Top 20 players of 2021: broky (20)

Strong performances in the biggest events and against the toughest opposition earned Helvijs "⁠broky⁠" Saukants his debut on the top 20 players list, ​powered by GG.BET.

Top 20 players of 2021: Introduction

broky's road to the top echelons of Counter-Strike was typical of the new generations of stars. He took a casual interest in the game through a sibling during the days of CS 1.6, gained interest in the pro scene after witnessing the game's evolution and crowded arenas, and finally realized he could pursue a professional career after seeing Robin "⁠ropz⁠" Kool given a contract thanks to his accomplishments in FPL.

"I got into Counter-Strike the classic way, from a young age I would watch my brother play 1.6 and then play it myself when no one was using the PC. I started following the competitive scene around 2015, seeing the emotions from players and crowd got me hooked on watching almost every game.

"Pursuing CSGO professionally was not really in my mind until 2017, before that I would just play a lot of matchmaking. I started grinding FACEIT around that time, when I saw that ropz joined mouz from playing FPL. Seeing someone from Baltics make it into tier 1 not in the "normal way" inspired me a lot. I qualified to FPL-C in June 2018, next month I qualified to FPL, and that's when I realized it's possible to go pro."

While broky played a couple of regional LANs under the banner of Wolsung, his development didn't come from within the domestic scene. Countryman Mareks "⁠YEKINDAR⁠" Gaļinskis spoke about that rapid development in 2019, explaining that broky got into FACEIT's elite pick-up game circuit faster than the rumors of his talent could spread within the country. It was FPL, where he showed he could stand his ground against the best in the world, that got him invited to play in the three teams he had in his career: Wolsung, Epsilon, and FaZe.

broky got his first international LAN experience with Epsilon

broky won both Baltic LANs he attended with Wolsung in 2018 before leaving LAN mixes in the past and joining his first real team in Epsilon at the start of 2019. The rag-tag posse under the leadership of Teodor "⁠SPELLAN⁠" Nikolov managed to do some damage in the purgatory of European sub top, winning ESEA Premier Season 30 and peaking at No. 22 in the world, but broky never caught much attention in the squad. Playing as a supportive element of the team, his access to the AWP was limited to CT sides of certain maps, and statistically, he was a middle-of-the-pack player, behind Nils "⁠k1to⁠" Gruhne and Joey "⁠CRUC1AL⁠" Steusel.

That is why the news of the 18-year-old Latvian joining FaZe on trial, broken by Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač himself in an interview, came as a surprise to many. The organization was known for signing experienced star players, but with the decision to break the bank for Marcelo "⁠coldzera⁠" David and one more spot to fill on the roster, a shot was given to free agent broky who just had an amazing month in FPL, winning 69% of his matches.

Who would've guessed that the teenager would end up being the better signing for FaZe long-term?

"As far as I remember NiKo just added me on Steam and asked some questions, then a few days later we pracced to see if they wanna play with me on trial for the upcoming tournaments. I think the reason I got selected was from playing FPL with some of the FaZe players, so honestly, that could have been anyone else back then.

"Comparing myself today and in 2019, I can definitely say I have become more mature and open as a person. Playing for FaZe doesn't really affect me, maybe it did at the start when I joined."

The youngster had to find his place in a star-studded lineup

Joining a powerhouse organization and getting used to playing alongside the game's biggest stars is no easy feat, but broky showed his capabilities by playing an important part in FaZe winning their third LAN together, BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen (1.14 rating). At the time, broky and the team were still experimenting with the roles. Initially, Olof "⁠olofmeister⁠" Kajbjer wielded the Big Green with the Latvian taking on the lurking duties for the T-side. That was switched around early into 2020, but broky's CT AWPing was still limited to certain maps, averaging just above 30% of his kills with the sniper in the first three months. As time went on, and especially with the departure of NiKo later in the year, broky finally became the clear-cut AWPer we know him as today.

"I didn't really have any main AWP experience before FaZe, but I still had lots of experience AWPing in PUGs and FPL, and being the second AWP in my first pro team. What made me improve the most was playing against other AWPers, obviously watching demos and playing DM as well.

"My style of AWPing just came naturally, which I'm trying to improve on and become more aggressive. I struggle mostly on T-sides with openings, so that's one of my goals for 2022 to become better at."

broky had a good showing at the opening Big event of 2020, IEM Katowice (1.10 rating), and despite the role shuffling, FaZe were a dangerous team in the initial half of 2020. They earned top 3 finishes at the European divisions of ESL One Road to Rio, Dreamhack Masters Spring, and BLAST Premier Spring Finals as the action moved online due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A slump would follow, though, but not before the team secured their only title of the year, IEM New York 2020 Europe. NiKo displayed incredible form in his farewell appearance for the organization, but broky was a worthy sidekick, averaging a 1.17 rating across 11 maps.

"2020 was a very interesting year for all of us. Personally, the time went so fast it feels like it was all a blur. After NiKo left for G2, we lost a lot of firepower and it's not easy to replace a player like him, so the way we started the year and ended it was like day and night.

broky lifted his first trophy with FaZe in 2019

From 16 events played across 2020, broky posted a below-average rating at just one, the IEM Katowice closed qualifier, showing great consistency and proving that he belongs to the top end of the scene. Despite a great first year of competition at the highest level, he didn't stand out enough to be included on the top 20 players of the year ranking, something he set as a personal goal for 2021.

