Top 20 players of 2018: NiKo (3)

FaZe superstar Nikola "NiKo" Kovač returns to the podium as he takes the third spot in our top 20 ranking of 2018, powered by EGB.com.

Top 20 players of 2018: Introduction

NiKo's journey in the Counter-Strike scene began a decade ago with the player competing in a series of 1.6 tournaments that were held in Bosnia and in Serbia. In 2011, he had his first real taste of international competition as Sarajevo hosted Adepto BH Open, which had over $15,000 in prize money. Playing under the tutelage of Nemanja "k1Ng0r" Bošković, one of the most experienced players in the region, NiKo helped the eu4ia mix to reach the quarter-finals, in which they would be crushed by eventual runners-up fnatic.

Not long afterwards, NiKo got a call to play for iNation, the best team in the region at the time, led by Aleksandar "kassad" Trifunović, with whom he would cross paths again several years later in mousesports. With CS:GO already released, that team attended DreamHack Bucharest 2012, one of the last international 1.6 events, once again finishing 5th-8th after losing to fnatic (with a slightly different line-up) in the quarter-finals.

NiKo at DreamHack Bucharest 2013

iNation eventually made the switch to CS:GO, strengthening their roster with the addition of Serbian duo Janko "YNk" Paunović and k1Ng0r. The team placed 9th-12th at Mad Catz Vienna and DreamHack Open Bucharest while playing as e-Sports.rs and Refuse, respectively, with NiKo already demonstrating at the time that he was too big to be contained in a regional team. That feeling was reinforced later in the year as he led GamePub to a third-place finish at StarSeries VIII, where the team beat Astana Dragons and played out close matches against AGAiN, who would go on to win a Major the following year under Virtus.pro, and Natus Vincere. For a brief period, it looked like a new international contender had arrived, but the team would come to an end in 2014 following internal issues that were heightened by some lacklustre online results.

Disheartened by the lack of opportunities in the local scene, NiKo spent several months on the sidelines before returning to action with iNation/aimface towards the end of 2014, playing in several online tournaments. That would not last though, as the Bosnian would jump at the chance to compete at the highest level in March 2015 as he accepted an offer to join mousesports as a replacement for Michele "zonixx" Köhler.

NiKo quickly put his talent on full display, helping the team to a fourth-place finish at the ESEA Invite Season 18 Global Finals and to a first-place finish at the ESL Frühlingsmeisterschaft 2015 Finals, where he averaged a sensational 1.70 rating. Still, much to everyone’s surprise that was not enough for the Bosnian to keep his spot in the line-up as mousesports landed PENTA’s trio of Johannes "nex" Maget, Denis "denis" Howell and Timo "Spiidi" Richter, switching in-game communication back to German.

"When I was benched, I felt betrayed and very bad. Because, even though they had their reasons, I thought I didn't deserve it as I was ready to give everything to make it work with mousesports - and I think I did just that. I don't think I disappointed anyone since I joined the team. The only one disappointed was me, it was a big personal drop but at the same time I had a lot of motivation to get back into the team and prove my worth to them." - NiKo in his top 20 of 2016 article.

Despite the setback, NiKo refused to lie still and made the most of his time off, playing for Kinguin at the Gaming Paradise LAN qualifier, and helping SK at IEM X Gamescom and in the qualifier for DreamHack London 2015. After a group stage exit at ESL One Cologne, mousesports, with the Bosnian taking Spiidi’s place in the starting line-up. Before the end of the year, the team placed 5th-6th at Gaming Paradise, 9th-12th at Dreamhack Open Cluj-Napoca and second at the CEVO S8 Finals.

NiKo's time in mousesports was not always easy

2016 was a difficult year for NiKo, who by now had assumed the in-game leadership role following Fatih "gob b" Dayik’s departure. The team struggled to make it out of groups at international events, only twice reaching the semi-finals, at ELEAGUE Season 1 and at the ESL Pro League Season 4 Finals. Still, despite mousesports' shortcomings, NiKo was named the 11th best player of 2016 thanks to his impressive 1.15 LAN rating, 1.41 impact rating and 89.5 damage per round.

Things were about to change for NiKo, who attended just two events with mousesports in 2017, including the ELEAGUE Major, where the Bosnian continued his negative Major streak as the team were eliminated in the Swiss stage following defeats to Natus Vincere, fnatic and Liquid. Before jumping ship to FaZe, the Bosnian played one final event for mousesports, helping the team to a top-eight finish at DreamHack Masters Las Vegas.

NiKo enjoyed immediate success with FaZe, who made the final at their first four events, though only winning the title at StarSeries i-League Season 3, where the Bosnian picked up his first MVP medal. But in the aftermath of a group stage exit at PGL Major Krakow, the team hit the panic button, bringing in Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer and Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács, two players who would take the squad to a new level.

FaZe won ELEAGUE Premier convincingly

FaZe won ESL One New York and ELEAGUE Premier in such a convincing fashion that it looked like they would establish an era in Counter-Strike. However, NiKo’s troops found themselves on the losing side of an intense rivalry forged with SK, who were reaching new heights with Ricardo "boltz" Prass, leading to just one more title for the Europeans, at the ECS Season 4 Finals, before the end of the year. The Brazilians’ resurgence also saw NiKo finish behind Marcelo "coldzera" David in the race for the title of best player of 2018.

"I ended 2017 in second place, both individually and collectively. At that time, our biggest goal was to become the best team in the world. It is hard to set out any different goals when you are second other than being the best next year. I believe that we would have been on the right path if we had won the ELEAGUE Major and IEM Katowice."

Bosnia and HerzegovinaNiKo
2018 LAN tournament stats
TournamentEvent Team (place) Rating 2.0 (in team) ADR KPR DPR Impact KAST Award
EL Major 2018
(2nd)
1.25 (1st, +9%) 85.6 0.79 0.61 1.26 73.6% EVP
StarSeries S4
(4th)
1.16 (1st, +7%) 82.0 0.74 0.64 1.08 73.5% EVP
IEM Katowice 2018
(2nd)
1.31 (1st, +17%) 90.5 0.87 0.66 1.49 73.4% EVP
V4
(3-4th)
1.19 (2nd, +4%) 84.0 0.78 0.64 1.14 74.0%
DHM Marseille 2018
(5-8th)
1.21 (1st, +14%) 86.5 0.82 0.67 1.30 69.0%
IEM Sydney 2018
(1st)
1.23 (1st, +9%) 85.2 0.81 0.65 1.29 72.7% EVP
EPL S7 Finals
(3-4th)
1.35 (1st, +24%) 91.2 0.85 0.62 1.40 78.2% EVP
ECS S5 Finals
(3-4th)
1.25 (1st, +15%) 93.3 0.87 0.71 1.31 74.0%
ESL One Belo Horizonte
(1st)
1.39 (1st, +18%) 90.4 0.88 0.54 1.36 79.3% MVP
ESL One Cologne 2018
(3-4th)
1.23 (2nd, +10%) 78.4 0.80 0.57 1.20 75.5% EVP
EL Premier 2018
(7-8th)
1.31 (1st, +26%) 87.5 0.89 0.64 1.52 74.3%
DH Masters Stockholm
(5-8th)
1.36 (1st, +22%) 90.6 0.85 0.64 1.49 77.0%
FACEIT Major 2018
(5-8th)
1.19 (2nd, +9%) 81.1 0.80 0.65 1.21 70.4%
ESL One NY 2018
(7-8th)
1.22 (1st, +18%) 89.3 0.80 0.68 1.30 71.6%
EPICENTER 2018
(1st)
1.33 (1st, +18%) 91.0 0.85 0.60 1.43 74.1% MVP
BLAST Copenhagen
(4th)
1.11 (2nd, +13%) 81.3 0.74 0.69 1.10 68.2%
IEM Chicago 2018
(3-4th)
1.24 (1st, +22%) 86.7 0.79 0.63 1.33 70.1% EVP
BLAST Lisbon
(5th)
1.03 (1st, +11%) 82.9 0.74 0.72 1.14 59.1%
5% above average
5%+ below average
Closer than 5% to average

FaZe left Boston with a bitter taste in their mouths as they lost the title to Cloud9 in heartbreaking fashion. The European team looked to be en-route to a memorable title after disposing of SK, mousesports and Natus Vincere, but they lost their grip on the third map of the final at the final hurdle, wasting four championship points as they allowed the North Americans to make one final push and win the match in overtime.

The Major final was a heavy blow for FaZe

NiKo was fourth in the MVP race in Boston, boasting a 1.45 rating in map wins leading to victories and a 1.21 playoff rating, thanks to his dominant performances against mousesports (1.52 Rating, +24 KDD and 107 ADR) and Natus Vincere (1.50 Rating, +20 KDD and 99 ADR).

"One thing I will never forget are the emotions we/I had during the game, that is something I had never felt before. There were so many ups and downs in that game, especially on the last map, so many mixed emotions, it is very hard to explain what I felt playing that match. At some point, it was like I could only see my monitor and hear my teammates, I could not notice anything else, I could not hear the crowd, I could not think of anything else but about the round we were playing, it was crazy. It was really a great experience to be part of the match.

"What I think that went wrong is that we picked a wrong map [Overpass], one that, at the time, we were not the most comfortable playing on. Besides that, we had not played Overpass in the New Challengers or the New Legends stages, while we had looked really confident in our Cache during the Major, we had won like three or four games on it pretty convincingly, and we felt really comfortable playing it. But we picked Overpass because we had always beaten C9 on that map and we had that long streak of wins against them.

"Inferno was where we f*cked up the most. That was where we and Finn did not do our jobs. Our heads were not clear enough to make the right call. From 15-11 onwards, C9 played the same way every round and we could not adapt. It was like we wanted to finish it too quickly, we tried forcing stuff instead of taking things easy and really looking at how C9 were playing and adapting to it."

