The final guard: Five legacy Major players left standing

We delve into some of the history and most iconic moments from the five players that have been at every Major.

Seven years of CS:GO Majors. Fifteen events in history where players have fought fervently to crown themselves as champions of the biggest tournament in the circuit, to reach glory and eternally etch their names in the history books of Counter-Strike.

And only six players are left with the honor of having played at every single one.

Heading into PGL Major Stockholm, now-retired and former NAVI in-game leader Danylo "⁠Zeus⁠" Teslenko is about to fall off that already short list of legacy players, leaving us with just five names who will continue to carry the mantle. As we prepare for the start of the first Major in over two years, we took a look back at some of the most memorable moments in history from the quintet of players and briefly recollected their journey so far.

shox - in search of a second crown

Among the five players on this list, Richard "⁠shox⁠" Papillon is the sole member to have just one Major title to his name.

shox was considered by some to be the best player in the world heading into the first Major, DreamHack Winter 2013

Despite VeryGames entering the first Major, DreamHack Winter 2013, as the team to beat having come out on top over the other best team in the world NIP in their previous four meetings, shox's side fell to their Swedish rivals in the semi-finals — with fnatic going on to claim victory in the grand final on home soil.

EMS One Katowice 2014 ended in heartbreak for shox as Titan were eliminated in the group stage of the tournament, missing out on the chance to play in front of the first arena audience for a Major. ESL One Cologne later in the same year marked shox's return to playoffs, but a Major title continued to elude him, until the formation of a new LDLC lineup in September 2014.

With that roster, it was at DreamHack Winter 2014 in Jönköping where shox finally claimed his crown. After a controversial start to the playoffs, which saw fnatic forfeit against LDLC in the quarter-finals after a rematch was ordered following the use of the 'Olofboost,' shox would go on to beat NAVI before battling past NIP in a three-map series.

Since those glory days though, appearances at the Major have been marred by early exits for shox's teams, with the player managing just two playoff appearances in the last 11 events — one at ESL One Katowice 2015 and one at ELEAGUE Major Boston 2018. Those early group stage exits have forced shox to requalify via the Challengers Stage (previously the Main Qualifier) on nine occasions, each time putting him at arms distance from fighting for another Major title but also in danger of ending his streak of appearances.

With the coronavirus pandemic putting a halt to Valve-sponsored events, the 29-year-old has yet to even play on Counter-Strike's biggest stage alongside Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut, missing out on a period where the Frenchmen was considered the best player in the world. With Vitality's results looking up though, PGL Major Stockholm represents shox's best opportunity in well over four years to finally claim his second title, although the current form of Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev begs to differ. At the very least, with a Legends Stage start, shox has guaranteed that his streak of Major appearances will continue for another six months — the same of which can't be said for a particular pair of Danes.

device, dupreeh, & Xyp9x - fifth time's the charm, but on separate sides

The future of the Peter "⁠dupreeh⁠" Rasmussen and Andreas "⁠Xyp9x⁠" Højsleth pairing may be up in the air as Astralis have yet to finalize a complete roster heading into 2022, with only the latter player confirmed to be remaining on board out of the long-standing duo. However, one would be remise to count out Astralis from the Major at any point, especially given their track record.

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Astralis at the Stockholm Major: Last hurrah, or new dynasty?

Together with Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz, dupreeh and Xyp9x have made the playoffs of all but one Major — ELEAGUE Major Boston 2018. Their run began at DreamHack Winter 2013, when the team played under CPH Wolves with Henrik "⁠FeTiSh⁠" Christensen, and continued into their evolution heading into Dignitas and later TSM with Finn "⁠karrigan⁠" Andersen.

Despite seemingly always finding success, there remained one constant for the team at the time. The task of making it to the grand finals of a Major seemed all but impossible. Despite their consistent playoff appearances at Majors, the roster struggled to surpass their initial matches in the bracket stage, crumbling just shy of the grand finals. And thus, the perception of TSM's semi-final curse was born.

The trio of dupreeh, device, and Xyp9x played together for eight years

After moving to Astralis, the team continued to stumble at the final hurdle, and so it was roster changes that came their way. In what has become a well-told story given the era that would go on to be established, the addition of Lukas "⁠gla1ve⁠" Rossander would break the curse for the core of dupreeh, device, and Xyp9x, with 18-year-old Markus "⁠Kjaerbye⁠" Kjærbye powering the team to their first Major title at ELEAGUE Atlanta 2017.