Latviabroky
2021 Tournament stats
TournamentEvent Team (place) Rating 2.0 (in team) ADR KPR DPR Impact KAST Award
cs_summit 7
(11-12th)
1.00 (2nd, +4%) 67.5 0.66 0.65 0.86 72.0%
IEM Katowice
(9-12th)
0.91 (3rd, +3%) 66.7 0.61 0.68 0.78 63.7%
ESL Pro League S13
(17-20th)
1.21 (2nd, +9%) 79.9 0.77 0.60 1.18 73.6%
DHM Spring
(13-16th)
1.02 (2nd, +6%) 72.8 0.67 0.67 1.00 65.1%
Flashpoint 3
(13-16th)
1.09 (2nd, +13%) 77.0 0.74 0.67 1.05 69.9%
BLAST Spring Final
(7-8th)
1.12 (1st, +15%) 75.1 0.74 0.66 1.11 72.5%
IEM Cologne
(3-4th)
1.13 (2nd, +12%) 75.7 0.74 0.60 1.06 72.5% EVP
ESL Pro League S14
(13-16th)
1.09 (2nd, +7%) 71.7 0.68 0.59 0.92 72.5%
IEM Fall EU
(9th)
1.10 (3rd, -2%) 69.7 0.70 0.61 0.99 72.8%
PGL Major
(9-11th)
1.18 (1st, +15%) 80.2 0.81 0.60 1.14 72.0%
BLAST Fall Final
(5-6th)
1.01 (3rd, -2%) 70.3 0.66 0.64 0.93 69.4%
IEM Winter
(9-12th)
1.13 (2nd, +14%) 74.7 0.77 0.60 0.93 74.6%
5%+ above average
5%+ below average
Closer than 5% to average

FaZe's roster was overhauled at the beginning of 2021, with Finn "⁠karrigan⁠" Andersen and Russel "⁠Twistzz⁠" Van Dulken signing deals ahead of the first Elite event of the year, IEM Katowice. The change of team dynamics seemingly didn't suit the Latvian who had his second-worst event since joining the squad in 2019 (0.91 rating, 2/7 maps with 1.00+ rating), which combined with a 1.00-rated cs_summit 7 in January made for an underwhelming start of the year.

"Expectations were high for 2021 after karrigan and Twistzz joined the roster, but we had pretty rough results online for the first half of the year, I think we had like 20% win rate in the past three months at some point. After the player break we remained in top10, but it was obviously still nothing like we expected."

broky turned around his form by March in time for ESL Pro League, where he played 11 maps in the group stage against the likes of Vitality, G2, and NIP and boasted a 1.21 rating and 1.18 Impact rating, but that wasn't enough for FaZe to advance from the six-team round-robin group. Three more early exits followed at DreamHack Masters Spring, Flashpoint 3, and the BLAST Premier Spring Final as FaZe faced struggles, but broky continued posting strong numbers, especially at BLAST where he was the team's best player with a 1.12 rating.

The year didn't start well for FaZe, but they picked things up at the halfway point

The removal of coldzera from the lineup in favor of olofmeister and the return to LAN play for IEM Cologne sparked something in FaZe. The second Elite event of 2021 was played in a studio environment and FaZe managed their best result of the year, a 3-4th placing thanks to victories over Vitality, Heroic, and Gambit. A 1.18 rating in the Big matches at the event ensured broky his one and only Exceptionally Valuable Player (EVP) award of the year and allowed his team to reach fourth place in the world ranking during the summer break.

"Cologne was the first LAN event after a long time so we didn't really go into the tournament with high expectations, but we wanted to prove ourselves on LAN since we had really bad results online. After we qualified from the Play-in the team spirit was high, so we just played game by game, after each game we got more confident and made it to the playoffs.

"I still remember being relieved after beating Heroic to qualify for playoffs, since it meant we wouldn't have to go home the next day and we would have five days off to just relax and prepare for Gambit."

Another ESL Pro League season followed as the action resumed in August, with another group stage exit recorded by FaZe. This time around the international squad had a better showing but went out after a three-way tie, while broky had an uncharacteristically spotty record, averaging a 1.09 rating but finishing just 50% of the maps played with an above-average rating.

Having crashed out of Flashpoint 3, the first Regional Major Ranking tournament, IEM Fall Europe was crucial for FaZe to earn a PGL Major spot and broky to make his first appearance at the tournament of the highest caliber. There were some worrying signs during the group stage of the LAN event, and a 16-6 loss to Fiend put the international squad in danger, but wins over OG and BIG in the decider bracket ensured their place in Sweden, with broky again playing his part (1.10 rating, 0.61 DPR)

"[Out of all of my teammates in FaZe] karrigan influenced me the most, he always has something new to show and made me realize you can spend time more wisely on CSGO."

karrigan is the teammate that influenced broky the most

The squad was back to LAN shortly for the Major, blitzing through the Challenger Stage with a 3-0 record and great showings from broky. The AWPer carried on that level into the Legends Stage as well, posting a 1.37 rating to eliminate Liquid and a 1.22 rating in the playoff-deciding game against Virtus.pro. FaZe had the CIS side in the chokehold after winning their opponent's pick of Inferno and leading 13-8 on the CT side of Ancient, but they failed to convert the lead and let the game slip.

"That was probably the worst loss in my career, after winning the first map and being up 13-8 on CT side Ancient.

"The losing feeling is always rough, but I was kinda happy the next day because I think every young player's dream is to play in a Major, which I did. Obviously, I didn't get my signature sticker, but there is always next time."

broky was FaZe's best player during the group stage of the Major, outperforming Twistzz and the rest of the veteran lineup, but his inspired form wasn't enough to ensure a spot in the playoffs, leaving him without the coveted signature stickers in the game.

