Top 20 players of 2019: Ethan (20)

Ethan "⁠Ethan⁠" Arnold opens our ranking of the top 20 players of 2019, powered by Xtrfy and LOOT.BET, due to his important role in his team's impressive year.

Top 20 Players of 2019: Introduction

Ethan's first steps in the competitive scene date back to early 2016. As a young player with very little experience, he grinded the ladder with some solid displays in online tournaments, first with ACE and then with ex-Astral Authority. In April that year, he joined a team called Prospects, who would help to put him on the map. Alongside players like Jaccob "⁠yay⁠" Whiteaker and Chad "⁠Oderus⁠" Miller, he got to face better opposition more frequently and competed in the iBUYPOWER Invitational 2016 Summer, in which the team almost managed to take a map off the veterans of Cloud9 in the first round of the tournament.

"I began playing with friends in ESEA leagues, then I just slowly moved my way up to Premier and it just went on from there. I just remember being pretty good when I first started playing Open on ESEA and I guess I got noticed by some Premier teams. I think it helped with confidence for sure, getting picked up by a Premier team when you were just in Open didn't happen very often.”

Ethan made headlines that summer for the first time when he joined the Ze Pug Godz roster in eUnited, replacing Steven "⁠rooRoooo⁠" Herrell, but his time there would be short lived. Just two weeks later, he was picked up by CLG alongside Yassine "⁠Subroza⁠" Taoufik.

"I honestly don’t remember much [about what happened with eUnited], I just remember never signing a contract with them because I was still in contact with CLG and trying to work out things with them. So when CLG finally sent me the contract I hopped ship.

"At that point I thought that I could actually make a career out of gaming."

Now playing in a team with Major experience, Ethan had to adapt to a new reality, and his first months with CLG were a bit frustrating as they failed to impress in the Northern Arena stops in Toronto and Montreal, and crashed out of the offline qualifier for the ELEAGUE Major in 12th-14th place with just one victory from four games.

Ethan playing at Northern Arena with CLG

It was in 2017 that Ethan’s quality began to shine through a little more, even if results weren’t always there. With a top-eight finish at the StarSeries i-League Season 3 Finals - Ethan’s first Big Event -, CLG looked destined for a bright future, but it all came crashing down in the months that followed. Third-place finishes at the two Americas Minors held that year - the second of which where Ethan carried the team with an average 1.30 rating - and a couple of semi-final runs at DreamHack Open events were deemed unsatisfactory by the CLG management, who decided to close down both men's teams before the end of the year.

“It wasn't much of a surprise honestly, I'm sure we all knew it was coming, but my time on CLG was definitely an eye-opener. It showed me how tough it was to practice as a professional team and how good you actually needed to be in order to compete at a high level."

As expected, Ethan was not on the market for long, and in January 2018 he completed a move to NRG, where he replaced Allan "⁠AnJ⁠" Jensen. The early signs were extremely positive: the team dominated online leagues (17-1 in ECS Season 5, 17-5 in ESL Pro League Season 7) and won the iBUYPOWER Spring Invitational, but they were given a reality check once they got to a LAN setting, finishing 9th-12th at IEM Sydney and at the EPL Finals.

For the most part, 2018 was an extremely positive year for NRG, who showed the classic signs of a team still trying to find their place at the highest level. Their road included stunning highs - victories at IEM Shanghai and cs_summit 3, and a runner-up finish at StarSeries i-League Season 5 - but also some painful lows, such as a fourth place at the Americas Minor leading to the FACEIT Major following defeats to Complexity and Rogue.

NRG during their grand final run at StarSeries Season 5

A 9th-12th place at the ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals was not the way that NRG wanted 2018 to end, but Ethan still had reasons to smile as he welcomed 2019: he had been the team’s top performer on LAN in 2018 (1.17 rating), with two EVP appearances, both of which from StarSeries events, narrowly missing out on a spot in our top 20 player of the year ranking.

"I think we started off that year as best as we could. We destroyed both online leagues, only losing like three or four matches in both leagues combined, I think, which is insane. We were definitely amazing online, which helped with confidence. I think that's why we started off so well, but we definitely had a curse not making the major.

"Going into 2019, making a Major was definitely the first goal. Then making top 5 as a team, then, after completing those, making it to the No.1 spot as a team.”

