Top 20 players of 2019: NiKo (11)

Nikola "NiKo" Kovač makes his fourth consecutive appearance in the ranking, clinching the 11th place in the Top 20 players of 2019, powered by Xtrfy and LOOT.BET, as one of the most impactful players of the year.

Top 20 players of 2019: Introduction

Starting his career at a very young age, NiKo competed on the local Balkan scene in Counter-Strike 1.6 and got to experience international competition as just a 14 to 15-year-old as part of eu4ia and iNation. With some of the scene's veterans at his side in Nemanja "k1Ng0r" Bošković and later also Aleksandar "kassad" Trifunović, he got to play at Adepto BH Open in 2011 in Sarajevo and at one of the game's last tournaments in late 2012, DreamHack Bucharest, getting experience from playing one of the best teams in the world as he lost to different versions of fnatic in the quarter-final stages of both tournaments.

The Bosnian's stint with the local side iNation (at different times also known as e-Sports.rs, Refuse, and GamePub) continued after the switch to CS:GO as he kept garnering more pedigree on the international scene, competing at Mad Catz Vienna in early 2013 and at DreamHack Bucharest and SLTV StarSeries VIII Finals later that year, with NiKo beginning to make his name as a rising star after putting up impressive numbers each time.

14 years old at the time, NiKo played his first international event in as early as 2011

After a rather unremarkable 2014, during which NiKo was left with little motivation and spent a few months without a team, even declining the first offer from mousesports, in early 2015 he accepted a second call from the German organization, who had up to that point been trying to make their mark with additions from outside of Germany in the likes of Chris "chrisJ" de Jong and Aleksi "allu" Jalli unsuccessfully. But despite the young star's efforts in a promising run at ESEA Invite Season 18 Global Finals, he was soon placed on the bench as the organization brought in a trio from a Major-successful PENTA team to return to a German-speaking lineup in the middle of the year.

"I didn't want to play Counter-Strike [at the end of 2014], I didn't have any motivation and I didn't think I could succeed because the scene in the Balkan region was very bad, almost non-existent. Even though I got an offer to join mousesports in that period (when I wasn't playing), I didn't accept it as I couldn't imagine myself playing for an international team. I could say that I was scared about how it would work out, one of the reasons being my English and also my age at the time," NiKo said in the Top 20 players of 2016 article.

"But after returning to the scene, after seeing it grow my motivation came back as well. I played with iNation for some time and then another offer from mousesports came - this time I took it without a second thought. At that time I decided that I'll give it all and sacrifice everything I need to succeed."

Just three months later, NiKo was called back to the main roster nonetheless to replace Timo "Spiidi" Richter, after the previous lineup failed to keep Legends status at ESL One Cologne. With some impressive individual showings, he started becoming the face of the team, who ended the year with their best result yet on the back of the Bosnian player's carry performances — a runners-up finish at CEVO Season 8 Finals

A big shift in his career came in late 2015 when Fatih "gob b" Dayik's departure meant that NiKo would assume a new, previously unexplored role of the in-game leader for the following year. But even though the move seemed unwise for such a young player, unlike others he seemed unaffected by the additional pressure — in fact, it looked like the opposite was the case. Basing the team around his aggressive lurking style, NiKo immediately found world-class form, leading the new-look mousesports to their first title at Acer Predator Masters and to a couple of deep runs at ELEAGUE Season 1 and ESL Pro League Season 4 Finals, earning a place on the Top 20 list of 2016 as the 11th-best player.

In 2017, NiKo improved on that after a move to FaZe saw him move away from leadership and push the team to high placings for most of the year, winning his first big-event title at SL i-League StarSeries Season 3 while also earning his first MVP award. Three more titles came in the latter half of the year when the European mixture brought in Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács and Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer and became the best in the world for a brief period, spearheaded by NiKo. Fascinating consistency saw the Bosnian superstar claim two MVPs and EVPs at all but three tournaments he attended, placing him as the runner-up to Marcelo "coldzera" David in the year's Top 20 list.

Although individually it was more of the same incredible prowess from NiKo in 2018, it began with a heavy blow, as FaZe missed out on a Major title following Cloud9' famous comeback on the deciding map of the ELEAGUE Major grand final. The team went on to suffer from roster instability as olofmeister took a three-month leave in the first half, and late in the year they stopped seeing eye-to-eye with in-game leader Finn "karrigan" Andersen, who ended up passing on the mantle to NiKo in the middle of the FACEIT Major and was placed on the bench by the end of the year. Despite all the trouble, however, FaZe still managed to win three tournaments and place deep at several others, and NiKo clinched the third place in the Top 20 ranking.

"The goals for 2019 were obviously to get back to the top, to make it to semi-finals all the time, make it to finals, competing with the best teams in the world, and just competing for trophies."

Bosnia and HerzegovinaNiKo
2019 LAN tournament stats
TournamentEvent Team (place) Rating 2.0 (in team) ADR KPR DPR Impact KAST Award
iBP Masters 2019
(5-6th)
1.41 (1st, +33%) 94.2 0.92 0.60 1.50 73.5% EVP
EL Invitational 2019
(1st)
1.10 (1st, +3%) 78.1 0.73 0.64 1.08 67.8% EVP
IEM Katowice 2019
(5-8th)
1.15 (1st, +11%) 80.8 0.73 0.64 1.22 70.4%
BLAST São Paulo
(5th)
1.06 (1st, +20%) 84.0 0.73 0.74 1.17 63.3%
SS i-L S7
(9-11th)
1.26 (1st, +19%) 85.9 0.83 0.65 1.44 70.0%
BLAST Miami
(1st)
1.44 (1st, +23%) 97.7 0.92 0.61 1.59 77.2% MVP
DH Masters Dallas 2019
(3-4th)
1.17 (2nd, +6%) 80.8 0.75 0.64 1.20 73.3%
EPL S9 Finals
(5-6th)
1.05 (1st, +14%) 80.4 0.72 0.71 1.14 64.0%
ESL One Cologne
(9-12th)
1.06 (2nd, +13%) 78.0 0.69 0.71 1.17 65.0%
BLAST Los Angeles
(2nd)
1.16 (1st, +12%) 78.7 0.79 0.68 1.31 70.1% EVP
StarLadder Major
(12-14th)
1.00 (3rd, -1%) 77.2 0.67 0.73 1.07 66.0%
ESL One NY 2019
(7-8th)
0.80 (4th, -9%) 59.2 0.57 0.75 0.87 60.4%
BLAST Copenhagen
(1st)
1.33 (1st, +13%) 92.8 0.84 0.62 1.30 78.0% MVP
IEM Beijing
(3-4th)
1.16 (1st, +9%) 82.1 0.76 0.65 1.22 69.3%
EPL S10 Finals
(9-12th)
1.22 (1st, +18%) 87.7 0.75 0.66 1.31 74.6%
BLAST Global Final
(4th)
0.94 (4th, -3%) 77.0 0.62 0.70 0.99 59.3%
5%+ above average
5%+ below average
Closer than 5% to average

With a gap in the roster left by karrigan's benching at the end of 2018, FaZe looked for replacements. Unable to find an in-game leader in the short amount of time before the IEM Katowice roster lock, the team welcomed Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev and NiKo was once again faced with a decision to take up the head role more permanently.

"Once we removed karrigan, it was never a plan for me to be the in-game leader. We made a mistake in removing Finn without having a set player that can join us. The thing is, we wanted to be fair with him and us because there wasn't much time left for the roster lock, so we had to make a decision, either to remove him or not so he can find a team for the Major. I believe the IEM Katowice roster lock was on December 31, so we had to make a decision right after BLAST Lisbon.

"We didn't want to keep karrigan as a backup, so we removed him, but we didn't really have a replacement for him so we started thinking that we'd get a stand-in for the Major and try something after. Everything started once we removed karrigan. Once we didn't have a replacement, we just started using stand-ins, and that affected us the most. Janko was the one who wanted to keep Finn in the team, but it was too late for Finn to stay. Even he himself admitted that it's not going to work, him being the in-game leader in the team, it just couldn't work anymore, you just have that feeling, it just didn't feel right, and he knew it himself, so that's why we did it.