Closing out the year, broky returned to the place he lifted his first trophy with FaZe two years ago: the Royal Arena in Copenhagen. The Latvian played below his yearly level in his first on-stage matches since 2019, suffering elimination to home crowd favorites Astralis and Heroic. One final LAN was left to be played in December, IEM Winter, and broky was able to display his consistency one last time, despite an early elimination from the event. He picked up 39 kills in an overtime loss to BIG and contributed in matches against Heroic and Gambit, but ultimately FaZe finished the tournament in 9th-12th place and went on an early break.

"My favorite moment was definitely BLAST Premier Fall Final 2021. Being lifted on the stage was very cool and playing in front of a crowd gave me more fire for next year. The worst moment is definitely not making the playoffs at the PGL Major."

"My goals for 2022 are to perform better as a team and win trophies."

The stage and crowd at BLAST add up to broky's favorite moment of the year

Why was broky the 20th best player of 2021?

While his overall numbers and lack of awards didn't guarantee a place in the Top 20 on their own, scratching a bit below the surface showed broky nearly always performed well in the biggest events and against the toughest opposition — despite his team's general lack of success.

The 20-year-old was one of only three players whose rating against teams ranked Top 20 and higher isn't lower than his overall rating for the year (1.10), and he performed at nearly the same level at the five Elite events he attended (1.09 rating in 43 maps). He was also remarkably consistent on an event-to-event basis, finishing just one tournament with a below-average rating.

broky stood out in a few statistical categories, most notably as a great defensive-side player, ranking 8th with a 1.24 CT-side rating. Unsurprisingly, he was also a strong AWPer, posting 0.36 AWP kills per round (10th best), and was hard to kill averaging just 0.61 deaths per round (16th best).

Although broky did get a solid EVP at IEM Cologne — where he also showed he can play well in Big matches like the Gambit quarter-final — and had a couple of remarkable non-EVP performances — such as at the Major and EPL S13 —, overall he lacked similar exceptional performances to climb any higher on the list in 2021.

Bold prediction by GG.BET

The customary addition to the Top 20 ranking returns this year as well, as we will again be asking the world's best who they see as the stars of tomorrow. To ensure the prediction is truly bold, the player selected must be 20 years old or younger and have no previous experience playing for a top 20 team.

For the first Bold prediction of the year, powered by GG.BET, broky selected MOUZ NXT's 17-year-old rifler Dorian "⁠xertioN⁠" Berman. "I think he has improved a lot since I first saw him play. If he keeps working hard I believe he can reach the top level."


Stay tuned to our Top 20 players of 2021 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:

