Astralis trio become first CS:GO players to break $1 million prize money mark - Top 20 highest earning players - Dexerto

Astralis trio become first CS:GO players to break $1 million prize money mark – Top 20 highest earning players

Published: 26/Nov/2018 13:35 Updated: 26/Nov/2018 15:18

by Ross Deason


For the first time in the history of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, players can say that they have made over $1 million in prize money.

Breaking the million dollar mark in winnings for any game is an impressive achievement, and virtually every professional player to have ever done so has been a Dota 2 star.

But November 25 saw three CS:GO players join the likes of League of Legends star Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok in that very exclusive list of esports millionaires that have never won Dota’s ‘The International’.

If you follow Counter-Strike, you probably won’t be surprised to hear that all three of those players are members of Astralis – the Danish team that has dominated the 2018 season and continued to do so with a victory at the ECS Season 6 finals on Sunday.

The longest serving members of the roster, Nicolai ‘dev1ce’ Reedtz, Peter ‘dupreeh’ Rasmussen and Andreas ‘Xyp9x’ Højsleth, all surpassed the $1 million threshold with their hard-fought victory over MIBR in the ECS Grand Final in Arlington – a win that netted the team $250,000. 

Xyp9x tops the prize money list for Counter-Strike players.

Interestingly, two of the men that they beat in that nail-biting match, Gabriel ‘FalleN’ Toledo and Fernando ‘fer’ Alvarenga, are their closest competitors for prize money, followed by their in-game leader Lukas ‘gla1ve’ Rossander and another MIBR star, Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David.

Even Astralis’ newest addition, Emil ‘Magisk’ Reif has broken into the 15 highest earning CS:GO players, currently sitting just under $630,000 earned. This alone proves how strong the team has been since adding the former North and OpTic star in February (each player has netted over $450,000 in 2018).

Xyp9x currently holds the number one spot in earnings from CS:GO, sitting at $1,038,721.90, with dupreeh just behind him with $1,035,922.74.

Dev1ce is lagging behind his two long-time teammates slightly, but can still boast an impressive $1,003,423.21 despite a number of setbacks.

Prolonged health issues marred the 23-year-old’s 2017 season and forced him to miss events like ECS Season 4 and BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen at the end of the year, meaning he missed out on a fair chunk of money that both Xyp9x and dupreeh were able to cash in on.

The top 20 highest earning CS:GO pros on November 26 2018, according to, can be found below. As you can see, a number of legends, including the likes of f0rest, GeT_RiGhT, shox, TaZ and kennyS, are no longer anywhere to be seen.

Position Name Nationality Earnings
1st Xyp9x Denmark $1,038,721.90
2nd dupreeh Denmark $1,035,922.74
3rd dev1ce Denmark $1,003,423.21
4th FalleN Brazil $875,462.50
5th fer Brazil $872,562.50
6th gla1ve Denmark $870,184.08
7th coldzera Brazil $863,573.42
8th TACO Brazil $855,381.85
9th olofmeister Sweden $731,728.19
10th flusha Sweden $730,518.95
11th karrigan Denmark $721,777.35
12th JW Sweden $708,560.68
13th GuardiaN Slovakia $694,487.47
14th KRiMZ Sweden $680,623.34
15th Magisk Denmark $629,481.97
16th snax Poland $608,791.73
17th Zeus Ukraine $586,768.70
18th neo Poland $582,228.17
19th NBK France $581,570.43
20th rain Norway $579,570.43

Why JKS is the perfect fit for blameF’s Complexity | Richard Lewis

Published: 30/Oct/2020 11:22

by Daniel Cleary


Following 100 Thieves’ departure from Counter-Strike and after weeks of speculation about the former roster, Justin ‘JKS’ Savage finally confirmed his next step in a move to Complexity’s Juggernaut lineup, alongside captain Benjamin ‘blameF’ Bremer.

Richard Lewis breaks down this roster move in his latest video for Dexerto and takes a look at why the signing of JKS could be exactly what this Complexity lineup needs to improve.

Replacing young CS:GO star Owen ‘oBo’ Schlatter, who wanted to return to North America to compete, Savage will have a big role to play on his new team.

With consistent fragging abilities and after coming back off multiple top-two finishes in his final run with 100 Thieves, including a finals appearance in the ESL Pro League, Richard Lewis also highlighted just how much potential the Australian pro has to work with.

However, as BLAST Premier Fall is now underway, JKS will be looking to replicate those performances once again and help this Juggernaut roster, led by blameF, to find more success in the coming months.