Top 20 players of 2010: Xizt (18)

Tgwri1s
January 3rd, 2011 13:37

Next in our Top 20 players of 2010 series is a player who has thanks to his performances during the year in the end earned himself a call to join fnatic. It's Richard "Xizt" Landström who gets the 18th place, the best player from Lions in 2010 and one of the brightest rising stars in the scene.

Basic information

H2k Gaming

Player: Sweden Richard "Xizt" Landström
Teams: Sweden H2k, Sweden Lions
Age: 19

Team achievements in 2010:

1st - ASUS Summer 2010, fnatic PLAY BEAT IT finals
2nd - DreamHack Summer 2010, EPS Nordic III
3rd - DreamHack Winter 2010, MSI BEAT IT, DSRack LAN #3

Stats from major LAN tournaments in 2010:

Kills per round: 0.75
Deaths per round: 0.64
Rating: 1.10 (?)
Maps played: 73
MoM: 10 times top rated in a match
Best tounament: United States Arbalet Cup Dallas
Best map: de_tuscan
Most notable stat: 1.36 rating at de_tuscan (2nd best of all players)

Last year started rather quietly for Richard "Xizt" Landström as he was a member of Begrip at that time and probably didn't expect the rest of the year to develop for him as it did. Landström ended up being the only constant in a team that was part of 2 other organizations, as he played with 11 different teammates throughout his 2010 campaign.

Getting the right opportunity

While some other players and teams were already preparing for, and taking part in, the early big tournaments, Landström and his team were only about to get their real chance by signing for H2k at the end of February.

Their first opportunity to prove themselves came in April as they visited one of the world's biggest LAN events, The Gathering in Norway, although without many prestigious names in attendance there. H2k finished 3rd at the event while Landström had a solid performance with a 1.08 rating, doing well especially in their 3rd place decider against Playzone.fi.

Next time we saw him in action was at the Swedish Championship where H2k won their tickets to Paris and ESWC. Defeating the likes of MYM in the semi-final and Playzone.se in the final meant they were assuring themselves to be the 3rd best team in Sweden, while Landström was the team's best player at the event.

After that the first next big tournament came along in May, Arbalet Cup Europe, but H2k had to attend it with a stand-in. They didn't make it past the first group stage but Landström played well in all 3 of their matches.

In the mean time during a period from April to June, H2k were taking part in EPS Nordic II online and even though they finished at a low 8th place, Landström was again the team's best player and was even the 6th best rated overall at the event (1.12 rating)

Lineup changes followed as H2k added 3 new players, but Landström stayed along with his long-time teammate Markus "pronax" Wallsten. DreamHack Summer was to be the first big test for the new lineup and it would prove to be their breakthrough tournament as they finished 2nd behind mTw. Landström also got his big break at this tournament by proving himself against fnatic in the quarter-final as the team provided a big surprise. He didn't shine in the rest of the tournament, but having the best rating (1.29) in 2 maps of a quarter-final against fnatic at a major tournament was enough to now make him a part of the big leagues.

H2k Gaming finished in 2nd place

DH Summer was a breakthrough tournament for Xizt and his team

On top of his form in the summer

Not even a couple of weeks passed and it was time for another big tournament for H2k as they attended ESWC, although they again had to use a stand-in just like a few months earlier at Arbalet Europe. They were a bit more succesfull this time, dropping out at the second group stage and only due to worse round difference and after some controversy. Landström was his team's best player overall with a very good 1.14 rating.

Shortly after ESWC, one of the most prestigious online tournaments of the year took place – fnatic PLAY BEAT IT finals. H2k overcame the likes of Cheap Times, Frag eXecutors and in the final mTw to win the 1st place, while Landström was the best player of the tournament. He finished with a 1.23 rating and he especially stood out in the quarter-final against Cheap Times. He had what was probably his match of the year against the Danes, posting a 30-19 score in the 1st map and then an astonishing 39-15 in the 3rd map. During the first map on de_train he also made his highlight round of the year, an ace while on a full-eco round.

The next tournament was Arbalet Cup Dallas where Landström was again on top of his form with a 1.14 rating, but more importantly again shining in some important matches. This time it was against SK in the quarter-final where he tipped the scales to his team's favor with 30-20 and 29-21 scores in the 2nd and 3rd map as they won each 16-14. He followed that up later in the 3rd place decider match having a 33-19 score in the first map versus Evil Geniuses in another 16-14 win, but sadly it wasn't enough as they lost the next two maps and finished 4th.


Xizt had some great matches at Arbalet Dallas

WCG Nordic took place a couple of weeks later and Landström had a solid tournament with a 1.06 rating, but was still the 7th best rated player overall as the team finished 4th. He had another good performance against SK in the semi-final of the tournament, with a 34-24 score in his team's overtime loss on the first map.

In mid-August after some turbulence with the H2k organization, Lions jumped in and signed Landström and his team, although leaving out the only teammate he had left from the begging of the year, Wallsten. Their first tournament as part of the Lions organization was ASUS Summer in Kiev where they finished 1st and Landström had his best tournament rating of the year (1.28) without a bad performance in any match and finishing as the 2nd best rated player overall.

