Video: HLTV.org's Top 20 players of 2018

Our video editor Filip "filq" Szatkowski has put together a video with some of the best moments from the players who made our Top 20 ranking of 2018, powered by EGB.com.

The start of a new year brings with it our top 20 player ranking, and 2019 was no exception. From January 1-20, we revealed the players who shined the most in 2018 with a series of in-depth features breaking down individual performance over the year and explaining our reasoning behind their ranking selection.

This year we revealed the top two players spots on the same day, with Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev beating off competition from Nicolai "device" Reedtz for the No.1 spot after a close race.

The highlight movie takes us down memory lane as we look back at a historic year, compiled in almost 20 minutes with jarring performances from players who impressed the most in 2018, hailing from 13 different countries.

Curious about how we chose the top 20? You can revisit the introduction article, which will provide insight on how the rankings were decided, as well as first-person accounts of the most significant events of the year.

You can rewatch all of HLTV.org's highlights as well as previous episodes of HLTV Confirmed by going to our official YouTube channel.

Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1276
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
948
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
#1
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Finland akekho 
Very cool
2019-01-22 22:11
#15
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Sweden Unluko 
Sick!
2019-01-22 22:17
thank you kanye very cool!
2019-02-04 04:54
#3
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Poland wiktorex 
AFTER A CLOSE RACE? tgrw11s said there was no option device to top 1
2019-01-22 22:12
#6
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Myanmar xdcc 
Yes no HLTV threads = dev2ce wins.
2019-01-22 22:12
#34
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Sweden Traitorz0r 
Tgwri1s is one of the most objective and honest on HLTV. S1mple deserved that #1 spot like no one other... 100% honesty from Tgwri1s.
2019-01-22 22:40
Just danish fanboy would not agreed with that, one thing is playing in a team with all the players figuring the top15 and another completely different to carry a team with a one top10 player, one good player and two bots... btw Electronic #4 is the only bs on this top20, should be at least 7+
2019-01-22 22:45
#53
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Denmark MeToxi 
community through august till december 2018: OMG, HLTV IS SO BIASED, DEVICE WILL WITHOUT A DOUBT BE #1. Me through august till december 2018: Omg, take a chill pill dude, hltv is not biased and s1mple will clearly be #1. (Using Petar as a source and reference all the time) Also, look at #52
2019-01-22 23:33
#52
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Denmark MeToxi 
To be exact, he said that s1mple was without any doubt #1 but the race between him and device were a lot closer than the stats indicated and what people in general thought. twitter.com/Tgwri1s/status/1087075062455..
2019-01-22 23:28
I agree with that. mainly because of device’s performance at the last events were phenomenal and at the other hand s1mple wasn’t that brilliant as ihe was at the first half of the year, but IMO s1mple reached the highest level ever performed in csgo, he was literally a one man army destroying everyone!
2019-01-23 02:55
#85
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CIS ShimonSS 
When i think about why s1mples first, theres this: i can imagine astralis winning with any other player then device, but i dont know how u can replace s1mple in navi and remain in top5
2019-01-23 04:47
#106
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Denmark MeToxi 
As he said, even device in 2018 would be the best in any year between 2014 and 2017. That just say a lot about s1mple as he was better in 2018. Reference: twitter.com/Tgwri1s/status/1087069875313..
2019-01-23 09:23
nice
2019-01-22 22:12
#9
felps | 
Germany remind00 
mibr era in 2019
2019-01-22 22:13
#156
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United Kingdom EcoNAF 
Naaah, won't happen lol
2019-01-24 11:29
+1
2019-01-24 16:56
I could watch that, or just watch Virre
2019-01-22 22:13
#13
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Brazil P4uloVisk 
Top 1 org is furia.gg <3 lets gooo furia
2019-01-22 22:14
#14
African Union wtbx 
device not being no1 is a joke
2019-01-22 22:16
dev2ce taking 2nd place is even more joke
2019-01-22 22:19
+ 1 kek dupreeh is the real MVP of Astralis in our hearts
2019-01-23 04:44
#31
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Sweden Traitorz0r 
device didn't deserve #1 spot as a player... S1mple had his own era last year.
2019-01-22 22:37
#79
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Argentina XaiDN 
+1
2019-01-23 03:24
Nikolai "Barely gets the MVP" Reedtz didn't deserve it at all. He's honestly very good and reminds me of other no. 1 players in the past like Cold and Olof. But, S1mple was too much of a god.
2019-01-23 04:49
#154
shox | 
Canada dB- 
+1 /close thread
2019-01-24 09:40
#16
Brehze | 
Switzerland Korunde 
why does this video look like its 240p?
2019-01-22 22:18
Cus u are a poor piece of shit from a third world country with no internet.
2019-01-23 13:56
why so edgy
2019-01-23 19:45
#153
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United States 0othA 