In the meantime, one of his former iNation teammates, Janko "YNk" Paunović, came in as the new coach to replace Robert "RobbaN" Dahlström and help with the responsibilities.

"Bringing in Janko, I wanted to do it for a very long time because RobbaN had wanted to step down for some time. We had always liked RobbaN, he was more of a manager to us than a coach, but it was up to him if he wanted to keep going it or not because I believe he had a huge impact on our team. That's the reason why we brought Janko. Obviously, I was the main reason why Janko is with us, I pushed for him a lot, he's my friend and I know how well he knows the game and how dedicated he is, so it's just great to have him on the team. It's just great to have friends on the team rather than just teammates, as well, so it's good to have him."

Despite great performances from NiKo, the new FaZe went out in groups at iBUYPOWER Masters

Although the new lineup struggled at first at iBUYPOWER Masters, getting eliminated in groups at the hands of Ghost, the Bosnian seemed unaffected by the new role, putting in three admirable maps and averaging a 1.41 rating at the first event with the new roster to earn a rare EVP mention — an accolade that is otherwise normally earned with the help of a good playoffs performance.

"I don't know why in-game leadership doesn't affect me. I just play my game. It affects me in some situations; I cannot make some plays that I should have made. You don't want to die in certain situations because you have to make a call for the late round, but, other than that, it doesn't affect me. It doesn't take away too much of my focus that I have to call in the beginning of the rounds or something. The only bad thing about being the in-game leader for me is just that I can't make some moves that I would have made if I wasn't the in-game leader. That's the only thing that affects me."

The second time turned out much better for FaZe as they won their first title of 2019 at the four-team ELEAGUE Invitational only a few days later despite an opening loss to Cloud9 in the double-elimination bracket. After beating everyone present in Atlanta — Complexity, BIG, and Timothy "autimatic" Ta's squad — in a run through the lower bracket, NiKo finished the tournament as the team's highest-rated player at 1.10, but he was beaten by teammate GuardiaN to the MVP award, in the end.

After the campaign in America, it was time for preparations for the first Major of 2019 and, finally, IEM Katowice itself. A fantastic level from the Bosnian in wins over HellRaisers, Cloud9, and Complexity ensured that the European team survived a tough New Legends Stage by the skin of their teeth and retained Legends status with a 3-2 score, but his dropoff in a quarter-final loss to Natus Vincere meant that he would miss out on a third EVP in a row in spite of a team-leading 1.15 rating.

"Making it to the playoffs at IEM Katowice felt good. We were 1-2 down and then we managed to come back, and we had this close match against Complexity. Making it to the playoffs back then we just felt like 'you have to do it, no matter how bad you are, you have to make the playoffs'. Being that close to not making it, once we did it felt good."

NiKo led FaZe to the playoffs at the first Major

The future looked uncertain as AdreN was originally only meant to stay until the Major, but the team took their time to find a new leader and the veteran's stint got prolonged for four more tournaments. The first — BLAST Pro Series São Paulo — went poorly, with FaZe winning just one in five maps while NiKo played an underwhelming tournament overall. A week later, StarSeries i-League Season 7 followed with the 22-year-old looking in much better form, but despite a 2-0 start in the Swiss stage followed by NiKo's heroic efforts in close series against Renegades and ENCE, YNk & co. finished outside of the playoffs once again after three losses in a row.

The drought ended at the next stop in Miami. A poor first day in which the European squad got blown out of the water by Liquid and tied MIBR at first made a grand final appearance unlikely at best, but the team came in reinvigorated on the second day and put in three convincing wins in the group stage to make it to the grand final, where NiKo's 1.53 series rating against the Nick "nitr0" Cannella-led team saw FaZe hoist their first Big-Event trophy and the Bosnian claimed his first MVP after a flawless tournament, worthy of an incredible 1.44 rating.

"We were all surprised by the way we played on the second day in Miami. After the first day, we just gave it all, it just felt way different compared to the way we had been playing. That was the best CS we had played since we brought in AdreN back in January. I'm just happy that we could pull off that second day, it was just great CS that we played and it was good for our confidence that we could show we can still be that team who can just run over opponents no matter who is on the other side. It just happened and we carried that form on to the ESL Pro League group stage.

The first big title and MVP medal came at BLAST Pro Series Miami

By a stroke of bad luck, NiKo had to sit out IEM Sydney next due to visa issues, so a successful Pro League group stage in the middle of April marked his last appearance with the first version of the 2019 FaZe.

"The biggest regret that I have from 2019 is that I didn't get my visa for Sydney. I believe that if I got my visa for Sydney, I think that we had a big chance of winning it. It was right after ESL Pro League, we felt really, really confident, we finally clicked together, and then I didn't get my visa. And because we wanted to bring in an in-game leader, we switched out AdreN, and everything started going kind of downhill."

AdreN's temporary tenure came to a close shortly after the Australian tournament because the team finally found a new in-game leader in Filip "NEO" Kubski, whose trial began in May and was set to last until the StarLadder Major, for which the roster deadline was just about to close. NiKo seemed unaffected at the beginning, recording another solid tournament at DreamHack Masters Dallas in the run to the semi-finals, but his consistency seemed to fade as the first half of the year was drawing to an end.

Although he was still able to hit the same peaks, which eventually earned him Valuable Player annotations thanks to being a key player in victories, his numbers dipped at ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals and ESL One Cologne due to some poor maps over the course of the two tournaments, which saw the team go out in the quarter-finals and in the group stage, respectively.

Traveling back to the States in July, FaZe were in Los Angeles for another BLAST Pro Series stop to end the first part of the season on a better note. After the two shaky events, NiKo came away with his third EVP of the year on the back of a solid group stage showing and especially a team-leading 1.58 rating in a semi-final series triumph against NRG, as the European side placed second to Liquid.

NiKo received his third EVP at BLAST Pro Series Los Angeles

After everyone went on a break in August, NiKo briefly dipped once again. The StarLadder Major was a huge disappointment, with the star having a completely unremarkable tournament (a rather fitting 1.00 rating overall) as FaZe lost the Legends status that they had held since the ELEAGUE Major in 2018, with a tight loss to Renegades playing a key part in their elimination once more after the Aussie side had defeated them in narrow fashion in Shanghai in April.

"Not making it to the playoffs in Berlin was really, really bad for us, especially because we lost to Renegades back then, where we had a good lead on the third map."

The Berlin result also meant the end of NEO's trial and the core of FaZe decided that one change wouldn't cut it this time, and GuardiaN accompanied the Pole out of the door to make room for two new additions: a young up-and-comer in Helvijs "broky" Saukants and NiKo's friend and rival, coldzera. The shakeup resulted in difficult last-minute adjustments from the team, who had olofmeister shift to a primary AWPer and switched other roles around to accommodate the Brazilian star as well as the Latvian while NiKo was back in the leading position, and the new FaZe bombed out of ESL One New York in last place, with a horrible series against Evil Geniuses driving the Bosnian deep into the red.

"New York was terrible. It was the worst event of my career and I think coldzera's, as well. I don't know why it was my worst event, but I think cold put too much pressure on himself, because he hadn't competed for a few months back then, so I think he really felt like he had to perform at his best.

"We also only had like two days of practice. We didn't know until the media day in New York if we were going to play with coldzera, it was really weird at that point. Once we figured out that he was going to play, it was a relief, but it was still no excuse for how we played. I think I can blame it on myself because I think we tried to complicate things too much instead of making it more simple and playing just on our individual skill, and that's why lost in groups and lost to a team like OpTic. EG were at a peak at the time, but we had a chance against them too, we had 9-2 lead on the first map, and we still managed to throw it away."

NiKo sank into the red at ESL One New York after the last-minute addition of coldzera

Things already looked up in the first stage of ESL Pro League the following week, but it was a month later that it became clear just how high the new mixture can peak when they started their BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen campaign with a 16-2 victory against Astralis and went on to dominate Natus Vincere and NiP. Looking in amazing form again, NiKo became the frontrunner in the MVP race already and held on to his case with a solid finish, leading FaZe to their second big-event trophy after beating the Swedes in the grand final.