A trip to China awaited Lions next for the MSI BEAT IT event and Landström had an average showing, with some ups and downs as his team finished 3rd. World Cyber Games followed at the end of September and Lions' participation in one of the biggest tournaments was short-lived as they were knocked out by Na`Vi in the first round of the playoffs. But Landström still managed to leave his mark in the group stage, having a 33-18 score in his team's crucial win versus Evil Geniuses that enabled them to go through the group of death that also featured the French team FACE2FACE.

At DSRack LAN #3, as his team attended an event with a stand-in again, he was their best rated player with a great 1.20 rating as they finished in 3rd place. His standout performance was probably in the 3rd place decider against mTw where he was rated 1.32 over the two maps. A few days later at KGC #2 they were defeated by fnatic in the Swedish Playoff final, as Landström played average.

During the last few months Lions also took part in online competitions EPS Nordic III and IEM5 European Championship. At IEM5 Landström was the team's 2nd best rated player with a 1.14 rating, with several very good performances, including one versus mousesports (32-19) in the second map which went into overtime. The Nordic league went even better for him and his team as they finished 2nd at the LAN finals and Landström the 7th best rated player of the season (1.18 rating).

At the last major LAN event of the year, DreamHack Winter, Landström was his team's second best rated player (1.10 rating), especially shining in their 3rd place decider against Frag eXecutors helping his team to get another top 3 finish at a major event.


Landström played his last match for Lions at DreamHack Winter

Taking the next step

In December, he ended up leaving the team whose he was the only constant throughout the year as he received an offer from fnatic which he couldn't refuse. The transfer to the Australian-based organization in itself speaks enough about his progress, as only 12 months ago he was a rather unknown player internationally and is now a part of one of the best teams in the world.

As far as individual achievements go, even though he didn't win any official awards, his performance in the fnatic PLAY BEAT IT tournament could be considered MVP-worthy. And as far his performance at major LANs is concerned, Landström was more often than not his team's best player and also often among the best players of an event overall, with practically no bad performances (event stats history). In addition to that, he had many great individual performances in important matches against big names like fnatic, SK and mTw.

It also might be interesting to mention his great play on de_tuscan as his 1.36 rating on that map really stands out compared to his overall rating 1.10. Only one player has a higher rating on it than him (Andreas "moddii" Fridh), and even he is better only by a small margin, which makes Landström one of world's best players on the map.

Recommended demos of Xizt in 2010:

If you want to check out some of his matches that were mentioned in this article, you can find links to those demos right here:

Opponent Map Event Score Demo
Finland Playzone tuscan EPS Nordic II 30-17 HLTV
Sweden fnatic train DH Summer (Quarter-final, map 1) 29-17 HLTV
Poland Fx inferno ESWC 2010 (Group stage #1) 27-15 HLTV
Denmark Cheap Times! train fnatic PLAY (Quarter-final, map 1) 30-19 POV
Denmark Cheap Times! dust2 fnatic PLAY (Quarter-final, map 2) 39-15 POV
United States Hausen inferno Arbalet Dallas (Group stage #2) 26-16 POV
Sweden SK train Arbalet Dallas (Quarter-final, map 2) 30-20 POV
Sweden SK nuke Arbalet Dallas (Quarter-final, map 3) 29-21 POV
United States EG tuscan Arbalet Dallas (3rd place, map 1) 33-19 POV
Sweden SK train WCG Nordic (Semi-final, map 1) 34-24 HLTV
Finland Playzone tuscan EPS Nordic III 30-13 HLTV
United States EG tuscan WCG 2010 (Group stage) 33-18 HLTV
Denmark 734MCL4N dust2 DSRack #3 (Group stage, map 1) 28-4 HLTV
Sweden fnatic tuscan DSRack #3 (Semi-final, map 1) 19-9 HLTV
Denmark mTw nuke DSRack #3 (3rd place, map 1) 26-15 HLTV
Germany mousesports inferno IEM5 European Championship 32-19 HLTV
Denmark Cheap Times! tuscan IEM5 European Championship 28-15 HLTV
Poland Fx inferno DH Winter (3rd place, map 1) 23-12 HLTV


If you missed our previous article about Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko, click here or if you want to see who else is on the list when it is updated, head over to our Introduction article here.

What do you think about the performance of Xizt in 2010? Does he deserve a place in the Top 20? What was your biggest impression of him this year? Feel free to leave a comment on this topic and stay tuned to HLTV.org if you want to see what the rest of Top 20 looks like, as we will bring you number 17 tomorrow.

