Top 20 Best CS:GO Players of 2019: GoodGamer Top Twenty

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There’s nothing quite like watching a high-stakes, competitive CS:GO match. The atmosphere is always electric, and the tension brings out the best in players. To look back on all the great moments that the competitive scene gave us this year, we’ve decided to rank the twenty best CS:GO players of 2019.

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Many of these players are making their return, while a few are just debuting. The one overriding theme we picked up on was potential. Even those who achieved a high spot on our list have the ability to go higher. So even after you’ve made your way through this list, you’ll have to keep watching throughout 2020 to see where these twenty CS:GO players can go from here.

20. Best CS:GO Players 2019: Denis “electronic” Sharipov

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Describing the atmosphere at CS:GO competitions as “electric” in the intro was a not-so-subtle nod to the first entrant on our list, electronic. Playing for Natus Vincere, this Russian youth really made a name for himself this year. Not only did he have a career-best performance in 2019, he also became a father towards the start of the year. So, double congratulations are in order!

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Electronic helped his team take first place at two S-tier events this year, ESL Pro League Season 10 – Europe, and StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 7. The only reason he didn’t get a higher ranking was that his performance was inconsistent, which brings his ranking down.

19. Best CS:GO Players 2019: Kenny “kennyS” Schrub

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KennyS currently plays for G2 Esports. He’s seen as one of the quickest and most skilled AWPers in the game, and for good reason. Everyone knows that the sniper role is one of the hardest positions, but kennyS’ ability to master it makes him a living legend. He’s heads and shoulders above other French players and ranks amongst the best European CS:GO players of all time.

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However, kennyS has been in a bit of a slump lately. Most years, he’s able to clinch a top five-to-ten spot, but this year he just barely makes the list. There’s no telling what the future holds for this incredibly skilled player, but let’s hope he gets his mojo back.

18. Best CS:GO Players 2019: Nevin “splashske” Aw

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Splashske is a Singaporean AWPer on the B.O.O.T-dream[S]cape team. At just 20 years old, he’s mixing it up with the best of them. His skillset is wide-ranging, making him dangerous to opponents and a great asset to his teams. While he spent most of 2019 as a big fish in a relatively small pond, he performed well enough to land a spot on this list.

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Splashske isn’t as flashy as some of the other players you’ll read about, but he’s as consistently good as almost anyone else. A better statistical outcome in 2020 will see him earn a higher spot, but even if he plays just as well next year as he did this year, you’ll likely be reading about him again.

17. Best CS:GO Players 2019: Ismailcan “XANTARES” Dörtkardeş

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Though he lives in Germany, XANTARES is a Turkish pro playing for BIG as a rifler. He’s best-known for his amazing fragging skills as well as his quick reaction time. This deadly combo makes him one of the most accomplished Turkish players in the competitive scene and earned him a spot on our top twenty players list.

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This year, his team took first place at Season 8 of the European Challenger Cup qualifier, and third place at the B-tier WePlay! Lock and Load event. A better showing next year will see XANTARES climb higher on future lists, but his talent is far from questionable.

16. Best CS:GO Players 2019: Andrew “kaze” Khong

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Kaze had a tremendous year in 2019. Though he’s now playing for a Chinese organization, Vici Gaming, he’s still a superstar in his home country of Malaysia. He remains widely regarded as one of the most exciting young talents in the Asian Counter-Strike scene and maintained a LAN rating of 1.21 throughout the year.

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His only first-place finish in 2019 was at the CS.MONEY Asian Emperor tournament, a B-tier event, but that doesn’t mean that’s as high as he can climb. Kaze is proving to the world that he’s among the best players active today, and readers can expect to see him gracing our top twenty lists for years to come.

15. Best CS:GO Players 2019: Marcelo “coldzera” David

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Coldzera’s aim sets him apart from the pack. On top of that, his decision-making abilities are second-to-none. On MIBR, he’s a AWPer/Entry Fragger, but he typically enjoys a reatively free-roaming role where he can employ his quick-thinking skills on the fly. In the past, his tactics have enabled his team to pull off some major upsets.

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Statistically, coldzera is the best player in the CS:GO majors. That’s because he’s consistently good no matter how much pressure is on him. In 2019, he played a total of 13,409 rounds and has a kill/death ratio of 1.35. His team won first place in five events this year, largely thanks to his skills. This earned him the number 15 spot on our list.

