Can anyone catch S1mple & ZywOo? Best CSGO players of 2020’s online era

Published: 31/Dec/2020 18:25 Updated: 4/Jan/2021 10:56

by Ava Thompson-Powell


As the most cataclysmic year of late draws to a close, CSGO players have had to get used to competing in an incredibly different style of play. Who has their skill the most in 2020?

In a year filled with cheating scandals, player strikes, and an online era, Counter-Strike has endured its most turbulent year-to-date. While some teams benefited more from the shift to online events, Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev & Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut remain the frontrunners for CS:GO’s yearly Ballon d’Or.

But who else will rub shoulders with the French phenomenon and Ukrainian wonder, and can anyone dethrone the pair as the top two in the world?

Below is our ranking of 2020’s top performers. Make sure to listen to check our video on all the information pertaining to our ranked picks:

  • Benjamin ‘blameF’ Bremer
  • Nicolai ‘dev1ce’ Reedtz
  • Martin ‘stavn’ Lund
  • Florian ‘syrsoN’ Rische
  • Lukas ‘gla1ve’ Rossander
  • Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut
  • Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev

While it’s no question as to ZyWoo and s1mple giving us a fantastic year of Counter-Strike, the fact of who takes the top spot and reaches that Ballon d’Or is still in question. Both are equally fantastic esports players in differing qualities, yes, which makes the final outcome something that’s hotly debated.

As a whole, Na’Vi is phenomenal — something we saw in IEM Katowice — with s1mple picking up the rarest accolade to be handed out in 2020: a LAN MVP award. Fellow competitors from opposing teams are all in opposition over who will be picked, so the MVP of 2020 is still anyone’s game.


Jamppi to Valorant? VAC banned CSGO pro considering switch following legal proceedings

Published: 15/Jan/2021 12:58 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 13:00

by Connor Bennett


A new report from a Finnish newspaper has suggested that VAC banned CSGO pro Elias ‘Jamppi⁠’ Olkkonen is considering a switch to Valorant as he steps down from ENCE. 

For a few year, Jamppi has been considered as one of Counter-Strike’s biggest rising stars. The 19-year-old was set to join the OG roster following their step into CS:GO, however, that move fell through.

The problem is, the Finnish star has a VAC ban to his name, so, he can’t play in CS:GO’s premier events – the Majors – even though a number of tournament organizers have allowed him to play in their own events.

With him and his family contesting the ban, Jamppi joined ENCE in the hopes that, at some point, he’d be able to play at Majors. However, there have been a few missteps in his argument, and he hasn’t come any closer to having the VAC ban taken away. That, alongside some roster turmoil with ENCE, has got him seemingly considering his options.

Jamppi was VAC banned in 2015 at the age of 14.

According to a report from the Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat, the 19-year-old is apparently considering a switch to VALORANT as ENCE considers a number of roster moves.

It comes after a report from DBLTap’s Jarek ‘DeKay’ Lewis stated that ENCE were in discussions with Danish duo Marco ‘Snappi’ Pfeiffer and Thomas ‘TMB’ Bundsbæk about joining up with their active lineup alongside Aleksi ‘allu⁠’ Jalli, Joonas ‘doto⁠’ Forss, and Tuomas ‘SADDYX⁠’ Louhimaa.

That, ultimately, leaves Jamppi without a spot as the CS:GO 2021 season starts to ramp up in preparation for the PGL Stockholm Major in October.

CS:GO pro Jamppi in ENCE interview
ENCE TV, YouTube
Jamppi is considering a switch to VALORANT, according to reports.

If he decides to go to VALORANT, as IS reports, Jamppi would join a list of other CS:GO pros who have been banned from playing at a Major – including Joshua ‘steel’ Nissan and Braxton ‘Swag’ Pierce.

As for where he could go, well, there are a few teams who would certainly make space for the 19-year-old – especially if he could show as much promise in the Riot Games shooter as he does in CS:GO. So, we’ll just have to wait and see.