"We just came straight from a 10-day bootcamp in Warsaw, we came really prepared. We didn't come with high expectations for BLAST Copenhagen, we just came there to get experience as a team, it was only our second event with the team after the Pro League group stage, which wasn't that bad either.

"The biggest reason why we managed to perform that well in Copenhagen was the mood in the team and the chemistry. No matter what was happening, no matter how down we were, we were always positive and we always managed to come back to win the game at that event. And, obviously, the 16-2 win against Astralis was a huge, huge boost of confidence for us. We just carried it on from then and we played great. I believe that's our peak. When we have that, I think we can be really, really dangerous."

The remainder of the year was far from as glamorous, but NiKo still made his impact known at two of the last three events. FaZe made it to the playoffs at IEM Beijing, where a terrible team showing in a whitewash of a semi-final loss to Astralis contrasted an otherwise great tournament from the 22-year-old, and he added another VP mention at ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals highlighted by a peak performance against TYLOO, though the team's run was cut short in groups by 100 Thieves. It was only the BLAST Pro Series Global Final that left a lot to be desired, with NiKo diving into the red in Bahrain for the second time in 2019 after losses to NiP and Liquid.

"The personal goal is to try to get back to the level that I was at for the past three or four years. I don't want to be on the same level that I've been at for the last half-year. I just want to come back to where I was and it is going to come back, I believe. I showed some peaks at the end of the year, so it's going to come back."

"Now that I took the in-game leader role, I want to be the guy, I want to be the best in-game leader in the world if I can, I want to be the best in-game leader that can also perform the best in the world, as well. I don't want to be the guy about whom people say 'He's the in-game leader, he doesn't have to perform.' I want to be the guy who leads and performs the best on the team if it's possible. That's my goal for the next year and I'm going to do my best to achieve it. If it doesn't work out, then I'm the one to be blamed for it, but I want to try to achieve that."

Why was NiKo the 11th best player of 2019?

Although he didn't live up to his standards from previous years, NiKo was still one of the most impactful players of 2019, as shown in numbers such as 0.77 kills per round (seventh most), 82.6 ADR (seventh most), 0.13 opening kills per round (seventh most), and multi-kills in 19.6% of his rounds (fifth most).

NiKo was one of only four players to clinch multiple MVPs in 2019

Only four players won multiple MVP awards last year and the Bosnian was one of them, claiming the highest accolade at BLAST Pro Series stops in Miami and Copenhagen. He also earned three more EVPs at iBUYPOWER Masters, ELEAGUE Invitational, and BLAST Pro Series Los Angeles, and finished a few other events on the brink of awards: StarSeries i-League Season 7, DreamHack Masters Dallas, and IEM Beijing.

However, while his very high averages in a strong sample size (105 maps at Big Events) combined with the number of awards might look good enough for a spot well inside the top 10, the fact that none of NiKo's peaks came at the year's most competitive events detracted from his position, as did the lowest round-to-round consistency (70.0% KAST) among all Top 20 players and the several lows he suffered throughout the year.

Bold prediction

NiKo has had an good track record so far, picking out Robin "ropz" Kool in his Top 20 players of 2016 article — at a time when the Estonian was months away from joining mousesports —, his cousin Nemanja "huNter-" Kovač in 2017, and Jere "sergej" Salo in 2018.

This time, he opted for another FPL-inspired, truly bold prediction in Aurimas "Bymas" Pipiras, who recently won the Baltic Masters Season 3 Finals with 1337HUANIA:

Lithuania Aurimas "Bymas" Pipiras

"There's this guy Bymas from FPL who really surprised me. I watched him a couple of times and I think he's pretty good and a pretty versatile player. He's not going to be in the Top 20 next year, but I believe he's going to be a big thing. I believe he has the potential to make it to the top and do some good things."

