Who are CS:GO's map specialists?

Here are the pros who go from good players to some of the best in the world on their best map.

Everyone has a favourite map — even professional players. And this often comes with a boost in performance. Before we measure that, however, we need a big enough sample size which means we're taking data from all maps played between top thirty opposition since rating 2.0 was introduced all the way back in 2017.

The next step is establishing percentile ranks on all the maps; the highest-rated player is in the 100th percentile, the average 50th, and the lowest 1st. A player is considered a 'specialist' when they are both in the top ten per cent of all players on that map, and five percentile ranks higher on that map than their average rating. This excludes the very top echelon of players but that is intentional. Rather than trying to find the best player in the world on each map, we're trying to find the players who elevate their level on that map.

For example, take a player who has a 1.16 rating on Cache over more than 20 maps, which puts them in the top 10% of players on that map (requirement one). Overall they have a 1.06 rating which puts them around the top 20%, meaning a 'jump' in percentile rank of 10 (requirement two). Therefore, they are considered a 'Cache specialist'.

Once we have a list of players that suit those requirements, we'll then pick the highest-ranked player who is still active in CS:GO's tier-one scene in 2022, with a full leaderboard at the end of each map section.

Ancient

The bar charts represent a player's percentile rank; k0nfig's score of 98 on Ancient puts him in the top two per cent of all players.

Starting on Ancient, given how new the map is we've had to adjust our filters a little bit to a minimum of ten maps rather than twenty for the percentiles. That did not affect Kristian "⁠k0nfig⁠" Wienecke, though, whose 1.27 rating on Ancient over 22 maps makes him the highest-rated rifler in that map's history. One of Counter-Strike's most inconsistent stars, even k0nfig might struggle to explain exactly how he finds this level so regularly on Ancient.

When the map was new, k0nfig pioneered the T-sided mid-rush with flashes flying over the top and the entry fragger wide-swinging out every single time he had the best spawn for it. This particular play is a reason why k0nfig has 34.8% opening kill attempts on the T-side of the map, managing to convert 48.2% of those attempts into an all-important opening frag.

Even beyond the opening duel though, k0nfig has made Ancient's mid his playground. On CT, his designated spot is donut but teams will have to expend considerable effort to force him to retreat to that spot. On T-side, on slower rounds, he often trades entry fragging duties for lurking around red and aggressively cutting off rotations.

Only two other players meet our requirements on CS:GO's newest map.

Given how new the map is in the pool, even once we reduce the sample size to ten maps only two players meet the threshold of performing five percentiles better on Ancient than average, Ádám "⁠torzsi⁠" Torzsás and Abay "⁠HObbit⁠" Khasenov. However, we must mention Ancient's undisputed king Dmitry "⁠sh1ro⁠" Sokolov, who has a 1.30 Rating on the map but is disqualified from this article because he is similarly effective on other maps.

Dust2

Hopping over to Dust2, it is Valentin "⁠poizon⁠" Vasilev who meets our requirements most nicely. Even he, though, only has a strenuous claim to being active in the tier one scene in 2022 after an unsuccessful trial in fnatic. The highest-ranked 'true' tier one player is Florian "⁠syrsoN⁠" Rische, whose 1.18 rating on Dust2 puts him 4.4 percentiles above the score his overall 1.11 rating gives him.

syrsoN's 6th place means that 4 out of the 6 top Dust2 specialists are primary AWPers, whilst Olli "⁠sLowi⁠" Pitkänen and Karol "⁠rallen⁠" Rodowicz have racked up a respectable number of AWP frags themselves as hybrids. With the long angles and little-to-no avenue for innovation Dust2 remains the AWPer's paradise, something poizon and co take full advantage of.

In his short stint on fnatic poizon had his finest hour on Dust2 in a 16:2 victory over G2 where the Bulgarian posted 27 frags and a 2.27 Rating. Popping up with kills on long, A ramp, CT mid, and even four frags in the B tunnels themselves, he never let G2 get an idea of how he played on the map.

Kenny "⁠kennyS⁠" Schrub is another AWPer who was consistently better on Dust2 than the rest of the pool, and is the biggest name out of these honourable mentions.

Inferno

On Inferno, unlike Dust2, it is a surprise to see an AWPer like Tim "⁠nawwk⁠" Jonasson have it as by far their best map statistically. Especially so, given that 40% of his kills came from the AWP, far higher than Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev (33%), Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut (32%), and Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz (35%).

It is undoubtedly impressive that nawwk goes from a top 25% player to a top 8% one when he spawns in on Inferno. Yet, it must be mentioned that his (not all-too-high) 1.13 Rating is buoyed by his impeccable 42% survival rate on the map that likely contains more than a few saves.

