If you are familiar with the world of video games, you must have heard at least something about CS:GO. This first-person shooter has millions of fans across the globe. At some point, it has become the center of esports tournaments like Mid-Season Invitational, ESL, IEM, M3 World Championship, etc.
The world of CS:GO has got its heroes. These are the best players who have won one or several esports tournaments.
If you are a beginner, you may need a good example of a professional player. Fortunately, you have a great selection to choose from. The list of the best CSGO players includes:
Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev is probably the best AWP player across the world. With the nickname “The Undertaker”, he has earned a total of 19 HLTV MVP rewards and won almost every tournament in CS:GO. He was also regarded as the best player in 2018 and 2021.
s1mple used to play for teams like HellRaisers, Team Liquid, and Evolution. However, his primary success comes after joining NACI, the Ukrainian organization. After trying his luck in North America, he came back to his homeland. With a Major title missing in his collection, he is still one of the top players in his league.
Patrik Lindberg, known as f0rest, belongs to GeT_RiGhT. With 15 years of professional gaming experience, he is surely one of the all-time greats. His skill and longevity in the sport have made it possible for him to perform at the highest level.
Although f0rest had an amazing career in CS:GO, he is admired for his stellar performance when he was a part of Fnatic. Now that he is a part of GeT_RiGhT, f0rest also has won different kinds of rewards. By the way, he is also one of the three players who has performed as a part of the top Swedish teams – SK, Fnatic, and NiP.
Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz has become a legendary player after his long-term performance with AWP. His years with Astralis were marked with some absolute records for the team. It took a while for competitors to defeat the Daish team.
In 2021, dev1ce moved to Ninjas in Pyjamas due to his intention to live in Sweden. Such a change had a negative impact on his performance, even though he kept staying on the top. This year, dev1ce finished 2nd at BLAST Premier: Global Final 2020 and Flashpoint Season 3 (with NiP). Generally, he won almost every event in CS:GO, including most Majors.
Marcelo “coldzera” David has become the world’s number one several times. Since 2014, he has gained international recognition as the universal player. Despite being the most explosive player in the history of CS:GO, coldzera has managed to win back-to-back Majors. He was also the MVP of ESL tournaments, which allowed him to make a good fortune.
What makes coldzera one of the best players is his consistency and the fact that he can perform at the highest level at any time. His consistency allows him to end up as the top fragger no matter which squad he is with.
Richard “shox” Papillon is one of the greatest CS:GO players in the industry. He took the world of gaming by storm with his initial performances. After winning Dreamhack Winter 2014 with LDLC, he joined the team of EnvyUs. Tin 2019, he shifted teams to Team Vitality, where he reached his initial success.
Shox seems to have been missing a stable team. Rejoining a French set-up at Vitality and along with apEx and ZywOo, he considers adding more Majors to his collection.
Other Names in the Top Level of CS:GO
The list of the best CS:GO players is constantly expanded. New players are added to the list as a result of their achievements in CS:GO tournaments. Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut, Nikola “NiKo” Kovač, Mareks “YEKINDAR” Gaļinskis, and Valeriy “b1t” Vakhovskiy are also worth mentioning in the list of top players.
As a player, you should follow the successes of the top CS:GO players. It’s an excellent experience to watch them destroying their opponents and demonstrating professional gaming skills. By the way, it is a great educational exercise as you definitely should learn from the best if you want to achieve a high level of success in CS:GO.
Generally, esports is always unpredictable. So you can never be 100% sure of who will reach the top of their game and earns the audience’s heart next.