Top 20 players of 2020: EliGE (8)

Jonathan "⁠EliGE⁠" Jablonowski takes the eighth place in our ranking of the top 20 players of 2020, powered by GG.BET and Xtrfy, due to his consistently high damage output, impactful play, and strong playoff performances.

Top 20 players of 2020: Introduction

EliGE played Counter-Strike 1.6 casually at a young age, but had his focus on StarCraft 2 early on. He played the real-time strategy game for the thrill of the competition, although he was finally swayed to switch back to Valve’s flagship first-person shooter in 2013 after trying out the new version in the beta period. The youngster quickly made his way up the ranks playing ESEA in North America and he began competing with Peter "⁠ptr⁠" Gurney in Justus Pro before continuing under the wing of veterans David "⁠Xp3⁠" Garrido and Tyler "⁠Storm⁠" Wood in eLevate, a team with whom he finished 3rd-4th at ClutchCon in 2015 after beating Tarik "⁠tarik⁠" Celik’s CLG in the quarter-finals before bowing out to Cloud9 in the semi-finals.

”When I first started playing video games as a kid, I played CS 1.6 first and it was always a game that I played casually until StarCraft 2. Starcraft was the game that made me put way more competitive effort towards being good, but it didn’t make me feel like CS did. My goal was always to be a professional gamer since I was younger and I was pursuing any game, regardless of how fun it was to me, that was a top scene just so I could achieve that goal. When I was kind of over my run in SC2 and CS:GO was rising at the same time, it felt like the perfect time to put all of my focus back to my childhood game.”

Not long after ClutchCon, EliGE signed with Liquid, replacing Keith "⁠NAF⁠" Markovic in the organization that he has now called home for nearly six years. He then started to gain experience at a much faster rate in his new home, playing on the international stage and even attending his first Major, DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca, in the last quarter of 2015. Less than a year later, already a regular on the international circuit as a teenager, EliGE went on to reach the semi-finals and the grand final at two Majors, MLG Columbus and ESL One Cologne, in a turbocharged Liquid squad with a blossoming Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev. Having struggled at his two first Majors, the event in Germany was where EliGE first showed a world-class performance at a Valve sponsored event, ending the tournament with a 1.15 rating.

EliGE played his first Major, DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca, in October of 2015

EliGE really started to hit his stride individually in 2017, following s1mple’s departure from the team, as he took on more responsibilities in Liquid. EliGE played a flawless year with no negative showings at any event and was named the 12th best player of 2017, his first appearance on a Top 20 players ranking, for his consistent performances all year long and strong efforts in his team’s first deep runs at events like ESG Tour Mykonos and ESL One New York, where they achieved second-place finishes.

The American rifler continued to charge along in 2018, once again becoming one of the best 20 players of the year, this time at No.15, as Liquid brought in NAF and won their first international tournaments, cs_summit 2 and SuperNova Malta CS:GO, and made final runs at bigger events, namely ESL Pro League Season 7 and Season 8 Finals, ECS Season 5 Finals, ELEAGUE Premier, ESL New York and IEM Chicago.

Liquid finally exploded in 2019 after Jake "⁠Stewie2K⁠" Yip joined the team, becoming one of the top contenders at every event they played, winning seven titles and making the final at five more. Liquid won the Intel Grand Slam in record time and hit the No. 1 spot in the world rankings, although they slowed down towards the end of the year. EliGE, one of the main engines driving the team’s success, finished 2019 as the fourth best player in the world, his highest finish in a Top 20 players ranking yet.

”My most successful year ever in my career was 2019 and it was a year in which I really shined as a player. I felt like I cracked the code and was able to find answers faster than ever and grow faster than other players, as well. Not only did my individual game improve significantly, but so did my mental game thanks to a lot of combined gradual efforts from my sports psychologist, Jared [Tendler], the staff at Liquid and my own individual efforts through reading and listening to successful people in other industries.

“Going into 2020 after a year like 2019 wasn’t as high energy as it could have been. We ended 2019 very poorly for the standards that we had for ourselves at the beginning of the year and I think that the level of effort starting from the beginning of that player break really showed how poor our form was afterward. Teams were studying us and taking things from us, advancing quicker than we were. We were still trying to make sure we were on the same page with what we had before, players were rusty from not playing enough during the break and overall we were just trying to break even while other teams were passing us. I think the way it went at the end of the year lowered our confidence a bit.”

United StatesEliGE
2020 Tournament stats
TournamentEvent Team (place) Rating 2.0 (in team) ADR KPR DPR Impact KAST Award
IEM Katowice
(5-6th)
1.18 (1st, +14%) 87.8 0.76 0.68 1.35 67.5% EVP
EPL Season 11 NA
(1st)
1.27 (1st, +14%) 90.5 0.82 0.63 1.38 70.2% MVP
ESL RtR NA
(4th)
1.20 (1st, +15%) 86.5 0.77 0.68 1.36 70.0% EVP
DH Masters Spring NA
(2nd)
1.19 (2nd, +7%) 83.8 0.76 0.66 1.37 71.8% EVP
BLAST Spring Americas Finals
(4th)
1.06 (1st, +10%) 82.5 0.73 0.76 1.18 66.9%
cs_summit 6 NA
(3rd)
1.05 (1st, +4%) 78.7 0.67 0.71 1.17 66.7%
ESL Cologne NA
(2nd)
1.18 (2nd, +5%) 82.7 0.77 0.70 1.33 72.5% EVP
EPL Season 12 NA
(4th)
1.10 (1st, +6%) 76.8 0.75 0.70 1.20 71.3%
IEM New York NA
(5th)
1.36 (1st, +17%) 98.9 0.87 0.67 1.47 75.6% EVP
DHM Winter EU
(13-16th)
0.90 (4th, 0%) 69.7 0.60 0.75 0.81 68.2%
IEM Global Challenge
(2nd)
1.14 (2nd, +9%) 81.2 0.77 0.66 1.18 69.1% EVP
5%+ above average
5%+ below average
Closer than 5% to average

Liquid started the year on LAN, playing the BLAST Premier Spring Series group stage in London, where they were sent to the Showdown by FaZe. The North American team then traveled to Poland to play the only big LAN event of the year, IEM Katowice, which they started out with two victories over Evil Geniuses and Virtus.pro, but things quickly turned sour as losses to G2 and Natus Vincere saw Liquid go out in 5-6th place. Despite not going deep into the playoffs, EliGE earned his first EVP mention of the year thanks to a 1.18 rating, 1.35 impact rating and 87.5 ADR in the team’s nine maps played.