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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Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
1103
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.11
Sweden Robert 'RobbaN' Dahlström
Robert 'RobbaN' Dahlström
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
3
KPR:
0.47
DPR:
0.55
APR:
0.03
Serbia Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
1003
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Latvia Helvijs 'broky' Saukants
Helvijs 'broky' Saukants
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
269
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.12
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1234
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Germany Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.85
Maps played:
975
KPR:
0.56
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Finland Jere 'sergej' Salo
Jere 'sergej' Salo
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
559
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1158
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
United States Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1008
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Poland Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1703
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.17
Estonia Robin 'ropz' Kool
Robin 'ropz' Kool
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
704
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.11
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1520
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1593
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Serbia Janko 'YNk' Paunović
Janko 'YNk' Paunović
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
117
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1420
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1469
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Lithuania Aurimas 'Bymas' Pipiras
Aurimas 'Bymas' Pipiras
Age:
16
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
16
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
Germany Timo 'Spiidi' Richter
Timo 'Spiidi' Richter
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1342
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
Kazakhstan Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1461
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Serbia Aleksandar 'kassad' Trifunović
Aleksandar 'kassad' Trifunović
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.75
Maps played:
99
KPR:
0.52
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.13
Serbia Nemanja 'k1Ng0r' Bošković
Nemanja 'k1Ng0r' Bošković
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
358
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1353
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
#1
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Sweden Memento_Hartz4 
Very good player, he should be way higher! The real top1 in 2017, respect!
2020-01-10 20:00
#16
NiKo | 
Brazil vChuck1 
01-ZywOo 02-s1mple 03-device 04-EliGE 05-electronic 06-Magisk 07-NAF 08-Brehze 09-Twistzz 10-ropz
2020-01-10 20:00
#39
 | 
Morocco Op1xoN 
from top 3 2018 to top 11 2019 what a downgrade mr.NiKo :/
2020-01-10 20:01
what??
2020-01-10 20:01
mad shaky
2020-01-10 20:02
#122
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North America ProudNAfan 
Undeserved for destroying faze
2020-01-10 20:24
#363
Krimbo | 
Germany GqLqXY 
is dat tha real smooya twin himself?
2020-01-11 15:55
He's lucky to be that high ngl
2020-01-10 20:03
Even 11th place is undeserved.
2020-01-10 20:05
#322
 | 
India ASTRALNINJA 
+1
2020-01-11 07:53
#353
 | 
Portugal azetecapt 
wtf, do y even watch cs? he's the best raw aim player in the game, and has 200+ iq m8 kek Look at 2016, he got 11, and and no victoriies/1evp/0 2nds/ 0mvp, This year, 3 evps 2 mvps with 2 1st, and gets 11 keke
2020-01-11 13:30
#371
 | 
United Kingdom willtr 
yeah but astralis, mous, na'vi and liquid exist and most of their players are better than niko rn
2020-01-11 17:48
#408
 | 
United States Tsuga 
you're confusing players with teams. just because FaZe isn't performing well doesn't mean that NiKo isn't.
2020-01-13 19:54
flair checks out, but he's been inconsistent this year, inconsistency affects a lot
2020-01-11 18:01
#406
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Portugal azetecapt 
ok
2020-01-13 15:06
He is still lucky. Cold from top 1 2017 to top 10 2018 to nothing now.
2020-01-10 20:16
Yeah, but this is mainly because of his team and him switching to the IGL role.
2020-01-10 20:34
Imagine stealing IGL from fucking Neo NiKo... more like Ego
2020-01-10 22:17
acting as NEO was any good in his stint with faze. NA Brain at it’s finest
2020-01-10 23:10
#333
 | 
Serbia mihajlow0w0 
+1
2020-01-11 09:34
#334
 | 
India Jazz_B 
+1
2020-01-11 09:40
Exactly. I would understand if he said Karrigan.
2020-01-11 12:43
#175
 | 
Germany berkbabo 
Well but he just drop so hard because of FaZe bad year, and he had like 2 bad individuel periods where he didnt completly destroy so yeah.
2020-01-10 20:56
#222
NiKo | 
Argentina frexs 
Coldzera top 1 2017 ---> Coldzera top 10 2018, thats a downgrade
2020-01-10 22:06
Lucky that Guardian was garbage or Niko would be #3 Kovac hunter >>> NiKo
2020-01-10 22:14
he needs to grow out his hair and bring back the bread loaf. more loaf = more niko power
2020-01-10 23:59
#277
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Canada razneK1789 
lol
2020-01-11 00:43
#356
 | 
United States Gatlinburg 
xaxaxa
2020-01-11 14:30
#357
 | 
United States Gatlinburg 
But he also dominated on his army or half-bald hair? So he needs to switch hair time to time?
2020-01-11 14:30
Sad😭
2020-01-11 04:21
lmao rate s1mple 2nd and device 3rd
2020-01-10 20:02
hltv.org/stats?startDate=2019-01-01&endD.. It's HLTV bro. Your "feelings" can do nothing with the fact that S1mple performed much better than Device. I respect Device, but S1mple was better and these numbers just prove that. You're not on some "glory fanboys' forum", you're on HLTV, so everything will be made with "logic + math" formula.
2020-01-10 20:44
#195
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Hong Kong RongYi 
But the tournaments won tho 🤔🤔🤔
2020-01-10 21:31
#214
 | 
Europe bansku 
yeah zywoo shouldnt be in top 10 because he didnt win enough tournaments
2020-01-10 21:46
Hltv top 20 players list does not only take tournament wins in consideration. Coz tournament wins come from team play, however the list is about individual performance.
2020-01-11 01:06
Pretty crazy that although S1mple has a higher rating by 0.07 but his team as a whole has a 0.04 worse rating than Device's team
2020-01-11 15:19
Using the filters you can see a few things. Device played: 81 maps against top5 teams. 29 maps against top5-10 25 against top10-20. S1mple played: 25 against top5 teams. 58 maps against top5-10 46 against top10-20. As you can see, device maintained a good rating playing mostly against top5 teams. S1mple stats are good, but no way you can say he will be above device. EVPS on big events: Device: 7 (1 on major) S1mple: 5 (1 on major) MVPs on big events: Device: 3 (1 on major) S1mple: 1 (0 on major) Objectively speaking, there's no way S1mple is above device this year. His ratings are inflated due to the lack of plays against top5 teams and he has less mvps and evps.
2020-01-10 21:31
Good point
2020-01-11 06:53
Device plays with 4 other players in the top 20 and simple has to play with boombl4 and a washed up guardian. And before boombl4 it was Zeus and Edward.
2020-01-11 13:02
So? Last year it was the same and he got evps and mvps enough even without winning as many tournaments. This year he didn't. My point still stands. 0% chance S1mple is above device in 2019 ranking.
2020-01-11 13:09
Spot on
2020-01-11 16:49
Totally correct 👍
2020-01-12 11:51
#198
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong void0 
Nt hltv.org/stats?startDate=2019-01-01&endD.. Also nt hltv.org/stats?startDate=2019-01-01&endD.. edt. > "You're not on some "glory fanboys' forum", you're on HLTV, so everything will be made with "logic + math" formula." Lol. Flag doesnt checks out.
2020-01-10 21:35
Check what "big events" are and check Na`Vi's position on these events. And then talk. Mr. I_Think_I'm_very_Smart.
2020-01-10 21:37
#204
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong void0 
Flag doesnt checks out. Nice excuses tho.
2020-01-10 21:38
Nice to see you're using useless rhetoric like "flag checks out" in situation where you're absolutely out of arguments. :)
2020-01-10 21:39
no answers to #197??
2020-01-10 23:12
