Top 20 players of 2021: Ax1Le (5)

Sergey "⁠Ax1Le⁠" Rykhtorov makes the Top 20 players of the year ranking by GG.BET for the first time in fifth place as one of the big revelations of 2021, showing impressive consistency, great play in Big events and several standout performances.

Top 20 players of 2021: Introduction

Ax1Le was introduced to the Counter-Strike series at a young age, four or five years old, when he would sit next to his father and watch him play different games on the computer, CS 1.6 being among them. When allowed to, he would even sit and play a bit by himself, 15 or 20 minutes at a time, and with each passing year he would play more and more.

He made the jump to CS:GO in 2014, starting to follow Major tournaments while ranking up in matchmaking all the way to Global Elite without any issues. Then it was time for something more serious, so he moved on to FACEIT, where he reached level 10. "Why don't I create a team and try myself in different tournaments?" Ax1Le then thought, after going as far as he could individually, so he brought together some of his classmates and some friends from FACEIT and made a team.

Ax1Le himself took up both AWPing and in-game leading, participating in all kinds of tournaments to no avail. The team eventually parted ways, but he continued to play, diving into esports and believing early on that he could make it far because he was already a good player for his age.

Bored of online tournaments, Ax1Le took the next step and started to attend local LAN events in his hometown of St. Petersburg, Russia. At one of those offline events he was spotted by current VP.Prodigy captain Aleksei "⁠RuFire⁠" Burakov, who offered to take the youngster to a LAN in Finland, Lantrek 2018, with his team. Playing under the KoVi banner, they failed to make an impression as the Russians lost two matches to HAVU and iGame.com, but the up-and-coming youngster was given a spot in the team, named 5balls, regardless.

"That was probably the team in which I first proved myself as a professional player," Ax1Le says, "I knew right then that I had the chance to become one of the best players. People knew about me, they talked about me, and with each passing game I could feel my growth as a player."

Ax1Le at his first LAN event outside of Russia, LanTrek 2018 in Tampere, Finland

Ax1Le was called up by Winstrike to play the WESG 2018 Russia qualifier, where alongside Kirill "⁠Boombl4⁠" Mikhailov and David "⁠n0rb3r7⁠" Danielyan he beat Vyalie Pitoni in his opening match, a team featuring future teammates Dmitry "⁠sh1ro⁠" Sokolov and Vladislav "⁠nafany⁠" Gorshkov. They then lost to forZe, where Ax1Le was a standout despite the defeat with a 1.27 rating, before Vyalie Pitoni took their revenge and knocked Winstrike out in the tournament's consolidation final.

Andrey "⁠B1ad3⁠" Gorodenskiy was in charge of restructuring Gambit in late 2018, as the Major-winning organization's team had slowly been deteriorating in the year following Danylo "⁠Zeus⁠" Teslenko's departure and they were eager to bring in new blood. "B1ade3 reached out to me," Ax1Le recalls. "He said that Gambit wanted to recruit young players and that was the moment I had been waiting for. They contacted me, and offered to play some practice matches. Seemingly everything had gone well, so it was decided that I would be signed.

"I went to the bootcamp immediately, I was a bit shy at the beginning, but the guys were friendly so I fit in quickly. We didn't find success in our results, but I liked them as human beings and it was cool playing with such players, especially at such a young age. I couldn't even believe that it was happening to me at first."

Ax1Le playing with the previous Gambit roster in 2019 under B1ad3's orders

After further plummeting in the rankings, Gambit decided to get rid of its team and keep their youth squad, which would be made up of Ax1Le and four more players in sh1ro, nafany, Timofey "⁠interz⁠" Yakushin and Anton "⁠supra⁠" Tšernobai, restarting the whole project from scratch with Ivan "⁠F_1N⁠" Kochugov and Konstantin "⁠groove⁠" Pikiner on the coaching staff as B1ad3 moved to Natus Vincere to become their esports director.

Gambit Youngsters went on to establish themselves as a tier two team in 2019, playing two CIS Minors and even winning their first LAN event, ESL One New York's sideshow at the Barclays Center, the MSI MGA 2019 Finals. They beat ViCi and ex-Epsilon in the four-team tournament and Ax1Le was the second highest rated player there with a 1.32 rating. By the end of the year Gambit Youngsters had a semi-final finish at WePlay Forge of Masters Season 2 Finals and an appearance at DreamHack Open Sevilla 2019, where they went out last following losses to MAD Lions and GODSENT.

Gambit Youngsters won their first LAN event in 2019

Gambit Youngsters' explosion came in 2020, when amid the coronavirus pandemic the Russian squad put their heads down and worked harder than anyone amassing hundreds and hundreds of maps played in any and all possible tournaments from their bootcamp facilities in Moscow. The team kept grinding away in the second tier and through the summer, while other teams were on vacation. Some changes came in August, when they brought on Abay "⁠HObbit⁠" Khasenov, who ended up being a catalyst for the team to take its next step, and the ESIC investigation into the coaching bug forced F_1N to the sidelines as groove took over and jumped in the server with his players.

"I think my best memories in 2020 are from summer, that's when we decided to skip the break and keep playing tournaments. We won a lot, which gave us more confidence, and that also gave us more points, so we moved up in the rankings. On top of that, the majority of teams were on vacation, and that played its part as well. We were earning ranking points while the others were resting."

After securing a handful of the ubiquitous Malta Vibes and Nine to Five cups that sprouted during the lockdown days of the coronavirus pandemic, and solidifying their top 30 presence while navigating a ruthless sea of second tier teams, Gambit Youngsters were promoted from being an academy team and were named Gambit's main squad in October, filling the spot that had been left vacant by the organization for a year and a half.

