Top 20 players of 2021: Twistzz (17)

Russel "⁠Twistzz⁠" Van Dulken secures 17th place on the Top 20 players ranking of 2021, powered by GG.BET, thanks to his outstanding overall consistency and play against stacked competition.

Top 20 players of 2021: Introduction

Twistzz's beginnings were similar to others in the North American scene, as he worked his way up through the ESEA ranks with smaller teams and also had the chance to improve by playing against the region's best players in FPL. His progression compared to many of his peers was much quicker, however, as within a few months of making his first appearance in HLTV.org records he got to play for his first big organization.

As one of the hottest prospects on the lower-tier scene in the region, the Canadian youngster got the opportunity to join Kory "⁠SEMPHIS⁠" Friesen and Pujan "⁠FNS⁠" Mehta's TSM in early 2016, and with them he was able to hone his craft and gain experience at a fast rate at just 16 years old. Although his young age caused him to miss ELEAGUE Season 1 due to the organizer setting the age requirement at 17, the first international foray came almost immediately for Twistzz, as he made it to the ECS Season 1 Finals shortly after that and challenged some of Europe's greats such as fnatic on the way to his first semi-final appearance on the tier-one level.

Over the following year, Twistzz remained a part of that squad in various versions and awaited his next opportunity. He saw teammate Timothy "⁠autimatic⁠" Ta make the move to Cloud9, and it didn't take long for the Canadian to get the call up to a bigger team, too, in Liquid, which would go on to become Twistzz's home for nearly four years.

A hyper-successful 2019 has been the highlight of Twistzz's career so far

In his first year under the new banner, the then-17-year-old proved that he had what it takes to play at this level and more with an impressive 1.15 rating, helping the North American side pick up runners-up finishes at ESG Tour Mykonos and ESL One New York in two of their highlights of 2017. In 2018, he maintained the superb level and achieved a few firsts along the way: His first Major appearance in Atlanta, first title at cs_summit 2, followed by the first playoffs appearance at a Major in London and the first MVP award in a losing grand final battle at ESL One New York. That led to his first top 20 nod as he made the list in 12th place that year.

Twistzz went on to improve on his previous placing as the No. 9 player of 2019 in a year that saw him, Jonathan "⁠EliGE⁠" Jablonowski, and Keith "⁠NAF⁠" Markovic power Liquid to unprecedented success for a North American core. Albeit short, the historic campaign featured five back-to-back titles, a record-breaking Intel Grand Slam Season 2 victory, and a nearly four-month run at No. 1 in the rankings in the middle of the year, with Twistzz earning his second MVP during that streak at IEM Sydney.

The North American side and the Canadian began to slow down in the latter half of 2019, and that carried over to 2020 for them as Liquid took a step backwards from being a stable title contender. In the year plagued by the coronavirus pandemic, Twistzz's consistency faded and his relationship with the rest of the team soured, which led to his departure at the end of the year and marked a new beginning for him as he prepared for a permanent move to Europe.

"I feel that I didn't have a solid opportunity to make the list in 2020. My life was changing a lot and I was in a very uncomfortable team situation that was hurting my confidence and motivation. With that being said I'm happy to make the list this year, I set a bigger goal of wanting to be a top 5 player, and re-entering the top 20 tells me my progression, hard work and commitment are showing."

CanadaTwistzz
2021 Tournament stats
TournamentEvent Team (place) Rating 2.0 (in team) ADR KPR DPR Impact KAST Award
IEM Katowice
(9-12th)
1.00 (1st, +13%) 77.0 0.68 0.71 1.02 63.7%
ESL Pro League S13
(17-20th)
1.23 (1st, +11%) 81.4 0.78 0.61 1.17 76.8%
DHM Spring
(13-16th)
1.10 (1st, +14%) 78.2 0.78 0.69 1.08 70.6%
Flashpoint 3
(13-16th)
0.99 (3rd, +3%) 71.9 0.66 0.70 0.93 68.9%
BLAST Spring Final
(7-8th)
0.90 (5th, -8%) 60.6 0.53 0.66 0.79 68.8%
IEM Cologne
(3-4th)
1.13 (1st, +12%) 79.7 0.74 0.65 1.10 73.2% EVP
ESL Pro League S14
(13-16th)
1.10 (1st, +9%) 71.0 0.68 0.60 1.04 72.8%
IEM Fall EU
(9th)
1.26 (2nd, +13%) 81.2 0.77 0.59 1.27 75.2%
PGL Major
(9-11th)
1.08 (3rd, +5%) 75.1 0.71 0.63 0.97 72.9%
BLAST Fall Final
(5-6th)
1.15 (1st, +12%) 78.3 0.72 0.60 1.11 72.7%
IEM Winter
(9-12th)
1.16 (1st, +17%) 79.8 0.75 0.64 1.08 75.1%
5%+ above average
5%+ below average
Closer than 5% to average

Although he entered 2021 teamless, Twistzz quickly found his new home just weeks after leaving the North American team as he joined FaZe at the end of January.

