Top 20 players of 2018: EliGE (15)

Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski clinches 15th place in the Top 20 players of 2018 ranking powered by EGB.com for playing a pivotal role in Liquid's successes throughout the year with several standout performances.

Top 20 Players of 2018: Introduction

After transitioning from StarCraft to CS:GO, EliGE first appeared in our books in late 2014 with Justus Pro before switching over to eLevate to play with veterans Tyler "Storm" Wood and David "Xp3" Garrido in early 2015, with that team making top four at the then-17-year-old's first international event, Clutch Con.

Less than two months later, EliGE made his way to Liquid as a replacement for Keith "NAF" Markovic, joining forces with his current teammates Nick "nitr0" Cannella and Eric "adreN" Hoag. With them, he would go on to play his first Major at DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca to gather more experience in the top-tier scene to set himself up for his best year up to that point in 2016, during which the team bolstered by Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev made semi-finals and second place at the Majors, MLG Columbus and ESL One Cologne. It was then that EliGE began looking like a star of the future and one of North America's best with an impressive outlook in the latter half of the year.

EliGE has been playing under Liquid's banner for almost four years, having joined the organization in March 2015

In 2017, the core of today's roster formed as Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken joined Liquid in April, with EliGE at the helm, leading them to the semi-finals at ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals and runners-up finishes at ESG Tour Mykonos and ESL One New York. A flawless record at his 14 LAN tournaments attended saw him secure 12th place in Top 20 players of 2017, becoming only the fourth North American player to make the list in CS:GO.

"Liquid has always been an organization that I have respected since I was a kid from the StarCraft days, so when I saw them enter into CS:GO in 2015, I immediately had aspirations to join. Coupled with the fact that we have been a top NA team during our whole time together and an organization that I really love being a part of, it has made me keep wanting to win with Liquid. I feel really comfortable with the playstyle that we have had and it's shaped how I am as a player and how I think about the game."

United StatesEliGE
2018 LAN tournament stats
TournamentEvent Team (place) Rating 2.0 (in team) ADR KPR DPR Impact KAST Award
EL Major 2018
(12-14th)
1.12 (1st, +13%) 86.7 0.80 0.67 1.02 69.4%
cs_summit 2
(1st)
1.14 (2nd, +4%) 83.1 0.75 0.69 1.17 73.5% EVP
StarSeries S4
(3rd)
1.13 (2nd, +4%) 81.4 0.73 0.70 1.20 73.3%
IEM Katowice 2018
(3-4th)
0.95 (3rd, -4%) 73.3 0.65 0.74 1.03 64.0%
DHM Marseille 2018
(9-12th)
1.08 (1st, +7%) 83.9 0.71 0.76 1.11 71.1%
EPL S7 Finals
(2nd)
1.11 (1st, +4%) 78.8 0.71 0.66 1.10 71.4% EVP
StarSeries S5
(5-8th)
1.20 (1st, +9%) 82.5 0.77 0.66 1.32 70.8%
ECS S5 Finals
(2nd)
1.27 (2nd, +10%) 88.3 0.84 0.65 1.29 77.6% EVP
ESL One Belo Horizonte
(3-4th)
1.04 (2nd, +4%) 76.7 0.68 0.72 1.15 65.9%
ESL One Cologne 2018
(13-16th)
1.14 (1st, +20%) 81.0 0.72 0.72 1.48 65.9%
EL Premier 2018
(2nd)
1.04 (4th, -4%) 76.2 0.68 0.69 1.09 68.6%
FACEIT Major 2018
(3-4th)
1.17 (3rd, +6%) 88.1 0.78 0.68 1.23 69.9%
ESL One NY 2018
(2nd)
1.12 (4th, -5%) 75.1 0.72 0.63 1.11 73.2% EVP
EPICENTER 2018
(3-4th)
1.25 (2nd, +3%) 83.5 0.75 0.59 1.34 74.3% EVP
IEM Chicago 2018
(2nd)
1.07 (3rd, 0%) 76.7 0.67 0.67 1.12 69.8%
ECS S6 Finals
(7-8th)
0.99 (2nd, +12%) 78.8 0.65 0.75 1.09 64.2%
SuperNova Malta
(1st)
1.24 (2nd, +4%) 83.6 0.74 0.62 1.25 78.0% EVP
EPL S8 Finals
(2nd)
1.19 (2nd, +4%) 84.6 0.81 0.70 1.35 69.5% EVP
5% above average
5%+ below average
Closer than 5% to average

Liquid's issues with roster locks at the ESL Pro League Season 6 Finals in December of 2017 continued at the ELEAGUE Major in January, with coach Wilton "zews" Prado stepping into the team for the second time as their latest addition, Lucas "steel" Lopes, was once again not allowed to play alongside them in Atlanta. While EliGE put up a consistent showing to kick off the year, the North American side scraped through the newly established New Challengers stage, thanks to a ninth slot becoming available as 100 Thieves dropped out at the last minute, and went out after a 1-3 record in the New Legends stage. Still, it was enough to meet the main goal to avoid going through the entire cycle next time, given the circumstances.

"We went into the major with the goal of making it out of groups so that we wouldn't have to go through the Minor qualification. zews was going to do everything for us: dropping guns, running out first to take away their aim, anything he can to get us an advantage. We practiced weeks before the Major preparing with zews, making sure that we gave it our all and we ended up with good results relative to our situation because of it."