Ax1Le finished 2020 with a 1.19 rating, the same as his impact rating, and 82.8 ADR as he and his team closed the year out on a high, continuing to win smaller online cups and even the DreamHack Open November stop before making the DreamHack Masters Winter Europe playoffs with victories over Cloud9 and Complexity, although they finally fell to Astralis in the quarter-finals. Gambit weren't able to take home a second DreamHack Open trophy, but they did make the semi-finals at their final event of the year, DreamHack Open December.

RussiaAx1Le
2021 Tournament stats
TournamentEvent Team (place) Rating 2.0 (in team) ADR KPR DPR Impact KAST Award
IEM Katowice
(1st)
1.14 (3rd, 1%) 78.8 0.70 0.61 1.13 72.8% EVP
ESL Pro League S13
(2nd)
1.28 (1st, +10%) 85.4 0.81 0.59 1.30 75.3% MVP
DHM Spring
(2nd)
1.13 (3rd, +1%) 79.8 0.71 0.66 1.06 74.3% EVP
EPIC League CIS
(1st)
1.16 (3rd, -1%) 77.7 0.71 0.59 1.07 73.7% EVP
IEM Summer
(1st)
1.33 (1st, +18%) 86.3 0.84 0.59 1.49 74.4% MVP
BLAST Spring Final
(1st)
1.09 (4th, -2%) 72.7 0.64 0.62 1.08 71.6%
StarLadder CIS RMR
(2nd)
1.21 (1st, +11%) 81.8 0.76 0.61 1.21 73.4% EVP
IEM Cologne
(5-6th)
1.16 (3rd, +4%) 81.5 0.72 0.65 1.20 72.3%
ESL Pro League S14
(5-8th)
1.11 (3rd, +1%) 78.1 0.67 0.60 1.05 72.0%
IEM Fall CIS
(1st)
1.22 (2nd, +2%) 84.1 0.78 0.63 1.31 70.7% EVP
PGL Major
(3-4th)
1.02 (4th, -4%) 73.0 0.61 0.65 1.01 67.9%
V4 Future Sports Festival
(1st)
1.17 (3rd, +1%) 85.0 0.76 0.64 1.23 68.4% EVP
IEM Winter
(5-6th)
1.20 (1st, +13%) 86.5 0.77 0.64 1.27 71.8% EVP
BLAST World Final
(2nd)
1.13 (3rd, +3%) 79.5 0.69 0.62 1.10 71.6%
5%+ above average
5%+ below average
Closer than 5% to average

In hindsight it's hard to believe Gambit's first tournament of 2021 was the lowly Vulkan Fight Series, which they won in January, as they were not yet consolidated and were not yet considered an elite team in the world, ranked in 15th place. They then followed up their win with a semi-final finish at DreamHack Open January, where they beat Sprout and Spirit before falling to FunPlus Phoenix, the team they'd soon after lose to again in one of their many Snow Sweet Snow grand final appearances.

It was at IEM Katowice that Gambit's year started in earnest, dropping everyone's jaws in a meteoric rise even taking into account that the Russian squad was already on everyone's radar as a hot up-and-coming team. Victories over TeamOne and MOUZ in the tournament's play-in furthered their cause as a team to watch at the main event, although an early loss to Evil Geniuses cast doubts on whether HObbit and company would pull through. Only one loss away from elimination for the rest of the tournament, Gambit won six series in a row, taking out the likes of Heroic, G2 and Natus Vincere, on the way to a best-of-five grand final victory over Virtus.pro. Ax1Le earned his first EVP of the year there thanks to a 1.14 rating, 1.13 impact and 78.8 ADR.

"We became more confident after winning IEM Katowice, we could finally see that the time we spent wasn't for nothing, and it was paying off right before our eyes. We understood that we were moving in the right direction and started putting more effort because we got very excited by the prospect of winning other tournaments. I think everyone on the team thought that this is our breakout year, that we could reach tier 1 and stay up there."

Gambit then backed it up at ESL Pro League Season 13, and although the Russians weren't able to win the tournament, they did make the second grand final in a row, proving to everyone that they were ready to break out and make a name for themselves among the elite teams by beating the likes of ​​Natus Vincere, Astralis, and NIP before losing an agonizing five-map final to Casper "⁠cadiaN⁠" Møller's Heroic, another team on the rise. Despite the loss, Ax1Le was named MVP of the tournament after posting a 1.28 rating, 1.30 impact and 85.4 ADR across a staggering 23 maps in the team's longest tournament of the year.

"I think I peaked during the spring. I felt great about myself, worked a lot on CS:GO, on my studies, on sport, and on my mentality as well. Your close ones help you a lot with the latter, they see you from a different perspective and show you what you can improve and become better. ESL Pro League Season 13 was probably the most memorable event to me, I claimed the MVP despite losing. It was nice, but it was a long, tough, and bitter final at the same time. But it's a story that you remember with a smile on your face, time flies and there is no reason to be sad about your past."

"I think this award showed me that I'm capable of many things, that I can be an MVP despite losing a tournament. Of course the emotions were different due to the fact we lost the tournament, but I was happy nonetheless. It was my goal to earn an MVP medal that year and I managed to do it, even exceeded it. Now I will try to get more and more awards year after year."

Gambit then secured a spot at the BLAST Spring Finals through the Showdown, knocking out Heroic in their last match of the bracket before moving on to another one of their Big events of 2021, DreamHack Masters Spring. They beat G2 twice and Natus Vincere once, but in the grand final it was Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev and company who came out on top to take revenge on Gambit in what was starting to become the rise of a new powerhouse. Ax1Le's 1.13 rating and 79.8 ADR in the team's second place finish was good enough for a second EVP.