"Early January I was asked if I wanted to play with the FaZe, I was searching for a team that had a strong leader, another young star player and most importantly a chance to play positions I believe would suit me."

Still yet to finalize the Finn "⁠karrigan⁠" Andersen addition, the European side got to test the waters a bit with the new member, and the Canadian star seemed to click into place immediately. Averaging a 1.15 rating in his first real event with the team at BLAST Premier Spring Groups, Twistzz got to beat his former teammates in Liquid twice to qualify for the finals while also putting up one of his best maps of the year in a losing effort against Natus Vincere — a 1.72 rating in a deciding overtime loss against the world's No. 2 team at the time.

It was then that the former MOUZ in-game leader rejoined his former organization in time for IEM Katowice, with Olof "⁠olofmeister⁠" Kajbjer stepping back from the roster. The move had set lofty expectations, but at first the new FaZe struggled to make things work and went on to bomb out of five consecutive tournaments, at times barely missing out on victories in close series and at others hardly looking competitive at all.

In one of the latter examples, the IEM Katowice run saw the European-majority team win just one in three series, against an OG side that was about to make changes, while failing to turn up in one-sided matches facing Liquid and FURIA. It was one of the rare tournaments throughout the year where Twistzz wasn't able to hit his mark consistently, with disappearances in the two losses offset only by a standout performance in the sole victory.

There were high expectations of the new FaZe after Twistzz and karrigan joined

While FaZe searched for the right setup, Twistzz was their highest-rated player at all of the first four events. He bolstered his resumé at ESL Pro League Season 13 and at DreamHack Masters Spring despite being eliminated early each time, showcasing his consistency at the former event in particular where he stood out with the highest KAST out of anyone, 76.8%, and put up impressive stats overall across five group stage series (1.23 rating, 81.4 ADR).

"My role is much more active in FaZe and it's exactly what I wanted, I'm in all of the info gathering spots that have a lot of action and given that I'm a native English speaker in an international team, I think my communication is important and helps the team greatly. Throughout the year, we had a long period of not seeing any results or even a win against a notable team so of course, we would move certain positions around until we found a formula that worked."

Two dips into the red followed, the 22-year-old's only two of the year, in Flashpoint 3 and in the BLAST Premier Spring Final. Frustratingly close losses to G2, Sprout, and Natus Vincere had FaZe bowing out in the opening stages again, and it was during this period that team decided to bring back olofmeister in lieu of Marcelo "⁠coldzera⁠" David.

"When Karrigan first joined, I think the expectations from the community/fanbase were big, but it's hard to integrate a whole new strat book so fast and it didn't help that the team chemistry didn't mesh as we wanted it to, resulting in Olof stepping back into the team. Shortly after we started playing with Olof again, that's when we started finding form as a team."

After the BLAST disappointment, FaZe had the Gamers Without Borders event to play, which offered them a chance to compete in a more relaxed atmosphere just before they traveled to the most important event of the year so far; the first LAN to take place in over a year at IEM Cologne.

Whether it was the return of olofmeister or the so-called LAN buff, the German event sparked something in FaZe that they had not found before. Spearheaded by an in-form trio of Twistzz, Helvijs "⁠broky⁠" Saukants, and Håvard "⁠rain⁠" Nygaard the European squad breezed through the Play-in stage without losing a map and impressed at the main event with a surprising run to the semi-finals.

Despite losing to Astralis in the opening round in another one of their narrow heartbreaks, FaZe turned their luck around in the lower bracket gauntlet with three consecutive victories, and Twistzz continued his tear with great performances, putting up at least one big map every step of the way. In the playoffs, he added another to his name in a series victory against Gambit, on the opening Ancient where his team came back from a 1-11 start, before the surprising campaign was ultimately halted by the dominant Natus Vincere in the top-four stage.

"It was a combination of factors, the biggest one being that we are finally on LAN again, or at least in a studio environment. We brought Olof back into the lineup shortly before and almost beat NAVI in the BLAST group we had, so technically we were in a small honeymoon period. During the play-in stage we found our most important wins since we came together as a team and with each victory we started to believe in ourselves more. It was the result we badly needed."

The semi-final run remained the highlight of Twistzz's year, with the Canadian earning his sole EVP mention at the tournament, but it was far from his last standout display despite FaZe not being able to replicate their Cologne form in the latter half of the season.

That began with an early exit at ESL Pro League Season 14, where FaZe came out on the wrong end of a three-way tie for second with a 3-2 record in the round robin group, falling short of a spot in the playoffs while the 22-year-old was once again their highest rated player (1.10). Twistzz then fell short of that mark in the BLAST Premier Fall Groups as a result of a rough start to the tournament, but he still helped FaZe ensure their qualification for the Finals as a key player in their victory against OG.

Then came IEM Fall, the second RMR event of the year where the pressure was on for FaZe after they crashed out early from the first at Flashpoint 3. A shaky group stage run featuring a key loss to Fiend meant that karrigan and company wouldn't make it to the playoffs, but they still had the 9th-12th decider bracket to win to secure their spot at the Major, and they did so on the back of a couple of fantastic series from Twistzz against OG and BIG.