GG.BET - Online betting and odds on sport and esports

Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1358
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.61
Latvia Helvijs 'broky' Saukants
Helvijs 'broky' Saukants
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
600
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.61
Bulgaria Teodor 'SPELLAN' Nikolov
Teodor 'SPELLAN' Nikolov
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1430
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
Israel Dorian 'xertioN' Berman
Dorian 'xertioN' Berman
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
116
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.65
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1280
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
Latvia Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1042
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.70
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1552
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
Estonia Robin 'ropz' Kool
Robin 'ropz' Kool
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1041
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1916
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
Germany Nils 'k1to' Gruhne
Nils 'k1to' Gruhne
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1153
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.69
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1560
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.65
Netherlands Joey 'CRUC1AL' Steusel
Joey 'CRUC1AL' Steusel
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1360
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
#1
STYKO | 
Czech Republic y0fl0w
okay
2022-01-03 20:00
10 replies
Expected
2022-01-03 20:00
6 replies
#193
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Netherlands arTvamp
Broky toedeledookie
2022-01-03 20:27
2 replies
cs_summit 7 - FaZe (11-12th) IEM Katowice 2021 - FaZe (9-12th) ESL Pro League Season 13 - FaZe (17-20th) DreamHack Masters Spring 2021 - FaZe (13-16th) Flashpoint 3 - FaZe (13-16th) BLAST Premier Spring Final 2021 - FaZe (7-8th) ESL Pro League Season 14 - FaZe (13-16th) IEM Fall 2021 Europe - FaZe (9th) PGL Major Stockholm 2021 - FaZe (9-11th) BLAST Premier Fall Final 2021 - FaZe (5-6th) IEM Winter 2021 - FaZe (9-12th) Faze OMEGALUL
2022-01-04 08:19
1 reply
#368
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Sweden 1Bjork
atleast they were 3rd in cologne :)
2022-01-04 22:11
Wdym he deserves better
2022-01-03 22:06
2 replies
For what?
2022-01-04 19:57
1 reply
cause he was more consistent and was a highly rated player on Faze in many tournaments, beating out players in stronger teams. So that is why he deserves better.
2022-01-06 09:09
#199
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Bahrain Ax1yn
Expected mens)
2022-01-03 20:29
#267
ropz | 
Ireland koapz
Why should bold predictions be restricted for 20yrs and younger? Some players eg. Saffee are 27 but are only breaking out now. Plenty of T2/T3 players are well above 20.
2022-01-03 21:47
1 reply
#373
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Romania xTeddy
+1
2022-01-06 09:09
wow
2022-01-03 20:00
Wtf i was 100% sure it would be aleksiGOAT
2022-01-03 20:00
8 replies
Top 3 player 4 sure
2022-01-03 20:17
7 replies
#169
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Sweden KennyKEX
Maybe use your brain?
2022-01-03 20:19
6 replies
Maybe hltv.org/player/7443/twist your NIPples?
2022-01-03 20:20
5 replies
#209
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Germany Ump404
nice one xD
2022-01-03 20:34
1 reply
Thanks :D I came up with this myself. :D Perhaps next HLTV-meme? :D
2022-01-03 22:06
Meme lord
2022-01-03 21:48
2 replies
2022-01-03 22:06
1 reply
Yes
2022-01-05 03:32
#4
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United States TARIK_GOAT
congrats to tarik on officialy being in the top 19!
2022-01-03 20:00
11 replies
obv gonna be 15th
2022-01-03 20:01
tarik GOAT should be top 1
2022-01-03 20:02
So true! So happy someone else recognizes the NA GOAT.
2022-01-03 20:08
1 reply
You mean the Valarante player?
2022-01-03 20:19
#236
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Indonesia lukerey
True. He doesn't have to play the game. We all know he's top 19 player material. Lets go turok
2022-01-03 20:51
top 19 understatement for T Dawg
2022-01-03 22:14
please say this for the next 18 threads and then make a really long comment for the last #1 article
2022-01-03 22:37
3 replies
+1
2022-01-03 23:17
#356
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Poland BAN_ANIME
+999
2022-01-04 13:44
+1
2022-01-05 01:10
tarik GOAT
2022-01-03 23:04
congrats ez 4 s#1mple
2022-01-03 20:00
#6
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Portugal cyn1cal
nice
2022-01-03 20:00
#7
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Denmark valt3rr
pog
2022-01-03 20:00
deserved
2022-01-03 20:00
first, sorry not
2022-01-03 20:00
congrats broky!
2022-01-03 20:00
noice
2022-01-03 20:00
Nice
2022-01-03 20:00
ez
2022-01-03 20:00
BROKY!
2022-01-03 20:00
Why?
2022-01-03 20:00
#16
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Bulgaria alekscho89
first
2022-01-03 20:00
6 replies
16th actually
2022-01-03 20:00
#117
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Kosovo dnjl
how do you feel being 16th?
2022-01-03 20:07
4 replies
Probably smashed his keyboard after failing his task despite refreshing for the past hour :)
2022-01-03 20:25
dont care
2022-01-03 22:06
2 replies
lmao get rekt kiddo
2022-01-04 05:26
1 reply
?? i really dont care
2022-01-04 19:10
Xd
2022-01-03 20:00
gj
2022-01-03 20:00
Unexpected
2022-01-03 20:00
2 replies
+1 so many players with achievements in this year, didnt expect Broky there...
2022-01-03 20:11
1 reply
Aimhaus broky expected
2022-01-03 21:07
pog lol
2022-01-03 20:00
nooooo not broky
2022-01-03 20:00
#22
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Bulgaria kr9ptonn
wow
2022-01-03 20:00
#23
JACKZ | 
Singapore ZyZy
LETS GO!
2022-01-03 20:00
lets go
2022-01-03 20:00
G
2022-01-03 20:00
Expected!!!
2022-01-03 20:00
#27
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United States edemongo
POG BROKY LETS GO