“I believe that we were going into 2020 trying to rebuild in the same way that we had in 2019, doing the same types of practice routines and with the same mindset. We were going to need some time for our work to start showing and we did okay at our first tournaments at the beginning of the year. We didn’t have any tournament wins then, but I think we were on the right track.

“It sounds weird to say, but I think my best memory of 2020 was IEM Katowice. It was when I was still feeling competitive and was in a competitor mindset. Even though we lost and it wasn’t the result we wanted, it felt like we were just getting started and after that the year only worsened.“

EliGE got three EVPs and an MVP at his first four tournaments of 2020

EliGE then went on a tear in the first online event after returning to North America, ESL Pro League Season 11 North America, accruing a spectacular 1.27 rating, 1.38 impact rating and 90.5 ADR across 16 maps. Liquid looked like they were going to be one of the dominant sides in North America early on and beat the likes of 100 Thieves, MIBR and Evil Geniuses. EliGE was a key player in the two victories over EG with a 1.37 rating in their group stage match and a 1.29 rating in the final against tarik and company, all of which played a part in him earning his first and only MVP award of the year.

“We were still really in the grind then coming off of the LANs from earlier before putting in a lot of work and I was still feeling really good individually [at ESL Pro League Season 11]. Every peek that I took I felt like I was going to win it. The team was feeling on the same page and that is when I really feel like I can excel the most. When you have to be questioning if everyone knows what they should be doing or have to be managing more of that, it makes it more difficult to perform at my best. It was kind of just continuing off of my 2019 form.”

The 23-year-old kept his numbers up in ESL One: Road to Rio North America and DreamHack Masters Spring 2020, with 1.20 and 1.19 ratings, respectively, but Liquid weren’t able to bring home any silverware, finishing fourth and second, respectively. The North American squad’s sheen started to wear off, losing three times to FURIA in their match-ups at both events, including in the DreamHack Masters Spring grand final. Despite not winning any new titles, EliGE was again awarded two more EVPs for his efforts.

“FURIA is a team that you really have to prepare for to make sure you know all of the plays that they like to do so you can stop them earlier and get it into a 5v4. However, even if you get that, they are one of the best 4v5 teams in the world in my opinion so we still need to be really sharp. If any team thinks they are just brainlessly doing things then they are wrong because you can see their coordination in a lot of late rounds how they slow down the game and make you make mistakes. They try to get you to think that they are just all aggressive and nothing else but their slow game is very good and I think we didn’t put in enough effort learning their game earlier and thinking of solutions better.”

Liquid were fruitless in their search for another victory at their last two events of the first half of 2020, BLAST Premier Spring Americas and cs_summit 6. EliGE ended up with above average ratings at both, 1.06 and 1.05, respectively, but well below his usual personal marks, although he was still very impactful for his team, with 1.17 and 1.18 impact ratings in their fourth and third place finishes. At the BLAST event, Liquid were out after only six maps in two losses to Evil Geniuses and FURIA, whereas they were able to beat MIBR, FURIA and 100 Thieves at the summit event, but lost to Evil Geniuses and Gen.G.

“Unfortunately, when the pandemic started and made most of our games online again, that really affected the team. We have never been a team that has been good online, and even during our better tournament runs in 2019, we performed poorly online. It affects our competitive mindset a bit since it is a lower level of play and the games were increasingly more and more meaningless. Many games that were the exact same against the same teams every single week didn’t really hype you up when it's months on end and I think it definitely affected us the most but I am sure other teams as well.”

Liquid made several changes in the off-season, losing longtime in-game leader Nick "⁠nitr0⁠" Cannella and Eric "⁠adreN⁠" Hoag, a tactics-heavy coach that stood behind the team during their peak. Michael "⁠Grim⁠" Wince and Jason "⁠moses⁠" O'Toole were brought on for the second tournament season, which prompted deep shifts in the team’s inner workings as both of the incoming members had very different profiles than those of the people they were substituting.

“The coaching change has to be looked at in combination with losing nitr0. The entire team dynamic changed, the two more vocal people on the team were nitr0 and Stewie2K and that shifted towards being Stewie2K and me. I was already transitioning towards trying to be more vocal more often, but it was pretty heavy on both of us and not having another person to help lessen the burden made it very difficult team-wise and for me individually.

Liquid's changes during the player break kept the struggling team off-kilter

"nitr0 added a lot to the team, such as bringing new things to practice, thinking of solutions to our problems, being a big voice on the team and he was very good at playing off of me and supporting me. He let me think less and get into good positions and was always ready for the flash that I called for or helped me get into those spots, so I think that the loss of chemistry with him affected me a lot individually at the end of the year.

“adreN is a coach and person that I will always respect and I think that he was doing a really great job towards the end of his time with us. The team wanted to shift from someone more tactical to someone with more of a voice to get people back into the game. However, with us losing nitr0 at the same time as losing our more tactical coach, it made us take a couple of steps back strategically trying to get everyone on the same page and helping moses get more caught up in the meta and strategies. I think that he is learning quickly right now and is really helping in trying to find solutions to the problems we are having.”

