CS Top 20 From a Nobody: #5-#1
5) Emil ‘Magisk’ Reif (Magisk)
LAN: 1.16 (141) [#9]
Big Events: 1.16 (123) [#7]
Majors: 1.21 (23) [#3]
Big Event Victories: 6
IEM Katowice - 1.28 [#4]*
IEM Beijing - 1.24 [#5]
ECS Season 8 Finals - 1.22 [#3]
Another year for Magisk in the Astralis lineup is in the books, and he continues to reap the rewards from the best job promotion in Counter-Strike. After an incredible debut year with the team, he followed it up with an almost identically impressive 2019. His abilities as a rifler are comparable to just a few players in the world, which is why he continues to play a fundamental role in the Astralis lineup.
Magisk’s ability to impact the game in different ways is what makes him so dangerous as a rifler. He is one of the most mechanically talented riflers in the world, but he also has a bright mind for the game which allows him to support and assist his teammates, making them even better. His offensive abilities netted him a Major MVP, and his supportive abilities earned him top five in assists per round, support round% and KAST%.
Magisk is both talented and insanely consistent, which is a very Astralis trait. Everyone will be gunning for Astralis in 2020, so Magisk will have to work hard to maintain this form and his top-five ranking.
4) Jonathan ‘EliGE’ Jablonowski
LAN: 1.20 (168) [#4]
Big Events: 1.20 (139) [#5]
Majors: 1.16 (15) [#9]
Big Event Victories: 6
IEM Chicago - 1.39 [#1]*
BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen - 1.38 [#2]
ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals - 1.27 [#1]*
EliGE’s stock shot up this year after some unprecedented individual performances throughout 2019. During Liquid’s historic run, EliGE at points played like the best player in the world. His growth over the past year has deservedly put him in the conversation as one of the best players in the world.
EliGE is without a doubt the most talented player in North America. His rifling impact is mirrored by no other player in the region, nor his entry ability. He earned the top five rankings in nine different categories including rating, ADR, KPR, total frags and opening frags per round. EliGE’s form did not only bring individual merits but fueled a historic run for North America’s best lineup.
EliGE is the best player in North America and now the only thing left for him is to become the best player in the world. Liquid won everything but a Major this year. If they have an even better 2020 then EliGE will surely climb the ranks.
3) Aleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev (Natus Vincere)
LAN: 1.29 (134) [#2]
Big Events: 1.28 (99) [#2]
Majors: 1.24 (21) [#2]
Big Event Victories: 1
StarSeries i-League Season 7 - 1.43 [#1]*
ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals - 1.39 [#2]
BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen - 1.38 [#1]
2018’s No. 1 ranked player had an incredible year by pretty much anyone else’s standard but his own. He consistently fought for the best stats in the world but missed out on the trophies and MVP awards other members in the top five have to deserve the No. 1 ranking.
S1mple dominated most of 2019 on an individual level. He is the top five in nine different categories and is ranked first in opening duel%, 1+ frag round%, and KPR. Offensively, s1mple an unstoppable force that can only be hindered by a poorly performing supporting cast, which he had. His numbers are eye-popping, but the lack of deep tournament runs separate him and the final two ranked players.
Taking the team-friendly approach and giving up the AWP was nice in theory, but it did not pan out. If Na’Vi is serious about contending, primary AWPer Ladislav ‘GuardiaN’ Kovács has to go and ideally s1mple should return to playing as a hybrid. His impact as a hybrid is much higher than as a pure rifler, and a player of his caliber should be allowed that option.
2) Nicolai ‘device’ Reedtz (Astralis)
LAN: 1.22 (141) [#3]
Big Events: 1.22 (123) [#3]
Majors: 1.29 (23) [#1]
Big Event Victories: 6
DreamHack Masters Malmö - 1.42 [#1]
IEM Beijing - 1.40 [#2]
ECS Season 7 Finals - 1.37 [#2]
Device added six big event trophies and three MVPs to his Hall of Fame resume in 2019. His incredibly refined skill set makes him one of the hardest players to play against. He rarely has wasted movement and he rarely makes mistakes. On top of that, he is perhaps the best hybrid player in the world. If you want to see near-perfect Counter-Strike, watch device.
Across nearly every filter, device is ranked No. 3 in rating behind s1mple, but the plethora of trophies that device earned certainly counters that. He may have ended third in rating, but he also ended with six big event victories including both Majors, and three MVP awards. He may not have as insane of statistics as the other two juggernauts in the top three, but device is a winner which counts for so much more.
At No. 2, the only objectives left to fulfill are either maintaining No.2 or earning No. 1.
1) Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut (Vitality)
LAN: 1.29 (176) [#1]
Big Events: 1.29 (113) [#1]
Majors: 1.17 (18) [#7]
Big Event Victories: 2
EPICENTER - 1.48 [#1]*
ECS Season 7 Finals - 1.44 [#1]*
DreamHack Masters Malmö - 1.36 [#2]*
It comes as a surprise to no one that ZywOo would earn No. 1 on the list. Picking anyone but ZywOo goes against all logic. Although he did not have as many team accomplishments as device, ZywOo destroyed all understanding of what a Counter-Strike player is truly capable of. From big plays to micromovements, ZywOo has an understanding of the game that perhaps no one can mimic.
You do not need numbers to measure ZywOo’s talent in the server, it just resonates off of him. He can win the round by himself at any time and often does. In his first full year with Vitality, ZywOo was quickly able to establish himself as the most talented player in the world. As we head into year two there seems to be no way to stop him from becoming even better.
Vitality has plenty to fix before getting back into officials. ZywOo will certainly keep them in championship contention, but the supporting cast will have to sure up their faults if they want to lift trophies.
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