In the grand final against Cloud9, NiKo looked a far cry from the player who had been so dominant earlier in the tournament, so I asked whether it was an off-day for him or he felt the pressure of playing his first Major final:

"I felt super confident the whole event, even before the final. I was 100% sure that I was going to dominate them, I even broke some of my own records in deathmatch and aimbotz the night before the final and I really thought that nothing could go wrong individually. I was so ready, both inside and outside the game, we had spent like 25 days in North America as far as I remember and I was eating pretty healthy food every day and I had been working out every day just to be in the best possible shape throughout the whole event (qualifier and main event).

"It was hard to imagine that I could have a "day off" with my performances up until that point, the only thing that worried me right before the final was the Overpass map. That was the map I felt the least comfortable playing at that time. If you look up the stats, that is one of my worst maps, I have had many poor performances on that map. I don’t think pressure was the issue, I went into the final match just like I had for every match we had played in the playoffs. I have no idea what went wrong, maybe I felt overconfident, maybe it was just a day off, maybe I choked? It’s the biggest regret of my whole life, so I am going to try to make sure it never happens again."

NiKo was out for blood after that crushing loss, and took revenge on Cloud9 in the Swiss stage of StarSeries i-League Season 4 with a team-leading 1.62 Rating and 99.5 damage per round in a clean 2-0 victory. After winning three straight matches in that initial stage, FaZe moved past Renegades in the quarter-finals off the back of a 1.39 rating from NiKo before losing to Natus Vincere in the semi-finals.

The disappointing performance against the Ukrainian team (1.00 rating) brought NiKo's playoff rating down to 1.14, which, coupled with a 1.08 impact rating (a year-low for him), saw the Bosnian ranked seventh among the EVPs for that tournament.

FaZe left frustrated after the IEM Katowice final

Next up came IEM Katowice, where NiKo produced a masterclass of a performance against ORDER with a 2.70 rating in FaZe's opening match. That set the tone for another impressive tournament from the Bosnian, though in the end he would still return home empty-handed as his team were defeated by fnatic in a thrilling five-map series.

This time around, NiKo sat at the top of the EVP list with a 1.31 rating, 90.5 ADR and a tournament-high 0.87 kills per round, also boasting the highest number of maps with 1.30+ ratings, nine, one more than MVP Robin "flusha" Rönnquist.

"We had taken six or seven days off after the Major loss so everyone could clear their heads and stay focused for the upcoming events. StarSeries was kind of a warmup for IEM Katowice, since our top priority at that point was the Intel Grand Slam, so the Na`Vi loss did not affect us that much. I believe we played good CS in Katowice but we were not as prepared as we had been for the Major. However, I would not say that was the problem.

"The last map against fnatic, we had a small talk before it and we decided to try to have more fun and freedom playing that map so we would not do the same mistakes that we had done against Cloud9 at the Major. I would not say it was a mental issue, we lost the final just because of those clutches on the last map and flusha going crazy, we lost a 4v2 at 13-11 and a 1v3 at 15-14 to flusha."

The medium-sized V4 Future Sports Festival looked the perfect tournament for FaZe to unwind and finally end their trophyless run. However, the team would not even manage to reach the final as they lost to Virtus.pro in the last-four stage, with NiKo posting a 1.19 rating, just 4% higher than the squad’s average.

"There is not much to talk about that event, it was weird to play from day one and a complete failure from us. Olof already knew at that point that he would be forced to take a break, though he did not mention it to us until after the event was over for us. It was just weird to play, the feeling was off."

An April Fools' Day announcement confirmed Richard "Xizt" Landström as the team's stand-in for an undisclosed period of time as olofmeister had been granted a leave of absence due to personal reasons. In their first event with the former NiP captain, FaZe finished 5th-8th at DreamHack Masters Stockholm, beating Envy twice in the group stage before being crushed by Astralis in the first round of the playoffs. NiKo turned in great showings in the group stage, even in the 0-2 loss to Cloud9, but he would barely see any action in the quarter-final encounter, ending the tournament with a 1.21 rating and outside the EVP places.

IEM Sydney gave FaZe their first title of the year

FaZe's trophyless run finally came to an end at IEM Sydney, a tournament that had initially looked like a disaster for NiKo's troops as they were sent to the lower bracket by Renegades and had to work hard to fend off Grayhound's challenge. But after reaching the playoffs at Cloud9's expense, FaZe shifted into a higher gear, beating fnatic and TYLOO to book a grand final spot, in which they would take down Astralis 3-0 in a closer match than the scoreline suggests.

NiKo had just two below-average ratings in 17 maps and recorded a tournament-high 12 1.15+ rated maps, excelling on the Terrorist side with a 1.28 rating. Still, he had to settle for an EVP mention as the MVP honour was scooped by GuardiaN following the Slovakian's impressive grand final performance.

"I really thought we were going to be eliminated in the groups after our showing against Renegades. The atmosphere in the team was so bad, we had so many arguments in the rounds against Renegades, there was no team spirit, communication was terrible and everything was just wrong. It really felt that we were done for that event. The day after, RobbaN forced us to have a very serious talk outside right before the Grayhound match and forced us to discuss what was bothering us while we played, why the mood was so bad, etc.

"We started playing slightly better after that, even though we still struggled against Grayhound. It really felt like we were getting better and better after every map and match, which everyone can see from our results. We did not really expect to beat Astralis 3-0, but all three maps had 30+ rounds, so it was still very, very close, but we knew we had a chance to win. Honestly, winning that event felt really great, it really meant a lot to us, especially because it was our first trophy in 2018 and because we won it with a stand-in. That trophy really kept our hopes and goals high. Even though we were playing with a stand-in, it was a big relief. It was also great to see Xizt lift the trophy."

After the event Down Under, FaZe hit a brick wall in the form of Astralis at their next two events, the ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals and the ECS Season 5 Finals, losing to the Danes in the semi-finals of both tournaments in one-sided series. NiKo earned an EVP mention in Dallas after producing a series of strong performances, ending the tournament as the best non-Astralis player: 1.35 rating, 24% higher than the team's average, 91.2 ADR, 0.85 KPR and 0.17 opening kills per round.

At the tournament in London, the team's first with Jorgen "cromen" Robertsen, NiKo had his highest ADR of the year, 93.3, and a solid 1.25 rating, but his lacklustre performance against Astralis saw him miss out on a place among the EVPs.

"At EPL we got super wrecked by Astralis. We had high goals for that event since it was just a few days after IEM Sydney, but we already knew then that Xizt was going to join fnatic, so it was a bit different than in Sydney. It is not an excuse, though, Astralis wrecked us. ECS was our first event with cromen, I had never talked to the guy before nor played with him, we did not practice for the event and basically took cromen just two or three days before the tournament. Astralis were already in their prime at that point and were absolutely dominant.

"But yeah, it was frustrating that we could not fight with our starting roster, especially because we had played some pretty good CS at the start of the year. I believe we could have had a good rivalry with Astralis."

FaZe bounced back from those semi-final finishes by claiming the title at ESL One Belo Horizonte, an event skipped by Astralis. Quick 2-0 victories over Ghost and Space Soldiers sent the team through to the semi-finals, in which they bested Liquid in convincing fashion. The grand final against mousesports, who were attending the event with a stand-in themselves, turned out to be a scrappy affair, with FaZe coming out on top after five maps thanks to a great display by NiKo (1.40 rating, +45 KDD).

FaZe won ESL One Belo Horizonte over mousesports

The Bosnian player left Belo Horizonte with the MVP medal in the bag after leading nine stats categories, most notably rating (1.39), KDD (+100), kills per round (0.88) and KAST (79.3%).

"Astralis were not attending that event, so we knew we had a higher chance of winning it and getting a third trophy for the Grand Slam, which helped a lot with confidence. We went from London straight to Belo Horizonte without any practice with cromen, but the team clicked somehow and karrigan had a really good way of calling with cromen so it worked out quite well. Everyone was on point individually, which resulted in us lifting the trophy. The crowd was absolutely amazing at that event, the support they gave to MIBR and especially to TACO since we faced him in the semi-finals was absolutely insane. It was a really nice atmosphere in which to play."

Next up was ESL One Cologne, which turned out to be cromen's last event with the team. FaZe beat BOOT-d[S], MIBR and fnatic en route to the semi-finals, in which they were surprised by BIG. Despite finishing all nine maps that he played with above-average ratings, NiKo had just two 1.30+ rated maps and recorded his lowest ADR of the year (78.4), barely making the EVP list.

With olofmeister finally back in contention after a long period on the sidelines, FaZe fans thought that the worst was over and that the team would eventually get back on their feet, but the first times with the Swede were difficult. FaZe crashed out of ELEAGUE Premier after just two matches, and could not make it past the quarter-finals at DreamHack Masters Stockholm, despite NiKo putting in great numbers (1.31 rating, 1.52 impact, 87.5 ADR in Atlanta, 1.36 rating, 90.6 ADR and 0.89 KPR in the Swedish capital).

"We had some rough times after olof's return. But ELEAGUE Premier did not feel so bad since it was our first event with cromen, we lost four close maps to fnatic and mousesports, and everyone was already looking forward to having a vacation because it was the last event of the season. In Stockholm, I believe we had a very wrong approach to practice, I feel like everyone in the team thought that we would be back to the top just because olof had returned, so we had a wrong thought process from the beginning. We had a week-long bootcamp before Stockholm and before the Major, which was not productive at all. That is why we failed at both events, in my opinion."

By the time the Major started, expectations surrounding FaZe were already alarmingly low, but no-one could have predicted what was about to happen. Defeats to BIG and Natus Vincere put NiKo's team on the brink of elimination and forced the Bosnian to take the reins of the squad. With the 21-year-old in command, the team eventually made it through to the playoffs, but a quarter-final encounter with Astralis proved to be too huge a task for the team to handle.

"The only reason why we made the playoffs at the Major (our biggest goal after being down 0-2) was that everyone was fighting until the end, everyone was willing to do everything to keep us alive at that tournament. I would say that it [taking up the in-game leader role] was more of a mental shake-up, even karrigan himself said we had a higher chance of reaching the playoffs if I took over. He was also ready to make that sacrifice so we could stay alive, so it was not like we forced karrigan not to call, we knew that this was the best solution."