Gambit then won the first CIS Regional Major Ranking event of the year, EPIC League CIS, an issue-laden tournament where Ax1Le continued to shine, earning another EVP in his team's victory. But it was at the following event, IEM Summer, that Ax1Le peaked with a 1.33 rating, 1.49 impact rating, 86.3 ADR and 74.4% KAST to earn an MVP in Gambit's championship run, which included a stellar grand final showing against OG with a 1.49 rating and 95.6 ADR in three maps.

"I felt very confident at IEM Summer, I was playing without distractions so I could perform well and I was very satisfied with my game as I exceeded my aforementioned goal and was already sure that I would make it to the Top 20 of 2021. I wanted to claim more awards after that one, but unfortunately couldn't do it."

Gambit's good form continued at the BLAST Premier Spring Final, where they beat Evil Geniuses, Complexity and Natus Vincere twice to take home the grand prize, although a small dip in form by Ax1Le, who finished the tournament with a 1.09 rating, ended up in him only getting a VP mention in the Russian squad's victory. Gambit then went on to finish second in the second RMR event of the year, StarLadder CIS RMR, falling to Natus Vincere in the grand final, although on a personal note Ax1Le was back up to a 1.21 rating and earned himself another EVP.

The end of the season came at the first LAN event of the year, IEM Cologne, where teams like Gambit were about to be put under the microscope as they had come of age in the cocoon of online CS that developed during the lockdown days of the coronavirus pandemic. Early victories against MOUZ and NIP showed potential, but subsequent losses to the more experienced G2 and FaZe ended the youngsters' dreams in 5-6th place. Ax1Le ended the Elite event with a 1.16 rating and 1.20 impact and came away with a VP mention.

"It wasn't easy to play on LAN at first, we were making mistakes that we didn't make online. We were worried and communicated worse during matches, so it affected how we played retakes and post-plant scenarios. But every time we did it, we got more used to the studio environment, and now I think we have gone through every possible scenario so studio events will be ordinary for us in 2022."

ESL Pro League Season 14 opened the second half of 2021, although the event scheduled to be played in Malta was moved online due to the coronavirus' Delta variant wreaking havoc around the globe, This could have been the talisman Gambit needed to start off the second half of the year with a big result as they had made the grand final of ESL's flagship league earlier in the year, also online, but this time around they had to settle for 5-8th place as early victories gave way to back-to-back losses at the hands of NIP and Vitality. A 1.11 rating kept Ax1Le as a VP despite the early playoff exit.

A victory at IEM Fall CIS secured a top spot for Gambit at the Major, and Ax1Le once again found top form, ending the 11-map affair with a 1.22 rating, 1.31 impact and 84.1 ADR as he and his teammates soared to the top by beating a burgeoning Entropiq as well as their main CIS opponents, Natus Vincere. nafany and his men then returned to LAN in Sweden for the most important event in their young careers — Major-winner HObbit excluded —, the PGL Major in Stockholm.

"There wasn't any specific pressure [at the Major], I just couldn't play my own game in some matches. I felt that something was wrong because I wasn't sure of myself during games. I also had liver issues before the Major, which I had to deal with because I couldn't ignore it, my body consumed much-needed energy to recover and I had to take pills, which sometimes caused different side effects."

Gambit beat a shaky ENCE before going to the 1-1 pool with a loss to Dmitry "⁠hooch⁠" Bogdanov's Entropiq, but a timely 16-14 victory over Virtus.pro and a convincing 2-0 series against NIP put the CIS squad in the playoffs, where they knocked out FURIA in their first arena match before taking a beating at the hands of s1mple and his teammates.

A 3-4th place for a team comprised of mostly rookies at Majors and with four of the players never having been in an arena event was a big victory, but on a personal level Ax1Le struggled with both health issues and the pressure of playing in a hectic environment, ending the tournament with a year-low 1.02 rating.

"It was much harder with arena events. It was too much for me, personally, as I wasn't used to lights, flashes, shouting, Big matches, vibrations and so on. There were many things all at once and I got a headache right after the first map, I couldn't think as fast and clearly as before. I think we need more arena experience, but we've already felt it and that's the most important thing."

After the Major Gambit didn't slow down, and the team traveled to Hungary to play at the V4 Future Sports Festival, a Medium-level event where they faced minor opposition. They kicked it off on the wrong foot with an upset loss in the opening best-of-one to Fiend, before claiming the title with playoff victories over BIG in the semis and Entropiq in the best-of-five grand final. Ax1Le's performance there, as the team's third-highest rated player, got him an EVP mention with a 1.17 rating and 1.23 impact.

Playing on the big stage in front of a large crowd took some getting used to for Ax1Le

Ax1Le was given another EVP nod at IEM Winter, where he and his teammates were taken out early in the playoffs by an in-shape Vitality as Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut guided his side to victory in the quarter-final match-up between the two teams with a 1.61 rating. Gambit were out in 5-6th place, but Ax1Le's contributions in the group stage wins against fnatic and FaZe, which helped him reach a 1.20 rating, 1.27 impact and a year-high 86.5 ADR, were enough for him to get the aforementioned individual accolade.

The last event of the year, BLAST World Final, was Gambit's chance at taking a coveted Elite level LAN tournament as they had accrued enough experience throughout the year to be comfortable in such a setting. groove's men beat Heroic, Liquid and Vitality in the upper bracket and took their rightful place in the grand final, where they would be joined by a Natus Vincere that struggled through the tournament but snowballed their momentum in the lower bracket all the way to their consolidation final victory over Vitality right before the title match.