United StatesEthan
2019 LAN tournament stats
TournamentEvent Team (place) Rating 2.0 (in team) ADR KPR DPR Impact KAST Award
IEM Katowice 2019
(15-16th)
1.06 (2nd, +6%) 82.8 0.72 0.73 1.08 68.9%
SS i-L S7
(3-4th)
1.22 (1st, +14%) 88.4 0.74 0.64 1.30 71.5% EVP
IEM Sydney 2019
(3-4th)
1.26 (2nd, +11%) 88.8 0.78 0.63 1.43 70.9% EVP
cs_summit 4
(3-4th)
1.08 (3rd, +3%) 79.1 0.69 0.69 1.05 73.2%
DH Masters Dallas 2019
(9-12th)
1.05 (2nd, +7%) 85.5 0.70 0.75 1.04 69.5%
ECS S7 Finals
(3-4th)
1.12 (3rd, +2%) 82.2 0.69 0.70 1.13 71.0%
EPL S9 Finals
(3-4th)
1.09 (2nd, +6%) 77.6 0.67 0.68 1.20 68.1%
ESL One Cologne
(5-6th)
0.94 (4th, -7%) 68.3 0.61 0.69 0.86 69.1%
BLAST Los Angeles
(3rd)
1.01 (2nd, +5%) 79.0 0.69 0.74 1.02 69.4%
StarLadder Major
(3-4th)
0.96 (5th, -12%) 67.6 0.58 0.67 0.84 70.7%
ESL One NY 2019
(1st)
1.13 (4th, -4%) 77.2 0.66 0.61 1.10 74.3% EVP
DH Masters Malmö 2019
(13-16th)
1.00 (2nd, +10%) 77.0 0.65 0.73 0.99 69.1%
StarSeries i-L S8
(1st)
1.24 (1st, +11%) 86.8 0.76 0.61 1.18 76.3% MVP
IEM Beijing
(5-6th)
0.98 (2nd, +4%) 73.6 0.63 0.72 1.04 66.0%
CAC 2019
(5-6th)
1.10 (1st, +12%) 80.2 0.76 0.72 1.12 69.9%
ECS S8 Finals
(3-4th)
1.00 (3rd, +3%) 72.4 0.65 0.72 1.16 65.3%
EPL S10 Finals
(5-6th)
1.02 (2nd, +2%) 77.6 0.65 0.70 0.91 73.5%
EPICENTER
(3-4th)
1.05 (2nd, +4%) 80.6 0.67 0.69 1.03 68.5%
5%+ above average
5%+ below average
Closer than 5% to average

NRG started the new year with a bang as they won the Americas Minor in Katowice in dominant fashion, beating Imperial, Bravado, Envy and FURIA without losing a single map in the process, with Ethan boasting a 1.41 rating, the second-highest in the team. He continued his hot start to the year in the New Challengers Stage of the Katowice Major, where he averaged a 1.36 rating in the victories over Winstrike, TYLOO and ViCi to help the team to reach the top-16 unscathed.

Internal issues were already affecting the team in Katowice

Big things were expected at the Major from a team in such a rich vein of form, but NRG were, much to everyone’s surprise, among the first to be sent packing in the New Legends Stage following defeats to NiP, AVANGAR and Complexity despite some solid performances from Ethan (1.06 rating, 82.8 ADR), who was second only to Vincent "⁠Brehze⁠" Cayonte. The 0-3 run also meant that the team would have to revisit the Americas Minor - a necessary evil for a team that, at the time, were already planning ahead.

"We knew we were cutting someone going into that event, so I was just happy to make the Major since that was my only goal during that time."

Shortly after the Major, NRG announced that Tarik "⁠tarik⁠" Celik would be replacing Jacob "⁠FugLy⁠" Medina in the starting lineup. With the ELEAGUE Boston Major champion, who was signed from MIBR, the team enjoyed a honeymoon period with semi-final runs at their next two Big Events, StarSeries i-League Season 7 and IEM Sydney.

In Shanghai, where NRG were stopped in their tracks by fnatic, Ethan was fourth on the list of EVPs with some team-leading stats, including rating (1.22, 14% higher than the team’s average), clutches (11) and ADR (88.4). In Sydney, where the North Americans beat two teams higher in the rankings in FaZe and MIBR before once again meeting their demise at the hands of fnatic, Ethan brought his tournament rating up to 1.26, but with his best performances coming in the group stage, he had to settle for a place at the very end of the EVP list.

"I was pretty content with how I was doing. Since we were improving I thought that my level of play had something to do with it."

That peak of performance soon descended into a trough. Over the next four LAN events (cs_summit 4, DreamHack Masters Dallas, ECS Season 7 Finals and ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals), Ethan's rating dipped to 1.08 despite NRG still making the semi-finals at three of those tournaments. When compared to the first five months of the year, his Impact had gone down to 1.32 to 1.08, his KPR from 0.75 to 0.68 and his ADR from 86.8 to 80.5, while his DPR had increased from 0.63 to 0.70 - all signs that he was now being forced into more unfavorable situations.

"After making certain roster changes I felt the need to switch into a sort of support role to expedite the process and get our new player incorporated into the team faster. I think this led to me trying to do too much and not playing my own game, which kind of messed with my confidence a bit and led to me slumping for a while."

Ethan's struggles continued into the summer season as he recorded his first below-average tournament rating of the year at ESL One Cologne (0.94) - the first event with Peter "⁠stanislaw⁠" Jarguz -, in part thanks to a 0.73 series rating in the group’s upper bracket final clash against Liquid. After he admitted in an interview with HLTV.org that he had stopped focusing on his own game, there were some encouraging signs at BLAST Pro Series Los Angeles, where he was NRG’s second-best performer (1.01 rating) following some solid showings in the group stage matches.

ESL One Cologne saw Ethan post his lowest rating of the year

Just like in Katowice, NRG cruised through the Americas Minor in Berlin, where they defeated four Brazilian teams en route to the Major, TeamOne, Sharks, FURIA and INTZ. This time around, the North Americans got off on the wrong foot in the New Challengers Stage, losing to DreamEaters in overtime, but they bounced back with dominant victories over TYLOO, Syman and AVANGAR, with Ethan ending that stage with a team-high 1.47 rating. It looked like this could finally be his Major, but despite the team reaching the semi-finals he mustered a 0.96 rating, the lowest in the team, following three bad maps, two against Astralis and one against Natus Vincere.

"During that whole tournament I honestly thought I was playing pretty well since, as a team, we were playing amazingly. This is the first time that I have seen I played badly, so that is a surprise to me. After that tournament, I think we were all pretty content with how we did, especially coming straight out of a good bootcamp."