nice
2011-01-03 13:38
sry for replying to your post =) just had to make sure everyone sees this. DON'T FEED THE TROLLS!!!
2011-01-03 22:24
Nice , Xizt is nice player.
2011-01-03 13:38
dsn/Zeus>>>>>>>>>>>Xizt
2011-01-03 13:39
The stats says otherwise, so read the criteria we are using and cut this out, it is getting tiresome.
2011-01-03 13:45
#13
trace | 
France Reo_O 
Don't care about those comments, they are stupid and with no sens.
2011-01-03 13:47
But the stats say that Xizt only played 73 maps, opposed to Zeus' 127 and Dsns 132.
2011-01-03 14:03
73 is still a lot, not like he had only 5 good matches, I believe that statistically 75 or 130 doesn't make a big difference.
2011-01-03 14:06
its almost the double lol
2011-01-03 14:09
So what, it simply has to be statistically significant..
2011-01-03 14:19
it is statiscally important, otherwise, there is no way xizt could be in front of Zeus.. zeus second half of the year, was pretty bad considering the first, he played a HUGE role in Navi wins, and he was definetly better than xizt this year tbh.
2011-01-03 15:03
what you're talkin about cannot be shown with numbers. Should have they made up their own ranking then? There would have been even more negative reactions. They just use the figures they have, Zeus' influence on Na'Vi's victories cannot be demonstrated therefore he has nothing to do in the top5 of such a ranking.
2011-01-03 15:57
i have never talked about TOP5 but OFC it can be demonstrated its just a matter of common sense.. for example: Kills per round: 0.75 Deaths per round: 0.64 Rating: 1.10 (?) XIZT's stats Kills per round: 0.72 Deaths per round: 0.63 Rating: 1.08 (?) Zeus's stats The difference is minimum if u see! only difference is Navi WON most tournaments they've been and Lions didnt, and zeus is IGL, imo the most important role in a team, so, IMO there is NO WAY xizt should be in front of Zeus! NO way in hell, cmon! its only the stats that matter..
2011-01-03 16:06
lol you didn't demonstrate anything. I'm not saying Xizt is better than Zeus, you cannot just choose to shift it higher just cause you've decided it. The ranking shows the players who did better, regardless of their role. Again, it's not perfect but it's the only way it can be objective.
2011-01-03 16:10
And in what point i said xizt is better than zeus or vice-versa? cmon ur dumb man, i just said it should be another criteria besides stats, such as team accomplishments!! FFS
2011-01-03 16:30
Dude team accomplishments should NOT be on this TOP 20. WHY ? Simple, Na'Vi won almost Everything this year, all of Na'Vi players had a good performance all year and an amazing TEAMPLAY thats why they won so many times. But still, there are a lot of players that INDIVIDUALLY did a lot of damage, sadly sometimes lack of comunnication and teamplay or when teamnates have bad days can affect a lot on the result.
2011-01-03 16:43
so, in football it shouldnt matter who wins, just who scores more goals right? OFC team Wins should be taken into account, otherwise people can just into hltv stats section and compare who have the best K/D ratio throughout the year.. cmon!
2011-01-03 17:15
your comparison is dumb sorry In football there are clear roles, like the goalkeeper for example, which doesn't exist in cs. Obiously nobody would say that a goalkeeper is aweful just cause he didn't keep a single goal... here we're just comparing the scorers' stats, nothing more so stop trolling
2011-01-03 17:29
another idiot thank u very much!
2011-01-03 17:39
good point son
2011-01-03 17:48
#247
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Netherlands liQuidmoTion 
just stop already, read hltv's introduction, they already said it would purely be based on statistics. not on the role of the players, the teams performances, or anything else :P what you are argumenting would be right, if hltv claimed these 20 were the best players of 2010 taking everything into acount, but they never claimed that.
2011-01-03 21:29
and I'm the one who's dumb... how will you seriously add the igl thing into an equation? You cannot quantify the role Zeus' played in Na'Vi's victories other than the figures, therefore you just have to stick to it and rank them according to their rate, that's all. In some teams the igl is really important (LeX, ave or gob b for example whose vision of the game is a clear advantage for their team), in others not really (in FX for example it seems to work more like a mix of damn skilled players with a great teamplay, at least it used to)
2011-01-03 17:01
my goodness ur useless! I SAID ITS COMMON SENSE! Jesus fuckin christ, the equation is OK, but u cant just make a rank considering the STATS! for example Luis Suarez scored 49 goals in 48 Appearances! he was Europe to scorer by FAR! so, considering that football objective is to score goals(win), and yet NO ONE name him best football player in the world, not even the best striker! do u get the analogy(considering u know what an analogy is)? there are more criterias other than stats..
2011-01-03 17:09
criterias that cannot be put in a statistic ranking - cuz that's what it is: a STATISTIC ranking you idiot, if you don't like it then just don't read it. The hltv.org crew cannot just come with a ranking they made themselves, that would not be objective at all. You'd better just read one of those shitty threads like "top10 players?" or "top5 awpers?" if you're not smart enough to understand what figures are. The ranking's not perfect but it cannot be so anyways, so just get over it or go cry somewhere else you're getting boring. end of the discussion.