Another player to impress on Inferno is Valdemar "⁠valde⁠" Bjørn Vangså. Over a far larger sample size than nawwk (176 maps to 57) valde jumps from a 1.10 rating overall to a 1.15 on Inferno, the equivalent of six percentiles. valde had the unique role of rifling long on OG with AWPer Mateusz "⁠mantuu⁠" Wilczewski deployed towards B.

This was a change from the anchor spots valde often found himself in on OG, even playing B on Mirage. On Inferno, though, he showed his skills as a rotator; valde was just as tricky to force back as a primary sniper. The question is now whether his Inferno form keeps up in a new team where an AWPer might take long from him.

Other players to impress on Inferno far more than the other six maps are Ricky "⁠floppy⁠" Kemery, who anchors the B-site as well as any player in the world despite Complexity's struggles and Belgian legend Adil "⁠ScreaM⁠" Benrlitom.

Mirage

It's easy to forget that Evgenii "⁠FL1T⁠" Lebedev was very nearly in today's now-legendary Natus Vincere in place of Ilya "⁠Perfecto⁠" Zalutskiy. forZe said at the time that it was FL1T's decision, but that was an easy one to make when Natus Vincere were unwilling to activate his considerable buyout clause.

Instead, he would move to Virtus.pro eighteen months after the Natus Vincere saga, giving himself extra time to hone his craft with Andrey "⁠Jerry⁠" Mekhryakov. Throughout that time, and on Virtus.pro and Outsiders, FL1T has always been most dangerous on Mirage. A map that suits his ridiculous technical ability, FL1T's Mirage is made even more impressive by the fact that he does not drop off against top opponents: He averages a 1.14 rating vs the top five, and a 1.17 against top 10, compared to 1.15 against top 30.

That FL1T did not drop off upon his move to Outsiders, despite moving from the short spot where he made his name on the map to connector, makes this even more impressive. Now, with Mareks "⁠YEKINDAR⁠" Gaļinskis gone, FL1T is Outsiders' primary star, and will need to carry his Mirage form onto the rest of the pool. With a 1.50 rating at ESL Pro League S16 Conference, it is so far, so good.

Mirage actually featured our highest percentile jump, by way of Kaleb "⁠moose⁠" Jayne. The aptly-named Canadian jumped forty percentile ranks on Mirage, going from the top 48% of players to the top 8% on Mirage, though his sample size was fairly small. Another player to excel was Miikka "⁠suNny⁠" Kemppi, who himself jumped 15 percentile ranks with his 1.14 rating on Mirage.

Nuke

Olek "⁠hades⁠" Miskiewicz, like k0nfig has come under fire for inconsistency — 61.8% of maps with a rating above 1.00 on LAN in 2022 is fairly low for an AWPer. However, on Nuke that number jumps to 72.2%, form that hades has shown long even before 2022 on that particular map.

His jump of 17.6 percentile ranks on Nuke compared to overall is one of the highest on this list, the Pole pairing high KPR (0.74) with an even higher, percentile-wise, survival rate (41%) on the map. However, he is not a super soldier, even on Nuke; hades' 1.16 ratingin this time period drops to a 1.09 on LAN.

Yet, he is improving: Out of the last 10 Nuke games, hades was positive in nine, including a 1.54 rating against MOUZ and a 1.22 against FaZe. His 0.38 rating against Natus Vincere draws the eye but it is very much the outlier as of late.

Other players to jump up the leaderboard on Nuke include Patrik "⁠f0rest⁠" Lindberg, who is as good as ever on Nuke, and BIG's Josef "⁠faveN⁠" Baumann, who was the highest-rated player on Nuke on LAN in the first six months of 2022.

Overpass

Fredrik "⁠REZ⁠" Sterner is another player who has threatened to become a top-tier star player but never quite reached the mark. On Overpass, though, all that potential is laid bare. Controlling the A bathrooms area as well as any player in the world, REZ's 1.18 rating on Overpass puts him inside the top five per cent of players in the world on the map.

He is so good on Overpass that NIP have made it a hallmark of their map pool, with REZ's 151 maps played on it since June 2017 the highest of anyone. Overpass looks to continue being a staple of their pool with the addition of Ludvig "⁠Brollan⁠" Brolin, who actually averages an even higher rating (1.20 over 1.18) than REZ on Overpass in his 113 games played. Alongside Ancient, NIP can always first-pick a map they have advantages on, in no small part due to REZ's dominance on Overpass.