EliGE was quick to find his best form once again after the break, putting up a 1.21 rating at the smaller DreamHack Open Summer North America and more importantly a 1.18 at ESL One Cologne North America, in which the renewed Liquid took second place, looking like they could become more competitive, although they were kept away from the title by Evil Geniuses in the final. EliGE added yet another EVP his tally, which by then sat at four.

”I think the ESL One Cologne final was a really tough loss. It was a very tiring, long day and that makes it really tough to play at a high level during so many hours. I think from start to finish it was six or seven hours, which is absolutely insane to think about. Not even a spectator can really watch that intensely for so many hours, so you can imagine that a player can’t either. We felt like we were playing really well during that series and I think the fatigue got to us harder than EG at the end, when I felt like we had them on the ropes in the earlier maps.”

Liquid went on to finish fourth in ESL Pro League Season 12 North America, where they were once again unable to keep up with the most competitive teams in the region, losing to FURIA and Evil Geniuses in the group stage and 100 Thieves in the playoffs. EliGE dipped down to a still imposing 1.10 rating in the team’s 21 maps played, and although he was still a high-impact player with a 1.20 impact rating, he came shy of being awarded another EVP mention.

EliGE once again ramped up his individual performances, hitting his highest peak of the year in IEM New York North America despite Liquid’s fifth place following losses to Evil Geniuses and FURIA. The 23-year-old managed a 1.36 rating, with a staggering 98.6 ADR and 1.47 impact rating in 16 maps played to get his fifth EVP. Liquid then fumbled at one of the least-stacked events of the year, IEM Beijing-Haidian, falling to Triumph in the semi-finals, although EliGE was still racking up big numbers with a 1.26 rating by the end of the tournament.

“It definitely is my main job to frag out as hard as possible so the team definitely helps set me up with letting me play in my preferred roles, and in the second-round forces, one of my teammates will drop me an AK to help me excel and win the round. I need to be making sure that I live up to that and I keep finding solutions to problems by thinking of plays that I can do, and if I am not doing that then I am failing. Stewie2K really helps me out with that and really believes in me in those situations, so I just need to do my part and do as much as I can. All of those factors really help me keep up my form even though this year has been tougher than most.”

The North American squad then travelled to Europe to finish off in some of the bigger online events, although they ran into one of the teams that had been stumping them on home soil all year long, FURIA, in the BLAST Showdown semi-finals, and another loss to the Brazilians meant they wouldn’t make it to the tournament’s final stage. Then came DreamHack Masters Winter Europe, where Liquid spiraled against two European teams, losing 0-2 to mousesports in their opening series before being put in an unfortunate match-up against Astralis in the group stage lower bracket, which they also lost 0-2, going out in 13-16th place. EliGE had his only event in the red all year in an otherwise impeccable individual record, with a 0.90 rating across the four lost maps.

EliGE was the fourth most impactful player in the world in 2020 with a 1.28 impact rating

Liquid unexpectedly saved their trip to Europe from being a complete missed opportunity at the last event of the year, IEM Global Challenge, a stacked eight-team tournament with the top six teams in the world ranking all in attendance. Liquid started out with a victory against Heroic and a loss to Natus Vincere before taking revenge on FURIA in the group stage elimination match. Having left their Brazilian rivals behind, Liquid defeated BIG in the semi-finals in a match in which EliGE posted a 1.62 rating in two maps to help his team secure a grand final appearance. The North Americans weren’t able to take out Astralis in the title match, losing all three maps played, but EliGE nonetheless secured his sixth and last EVP of the year thanks to a 1.14 rating, 1.18 impact rating and 83.3 ADR throughout the tournament.

“Our finish at the IEM Global Challenge was more of a relief, I can’t believe we did so well, to be quite honest. We were not playing well whatsoever prior to the Global Challenge in the tournaments nor in the scrims beforehand. We were making a lot of mistakes, it felt bad overall during the practice games and it was looking like the result was going to be at most getting out of groups. I am very happy with our result, of course, but it was more of a shock of how good we did there considering the circumstances.”

“The goals for 2021 are to get the team back to being a top contender at tournaments, first, and then becoming the best in the world again. I want to bring back the structure we had when we were winning and keep moving forward with FalleN, whom I think is going to be an integral piece of our team this year.”

Why was EliGE the eighth best player of 2020?

EliGE was one of 2020's most impactful players inside the server, putting in the fourth-highest damage output (84.2 ADR), which helped him to rank seventh for kills per round (0.76) as well as 12th for assists per round (0.15). He also excelled at opening kills (0.14 per round, ninth) and multi-kills (19.3% of his rounds, sixth), which tied into him having the fourth highest Impact rating (1.28), only trailing Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut, s1mple and Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač.

The 23-year-old averaged the seventh-highest rating of all players (1.16) with everything added up, or the sixth-highest (still 1.16) when filtered for Big events only. He also showed great consistency by performing well at almost every notable event he attended, with Liquid’s disappointing 13-16th place run at DreamHack Masters Winter Europe being an exception, which is reflected in his seven awards from 11 events — including EVPs at both of the Elite-level tournaments he attended, IEM Katowice and IEM Global Challenge.

Like the rest of players who spent the larger part of the year in North America and mostly played against each other, EliGE’s numbers have to be looked at in that context, which is why he couldn't be higher even if his statistics and number of awards might justify it. What ultimately sealed his position at No. 8 was his exceptional play in big matches, in which he put up a remarkable 1.25 rating from a sample size of 29 maps in Big events playoffs (this includes the five biggest North American events, IEM Katowice and IEM Global Challenge), the third-highest out of all players. Furthermore, he is the player who improved the most between the group stages and the playoffs, consistently showing that he can elevate his performances when it matters most.

”I think that I stack up very well individually against the teams that we were playing against this year, and I have a good practice schedule that keeps my mechanics where they need to be, although I do think that I didn’t get to play to my potential this year because of not being able to play at the higher levels of competition.