Things would still get worse for FaZe before they got better, though, as the team had another group stage exit at ESL One New York following defeats to G2 and NRG, with NiKo once again left to feel that he was a one-man army for the team (1.22 rating, 18% higher than the team's average, 89.3 ADR and 1.30 Impact rating).

"ESL One New York event was probably the lowest point where we could get. We had gone back to karrigan being the in-game leader, and we thought we could go back to our old routine, but it was just too late. We had lost trust in karrigan’s calls, we were doubting his calls too much, I would say, which also led to him losing confidence in calling."

With confidence at all-time low, FaZe surprised everyone as they claimed the title at EPICENTER after a dominant run that included back-to-back victories against hometown favourites Natus Vincere. After ending the group stage with a 1.23 rating, the Bosnian blew everyone away with a tournament-high 1.41 playoff rating, netting his second MVP medal of the year.

"The EPICENTER trophy meant a lot to the team, since we had had some pretty poor results before that. Winning it just gave us more hope and confidence, especially after changing the in-game leader, so everyone thought we were on the right path. I won the MVP but I feel like I did not play out of my mind, I was just happy that I could remain in form while calling. And it felt good to lift a trophy with olof once again. Many more to come this year!"

Having failed to qualify for the offline finals of the ESL Pro League and ECS, FaZe found playing chances very limited in the last two months of the year. NiKo would claim his final EVP of 2018 at IEM Chicago, where he averaged a 1.24 rating, the second-highest overall, in the team's semi-final finish. The Bosnian played a key role in the 2-0 victory over Astralis in the group stage with a 1.60 rating/+21 KDD and posted his highest CT rating of the year (1.51) in this tournament, appearing on the stats leaderboards in seven different categories.

The event in Chicago was sandwiched by two BLAST Pro Series events, where NiKo posted some of his worst numbers of the year: 1.10 Impact and 1.11 Rating in the team's fourth-place finish in Copenhagen, 1.03 rating, 0.72 deaths per round and 59.1% KAST in the fifth-place finish in Lisbon.

NiKo picked up his last EVP in Chicago

Shortly after the Portuguese event, FaZe confirmed the benching of Finn "karrigan" Andersen, who had appeared to be living on borrowed time since publicly admitting that BLAST Copenhagen could be his last event for the team. When asked if the uncertainty surrounding the Danish player contributed to the team's poor form in the final months of the year, NiKo said:

"karrigan's statement was misleading at that point, it was a bit of misunderstanding for everyone. We did not think about changing anyone until BLAST Pro Series Lisbon."

While in Lisbon, NiKo revealed that he felt 2018 had been a better year individually than the previous one. So I asked him if he still felt the same way upon learning that he had been ranked lower when compared to the 2017 ranking:

"Yes, I still feel the same, I would say that I was slightly more consistent in 2018 than in the previous year, even though we have won fewer events. Obviously, collective success has a big role in your individual form, and I believe that if we have had been more successful, I would be even higher than this."

Why was NiKo the 3rd best player of 2018?

A true elite player, NiKo was remarkably consistent throughout the year, not only finishing every event with above-average ratings, but posting 1.19+ ratings at 15 of his 18 events and 1.00+ ratings in 79% of his Big Event maps (second highest).

He was ranked second overall for kills per round (0.82) and damage per round (86.6), while he rounded out the top five in terms of opening duel success at Big Events (58.8%). All of this contributed to the Bosnian's 1.25 Big Event rating, the second-best in the world.

NiKo claimed two MVP medals, at ESL One Belo Horizonte and EPICENTER, and had seven EVP nods. He topped the EVP list at the IEM stops in Katowice and Sydney, while he was ranked third among the EVPs at the ELEAGUE Major and at the ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals.

NiKo had the second-highest Big Event rating of 2018 at 1.25

The Bosnian was in contention for the No.1 spot in this top 20 ranking for the majority of the year, more specifically before the summer break as most of the standout performance took place during the first eight months of the year. After that, he exited the race as his form cooled a bit.

Besides the fact that NiKo did not stand out as much as the two players who finished ahead of him, he was not as good in the playoffs (1.29 rating in Big Event group stages, 1.19 in the playoffs) as the No.1 and No.2 picks in this top 20 selection.

"My personal goal for 2019 is to see my team back at the top and lift trophies more often, which means taking Astralis down at this point. And I will do my best to keep my individual form on point and consistent."

Bold prediction

When asked about a player he expect to break into next year's top 20, NiKo singled out ENCE star Jere "sergej" Salo, though he did not forget his cousin Nemanja "huNter" Kovač, his 2018 pick:

Finland Jere "sergej" Salo

"He showed some promising stuff in 2018. I believe that, with more success, be it in ENCE or some other team, he can appear on this list if he keeps working with the right mentality. I would go for huNter again, but it is not fair to do it two years in a row."