Gambit had a good showing at the BLAST World Finals, but were ultimately unable to dethrone NAVI

Two maps into the grand final, Gambit and Natus Vincere were tied, 1-1, having each taken the other team's pick, but in the end it was s1mple who carried his team to a dominating and anticlimactic 16-6 victory on Inferno to take the title. Ax1Le didn't shine particularly bright throughout the event in Denmark, but despite that he was still a VP with solid numbers, including a 1.13 rating, 1.10 impact and 79.5 ADR.

"I wouldn't say that NAVI are our biggest rivals. Sure, they played well last year, but I think that we're our biggest rivals. Yes, they crushed us at the Major, but I don't want to look for excuses as we performed badly on that day. It doesn't matter what was happening to each one of us at that moment, but the result does. We won the first map at BLAST World Final, everything was in our hands, we should have won Ancient, ending the year on a good note, but here we are.

"I believe in the guys, I believe in our team, we are capable of many things. It's important that we work on our mentality during games, having everything under control, holding our own, and showing our best so that other teams have a small chance of beating us."

Why was Ax1Le the 5th best player of 2021?

Ax1Le was one of the biggest revelations of 2021, crowning his foray into the highest tier of CS with the fifth spot in our Top 20 players of the year ranking thanks to his impressive consistency, great play in Big events and several standout performances. Regarding his consistency, he was never even close to having a bad event as even numbers in his nadir, the PGL Major, are deceivingly low due to Gambit's one-sided semi-final loss.

He was always at least decently valuable in some way and most of the time he was not only valuable, but exceptionally so, collecting seven EVP awards and two MVPs. On a map-to-map basis he had a 1.00 or higher rating in 76% of his maps and a 1.30 or higher 38% of the time (both 5th most frequent). That ability to maintain a high level of performance across the entire year made him one of the most consistent and one of the players with the highest floor.

"I had practically no bad moments related to CS:GO, I don't regret anything that happened last year. It was a great year, so much experience in just a year — it was even possible to travel though it seemed it wouldn't be due to Covid. Maybe I slowed down a bit after the first half of the year, and maybe I would have liked to play better on LAN than I did."

While indeed Ax1Le had lower peaks in the second half of the year compared to his great start, the two strong MVPs — his IEM Summer being one of the most convincing MVPs of the year —, as well as better play on average in the Big events (1.18 rating, #6) and better performances when facing the very best with a 1.14 rating vs. top 5 opposition (6th highest), separated him ever so slightly from the other competitors for the fifth spot

As is expected of someone ranked this high, Ax1Le impressed in Big matches with a 1.14 rating (tied for the fifth highest), as well as in a number of statistical categories such as pistol round rating (1.37, #4), multi-kills (18.8%, #7), damage per round (81.4, #10), 1vsX situations won (59, #12) and more, which resulted in him being one of the most impactful players of the year (1.19 Impact rating, #9).

"In 2022 I'm committed to making the Top 5 players of the year, earning at least 3 MVPs, and becoming the No. 1 team. And of course, I want to become better in every way."

The reason this was as high as Ax1Le could climb this year is mainly because the competition for the top 4 spots in the ranking was in a tier of its own, which makes the 19-year-old Russian rifler the best of the rest.

Bold prediction by GG.BET

A regular recurring feature in the Top 20 player ranking series, the Bold prediction segment returns in 2021, this time around requiring players to choose a player that is under the age of 20 and has yet to play in a top 20 team.

Ax1Le joins Kaike "⁠KSCERATO⁠" Cerato in picking Argentinian youngster Santino "⁠try⁠" Rigal as his bold prediction. "Firstly, he is a young AWPer that already boasts a good rating," Ax1Le says. "Secondly, we played a few praccs against 9z and he was doing well. As everyone knows, the AWP is a weapon that can win you matches — you can be very impactful with it. When the guy starts playing top tier events I think he will have a real shot at making the Top 20 players of the year ranking in the future. The main thing is for him to keep going. Go all the way."

The 19-year-old also mentioned fellow countryman and recent G2 signing Ilya "⁠m0NESY⁠" Osipov. "He's going to attend the biggest tournaments now and he has a good gamesense with the AWP," Ax1Le says. "He has a good chance of making the list at the end of the year, it will be interesting to follow his results, but I'm picking Santino [try] anyway."


