Top 20 players of 2018: device (2)

Nicolai "device" Reedtz placed second in the Top 20 players of 2018 list, powered by EGB.com, after a record-breaking year in which he won seven MVP awards.

Top 20 players of 2018: Introduction

device took to Counter-Strike at a very young age, playing Danish LANs in Source in his early teen years. He was good enough in the old version of the game to get a shot at playing with notable players from his country such as Henrik "FeTiSh" Christensen and Bo "wantz" Vestergaard, representing Copenhagen Wolves, but his breakout would only come after making the switch to CS:GO. After a spell in a team with Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer and Danny "BERRY" Krüger, device was reunited with FeTiSh in Copenhagen Wolves at the start of 2013, a team that also featured Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen and, for the second part of the year, Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth as well.

device briefly left that team, though, in March 2013 due to "motivation issues". Three months away from the squad, during which device played under mix-team moniker heroic, was enough to set his mind straight and see him return FeTiSh's fold. In the end, device managed to finish the year on an impressive LAN 1.14 rating, but he didn't play that many events and never made it past the quarterfinals, and therefore wasn't in contention for a top 20 player of the 2013 ranking—the only CS:GO year he didn't make it on the list.

device represented Copenhagen Wolves in Source and Global Offensive

In 2014, device faced a new issue. Now representing dignitas, the Danish squad became a stable top team, but no matter what they tried, they simply couldn't make a deep tournament run. The scale of the event, the map, the opponent or the lead they had didn't make a difference, they just couldn't win the games to make it past the semi-finals, which saw the term "dignitas semi-final curse" being coined. And device was a big part of why they couldn't make it over the hump, as the young Dane flourished in group stages but struggled to perform in the big matches, shutting down under the pressure.

He would still end the year with his first entrance into the top players of the year list, with his 1.10 LAN rating securing him the 20th spot, and the poor playoff performances being the main thing holding him back. In 2015 came the first in-game leader change of this core as FeTiSh was replaced by Finn "karrigan" Andersen. Apparently, that was what was needed to unlock the potential of the device - dupreeh combo and, after a few warmup events, the change came to bear fruit. Now under the TSM organization, the Danes won three back-to-back events, CCS Kick-off Season Finals, FACEIT League Stage 1 Finals and Fragbite Masters Season 4 Finals, with device being the MVP at two of them, as he finally got over his struggles in big matches.

Getting over the "choker" tag wasn't an easy task

Even though fnatic would go down as the dominant team of the year, TSM's five titles and numerous podium finishes in 2015 were a vast improvement on previous years. Individually, device also stepped up significantly, slowly shaking off the infamous "choker" tag that had followed him in previous years, and finished third in the top 20 player of the year list, behind Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer and Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács, both of whom had enjoyed an exceptional year.

"I feel like back then, it was just about playing, feeling confident, there were no routines, or what we call now the RFRSH model, it wasn't really in place and the only thing you could really do was play more or play less, create some new strategies and hope for the best, right? And sometimes you won and sometimes you lost."

device's evolution from a boy with motivation issues, someone who cracked under pressure, to an elite player, capable of outclassing some of the best players that have touched the game, prompted Michal "stich" Malachowski to write the following about the Dane in his top 20 article of that year: "The story of device in 2015 is a bit like a Hollywood movie with a happy ending. The player exemplified maturation and development in his playstyle and overall skill and grew into being a star player who could control pacing and game outcomes singlehandedly on the server."

But there is more than meets the eye, though, device says, with his career path not being as glamorous as people might think:

"I don’t think you will ever be able to look at the full story until you’re done or get some distance to what you've done. I can see Michal's point, but the grind is not as glorious or fancy as it might seem. It is hard work, obstacles and challenges all the way. If you’re number 200, your challenge is to become better than number 199, and your struggle is always what is right in front of you. So far the story has been full of ups and downs, but what is most important is that I have stayed true to myself on the way to where I am. I don’t try to prove people wrong, but simply to prove to myself I can be better. That does not mean it does not feel awesome to win, though. It does!"

After a few underwhelming events in 2016, such as the StarSeries XIV Finals, cajunb was cut and device took on the AWP

A key part in device's development as a player would happen in 2016, after René "cajunb" Borg departed what was then Astralis, leaving a vacancy in the main AWP role. Prior to that, device had never been a full-time AWPer, playing a rifling-lurking role instead, but was adding more and more sniping to his game every year (4.14% of total kills with AWP in 2013, 14.74% in 2014, 22.69% in 2015). With the help of Danny "zonic" Sørensen, device made the switch and quickly adapted to the "Big Green", finishing all 20 events his team played in the year with above-average ratings, despite Astralis not having much success for the biggest part.

"It is impossible to say [if I would be better if I had taken on AWPing earlier in my career]. The experiences I've gotten from my career as a rifler and playing in some of the other roles definitely helped me understand the game better, understand what my teammates need in game and how I can make them better players. It definitely helped me get a better perspective on how to understand the roles. It would be impossible to really know if I would be a better player previously, I think I was a really good rifler as well, had some good years."

As Astralis grew as an organization, the players had to develop in out-of-game aspects as well, with paying attention to physical fitness being one of them. However, unlike most players at the time, device was someone that had always paid attention to such things, making the adaptation to the "RFRSH model" a bit easier for him.

"I've always been very active in my life, I've enjoyed fitness, it has been a part of my life since I was a kid, eating healthy and so on, it has always been a priority for me. I remember having conversations with my dad back when I was starting to play, way way back, and he said fitness was going to be a big thing because he saw it developing in golf and motorsports, where it was also previously regarded as a non-important factor.

"So, definitely, some of it was already in my veins, so to say, but we've learned so much more regarding blood sugar, regarding sleep patterns, regarding dealing with jetlag, the psychology part of it is a big reason as well, I feel at least, of why we've gotten so far as well. The RFRSH team has taught me a lot of things that go beyond what was already in my philosophy and I think some of those points are why we are still ahead of other teams. It feels like other teams are starting to do fitness and so as well, but there are so many more layers on top. RFRSH have given us the structure and the right people to work with."

After successfully transitioning to an AWPer role, device had a repeat performance in the Top 20 players ranking, finishing third in 2016. He won just one MVP award, though, from the only tournament Astralis won in the year—the ECS S2 Finals at the end of 2016, after they had replaced karrigan with Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander. However, Astralis carried on their strong late-year form into 2017 and swooped the ELEAGUE Atlanta Major, adding another big tournament trophy shortly afterward by winning IEM Katowice.

device had to part ways with karrigan to start winning tournaments again

Just when everything was looking rosy, another obstacle in device's career would arise. He was diagnosed with hiatus hernia, an illness with troubling symptoms that get worse with stress, causing severe reflux, and require lifestyle changes to keep in check. And while the illness didn't seem to impact the numbers device was putting up for the biggest part of the year, Astralis started falling off as 2017 went on, firstly missing out on an great opportunity to win back-to-back Majors in Krakow and later failing to even contest for titles as SK and FaZe took center stage.

"It is really hard to speak about it [dealing with my illness]. It is really tough because you feel like you not only let yourself down, you also let others down. You know in yourself that it is not how it is, but the feelings you get are so mixed. I was lucky to have my girlfriend and my family support me a lot, the team was there throughout the whole year as well. In the end it all culminated with me being ill at Oakland, that was a really dark time for me. How do you say it? You try your best to sacrifice a lot of things, there were so many things I couldn't do, and having tried all of that and still not having success at dealing with the illness was really tough."

Dealing with his illness was a constant struggle

With the schedule getting busier toward end the of the year, device's health deteriorated, and it came to a low point at IEM Oakland in November when he had to be rushed to the hospital. It quickly became apparent that he wouldn't return to the server soon, and ended up being sidelined for two months. During that time, not only did he miss out on the two biggest CS:GO events in his home country yet—BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen and ESL Pro League S6 Finals—but with Dennis "dennis" Edman in his place, Astralis had one of their best showings in a while, which saw some fans push for the move to be a permanent one.

"[During my break] I only really focused on feeling better, and that period was a period where there were two Danish events in a row and there had never been any big Danish events before. And seeing the guys play BLAST Pro Series with so many fans and doing really great was kind of a mixed feeling, right? You are feeling, in some way, that you could get replaced because they played really great where we haven't been delivering that much previously. And in some way you also feel very happy for them because it is great to have success in your own country. Getting all of those emotions, I would've loved that.

"But not being at events gave me a lot of time to focus on what was important, finding a sustainable solution with my illness and getting some of the tests done that I have neglected throughout the year. Basically, RFRSH were very helpful and we did it all very fast. I felt like I was feeling better and better over time, sadly enough I wasn't ready for the last event of the year, in Mexico, but I felt really great going into the Major.

"Regarding quitting, I never really thought about quitting at all. I know it could be a possibility if I didn't find a sustainable solution, but I didn't think about at that time, I really wanted to give it a try in 2018 and see how it goes, I would've taken it from there. But yeah, now I'm standing here and I feel stronger than ever."

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2018 LAN tournament stats
TournamentEvent Team (place) Rating 2.0 (in team) ADR KPR DPR Impact KAST Award
EL Major 2018
(12-14th)
0.91 (2nd, +1%) 72.5 0.62 0.72 0.76 67.0%
StarSeries S4
(5-8th)
1.13 (2nd, +2%) 72.8 0.72 0.59 1.21 66.6%
IEM Katowice 2018
(3-4th)
1.21 (1st, +10%) 78.0 0.80 0.63 1.24 73.3% EVP
DHM Marseille 2018
(1st)
1.38 (1st, +7%) 86.1 0.84 0.51 1.39 80.1% EVP
IEM Sydney 2018
(2nd)
1.23 (2nd, +3%) 80.5 0.80 0.59 1.16 76.8% EVP
EPL S7 Finals
(1st)
1.33 (1st, +6%) 86.3 0.83 0.57 1.43 74.5% EVP
ECS S5 Finals
(1st)
1.30 (1st, +14%) 85.6 0.82 0.60 1.57 69.1% MVP
ESL One Cologne 2018
(3-4th)
1.27 (1st, +6%) 81.9 0.77 0.54 1.30 75.1% EVP
EL Premier 2018
(1st)
1.44 (1st, +22%) 90.1 0.91 0.55 1.68 75.0% MVP
DH Masters Stockholm
(2nd)
1.24 (1st, +7%) 78.9 0.75 0.57 1.23 76.2% EVP
FACEIT Major 2018
(1st)
1.26 (1st, +4%) 79.5 0.78 0.55 1.24 75.8% MVP
BLAST Istanbul
(1st)
1.39 (1st, +11%) 88.4 0.87 0.54 1.57 72.0% MVP
BLAST Copenhagen
(3rd)
1.11 (2nd, +5%) 75.2 0.72 0.64 1.18 70.3%
IEM Chicago 2018
(1st)
1.15 (2nd, +3%) 76.8 0.73 0.61 1.16 71.7% MVP
ECS S6 Finals
(1st)
1.19 (1st, +6%) 78.5 0.79 0.62 1.28 70.8% MVP
EPL S8 Finals
(1st)
1.26 (1st, +10%) 84.6 0.79 0.61 1.37 72.5% MVP
BLAST Lisbon
(1st)
1.14 (3rd, -4%) 78.7 0.70 0.59 1.07 75.1%
5% above average
5%+ below average
Closer than 5% to average

Even though he missed out on the last couple of events of 2017, device placed fifth in the top players of 2017 ranking, continuing his streak of top 5 finishes. While he was determined to push it even further in 2018, the year didn't start well. Upon device's return to the active lineup, Astralis bombed out of the ELEAGUE Major in the group stage after suffering defeats to mousesports, fnatic and Cloud9.