device was playing against top5 teams more often cuz Astralis were the best in 2019 as a team. It is not hard to understand that logically, I guess. MVPs are useless since these are mostly team achievement. Cuz you cannot take MVP if your team is not in top2 of the tournament. Some years before they gave MVPs ONLY for some player of winning team. But nowadays, they (HLTV) became smarter and they can understand the difference between "team achievements" and "individual achievements". I think it's good logically.
2020-01-11 00:24
#298
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong void0 
Nice excuses once again. Flag doesnt checks out.
2020-01-11 01:56
0/8
2020-01-11 03:07
#326
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Turkey erasmusguy 
Zywoo won MVP 2 times this year despite losing in finals
2020-01-11 08:43
you’re delusional and biased, holy shit. dev1ce top 1, zywoo top 2 pimpl3 top 3 by the end of January
2020-01-11 16:50
#71
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Bulgaria Minatø 
where is gla1ve
2020-01-10 20:04
apparently hltv thinks he had the worst year out of any astralis player which is kinda bs, but he might be up there for either twistzz or naf since a team that didn’t win a major shouldn’t have 3 top 10 players
2020-01-10 20:39
#212
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Portugal Roronoaa 
0/8
2020-01-10 21:45
0/8
2020-01-10 23:15
0/8
2020-01-11 01:08
#327
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Turkey erasmusguy 
0/8 Look at their streak
2020-01-11 08:44
#84
 | 
North America Krulcifer 
switch 2 and 3
2020-01-10 20:06
what has sasha done in 2019.
2020-01-10 20:07
#133
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Estonia Leedk 
What has glaive done in 2019 , except table fight :D
2020-01-10 20:31
igling the best in the world. Not choking in major finals like s0mple. Actually out-fragging in LULQUIT vs Astralis games. winning both majors. IDK are you blind ?
2020-01-10 21:10
#246
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Europe twitchy_ 
Outsmart all the other IGL of the world? For a second year in a row? When everybody already knows how they play every map? Everybody was expecting Astralis choking this year, but they are still there on the first spot, and that's basically thanks to him and Zonic, their tactics are from another world and they can dominate any team if they are in the zone.
2020-01-10 23:00
hahaha rekt
2020-01-10 23:16
No
2020-01-10 20:09
#121
 | 
United States Nohj 
0/8
2020-01-10 20:24
#131
NiKo | 
Brazil vChuck1 
ur dumb =)
2020-01-10 20:30
very good prediction
2020-01-10 20:58
Your top 4 is probably the good one :)
2020-01-10 21:09
#182
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Denmark Cleandog 
Unfortunately due to hltv analyst bias right, still stupid when 99% hltv users know device #1
2020-01-10 21:10
device top 1 team player zywoo top 1 Individual player
2020-01-10 21:25
#218
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Denmark LaqeuZ 
+1
2020-01-10 21:52
yes, and CS is a team game or individual game? Which one would most of you prefer on your team, Device, S1mple or Zywoo. I think it's easy.
2020-01-11 17:44
#380
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Denmark Cleandog 
I need carry so like his team I would go with Zyw0o and we would win nothing but he would look fantastic
2020-01-11 19:27
#196
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United States Melanin807 
+1 mens
2020-01-10 21:31
Considering how shit his team has been this is pretty good. In fact I would say that as a player he probably still is one of the best in the world, he just needs to get an actual IGL and kick olofmeister, ofc not gonna happen, but if that were to happen he'd be competing for number 1 with players like s1mple, dev1ce, z1woo
2020-01-10 21:40
#211
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Europe bansku 
twistzz 9 hahah
2020-01-10 21:44
#240
NiKo | 
Brazil vChuck1 
so what?
2020-01-10 22:41
Ropz should be in front of Twistzzz
2020-01-10 21:55
ropz > Brehze and Twistzz
2020-01-10 22:20
#328
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Turkey erasmusguy 
No way, brehze was amazing this year
2020-01-11 08:47
Hunter!
2020-01-10 22:45
BREZHE TOP 8 AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
2020-01-11 00:00
#377
NiKo | 
Brazil vChuck1 
Yeah maybe he is too high
2020-01-11 18:59
so very too high, he can't be in top20, but hltv top of players makes by clowns 🤡🤡
2020-01-11 20:57
#271
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Portugal vt_ 
u forgot gla1ve in that list
2020-01-11 00:21
- electronic + glaive
2020-01-11 02:07
MAN I JUST DREAM S1MPLE #11 BUT ITS JUST A DREAM GLAD TO KNOW THAT HAHAHA
2020-01-11 02:30
That seems legit
2020-01-11 02:30
#409
rain | 
Vietnam lampro28 
insane !!!
2020-01-14 07:13
#410
AdreN | 
Germany YouGin 
I’m impressed, man
2020-01-14 20:05
0/8 cold better
2020-01-10 20:02
arent u supposed to agree with ur alt? lol
2020-01-10 20:31
-69
2020-01-10 20:52
#2
 | 
Europe obvious 
Cg
2020-01-10 20:00
#7
2020-01-10 20:00
#4
 | 
Switzerland x676 
Congrats Niko! Movistar Riders will win next Major.
2020-01-10 20:00
??? Spain team with Swiss flag and Russian team??? I diagnose you with schizophrenia 🤭
2020-01-10 22:24
#280
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Venezuela Jorge_ 
That's the most underdog thing I've read. And it would be even more beautiful than C9's major.
2020-01-11 00:51
#5
 | 
Hong Kong Hltv_virgin 
ez
2020-01-10 20:00
Nice
2020-01-10 20:00
Nice one
2020-01-10 20:00
lmao
2020-01-10 20:00
#157
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Finland Smoonah 
so undeserved, rigged ratings
2020-01-10 20:49
+11111111111111111
2020-01-10 20:52
One of the most impactful players of 2019. Impact rating 1.23. Are u blind??
2020-01-11 01:09
#285
 | 
Finland Smoonah 
No.
2020-01-11 01:09
Then u r just ignorant.
2020-01-11 01:15
Choko only relevant cuz meme tournament blast
2020-01-11 11:11
rigged, twistzz < NiKo
2020-01-10 20:00
#81
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Indonesia Alekira 
Dude are u seriously? i mean c'mon dude in 2019 twistzz show us his best form and at least he's better than NiKo
2020-01-10 20:06
nt NiKo was a top 5 player for the first 6 months of 2019 and had much better peaks than twistzz. also twistzz is a low impact baiter/anchor lmao while NiKo has much harder roles as an entry/playmaker. and i have liquid as my flair, not faze or NiKo. also twistzz dropped off too so hltv.org/stats/players/compare/10394/Twi.. hltv.org/stats/players/compare/10394/Twi..
2020-01-10 20:12
#257
shox | 
Serbia nzzm22 
+1111111 also he was a hard pure entry under NEO which took down his stats a lot.
2020-01-10 23:29
yeah. players like dupreeh and even arT could have much better stats if they werent making room for the better players on their teams for late round (device and kscerato respectively). neo wasnt a bad choice per say but rain as entry was fine honestly
2020-01-11 01:39
+1
2020-01-11 10:45
AHAHAHAHAHHAHAH..... hm... sorry its rly funny
2020-01-10 20:14
NiKo better in every stats lmao twistzz only frags vs low tier teams
2020-01-10 20:53
#259
shox | 
Serbia nzzm22 
And Twistzz is a baiter while NiKo was hard hard entrying under NEO ( i remember him having ~30% opening duels taken at tournaments :D, thats the most we've seen after Art from Furia )
2020-01-10 23:30
#279
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United States Trustelamp 
Although you have the right to your own opinion if you look at the stats twistzz played 85 more maps than Niko. That is why twistzz stats are lower. Liquid attended more events than faze and accomplished more as a team this year. Thus he is rated higher. Makes sense to me...
2020-01-11 00:49
#381
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Indonesia Alekira 
+1
2020-01-11 20:11
gg u noob sh#t
2020-01-13 13:49
#110
 | 
Brazil NahT_ 
+1
2020-01-10 20:16
very cool
2020-01-10 20:00
Expected, great player and baiter
2020-01-10 20:01
baitor indeed
2020-01-10 20:53
Baiter?? He has 7th best opening duels winning rate.
2020-01-11 01:10
I can win one opening duel and 100% winning rate, so whats ur point?
2020-01-11 20:40
he was entry when neo igl'ed
2020-01-12 12:16
U really think hltv would include his opening duels win rate as one of the most notable stats of his 2019 career if he only got few entries??? Have u even seen faze's games last year?? Cold is baiter, niko as an igl always going first for the info (example, in dust2 mid, he's known for his entries when no other stat works for them). Rain does entry but not as often as before anymore, he is more of a support for broky. U r danish and device fan I expect u to be smart and not ignorant.
2020-01-12 15:54
Goat
2020-01-10 20:00
Good but not goat
2020-01-11 16:53
Cool
2020-01-10 20:00
nc deserved i think
2020-01-10 20:00
#15
 | 
Denmark valt3rr 
Ez
2020-01-10 20:00
#17
 | 
United States Fanta_Boy 
GJ NIKO
2020-01-10 20:00
deserved
2020-01-10 20:00
why?
2020-01-10 20:00
#69
 | 
Turkey i_eat_kebab 
Sen ne diyon oruspu cocugu
2020-01-10 20:04
+1 #FaZeUp
2020-01-10 20:06
