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Archive • Sep 29, 2017

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Top 10 Rich List

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is one of the most popular esports in the world, featuring multi-million dollar prize pools. With a growing fanbase and new sponsorship announcements happening every day, the world of CS:GO looks very different from its humble origins in 2012. The professional players who compete full time all live an extraordinary life of travel to events across the globe, and with such a deep talent pool, there's no guranteed winner at any tournament.

Since the launch of CS:GO, a total of $39,031,723.53 (approximately) has been awarded in prizes to the players and organizations who make up one of the world's leading esports. So who's won the most prize money out of the elite players who make up the pro circuit? Please note: Information taken from Esportsearnings.com as of Friday September 29th. Prize money distribution based on each player taking an equal cut of prize money awarded. This doesn't factor in organiazation cuts, taxes or player salaries. x

10th - Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas

TaZ, the in-game leader for Virtus.pro has managed to make $496,413.37 during his time playing CS:GO. He is one of the oldest players in the professional scene, born in 1986, TaZ is at the time of writing aged 31. The total winnings from his total Counter-Strike career add up of over $630,000! But list only counts CS:GO winnings, but that's still well worth a mention. His team is known for having the same lineup of players to have played together since early 2014, and have signed contracts committing them to the current format until 2020. VP are currently suffering one of the biggest slumps of their careers. The team has struggled to reach the playoffs of any tournament since the PGL Major in Krakow. They dropped out of DreamHack Masters Malmo without winning a single map and they just grabbed a 4th place at ESG Tour Mykonos. They then crashed out of ESL One New York, and were eliminated from the E LEAGUE Premier in the group stage. The team has spoken about their issues and has moved the in-game leadership role over to TaZ in an attempt to fix their problems. The first test of his new role will be at EPICENTER 2017 in St Petersburg where VP will face top teams such as SK Gaming and G2 Esports for a $500,000 prize pool. x

9th - Filip 'NEO' Kubski

Another member of the Virtus.pro line up, NEO has managed to amass a total of $498,213.37 while playing for the Russian organisation. NEO is slightly younger than his teammate TaZ, having been born in 1987 and is aged 30. His total winnings throughout his entire Counter-Strike career total over $633,000. He currently plays the support role in VP, but can also in-game lead and is a more than capable rifle player. NEO will play a vital role in helping TaZ bring their team out of their current slump and back to their winning ways of old. x

8th - Nicolai 'dev1ce' Reedtz

The first of the Astralis players on the list, dev1ce had earnt $510,173.21 throughout his CS:GO career. Known as an AWP player, and enowned for his consistency and dedication to practice. His team Astralis is a player owned organization that was created when the Danish players of Team Solomid left and formed their own brand, with dev1ce as one of the initial five founders. Dev1ce and Team Solomid saw much success throughout 2015, leading to Astralis' creation in early 2016. His new team has consistently performed well throughout 2016 and early 2017, winning the ELEAGUE Major in January, but have seen their results decline over the summer. Astralis' ranking as slowly slipped from 2nd to 5th, and the team appears to struggle when against the new rosters that have formed over the August player break.

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7th - Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen

The second member of Astralis, dupreeh has amassed a total of $513,172.74 playing CS:GO. Dupreeh's role in his team changes from time to time, having played both the entry fragger and the lurker positions. He and dev1ce have played on the same rosters since January of 2013 when they both joined the Copenhagen Wolves. In an interview, he revealed that his team is struggling at the moment due to their lack of surprising tactics, and that is the main reason why the new teams that have formed since the August player break are able to defeat them. He stated that he believes with more practice and more time they will work their way back up the world rankings. x

6th - Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth

The clutch professional, Xyp9x is the third member of Astralis to make the top 10 list with a total earning of $515,571.90. The 22 year old player is known for his incredible ability to clutch rounds, even when the odds are massively unfavorable for him. His game sense and aim are some of the best in the world and this allows him to help win key rounds for Astralis. He is currently playing the support role for the team, but his less aggressive style does not stop him from collecting an impressive number of kills in almost every game he plays. Xyp9x will play an important role in bring his team back into contention for the world number one title. x

5th - Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt

The only G2 Esports player to make the top 10 list, NBK- has earned $527,803.76 over his CS:GO career. NBK currently plays the support role for the French 'superteam' G2, but is also a capable AWPer who has mastered the balance between aggressive and defensive play. The French player has competed in many top teams, such as Titan, LDLC, and EnVyUs. In all those teams he was a stable performer who played an important role in their victories. In G2 the rifle player has been unleashed and has helped achieve many impressive finishes, including their most recent win at DreamHack Masters Malmo, where the team claimed $100,000 in prize money.

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4th - Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo

It may come as no surprise that the core of the Brazilian team of SK Gaming reached the top of this list. TACO, their support player has managed to amass a total of $563,131.85 in winnings. An able player who can adapt to many roles within the team, most notably the entry fragger and support where he uses his impressive aim to form paths for his teammates. Part of the original five members of the Luminosity Gaming line up that broke out of the Brazilian scene, he has even been referred to as VACO, a play on the abbreviation of Valve's anti-cheat, VAC, due to his incredible abilities and game sense. TACO is a member of SK Gaming who, at the time of writing, are the highest ranked team in the world. The line up has been facing difficulties throughout September as new teams have begun to right for their title. x

3rd - Marcelo 'coldzera' David

The world's highest rated player of 2016 has won a total of $573,023.42 throughout his career. The 22 year old Brazilian player has long been a formidable force in CS:GO, having collected a total of six MVP awards. Coldzera was also awarded as the PC Player of the year by the Esports Industry Awards in 2016. A quick search of this iconic player will result in a flood of incredible clips where he single handedly beats an entire team or makes shots that where not thought possible. He is considered the best player in the world for a very good reason. Coldzera is mainly a rifle player, but is also more than capable with an AWP, as many of his highlights will prove. x

2nd - Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga

Perhaps a surprise to be higher on the list than his teammate coldzera, fer is the unsung star of SK Gaming. His CS:GO career has seen him earn a total of $582,012.50. With only one MVP to his name and coming 15th in the 2016 rankings, fer has not claimed the lime light as his teammates have. This does not make him any less deadly on the server though. An incredible rifle player, fer plays the entry fragger role, helping to set up his team and sacrificing himself for their benefit. Results have proven that when fer is playing well, SK plays well, he is a star player who gives the credit to his team. He was a member of the original Luminosity team that stormed their way to the number one ranking in 2016, and have maintained their presence at the top ever since. x

1st - Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo

The number one spot on the list goes to FalleN, the man, the myth, the legend. The grandfather of Brazilian CS, FalleN is known for his efforts in forming a team of star players and pushing them out of their local scene. Throughout his long and successful CS:GO career, SK Gaming's in-game leader has earned a total of $584,712.50. FalleN plays the IGL role and the AWPing position in his team, and does them both to an extremely high level. He is well respected throughout the professional scene due to his approachable demeanor and friendly attitude. In 2015 FalleN was chosen as the most influential person in Brazilian esports and was he was also nominated PC personality of the year by the eSports Industry Awards in 2016.
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