Breathing a sigh of relief after making it to PGL Major Stockholm by the skin of their teeth, it was time for FaZe to seize the opportunity and make a grand return to the biggest stage CS:GO has to offer. It was looking great in the Challengers Stage as Twistzz was his consistent self and karrigan stepped up to make it to the next phase undefeated, but while the Canadian continued to put up solid numbers as the Major progressed, the Dane's stunning form faded in the Legends Stage. Big losses to G2 and Copenhagen Flames saw the European side enter do-or-die matches, in which they first took down Liquid before falling to Virtus.pro in the final round, dropping a 10-3 lead on the deciding Inferno, with another narrow loss marking the end of their run in 9th-11th place.

"[Worst memory?] Failing to make top 8 at the major when we were so close."

As the year was drawing to a close, more close-but-no-cigar moments plagued FaZe as they placed outside of the top half at both the BLAST Premier Fall Final and at IEM Winter. In Copenhagen, where the team got to play in front of a big crowd for the first time after they didn't make it onto the stage in Stockholm, a series loss to Heroic in which the scores went 14-16 and 13-16 sent them straight to the lower bracket, where the new Astralis went on to eliminate them.

"It was amazing to have a stage introduction and play inside a filled arena again," Twistzz says

Upon returning to Stockholm for IEM, an overtime loss to BIG meant that FaZe would have to battle through elimination series immediately again, and after taking their revenge on Heroic they faltered against Gambit in another grueling match in spite of Twistzz's best efforts to make a triple-overtime Overpass affair go their way.

"I think small mistakes in each important match is what held us back from playoffs. The positive takeaway is that we never lost to the same mistake twice so we were able to keep learning and progressing. At times, I feel that we lacked a third player that could consistently hit hard."

It was another group elimination that closed the year for FaZe on a sour note. It was another close loss that they had to stomach, just before leaving for the winter break with hopes of turning their fortunes around once they start playing with their newest addition and big firepower upgrade in Robin "⁠ropz⁠" Kool when competition resumes.

"[My goals for 2022 are to] win trophies and continue working towards that goal of being a top five player. With ropz on the team, we can be that title contender consistently. It may not be in a month, but we will get there."

Why was Twistzz the 17th best player of 2021?

After missing out on a place on the list in 2020, Twistzz makes his return to the top 20 ranking following a year that saw him take his place as the clear star inside the struggling FaZe squad right off the bat and continue to put up solid numbers with outstanding consistency throughout the year.

His 72.7% KAST, the 13th highest of all players considered, helps showcase the 22-year-old's stable contribution round-to-round over the course of 2021, and the fact that he only recorded one event significantly below a 1.00 rating also speaks to his reliability from tournament to tournament.

"The main takeaways from my first year on an EU team would be initiative (playstyle wise) and being direct in my communication. Before joining FaZe I forgot what a healthy environment looked like, this team has a very positive aura around it at all times and people enjoy the presence of each other. This team makes me enjoy working every day and whenever we have a break I miss playing/spending time with them."

Another way in which Twistzz stood out was his play at the events featuring the most stacked competition, sporting a 1.11 rating at the 'Elite' tournaments (14th highest) in large part thanks to his high peaks at IEM Cologne, BLAST Premier Fall Final, and IEM Winter. With solid performances at PGL Major Stockholm and at a few important non-elite events such as the two ESL Pro League seasons to boot, as well as a 1.12 rating against top 20 teams showing that he often turned up against the world's best, the Canadian star ensured his placing on the list.

Twistzz looks to improve on his best placing so far in ninth place in 2019, aiming for the top five

While it didn't affect his placing but is still worth noting as a unique playstyle trait that Twistzz has made his trademark ever since he first burst onto the scene, he belonged to one of the best aimers yet again, recording the most headshots per round for the fourth consecutive year in 2021 (0.46, joint #1). He was also an exceptional trade-fragger (0.16 trade kills per round, #6) and a fantastic defensive player (1.26 CT side rating, #6).

"There is always more I can do as a player. It's not possible to look at this number and say I'm satisfied, but when I compare it to last year, I can be proud to be back on the list because it is a small victory. In my first year in an international EU team, I played completely new positions, an entirely different role and played against the hardest competition the entire year. If we had one more deep run I think my rank would be different here and it's time to do even better next year."

Meanwhile, the biggest drawback of his year was the fact that he only got to play in the playoffs stages once, at IEM Cologne. The distinct lack of big-match performances on Twistzz's resumé compared to many of his peers on the list played a big part in him not being able to place higher than 17th.

Bold prediction by GG.BET

A traditional feature of the Top 20 players ranking series, the bold prediction by GG.BET segment returns in 2021 as players pick out one name from young up-and-comers who they think could make it big in the near future.