What made that event special was that device didn't return to the AWP for it, playing the lurk role instead, while dupreeh acted as the main sniper, as he had in device's absence. But after what would be device's only below-average rated tournament of the year, he did the only sensible thing and went back to his trusted 'Big Green'.

"There are actually two reasons [why I didn't AWP at the Major], I remember having a meeting in December with Danny (zonic) and speaking with Peter (dupreeh) about it as well. At that time, we hadn't delivered a good result for quite some time, at least not satisfying our own expectations. And dupreeh was doing really great before the break with the AWP and, mainly, he didn't want to play the lurk role. Kjaerbye was the entry fragger back then so there was a role clash that we had spoken so much about previously. So to get dupreeh in his comfort zone and get Kjaerbye in his comfort zone we compromised in the sense that we were going to try to play with me in the rifle-lurk role, because I had not been playing for a while as well.

"So practicing going up to the Major we were really good, almost better than we've been with this lineup. In practice we were smashing everyone, so we were thinking it was a really good decision, but, yeah, the tournament didn't go as planned. dupreeh and I were sharing a room at that tournament, we looked at each other after we lost in the groups and just said: "We're switching back". Basically, that is where the decision was made that we are going back to the old roles—and then the whole thing with Kjaerbye happened."

Astralis were sent packing from the Major early

device started hitting his stride at the two following events, StarSeries i-League S4 and IEM Katowice 2018, the team's first outings with new signing, Emil "Magisk" Reif. The Danes were on an upward trend there, finishing 5th-8th in Ukraine and 3rd-4th in Poland, and the AWPer was already putting in star numbers, finishing with a 1.13 rating at the former and a 1.21 rating—and an EVP mention—at the latter. With the first couple of events out of the way, Astralis had some time off to prepare for the next big event, DreamHack Masters Marseille in April.

"We had StarSeries and Katowice leading up to Marseille, those were two events we didn't have that much time to prepare for, but we still saw improvement with placings at the events, quarter-finals at StarLadder and semi-finals at Katowice. We felt like we were improving, but we had a month between those two events and DreamHack Masters Marseille and we grinded really hard, worked really hard, improving all aspects of the game. Danny (zonic) had the whole idea with the [double and triple] grenades, and we did a lot of new things. We got the whole system with dupreeh entryfragging, Magisk taking over the rifle-lurk role, me being the AWPer but not playing the AWP that much, especially on T sides, and everything really clicked. We played one of the best tournaments we played this year, as you said, the whole team was on point and when that is happening, you are not really beating us. So yeah, that was great."

Astralis' run at DreamHack Masters Marseille is now immortalized, as it was the first tournament the Danes won in their dominant 2018. As device put it, "everything clicked", all five players were contributing, and they claimed the trophy by giving away just one map—to Liquid in the group stage. Individually, device had three below-average rated maps (out of 10 played), but he stood out with a huge 1.45 rating averaged in wins and a 1.42 rating averaged in playoff matches, finishing third in the race for the medal.

He continued his strong form at the following tournament, IEM Sydney, where he was exceptional until the grand final, but faltered in the BO5 against FaZe. That resulted in the title slipping away from Astralis, as well as his potential MVP, as he finished fourth in the MVP race.

"I think I found a good way of learning from the worst memories, but off the top of my head, losing the grand final in Sydney [was one of the worst ones], I was feeling very bad in Sydney because the jetlag you get when you are going to Australia really affected my body with illness and I was feeling under the weather for the whole tournament. And I also feel like I let my teammates down in the grand final."

Letting down his teammates in the grand final of IEM Sydney is one of device's worst memories of 2018

The squad was back to winning ways at the ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals, where device had another standout performance. The AWPer was the highest-rated player for his team and recorded only one below-average rated map as Astralis ran up the finals and defeated Liquid for the title; however, it was dupreeh who would claim the MVP ahead of him. device wouldn't have to wait long to receive the highest individual accolade, though, as he received an MVP award after outclassing his opposition at the ECS Season 5 Finals. At the event that took place in London at the start of June, he recorded one of his highest impact ratings of the year, 1.57, coupled with an impressive 0.82 kills per round and 85.6 ADR.

As they claimed three out of four Big events, it seemed winning was to easy for Astralis

Winning three out of the four Big events saw Astralis establish themselves as the best team in the world, but they weren't able to continue their winning streak at ESL One Cologne. device had another great outing at the $300,000 tournament in Germany, earning an EVP for a 1.27 average rating, but his side exited earlier than expected, losing to Natus Vincere in the semi-final.

As the player break was closing in, device hit his peak form. ELEAGUE Premier 2018 was the last event of the first half of the year, and its long, one-BO3-per-day format seemingly suited the Astralis star, who put up some of his best numbers of the year. Even though the squad is usually pretty balanced in terms of fragging output, device stood out significantly at this tournament, with his year-high event rating of 1.44 being 22% higher than Astralis' average. He also recorded his highest ADR (90.1), impact rating (1.68) and entry kills per round (0.21) of 2018 in Atlanta, all while having his joint-lowest deaths per round of the year (0.54)—to claim his second MVP of the year.

"Looking at individual numbers is not something we do that much, but I remember the tournament [ELEAGUE Premier] and I remember feeling very comfortable. It was a long tournament, we were in Atlanta for two weeks and we've been there a lot with ELEAGUE, so it really feels like the American home we have. Yeah, if I had to guess, I was just in my comfort zone and was having a good time. It was also leading up to the break and, usually, when I play a lot leading up to the event and not that much at the event is when I perform the best, then I have some more time to collect my thoughts and prepare for games. And I feel like everything was important in that regard. I didn't feel like I dropped off in any game.

"I feel like I've had the equal amount of impact in other tournaments, it is a team game and sometimes it doesn't show in statistics when you make your team play better by communication, preparation or just setting your teammates up in a certain way. With how we prepare for games you get different roles for which team you are playing, so it is hard to go in specifics if I had a bigger impact at other tournaments, but I definitely had the same amount of impact and the team has had the same amount of impact, even though the K-D difference might not really show that."

Following some time off during the summer player break, Astralis attended DreamHack Masters Stockholm as a warmup for the following FACEIT London Major. It was a shaky tournament for the whole team, as they lost a BO3 to North in the group stage and a map to TYLOO, but they still recovered and device posted some great numbers in the middle part of the tournament, in the playoff wins over MIBR and NiP. He had a rough final, though, recording only single-digit numbers of kills on Dust2 and Overpass as their Danish rivals North overcame them for the second time.

Despite the grand final struggle, with a 1.24 rating, he was still an EVP of the event, continuing his streak of eight events at which he was one of the best performers. And he would push that even further at the FACEIT London Major, where his team made it up for their loss in Sweden. device was outstanding at the event, spearheading the 16-0 beatdown of MIBR in the group stage and standing out in key wins in the playoffs on the way to his second Major win—adding a Major MVP award to his name as well.

"I have a few best memories, I have to say DreamHack Masters Marseille is one of them, winning the first title with a lineup is always really special. Then, obviously, I am going to go for the Major—which was really great—, winning the Grand Slam, and also playing in Copenhagen because one of the things I didn't do last year is play at BLAST Pro Series. That feeling is different and is just one of the things that move us forward. When we lost that tournament we really wanted to end the year on a high note. But it was also, definitely, one of the best memories in the sense it was the first time I could share my passion with my whole family, everyone that is close to me."

Next in line were device's first BLAST Pro Series events, stops in Istanbul and Copenhagen. At the former, Astralis swept the group stage and overcame MIBR in a tightly contested final, with device adding another MVP to his collection thanks to another great showing that saw him stand out in terms of ADR (88.4) and impact (1.57). Disappointment followed on home soil in Copenhagen, as the Danes didn't manage to challenge for the title due to BO1 losses to NiP and Natus Vincere in the group stage.

"Losing to North in Stockholm, that was a rough one, but it ultimately led us to become a better team, the same with BLAST Pro in Copenhagen, it was the worst experience in the sense that we had all this build up and momentum coming from all the tournaments, and then everything just fell to the ground. But we rose from the ashes again and proved ourselves. That is one of the key points from the team, we don't have any back-to-back disappointments, the way we worked with these defeats, learning how to better ourselves as players and also as a team has just been amazing to be a part of.

Astralis had a few slip-ups in the second half of the year, most notably losing to North at DHM Stockholm

The end of the year was nearing, with just a couple events left before the winter break. In November, at IEM Chicago, Astralis was strongly tested. In the group stage, they suffered a 2-0 defeat to FaZe—their first 2-0 loss since March—but still made it to the playoffs, where they shook off a strong upset attempt by fnatic, edging out the last map in overtime. Even though device wasn't playing on his consistent-high level at this event, finishing with "just" a 1.15 rating, he was the most impactful player in their win and earned his fifth MVP.

Next in the line was ECS S6, and that tournament followed a similar pattern, but this time it was MIBR who were causing Astralis problems. However, it was "close, but no cigar", as the Danish side edged them out in the group stage and the grand final to continue their dominant streak. device's team-high 1.19 rating (1.29 in map wins) was again a bit below his form from earlier in the year, but enough for another MVP award.

Astralis' unprecedented dominance saw opponents shake up their style

At that point, Astralis were starting to get a lot of praise for their results and approach to the game, with even rival teams referring to them as someone who were hardly beatable. device touched on how it was playing against teams after having such status, the positive and negative sides of it:

"First of all, I think it is very important that players respect each other outside of the server and, as everyone knows, us snipers, we are close rivals. I have some personal rivalry with s1mple, FalleN, etc. In the server, I'd do anything to beat them, but outside of the server I respect them a lot and I really want that to be out there.

"It certainly does affect opponents that they are playing against someone with the status we got throughout the year, and you could feel that in game, but it also works both ways. When you are playing the best team, you really want to beat them, and it can give you a lot of motivation to try to play your best game of the tournament. Because they know that if they are not at their 100% they are not going to beat us, right? The change in play is something we felt in the last part of the year, a lot of teams would play really randomly because they couldn't really find a solution, but it could also make some teams play too hesitant, or too aggressive... We learned a lot about that and something we are definitely going to bring into the new year is the adaptation, something that was forced on us at the end of the year. Because teams just started to play a bit more random.

"When teams started to play—it is hard to say random, they definitely have a game plan—but differently than what we would see looking at their games, I think it is just to throw us off, everyone knew that we like to prepare really well for matches, and have a good game plan. If they could throw us off, like Liquid kind of did at ESL Pro League Finals in Odense on Train, then they would feel like they had the upper hand. But as I said, we were really good at adapting and when we could feel like teams have changed a lot, then we would just swap into practice mode where we play as we do in practice, and that worked out really well for us."

The decisive and ruthless machine that Astralis had been earlier in the year was showing some signs of wear leading up to ESL Pro League Finals Season 8, and this was the tournament Astralis needed to be victorious at to claim the Intel Grand Slam title. On home soil, in Odense, a contested group-stage BO3 against HellRaisers was a worrying sign, but things would stabilize for them as they took down Liquid and mousesports convincingly to reach the grand final—once again facing Liquid in it. The North American side threw a curveball in the veto by removing Nuke instead of Train, putting Astralis outside of their comfort zone. That seemingly rattled device, who was completely out of it on the first two maps, reminiscent of his 2014 self who couldn't perform under pressure. However, after his teammates stepped up to carry the load and secured Mirage, device got back into the game and shone on Dust2: closing out the series, grabbing the title, the Intel Grand Slam, and his seventh MVP of the year.