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 Kaike 'KSCERATO' Cerato
Kaike 'KSCERATO' Cerato
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
843
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.58
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 Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
806
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.69
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1402
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
Argentina Santino 'try' Rigal
Santino 'try' Rigal
Age:
17
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.20
Maps played:
257
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.60
Russia Ilya 'm0NESY' Osipov
Ilya 'm0NESY' Osipov
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.22
Maps played:
177
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.61
Estonia Anton 'supra' Tšernobai
Anton 'supra' Tšernobai
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
530
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
Russia Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
878
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.25
Maps played:
1491
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.64
Russia Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1038
KPR:
0.67
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 Timofey 'interz' Yakushin
Timofey 'interz' Yakushin
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
788
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.59
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Age:
34
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1405
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
Russia David 'n0rb3r7' Danielyan
David 'n0rb3r7' Danielyan
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
959
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
Russia Aleksei 'RuFire' Burakov
Aleksei 'RuFire' Burakov
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.78
Maps played:
381
KPR:
0.55
DPR:
0.74
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.28
Maps played:
934
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.62
Russia Ivan 'F_1N' Kochugov
Ivan 'F_1N' Kochugov
Age:
38
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.60
Maps played:
3
KPR:
0.44
DPR:
0.83
lol
2022-01-18 20:00
6 replies
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Finland Kashmiir
Shocking news
2022-01-18 20:12
1 reply
welp when u have liver issues, first major, first arena lan, taking pills, bad lighting from pgl ur gonna peform shit so i dont blame him and i hope fans understand conditions like that are almost unplayable
2022-01-19 00:38
#234
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Belarus J4ckp007
next sh1ro #4, NiKo #3, ZywOo #2, s1mple #1
2022-01-19 00:19
3 replies
shiro #2
2022-01-19 00:26
1 reply
#251
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Russia kawa4soko
Nope, 3 max
2022-01-19 02:42
#260
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China sharpx
+1
2022-01-19 03:38
Hobbit robbed
2022-01-18 20:00
22 replies
#71
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Sweden GL00M
yeah
2022-01-18 20:02
#92
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Germany JonnyEGood
+1
2022-01-18 20:04
+1
2022-01-18 20:09
+1
2022-01-18 20:09
#125
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Russia aL1337
+1
2022-01-18 20:15
#142
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Brazil CDSS
+1
2022-01-18 20:24
Did you read the article? I dunno why people keep saying Hobbit was robbed, Ax1le was definitely better across the whole year
2022-01-18 20:31
9 replies
#160
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United States Shmikeb0b
+1
2022-01-18 20:43
#174
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Russia lunaticaw
Only screaming. Na`Vi fans screaming about that top 5 must be electronic but it was S1mple words
2022-01-18 20:53
+1
2022-01-18 21:02
I think you can make an argument about AX1LE being better over the whole year, but saying `definitely` is disingenuous. Their stats are basically equivalent, and in fact, Hobbit has the advantage in the raw stats.
2022-01-18 21:03
4 replies
Apologies, you're absolutely right and I made the same argument you just made yesterday haha I shouldn't have said definitely, they were incredibly close across all stats
2022-01-18 21:30
3 replies
Canadian stereotype comes thru
2022-01-18 21:50
2 replies
HAHA I'm usually pretty good at admitting when I'm wrong:)
2022-01-18 21:59
I'd provide kudos to him if this forum supported it :D
2022-01-19 21:19
+1
2022-01-19 03:38
+1
2022-01-18 21:18
#227
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Brazil medonhoso
+1
2022-01-18 23:25
+1
2022-01-19 02:27
#252
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Japan Arifureta
+1
2022-01-19 02:44
+1
2022-01-19 06:45
Nafany not even in top 20.. or Boombl4. Just stats based…
2022-01-19 11:44
ez
2022-01-18 20:00
1 reply
1.02 at the only major. ez indeed
2022-01-18 20:41
#5
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Poland Frytekooo
n1
2022-01-18 20:00
ez
2022-01-18 20:00
deserved
2022-01-18 20:00
#8
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Ukraine Slavv_Boss
expected
2022-01-18 20:00
#8
 | 
Ukraine d3adLY
expected
2022-01-18 20:00
#10
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Poland KNUC1K
lol
2022-01-18 20:00