The end of the Major brought a change of scenery for the players as they signed with Evil Geniuses, who had been away from Counter-Strike since 2012. The team could not have asked for a better start to life under the new organisation as they won their first Big Event title after taking down the red-hot Astralis in the grand final of ESL One New York. Ethan had a rough start to the tournament with a 0.55 rating in the victory over FaZe but still managed to make the EVP list after some solid performances in the playoffs, in which he averaged a 1.21 rating.

“I think it was a boost in confidence, playing under such a prestigious banner and also being on home soil for our first event with them. All these things, combined with us just playing really well, created the perfect storm to win New York.

"Doing it in front of the home crowd and under the EG banner for our first tournament was definitely my best memory of 2019."

Evil Geniuses came crashing down to earth when they were unable to build on that success at DreamHack Masters Malmö, where they were sent packing in the groups following defeats to Grayhound and mousesports. That setback did not derail the team, however, as they went back to winning ways at StarSeries i-League Season 8, beating fnatic in the final.

Evil Geniuses won their second Big Event title in Belek

After settling for EVP mentions at the previous three StarSeries season tournaments, Ethan went one better and picked up his very first MVP medal after putting up some impressive numbers: 1.24 rating (11% higher than the team’s average), four Player of the Map picks and 13 maps with ratings higher than 1.15, eight of which surpassing the 1.30 mark. The victories in New York and Belek also saw the North Americans rise to No.1 in the rankings, becoming the first team other than Astralis and Liquid to be ranked at the summit since April 2018.

"We definitely brushed Malmö off as we didn't know exactly what happened, but winning StarLadder after that gave our team another boost in confidence and me especially finally getting an MVP and playing pretty well.

"We were all extremely proud of how hard we'd worked up until that point and I'm sure that [being No.1 in the world] was in all of our bucket lists for Counter-Strike."

Evil Geniuses' hectic schedule in the last two months of the year took a toll on the team, and results began to waver. For Ethan, the only positives to take from the last tournaments were a team-leading 1.10 rating from the CS:GO Asia Championships - the least important of the events that EG attended during the last stretch of the season - and some solid performances against Natus Vincere and mousesports in the playoffs of EPICENTER, which brought his tournament rating up to 1.05, 8% higher than the team’s average. As weeks went by and losses mounted, EG progressively slipped down to fifth in the rankings - an anti-climatic end to 2019 after the impressive post-break run.

"The last two months for us were some of the busiest and least productive months for all of us, I feel like. It was just going to tournaments back to back without any time to practice, and on top of that, we weren't even going deep in tournaments, which definitely messed with the team's confidence and mindset.

"I would say that my worst memory was probably the whole last month or two of the year. Way too much traveling and not enough good placings made it feel like a waste of time."

Why was Ethan the 20th best player of 2019?

To put it simply, Ethan was one of the key contributors in one of the best teams of the year. When it came to events that were taken into consideration for the top 20 (those with MVP medals), he was ranked 13th for ADR (80.8), eighth for assists per round, and second for clutches (67). But while this last bit of information may come as a surprise, it is important to stress that his team played the second-most maps.

He hit his peak at StarSeries i-League Season 8, where he was named the MVP, and was among the EVPs at three other events. Moreover, he maintained a decent level at some of the other tournaments that his team attended with at least eight entries into a lesser tournament category that we call Valuable Players (VPs).

Lackluster displays at the biggest events of the year cost Ethan a higher place in the top 20

But there were some lows along the way as well, which coincided with the five biggest events of the year (the two Majors, ESL One Cologne, DreamHack Masters Malmö and the ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals). He averaged a 0.99 rating at these events, the lowest among the players who are featured in this top 20, which helps to explain why he could not be ranked any higher and just about made the list.

“In 2020, I would like to get back to No.1 in the world and to win consecutive tournaments."

Bold prediction:

It’s not much of a bold prediction, but Ethan expects big things from Ludvig "⁠Brollan⁠" Brolin, who averaged a 1.15 rating in the last three months of 2019 and ended the year in style with a 1.22 rating at the ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals:

Sweden Ludvig "⁠Brollan⁠" Brolin

"If he hasn't already, Brollan from Fnatic. He has been playing insanely recently.

Stay tuned to our Top 20 players of 2019 ranking and take a look at the Introduction article to learn more about how the players were selected. This year's ranking is supported by:

