Over the past 12 months, fans have observed many incredible moments in CS: GO. From astonishing upheavals to dominating performances, professional gamers have endowed the stage with several impressive games.
There have been some pros around the world who have performed well on a regular basis and as a result have claimed their place in our ranking of the best players of 2021.
When it comes to Heroic in 2021, people often think of the HUNDEN drama, or CadiaN’s jaw-dropping clutch to win ESL Pro League Season 13. Still, the team have had enough success throughout the year, consolidating themselves as one of the best in the world. This was in large part thanks to stavn. The Rifleman provided a stable performance in most of Heroic’s top four. Additionally, the 19-year-old only scored twice in an event where he finished with a negative rating of 2.0 (IEM Fall 2021 Europe and IEM Katowice 2021, where he scored 0.95 and 0.98, respectively). If you’re talking about the future of Danish Counter-Strike, stavn is the name you need to mention.
And since we’re talking about the future, there’s probably no better prospect around the world than B1T. The second half of 2021 marked the start of the Natus Vincere era in the eyes of many. And although the main authors of this success are players such as s1mple and electronics, B1T has always played an important role in it. The Ukrainian joined Na’Vi at the end of last December, and the CIS team have started to look like the best team in the world since. Despite being only 18 years old, B1T has proven to have all the values a perfect entry-level fragger needs. And make no mistake, he’s only just starting his journey on a world-class level. Counter strike career. Many expect him to get better and better every year.
While each team in 2021 was eclipsed by Na’Vi, two teams were closest to catching up with B1T and its crew. G2 Esports was one of them. The Franco-Bosnian mix often came close to Na’Vi, PGL Stockholm Major being one of the examples. Many of G2’s top three spots are the result of hard work and fearless performances by huNter. The 25-year-old, along with NiKo, created a duo that few could beat in 2021, which can be seen in the stats: both were G2’s best players this year. Although the team’s fall in the fall left them a bit taken aback, when the team were fighting for the trophy the Bosnian could be seen putting his heart into the game.
FaZe Clan is a team with many drawbacks. In 2021, he only barely shone in the LAN tournaments, which eventually returned to center stage. Many list changes resulted in a lack of stability. Still, if there’s one transfer that has definitely worked for FaZe, it’s the addition of Twistzz. The Canadian made a name for himself in Team Liquid, where he was known for pulling off amazing catches and being the incredible anchor. He brought these benefits to FaZe Clan, consistently being the top player on the international roster. His efforts have rightly secured him a place in our ranking.
When the discussion about Na’Vi begins, it often boils down to simple. While it shouldn’t be too surprising, the Ukrainian’s praise forces electronics to live in its shadow. But the 23-year-old was Na’Vi’s second best player this year. When s1mple failed, the electronics were always there to revive his team. It looks like he’s finally found the tasks that fit him perfectly in the current list – and he hardly fails to deliver them. With his role, it’s hard to shine in terms of statistics, yet he’s the second best Na’Vi player, and one without whom the team wouldn’t do so much this year.
the CS: GO The community was stunned when the device left Astralis for Ninjas in Pajamas in April. The Dane did it partly for private reasons, but make no mistake: his addition to the NiP ranks was one of the best transfers of this year. He upped the Swedish team, leading them to triumph at the IEM Fall 2021: Europe — NiP’s first victory in a major event since the Oakland IEMs in October 2017. The device was used to make the pitch. difference. And so far, while he hasn’t lived up to his individual form in recent years, he’s in the race for one of the best CS: GO transfers in 2021, because the difference in level of NiP has been enormous since its arrival.
In 2021, many people said the CIS region was the best and Na’Vi was not the only reason. The winners of the PGL Stockholm Major became so great thanks to the local competition, which was also superb. We said G2 was one of the teams trying to catch Na’Vi, and Gambit was the second. Sh1ro was the most outstanding player on the CIS side. For his individual performances, he won three MVP awards this year, more than any other Gambit player. While there is a lot of talk about what Gambit can improve on in 2022, most eyes should be on sh1ro as he has proven to be the youngster with the greatest caliber on the team.
In recent years, when it comes to the four best players of the last 12 months, the same names appear. This time, once again, third place in the standings goes to NiKo: too far to contend with the top two, but good enough to just outdo the others. NiKo has been with G2 Esports for over a year now and has solidified the European roster as a title contender. The team failed on several occasions against their nemesis, Na’Vi, but the 24-year-old was almost every time G2’s best player on the server. And when he played against other teams, he just dominated everyone, proving that he is still one of the best in the world.
Over the past two years, the community has questioned whether or not the Frenchman should receive the award for best player of the past 12 months. In 2021, the case is no different. While ZyWoO once again proved himself to be one of the best in the world, this time he failed to claim the top spot. Still, he put in spectacular performances across the board, being the member of Team Vitality the team could count on in every tournament. Since the team hasn’t won many trophies this year, ZyWoO hasn’t landed many MVP titles (IEM Winter 2021 being the exception). Nevertheless, he was a few inches from doing so many times, so he ended up in second place in our ranking.
The goat. The machine. The Ukrainian power station. While every Na’Vi representative has played their part in securing countless trophies this year, s1mple’s contributions have clearly been the most important. The 24-year-old won a handful of MVP titles in 2021, receiving one for his impressive form at the PGL Stockholm Major, the first in the organization’s history to CS: GO. After being eclipsed by ZyWoO in 2020 and 2019, s1mple had a lot to prove this year. And he outperformed in every aspect he could, cementing himself as the best CS: GO player in 2021 and bless us with some of the best performances in the game’s long history.