"I definitely remember that final, it was probably the toughest game for me throughout 2018. At least it is the one that stands out the strongest in my mind, as of right now. I feel like whether you work at being a professional gamer or whatever field you work in, there is always hard days at the job, and that felt like nothing was going right for me. I was not in the flow, I was hitting bad timings and also not hitting my shots. Ultimately, it can lead you to a bad spiral where you are doubting yourself and doubting your playstyle, and that definitely happened in the first few maps, at least on Train. And we weren't playing that great as a team, as well.

"I don't think it gave flashbacks to the [old defeats], but it definitely made me a bit worried going forward to the other maps. I really tried my best not to carry it on into the next maps and I feel like sometimes all you need is a good round or a good play. We have this philosophy that if you can help in other areas other than fragging, you are doing that. So whether that be that when you are dead you are communicating, helping your team, setting up the executes or setups as CT, or just reading your opponents and how they are going to play from round to round. That gives you a perspective and a focus that you are working on a round-to-round basis, so you are not really thinking about the previous maps or the consequences if you lose. That just gets you in the groove, the same groove you are in when you practice"

"Those are some of the tools I use to get through that, and, as I said, I also feel like sometimes you just have a bad day. Unfortunately, that was one of the bad days, in the first maps, that shouldn't have happened, but we won in the end and I gained some experience from that, for sure."

To cap off the year and go up to a round number of 10 titles secured in 2018, Astralis were triumphant at BLAST Pro Series Lisbon, the last Big event of the year. Overall, device finished 2018 with six EVPs, while his seven MVPs won in a single year broke the record had Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund set in NiP's prime, back in 2013.

"In some way, creating a legacy is always really important for big athletes and making my mark on the community and the game as one of the legends has been a big part of my career. Getting seven MVPs is really surreal, if anybody told me that when I got back from the break, after I've been ill for few months and we lost at the group stage at the ELEAGUE Major, I would probably just laugh it off. It is surreal to have gone through that, all the hardships I've had throughout the year.

"With that said, it also means the world to me that we actually won this many titles, it definitely makes the apple sweeter, or how you say it. The individual achievements happened together with the team achievements and I could share it with all these great teammates and the whole organization. So yeah, it has been really motivating and it is going to be hard to outdo that, but it is also something I will never forget. I learned to appreciate these moments more than I have done previously."

While at the start of 2018, device admitted that his goal was the top spot, he is content with his fourth consecutive top-five finish, and is aiming to claim the title of the best in one of the years to come:

"I'm really proud of placing top 5 four years in a row, I feel like it is the consistency part that has always been a big part of the person I am inside and outside of the game. Regarding s1mple getting the top spot, I have to be honest, I feel like he definitely was a better individual than me and I respect him so much. I'm really happy that he won, and I'm not just saying this to do the PR, but I feel like he really deserved it, he had a crazy year and he was the best in my eyes, as well.

"But yeah, of course it is annoying [to not win], but it has also been my best year so far, I still feel like I can do better and that is obviously the goal, to try and get the top spot, whether it be 2019 or 2020, I definitely feel like I have it in me. And regarding what I want to accomplish, what is on my mind is back-to-back Majors, is doing something that hasn't been done before, maybe three Majors back-to-back, it is always the team achievements that drive me and the individual awards that are kind of a bonus. I'm just extremely honored to be improving on the top 5, being the second best in the world at something is a feeling you can't really describe, it is an honor to be amongst the top."

Why was device the 2nd best player of 2018?

device was the best CT side player of the year (1.34 rating), and stood out immensely with his individual numbers at Big events: ranking third for kills per round (0.78), second for deaths per round (0.59), and second for success and frequency of opening kills (0.14 per round, 62.2% win rate), which combined for the third highest Big Event rating of 2018, 1.24.

Propelling him further towards the top were his performances in playoffs, where he ranked second with a 1.22 rating, and that helped him to seven MVPs—the most ever received in a year. device also had great peaks at ELEAGUE Premier and DreamHack Masters Marseille—where he wasn't the MVP—, which were higher than those of almost everyone ranked below him.

device was amazing in 2018, but still got overshadowed by s1mple

From 17 events attended in the year, device collected 13 individual accolades (7 MVP and, 6 EVPs), a showcase of him being consistently great in 2018. With his surge late in the year, with five MVPs from seven events, he began to challenge for the title of the best performer in 2018. However, his amazing year, which would be worthy of the No.1 spot in any of the 2014-2017 rankings, simply wasn't enough in 2018.

"Personal goals are definitely team-related and related to winning some tournaments. I think we can definitely stay on the top. Replicating what we did last year is going to be really hard, but now we also know what it takes to do it. Historically it has been really hard to be dominating for multiple years in a row, but we are obviously going to do our best.

"As long as we can look each other in the eyes and say to each other that we've put in our best effort, that we have done all we can, then we are going to be satisfied, for sure."

Bold prediction

device had a tough time deciding which player to pick for his Bold prediction, but in the end swerved away from Danish talent and opted for ENCE's star Jere "sergej" Salo:

Finland Jere "sergej" Salo

"He is really good an I feel like ENCE have a lot of good things going on for them. They are improving and they have a really good organization behind them, they are doing great things. So I hope he can shine too this year."

This was our Top 20 players of 2018 ranking, powered by EGB.com. Take a look at the Introduction article to learn more about how the players were picked.