2011-01-03 17:15
I said ur dumb, and im gonna stick with it! THE EQUATION IS FINE, im sure Tgwri1s already have the list complete according to the data he has, but he should compare all the results and see what is fair and what is unfair! AND XIZT IN FRONT OF ZEUS IS UNFAIR! zeus made a lot more impact than xizt for crying out loud, im just saying the way he's getting the stats is fine, just consider TEAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS ON SIDE OF THOSE STATS is that so hard to understand?
2011-01-03 17:21
enough, read #112 if you wanna know what's wrong with you. You cannot always be right, accept it ffs
2011-01-03 17:34
Dont feed it, sane ppl knows who's the dumb one here... =)
2011-01-04 18:37
according to you top1 : markeloff starix ceh9 zeus edward ; then f0rest get_right gux carn dsn ; then ave etc etc etc... this ranking is for the players who have done better in this year, not the teams...
2011-01-03 18:10
Very nice written, sire.
2011-01-03 17:59
Yes you can rank with only stats considered, for example "European Golden Shoe" is completely based on the number of goals you score compared to the competitive level of the league you play in. So don't bullshit around just because your opinion on who's better the who doesn't match with this list. This is a good way of showing a single players personal performance of the year. For instance a player like sixeR didn't win anything big, does that make him a worse player then threat who (as IGL) won the ASUS Summer? NO, since he's a mad fragger and leading his team throughout the tournaments that way even though his team mates doesn't reach his level of play.
2011-01-03 17:30
not its not IDIOT! SUAREZ DIDNT WON! jesus fuckin christ ur idiot! 1 goal in Spain, italy, England for example worth 2 POINTS! 1 goal in Netherlands, Portugal ETC worth 1.5 POINTS so why dont u just SHUT THE FUCK UP?
2011-01-03 17:38
"why dont u just SHUT THE FUCK UP?" just what I was thinking! not 'bout him but still...
2011-01-03 18:12
what the hell is the matter with u kid? did i said something wrong?
2011-01-03 18:15
yes you did. If you can't understand what then you're so dumb that you won't understand my explanation so I won't waste more time with you sry :)
2011-01-03 19:07
What an annoying person!
2011-01-03 22:04
ahah
2011-01-03 22:26
Just answer me... Who is better player: Pedro from Barca or C.ronaldo from Real??? And have in mind two things: -C.Ronaldo didn't won any competition last year... -Pedro won la liga, the world cup, and played in semifinals of champions league...
2011-01-05 19:24
We got a name for people like you here, its called a "Troll"
2011-01-03 17:02
do u even know what troll means? ffs
2011-01-03 17:10
don't cry
2011-01-03 18:13
AHAHAHAH.. sure, putting zeus in front of xizt would really make my day better.. ffs
2011-01-03 18:16
Why dun you make your own top 20 and show us. :)
2011-01-04 07:11
could you please tell me which position xizt is on ct side on each map please :D i never really watched him and i want to twatch his demos
2011-01-03 16:13
missed the point :facepalm:
2011-01-03 14:27
I'd rather that you didn't get mine
2011-01-03 15:55
I got your point. I was not replying to you but to the one who argued that the number of matches was double. I too agree that when you have a number of maps played let`s say like 100 the statistics are roughly the same as if you played 500.
2011-01-03 18:00
fair enough then :)
2011-01-03 18:08
so...? in statistics, when figures are high enough one give them the same importance, that's why there would be no difference between 300 matches played or 2000.
2011-01-03 16:00
You're right if the number of tournaments are close to the same, since it would mean that Zeus and dsn has advanced futher and therefore have had harder opponents.
2011-01-03 14:28
the problem is that some teams (those who attended arbalet tournaments especially) played mostly against weaker teams so they obviously have better stats, therefore we know the ranking cannot be 100% true but it's impossible to have a perfect ranking anyways
2011-01-03 16:06
That is also true, but the chances of getting through the thick headed HLTV crew is close to nothing, so you might wanna save your time and just ignore this useless list :p
2011-01-03 16:42
lol yeah you're probably right
2011-01-03 17:01
And the others will have lost matches earlier which will have done little to make their stats better. This is not a team ranking, it is a player ranking, how hard can that be to understand? It is fine you got some hatred towards HLTV.org (I do understand what your nick means btw, so you are on a short lease as it is..), but at least come up a with proper argument if you wish to criticize this feature.
2011-01-03 21:49
Hatred is a strong word, and I don't care much about you :p I'm just agreeing with Marcc, so don't really see why I should come up with more arguments.
2011-01-03 22:50
So we should rate players by the amount of maps they have played? More maps simply help cement the numbers, anyone with too few maps have been removed from the top20 ranking to avoid players who have one good match, 70+ maps is more than enough to get a proper view of his actual performance.
2011-01-03 14:21
Dsn played almost double the amount of maps Xizt has. It's harder to maintain performance over such a big amount of maps played. And those maps were against the very best teams in the world.
2011-01-03 14:28
After 70+ maps you are very likely to have shown the same level as you are after 130+ maps, had the difference been 10 vs 130 I would have agreed with you.
