Top 20 players of 2021: YEKINDAR (8)

With a high floor and even higher impact, Mareks "⁠YEKINDAR⁠" Gaļinskis makes his first appearance on the Top 20 players list as one of CS:GO's premier entry-fraggers, grabbing the eighth spot.

Top 20 players of 2021: Introduction

YEKINDAR began his CS career much like anyone else, playing in small tournaments with teams made up of his fellow countrymen, working hard to grind his way to the top. He first showed up on HLTV with Latvian team Wolsung, posting solid numbers whilst playing in small local and Baltic LAN events. At one such event, the GameOn III Finals in Lithuania, he was spotted by Dmitry "⁠hooch⁠" Bogdanov, who scouted him for his team at the time, EPG. YEKINDAR did something not many from his country have managed by overcoming the lack of opportunities in Latvia:

"I think for me it wasn't really a disadvantage, being born in Latvia, because it allowed me to be who I am. But overall that could be a problem for many other players because the fact that other countries like Denmark or Russia etc. have a lot more opportunities. I think I dipped at the right time into the CIS scene, I believe because of the lack of opportunities in Latvia, there is a ceiling that you can't overgrow until the country starts to be more open to esports overall and be more interested in developing it."

"hooch scouted me out and was willing to invest time in me and trust my skills. I was just playing local LANs and Baltic LANs. Then during a LAN in Lithuania I basically did a roll on stage and hooch thought 'hey, we need this idiot.' Of course somehow I played with hooch in some CIS league and he already noticed me there before, but after the roll, everything got settled (smiles)."

The young Latvian spent the next eight months with EPG, where he gained valuable experience playing a higher level of Counter-Strike; he peaked at #33 in world with this team, playing with players like hooch, Aleksei "⁠NickelBack⁠" Trofimov and Aleksei "⁠El1an⁠" Gusev, who would all go on to be part of the now top-10 Entropiq team. At this point in his career he was a variable individual presence, posting highs like a 1.40 across five maps at Stream.me Gauntlet 17, an event attended by other future top pros like Nemanja "⁠nexa⁠" Isaković, where his team beat Spirit in the semi-finals. However, he was also capable of lows like a 0.80 across five maps at the M.Game League 2, which included a defeat to an ALTERNATE aTTaX lineup that featured the likes of Nils "⁠k1to⁠" Gruhne, Florian "⁠syrsoN⁠" Rische and Nicolai "⁠HUNDEN⁠" Petersen.

YEKINDAR learnt many lessons during his time with pro100

YEKINDAR and El1an emerged as the clear stars of this EPG roster, and they were able to gain valuable experience against good opposition, one such example being a close 0-2 defeat, 16-13 and 16-14, against Natus Vincere at the ECS S5 Challenger Cup, where YEKINDAR led the team statistically. Eventually it became apparent that the team were not able to progress any further, and change was inevitable.

The young rifler had a brief stint standing-in with forZe, and attended the CIS Minor with Monolith, before finally being signed by pro100 in October of 2018 after a successful trial. Whilst he ended up playing at a similar level, peaking only slightly higher at #31, he was personally improving and being more consistent and posting fewer events in the red. He racked up some excellent numbers, such as a 1.47 rating in a victory at the DreamHack Delhi Invitational 2019 and a 1.32 over 9 maps in a victory at Qi Banja Luka 2019, defeating a Copenhagen Flames that featured René "⁠TeSeS⁠" Madsen in the final. Even in defeat he was performing well, the most important being a 1.22 rating across 11 maps in the ESL One: Road to Rio CIS event, despite his team finishing in joint last place. This included him carrying his team to a 2-0 victory over Virtus.pro, as the team that would immediately sign him got a taste of exactly what YEKINDAR could do.

"My time in pro100 was great, Flarich was super good and I learned a lot from him, Zeus with his LAN lifehacks, psychology and nutrition hacks that I'm using to this day still helped too. I think after 4-5 months of playing there I stagnated a bit and couldn't improve, but it changed when we picked WorldEdit, wayLander and pipsoN in our team after not qualifying for the Minor. That trio gave me a lot of experience and confidence in my own abilities. All the space needed for me to shine, and I believe that helped VP to notice me."

In May of 2020 YEKINDAR was signed by Virtus.pro to breathe new life into what used to be the squad who as AVANGAR had peaked at #3 in the world with excellent results, only to stagnate and eventually struggle after joining the Russian organisation; they had recently experienced a run of exiting four out of five LANs in last place. The upturn in form was immediate as they won their first event with YEKINDAR in the team, the CIS Cup 2020 BLAST qualifier, with the Latvian producing some excellent performances; one such performance was a server-topping 1.36 against NAVI Junior in the semi-finals.

A few underwhelming results follow, for example failing to qualify for ESL Pro League Season 12, and by August Dauren "⁠AdreN⁠" Kystaubayev was benched in favor of Timur "⁠buster⁠" Tulepov. This iteration of the roster got acquainted by attending a couple of smaller events, one being a Nine to Five event where YEKINDAR posted an event-leading 1.39 rating, and the team also secured an all-important qualification for Flashpoint 2. During this time they also won IEM New York CIS, showing the potential the lineup possesses, beating NAVI 2-0 during this run where again YEKINDAR shined, posting the best rating on the server with a 1.41.

YEKINDAR hit the ground running with Virtus.pro

With this New York victory under their belts, the new-look Virtus.pro really hit their stride, coming into the next big event, Flashpoint 2, on a high. They won every series at this tournament on their way to picking up the trophy, taking down the three teams ranked higher than them in the form of world #5 BIG, world #6 OG and world #13 fnatic. YEKINDAR didn't have his best event overall, serving up a 1.06 rating, but he led the event in total opening kills (84), opening kills per round (0.16), and was in the top 10 for impact rating (1.20). It was already apparent that YEKINDAR was the tip of the spear for Virtus.pro, the person who would open up rounds and create space to allow the rest of his teammates to shine. Virtus.pro and YEKINDAR carried this impressive form into the rest of the year, finishing it with a victory at DreamHack Open December.