The earlier struggles dating back to late 2017 resulted in a lineup change early on in 2018, as NAF replaced Josh "jdm64" Marzano after the Major, returning to the organization he had briefly represented in early 2015. Success came immediately; the new roster went on to give the organization their first international victory at cs_summit 2 after beating SK and Cloud9 in the last two stages, and EliGE was awarded his first EVP of the year as a key player in the run, while his new teammate outdid him in the MVP race.

"[NAF's arrival] didn't have a direct impact in terms of changing spots, but the way that I played some of my spots changed because of it. Specifically, on Cache and Mirage, I became more of the get-info-and-survive guy for the middle of those maps. Nick [nitr0] swapped to our AWPer full time and was doing things differently than jdm did, so I adjusted to compensate and make sure he is as comfortable as possible with his new role. So while I might not have changed positions or roles, the style in the way that I played them changed."

IEM Katowice was one of just two events at which EliGE dipped into the red

The first big events followed and Liquid added two top fours on top of their first title by the end of March, losing to the eventual champions in the semi-finals of both StarSeries i-League Season 4 (mousesports) and IEM Katowice (fnatic), while also taking the scalps of SK and FaZe at the former tournament and Cloud9 at the latter.

"I think that [our improvement] was a combination of a lot of things: NAF coming into the team that brought a lot of firepower and clutch ability to win the big rounds, Twistzz beginning to play really well and consistently, nitr0 getting more comfortable with his calling since he only began in late 2017, and everyone being on the same page. steel was really good for his consistency and he got a lot of map control and information for us late-round on CT, which really helped. Not having to worry about a specific part of the map because of the information he would get really bolsters up the rest of the sides of the map. Our teamwork improved a lot this year and we learned exactly how everyone likes to play."

EliGE played well across the team's wins at both events, but some poor lows in the losses to Astralis and the aforementioned Swedes set IEM Katowice as his lowest-rated event of the year (0.95).

"To be honest, I don't remember the specifics of the game, but, for me, Astralis has always been a really rough opponent. I think it has always just been a playstyle thing, but, usually, when I am having a bad game or something like that I try to do what I can to make sure everyone else on the team is having a better game to compensate."

Despite the improvement, steel left two months into the new roster and Epitacio "TACO" de Melo, who had just departed SK at that point, filled his shoes just in time for DreamHack Masters Marseille. The first event did not go well, as Liquid's one-sided rivalry with Astralis started to take roots with another series going the way of the Danes and Gambit surprised them with a close win in the group's deciding match.

"TACO happened to be playing the exact roles we needed, so that didn't change too much. I think we had some changes position-wise, but nothing drastic. TACO had really good communication and was a lot more instructive on sites, which was needed. Every bombsite should have someone in general that is going to be leading and saying what they want, and TACO was that guy for us on his sites when he came on the team."

With just one poor map out of seven, EliGE kept a consistent level throughout the French tournament and followed it up with another good showing at ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals in May to secure his second EVP mention, while Liquid made their first big-event grand final in Dallas after beating top-five sides mousesports and Natus Vincere.

1.27 rating at ECS Season 5 Finals gave the American his third EVP of the year

The 21-year-old then led his team to the quarter-finals at StarSeries i-League Season 5 with a 1.20 rating, suffering a loss to domestic rivals NRG in the last-eight stage, before the North American side returned to the podium with another second place at ECS Season 5 Finals. Awarded his third EVP, EliGE scored his highest rating in 2018 (1.27) in London as Liquid took revenge on fnatic for Katowice and NRG for the Ukrainian tournament, but they still couldn't overcome Astralis despite the star's efforts on Dust2 of the grand final series.

A few days later, the squad traveled to Belo Horizonte to add another top-four finish to their resumé, beating only BIG twice while conceding series to the teams who ended up clashing in the final, mousesports and FaZe, both of whom played the tournament with stand-ins. That was just weeks short of Liquid's biggest blow of the first half of the year, which came at ESL One Cologne, as they exited the German competition in last place after losing favorable matchups to BIG, whom they had just defeated in Brazil, and the struggling North. The disappointing result initiated a serious conversation :

"There wasn't anything emotionally wrong in Cologne, but I think the main thing was preparation and practice. We weren't putting in as much as we could and we had a very serious talk afterwards about the severity of what happened and other things that made us flip a switch afterwards. It was a really hard tournament result for sure, the second worst of the year."

And that seemed to have done the trick. Liquid ended the first part of the season with another grand final run at ELEAGUE Premier, adding another couple of wins against MIBR as well as one versus Na`Vi, while also conceding two more best-of-threes to the best team in the world, who had already accumulated a scary record on the North American side by that point.

This was not a particularly good period for EliGE, who recorded somewhat average ratings in Belo Horizonte and in Atlanta with 1.04 at each of them and a 1.14 rating during the early elimination in Cologne.