A subsequent 3rd-4th finish at PGL Major Krakow gave way to the core's first time exiting a tournament outside of the top eight when they were sent packing from ELEAGUE Major Boston 2018 in 12-14th. The lacklustre showing was followed by the sudden and surprising exit of Kjaerbye from the team's roster, but his replacement, Emil "⁠Magisk⁠" Reif, was who really turned the tides for the team. Starting from the Challengers Stage of the FACEIT Major, Astralis would go on to take the title in dominant fashion, and added to their run with wins at IEM Katowice 2019 and StarLadder Major Berlin.

Now, the illustrious trio are separated, entering their first Major apart. While device is at the very least assured of continuing his streak of consecutive Major appearances given NIP's status as Legends, both dupreeh and Xyp9x will need to fight through the qualification stage for the second time in their history to guarantee their streak — and with gla1ve back at the helm and Magisk hungry to prove device wrong for his departure, a match-up between the two teams is a tantalizing prospect.

olofmeister - legends never die

With a name that used to strike fear into the hearts of his opponents, Olof "⁠olofmeister⁠" Kajbjer remains a legend to this day, having only missed the playoffs of a Major on a single occasion at StarLadder Berlin. Despite making way for the new guard of players and shifting roles, the 29-year-old Swede has left a lasting legacy in Majors, famous for some of it's most iconic moments in early history.

olofmeister was crowned the No.1 player in the world after winning ESL One Cologne and ESL One Katowice 2015

Playing with Freddy "⁠KRIMZ⁠" Johansson from the onset, olofmeister made appearances in the playoffs of DreamHack Winter 2013 and EMS One Katowice 2014 as a part of LGB, even beating fnatic in a domestic match-up at the latter event.

It was a move to that very organization mere months later that would mark the formation of the historic fnatic lineup, and not long until olofmeister would gain the infamous label of "boostmeister" following the controversy of DreamHack Winter 2014, his second Major with fnatic. A second nickname was soon to follow — "Tec-9meister".

With dominant performances at ESL One Cologne 2015 and ESL One Katowice 2015, olofmeister powered fnatic to two Major titles, becoming the first team in CS:GO to win them back-to-back. It was such a strong year for the Swede that he would go on to be crowned the best player of 2015, but it wasn't to last.

After falling to Envy in the playoffs of DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca, the Major that the Frenchmen would go on to win, Counter-Strike entered an extremely competitive era, and that very same fnatic roster that dominated struggled to replicate their performances of old as teams developed strategically.

Still though, olofmeister remained a consistent presence at Majors, continuing to make playoff appearances without fail. The move to FaZe prompted olofmeister's return to the podium as the team ended as the runner-up to Cloud9 at ELEAGUE Major Boston, but ever since, Major results have been trending downhill for the Swedish giant.

5-8th finishes at FACEIT London and IEM Katowice 2019 gave way to a group stage exit at StarLadder Berlin, the first time olofmeister ever failed to make the playoffs of a Major. Much like dupreeh and Xyp9x, the 29-year-old could also face the prospect of having his streak of consecutive Major appearances ended should FaZe fail to advance from the New Challengers stage of PGL Stockholm, but one thing is for certain: after this long, olofmeister isn't going down without a fight.

Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1311
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1905
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1519
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1826
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
Denmark Henrik 'FeTiSh' Christensen
Henrik 'FeTiSh' Christensen
Age:
35
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.86
Maps played:
239
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.67
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Age:
34
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1400
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1853
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1692
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1766
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1891
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1534
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1534
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.65
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.28
Maps played:
886
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.62
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.25
Maps played:
1456
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.64
amazing, sad some arent gonna get any stickers, maybe shox will
2021-10-22 17:05
11 replies
Vitality were looking decent at IEM Fall, I would certainly not count them out. Are they gonna win the whole thing? Not imo But are they Top 8 in the world? An easy yes.
2021-10-22 17:08
4 replies
u never know whats gonna happer in da major doe
2021-10-22 17:08
Majors are often full of surprises, not saying they'll win this thing, but it's not impossible. I'd say Na'Vi looked way too dominant lately to not win it, but it only takes one bad day to change everything
2021-10-22 18:33
1 reply
One bad day or one ZywOo on a rampage...
2021-10-23 21:41
Indeed
2021-10-23 15:13
#31
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Korea Axiotimos
most of them will get their stickers. nip faze astralis and vitality all easily top 8
2021-10-22 17:26
It actually hurts a lot sometimes, when I see dupreeh and device playing on separate teams and competing against each other. They were like brothers. Idk how I'd feel if I had to see Astralis vs NiP in major finals >_<
2021-10-22 17:48
4 replies
>nip >Major finale Pick one
2021-10-22 18:26
3 replies
One can dream i guess
2021-10-22 18:35
1 reply
+1
2021-10-22 19:11
>Astralis >major finale pick one...
2021-10-22 20:06
Very much looking forward to Shox being crowned the MVP of PGL Stockholm 2021!
2021-10-22 17:05
3 replies
Nah even if vitality win, it's zywoo who will be mvp So very much impossible
2021-10-23 07:34
2 replies
Eh dunno about that, for Vitality to have a chance to win Shox would need to have one of the best events of his career and at that point anything can happen
2021-10-23 07:53
1 reply
#98
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Asia Kiyago
shox and electronic are one of those players who show up when it matters. I mean not all the time but they do
2021-10-23 11:12
LES GOOOOOOO
2021-10-22 17:04
interesting
2021-10-22 17:04
Astralis won't win this time
2021-10-22 17:04
5 replies
No but I think they can reach playoffs. Not because they are so good but the whole seeding is a joke and they have maybe the best mental strength of all teams. They know how to win
2021-10-22 17:30
they will. The only competition is Vitality but they've never shown anything at majors, same with Navi, they choke. Gla1ve is back for a major and they're gonna squash everyone
2021-10-22 17:31
3 replies
i like this energy
2021-10-22 21:52
1 reply
this energy gives me hope
2021-10-23 05:39
#93
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Slovakia Daev0n
Astralis won't get out of the groups.
2021-10-23 06:14
nice
2021-10-22 17:05
Veryyyyy Niiiceeeeeeeeee
2021-10-22 17:05
#8
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Hungary JokerPublic
You mention d***l shox but not NiKo. Nice!
2021-10-22 17:05
5 replies
Because all 5 of these players have played every major Niko hasn't.
2021-10-22 17:07
Can you even read? Nah, doubt
2021-10-22 17:20
For good reasons
2021-10-22 17:37
#49
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United States _intaKe
awkward!!!
2021-10-22 18:02
Name checks out
2021-10-22 18:39
Its olof's show this major
2021-10-22 17:05
OLOFMEISTER I LOVE YOU
2021-10-22 17:05
3 replies
GOD HELPED ME AND I WON MAJUUURRR
2021-10-22 17:24
1 reply
gg flag
2021-10-22 17:40
His turn to win now.
2021-10-22 19:04
#11
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Brazil magicsgo
GL PAIN GAMING
2021-10-22 17:06
Such an impressive consistency ngl I hope to see some of them (or even all :O) on the play off stage
2021-10-22 17:06
1 reply
They should make a showmatch this major with those 5 on team :)
2021-10-23 11:28
F Zeus
2021-10-22 17:07
OLOFMEISTER THE TRUE GOAT OF CSGO 👑🐐👑🐐👑🐐
2021-10-22 17:08
Best core ever: Xyp9x, dupreeh and device
2021-10-22 17:06
1 reply
+inf GOAT Core - 28 Trophies, 24 LANs, 4 Majors, 1 Grand Slam.
2021-10-22 17:49
legends never die they become a part of you :((
2021-10-22 17:07
6 replies
russki cringe
2021-10-22 18:01
5 replies
No you dogo
2021-10-22 18:08
1 reply
Sadge
2021-10-22 18:21
#57
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Russia ToughGuy
fan of cheater
2021-10-22 18:21
2 replies
fan of bad team
2021-10-22 18:21
1 reply
#1 btw danish cs KEKW
2021-10-22 19:19
#18
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United States Rayduh
SO MANY MAJORS
2021-10-22 17:07
Fallen?
2021-10-22 17:09
5 replies
He didn't participate in every major.
2021-10-22 17:13
4 replies
ye i forgot, but he won 2 majors