The most Overpass-reliant player in our findings was new Outsiders player David "⁠n0rb3r7⁠" Danielyan, who jumps an incredible 32 percentile ranks on the map. Overpass actually has eight players who meet our requirements, with Fredrik "⁠roeJ⁠" Jørgensen, Ethan "⁠Ethan⁠" Arnold, and poizon just missing out on the graphic.

Vertigo

Vertigo is one of the most marmite — that is to say, you either love it or you hate it — maps in CS:GO's map pool. A tricky map full of precise smoke spams and interesting utility battles, it is no wonder that it features several 'specialists' who go above-and-beyond their regular level on the map.

Rasmus "⁠sjuush⁠" Beck, who jumps 18.5 percentile ranks, is our pick for Vertigo. One of Heroic's less flashy players, sjuush does not have the mechanics of René "⁠TeSeS⁠" Madsen or consistent peaks of Martin "⁠stavn⁠" Lund but he does have excellent decision making and solid enough aim to hold his own against the very best.

On Vertigo, sjuush's 1.16 rating puts him equal with Robin "⁠ropz⁠" Kool, and above the likes of Kaike "⁠KSCERATO⁠" Cerato, Benjamin "⁠blameF⁠" Bremer, and teammate stavn. Back in 2020 for MAD Lions, sjuush posted a 1.72 rating 30-bomb on LAN against then-ranked #2 in the world MOUZ — a glimpse into just how formidable sjuush can be on this map.

The player with the highest percentile jump was actually Philip "⁠aizy⁠" Aistrup, his 1.24 rating on Vertigo making him the joint-2nd highest rated player on the map since 2017 albeit over just 27 maps. Joining him on a 1.24 rating is Yuri "⁠yuurih⁠" Santos, who is one of the key reasons FURIA possess such a fearful Vertigo.