"I am a type of player that rises to the competition and I want to feel the pressure and feel like the games matter, so I think this year I was only treading water individually from my form last year.”

Bold prediction

EliGE chose one of this year's most popular predictions as his player to watch, also named by Justin "⁠jks⁠" Savage, Yuri "⁠yuurih⁠" Santos and Kaike "⁠KSCERATO⁠" Cerato, is FURIA's most recent signing, AWPer Paytyn "⁠junior⁠" Johnson.

United States Paytyn "⁠junior⁠" Johnson

”I think junior has the potential to be a good player. He has a lot of impact with the AWP and is very aggressive so I think if he can get more experience with better players around him that can teach him more of the fundamentals he can rise quickly.”

Stay tuned to our Top 20 players of 2020 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 Peter 'ptr' Gurney
Peter 'ptr' Gurney
Age:
31
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
986
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.61
Australia Justin 'jks' Savage
Justin 'jks' Savage
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1015
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1323
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1349
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
United States Tyler 'Storm' Wood
Tyler 'Storm' Wood
Age:
36
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.88
Maps played:
86
KPR:
0.59
DPR:
0.67
Brazil Yuri 'yuurih' Santos
Yuri 'yuurih' Santos
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
768
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.64
United States Eric 'adreN' Hoag
Eric 'adreN' Hoag
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
660
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
United States Michael 'Grim' Wince
Michael 'Grim' Wince
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
668
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.69
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1375
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
Brazil Kaike 'KSCERATO' Cerato
Kaike 'KSCERATO' Cerato
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
676
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.57
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1356
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1324
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
United States Paytyn 'junior' Johnson
Paytyn 'junior' Johnson
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
209
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.61
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1388
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
France David 'Xp3' Garrido
David 'Xp3' Garrido
Age:
34
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
502
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.70
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.28
Maps played:
763
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.62
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.24
Maps played:
1293
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.65
Congratz EliGe, even though top8 is too high for him in my humble opinion, he still deserves to be in top20! One of the best riflers in the game! If LANs come back this year, he will surely become a top5 player again So this %100 means XANTARES/paz top7 in HLTV Rankers top20
2021-01-13 20:00
21 replies
If you say so sir((
2021-01-13 20:00
2 replies
underserved push back the 3 awp abusers they dont deserve to be on this list
2021-01-13 20:01
1 reply
#185
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Denmark Zetix02
+1
2021-01-13 20:32
nice read!
2021-01-13 20:00
lol
2021-01-13 20:00
undeserved do
2021-01-13 20:00
lmao this dude
2021-01-13 20:01
Nice ctrl C + ctrl V
2021-01-13 20:01
very lucky nice
2021-01-13 20:01
1 reply
is that like a post request you put on queue or what? how do u guys do it
2021-01-13 20:02
paz top 7. Are you using internet explorer ?
2021-01-13 20:05
1 reply
#177
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Brazil GuGa62
LOL
2021-01-13 20:28
i wonder what you gonna say when top 1 and top 2 are announced
2021-01-13 20:10
2 replies
He is gonna say woho since it will be paz
2021-01-13 20:33
paz will be top1 in 2021 anyways, check his name
2021-01-13 21:42
#172
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Turkey LantarEZ
Elige ego>elige talent
2021-01-13 20:27
#236
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Canada f0rkb0mb
who???
2021-01-13 21:56
2 replies
EliGe. You don't know him????? how are you from NA?
2021-01-14 01:48
1 reply
#341
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Canada f0rkb0mb
No I mean "paz" who is that no one?
2021-01-15 02:12
paz omegalul
2021-01-13 22:50
very nice player
2021-01-13 20:00
ez read
2021-01-13 20:00
#4
RUSH | 
United States ShawnM
elige insane deserved!
2021-01-13 20:00
6 replies
+1
2021-01-13 20:08
#147
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Czech Republic JameS_19
No, should be higher. I would say he should be fifth or sixth
2021-01-13 20:17
3 replies
yes i thought the whole NA scene would book all 20 spots, cause they INSANE DESERVE this
2021-01-13 20:44
2 replies
#313
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Sweden sjoberg
lmao you're waffling, do you even watch EU cs?
2021-01-14 11:38
1 reply
Chill mate, he is being sarcastic ;)
2021-01-14 19:56
"deserved" nice one
2021-01-13 20:35
#5
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United States Swadplan
based!
2021-01-13 20:00
S1MPLE G.O.A.T.
2021-01-13 20:00
2 replies
+1
2021-01-13 20:01
#104
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Serbia LtN))
+1 flair too mens))
2021-01-13 20:05
#7