"That Flashpoint 2 win felt super nice, we were playing open qualifiers, then closed qualifiers in a mix with IEM New York at the same time, got a forfeit loss against K23 on first map. We won IEM New York, then played Flashpoint and had an insane game against MAD Lions on Train in quarters, a comeback against fnatic on Overpass in semis, and losing first map in the finals against OG who we lost to earlier in groups. And then winning it. Crazy story and a really great experience, but I played super bad and needed to step up, and I just started grinding after the win. A win is a win, but tournaments and life continues, never stop."

LatviaYEKINDAR
2021 Tournament stats
TournamentEvent Team (place) Rating 2.0 (in team) ADR KPR DPR Impact KAST Award
cs_summit 7
(1st)
1.22 (2nd, +2%) 87.1 0.79 0.68 1.48 68.6% EVP
IEM Katowice
(2nd)
1.28 (1st, +20%) 91.7 0.82 0.71 1.57 70.5% EVP
ESL Pro League S13
(7-8th)
1.24 (1st, +13%) 89.0 0.78 0.69 1.50 70.5% EVP
Funspark ULTI 2020 Europe Final
(7-8th)
1.05 (3rd, +5%) 81.9 0.70 0.76 1.23 65.4%
DHM Spring
(7-8th)
1.12 (1st, +16%) 85.1 0.76 0.79 1.38 67.4%
EPIC League CIS
(2nd)
1.05 (3rd, 0%) 81.1 0.70 0.75 1.24 64.6%
IEM Summer
(5-6th)
0.93 (5th, -7%) 73.6 0.60 0.78 1.11 61.5%
StarLadder CIS RMR
(9-10th)
1.06 (2nd, +4%) 78.0 0.67 0.73 1.16 71.4%
IEM Cologne
(5-6th)
1.12 (1st, +10%) 81.3 0.71 0.68 1.34 65.7%
ESL Pro League S14
(13-16th)
1.10 (2nd, +9%) 84.8 0.70 0.69 1.18 68.3%
IEM Fall CIS
(4th)
1.30 (1st, +24%) 94.6 0.81 0.70 1.56 73.3% EVP
PGL Major
(5-8th)
1.09 (1st, +7%) 79.1 0.69 0.69 1.31 65.5%
IEM Winter
(3-4th)
1.12 (3rd, 0%) 81.4 0.74 0.67 1.25 66.4%
5%+ above average
5%+ below average
Closer than 5% to average

2021 begans with yet another success for Virtus.pro and YEKINDAR, this time at cs_summit 7. The CIS squad turned up in fine form and won the event without dropping a single map, with YEKINDAR posting a third-in-event 1.22 rating, 87 ADR and a whopping 1.48 impact rating. The Latvian picked up an EVP for his efforts, only missing out on MVP in narrow fashion (his teammate, Dzhami "⁠Jame⁠" Ali, would be the one to take that accolade home). Katowice was the next big event on the docket, but first Virtus.pro had to successfully navigate the Play-in stage; they did so but not without some difficulty, winning their opener before falling to NIP 0-2 in their qualification bout. Fortunately, they found their feet in the lower round match-up, comfortably brushing aside the Aussies of Renegades with the help of a monstrous 1.75 rated 111 ADR series from YEKINDAR.

The main event at Katowice would prove to be one of the most stacked events of the year, with 16 of the top 20 in attendance. Virtus.pro suffered a setback early on, falling to Natus Vincere 0-2 off the back of a 1.43 rated performance by Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev; YEKINDAR had a quiet game here, sporting a middling 0.92 rating. The CIS stars made no mistake in the lower bracket, blasting through NIP, Vitality and FURIA in straight maps.

YEKINDAR made up a dynamic duo with Jame, the two stars topping the scoreboards in each series and posting no lower than a 1.26 rated series between them. World #2 Astralis awaited in the quarter-finals, and Virtus.pro rose to the challenge; they won the series 2-1 in solid fashion, as YEKINDAR once again led the way for his side with a server-topping 1.37 and 99 ADR. Liquid were brushed aside in the semis, as once again Jame and YEKINDAR got the damage done, posting a 1.59 and 1.50 rating respectively. Unfortunately, awaiting them in the finals was an inspired Gambit who were on their way to a world #1 ranking, and they were soundly beaten 3-1 despite Abay "⁠HObbit⁠" Khasenov crushing the series with a 1.40 rating.

Nonetheless the event was a roaring success for both Virtus.pro and more specifically for EVP-winning YEKINDAR, who only just missed out on the MVP to Dmitry "⁠sh1ro⁠" Sokolov, but not for lack of trying; his numbers were staggering considering the 17 maps played, as he achieved a 1.28 rating, 92 ADR, and a frankly unbelievable 1.57 impact rating. Make no mistake, this tournament showing from YEKINDAR was in the s1mple category of carry prowess.

YEKINDAR attributes much of their great start to 2021 to the momentum they carried from the previous year:

"We won three tournaments before the start of the year, the CIS RMR, Flashpoint and DreamHack Winter, and a great end of the year helps with momentum at the start of the year. Also we were new to tier-one, so maybe teams couldn’t adapt that fast."

