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Stuchiu: Top 10 CSGO Players from Oct-Dec

Published: 23/Dec/2019 23:54 Updated: 24/Dec/2019 0:09

by Stephen Chiu

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Stuchiu’s back with another edition of the top-10 players who stood out in CS:GO in the past three months – where does your favorite land?

One of my favorite things to discuss in CS:GO is who are the best players. While CS:GO has better stats to make comparative judgments between players, that doesn’t get to the whole story. Teams have different tactics and strategies and players have different roles therein. In order to make this list then, I set out certain criteria that I applied consistently across all of the players. The criteria I included was: consistency, impact, role, and competition.

Consistency is a player’s level average level of play across the time period. Impact is harder to define as in-game leaders and support players have an impact that we can’t see in the server. In the case of this list, impact refers to in-game actions: space-creation, rotations, and gravity. Gravity is the amount of a player polarizes a game. Role refers to what a player does in their team and is required of them. Some players have to play at a higher level for their team to function and they are rated higher as a result. Competition refers to the level of teams/LANs a player attended. If two players have similar levels of impact and consistency, but one played against the top teams more, they will be rated higher.

Finally, I set the parameters of the list to only include LAN play. LANs were also ranked depending on format and importance. The Major, for instance, is far more important than the bo1 BLAST events or the Summit. The rankings do a three-month span so for this edition it runs from October to December. For LANs that run from the end of the month to the beginning of the new month, I add them into the month where they end.

10 Keith “NAF” Markovic [New]

LANs:

  • 9-12th DreamHack Malmo
  • 5th – BLAST Copenhagen
  • 2nd – ECS 8
  • 5-6th – ESL Proleague Season 10 Finals
  • 2nd – BLAST Finals

NAF makes his first appearance on my top 10 rankings list. He was on the bubble last time but really solidified his place in my top 10 with his performances at ECS Season 8 and at BLAST Finals. He’s been a great secondary star for Team Liquid and seems to be their most consistent player against Astralis in particular.

NAF is a hard player to pin down since he’s versatile enough to play nearly every role but seems to tend towards the more passive side of things. On the other hand, when he’s aggressive, he goes all-in. Among the five Liquid players, I think he has the best killer instinct for when to make wildcard plays that can tilt the direction of the match.

9. Ozgur “woxic” Eker [New]

StarLadder

LANs:

  • 5-6th DH Malmo
  • 9-12th StarSeries i-League Season 8
  • 1st – CS:GO Asia Championships (CAC)
  • 1st – EPL 10 Finals
  • 2nd – EPICENTER 2019

Mouz had a massive marathon run through December as they went from tournament to tournament securing their spot as a top 5 team in the world. One of the reasons for their success is their superstar AWPer woxic. Woxic has not only carried over his aggressive AWPing style from his hyper-carry HellRaisers days, but he’s also learning how to be a stable system player and has started to introduce more of a Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz style AWPing into his game.

The primary reason woxic cracked my top 10 was his duel performances at EPL 10 and CAC. At ESL Proleague Season 10 he was one of the stars that Mouz needed to win the tournament and was their biggest star in the Astralis series. At CAC he was the MVP of the tournament.

8. Freddy “KRIMZ” Johansson [-1]

DreamHack

LANs:

  • 1st – DreamHack Malmo
  • 2nd – SLi 8
  • Top 4 – ECS 8
  • 2nd – EPL 10

Not much has changed for KRIMZ since the last ranking as Fnatic went on to add two big LAN results to their growing resume with good results at both ECS Season 8 and EPL 10. While those were good results for Fnatic, they didn’t move the needle much for KRIMZ on my list. KRIMZ is still a stalwart superstar for Fnatic, but the ascension of his teammate and the overall landscape has seen KRIMZ slip down a place from last month.

7. Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski [-1]

DreamHack

LANs:

  • 9-12th DH Malmo
  • 5th – BLAST Copenhagen
  • 2nd – ECS Season 8
  • 5-6th – EPL 10
  • 2nd – BLAST FInals

In this month’s iteration, EliGE is the highest ranking NA player on my list. Like Vincent “Brehze” Cayonte and Cvetelin “CeRq” Dimitrov, he suffered from ESL New York and StarLadder Berlin Major no longer being removed from the pool. All three players had spectacular performances at those two LANs. Since then Brehze hit a massive slump. CeRq is still good, but his performances in December weren’t enough for me to rank him over NAF this go around.

Unlike the EG stars, EliGE’s consistency continues to shine through. While I wouldn’t mark December as a particularly strong run for EliGE (compared to where he was in mid-2019), his level isn’t far off from that. Among all of the NA players, EliGE seems to have the best floor and has the least volatile fluctuations in form because of that. So while he dropped down a rank, EliGE is still one of the best in the world and will likely be a constant fixture in these rankings.

