Video: HLTV.org's Top 20 players of 2021

Watch the best highlights from the players featured in the Top 20 players of 2021 ranking, powered by GG.BET.

Celebrate the best players of 2021 with this 13:37 minute fragmovie that has been put together by our moviemaker Filip "filq" Szatkowski, which first premiered on the HLTV Confirmed Award Show during which Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev, Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut and Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač were revealed as the top three players of the year.

Along with the best three players of the 2021, Gambit's Dmitry "⁠sh1ro⁠" Sokolov and Sergey "⁠Ax1Le⁠" Rykhtorov rounded out the top 5, and the Russian squad's Kazakh veteran Abay "⁠HObbit⁠" Khasenov is also featured in the video after coming in sixth place in a year largely dominated by the CIS region.

Watch their top highlights and those of all of the top 20 players of the year in the video below, featuring the likes of Valeriy "⁠b1t⁠" Vakhovskiy, Keith "⁠NAF⁠" Markovic or Robin "⁠ropz⁠" Kool, among others, and check out our introduction article to see the complete ranking.


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Kazakhstan Abay 'HObbit' Khasenov
Abay 'HObbit' Khasenov
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1111
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.28
Maps played:
934
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.62
Estonia Robin 'ropz' Kool
Robin 'ropz' Kool
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1041
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1497
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Russia Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.22
Maps played:
811
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.53
Ukraine Valeriy 'b1t' Vakhovskiy
Valeriy 'b1t' Vakhovskiy
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
379
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
Russia Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
884
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1552
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.25
Maps played:
1491
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.64
Nice!
2022-01-22 20:54
6 replies
#37
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Brazil Whillpull
13:37 video length, nice
2022-01-22 21:47
4 replies
for me its 13:38 :(
2022-01-22 21:59
3 replies
#43
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Brazil Whillpull
now it's 13:38 for me too. So weird
2022-01-22 22:02
2 replies
yeah it just adds a second, idk, still a nice vid
2022-01-22 22:04
#63
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Europe tsken
13:37 for me I don't know man :D
2022-01-23 10:13
Laughed at Jame surviving 46% and his bar is the only one that hits the edge. Edit: NVM. sh1ro at 48% survival. How?
2022-01-23 10:28
#3
tweeday | 
Mongolia 7DoA
kyojin robbed
2022-01-22 20:54
3 replies
+1
2022-01-22 21:27
ahahah
2022-01-22 22:07
Fr
2022-01-23 15:24
obvious
2022-01-22 20:54
GOD SIMPLE
2022-01-22 20:55
#6
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Ukraine d3adLY
good video, nice music
2022-01-22 20:55
1 reply
I miss the oldschool fragmovie music :D
2022-01-26 10:46
#9
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Spain x676
nice
2022-01-22 20:56
Last time s1mple were #1
2022-01-22 20:56
9 replies
#11
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Ukraine StX4R
Last time s1mple were #1 in 2021? ok, your right, bcs next #1 will be in 2022
2022-01-22 20:58
8 replies
Top 20 2022: 1-ropz 2-m0nesy 3-Twistzz 4-NiKo 5-s1mple 6-broky 7-electronic
2022-01-22 21:00
6 replies
#30
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Canada MiLkBaGzz
craziest thing on this list is broky
2022-01-22 21:11
broky 6 LOL
2022-01-22 21:13
#39
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Ukraine StX4R
HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA -999\8
2022-01-22 21:55
ahahhaha ropz top 1 aahahaha
2022-01-22 23:10
#55
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Australia Sify
-1 devve #1 zywoo #2
2022-01-23 05:41
whatever you're smoking I want that shit too
2022-01-23 06:17
lul
2022-01-23 07:13
bring back 2018 video vibes pls
2022-01-22 20:59
1 reply