2022-01-03 20:00
I KNEW IT
2022-01-03 20:00
#29
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Poland Aiko_
Unexpected
2022-01-03 20:00
#30
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CIS Charl1eS
Expected
2022-01-03 20:01
#31
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Russia INESSOR
Yeaahhh brokkkke finally
2022-01-03 20:00
#32
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Germany Furkk
OMG
2022-01-03 20:00
Pog
2022-01-03 20:00
undeserved
2022-01-03 20:00
Should have been higher tbh
2022-01-03 20:00
2 replies
Kap, higher as in >20?
2022-01-03 20:01
1 reply
as in 18 or 17
2022-01-03 20:17
#36
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Russia revault
nice
2022-01-03 20:00
Niiice and expected. First time for Broky :D
2022-01-03 20:01
expected
2022-01-03 20:00
#39
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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines KhT
LETS GO
2022-01-03 20:00
How?
2022-01-03 20:00
#43
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Sweden MalcomReed
lets go polo
2022-01-03 20:00
#44
arT | 
Europe omronTM
EZ
2022-01-03 20:00
Not high enough
2022-01-03 20:00
Wow
2022-01-03 20:00
#47
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North America drac0z
lfg broky here's to a better new year
2022-01-03 20:01
I knew that
2022-01-03 20:00
LETS GO GODKY
2022-01-03 20:00
Nice one!
2022-01-03 20:00
First Edit: undeserved
2022-01-03 20:01
1 reply
52st
2022-01-03 21:34
I KNEW IT
2022-01-03 20:00
#54
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Bulgaria VenTMG
h
2022-01-03 20:01
Should have been higher
2022-01-03 20:01
1 reply
+1 just cause no tournament wins :(
2022-01-03 20:01
Alright nb
2022-01-03 20:01
deserved
2022-01-03 20:01
#59
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Albania aplasa
nice
2022-01-03 20:01
<333333 2022 TOP 5 EZ
2022-01-03 20:01
NICE
2022-01-03 20:01
unexpected
2022-01-03 20:01
Impactless bot
2022-01-03 20:01
1 reply
lmfao
2022-01-03 20:03
joke
2022-01-03 20:01
Nice! deserved
2022-01-03 20:01
wow
2022-01-03 20:01
LFGGG
2022-01-03 20:01
congtratz
2022-01-03 20:01
Well deserved! 👏👏
2022-01-03 20:01
Congrats!
2022-01-03 20:01
#72
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Turkey drovious
Unexpected
2022-01-03 20:01
First
2022-01-03 20:01
Deserved!
2022-01-03 20:02
Poggers
2022-01-03 20:02
It's ok
2022-01-03 20:02
73 adr ahahhaha lol. Top 20#
2022-01-03 20:02
1 reply
#106
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Poland Astoner55
Exactly my thoughts. Broky just baited his way into the top20, lol
2022-01-03 20:05
I knew it
2022-01-03 20:02
#80
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Chile 1cristiaan
Pog
2022-01-03 20:02
ntnt
2022-01-03 20:02
#83
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Brazil r1ght
DESERVED MORE RIGGED
2022-01-03 20:02
very nice
2022-01-03 20:02
Woky
2022-01-03 20:02
Absolutely deserved, impossible to hate on this guy Nobody expected shit from him when he arrived and here we go now, the most underrated t1 awper
2022-01-03 20:02
3 replies
He literally is in the background quietly working away, doesn't seem to have any ego issues either. Willing to play any role as well, seems like your ideal player for a team. Might not have the s1mple factor to turn a game over, but his consistency is key for a Faze that seems to have rain missing half the time
2022-01-03 20:10
2 replies
I am confident that if he is given more space - he can literally become a God Temple position on De_ancient is a proof of it
2022-01-03 20:16
yes i agree
2022-01-03 21:46
Deserved for godky
2022-01-03 20:02
#89
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Denmark Jigs99
Broky #21
2022-01-03 20:02
gz broky deserved
2022-01-03 20:02
would have been higher if he didn't choke so often
2022-01-03 20:02
nice bold prediction
2022-01-03 20:03
nice
2022-01-03 20:03
#96
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Russia Michael_R7
graz
2022-01-03 20:03
#97
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Russia bT3a
okay let's go
2022-01-03 20:03
#98
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France laglory
nice!
2022-01-03 20:03
This is reasonable
2022-01-03 20:03
deserved num 1
2022-01-03 20:03
1 reply
true
2022-01-03 20:28
GODKY
2022-01-03 20:04
expected higher ngl
2022-01-03 20:04
#104
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Denmark N1nQa
ezez
2022-01-03 20:05
#105
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Brazil hugoooo
My favorite part about the whole top 20, are the bold predictions. Crazy CT-side rating btw, 1.24 is huge
2022-01-03 20:05
#107
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Czech Republic Limacool
Unexpected, congratulations!
2022-01-03 20:05
#108
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Finland 5way
Pog deserved
2022-01-03 20:06
#109
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Ukraine d3adLY
lol, he was my 21st
2022-01-03 20:06
#111
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Norway Str1mp
poggers, congrats to Broky
2022-01-03 20:06
well, so no top 20 for hunter this year
2022-01-03 20:06
#115
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India aR__
SO EZ FOR BROKI 🥰🥰
2022-01-03 20:07
Fine i take it
2022-01-03 20:07
twistzz in top20 confirmed
2022-01-03 20:07
1 reply
Obviously
2022-01-03 23:25
Xdddd
2022-01-03 20:08
#122
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San Marino ethanolo
Unexpected
2022-01-03 20:08
Pog
2022-01-03 20:08
Congrats!
2022-01-03 20:08
GOATky
2022-01-03 20:08
b20ky
2022-01-03 20:09
If Broky is #20 Whole Gambit, Na’Vi and Heroic roster should appear on this list lol
2022-01-03 20:09
1 reply
Im kinda afraid about top 5 if the list went like this, there might be disturbance in the force.
2022-01-03 20:11
CONGRATS BROKY! DESERVED A FEW SPOTS HIGHER THO! #18 or #17
2022-01-03 20:09
this shows sh1ro will be 3rd because obviously impact doesn't matter
2022-01-03 20:09
11 replies
#174
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Europe Zwenix
Niko has higher rating online vs top 5 and 10 than sh1ro and in every possible way on lan. If sh1ro will be 3rd itbwill be the dumbest decidion I have ever seen
2022-01-03 20:21