#95
 | 
Turkey emasu66 
Fakeflag nt poor
2020-01-10 20:10
hahahahah blastiko
2020-01-10 20:19
why?
2020-01-10 20:54
#20
 | 
Poland jakub3tp 
ok
2020-01-10 20:00
Congrats
2020-01-10 20:00
#22
 | 
Denmark QBE_ 
Expected
2020-01-10 20:00
#23
 | 
Japan Fanta_machine 
Undeserved
2020-01-10 20:00
#179
rain | 
United Kingdom Kaiiid 
+1
2020-01-10 21:07
#24
 | 
Finland Homeless775 
What
2020-01-10 20:00
BOT
2020-01-10 20:00
#26
 | 
United Kingdom john19731 
ok
2020-01-10 20:00
#27
 | 
Spain Insurrecto97 
Undeserved
2020-01-10 20:00
tru
2020-01-10 20:55
#28
 | 
Brunei Not_StriK 
Expected
2020-01-10 20:00
#29
 | 
Canada roylin 
FUCK WRF RHIS BULLSHIT WTF
2020-01-10 20:00
Nice
2020-01-10 20:00
#31
 | 
Indonesia Journeast 
As a told ya, the Juan criminal!
2020-01-10 20:00
#32
Frankie | 
Ukraine d3adLY 
Bymas? WHO?
2020-01-10 20:00
a prodigy
2020-01-10 20:49
Next is Twistzz
2020-01-10 20:00
ropz top 10 pog
2020-01-10 20:55
Beast :)
2020-01-10 20:00
nikonikoni
2020-01-10 20:00
#36
 | 
United States KrakeNCSGO 
gj
2020-01-10 20:01
#37
 | 
Brazil atapoxao 
expected
2020-01-10 20:01
wtf?
2020-01-10 20:01
nice player!
2020-01-10 20:01
Not bat
2020-01-10 20:01
#42
 | 
Canada roylin 
SHOULVE BEN 10
2020-01-10 20:01
#256
LaimB | 
Lithuania Martis 
Ben Ten? Watched that back in the day. Always wanted his watch
2020-01-10 23:24
#43
 | 
Armenia TiBoN29 
Expected
2020-01-10 20:01
#44
 | 
Hungary G2_top_5_soon 
Gooood
2020-01-10 20:01
deserved
2020-01-10 20:01
#46
 | 
Brazil drluc4s 
if it has niko cold will be there too
2020-01-10 20:01
will be top 40
2020-01-10 20:03
-1000000
2020-01-10 20:56
Xaxaxa Will PayPal you 400 real if you’re right c0-16zera xaxaxa
2020-01-10 22:36
#47
NAF | 
India FosFate 
heavily expected
2020-01-10 20:01
#49
 | 
Argentina Chief02 
meeeh ok
2020-01-10 20:01
Not even top 10 lmao
2020-01-10 20:01
#51
 | 
China withsn 
faze should change for an real IGL and let NIKO do what he good at
2020-01-10 20:01
i thought he stoped igling?
2020-01-10 20:10
nope
2020-01-10 20:56
#52
 | 
Sweden meistr0 
YIIIIKES. If he wasnt delusional and actually added a IGL to his team he would 100% have been top 5.
2020-01-10 20:01
moe pochtenie, nikolay
2020-01-10 20:02
EZ KATKA
2020-01-10 20:02
Honestly didn't expect him to enter the top 20 but I'm glad he's gotten back on track
2020-01-10 20:02
overrated
2020-01-10 20:02
#60
 | 
Germany demsotex 
hm thought he would be better
2020-01-10 20:02
get out. top 20 max
2020-01-10 20:02
COLDZERA IN TOP 10 GUYS LETS PARTY
2020-01-10 20:02
Cold top 5 Kscerato top 8
2020-01-10 20:26
lmao nice troll name tricked a putin 😂
2020-01-10 22:41
What a downfall, if he never became an IGL he would've got top3/2 again. Hope he realises the amount of talent he is wasting IGL'ing.
2020-01-10 20:02
#65
 | 
Russia Hidd3N_ 
Nice
2020-01-10 20:03
#67
 | 
Turkey i_eat_kebab 
Deserved better
2020-01-10 20:03
he is still a god in this game. just wasted in the hands of a big organization. hopefully they will find a good igl and he will keep on delivering.
2020-01-10 20:03
#70
 | 
Sweden Akoulad 
doesn't even deserve top20 TBH
2020-01-10 20:04
top8 stats doesnt deserve top20? Okboss
2020-01-10 20:55
#236
 | 
United States jay_320 
I know what you mean. Faze didn't do shit this year and Niko by way of making himself general manager and then IGL basically made himself personally responsible. It's a waste of talent honestly.
2020-01-10 22:35
#72
 | 
Myanmar Jiyn[IYN] 
Is he huNter's cousin?
2020-01-10 20:04
#76
 | 
Russia mmmmmmajestic 
Who is hunTer and where is he?
2020-01-10 20:05
In home , he is pro player
2020-01-10 20:53
#73
 | 
Japan NoDo 
Congratulations. Considering the tough year for Faze, he kept showing a great performance, in my opinion. He is a player that I believe will be back in the top 5 still several times.
2020-01-10 20:05
+111
2020-01-11 01:12
#74
KRIMZ | 
Denmark slacking 
should be higher than breeze and ropz lmao
2020-01-10 20:05
Krimz better than him yes, but niko is max top 18
2020-01-10 20:12
+1 brehze poor mans elige who fell off harder than NiKo did after starladder and ropz boosting stats at dh opens for 6 months and only had 2-3 months of constant big events
2020-01-11 01:42
Respect
2020-01-10 20:05
#77
 | 
Argentina trackssZZZ 
lulw
2020-01-10 20:05
noob
2020-01-10 20:06
noob
2020-01-10 20:06
#83
ropz | 
Lithuania Edze 
Dude,hes early year stats and after Berlin major hit different...
2020-01-10 20:06
#85
 | 
United Arab Emirates p1peb0mb 
broky?
2020-01-10 20:06
>bold prediction for next year top20 >"He's not going to be in the Top 20 next year" Pick one
2020-01-10 20:06
#244
 | 
Singapore FallBlade 
200iq Niko
2020-01-10 22:52
Aahah that didnt age so well did it nikobott😂😂😂
2020-01-10 20:07
#89
 | 
Brazil ATURAouSURTA 
Dude.....where's kscerato This is not funny hltv
2020-01-10 20:07
#90
 | 
Turkey emasu66 
Wtf only blast mvp hltv ....
2020-01-10 20:07
Expected
2020-01-10 20:08
Undeserved lol. only shitblast bo1's keeping him and faze in top30
2020-01-10 20:09
#94
 | 
Portugal ItsAvenn 
what? unexpected
2020-01-10 20:10
undeserved af
2020-01-10 20:11
2 mvp, who has more
2020-01-10 20:14
#98
 | 
Chile MOUZ_16_EG_0 
HuNter #10 /s
2020-01-10 20:12
faze down
2020-01-10 20:13
undeserved
2020-01-10 20:13
#103
ceh9 | 
World mukas17 
So overrated. If you can't play in a team then fuck off and play some solo game.
2020-01-10 20:13
nice
2020-01-10 20:14
5 Blast :))
2020-01-10 20:15
#108
 | 
Turkey Samsun85 
Dude shouldn't be even in the top 20...
2020-01-10 20:16
+1
2020-01-10 20:28
#319
 | 
Poland Lukovsky 
another moron who can't read stats
2020-01-11 07:35
#323
 | 
Turkey Samsun85 
Another dumbfuck who loves stats...
2020-01-11 08:24
#325
 | 
Poland Lukovsky 
the ranking is based on stats, not your hurt feelings
2020-01-11 08:37
#329
 | 
Turkey erasmusguy 
Wtf are u talking about dude, top 20 list is all about stats
2020-01-11 08:59
#352
 | 
Turkey Samsun85 
I don't care about pointless stats. Dude wasn't a top 20 player in my eyes...he sucked!
2020-01-11 13:24
#395
 | 
Turkey erasmusguy 
he didnt but faze sucked
2020-01-12 10:44
Nice man
2020-01-10 20:16
Undeserved , woxic deserves #11
2020-01-10 20:16
#112
 | 
Norway Beachman_59 
fall from grace
2020-01-10 20:16
hahah #10 will be absolute joke
2020-01-10 20:18
#115
 | 
Montenegro LakaZakon 
He deserve top 10
2020-01-10 20:19
good luck in 2020 bro
2020-01-10 20:20
#119
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Poland doxa2137 
HAHAHAHAHAH
2020-01-10 20:21
NiKo?! Nice joke ahaha
2020-01-10 20:23
Too high for sure
2020-01-10 20:26
+1
2020-01-10 20:27
Not deserved top 20 this year
2020-01-10 20:28
Even the tough year that he had , he still managed to deliver , just hope he realizes that IGL is wasting his talent and there is not much time left for his peek to go away so please NiKo , get a real IGL and take this n1 spot :(
2020-01-10 20:28
He didn't predicted Hunter :(
2020-01-10 20:29
He did in 2017 tho
2020-01-10 20:37
but next year, hunter wiII a huge chance to be in the list imo :D but it doest matter
2020-01-10 20:45
#254
LaimB | 
Lithuania Martis 
It's called bold prediction
2020-01-10 23:20
Nobody is taking a "bold prediction", picking brollan for ethan lul
2020-01-11 00:05
#270
LaimB | 
Lithuania Martis 
Well, yea
2020-01-11 00:10
#330
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Turkey erasmusguy 
Olof picked brollan 2 years ago
2020-01-11 09:01
u dumb or wat
2020-01-10 23:39
tg
2020-01-10 23:52
Undeserved
2020-01-10 20:30
really nice to play with you bymas
2020-01-10 20:30
Undeserved
2020-01-10 20:33
mr.nightclub
2020-01-10 20:36
wtf mens
2020-01-10 20:36
Undeserved af
2020-01-10 20:37
#141
LaimB | 
Lithuania Martis 
Every player niko predicated became really good. Ez for bymas
2020-01-10 20:37
#190
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong void0 
Flag doesnt check out :D
2020-01-10 21:26
#208
LaimB | 
Lithuania Martis 
Haha
2020-01-10 21:41
#142
Dosia | 
Russia cann0n 
next year top 21 if keep going beercamp
2020-01-10 20:40
#143
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Sweden Black137777 
ez
2020-01-10 20:38
Not deserved
2020-01-10 20:40
Not al all
2020-01-10 20:43
He felt so much down, played like garbage half of the year
2020-01-10 20:40
He had 3 bad tournaments?
2020-01-10 20:55
So Jame out of top20. GJ hltv
2020-01-10 20:41
Jame = Master baiter Plus "only" has 1.07 big event rating despite his " Jame time " and only played 35 big events maps against top 20 teams including only 7 against top 5... Most of the players in that top 20 have played 2.5 to 3.5 times more Big events maps...
2020-01-10 22:10
I geniunely cant believe there are people who thought kscerato,jame etc would make the list.It really blows my mind how one can be so clueless about something yet feel the need to comment on it
2020-01-10 23:43
+1 If they deserved to be there then where is huNter because he deserves at least as much as them if not more in my opinion..
2020-01-11 21:02