However, he was back in better form after the off-season, with Liquid deciding to skip DreamHack Masters Stockholm to prioritize the FACEIT Major. That decision was paying its dividends across the first two stages in the UK; the squad kept a perfect record up until the playoffs, even defeating Astralis to reach the quarter-finals from the first seed, though not before the Danes almost pulled off a massive comeback on Inferno. EliGE had been having a great showing and continued to do so in the playoffs against HellRaisers, adding two more good maps, but he and the rest of the team eventually dropped off in the rematch against Astralis, who, as the American himself put it, looked out of their league in the semis.

"I don't think that we felt any extra pressure at the Major. It was a tournament like always and I think our confidence was really high especially after our group run and how well we were playing against everyone. Coming off of a bootcamp and seeing the results showing very clearly is a good feeling for everyone. Astralis almost coming back in that Inferno game didn't have any impact on the following series. We talked about it after and the loss to them in the semi-finals had nothing to do with emotion or anything. We gave it our all and were playing at our best for the time, but in the end, they just were still out of our league.

"Our run at the Major is my best memory from 2018. It wasn't one of our finals runs, but to me it just showed a confidence in our game that I hadn't felt before that. We went into that tournament with the intention of winning and everyone believed it through and through. It showed the advantages of taking some time off, doing a bootcamp and really focusing on improving the team's results instead of going to every tournament possible and to me, that is the main takeaway. I want that to be the example for the team and me to look back on, that confidence that we had in ourselves and as a team."

That practice continued to yield fruits at ESL One New York only a few days afterward, with Liquid flying through the competition despite an early loss to NRG on Overpass. In the grand final against mousesports, they had a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five and were up 13-4 on the fourth map, Dust2, but a huge comeback from the European side saw Liquid's prospect of winning their first big event slip from their fingertips, as they also lost the deciding map to go down 2-3. Despite a good showing from EliGE over the course of the tournament, which yielded another EVP for him as the third-best player within the team, he could not help but blame himself for the loss.

"That loss on Dust2 was definitely a choke no matter how you look at it. We were up, we were playing better and I think the pressure just got to us as a team. I don't think choking in general is as relevant to us as it has been in the past when looking at us recently, as we have had a lot of comebacks and stayed in a lot of games, but for this game, it came back to bite us.

"That is my worst memory for sure. That was a tournament that really killed the team morale and hurt the team mindset for a long time. I personally had a bad final as well and I felt really lost. I had never felt worse after a tournament before in my life. I blamed myself a lot after that tournament and I was really sad.

EliGE picked up the AUG and SG ahead of EPICENTER

Over the next three weeks, EliGE committed to a switch to the AUG and SG in online play, which became cheaper at the beginning of October. If it affected him negatively early on as he says, it did not show at EPICENTER, as he piled on his fifth EVP award there, although admittedly due to decimating some lower-tier competition in Swole Patrol and AVANGAR before losing to FaZe in the semi-finals.

"I definitely took a hit in performance where I would miss some kills because of the lack of skill in the guns, still. I was really committed to swapping to the superior guns because I knew if I get good at them before everyone else, then I will be the one who is really ahead later on. It made me start holding angles more than I should, as well, which I noticed. If I were to go back and do it again, I would have situationally used the guns more often so I can more comfortably play and get used to them while not taking a performance hit."

At IEM Chicago, Liquid returned the favor to Nikola "NiKo" Kovač & co. in the semi-finals despite looking somewhat shaky beforehand, with a loss to the new fnatic team in groups and a close encounter with LDLC in the quarter-finals. Thanks to an impressive level leading up to championship Sunday, the 21-year-old looked set for another award, but a sub-par performance in the 0-3 final series against Astralis saw him fall short of one, in the end, and finish the event with a 1.07 rating.

ECS Season 6 Finals followed in late November and became a blip on an otherwise admirable resumé post-off-season, with the North American team ending up dead last in Arlington after a run reminiscent of ESL One Cologne — as NRG and North sent them home — and EliGE recording his second event in the red with a 0.99 rating over the three maps.

"ECS I believe was because of burnout and not following our gameplan. We had a lot of things we were prepared for that caught the team off-guard when we started playing. It had nothing to do with mentality or anything like that. It was a really big tournament of the year, so it really sucked going out last like that."

After the disappointment at ECS Season 6 Finals, EliGE and Liquid were back in form at their last two events, securing their second title of 2018 at SuperNova

That only turned out to be a temporary setback for both the player and his team, who were back in great shape at a rather less-contested SuperNova CS:GO Malta, which awarded them their second title of 2018, and at ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals. Liquid looked fantastic in Odense while they faced anyone but Astralis, destroying BIG, Na`Vi, and MIBR before suffering their fifth grand final loss of 2018 to the aforementioned Danes. Still, EliGE rounded out the year with perhaps his best performance against Astralis (1.24 rating in the 1-3 loss), as well as with two EVPs from those events.

Why was EliGE the 15th best player of 2018?

As Liquid's second-best player of the first half of the year and the third-best in the second, EliGE was a highly valuable member of one of 2018's best teams, contributing to that success with ratings above the team's average at 15 of their 18 events. His seven EVP awards — five of which he earned at Big events — speak to his consistency over the course of the year. At the same time, he was rarely the leading figure during his team's deep runs, with that being the case only at ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals.

Playstyle-wise, EliGE was one of the most aggressive players of the year with very high involvement in opening duels (once every four rounds, ranking first among the top-20 players). In that role, he dealt the 10th most damage per round at Big events (80.3), which led not only to a high amount of kills (0.73 per round), but also to a lot of damage assists (0.15 per round, 10th most).