Like his teammate broky, Twistzz gave the nod to MOUZ NXT's star rifler, 17-year-old Dorian "⁠xertioN⁠" Berman, saying the Israeli youngster deserves to follow in Ádám "⁠torzsi⁠" Torzsás's footsteps and get promoted to the main roster. "It's difficult to pick when you don't keep track of the lower tier games, but from watching the academy games I'd have to say xertioN, I think he also deserves the upgrade to the main MOUZ team," Twistzz said.


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:

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Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1358
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.61
Latvia Helvijs 'broky' Saukants
Helvijs 'broky' Saukants
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
600
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.61
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1497
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Hungary Ádám 'torzsi' Torzsás
Ádám 'torzsi' Torzsás
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
380
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.63
Israel Dorian 'xertioN' Berman
Dorian 'xertioN' Berman
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
120
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1280
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
United States Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1122
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.67
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1536
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.68
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:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1916
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
Canada Pujan 'FNS' Mehta
Pujan 'FNS' Mehta
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.89
Maps played:
953
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.68
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1560
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.65
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1520
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
Canada Kory 'SEMPHIS' Friesen
Kory 'SEMPHIS' Friesen
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
848
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.71
#1
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Finland iBait
So deserved! Let's go Twistie! An amazing year by the modern day edshot machine himself! Very much looking forward to seeing whether he can keep his fantastic form up when G2 starts dominating CS in 2022!
2022-01-06 20:06
26 replies
expected from my favorite e-boy
2022-01-06 20:00
10 replies
xertion to faze next year?
2022-01-06 20:02
9 replies
#77
ropz | 
Portugal Antnio
Frozen (Mouz) or Yekindar (VP) -rain and Faze have a very young and skillfull team.
2022-01-06 20:05
8 replies
No, please no
2022-01-06 20:14
2 replies
#199
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Brazil _FaZeUP
Shouldn't be on the list
2022-01-06 21:52
1 reply
2 Faze players pick xertion xertion to Faze next?
2022-01-07 02:19
I think rain can still perform at tier 1 level, but yekindar would be such an upgrade.
2022-01-06 20:14
Young rosters don’t always work though, rain’s experience will be important to the structure of the team as well.
2022-01-06 20:17
#172
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United States f1nessd
Or to g2 Frozen and yek should go to g2 and faze
2022-01-06 21:11
I can 't forgot rain's one tab run boost player on dust2. It was Insane reaction speed altough you said - rain
2022-01-07 05:45
1 reply
dude! what?
2022-01-07 11:22
#33
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Finland uSnaj69
+1
2022-01-06 20:00
FaZe most players in top 20 so far. Thats scuffed considering how bad FaZe have been. I do not approve. Elige not top 20, ropz not top 20 and twister not top 20. Other than that the top 20 is looking OK (lol)
2022-01-06 20:02
7 replies
how? xd
2022-01-06 20:05
Because this is the lower end of the list
2022-01-06 20:06
Who would u put instead of them?
2022-01-06 20:14
4 replies
he would rather gla1ve lucky and xyp9x be here
2022-01-06 20:29
#144
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Indonesia lukerey
I can answer that. He put cadian #20, gla1ve #19, refrezh #18
2022-01-06 20:43
2 replies
glaive over Cadian? wtf how
2022-01-06 21:43
1 reply
#254
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United States Shmikeb0b
because flair
2022-01-07 03:59
Actually expected. I was almost sure it would be Twistzz. NaF would be 16th or 15th.
2022-01-06 20:06
#81
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United States TARIK_GOAT
how many edits?
2022-01-06 20:06
1 reply
#90
ropz | 
India psn46
3 times. Lmao. Ngl.
2022-01-06 20:09
+1
2022-01-06 20:07
super humble, only talks good about his teamates and yet doesnt have an ego and is humble about improvement from 2020 and making the list is only a good sign of his progression despite a bad year team wise
2022-01-07 03:01