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 Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.20
Maps played:
949
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.12
Serbia Nemanja 'huNter' Kovač
Nemanja 'huNter' Kovač
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
765
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Germany Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.85
Maps played:
908
KPR:
0.57
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Finland Jere 'sergej' Salo
Jere 'sergej' Salo
Age:
16
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
402
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Norway Jorgen 'cromen' Robertsen
Jorgen 'cromen' Robertsen
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
279
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1001
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
1397
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Serbia Janko 'YNk' Paunović
Janko 'YNk' Paunović
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
108
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1329
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Germany Timo 'Spiidi' Richter
Timo 'Spiidi' Richter
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1061
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
Germany Denis 'denis' Howell
Denis 'denis' Howell
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1107
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.15
Germany Johannes 'nex' Maget
Johannes 'nex' Maget
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
942
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Serbia Aleksandar 'kassad' Trifunović
Aleksandar 'kassad' Trifunović
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.75
Maps played:
98
KPR:
0.52
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.14
Germany Michele 'zonixx' Köhler
Michele 'zonixx' Köhler
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
163
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1440
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
Serbia Nemanja 'k1Ng0r' Bošković
Nemanja 'k1Ng0r' Bošković
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
338
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1446
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:
1191
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Brazil Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
847
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.17
NIKO GOD one of the best players of all time!!!!!! wow this also means device will be in the top2 respect
2019-01-18 20:00
F5
2019-01-18 20:01
Expected, Hunter ez top 20
2019-01-18 20:01
#105
 | 
Turkey mikycsgo 
niko god deserved
2019-01-18 20:02
#127
 | 
Austria shaakeh 
definitely
2019-01-18 20:04
#137
 | 
Iceland stlie 
niko in 2019 ?
2019-01-18 20:05
#182
 | 
Spain JustNo 
unexpected device deserve top 3
2019-01-18 20:13
#192
 | 
Brazil bandicoot 
we all know Niko is the real #2
2019-01-18 20:16
#288
NiKo | 
Romania decis1ve 
+1
2019-01-18 21:06
#401
 | 
Sweden PuriaM7 
True, I can name 5 others who are individually better than device but he gets all the credit cuz his team won tournaments, but the unfair point is that Astralis’ game plan on ct sides is always based around device so he gets all the kills
2019-01-18 23:24
#415
 | 
Netherlands FaZe_ChrisJ 
NiKo so handsome
2019-01-19 00:46
just sure.. :D So you say that Device is set up all time. :D What about simpel? they set him up ALL the time. so what you says it that simpel is not as good as nr 1 and 2.
2019-01-19 09:50
#493
 | 
Sweden PuriaM7 
Every time s1mple has a high kill game it's him pushing all over the place, making plays, doing crazy stuff and hitting insane shots. But all of devices high kill games are him being perfectly set up and hitting 10 to 20 standard awp shots and getting some rifle kills here and there and dropping a 30 bomb just like that... Im not saying device isn't good, he is top 5 best awpers for sure, and in terms of consistency he is top 2 awper, but not top 2 all round player, I know cold had shitty year so I wont mention him, but MAN Niko and dupreeh had better years just not as many wins/their team being set up around them. Just like Xyp9x is ranked 13, he was UNREAL but just cuz he wasn't the one getting all the kills like Devve he is 13th and devve is top 2
2019-01-19 11:53
#504
 | 
Denmark mersault17 
So non-strat-gameplan is better skillwise than strat-gameplan?
2019-01-19 14:07
#510
 | 
Sweden PuriaM7 
thats not what I said, Senzia said s1mple is set up all the time, but my point was that NaVis setups are nowhere near as effective as Astralis, S1mple never gets high kill games cuz he is set up by his team, he does it when his team's set up is not working and pulls out wins for his team with his own skill
2019-01-19 15:27
#518
 | 
Denmark mersault17 
Ok I see your point
2019-01-19 17:36
+1
2019-01-21 07:19
+2
2019-02-10 10:25
Being in the right spot to take the easy shot is also a skill
2019-01-20 00:17
#540
 | 
Kazakhstan toughQz 
Hmmm... who knows maybe Simple wouldn't be that good in a star team... mb if Niko and Dupreeh played in Astralis they couldn't play so effective as Device. I mean if you change 1 part in a team it can change everything. Even individual performance depends on your teammates and cap's mid round calls.
2019-01-20 11:59
#546
 | 
Romania cyclon220 
I have to agree
2019-01-20 18:42
#312
NiKo | 
Germany stanHD 
yea
2019-01-18 21:15
#184
 | 
Brazil Whillpull 
Lol, undeserved af
2019-01-18 20:14
#198
 | 
Iceland stlie 
sure I respect to niko but top3 ?? no
2019-01-18 20:21
Yes, he deserved top1 NikoGod
2019-01-18 21:04
He was #2 in 2017 And this is his #3 in 2018 Quite consistent player
2019-01-18 21:40
#175
 | 
Argentina W0LFy[RushB] 
Ooga booga nvidia settings
2019-01-18 20:12
#313
 | 
United States Samsquanch_ 
I’d rather have niko on my team than device OR s1mple Deserved
2019-01-18 21:15
Zywoo >> hunter
2019-01-18 20:03
#123
 | 
Austria shaakeh 
expected, he's still a god
2019-01-18 20:04
#140
 | 
Iceland stlie 
0/8
2019-01-18 20:05
#92
 | 
United States ascendaNt_88 
expected
2019-01-18 20:01
You did the same so why cry now?
2019-01-18 20:02
cry
2019-01-18 20:02
yes you do cry 24/7
2019-01-18 20:02
#85
 | 
Brazil bandicoot 
expected. congrats S1mple #1
2019-01-18 20:01
Yeah, device 2nd. I only fucked up with Dupreeh and electronic with my predictions of top 5 :D GG all, wp
2019-01-19 01:54
#455
 | 
India SupratimO8 
LMFAO me2
2019-01-19 05:34
#94
 | 
Denmark FazeUpAssDown 
Top 1*
2019-01-18 20:01
MIBR IS STILL OVERRATED
2019-01-18 20:02
+11111111111111111111111
2019-01-18 20:02
#126
 | 
Australia Amazon_Alexa 
+1
2019-01-18 20:04
+2
2019-02-10 10:24
#230
vsm | 
Brazil Nesszera 
2 majors,bye
2019-01-18 20:39
+1
2019-01-18 20:42
alba who? no scener lul
2019-01-18 20:44
Albanian person that has to cheer for others teams in europe cuz your country have no cs scene. LUL pathetic.
2019-01-18 20:49
#296
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong wqnxy1 
Some1 got triggered
2019-01-18 21:09
Brazilian person that has to cheer for a baiter known as coldzera cuz your country have no non-baiting cs scene. LUL pathetic.
2019-01-18 23:14
#440
 | 
Indonesia Astranesia 
both of u are pathetic
2019-01-19 03:31
polak cheering for Astraluls (where did VP go lmaooo), alba(something) no cs scene, pathetic lol
2019-01-19 18:23
Screw CS, you can't distinguish Indonesian flag from Polish flag, thats pathetic.
2019-01-20 12:40
#560
 | 
Turkey hxlo 
lol
2019-01-27 22:50
#469
 | 
Ukraine FGVM 
>to expect a country with a population of under 3 million people to have a strong scene >to have a brain pick one
2019-01-19 08:01
#477
 | 
Denmark AdvisorEd 
You can't really put it like that mate. Denmark only have 6ish million people, yet arguably the strongest scene in the World. Albania lacks a scene, yes, but i think its more because of not having the same oppertunities than, say, Denmark.
2019-01-19 09:14
#515
 | 
Singapore Ndev0r 
+1
2019-01-19 16:25
Sweden has only the triple and made the CS scene as it is now, Denmark has only the double and they're dominating right now. shaddup soviet b1tch, or imma call putin to shove it up yo ass
2019-01-19 18:26
dev1ce #1
2019-01-18 20:06
#196
 | 
United States J_Nasty 
0 Major wins omegalul
2019-01-18 20:20
major wins don't matter as much as individual performance does. ranking is about the player not about the team
2019-01-18 23:18
#442
 | 
Indonesia Astranesia 
heyyy I met you on youtube
2019-01-19 03:33
oh really!! great u will soon see me in fpl too. ;)
2019-01-19 12:21
#268
 | 
Europe NarArmGamer 
Agree
2019-01-18 21:00
#294
 | 
Brazil nomurway 
electronic deserved to be in top 3 imo NIKO OVERRATED
2019-01-18 21:08
electronic CIS pleb.. sorry
2019-01-19 10:20
#483
 | 
United Kingdom rainNoMajor_ 
no brain
2019-01-19 10:20
#484
 | 
Palestine MrZoldiK 
Niko is one of the best players in the world, just fucked up with his team , imo.
2019-01-19 10:54
#517
 | 
Brazil nomurway 
MIBR was a shit this year as FaZe was and bc of that coldzera was #10 this year. Ofc the year of niko was better but not so much... I hope at least device is top 1 and not s1mple
2019-01-19 16:58
#531
 | 
Palestine MrZoldiK 
it's a hard choice s1mple and device are great players, but i think device is the one who deserves it more, it's enough that Major MVP!
2019-01-19 21:23
#349
 | 
United States NoteStars 
Expected, truly a god and has been one of the best players in the world for years.
2019-01-18 21:49
WTF? Niko TOP1!!!
2019-01-19 00:08
#480
 | 
United Kingdom s1gmoyd 
Why has nobody considered the possibility that dev1ce isn't top 20? /s
2019-01-19 10:10
Niko #2, better performance and individual plays than dev1ce, dev had good and consistent team, but faze was shit this year...
2019-01-19 13:45
device should be the top 1...
2019-01-19 16:12
#541
 | 
United States ecvo 
s1mple ez top 1
2019-01-20 12:16
#3
 | 
Czech Republic NeverLuckyGuy 
future MVP of IEM Katowice 2019 FaZe Up
2019-01-18 20:00
#120
 | 
Poland Konteiz 
+1
2019-01-18 20:03
#132
 | 
Brazil JMB_17 
Dev2ce top2 confirmed
2019-01-18 20:04
KAPPA
2019-01-18 21:24
#4
 | 
Denmark KFB4 
what a joke
2019-01-18 20:00
#118
 | 
Turkey mikycsgo 
why ? niko is still good
2019-01-18 20:03
#141
 | 
Iceland stlie 
+1
2019-01-18 20:05
Yeh, that's a joke. NiKo top 2, Dev3ce top 3 should be the right call.
2019-01-18 20:50
+1. Niko is light years ahead of Device. Only difference is Astralis has their shit together as opposed to FaZe.
2019-01-18 21:51
#473
 | 
Cyprus Xeeh 
Device won how many events compared to Niko?
2019-01-19 08:48
Dev3ce had his stats raised by their teammate by holding only 1 angle in every map for the whole year, and still has worse stats than s1mple. I bet dev3ce was shitty in calculating triangles in highschool, as it requires all of the 3 angles, but he can only hold 1 LMFAO