YEKINDAR's IEM Katowice performance was world class

It was somewhat strange that, after such a promising end to 2020 that carried over into 2021 with multiple tournament victories and displays of world-beating potential, Virtus.pro experienced a dip in form. Next up is ESL Pro League 13, where despite YEKINDAR plugging away with a 1.24 rating and another EVP, Virtus.pro only just squeaked into the playoffs, where they fell in the second round to Complexity. One slightly disappointing showing at a stacked event would be of no concern, however the very next event, the much more modestly attended Funspark ULTI Final, was a far more disappointing display; they crashed out in straight series as the highest-ranked team at the event, losing to forZe and HAVU in a performance that was simply not acceptable for the #5 ranked team in the world. The final event in this mini-slump was DreamHack Masters Spring, where Virtus.pro again failed to make playoffs; the two series they lost were to Natus Vincere and G2. In these two events YEKINDAR still managed to perform admirably, grabbing VP nods in both.

EPIC League CIS, a Regional Major Ranking event, was next, and despite still not being in their best shape Virtus.pro managed to take second place in this important tournament. They bounced back from a shaky group showing and a loss to Akuma in the upper semis by making a strong lower bracket run, only being bested by now world #1 Gambit in the final; once again HObbit was the thorn in their side, leading the server with a 1.45 rating. YEKINDAR has one of his quieter events, but his 1.05 rating and 81 ADR over a staggering 25 maps was still enough to earn him another VP mention. IEM Summer was a continuation of the revival in form for Virtus.pro as they made playoffs, where they fell at the first hurdle to Vitality; this event would prove to be YEKINDAR's worst of the year as he posted his only event in the red, a 0.93 rating.

As June turned to July, Virtus.pro once again saw their form slip, this time at the StarLadder CIS RMR; they won a single series as they crashed out in joint-last place, most worryingly dropping a series against world #53 100PG. As was becoming a habit, the CIS squad bounced back at the next opportunity with another playoff run, this time in the return to LAN at IEM Cologne; a resurgent Astralis bested them in the quarter-finals, in a close 1-2 series that featured two overtime maps. YEKINDAR wasn't quite hitting the heights of his early-year form, but he was still a driving force in the Virtus.pro squad and posted 2nd and 1st-in-team ratings respectively at the RMR and Cologne, his 1.06 and 1.12 earning him two more VP awards.

Over the player break, rumours began to rumble behind the scenes of potential changes in the near-future for Virtus.pro, with support player Sanjar "⁠SANJI⁠" Kuliev supposedly the head on the chopping block; nothing materialised in August however, and the team returned from the break to play in ESL Pro League 14 unchanged. The CIS squad suffered another disappointing event at ESL Pro League, only managing two series wins to three losses, going out of the event in the group stage. YEKINDAR bagged himself his 6th VP of the year so far, with his opening kill statistics in particular impressing, managing 0.15 per round. A couple of small events followed, with the shaky and inconsistent form continuing even in tournaments with lesser fields; a win at Pinnacle Fall Series 1 was followed up by an immediate exit at the hands of Eternal Fire at REPUBLEAGUE TIPOS Season 2.

Virtus.pro's form suffered towards the middle of the year

The merry-go-round that was Virtus.pro's form swung back towards the better end of things come IEM Fall CIS, as they posted a 4-1 map record in the group stage to secure a playoff berth; impressively, one of those wins was a 22-20 victory over world #2 Gambit. A tight 0-2 series loss to Natus Vincere in the semi-finals followed, with YEKINDAR yet again producing his best form against the best team, leading the server with a 1.26 rating. Virtus.pro unfortunately fall apart in the 3rd place tiebreaker, winning the first map but managing a measly seven rounds in the next two combined, falling 1-2 to Entropiq. Fortunately for Virtus.pro, due to their closest rivals in the RMR all crashing out in the group stage, 4th place is enough for them to secure the points they need to book their place at the PGL Major Stockholm. YEKINDAR carried his team at this event, his 1.30 rating, 95 ADR and 1.56 impact rating over 12 maps comfortably the best on his team, and yet again he narrowly missed out on an MVP award, taking an EVP instead. BLAST Fall Showdown was squeezed in just before the Major, and Virtus.pro failed to make an impact; they won their opener against Movistar Riders 2-0 before falling to Liquid 1-2 in the next round, but YEKINDAR continued his impressive form with a 1.30 rating.

Virtus.pro's inconsistent form and general fall-off in the second part of the year prompted change, and finally SANJI was cut in favour of forZe's Evgeny "⁠FL1T⁠" Lebedev, who had been impressing for the Russian squad and offered a more aggressive, high-skill option. Particularly in light of the passive tendencies of the majority of the Virtus.pro squad outside of YEKINDAR, which has caused issues in recent months with the CIS squad's T side, FL1T's propensity to make plays and take space on lurks seemed to make him a perfect addition; swapping seeds with Entropiq at the Major was a small price to pay.

"We want to be champions, getting into playoffs is one thing, but winning is completely different, we felt that we need to change something in order to improve and take the next step forward. The idea was there for a long time, and after the loss against Liquid in BLAST Showdown, we decided to make a change; that loss was a bit tough for us."

The Challengers stage of the Major arrived, and Virtus.pro appeared to make relatively light work of this phase; they got through with a 3-1 record, their only series defeat coming at the hands of FaZe. It was not quite plain sailing however, as they made hard work of a 16-14 victory over paiN, and needed overtime to squeak past Spirit in the qualification series. YEKINDAR is solid if unspectacular by his standards in this portion of the Major, a 1.16 rating bolstered by his excellent opening kill (0.23 per round) and impact (1.44) statistics. Despite the somewhat close nature of their qualification, there was no denying that this Virtus.pro seemed a more dangerous prospect; their T sides in particular had improved massively.

