The year is almost over. With no events coming up, it’s time to look at what was good and bad in CS:GO this year. To that effect, we at DrakeLounge decided to hold our own awards. The most time consuming category, that of Best Player, is going to be available for voting soon, so we thought it to be a good idea to provide you with a short overview of each player we’re putting up for a vote.
Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz vs. Kenny “kennyS” Schrub
Starting off strong, the battle between dev1ce and kennyS is probably going to be fierce because both players are integral to their team’s success. While Astralis has been underperforming for a while even before dev1ce was sidelined for medical reasons in the EPL Season 6 and ECS Season 4 Finals, without him, the team played even worse. G2 Esports, on the other hand, basically live or die by the performance of their AWPer in many games. When kennyS shows up, it gets much easier for G2 to win and that much harder when he doesn’t.
Marcelo “coldzera” David vs. Richard “shox” Papillon
This matchup features two players who are drastically different. The Brazilian, coldzera, consistently plays well and contributes greatly to the success of the best CS:GO team in the world, SK Gaming. Opposite him is shox, a notoriously streaky player with a sky-high skillcap. The problem is that he rarely performs up to his true potential. With kennyS helping him, there’s not much that can stop the two when they pop off, but that doesn’t happen often.
Nikola “NiKo” Kovač vs. Aleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev
You might think that it’s too early a time for these two players to meet, but it’s not in our opinion. Both NiKo and s1mple have been considered to be the most skilled CS:GO players in the world at one point or another, together with SK’s coldzera. The problem is that s1mple is currently playing for a na’Vi team that’s struggling to get much bang for their buck while NiKo is a bit overshadowed by his star-studded roster reminiscent of the most notorious Real Madrid FC teams. So, one hasn’t been himself after coming back from America, while the other doesn’t stand out as much on a team with players almost as great as him.
Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo vs. Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke
FalleN might not be the best AWPer in the world, but the success of his team, SK Gaming, and Brazilian Counter-Strike, which he’s responsible for growing in a major way, make him worthy of inclusion among the nominees. That’s not to say that FalleN isn’t a skilled AWPer, he is. It’s just that his real worth is in the community building and in-game leading department. K0nfig, on the other hand, has been an essential part of North’s plan for a very long time now. Through thick and thin, he was an integral part of any victory of that team.
Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovács vs. Josh “jdm64” Marzano
In this battle of the AWPers, we have two great ones. Where jdm64 was a consistent bright spot in the troubled Team Liquid roster, GuardiaN has been a shade of his former all-star self for the majority of the year on Na’Vi. Amidst allegations of slacking after Na’Vi released Daniil “Zeus” Teslenko to make room for s1mple, GuardiaN’s reputation took a hit. Despite that, he seems to be getting his mojo back on FaZe Clan, playing better and better as time passes. On the other hand, jdm64 went through much more upheaval and remained a shining light for his team. This vote is about what you value more, pure skill or dedication even when in a shit situation.
Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer vs. Mikhail “Dosia” Stolyarov
A couple of years ago, this vote wouldn’t even be close, olofmeister would have been a hands down favorite to win in a dominating fashion. It’s a different time now. Where olofmeisters’ star fell a bit due to mediocre-at-best results on Fnatic, Dosia got the chance to show off time and time again, carrying the underdog Gambit.
Jacky “Stewie2K” Yip vs. Jarosław “pashaBiceps” Jarząbkowski
Let’s get the most important thing out of the way, if Stewie2K and pashaBiceps were to fight in real life, pashaBiceps would probably crush Stewie. But. CS:GO is not a real life fight. As one of the best players on CS:GO, a team on the rise, the American can stand up to pasha in this vote. After all, after the year pasha’s had following the ELEAGUE Major Atlanta 2017, the Pole should be well used to losing. With that said, pasha’s legacy, popularity, and skill when he can actually be arsed to play seriously are something to be respected. Which player is better in your opinion?
Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok vs. Markus “Kjaerbye” Kjærbye
Okay, this last nomination is a bit of a joke. Obviously, Kjaerbye would wipe the floor with Faker if they played CS:GO. BUT. Faker is the best League of Legends player of all time. One could argue that he’s the best player in the history of esports. If Counter-Strike was popular in South Korea and Faker picked it up instead of League, he would probably be up there with the rest. With all of that said, we decided to see how far The Unkillable Demon King would go in a CS:GO player contest. That and for shits and giggles.