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United States Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
946
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
United States Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
995
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Age:
26
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1176
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
United States Jaccob 'yay' Whiteaker
Jaccob 'yay' Whiteaker
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
653
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
United States Jacob 'FugLy' Medina
Jacob 'FugLy' Medina
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1074
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1366
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
United States Steven 'rooRoooo' Herrell
Steven 'rooRoooo' Herrell
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
149
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.74
APR:
0.16
Canada Yassine 'Subroza' Taoufik
Yassine 'Subroza' Taoufik
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
623
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
Sweden Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin
Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
778
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
Denmark Allan 'AnJ' Jensen
Allan 'AnJ' Jensen
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
403
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
United States Chad 'Oderus' Miller
Chad 'Oderus' Miller
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
473
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.09
Good placing but better luck next year!
2020-01-01 20:00
#24
 | 
Denmark SportMode
Wtf
2020-01-01 20:00
wtf
2020-01-01 20:01
he should get his money and fix his face. it scares me or at least stop masturbation so it wont get even worse
2020-01-01 20:43
bro what
2020-01-01 20:49
masturbation = sex, there's no difference for the body
2020-01-01 20:52
Wp
2020-01-01 21:41
different to the production of testosterone and to the mind bruv
2020-01-01 23:24
#439
 | 
Italy bennyhana
Different to the mind and mind is part of body Cant believe im actually explaining this to an person
2020-01-04 14:01
im talking about hormones and shit you don't even know english: "an person" hahah
2020-01-04 21:06
#442
 | 
Italy bennyhana
Your brain releases a ton of endorphins during real sex with person who is real. Seems extremely different if you ask me
2020-01-04 23:16
his gf is pretty decent tbf.
2020-01-02 16:24
nahtE>>>>>Ethan
2020-01-01 20:01
Congrats.
2020-01-01 20:24
+111 I'll never accept this new nickname
2020-01-02 00:08
#70
 | 
United Kingdom JiJieHao!
Ethan USA <3
2020-01-01 20:01
nt
2020-01-01 20:02
#28
RUSH | 
United States ShawnM
i knew it!
2020-01-01 20:00
expected
2020-01-01 20:00
#35
NAF | 
United States skzl_
Should be higher
2020-01-01 20:01
#222
 | 
Denmark Cleandog
No
2020-01-01 21:25
I feel like 18ish is fairer for his actual skillset but we've yet to see who beat him out for a higher spot, there's bound to be at least 1-2 players who aren't better than him
2020-01-01 23:08
negative ratings on 5 Big events so 20 is okay
2020-01-02 01:42
I think it probably has a lot to do with his role, but I agree with you he's pretty fairly placed
2020-01-02 02:28
Well done Ethan, we wish you the best for 2k20, hope ZywOo #1
2020-01-02 18:48
POOP
2020-01-01 20:01
#59
 | 
United Kingdom JiJieHao!
BEST PLAYER
2020-01-01 20:01
#61
Luken | 
Sweden fxzo
how the fuck u get 1# lmao
2020-01-01 20:01
F5
2020-01-01 20:02
#81
NAF | 
United States skzl_
convinced he made a script to do it, i refreshed the page and it had 1 comment before i even clicked it
2020-01-01 20:02
+1
2020-01-01 20:35
he does, he revealed it in a screenshot a couple years ago (assuming this guy is also the fake flagging Brazilian guy)
2020-01-01 22:13
#299
 | 
United States _Nohj
He told me he doesn't use a script, the news gets posted on twitter like 3 minutes before it does here. Not that many people seem to know that. Not sure if he was telling the truth or not. Also this guy isn't Brazilian.
2020-01-01 23:24
He is telling the truth!
2020-01-02 00:27
#308
 | 
United States _Nohj
me or him?
2020-01-02 00:27
both.
2020-01-02 00:28
#310
 | 
United States _Nohj
ok Bundeskanzler
2020-01-02 00:28
Yes.
2020-01-02 00:30
it does not. today it got posted even later on twitter and hes still first comment again. its a script. dont believe him
2020-01-02 20:05
wth bro
2020-01-01 20:01
Ok
2020-01-01 20:21
1st hunter!!!!11!!111 >:(
2020-01-01 20:23
lower than expected XD
2020-01-02 08:09
ffs
2020-01-01 20:00
expected
2020-01-01 20:01
1
2020-01-01 20:00
"1"
2020-01-01 20:01
i tried
2020-01-01 20:01
#142
 | 
United Kingdom aurieking
xD
2020-01-01 20:22
nt
2020-01-01 22:39
nt
2020-01-02 08:29
A good player!
2020-01-01 20:02
"w"
2020-01-01 20:01
what?
2020-01-01 20:02
w
2020-01-01 20:06
what?
2020-01-01 20:13
double u
2020-01-01 20:34
#224
 | 
Denmark Cleandog
What?
2020-01-01 21:25
#231
 | 
Russia ArtyoMM
