HLTV reveals the Top 20 CS:GO Pros of 2018

Published: 5/Jan/2019 19:48 Updated: 21/Jan/2019 11:50

by Calum Patterson


Popular CS:GO website ‘HLTV’ has begun the countdown to unveiling their pick for the best player of 2018, with the first players in the top 20 now revealed.

Often seen as the definitive list for the top players over the last year in CS:GO, HLTV’s top 20 always sparks plenty of discussion and debate.

Everything is considered, from individual performances to team achievements, to determine the very best – and in what order.

Previous years have seen the usual suspects such as MiBR’s Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David for two years running, or FaZe Clan’s Olof ‘olofmeister’ Kajbjer, during Fnatic’s dominant 2015, top the list.

But fans are expecting a new name to top the list for 2018, although not everyone agrees as to who it should be.

While many would elect Ukrainian star Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev as by far the finest individual player, others believe that due to his outstanding performances with the dominant Astralis team, Nicolai ‘device’ Reedtz could have a chance at number 1.

HLTV Top 20 players of 2018 (CS:GO)

20. Valdemar ‘valde’ Bjørn Vangså


19. Robin ‘ropz’ Kool


18. Håvard ‘rain’ Nygaard


17. Timothy ‘autimatic’ Ta


16. Miikka ‘suNny’ Kemppi

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15. Jonathan ‘EliGE’ Jablonowski

14. Tomáš ‘oskar’ Štastný


13. Andreas ‘Xyp9x’ Højsleth

12. Russel ‘Twistzz’ Van Dulken

11. Ladislav ‘GuardiaN’ Kovács

10. Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David


9. Freddy ‘KRIMZ’ Johansson


8. Lukas ‘gla1ve’ Rossander

7. Emil ‘Magisk’ Reif

6. Keith ‘NAF’ Markovic

5. Peter ‘dupreeh’ Rasmussen

4. Denis ‘electronic’ Sharipov

3. Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovac

2. Nicolai ‘dev1ce’ Reedtz

1. Aleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev


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
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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.