YEKINDAR was his team's highest rated player at the Major

At the Major proper, Virtus.pro were in fighting form, which they displayed by taking down Vitality in a tight 16-14 game. They were immediately battered 4-16 by eventual unbeaten winners Natus Vincere, before being narrowly edged out in a 14-16 contest with Gambit; the man they simply can't get away from, HObbit, once again did the damage, posting a mind-boggling 39 kills in regulation to put Virtus.pro to bed.

What was very important to note is that Virtus.pro were tangling with the best of the best here, and against the world #3 of Vitality and the world #4 of Gambit they were competitive, suggesting the FL1T addition is bearing fruit. YEKINDAR has not had his best tournament so far, but with elimination facing them he comes online and produces when needed; they beat MOUZ and FaZe 2-1 in the elimination series to qualify for the playoffs, with YEKINDAR posting 1.15 and 1.16 ratings respectively, leading his team over the two series. This is particularly important as Jame was having a quiet event, and so YEKINDAR was needed to step up and provide the star power that pushed Virtus.pro over the line. The quarter-finals proved to be a step too far for the CIS squad as they were bested by Heroic, and YEKINDAR yet again led his team in an important series; his 1.09 rating across this stage put him first amongst his teammates, and he earned another VP for his efforts. When push came to shove, Virtus.pro cemented themselves as one of the best eight teams in the world, and it was in no small part due to YEKINDAR's efforts, and he picked this event as the highlight of his year:

"The first time seeing so many fans, signing shirts taking pictures, playing first time in an Arena, those emotions are unforgettable, and are motivating me to be the best."

Virtus.pro closed their year with a strong run to top four at IEM Winter, dropping not a single map on their way to the playoffs; a 2-0 win over Gambit in the upper semi-finals of the group stage was particularly pleasing, as the Russian squad had been something of a nemesis to Virtus.pro throughout the year. YEKINDAR had this to say about his team seeming to catch up with Gambit by the end of the year:

"Gambit are insane (laughs) I think Ax1Le and Hobbit really had an insane individual year, it was really hard to play against them because they were so consistent with their firepower. After FL1T joined, we are a completely different team, so the old record is not relevant anymore. Also I think Gambit were a bit tired towards the end of the year, so one win doesn’t mean anything."

"The CIS teams fired up other CIS teams, it had to happen at some point, after the domination of Astralis, SK-Luminosity etc., CIS players who were losing against these eras are now a lot more experienced. Gambit set the bar up, and everybody tried to catch up, but when a team from your region sets the bar up, then it's a bit more personal if you know what I mean."

They narrowly missed out on a grand-finals appearance, falling at the hands of a resurgent Vitality; the French squad ended the year in fine form, and it was no shame to lose out to what was probably the second-best team in the world in the last few tournaments of the year. YEKINDAR managed to add one more VP to his impressive tally, bringing the total for the year to eight; the Latvian star only failed to grab a VP or EVP on one occasion where it was on offer, capping a fantastic year. The 22-year-old hopes the strong end to the year signals big things for his team for 2022:

"Top three throughout 2022 would be a nice result I think as a team, and winning titles. For me personally, I don't know, I just want to have fun and help my team to become better."

Why was YEKINDAR the 8th best player of 2021?

YEKINDAR was one of the most impactful players on the server throughout 2021, which combined with his solid floor and consistency earned him the 8th spot on our Top 20. His biggest strength was his unrelenting aggression and ability to open up rounds; he ranked joint-1st in opening kills per round (0.18), and his 53% success rate in those duels gave him a 1.30 opening kill rating, the highest of all players. He was also great at getting multi-kills (18.6% of his rounds, #10) which together with the openings and a high number of assists (stemming from his world-3rd-best ADR, 84.5), resulted in his impressive 1.36 impact rating — 3rd highest among all players. Additionally, he was the player with the highest percentage of unassisted kills (86%) while being one of the top fraggers overall (0.74 kills per round).

Perhaps the best justification of his aggression is the fact his contributions were quite often round winning, ranking right up there with the very best when it comes to average kills in round wins (1.07, 5th) and average damage in round wins (113.8, 2nd). He managed to accumulate all these impressive numbers while maintaining the level of his performance in Big events (1.14 rating, #9), and doing very well in Big matches (1.11 rating in 36 maps, #10).

On the other hand, he didn't have very high peaks, with his only truly great event being IEM Katowice when he was the runner-up in the MVP race. He did very well at Elite events in general (1.16 rating, #9), with strong VP performances at the PGL Major, IEM Cologne and IEM Winter, but his awards resumé wasn't strong enough to compete with 2021's very best.

"I don't think I'm a super aggressive player, I can play different styles, depending on which my team needs me to be. I just like to play like that, it makes the game so much more enjoyable for me. Obviously sometimes that bites me in the ass, but in the end team achievements are the most important thing for me, I'll be what my team needs me to be."

Bold prediction by GG.BET

While he also gave special mentions to CIS AWPers Ilya "⁠m0NESY⁠" Osipov and Igor "⁠w0nderful⁠" Zhdanov, YEKINDAR picked his countryman Roberts "⁠shield⁠" Tipsis as his bold prediction, who was mostly recently playing for LowLandLions.

"shield is a great guy with a bright future if he continues to put effort that he puts in now, I hope everything will work out for him because I see him as a great prospect and most importantly — HE IS LATVIAN, LET'S GOOO, so this is my pick."