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Brazil Yuri 'yuurih' Santos
Yuri 'yuurih' Santos
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1013
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.64
Poland Karol 'rallen' Rodowicz
Karol 'rallen' Rodowicz
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1751
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
Brazil Kaike 'KSCERATO' Cerato
Kaike 'KSCERATO' Cerato
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
921
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.58
Russia Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
878
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.53
Hungary Ádám 'torzsi' Torzsás
Ádám 'torzsi' Torzsás
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
458
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Age:
34
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
2089
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.65
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Age:
26
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1564
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
Estonia Robin 'ropz' Kool
Robin 'ropz' Kool
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1136
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1793
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
United States Ricky 'floppy' Kemery
Ricky 'floppy' Kemery
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
810
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
United States Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
986
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
Russia Ilya 'Perfecto' Zalutskiy
Ilya 'Perfecto' Zalutskiy
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
707
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.60
Finland Olli 'sLowi' Pitkänen
Olli 'sLowi' Pitkänen
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1121
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
Russia Evgenii 'FL1T' Lebedev
Evgenii 'FL1T' Lebedev
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1242
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
Denmark Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
867
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.61
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1346
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.25
Maps played:
1556
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.64
Denmark Rasmus 'sjuush' Beck
Rasmus 'sjuush' Beck
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
817
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.64
Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1230
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
Poland Olek 'hades' Miskiewicz
Olek 'hades' Miskiewicz
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
597
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.62
Kazakhstan Abay 'HObbit' Khasenov
Abay 'HObbit' Khasenov
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1178
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
Denmark Fredrik 'roeJ' Jørgensen
Fredrik 'roeJ' Jørgensen
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
896
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
Germany Josef 'faveN' Baumann
Josef 'faveN' Baumann
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1348
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
Latvia Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1091
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.70
Belgium Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1430
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
Bulgaria Valentin 'poizon' Vasilev
Valentin 'poizon' Vasilev
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1101
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.64
Sweden Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin
Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
990
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
Germany Florian 'syrsoN' Rische
Florian 'syrsoN' Rische
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1729
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Russia David 'n0rb3r7' Danielyan
David 'n0rb3r7' Danielyan
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1069
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
Russia Andrey 'Jerry' Mekhryakov
Andrey 'Jerry' Mekhryakov
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1577
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
Poland Mateusz 'mantuu' Wilczewski
Mateusz 'mantuu' Wilczewski
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
696
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
Sweden Tim 'nawwk' Jonasson
Tim 'nawwk' Jonasson
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
891
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.62
Finland Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Age:
27
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1311
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.69
Canada Kaleb 'moose' Jayne
Kaleb 'moose' Jayne
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
752
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.64
Denmark Martin 'stavn' Lund
Martin 'stavn' Lund
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1112
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.68
Denmark René 'TeSeS' Madsen
René 'TeSeS' Madsen
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
824
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.27
Maps played:
1005
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.61
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1545
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1852
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
#1
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Ukraine SwissRolls
POIZON?
2022-07-04 17:10
12 replies
#12
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South America I_say_Ok