Denmark Bo 'wantz' Vestergaard
Bo 'wantz' Vestergaard
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
44
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.18
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borg
René 'cajunb' Borg
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1417
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
28
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1433
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1497
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1609
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
955
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1377
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Finland Jere 'sergej' Salo
Jere 'sergej' Salo
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
522
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1522
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1220
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.17
Denmark Danny 'zonic' Sørensen
Danny 'zonic' Sørensen
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.75
Maps played:
20
KPR:
0.49
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.11
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1300
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Denmark Danny 'BERRY' Krüger
Danny 'BERRY' Krüger
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.88
Maps played:
625
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.15
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1050
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1554
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.17
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1078
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Denmark Henrik 'FeTiSh' Christensen
Henrik 'FeTiSh' Christensen
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.86
Maps played:
239
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.17
#1
Twistzz | 
Estonia dev2ce 
Congratulations to s1mple for placing #1 and to device for placing #2!
2019-01-20 20:00
#16
 | 
Spain JustNo 
LOOOOOOOOOOOOL s1mple dev2ce
2019-01-20 20:01
Devilwalk 1 major s1mple 0
2019-01-20 20:02
#335
S3NSEY | 
Austria S3nsey 
bruh
2019-01-20 20:01
pasha number 1
2019-01-20 20:02
NO MORE CHOKES
2019-01-20 20:03
DEVICE FANBOYS MAD LUL
2019-01-20 20:09
Bot Device
2019-01-20 20:32
#641
keev | 
Germany _PH1L 
Device 3 major simple 0.
2019-01-20 22:23
How Can he be nr 1 with 0 major Device the Real nr 1 2major 1gran slam S1mple 0 major 0 gran slam 0 Big tier 1 wins
2019-01-20 20:10
#527
 | 
Poland anton1oo 
yeah tbh that’s a joke
2019-01-20 20:16
#532
 | 
Greece SZN_Darth_A 
ESL Cologne 2018=Big tier 1 event.
2019-01-20 20:17
#551
 | 
Denmark mersault17 
No astralis at that tournament....it says IT all
2019-01-20 20:21
lmao if u don't remember na'vi rekt astralis at esl cologne 2018
2019-01-20 20:26
#583
 | 
Denmark mersault17 
Ah sorry wrong info
2019-01-20 20:31
Navi beat Astralis in the semi finals you retard
2019-01-21 01:10
#672
 | 
Denmark mersault17 
#583......just above your comment...which makes you ret... or?
2019-01-21 04:40
Doesn’t matter you still messed up idiot
2019-01-21 05:45
#677
 | 
Denmark mersault17 
!GG have a nice one
2019-01-21 06:01
#609
 | 
Finland ryltZ 
Because simle is better, he have to carry navi and he hanes insane stats, device is good tho but he rly haves a team and get easy mvps, think simple with that kind of team and think the mvpsnmat simple, ez #1
2019-01-20 21:05
#611
 | 
Finland ryltZ 
Because simle is better, he have to carry navi and he hanes insane stats, device is good tho but he rly haves a team and get easy mvps, think simple with that kind of team and think the mvps at simple, ez #1
2019-01-20 21:06
LOL
2019-01-21 05:50
#441
 | 
Canada LongBaguette 
Dev1ce and his team accomplished way more this year
2019-01-20 20:03
this leaderboard is about individual performance rather than as a team...
2019-02-08 17:00
#443
 | 
Sweden Froxez 
Sergej top 5 this year
2019-01-20 20:03
skadaddy 1 major, s1mple 0 major
2019-01-20 21:49
S2mple
2019-01-20 20:02
s1mple for a reason.
2019-01-20 20:08
#511
 | 
Germany Bestgerman69 
Yes?
2019-01-20 20:12
#521
 | 
Argentina W0LFy[RushB] 
Hltv = Top 2: guy who won everything Top 1: guy who chokes and just get kills Nice hltv,you are stupid asf
2019-01-20 20:15
#531
 | 
Poland anton1oo 
+1
2019-01-20 20:16
top 2 - boosted by team top 1 - boosted whole team /s1mple_top_1_2018_closed FLAIRS CHECKED OUT HAHAHHAHAHA U MAD
2019-01-20 20:23
They're not stupid for awarding the better player in almost all statistics the higher ranking, you're just being biased and angry If hltv were biased like you then device would be number 1 but they actually know what they're doing
2019-01-20 20:28
#573
 | 
Argentina W0LFy[RushB] 
Where does the 7 mvps come from?device did a really good job. Even better than a guy that plays alone
2019-01-20 20:29
s1mple is a better player.
2019-01-20 20:30
#579
 | 
Argentina W0LFy[RushB] 
Deve 2 majors S1mple 2 chokes
2019-01-20 20:31
S1mple is a better player. Team achievements do not make a single player better. Sorry.
2019-01-20 20:31
#587
 | 
Argentina W0LFy[RushB] 
This is a 5v5 game.. not a 1v1 game, you need a good team in order to win and make history You cant do that alone
2019-01-20 20:33
This list isn't a 5 person list per spot. S1mple is a better player. He is literally one of the best if not the absolute best player in CSGO history. Olof did not play with the numbers this dude has put up, nor with 2 bots.
2019-01-20 20:34
#592
 | 
Argentina W0LFy[RushB] 
Absolute best player? Fnatic olof 3 time major winner did history, a major win is something everyone's going to remember. A player who just get kills... no way to enter a hall of fame
2019-01-20 20:37
3 time major winner? learn ur math salty astralis fangay
2019-01-21 00:28
Olof is 2 time major champ only JW, flush and probably are three time major champs
2019-01-21 02:26
Olof has 2 majors, the first major Fnatic won was JW, Flusha, Pronax, Devilwalk and Schneider? If I'm not mistaken.
2019-01-21 02:45
you're an idiot.
2019-01-21 04:14
#685
 | 
World nakTriceps 
I agree, but undeserved, dude.
2019-01-21 14:36
#578
 | 
Indonesia v1ctin 
The 7 mvp's came from him not playing with bots?
2019-01-20 20:31
#584
 | 
Argentina W0LFy[RushB] 
The 7 mvps came from him with an outstanding performance
2019-01-20 20:32
#683
 | 
Vietnam ponmemes 
what's outstanding about getting carried by gla1ve and xyp9x in the grand finals? if you take big event grand finals into account device chokes alot more than s1mple and you know it. look at astralis vs liquid just now. device not even 1.0 rating, average awper who gets carried by his team that's all.
2019-01-21 12:34
Obviously you'd make some kind of stupid point like that, you're not worth talking to
2019-01-20 20:37
#595
 | 
Argentina W0LFy[RushB] 
Meh, I'm just telling you the truth
2019-01-20 20:38
No, you aren't. It's part of the problem.
2019-01-20 21:07
stfu u biased kid Everyone is telling you that u r wrong but you still think you are telling the truth... deluded fanboy s1mple is twice the player like device... device has brilliant team that will help him thus his performance is always boosted a bit s1mple basically solo carried NaVi to every title in 2018 and he was insane, no doubt he was the best player of 2018
2019-01-20 21:22
#669
 | 
CIS ShimonSS 
Ye, i really want to add that its so hard to play when u understand that your mates are bots, and yet s1mple plays all his career in such state, every match, i dont know, dude, he's a machine 4 sure to pull up those numbers in such situation every game
2019-01-21 04:14
#663
 | 
Korea ItsMeNow19 
Cry
2019-01-21 01:26
u mad ? cuz im not
2019-01-21 23:09
#534
kennyS | 
Montenegro Dojeee 
lul triggered device here
2019-01-20 20:17
rip
2019-01-20 20:01
Top1 - ArT1Co0L
2019-01-20 20:01
LOL
2019-01-20 20:02
#26
 | 
Australia not_prokda 
ye
2019-01-20 20:00
DEV2CE FANS HAHAHAHHAHAHAHA
2019-01-20 20:05
#471
 | 
Brazil Whillpull 
Nice edit
2019-01-20 20:07
OMG
2019-01-20 20:00
#48
S3NSEY | 
Austria S3nsey 
d
2019-01-20 20:00
#68
 | 
Europe EU_PATRIOT 
a
2019-01-20 20:00
#95
 | 
Austria chris_de_b0ng 
ez
2019-01-20 20:00
Yeah
2019-01-20 20:00
#500
 | 
Sweden BRAZlL 
yEAh
2019-01-20 20:10
#137
 | 
Denmark Itaga 
Øv bøv
2019-01-20 20:01
DESERVED
2019-01-20 20:01
#210
 | 
Germany belikeme 
aw
2019-01-20 20:01
#224
flusha | 
Finland ))) 
Dev2ce
2019-01-20 20:01
#274
 | 
Canada LongBaguette 
DEVICE SHOULD'VE WON WTF
2019-01-20 20:01
#520
 | 
Panama xemzex 
WTF NO
2019-01-20 20:14
Why? His stats are clearly worse than S1mple's.
2019-01-20 20:19
But simple has been choking when it counted, i mean he is good n all but he dident do anything special or won any majors, i don't know how i feel about this #1 and #2 i feel like device and simple are so close that i wouldnt be able to pick one over the other to be complete honest
2019-01-20 21:49
2.0 rating at big events in 2018: S1mple 1.34 Device 1.21 S1mple didn't have a single ranking below 1.20 at big events. Device was down at 0.89 at some points. S1mple is no 1 because he is consistent.
2019-01-20 23:43
...you're a fucking idiot. I am so sick of you morons, both for your idiotic metric for individual performance, and how you just talk out of your ass. "It is important to note that s1mple maintained a very high level in the latter stages of tournaments with a 1.30 playoff rating and a 1.27 Big Event final rating, both of which the highest of any player in the world." S1mple choking, while having THE highest playoff rating and Big Event finals rating in the world? Device's playoff rating is 1.22, by the way, and his Big Event final rating is 1.24. S1mple choking...while having better ratings at late stages in tournaments than the world's second-best. No, S1mple has not "been choking when it counted" just because all you care about is ONE BO3 series throughout the whole year, which was the London Major final. Thank god the writers at HLTV have some semblance of a brain (which you do not have to any extent) and decide these placements based on more than just ONE series at the major.
2019-01-21 00:02
#283
 | 
Brazil Whillpull 
gz simple
2019-01-20 20:01
#297
 | 
United States l1nkax 
Ez
2019-01-20 20:01
#298
 | 
India mYth_ 
Deserved+1
2019-01-20 20:01
wtf, didnt even edited
2019-01-20 20:01
Real device?
2019-01-20 20:03
MonkaS
2019-01-20 20:01
+1
2019-01-20 20:01
U made it bro
2019-01-20 20:01
#397
 | 
Lithuania Mzeris 
gg
2019-01-20 20:02
#410
 | 
Finland _Niilo22_ 
S1mple The GOAT
2019-01-20 20:02
S1MPLE G O A T
2019-01-20 20:03
how tf
2019-01-20 20:03
#453
 | 
Poland crouzzz 
you won a life.
2019-01-20 20:04
#455
 | 
United States BigPeter69 
I wonder how close the vote was
2019-01-20 20:04
#528
 | 
Iceland fatboislim 