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Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1204
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
Russia Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.22
Maps played:
805
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.53
Russia Ilya 'm0NESY' Osipov
Ilya 'm0NESY' Osipov
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.22
Maps played:
177
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.61
Ukraine Igor 'w0nderful' Zhdanov
Igor 'w0nderful' Zhdanov
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.21
Maps played:
161
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.58
Kazakhstan Timur 'buster' Tulepov
Timur 'buster' Tulepov
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1204
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.62
Russia Evgeny 'FL1T' Lebedev
Evgeny 'FL1T' Lebedev
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1178
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.25
Maps played:
1491
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.64
Uzbekistan Sanjar 'SANJI' Kuliev
Sanjar 'SANJI' Kuliev
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
743
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.66
Kazakhstan Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1767
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.68
Kazakhstan Abay 'HObbit' Khasenov
Abay 'HObbit' Khasenov
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1105
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
Russia Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1118
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.55
Latvia Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1042
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.70
Latvia Roberts 'shield' Tipsis
Roberts 'shield' Tipsis
Age:
19
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
78
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
Russia Aleksei 'El1an' Gusev
Aleksei 'El1an' Gusev
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1185
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
Germany Florian 'syrsoN' Rische
Florian 'syrsoN' Rische
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1621
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Russia Aleksei 'NickelBack' Trofimov
Aleksei 'NickelBack' Trofimov
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1276
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
Germany Nils 'k1to' Gruhne
Nils 'k1to' Gruhne
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1153
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.69
Denmark René 'TeSeS' Madsen
René 'TeSeS' Madsen
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
758
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
Denmark Nicolai 'HUNDEN' Petersen
Nicolai 'HUNDEN' Petersen
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.81
Maps played:
1578
KPR:
0.55
DPR:
0.70
#1
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Portugal cyn1cal
yekindar ez
2022-01-15 20:00
25 replies
Now this was expected
2022-01-15 20:01
15 replies
#111
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Brazil NotJuan
GOAT
2022-01-15 20:33
4 replies
#197
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China RADNIKEY
Still underrated!
2022-01-15 23:58
3 replies
#231
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Latvia Tibro
Latvia now flexin with top20 this year
2022-01-16 12:05
2 replies
b1t > YEK0NDAR
2022-01-16 15:22
1 reply
#256
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Latvia Tibro
ofc navi > vp what u want :D
2022-01-17 12:30
Unexpected the 5 remaining Slavic people didn’t also pick the same guy as their “bold prediction” But of course he gave a “special mention” to him 🤣
2022-01-15 22:24
4 replies
#259
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Latvia Dettheroc
did u just call Latvian a Slav? expected from murica
2022-01-19 11:00
3 replies
How do you know he’s not? It was a USSR country. Also their biggest non-Latvian group.
2022-01-19 11:25
2 replies
#261
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Latvia Dettheroc
His name and surname might give some hints. It's like me calling you an Indian, cause how do you know you're not? Might have some of that blood in ya, America used to be their land after all. But I get it, it's typical from Americans (but not only) to assume we're basically Russia, just because we border them. I've heard it too many times
2022-01-20 14:02
1 reply
Since you opened the door, Vitality is Indian.
2022-01-20 14:29
3 Gambit players in a row as #7 #6 #5 now then electronic #4 and last 3 are obviously niko/zywoo/s1mple
2022-01-15 22:24
4 replies
electronic higher than shiro and hobbit? don't think so
2022-01-15 22:51
3 replies
i think it will be 1. s1mple 2. zywoo 3. niko 4. shiro 5. electronic 6. hobbit 7. axile electronic and hobbit might switch places idk let's see
2022-01-15 23:07
1 reply
the first 5 is def correct but I'd say S1mple Zywoo Niko Sh1ro Elec and then Ax1le ( He's way more consistent than Hobbit and he has more MVPs) and then Hobbit.
2022-01-16 03:52