stopped reading at poizon
2022-07-04 17:11
4 replies
Poizon
2022-07-04 18:15
3 replies
Inferno: Sebastian Hans "forsen" Eli Fors
2022-07-04 18:24
2 replies
Certain fanbase is malding because their idol is missing
2022-07-04 18:43
1 reply
Certain bags are undergoing fusion
2022-07-05 03:46
K0nfig only real player
2022-07-04 18:14
+1 wtf where is Rain? Where is Vinferno?
2022-07-04 19:12
2 replies
viniferno cannot beat flopgod
2022-07-04 21:09
1 reply
Floppy Gigachad
2022-07-05 06:44
#177
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India cypher07
Device,s1mple????????? Where
2022-07-04 22:32
2 replies
They are consistent on all the maps. This here is actually marking bad specialisation if you ask me...
2022-07-04 23:54
#219
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United Kingdom Enticles!
"This excludes the very top echelon of players but that is intentional. Rather than trying to find the best player in the world on each map, we're trying to find the players who elevate their level on that map." literally in the 2nd paragraph of the article.
2022-07-15 00:05
#2
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United States JonBeans
interesting
2022-07-04 17:10
2 replies
BAD LIST OVERATED PLAYER ALL IN THIS LIST
2022-07-04 18:03
#144
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Canada kse1
they sneak in the list a bunch of free agents i wonder if they get nothing back from this lmao
2022-07-04 20:09
first
2022-07-04 17:10
3 replies
:( third
2022-07-04 17:10
1 reply
sadge :(
2022-07-04 17:14
Poland can not into first.
2022-07-05 09:22
fourth
2022-07-04 17:10
#5
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Finland Cucumber))
me on vertigo
2022-07-04 17:10
But where is Stewie ???
2022-07-04 17:11
5 replies
probably in his house
2022-07-04 17:13
Probably in 2nd tier.
2022-07-04 18:50
Stewie is Icebox specialist
2022-07-04 19:13
1 reply
xd
2022-07-04 19:58
Still asleep since its not 10am yet
2022-07-04 22:19
where tf is s1mple?
2022-07-04 17:11
24 replies
at cologne maybe
2022-07-04 17:23
#58
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Canada MiLkBaGzz
+1 I really expected him to be on nuke as well
2022-07-04 17:36
10 replies
s1mple nuke mirage dust2 is god
2022-07-04 18:04
s1mple is the best on every map this article is about map specialists eg players that have biggest difference between rating on one specific map and avg rating from other maps
2022-07-04 22:05
8 replies
It has no sense at all, it should be the best players on every map, no matter what rating they get in other maps.
2022-07-05 00:02
1 reply
Because the players that are the best on most maps are not specialists on one map. Thats the point. Its like half of you dont know what it means to be a specialist and a generalist.
2022-07-18 04:00
they keep finding ways to keep s1mple out of every top list lmao
2022-07-05 08:20
3 replies
he literally told you the point of this list and you still don't get it...
2022-07-05 09:03
2 replies
you're the idiot if you think so, i just pointed out that it's a neat way to avoid s1mples and nikos of the world as they are GOOD in all the maps not one in particular.
2022-07-05 16:28
1 reply
BCUZ IT IS ONE MAP SPECIALIST LISTS????
2022-07-06 15:09
thank you, finally someone who gets the point
2022-07-05 09:03
+1 it is pointless to expect top tier players like s1mple device zywoo niko in here
2022-07-06 15:10
#77
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Australia poppyxox
hes just good all the time bruh
2022-07-04 18:07
specialist on every map
2022-07-04 18:22
they didnt put any top5 players in the list since they would ruin the whole article by being on top of every map for example, "However, we must mention Ancient's undisputed king Dmitry "⁠sh1ro⁠" Sokolov, who has a 1.30 Rating on the map but is disqualified from this article because he is similarly effective on other maps."
2022-07-04 18:47
6 replies
well they ruined it by putting top30 teams there but thanks
2022-07-04 19:03
5 replies
the point of this article was just to see people who were abnormally good on one particular map like everyone knows k0nfig has been dogshit overall but apparently hes really good on ancient
2022-07-04 19:13
4 replies
Makes sense +1
2022-07-04 19:36
+1
2022-07-04 21:07
+1 Finally a reasonable c9 fan. Respect
2022-07-05 15:25
Thats too hard to understand for average hltv user
2022-07-06 15:40
whole point is differences in ratings per map, s1mple is top rating overall and top on every map (he was last year during navi 2021 peak form at least) so s1mple can't be a specialist on just one map
2022-07-04 19:27
2 replies
Why not? If he's the best in every map, it mens he's specialist in all of them. I don't see how's his fault to be that good.
2022-07-05 00:05
1 reply
google "specialist" pls
2022-07-05 09:04
me rush middle on dust and die from awp
2022-07-04 17:11
1 reply
Better to have rushed and died than to have never rushed at all.
2022-07-05 09:24
The fact that u made this with players farming t2 teams in online events made this post a bit weird sorry
2022-07-04 17:11
17 replies
+1
2022-07-04 17:12
1 reply
Didn't even Include cache or train either 😕😕😕
2022-07-05 06:47
+1
2022-07-04 17:14
#22
MSL | 
United Kingdom NER0cs
Except they can't farm the same teams on other maps :D
2022-07-04 17:16
+1 kinda agree lol, but still nice post
2022-07-04 17:16
read the post and you'll figure out why
2022-07-04 17:20
1 reply
I don't need. I see Otton post became irrelevant
2022-07-04 17:20
+1 should’ve only been tier1 players
2022-07-04 17:22
#56
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Ukraine SwissRolls
+1
2022-07-04 17:36
#66
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Germany Nyiks
+1
2022-07-04 17:49
#69
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Brazil Anarchybr
Exactly they should’ve make it the filters against only top 20 opposition
2022-07-04 17:56
1 reply