"It has always been my playstyle in any game that I have ever played in my life to play aggressively. I like taking the calculated duels, or even just the crazy ones to get in people's heads. I know from our team and from me that if you die in a stupid way or someone does something crazy, people can get tilted from that and it can dissuade the other team from doing certain things if you can get in their head early. I don't think the team has ever asked me to be aggressive specifically. They know that it is what I like doing and how I play my best, so they help and support me in the ways they can."

EliGE is the first North American player to make multiple appearances in the top 20

All in all, the amount of standout performances and better consistency set the American apart from the previous members of the Top 20 list, while a drop-off in playoffs matches similar to Miikka "suNny" Kemppi (1.16 in Big event group stages vs. 1.06 in the playoffs) kept him from reaching a higher placing.

"In 2019, I want to make sure that I am prepared for every single important match that I play. I know that when I am at my most prepared individually, where I know what the other team does and how they like to play, I am more confident in the plays that I do and I help more with calling as well. I know what I want and what I have to do and that improves my game. I have been thinking a lot recently about the conditions I was in when I was playing my absolute best — what I was doing and how I was thinking. So after determining this, I need to be sure that I do exactly that to play at that level as much as I can."

Bold prediction

When asked for a prediction of a player who could surprise with a place in the Top 20 players of 2019, EliGE was truly bold with his pick, as he went with Owen "oBo" Schlatter. The 15-year-old played in Adaptation in 2017, making it to ESEA Premier in Season 25, and in 2018 he qualified for FACEIT Pro League, in which he has topped several weeks.

United States Owen "oBo" Schlatter

"oBo isn't old enough to play until the middle of next year on a professional team, but he has a lot of potential and is one of the most skilled up-and-comers that I have seen. I think when he is able to play, he can become a top player for sure!"

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.

Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
969
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1193
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1126
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
United States Tyler 'Storm' Wood
Tyler 'Storm' Wood
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.88
Maps played:
86
KPR:
0.59
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
United States Eric 'adreN' Hoag
Eric 'adreN' Hoag
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
597
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
Brazil Wilton 'zews' Prado
Wilton 'zews' Prado
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.80
Maps played:
142
KPR:
0.53
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
United States Owen 'oBo' Schlatter
Owen 'oBo' Schlatter
Age:
16
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
77
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.14
Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
913
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
United States Josh 'jdm64' Marzano
Josh 'jdm64' Marzano
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
823
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.10
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
912
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
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
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1165
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Finland Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1034
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
France David 'Xp3' Garrido
David 'Xp3' Garrido
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
502
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1043
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.10
#1
Twistzz | 
Estonia dev2ce 
wow i did not expect this guy to be #15
2019-01-06 20:01
E X P E C T E D
2019-01-06 20:01
#52
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Spain JustNo 
expected Edit: i just want to ask why he has no hair at all wtf, shit 21yo
2019-01-06 20:02
Because he is blonde, a lot of blonde people are missing hair x)
2019-01-06 20:12
#220
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China KensonS 
in fact krimz is truly the one wihout any hair.
2019-01-06 20:55
#295
 | 
Spain JustNo 
no u
2019-01-06 23:59
Lul
2019-01-07 01:17
#326
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India Smauxx 
But he got big beard :v
2019-01-07 10:46
#337
 | 
China KensonS 
f0rest has both xd
2019-01-08 21:40
#339
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India Smauxx 
haha xD
2019-01-10 16:55
#331
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United States Samsquanch_ 
I think it’s cuz his hair is so god damn light, it looks worse than it is. He’s just got super light colored thin hair?
2019-01-07 14:11
Expected
2019-01-06 20:01
No surprise, deserved
2019-01-06 20:01
lol actually insane
2019-01-06 20:01
#46
 | 
Denmark Ken92 
Nice
2019-01-06 20:01
WTF HOW
2019-01-06 20:01
#68
 | 
Brazil ftf123 
elige god
2019-01-06 20:02
#74
 | 
Sweden Unluko 
Expected best player in the world!
2019-01-06 20:02
gg
2019-01-06 20:02
You are right actually, I expected him to be in the top 10 at the least.
2019-01-06 20:07
#96
Twistzz | 
Estonia dev2ce 
Then you, my friend, are what we call delusional.
2019-01-06 20:08
Looks like you are the one surprised he's even in top 20 so who's delusional?
2019-01-06 20:25
Oh and btw ruski...be ready for Twistzz and NAF to be featured soon. Liquid didn't make top 3 in the world with shit players obviously.
2019-01-06 20:30
when did i call any of them shit or that elige never deserved to be in the top 20 your reading skills are really lacking, not once did i mention liquid having shit players lmfao.
2019-01-06 20:31
Yes they can be in the top 20 with your Ruski approval as the Top 3 team in the world, many would argue ranked 2nd. But they can't have any players in the top 10. You are dumb af kid.
2019-01-06 20:33
naf is 100% top 10, and twistzz might be in top 10 never said that they weren't i said elige wasn't LMAO your comprehension levels are off the charts
2019-01-06 20:36
Fat people cant read
2019-01-06 21:39
#315
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Portugal mrsc 
hes american what do you expect
2019-01-07 02:46
hey look another retarded american
2019-01-06 21:47
dude you're really stupid lol
2019-01-06 23:20
You can only hope to one day be as smart as me and make as much money as me. Next.
2019-01-07 00:43
#327
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Norway _koshin 
Why can't you be in my faceit games man, a Russian with good English grammar, bravo, teach your fellow Ruski's the way of the English language, that way we can communicate <3
2019-01-07 10:48
L M A O
2019-01-06 20:11
I expected him to be around 17-14, but definitely not top 10
2019-01-06 20:12
expected
2019-01-06 20:57
#2
 | 
Argentina Macaca_Sinica 
deserved!
2019-01-06 20:01
Indeed it is! Happay for may boy Jonathan ELiGE Jablonowski! :)
2019-01-06 20:58
+1
2019-01-06 21:21
#301
 | 
Brazil sucoZin 
he deserved a better position, imo
2019-01-07 00:33
#302
 | 
Brazil sucoZin 