It will either be ax1le, hobbit, shiro, electronic, niko, zywoo, s1mple if they look more at lans, big events, and majors Or electronic will drop a lot of ranks if they look more at vs top 10 teams. But I also kind of think device should have been higher on the list, at least higher than jame since he is higher than him at lans, big events, majors, and vs top 10 teams. He is only not higher than yekindar at the major and since they didnt put device higher on the list, I feel that shows they dont look as much at the vs top 10 teams stat as he is higher than everyone but the last 7 missing on that stat.
2022-01-16 01:30
Yekindar my favourite player (after g0dfig)
2022-01-15 20:07
2 replies
+1 god entryfraggers. Can run throw brick walls if tell them too
2022-01-15 20:41
1 reply
+1
2022-01-15 20:48
Best entry fragger in 2021
2022-01-15 20:45
3 replies
How about Niko?
2022-01-15 21:37
2 replies
Yekindar #1 Entries on T Side, Niko #4 Yekindar #3 on CT, Niko #5 Both are good but Niko doesn't attempt entries as often therefore also has a higher success rate though. He also doesn't have too since G2 have Jackz who is also supposed to be an aggressive player
2022-01-15 21:45
1 reply
😉You said what I wanted to say.
2022-01-15 23:07
#129
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Russia KPbIM
expected and deserved
2022-01-15 20:56
YEKIIIIIIIIIIIIIII <3
2022-01-16 10:06
#3
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Portugal cyaaa_in_10
ez
2022-01-15 20:00
#4
 | 
Poland f3nce
POG
2022-01-15 20:00
#5
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Ukraine I_like_CPP
unexpected
2022-01-15 20:00
#6
 | 
Spain Zhalos
no
2022-01-15 20:00
pog
2022-01-15 20:00
very nice !
2022-01-15 20:00
#9
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Bulgaria Briashand
Nice
2022-01-15 20:00
w0w
2022-01-15 20:00
#11
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World DolphinfK
expected 7) Ax1le 6) electronic 5) Hobbit 4) NiKo 3) Zywoo/sh1ro 2) sh1ro/Zywoo 1) s1mple
2022-01-15 20:02
11 replies
Eletronic > NIKO 7) Ax1le 6) NiKo 5) Hobbit 4) eletronic 3) Zywoo/sh1ro 2) sh1ro/Zywoo 1) s1mple
2022-01-15 20:04
5 replies
#74
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World DolphinfK
Sadly, but stats in Big Matches against him
2022-01-15 20:07
4 replies
3 replies
I’d smile so much if electronic, who carried 4 bots for 4 years, was #4. 😬 Oh and while talking care of his baby.
2022-01-15 22:31
1 reply
#183
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Uzbekistan kdhai46
lucky kid
2022-01-15 23:05
#173
 | 
Belgium Schmlz
Check past 6 months on niko peanut
2022-01-15 22:35
#105
 | 
Russia SoloN7
7) elec 6) ax1le 5) hobbit 4) Niko 3) zywoo 2) sh1ro 1) s1mple
2022-01-15 20:31
2 replies
7)ax1Le 6)Hobbit 5)Electronic 4)HiKo 3)Zywoo/Sh1ro 2)Sh1ro/Zywoo 1)s1mple the most truthful prediction because Elec is so strong rifler, a lot of EVP and NAVI won all big LAN tournaments. Maybe Elec is 4th, HiKo 5th
2022-01-15 22:03
I really want in that order tbh, but reality matters
2022-01-15 23:33
Teses cadian maybe? Idk
2022-01-15 21:20
1 reply
cadian is the most mediocre awper on the scene rn. no way he makes top 20 list
2022-01-15 22:49
Bymas #1 2022
2022-01-15 20:00
2 replies
Bymas in tier 2 in 2022 CONFIRMED
2022-01-15 23:05
1 reply
#257
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Latvia Jancho33
Mouz in Tier2 confirmed!
2022-01-17 18:35
Pog
2022-01-15 20:00
expected
2022-01-15 20:00
expected
2022-01-15 20:00
okey nice
2022-01-15 20:00
#18
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Finland samuuu38
Excpected
2022-01-15 20:00
k0nfig robber pepehands
2022-01-15 20:00
4 replies
he was out for like 3 months, missed lans
2022-01-16 13:36
3 replies
yes I am aware thank you was just trying to get a "first" comment with something related to the old CoL boys :' (
2022-01-16 14:49
2 replies
old col always in heart
2022-01-16 15:22
1 reply
+1
2022-01-16 15:54
#20
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Russia Reiwa
Deserved
2022-01-15 20:00
GODAR
2022-01-15 20:00
1 reply
More like GODKindar
2022-01-15 22:03
Nice
2022-01-15 20:00
#24
i am | 
Asia harxDy
yekindar peek lessgooo
2022-01-15 20:00
first ?
2022-01-15 20:00
expected ez
2022-01-15 20:00
#28
 | 
Italy NotNew
too high
2022-01-15 20:00
Nice
2022-01-15 20:00
Nice ..
2022-01-15 20:00
#31
 | 
Hungary Norberto25
lets goooo
2022-01-15 20:00
#32
 | 
Russia mshkoda
King of ramp on Vertigo and one of the openings of the year, gj Marek)
2022-01-15 20:01
Pog
2022-01-15 20:01
#36
RUSH | 
Germany rs6a
gg ez
2022-01-15 20:01
#37
 | 
Argentina mocos
sexkindar
2022-01-15 20:01
#40
DaDte | 
Russia bult0
shield who?
2022-01-15 20:01
1 reply
Actually “bold”. Though the same guy still got a “special mention” 🤣
2022-01-15 22:40
expected and deserved. his impact is high , a bit inconsistent tho
2022-01-15 20:01
gj!
2022-01-15 20:01
Deserved
2022-01-15 20:01
Latvia - 2 Sweden - 0 lul
2022-01-15 20:01
1 reply
xaxaxaxaxax
2022-01-15 20:18
men
2022-01-15 20:01
#46
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Netherlands PawnyCS
deserved for sure
2022-01-15 20:01
#47
 | 
Poland seinterc
undeserved
2022-01-15 20:01
Good!
2022-01-15 20:01
#49
 | 
Denmark slacking
great player, fearless!