6. Emil “Magisk” Reif [New]

ESL

LANs:

  • 3-4th DreamHack Malmo
  • 4th -BLAST Copenhagen
  • 1st – IEM Beijing
  • 1st – ECS 8
  • Top 4 – EPL 10
  • 1st – BLAST Finals

Magisk makes his first appearance in my top 10 rankings and he breaks in at 6th. Magisk has been an unsung hero throughout Astralis’ run in 2019. Even when they were in their slump in mid-2019, Magisk continued to be a solid anchor for the team. Since resurrecting at the Berlin Major, Magisk has also elevated his level as a lurker and CT-side anchor. He’s probably the best pit player in the world with his incredible spray control and micro-positioning.

Astralis’ flurry of results through December was what clinched Magisk’s spot here. While he was never the MVP of any of Astralis big runs (Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander took Beijing, Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussem took BLAST, dev1ce took BLAST), Magisk was the second or third best player in all of their runs. While I often give the nod to primary stars of their teams over secondary stars of other teams, Magisk played at a more consistent level than EliGE, so I gave the nod to Magisk.

5. Ludvig “Brollan” Brolin [+5]

ESL

LANs:

  • 1st – DreamHack Malmo
  • 2nd – SLi 8
  • Top 4 – ECS 8
  • 2nd – EPL 10

In last month’s ranking, I had Brollan as the 10th best player. This month, he broke into my top 5. There were two reasons for this. There were a few reasons for this. Both CeRq and Brehze fell out of the list, which naturally shifted him up. The bigger reason is his elevation in performance. At ESL Proleague Season 10, he was the superstar player for Fnatic’s run to the finals. Brollan now feels like the primary superstar of Fnatic.

That along with the format and competition of EPL 10 is why I edged Brollan over Magisk. Magisk is more consistent than Brollan, but Brollan’s ability to be the primary star of his team and consistently play at such a high level through the entire run of EPL 10 was enough for me to edge Brollan over Magisk, if just slightly.

4. Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev [+1]

DreamHack

LANs:

  • Top 4 – DreamHack Malmo
  • 13-16th – SLi 8
  • 3rd – BLAST Copenhagen
  • Top 4 – EPL 10
  • Top 6 – EPICENTER

Na`Vi finally attending more events has given s1mple the platform to prove why he is still one of the best players in the CS:GO world. Unfortunately for s1mple, Na`Vi is a flawed team so they aren’t making deep tournament finishes. This hurt s1mple a bit, but if you look at s1mple’s body of work, he’s continued being a superstar player (albeit with a rifle). He isn’t as impactful as he was in his primary-AWP days, but he is still a force to be reckoned with. If Na`Vi can fix their problems, I think s1mple will break into the top 3. Even in a diminished role, he is still a superlative player that the eye test tells you should be the best in the world.

3 – Robin “ropz” Kool [New]

ESLRopz says he believes the Odense victory has lifted the pressure off mousesports’ shoulders.

LANs:

  • 5-6th DH Malmo
  • 9-12th StarSeries i-League Season 8
  • 1st – CS:GO Asia Championships (CAC)
  • 1st – EPL 10 Finals
  • 1st – CS Summit 5
  • 2nd – EPICENTER 2019

Mouz breaking into the top 5 is also indicative of one of their players breaking into the top 5. Among their trio of young stars, Ropz has been a revelation. At the end of Mouz, ropz was in static decline. His game had stopped evolving and other teams and players had figured him out. In the Finn “karrigan” Andersden system, he has evolved.

From tournament to tournament, we’ve seen Ropz pull away from his passive style and start to mix in new aggressive plays and setups. This alongside his game sense and mechanics has made him an absolute monster. In Mouz’s run, he was the MVP of EPL 10, their best player at EPICENTER, MVP of Summit 5 (albeit a much smaller LAN), and second-best player at CAC. The only knock against him is that we’ve only seen ropz play at the highest levels in the month of December. It just happened that December was packed with LANs, and his performance was so incredible that he jumped straight into my top 3. We will have to see if he can continue this form coming into the new year.

2 – Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz [-]

LANs:

  • 3-4th DreamHack Malmo
  • 4th -BLAST Copenhagen
  • 1st – IEM Beijing
  • 1st – ECS 8
  • Top 4 – EPL 10
  • 1st – BLAST Finals

Dev1ce remains eternally consistent. While the MVP at StarLadder Berlin Major no longer counted, he just went to ECS 8 to pick up another one. He continues to be the most consistent player in history and it’s no surprise that he is the centerpiece behind Astralis’ success in the last few years.