More like 2008 vibes. youtu.be/nwyvRK62f6o
2022-01-23 07:14
#14
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Chile 1cristiaan
nice plays
2022-01-22 21:00
13:37 gg
2022-01-22 21:00
S1mple well deserved on 1st place but imo zywoo shouldn't have been top 5...top 15-20 was good for zywoo
2022-01-22 21:05
3 replies
#56
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Australia Sify
bad bait
2022-01-23 05:42
2 replies
#65
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Czech Republic WysTaaN
Cry, baiter
2022-01-23 10:23
1 reply
#78
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Australia Sify
2021 thinks im baiting oh no
2022-01-23 15:38
#19
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Finland uSnaj69
Great edit
2022-01-22 21:05
#20
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Canada Juicemoose
FILQ did a perfect job with the frag montages. Perfect balance of editing and letting you see the kills, plus good music
2022-01-22 21:05
2 replies
#23
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Netherlands SpiceNut
+1
2022-01-22 21:06
thank you! :)
2022-01-23 13:02
#21
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France MarioReL
sick video, congrats :)
2022-01-22 21:05
the edit is absolutely bonkers, props to filq
2022-01-22 21:06
1 reply
thank you!
2022-01-23 12:52
very nice video FILQ
2022-01-22 21:09
1 reply
thank you!
2022-01-23 13:11
#26
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Finland AliSabid
Nice
2022-01-22 21:10
#28
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Denmark Jonasnhj
1337
2022-01-22 21:11
#29
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Ukraine freskohq
so good edit
2022-01-22 21:11
Nice edit FILQ
2022-01-22 21:22
s1mple GOAT
2022-01-22 21:23
i completetly forgot
2022-01-22 21:26
tbh top 3 should have more highlights than 3 since they always have plenty in a year that 3 clips isn't enough
2022-01-22 21:43
#38
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United States b00tles
fantastic video mr filq, and nice touch with the 13:37 video length lmao
2022-01-22 21:52
1 reply
Yes men, it's nice
2022-01-22 22:10
#40
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Japan Arifureta
good
2022-01-22 21:56
What I really don't understand why all HLTV ignore S1mple ace at 15-13 on Nuke vs g2 and the 0,24 sec defuser kill. This was the best play of s1mple in 2021. But all you take is a good but not insane dust 2 ace.
2022-01-22 21:59
2 replies
#66
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Czech Republic WysTaaN
True, but i wanted his 1v3 ace against Astralis more
2022-01-23 10:25
#69
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Czech Republic realProkda
s1mple frag good but not best (on nuke best)
2022-01-23 12:52
#46
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Hungary Glng
amazing edit
2022-01-22 22:08
#48
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Austria faklaf
WOW AWP ABUSER WON 👏👏👏👏👏
2022-01-22 22:24
I see what you did there :). Amazing video.
2022-01-22 22:44
Thank you HLTV for the coverages, the stats, the incredible articles and the wrap up of the year! Great work as usual. What would be CS without all the stuff you're doing to give it exposure.
2022-01-23 00:46
#52
mir | 
Russia M31F
Jame's highlights top1 btw
2022-01-23 01:41
1 reply
yekindar >>>>>
2022-01-24 21:49
I hope this editor is being paid well
2022-01-23 04:44
Nice
2022-01-23 05:20
Nice frags, nice edit, very stylish.
2022-01-23 07:12
#61
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New Zealand SWARN151
Amazing edits! Great job Filq <3
2022-01-23 07:16
No JKS. Pain
2022-01-23 07:22
2015 still the best movie..
2022-01-23 12:25
Love FILQ's choice of using F.O.O.L through out the video, great video as always :D
2022-01-23 13:03
great video, loved the editing especially animation bits on the stats
2022-01-23 13:32
#74
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Greece her-1g
every time i see simple fragging i have the same reaction, like laughing when you drink Coke and it goes out of your nose. He is ridiculously good man
2022-01-23 13:58
good editing
2022-01-23 15:26
#80
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Turkey duxs1
nice1
2022-01-23 22:11
Sh1ro > NiKo
2022-01-24 05:59
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