14. Best CS:GO Players 2019: Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo

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The “Godfather of Brazilian CS:GO,” FalleN has done a lot to support the Braziallian CS:GO scene. But in all that goodwill and community-building, it’s easy to forget that he’s actually a Grade A AWPer, a world-class in-game leader, and an opponent never to be taken lightly. Though there are players with more technical proficiency than him, he’s a uniquely skilled player that any team would be lucky to have.

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Praised for his cool head and his ability to perform under pressure, FalleN has been one of the best CS:GO players in the world for nearly a decade. 2019 was another great year in his storied career, and he likely has many more ahead of him.

13. Best CS:GO Players 2019: Nikola “NiKo” Kovač

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After impressive achievements in 2017 and 2018, NiKo was all but guaranteed a spot on our 2019 list. He consistently provides the rifling skills needed to dominate a match and demonstrates almost perfect crosshair placement. The man’s headshot percentage typically comes in around 50%, no matter the setting. It’s this pinpoint accuracy that separates him from other players.

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Since his time playing for FaZe Clan, he’s really been able to explore his skills as a lurker (rifler). Though he’s fallen a few spots on this list, he still proved himself one of the finest players in the game today. At just 21, he’s got plenty of time left to reclaim a higher spot.

12. Best CS:GO Players 2019: Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz

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Last year, dev1ce became a first-class champion at the FACEIT Major in London. Widely respected for his abilities as an AWPer, dev1ce is best at holding tight angles and hitting incredible no-scopes. With his current team, Astralis, he had a strong run in 2019, just not quite as strong as his previous year.

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More than anything, it’s dev1ce’s ability to anticipate his opponents’ strategies that makes him such a force to be reckoned with. He’s also an exceptionally confident player, and with more discipline, he’ll no doubt climb back up to a higher position on future lists. He brings a lot of value to his team, and he’s almost certainly got more championship performances in him.

11. Best CS:GO Players 2019: Tyson “TenZ” Ngo

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At 17 years old, TenZ may still be a minor, but he is no doubt a formidable player. His lack of tournament experience did not hamper his ability to perform magnificently throughout 2019, which will surely be known as his break-out year.

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As a member of Bad News Bears, TenZ made 1,102 total kills and earned a kill/death ratio of 1.27. His damage per round came out to 89.5. This Canadian rifler is making his debut on our list at an incredibly respectable spot, indicating he’s probably got a lot of potential to climb to an even higher position in future lists. The only way to find out for sure is to follow his career.

10. Best CS:GO Players 2019: Simon “Sico” Williams

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Early in the year, Sico was undoubtedly the best player on Tainted Minds. He opted to leave what’s generally thought of as the number one Australian CS:GO organization in order to join Grayhound, which is arguably the second-best CSGO team in the country. Some called this a downgrade, but Sico’s skills certainly didn’t go anywhere.

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After being involved in 10 different qualifiers, tournaments, and leagues, Sico made 1,496 kills with a kill/death ratio of 1.38. His damage per round was 79.2. He only competed in one tier 1 tournament this year, IEM Sydney, and became Grayhound’s best player.

9. Best CS:GO Players 2019: Vincent “Brehze” Cayonte

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Brehze is a star in the making. As NRG’s rifler, he can lead his team to superstardom, and likely will do so in a year or two. This is his third year with the team, and they’ve improved consistently throughout that time. That’s not to say he’ll definitely stick around with them next year, though. If he does join a major franchise like FaZe or Liquid, he might be able to reach all new heights.

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In 2019, Brehze participated in more than a dozen tournaments, leagues, and qualifiers. In the vast majority of those events, he rated better than 1.00. His average kill/death ratio was 1.25, and his total kills came out to 1.24. At just 20 years of age, he’s got plenty of potential left to realize.

8. Best CS:GO Players 2019: Nemanja “huNter” Kovač

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HuNter’s cousin is Nikola “NiKo” Kovač. If that’s not proof of a burgeoning CS:GO dynasty, I don’t know what is. HuNter spent most of the year as a rifler for Serbian CS:GO organization, Valiance, and earned some impressive stats, including the most maps played of any professional player for all of 2019.

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Whether he’s playing terrorists or counter-terrorists, HuNter is known for his aggressive playstyle. He’s also a talented sniper and a great shot with the pistol, making him very well-rounded. Through 16 events, he achieved 3,061 kills on a kill/death ratio of 1.23. All signs indicate that next year he’ll continue to be Serbia’s gift to CS:GO.

7. Best CS:GO Players 2019: Seon-Ho “xeta” Son

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Speaking of gifts, the best Korean CS:GO player in 2019 was xeta. Playing for the MVP PK, a strong team based in the Asian region, he is considered by many to be the next big thing on the professional circuit, and 2019 proved why. Xeta is best-known for his skills with rifles, especially the AK-47. Still, he doesn’t mind going for the role of a secondary AWPer on his team.

