Best CSGO Players Right Now and Coming Into 2021

In hopes of 2021 returning the entire competitive scene to normal. We are about to witness a shift in power in the Counter-Strike professional scene. Hence, we are revamping our top 5 list of the best CSGO players coming into 2021.

Who will be the best CSGO players in 2021?

We have barely seen any LANs in 2020 and the online environment has shifted team’s playstyles,  we’ll go based on previous seasons performance and list players that have a legit chance to win the best CSGO player award in 2021.

1. Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut

From our point of view, it makes no sense to create a list of the best CSGO players right now without mentioning the French prodigy. The only reason why Vitality is ranked so high is because of this guy. When he gets going, no one is able to stop him.

After being rated as the best CSGO player of 2019 by HLTV, Mathieu will want to propel Vitality towards more victories once games go back to LAN in 2021. ZywOo definitely deserves a spot on the list of the top 5 CSGO players in 2020 as he really is at the top of the foodchain. When it comes to proficiency, this French prodigy can literally kill you with everything. For such a young player, he has an insane game sense and his raw aim is off the charts.

It will be interesting to see if ZywOo will be able to consistently top the scoreboard at the BLAST Finals, since all of the best CSGO players will be competing here.

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2. Aleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev

There is no denying that s1mple is a huge talent and definitely one of the best CSGO players in history. Even though Aleksandr had an excellent 2019 and 2020, he fell short to ZywOo, at least by HLTV rankings. We believe that s1mple will be on a mission in 2021 and this is why we include him in the top 5 CSGO players for 2021.

You simply cannot argue with his deadly aim and aggressive playstyle. Even though his movements are transparent there still won’t be much you could do about it. If s1mple gets rolling, there is no stopping him.

However, Natus Vincere will have to step up their game in 2021. Last season their only real feat was IEM Katowice, and if something does not drastically change, s1mple could definitely consider moving back to North America.

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3. Benjamin “blameF” Bremer

If we had to pick the most improved CSGO player right now, our vote definitely goes toward blameF. This Danish found his groove with Complexity last year. Benjamin averaged a rating of 1.23 on the server and is slowly kicking pros down the rankings after each consecutive tournament.

Individually, this rifler is playing at a high level. However, from our point of view, he has overgrown Complexity, and certain teams will definitely pay close attention to this rifler. His calmness, recoil control and ability to get multi-kills is one of the reasons why we vote blameF as one of the three best CSGO players right now.

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Benjamin “blameF” Bremer

4. Michael “Grim” Wince

Is there a reason why one of the strongest esports franchises would opt-in for a young gun that is Grim? He had an entire 2020 to get used to pressure, competing against the best CSGO players and we believe that he has done that successfully.

2021 should be a breakout year for Michael as Liquid is not looking that good. The North American franchise did not win a single event in 2020 and tides will have to turn in 2021. With an average rating of 1.22 and by dishing out over 86 damage per round, we believe that Grim is set to become one of the best CSGO players.

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5. Nicolai “device” Reedtz

When it comes to team play, device is your guy. Nicolai is a very mechanically gifted player, but he gets a lot of frags by using his brain. You will barely ever see device re-peak the same angle and his “shoot and fall back” method is working for Astralis.

As of now, we can consider Nicolai as a veteran. If we play close attention to the guys that played at Virtus.Pro, you can notice that they are nowhere to be found right now. Now rewind things to 2021 and there you have it, device is still raking up multi-kills with his beloved AWP. The only reason why we are not ranking him higher on our list is that he is not interested in flashy kills. He does not mind holding an angle, getting a pick, and falling back to a more secure angle. All in all, 2021 will be another day in the office for the Danish AWPer.

We also think that Astralis is by far the top CSGO team ever, but they certainly wouldn’t be as good if device was not wielding the AWP. He is simply reliable and this is why we included him in our top list of the best 5 CSGO players in 2020.

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Previously Ranked Top CSGO Players in 2020

There were quite a few star players in 2020, but not all of them put up insane numbers such as the 5 we mention below. In this piece, you will be able to find the best CSGO players in 2020.

1. Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut

ZywOo has been among the top players globally for the past 3 years consecutively. At the moment, ZywOo is rated as the best player in 2020, after being second in 2019.

When it comes to weapons, ZywOo has found his rhythm with entire tool set. Once again we are presenting you with some incredible stats surrounding the French prodigy.

  • Rating 2.0: 1.28
  • Total Kills: 4043
  • K/D Ratio: 1.31
  • Damage Per Round: 85.2

2. Aleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev

As you could have probably guessed, s1mple is once again among the best CS:GO players in 2020. He has persisted in being a terror throughout this year, and his statistics are insane. Even though his team, Natus Vincere, was only able to win one big tournament this year, this did not stop s1mple from dominating everyone.