9 replies
i agree but impactless awp baiters that statpad by never dying => saving and exit killing is better than huge impact players that actually have meaningful stats not bloated statpadder stats
2022-01-03 20:22
8 replies
#181
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Europe Zwenix
Broky had decent year so top 20 is somewhat understandable. We will see who won't make it because of him though. I still believe hltv isn't completely braindead
2022-01-03 20:24
7 replies
still imo for the eye test i would never have put him in top 20 because most of his kills were absolute meaningless low impact frags but well its hltv rating so its worthless anyways
2022-01-03 20:25
4 replies
#208
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Europe Zwenix
Yea a lot of his kills were worthless but he had a lot of hard carry matches too esp. on ancient. Like I said even if somewhat undeserved it can be understood. But most likely you are right and we will see device in top 10 anyways and low tier stats farmer sh1ro over Niko.
2022-01-03 20:34
#251
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United States kami917
sounds like you didn't watch a lot of FaZe then because he is definitely more impactful than his impact rating states and most of his kills were not absolute meaningless low impact frags. You can argue that all you want but I watched ~90%+ of FaZe's matches so i'm not speaking out of my ass.
2022-01-03 21:20
2 replies
i literally watched every faze match either life or summaries so i am not talking outa of my ass either
2022-01-03 21:48
1 reply
#271
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United States kami917
you must be blind then, because broky has way more impact and meaningful kills than you give him credit for
2022-01-03 21:53
1.1 rating with 1.02 impact in 2021 LUL
2022-01-03 20:26
1 reply
#211
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Europe Zwenix
Yea that's rly bad
2022-01-03 20:35
#207
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Saint Lucia SHEOL_NR
yeah and Jame could be top 5 then.
2022-01-03 20:33
should be top 10 but ok
2022-01-03 20:10
1 reply
xd in what world
2022-01-03 20:21
So ez for god broky
2022-01-03 20:10
expected
2022-01-03 20:10
one of the best out there.
2022-01-03 20:10
#135
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Australia poppyxox
unexpected congratz
2022-01-03 20:10
#137
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Hungary szia
forgot faze existed gj broky
2022-01-03 20:11
#138
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Saint Lucia SHEOL_NR
Crazy how such low impact baiter can make it into top 20. Undeserved at all.
2022-01-03 20:11
13 replies
+1
2022-01-03 20:12
+1
2022-01-03 20:16
+1 undeserved
2022-01-03 20:20
#175
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Antigua and Barbuda CYETA
+1
2022-01-03 20:21
+1 tbh
2022-01-03 20:27
+1
2022-01-03 20:29
+1
2022-01-03 20:32
This.
2022-01-03 20:41
#253
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United States kami917
you and everyone above this comment are stupid af
2022-01-03 21:21
2 replies
but they r right tho
2022-01-03 21:42
1 reply
#272
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United States kami917
lol no
2022-01-03 21:53
He did so bad last few months of the year
2022-01-03 23:37
+1
2022-01-04 09:03
#139
ropz | 
India psn46
Well deserved Broky. Good luck for upcoming tournaments.
2022-01-03 20:11
deservered
2022-01-03 20:11
#143
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Brazil Elakk
Nice
2022-01-03 20:12
Congrats, was expecting him to be higher but makes sense!
2022-01-03 20:13
#145
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Ukraine VoidWave
this 100% mean that b1t is in top 20 hltv rankers???
2022-01-03 20:14
2 replies
Don't worry :D He will certainly be in the top 10.
2022-01-03 20:15
Well B1T is going to be in the top10 for sure he was insane the entire year, just behind s1mple. He might even be top5.
2022-01-03 20:44
Good year for Broky, deserved! Not that good year for Faze, but with Ropz from now on that will change!
2022-01-03 20:15
1 reply
No, ropz is a low impact choker (source: pgl) rain inconsistent choker, karrigan washed, twistzz only decent player but he can't carry
2022-01-03 23:39
#147
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Greece RedWinter
dayum
2022-01-03 20:15
Didn't expect this but it makes forward for a interesting list going forward. LMAO. Anyway congrats broky
2022-01-03 20:15
#150
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Ukraine VoidWave
please, get good songs for hltv top 20 video. 2020 songs were so bad
2022-01-03 20:15
Undeserved
2022-01-03 20:16
congratz! <3
2022-01-03 20:16
Ma man finally made it to the list, I am so happy!! LETS GO GODKYYY
2022-01-03 20:16
Wow didn't expect him to be on the list. Nice! Promising young talent, but sometimes whiffs like crazy :'D
2022-01-03 20:16
We are setting the bar low this year i see.
2022-01-03 20:17
pogky
2022-01-03 20:17
Pog
2022-01-03 20:17
mister 0 impact but clutch from time to time to maintain the illusion
2022-01-03 20:17
1 reply
copy this one for #3/#4 sh1ro lul
2022-01-03 21:56
#163
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Antigua and Barbuda CYETA
lmao what a joke
2022-01-03 20:17
#165
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Spain nTapps
I think too low for broky. (but not too low really) So congrats to him. Boom
2022-01-03 20:18
1 reply
#187
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Spain nTapps
Now that I read the whole thing (typical user: comment, then read) I think #20 it's just perfect for him. Happy for him.
2022-01-03 20:25
Wtf
2022-01-03 20:18
how did Faze manage to not get a single 1st or 2nd place finish
2022-01-03 20:19
0 impact fraud
2022-01-03 20:20
expected
2022-01-03 20:21
Good!
2022-01-03 20:21
Unexpected for me
2022-01-03 20:22
bar this low XD
2022-01-03 20:24
#183
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Spain nTapps
Holy guacamole HLTV! Those are some fine stats! Look at that table with color comparison to the whole average. And the "most notable stats"!? Damn. Respect. Now I want more! :D
2022-01-03 20:25
#185