liquid top 3 team, and inside liquid, elige had top 1 or 2 rating on almost every event
2019-01-07 00:34
#4
 | 
Denmark Ken92 
Nice
2019-01-06 20:01
#88
 | 
Brazil JMB_17 
WOW I DID NOT EXPECT THIS TO BE 15
2019-01-06 20:05
#5
f0rest | 
Turkey kadirw0w 
deserved, beast.
2019-01-06 20:01
+1
2019-01-06 20:28
+1
2019-01-06 21:21
#6
 | 
Sweden fnatic_flusha 
I knew it!
2019-01-06 20:01
lol actually insane
2019-01-06 20:01
#9
 | 
Sweden XenoRex 
Nice
2019-01-06 20:01
#10
dupreeh | 
Romania Dulie 
expected
2019-01-06 20:01
#11
 | 
Europe UhddiS 
GJ
2019-01-06 20:01
okay i literally was first
2019-01-06 20:01
shit how are people so fast
2019-01-06 20:01
#237
 | 
Libya Neroz44 
How did two people get #12
2019-01-06 21:19
LUL
2019-01-06 21:46
LOL
2019-01-06 23:33
#291
 | 
Ukraine illinoize 
OMEGALUL
2019-01-06 23:40
#303
Aleksib | 
Finland f1nch 
What the hell
2019-01-07 00:36
#312
 | 
United Kingdom trtr098 
And #13 is dead
2019-01-07 02:20
#329
 | 
Europe VeryHighIQ 
LOL WTF
2019-01-07 13:02
#313
Summer | 
China SWhinX 
WTF #13 is rly missin
2019-01-07 02:33
#14
 | 
Turkey tyrkjaranid 
expected
2019-01-06 20:03
#50
 | 
Turkey tyrkjaranid 
fook
2019-01-06 20:01
expected
2019-01-06 20:01
n1
2019-01-06 20:01
expected
2019-01-06 20:01
#18
 | 
Belgium 69Savage 
Nice
2019-01-06 20:01
#19
 | 
Sweden xodec 
nice
2019-01-06 20:01
expected
2019-01-06 20:01
ok
2019-01-06 20:01
LOL
2019-01-06 20:01
#23
 | 
Canada dennek 
expected
2019-01-06 20:01
lol
2019-01-06 20:01
lol
2019-01-06 20:01
#26
coldzera | 
Denmark Emyl 
ez
2019-01-06 20:01
ok
2019-01-06 20:01
Expected.
2019-01-06 20:01
#30
 | 
Brazil baldok1 
q
2019-01-06 20:01
#31
 | 
Austria swehy 
rip
2019-01-06 20:01
#32
s1mple | 
Russia h3x0r 
Expected
2019-01-06 20:01
#33
Stewie2K | 
United States 1ukie 
expected
2019-01-06 20:01
damn
2019-01-06 20:01
#35
 | 
Czech Republic NeverLuckyGuy 
deserved
2019-01-06 20:01
2?
2019-01-06 20:01
guck
2019-01-06 20:01
#39
 | 
United Kingdom VOSSKI 
expected
2019-01-06 20:01
#40
 | 
United States KrakeNCSGO 
hi
2019-01-06 20:01
#41
 | 
United Kingdom Deymosmeister 
Expected
2019-01-06 20:01
#42
 | 
Brazil DooteR_ 
expected
2019-01-06 20:01
nice
2019-01-06 20:01
#44
 | 
Russia _waxybaNg 
Ez
2019-01-06 20:01
#45
rain | 
Slovakia TrYx_ 
Vkf
2019-01-06 20:01
nice
2019-01-06 20:01
#48
gatito | 
Spain 7777 
lel
2019-01-06 20:01
#49
Twistzz | 
Russia svnc 
ez
2019-01-06 20:01
#51
 | 
United Kingdom Cabby 
cheese
2019-01-06 20:01
elige made it
2019-01-06 20:01
ok
2019-01-06 20:01
Deserved much better
2019-01-06 20:01
#58
 | 
Denmark Fnis 
Ez top 1 for dev1ce
2019-01-06 20:01
#59
 | 
Norway Maximilianmus 
not deserved
2019-01-06 20:01
#60
ropz | 
Germany SteveMW 
expected
2019-01-06 20:01
#61
f0rest | 
Latvia Zvede 
no
2019-01-06 20:01
#62
 | 
Estonia naityflatroo 
WOWW
2019-01-06 20:01
#63
 | 
Pakistan d1ckweed 
What a joke. Should’ve been higher.
2019-01-06 20:01
#84
Twistzz | 
Estonia dev2ce 
LOL he should've been #16 nt tho
2019-01-06 20:04
#213
 | 
Pakistan d1ckweed 
K
2019-01-06 20:53
Lmao
2019-01-07 00:57
Lol? He’s had his individually worst year in his carrer.
2019-01-06 21:28
#257
 | 
Pakistan d1ckweed 
Hi skoorps. You recognize me, right? And it's not about his individual rating, it's about the tournament runs he had. 8 finals in the year. But sure, HLTV and most of its users always go by the individual's numbers... Something I fail to understand. // Maybe you're not the Skoorps I think you are. Same nationality and username xD
2019-01-06 21:41
Kinda remember you :p But u and the guy below (i think) didnt get what i meant. EliGE is a world class player, some years ago i thought he was one of the best in the world, always carrying his team. This year was in fact his worst. Most part of the second half of the year he got carried. (Thanks to twistzz and naf being absolute monsters, like old EliGE)
2019-01-07 00:14
#309
 | 
Pakistan d1ckweed 
Doesn’t mean he’s gotta be ranked below oskar and KRiMZ. But anyway, what’s done is done.
2019-01-07 01:15
Krimz was better but i agree with you on Oskar :)
2019-01-07 11:12
he had the 10th highest adr, only 1 slightly below average tournament this year and a stupid number of appearances in the finals. he should've been higher than #15 for sure.
2019-01-06 21:42
not deserved
2019-01-06 20:01
#65
 | 
Europe NoobAco_ 
Nice deserved +1
2019-01-06 20:01
ez 4 oskar
2019-01-06 20:01
Oiiii thats two for NA :3
2019-01-06 20:01
At least 2 more coming too
2019-01-06 20:10
yeah twistzz and naf
2019-01-06 20:16
And my boy FNS
2019-01-06 20:40
ofc how could i forget
2019-01-07 10:45
C9 won the major in 2018; i’d be fairly surprised if auti is the only player to make it from C9.
2019-01-06 21:19
auti is the only one from c9
2019-01-07 01:36
tarik maybe?
2019-01-07 10:46
Who else is gonna make it? One tournament does not make them top 20 players? Especially tarik and Stew, they did fuck all post Major.
2019-01-07 20:25
#69
 | 
South America ERO0N 
Nice
2019-01-06 20:02
#71
 | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina V3DO 
Nice year for him. I hope liquid win some shit in the future!
2019-01-06 20:02
#72
 | 
Brazil ^7|1 
detcepxe
2019-01-06 20:02
#79
 | 
Denmark QBE_ 
Yes.. finally one point x))
2019-01-06 20:03
deserved
2019-01-06 20:03
Proud of you friend ;)