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Bulgaria goshyy
Nice! Deserved!
2021-01-13 20:00
grats elige
2021-01-13 20:00
undeserved
2021-01-13 20:00
2 replies
+1
2021-01-13 20:35
+ 1
2021-01-13 23:40
Nice
2021-01-13 20:00
lets go!
2021-01-13 20:00
#12
NAF | 
Portugal 5t0rmy
DESERVED
2021-01-13 20:00
Pog
2021-01-13 20:00
#14
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Korea zeppyxdxd
Ez
2021-01-13 20:00
LETS GOOOOOOO ELIJAO
2021-01-13 20:00
OK
2021-01-13 20:00
#17
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United States PP_Bizon
Wtf
2021-01-13 20:00
mir would be better(((
2021-01-13 20:01
1 reply
Deserved it more indeed
2021-01-13 20:17
gg
2021-01-13 20:00
expected
2021-01-13 20:00
expected
2021-01-13 20:00
Lol
2021-01-13 20:00
Pog
2021-01-13 20:00
Undeserved
2021-01-13 20:00
#25
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Turkmenistan mitt@
well deserved
2021-01-13 20:00
POG
2021-01-13 20:00
Deserved
2021-01-13 20:00
expected
2021-01-13 20:00
ow
2021-01-13 20:00
#30
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Denmark EY2ZY
ez DESERVED
2021-01-13 20:00
underserved
2021-01-13 20:00
ez for godlige
2021-01-13 20:00
knew it
2021-01-13 20:00
Expected
2021-01-13 20:00
2 replies
+1 nice username
2021-01-13 20:17
1 reply
ty Sam2k
2021-01-13 20:34
#35
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Portugal MGL257
So probably blameF it's the 7th player.
2021-01-13 20:01
9 replies
#84
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Foxxeh
more likely ropz imo, most likely elec imo
2021-01-13 20:03
8 replies
elec top 5 ropz top 6 blame top 7
2021-01-13 20:16
6 replies
#151
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Foxxeh
swithc ropz and blame feels more realistic but who knows with hltv, they might even put s1mple over zywoo, they r crazy
2021-01-13 20:17
5 replies
0/8 s1mple is leading by far. s1mple is top 1 without any doubts 5. electronic/ropz 6. ropz/electronic blameF will be 7
2021-01-13 20:19
4 replies
#162
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Foxxeh
if u wrong about this, you will also be wrong about s0mple
2021-01-13 20:24
3 replies
s1mple is top 1 Don't worry ch0k0 baited faze enough to be in top 5 before destroying and leaving them dry.
2021-01-13 20:29
2 replies
#210
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Foxxeh
irrelevant, just like s0mple after zywoo entered scene
2021-01-13 20:43
s1mple doesn't bait though but niko does ?
2021-01-14 05:33
I would say elec is 7 ropz is 6 (hopefully higher tho) and then blame is 5
2021-01-14 08:36
#36
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Croatia KunstekB
Way too high
2021-01-13 20:00
1 reply
+1 he should be #15
2021-01-13 23:42
any higher is straight up robbing someone
2021-01-13 20:01
#40
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South America Safet
Never expected
2021-01-13 20:00
GODLige
2021-01-13 20:01
#43
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India zeel_007
Perfect
2021-01-13 20:00
UNDESERVED
2021-01-13 20:00
Finally.
2021-01-13 20:00
#47
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Russia dUUUt
how
2021-01-13 20:00
#48
EliGE | 
Poland Roxin
Expected
2021-01-13 20:00
#49
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Brazil fahed
elige
2021-01-13 20:00
undeserved
2021-01-13 20:00
Mathafaka men
2021-01-13 20:01
lmfao
2021-01-13 20:00
ez
2021-01-13 20:00
#54
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Czech Republic sanjen
n1
2021-01-13 20:00
NA pride
2021-01-13 20:01
#56
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Portugal TopFarmer
expected
2021-01-13 20:00
Joke lol
2021-01-13 20:01
#61
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Bulgaria gosholin
Elige nice
2021-01-13 20:01
#62
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Luxembourg Aybars1
my mann!!!!
2021-01-13 20:01
#64
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Myanmar roye
ok im lost at this point, are playing closer to 1 spot are getting worse or better
2021-01-13 20:01
1 reply
+1
2021-01-13 20:36
#67
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Turkey AresSangal
XANTARES GG
2021-01-13 20:01
So electronic little shit gonna place higher than elige?
2021-01-13 20:01
5 replies
Watch your mouth, silly Dane, of course he's gonna be higher. Literally nobody thought otherwise.
2021-01-14 01:37
4 replies
Just go drink vodka dude tell me something about russian csgo scene they always carried by ukraine and kazakh players
2021-01-14 15:06
3 replies
Number 2 by the amount of relevant teams and talent, well, even 1 regarding the teams. Lots of new talent constantly on the rise, what you're even talking about with your tier 2 spelling?
2021-01-14 16:28
2 replies
same as your tier 2 russian teams
2021-01-15 11:26
1 reply
I told you to behave, for your own good, watch your dammit mouth and you'll be happier.
2021-01-15 11:28
#70
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Germany Nachofish
not syrson or xantares gg
2021-01-13 20:01
2 replies
syrson already top 10 wtf
2021-01-14 16:39
1 reply
#335
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Germany Nachofish
should have been a little higher tho maybe 8
2021-01-14 20:10
#72
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Foxxeh
NOT TOTALLY DESERVED BUT EXPECTED
2021-01-13 20:01
#73
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Turkey YasBer
NA Cs
2021-01-13 20:01
too high but he deserves to be on the list
2021-01-13 20:01
2 replies
+1 he should be like on 15
2021-01-13 20:37
+1 i said it before, he deserved right after yuurih #15
2021-01-13 23:45
top 8 for na player this year is a fantastic achievement
2021-01-13 20:01
6 replies
fantastically U N D E S E R V E D
2021-01-13 20:02
5 replies
Cry is free mens