How only 17 my man broke his back for this place?
2022-01-06 20:01
4 replies
#85
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Indonesia woooi15
broky better
2022-01-06 20:07
1 reply
stats dont lie
2022-01-06 20:09
HLTV thinks frozen is better than ropz
2022-01-07 05:45
1 reply
#287
JACKZ | 
Singapore ZyZy
Well frozen was better this year. He has only slightly lower rating and an mvp.
2022-01-07 13:28
#3
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United States TARIK_GOAT
thought tarik would be here tbh
2022-01-06 20:00
10 replies
#75
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United States Eundini
+1
2022-01-06 20:04
1 reply
+1
2022-01-06 20:17
peanutbrain turok
2022-01-06 20:25
Tarik top 1 in the content list
2022-01-06 20:30
1 reply
More like on Valorant list
2022-01-07 09:30
+1
2022-01-06 20:36
#145
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Indonesia lukerey
Yeah I thought the same too
2022-01-06 20:43
tarik top1
2022-01-06 21:09
tarik in the top 10 dw Source : trust me bro
2022-01-06 23:20
+1
2022-01-07 08:49
where frozen
2022-01-06 20:00
16 replies
not here
2022-01-06 20:02
forsen?
2022-01-06 20:11
2 replies
F O R S E N B O Y S
2022-01-06 21:03
No not Forsen, I think he's locked up in the asylum. I'm talkin Frozen. Anyways, he's a Slovakian playing for Mouz...
2022-01-06 21:43
*giggles and shits his pants* forsen in top 20 *giggles* ☺️👍 czechs fans are so delusional. *small prolonged giggle*
2022-01-06 20:12
1 reply
#175
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United States f1nessd
Bruh what lmao
2022-01-06 21:15
why frozen thoo?. He played 1 BIG event and the rest was qualifers and group stages where they got trashed. Who would highly rate group stages and qualifers lol
2022-01-06 20:31
7 replies
#161
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North Macedonia ninetb
So why is ropz there then?
2022-01-06 20:56
4 replies
well he had better stats than frozen this year
2022-01-06 23:01
3 replies
#221
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North Macedonia ninetb
1.18 to 1.16, it's not a big difference. Frozen stats in the major 1.22 compared to ropz 1.05. Also an MVP surely counts for something
2022-01-06 23:24
2 replies
Yea, but they didnt even pass group stages so it doesnt matter so much even tho it was a major... Even if ropz had better rating by 0.02 its still better than frozen... Its stupid i know but its just how it goes.
2022-01-07 12:26
1 reply
Only reason Twistzz is here is because of group stages
2022-01-07 18:49
#176
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United States f1nessd
Frozen was almost just as good as ropz tho
2022-01-06 21:15
1 reply
I guess almost means #21 then, unlucko
2022-01-06 21:29
+1
2022-01-06 21:42
He is Frozen...... Winter is Coming.
2022-01-07 09:31
#5
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Finland uSnaj69
Wow, I expected to see s1mple on this spot. But congrats, you have totally deserved this.
2022-01-06 20:00
3 replies
#50
ropz | 
India psn46
0/8
2022-01-06 20:01
#241
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Brazil NotJuan
+1
2022-01-07 01:38
+1
2022-01-07 05:44
#6
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Sweden NISSEPISTOL
expected
2022-01-06 20:00
#7
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Romania sikos5
gg
2022-01-06 20:00
#8
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England Jerry2805
Deserved imo Imagine this comment is not edited
2022-01-06 20:00
2 replies
Jerry never edits his comments
2022-01-06 20:11
1 reply
neither larry
2022-01-07 02:29
#9
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Canada SparklMastr
epic, should be higher tho
2022-01-06 20:00
POG
2022-01-06 20:00
#11
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United States thespecht
Deserved!
2022-01-06 20:00
wow not expected
2022-01-06 20:00
#14
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Norway Laksen123
nice
2022-01-06 20:00
so lower, but good
2022-01-06 20:01
#16
ropz | 
India psn46
Wow
2022-01-06 20:00
lol
2022-01-06 20:00
POG
2022-01-06 20:00
congratulations twistzz! a pillar of the team
2022-01-06 20:00
holy moly
2022-01-06 20:01
#21
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Finland NikkezZ
nice
2022-01-06 20:01
God
2022-01-06 20:00
boom
2022-01-06 20:00
#24
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Russia DJXX
lol
2022-01-06 20:00
Ye
2022-01-06 20:00
Bad bait
2022-01-06 20:00
#27
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Albania aplasa
nice
2022-01-06 20:00
#28
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Canada @xQcOW
DUDE WHERE'S ME? STOP BEING WEIRD
2022-01-06 20:00
1 reply
OK DUD
2022-01-06 20:32
nice
2022-01-06 20:00
goat
2022-01-06 20:00
pog
2022-01-06 20:00
#32
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Denmark NaNDO4j
Ez pick
2022-01-06 20:00
#34
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Russia fokusgtr
how
2022-01-06 20:00
Ezz hs machine :3
2022-01-06 20:00
Undeserved, too high
2022-01-06 20:00
wow
2022-01-06 20:00
