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

Published: 20/Dec/2019 18:09

by Andrew Amos


You’ve been voting in your thousands for the top esports performers of 2019, and now it’s time to have your say in our final Dexerto Award. It’s the big one – the best esports player of the year!

Many young guns exploded onto the esports stage in 2019, while some veterans finally tasted the glory that they’ve chased for so long. From the stories of Perkz role swapping in League and dominating not only Europe but the world, to Bugha going from being a high-school student to an international superstar overnight, esports had its fair share of miracles.

With that in mind, choosing the best esports player of 2019 is not an easy task. We’ve taken four of the winners from our other awards who we feel deserve to be recognized as the finest of the year. Who should win? That tough decision is yours, so check out the nominations below and vote in our Twitter poll. 

Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf (Fortnite)

Epic Games
Epic Games
Bugha won Fortnite’s biggest prize in 2019, the World Cup Solos event.

Bugha took home our Fortnite Player of the Year award convincingly with over 50% of the vote, and there’s a good reason why. The 16-year-old won the Fortnite World Cup 2019 solos event with almost double the points of any other player, netting himself a cool $3 million to boot.

He swept the awards season for esports across the globe as well, lifting the PC Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year trophies at the Esports Awards, plus the Esports Player of the Year at The Game Awards. He even made it onto the Forbes 30 under 30 list.

The solos champion was also victorious in various Fortnite Champion Series heats and Solo Cash Cups throughout the year, cementing his position as one of the best Fortnite players in the world.

Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut (CS:GO)

ESLZywOo has been CS:GO’s shining light in the last 12 months.

ZywOo didn’t win any major titles in his first 15 months with Vitality, but he’s established himself as one of CS:GO’s most fearsome young guns. He was the game’s brightest star in 2019, winning our CS:GO Player of the Year award for good reason.

He’s currently the joint highest rated Counter-Strike player for 2019 on HLTV, equal with Natus Vincere superstar Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev at 1.31.

The Vitality squad struggled at times throughout the season, but also managed to win some big events, with ZywOo leading the French team to victory at cs_summit 4 and ECS Season 7. They also finished second at ESL One Cologne.

Luka ‘Perkz’ Perković (League of Legends)

Riot GamesPerkz (left) swapped into the bot lane for 2019 and dominated the competition.

No role swap in League of Legends has been more successful than Perkz’s in 2019. The former mid laner took an ambitious plunge into the bot lane this year, and almost walked away with League’s first grand slam because of it.

Our League of Legends Player of the Year won both LEC splits with G2 Esports, took home Europe’s first major international event in almost eight years at MSI, and almost ran it back at Worlds with a runner-up finish.

The Croatian’s Xayah became one of the most feared in the world as he proved himself to be one of League’s greatest in not just one, but two roles across 2019. 

Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell (Call of Duty)

MLGDashy helped OpTic win the CWL Pro League in 2019.

Dashy just edged out Chris ‘Simp’ Lehr in the vote to win our Call of Duty Player of the Year award. The OpTic star’s consistency throughout 2019 was impressive, even if his team didn’t manage to win Champs.

The Canadian superstar earned an MVP medal at CWL Vegas in OpTic’s first victory in over a year and racked up highlight plays at every event. From his CWL Anaheim Hardpoint domination, to his demolition of Enigma6 at CWL Worlds, Dashy couldn’t help but make everyone watch in awe.

Dashy will attempt to replicate his 2019 success with OpTic Los Angeles in the Call of Duty League, where his insane skills will be on show once again.

Which of these four esports stars do you think performed the best in 2019? Vote for your choice in our Twitter poll.

Call of Duty

Envoy explains why SMGs “are not viable” in Black Ops Cold War

Published: 26/Nov/2020 7:25

by Brad Norton


Black Ops Cold War may have some strong Submachine Guns, but OpTic Chicago’s Dylan ‘Envoy’ Hannon believes Assault Rifles are absolutely dominant when it comes to competitive play.

Treyarch’s latest release has barely been out for a few weeks but a meta is already forming. As Call of Duty League teams get valuable practice time in, and dozens of early tournaments set the tone, a trend seems to have emerged.

2019’s Modern Warfare featured a solid mix of SMGs and ARs throughout the year. However, Black Ops Cold War is all but dominated by ARs, according to both Envoy and OpTic teammate Seth ‘Scump’ Abner.

While scrimming Atlanta FaZe and a few other CDL teams, they “were getting bodied,” due to the AR dominance. “The subs are not viable in this game at all,” Envoy followed up.

Black Ops Cold War gameplay
Could SMGs be struggling to keep up all year in Black Ops Cold War? Envoy certainly thinks so.

As the primary SMG user on the team, Envoy is the one that will be sticking to the class for essentially every single map. Previous years have featured various mixes of roles, though this year appears to be leaning towards a three-to-one split: Three players running with ARs, and just one with an SMG in-hand.

“On certain maps it’s like three (ARs) and one sub on each team,” Scump explained. However, certain teams are even going a step beyond that due to the sheer power of ARs in Black Ops Cold War.

“We ran into New York and they ran four AK74’s on Moscow,” Envoy said. “I was mind blown. I feel like subs are just harder in this game. We switched to the AK-74u and it’s a bit easier but the MP5 was just impossible.”

Obviously, it’s still early days. Things could change drastically before the start of the 2021 season. Balance updates are already coming through from Treyarch, so SMGs could get some love sooner than later. For the time being though, Black Ops Cold War has Envoy “wishing [he] had an AR.”

The relevant topic begins at the 1:41 mark below.

This isn’t entirely a result of weapon balancing either. There’s more that goes into shaping the meta than first meets the eye. “It’s part of the map design too,” Envoy explained. “How many [head glitches], how many open lanes, where the hills are at.” With four ARs, some objectives are “just unbreakable.”

There’s no date set in stone for the 2021 season just yet. Though we’ll be sure to keep you updated as the meta evolves in the lead-up to the next year of CDL action.