what what what
2020-01-01 21:26
#245
 | 
Denmark Cleandog
a
2020-01-01 21:34
#7
NOOX | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina cobe
deserved
2020-01-01 20:01
"a"
2020-01-01 20:01
#8
NAF | 
United States skzl_
SHOULD BE HIGHER
2020-01-01 20:01
+1
2020-01-01 20:02
+1
2020-01-01 20:22
+1
2020-01-01 20:24
The fuck you are agreeing with, sorry ass loser ?
2020-01-01 22:19
wtf???
2020-01-01 22:56
xd
2020-01-02 19:26
ethan > s0mple
2020-01-02 09:56
Let me continue Ethan > s0mple > other players > shit > > > > > > more shit > > > > > > > > > > > ecovice
2020-01-02 11:43
u mad?
2020-01-02 12:37
u mad?
2020-01-02 13:24
#226
 | 
Denmark Cleandog
No
2020-01-01 21:26
No
2020-01-01 21:26
#254
 | 
New Zealand rOtten_97
No
2020-01-01 21:45
#255
steel | 
Canada ZHF
+1
2020-01-01 21:45
+1
2020-01-01 21:49
+1
2020-01-02 08:29
#378
 | 
Denmark Notallama
Nope nt NA
2020-01-02 13:50
Mo
2020-01-02 19:26
Cg
2020-01-01 20:01
#90
 | 
Denmark SportMode
I am agree
2020-01-01 20:04
nice
2020-01-01 20:00
DAMN
2020-01-01 20:00
POG
2020-01-01 20:00
WELL DESERVED
2020-01-01 20:00
Jeff
2020-01-01 20:00
wtf
2020-01-01 20:00
#17
 | 
Brazil JMB_17
Shit wow nice number 17 VAMOS BOLSONARO!
2020-01-01 20:01
Bolsonaro die in hospital lol
2020-01-02 02:58
I hope so
2020-01-02 03:05
#382
 | 
Brazil JMB_17
you die in hospital noob bolsonaro is our king
2020-01-02 14:56
bolsonaro will be publicly executed if he survives :D
2020-01-05 11:20
wow
2020-01-01 20:00
#19
 | 
Sweden GuMbUBBle
Nice
2020-01-01 20:00
expected
2020-01-01 20:00
#22
Luken | 
Sweden fxzo
Expected
2020-01-01 20:00
Ez
2020-01-01 20:00
Nnice
2020-01-01 20:00
Deserved and expected! NA cs not very good btw!!! Also: gla1ve for 19???
2020-01-01 20:02
0/8 gla1ve is not here
2020-01-01 20:10
#143
 | 
France agea
even if he doesnt have high stats like his teammates, gla1ve is still a good igl fragger & most of all he's a genius at this game. If outsmarting an entire team were part of the 2.0 rating gla1ve would be top 1 ez. He's top 10 this year i'm pretty sure.
2020-01-01 20:22
man there is NO WAY gla1ve is top 10, 1.04 rating is not enough even with 8 mvps, i hope you are baiting, he love him, is a great player, and maybe the smartest player ever but he is not gonna be in the list
2020-01-01 20:26
If they didnt have zonic as their coach, they wouldnt be as half as good. He is the best coach on scene and by far. Glaive just learned from him.
2020-01-01 20:38
He's not even close to making top 20, what are you smoking?
2020-01-01 21:08
#246
 | 
France cedd
he should be, he is better player than most ppl in top 20. not only he had insane stats at end of the year but he is the best IGL in the world
2020-01-01 21:34
But the ranking is not about top 20 igls. It's basically about top 20 fraggers
2020-01-02 04:10
Good job mens)))
2020-01-01 20:00
nice
2020-01-01 20:00
#30
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Ukraine Sav1aN
Nahte
2020-01-01 20:00
#32
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Europe nefly
Gj Nahte
2020-01-01 20:01
rip
2020-01-01 20:01
omegalul
2020-01-01 20:01
Deserved, grats on top20!
2020-01-01 20:01
Not expected
2020-01-01 20:01
#38
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Finland N0life
glhf
2020-01-01 20:01
NICEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE US is ok
2020-01-01 20:01
#40
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Switzerland x676
Congrats Ethan. Movistar Riders will win next Major
2020-01-01 20:01
+1
2020-01-01 20:10
#313
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Brazil MrLucas
+1 Steel +20 every map
2020-01-02 00:33
#41
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United States sorcrcrc
unexpected
2020-01-01 20:01
Nice!
2020-01-01 20:01
First
2020-01-01 20:01
First
2020-01-01 20:01
#45
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France Minaax_
Zywoo first
2020-01-01 20:01
Let's go Arnold
2020-01-01 20:01
EXPECTED 19 ALLU Btw best german player ez 4 Arnold
2020-01-01 20:01
Excpected
2020-01-01 20:01
#52
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France Azowel
wow
2020-01-01 20:01
Shit
2020-01-01 20:01
ethan
2020-01-01 20:01
#56
NAF | 
France Kurin
bad
2020-01-01 20:01
deserved?
2020-01-01 20:01
#126
tarik | 
Norway MD!
Absolutely, he's been quiet earlier this year but he figured himself out and started banging. Huge potential. Only 19 btw
2020-01-01 20:12
Deserved atleast 17-18 Played really good this year
2020-01-01 20:49
2020-01-01 20:49
#62
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United States hoobit
No he must b higher
2020-01-01 20:01
#230
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Denmark Cleandog
No
2020-01-01 21:26
#64
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CIS maximmix
20 place bad for this player... but gj ethan :)
2020-01-01 20:01
#67
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Bulgaria gosholin
nice
2020-01-01 20:01
ceco nqma da e v top 20 btw nqma kak da e po dobut ot ethan a puk ethan e 20ti taka che better luck next year @CeRq
2020-01-01 23:09
Ok
2020-01-01 20:01
8/8
