Top 20 players of 2020: Introduction
As the calendar has turned to 2021, we are ready to begin our countdown of the top 20 players of 2020, powered by GG.BET and Xtrfy.
In keeping up with tradition, the list will be revealed one entry at a time in a detailed article describing the player's year, starting with the 20th best player on January 1 at 20:00 , followed by one player on each day until January 20, when we finalize the countdown with the No. 2 and No. 1.
We will update this article each time a player is revealed, so you can always return here to check on the list if you miss any of the articles.
Top 20 players of 2020:
1. Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut
2. Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev
3. Nicolai "device" Reedtz
4. Nikola "NiKo" Kovač
5. Denis "electronic" Sharipov
6. Benjamin "blameF" Bremer
7. Robin "ropz" Kool
8. Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski
9. Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen
10. Florian "syrsoN" Rische
11. Emil "Magisk" Reif
12. Martin "stavn" Lund
13. Nemanja "huNter-" Kovač
14. Yuri "yuurih" Santos
15. Ludvig "Brollan" Brolin
16. Henrique "HEN1" Teles
17. Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson
18. Kaike "KSCERATO" Cerato
19. Justin "jks" Savage
20. Vincent "Brehze" Cayonte
Just like in every other year, the top 20 list is entirely based on players' contribution on the server that we could measure and keep track of over the course of 2020 and it doesn't take into consideration any external factors that may or may not have affected their performance.
If you followed the reasoning in previous years, you will know that Most Valuable Player (MVP) and Exceptionally Valuable Player (EVP) awards are one of the key factors in the decision-making process. We only announced a few of these awards earlier in the year before we knew all the other tournaments would be played online, but as you may have noticed, we have now added MVPs from the latter events and determined all the other EVPs after crunching all the numbers.
It has been a rather unique year, which featured only a handful of LANs at the beginning and mostly remained regional until the last two months, so we had to take great care when considering the importance of each tournament because of the split competition. As a result, the events have been ranked into three tiers — depending mainly on how many of the top teams were present —, so certain tournaments were deemed more valuable than others, even within the same region.
The lists from the previous years, dating all the way back to Counter-Strike 1.6 in 2010, can be found below:
Top 20 players of 2019 (CS:GO)
Top 20 players of 2018 (CS:GO)
Top 20 players of 2017 (CS:GO)
Top 20 players of 2016 (CS:GO)
Top 20 players of 2015 (CS:GO)
Top 20 players of 2014 (CS:GO)
Top 20 players of 2013 (CS:GO)
Top 20 players of 2011 (CS 1.6)
Top 20 players of 2010 (CS 1.6)
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