Jame isnt top40,are you out of your mind mr toileto
2020-01-10 23:40
Ropz
2020-01-10 20:44
COLDZERA TOP 24 confirmed
2020-01-10 20:44
#153
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Pakistan LoOuU2 
Still the best Kovac out there
2020-01-10 20:46
hahaha this joke he had bad gaming dupreeh > niko
2020-01-10 20:48
Too bad his team is shit
2020-01-10 20:47
Lol "it doesnt affect me but I can't do some moves", so... It does affect you ? Not playing like you would means it does affect you, maybe not emotion-wise, but your playstyle is impacted. Unreal how this guy does not want to admit things. At least shox said he was shit at being an IGL. And people see that FaZe under NiKo IGL is one-dimensional.
2020-01-10 20:50
#159
Shara | 
China |REM1| 
niko robbed
2020-01-10 20:52
Deserved higher
2020-01-10 20:52
#168
Brehze | 
Ukraine SL__ 
Sad
2020-01-10 20:55
#172
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Turkey Thunderball 
Eleague , blasts, ibp BiG eVeNtS LUL
2020-01-10 20:56
#177
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Reunion WalterJones 
Undeserved
2020-01-10 21:03
Deserved
2020-01-10 21:06
Just me who thinks F0rest deserved a spot among the lower regions of the list, around 15-20? At 31 years old, in a trash team having a rating of 1.09 this year along with almost 50% of his kills being headshots is kinda impressive from the legend. It's not easy to perform individually when you're surrounded by trash and F0rest did just that, and some. I feel like he should've had a spot on the top 20.
2020-01-10 21:12
#233
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Sweden wyv0 
well NiP didn't even win a tournament, so that's not going to happen unless you're Zyw0o or S1mple.
2020-01-10 22:26
Neither did Renegades/100 Thieves, but jks is still top 15...
2020-01-10 23:52
#266
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Sweden wyv0 
Yeah well 100T were a top 5 team for a while.
2020-01-10 23:55
I remember on Woxic's page people were saying it would be a joke if Niko was in the t20 but I mean like he still had a good year on paper. Not a good year for his standards but like, the MVP and EVP count adds up
2020-01-10 21:15
nico dgl was etter than happy on inferno .... II expect niko in top10
2020-01-10 21:15
#186
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Myanmar xdcc 
will be surprised if bymas wont make it into top30 teams in a year
2020-01-10 21:18
#216
LaimB | 
Lithuania Martis 
Faze bymas
2020-01-10 21:48
#188
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong void0 
Overrated.
2020-01-10 21:25
Should be higher
2020-01-10 21:26
Injustice
2020-01-10 21:26
#192
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Portugal Drago845 
Niiiice
2020-01-10 21:26
#193
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Cyprus ViiN 
DESERVED Fkg beast him and his cousin raw skill
2020-01-10 21:27
#194
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Bulgaria goshyy 
From #3 to #11 :/
2020-01-10 21:28
#210
LaimB | 
Lithuania Martis 
Only device maintained his spot from the top3 of last year
2020-01-10 21:43
#199
shox | 
India iejesus 
The decline
2020-01-10 21:34
#200
f0rest | 
United States veasih 
I want to see him top #1 in this year But not as IGL
2020-01-10 21:36
The BAKLAN
2020-01-10 21:36
he is the best he is dubble nr 1
2020-01-10 21:37
Deserved better
2020-01-10 21:38
+1
2020-01-10 22:33
#314
ZywOo | 
CIS Cum2k 
+1
2020-01-11 04:29
#365
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Bulgaria Ju7y 
-1
2020-01-11 16:33
He was so bad... And he is 11th. Jesus Christ, I'm out.
2020-01-10 21:42
I'm sure it's because of his igl skills
2020-01-10 21:45
LUL washed up LUL
2020-01-10 21:48
undeserved choker
2020-01-10 21:48
#219
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Europe laczyslaw 
UNDESERVED,THIS RANK IS SHIT
2020-01-10 21:53
#241
Zeus | 
Peru xzjuanc 
what do you expect? It's powered by LOOT.BET then it's shit already
2020-01-10 22:42
for what lmaooooooooooooooooo
2020-01-10 22:05
#224
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Turkey Sekolelele 
how wtf
2020-01-10 22:07
#225
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Chile _gazz_ 
Xd
2020-01-10 22:10
#226
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United States Ryanroehl 
can we all agree that most of these articles are too long and should probably be half their size?
2020-01-10 22:12
#227
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Spain akproxx 
"Now that I took the in-game leader role, I want to be the guy, I want to be the best in-game leader in the world if I can, I want to be the best in-game leader that can also perform the best in the world, as well. I don't want to be the guy about whom people say 'He's the in-game leader, he doesn't have to perform.' I want to be the guy who leads and performs the best on the team if it's possible. That's my goal for the next year and I'm going to do my best to achieve it. If it doesn't work out, then I'm the one to be blamed for it, but I want to try to achieve that." yeah good to have motivations and ambitions but this mean faze if going to stay with niko igling so is gg for faze another year gl anyway xd
2020-01-10 22:12
#238
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United States jay_320 
This is the problem. The man is delusional. Take out the fragging ability for a second and just look at Niko. He's shown no aptitude ever for the tactical side of the game. Why in the world does he want to call? He thinks he can be something that never existed before aside from Fallen maybe but even think Niko's ceiling is higher. It's just wasted doing this.
2020-01-10 22:39
0/8, take the fragging ability from zywoo or s1mple and they show nothing too
2020-01-12 12:19
#401
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United States jay_320 
That's the point though dude. There's no reason to take your star fragger and make him an IGL. Unless he shows some incredible aptitude for it. Niko has shown the exact opposite of aptitude. So he needs to get his East European ass back in a situation where someone who knows what they are talking about is telling him what to do. You do that Niko is a top 10 player again at worst. And he won't have put it all on himself. I have no earthly idea why he does this in interviews. It just makes the fans think he's stupid whether he is or not.
2020-01-12 21:47
#232
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Sweden wyv0 
WOW what a moron
2020-01-10 22:25
bold prediction
2020-01-10 22:31
Unexpected and undeserved.
2020-01-10 22:52
deserved
2020-01-10 22:53
Wow, most of his accolade come from invitational BLAST. I guess Rfrsh saved his ranking.
2020-01-10 23:05
what the fuck, when neo joined faze he became a total trash
2020-01-10 23:15
he really was top 11 ? wtf
2020-01-10 23:20
niko sucked ass this year just like his team, only winning blast events which are BO1 flukefests anyway
2020-01-10 23:20
He was ass more then he was good this year. The first spot i feel was undeserved..
2020-01-10 23:29
#260
shox | 
Serbia nzzm22 
Twistzz robbed NiKo so bad. How does NiKo outdo him in rating so bad when its Twistzz, a baiter/ anchor that doesnt perform against the top 5, dominated half of the year with his impact teammates ( Elige and NAF ) vs pure hard entry under NEO, with 30% opening duels taken and the team slumping most of the year
2020-01-10 23:36
+1000 and i really like twistzz but seriously ranking an baiter/anchor over the only good faze player until they got cold and their carry which had top 5 stats for half the year is rigged as fuck
2020-01-11 01:45
#299
shox | 
Serbia nzzm22 
For sergej they took into account only him performing on a slumping team and placed him above people with better rating and more maps, yet they cant use the same argument for NiKo and place him better than someone who has worse rating and less mvps than him?
2020-01-11 02:02
+1 lmao hltv logic theyre gonna rank brehze top 10 tho which is a joke lmfaooo
2020-01-11 02:03
#320
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Poland Lukovsky 
learn to read the fucking stats ffs lmao at all the peanut brains: - the only thing NiKo has over Twistzz is one more mvp but he got both of them at Blasts and Twistzz's is from Sydney - Big events rating: Niko 1.15 Twistzz 1.14 - Twistzz has 6 Big Events EVPs with pick order of 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 5 - you know what that means, right? - Niko has 1 Big Events EVP picked at 3rd - Niko went out in groups at 7/16 events he attended (incl. 1 major), Twistzz at 1/18
2020-01-11 07:46
#366
shox | 
Serbia nzzm22 