2019-01-19 18:20
Zzzzzzzzzzz what a funny guy you are..
2019-01-19 20:10
stfu little Sweden
2019-01-19 20:13
favela boy
2019-01-19 23:09
Niko was the best individual player in the world last year, and the second best this year no doubt At any rate he is cementing a legacy as a legend of the game
2019-01-18 22:57
agreed, should have been niko #2, device #3 xD
2019-01-19 02:22
#485
 | 
Palestine MrZoldiK 
to get attention?
2019-01-19 10:55
#5
 | 
Sweden La1rea 
XD
2019-01-18 20:00
6th fuck
2019-01-18 20:01
#8
 | 
Russia Mah_one_des 
1
2019-01-18 20:00
#9
 | 
Croatia iceyb 
i dont care i'm first lads
2019-01-18 20:00
rip
2019-01-18 20:00
#11
Slovakia BuKY 
called it
2019-01-18 20:01
1
2019-01-18 20:00
Deserved
2019-01-18 20:00
#143
 | 
Iceland stlie 
0/8
2019-01-18 20:05
NICE
2019-01-18 20:00
#15
 | 
Estonia Marty404 
Expected
2019-01-18 20:00
#7th
2019-01-18 20:01
Most expected spot but my fucking internet
2019-01-18 20:01
#18
shox | 
Russia Shurnd 
rip device
2019-01-18 20:00
#19
B1ad3 | 
Netherlands robotpie 
Nice
2019-01-18 20:00
His accolades is why he is #3 this year! Have a less depressing day! -VeryDepressingGuy
2019-01-18 20:00
wow 'very____guy' users still exist?
2019-01-18 21:24
If you were even relevant you'd notice like 30 of us are active. Have a depressing day! -VeryDepressingGuy
2019-01-18 21:35
#377
 | 
Brazil boringDude 
+1
2019-01-18 22:50
Not a fact to be proud of. Just keeping the trend started by a teen back in 2017, praising him and killing your own bits of fantasy.
2019-01-19 01:10
Signed up 2018-12-20 555 comments in less than a month I'm done! Have a depressing day! -VeryDepressingGuy
2019-01-19 06:23
It's not even much. It takes less than a minite to post and your childish behaviour would imply that you got a little mad over truth. Don't follow others kid, go your own way. Be original.
2019-01-19 06:27
Are you dumb? Have a depressing day! -VeryDepressingGuy
2019-01-19 07:03
You have issues understanding me?
2019-01-19 07:11
Facts my friend! Have a gay day! -GayVeryNice
2019-01-19 06:17
xd
2019-01-18 20:00
device should be 3
2019-01-18 20:00
why, 5mvps more, major mvp nearly same rating
2019-01-18 20:01
niko carried his team, ecovice carried by team
2019-01-18 20:04
#161
 | 
Chile Lionel_Hutz 
1.25>1.24 +0.5 for those mvp awards 1.25<1.29 Quick maths
2019-01-18 20:08
Ecovice is the captain of the team and is the less risky player in every game so his stats extremely boosted by his team
2019-01-18 20:12
think otherwise, he takes the entry mostly, also is a really passive awp player which gives him good stats and many kills on ct side. also it is harder to frag in astralis if every mate is also fragging. also what do you mean he is the captain ??
2019-01-18 20:28
1.24+0.5=1.74 Quick maths
2019-01-18 20:50
+1 lol
2019-01-18 21:19
= 2.74
2019-01-18 22:15
#420
 | 
Chile Lionel_Hutz 
3rd world you know :c
2019-01-19 01:10
You don't seem to understand how they make this list. They only look at what the players actually did and what they achieved. Not "what if he have had better team mates" or "he should be rated higher because he carried his team" etc...
2019-01-18 20:51
For me they only look the stats of each player beacuse if they look at what the players actually did, Dupreeh always made the most difficult kills for win every round, Magisk have more firepower than Device, Glave is the best igl of the year and xyp9x the best clutcher, so device is the most expendable player of Astralis at the moment
2019-01-18 21:13
What you write is extremely subjective.
2019-01-18 21:14
Yes, like this ranking lul
2019-01-18 21:20
Exactly not like this ranking. Read this: twitter.com/Tgwri1s/status/1084778334159..
2019-01-18 21:32
#384
 | 
Denmark MeToxi 
1. Firepower is irrelevant because that term is used in peak potential, not actual performance. And it is impossible to meassure. 2. IGL is irrelevant since it is impossible to know who called what and when it actually made an impact in the game. The individual players is allowed to ask for permission to make a play. 3. Dupreeh made difficult kills. Dupreeh also made crucial mistakes and had slow reactions in several important moments. Device had matches where he single handedly destroyed the enemy team. 4. Xyp9x best clutcher but besides that he didn't excel in much other than support stuff. Which isn't enough. A #13 placing is already incredibly high for such a dedicated support player as xyp9x. 5. Every player is treated equally as if they had the exact same roles, exact same circumstances.
2019-01-18 22:58
Yeah carried his team to the 7th place. Guardian carried Niko in Boston and Sidney.
2019-01-18 21:27
Carried his team to what tho? All the events they won except iem sydney was without astralis in it
2019-01-18 22:19
#146
 | 
Bulgaria Pixeland 
and smithzz 0.5
2019-01-18 20:06
#22
 | 
Russia ZippSluvik 
device #2
2019-01-18 20:00
xd
2019-01-18 20:00
#25
 | 
Brazil Moloideano 
Fuck
2019-01-18 20:00
#26
 | 
Bulgaria Pixeland 
gg
2019-01-18 20:00
ok
2019-01-18 20:00
No
2019-01-18 20:00
ez
2019-01-18 20:00
Deserved
2019-01-18 20:00
#31
D0cC | 
Netherlands stevelul 
Expectec
2019-01-18 20:00
Ez
2019-01-18 20:00
Rigged
2019-01-18 20:00
two bottles of beer to this gentleman
2019-01-18 20:00
nice.
2019-01-18 20:00
nice
2019-01-18 20:00
#37
mixwell | 
Spain loviac 
24
2019-01-18 20:00
nice
2019-01-18 20:00
#39
 | 
Turkey ckr^ 
expected
2019-01-18 20:00
dev2ce then
2019-01-18 20:00
#42
 | 
Germany nilssonxdd 
lol
2019-01-18 20:00
#44
 | 
Pakistan d1ckweed 
Good
2019-01-18 20:00
how
2019-01-18 20:00
#46
 | 
Denmark FazeUpAssDown 
Lol
2019-01-18 20:00
#47
B1ad3 | 
Netherlands robotpie 
Nice man
2019-01-18 20:00
Deserved
2019-01-18 20:00
#49
 | 
Finland Hallokola 
lol
2019-01-18 20:00
Expected & deserved
2019-01-18 20:00
#51
 | 
Russia claysor1g 
Nice
2019-01-18 20:00
#52
s1mple | 
Slovakia Ajko 
<3
2019-01-18 20:00
expected(no)
2019-01-18 20:01
Expected
2019-01-18 20:00
F
2019-01-18 20:00
#57
 | 
Germany jordi_ 
expected
2019-01-18 20:00
2019-01-18 20:00
#59
 | 
Ukraine Reval1vity 
dev3ce should be there
2019-01-18 20:00
NiKo
2019-01-18 20:01
#62
felps | 
United States skurr 
deserved #2 reeeee
2019-01-18 20:00
Yup - you probably have lot more insight than the guy who makes the list...
2019-01-18 20:52
wtf unexpected
2019-01-18 20:01
#64
s1mple | 
Mongolia Hakku^^ 
okey
2019-01-18 20:01
noooo
2019-01-18 20:01
Nice kovač
2019-01-18 20:01
Oops
2019-01-18 20:01
Expected
2019-01-18 20:01
#70
 | 
Russia kylikov_236 
electronic was better
2019-01-18 20:01
Flage checks out
2019-01-18 20:48
:( FaZe Up
2019-01-18 20:01
expected
2019-01-18 20:01
#74
 | 
Denmark FazeUpAssDown 
Expected
2019-01-18 20:01
Niko is the third placed and surprises a total of 0 people
2019-01-18 20:01
#77
 | 
Belgium HLTVnewfag 
King
2019-01-18 20:01
lol
2019-01-18 20:01
#79
 | 
Poland Kamiloo10 
S#1mple numero uno!
2019-01-18 20:01
Expected
2019-01-18 20:01
deserved #2
2019-01-18 20:01
#87
 | 
Russia ek2kk 
Lul wtf, NiKo is much better than device
2019-01-18 20:01
NikoKo expected
2019-01-18 20:01
#89
NAF | 
United States Raptorial 
Device #2
2019-01-18 20:01
#91
 | 
Israel MopSiLENCE 
nice :)
2019-01-18 20:01
Nikokokokokoko Deserved!
2019-01-18 20:01
deserved
2019-01-18 20:01
Xaxaxa
2019-01-18 20:01
#97
 | 
Netherlands @Deji 
Expected
2019-01-18 20:02
DEVICE TOP 1
2019-01-18 20:02
well done Niko, respect, deserved
2019-01-18 20:02
Niko is pretty sexy tbh
2019-01-18 20:02
Wtf
2019-01-18 20:02
#104
 | 
Serbia VaIiance 
EZ
2019-01-18 20:02
FINALLY!
2019-01-18 20:03
#110
 | 
Argentina Joaqqo1 
WHAT DOES EVP MEANS...!???
2019-01-18 20:02
#179
 | 
France StickyRice 
Exceptionally valuable player (if i remember correctly), not THE mvp of a tourney but someone who was really good
2019-01-18 20:12
#187
 | 
Spain Dicraftio 
I think EVP means Event Valuated Player, simillar to MVP but since you are not the best you get that. And obviously with event i mean like a dreamhack or a major tournament
2019-01-18 20:15
Exceptionally Valuable Player :)
2019-01-18 20:54
#303
 | 
Argentina Joaqqo1 
thank you guys
2019-01-18 21:12
#220
 | 
United States jaeger_steam 
Exceptionally valuable player. As in not THE most valuable, but one of the most in the tournament. Usually around 5-6 per tournament if i had to guess off the top of ny head.
2019-01-18 20:33
#308
 | 
Argentina Joaqqo1 
thx m8
2019-01-18 21:13
Exceptionally valuable player. Edit: I didn't see all of the comments above.
2019-01-18 23:16
#407
 | 
Argentina Joaqqo1 
np brother, thx
2019-01-18 23:41
#112
 | 
Hungary Corc 
Expected
2019-01-18 20:03
expected & deserved
2019-01-18 20:03
#114
 | 
Russia TheWizzard 
Expected af
2019-01-18 20:03
#callthecarepolice
2019-01-18 20:03
better than device
2019-01-18 20:03
#119
 | 
Slovakia Denysis 
Expected and deserved. Well done.
2019-01-18 20:03
that beast deserved for top 2 it's joke that ecovice will be higher than him
2019-01-18 20:03
+1
2019-01-18 20:05
Fucking newfags
2019-01-18 20:11
Dude its easy to see Nikos individual skill is superior to devices so I'm not really sure why you think because someones new that point of view is invalid The list is the list. Niko deserved to be 3. Everyone who has seen the top 20 list knows it. However, I'm sure most people would weight tournament achievements more in the context of the team, wherein Niko would be the clear #2 player
2019-01-18 23:02
#437
 | 
Australia t0rrent 
Your ability to play well in a team is a factor my man, not just how good your aim is
2019-01-19 02:45
which is why he is #3... they speak english in australia dont they?
2019-01-19 04:50
#452
 | 
Australia t0rrent 
yeah i kinda meant to reply to #121 whoops
2019-01-19 05:10
i feel u dude :)
2019-01-19 05:15
Yes - you know better than the guy who spent hundreds of hours making this list.
2019-01-18 20:55
#298
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Belarus slpng 
hundreds of hours ALJSND;ASKJDBNASDJBASLDNJASDAS
2019-01-18 21:11
#122
swag | 
Latvia `DinGo 
#2 device #1 s1mple
2019-01-18 20:03
#124
 | 
Brazil rodrigo0079 
expected
2019-01-18 20:04
tomorrow is the special day
2019-01-18 20:04
#206
smooya | 
United Kingdom fal36 
1st and 2nd come out on sunday not tomorrow
2019-01-18 20:27
Fak
2019-01-18 20:30
Baiter
2019-01-18 20:38
#231
smooya | 
United Kingdom fal36 
? Reply needs to have actual content
2019-01-18 20:39
What a crap -.-‘ Will it be simultaneously? Will it be only one article or two?
2019-01-18 21:02
#357
smooya | 
United Kingdom fal36 
2 article posted a the same time cus hltv think that we will be surprised to see s1mple to p1
2019-01-18 21:53
As it’s a danish site, I wouldn’t be surprised if device gets top 1
2019-01-18 22:01
0/8
2019-01-18 23:16
#128
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Europe Shingy 