2022-01-15 20:01
#50
 | 
Israel Asi_16
YEKINDAR is such lovely guy
2022-01-15 20:02
undeserved
2022-01-15 20:02
Deserved Congrats to him
2022-01-15 20:02
YEKINDAR SINGH INDIAN PRIDE <3<3<3<3
2022-01-15 20:02
2 replies
XD
2022-01-15 20:27
xd
2022-01-15 22:30
bold prediction is based
2022-01-15 20:02
"HE IS LATVIAN, LET'S GOOO" KEKW
2022-01-15 20:02
1 reply
hahaha
2022-01-15 20:53
#57
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Ukraine d3adLY
expected
2022-01-15 20:02
deserved! great player
2022-01-15 20:02
#59
 | 
Finland AliSabid
Grats
2022-01-15 20:03
Deserved, top 3 entry fraggers and creates an insane amount of space for his team
2022-01-15 20:03
EZ 4 my lovely boy <3
2022-01-15 20:03
#62
 | 
Finland Nollegee
Deserved
2022-01-15 20:03
expected af after b1t announcement lol
2022-01-15 20:03
#65
 | 
Tonga systeMMMMM
shield huh... interesting
2022-01-15 20:03
3 replies
shield is complete bot
2022-01-15 20:19
2 replies
:O shield no. 1 hater
2022-01-15 20:32
U are bot, but shield is amazing awper
2022-01-15 21:30
#66
m0NESY | 
Romania wadd
deserved
2022-01-15 20:03
#67
 | 
Sweden 0sko
Saw this guy in the Avicii arena, he had such nice energy and seemed like such a nice guy
2022-01-15 20:04
#69
ZZ | 
Serbia ways1
expected, god
2022-01-15 20:05
#70
 | 
Europe shitshow
expected
2022-01-15 20:05
lets go
2022-01-15 20:05
lmao "most importantly — HE IS LATVIAN, LET'S GOOO, so this is my pick."
2022-01-15 20:06
#73
 | 
Russia M1shV4T
Now 3 from gambit, 3 from navi, niko and zywoo
2022-01-15 20:06
2 replies
#146
 | 
Latvia emzijs
1 from navi already done, 2 more
2022-01-15 21:30
1 reply
#180
 | 
Russia M1shV4T
ah, yes, I forgor about that
2022-01-15 22:49
deserved one of the best riflers
2022-01-15 20:07
1.36 impact holy shit that alone is a guaranteed top 15
2022-01-15 20:07
7) Ax1le 6) electronic 5) Hobbit PLS HLTV make it happen
2022-01-15 20:08
#82
 | 
Hungary ShadYyBoy
Guy pleyer
2022-01-15 20:10
high floor? really? 0.93, 1.05, 1.05 is called "high floor" nowadays? wow
2022-01-15 20:11
4 replies
I missed the part where anyone asked
2022-01-15 20:29
2 replies
I missed the part where anyone asked
2022-01-15 20:30
1 reply
I missed the part where anyone asked
2022-01-15 20:57
1 bad tourney isn't his floor...
2022-01-16 01:40
#86
 | 
India shavar2099
Best entry fragger this year, no doubt!
2022-01-15 20:17
Finally someome who didn't pick m0nesy, thank you YEKINDAR
2022-01-15 20:17
YekindarIsUnderrated the true legend.
2022-01-15 20:18
2 replies
Legend? Had one good year. Means nothing.
2022-01-15 20:29
1 reply
the user cause he was spamming last year about yekindar being good and no one took him seriously))
2022-01-15 20:31
#91
 | 
Chile 1cristiaan
cool
2022-01-15 20:19
deserved
2022-01-15 20:22
#93
 | 
CIS AbodMaster
full deserved for what yekindar carry his team with little help with jame he dont care about his rating gonig for info even if he know that he will die for wining the round 🔥🔥
2022-01-15 20:22
#94
 | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina lousooo
this guy above b1t? lmao
2022-01-15 20:24
7 replies
#98
Jame | 
France masnoi
this guy only 1 place above b1t? lmao
2022-01-15 20:26
1 reply
#99
 | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina lousooo
flair, mad ruski
2022-01-15 20:26
0.30+ better impact rating 10+ better ADR 0.05 better KPR
2022-01-15 20:36
1 reply
+1 most opening kills per round as well
2022-01-15 20:43
#121
 | 
Sweden multib
ofc
2022-01-15 20:46
its not just about achievements
2022-01-15 21:07
b1t wasnt that good in the first half of 2021
2022-01-16 07:57
One of my favorite players, CONGRATS
2022-01-15 20:24
#96
Jame | 
France masnoi
goat
2022-01-15 20:26
#97
dav1d | 
Chile cap_
Sexiest rifler, deserved ♡
2022-01-15 20:26
2 replies
gade says otherwise, not kappapride :)
2022-01-15 20:32
1 reply
#252
dav1d | 
Chile cap_
Gade is the definition of Chad
2022-01-17 01:44
#103
 | 
Slovakia P3T3R13
Yekindar > Ax1le change my mind 🤷‍♂️
2022-01-15 20:29
1 reply
#120
 | 
Sweden multib
100%
2022-01-15 20:46
yekindar: its a 3 v1 for us, lets go Jame, he is 9 hp dinked by buster Jame: i dont know bro, im saving this one dont want to lose my AWP, not worth it
2022-01-15 20:31
Expected and deserved. Superb performance from an entry fragger in an awp centric meta.
2022-01-15 20:32
Deserved. He has so much impact on the server
2022-01-15 20:35
VERY DESERVED TO THE BEST ENTRY FRAGGER ON THE WORLD GO GO YOUNG MAREK
2022-01-15 20:38
#115
 | 
Latvia Gadmin
EZ FOR LATVIA, EZ FOR YEKINDAR
2022-01-15 20:38
1 reply
+1
2022-01-16 16:40
#117
 | 
Germany ChRiZOwow
His peronality he should be #1 player tbh. Mist sympathetic young talent out there. Place 8 so deserved <3
2022-01-15 20:42
#123
 | 
Bulgaria Gazellex
Where is YEKINDAR IS UNDERRATED? congratz
2022-01-15 20:48
Wow, congrats! Let's hope we see shield or some other Latvian(s) in top 30 teams soon
2022-01-15 20:52
yekindar peek
2022-01-15 20:52
KEKINDAR
2022-01-15 20:52
DESERVED, maybe still underated this guy is insaneeeeeeeee
2022-01-15 20:56
#130
 | 
Denmark thekr4k3n
LMFAO, yekindar?? I have to laugh, shouldn't be even close to top 20
2022-01-15 20:56
1 reply
flair checks out. Much better than awp abuser dev