2011-01-03 14:29
u miss their point... they meant that xizt probably played just versus "lame teams" cause they were out of the tournament early..and for instance, Zeus played almost always till final versus tough opponents)
2011-01-03 15:21
Yes, that's what I mean.
2011-01-03 16:01
look at Lions' matches you'll see that they've done many matches against big teams, and the same amount of matches against lower (which is obvious since they played as many group stage matches as them). It means that Na'Vi played indeed some more matches against top teams but probably no enough to change completely the ranking.
2011-01-03 16:04
+1
2011-01-03 16:06
you havent read the whole text, have you?..
2011-01-03 16:39
You guys are totally right, most of this dude's good games are versus lame teams. Just look at the recommended demos: all his matches are versus teams like Fnatic, SK Gaming, FX and mTw. I have no idea who any of those teams are... must be a bunch of unknown baddies.
2011-01-04 03:42
LoL +1
2011-01-04 04:14
LOOL +11111111
2011-01-04 11:28
I think its a fact that sometimes players of teams that dont advance as far as others play against weaker teams and of course get better stats. It would be better if you had like.. a team VALUE or something, so when you finish any K/D against this team, you can multiply it with this value and get a fair result, or something like that this just came to my mind right now. Anyway it is just an advice. Have a good day =)
2011-01-03 16:46
But if you do not advance that is because you have lost matches, which will certainly NOT make your rating go through the roof.
2011-01-03 18:43
Xizt > zeus dsn ^^
2011-01-03 14:08
not zeus imo.. his form went a little bit down in the second half of the year, but still..
2011-01-03 14:10
are you flocking with zeus? jesus
2011-01-03 18:15
xizt has better stats than zeus NOW STF*... please.
2011-01-03 19:46
loooooool
2011-01-03 14:13
are u stupid?
2011-01-03 16:12
dsn/zeus>neo
2011-01-03 17:55
let's start fanboys flame!
2011-01-03 21:15
LOL haha funny but -1
2011-01-03 23:03
rly? look at Zeus ingame. I know he is captain and he is very very good in that role but xizt is a way better player if you forget that fact.
2011-01-03 22:14
Good player!!
2011-01-03 13:40
very good player
2011-01-03 13:41
#7
Brazil da:n 
nice 17. ceh9 :D
2011-01-03 13:43
nop, he is not in the top20... i guess
2011-01-03 14:15
no, he very good play wcg and dreamhack... i think he is on top15... maybe top16 :D
2011-01-03 14:33
hum... i see in the top 17 markeloff/edward/starix/trace/zonic/karrigan/arcadion/sixer/majer/forest/gtr/delpan/moddi/gux/evolution/neo/taz and i forgot frod, roman, tixo, sunde, foxj, maybe fnx and fallen.... there is definitly no place for ceh9 :)
2011-01-03 14:45
#248
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Brazil hugoooo 
no way evolution in and fallen out
2011-01-03 21:33
there is a little problem about south american players : their matchs were not followed by hltv.org which is an european website. His statistics are not taken into account, contruary of evolution who played many european and world events In conclusion : falleN can't be in the top 20
2011-01-03 23:57
#281
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Brazil hugoooo 
have you seen his stats right there?? counting his 2010 stats here in HLTV.org his rating is a stunning 1.24... let's see if he will be in the top20
2011-01-04 02:09
#9
trace | 
France Reo_O 
GL with fnatic, young nice player.
2011-01-03 13:45
And the "WHAT?!? ONLY RANK 18? BULLSHIT!" comments can commence!
2011-01-03 13:45
What?? Only rank 18?????? Due to my impeccable and undoubted ability to scan on skill and outstanding performances I would have ranked him in top 3. No doubts permitted!!!!
2011-01-03 15:26
lol
2011-01-03 16:00
:-)
2011-01-03 16:12
You just had to time this right, huh? :)
2011-01-03 13:47
waiting for face :3
2011-01-03 13:53
:3
2011-01-03 14:24
talented fellow gl men
2011-01-03 13:53
2011-01-03 13:37 :D nice blog Tgwri1s :) good job :D
2011-01-03 13:54
Landstrom top 10 imo
2011-01-03 13:55
richard lionheart
2011-01-03 13:57
#20
Finland nsis 
What, only 18? He was clearly one of the top players of 2010, always making insane frags and turning matches around. He deserves a better ranking than this imo.
2011-01-03 14:02
Yea because being in the top20 isn't hard at all, christ, if he is 10 or 18 doesn't really matter, the top breed of players is so close, anyone in top20 is a VERY top level gamer.
2011-01-03 14:22
amen to that!
2011-01-03 15:35
#82
Finland nsis 
I didn't mean it like that, no need to get like that. Besides, that was my opinion, as I wrote in the post. I personally think he even deserves to be in the top 10 or even 5. One of the best, if not the best "newcomer" of the year, ending up in fnatic. That ought to mean something :-)
2011-01-03 15:47
there are like 10 or more players, on such equal level that all deserve to be in top5, but it's just impossible
2011-01-03 17:31
I know, but this player has been acknowledged as one of the best players in the world in such a short time. One year and boom he's playing in one of the best, if not the best team in the world.
2011-01-03 18:00
still would you put him above edward, markeloff, starix, forest, gtr, zonic, trace, neo?
2011-01-03 18:08
xizt > neo
2011-01-03 18:18
Above neo yes, the others no. It's 2010 we're talking about here :)
2011-01-03 18:42
still it's less than top5, also I can name more: trace, moodii, gux, sixer, fallen anyway looking at stats neo is doing really really good, but it doesnt matter