2. s2mple 1. dev1ce ended
2019-01-18 20:04
#156
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Ukraine Reval1vity 
nt
2019-01-18 20:07
#376
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Europe Shingy 
See you here tomorrow :)
2019-01-18 22:35
Lol never seen someone so proud to be wrong
2019-01-19 08:43
#547
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Ukraine Reval1vity 
haha,what with ur face?
2019-01-20 23:34
-1
2019-01-18 20:38
Nice NiKo!
2019-01-18 20:04
#131
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Korea bourne907 
niko know sergej is very promising player..
2019-01-18 20:04
expected
2019-01-18 20:04
#134
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Brazil Collee 
deserved
2019-01-18 20:05
should be #2 device should be #3
2019-01-18 20:05
#180
s1mple | 
Poland Hell2k 
lol
2019-01-18 20:12
Make your own list, fakeflagger... :)
2019-01-18 20:56
do i have to like a team just because it's from my country? i don't like cheaters regardless where they're from
2019-01-19 17:56
Fortunately no one serious from the scene believe they are cheating. And I find it extremely hard to believe that you’re from Denmark - and think they are cheating. But keep on trolling - someone else might ‘buy’ it...
2019-01-20 03:18
NiKo believed it, it's enough for me maybe im just smarter than you and not a fanboy :)
2019-01-21 08:24
NiKo never accused them of being cheaters. So it didn't take more than two sentences from you to reveal that you're not that smart... ;)
2019-01-21 11:17
you realize using a bug to see through smokes is cheating, right?
2019-01-21 19:49
It actually isn't. And noone in the pro scene except for NiKo has ever suspected Astralis for abusing that Nvidia setting bug... NiKo only made a suggestive comment and apologized afterwards... And stupid sheep fans were going all haywire after that. Absolutely hilarious. mobile.twitter.com/fazeniko/status/10659..
2019-01-22 02:55
my god you are beyond stupid of course he apologized, he can't go picking a fight, would look bad but he exposed them and got some other pro players suspicious too and if you think using a bug it's not cheating, it shows the kind of player/fan that you are stupid fanboy
2019-01-22 20:02
Take a chill pill, kiddo... You obviously don't know anything about this subject except for the tweet NiKo wrote. Go and do some reading, watch some videos with some people who know what they are talking about... and then come back... Have a nice day.
2019-01-23 01:01
not only have i watched videos, i have replicated the bug and it's so fucking op. it's literally the only reason they are winning
2019-01-23 19:49
Sure thing, Dan M...
2019-01-24 00:57
it's not that hard to replicate you know
2019-01-24 20:11
#136
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Turkey Aybars1 
deserves better
2019-01-18 20:05
#138
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Russia Nikosimus 
#2 stat-wise but you have to respect device's MVPs and trophies Congrats NiKo!
2019-01-18 20:05
Apparently device had better stats in playoffs in big events.
2019-01-18 20:57
Dev1ce also had a better performance against the top 10. (But he's still no where near s1mple)
2019-01-18 23:17
Really? Where can you see the performance vs top 10?
2019-01-19 01:06
If you go to stats, and then players, you can filter by ranks.
2019-01-19 01:33
Ah thanks. How come s1mple doesn't show up vs top 5 teams...?
2019-01-19 03:29
You have to change the amount of maps filter on the left. S1mple didn't play very many maps against top 5 teams which is sort of surprising.
2019-01-19 03:56
Thx buddy. I always use the compare function, which is nice but has less filters. Yeah - surprising with s1mples low number of maps vs top teams.
2019-01-19 04:06
Well, of course, because the rest of FaZe always shit themselves in play-offs. It's harder for NiKo to COMPLETELY 1v5.
2019-01-19 02:15
Well, fortunately the top 20 is not based on "What if he have had better team mates" etc... it's based on what actually happened. Let's just hope for NiKo he will manage to get a more well functioning team next year.
2019-01-19 03:32
#142
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China R1KKA233 
nice
2019-01-18 20:05
#145
NiKo | 
Italy Fradex 
deserves better
2019-01-18 20:05
#148
 | 
Netherlands DikkeNoob 
GOD
2019-01-18 20:06
Niko>dev
2019-01-18 20:06
#150
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Romania RyuunosukeE7 
gj
2019-01-18 20:06
He put kilos?
2019-01-18 20:06
yeah, let's be toxic and call him fat bastard.. if true his reflexes will suffer, hard to move all that flesh right!?
2019-01-18 20:10
#152
Hiko | 
Turkey vVoLF07 
no 1 in our hearts <3
2019-01-18 20:07
Lol no, Fifflaren is no 1 every year. Fifflaren GOAT.
2019-01-18 20:10
NIKO > DEV1CE
2019-01-18 20:07
#154
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United States xxxhoshi 
expected gj niko
2019-01-18 20:07
Nice, now: S1mple #1 and dosia #2
2019-01-18 20:07
#508
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Switzerland Infi2k 
Wtf? Mate, every one knows, they could not make a top20 list, which compares Dosia to these bots... Dosia is on another level. Device top2, S1mple top1, Dosia not on the list, just because he's to strong. A top20 list with Dosia would look like that: 1. Dosia 2. Dosia's Mouse 3. Dosia's Keyboard 4. Dosia's Mousepad 5. Dosia's Screen 6. Dosia's cfg.exe 7. Dosia's food 8. Dosia's chair 9. Dosia's Parents (for bring him to the world) 10. S1mple ... now you see, its not fair to put dosia in to the list.
2019-01-19 14:57
gratz man!
2019-01-18 20:08
#158
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Chile dEaux 
2019-01-18 20:08
Maybe read the article..? They actually explain why.
2019-01-18 20:59
#389
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Denmark MeToxi 
Apparently NiKo fell of in playoffs which device didn't. And since playoffs represents better teams, it is kinda self-explanatory
2019-01-18 23:03
Dev1ce had far better results than NiKo, so I think that would push him over NiKo despite having 0.01 less rating. Dev1ce also had better ratings during big event playoffs, and also better ratings against the top 10.
2019-01-18 23:18
Niko above Electronic? LUL
2019-01-18 20:08
#207
smooya | 
United Kingdom fal36 
electronic above Niko? OMEGALUL
2019-01-18 20:28
Device above NiKo? LUL
2019-01-18 21:06
#160
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Europe Freeburger97 
tomorrow hltv will explode
2019-01-18 20:08
#166
NAF | 
United States Raptorial 
+1
2019-01-18 20:10
#197
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Europe LowAlching 
why?
2019-01-18 20:20
#222
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Europe Freeburger97 
because fanboys will be mad
2019-01-18 20:34
Last 2 announced sunday
2019-01-18 20:41
#379
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Brazil boringDude 
*Sunday
2019-01-18 22:54
#162
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Argentina Nasty_ 
Deserved, GOD
2019-01-18 20:09
#163
Summer | 
Israel Xpicyy 
damn gg next year will be top 2 or 1
2019-01-18 20:09
He definitely has the potential!
2019-01-18 21:00
#364
Summer | 
Israel Xpicyy 
yeah man really hope faze will get good IGL
2019-01-18 22:13
#164
Hazard | 
Poland Az1m 
Congrats NiKo
2019-01-18 20:10
#168
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France StickyRice 
Expected
2019-01-18 20:10
So next 1.device 2.s2mple
2019-01-18 20:11
#170
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Norway hixxx8 
s1mple dev2ce
2019-01-18 20:11
Rip offf
2019-01-18 20:11
#173
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Sweden meistr0 
lol, Should have been Ecovice. Now: 2. Device 1. s1mple
2019-01-18 20:11
No. and... yes.
2019-01-18 21:01
Yessss s1mple top 1
2019-01-18 22:20
bot lmao
2019-01-18 20:12
NiKo>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>dev2ce
2019-01-18 20:12
+1
2019-01-18 20:30
Very much
2019-01-18 21:05
#177
s1mple | 
Poland Hell2k 
gj Niko Kovac
2019-01-18 20:12
#181
JW | 
Turkey krimzGOD 
congrats
2019-01-18 20:13
#185
tabseN | 
Germany NatsuS 
deserved even if I don't like him since his one ego show action in mouz
2019-01-18 20:14
In fairness to him, what else was he supposed to do? The rest of mouz back then were terrible, and if NiKo is going to be calling, why should he try to make them 10% better at the cost of some of his extraordinary talent, when he could make his own game even better and give them an actual chance
2019-01-18 21:05
#301
tabseN | 
Germany NatsuS 
CSGO is still a team game and to abuse your team m8s so you can shine is really bad leading or team play. Especially when it has no effect on your overall success It reminds me about soccer, when you have someone in attack who did 30 goals in a season but stays always afk in front, he is still a shit team player. Also, 30 goals don't say that you win any of your games... ChrisJ was kicked back then to Niko time, never forget. And If you compare the success with GoB as IGL and with Niko there is no big difference. Only Niko got his ego boost.
2019-01-18 21:15
And do you think NiKo, who is not an IGL and whose only style of calling that he knows is around himself, i.e. one of the best players of all time, is to blame for choosing the only style he knows rather than throwing the game of himself, let me repeat, one of the best players of all time, to complete shit just so his team can feel slightly better - not because they're actually doing any better; they'd be doing much worse, on the contrary - but just because they see they have a leader who doesn't have the strength to lead them to a victory. Did NiKo really do the wrong thing...?
2019-01-18 21:22
#339
tabseN | 
Germany NatsuS 
One of the best of all times (and you can question that) doesn't mean you are the best human. it also doesn't mean you are the best IGL. I really doubt that S1mple will be a good IGL or device. Pronax maybe the best IGL in CSGO history isn't talented as Niko but he knew how the team should work together and they won more than Niko probably will. My POV is that is was a shit show and I don't like him cuz of that. This is my opinion I have my reasons for that and you have your POV and your reasons. If he had really more success with this style as GoB who think the team is the most important part. Maybe I wouldn't see it so hard but that was not the case.
2019-01-18 21:41
I'm sure NiKo does see it the same as gob b, i.e. calling as a team is better, but the fact of the matter is that back then, he COULDN'T do that, whether he wanted to or not. So he did what he could, and as there was "no big difference" (your words) between the success with gob b and with NiKo, I think it's pretty incredible that a guy who had to just pick up the IGL role because no-one wanted it, and sacrificed some of what very little talent the rest of his team had in order to improve his own game to the point that he was WORTH almost as much as gob b calling, in terms of success. He couldn't do what what would have been best, so he did the alternative and it worked about as well.