god
2022-01-18 20:00
lol
2022-01-18 20:00
#13
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United States TARIK_GOAT
ez top 3 TARIK
2022-01-18 20:00
1 reply
#162
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United States Shmikeb0b
Top 3 fluke MVPs
2022-01-18 20:44
GGWP
2022-01-18 20:01
#15
 | 
Finland vBCS
Nice
2022-01-18 20:00
noob
2022-01-18 20:00
#17
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Estonia Eduzera
ROOBED
2022-01-18 20:00
undeserved
2022-01-18 20:00
#19
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Denmark nicram64
Deserved
2022-01-18 20:00
expected
2022-01-18 20:00
#21
 | 
France HoxjE
Why
2022-01-18 20:00
#22
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Russia aL1337
Expected, honestly.
2022-01-18 20:00
1 reply
+1
2022-01-18 20:24
boring top 20 countdown :( everything is expected
2022-01-18 20:01
3 replies
Same as every year
2022-01-19 03:22
2 replies
not every year. i feel like the fight between zywoo and s1mple was fun the last years. But this year top 10 is basically set in stone with no hype around it
2022-01-19 09:48
1 reply
Especially the top 7 are super obvious every single time there wasn't a chance s1mple overtook zywoo those 2 years
2022-01-19 11:41
undeserved
2022-01-18 20:00
yes
2022-01-18 20:00
#26
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North America shockingxx
EZ FOR ZYWOO
2022-01-18 20:00
#27
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Germany mrzxea_cs
Expected
2022-01-18 20:00
Ez
2022-01-18 20:00
expected
2022-01-18 20:00
deserved
2022-01-18 20:01
2 replies
Second
2022-01-18 20:01
#54
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Turkey FeeBA
nice try bro lol
2022-01-18 20:01
Why not Xantares?
2022-01-18 20:00
2 replies
He is number 4 brother
2022-01-18 20:01
#170
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Scotland GeT_LeFtS
Xantares did play much this year in tier 1
2022-01-18 20:50
simple #4
2022-01-18 20:00
expected
2022-01-18 20:00
Now the Top 4!
2022-01-18 20:00
1 reply
yurih
2022-01-18 22:38
#35
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Turkey FeeBA
ez for god Ax1le
2022-01-18 20:00
L
2022-01-18 20:00
nice
2022-01-18 20:00
#39
 | 
Ukraine twil
undeserved
2022-01-18 20:00
5th first year in tier 1 wow
2022-01-18 20:00
#41
 | 
Argentina Pappas
Vamooo Try, Argentinian pride
2022-01-18 20:00
#42
m0NESY | 
Romania wadd
nice1
2022-01-18 20:00
Should have been 6th or 7th -_-
2022-01-18 20:00
Niko top 3 ez katka
2022-01-18 20:00
2 replies
hopefully
2022-01-18 20:01
#75
NiKo | 
Ireland SuLLi^
+1 i hope he is number 2 lol
2022-01-18 20:02
NICE
2022-01-18 20:00
Expected
2022-01-18 20:00
#47
 | 
Russia Elvem
Well played, good luck next year
2022-01-18 20:01
Yeah, just as expected.
2022-01-18 20:01
sheesh
2022-01-18 20:01
electronic better
2022-01-18 20:01
7 replies
0/8
2022-01-18 20:01
2 replies
0/8
2022-01-18 20:01
1 reply
#166
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United States Shmikeb0b
0/8^3
2022-01-18 20:47
0/8
2022-01-18 20:17
+1
2022-01-18 20:26
+1
2022-01-19 04:55
+1
2022-01-19 09:29
#52
 | 
United States GiantDays
good job axile
2022-01-18 20:01
#53
 | 
Poland Astoner55
deserved, played extremely well, especially considering that it was his 1st year in tier1 CS!
2022-01-18 20:01
4 replies
It's not his first year he played for Gambit before in 2018
2022-01-18 21:58
1 reply
#214
 | 
Poland Astoner55
I mean, full year in tier1, cause back then gambit was struggling and he played for them for like 4 months iirc
2022-01-18 22:29
#246
 | 
Indonesia tldr))
Yeah extremely well when online era,but when goes on LAN he's just meh..
2022-01-19 01:36
1 reply
Makes you wonder why :) destroying everyone online and on LAN barely positive rating
2022-01-19 07:31
I was right
2022-01-18 20:01
I AM NOT BANKRUPT BUT HLTV IS
2022-01-18 20:01
Hobbit and electronic robbed
2022-01-18 20:01
2 replies
Absolutely. Electronic was out fragging even Simple on some big maps. Hobbit carried the team immensely.
2022-01-18 20:29
flair and name checked out error 404
2022-01-18 22:01
Hobbit robbed
2022-01-18 20:01
#59
ZZ | 
Serbia ways1
Onliner
2022-01-18 20:01
Onliner, electronic owns him
2022-01-18 20:01
Expected
2022-01-18 20:01
sex
2022-01-18 20:02
#70
 | 
Russia IgorSV
+1
2022-01-18 20:02
#73
 | 
Finland Ettannn
Cis strong this year
2022-01-18 20:02
sexpected NiKo next
2022-01-18 20:02
Cant wait for tomorrow if NiKo will be top 4 will have many cries here
2022-01-18 20:03
TOO HIGH
2022-01-18 20:03
wow
2022-01-18 20:03
#81
 | 
Latvia Roberts2k
overrated a bit
2022-01-18 20:03
#82
 | 
Russia DevilBr0
Elec better
2022-01-18 20:03
Great job this year
2022-01-18 20:03
Too high. I expected electroNic top 5, Hobbit top 6 But congratz
2022-01-18 20:03
Expected.
2022-01-18 20:03
undeversed, 1.02 rating at the biggest event of the year is not top 5 in any book except HLTV.
2022-01-18 20:04
3 replies
#140
 | 
Other fstilus
"he was never even close to having a bad event as even numbers in his nadir, the PGL Major, are deceivingly low due to Gambit's one-sided semi-final loss"
2022-01-18 20:23
1 reply
that's a cap somehow Hobbit still carried at major
2022-01-18 22:03
HLTV can see beyond one tournament, no matter how big it is. Props to HTLV
2022-01-19 01:09
#87
 | 
United Kingdom Tseden
ez for axile
2022-01-18 20:04
#88
 | 
Chile StfanoLELE
1.02 rating at the major kk
2022-01-18 20:04
#89
 | 
Russia RogueDecay