2011-01-03 19:33
trace, moddii, FalleN and sixer are great nominees for top5-10 but not gux. He wasn't the same player anymore when he rejoined fnatic as he was in 2009.
2011-01-03 19:45
my point is that a lot of players deserve to be in top10, and it's impossible to choose the perfect 10
2011-01-03 20:05
I know, I still consider Xizt to be in the top10 =)
2011-01-03 20:59
i think fans take this way too more personally than the players probably do.
2011-01-03 15:48
+1
2011-01-04 04:18
nomad , chill , of course nobody will agree 100% with this rank but that does not mean we don`t appreciate the work done by hltv.org
2011-01-03 17:45
richard LAN STORM !!!!
2011-01-03 14:06
Good one :D
2011-01-03 14:14
hehe yea :D
2011-01-03 14:20
najs Xizt new generation :) good luck whit fnatic 2011 !
2011-01-03 14:07
NICE PLAYER!!!
2011-01-03 14:15
face top 5
2011-01-03 14:16
xizt placed nicely as must be done
2011-01-03 14:21
lol xizt top 9
2011-01-03 14:32
nice Xizt nice hltv.org
2011-01-03 14:36
I'm just waiting for the kids to become jumping beans for the top 10 thinking this is too slow. I like it this way, a good biography on each player. Keep up the good work! :)
2011-01-03 14:38
maybe the best aimer !
2011-01-03 14:39
Xizt plays alot like the young forest(begrip and early fnatic times). Huge talent to tap into there.
2011-01-03 14:43
super!
2011-01-03 14:44
interesting ;)
2011-01-03 14:47
KHRYSTAL 17 :)
2011-01-03 14:51
we propobly wont see any of Lions players here, cuz xizt was the best (maybe gux)
2011-01-03 17:33
those videos which you add to the post are so amazing !
2011-01-03 14:52
2nd photo...Ermm. Are those guys midgets or is that guy with light brown t-shirt a friggin monster? Yeah I see that he's standing closer to the camera but still...
2011-01-03 14:52
ns player
2011-01-03 14:55
#60
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India transformer 
nice
2011-01-03 14:57
mb
2011-01-03 15:00
I bet next year he will be in best 15. Peace
2011-01-03 15:03
where you think niko will be??
2011-01-03 15:07
#75
Bosnia and Herzegovina c1le 
I would say 10-13..
2011-01-03 15:35
agree :) i think 12 =)
2011-01-03 15:52
#90
Bosnia and Herzegovina c1le 
He certainly deserves top15 position on this list. =)
2011-01-03 15:58
if Xizt is 18th, niko I guess niko won't be in the top20
2011-01-03 15:47
niko was lions best player.. imo
2011-01-03 15:59
you're opinion is not taken into account in the ranking ;)
2011-01-03 16:56
well it should be :)
2011-01-03 17:11
hell not
2011-01-03 17:20
+1
2011-01-03 19:48
i think we shd report him IMO !
2011-01-04 12:26
people are stupid.. ranked in top 20 is just for greatest ones, saying that 18th place sucks is ridiculous for example, add FX, SK, Fnatic, MTW, Na'Vi players from last year is already 25 players all are fanstasic, there are some amazing players in other teams like Xizt from Lions so be in top 20 is big success, if u deny it, think again!
2011-01-03 15:12
+1
2011-01-03 15:35
exactly
2011-01-03 15:48
+1
2011-01-03 16:23
except FX
2011-01-03 18:20
Nice!
2011-01-03 15:12
niko will be 17th-16th
2011-01-03 15:17
#72
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Poland dalaylama 
this is rate k/d per year 2010 He was better than Zeus and He is 18th
2011-01-03 15:29
foxj top1
2011-01-03 15:30
hmm
2011-01-03 19:49
btw does anybody know what does he guard in dust2 inferno tuscan train and nuke xD havent followed him too much tho :/
2011-01-03 15:36
my fav. player after gtr.
2011-01-03 15:41
This is great stuff guys! Looking forward to seeing the rest of 'em. Keep up the good work!
2011-01-03 15:44
nice player)
2011-01-03 15:54
very talanted player, :3
2011-01-03 15:55
XIZT IS 1
2011-01-03 16:02
The top20 segment is pretty lol way to keep ppl visiting hltv.org at the moment where there are no tournaments. Need to keep the views up because of sponsors lol
2011-01-03 16:05
Listen you worthless piece of shit, the ordinary HLTV.org reader would know that we strive to provide content to the readers, regardless of tournaments being played or not. Dont like the smell in the kitchen, then go find another one.
2011-01-03 16:31
just wow..
2011-01-03 16:38
Didn't expect much more in a reply from a troll.
2011-01-03 16:42
Nixon - those comments are not even worth of it :) You're doing great work, making those short movies with nice actions, nice ranks, coverages and your movies ! :) But I have to say - there aren't many pov's nowadays :( Keep it going ! Can't hardly wait for next articles :)
2011-01-03 16:50
There aren't that many matches man nowadays, so no povs :s
2011-01-03 16:53
but lack of demos from lan events. Check dates from pov demo section :(
2011-01-03 22:44
So you really expected me to go as low as you and insult you back? You got me wrong here. Maybe you are right and I really am not the ordinary reader.
2011-01-03 16:52
You insulted HLTV.org to begin with, did you expect me to just sit back and let it continue?
2011-01-03 17:27
Are you serious? Or you just calmed down and now understading your immature behaviour desperately trying to come up with an excuse? How on erath was my comment an insult to hltv.org? Giving my opinion and pointing out a fact which is propably 99 times in 100 a obvious truth and in my opinon is a little funny is an insult? Can't really compare it with calling someone a worthless piece of shit. Even If I really had insulted hltv.org somehow, responding to it like you did is still not tolerable. "He started first" way of thinking is common in kindergarten, I would expect you to be a little smarter than that.
2011-01-03 17:55