Before we measure that, however, we need a big enough sample size which means we're taking data from all maps played between top thirty opposition since rating 2.0 was introduced all the way back in 2017. That's literally the second sentence of the article. You know top 30 is tier 2 right? Edit: My bad... Guy below you said top 30 and responded to the wrong one ;)
2022-07-04 19:55
+1
2022-07-04 18:08
+1. Filter the statistics against top 30 teams and this article could be a fun read.
2022-07-04 18:43
1 reply
Before we measure that, however, we need a big enough sample size which means we're taking data from all maps played between top thirty opposition since rating 2.0 was introduced all the way back in 2017. That's literally the second sentence of the article. You know top 30 is tier 2 right?
2022-07-04 19:55
+1 lmao this article is a joke
2022-07-04 19:22
+1
2022-07-05 05:46
JamYoung best on all
2022-07-04 17:11
cool
2022-07-04 17:12
Me (real)
2022-07-04 17:12
ok
2022-07-04 17:13
interesting, unexpected
2022-07-04 17:16
who cares
2022-07-04 17:16
Poizon had 1 dust 2 map against top 20 and 2 more against top 30 in 2022. This is ridiculous.
2022-07-04 17:16
7 replies
#39
MSL | 
United Kingdom NER0cs
He was the most relevant player who met the parameters like i said, it seems that Dust2 is a hard map to overperform on relative to your average level
2022-07-04 17:25
this is not about 2022
2022-07-04 17:25
1 reply
#79
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Australia poppyxox
+1
2022-07-04 18:08
Those are stats from 2017-2022, it's stated sideways on the left side. I thought it's just a fancy line for the infographic, until i turned into pimp mode 🤨🤨🤨
2022-07-04 19:08
2 replies
ah yeah. my bad. " turned into pimp mode" lmao
2022-07-04 20:30
1 reply
Oh and i meant right side, not left. >_<
2022-07-04 20:30
Bro there is literally scream on the graph smh
2022-07-06 15:41
#26
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Ukraine d3adLY
only few t1 players? what?
2022-07-04 17:16
6 replies
#59
MSL | 
United Kingdom NER0cs
Most tier-one players are actually fairly consistent across all the maps — making it hard to 'jump' up five percentile ranks on a single map
2022-07-04 17:37
5 replies
#80
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Australia poppyxox
the fact you have to explain this to people this is hilarious
2022-07-04 18:08
#92
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Ukraine d3adLY
s1mple would be top 1 at 4-5 maps
2022-07-04 18:22
3 replies
#170
MSL | 
United Kingdom NER0cs
Yeah, but he's top 1 overall. So the difference between his percentile ranks is always negative or 0
2022-07-04 21:31
2022-07-04 22:06
1 reply
#176
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Ukraine d3adLY
okey, got it
2022-07-04 22:19
#27
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France bjjthibz
i would have filtered on top 20 opposition, this would make a bit more sense to me, given i don't really know T2 players.
2022-07-04 17:17
Very interesting article!
2022-07-04 17:18
1 reply
#81
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Australia poppyxox
+1
2022-07-04 18:09
you write this article and want to tell me that moose is the best mirage player, and that aizy is #1 on Vertigo a map that came out after he went into nothingland, bro look at yourself and think, this cant be true.
2022-07-04 17:20
8 replies
you clearly didn't read
2022-07-04 17:25
2 replies
you clearly didnt look at the pictures
2022-07-04 17:29
1 reply
if you had read the text you would have known that the pictures don't show the best player on X map but the player with the most difference between that map and his average map
2022-07-04 17:30
It's about who improves the most compared to their average performance on other maps but in the end those numbers dont really mean anything If I suck on all maps but do ok on inferno am I an inferno specialist?
2022-07-04 17:30
3 replies
Yes. Yes, you are. Of course it depends on how you define specialist, but if you perform significantly better on a certain map, you could be considered a specialist. Even if this would be comparing to a lower tier of play.
2022-07-04 19:59
2 replies
if im worse than the majority but 20% better than how i perform on other maps it still doesnt make me a specialist in my book lol
2022-07-04 20:02
1 reply
Specialist can be a relative term. If a team loses on every map to all opponents but sometimes beats decent/good teams on one map, you could consider them a specialist on this map. There is a difference between being GOOD and a specialist and being BAD and a specialist.
2022-07-04 20:07
eat less kebabs bro, they seem to damage your brain
2022-07-04 17:45
What's the point? I don't get this article.
2022-07-04 17:20
2 replies
+1
2022-07-04 17:28
Yeah it's really weird
2022-07-04 19:40
Well S1mple is all maps specialist by this logic xD
2022-07-04 17:20
3 replies
precisely no, by this logic he's not by the logic of who has the best rating, yes
2022-07-04 17:27
no he is not, use your brain before commenting bro
2022-07-04 17:46
1 reply
Use your brain before login on hltv and replying bro
2022-07-04 18:41
Basically something like the list of good but inconsistent players by the maps that they are good at. Players like simple or Niko will not be in this list because they are good at every map.
2022-07-04 17:21
3 replies
because they play against top teams as well
2022-07-04 17:24
2 replies
that has nothing to do with it, it's about the difference between your best map and your average map
2022-07-04 17:26
1 reply
ohh then this article is absolutely pointless lmao
2022-07-04 17:27
not even a single good player on the list lmao
2022-07-04 17:23
3 replies
Rez brollan
2022-07-04 19:39
2 replies
there is no brollan at the top. and rez? no i said good players
2022-07-04 20:30
1 reply
Brollan is there in overpass. Not on top 1. But he is there. Rez is good idk wdym!!
2022-07-04 20:41
