 | 
Australia not_prokda 
ropz < rain what??
2019-01-03 22:15
undeserved
2019-01-03 22:15
#331
 | 
United States Raptorial 
average
2019-01-03 22:27
What exactly does "damage-assist" mean? That he did damage to an opponent who died or actual assists?
2019-01-03 22:27
It's just there for the distinction between flash assists and damage assists
2019-01-03 22:37
Ok thank you!
2019-01-06 19:31
#333
fnx | 
Brazil petrolao 
Wtf!!!! Rain is top 10 ez!!!
2019-01-03 22:28
#335
 | 
Austria I_love_Hltv 
undeserved
2019-01-03 22:34
#340
 | 
Poland KasPro 
Excuse me ? first ropz and now this OMEGALUL
2019-01-03 22:55
#341
 | 
United Kingdom trtr098 
Underrated As an entry fragger his stats are impressive
2019-01-03 22:57
#345
 | 
Brazil P4uloVisk 
predict coldzera top4 fallen top6 fer top9 tarik top15 taco top16 stewie2k top17
2019-01-03 23:01
#347
 | 
Czech Republic berkley 
nice keep rollin' rain
2019-01-03 23:11
#348
LEGIJA | 
Serbia MoOoN 
lol rain? why
2019-01-03 23:12
No :'(
2019-01-03 23:19
#352
 | 
Chile nachooww 
ma boe
2019-01-03 23:37
How did that guy guess it?
2019-01-04 00:01
#356
rain | 
Switzerland zeKxa 
monster
2019-01-04 00:02
#357
 | 
Germany DeniMM 
Good
2019-01-04 00:02
#358
 | 
Norway Trip^^ 
Totally deserved<3.
2019-01-04 00:10
what???
2019-01-04 00:20
Faze Hallzerk
2019-01-04 00:25
LOL seriously?
2019-01-04 00:27
#363
 | 
Albania laczyslaw 
undeserved
2019-01-04 00:31
I like hallzerk as well, he has a lot of potential. Gj Rain btw
2019-01-04 00:44
rain not deserved to by in top20.. this year he was shit...
2019-01-04 00:54
+1 he sucks
2019-01-04 01:05
Oof
2019-01-04 00:55
tarik
2019-01-04 01:11
#374
 | 
China serdim 
unexpected valde and ropz play better than him.
2019-01-04 01:50
Ropz was robbed
2019-01-04 02:31
rain is still in good shape anyway. glad to see him in top20.
2019-01-04 02:38
rain is a decent player overall, i honestly cannot judge if he deserved the 18th place spot until i see the other player on the list
2019-01-04 02:46
could be much higher but has been playing like shit last half of the year
2019-01-04 02:49
#382
 | 
China kazuk1 
undeserved as a faze fan
2019-01-04 03:17
#383
 | 
China sn!9er 
Not my expectation.But rain you were really like a super silver last year,lol.
2019-01-04 03:21
undeserved
2019-01-04 04:05
My list: 1. Device 2. Simple 3. Zywoo 4. NAF 5. Niko 6. Oskar 7. Cerq 8. Magisk 9. Dupreeh 10. Electronic 11. glave 12. Sunny 13. KRIMZ 14. Gratisfaction 15. Coldzera 16. Snatchie 17. Twistzz 18. Dennis 19. nahte 20. Sergej
2019-01-04 04:15
1. Device lol
2019-01-04 04:55
Ya, the best AWPer in CS GO history and MVP of most of the big events this year
2019-01-04 13:53
#432
 | 
Sweden TomodachiOM 
he's just mad cause Astralis rekt Liquid every single time
2019-01-04 14:27
That's not how you spell FalleN. He's MVP because HLTV is incredibly biased towards him. gla1ve and his teammates deserved many of those MVPs.
2019-01-04 15:02
deserved he is not as good as he was in 2017 But it doesn't mean he is not good
2019-01-04 04:17
#388
 | 
Serbia GODKipato 
welp
2019-01-04 04:19
Undeserved was lackluster this year
2019-01-04 04:54
Try to think about it this way Despite the five members of Astralis,FaZe ,Liquid,NaVi,Mouse and Cloud9 will share the rest 15 spots. So…there will be a place for rain or Chris
2019-01-04 04:55
#393
 | 
Czech Republic mitsorubi 
as i said before rain > ropz is a meme lmao
2019-01-04 05:36
Rain top 20 in 2k18? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
2019-01-04 05:50
#413
s1mple | 
Russia pEndos 
+1 biggest joke i've ever seen.
2019-01-04 09:24
#395
 | 
Indonesia Exodd 
He had a bad form & series on the 2nd half of 2018. Strange choice imo
2019-01-04 05:59
#396
 | 
Sweden swediztann3 
rain 18?? OLOFMEISTER IS BETTER COMPUTER PLAYER THAN THE RAINY HAHA ROFFELMAO
2019-01-04 06:09
#403
Boombl4 | 
Other Viin 
my list 1-S1mple 2-Xypex 3-Device 4-NiKo 5-Dupreeh 6-Gla1ve 7-Magisk 8-EliGE 9-NAF 10-Coldzera 11-TwistzZ 12-Fallen 13-cerQ 14-Oskar 15-F0rest 16-Sunny 17-Stewie2K 18-Ropz 19-Olof 20-KennYS
2019-01-04 08:41
#406
 | 
Belgium subfal 
joke.
2019-01-04 08:53
"Tight grand-final triumph" you mean that tight bo5 sweep?
2019-01-04 09:17
#412
s1mple | 
Russia pEndos 
LMAO RAIN AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH Flamie top10-15 btw... better than Rain + flamie is top2 player of all Majors: hltv.org/stats?startDate=2018-01-01&endD..
2019-01-04 09:26
#415
 | 
Brazil Collee 
Rofl no
2019-01-04 09:39
For most of the year deserved
2019-01-04 09:59
#417
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Brunei GucciLeIe 
It is deserved
2019-01-04 10:13
#418
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Japan KRabbyy 
XD lmao rain in 2k18 undeserved
2019-01-04 10:30
#420
s1mple | 
China fu22Y 
undeserved af
2019-01-04 10:48
deserved gj this year top 2-3
2019-01-04 11:33
#425
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Poland Aloes 
There is no black colour on the nightmode so table description is wrong
2019-01-04 13:10
havard nygard Hyperbruh
2019-01-04 13:13
Still the pro with the most badass real name
2019-01-04 13:17
deserved
2019-01-04 13:45
Expected
2019-01-04 14:24
#434
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Denmark MetatronKbh 
win 3 small finals in 2018, what a joke, and the last 6 months nhe play like S.......
2019-01-04 14:44
WHAT?!?!?!?!!?!?
2019-01-04 15:20
#440
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Russia Harvallen 
17 S1mple
2019-01-04 15:26
#442
ropz | 
Czech Republic rusteD 
rainMONSTA
2019-01-04 16:00
Half bot half god
2019-01-04 16:09
Fall from grace, #4 to #18, unfortunately same will happen to fer. Wonder who will be in the top10. Tarik? Zeus?
2019-01-04 16:14
#450
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Singapore FallBlade 
Dosia
2019-01-04 17:20
#447
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China me7o 
no way
2019-01-04 16:50
#449
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Brazil SecondKS 
Undeserved
2019-01-04 17:06
#452
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Chile Lionel_Hutz 
From 4th to 18th in one year
2019-01-04 18:45
#462
JW | 
United States theobill1 
UNDESERVED. NOT TOP 20
2019-01-09 00:10
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