1.02 on major btw
2022-01-18 20:04
2 replies
hltv drunk as always
2022-01-18 20:12
A major is just another tournament
2022-01-19 03:23
#90
 | 
Asia harxDy
blue eyed god
2022-01-18 20:04
#91
 | 
Denmark NaNDO4j
4 - NiKo
2022-01-18 20:04
#93
 | 
Kazakhstan oscar9992
2 less EVPs than Hobbit but still ahead of him. Hmm...
2022-01-18 20:04
2 replies
#108
 | 
Romania sikos5
better stats in "big events", better mvps
2022-01-18 20:09
1 reply
Better against top5 teams too. But still i feel like hobbit and ax1le's stats are closer than s1mple and zywoo's were in 2020.
2022-01-18 21:09
#94
 | 
Puerto Rico pain^
frozen robbed
2022-01-18 20:05
#97
 | 
Russia adv1ceh
Lulz there is so much text. Who read it all?
2022-01-18 20:05
2 replies
i read the comments and thats all
2022-01-18 20:11
1 reply
we live in a society...
2022-01-18 20:47
GOAT
2022-01-18 20:06
Expected and Deserved.
2022-01-18 20:06
Yooooooo Thats bullshit.... How he can be higher then Electronic and Hobbit???
2022-01-18 20:06
1 reply
Have you tried reading the articles?
2022-01-19 10:24
Electronic on LAN eats such top-players on breakfast.
2022-01-18 20:08
they played og in iem summer grand final, not navi, nt
2022-01-18 20:08
But it was at the following event, IEM Summer, that Ax1Le peaked with a 1.33 rating, 1.49 impact rating, 86.3 ADR and 74.4% KAST to earn an MVP in Gambit's championship run, which included a stellar grand final showing against Natus Vincere with a 1.49 rating and 95.6 ADR in three maps. NAVI in IEM Summer?
2022-01-18 20:08
3 replies
🤨 W
2022-01-18 20:12
What do you think about this? hltv.org/matches/2352513/gambit-vs-natus..
2022-01-18 20:45
1 reply
So but thats against current best team in world the rest of year Gambit performed. its not top players of major its of whole year.
2022-01-19 00:53
#107
 | 
Ukraine freskohq
Good year for him. GJ Axile
2022-01-18 20:09
HObbit and electroNic robbed
2022-01-18 20:09
#110
 | 
Brazil TonimSan
S1mple, Zywoo, sh1ro and Niko ez
2022-01-18 20:11
1 reply
how
2022-01-18 20:12
undeserved
2022-01-18 20:12
expected
2022-01-18 20:13
#122
 | 
Russia Drain3r
deserved but i’d put hobbit higher than him
2022-01-18 20:13
#123
 | 
Russia mshkoda
Maybe the strongest rifler of new generation, gj Serega, keep going pls.
2022-01-18 20:14
#124
 | 
Argentina Andux
Great bold pick. #gotry
2022-01-18 20:14
better than ZywOo
2022-01-18 20:15
Deserved. Haters gonna hate
2022-01-18 20:16
Huge article
2022-01-18 20:16
hahahahahaha
2022-01-18 20:18
#132
 | 
Serbia DakileX
He was good , but #5 too much ...
2022-01-18 20:19
#1 s1mple #2 Niko #3 zyWHO #4 shiro . And the countdown is over!
2022-01-18 20:19
2 replies
#254
mir | 
Russia M31F
sh1ro #3
2022-01-19 03:02
1 reply
Trust in me. haha #4 confirmated! Teams Top 3 '22 - LAST DANCE
2022-01-19 22:57
How he went from top 100 player to number 5 We need to check him pc
2022-01-18 20:20
Truly deserved <3
2022-01-18 20:20
#136
 | 
Austria dukiii
1. s1mple 2. zywoo 3. niko 4 sh1ro /close
2022-01-18 20:21
ez for hobbit
2022-01-18 20:23
#138
 | 
Switzerland Lacerta
Good
2022-01-18 20:23
nice try
2022-01-18 20:23
#143
 | 
Brazil hugoooo
1 - Very unfortunate that his only bad event of the whole year, was the biggest and most important (Major) 2 - WHY THE HELL are you guys photoshopping blue eyes on him?? 3 - I'm very happy to see a player from Gambit recognizing try, for sure 00Nation will be quality team when he joins! *Just realized the blue eyes come from some kind of reflection on his glasses, anyway, you should've fixed it
2022-01-18 20:27
2 replies
#156
 | 
Canada go1x1n00b
he has blue eyes
2022-01-18 20:39
1 reply
#161
 | 
Brazil hugoooo
So they are photoshopping black eyes on him in most of his photos..?
2022-01-18 20:43
CS.SNG.GO
2022-01-18 20:28
hobbit robbed
2022-01-18 20:29
ax1le top5 is justified by having better stats in online kkkkkkkkkk
2022-01-18 20:30
overrated
2022-01-18 20:32
KSCERATOR KEKKWE
2022-01-18 20:33
#154
 | 
Canada go1x1n00b
deserved.
2022-01-18 20:38
never top 5
2022-01-18 20:39
#157
 | 
Portugal dracø
good but not best (hobbit best)
2022-01-18 20:41
#163
m0n | 
Aruba ESY!
ax1le goat
2022-01-18 20:44
#167
 | 
United States Shmikeb0b
Great player. Deserved
2022-01-18 20:48
These are confusing times
2022-01-18 20:49
goat
2022-01-18 20:49
#171
 | 
Sweden Iekr0
atleast s1mple in top 4
2022-01-18 20:50
deserved congratz!
2022-01-18 21:00
Congratz
2022-01-18 21:02
Vyalie Pitoni :D
2022-01-18 21:06
axile is the one who caught my attention from cis
2022-01-18 21:09
#182
 | 
World streetson
hobbit robbed + ax1le tier 3/online farmer ax1le in playoffs? I aren't think that
2022-01-18 21:10
B1T/electronic robbed
2022-01-18 21:15
7 replies
indeed
2022-01-18 21:23
+1 100%
2022-01-18 22:02
+1
2022-01-18 23:29
Bit has no right being this high
2022-01-19 03:25
3 replies
he is literally a top 6-7 player
2022-01-19 09:30
2 replies
Recency bias to the max same as all the people for jerked off twistzz in 2018 because he peaked towards the end of the year Got to love to that top 7 player with barely top 20 rating
2022-01-19 11:43
1 reply
hm
2022-01-20 19:22
It's like splitting a hair between him and Hobbit, personally I think hobbit may deserve it a tad more cause he also helps with calls but it's anyone's call and if you ask those who understand CS and followed it this year - 50% of them would vote for Ax1le, 50% for Hobbit when it comes to taking a place above the other. Well deserved for both!