2020-01-01 20:01
#72
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Liechtenstein Karlheinz
deserved !
2020-01-01 20:01
F Kenny
2020-01-01 20:01
+1, maybe 19 with luck.
2020-01-01 20:42
LUUUULZ
2020-01-01 20:02
what
2020-01-01 20:02
#82
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Hungary subzera
YOO LETS GO ETHAN
2020-01-01 20:02
didnt expect this but ok
2020-01-01 20:02
Why? Man has been great on LAN for two years solid at this point.
2020-01-01 20:39
Unexpected
2020-01-01 20:03
#89
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Germany Juliancjg
Expected
2020-01-01 20:04
lul
2020-01-01 20:04
Ez prediction
2020-01-01 20:04
well deserved, so no Cerq confirmed
2020-01-01 20:05
#328
rain | 
Slovakia timky
Actually it means Cerq gets number 17 +-
2020-01-02 02:31
Should’ve gone to me
2020-01-01 20:04
+1
2020-01-01 20:07
Expected higher tbh
2020-01-01 20:05
POG
2020-01-01 20:05
Top 19 IS Kennys have a good evening
2020-01-01 20:05
Do you still believe?
2020-01-01 20:34
ofc bro he's 19 or 18 don't worry :)
2020-01-01 21:09
I hope bro but it s gonna be close If he isnt there i m gonna be so disapointed
2020-01-01 22:27
I'm crying .... Hopefully he's top 18
2020-01-02 20:05
I dont think so we got scam by hItv once again ffs
2020-01-02 20:06
I hope not
2020-01-01 21:28
Why so toxic men))
2020-01-01 22:09
Because there are better players than him
2020-01-02 02:37
too ez 4 nahtE
2020-01-01 20:06
Nice
2020-01-01 20:06
#103
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Russia Blyatmen
deserved
2020-01-01 20:06
Ethan overrated fluke
2020-01-01 20:06
people trying to be the first lmao
2020-01-01 20:06
nc 100% correct hltv so far
2020-01-01 20:06
stats -> best players -> 2019, all matches: ethan - #20 dupreeh - #19???
2020-01-01 20:06
Thats my first point right here
2020-01-01 20:06
#110
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Sweden c1gart
wtf
2020-01-01 20:07
Nice
2020-01-01 20:07
#114
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Russia Zel0cE
Great Job
2020-01-01 20:08
God Ethan
2020-01-01 20:08
gratz ethan great year for NRG/EG and big gratz for brehz top5?10
2020-01-01 20:09
Just ok
2020-01-01 20:09
Nice nahtE
2020-01-01 20:09
Nice
2020-01-01 20:10
Nice
2020-01-01 20:11
#123
tarik | 
Norway MD!
Let's goooo, that's my boy Top 10 next year
2020-01-01 20:11
Okay LD
2020-01-01 20:44
#314
tarik | 
Norway MD!
Wtf Losfate following me everywhere
2020-01-02 00:47
Why so low?
2020-01-01 20:11
Just think of some names who will be from 19# place to #1 and u will get answer :)
2020-01-01 20:16
just read..
2020-01-02 10:00
#127
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Finland Emvi
Deserved
2020-01-01 20:13
didnt expect him to make the list but still deserved
2020-01-01 20:16
well, i think its deserved a guy had a rock solid year!
2020-01-01 20:16
Deserved, let's hope for a better placing next year, good job Ethan
2020-01-01 20:16
Deserved
2020-01-01 20:16
UnDeserved he wasnt even that good lol
2020-01-01 20:17
How can u make a bold prediction abt brolan when he will probably rank higher than you this year 😂😂😂😂
2020-01-01 20:19
Next is frozen I suppose
2020-01-01 20:21
Really good job nathE not expected tbh
2020-01-01 20:22
#145
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Turkey EZ4DEVICE
expected
2020-01-01 20:23
LUL
2020-01-01 20:23
Not expected, but good pick imo
2020-01-01 20:24
Fair, good for the boy !
2020-01-01 20:25
#155
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South America ZyvvOo
nice
2020-01-01 20:28
#156
 | 
North America AlanSmith
so as i remember he was 21th best player or 2018 right? so congratz to him very underrated player
2020-01-01 20:32
#157
 | 
Brunei cyLoL
Ethan need to was his face
2020-01-01 20:33
Alrighty
2020-01-01 20:34
#166
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Asia Blitzer
bold prediction brollan pick one
2020-01-01 20:39
+1
2020-01-01 22:19
+1
2020-01-02 14:47
what now LUL?
2020-01-02 21:29
#423
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Asia Blitzer
I think this prediction just got even more ridiculous ethan knows the scene, he spends so much time on pugs, and there's not a single young NA player who gets his attention ? ffs
2020-01-03 03:43
I don't know why people sleep on this kid. Anyone not expecting this wasn't paying attention the last two years. If anything I'm a little surprised he's not higher. But they did end the year terribly.
2020-01-01 20:40
Not higher cause of his stats in the first part of the year.
2020-01-01 20:45
First top 10 gonna be NA players and last 10 gonna be eu
2020-01-01 20:43
Elige easily top 5
2020-01-01 21:13
#234
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Denmark Cleandog
+1, #3 after device&magisk as #1+2 but before noobs Zywoo/S1mple on #4/5
2020-01-01 21:31
ELIGE #1
2020-01-01 20:43
Nah, zywoo so much better
2020-01-01 21:04
#235
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Denmark Cleandog
No
2020-01-01 21:31
Unexpected, but deserved (maybe he should have been placed higher)
2020-01-01 20:43
#236
 | 
Denmark Cleandog
No