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United Kingdom _xC4ctus
WTF broky 20?
2022-01-03 20:25
#189
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North America BoDaddy
pretty consistent all year, thats why hes in the top 20
2022-01-03 20:26
#190
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Estonia rokuomi
Expected
2022-01-03 20:26
Team (place) (11-12th) (9-12th) (17-20th) (13-16th) (13-16th) (7-8th) (3-4th) (13-16th) (9th) (9-11th) (5-6th) (9-12th) Faze is incredible
2022-01-03 20:27
1 reply
just need to work on comms, aim, map awareness, crosshair placement, economy management, pistol aim, awp flicks, 1v1 maps, grenade and smoke spots, pop flashes, positioning, bomb plant positions, retake ability, bunny hopping, spray control and getting kills.
2022-01-03 21:59
fair
2022-01-03 20:27
expected, well done hltv!
2022-01-03 20:28
how tf he made top 20
2022-01-03 20:28
19 - B1T
2022-01-03 20:29
gj, well played man!
2022-01-03 20:30
For real why??
2022-01-03 20:30
Undeserved Why?
2022-01-03 20:31
2 replies
#220
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Latvia Erik7691
Is Lack1 any better ?))
2022-01-03 20:39
1 reply
did I say I’m top 20?
2022-01-03 20:50
overrated
2022-01-03 20:32
Good job
2022-01-03 20:34
2 Latvians in Top 20 confirmed. Which place will Yekindar occupy? Top 15 or Top 10?
2022-01-03 20:35
1 reply
#214
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Poland dejmanOOO
top10 maybe
2022-01-03 20:35
#213
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Poland dejmanOOO
wtf, botky? what he did to be here?
2022-01-03 20:35
1 reply
Was decent on LANs. I guess LANs will be heavy factor in HLTV Top 20.
2022-01-03 20:36
#215
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Armenia KotpeHead
Lmao hltv is shithole
2022-01-03 20:36
#216
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Latvia Erik7691
Cmon guys, stop being weird 1.08 rating constantly playing T1 tournament (no T3 tournaments and other stuff where you can boost your stats). As justification he is team Faze player and team itself has been inconsistent as F with many changes for past 12 month. He is obviously not top 3 player but top 20 is well deserved!
2022-01-03 20:36
#218
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Venezuela yadontsay
i mean, he got robbed in 2020, but it doesnt sit right with me hes getting it this year. hopefully theres no twistzz though
2022-01-03 20:38
2 replies
Statistically twistzz is better than him and people say there wont be 2 faze players on the list but i think he will make the list!
2022-01-03 21:38
1 reply
Twistzzz will be here for sure , they need to satisfy the NA crowd
2022-01-04 08:19
unexpected
2022-01-03 20:39
Undeserved.
2022-01-03 20:40
#223
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India Witcher7
Expected
2022-01-03 20:44
thats unexpected, congratulations
2022-01-03 20:43
i think s1mple better
2022-01-03 20:43
brokyyyyyyyyyyy
2022-01-03 20:44
Deserved guy‘s a beast
2022-01-03 20:46
wow, each year i am open hltv only to watch nice neat highlights and hltv didnt put any on broky's page what a lame org
2022-01-03 20:46
impact rating has no impact on the top 20? unexpected
2022-01-03 20:47
All these haters in the comments omg... Yes he had bad tournaments where he was baiting a lot/going in last and stuff. But most of the year he was the one popping off early in FaZe while the other guys were sleeping. He gave the other guys space & time to start rolling and pick it back up. It's deserved.
2022-01-03 20:47
who?
2022-01-03 20:48
2022-01-03 20:49
Somehow I knew it was Professeur's article before I looked at who the author was. Seems I recognize his writing skills.
2022-01-03 20:50
#237
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Indonesia lukerey
Oof. So who's next from faze? Should be twistzz, right?
2022-01-03 20:52
Again? Unexpected list again. Thx hltv.
2022-01-03 20:52
#240
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Latvia 4swen4
goood
2022-01-03 20:53
Good player
2022-01-03 20:58
Goat
2022-01-03 20:59
Unexpected.
2022-01-03 20:59
Nice! Deserved imo
2022-01-03 21:04
#247
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Finland AliSabid
Nice, congrats!
2022-01-03 21:06
ok that means dycha is in 19th place
2022-01-03 21:14
1 reply
LUL
2022-01-03 21:27
ez katka
2022-01-03 21:20
nice
2022-01-03 21:20
#254
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Brazil _Awper
Um...ladies and gentlemen, my name is Paul Heyman, and I'm the one behind the one who conquered the one who thought he was the one to beat the 1 in 21-1. Last night at SummerSlam, my client didn't just beat, didn't just victimize; my client conquered the titleholder, which affords me, Paul Heyman, the opportunity to proclaim myself the advocate for the brand new, reigning, defending, undisputed WWE Heavyweight Champion of the World, BROOOOKY Lesnar!
2022-01-03 21:24
GOATKY
2022-01-03 21:27
#257
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Turkey PhauX
Unexpected for me tho
2022-01-03 21:31
#260
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Latvia laiziolas
juu broky tiesam ir ahuenais speletajs. malacis broky. faze 2022 cerams bus top 5. veiksmi.
2022-01-03 21:39
I had Broky in my Top 2p but not at 20. xD Still, congratulations Broky! :D
2022-01-03 21:43
Just hoping frozen makes the list
2022-01-03 21:44
Congratz broky, baltic pride
2022-01-03 21:46
Fair
2022-01-03 21:51
Nice CT-side rating. Good player overall, following the passive awper/clutcher meta. Kinda poor for a top20 though, with low impact & ADR. Also FaZe have been mostly bad, look at those placings ! Only IEM Winter is a top 4 finish, rest are underperformances. That team imho does not deserve to be considered the #10 team of the year. But big name = invites/partnerships, so they've consistently been in the mix. Anyway we'll see plenty of 2vX of broky/ropz this year. Hopefully they won't bait each other too much :D
2022-01-03 21:54
As I remember, 2020 XANTARES had way much better stats than 2021 Broky. But he wasn't even top 20. Very interesting choices.
2022-01-03 22:11
nice
2022-01-03 22:25
bullshit :(
2022-01-03 22:27
#284
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Latvia Tibro
