CSGO has been around for 10 years and is one of the most popular esports in the world. During this time, we’ve had the opportunity to watch many great players achieve what we might call greatness. Here know the best CSGO player.
Even among the very best, three of them stand out. And impressive is that these players are still young and have at least 5-8 more years of Counter-Strike.
What Defines Greatness in CSGO
CSGO greatness can be defined in more than one way. Some will argue that it all comes down to results. In that sense, winning at least one Major title is a must to be one of the best.
Others say that the number of MVP awards matters because that’s what characterizes the best players – their ability to carry their team match after match and tournament after tournament. Stats don’t lie, so if you’re one of the best players, you must have amazing stats.
Others will claim that playing at all times for one of the top 5 organizations is the mark of greatness. And that consistency is a huge factor when trying to figure out the best CSGO players.
At the other extreme, analysts believe the only thing that matters is the peak. To be the greatest, your peak must have been the highest. And that includes both individual experience and team results.
We can use many criteria to define greatness in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. And some players will tick all or at least most of the boxes.
When we talk about great teams, names like Astralis, FaZe Clan, Team Liquid, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Fnatic, SK Gaming (Luminosity Gaming), and Natus Vincere come to mind. After all, these teams have won a lot of LAN events and dominated CSGO for at least one year throughout the game’s history.
But when it comes to individuals, the top 5 are harder to make because there’s more than one criterion.
The Greatest Players
In the early days of CSGO, players like GeT_RiGhT, olofmeister, and flusha were incredible. Then, in the next several years, came coldzera, dev1ce, and NiKo. All of them were very impressive to watch. By 2018, arguably the greatest CSGO player of all time was named the number 1 CSGO player of the year. His name was s1mple.
To this day, he has remained in the top 2. Another player who has impressed everyone and has remained consistent over the last 3-4 years is ZywOo. He too won the race in two years and was the runner-up in 2021.
Arguably, the competition for the best CSGO player of all time should occur between s1mple, ZywOo, and dev1ce. Unfortunately for the fans of the latter, he hasn’t been seen in almost a year, even though he’s just 27. But his results and individual performances cannot be denied.
Here’s the top players list, in my view. They’re all popular players, and any one could be called the best player. In recent years, s1mple has been the best. But overall, all three have spectacular portolios, incredible talent, and know more about the game than anyone else.
Dev1ce is on the list for several reasons. First, he’s by far the most accomplished of the three. His years with Astralis have earned him 5 Major titles and numerous other trophies. Just from prize money alone, dev1ce has made around $2 million, which is very impressive.
Individually, dev1ce was a top 3 player 5 times so far, so he’s just as consistent as the other two. And the fact that he had a rough couple of years in 2021 and 2022 doesn’t diminish his results.
Dev1ce, like s1mple and ZywOo, happens to be one of the best AWPers in the world.
ZywOo is the least accomplished of the three CSGO players on this list. But his stats are off-the-charts. He’s the main reason why Team Vitality has had so much success over the last four years. And he may be very close to winning a CSGO Major.
Being roughly 22 years old, ZywOo is part of the new generation of players. So far, his greatest achievement was the trophy he won at EPICENTER 2019, but he’s also won a lot of other smaller events.
The reason why he hasn’t been so successful has a lot more to do with Team Vitality than with his performance. Paired with better players, he would become a Major winner almost overnight.
To be fair, the current version of Vitality might be good enough to win the biggest trophies in CSGO. The upcoming IEM Rio Major will tell us if that’s the case or not.
S1mple is the definition of a player who forever changes a team’s fate. For several years, he struggle to find results because Natus Vincere had many relatively weak players. Their mistakes and lack of motivation ruined s1mple’s dreams at every Major. But his performance was extraordinary.
Match after match, s1mple was miles ahead of his teammates and, quite often, his opponents, even when he was playing on the losing side.
After a while, some of the older members of Na’Vi started to be benched, and new players were brought in. In just several years, Na’Vi went from being a strong one-man team to a strong 5-man team. And that change resulted in many trophies, including a CSGO Major.
S1mple won that trophy in 2021 at PGL Major Stockholm. Since then, he’s won several other big tournaments, including the BLAST Premier World Final (2021). At the moment, Natus Vincere are ranked 2nd in the world and represent one of the favorites at IEM Rio Major. If they win, that would make s1mple the winner of two Majors. Assuming that Na’Vi qualify for the event, of course.