it mustve been really close cause device was better this year
2019-01-20 20:16
Did you even see the stats? In big events s1mple didn't even drop below 1.20 rating in a single game. Device did several times.
2019-01-20 20:20
#616
 | 
Denmark Sh0z 
"s1mple didn't even drop below 1.20 rating in a single game" Are you on crack m8? S1mple was clearly the best player this year but he did drop below 1.20 rating. Maybe you meant events and not matches? hltv.org/stats/players/matches/7998/s1mp..
2019-01-20 21:15
#619
 | 
Iceland fatboislim 
but still broke records on mvp's
2019-01-20 21:29
Still not a better player.
2019-01-20 21:47
#633
 | 
Iceland fatboislim 
yea he is
2019-01-20 21:51
Obviously not, but cry is free.
2019-01-20 23:56
#484
 | 
Sweden Unluko 
F5
2019-01-20 20:07
#508
Nessa | 
Brazil art420 
nice words my friend
2019-01-20 20:11
HOW ARE YOU SO FAST!!!!
2019-01-20 20:14
#599
 | 
India |sKy| 
Sad 💔
2019-01-20 20:48
Gay???
2019-01-29 12:30
DEV2CE EXPECTED
2019-01-20 20:01
#3
Denmark moxCS 
deserved
2019-01-20 20:00
#4
chrisJ | 
Czech Republic y0fl0w 
BOTVICE HAHAHAA
2019-01-20 20:00
#5
Pogba | 
France uria64 
PogChamp
2019-01-20 20:00
#6
 | 
Russia Dedaireks 
s1mple is just too good
2019-01-20 20:06
#7
Netherlands HACI 
gold pick em
2019-01-20 20:02
#8
EliGE | 
World kotrolit 
Justice is here, s1mple top1!
2019-01-20 20:00
LOL
2019-01-20 20:00
mr consistent
2019-01-20 20:00
wow
2019-01-20 20:00
#12
 | 
Belarus Sumerechniy 
GG
2019-01-20 20:00
#13
 | 
Sweden GabN 
Nice :)
2019-01-20 20:00
gg
2019-01-20 20:00
RRRREEEEEEE
2019-01-20 20:00
#17
 | 
Brazil igster 
xpected
2019-01-20 20:00
Device da Gama
2019-01-23 12:45
hahahah
2019-01-20 20:00
wtf
2019-01-20 20:00
#20
rain | 
Norway Trombass 
ez 4 s1mple
2019-01-20 20:00
#21
 | 
Europe BLYATMANN 
Nooo
2019-01-20 20:00
a
2019-01-20 20:00
IN OUR HEARTS you are top1 devve ns ukrainian bias, you should be number 1 i feel sorry for you and for hltv admins that put pimple first device TOP1
2019-01-20 20:04
#523
 | 
Panama xemzex 
Nice b8
2019-01-20 20:15
0/8 i speak the truth
2019-01-20 20:16
But then you're clearly blind. The stats speak for themselves.
2019-01-20 20:21
boosted stats, it has a formal name: stat padding
2019-01-20 20:22
AHAH
2019-01-20 23:44
truth
2019-01-21 00:33
AHAH
2019-01-21 01:18
devveKING you top1 device if you read this know that we know you should be top1 take our energy and lead us to top1 in 2019 thanks to GODevice
2019-01-21 01:19
#25
 | 
Germany dzynK 
Lol
2019-01-20 20:00
#27
 | 
Sweden La1rea 
S1MPLE #1
2019-01-20 20:00
#28
Brazil AS13 
DEVICE 10 THROPHIES + MAJOR MVP = 2nd place ok Half Life Television...
2019-01-20 20:02
So? Astralis > Navi, but this is about individual performances. Device 1.21 rating. S1mple 1.34 rating. Clearly the better player.
2019-01-20 20:22
#626
 | 
Denmark Caltsen 
"My main goal is to be a part of history. If every player reminds themselves of their goal and pursue it, then nothing or no one can stop them.” - s1mple "Personal goals are definitely team-related and related to winning some tournaments. I think we can definitely stay on the top.” - device Spot the difference?
2019-01-20 21:35
#671
 | 
CIS ShimonSS 
Ye. Astralis players are clearly thinkin bout the game in full-work mode,, while s1mples goal is a different route. Still i hope other playstyles will show up and make a competition on 2019 cs scene, cause i dont rly like astralis robotic scheme. Peace
2019-01-21 04:18
It's a personal ranking, you silly girl.
2019-01-21 03:29
Expected
2019-01-20 20:00
Ez
2019-01-20 20:00
#31
 | 
Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
YE BOI
2019-01-20 20:00
okay
2019-01-20 20:00
GJ MAYBY NEXT TIME DEVV
2019-01-20 20:00
expected
2019-01-20 20:00
hahahaha
2019-01-20 20:00
#36
 | 
Ukraine depcher 
2
2019-01-20 20:00
#37
 | 
Finland Tusku 
lol
2019-01-20 20:00
#38
 | 
Sweden HLTV_Member 
Deserved!
2019-01-20 20:00
ES
2019-01-20 20:00
hahah
2019-01-20 20:00
topkek
2019-01-20 20:00
#43
 | 
France Sylr 
ez
2019-01-20 20:00
lol
2019-01-20 20:00
#45
steel | 
Canada Matchfix 
FIRST
2019-01-20 20:00
#47
JW | 
Sweden bolognese 
HAhaha
2019-01-20 20:00
Congratulations S1mple!
2019-01-20 20:00
YEs
2019-01-20 20:00
#51
 | 
Russia OlegShev 
EZ
2019-01-20 20:00
rigged
2019-01-20 20:00
expected
2019-01-20 20:01
YEET
2019-01-20 20:00
Lul
2019-01-20 20:00
gg
2019-01-20 20:00
aa
2019-01-20 20:00
#58
 | 
Finland t0mw1k 
expected
2019-01-20 20:00
#59
 | 
Ukraine R0m4nus 
G
2019-01-20 20:00
gg
2019-01-20 20:00
#61
KRIMZ | 
Sweden b1gjoy 
loser
2019-01-20 20:00
ez for forsaken
2019-01-20 20:00
AHAHAHA
2019-01-20 20:00
haha
2019-01-20 20:00
SO EZ
2019-01-20 20:02
#66
 | 
Germany xMitnick 
expected
2019-01-20 20:00
ez
2019-01-20 20:00
Expected
2019-01-20 20:00
#70
Jame | 
Netherlands Polakva 
NOOOO
2019-01-20 20:00
nice
2019-01-20 20:00
simple bot
2019-01-20 20:00
#73
 | 
Lithuania afez 
ez
2019-01-20 20:00
xaxaxaxaxaxa
2019-01-20 20:00
1
2019-01-20 20:00
#76
 | 
China TgsG 
OMG
2019-01-20 20:00
OMEGALUL
2019-01-20 20:00
qweqweqweqwewqe
2019-01-20 20:00
#79
 | 
Netherlands Horizzon__ 
LK
2019-01-20 20:00
#80
 | 
Denmark VeryDanishGuy 
dsvdsvd
2019-01-20 20:00
ok
2019-01-20 20:00
expected
2019-01-20 20:00
#83
 | 
France TheIntelloBox 
EXPECTED.
2019-01-20 20:00
#84
 | 
Germany s1lle 
ez
2019-01-20 20:00
HA!sadasd
2019-01-20 20:00
Overrated, how is he top2? where is god CRUC1AL?
2019-01-20 20:04
#86
cyx | 
Bulgaria mitt@ 
undeserved
2019-01-20 20:00
EZ
2019-01-20 20:00
n1
2019-01-20 20:00
#91
fnx | 
Europe lukasNTC 
expected
2019-01-20 20:00
#92
 | 
Germany LyZeD 
simple 1 nice
2019-01-20 20:00
#93
 | 
Czech Republic Skleepy 
5th
2019-01-20 20:00
Nice
2019-01-20 20:00
expected
2019-01-20 20:00
sdasdas
2019-01-20 20:00
YES
2019-01-20 20:00
xdddd
2019-01-20 20:00
#100
 | 
Czech Republic fykseN1g 
ez
2019-01-20 20:00
I knew it
2019-01-20 20:00
#102
Jame | 
North America scavzeN 
XDD
2019-01-20 20:00
S1mple top 1!
2019-01-20 20:00
#105
 | 
United Kingdom foxize 
L
2019-01-20 20:00
LOX
2019-01-20 20:00
gratz s1mple
2019-01-20 20:00
#108
 | 
United States EmperorTrump 
GOD s1mple > ecov1ce
2019-01-20 20:00
#109
 | 
Germany SSimonL 
Expected
2019-01-20 20:00
#110
 | 
Denmark lulgod 
What??
2019-01-20 20:00
#469
 | 
Finland eMBeJaana 
no can do, simple top1
2019-01-20 20:05
#111
device | 
Denmark Emil_Q 
e x p e c t e d
2019-01-20 20:00
#112
 | 
Korea MavenCSGOD 
xd
2019-01-20 20:00
ez
2019-01-20 20:00
#114
 | 
Norway daniel98 
yes!!
2019-01-20 20:00
#115
 | 
Brazil NaTeCSGO 
thank god
2019-01-20 20:00
EZ FOR S1MPLE
2019-01-20 20:00
#117
 | 
United States m1santhr0pe3 
LOL
2019-01-20 20:00
OH SHIT
2019-01-20 20:00
1st
2019-01-20 20:00
#120
 | 
Portugal FiZzYgAy 
xXDC
2019-01-20 20:00
XAXAXA DESERVED STAY SECOND DANISH CUCK s1mpLE FOREVEr !!!!
2019-01-20 20:01
How many germans were on the list again?
2019-01-20 20:57
Gg
2019-01-20 20:00
#123
 | 
France Zywoomeister 
S#1MPLE!
2019-01-20 20:00
#124
s1mple | 
Ukraine netgmy 
expected
2019-01-20 20:00
#125
 | 
Spain sergio9766 
hahahahha expected
2019-01-20 20:00
#126
fnx | 
Finland HekeH 
YES
2019-01-20 20:00
hi
2019-01-20 20:01
expected
2019-01-20 20:01
LUL Undeserved, NiKo should be top2.
2019-01-20 20:03
EZ for s1mple
2019-01-20 20:01
Rigged.
2019-01-20 20:01
d2vice!
2019-01-20 20:01
#134
 | 
Spain Cachufa 
lul
2019-01-20 20:01
#135
 | 
Poland jurekdudek 
HAHAHAHAHHA
2019-01-20 20:01
#136
 | 
Poland Astoner55 
OMG SUCCCCC IT
2019-01-20 20:01
#138
 | 
Poland sosiad 
LMAO
2019-01-20 20:01
YYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
2019-01-20 20:01
#140
 | 
Estonia Mrkruvi 
öouiuio
2019-01-20 20:01
e
2019-01-20 20:01
Noob
2019-01-20 20:01
#142
JW | 
Sweden plikz 
bug?
2019-01-20 20:01
#144
Laz | 
Denmark Verix 
expected
2019-01-20 20:01
nice
2019-01-20 20:01
#146
 | 
Ukraine Zed97 
axaxxa
2019-01-20 20:01
ezzzzz for s1mple!!
2019-01-20 20:01
#148
ZywOo | 
Germany Spexyyy 
LUL EZ CLAP
2019-01-20 20:01
#150
 | 
Ukraine ram3n 
Lol
2019-01-20 20:01
322
2019-01-20 20:01
#151
 | 
Finland hiddz 
ez for dev20ce
2019-01-20 20:01
#153
Zeus | 
Ukraine Najara 
AHAHAHAHAH NOOB
2019-01-20 20:01
WAT
2019-01-20 20:01
#474
 | 
Finland eMBeJaana 
flag checks out :DDDD
2019-01-20 20:06
:3
2019-01-20 20:06
#155
 | 
Belgium YoGatesKevin 
Yes
2019-01-20 20:01
#156
 | 
Ukraine R0m4nus 
Agahahahahahahah
2019-01-20 20:01
#157
 | 
Sweden Nooneknows 
Lol
2019-01-20 20:01
#158
s1mple | 
Ukraine d3adLY 
YES EZ
2019-01-20 20:01
#159
 | 
Ukraine RunningNAil 
LOl
2019-01-20 20:01
HAHAHAAH
2019-01-20 20:01
EZZ S1MPLE DEV2CE
2019-01-20 20:01
#163
 | 
Poland ruhoks 
YESSSSSSSSSSSS
2019-01-20 20:01
#164
 | 
Brazil Mentecapto 
wow
2019-01-20 20:01
good read
2019-01-20 20:01
gg
2019-01-20 20:01
#167
 | 
Czech Republic erunaico 
suxxxxx
2019-01-20 20:01
#168
Frankie | 
North America r3ece 
AHAHAHAH YES HAHAAHAH NOT #1
2019-01-20 20:01
#168
L.K.S | 
Turkey xAiakos 
ye
2019-01-20 20:01
#170
 | 
Algeria Maxmeister 
ez s1mple
2019-01-20 20:01
#171
device | 
Ukraine Lisann 
ez
2019-01-20 20:01
#172
ropz | 
Brazil Radz_ 
top 1 s1mple
2019-01-20 20:01
expected
2019-01-20 20:01
expected
2019-01-20 20:01
#175
 | 
Germany Dayjay 
wtf something was gone wrong
2019-01-20 20:01
Nice
2019-01-20 20:01
LOLLL
2019-01-20 20:01
#178
 | 
Iraq XHunt3R1 
Ez
2019-01-20 20:01
#179
s1mple | 
Greece Mangas 
dev2ce
2019-01-20 20:01
LO)OOOOOL
2019-01-20 20:01
1st
2019-01-20 20:01
Deserved
2019-01-20 20:01
#183
 | 
Greece VeryPlus1Guy 
AHAHAHHAHAHAHAH expected
2019-01-20 20:01
#184
 | 
Russia Tarasov 
yesss
2019-01-20 20:01
#185
shox | 
Latvia kebab_b 
we won!!!
2019-01-20 20:01
EXPECTED
2019-01-20 20:01
CYA ASTRALIS FANS
2019-01-20 20:01
#188
fnx | 
Australia saldi_ 
expected
2019-01-20 20:01
#189
 | 
Europe Faze_Clan 
Finally
2019-01-20 20:01
RIP ECOVICE
2019-01-20 20:01
expected
2019-01-20 20:01
#192
 | 
Poland MapPredictor 
LUL
2019-01-20 20:01
EXPECTED
2019-01-20 20:01
#193
 | 
Russia zLex67 
ez for s1mple
2019-01-20 20:01
f
2019-01-20 20:01
Ahahahahah
2019-01-20 20:01
ez simple
2019-01-20 20:01
expected
2019-01-20 20:01
hahahaha
2019-01-20 20:01
#201
 | 
Czech Republic erunaico 
feelsbad
2019-01-20 20:01
#202
 | 
Estonia Mrkruvi 
111
2019-01-20 20:01
Expecfed
2019-01-20 20:01
YEEAH
2019-01-20 20:01
xD
2019-01-20 20:01
i was here
2019-01-20 20:01
#208
f0rest | 
Estonia Rebae 
Congrats
2019-01-20 20:01
JUSTICE IS SERVED
2019-01-20 20:01
#211
gade | 
Ukraine d3s7r 
ez s1
2019-01-20 20:01
#212
 | 
Sweden meistr0 
YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES
2019-01-20 20:01
i thought devve first
2019-01-20 20:01
#214
smooya | 
United Kingdom c1ties 
YES S1mple
2019-01-20 20:01
#215
 | 
Estonia u3ffe 
LUL
2019-01-20 20:01
congrats s1mple
2019-01-20 20:01
#216
 | 
Denmark Fnis 
Robbery
2019-01-20 20:01
#553
 | 
United States fatburger 
Lul
2019-01-20 20:21
Knew it
2019-01-20 20:01
#220
kuben | 
CIS mikj 
Ez for god s1mple
2019-01-20 20:01
xD
2019-01-20 20:01
#222
Xyp9x | 
Denmark Macr0 
