CSGO Major Winners: All Major winners and their path to glory

Through the ages, the most prestigious Counter-Strike Tournament of all time has been the CSGO Major. Over the past two years the pro scene has been deprived of that. But finally at the end of 2021 we had a CSGO Major happen, and another fast approaching at PGL Major Antwerp 2022 taking place May 9th – 22nd.

With the last couple of Majors being disappointing from either a production perspective or just a lack of exciting games. That all changed in Stockholm, with Natus Vincere completing a perfect bracket run and showing absolutely amazing CSGO prowess. With a new slew of new teams sitting atop the rankings, this upcoming Major needs to be one for the ages. With Valorant breathing down the necks of Counter Strike esports team owners, the future of this scene rests on this tournament’s shoulders.

All CSGO Major Winners

Astralis winning StarLadder Berlin Major 2019

CSGO Major Winners

With a new winner to be crowned in Stockholm, we reminisce with some of the Kings of days gone by.

TournamentLocationPrize PoolWinnerRunner-up
PGL Major Antwerp 2022Antwerp $1,000,000TBATBA
PGL Major 2021Stockholm $2,000,000Natus VincereG2 Esports
ESL One: Rio 2020Rio de Janeiro$2,000,000CancelledCancelled
StarLadder Major 2019Berlin $1,000,000AstralisAVANGAR
Intel Extreme Masters XIII Major 2019Katowice$1,000,000AstralisENCE
FACEIT Major 2018London $1,000,000AstralisNatus Vincere
ELEAGUE Major 2018Boston $1,000,000Cloud9FaZe Clan
PGL Major 2017Kraków $1,000,000GambitIMT
ELEAGUE Major: Atlanta 2017Atlanta$1,000,000AstralisVirtus.Pro
ESL One: Cologne 2016Cologne$1,000,000SK GamingTeam Liquid
MLG Major Championship: Columbus 2016Columbus$1,000,000LuminosityNatus Vincere
DreamHack Open Cluj⁠-⁠Napoca 2015Cluj$250,000EnvyNatus Vincere
ESL One: Cologne 2015Cologne$250,000FnaticEnvy
ESL One: Katowice 2015Katowice$250,000FnaticNinjas in Pyjamas
DreamHack Winter 2014Jönköping$250,000LDLCNinjas in Pyjamas
ESL One: Cologne 2014Cologne$250,000Ninjas in PyjamasFnatic
ESL Major Series One 2014Katowice$250,000Virtus.ProNinjas in Pyjamas
DreamHack Winter 2013Jönköping$250,000FnaticNinjas in Pyjamas

Chronology of CSGO Greatness

We start all the way back to the first CSGO Major held in 2013 in Jönköping, Sweden, the hometown of DreamHack. Fnatic wins the first official CSGO major and goes down in history. The core of that team would go on to be known as being one of the most dominant teams ever, in what would be dubbed the “Fnatic Era” years after. They would go on to win two more majors in 2015 with olofmeister, JW, KRIMZ, flusha and pronax. The players will go on to crown several best CSGO players lists as the years went by.

The torch was then passed to the Brazilians, Luminosity. Led by IGL and AWPer FalleN and gun virtuoso coldzera, they would see an incredibly exciting rise to the top which culminated in one the best semi-finals of all time between Luminosity and Liquid, creating this iconic clip.

After winning the MLG Major Championship: Columbus 2016, they went back to back and won ESL One: Cologne 2016 facing off against Liquid in the Grand Finals. These two Majors in a row would dub that time as the LG/SK era.

The following years were packed with storylines surrounding the victories of Astralis, Gambit and Cloud9 in 2017 and 2018. Then we were then thrown into the seemingly endless Astralis era, where they won an unprecedented 3 Majors in a row. With the players overcoming everything they did, it was almost impossible to have perfected the game the way they did. They dominated so hard that other teams simply did not stand a chance, leading some to think their playstyle was boring.

As the pandemic dawned, we moved into the online era, with CSGO Majors taking a back seat to online events and third party tournaments filling the gap in competitive play. CIS teams like NaVi and Gambit are taking turns dominating the scene, and are the main favorites in CSGO gambling for winning the next major.

We are officially in the NAVI era as they seek to continue their dominance in 2022. We can expect their closest contenders next major to be G2 Esports and FaZe Clan. More teams will look to make their mark on the history of the game. Since it has been so long coming, whoever wins in PGL  this fall will not be forgotten.