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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

David Vonderhaar appears to confirm Black Ops Cold War ranked play

Published: 9/Oct/2020 14:04

by Jacob Hale


Treyarch studio design director David Vonderhaar has dropped a major hint about ranked play in the upcoming Black Ops Cold War, and it could be great news for competitive players.

Throughout the Modern Warfare season, one of the main gripes for players was the non-existence of ranked play, where players could compete against equal opponents to try and grind their way to the top rankings and have the chance to prove their mettle against top opponents.


Instead, Infinity Ward introduced the CDL playlist, which featured a CDL ruleset and maps but without the ELO or MMR tiers commonly associated with ranked systems.

Without some kind of level, emblem or something else to grind for, a lot of players felt like the CDL playlist didn’t provide the competitive edge they were looking for, but the story could be completely different when Black Ops Cold War drops.

Black Ops Cold War gunfight beta
Black Ops Cold War is due to release November 13.

The game is currently in beta testing, but fans are already looking forward to the full game dropping and getting involved, and one of the main questions competitive players have asked about is ranked play — with Vonderhaar providing a very promising answer.

After the question was posed to him, Vahn didn’t give a straight answer, but the hint was enough to get fans excited.

“Let me give you this,” he started, after explaining that it won’t be in the beta. “Do you know a Black Ops game without a hardcore competitive agenda? Can you think of one? I can not. There’s your answer, without telling you anything.”


There is some accuracy to Vonderhaar’s statement, too. While Black Ops 1 lacked a ranked system when it released back in 2010, each game since has had an iteration of competitive play in some way, be it League Play in Black Ops 2 and 4, or Arena in Black Ops 3, all of which were used to serve the esports community.

It will be interesting to see what ranked play looks like in Black Ops Cold War, assuming there will be one, as a feature of Call of Duty titles that players are always asking for more from. Needless to say, competitive players should be a little more excited now than they were before.