congrats to s1mple
2019-01-20 20:03
#223
s1mple | 
Sweden DiTzZ 
YEEES, s1mple #1 <3
2019-01-20 20:01
#224
 | 
Turkey xxxjet3 
Hahahaha
2019-01-20 20:01
#226
 | 
Ukraine FL4TL1N3R 
Bahahahahahahahahahaha
2019-01-20 20:01
AAHAHAHAH
2019-01-20 20:01
FeelsBadMan
2019-01-20 20:01
#229
 | 
Sweden Iekr0 
Gratz mr.S1mple, lekr0 wish you best of luck
2019-01-20 20:01
DESERVED
2019-01-20 20:01
YEAH BOIIIIIIIIIIII
2019-01-20 20:01
#232
 | 
Spain RobertoTN 
Yes
2019-01-20 20:01
ahahahah easy simple
2019-01-20 20:01
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
2019-01-20 20:01
0/8
2019-01-20 20:01
#236
 | 
Pakistan ostraka 
expected
2019-01-20 20:01
#237
ropz | 
Argentina rawe1337 
It was obvious
2019-01-20 20:01
AHAHAHAHAHAHA BOTVICE DEV2CE AGAGA
2019-01-20 20:01
#239
 | 
Denmark JustYes 
yeeeeesssss
2019-01-20 20:01
YOOYOY
2019-01-20 20:01
HELLO
2019-01-20 20:01
#242
YEBAH | 
CIS TJMadd 
OMG
2019-01-20 20:01
#243
NiKo | 
United States smnkivn 
HAHAHAHAHH EZ FOR S1
2019-01-20 20:01
AJAHAHAHAHAHAHA SUCK IT EZ4MY BOIIIIII S1MPLE EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
2019-01-20 20:01
expected
2019-01-20 20:01
#246
 | 
Netherlands RincoB 
Respect for non-bias
2019-01-20 20:01
XDDDDD!!
2019-01-20 20:01
#248
 | 
Poland crouzzz 
DESERVED S1MPLE <3
2019-01-20 20:01
expected
2019-01-20 20:01
s1mple ez top1
2019-01-20 20:01
ez for s1mple
2019-01-20 20:01
#252
 | 
Russia claysor1g 
1
2019-01-20 20:01
YESSSS!
2019-01-20 20:01
#254
 | 
Canada skiLfuI 
EXPECTED
2019-01-20 20:01
F*CK YEA!!!!
2019-01-20 20:01
#255
 | 
Finland jonttu 
expected
2019-01-20 20:01
lul smooya is real nr.1
2019-01-20 20:01
#258
 | 
Sweden versie 
EZ Clap
2019-01-20 20:01
#259
 | 
Latvia Matematikis 
expected tbh
2019-01-20 20:01
YES
2019-01-20 20:01
Lol
2019-01-20 20:01
#262
 | 
Canada yuv1_ 
xpected
2019-01-20 20:01
#263
 | 
Spain Holiwis 
lol
2019-01-20 20:01
#264
 | 
United Kingdom fal36 
expected
2019-01-20 20:01
#265
 | 
Poland DaVarrix 
rip
2019-01-20 20:01
Simple deserves top1
2019-01-20 20:01
Congratulations to s1mple for placing #1 and to device for placing #2!
2019-01-20 20:01
#268
 | 
Belgium i_am_alexa 
deserved great year
2019-01-20 20:01
#269
rain | 
Slovakia TrYx_ 
Grat
2019-01-20 20:01
#270
device | 
Bulgaria Gago02 
Sad a lit bit but...
2019-01-20 20:01
#271
 | 
Denmark Swinnex 
poggers
2019-01-20 20:01
HAHHAHHAHAHAAHA
2019-01-20 20:01
DEVICE STILL BETTER
2019-01-20 20:01
Hhahahhahahahhahahahahahah
2019-01-20 20:01
S1MPLE
2019-01-20 20:01
#278
 | 
Europe nefly 
HAHAHA DEV2CE
2019-01-20 20:01
EZ FOR S1MPLE
2019-01-20 20:01
horay
2019-01-20 20:01
rip s2mple
2019-01-20 20:01
#282
 | 
Russia undeadc00l 
Expected
2019-01-20 20:01
GGGG HA
2019-01-20 20:01
#285
 | 
Estonia Kakapepu 
rip dev2ce
2019-01-20 20:01
ez for s1mple
2019-01-20 20:01
N2
2019-01-20 20:01
#288
 | 
Europe Vallon2 
dev1ce top 1.
2019-01-20 20:01
#290
 | 
World Quack563 
expected
2019-01-20 20:01
#291
 | 
Poland KyemonOOO 
haha EZ simpleO
2019-01-20 20:01
FUCK THIS
2019-01-20 20:01
#293
chrisJ | 
Czech Republic y0fl0w 
GOD S1MPLE
2019-01-20 20:01
#294
 | 
Portugal Joefilas 
asdasd
2019-01-20 20:01
AXAXAXAXA
2019-01-20 20:01
#296
dupreeh | 
CIS jookl 
ez 4 s1mple
2019-01-20 20:01
fak
2019-01-20 20:01
gj hltv almost thought you would fuck up this time
2019-01-20 20:01
#302
 | 
Lithuania SuperSanic 
deserved s1mple #1
2019-01-20 20:01
not deserved... top 30 maybe
2019-01-20 20:01
#304
 | 
Brazil FaustinhoSa 
Ez for ma boy s1mple
2019-01-20 20:01
HAHHA EZ FOR GOD S1MPLE
2019-01-20 20:01
never
2019-01-20 20:01
#307
 | 
Brazil gmedeirosr 
Expected
2019-01-20 20:01
expected
2019-01-20 20:01
Expected
2019-01-20 20:01
#311
 | 
Denmark Jonasnhj 
gg, Rip
2019-01-20 20:01
#312
 | 
Poland _EXILON_ 
haahahahahahah~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2019-01-20 20:01
#313
 | 
Germany Constikdw 
Thank god
2019-01-20 20:01
#313
 | 
Finland MashGOD 
a
2019-01-20 20:01
expected
2019-01-20 20:01
#316
 | 
Kazakhstan Ahamkara_NH 
Gratz !
2019-01-20 20:01
#317
 | 
Portugal Flacko24 
JESUS
2019-01-20 20:01
#318
 | 
CIS Tasselhoff 
Ahahhaha
2019-01-20 20:01
#319
 | 
Poland get_simple 
YAS
2019-01-20 20:01
HHAHAHAHAHAAH EEZZZZZZ
2019-01-20 20:01
#321
 | 
Ukraine blingg 
./kill
2019-01-20 20:01
LOOOOOOOO
2019-01-20 20:01
underrated
2019-01-20 20:01
expected
2019-01-20 20:01
I AM NOT BELIEVE
2019-01-20 20:01
EZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
2019-01-20 20:01
GOD SIMPLE
2019-01-20 20:01
#329
 | 
Portugal Joefilas 
e21edq
2019-01-20 20:01
#330
Sakura | 
CIS Ron1E 
CRY IS FREE
2019-01-20 20:01
#331
 | 
Europe andyy_ 
AHAHAHHA
2019-01-20 20:01
S1MPLEEE DESERVED <3
2019-01-20 20:01
#333
 | 
South America jotto 
forsaken, OCEAN or HUNDEN #1 OMG
2019-01-20 20:01
#334
 | 
Europe andyy_ 
AHAHAHHAHAHA
2019-01-20 20:01
#336
 | 
Norway Levanger 
Easy for simple
2019-01-20 20:01
#337
 | 
Poland vzk 
XD
2019-01-20 20:01
I'am in history
2019-01-20 20:01
EZ S1MPLE MLK
2019-01-20 20:01
Lets gooo!! My boy s1mple gets #1! Well deserved!
2019-01-20 20:01
a
2019-01-20 20:01
#343
 | 
United States fatburger 
Thank god
2019-01-20 20:01
DELETE THIS.
2019-01-20 20:01
#346
 | 
United States EmeraldCSGO 
first
2019-01-20 20:01
#347
 | 
Switzerland Augenweide 
Lol does it mean Tarik 1st?
2019-01-20 20:01
#348
 | 
Chile gentleeH 
expected from overratedvice
2019-01-20 20:01
UNEXPECTED
2019-01-20 20:01
#350
NiKo | 
Europe trey_ 
S1MPLE>>>>>>>>> YESSSSSSSS
2019-01-20 20:01
#351
rain | 
Slovakia TrYx_ 
Gratz
2019-01-20 20:01
ez s1
2019-01-20 20:01
#354
 | 
France Leskines 
AHAHAHAHHAHAHA EXPECTEEED
2019-01-20 20:01
Expected
2019-01-20 20:01
SOSATb, ypodbl, SOSATb! #s1mple THE #1
2019-01-20 20:01
#357
 | 
Italy Fil0Nerd 
OMEGALUL
2019-01-20 20:01
gj, s1mple #1
2019-01-20 20:01
#359
 | 
Lithuania SeNSeO 
LOL
2019-01-20 20:01
#360
 | 
Ukraine IAFNN 
S1mple top 1 Hltv.IT'S FUCKEN HISTORY
2019-01-20 20:03
s1mple !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2019-01-20 20:01
#362
 | 
Korea Damianlee 
YEEEEES HLTV I LOVE YOU !!!!! YOU RE NOT BIASED YOU RE THE BEST WEBSITE EVER S1MPLE GOAT
2019-01-20 20:01
#363
 | 
United States 0123Rhm 
Lit
2019-01-20 20:01
undeserved should be out of 6-8
2019-01-20 20:01
Dev1ce's only letdown is his team is also good LMOA
2019-01-20 20:01
#366
 | 
Poland Kleigen 
ahahahaha
2019-01-20 20:01
#367
 | 
Israel twixeN 
Dev1ce is a sick player but s1mple deserves this title
2019-01-20 20:01
ty
2019-01-20 20:01
Ez
2019-01-20 20:01
#371
 | 
France Leskines 
expected
2019-01-20 20:01
#372
oskar | 
Czech Republic PaYaB 
JUSTICE Pog
2019-01-20 20:01
ez for s1mple!
2019-01-20 20:01
LOOOOOL @trashsports all i want to say it's SUCK!
2019-01-20 20:01
#377
 | 
Lithuania Sealll 
YES
2019-01-20 20:01
#378
 | 
Ukraine vovatorsher 
Yyeeeeers
2019-01-20 20:01
EZ FOR S1MPLE
2019-01-20 20:01
#380
 | 
Thailand hahahoha 
LETS GOOOO
2019-01-20 20:01
Congratz Device!
2019-01-20 20:01
expected
2019-01-20 20:01
#384
 | 
Russia RogueDecay 
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
2019-01-20 20:01
#385
 | 
Greece atlapse 
YESSSS
2019-01-20 20:01
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA
2019-01-20 20:01
dev2ce confirmed
2019-01-20 20:01
#388
 | 
Russia Geograt 
YYYEEAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!
2019-01-20 20:01
#389
 | 
Indonesia tsokai 
THANK GOD
2019-01-20 20:01
#390
s1mple | 
Ukraine K3KUS 
GOD1MPLE
2019-01-20 20:01
BUTT Device is the MVP of EU Minor
2019-01-20 20:01
#393
 | 
Argentina Joaqqo1 
hell yeah
2019-01-20 20:02
#394
 | 
Lithuania Sealll 
YES THANK YOU HLTV
2019-01-20 20:02
s1mply wasn't enough
2019-01-20 20:02
#398
Zeus | 
Finland Olter 
DID YOU REALLY THINK DEVICE 1 HAHAHAHAHAA
2019-01-20 20:02
#400
 | 
United States Tyler_Durden 
ez
2019-01-20 20:02
Congrats Dev1ce and waddup now cocky astralis fangays LUL
2019-01-20 20:02
rekt
2019-01-20 20:02
they didn't want to be killed by community. gratz to both players!
2019-01-20 20:02
#404
 | 
Poland crouzzz 
FASTEST 500 comments in HLTV HISTORY?
2019-01-20 20:02
HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAH EZ 4 S1MPLE
2019-01-20 20:02
#406
 | 
United Kingdom StigOHara 
e
2019-01-20 20:02
#407
 | 
France t3r4byt3 
congrats s1mple
2019-01-20 20:02
deservedly!!
2019-01-20 20:02
Why not Kane?
2019-01-20 20:02
EXPECTED
2019-01-20 20:02
Fuck it, but that's a damn history
2019-01-20 20:02
so it's confirmed... #1 jOELZ Pog
2019-01-20 20:02
#414
 | 
Finland t0mw1k 
Good Bold prediction is correct
2019-01-20 20:02
#415
 | 
Denmark Ztereo 
#1 in my opinion. Simply the best in all Astralis' victories last year compared to s1mple and Na'Vi who didn't really won anything.
2019-01-20 20:02
#416
 | 
Chile Lionel_Hutz 
hahahahahahahaha
2019-01-20 20:02
Expected
2019-01-20 20:02
#418
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Finland lasarus 
THANK HLTV THAT HE ISN'T FIRST
2019-01-20 20:02
ECOVICE xd
2019-01-20 20:02
lmao
2019-01-20 20:02
HHAHAHAHAHAHAA
2019-01-20 20:02
Well deserved!
2019-01-20 20:02
#425
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Finland Xepokki 
deserved
2019-01-20 20:02
bullshit
2019-01-20 20:02
#427
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Ukraine Reval1vity 
hahaha ez
2019-01-20 20:02
#428
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Slovakia Kurki 
godvice
2019-01-20 20:02
#429
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Russia Hellyer 
deserved
2019-01-20 20:02
rip
2019-01-20 20:02
#431
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Russia ughh 
EZ
2019-01-20 20:02
YES, S1MPLE IS THE TRUE #1
2019-01-20 20:02
gg wp
2019-01-20 20:02
Expected
2019-01-20 20:02
#436
TACO | 
Brazil 1luucas 
wtf he need to win the world?????????
2019-01-20 20:03
hahahahahha
2019-01-20 20:03
#438
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Ukraine extezy10 
NICE NICE NICE
2019-01-20 20:03
#440
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France Azowel 
expected
2019-01-20 20:03
#444
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Netherlands melajr112 
CRY IS FREE SUP NOW DANES?
2019-01-20 20:03
dupreeh > device imo
2019-01-20 20:04
#450
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Ukraine extezy10 
SHOW US CS GOD PLS CMON HLTV GUYS
2019-01-20 20:03
HAHAHA
2019-01-20 20:03
Undeserved, just HLTV’s star-making project
2019-01-20 20:03
Ez 4 ecovice
2019-01-20 20:04
#456
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Turkey AeonMuffinz 
Ruski gays izi but ı am not izi
2019-01-20 20:04
xaxaxaxaxaxa
2019-01-20 20:04
7 mvp > 6mvp
2019-01-20 20:04
#459
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Kazakhstan Kanjarsan 
However, his amazing year, which would be worthy of the No.1 spot in any of the 2014-2017 rankings, simply wasn't enough in 2018.
2019-01-20 20:04
#675
shrek | 
New Zealand is_love 
s1mply*
2019-01-21 05:47
#461
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Germany Payynnkilla 
Hahahahhahahhahah deserved