2021-01-13 20:25
4 replies
i dont cry men)) U N D E S E R V E D do U N D E S E R V E D
2021-01-13 20:25
3 replies
Yeah a random hltv user decides who deserves what better than hltv itself. Sure lmaoooo
2021-01-13 20:31
2 replies
U N D E S E R V E D
2021-01-13 20:34
He is right tho objectively speaking
2021-01-13 20:38
U N D E S E R V E D
2021-01-13 20:01
nice...
2021-01-13 20:02
Deserved
2021-01-13 20:02
expected
2021-01-13 20:02
should be higher, insane stats
2021-01-13 20:02
nice, krieg and AUG helped him, but he deserves it anyway
2021-01-13 20:02
#88
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Romania ViolentJ
NA not completly dead i guess
2021-01-13 20:02
#89
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Mongolia Kotaru
I LOVE ANIME
2021-01-13 20:03
#92
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United States edemongo
Deserved if we were on LAN
2021-01-13 20:03
1 reply
#94
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United States edemongo
Elige is god but staying in NA held him back
2021-01-13 20:03
1. s1mple 2. zywoo 3. dev3ce 4. niko 5. electronic 6. coldzera 7. ropz
2021-01-13 20:03
8 replies
coldzera ? put blameF instead coldzera
2021-01-13 20:05
#109
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Serbia LtN))
Agree with all but -cold +blameF
2021-01-13 20:06
Coldzera 2020? :D XD :p?
2021-01-13 20:06
#113
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Europe Vallon4
Fraudzera being relevant without a whole team working for him and a TACO Looole.
2021-01-13 20:07
+1
2021-01-13 20:10
if coldzera is #6, then JW should be #5
2021-01-13 20:19
BlameF not coldzera lol
2021-01-13 20:25
sorry bad ranking
2021-01-14 05:35
stop kidding hltv, na is dead.
2021-01-13 20:03
undeserved
2021-01-13 20:03
DUPREEH DESERVED HIGHER THAN ELIGE
2021-01-13 20:04
5 replies
+1
2021-01-13 20:23
0/8
2021-01-13 20:26
+1
2021-01-13 21:12
+ 1 Yuurih and Syrson deserved higher than elige too
2021-01-13 23:49
1 reply
no !
2021-01-14 18:29
Although he definitely earned a spot as top15 player I think 8 is way too high for farming stats against dead na scene so I gotta go with the circlejerk: UNDESERVED
2021-01-13 20:04
8 replies
#105
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United States PP_Bizon
+1
2021-01-13 20:05
+1
2021-01-13 20:11
Well he had 0.9 and a 13-16 placing as a team when they got back to EU. Clearly shows he is top1 material ....
2021-01-13 20:19
+1
2021-01-13 20:23
+1
2021-01-13 21:12
+1
2021-01-13 22:43
+1
2021-01-13 23:36
+ 10000
2021-01-13 23:50
#102
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Jordan Zereeni
deserved
2021-01-13 20:05
Yuriih, HEN1, Kscerato and dupreeh >> Elige this year
2021-01-13 20:05
#111
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Serbia LtN))
expected
2021-01-13 20:06
yurih deserved to be higher than elige. Furia dominated NA and were spanking TL with yurih was one of their best players and furia did better than tl in EU. This is undeserved
2021-01-13 20:07
1 reply
#246
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Brazil victorhsl
I think Global Challenge played a huge part on that choice, and even when Liquid sucked he was still putting good numbers during the tournaments. That been said, this year's ranking it's a mess anyway, so it doesn't matter that much, it will be more realistic whenever we have LAN back.
2021-01-13 22:28
should be higher, what a beast
2021-01-13 20:07
8 replies
what a beast against mythic, chaos, triumph and mibr.
2021-01-13 20:10
7 replies
can only beat the opponent in front of u and his stats dont lie sorry
2021-01-13 20:11
6 replies
Fair enough
2021-01-13 20:11
What about the events in Europe?
2021-01-13 20:21
4 replies
the player ratings are based on a hole year, and not only wheater you play NA / EU its a fair and gives the best overall rating abroad eu/na
2021-01-13 20:27
3 replies
But if it tiers below the competition in Europe it’s doesn’t make any sense, then players like sh1ro and mir should be top10 this year too
2021-01-13 20:44
Thinking like that I wonder which Gambit player makes top5 then
2021-01-13 21:05
1 reply
yhea they clapped Na'Vi all year ( the #2 of 2020 :) )
2021-01-14 05:36
Starting to believe s0mple is out of the top 20 this year.
2021-01-13 20:07
2 replies
This meme is getting old and boring
2021-01-13 20:27
1 reply
+1
2021-01-14 21:29
Well done Best us player after junior
2021-01-13 20:08
imagine winning only one na (read as irrelevant) tournament and peaking top 8 lul this year's ranking is just a joke
2021-01-13 20:09
1 reply
+1
2021-01-13 22:12
expected
2021-01-13 20:09
Expected af lol
2021-01-13 20:11
Way to low
2021-01-13 20:11
expected
2021-01-13 20:11
0/8
2021-01-13 20:13
#131
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Turkey Varyshy
expected
2021-01-13 20:13
bow before our god elige JONNY JABBERS COME HERE
2021-01-13 20:13
4 replies
everything checks out
2021-01-13 20:14
1 reply
same to you
2021-01-13 20:27
+1
2021-01-13 20:27
+1
2021-01-13 20:28
Yurrih and Elige is #14 and #8 with similar stats - impact rating high for Elige -achievements and MVP better for Yurrih it means they took account of roles, hope they do it in zywOo vs s1mple case too.
2021-01-13 20:14
3 replies
S1mple >> zywoo the way things are looking and I +1 that
2021-01-13 20:28
1 reply
Not really^^ his statement is wrong I believe. HLTV don't take it into account, otherwise some awpers wouldn't be in the top
2021-01-14 05:38
ROLES??? DO U HAVE ANY IDEA WHICH ROLE YUUROH AND ELIGE PLAYS?? ELIGE IS THE STAR PLAYER OF LIQUID, YUURIH DOES ENTRY TO CREATE SPACE TO HEN1 AND KSCERATO
2021-01-14 00:01
#134
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Turkey LantarEZ
Xantares robbed
2021-01-13 20:14
2 replies