1 – Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut [-]

Starladder

LANs:

  • 2nd – DreamHack Malmo
  • Top 8 – SLi 8
  • Top 4 – IEM Beijing
  • 1st – EPICENTER

ZywOo remains the best player in the world. He’s added another MVP to his cabinet. What’s surprising about ZywOo is that Vitality hasn’t attended many of the LANs in the December sprint, but it didn’t matter. That might be the only mark against him, but if you look at the content of his games, he exceeds every marker. No one is as consistent, plays at such a high level, or is required to deliver at such a prominent level as ZywOo does in CS:GO. So while he may not have the raw game amount, he more than makes up for it in every other category. ZywOo is the best player in the world.

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How to watch IEM Beijing-Haidian 2020: Streams, Schedules and Teams

Published: 20/Nov/2020 20:50 Updated: 21/Nov/2020 17:37

by Marco Rizzo

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There is more CSGO on the horizon, with Intel Extreme Masters Beijing-Haidian 2020 starting on November 6, pitting together the best teams in North America and Europe for a spot in the IEM Global Challenge.

Two regional tournaments will take place and both promise to deliver some great Counter-Strike, Europe is looking to provide the majority of the top-quality gameplay while North America will provide a really interesting look at new teams and their up-and-coming talent.

The prize pools that teams will be looking to take home are $150,000 (EU) and $70.000 (NA) with the winners securing a spot for the IEM Global Challenge.

IEM Beijing-Haidian 2020 stream

All games will be streamed on ESL’s Twitch account. There will be only one match playing at any time so it will be easy to keep up with.

IEM Beijing-Haidian 2020 Europe preview

The European branch is hosting the continent’s elite teams with the Heroic, Vitality, and Astralis looking like the favorites but we cannot ignore the potential challenge from OG and a NiKo-powered G2 Esports; especially after the great form showed at last Premier: Fall Series, with both teams topping their respective groups.

BIG and the Complexity juggernaut will also be at the event, with both teams having proved their capacity to win tournaments in the online era.

The top teams from earlier in the year will also attend the event with Fnatic, NaVi, and Mousesports looking to regain form and consistency.

FaZe Clan will also be attending, with the international roster not yet announcing a replacement for Olof ‘olofmeister’ Kajbjer, it is likely that the former world number one will remain with the team.

NIP, Spirit, North, ENCE, and MAD Lions complete the European line-up.

The 16 teams have been divided into two, double-elimination groups with every match being a best-of-three set. The top four teams from each group will then advance into playoffs, also with a double-elimination component and the now traditional BO5 final.

IEM:B-H Europe Group A
Twitter: @IEM
IEM Beijing-Haidian 2020 Europe Group A
IEM:B-H Europe Group B
Twitter: @IEM
IEM Beijing-Haidian 2020 Europe Group B

IEM Beijing-Haidian 2020 North America preview

The two teams to watch out for in NA are obviously Evil Geniuses and Team Liquid. With Furia and MiBr currently residing in Europe, it is up to the two NA giants to conquers this event.

Chaos Esports Club, Triumph, Team One, and New England Whalers have upset opponents in the past meaning we should be keeping an eye out for them to take a map or two off the big teams.

Rebirth and Rugratz are the two teams joining the event through the closed qualifiers.

The North American tournament will use a scaled-back version of the European one with double-elimination groups and playoffs before a BO5 final.

IEM:B-H Group A
Twitter: @IEM
IEM Beijing-Haidian 2020 NA Group A
IEM:B-H Group B
Twitter: @IEM
IEM Beijing-Haidian 2020 NA Group B

IEM Beijing-Haidian 2020 Europe schedule and results

Group A Results Group B Results
Complexity 2-0 Astralis 2-0
FaZe Clan 2-0 Heroic 2-0
NaVi 2-1 BIG 2-1
Vitality 2-1 G2 Esports 2-1
MAD Lions 1-2 NiP 1-2
Spirit 1-2 Mousesports 1-2
OG 0-2 North 0-2
Fnatic 0-2 ENCE 0-2

Friday, November 6

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group A Vitality 2 – 0 Spirit 6AM 9AM 2PM
Group A FaZe 2 – 1 OG 9:30AM 12:30PM 5:30PM

Saturday, November 7

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group A Na’Vi 2 – 1 MAD 6AM 9AM 2PM
Group A Complexity 2 – 0 Fnatic 9:30AM 12:30PM 5:30PM

Sunday, November 8

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group A Vitality 0 – 2 FaZe 6AM 9AM 2PM
Group A NaVI 1 – 2 Complexity 9:30AM 12:30PM 5:30PM

Tuesday, November 10

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group A Spirit 2 – 0 OG 6AM 9AM 2PM
Group A MAD 2 – 1 Fnatic 9:30AM 12:30PM 5:30PM

Wednesday, November 11

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group A Na’Vi 2 – 0 Spirit 9:30AM 12:30PM 5:30PM