You accused us of being cheesy against our users, that's an insult to me. And honestly, it is not the first time you've seen you go out and plant these comments randomly when you think you have done your detective work and figured something out. Which you did not. People are free to have the opinion, but I'm simply sick of these conspiracy theories...
2011-01-03 18:22
do people visit websites without content? that's the question
2011-01-04 04:47
Oh he said truth... painful yep? by replaing like this you show how immature you are, so sad that people like you are a part of this website, I thought that someone who represent hltv.org should behave a little more polite, but as we can see insulting other people isn't anything special, I would even say that it's everyday occurrence. Maybe you expected that every comment will be like "wee loooove HLTV.ORG <333", "PERFECT top20!!!" Wake up, this world isn't so colorful.
2011-01-03 16:54
Well this guy has posted comments like these for ages and as another guy posted, it is very rare I get on and talk like I did.
2011-01-03 17:29
"so sad that people like you are a part of this website" - do you have any clue who you are replying to? Without Nix0n there would BE no HLTV.org, Jesus how disrespectful can you be in one little post..
2011-01-03 18:41
I know u ppl really do a lot of hard work.. I wonder how can one type so much.. I actually <3 HLTV !!
2011-01-04 04:42
I never have seen you so aggressive Nix0n. Why?!
2011-01-03 16:46
Obviously I'm pissed that this moron doesn't show any respect to the work being done.
2011-01-03 16:48
Yea there is a lot of idiots, who doesnt know why they are here. Thank you the Xizt's review.
2011-01-03 16:54
relax nix0n, there is 1 hater in 100 users of hltv.org, you are doing very good job!
2011-01-03 16:57
n aftrall, even d hater is visitin d site regularly :P
2011-01-04 04:26
It's not about money idiot. People are trying to bring something interesting to us. And for their diligence instead THANK YOU you write this shit. You know in some situations the man looks cleverer when he say nothing instead some shit. It's exactly your situation
2011-01-03 16:51
Everything isn't black and white. I just pointed out what I noticed and think jeesh... I haven't said that they are not doing a great job or it isn't interesting. Ofcourse it is. It isn't about money? I mean you really think so ? Even a 1% about this top20 isn't about visits, views and money ? Think- which way is more profitable. Publishing top20 in one article like boom; or publishing articles during 20 days and encouraging users to comment and discuss in the end of every article. Don't get me wrong. It's not that there is something wrong about it, I just pointed it out. I can't figure out why you get so angry..
2011-01-03 17:02
Yea because it would be a nice easy to read article if it included this times 20, not a wall of text at all, christ, and we obviously have them all written already, because you see, we do not have anything else to do.. Of course this is also related to hits, everything we do is, but posting these separately is not some cheap ploy, and that you seem to think so is a fucking insult to Tgwri1s who is spending a TON of time making these, and that is why we are all getting agitated. If you do not have anything constructive to write then don't, or I will make sure you stop writing for good.
2011-01-03 18:40
Ygos zehhh king :D
2011-01-03 22:57
JUST BAN THIS DUMBASS IM ALL FOR IT!!!
2011-01-06 09:59
is it something bad giving your readers something quite interesting to read/watch while there's nothing going on at scene? for me it's excellent way
2011-01-03 17:36
"The top20 segment is pretty lol way to keep ppl visiting hltv.org .... bla bla" Umm so what ? That's a pretty good idea - to publish one player every day til 20 january when IEM starts ! Wait , that's amazing by hltv ... People know their job ... GJ!
2011-01-03 18:02
oh ur so "over"-smart pointing out the bigger picture.. U must hav deactivated ur facebook account by now as well.. Coz now its a $50billion company.. N dey earn d same way - hits n sponsors !! Leave it upto a user to decide what's good or bad..
2011-01-04 04:40
Xizt, excellent !
2011-01-03 16:28
imo niko did more impact than Xizt but dunno if he will be in the top17
2011-01-03 16:32
nice player
2011-01-03 16:45
fallen in top17:O
2011-01-03 16:48
2011-01-03 17:00
he is just 19 years old, wow he deserved it
2011-01-03 16:56
Xizt absolutely deserved the place in top20. Very nice read about him in past year
2011-01-03 16:59
YEAH!!!
2011-01-03 16:59
Maybe next pasha or ave ?
2011-01-03 17:03
maybe ;) but ave`s chance much more that Pushas , IMHO. but this top will be filled up with Sweden players i guess
2011-01-03 17:25
nice ;p
2011-01-03 17:13
LOOOOOOL Xizt best frag highlight !
2011-01-03 17:16
markeloff top1
2011-01-03 17:16
Great article, Tgwri1s. I don't get how these placements can upset people this much, what actually matters is the content of the article, not if the players is ranked 10., 15., or 20. :)
2011-01-03 17:17
nice Hightlight! Awesome shots
2011-01-03 17:22
#153
Poland Pab 
niceee guys, keep doing and dont feed trolls !:p
2011-01-03 17:25
I guessed him being 18th right :D
2011-01-03 17:30
18th?! Thought he would be at least top15 :P
2011-01-03 17:42
#168
FalleN | 
Brazil gu1d0 
stop the bla bla bla the stats show us that xizt was better....stop crying fucking kids
2011-01-03 17:49
Sweden has far best players, there this ranking will be dominated by them : ) but I believe that there TOP is a place for Polish Frager :D
2011-01-03 17:51