yessir!
2022-01-06 20:00
#39
Bymas | 
Lithuania Gauge
Nice
2022-01-06 20:00
#40
NiKo | 
Germany Phibz
All NA players at the bottom lul
2022-01-06 20:00
nice
2022-01-06 20:00
allu robbed
2022-01-06 20:01
very nice
2022-01-06 20:01
ezz
2022-01-06 20:01
Deserved
2022-01-06 20:01
ropz robbed
2022-01-06 20:01
#47
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India aR__
Well earned!
2022-01-06 20:01
too high
2022-01-06 20:01
Easily one of the most talented players! Well deserved!
2022-01-06 20:01
2 replies
talented? yes, totally deserved? not really
2022-01-06 20:01
1 reply
+1
2022-01-06 21:48
FaZe 3 top2021 ez top1 next year
2022-01-06 20:01
#52
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Germany CEO_OF_322
XDDDD
2022-01-06 20:01
lmao
2022-01-06 20:01
congrats twistzz!
2022-01-06 20:01
#58
Pol0 | 
Czech Republic olpp
nice
2022-01-06 20:02
#59
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Poland szuleek
LES GO
2022-01-06 20:02
again group stage player
2022-01-06 20:02
#62
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Russia Perch4
Lol
2022-01-06 20:02
Twistzz higher than Ropz?
2022-01-06 20:02
did anyone expect this?
2022-01-06 20:02
1 reply
#201
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United States sonder006
yea
2022-01-06 22:07
Gg
2022-01-06 20:03
Still got it Congrats Russel!
2022-01-06 20:03
#68
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Ukraine sargon32
Weakest year for Twists, if it continues like this, it will drop out of the top
2022-01-06 20:04
2 replies
2020 was clearly his worst year. This year has been an improvement.
2022-01-06 20:23
#123
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France possup
he wasn't even in the top 20 last year wtf you on about, if anything this is a good thing that hes back this year even though faze was underwhelming in performance.
2022-01-06 20:23
would swap his place and ropz
2022-01-06 20:04
6 replies
also nice
2022-01-06 20:04
Did Mouz even compete in any tournaments? I swear they either didn't play or were knocked out first round
2022-01-06 21:48
4 replies
Same with faze though
2022-01-06 23:51
3 replies
U should watch more cs
2022-01-07 03:14
2 replies
mouz atleast won 1 tournament, what did FaZe in entire year? Ah yes, they placed 3-4 on Cologne...... And that's the only good thing about FaZe in this year.
2022-01-07 04:54
1 reply
yes a tier 2 tier 3 event right ? no big event playoff for mouz and u talk shit about faze
2022-01-07 06:20
this low??????????
2022-01-06 20:04
LUL
2022-01-06 20:04
deserved
2022-01-06 20:04
#74
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Somalia goner
how only 17
2022-01-06 20:04
#78
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Brazil OrdepLuis
lol
2022-01-06 20:05
expected
2022-01-06 20:06
cool
2022-01-06 20:06
#84
s0m | 
Ukraine ple_
what???????? only top 17 wtf
2022-01-06 20:07
respect to Twsistz for coming EU this year
2022-01-06 20:08
1 reply
Probably because of his gf
2022-01-06 20:11
#88
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Russia Popetka
broky better then twz, no?
2022-01-06 20:08
4 replies
No
2022-01-06 20:14
#124
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France possup
no
2022-01-06 20:23
No
2022-01-06 22:50
#252
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United States Shmikeb0b
No
2022-01-07 03:57
#89
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Turkey bizonSX
This is the last chance for Frozen. If he wouldn`t be announced as #16 tomorrow; then we can say that he was clearly robbed. C`mon man, he has a MVP.
2022-01-06 20:09
1 reply
#216
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Slovakia Daev0n
+1
2022-01-06 23:02
#91
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Russia ToughGuy
Karrigan having 2 top20 players made ONLY 1 playoff whole year 😭 Best igl my ass 😭
2022-01-06 20:09
4 replies
Karrigan washed up. Not good anymore.
2022-01-06 20:12
Look at it that way: By making only 1 playoffs, he got 2 of his teammates into top20 :)
2022-01-06 23:05
2 replies
#218
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Russia ToughGuy
or hltv just blindly count group stage stats without context
2022-01-06 23:14
1 reply
If that were the case, ropz would have been top10 player.
2022-01-07 07:17
Good player but unfortunately he can't be the #1 star player in the team.. Maybe 2nd/3rd star role is well suited to him.
2022-01-06 20:09
nice to see him in top 20 considering how FaZe struggled this year, we love u twistzz keep being absolutely cracked
2022-01-06 20:10
#96
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United Kingdom Tseden
now I start to feel scared for stavn and naf
2022-01-06 20:11
14 replies
Don't worry they will be there, stavn had an amazing year
2022-01-06 20:18
naf should be 16/15/14 stavn wil definitely make it
2022-01-06 20:25
12 replies
how can NAF be higher than Twistzz???
2022-01-06 20:37
10 replies
if Twistzz can be just ahead of Ropz, anything is possible
2022-01-06 20:44
5 replies