2019-01-20 20:04
ecovice top 1 omegalul
2019-01-20 20:04
XAXAXAXAXAXAXAXAXAXAXAXA
2019-01-20 20:05
#465
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Ukraine beazztov 
LUL
2019-01-20 20:05
#466
Jame | 
Russia m0nteq 
Ecovice sorry
2019-01-20 20:05
#467
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Poland mamba99999 
expected
2019-01-20 20:05
ez noob ))
2019-01-20 20:05
SOSAT!
2019-01-20 20:05
being No2 in the best team ever with record breaking 7 MVPs and 2 majors >>>>> No1 with nothing behind :>
2019-01-20 20:06
#524
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Brazil sprk1 
ikr
2019-01-20 20:15
Did HLTV anywhere state that they've changed the thing how is the ranking done? I mean give #1 spot of 2014 to either Kenny or flusha, 2017 to NiKo then
2019-01-20 20:06
device god
2019-01-20 20:06
lol gg device but u were not the best :P
2019-01-20 20:06
devveKING top1 2k19
2019-01-20 20:09
coldzera top 1 2019 already confirmed, nt
2019-01-20 20:10
cold's gonna go be out of top20 hes falling star you will seee, my predictions always good
2019-01-20 20:13
0/8 nt now pls stop spamming replies
2019-01-20 20:18
-fer soon, cold gonna cry, moche xl is max for them now
2019-01-20 20:19
devveKING top1 2k19 hes climbing to the top
2019-01-20 20:09
#477
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Poland Apollo93 
Lol I'm in shock!
2019-01-20 20:06
EXPECTED STILL A GREAT PLAYER BUT NOT AS GOOD AS S1MPLE
2019-01-20 20:06
Expected
2019-01-20 20:06
#481
NiKo | 
Iran MerliX 
HAHAHAHHA NIKo>device
2019-01-20 20:06
xaxaxaxaxaxaxa
2019-01-20 20:07
Congrats!
2019-01-20 20:07
ez for Ecolai "ecovice" Reedtz
2019-01-20 20:07
DE VICE S1MPLE 1
2019-01-20 20:08
Device crying into his major trophy right now
2019-01-20 20:08
#489
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El Salvador Sp1x 
You have to actually be stupid if you thought dev1ce would be #1.
2019-01-20 20:08
Not stupid. But biased
2019-01-20 20:09
CRY DEVICE FANBOYS
2019-01-20 20:09
kinda funny coming from a Romanian MiBR fan
2019-01-20 20:13
#491
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Other Phinks 
goodbye Ecolai ''ecovice'' Reedtz
2019-01-20 20:08
#492
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Sweden freddew0w 
thank god, device should be 3rd not even 2nd.
2019-01-20 20:08
niko was not even close
2019-01-20 20:10
#522
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Sweden freddew0w 
He was, this is about "individual" not "team" Astralis is the worlds best "team". Any player that plays with Astralis would have great stats especially when you are an awper. (not saying device is bad) NiKo has been the "running" horse for FaZe, the team has not been doing great but when you look at individual levels NiKo is higher than device.
2019-01-20 20:15
stats are pretty much same.Niko had lower playoffs and grandfinal rating so it's in device favour.Astralis without device would've not even won 1 tournament(if any pro player would replace him of course at similar skill level).He's very best of astralis and every astralis player kept saying it.I'm not saying niko is worse ,because as you said he's better individually.But at the highest level teamwork is much more important than playing individually.No one could beat simple this year ,because he was literally GOD ,but device top 2 spot is better than any top 1 spot(2013-2017) so he deserved credit as well
2019-01-20 20:22
#565
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Sweden freddew0w 
I agree but this is not about the team this is about individual level, if it was the worlds best "team player" device would have been top. But it's worlds best "player".
2019-01-20 20:26
then change ranking to 20 best skill players in csgo it combines both individually and teamplay
2019-01-20 20:28
#526
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Bulgaria AboveYall 
technically he has better individual stats for 2018 :D but anw dev1ce won way more and s1mple was just way ahead of everyone else when it comes to stats
2019-01-20 20:16
#543
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Sweden freddew0w 
Yes he won events but this has to do with "players" not teams which people have a hard time understanding. Device deserves to be a top player of 2018 no doubt but niko deserves that 2nd spot.
2019-01-20 20:19
LUL
2019-01-20 20:09
#496
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North America eschato 
dev2ce
2019-01-20 20:09
Badass Device. Deserved and grats
2019-01-20 20:09
Unexpected (o_o)
2019-01-20 20:11
#507
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Finland Alkoholisti 
expected
2019-01-20 20:11
mourning in denmark)))
2019-01-20 20:11
#512
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Denmark Duke1996 
Astralis awp'er is setting the golden standard. Remind me how many majors S1mple has?
2019-01-20 20:12
#648
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Czech Republic realProkda 
u mad bro?
2019-01-20 22:58
#513
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Europe b7ack0ut 
expected
2019-01-20 20:13
*sad violin*
2019-01-20 20:13
#517
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Spain elskio 
Expected the unexpected. Most successful player of 2018
2019-01-20 20:13
#518
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Brazil hugoooo 
Obvious as fuck. Kids, learn to not be biased next time, s1mple was miles ahead of everybody else this year.
2019-01-20 20:14
nice try boys
2019-01-20 20:15
#530
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Argentina RiverPlate 
rekt
2019-01-20 20:16
AHAHAHAAH rekt
2019-01-20 20:17
Congratz Device. Really a great year for you and all of Astralis, after your sickness-absence last year.
2019-01-20 20:18
391 comments in 2 minutes? Really guys?
2019-01-20 20:18
#538
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Ukraine WhiteREP 
Deserved
2019-01-20 20:18
gg
2019-01-20 20:18
#544
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Czech Republic Prdola15 
He totally deserves it. S1mple was unstopable. #tothestars
2019-01-20 20:19
gj Mr. Second
2019-01-20 20:20
gg
2019-01-20 20:20
HAHAHA rekt Where are the danish fangirls now?
2019-01-20 20:20
#549
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Brunei S4jko 
Expected but gz
2019-01-20 20:20
#550
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Russia Sur10n 
v1 lost ZULUL
2019-01-20 20:20
people thought he is getting #1 LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL
2019-01-20 20:22
s1mple > all > dev2ce. s1mple is the most skilled and carrier player who ever touched CS.
2019-01-20 20:23
#560
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Germany xkillua 
XAAXAXAXAX
2019-01-20 20:23
Congrats mate! And congrats also on being top 1 in the top 1 team of all time :-)
2019-01-20 20:24
#562
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United States Raptorial 
CRY IS FREE
2019-01-20 20:25
Congrats, devve. If you were saving less and clutching more, who knows the story could be different...
2019-01-20 20:25
Like wtf are you even trying to say “If you were a better player than you are, you could have been 1st” Kind of obvious isn’t it Sherlock
2019-01-20 21:09
You didn't get my point, ruski. I meant he didn't deserve to be top1 as he never clutches and always save his awp, unlike s1mple, who always takes the responsability for himself.
2019-01-20 21:14
devve
2019-01-20 20:27
ahahahahahahah
2019-01-20 20:28
EZ4ENCE
2019-01-20 20:28
7 MVPs and still 2nd. FeelsBitbadMan but I am sure he won't care :) ggwp Dev1ce
2019-01-20 20:30
Everyone seems so damn toxic about this. Device is obviously a good player, and he, with astralis, were extremely consistent last year. He's a good awp'er, with consistent positive ratings (although i do feel Dupreeh was robbed of a few mvps), and i do feel like his t2 spot was well earned. He never had a chance to get t1 though. S1mple is just leagues ahead, which is clear. In almost every category you compare Dev1ce to S1mple, it's S1mple whos the best, although he doesnt have the trophies like Dev1ce does, but you can clearly see, trophies dont mean much when making this list (Or else Dupreeh would've been ahead of Electronic, and Magisk would've been higher than NAF)
2019-01-20 20:31
#582
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Chile strong221 
OMEGALUL
2019-01-20 20:31
#585
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Ukraine den37773 
+rep hltv
2019-01-20 20:32
Xaxaxaxaxaxaxxaxaxaxaxaxa
2019-01-20 20:33
Xaxaxaxaxaxaxxaxaxaxaxaxaxax
2019-01-20 20:33
#591
shox | 
India iejesus 
xaxaxaxaxaxaxa
2019-01-20 20:36
#594
shox | 
India iejesus 
F
2019-01-20 20:37
Hahahaha
2019-01-20 20:40
#597
s1 | 
Ukraine mpletop1 
Godleksandr "s1mple" Godstyliev Ecolai "ecov2ce" Reecodtz
2019-01-20 20:44
Aleksandr 'Tjernobylface' Kostyliev*
2019-01-20 21:02
#600
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Turkey devriyeL 
RIGGED
2019-01-20 20:48
Device is the man. Astralis will dominate 2019 tho.
2019-01-20 20:55
#603
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Portugal JPCSGod 
S1mple may be better than dev1ce when it comes to skill, however dev1ce and Astralis won 11 events, and dev1ce was the MVP 7 of those times. He also won a major and he became the first player to win an Intel Grand Slam. I mean when it comes to individual skill, s1mple may be better, but he only won 2 notable events this year and none of those were majors, so in my opinion dev1ce should've been number one. Oh yeah and s1mple just won 6 MVP Awards, compared to dev1ce's 7
2019-01-20 21:01
You're so right. It should've obviously looked like this: 1. device 2. Magisk 3. dupreeh 4. gla1ve 5. Xyp9x I don't know what they were thinking...
2019-01-22 19:48
C'mon guys let's be honest Astralis without Device is top tier team anyways NaVi without S1mple is just a trash random team
2019-01-20 21:00
+1 of course brother
2019-01-30 07:44
Expected from Ecov2ce
2019-01-20 21:01
Nt ecovice
2019-01-20 21:04
Hahahahahahahaha
2019-01-20 21:06
Congratulations Dev1ce. What's the use of being #1 when your team can't win.
2019-01-20 21:14
#631
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Sweden yayer 
MAD??
2019-01-20 21:49
#617
Xizt | 
Italy HeSY 
Gj Maybe deserved #1 but ok
2019-01-20 21:15
Nice player, wish this year would be tight as the previous one
2019-01-20 21:50
Always the bridesmaid, never the bride.
2019-01-20 21:52
How many times device won duel VS simple and Astral is won against Navi this is bullshit
2019-01-20 21:56
no it's not. s1mple has been the better player this year in every way possible
2019-01-30 07:49
#751
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Portugal JPCSGod 
Than why did he only win 6 MVP Awards, but dev1ce 7?
2019-02-01 15:33
EZ4DEV2CE
2019-01-20 22:01