2021-10-22 17:33
3 replies
Omg.
2021-10-22 17:39
So what? Post is about players that participated in every CSGO major, not players who won titles.
2021-10-22 17:51
#55
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India Da_to
Good for him. Read the title and the context of the article though before typing shit :)
2021-10-22 18:13
#22
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Hong Kong sti11fac
Respecta
2021-10-22 17:09
olof <3
2021-10-22 17:10
#24
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Romania xypperz
goats
2021-10-22 17:10
Only Shox has a legit shot at winning. Device can't 40% cheat on LAN.
2021-10-22 17:19
Goatzera?
2021-10-22 17:19
3 replies
All the players in the article have attended all the majors. coldzera did not.
2021-10-22 17:24
Cold is not even in this major
2021-10-22 17:34
#35 ahaha
2021-10-22 18:37
fifth time's the charm, great way too word it B)
2021-10-22 17:34
Xyp got a contract so article needs fix
2021-10-22 17:36
3 replies
#54
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India Da_to
----with only the latter player confirmed to be remaining on board out of the long-standing duo Do you have are stupid?
2021-10-22 18:11
2 replies
Completely missed that and maybe try look Up grammar before call people stupid...
2021-10-22 18:55
1 reply
#97
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India Da_to
2021-10-23 10:34
#40
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Italy Wakkaa
Olofmeister true OG of cs.go. used to dislike him back in the days when I was a huge VP fanboy. But can only respect him now
2021-10-22 17:40
All this hype is leading to a NIP vs Astralis match in the Major, its so fucking scripted OMEGALUL But NIP will win, it will be a quarter/semifinal. NIP vs NAVI final, NAVI claims their first ever Major win.
2021-10-22 17:43
7 replies
I'm very close to someone who is friends with one of the ESL script writers (he also wrote the amazing script of refrezh 1v5,all were surprised it got approved) He said Na'Vi will definitely not win. I will post more info once I have it, will maybe make thread here or reddit.
2021-10-22 18:04
6 replies
script writer>future
2021-10-22 19:16
>Is Pgl event >Talks about ESL script writer Shitpost failed successfully
2021-10-23 07:38
4 replies
i think you don't know how this works, most of them work as freelancers
2021-10-23 11:49
3 replies
Ok Cool
2021-10-23 11:53
2 replies
i know many take this as a meme but think what you want
2021-10-23 11:54
1 reply
Cool cool
2021-10-23 12:12
allu >
2021-10-22 18:01
Olofmesiter, what a legend. It hurts me to se how much shit the community is throwing on him.. There is barely no decency and respect left from people on a site like this.
2021-10-22 18:02
2 replies
#83
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India Pranav3112
Hopefully olof shows up in good individual form to play in front of his home crowd. Would love nothing more to see olof win 1 major with faze when it was so close, with the inclusion of karrigan and rain. This major is going to be last for some of them, I think.
2021-10-22 20:49
+1
2021-10-23 20:21
ez4godlofmeister
2021-10-22 18:09
#53
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India Da_to
Goatmeister
2021-10-22 18:09
#56
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Finland AliSabid
Rip zeus :/
2021-10-22 18:17
#60
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Finland Tusku
imo g2 went into boston with a better chance to win than vitality going into this one
2021-10-22 18:26
Fallen didn't play at every major but should be included in this list as well
2021-10-22 18:30
6 replies
Should have played better then and attend all majors :()
2021-10-22 18:46
4 replies
He got two majors, shox only got one and is on the list
2021-10-23 11:46
3 replies
Lol only 2 majors... Flusha, jw, gla1ve 3 majors.. fallen knub and should only be on list of players to retire :()
2021-10-23 17:09
2 replies
gla1ve won 4 majors
2021-10-24 04:01
1 reply
Fallen knub :()
2021-10-24 11:34
Why?
2021-10-23 20:24
shoxieJESUS <3
2021-10-22 18:37
Fallen deserved a spot in that list
2021-10-22 18:38
2 replies
No he doesn't?
2021-10-22 19:03
Wtf
2021-10-23 20:23
#76
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Hungary Shiron212
Only five 😥 "The young generation is taking over More and more newcomers are taking over The scene is burning fast Get ready for the digital revolution"
2021-10-22 19:33
MEISTER IS GOD!
2021-10-22 20:03
story of cursed fnc. who left legendary player. imo, boost is boost . they said illegal but it's valve problem. not players
2021-10-22 20:12
..... a name that used to strike fear into the hearts of his opponents, "taserface" ähh i ment "⁠olofmeister⁠"
2021-10-22 20:13
1 reply
#90
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Vietnam 1VieTCoNg
Lmao
2021-10-23 04:28
Shoxie goat
2021-10-22 20:25
#82
anjing | 
Indonesia ro2a
Lucky that FaZe decide to called olof again, otherwise we may only have 4 player left on this list Why dont we just storm Navi social media, and tell them tk bring back zeus as subtitute this major, who knew...
2021-10-22 20:46
Its me tec9meister
2021-10-22 21:05
GOAT OLOF!
2021-10-22 21:54
Can't wait to see all of them at the major
2021-10-22 22:30
Such an impressive consistency ngl I hope to see some of them (or even all :O) on the play off stage
2021-10-22 22:34
Best core ever: Xyp9x, dupreeh and device
2021-10-22 23:19
1 reply
xyp9x, dupreeh, device and gla1ve fix :D
2021-10-24 04:02
Legends!
2021-10-23 04:49
f0rest deserves to be in major
2021-10-23 21:27
1 reply
#112
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Japan Haachama
True I feel bad for him and dig :(
2021-10-24 00:17
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