Thursday, November 12

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group A Vitality 2 – 0 MAD 6AM 9AM 2PM
Group B Heroic 2 – 0 North 6AM 9AM 2PM
Group B G2 1 – 2 NiP 9:30AM 12:30PM 5:30PM

Friday, November 13

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group B Astralis 2 – 0 ENCE 6AM 9AM 2PM
Group B BIG 1 – 2 Mousesports 9:30AM 12:30PM 5:30PM

Saturday, November 14

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group B Heroic 2 – 1 NiP 6AM 9AM 2PM
Group B Astralis 2 – 1 Mousesports 9:30AM 12:30PM 5:30PM

Sunday, November 15

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group B North 1 – 2 G2 6AM 9AM 2PM
Group B ENCE 0 – 2 BIG 9:30AM 12:30PM 5:30PM

Monday, November 16

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group B Mousesports 1 – 2 G2 6AM 9AM 2PM
Group B NiP 1 – 2 BIG 9:30AM 12:30PM 5:30PM

Thursday, November 19

Group Game PT ET GMT
Quarterfinal 1 Faze 0 – 2 G2 6AM 9AM 2PM
Quarterfinal 2 Na’Vi 2 – 0 Astralis 9:30AM 12:30PM 5:30PM

Friday, November 20

Group Game PT ET GMT
Quarterfinal 3 Complexity 2 – 0 BIG 6AM 9AM 2PM
Quarterfinal 4 Heroic 1 – 2 Vitality 9:30AM 12:30PM 5:30PM

Saturday, November 21

Group Game PT ET GMT
Semifinal 1 G2 1 – 2 Na’Vi 6AM 9AM 2PM
Semifinal 2 Complexity vs Vitality 9:30AM 12:30PM 5:30PM

Sunday, November 22

Stage Game PT ET GMT
Grand Final TBD vs TBD 7AM 10AM 3PM

IEM Beijing-Haidian 2020 Europe final placements

Place Team Pro Tour Points Prize Money (USD)
1 TBD 400 $60,000
2 TBD 265 $30,000
3-4 TBD 160 $12,000
3-4 G2 Esports 160 $12,000
5-8 Heroic 75 $5,000
5-8 BIG 75 $5,000
5-8 Astralis 75 $5,000
5-8 FaZe Clan 75 $5,000
9-12 Team Spirit 45 $2,500
9-12 MAD Lions 45 $2,500
9-12 Mousesports 45 $2,500
9-12 NiP 45 $2,500
13-16 OG 0 $1,500
13-16 Fnatic 0 $1,500
13-16 ENCE 0 $1,500
13-16 North 0 $1,500

IEM Beijing-Haidian 2020 NA schedule and results

Group stage results

Group A Results Group B Results
Team Liquid 2-0 Evil Geniuses 2-0
Chaos Esports Club 2-1 Triumph 2-1
Rugratz 1-2 Team One 1-2
New England Whalers 0-2 Rebirth 0-2

Friday, November 6

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group A Liquid 2 – 0 Rugratz 1PM 4PM 9PM

Saturday, November 7

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group A New England Whalers 0 – 2 Chaos 1PM 4PM 9PM

Sunday, November 8

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group A Liquid 2 – 0 Chaos 1PM 4PM 9PM

Tuesday, November 10

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group A Rugratz 2 – 1 New England Whalers 1PM 4PM 9PM

Wednesday, November 11

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group A Chaos 2 – 1 Rugratz 1PM 4PM 9PM

Thursday, November 12

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group B EG 2 – 1 Rebirth 1PM 4PM 9PM

Friday, November 13

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group B Triumph 2 – 1 Team One 1PM 4PM 9PM

Saturday, November 14

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group A EG 2 – 0 Triumph 1PM 4PM 9PM

Sunday, November 15

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group A Rebirth 0-2 Team One 1PM 4PM 9PM

Monday, November 16

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group A Triumph 2-0 Team One 1PM 4PM 9PM

Friday, November 20

Group Game PT ET GMT
Semifinal 1 Liquid 1 – 2 Triumph 1PM 4PM 9PM

Saturday, November 21

Group Game PT ET GMT
Semifinal 2 EG vs Chaos 1PM 4PM 9PM

Sunday, November 22

Stage Game PT ET GMT
Grand Final Triumph vs TBD 7AM 10AM 3PM

IEM Beijing-Haidian 2020 North America final placements

Place Team Pro Tour Points Prize Money (USD)
1 TBD 320 $35,000
2 TBD 190 $15,000
3-4 Team Liquid 105 $6,000
3-4 TBD 105 $6,000
5-6 Rugratz 55 $2,500
5-6 Team One 55 $2,500
7-8 New England Whalers 0 $1,500
7-8 Rebirth 0 $1,500