long time device fan, but i must say the numbers s1mple put up its totally deserved. If device keeps this up he will be know as one of the greatest players to play and change from choker to a champion. And the best part none is even close to top astralis in 2019 and hltv wont give #1 pity twice. (pity as in playing with zeus)
2019-01-20 22:14
#638
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Brazil nomurway 
honestly what a joke. he was the greatest player on the greatest team, he should be #1 but the overrated s1mple is there, fuck this.
2019-01-20 22:15
+1
2019-01-20 22:17
+1 s1mple_and_fnx_overrated
2019-01-21 19:57
wtf
2019-01-20 22:22
#642
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United Kingdom Fizzhaz 
Tom Cruise did well this year
2019-01-20 22:24
#643
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Denmark blue_sheep 
Mr Cruise does everything well.
2019-01-20 22:38
#644
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Denmark blue_sheep 
devve the real mvp
2019-01-20 22:39
#645
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Brazil Collee 
deserved #1 but nt
2019-01-20 22:41
Deserved. ecoVICE
2019-01-20 22:44
#647
Kaze | 
Japan Whiteger 
finally ecovice stop bait
2019-01-20 22:46
#651
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El Salvador EzLife 
Device was robbed! GUTTED I TELL U
2019-01-20 23:45
mad astralis fan ofc s1mple deserved top 1
2019-01-21 23:10
cry more biased fan
2019-01-30 07:45
#652
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Turkey onuRRRR 
xaxaxaxaxaxaxaxa
2019-01-20 23:55
#655
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Argentina XaiDN 
Dev2ce
2019-01-21 00:17
respect dev1ce
2019-01-21 00:50
This guy is consistent but not even close to simple. So.second place deserved.
2019-01-21 00:55
ayoo theres a typo in one of the image captions it says "winning was to easy" smh hltv plz fix
2019-01-21 02:11
Dunno how i feel about this. Sure s1mple is the better player but device is the one that has been a big part of astralis winning everything. Simple just gets tons of kill cos people like edwards and zeus cant get any
2019-01-21 03:04
Actually, it's harder to get better ratings having worse teammates and, resultantly, being in a worse team overall. All the Astralis players have such high ratings because they operate so well as a team + all of them were doing their part. So it's impressive that s1mple is able to post such mind-boggling numbers EVEN WITH Edward + Zeus, not BECAUSE OF.
2019-01-30 07:48
well you deserved 2nd position coz 1st position is booked for s1mple!!
2019-01-21 05:24
deserved #2.
2019-01-21 06:36
DESERVED TO BE TOP 1
2019-01-21 09:05
#680
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Finland Kuiva_Simo 
Can we talk for a moment how 3 ppl prdicted Jere "Sergej" Salo to be next on the list. Seems again indeed very easy for professional esports organization from Finland "Ence esports".
2019-01-21 09:19
DESERVED TO BE TOP 1 the best player needs to be also a good team player.....and not a showoff kid like s1mple.
2019-01-21 09:41
+11111
2019-01-21 19:55
if you watch this viedo. you will understand why s1mple is no.1 and why called goat youtube.com/watch?v=NnOA1e3myaQ&t=1289s
2019-01-25 18:53
you are just watching videos....try to watch complete games and u will understand why "goats" don't make teams.
2019-01-25 21:26
I see as many games as I can. But there is a clear difference between device and s1mple.. device is carried by team and s1mple carried his team.
2019-01-26 03:21
you are young and stuck at the carries..
2019-01-26 08:07
#682
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Brazil diixon 
deVICE #2
2019-01-21 12:28
Expected
2019-01-21 14:16
#686
TACO | 
Brazil thsGO_ 
Congratulations for all. Deserved
2019-01-21 15:13
#687
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Luxembourg alex24 
all except coldzera #10... wtf
2019-01-21 15:59
Straight joke
2019-01-21 20:27
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA WAT UP NOW DANKSA????
2019-01-21 20:38
NO WTF!!!!!!!!!!!
2019-01-21 21:11
thanks you hltv, i have depression now :((((((((((((((( but maybe device x god can cheer me up OwO :))))))))))
2019-01-21 21:11
The most impressive thing about device for me personally is his insane role change. People tend to forget that he has been an equal 'flashy' and high-paced player like simple in the past when his primary role has been the rifler where he sometimes picked up the 2nd awp next to fetish. He made insane HS-Taps with ANY gun while being a great fast paced awp, too, similar to simple (when he was a main rifler and 2nd awp). They had similar roles and were basically the same but took completely other paths in their evolution. When device played a more solo flashy role he was putting insane numbers on the board like simple now, like old guardian or like kennys used to. But the results were mixed. Always close and intense games that could've went either way, similar to Navi now. With ASTRALIS they realised you need an unit of 5 players in CS rather than only one flashy. Being flashy is very risky, as it also can't work out for your team. (Economy can get wrecked, your own positioning on the map can suffer from it when the flashy player dies, the rest 4 of a team have to stay passive to let their star player shine and get much worse - check flamie in navi vs him in past teams, often mentality problems within the team - old ldlc when they traded shox/smithzz for kennys and apex - Still in 2019 shox doesn't realise what he's doing wrong, it's insane.) Also you literally can't be a flashy player for many years in a row, you'll get wrist pain sooner or later. So what did Device and Simple do? -Device stopped being flashy and a main carry. He realised CS is a team game. So he stopped focussing on his flashiness and focussed on completely other things ingame what the average 0 iq viewers calls 'boring' - playing INTELLIGENT and with as less risks as possible. He focussed on positioning, utility, trading, communication, TEAMWORK, as they go as a UNIT by 5. When doing that your team has a lot more variaty of doing things rather to just rely on a main star player and being able to push somewhere or don't. And what happened? They turned into the best team in CS right now, simila to like NiP has been in the early years. IMAGINE this game would be reality, would you rather rely on one guy or go as a well balanced unit? Another good comparison: CPU in video games. Idk eg go by the best CPU in FIFA (i think it is called ultimate). You feel like the CPU isn't even that good/ plays weird. -> You start to push and let your feelings influence your gameplay and get destroyed 6:0. That's the psychology/mental coach part of Astralis. They make them not get influenced by natural feelings ingame - A CPU doenst have feelings - They play the way as a unit to beat their opponment. -Simple meanwhile focussed on being the best solo player. Playing FPL (youre literally playing with different ppl all the time- youre playing this game solo.) etc helps you getting better yeah, but as a player and not as a team. The results of the team he's playing will always stay wildly mixed dependig on his game rather on the teamplay. Also remember his early struggles, his very first games as a Main Awper for Navi when guardian left: He tried to play like Device rn, but failed miserably. He was really slow and passive, just watch the demos somewhere. And people expected him to be flashy. As hes a person that gets influenced by other opinions really fast or cares about it (na/taco - simple beef) he sticked to being flashy back again where he developed to the best flashy player now. And dont get me wrong, i dont hate on simple neither do i dislike him, i'm a fan of both players as they're both insanely skilled. I'm just looking at the gameplay development of CS in general, what's making teams win tournaments and be good. Having a flashy player may work out and can let you win tournaments ofc, but not consistenly. What makes you be the best is a BALANCED (the key!) good and unique teamplay like NIP, FNATIC, LDLC, SK and now ASTRALIS prove. Too many teams do not get this, like Navi. They think it's good to sacrifice 4 or 3 (Now as they use electronic as a 2nd star) players to have 1,2 insane players rather than having a unit of good 5. The same goes for the whole french scene - nbk or shox won't ever understand this and it's sad. that's why i also hope someday to see happy leading a top 5 team again while the others keep on whining towards him. Even mixwell learned french to help them. Ik i'm drifting away from the main topic but imagine an unit of happy, mixwell, kennys, zywoo, kio. that would be such an insane and well balanced top 5 contender for sure. meanwhile we got 2 tier 5 french teams bc both shox anf nbk ruined their scene.
2019-01-22 15:03
I agree, posted similar stuff before.. Basically, stats depend on role in team, and device's role (which he probably chose himself) means lower highs but probably more victories.. But somehow I feel that a top20 ranking should reflect proven results. As it is, s1mple being #1 feels like a hypothetical (he WOULD win more if his team was better).
2019-01-22 23:51
ez #1 hunden
2019-01-22 15:50
dev2ce LOL
2019-01-22 18:36
gz, would've deserved #1 imo
2019-01-22 23:44
This is so sad
2019-01-22 23:46
#727
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Finland Einst3in 
This is not who won most tournaments ranking, this is who are best cs go player perioid.
2019-01-22 23:55
device you are number 1 in OUR HEARTS thank you for the best CS
2019-01-23 00:46
role model as a person and as a player
2019-01-24 02:31
#736
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Algeria Maxmeister 
GAY GAY and GAY
2019-01-26 21:11
Your mom?
2019-01-26 22:33
#738
 | 
Algeria Maxmeister 
no u
2019-01-26 23:28
Your papa?
2019-01-26 23:32
#735
Jame | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina arnesus 
Its okay
2019-01-26 19:34
#740
 | 
Norway daniel98 
Yes
2019-01-27 13:21
Deserved for S1mple, deserved for device. Device great player no doubt, but s1mple too good this year
2019-01-30 22:58
I laughed when this thread popped on recent activity. Dev2ce LUL. Ez 4 s1mple.
2019-01-30 23:00
Yeah i was just looking at this realizing i dndt comment on it Device still good player, s1mple is god tho
2019-01-30 23:01
ha :DD
2019-01-31 15:44
Reminder that S1mple is number 1
2019-02-01 09:41
#754
NEO | 
Poland marso_ 
I think we have the same situation now like back then in 1.6 with NEO and f0rest. Although NEO won more with his team than s1mple but 1.6 is a lot different game.
2019-02-08 23:17
In our hearts you are number 1, not the statpad simple top1 in 2k19 inc
2019-02-09 22:33
now he don't even get a rank lul
2019-02-09 22:34
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