Sydney was a much less competititve tournament than any Blast in 2019 😅. There were 0 top 5 teams in attendance at the time. Big events rating is 0.02 off last time i checked, pretty sure Niko is 1.16. Differs more against top 5 teams because Twistzz is a choker also. Yes evps are hugely in favor for Twistzz, and its all down to his whole team performing. You get evps for just decent performances ( 1.08; 1.1 ratings if you reach the final, when your teammates Elige and NAF are routinely carrying you ) Yes NiKo goes out in groups or gets trashed on early in quarters and gets better ratings than Twistzz who loses only a map or two the whole tournament.
2020-01-11 16:34
#378
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Poland Lukovsky 
Just saying how it is and by stats it is Twistzz > NiKo this year. I'm talking purely about the stats and ranking not if you consider one a choker. I've recently made a thread about Twistzz where I wrote down some stats which I think are important (and easily accessible for us). Just compare them to NiKo's (I'm too lazy to write them down) and tell me that he deserves a better placing than Twistzz. Especially the part about EVPs which like you mentioned are a hugo factor and Twistzz has great EVPs Twistzz 6 EVPs pick order: 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 5 Which means Twistzz was very close to getting 2 more mvps and pretty close to another 3. Hardly achievements of a choker, rather of a crucial contributor to his teams' success - the first five evps and his mvp ALL come from the 6 tournaments Liquid won. Meanwhile NiKo got 2 mvps at shitty Blast events, 1 evp at another shitty Blast and 2 evps at tier 3 lans.
2020-01-11 19:03
#389
tabseN | 
South Africa nimmaJ 
+1
2020-01-11 21:18
sad
2020-01-11 00:26
overrated
2020-01-11 00:27
#275
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United Kingdom Fizzhaz 
-1
2020-01-11 00:36
#276
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Germany Xantennn 
niko in top 20 ??? wtf, he very low skill baiter shit
2020-01-11 00:39
#278
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Czech Republic thezipp3r 
Monster
2020-01-11 00:46
#281
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Germany MackyGee 
Best of Luck the future!
2020-01-11 01:02
He could be way higher but 2019 definitely wasn’t his year.
2020-01-11 01:18
Wow 11th for farming stats in shit blast events against teams like Nip and Clown 9, congrats bro well DESERVED.
2020-01-11 01:26
+1 he was absolute shiet in 2019
2020-01-11 09:57
Bro I was just making a joke. Tell me the last time FaZe had a stable roster for him to play on? Tell me one IGL who can lead a team to consistent success with constant roster changes? Stand-ins etc. You should be more concerned about happened to Na'vi after Edward and Zeus left.
2020-01-12 05:29
> "You should be more concerned about happened to Na'vi after Edward and Zeus left." True, true... I was thinking about that.
2020-01-12 06:02
Same but they chose "fire power" but one could argue how much more "fire power" Guardian and Boomich have been over Edward/Zeus the difference isn't much but they are a much worse team.
2020-01-13 06:03
#293
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Europe Vallon3 
Real top 1 of 2017. Fraudzera without baiting and having a team built around him = drop to 10 and now drop to not even in top 20. At least it's easy to see who the baiters and frauds are now.
2020-01-11 01:43
From "OMAGAD 13 YO TALENT" to this Choko.
2020-01-11 01:43
s1mple>>>
2020-01-11 01:44
Now that's a hot take if I've ever seen one
2020-01-11 13:55
#304
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Portugal Drago845 
Bymas next FaZe player?
2020-01-11 02:40
#305
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Canada mandydingo 
undeserved
2020-01-11 02:47
He kicked karrigod, undeserved.
2020-01-11 02:48
#307
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Russia angry_david1 
Undeserved. Woxic, Dupreeh and Xyp9x played much better on this year than NiKo
2020-01-11 02:49
"Only four players won multiple MVP awards last year and the Bosnian was one of them". I don't think so. Device, Elige, Naf, Niko and Zywoo. That's 5 players with multiple MVPs in the last year.
2020-01-11 03:06
#321
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Poland Lukovsky 
at big events naf got one at ibuypower masters
2020-01-11 07:52
1. Author never stated he meant only MVP titles at big events. 2. BO1 Blast is big event and ibp masters isn't? That's flawed logic...
2020-01-11 15:52
#376
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Poland Lukovsky 
Just saying how it is. Blast as big events at all is also a joke, but it's their stats and ranking. But they do take it into consideration so it's important to check how players do at the biggest events (this year top5 is Majors, Cologne, DHM Dallas and EPL 10).
2020-01-11 18:53
niko above krimz? lmaoo hltv is dust boys
2020-01-11 03:07
#311
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World Beard43 
Multiple mvp's eh. Woxic was still better but okay.
2020-01-11 03:29
#313
ZywOo | 
CIS Cum2k 
lul ropz<niko
2020-01-11 04:28
#315
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Brazil Gunzel 
this is fucking joke
2020-01-11 04:51
Joke on those who said Niko wouldn't be in top20
2020-01-11 05:19
undeserved
2020-01-11 06:09
These rating Is only bullying. He Is much better.
2020-01-11 08:24
#331
device | 
Turkey c0ir 
blastiko 4Head
2020-01-11 09:27
#332
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Chile MOUZ_16_EG_0 
ropz is the #10 today
2020-01-11 09:32
#335
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
expected
2020-01-11 09:56
#337
NAF | 
Europe ColdFiree 
deserved
2020-01-11 10:05
fucking Niko cyka Kovac
2020-01-11 10:08
Damn ... did IQs just drop drastically during The holidays ??? LOL If you play in a bad team with mediocre players and *you* are better than your teammates ... you *will* look alot better than you (most likely) Will if you play on a team with (pretty much) equals ...
2020-01-11 10:34
#388
tabseN | 
South Africa nimmaJ 
No if I play on a team with better players I'll win more which means my kills will have more impact. If I'm on a team that's winning 16-5 every game I'm going to be one of the 5 highest rated players no matter what. If zywoo was on a team with 3 other zywoo level players and an IGL they would be dominant and therefore have super high ratings. It's not like teams have a rating they average out to its just a personal rating.
2020-01-11 21:16
#340
ropz | 
Germany mcmims 
Real top ten. 10. Twistzz 9. Naf 8. Electronic 7. Brehze 6. Magisk 5. Ropz 4. Elige 3. S1mple 2. Device 1. Zywoo
2020-01-11 10:40
#349
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Denmark white_sheep 
Devve numba one
2020-01-11 12:50
#387
tabseN | 
South Africa nimmaJ 
NAF 9 dafuq
2020-01-11 21:13
I'm inclined to agree with that one!
2020-01-12 10:33
#343
eDi | 
Albania shieldzz 
Sad that niko didnt get that #1 spot in 2017. He was at his peak and probably the best peak ever in terms of pure aim and raw skill. cold stole his mvp because faze couldnt beat sk
2020-01-11 11:27
Who cares about all the trivia, he has been on the list before, explaining current performance is more interesting. This thing sounds more like he is stepping down and is written to sum up the career.
2020-01-11 11:39
not bad considering the madman is trying to IGL
2020-01-11 12:05
Bad rating kidos..
2020-01-11 12:40
#348
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Denmark white_sheep 
How the mighty have fallen from grace
2020-01-11 12:49
Hope he has a great 2020, he deserves it!
2020-01-11 14:06
#358
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India KNOX23 
from #3 to #11 lmao
2020-01-11 14:59
#360
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Sweden txshirx 
Undeserved, should be way lower
2020-01-11 15:24
#362
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Brazil cadik 
Joke rating since 2018 when they robbed dev1ce
2020-01-11 15:54
#364
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Bulgaria Ju7y 
undeserved, how can this bot be a top 20 player...
2020-01-11 16:32
Bosnian Jesus
2020-01-11 18:09
NiKo listen to me - If you really wanna be top3 again you have to stop igl'ing and get a proper igl instead of the circus FaZe is rn
2020-01-11 18:23
what a joke, should be way lower if included at all...
2020-01-11 18:25
Unespected
2020-01-11 19:22
NiKo (L)
2020-01-11 20:42
#386
tabseN | 
South Africa nimmaJ 
Bymas LUL lmfaooo I'm dead
2020-01-11 21:13
n11ko
2020-01-11 21:37
Sorry, but is this list considering what they do in 2019 right? I think someone missed that point.
2020-01-11 22:27
he deserves better
2020-01-12 18:57
mouz without niko = win faze with niko = lose
2020-01-13 13:46
YIKES
2020-01-13 14:57
Hahahahhahaha #11
2020-01-13 18:40
Big respect to NiKo for picking Bymas, he is without one of the greatest cs players to ever exist. I hope he will be back in top 3 next year, it's where he belongs, hopefully togehter with Bymas in Top 20 :)
2020-01-15 01:02
Arrogant choker
2020-01-17 20:28
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