YAHOOOO LATVIAA
2022-01-03 22:30
1.02 impact lmao
2022-01-03 22:30
Best year for the latvian CS. 2 players in Top20
2022-01-03 22:35
Expected ez
2022-01-03 22:35
#289
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Hungary Shiron212
Congrats!
2022-01-03 22:46
Faze have already 3 players from top20 kekw. twistzz and ropz maybe top10 this year
2022-01-03 23:02
#292
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Poland sosiad
knew it
2022-01-03 23:05
Deserved, Happy for xertion too
2022-01-03 23:08
#295
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Australia rationale
First. Oh, wait
2022-01-03 23:14
Unexpected
2022-01-03 23:14
#298
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Iceland xK0uL
Expected, pog broky. Flexible team player and doesn't have an inflated ego.
2022-01-03 23:22
#300
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Russia mshkoda
unexpected, ok
2022-01-03 23:26
Does this mean yekindar is 19?
2022-01-03 23:41
#304
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China CantBanMe
DESERVED!
2022-01-03 23:50
Deserved!!
2022-01-03 23:58
He deserved higher
2022-01-04 00:06
5 replies
like top 25?
2022-01-04 02:58
4 replies
Example of an one digit IQ human
2022-01-04 06:15
3 replies
sez u? u said he should be higher
2022-01-04 10:26
2 replies
He is a passive and not baiter awper, not like sh0r0 or other passive awpers who only know how to bait
2022-01-04 13:58
1 reply
u said he should be higher, higher means 20+ learn numbers?
2022-01-04 14:54
Unexpected but fair enough
2022-01-04 00:15
Nice to have a person living in Palestine as the bold pick!
2022-01-04 00:27
Actually didnt expect Broky to get in HLTV top #20
2022-01-04 00:34
#310
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Ireland reyno0o
Prediction for the rest 1 - s1mple 2 - ZywOo 3 - sh1ro 4 - niko 5 - electronic 6 - Hobbit 7 - Ax1le 8 - YEKINDAR 9 - ropz 10 - Jame 11 - dev1ce 12 - KSCERATO 13 - blameF 14 - hunter 15 - Twistzz 16 - frozen 17. EliGE 18 - NAF 19. stavn 20. broky
2022-01-04 00:37
#311
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United States Will767
TIME FLIES congrats a BRoky
2022-01-04 01:40
#312
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Brazil xphx
congratz, very underated player
2022-01-04 01:46
wtf no simple
2022-01-04 02:08
Truly deserved! Maybe even higher.
2022-01-04 02:20
congratz on that one
2022-01-04 02:26
congrats Broky. i dont know why people underestimated u alot. yes he is not the same level as simple,zywoo yet. just 20 yrs old guy and still improving.probably nothing
2022-01-04 02:53
boring
2022-01-04 02:58
I still want a broky sticker, though...
2022-01-04 03:02
#320
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Argentina Soullesss
Hahaha he is at least top 30.
2022-01-04 03:19
unexpected
2022-01-04 03:47
LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
2022-01-04 03:48
wow, he used to be so thin and handsome.
2022-01-04 04:18
#324
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Finland dvlx
b1t robbed
2022-01-04 04:40
#19 - REZ
2022-01-04 04:40
deserved at least 19
2022-01-04 04:45
are we not doing that thing were we comment our guesses for the next day and earn points based on correct predictions?
2022-01-04 04:45
Deserved, good player This only means Twistzz will be higher :D
2022-01-04 05:00
3 replies
True af
2022-01-04 05:03
2 replies
twistzz 100% 12 - 15
2022-01-04 10:17
1 reply
Sure
2022-01-04 12:21
POG
2022-01-04 05:39
Deserved :D
2022-01-04 05:40
#1 s1mple #2 ZywoO #3 Niko #4 dev1ce
2022-01-04 07:32
2 replies
no device not that high this time, fk emillia
2022-01-04 07:50
Device ? Lol No way he IS top 5 this year
2022-01-04 08:23
#335
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Luxembourg sugma
Botky
2022-01-04 07:41
#336
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Germany Fishykid
1st player 1st awper - If there are more than 4 awpers in the top 20 we can finally stop discussions and agree on the awp being op and that it should get removed from the game immediately in order to secure the games competitivness
2022-01-04 07:43
3 replies
#341
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Lithuania ashas
s1mple, zywoo, device, shiro and maybe even more of them coming up and you can do nothing about that
2022-01-04 08:26
2 replies
#352
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Germany Fishykid
Im glad as it proves my point
2022-01-04 11:36
1 reply
#359
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Lithuania ashas
*proves 1/2 points, no ones ever gonna remove AWP, it just sounds dumb. btw, just watch this and enjoy youtube.com/watch?v=A8ax_osUjl8
2022-01-04 15:55
GODky
2022-01-04 09:24
ggs
2022-01-04 09:51
No He was Not a top 20 Player nice joke hltv
2022-01-04 10:19
s1mple will be top 1 for a long time
2022-01-04 10:28
not deserved
2022-01-04 11:09
#350
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Portugal dracø
he'll be even better if the team gets better with ropz. This guy's a beast, dunno why everyone's saying this is undeserved
2022-01-04 11:29
broky is stable throughout the year despite the team's results
2022-01-04 11:30
#353
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Germany X5ander
where are my boyz from BIG, all in Top 19, thought one of them will be only top 20 !
2022-01-04 12:12
be proud karrigan! :D
2022-01-04 12:30
First
2022-01-04 16:31
#361
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Other simon_
could be top 10 if he wouldnt be in fAzE
2022-01-04 16:41
elige/syrson #19
2022-01-04 17:13
#364
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United States GiantDays
good job broky
2022-01-04 19:27
i love u xertion<3
2022-01-04 21:33
really? lol
2022-01-04 21:42
he was an extreme revelation for faze, to say this is undeserved is antihetical to the truth.
2022-01-05 03:10
#374
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Spain saryy
am i the only one that thinks brokys face change is huge af? Like theres such a big diference how does that work
2022-01-07 16:02
deserved i guess
2022-01-10 10:54
Nu vecīt, varēji pateikt, ka shield
2022-01-11 14:24
ez for the goat
2022-01-12 16:58
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