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HLTV reveals which CS:GO pros narrowly missed out on Top 20 of 2018 list

Published: 11/Jan/2019 1:57 Updated: 11/Jan/2019 2:16

by Wyatt Donigan


With HLTV in the midst of counting down the best players of 2018 in their yearly Top 20 list, it’s a perfect time to look at which players fell sort of receiving the special honor.

HLTV’s Top 20 list, while not affiliated with Valve, is often seen as the definitive ranking of CS:GO players year after year.

With so much CS:GO talent out there, though, there’s no way to include everyone which means there will always be some notable exclusions from the list.

ELEAGUEOleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev is a lock to make the Top 10, if not top the entire list once it’s fully revealed.

Now that the list has reached its halfway point, HLTV co-owner Petar Milovanovic decided it was time to let fans know which players just missed out on the Top 20 this time around.

While Milovanovic listed a total of nine players who came the closest to cracking into the prestigious list, there were two who came the absolute closest.

NRG Esports’ Ethan ‘nahtE’ Arnold and Natus Vincere’s Egor ‘flamie’ Vasilyev came in at 21st and 22nd, respectively, after both performing incredibly well throughout the season.

Perhaps the biggest surprise came with the revelation that MIBR’s Tarik ‘tarik’ Celik was not one of the remaining 10 players on the list.

The exclusion comes despite tarik having won the Major MVP for his performance with Cloud9 at the ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018, making this the first time a Major MVP winner has not made the HLTV Top 20 list in that same year.

HLTVJacky ‘Stewie2k’ Yip and tarik taking the stage prior to their upset win over FaZe Clan in the grand finals of the ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018.

Other notable exclusions include MIBR stars Gabriel ‘FalleN’ Toledo and Fernando ‘fer’ Alvarenga, along with Team Liquid’s Jacky ‘Stewie2k’ Yip.

With 10 players left to go on the countdown, there will no doubt be even more surprises along the way.


Fake s1mple & Shroud scam streams take over CSGO on Twitch again

Published: 25/Oct/2020 14:15 Updated: 25/Oct/2020 14:23

by Connor Bennett


Troll streams have been taking over the CS:GO category on Twitch yet again, using Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek and Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev’s names to promote scam giveaways. 

Typically, the only times you’ll find Counter-Strike: Global Offensive dominating the Twitch viewership charts is when there’s a major tournament on the go, a former pro like Shroud makes a surprise return, or a celebrity like Neymar shows off their skills.

However, there are times when the game gets some incredible viewing numbers when trolls decide to take over the section and capitalize on its popularity. 

These trolls claim to be someone like Shroud, s1mple, or NiKo while running fake giveaways that put the Steam accounts of CS:GO fans in danger of being hacked. 

Shroud on Twitch
Twitch: Shroud
Despite being a former CS:GO pro, Shroud is still used in these scams.

These fake streams pop up every few months, and have been called out by pros like s1mple in the past, however, neither the pros or Twitch have been able to completely stamp them out yet.

On October 25, with the ESL One New York CIS tournament attracting thousands of viewers, these trolls struck once again by using old VODs from both s1mple and Shroud, once again claiming that fans can win prizes by getting involved.

In fact, at one point, the two channels were in the top three watch channels of the day – amassing 22,000 and 17,500 viewers respectively – and sitting just behind the main Russian stream for ESL One New York CIS. 

Screenshot of Twitch showing the CSGO category with fake streams
Screenshot via Twitch
The fake channels have the names of CSGO pros, but have unusual graphics attached.

The two channels that cropped up intially, s1mple6282 and ShroudWRBE, have since been deleted, but other channels named s1mple1021 and ShroudRXND have taken their place.

At the time of writing, both channels have been running the same fake giveaways and graphics, as well as the same past VODs from both s1mple and Shroud, so it might hard to tell the difference to some viewers, but they’re not the real thing.