2022-01-18 21:18
1 reply
Definitely! And both 5th and 6th place are nothing to be ashamed of, they both had an incredibly strong and consistent year.
2022-01-18 23:15
Serbian joke list.
2022-01-18 21:27
Deserved
2022-01-18 21:37
Well deserved! Gl next year
2022-01-18 21:39
#192
 | 
Hungary szia
Attacker #4
2022-01-18 21:40
4 - NiKo 3 - Electronic 2 - ZyWoo 1 - S1mple
2022-01-18 21:41
1 reply
Wtf r'u stupid? Electronic lmao
2022-01-19 07:38
What a joke lmao, Electronic>>>>>Ax0le, even Hobbit>>>>Ax0le.Useless onliner.
2022-01-18 21:45
Hobbit and electronic robbed
2022-01-18 21:49
lol
2022-01-18 21:54
Navi fans malding
2022-01-18 21:59
Strange pickem, tho
2022-01-18 22:00
garbage onliner
2022-01-18 22:02
#207
 | 
Finland AliSabid
should have been behind hobbit and electronic
2022-01-18 22:04
electronic>Hobbit>Ax1le=B1T But whatever, im not the creator :)
2022-01-18 22:05
1 reply
#213
fnx | 
Russia P0vTr
+1
2022-01-18 22:18
4. sh1ro 3. zywoo 2. niko 1. s1mple
2022-01-18 22:05
expected and deserved.
2022-01-18 22:05
overrated online trash
2022-01-18 22:16
undeserved
2022-01-18 22:31
Another top 20 player that pick TRY
2022-01-18 22:35
1. S1mple 2. NiKo 3. Zywoo
2022-01-18 22:39
Rate onliners same as LANres lulw hltv
2022-01-18 22:42
Cool
2022-01-18 22:44
1.02 major btw Elec and hobbit fully robbed
2022-01-18 22:49
vamos try wachoo
2022-01-18 22:55
congrats ax1le! ignore the haters you 100% deserved this! <3
2022-01-18 23:15
2 replies
#267
 | 
Korea ramza72
underserved onliner farming kill
2022-01-19 06:42
#270
 | 
Germany who|cars
+1 heater gonna heat the whole city
2022-01-19 07:24
#225
 | 
Canada chanse
onliner.
2022-01-18 23:20
2 replies
Tired excuse
2022-01-18 23:22
1 reply
Then why he went missing on LAN? Clearly am onliner not an excuse
2022-01-19 08:01
"The reason this was as high as Ax1Le could climb this year is mainly because the competition for the top 4 spots in the ranking was in a tier of its own" Correction : 2 tiers. 1 tier upwards for the number 2,3 and 4, and even one tier again upwards for the number 1 player in the world, s1mple.
2022-01-18 23:27
1 reply
#237
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Serbia DjapeZ
Okay i thought that sentence cant be more truer, but u made a very good point
2022-01-19 00:24
Lets go Santinoo
2022-01-18 23:37
WHAT ??? LOL
2022-01-18 23:48
sad top20. not even expected
2022-01-19 00:01
BIEN TRY LRPM
2022-01-19 00:12
bed pleyer
2022-01-19 00:23
#236
 | 
Serbia DjapeZ
The reason this was as high as Ax1Le could climb this year is mainly because the competition for the top 4 spots in the ranking was in a tier of its own, which makes the 19-year-old Russian rifler the best of the rest. So true, god top4
2022-01-19 00:23
1 reply
0/8 Electronic>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Ax0ile
2022-01-19 14:58
Shiro , niko, zywoo, s1mple
2022-01-19 00:25
Electronic robbed. Idc
2022-01-19 00:56
1 reply
#244
 | 
Russia 1578
agreed
2022-01-19 01:13
expected
2022-01-19 01:23
This guy is clearly onliner 🙂 Its impossible to be 5th, this must be mistake 🙂
2022-01-19 02:15
1 reply
#277
 | 
Sweden GabeeM
I am of agre 🙂 maybe 🙂 maybe not 🙂
2022-01-19 08:34
I feel like hobbit should be 5, electronic 6, and axile 7 Hobbit was definitely more consistent throughout 2021, and he's also 26 YEARS OLDDD which makes his stats really crazy axile performed poorly at the major, and also had less event wins than papatronic, so i think he should be a bit lower
2022-01-19 02:32
Na Net jogou muito depois na Lan caiu o rendimento fato
2022-01-19 02:49
Underserved bot
2022-01-19 03:06
Well deserved!
2022-01-19 03:39
Elec>>
2022-01-19 05:32
wp
2022-01-19 05:44
#266
 | 
Korea ramza72
who is this guy ? top 5 ? ah farming tier 2 with onliner
2022-01-19 06:41
Lantronic robbed
2022-01-19 06:57
Undeserved noob onliner, shit the bed on lans lol
2022-01-19 07:59
#275
 | 
Germany X5ander
WTF none of my boyz and only 4 places left. That means one of my boyz are out of the top 20. :-O And maybe S1mple is one of the last 4, so 2 of my boyz are out. That's crazy, damn.
2022-01-19 08:10
1 reply
BIG in top 20 KEKW KEKW more like top25 for tabseN only
2022-01-19 09:31
Deserved
2022-01-19 08:23
deserved ofc
2022-01-19 08:56
#280
 | 
Iceland suriel666
so undeserved
2022-01-19 09:23
Undeserved onliner bot Electronic and hobbit >>>>>>>>>> onliner bot ax0le
2022-01-19 09:30
This onliner really over electronic and hobbit and many more better players lul hltv stop smoking crack dumbs
2022-01-19 10:45
#289
NiKo | 
Israel D1t0x
1.s1 2.zyw 3.niko 4.shiro or 3.shiro 4.niko
2022-01-19 11:42
deserved
2022-01-19 13:12
Axile who?
2022-01-19 14:06
#295
rain | 
Poland SebL
Totally deserved, one of the best up and comers of 2021 for sure, and we had a lot of them this year. GG and GL next year.
2022-01-19 16:00
Hobbit > ax1le
2022-01-19 16:01
I think they are going to give #1 to s1mple this year. feel like because of NAVI victories it has to, even though i prefer to watch zyw00
2022-01-19 17:02
Mad respect for Ax1le picking try
2022-01-19 17:19
Worst #5 ever, dog onliner
2022-01-19 19:56
Not deserved.
2022-01-20 05:42
3 combo for gambit
2022-01-20 14:08
#304
 | 
Turkey ColdZer00
Ax1Le > sh1ro
2022-01-20 14:39
#306
 | 
United States Teztyment
This kid is a great player. I really like his attitude and Gambit as a whole.
2022-01-20 21:33
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