Rush B Media's First All-CSGO Team
With Counter-Strike done and over for the calendar year, it is time to commemorate the players who performed at the highest levels on the biggest stages. The top 20 coming later this week will announce and rank the best players overall during the year, but the All-CS Team sheds light on the best players in a different way. Similar to the All-NBA Team, the players selected are chosen for standing out in their respective positions for the entirety of the year. The All-CS Team is comprised of two teams with five roster spots each. Players are chosen and listed according to their position in the following order: one in-game leader, one AWPer, one entry fragger, and two riflers.
1st Team: Lukas ‘gla1ve’ Rossander (Astralis)
Once again, the tactical mastermind behind Astralis’ unstoppable system leads the pack as the best in-game leader in Counter-Strike. His team won six big events, including both Majors this year, won the inaugural Intel Grand Slam and closed the year out No. 1 on HLTV’s world rankings. That is an overall impressive year to put into the portfolio, but the numbers get even better. Astralis close their calendar year out with a record of 106-39, having all seven maps in the current rotation with win percentages of 60+. Gla1ve runs a system that allows his players to thrive, enabling them to become the best players and the best team possible.
2nd Team: Nick ‘nitr0’ Cannella (Liquid)
Nitr0 made strides this year as an in-game leader, and that helped catapult Liquid into newer heights that included six big event wins, the second-ever Intel Grand Slam in 63 short days and a comfortable seat in history as the best North American lineup ever assembled. For a year, Liquid asserted their dominance over the world, winning everything but a Major. With five maps at 60+ win percentage and an overall record of 127-55, nitr0 sits comfortably as 2019’s second-best in-game leader.
Honorable Mention: Finn ‘karrigan’ Andersen (mousesports)
Karrigan stood in for Envy at the beginning of the year, but his 2019 did not take off until he landed in the mousesports lineup where he constructed another championship team. The lineup played its first official in March and ended 2019 with a record of 92-42 (69%), three LAN victories including an EPL Finals victory and a No. 2 ranking on HLTV. Karrigan was able to create a world-beater in just nine months, so 2020 will be an absolute treat for mousesports fans.
1st Team: Nicolai ‘device’ Reedtz (Astralis)
It is no secret that device is one of the world’s most well-rounded players, and his skill-set includes a profound ability to dominate the game with the AWP. Although not as dedicated to the role as some primary AWPers, he is regarded as one of the most mechanically sound AWPers in the world. Anyone striving to become a better AWPer should head directly to device’s demos for a 411 on near-perfect AWP pathing and decision making. He is an astounding 700 AWP frags below first-place, but that does not mean there is a gap in ability. Although device’s usage and totals are lower because of his roles as a hybrid star, his impact AWP fragging in key moments helped bring home six big event trophies, including two Majors.
2nd Team: Özgür ‘woxic’ Eker (mousesports)
Woxic started his year with the HellRaisers core that he had been playing with for the previous year and a half. Those familiar with his game were aware that he had the potential to be one of the best players in the game. In the HellRaisers lineups, there were obvious glimpses, but his jump to a Finn ‘karrigan’ Andersen-led mousesports was what the player needed to be unlocked. In just eight months in the mouz lineup, woxic established himself as one of the most explosive AWPers in the game. His numbers soared in the mouz lineup and he became a dependable source of firepower for a world-beating lineup. 2019 was great for woxic, finishing top five in AWP frags per round. The sky’s the limit for him in 2020.
Honorable Mention: Tsvetelin ‘CeRq’ Dimitrov (Evil Geniuses)
Evil Geniuses’ primary AWPer established himself as one of the best pure AWPers in Counter-Strike following his performances in the team’s most important games this year. It did not matter who was the in-game leader or what organization they were playing for, CeRq showed massive growth and stepped up in key moments in 2019. His high-level performances with the big green was a driving force for EG’s two big event victories. CeRq led the world in AWP frags this year and tied with woxic in AWP frags per round at .38. CeRq has the skill to reach the top AWP status in 2020, but he will have to find consistency in his game to reach those heights.
1st Team: Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut (Vitality)
ZywOo’s reign of terror was unwavering in 2019 as he continued to push the boundaries on what we thought was achievable in the game of Counter-Strike. His ability in nearly every facet of the game at just 19 years old is unprecedented. However, the most impactful level of his game comes in the form of getting the opening pick. At an attempt percentage of nearly 24, ZywOo is steamrolling opponents early round with a success rate just under 62%. His insane KPR to DPR ratio while opening sits at .15 to .09, which is equally as impressive as his first-place ranking in total opening frags. When the numbers come together, ZywOo is the best player in the world at opening the round.