2019-01-18 21:49
Very notably mouz started playing amazingly when he left the team.
2019-01-18 21:35
What, when NiKo was replaced by chrisJ, who has proven he can lead in ways NiKo cannot? Naturally giving the team an actual structure is better than calling around the star, but NiKo couldn't call like that! He's not an IGL! Calling around himself was the only real way he could lead, and so yeah sure okay he left; but mouz got someone who can actually lead and improve them, rather than just NiKo who was wasting his time being their crutch
2019-01-18 21:41
I'm guessing it was NiKos own decision to call.... just like I'm guessing it was NiKos decision to take over the IGL role in FaZe. Just assuming... He should stay away from that - know his own limitations and do what he does best.
2019-01-18 21:45
I think it was more that there was no-one else who would do it on mouz, and with FaZe, he was already a secondary caller, so when people lost faith in karrigan, NiKo kinda HAD to call. I'm sure he doesn't want to call particularly, but when the alternative was karrigan, whose style the other FaZe members no longer trusted, he kinda has to; and has now, I think, given the role to AdreN
2019-01-18 21:52
Well - the truth is, we don't know. IMO he should just stay away from that role. Nobody is forcing him to IGL (or at least I find that VERY hard to believe).
2019-01-18 22:22
Hm..
2019-01-18 22:26
#345
tabseN | 
Germany NatsuS 
fairly you have to say after Niko left they started slowly to make a full international lineup. Mouz (if you know mouz since the founded) want always a connection to Germany. They picked in the most games German players etc and they try it hard in CSGO. ChrisJ can you count as a German for the csgo scene. So they started slowly to make it International and they reach higher steps. So it wasn't only that Niko left. Also, Mouz changed their way.
2019-01-18 21:48
That's true... however as I recall, they all had a very notable skill increase jump when NiKo left.
2019-01-18 21:48
#352
tabseN | 
Germany NatsuS 
yeah, ChrisJ made really big steps. Years he played the same average shit in mouz. denis (now in sprout not so good) had some notable clutch scenes etc.
2019-01-18 21:50
#186
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Europe trey_ 
GODDD
2019-01-18 20:14
Who will be first, Device or S1mple :o
2019-01-18 20:15
if Device #1 I'm leaving this site!
2019-01-18 20:15
#191
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Korea KasPro 
DESERVED
2019-01-18 20:16
Put +,in reply if you wait for tomorrow
2019-01-18 20:17
- I wait for sunday...
2019-01-18 21:36
now #2 s1mple and then #1 karrigan
2019-01-18 20:18
*es3tag (._.)_b
2019-01-18 20:28
#2 simple xaxxaxaxaxaxa
2019-01-18 20:21
#200
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United States Spermycide 
ez s1mple top one
2019-01-18 20:24
HOW is device better than _NiKo _D _D _D
2019-01-18 20:23
He's not, it's just bc of dev1ce's MVPs and Astralis' success; I fully believe device wouldn't even be top 5 if he wasn't in Astralis (or a team of a similar level)
2019-01-18 21:03
Read the article, man.... Better playoff rating in big events More MVPs More tournament wins Just to mention some of the obvious factors...
2019-01-18 21:04
well that means hes not individualy better player than NiKo ... thx
2019-01-18 21:07
Also - the ranking does not tell who is the best player or the player with the highest skill ceiling. But it tells who performed best in 2018.
2019-01-18 21:10
#391
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Denmark MeToxi 
It's unbelievable how difficult it is for some people to understand that. You'd think it would be obvious as fuck but somehow it isn't.
2019-01-18 23:09
Agreed
2019-01-19 01:05
Deserved. Great player, the year with Adren will be good for him and for Faze.
2019-01-18 20:23
#203
allu | 
Germany Shlyywa 
Niko almost every time at the stats 2nd place. Gets 3rd in the ranking
2019-01-18 20:25
#402
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Denmark MeToxi 
Not 2nd in playoff ratings though.
2019-01-18 23:34
expected (._.)_b
2019-01-18 20:26
#205
nak | 
Canada tabar_nak 
xantares #2 ezzz
2019-01-18 20:26
#208
TACO | 
Brazil thsGO_ 
Niko > device
2019-01-18 20:28
#212
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Brazil infesterinc 
This kid is holy beast of CSGO. Sooner or later he will be top 1. Really expected till now. Waiting for the number #2, so we can definitely solve this 2018 top #1 player. 1. Sasha 2. Dev
2019-01-18 20:30
Only reason he was number 3 not 2 was because dev1ce is on Astralis
2019-01-18 21:02
#403
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Denmark MeToxi 
Incorrect. It is because NiKo is on FaZe.
2019-01-18 23:35
Maybe so, but it is more due to the fact that Astralis enables dev1ce to play above and beyond his natural capacity, whereas NiKo doesn't have that support and structure
2019-01-19 09:02
#497
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Denmark MeToxi 
They don't even play around device dude. They all play around each other. Every one has to contribute for them to dominate. Sure they'll win some matches where only 3 players performed but those matches is usually pretty close victories.
2019-01-19 12:41
And their team play enables dev1ce to perform so well. NiKo has to do what he does almost by himself
2019-01-19 12:59
#500
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Denmark MeToxi 
The ranking doesn't consider circumstances and I prefer it that way as circumstances is impossible to consider fairly. Instead it just measures what actually is measurable. Why is it Device's fault that their system works better? It is much more plausible that it is NiKo's fault that theirs doesn't. Therefor it is NOT because device is on astralis but rather because NiKo is on faze.
2019-01-19 13:15
Let's compromise and say it's neither of their faults
2019-01-19 13:18
#502
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Denmark MeToxi 
Yeah, okay.
2019-01-19 13:25
#214
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Ukraine treeex 
UNEXPECTED
2019-01-18 20:31
What a joke
2019-01-18 20:31
#216
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Sweden Zlatanist 
f0rest > niko
2019-01-18 20:31
#217
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Sweden Zolity 
niko>div1ce imo
2019-01-18 20:32
+100
2019-01-18 21:02
#218
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Chile nachooww 
deserved
2019-01-18 20:32
Expected
2019-01-18 20:33
#221
Xizt | 
Italy HeSY 
w0w unexpected stats Deserved
2019-01-18 20:34
Niko>device change my mind
2019-01-18 20:35
+1
2019-01-18 20:35
in trashtalking? that's true
2019-01-18 20:46
Why would I want to change your mind? That would mean you'd be believing a lie
2019-01-18 21:02
Probably hard to change your mind with that FaZe tag on your name... ;)
2019-01-18 21:06
unexpected
2019-01-18 20:35
niko better then electronic? no me not think SO.
2019-01-18 20:35
#256
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Europe Conq 
electronic better than dupreeh? no i dont think so
2019-01-18 20:56
dev1ce better than NiKo? no me not think SO
2019-01-18 21:00
#233
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Denmark meganice 
Deserved and congrats niko. Beast!
2019-01-18 20:41
device first bcoz won everything and more MVP than s1mple
2019-01-18 20:42
NIKO ARE YOU KIDDING ME
2019-01-18 20:43
#240
AdreN | 
Iran Owaxer 
Deserved
2019-01-18 20:48
S1mple isn't even top 100000 player never should be top 1
2019-01-18 20:50
0/8
2019-01-18 20:51
All of navis wins are flukes no way they should be ranked #2 and they never beat team liquid in bo3 and simple only had better stats because his whole team plays for him to get kills ☺️
2019-01-18 20:54
You say it like it's easy to carry 3 bots in the team.
2019-01-18 21:00
Who is bot idiot Edward maybe but Zeus and flMie are and can be good players. Flmaie has one of the highest major ratings and Zeus has infinity and beyond times more experience than simple. Before Zeus and flamie were on the team simple and co were going out in groups and we're more like an upset team just another cis team that wins because they can't be antistratted
2019-01-18 21:02
#534
f0rest | 
Belgium Qker 
"Before Zeus and flamie were on the team simple and co were going out in groups and we're more like an upset team" Funniest comment of the day. Zeus and flamie were on the team ages before s1mple... Maybe you shouldn't speak about the past if you woke up in 2018.
2019-01-20 00:08
Dumbass before , Zeus rejoined the tram was dogshit
2019-01-22 07:43
#554
f0rest | 
Belgium Qker 
Before zeuz left, the team was also dogshit (that's pretty much why they kicked zeus in the first place) and flamie was still there after zeus left so before calling other peole dumbass get your facts straight newfag.
2019-01-22 17:07
Bait or brain dead, wait, there is no difference
2019-01-19 06:47
Simon Bolivar should of made sure all your third world ancestors died
2019-01-19 08:16
cry me a river
2019-01-19 08:51
I live in the desert so no crying no rivers
2019-01-19 20:55
Undeserved top 3, should be top 2.
2019-01-18 20:51
+10000
2019-01-18 21:00
#254
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Poland Sneku 
gj NiKo, gl in top 20 2019 :D
2019-01-18 20:54
#258
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Poland creivox 
The Man, The Myth, The Legend.
2019-01-18 20:57
#259
 | 
Denmark @Astralis 
Expected
2019-01-18 20:57
#261
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Czech Republic Tomkisss 
1.s1mple 2.dev1ce
2019-01-18 20:58
+1
2019-01-18 21:00
#270
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Hungary raffai 
Gj my man <3
2019-01-18 21:01
So 100% #2 Device and #1 Simple
2019-01-18 21:01
The Faze choke in the most important tournaments of the year (major, Katowice, Cologne) kept him out of #1 talk. A huge shame considering he was amazing throughout all 2018. I hope he's gonna start 2019 well and boost morale of whole team which can lead him to #1 next year!
2019-01-18 21:02
#1 device #2 s1mple Saludos.
2019-01-18 21:02
device will be first
2019-01-18 21:03
#285
NiKo | 
Iran MerliX 
NIKo best in the world ;< NIKo>dev1ce >;
2019-01-18 21:05
monster and deserved! 2) s1mple 1) dev1ce /confirmed
2019-01-18 21:08
its on s1mple or device, i feel s1mple is better
2019-01-18 21:08
#309
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Czech Republic Tomkisss 
s1mple have better statistics than dev1ce