Swizz 3rd world ? Okay
2019-01-24 07:51
#155
shox | 
Canada dB- 
usa is 1st and everything else is 3rd world obviously :>
2019-01-24 09:40
#164
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United States 0othA 
Cool ty
2019-01-24 22:25
#18
YEKINDAR | 
China lxxl2 
ez4everybody
2019-01-22 22:19
its here
2019-01-22 22:20
#24
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Estonia Kakapepu 
Noice
2019-01-22 22:24
#25
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Ukraine extezy10 
"after close race" LUL LUL "Preemptive answer: - no, there was no version where s1mple was #2, but device did make a nice run for it at the end of the year. And like the article said, device would have been #1 in 2014-2017." (@Tgwri1s )
2019-01-22 22:26
#55
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Denmark MeToxi 
Someone said "How close was the s1mple v device argument?" Petars response: "Closer than the numbers suggest and than people generally think from looking at them, but not as close to create any doubt" What he also said: "...device was a clear #2 and the reason were his better performances in the playoffs and a lot more standout events [compared to NiKo.]" twitter.com/Tgwri1s/status/1087075062455.. twitter.com/Tgwri1s/status/1087070739361..
2019-01-22 23:39
#26
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Ukraine tebwayy 
virre is better lol
2019-01-22 22:27
Second to last song, cmonbruh
2019-01-22 22:28
god, that music is so trash. that dumb beat getting repeating all the time. pure cancer. maybe hire virre for this kind of videos?
2019-01-22 22:31
#56
xseveN | 
Finland NEAKON 
song itself is fine imo, but it just doesnt fit this video for example, look at this: youtube.com/watch?v=klDtdR_6GRg
2019-01-22 23:46
this edit gives me vibes, youre right it fits maybe its because of oldschool footage (nostalgia) anyways i think the intro was too long with this repetitive simple beat, it sound pretty off in the top 20 edit. just an example youtube.com/watch?v=FfLjKkGhIfs my favorite, everytime i lose motivation im watching this.
2019-01-22 23:57
Nothing special about this video... hmm
2019-01-22 22:31
Thanks hltv, very cool!
2019-01-22 22:32
#32
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Sweden Traitorz0r 
"S1mple, just a Godlike player" (C) true!
2019-01-22 22:39
Cant watch with the music looks like it was edited in movie maker
2019-01-22 22:40
-1 watched while stoned felt like i was in another dimension
2019-01-22 23:10
sign Virre, he does better
2019-01-22 22:43
device has litteraly one clip lol
2019-01-22 22:49
he has literally 2, maybe stop using literally? S1mple has 2 as well
2019-01-22 22:51
ok nvm what I said
2019-01-22 22:54
#46
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Denmark ulfsen 
thought twistzz only had 1???
2019-01-22 23:09
that boring one on nuke yard where his teammate is just hiding behind not taking the kill
2019-01-23 00:37
The inferno banana clip is the boring one for me. They come one by one in his scope, he is doing some gey jumps hiding behind a gey wall and is just peeking gey angles as soon as he spot them thanks to the jump, even then the possible flicks are mediocre considering the banana corridor is tight. What a gey clip dood.
2019-01-23 00:53
yeah that one even more kek
2019-01-23 01:04
7/8.
2019-01-23 12:09
everyone has 2 clips...
2019-01-23 02:17
#42
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United States CarsonRR00 
Everyone got two clips but twistzzzz?
2019-01-22 22:59
#47
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Denmark ulfsen 
he had one.
2019-01-22 23:09
#76
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United States CarsonRR00 
What?
2019-01-23 02:58
#111
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Denmark ulfsen 
he only had one.
2019-01-23 10:27
That's the question
2019-01-23 12:10
#133
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Denmark ulfsen 
no thats the answer
2019-01-23 15:59
#137
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United States CarsonRR00 
Yeah I know. I stated Everyone had two clips but twistzz...
2019-01-23 18:15
#44
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Denmark Ninjayi 
filq its a monster. top notch video. one of the best moviemakers in csgo right there. congrats man, goosebumps all over this video, enjoy it every second. GJ!
2019-01-22 23:01
#50
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Poland filq 
thanks!
2019-01-22 23:16
#49
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Denmark ulfsen 
i actually generally didn't like it.
2019-01-22 23:10
#51
s1 | 
Ukraine mpletop1 
This montage made oskar look like he was the best player and twistzz look like he was a lucky bot
2019-01-22 23:25
#54
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Poland Este 
These highlights were so damn boring. Seriously godlike player like s1mple and you put 5 sec clip of him killing innocent... EDIT: slow paced edit with that music just double the experience of boringness, sry no hard feelings.
2019-01-22 23:37
#58
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Portugal mrsc 
absolutely love the first song, remember it from allus fragmovie. got in my mind ever since
2019-01-22 23:49
lol same.
2019-01-23 00:00
#60
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Australia Amazon_Alexa 
wow nuts
2019-01-22 23:54
#61
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Poland SUUL 
very dissapointed with this one, expected more
2019-01-22 23:58