>1.03 rating in Elite events >Robbed Pick one
2021-01-13 20:14
Stop baiting and he will get on the list
2021-01-13 20:15
#138
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Switzerland Sylleo
WeirdChamp
2021-01-13 20:15
1 reply
+1
2021-01-13 20:16
The NA King KEKW
2021-01-13 20:15
ez for eligera bestest brazilian player
2021-01-13 20:15
#141
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Brazil Anarchybr
Deserved. Next gonna be My boy Tarik at number 7, mark my words
2021-01-13 20:15
#142
iM | 
Romania AlyBu
beast
2021-01-13 20:16
joke
2021-01-13 20:16
This top20 has so many names in that are in it cuz of the names not cuz of their performance. Elige deserves top20 but top 8?? not really.
2021-01-13 20:17
3 replies
Biased stats uplift him in the top 10. HLTV acting like his stats are comparable to stats of EU players to satisfy the NA crowd. He deserved 10th at best imo.
2021-01-13 20:22
1 reply
I would have put him on max 14 this year. He dodged every top team. Not his fault but last year they said the same about s1mple when Navi had missed many tournaments and put zywho on 1 cuz of that. So why not the same for NA players?
2021-01-13 20:45
Couldn't agree more
2021-01-13 20:37
#155
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Portugal joaosenra
lol
2021-01-13 20:19
EL8
2021-01-13 20:23
NA from Poland literally
2021-01-13 20:23
1 reply
He isn’t from Poland though, lol
2021-01-14 14:21
0.9 rating and top 8 wtf
2021-01-13 20:26
so this means i can just move to NA and get top 8 in 2021? gj hltv
2021-01-13 20:27
6 replies
Try playing against furia and have a positive kd irrelevant bot
2021-01-13 20:29
5 replies
#188
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Europe Vallon4
Mad patriot murrican. Farmed NA bots whole year and got top 8, HLTV rankings lmao
2021-01-13 20:33
beating a top 10 team once in a while = top 8 player? nice logic murican
2021-01-14 13:58
3 replies
U said u can get top 8 by just moving to america. That's what I replied too. Stupid german brain back at it again with their imbecilic responses.
2021-01-14 20:31
2 replies
don't even write responses when you can't even use your brain. ty
2021-01-15 01:31
1 reply
U should tell that to yourself. What an irony lmao
2021-01-15 08:50
7. BlameF 6. ELECTRONIC 5. NIKO 3. Dev1ce 2. Zyw0o 1. S1mple Mark my word
2021-01-13 20:29
polish pride!
2021-01-13 20:28
top15 would be fair IMO
2021-01-13 20:28
4 replies
+1 remove all of the other na trash and elige 15th yuurih 18-20th
2021-01-13 20:35
3 replies
Yuurih Very god bro
2021-01-13 21:04
1 reply
+1
2021-01-13 21:10
Well yhea maybe. I'd see yuurih just a bit higher like 16th and Elige 15th and that's it.
2021-01-14 05:40
congrats #1 American and #1 Polish, #1 NA of 2020.
2021-01-13 20:31
#186
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Europe Vallon4
Undeserved, not this year. He was stellar and proved himself last year, on LAN, playing against Astralis all the time, but in 2020? Farming stats in NA against an almost completely dead scene. Sorry, not top 8.
2021-01-13 20:33
Didn't expect him that high but deserved to be in top 20 regardless.
2021-01-13 20:32
Best NA player of all time.
2021-01-13 20:33
According to his skill he deserved but seeing 2020 nah another spot for NA that too in top 10 nah nah. Something is wrong here
2021-01-13 20:33
God
2021-01-13 20:34
Deserved Best player from NA by far
2021-01-13 20:34
Just can't hate this guy. The only "OG" liquid player remaining.... Wishing you a very happy New year mr. Jonathan Jablonowski. I hope you do well in your career. Although I want to take this opportunity and say from the bottom of my heart that Fuk you bot_2k. Liquid Kick Stewie ffs. Holy shit remove that bot please. Jesus Christ.
2021-01-13 20:37
1 reply
"bot_2k"... Hahahahah Kkkkkkk Hehehe Jajajajaja
2021-01-13 21:02
Deserved
2021-01-13 20:38
undeserved
2021-01-13 20:40
This pretty much confirms Elige will be in the top 20
2021-01-13 20:42
Notable stats: #4 #3 #3 #4 #9 #3 HOTE rank: #8
2021-01-13 20:43
4 replies
look the teams he played against and how many tournaments he did in EU.
2021-01-14 05:41
3 replies
2 replies
I know he's alright but he only did 3 tournaments
2021-01-14 07:52
1 reply
I understand
2021-01-14 09:22
Overrated lmao imagine farming stats against tier9999 NA semi-pro teams and reaching top8 LUL
2021-01-13 20:45
2 replies
this ranking is a joke in the last year, mb except of 1st top5 places.
2021-01-13 20:59
1 reply
You forgot Device last year getting #3 instead of #2 : hltv.org/forums/threads/2214842/bigevent.. According to hltv 28 maps 1.24 rating > 52 maps with 1.19 rating. Of course rating can go up with more maps but we don't consider potential here, we consider facts and stats.
2021-01-14 05:45
Deserved. Edit: Have a good day!
2021-01-13 20:58
1 reply
+ 1
2021-01-13 20:58
ELIGE VERY GOD
2021-01-13 20:58
lul nub
2021-01-13 21:02
#224
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Europe SBC|SG_TS
syrson top 10 elige top 8? hltv top 20- joke
2021-01-13 21:08
Elige is insane! Gratz!
2021-01-13 21:23
Too high, yet deserved to be in the list!
2021-01-13 21:24
imagine being in top 8 of the year you was playing 80% of matches vs tier 10 NA teams and still didn't win everything lmao
2021-01-13 21:29
#231
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Europe t.o.p
Deserved
2021-01-13 21:31
Another undeserved one. I really look forward to hearing from someone how and why so many players who had a tough year are on the list. So many players left out that did waaaaaaaaaay more. To many NA dudes on here. Ridiculous. You are only doing this to save the sinking ship that's going down in Valorant water.
2021-01-13 21:39
#233
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Chile cristiaan