starix will be #1
2011-01-03 17:56
the guy's never really played in big teams before 2010 and already is top20 lol... the swedes must come from another planet I hope to see at least 1 french player in the top :p
2011-01-03 18:02
sixer will be arround 15 place imo
2011-01-03 19:10
that's what I would have said either but since his team isn't in the world top10 he might not have good enough stats, don't know
2011-01-03 19:13
Deserved... :) next is ave
2011-01-03 18:06
ave is not in top 20
2011-01-04 09:22
nice, good player
2011-01-03 18:22
17 >> SIXERe
2011-01-03 18:23
nah SIXER won't be in the top20, MAJ3R have much more chances :)
2011-01-03 18:26
Time: 2011-01-03 13:37 :PPppPP
2011-01-03 18:26
hahahaha
2011-01-03 20:11
fair.
2011-01-03 18:29
nice go xizt
2011-01-03 18:30
Xizt is another CS genius. Wish him good luck in fnatic! I wish Alex.44 would be in this top player list. O(&#8745;_&#8745;)O~
2011-01-03 18:30
n1, Xizt is the best player :) top17 .. taz,ave,fallen ? :D
2011-01-03 18:46
can't believe all this flame war is true about a top20 fair or unfair this is just a fucking video game for christ sake.
2011-01-03 18:48
and #17 is will be ave or zonic
2011-01-03 18:52
que lixo
2011-01-03 18:59
dsn & Zeus > Xizt imho
2011-01-03 19:13
good read!!!!!GJ by Tgwri1s i can see some people dont value your hard work GJ nomad,nixon as well for maintaining user interest
2011-01-03 19:23
This starts to remind me when HLTV had the "best player of the decade" when they was forced to close the comments because of the flame war "/ fnatic.MSi Xizt, GOGOGO :)
2011-01-03 19:28
Because of fanboys who can't understand others opinion. If i say that Edward is best player in the world,it's just MY opinion. But i'd get flamed as soon as some fanboy of some other player read that,which is kinda lame. ;) And after all,this is based on stats,so i don't see any reason why some trolls gotta flame the post,but yeah the "troll" word is enough for itself i guess. ;)
2011-01-03 20:53
good job hltv
2011-01-03 19:39
#225
Lithuania 2FF 
rly good movie ;]
2011-01-03 19:48
Oskar??
2011-01-03 19:51
i lold :D
2011-01-03 23:31
#229
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Mexico tim7 
good joke xizt is like top 10
2011-01-03 20:00
xizt and GTR: age: 19 in future best players ever.
2011-01-03 20:04
GTR is 20 years, 21 this year :P
2011-01-03 20:09
correct (:
2011-01-03 20:15
hah :D
2011-01-03 20:25
#237
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Sweden Traitorz0r 
markeloff-dA-kiNg will be top1, I think!
2011-01-03 20:42
+1 he deserved it, amazing player! :]
2011-01-03 20:44
yea. agree! 1.markeloff 2.edward/starix top15.SIXER/MAJ3R I hope! hehe.
2011-01-03 20:48
#251
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World WestSideDude 
+1
2011-01-03 21:56
f0rest starix markeloff trace Edward have to be in the top5 :) other places aren't important for me :D
2011-01-03 20:51
Could you give a since from players?
2011-01-03 20:52
good player ofc)
2011-01-03 21:00
he deserve it, maybe even for higher place.
2011-01-03 21:28
Sick aim + sick reflex and I really like watching his play. GL youngster!
2011-01-03 22:02
markeloff max top8.
2011-01-03 22:16
#276
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World WestSideDude 
lolwhat?!
2011-01-04 01:19
okey, polish fanboy!
2011-01-04 01:20
ahahahahahaha! getout!
2011-01-04 01:21
#279
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Sweden Traitorz0r 
Are u serious? markeloff deserved top1-3 this year. He 's amazing player!
2011-01-04 01:23
Starix top2
2011-01-03 22:16
carn would't be in top20
2011-01-03 22:52
nice xizT :<3
2011-01-03 23:29
How can Zeus be 19 and Xizt 18? :O
2011-01-03 23:37
watch pov's of xizt and of zeus and you'll see the difference, for example take the one with xizt against cheaptimes
2011-01-05 13:22
the next player is from Denmark ! trust me :P
2011-01-03 23:53
good, but i'm better .
2011-01-03 23:54
omg if xizt is 18, then 17 and down must go over in history.
2011-01-04 00:07
imho, xizt should be in top8 @ 2010 at least
2011-01-04 01:06
xizt top 10 :)
2011-01-04 01:16
who's next? :D
2011-01-04 01:25
nice player yeah ))
2011-01-04 04:10
+1 ..he iz a nice player bt as #100,118,42,78 and so else said if its depends on k/d and amount of played maps then to judge btwn da players of winnin teams like fnatic,navi,sk and alll vs. teams which ddnt played tht much tourneys like h2k,f2f and alll... i think its tough 2 judge tht ratio bt nice work HLTV.waiting for top 17 still. :D
2011-01-04 04:46
xizt with stats from eps scandinavia > zeus stats from international events if you only count international events then I think zeus > xizt
2011-01-04 06:11
for the love of god! ITS BASED ON STATS!!!! this isnt who hltv.org THINKS is the 18 best player of the year. this is who the stats says is the 18 best player of the year. so everyone going: WTF 18? he should be top 5! please do us all a favour and drink a cup of stfu
2011-01-04 10:54
nice work Nixon :)
2011-01-04 11:53
This was all done by Tgwri1s :)
2011-01-04 14:35
who's Tgwri1s ??
2011-01-04 18:45
he's a good man
2011-01-05 16:22
Well deserved. Very nice writeup, thanks for the read. He's done exceptionally well this year, some great crucial frags; always an impressive opener.
2011-01-04 13:22
c1 +++++
2011-01-05 11:44
delpan nice :)
2011-01-05 12:36
amazing player!
2011-01-05 17:45
look on stupid svk ctrl+c,ctrl+v,translator,klik,ctrl+c,ctrl+v.. ubohost... undzwei.eu/?option=frontpage&id_content=..
2011-01-05 19:03
fnatic baby!!
2011-01-06 02:19
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