Why did you put so poor songs on the video? You need to hype it, lad. With electric songs. Like Unlike Pluto part was. The song that was being playing at Oskar’s part is so depressive, I almost kms. Also, just one highlight by TwistzZ? The guy made an unbelievable clutch on Nuke with the CZ against Astralis. 4/8
2019-01-23 00:20
#68
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Europe Cirro 
lol from so many highlights which s1mple has they took 1 against penta from 2017 WHY?
2019-01-23 01:11
#69
s1mple | 
Europe imNTX 
shit editing as always virre is way better than any hltv editor hire him
2019-01-23 01:32
#70
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Brazil h8er^_^ 
that valde aimlock was sick
2019-01-23 01:53
#77
World non 
I dont really see how guardian was in the list... faze year have been awful and he have been faze most weakest link out of the all, going from consider by far top 2 best awp player to being literally a guy whit a awp trying to go around.
2019-01-23 03:03
#81
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Argentina XaiDN 
the first 6 months of FAZE were good, the second half was bad.
2019-01-23 03:26
maybe read whole acrticle...? jesus people have memory of gold fish
2019-01-23 09:31
#80
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Argentina XaiDN 
Nice
2019-01-23 03:24
#87
s1mple | 
China Alar1c 
nice
2019-01-23 05:37
#89
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Kazakhstan Juandro 
where is electronic ace clutch on nuke highlight ?
2019-01-23 05:38
Remind me, against whom?
2019-01-23 05:59
NA - 0 top-1 players. CIS - Markeloff, S1mple.
2019-01-23 05:55
lol kid. if u remembered markeloff then what about oldschool players like a lex, starix, ed1k, xek, edward and etc. w8, ure a kid who fucking doesn't know
2019-01-23 06:06
markeloff vanished
2019-01-23 12:11
nc highlights.
2019-01-23 06:01
#94
World doh 
not the best clutches tbh, specially for the top 1 and 2.. there was much better content... stupid decision !
2019-01-23 06:08
close race xDDDDDDDDDDDD
2019-01-23 06:17
#97
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Australia kAlyps0 
Bring back brcho! He made the best fragmovies for HLTV. 8/10 of HLTV's most viewed fragmovies are by him!-
2019-01-23 06:48
#99
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Romania SplaXie1337 
+1 He was the best
2019-01-23 07:20
8/8
2019-01-23 12:11
#101
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Brazil PropsY 
cooL
2019-01-23 07:59
#103
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Latvia Tibro 
i think for s1mple we need better than 2 videos cmon man.. atleast 4
2019-01-23 08:32
#108
cadiaN | 
Denmark megz 
Honestly a pretty disappointing video... not even the best clips from most of the guys. I understand the commentator hype has a huge value, but still… also I think top 5 should have more clips.
2019-01-23 09:42
s1mple u monster
2019-01-23 09:43
#120
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Ukraine demon83 
s1mple 1 highlight ? are you mad ?
2019-01-23 12:24
s1mple has not enough clips, unnecessary pseudo cinematic colors and this flickering effect every 30 seconds, jesus
2019-01-23 12:29
sick
2019-01-23 12:53
#127
NEO | 
Romania Prometeu 
wtf is this shit music? this is not cs:go music this is tetris or something music. hltv = fking bots.
2019-01-23 13:51
#131
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Belgium R_Vince 
It should be based on the overall rating. It's about individuals so shouldn't you just be looking at the green line? I mean, what a bs that the whole entire Astralis roster is up there... OK they dominated 2018 but that doens't mean they have the best individual players? That is my opinion at least haha but who am I to say that.
2019-01-23 14:58
#132
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India AMKW 
Hi device fanbois guess the #1 one was not device Cry is free
2019-01-23 15:07
nice video
2019-01-23 17:19
#144
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Poland filq 
thanks!
2019-01-23 23:06
Rain’s pistol is fucking insane
2019-01-23 17:31
EZ FOR POLISH BOY filq
2019-01-23 20:06
#143
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Poland filq 
haha ^^
2019-01-23 23:06
<3
2019-01-25 16:49
finally you post videos on yt. thank you!
2019-01-24 01:08
s1mple GOAT and yeah dev2ce is also there..
2019-01-24 04:56
umm... not a single highlight of s1mple awping wtf hltv?
2019-01-24 07:43
Do not listen to this child, he constantly talks about what he writes and swines people, it has nothing to do with us, i really believe he is a bad life that really comes true online.
2019-01-25 12:10
#157
smooya | 
United Kingdom azrl 
Very nice filq, thanks for the video. Ignore the haters they just need something to complain about.
2019-01-24 14:31
#158
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Poland filq 
Im used to it already :D, but thanks! Appreciate that^^
2019-01-24 15:56
I'm a s1mple fan too, and I don't like dev1ce's personal performance; but he deserved number 1! He got 10 golden medal (1 is major), 2 silver medal and 3 bronze medal. Also he got 7 mvp award in one year, that's amazing! This unbreakable record must be number 1!
2019-01-24 23:02
#168
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United States rab00f 
device number 2, what a joke of a list lmao
2019-01-27 08:58
Frag movies are so boring anymore. Nothing but headshots is better then this snore fest
2019-01-28 19:23
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