But that is so weird, Twistzz has better stats than NAF and similar team chievemnts(3rd place at an event).
2022-01-06 20:45
4 replies
oh I don't think NAF will be on this list, though it has surprised me a lot so far.
2022-01-06 20:50
#154
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Europe Zwenix
+1 similar achievements and much better stats. If that's the case hltv is actually retarded
2022-01-06 20:51
2 replies
Yeah, so I think he shouldnt be on the list(higher than Twistzz and ropz) but if ELIGE is on it then I really have no idea.
2022-01-06 21:00
1 reply
#178
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Europe Zwenix
Elige had incredible online run. Lan is much important but you can't just skip such an amazing performance
2022-01-06 21:17
I think NAF will not make it
2022-01-06 20:58
3 replies
#166 If he makes it then how tf is he higher than Twistzz and ropz, if he doesnt then how is ELIGE higher than him. I dont understand this list :D
2022-01-06 21:01
2 replies
They both have pretty similar stats, same achivements, but ELIGE has 2 evps and NAF has 1 evp.
2022-01-06 21:18
#181
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Europe Zwenix
Elige has worse lan stats but not by far. He has even higher impact than NAF lol. Add to this the fact that he singlehandedly carried online matches and you will know the answer.
2022-01-06 21:22
#149
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Europe Zwenix
How NAF can be top 16 with 1.01 imact and rating vs top 5 on lan? Like come on. Stats don't lie.
2022-01-06 20:48
#99
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Ukraine d3adLY
i thought he would be #14
2022-01-06 20:12
Twistzz deserved this spot due FaZe's results as a team.If results were better then he was atleast top15
2022-01-06 20:14
nice
2022-01-06 20:16
NAF next then
2022-01-06 20:17
2 replies
#151
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Europe Zwenix
Dumbest shit on earth if true
2022-01-06 20:49
NAF will not make it
2022-01-06 22:13
in what world is twistzz better than ropz
2022-01-06 20:18
4 replies
#119
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New Zealand SWARN151
S-Tier events of 2021: hltv.org/stats/players?startDate=2021-01.. Ropz has negligible number of maps at big events, and practically 0 playoffs. Context of stats matter. Also, LAN Twistzz > Ropz: hltv.org/stats/players?startDate=2021-01.. Big events stats - Twistzz >> Ropz: hltv.org/stats/players?startDate=2021-01..
2022-01-06 20:25
3 replies
fair enough
2022-01-06 20:33
own him
2022-01-06 20:39
I think everyone should see this so they would shut their mouth!
2022-01-07 03:18
this shows again that sh1ro will be top 3
2022-01-06 20:18
#114
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Slovakia faldeathW
where frozen? hltv robbed this guy again
2022-01-06 20:19
1 reply
#156
 | 
Europe Zwenix
Hes in top 30. Tell him to play better...
2022-01-06 20:54
#115
 | 
New Zealand SWARN151
Well-deserved! Congrats!
2022-01-06 20:20
Nice, deserved
2022-01-06 20:20
Fair enough, deserved or Twistzz
2022-01-06 20:21
Faze now has 3 top 20 players lool
2022-01-06 20:21
2 replies
Its a joke People that were creating this ranking must have been drunk
2022-01-06 20:42
1 reply
It does not make sense at all
2022-01-06 20:56
Pog Xertion! Deserved to promote to the main team
2022-01-06 20:23
ropz and broky much better than Twistzz, but well deserved
2022-01-06 20:23
1 reply
flair checks out, cry is free
2022-01-07 05:01
Deserved
2022-01-06 20:27
expected to see zywoo and s1mple around these numbers but ok, twistzz is good too
2022-01-06 20:29
#130
rain | 
Switzerland zeKxa
POG
2022-01-06 20:30
Elige malding
2022-01-06 20:32
in short, the media decides everything here ahaha
2022-01-06 20:36
2 replies
why?
2022-01-06 20:39
1 reply
undeservedly, only because of the team sponsors, this is done
2022-01-06 20:42
#141
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India adhe11
Why is this article so long?
2022-01-06 20:41
1 reply
you don't have to read it lol. Anyway it's not that long xd
2022-01-06 20:46
#150
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United States Rayduh
Right above EliGE and ropz
2022-01-06 20:49
where is bot cadian xd?
2022-01-06 20:50
1 reply
2022-01-06 22:36
Congrats Viivi! What an honour being the first lesbian player on this list! More power to you for the next season!
2022-01-06 20:51
Play Machine: HairStyle Director is good. Everytime it blows off the enemy's head.
2022-01-06 20:54
#158
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Finland AliSabid
Grats!
2022-01-06 20:55
Where is Cadian?
2022-01-06 20:55
Best na player
2022-01-06 20:56
4 replies
#185
 | 
Brazil Ties4
Nop Its kscerato
2022-01-06 21:29
3 replies
Na, where brain
2022-01-07 00:03
2 replies
#239
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Brazil Ties4
? Furia plays in NA
2022-01-07 00:58
1 reply
Don't they play in SA?
2022-01-07 07:16
RIP frozen
2022-01-06 20:56
#165
 | 
United States GiantDays
good job twistzz
2022-01-06 21:00
#168
 | 
Finland OttoRocks