2019-01-18 21:14
yeah, i hope my ukranian bae wins
2019-01-18 21:49
NB: NiKo got at least an EVP in more than half of the tournaments he played in this year
2019-01-18 21:12
Overrated af S1mple first as expected
2019-01-18 21:12
1. S1mple 2. device
2019-01-18 21:12
#311
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India nAgent 
lul
2019-01-18 21:14
expected
2019-01-18 21:16
Fucking beast, will be top 1 2019
2019-01-18 21:18
#318
 | 
Portugal vt_ 
lol
2019-01-18 21:19
#316
 | 
Portugal vt_ 
niko number 3, lol...
2019-01-18 21:18
#320
 | 
Turkey CHAMPTZ 
Deserved
2019-01-18 21:21
god deserved af
2019-01-18 21:22
insane players but one of the most toxic guys I've ever come across playing CS:GO. I'm obviously a nobody but this guy isn't very friendly.
2019-01-18 21:25
You met him?
2019-01-18 21:39
not in person, but in matches, several times. just a very toxic person.
2019-01-19 11:46
This may be the reason his teams never manage to be dominant... But that's just speculation...
2019-01-19 14:21
I mean its not a good quality but maybe he has changed. I doubt it though ^^ Body from the french scene isn't a favourite of mine either.
2019-01-19 17:39
Less toxic than coldzera and s1mple tbh
2019-01-18 22:22
Deserved Expected NiKo is the best
2019-01-18 21:33
Expected
2019-01-18 21:36
#341
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Venezuela xoile 
ez device number 1. 8mvp GG
2019-01-18 21:42
#342
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Sweden Stockw0w 
R
2019-01-18 21:44
GOAT
2019-01-18 21:45
#354
 | 
Argentina XaiDN 
Nice he's a beast
2019-01-18 21:51
legend
2019-01-18 21:57
#360
cyx | 
South Africa bonkaz 
Expected and deserved. If FaZe hadn't been fucked up after the upset at the major, he would have easily been #2 - at least.
2019-01-18 22:08
Good job Niko. This year you will be 1st
2019-01-18 22:09
#363
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Poland crouzzz 
#2 device #1 s1mple make it happens
2019-01-18 22:12
#369
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Finland f0pZ 
expected, now make s1mple top2 so we have a new record in comments section..mad blyats comin...1...2...3....
2019-01-18 22:20
Hltv would honestly crash if they did that
2019-01-18 22:23
#478
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Finland f0pZ 
yep thats why im hoping that s1mple is top2 haha
2019-01-19 09:46
#374
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Europe GuardianC4 
*pretends to be shocked*
2019-01-18 22:29
I guess we didn't get the fun bamboozle of NiKo at #2, but good enough. NiKo's still had a mind-blowingly amazing year, considering how in flux FaZe has been for...literally all of it, except for maybe like the short period of time before the Boston major.
2019-01-18 22:33
#378
BOOBIE | 
United States lybrel 
FaZe sergej PogChamp
2019-01-18 22:51
#380
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North America _saix 
Expected
2019-01-18 22:55
#382
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Brazil spaark1 
wtf????
2019-01-18 22:55
#385
cyx | 
Europe jujin_Ss 
+1
2019-01-18 22:59
ez
2019-01-18 23:06
#400
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Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
I swear if s1mple appears tomorrow... #2 device #1 s1mple there's no other possible outcome
2019-01-18 23:22
#409
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Denmark MeToxi 
Both will be announced at the same time on sunday
2019-01-18 23:43
#411
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Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
Oh yeah, just realized that.
2019-01-18 23:49
#432
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Switzerland sovereiign 
s1mple is number 1 for sure. Like you said, there is no other possible outcome. His domination of all the solo stats and dozens of insane solo performances ensured his #1 status this year. If his stats were only a little bit above device it might be a question since device won so much but s1mple owned the record books for 2018 in terms of solo performance. In fact, no number 1 that I can recall has ever dominated them quite so thoroughly.
2019-01-19 02:17
#544
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Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
Yeah agreed but you know that HLTV ranking is exactly like that FIFA Ballón D'Or, they say it's an individual award but at the end of the day it takes team achievements more into account. Otherwise Modric wouldn't even be in the top 10 and Ronaldo would've won and ffs Messi had to be #2 not fucking #5. Also Neymar would be in top 10. Same thing here, we all want s1mple to win but we know that dev1ce will get it due to his team being more successful in 2018. Also that's why electronic isn't even on the list!
2019-01-20 14:16
Undeserved but expected.
2019-01-18 23:36
#430
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Switzerland sovereiign 
I know :( should of been 2nd.
2019-01-19 02:14
#405
NiKo | 
India BCaddict 
Well deserved <3
2019-01-18 23:40
#406
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Europe Vallon2 
Most tilted player in the scene, still not as toxic as fraudzera, though.
2019-01-18 23:41
F
2019-01-18 23:44
Deserved!
2019-01-18 23:50
#414
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Europe b7ack0ut 
Ez
2019-01-19 00:33
#416
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Kazakhstan ezBORAT 
WTF overrated
2019-01-19 00:53
oK ex6tenz
2019-01-19 11:06
#498
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Kazakhstan ezBORAT 
hehe ty forsaken
2019-01-19 12:56
would be ranked higher than device if his team didn't struggle the whole year
2019-01-19 01:28
#435
loli | 
Bulgaria Riooo 
True
2019-01-19 02:32
what is this? promote him to 2, freakazoid is 3 and dev1ce 1.
2019-01-19 01:30
bish why u bullyn me
2019-01-19 06:45
WHO?
2019-01-19 01:31
#425
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Ukraine den37773 
+rep
2019-01-19 01:51
Much easier to perform when your team keeps winning. Everyone knows he's the true top 2 contender, not device.
2019-01-19 02:06
#429
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Switzerland sovereiign 
I agree. NiKo dragged FaZe along so many times this year in big matches and even though they had struggles he still managed to end up second in most of the big stats. Can't blame device though, his team was just so dang good this year and the fact that all 5 ended up in the top 20 proves the whole team functioned extremely well. Point being, device never really needed to carry like NiKo and s1mple so often did.
2019-01-19 02:13
Device's boring plays are nothing infront of niko's Juan Deags :)
2019-01-19 11:06
#428
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Switzerland sovereiign 
Very much deserved. He's been a top 5 player in the world since 2015 imo so it's good to see him get to prove he's one of the world's best the past 2 years. I expect a big 2019 from him since I know he must be wanting that number 1 spot.
2019-01-19 02:08
forsaken top 1
2019-01-19 02:30
Deserved!
2019-01-19 02:32
<3
2019-01-19 03:01
NIko papa
2019-01-19 03:46
They should reveal #2 and #1 together
2019-01-19 04:11
#464
FalleN | 
Estonia l3nz 
yes because there is no point to waste time revealing #1 after #2 because yall know its s1mple and device xd
2019-01-19 07:02
#447
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Israel nukero 
should be device
2019-01-19 04:16
+1
2019-01-19 04:20
#519
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Brazil decemberlies 
+1
2019-01-19 17:37
nik0 is the real no 2
2019-01-19 04:19
Expected but not deserved. Should've been #2
2019-01-19 04:44
IF FAZE WON THE BOSTON MAJOR.....
2019-01-19 05:15
nice ;)
2019-01-19 06:15
If s1mple gets #2 there should be a riot
2019-01-19 06:29
deserved
2019-01-19 06:43
LEGEND!!!!
2019-01-19 07:17
niko looks like a mouth breather
2019-01-19 07:25
#470
shox | 
India iejesus 
Niko > Device individually
2019-01-19 08:08
#476
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Hong Kong SO_EZ_4_ENCE 
Truly deserved KoVAC #2 s1mple #1 devve
2019-01-19 09:14
goodjob Bosnian Beast #2 devveking #1 s1mpLUL
2019-01-19 10:15
Only legend who can IGL + FraG + hard carry b0ts No1 can beat him soon to be #1
2019-01-19 11:05
#489
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Norway AtomicXD 
He will Get #1 this year, and i have a feeling rain is coming back to the top aswell So fucking excited
2019-01-19 11:21
He deserved it. Congratz, NiKo!
2019-01-19 11:24
NiKo with his team was the closest to defeat Astralis on Face-it major If Niko were on Device's place he will take the top 1-2 but in FaZe top 3 is his ceiling
2019-01-19 11:48
#494
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Europe MyFaith 
#2 device #1 s1mple if not, you kick my ass.
2019-01-19 12:13
#496
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Europe UnlukoMaluko 
Sry, who?
2019-01-19 12:26
easiest prediction in the entire top 20.
2019-01-19 14:45
Niko number 1 for my opinion 🙌🏻
2019-01-19 14:55
#509
NiKo | 
Asia misyCSGO 
Easy for NiKo
2019-01-19 15:07
robbed 3s1mple 2NiKo 1Device
2019-01-19 15:42
Deserved
2019-01-19 15:42
2. SIMPLE 1. DEVICE
2019-01-19 16:01
1. Kane
2019-01-19 16:49
#522
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United Kingdom munt_ 
Device better not be number 1, definitely is not games best player
2019-01-19 18:08
TOP 3 NIKO IN 2018? lmaoooooo UNDESERVED HAHHAHAHA
2019-01-19 18:40
I don't mind most of sound changes, but damn that old ak sound was beautiful
2019-01-19 20:28
#532
Zeus | 
Ukraine Lomz 
s1mple - top1, device - top2
2019-01-19 23:03
electronic #3
2019-01-20 00:32
simple will be top #1, because this is ranking for individual, simple this year better than device, simple always use deagle and headshot device, haha. best team: astralis #1 best player: simple #1 Device has a lot of MVP because him have a best team. simple no have really good team, but simple skill better than device. HLTV let s1mple top #1. I like it. Thank for all
2019-01-20 06:11
dev2ce so
2019-01-20 09:56
#543
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Brazil WWWWWWW 
expected
2019-01-20 13:53
s1mple > NiKo > device
2019-01-20 14:20
noobko
2019-02-06 17:07
#562
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Macedonia EXTOL[t] 
PRODIGY NIKOOOO BRATEEE TI SI FALSEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
2019-02-08 15:23
The playstyle... is gorgeous! he is not the first in 2018 but i like the way he play the game (my favorite).. best ak-colt in da' world. The way he movement and aiming and think.. he and fallen.. best styles ever.
2019-02-09 09:20
+1
2019-02-09 09:28
best player in the world
2019-02-10 10:23
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