#41
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Montenegro Putikainen
goat hades
2022-07-04 17:25
#44
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Sweden deadvein
R EZ and nawwk <3 Swedish pride
2022-07-04 17:27
damn aizy
2022-07-04 17:27
#50
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Romania Andreyl33t
Would be a nice post but it's not tho
2022-07-04 17:30
#53
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Hungary Glng
you misspelled torzsi's name on the graphic(((
2022-07-04 17:31
What are those players?? "best players" LUL they don't even reach S1mple average rating on these maps. I know you get paid for articles but how about articles that have any point?
2022-07-04 17:36
8 replies
use your jerman brain before writing bro
2022-07-04 17:47
7 replies
I used it and I spit fax. Cuz we jermans love fax and we hate praising bad players that are called good by someone else.
2022-07-04 17:56
6 replies
and again you don't get the point, this is not about good players, this is about players who overperform on specific maps while having a lower average rating on other maps.
2022-07-04 19:10
4 replies
Do you see the comments here?? everyone thinks the article is useless.
2022-07-04 19:11
3 replies
because they are too dumb to get the point or didn't even read the article.
2022-07-04 20:11
2 replies
you are smarter than anyone. it is dumb to believe that.
2022-07-04 20:25
#199
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Bulgaria Bulg1us
+1
2022-07-05 09:05
#200
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Bulgaria Bulg1us
0/8
2022-07-05 09:06
I mean maps change so ones high rating a long time ago on a specific map dose not matter currently
2022-07-04 17:35
Would have been nice if was current players only 👍
2022-07-04 17:38
Half of these play against tier 2 opponents
2022-07-04 17:43
#62
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El Salvador Bredalow
Nerocs shouldnt write articles anymore lmao talking about specialists but only mention tier 3 players this is a joke if with the parameters. Change the parameters to vs top 20 teams only and none of this list will be anywhere to be found
2022-07-04 17:43
1 reply
If you limit it to only top 20 teams, you probably would get many of the same names. All the players they highlighted are in top 20 teams mainly playing against other top 20 teams. Sure, there are some odd ones if you start looking at the others like moose and such, but those would just be removed and you'd have barely any players who meet the criteria.
2022-07-04 20:04
"One of Counter-Strike's most inconsistent stars," LMAO
2022-07-04 17:51
No allu + Train? What a shitload of f0ck...
2022-07-04 17:59
1 reply
train is not in the active map pool, that's why, same with cbble
2022-07-05 09:08
moose scammed
2022-07-04 17:59
#72
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Brazil Anarchybr
I mean this article was a great idea, but if you guys made it filtering by only top 20 only or at least for the past 2 years it would be more interesting for the audience because most people would recognize the names. But yeah I appreciate it anyway xD
2022-07-04 18:00
11 replies
the list would be complete dogshit if they included top5 or even top10 players. especially the top5 (s1mple, sh1ro, niko) would be on literally every map
2022-07-04 18:45
9 replies
The top 5 wouldn't be on any map because they just perform in the top 5 percentiles all the time. Thus they wouldn't qualify.
2022-07-04 20:06
8 replies
#152
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Brazil Anarchybr
Exactly. We would probably see players ranging from top10-20 climbing up the list not those nonamers
2022-07-04 20:25
just not true, what are you on about
2022-07-04 20:31
6 replies
If they're average rating is in the top percentile (which is the case for the top 5 players of the world), they cannot be on this list, because to be considered for the list it requires you play significantly better than usual. Top percentile to top percentile is a jump of 0 percentiles and thus they would not count.
2022-07-04 21:04
5 replies
then why is sh1ro significantly better than usual on ancient? why is s1mple significantly better than usual on inferno? why is blameF significantly better than usual on overpass?
2022-07-04 21:07
4 replies
Significantly better than who?
2022-07-04 21:08
3 replies
than on other maps lmao
2022-07-04 21:18
2 replies
Do you know what percentiles are or are you just looking at the rating number? To make percentiles you do the following. You rank all the players by rating. Then you split them in to 100 groups of equal size. They did this for each map separately and for overall rating. This means that someone with a 1.25 rating CAN be in the same percentile as someone with a 1.35 rating. They looked at the shift in percentile and thus these players wouldn't qualify. Let's take s1mple on Dust2 for example. He is, without a doubt, in the top 1% of players overall. He is also, without a doubt, in the top 1% of players on Dust2. There is no movement when you consider his rating relative to his peers. Is this the perfect way to do it? Maybe not. Maybe s1mple's play is even better on Dust2 than overall (I don't know the stats). My guess is that they tried to look at who the most improved players are depending on maps compared to their peers. Thus they went for the percentile statistic.
2022-07-04 21:31
1 reply
you just blew his mind bro
2022-07-05 09:09
the list would be extremely boring
2022-07-18 11:56
Tier 3 specialists. This is what you get when you look into raw data without context and make an article about it.
2022-07-04 18:06
very funny rating, no top 3 players (last 5 years) at any map... for sure s1mple,zywoo,dev1ce with average 1.2-1.3 at all maps haven't enough stat to be pro at one map)) LOL
2022-07-04 18:07
2 replies
Read
2022-07-04 18:30