2nd Team: Jonathan ‘EliGE’ Jablonowski (Liquid)
Liquid’s best player is certainly able to impact the game any time he wants, but like ZywOo, EliGE has a way of dominating the early portions of rounds that put him in an exclusive group. He attempts to open for his team 25% of the time and finds success in 53% of those rounds. EliGE's ability to consistently impact the early-round for Liquid was a catalyst to their successes in 2019. Without a doubt, EliGE established himself as North America’s greatest talent and the second-best entry fragger in the world.
Honorable Mention: Aleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev (Natus Vincere)
Although s1mple places first in opening success percentage and is top five in opening rating, he is middle of the pack in attempt percentage. Not only is he average in his opening attempt count, but he also played much fewer maps than ZywOo and EliGE. The notable difference in maps played combined with the low attempt percentage means he was impactful, just not as impactful as the other two. When measuring entry fraggers, the impact is what matters.
1st Team: Emil ‘Magisk’ Reif (Astralis)
For the entirety of 2019, Magisk was the No. 2 source of firepower for the Astralis machine that won six big events this year. His 1.16 rating at big events has him placed with the best names in Counter-Strike, and he performed that well using rifles in 76% of his frags. Magisk has an understanding of how to be dominant with all four major rifles in the game, which enables him to impact the game on both sides of the server. Magisk’s versatility and consistency are what make him a world-class rifler.
1st Team: Denis ‘electronic’ Sharipov (Natus Vincere)
Na’Vi’s No.2 is a star in his own right. Even though he shares the spotlight with 2018’s best player Aleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev, he still manages to shine in the biggest events. His 1.20 rating this year has him sitting amongst the world’s most talented players, and he is doing it almost entirely with rifles. 78% is one of the highest rifle frag percentages among top players, and it showcases electronic’s ability with the different rifles available. Electronic finished each big event this year with a 1.13 rating or better. The only thing that can stop this guy is his supporting cast.
2nd Team: Robin ‘ropz’ Kool (mousesports)
2019 has been a stellar year for ropz in terms of growth. The fringe top 20 player of 2018 quickly evolved into one of the most talented riflers in the game today. His production for mouz is world-class, and it is even higher when playing the best teams in the world. Mousesports went on a tear in the final month of competition, reaching the finals in four straight events and winning three of them. The Estonian rifler was a primary source of production in all of these events. However, the most impressive example of his abilities was put on display at ESL Pro League S10 Finals. His 1.19 rating in victories versus top teams like Evil Geniuses, fnatic and Astralis helped his team take home the trophy, earning him his first MVP award. 79% of his frags came by way of rifles, so it's no surprise ropz makes it on the second team.
2nd Team: Vincent ‘Brehze’ Cayonte (Evil Geniuses)
At the height of Brehze’s 2019, he looked like the best rifler in North America. At some points, maybe even the world. Unfortunately, he experienced a rough couple of months to close the year. Nevertheless, he sits with the top players in the game when it comes to impacting rounds for his team. He sits in the top five for percentage of rounds with a frag or more at 50%. He is also in the leaderboards for total frags and headshots. His production is impressive, and he is doing it while fragging 79% of the time with a rifle. Brehze earned his place amongst the top players in North America and a place on the All-CS Second Team.
Honorable Mention: Nemanja ‘huNter-’ Kovač (G2)
Whether he is representing Valiance, CR4ZY or G2, huNter- always shows out for his squad. The amount of impact huNter- can offer to his team is intimidating at times. Just like his cousin Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač, when huNter- is in form and has full confidence, he can be one of the hardest players in the world to compete against. Moving into the global spotlight has not deterred the Serbian rifler from performing, as he has only improved since joining the G2 lineup. HuNter- wrecked everyone in his way in their last three tournaments, playing near an eye-popping .90 KPR. Nearly 75% of his frags came from rifles, and specifically, only 38 came from the AWP. A full year in G2 will lead to great improvements and more merits for huNter-.
2019 ALL-CS FIRST TEAM
IGL - Lukas ‘gla1ve’ Rossander
AWP - Nicolai ‘device’ Reedtz
ENTRY - Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut
RIFLE - Emil ‘Magisk’ Reif
RIFLE - Denis ‘electronic’ Sharipov
2019 ALL-CS SECOND TEAM
IGL - Nick ‘nitr0’ Cannella
AWP - Özgür ‘woxic’ Eker
ENTRY - Jonathan ‘EliGE’ Jablonowski
RIFLE - Robin ‘ropz’ Kool
RIFLE - Vincent ‘Brehze’ Cayonte
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All statistics used are from the HLTV database.
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