2022-01-15 21:03
mens))
2022-01-15 20:56
Deserved, great player
2022-01-15 20:57
Nice! Yekindar is a very humble guy
2022-01-15 21:04
Too high
2022-01-15 21:04
Yekindar is God 💗
2022-01-15 21:12
#141
 | 
Ukraine Bakagan
not expected thought that jamie and bit would be higher
2022-01-15 21:19
expected
2022-01-15 21:22
#144
arT | 
Spain nTapps
Does anybody know how he speaks russian (I understand he does in order to play for VP) I mean, did he always speak it or learn it rudimentary to play cs?
2022-01-15 21:24
3 replies
#153
 | 
Ukraine ksay
he speaks on the native speaker level probably grew up around relatives who spoke in russian
2022-01-15 21:56
1 reply
#159
arT | 
Spain nTapps
ty
2022-01-15 21:59
He is a russian jew by nationality. His parents just moved to latvia
2022-01-15 23:06
b1t robbed.
2022-01-15 21:36
1 reply
everything checks out
2022-01-16 13:35
not expected congratz
2022-01-15 21:43
Deserved tbh
2022-01-15 21:44
-rain +YEKINDAR
2022-01-15 21:52
"Yekindar seriously has 5 IQ" (c) rain +W kid robbed b1t
2022-01-15 21:53
I mean Yekindar top 10 I can agree with but how do 2 Virtus Pro players get top 10 when they have been average all year
2022-01-15 21:55
2 replies
Stats backed Jame and Yekindar's placement. Could be lower but not much. You might even say that Sanji dragged VP down. How Liquid who was shit whole year has two players in top 20?
2022-01-15 23:56
1 reply
Jame stats backed how much of a baiter he is. He shouldnt be near the top 10
2022-01-17 08:13
deserved!!
2022-01-15 21:57
what did he do to get top 10? lol
2022-01-15 21:58
7 replies
#171
 | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina lousooo
+1 B1T was way better
2022-01-15 22:31
6 replies
#225
 | 
Latvia Roberts2k
0.30+ better impact rating 10+ better ADR 0.05 better KPR LUL
2022-01-16 10:14
4 replies
#227
 | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina lousooo
better impact while playing almost zero Semis and Grand finals of big LAN events...
2022-01-16 11:09
3 replies
#240
 | 
Latvia Roberts2k
it's much easier to have goods stats when you have a godly team. B1t has s1mple and electronic, while yekindar is carrying VP, with the help of Jame.
2022-01-16 13:59
2 replies
#241
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Bosnia and Herzegovina lousooo
before people were saying that S1mple and Zywoo have so good stats cuz their team is bad.. and it is easy to have such stats when your team is bad. now you say it is easy when your team is good.... brain...
2022-01-16 14:42
1 reply
#251
 | 
Latvia Roberts2k
wtf u saying. who the fuck has said that
2022-01-16 20:53
xddddd
2022-01-16 13:34
7)Ax1le/cadian 6)hobbit/NiKo 5)NiKo/hobbit 4)electronic 3)zywoo/shiro 2)sh1ro/zywoo 1)s1mple
2022-01-15 22:01
yeah, my boy!
2022-01-15 22:11
#169
 | 
Brazil ovomexido
dude i forgot this guy existed
2022-01-15 22:30
#174
 | 
United Kingdom slimfix
What is meant by "with a high floor" ??? with a high (skill) ceiling??
2022-01-15 22:37
2 replies
Hah yeah I guess. Raising the floor makes it a ceiling
2022-01-15 23:36
#210
 | 
United States thespecht
If ceiling is how high your performance can go, then floor is how low it can go Essentially saying that even his "bad performances" aren't that bad
2022-01-16 02:06
#177
 | 
United States GiantDays
good job YEKINDAR
2022-01-15 22:44
i remember guy YEKINDARIsUnderrated... where is he now?
2022-01-15 22:55
2 replies
#198
 | 
China RADNIKEY
He got hammered(((
2022-01-15 23:59
1 reply
sad... he would be proud
2022-01-16 00:05
#189
 | 
Netherlands Wimmie
deserved
2022-01-15 23:16
My boy !!!
2022-01-15 23:53
#195
 | 
Latvia Roberts2k
deserved, maybe even deserved higher
2022-01-15 23:53
beast
2022-01-16 00:22
Deserved
2022-01-16 00:51
ez4yekindar
2022-01-16 01:08
Entry God, I miss Prime Fer. Deserved, GODkindar.
2022-01-16 01:09
Godkindar insane aim + spray + everything else. Can awp for a bit too.
2022-01-16 01:41
#207
 | 
United States Teztyment
not gonna lie i've seen some pretty fishy and blatant clips of YEKIDANR playing online and i'm not gonna lie it looked sus as fuck. He can frag on LAN pretty well but that doesn't mean he doesn't cheat online. He's a good player and I think he deserves it TBH.
2022-01-16 01:44
Kid is such a goofball dork, but it makes him likeable because he's not even remotely arrogant.
2022-01-16 01:48
#209
 | 
Norway Rattyy
Deserved.
2022-01-16 02:05
We call him the “berserker” in China. “Kuang ge”
2022-01-16 02:16
Very interesting pick
2022-01-16 02:25
top entry on par with konfig
2022-01-16 02:35
I like yekindargod
2022-01-16 04:36
One of my favorites, deserved
2022-01-16 06:38
At least better than b1tch
2022-01-16 07:30
Let's go Latvia
2022-01-16 08:42
Pog . But b1t >> yekindar
2022-01-16 11:26
Shield t-shirt 😎
2022-01-16 11:59
#230
 | 
Latvia Tibro
proud
2022-01-16 12:04
What a boss
2022-01-16 13:24
Yekindar lai veicas 2022
2022-01-16 16:42
B1t - EVP at 6 events, including all LANs YEKINDAR⁠ - EVP at 4 events all online. HLTV, how YEKINDAR⁠ can be upper than B1t?
2022-01-16 19:34
Best 1920 x 1080 Rifler !!!
2022-01-17 09:55
#258
 | 
North America FAZE_ROPZ
HAHAHAHAHA
2022-01-19 05:31
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