2020-01-01 21:32
Should've been 16-18 Too low imo
2020-01-01 20:45
#237
 | 
Denmark Cleandog
No
2020-01-01 21:32
no
2020-01-02 19:07
#405
 | 
Denmark Cleandog
No?
2020-01-02 19:34
deserved
2020-01-01 20:45
I was expecting cerq
2020-01-01 20:47
#182
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Japan Amatsuk1
wtff
2020-01-01 20:47
KSCERATO #19
2020-01-01 20:50
biguzera #1
2020-01-01 21:03
20.Ethan 19.Cerq
2020-01-01 20:50
Ye Boy 1 down 19 to go xD
2020-01-01 20:51
#190
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United Kingdom TC10
should have been higher but at least he's there
2020-01-01 20:52
#239
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Denmark Cleandog
No but yes
2020-01-01 21:33
nice so kenny is #19 or #18
2020-01-01 20:54
#195
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Estonia RopzTop1
kenny might not even be on the list this year
2020-01-01 20:59
Last year he did not deserved, this year he does
2020-01-01 21:43
congratz
2020-01-01 20:58
#193
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Estonia RopzTop1
wasted spot
2020-01-01 20:59
#196
 | 
Latvia tibr0
gh
2020-01-01 21:00
naughty nahte
2020-01-01 21:02
#199
JW | 
Sweden w0nfig1
not deserverd, should be cerQ
2020-01-01 21:04
Cerq has worse stats. With Ethan at 20 I don't see how he makes it.
2020-01-01 21:32
#201
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Lebanon Dogman69
Jame is #19
2020-01-01 21:04
Okay
2020-01-01 21:05
meh
2020-01-01 21:05
good placing, nothing to complain.
2020-01-01 21:05
#241
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Denmark Cleandog
+1
2020-01-01 21:33
0/8
2020-01-01 22:10
Very unfair hes keep with the last position. Hltv really hates USA
2020-01-01 21:06
Nice! Deserves to be in the top 20.
2020-01-01 21:06
19 - jks
2020-01-01 21:12
So kennyS didnt made it huh
2020-01-01 21:15
#243
 | 
Denmark Cleandog
Correct...noobs not allowed in top 20
2020-01-01 21:34
ok complexity
2020-01-01 22:56
#349
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Denmark Cleandog
K0nfig and Rush will be #1 and #2 in 2020
2020-01-02 07:44
#1 and #2 to be dropped from their team
2020-01-02 08:23
#392
 | 
Denmark Cleandog
lol
2020-01-02 17:17
noKappa
2020-01-01 22:04
19th maybe
2020-01-02 17:54
#216
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Ukraine den37773
Congrats
2020-01-01 21:16
Brehze will be bottom top 10 or just outside top 10
2020-01-01 21:17
#219
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Pakistan d1ckweed
SHOULD HAVE BEEN 18.
2020-01-01 21:20
#244
 | 
Denmark Cleandog
No
2020-01-01 21:34
#220
 | 
Latvia Ke]R[4u
predicting brollan in 2020, is he high?
2020-01-01 21:23
What?
2020-01-01 21:55
#397
 | 
Latvia Ke]R[4u
its like predicting zywoo will be really good in 2020
2020-01-02 18:35
oh hahahaha
2020-01-02 20:55
For sure Brollan Will be in this list, he is much better than ethan!
2020-01-02 03:56
#424
 | 
United States Frotha
Where is Brolans MVP??
2020-01-03 03:48
Brollan 19> ethan 20
2020-01-03 04:20
#426
 | 
United States Frotha
“Much better”
2020-01-03 04:29
cry is free Brollan > nahtE
2020-01-03 05:49
#430
 | 
United States Frotha
Zywoo>S1mple
2020-01-03 06:19
Bold prediction...
2020-01-04 14:17
#225
 | 
United States big_brain
I totally predicted this.
2020-01-01 21:25
le epic
2020-01-01 21:33
*l'epic
2020-01-01 21:52
epilepic
2020-01-01 22:56
ewwwww
2020-01-01 21:35
1st
2020-01-01 21:37
Should be 17-19th imo
2020-01-01 21:40
25+ you mean
2020-01-01 22:10
Well he had some 3rd place finishes
2020-01-01 21:40
#256
 | 
United States Rakitic
Wooohoooo let's go Nahte!
2020-01-01 21:48
Nice to hear cerq are in the list. He is doing good
2020-01-01 21:51
#263
 | 
Bulgaria goshyy
CeRq top 10 then lmao
2020-01-01 21:59
#427
 | 
United States Frotha
Cerq is probably not in LMAO
2020-01-03 04:37
#432
 | 
Bulgaria goshyy
2020-01-03 13:49
#435
 | 
United States Frotha
N1
2020-01-03 20:01
top 100*
2020-01-03 05:49
#433
 | 
Bulgaria goshyy
hltv.org/stats/players?startDate=2019-01.. hltv.org/stats/players?startDate=2019-01.. Same trophies, same MVP's and higher rating = Top 100? You and this Murican above are both retarded as fuck. I will update you when he gets in Top 20, don't worry.
2020-01-03 13:51
Congrats Ethan, finally made it on top 20. You were so close last year
2020-01-01 22:07
#268
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Argentina sheshev
i remember reading he got 21 last year, happy for him for actually making it in this year
2020-01-01 22:08
I feel like he was a better candidate for last years #20 over valde.
2020-01-01 23:05
Undeserved.
2020-01-01 22:09
#278
 | 
Venezuela xoile
ugly face!
2020-01-01 22:32
s0mple has same face
2020-01-01 22:45
adren looks worse ngl
2020-01-01 22:54
well, acne scars are not nice too look at but there isnt much they can do about it. Bad luck, no need to make fun of them)
2020-01-01 22:55
ok then, reita looks worse
2020-01-01 22:55
dont know reita
2020-01-01 22:56
hes a japaneese or chineese player that looks like goblin
2020-01-01 22:57
oof 😳😳😳
2020-01-01 22:58
+1
2020-01-02 21:29