That's the point. It's about looking at players that become significantly better and have ratings like the top 10 players on a specific map.
2022-07-04 20:08
Good article!
2022-07-04 18:09
#83
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Sweden Akoulad
Where is s1mple? Oh yeah, too busy baiting
2022-07-04 18:10
1 reply
#89
REZ | 
Trinidad and Tobago r41
tell me you dont watch csgo without telling me u dont watch csgo
2022-07-04 18:14
#84
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Italy cele87
Cs mansion -> me
2022-07-04 18:10
#85
REZ | 
Trinidad and Tobago r41
poizon csgod
2022-07-04 18:11
Ignore the hate, actually nice article even if we could've only compared X players to top 30 atleast it was still enjoyable to read
2022-07-04 18:12
tier 5 specialists
2022-07-04 18:14
xD wtf is this??????? Mirage: WHERE TF IS NiKo/s1mple? bruhhh this is tier 3 players Article xDDDDD
2022-07-04 18:18
3 replies
Read dummy
2022-07-04 18:31
2 replies
So many people who can't read lmao. Still tho, article kinda pointless.
2022-07-04 18:43
1 reply
The article is just an interesting look at stats and players. Wouldn't say it's pointless. Just a bit niche.
2022-07-04 20:10
#95
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Sweden axelious
Great read, exciting article. Keep it up!
2022-07-04 18:28
#98
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Poland Jevilek
Nuke is polish capital lul
2022-07-04 18:31
dust 2 rain??????????????
2022-07-04 18:39
BIG on D2
2022-07-04 18:40
#102
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Brazil hugoooo
The article would be perfect if it didn't include players that are retired or that only plays on lower tiers (like HAVU)
2022-07-04 18:42
i was about to say where is sh1ro but then i realised they excluded all top5 players to make it fair
2022-07-04 18:44
3 replies
They didn't exclude the top 5 players to make it fair. They excluded the top 5 players because they don't qualify the requirement of being significantly better on one map compared to the other maps they play. If they play 1.5 rating on every map, they would be the best player in the entire world, but they wouldn't qualify for it.
2022-07-04 20:11
2 replies
exactly what i said in #108 #122
2022-07-04 20:36
1 reply
It's not about explicitly excluding the top 5 player though. By the metrics they've set for 'being a specialist', the top 5 players CANNOT be on this list. Any player in the TOP 4 PERCENTILES CANNOT BE ON THIS LIST.
2022-07-04 21:07
Always interesting to read such articles and statistics. Is there any way to see the strongest map of each individual player? Gotta check this tonight after work.
2022-07-04 18:47
That's some mega bullshit list not taking into account LAN and tier1 play.
2022-07-04 18:50
1 reply
Kek
2022-07-04 19:09
#112
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Spain batxe
Very good article, it was a surprise to see all of that names being boosted
2022-07-04 18:52
ok this is new
2022-07-04 18:53
god rain and niko not considered the d2 specialists made this article 0/8 instantly
2022-07-04 19:10
deleted comment
2022-07-04 19:19
0/8
2022-07-04 19:22
This is one of the most ridiculous articles I ever read in HLTV. So some players seem to play well in certain maps and they become “specialist”? Really? What is their specialty? Good in Mirage? Do they only play that map? Just randomly throw in some terminology without any thoughts behind it. Also, you carry their your team so hard on some map because the rest of your team suck = specialist as well AKA k0nfig.
2022-07-04 19:31
This list is a joke tbh, where are top players?
2022-07-04 19:47
Im PRO90 inferno specialist. I played more hours on Inferno than any other pro
2022-07-04 20:01
Slowi bestest
2022-07-04 20:14
Sjuush top 1
2022-07-04 20:40
#166
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Serbia eliiiiii_
wow tier 2 farmers although if they only took into consideration long time tier 1 players, every list would probably have s1mple, NiKo and device
2022-07-04 21:11
No vinferno
2022-07-04 21:19
Scream legend, despite his retirement can keep showing up on stats
2022-07-04 21:30
Interesting! Didn't expect a few of these players
2022-07-04 21:37
s1mple on nuke ?
2022-07-04 23:15
Ancient not a real pro map, also not so many statistics for it. Would be interesting to read about train or cache tho. And vertigo is boring as f. Players only holding from site, not good to push even near mid, cuz rotations are so slow and heard. The main the reason why csgo is bad now - those two maps.
2022-07-05 00:25
your data analyst should get a training
2022-07-05 00:41
Imagine picking any of those nuke players over electronic or s1mple. What a joke
2022-07-05 04:41
another L article by hltv
2022-07-05 05:46
no flamie on nuke = opinion rejected
2022-07-05 06:21
#190
NEO | 
Guatemala izquse
And where is bot s0mple?
2022-07-05 06:35
Wow, NeroCs the goat, knows what marmite is
2022-07-05 06:45
jesus this comment section shows it better than ever how many degenerates use this website and post shit without even reading.
2022-07-05 09:11
1 reply
#206
MSL | 
United Kingdom NER0cs
If people even skim-read the intro half these comments wouldn't exist
2022-07-05 14:15
f0rest GOAT
2022-07-05 15:44
snax cobblestone
2022-07-07 03:26
1 reply
#220
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Poland DzikiMiki
fax
2022-07-18 02:01
#215
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Hungary TheBudi34
maden = ancient
2022-07-08 01:15
You forgot to add big events filter maybe? Nobody cares about n0rb3r7 fl1t poizon or whaterver player that spent half of those games if not more in tier3.
2022-07-09 19:18
tain s1mple
2022-07-11 16:24
#218
NiKo | 
Germany Booya
Shouldnt Simple be #1 on every Map ?
2022-07-12 14:11
#221
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Poland DzikiMiki
hades nuker
2022-07-18 02:01
Who are some of the best B mirage players?
2022-07-22 00:29
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