In 2020, s1mple topped the charts with AWP kills(1810) and Rifle kills(1299). Fun fact, s1mple was able to either molly or knife thirty of his opponents this year. Below you will be able to find some of the statistics for the best CSGO player ever.

  • Rating 2.0: 1.29
  • Total Kills: 3937
  • K/D Ratio: 1.41
  • Damage Per Round: 84.6

3. Nicolai ‘device’ Reedtz

Almost as reflective as the predicted rankings for 2021, Device is trailing just behind s1mple and ZywOo. Nicolai played on 14 different CS:GO tournaments in 2020, and these are his stats for the year.

  • Rating 2.0: 1.20
  • Total Kills: 3658
  • K/D Ratio: 1.25
  • Damage Per Round: 80.9

4. Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač

An absolute monster on the scene, Niko is still putting out insane numbers in competitive matches. This now veteran has the 4th best CS:GO statistics as a player in 2020. In the previous year, Nikola participated in 17 tournaments with either FaZe Clan or G2. The bulk of his kills were while rifling (2521) which is over 70% of his total kills.

  • Rating 2.0: 1.18
  • Total Kills: 3585
  • K/D Ratio: 1.14
  • Damage Per Round: 86.7

5. Robin ‘ropz’ Kool

The last CS:GO player on our list is another youngster. At the moment, ropz is only 21 years old and the best performing player on mousesports. He played 15 events in total in 2020 and showcased an excellent performance considering how his team fared overall.

The Estonian super lurker dominated many of the top CS:GO teams in 2020. Below are his best statistics in 2020.

  • Rating 2.0: 1.16
  • Total Kills: 2956
  • K/D Ratio: 1.21
  • Damage Per Round: 81.1
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Previously Ranked Best CSGO Players in 2019

In this piece, you will be able to find the best CSGO players in 2019.

1. Aleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev

As you could have probably guessed, s1mple was one the best CS:GO players in 2019. He has been on a terror throughout the year, and his statistics were insane. Even though his team, Natus Vincere, was only able to win one tournament in the year, this did not stop s1mple from dominating everyone.

In 2019, s1mple topped the charts with AWP kills(565) and AK-47 kills(331). Fun fact, s1mple was able to knife three of his opponents this year. Below you will be able to find some of the statistics for the best CSGO player ever.

  • Rating 2.0: 1.35
  • Total Kills: 1282
  • K/D Ratio: 1.51
  • Damage Per Round: 88.1

2. Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut

ZywOo was 18 back in 2019, and he already found his footing in the professional CS:GO scene. At that moment, ZywOo was rated as the second-best player in 2019, and he has kept improving since. Unlike s1mple, ZywOo participated in 11 different tournaments in 2019 and he had a positive K/D ratio in each of these events. Furthermore, Vitality was able to win three of those tournaments.

When it comes to weapons, ZywOo has found his rhythm with AWP(854 kills), AK-47(408 kills), and AUG(167 kills). Once again we are presenting you with some incredible stats surrounding the French prodigy.

  • Rating 2.0: 1.34
  • Total Kills: 2210
  • K/D Ratio: 1.43
  • Damage Per Round: 87.6

3. Ali ‘Jame’ Djami

Another youngster that found his way on our top 5 list. Jame has been dominating basically everyone in 2019, and it is sad that he is not surrounded by better teammates. This puts Russian AWPer in the third-place on our list.

Jame played on 14 different CS:GO tournaments in 2019, and these are his stats for this year.

  • Rating 2.0: 1.31
  • Total Kills: 2315
  • K/D Ratio: 1.56
  • Damage Per Round: 80.1

4. Vinicius ‘vsm’ Moreira

Even though this player is nowhere near a tier 1 team, statistics say that he is the 4th best CS:GO player in 2019. Vsm is 19 years old and at the moment, he is playing for DETONA.

In 2019, vsm participated in 19 tournaments with DETONA and in 17 of those, he had a positive K/D ratio. However, most of those tournaments were qualifiers, hence why some of the stats are unreal.

  • Rating 2.0: 1.28
  • Total Kills: 1543
  • K/D Ratio: 1.26
  • Damage Per Round: 88.7

5. Tyson ‘TenZ’ Ngo

The last CS:GO player on our list is still a minor. At the moment, TenZ is only 17 years old and he is a member of Bad News Bears. Even though he did not play in many tournaments, he still put in an excellent performance in some of those events.

Canadian talent dominated everyone in the ESEA MDL Season 30 North American and below you will be able to find some of his best statistics in 2019.

  • Rating 2.0: 1.27
  • Total Kills: 1102
  • K/D Ratio: 1.27
  • Damage Per Round: 89.5
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