GOD ELIGE
2021-01-13 21:39
#237
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Serbia CoVRa
deserved! A consistent monster
2021-01-13 21:59
kekw
2021-01-13 22:02
One of the best NA players ever.
2021-01-13 22:05
He had exactly ONE good game against top 5 team in 2020 (vs BIG). If this makes him #8 it says enough about this top 20 thing
2021-01-13 22:17
1 reply
+1
2021-01-13 22:29
Undeserved
2021-01-13 22:22
Did you guys even read on why he's the eighth best player of 2020? Totally & 100000% deserved ~
2021-01-13 22:33
#249
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United States Will767
My fucking Elige made it aww yeahhh
2021-01-13 22:33
That's disgrace, he should be 6 or 5 wtf HLTV??
2021-01-13 22:51
Now we are getting to the good stuff Electronic, simple, device, zywOo, Niko, Ropz, BlameF
2021-01-13 22:56
1 reply
Not in order ofc
2021-01-13 22:57
How did Elige make top 8 blows my mind but okay
2021-01-13 22:59
Elijao! <3
2021-01-13 23:47
#264
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Serbia Xajgyk
So the final countdown?! 7. Ropz 6. blameF 5. Electronic 4. NiKo 3. device 2. Zywoo 1. S1mple What do you think people? This are scary 7 names! Maybe Zywoo can be 1st since Vitality finally got some tournaments and they were ranked high for a good part of the year? But whoever is there is going to be deserved! Sorry for xantares.... he should have a spot definitely cause he is better than jks or kserato, just my opinion sorry
2021-01-13 23:56
3 replies
xantares farm his stats on tier 7 and low impact.
2021-01-14 01:18
Ropz way better than electronic and blamef
2021-01-14 03:26
1 reply
I agree. He should be 5th this year
2021-01-14 14:31
#269
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Romania FaZe_NBK
Poor Xantares.
2021-01-14 01:14
elijão da massa monstro sagrado
2021-01-14 01:15
This year was an easy year for all NA players. Sorry but I don't think NA players deserve this list.
2021-01-14 01:25
#273
RpK | 
France pol44r
Definetly not better than dupreeh syrson and magisk this year .
2021-01-14 01:35
Lets go JonJab
2021-01-14 01:37
no
2021-01-14 01:44
Another letdown, flaws of this wonderful list won't stop showing themselves.
2021-01-14 01:47
#279
NiKo | 
Poland SebL
He was probably the best NA player of this year, deserved spot, but I expected him even higher honestly.
2021-01-14 02:04
EZ FOR ELIJAO DA MASSA
2021-01-14 03:01
For what
2021-01-14 03:05
Tooooooooo high. I know 20more better riflers all in europe
2021-01-14 03:25
great great player but not 8th for me this year.
2021-01-14 05:00
1 reply
#302
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Germany Booya
+1
2021-01-14 09:05
Who
2021-01-14 05:12
Great player but he's only done 3 EU tournaments this year : You scroll you see "NA" next to tournaments in his stats and all of a sudden: "DreamHack Masters Winter 2020 Europe" [(13-16th) 0.90 rating 2.0 (4th, 0%) 69.7 0.60 0.75 0.81 68.2% ] He did ok at IEM challenge and IEM Katowice though.
2021-01-14 05:31
#297
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Latvia Zigis
So broky isn't in the top 20?
2021-01-14 07:49
1 reply
Impactwise he isn't even top 50 lmao
2021-01-14 07:52
#300
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Sweden txshirx
Deserved. Much better than all AWP abusers.
2021-01-14 08:30
#303
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Turkey RENNNDER
na bot farmer
2021-01-14 09:06
#305
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Serbia bra1np
those stats looks good - but no much use of it :D
2021-01-14 09:25
NA in top 20 ahahahahahah hltv nice joke
2021-01-14 09:46
#307
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Brazil cadik
Elige >>> s0mple
2021-01-14 09:49
#310
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Turkey yeeGeT
if xantares aint #7 hltv is damned cuz he ain't making it to #6
2021-01-14 11:03
Elige got boosted Stats from playing NA csgo
2021-01-14 11:11
nice
2021-01-14 11:29
most rigged Top20 ever
2021-01-14 12:56
No chances for s1mple anymore. Top 8 was the last chance...
2021-01-14 13:15
Deserved, I guess
2021-01-14 13:34
"What ultimately sealed his position at No. 8 was his exceptional play in big matches, in which he put up a remarkable 1.25 rating from a sample size of 29 maps in Big events playoffs (this includes the five biggest North American events, IEM Katowice and IEM Global Challenge)," 29 Maps LUL. "Biggest NA events, OMEGALUL. IEM Katowice and IEM Global Challenge --> 20 maps total.
2021-01-14 14:58
best NA players still should not be in top10
2021-01-14 15:43
NA tournaments ratings: 1.30, 1.20, 1.10 EU rating: 0.90 He could be somewhere between #20 and #14, definitely not #8
2021-01-14 16:10
Kinda undeserved this year, feels like this is largely based on old merits.
2021-01-14 16:41
#327
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Philippines rasb27
Jonny Jabs!
2021-01-14 16:53
Wow how did he rank so high? He is max top15. Can't even take majors
2021-01-14 17:54
wtf
2021-01-14 18:48
He made his stats by killing NA bots, and now he's in the global top 10. WTF????
2021-01-14 19:04
Farming stats vs NA bots and top 8? jesus christ hltv ranking is even worse than i thought. what now, ViCi gaming players in top 5?
2021-01-14 19:35
TOP 8 playing against Rebirth, Chaos, Cloud 9 almost the whole year? I like Elige a lot, but he deserves at most TOP 12
2021-01-14 20:02
#337
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Germany I__car
too high but he deserves to be on the list
2021-01-14 21:19
2 replies
+1
2021-01-15 00:41
hello!
2021-01-15 17:06
so s1mple top 1 2020
2021-01-15 17:06
2 replies
Top 7
2021-01-15 18:29
+1
2021-01-15 23:30
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