top20 list sponsored by gambling and bribes from faze
2022-01-06 21:02
3 replies
twistzz deserved this lol and broky is debatable ... what do you mean
2022-01-06 21:04
2 replies
He means faze will have 3 members at top20, same as NaVi, like wth is going on here haha
2022-01-06 21:26
1 reply
well its 2 basically since ropz didnt even play one match but yeah :D
2022-01-06 21:26
why so low wtf
2022-01-06 21:13
1 reply
#177
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United States f1nessd
Because not
2022-01-06 21:16
very nice!!
2022-01-06 21:13
Wtf so underrated
2022-01-06 21:19
#184
REZ | 
Trinidad and Tobago r41
how is he lower than ropz? xd
2022-01-06 21:26
1 reply
he's higher than ropz
2022-01-06 22:22
Congratz Na's last hope! hs machine)
2022-01-06 21:34
#188
 | 
Poland dejmanOOO
congratulations twistzz! a pillar of the team
2022-01-06 21:40
#192
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Ukraine sargon32
Absolutely average player, nothing of himself this year
2022-01-06 21:46
he looks like that guy for whom life always worked out cus he has rich parents
2022-01-06 21:47
6 replies
Too bad that's literally not his life at all.
2022-01-06 21:59
5 replies
they weren't dirt poor either
2022-01-06 22:08
4 replies
wdym they literally were lol
2022-01-06 22:14
2 replies
where is that
2022-01-06 22:39
They weren't, but he got to live with his single mother during most of his childhood. Cs was his escape from reality & comfort zone in those times.
2022-01-07 04:38
They certainly weren't well off if he lived with a single mother.
2022-01-06 23:21
#194
 | 
Hungary szia
cant believe he has been on faze for a year already. gz
2022-01-06 21:47
Wtf unexpected and not deserved
2022-01-06 21:50
This guy is not afraid of playing DM and record it for us to see how pro players do, nice.
2022-01-06 21:51
this mf played like 5 maps in 2021
2022-01-06 22:08
#206
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Europe Zwenix
Show me where Twistzz had 1.12 rating and 1.06 impact because I can't find under any settings shit like this. Hltv shows 1.13 rating and 1.09 impact. Hltv struggling with rewriting stats from their own side?
2022-01-06 22:17
1 reply
this is the filter HLTV uses hltv.org/stats/players?startDate=2021-01..
2022-01-07 04:45
KSCERATO is probably out of top 20.
2022-01-06 22:19
3 replies
stavn, kscerato, blamef, naf are 13-16 players, only question is sequence. there aren't really better individual players than them
2022-01-06 22:22
1 reply
Maybe. I guess you are right. I expected KSCERATO ou stavn here.
2022-01-06 22:25
Why are you surprised? He shouldn't be there. Neither should NAF or Elige (makes 0 sense with him on the list this year either).
2022-01-06 23:49
next year top 10
2022-01-06 22:40
2 replies
faze will still not be the favourites anywhere though
2022-01-06 23:45
1 reply
sure
2022-01-07 13:59
deserved
2022-01-06 23:44
#225
 | 
Denmark nicram64
deserved - good placing
2022-01-06 23:50
Expected
2022-01-06 23:59
Enough of this na bots i hope?
2022-01-07 00:03
still the best hs player in the game
2022-01-07 00:04
#233
vsm | 
Brazil tlszin
s1mple, sh1ro, niko, ZywOo, ax1le, Electronic, b1t, h0bbit, Device, Kscerato, Jame, yekindar, Hunter. will be on that list, who else will be?
2022-01-07 00:08
3 replies
stavn and blameF and naf
2022-01-07 00:24
1 reply
#240
vsm | 
Brazil tlszin
You right
2022-01-07 01:02
#280
 | 
Turkey wSrr
tarik
2022-01-07 10:12
2019 Twistzz 9 Ropz 10 2021 Twistzz 17 Ropz 18
2022-01-07 00:24
1 reply
Oh shit's somekind of a fate???
2022-01-07 03:15
Karrigan now has 3 top 20 players on the team, lez go gotta make this happen.
2022-01-07 00:29
great player!!
2022-01-07 00:39
god
2022-01-07 00:57
NAF #16
2022-01-07 02:03
2 replies
#256
 | 
India taco9873
true GOAT of NA
2022-01-07 04:00
1 reply
He will not make it this year
2022-01-07 13:49
#245
 | 
Croatia Esketite
WTF REZ BETTER
2022-01-07 02:35
1 reply
#255
 | 
India taco9873
Stop the 🧢🧢
2022-01-07 04:00
#251
 | 
United States Shmikeb0b
elige fangirls come))
2022-01-07 03:50
Twistzz over Elige hahahahahah
2022-01-07 05:55
Given the 4 we've got so far, 10-16 is going to be a fucking mess imo. That being said thats part of the fun of it, being outraged at how bad the rankings are lol.
2022-01-07 06:06
My boy! Let's go. Faze Clan and TL my 2 favourites.
2022-01-07 06:21
deserved
2022-01-07 07:05
#276
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United States vox_3
deserved
2022-01-07 08:55
Well deserved, sir. Keep it up!
2022-01-07 09:59
Interesting. Year of the CIS, and representatives from the CIS are not yet in the top 17-20 best players in the world.
2022-01-07 12:12
how was he better than ropz
2022-01-07 12:16
Seeing twistzz on 17 sure is a twist
2022-01-07 14:01
Twistzz should be higher :(
2022-01-07 16:26
great player, well deserved
2022-01-07 16:52
really? lol
2022-01-07 16:56
two top 20 players and not a single 2nd place? lol Faze
2022-01-07 21:25
deserved ...to be higher
2022-01-07 21:34
xertionN KEKWQ
2022-01-10 10:58
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