2019-01-06 20:03
#83
 | 
Poland trancemeister 
always monster :) deserved!
2019-01-06 20:04
#86
 | 
Denmark raaaaaaaaa1in 
expected
2019-01-06 20:04
#89
 | 
Sweden La1rea 
xpected
2019-01-06 20:06
I think he deserved to be higher.
2019-01-06 20:06
If they won more big events he wouldve gotten higher than oskar and guardian, so probably #11-13, and twistzz and NAF would be higher up in the top 10.
2019-01-06 21:06
They still had a lot of good placements. Bunch of Finals. IMO deserves higher than oskar. Mouz did nothing special this year. Liquid did better. Winning tournaments is not the only thing when ranking comes in mind.
2019-01-06 23:29
#91
Laz | 
Russia moorlize 
gj
2019-01-06 20:07
#93
 | 
France Teellioz 
should be top 10
2019-01-06 20:08
Deserved
2019-01-06 20:08
deserved
2019-01-06 20:08
#97
 | 
Portugal PortugueseFan 
deserved
2019-01-06 20:08
elige wyliż xd
2019-01-06 20:09
#99
 | 
China Alar1c 
ok
2019-01-06 20:09
#102
 | 
Austria I_love_Hltv 
undeserved
2019-01-06 20:10
lol undeserved he should be in top 10
2019-01-06 20:11
#109
 | 
Brazil ragemasterBR 
+1 Read my mind
2019-01-06 20:12
0/8
2019-01-06 20:12
he is better than top 15
2019-01-06 20:11
#242
 | 
Brazil oldStar 
+1
2019-01-06 21:24
+1 he did #12 last year, why not at least the same this year? He did so well
2019-01-07 01:01
So far, more for NA than there has ever been.
2019-01-06 20:13
Unexpected wtf how do you say he’s insane ?
2019-01-06 20:13
how this bot is on top 15?? so f.cking overrated and shit
2019-01-06 20:14
Underrated imo
2019-01-06 20:19
lul
2019-01-06 23:23
Said a Flipside fan lmao
2019-01-07 01:01
#330
 | 
Europe VeryHighIQ 
FLIPSIDE? Never heard of her.
2019-01-07 13:03
#125
 | 
India Tritium 
Ez 2 points
2019-01-06 20:15
#130
 | 
Russia VeryChokeGuy 
Lul, EliGe.
2019-01-06 20:16
#133
s1 | 
Ukraine mpletop1 
No BOTRiMZ ahahahaha
2019-01-06 20:17
wtf is with these comments? you people say for every player he should be higher XD
2019-01-06 20:17
#271
 | 
United Kingdom fal36 
+1 Everyone top 5 player
2019-01-06 22:08
#140
 | 
Germany k_den 
ugly albino kid
2019-01-06 20:18
MY FIRST CORRECT PREDICTION lol I am so bad
2019-01-06 20:19
#149
shox | 
Latvia kebab_b 
oBo O M E G A L U L
2019-01-06 20:21
+1
2019-01-06 20:23
#150
 | 
Poland Blindilek 
Expected!
2019-01-06 20:21
Expected
2019-01-06 20:23
#159
 | 
Brazil Romarioek 
Nice
2019-01-06 20:24
#160
 | 
Brazil Romarioek 
next: oskar
2019-01-06 20:24
#164
 | 
World LeviathaNz 
So... : hltv.org/stats/players/compare/2757/Guar.. ?! And also, oskar has around the same stats as EliGE while playing more finals. First time a placing is undeserved. He should be higher.
2019-01-06 20:26
Oskar however has more MVP's, therefor he is probably 14th
2019-01-06 20:34
#219
 | 
World LeviathaNz 
He has one... At a tier2 tournament (V4 Festival)... :/
2019-01-06 20:55
Well Elige has 0
2019-01-06 23:06
#165
 | 
Brazil hugoooo 
What a huge coincidence, I've watched arT (FURIA player) stream yesterday, he was playing FPL, and a guy called 'oBo' was wrecking him and his team, including stewie and swag. Next day (today) I come here and see that EliGE picked him as bold prediction. For sure he impressed me yesterday, but I didn't know he was legit, I thought it was just a random guy having a great map.
2019-01-06 20:27
You just hope guys like s0m and oBo spend some time on some really good MDL teams before jumping headfirst into invite CS. ... Nobody is disputing their ability to put crosshairs on head. Ropz is/was an extreme outlier and his gamesense was well beyond his years for somebody with zero experience.
2019-01-06 20:33
ELEAGUE LUL
2019-01-06 20:27
No krimz ? Imo krimz wont be in top 20 if he is not next
2019-01-06 20:28
#171
JW | 
Sweden plikz 
krimz is top5 calm down
2019-01-06 20:29
#173
JW | 
Denmark limsaitama 
Krimz 14 Oskar 13 Kappa
2019-01-06 20:30
Lmao KRIMZ must make it into top 20. He has 1.16 rating in Big events in 2018, 3 tournaments won and 1 MVP.
2019-01-06 20:40
Just wait until Auglige has a full year of SG/AUG under his belt.
2019-01-06 20:28
#179
niko | 
Bulgaria Ju7y 
NA teams usually play against other NA teams, so its easy KDR for them.
2019-01-06 20:32
#205
 | 
Brazil hugoooo 
HLTV mainly focus on Big Events to make this ranking, then smaller lans, then online leagues. So, these online continental leagues (EPL/ECS) barely have any impact there, chill.
2019-01-06 20:49
#212
niko | 
Bulgaria Ju7y 
They still have impact. Also its easier for teams like Liquid to qualify for events because they always play against weaker teams.
2019-01-06 20:52
Liquid is usually invited to events since they're a top 5 team anyways. You could say the same thing about Astralis or Navi always getting into events since they're always invited.
2019-01-06 21:10
#268
 | 
Bulgaria AboveYall 
Ofc the big dogs will always get invites.. But what he said about qualifications is absolutely True, for examle look at eu and na minors for the upcomming major, they should either give eu more spots or merge it with the cis minor.. And i dont even want to talk about the asian minor...
2019-01-06 21:54
#281
 | 
Brazil hugoooo 