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Unfortunately for the Asian CS:GO circuit, xeta likely won’t be staying there much longer. He’s got huge potential, meaning he can compete in European or North American events. Throughout the year, he amassed 1,159 kills with a kill/death ratio of 1.24.

6. Best CS:GO Players 2019: Elias “Jamppi” Olkkonen

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It might be painful to some of you—it was certainly painful for this writer—to learn that one of the top contenders for best CS:GO player of the year is just 17 years old. It’s true; Finnish player Jamppi isn’t even 18 yet and he’s already one of the best players in the game. He’s currently an AWP for SJ Gaming.

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Jamppi participated in more than two dozen events and rated above 1.00 in almost all of them. His overall kill/death ratio was 1.34 on 1,865 kills, which is a statistic any player could be proud of. Like most of the other players on this list, he’s still got tons of potential to tap, so expect him to be even higher on this list in the future.

5. Best CS:GO Players 2019: Yuri “yuurih” Santos

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Yuurih, a young Brazilian talent, broke into the pro Counter-Strike:Global Offensive scene seemingly out of nowhere. He’s been an integral part of FURIA for almost two years now, and though he’s gained a reputation as a one-dimensional player, that certainly doesn’t mean he’s not one of the best.

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The man plays his fragger (rifler) roll to absolute perfection. FURIA centers almost every match around his abilities, which frankly is a smart move. This year, yuurih was great in the qualifiers, racking up 2,439 kills with a kill/death ratio of 1.27. His damage per round came out to 89.6. As Brazil’s hard carry, he deserves all the accolades he’s been getting.

4. Best CS:GO Players 2019: Vinicius “vsm” Moreira

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DETONA’s star player is, without question, vsm. Despite the fact that he’s competing with a lower-tier CS:GO team, he’s still played as good as any of the players in the top tier organizations. Vsm is enjoying his time as a rifler in DETONA, but he’ll likely ascend to a larger team within a year or two, meaning he’ll soon get an even better chance to shine.

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Vsm is mostly known for his anchoring abilities, where he’s able to hold sites all by himself. He’s often capable of getting tons of frag kills, making him a clutch performer. As a very active player, it’s impressive that he’s maintained such a high rating. With 1,759 kills and a kill/death ratio of 1.24, his spot in the top five is well-earned.

3. Best CS:GO Players 2019: Ali “Jame” Djami

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It would be hard to argue that Jame isn’t the next big thing in the CIS region. At the moment, he’s a primary AWPer for AVANGAR, and he’s definitely the reason why AVANGAR was so successful this year. He’s been the team’s in-game leader and continues to be a top fragger. Clearly, the sky is the limit for this Russian daredevil.

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With AVANGAR, Jame took part in dozens of leagues, qualifiers, and tournaments. Jame topped the charts in almost every one of the events in 2019—his lowest rating being a 1.13 on IEM Katowice. He made 2,819 kills with an unbelievable kill/death ratio of 1.54. If someone wanted to claim he was the best CS:GO player out there, I wouldn’t stop them.

2. Best CS:GO Players 2019: Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut

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ZywOo is a French prodigy. At just 18 years old, he is already doing what most other players can only dream about on the major tournaments. He can carry the entire Vitality roster, and his raw talent is pretty much unparalleled. Watching him play, you’d almost think he hasn’t practiced. He makes it look like he was just born with CS:GO skills.

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Throughout 2019, ZywOo was a hybrid player, capable of landing headshots with pistols, rifles, SMGs, and just about any other gun in the game. Pretty much every team had a hard time stopping him, as shown by his stats: a kill/death ratio of 1.40 on 3,496 kills. Wow. This is his best showing so far, and there’s a good chance he clinches the top spot next year.

1. Best CS:GO Players 2019: Aleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev

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You probably knew this one was coming. S1mple is the best CS:GO player in the world, and there’s pretty much no way around it. He’s The Terminator and the reason why Natus Vincere is rated so highly in the professional scene. He’s what Jordan was to the Bulls, and that’s no hyperbole. He plays the game like it’s an artform.

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Even though he’s primarily an AWPer, s1mple is capable of making headshots with pistols and rifles. Much like ZywOo, he’s a player that cannot be stopped. His stats are strong for 2019, with 1,376 kills on a kill/death ratio of 1.49. But the reason he topped our list was because he also topped the charts on StarSeries i-League Season 7. He retains his title from last year and has a good shot of earning it again in 2020. Keep watching this space for more.

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