that pretty much confirms cerq and kennyS wont be top 20 :(
2020-01-01 22:53
U are wrong, Cerq will be for sure in this list! Dont believe that kennys will figure in...
2020-01-02 03:55
I mean Cerq is the worst player in NRG by far idk why he would be in top 20? I would put him in the top 20 if he was a rifler but as an awper he isn't even a top 20 awper right now let alone a top 20 player.
2020-01-02 03:55
frozen > kennys?
2020-01-01 22:54
Grats My guess is Jkaem as #19
2020-01-01 23:50
wasted spot
2020-01-02 00:00
#303
 | 
CIS sergioff
deserved
2020-01-02 00:04
wtf he 20th???
2020-01-02 00:09
WTW isn’t Ethan?
2020-01-02 00:58
Johnson?
2020-01-02 01:03
nahtE god
2020-01-02 01:19
#318
 | 
Denmark Pabuna
LUL
2020-01-02 01:21
i thought he should got the higher spot before. but he is still deserved for top20
2020-01-02 01:30
That’s my boy ! Great potential at 19
2020-01-02 01:34
He should be at least top 15
2020-01-02 01:35
Tarik top 20?
2020-01-02 01:38
no no no
2020-01-02 02:55
He had a MVP from frickin' Boston Major 2018 and he didn't make into the top20. This year, he can barely seek into top40.
2020-01-02 18:41
Didn't remember it, tough.
2020-01-02 22:38
#324
 | 
Taiwan zhcwhite
top20 list judged by rating?
2020-01-02 01:47
#326
 | 
Brazil hugoooo
Ratings, achievements, consistency, peak, number of MVP's/EVP's and a few other factors.
2020-01-02 02:20
Playoff rating is another important one.
2020-01-02 08:17
unexpected
2020-01-02 02:17
gj
2020-01-02 03:37
The only strange think was in the end, pointing Brollan as a promisse once probably Brollan will be in top 20 ahead him....
2020-01-02 03:53
Nah, he is too young and only had 3 great months in the end as Ethan said, when Fnatic got their old roster back and started rising again. My bet is that Krimz will be only Fnatic player in top 20 this year^^
2020-01-02 14:24
Lets see, my list have both them.
2020-01-02 15:59
#339
 | 
United States Freakmode
Interesting
2020-01-02 04:08
well deserved. great talent and great progress in his career. well done Ethan!
2020-01-02 04:11
nice predicktion nathe brollan probably already in top 20 this year pprokda
2020-01-02 04:11
Unexpected
2020-01-02 04:19
thought so. Ethan is prominent overall but his consistency in matches still needs improving. Wonder what position will Brehze get
2020-01-02 04:50
Ethan top20 so, kennyS not ranked in
2020-01-02 04:57
Dont know him, gotta watch more CS indeed.
2020-01-02 05:09
nice try ence
2020-01-02 11:41
If Ethan is 20, then Brehze and Cerq must be on this list because they are definitely both better than him.
2020-01-02 06:06
#353
sh1ro | 
Philippines euzu
brehze definitely in top 7 not sure about cerq tho
2020-01-02 08:11
Cerq was consistently one of the best awpers all year. To not have him on the list would have been an insult. I feel like 18 is a little low but he still made it.
2020-01-03 21:25
#438
sh1ro | 
Philippines euzu
yeah, decent placing tbh. The playoffs is what really pulled him down.
2020-01-04 11:06
#361
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Brazil hugoooo
Obviously
2020-01-02 09:11
Pretty obvious. Brehze is in the top 7 (very likely)
2020-01-02 15:22
niceee
2020-01-02 06:16
#350
 | 
Sweden Akoulad
This ranking of compromised
2020-01-02 07:45
Deserved. Amazing and stable hser
2020-01-02 07:55
20.. Ethan 19.cerq 18.frozen
2020-01-02 08:20
if CerQ is on 19 i delete my account and never do anything connected to cs again
2020-01-02 11:49
#375
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Denmark Notallama
+1 He shouldnt be in the top20
2020-01-02 13:38
HAHAAHAHHAAHAH kys
2020-01-02 14:36
He will be in the top 15
2020-01-02 15:21
ty, hope so :)
2020-01-02 16:45
#395
 | 
United States Frotha
Lol no
2020-01-02 18:22
So close
2020-01-08 20:53
Lul
2020-01-02 10:37
Zywoo, Device and S1mple this is top 3 HLTV 2019. IDC Zywoo have better stats but Device win 2 major and a lot of tier 1 tournament.Device my favorite but Zywoo TOP 1 so sad.
2020-01-02 11:43
Unexpected but really deserved
2020-01-02 11:54
just cerq and brehze left for eg in top 20 list
2020-01-02 12:18
cg
2020-01-02 13:27
it's happening bois
2020-01-02 13:43
top 19 Jonathan E
2020-01-02 15:02
lul
2020-01-02 15:47
#388
 | 
United Kingdom sikalafa
expected
2020-01-02 16:20
would have expected big event mvp to carry more weight, but grats to ethan, tahw a building block
2020-01-02 16:46
deserved
2020-01-02 18:32
Unexpected and undeserved.
2020-01-02 19:43
Expected
2020-01-02 20:35
expected
2020-01-02 21:08
That bold prediction tho xD
2020-01-02 21:35
They had a great year, so expected. One or two players from EG should rank higher...let's see.
2020-01-02 21:51
#418
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South America ZyvvOo
nice predict
2020-01-02 22:28
+1 omegalul
2020-01-03 03:18
WHO?? XDD
2020-01-02 22:31
#421
 | 
Indonesia Journeast
Future superstar, expected!
2020-01-03 02:50
Ez
2020-01-03 12:53
#434
 | 
Brazil Collee
He's a beast. Plays a tough role as well. Deserved
2020-01-03 16:09
top acne player
2020-01-03 20:04
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