What fucks Europe is this RETARDED IDEA to make stuff for CIS countries only, like if CIS was not part of fucking Europe. GET RID of the CIS Minor, merge it with the EU Minor and here you go: Europe will have more slots AND better teams qualifying for the Major, that will benefit a lot from it. What's wrong with the Asian Minor?
2019-01-06 22:56
shouldnt be top 10 but he should ve been higher than oskar krimz and xyp tbh.
2019-01-06 20:28
No tbh
2019-01-06 20:31
my opinion bud
2019-01-06 20:42
#187
 | 
United States Trump2020KAG 
MY BOY ELIGE GG GREAT SEASON LOOKING FORWARD TO 2019
2019-01-06 20:35
#190
 | 
Brazil Collee 
2nd best pure entry fragger of the year. Deserved a bit more
2019-01-06 20:36
He deserves it
2019-01-06 20:36
#192
 | 
Brazil igster 
Deserved gratz
2019-01-06 20:37
#195
 | 
Denmark Ulver 
Still think Sunny and Elige should have swapped places in the ranking.
2019-01-06 20:39
similar stats. elige was more consistent and on the better team and sunny dropped off a lot towards the end of the year. if he was on pace for the last part of the year like he was statistically id put him above oskar as well since he was far more impactful in playoffs and top 10 teams.
2019-01-06 20:48
expected deserved :)
2019-01-06 20:48
#204
 | 
Vietnam Oida 
ELIGE OVER SUNNY ???????????? ARE U RETARD´????
2019-01-06 20:49
oBo
2019-01-06 20:49
#208
 | 
Brazil sprk1 
elige monster
2019-01-06 20:50
#211
 | 
Poland @Fridzu 
polish monster
2019-01-06 20:52
#215
 | 
United States Raptorial 
Good for NA
2019-01-06 20:53
#224
 | 
Czech Republic Kotvic 
Number 15: Burger king foot lettuce. The last thing you'd want in your Burger King burger is someone's foot fungus. But as it turns out, that might be what you get.
2019-01-06 20:58
expected
2019-01-06 21:13
#235
 | 
Palestine Xpicyy 
NA legend
2019-01-06 21:15
#236
 | 
Europe Vallon2 
How the fuck is fraudzera in the top 15, lmao. I swear, if he's actually put in the top 10 then the admins are just afraid of being called racist.
2019-01-06 21:19
#300
 | 
United States SilveryoHD 
+1
2019-01-07 00:29
#241
 | 
Brazil P4uloVisk 
Fer 14 confirmed
2019-01-06 21:23
The worst player from a team that didnt win a single thing except one t2-3 tournament all year on this list? Whaaaat??
2019-01-06 21:34
#273
 | 
Singapore FallBlade 
dosia top 1
2019-01-06 22:17
#245
 | 
Spain Carbonizante 
Yay 3 pts
2019-01-06 21:30
#252
 | 
Poland KasPro 
EZ POLISH PLAYER IN TOP 20 PLAYERS
2019-01-06 21:35
u forgot bntet and xccurate
2019-01-06 21:39
#258
 | 
Poland KasPro 
do u think they're gonna be in top20? now I'm even more excited
2019-01-06 21:40
#266
BOOBIE | 
United States lybrel 
unlucko shit teams for the only other two good Polish CSGO players, BnTeT and Will "RUSH" Wierzba
2019-01-06 21:50
#267
 | 
Poland KasPro 
+million homie
2019-01-06 21:50
#260
 | 
United States Ichthys 
This pretty much confirms Elige is in the top 15
2019-01-06 21:43
Wow 6 - second places. This hurt.
2019-01-06 21:45
#264
BOOBIE | 
United States lybrel 
baitzera top 15 in 2018? wtf
2019-01-06 21:47
Such a beast, playing one of the smartest cs out there. Always consistent even if he's making space for NAF to shine, which always chokes in final and against big teams. I would put him as the second best player of his team, behind Twistz, but sadly, stats matter too much.
2019-01-06 21:56
#297
 | 
France ponche 
+1
2019-01-07 00:08
elige its choking in finals not naf . naf its always playing good vs astralis
2019-01-07 02:47
2019-01-07 17:01
Elige on their loss to Astralis in the semi: " We gave it our all and were playing at our best for the time, but in the end, they just were still out of our league." This just shows Liquids 2018.
2019-01-06 22:04
omg he is literally so shit ooommmgg hltv what is you even doing. he is supposed to be number 140
2019-01-06 22:24
with this list dont surprised Device is top1... lmao Elige
2019-01-06 22:29
#276
NEO | 
Poland k@nios 
wtf elige deserves higher
2019-01-06 22:39
Totally agree but 15 aren't bad at all
2019-01-06 22:48
0 MVP so this is fair
2019-01-06 22:50
Definitely deserved
2019-01-06 22:48
oskar next
2019-01-06 23:06
#288
 | 
Canada herocoolzzz 
should be higher
2019-01-06 23:29
Gollum on fire
2019-01-06 23:38
ez
2019-01-06 23:43
#293
arT | 
Brazil Maujubudo 
Noice
2019-01-06 23:44
obo who?
2019-01-06 23:45
#296
 | 
Iceland caverat 
naf and twistzz waiting
2019-01-07 00:03
#299
 | 
United States SilveryoHD 
good job elige!
2019-01-07 00:29
Kinda tilted that autimatic and valde are above f0rest :/
2019-01-07 02:41
f0rest wasnt even top 25 this year lol . around 30 most likely
2019-01-07 02:46
How is oBO gonna make top 20 if he can't even play
2019-01-07 03:30
expected
2019-01-07 03:34
Deserved for best Polish player.
2019-01-07 05:29
xyp9x- 14th?
2019-01-07 08:07
Expected
2019-01-07 08:53
The Aug player ahhaha
2019-01-07 17:05
I think Krimz will be next
2019-01-07 19:56
#336
 | 
Pakistan ^NewB 
F
2019-01-08 13:39
#340
 | 
United States Trump2020KAG 
What a god Nitro Elige Twistzz Naf Shit2k Major winners in 2019.
2019-01-10 23:02
#341
roman | 
Palestine ndr[o] 
now that elige is older now he sort of looks like a young val kilmer tbh
2019-01-12 08:55
#342
 | 
Brazil ian931 
Looks tired mate
2019-01-13 01:39
#343
 | 
Denmark _dev1ce_ 
gj
2019-01-15 21:14
lmao who tf is obo
2019-01-20 20:14
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