Who is the best CSGO player of 2019? | Dexerto Awards

Kamil Malinowski
S1mple - Na`Vi / ZywOo - Vitality / Device - Astralis / EliGE - ESL

We’ve seen players dominate the CSGO scene in the last 12 months and the rise of a new star, so choosing the very best player of the year was always going to be a tough call. You’ve been voting for your top Counter-Strike pros in the Dexerto Awards, and the results are in…

You voted ZywOo as your favorite CS:GO player of 2019 with 35% of the vote. S1mple was a close second with a narrow 32%.

You can check out all the nominations for the best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player of 2019, and discover why they each deserve recognition below.

Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev

DreamHackS1mple has shown yet again that he can have a massive impact, regardless of his teams performance.

It’s no surprise Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev makes this list. The Ukrainian has been a force to be reckoned with since 2016, and while other promising players have suffered a slump in form, he has remained consistent.

Regardless of the team’s form, Natus Vincere always have a shot thanks to this man, who many see as a one-man army – taking over matches and getting results almost single-handedly.

He was the highest rated player for his team in all but one event, and sometimes even dominated overall statistics as his team scraped into the playoffs – the fact that he made this list considering Na`Vi’s poor year is mind-blowing.

Jonathan ‘EliGE’ Jablonowskili

Team Liquid’s EliGE is exactly what the team needed in 2019.

Jonathan ‘EliGE’ Jablonowski has been one of America’s brightest stars and the key behind Liquid’s success. You’ll rarely see him run in first and obliterate a bomb site, but his consistency and incredible aim make him a menace for any opponent.

Whenever his team needs a solid defense, a clutch, or some way to tip the scales he’s there – without him the team would definitely not be the force they are today. 

He played a crucial role in kicking off Liquid’s insane run from June to July, where he won two back-to-back MVP awards at DreamHack Masters Dallas and the ESL Pro League Season 9 finals, securing the five premier event win-streak for the team.  

Nicolai ‘dev1ce’ Reedtz

Dev1ce has shown time and again that he can lift Astralis to greatness.

When you think Astralis, you think Nicolai ‘dev1ce’ Reedtz. The Dane has been the star of the team since its foundation and has thrived in 2019.

Be it AWP, rifle, or pistol, he can always do something magical, while consistently putting up some of the highest numbers out there.

It’s no coincidence that a team with this player won both Majors in 2019, and he even took home MVP awards for both thanks to his stunning performances.

Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut

StarladderZywOo was by far the best rookie, and maybe even the best player, of 2019.

Last but not least comes Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut, the young gun who took the CSGO scene by storm in 2019. Many fans knew of the Frenchman before his time at Vitality, but few expected the player to have such an impact.

He displays incredible consistency, while his game sense, movement, and AWPing skills are second to none. Many fans have referred to his side as ‘Team ZywOo’ due to his monstrous performances that leave little else for the rest of the squad to do.

Few could forget his ECS Season 7 finals performance, where he managed an almost unbelievable +30 K/D ratio against EG – a team that would go on to briefly take the number one spot in the world. 


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Kamil is a former Dexerto writer, gaming and esports journalist, with particular expertise in CSGO and League of Legends. He covers the breaking news, guides for the latest games and the biggest moves and tournaments in esports. He has experience in covering big events, and a wide knowledge of the esports landscape.