In the 7 years of CS:GO’s existence, only several players managed to stand out and get a place in CS:GO history books. In this CS:GO Hall of Fame article, we are going to present you our list of Top 5 CS:GO players of all time, including both team and individual achievements.
CS:GO Hall Of Fame: Top 5 CS:GO Players Of All Time
How we selected our Top 5 CS:GO players of all time?
Before we start with our list, we are going to explain how we selected these 5 players for the CS:GO Hall of Fame. First of all, there is no strict, mathematical formula that we used. Simply, we tried to take as many things as possible into consideration. Hence, both team achievements and individual accomplishments matter. Apparently, if we included only team results, the majority of these players would be from the same squad (Astralis or Fnatic).
On the other hand, given that CS:GO is a team game, picking players only according to their individual skills and awards would be inappropriate. Therefore, we tried to make the perfect mixture of these two. As a result, we made the following Top 5 CS:GO players of all time.
5. Jesper “JW” Wecksell [Fnatic, Sweden]
The hardest part of making this list was choosing the fifth CS:GO player of all time. There were many different candidates for this spot and it wasn’t easy to pick the right one. However, JW found his place in our CS:GO Hall of Fame.
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JW is one of the most famous and the most popular CS:GO players. Unfortunately, alongside great results and excellent individual skills, JW is also known for his trash talking during LAN matches. He doesn’t do that anymore, but the CS:GO community still recognizes him as one of the cockiest CS:GO players.
JW started his CS:GO career in a small Nordic team called Gosu. He couldn’t ask for a better beginning considering he won one small LAN event in Norway called ByLAN in 2012. JW’s team won approx $3,000 US, and it was JW’s first success as a CS:GO player. But, it was nothing in comparison what was about to come for one of the best Swedish CS:GO players.
At the beginning of 2013, the young AWPer played for Epsilon eSports with four other Swedish players, including well-known flusha. There, he mainly played Weekly and Online events where he didn’t have so much success. However, he won two Minor events and reached the final of DreamHack Summer 2013 where his team lost to the dominant Ninjas in Pyjamas. Just a few weeks later, the whole squad of Epsilon eSports got signed by the famous esports organization, Fnatic. That was the team where JW spent the rest of his career excluding one short chapter in GODSENT.
In days when JW was making his first steps in Fnatic, the most dominant team was the other Swedish team, Ninjas in Pyjamas. Even back then, the Scandinavian Esports scene was dominating the field. NiP was joined and even overshadowed by Fnatic. JW was a part of the team who won three Major titles as well as over 20 other LAN events.
Prior to the first CS:GO Major (DreamHack Winter 2013), Fnatic didn’t have such a good showing. They played a couple of finals at Mid-Tier tournaments and failed to win a single title. But, at DreamHack Winter 2013, JW and Fnatic crushed the field to become the first CS:GO Major winners. They bested NiP in the Grand Final (2-1) and JW won his first and most valuable MVP award. At the end of 2013, JW finished as the eighth-best player according to HLTV.
Later on, Fnatic kept failing to clinch the trophy and establish themselves as a top team even though they had won the Major. At the following Major in Katowice in 2014, Fnatic lost in the Quarter-finals to LGB eSports. They kept struggling, but JW remained part of the team. At the following Major (ESL One Cologne), NiP got their revenge and outlasted Fnatic in the Grand Final. But that was a key moment for JW and Fnatic as that loss was actually the beginning of the Fnatic era.
Afterward, as part of Fnatic, JW won 20 LAN events up to the beginning of 2016, including two Major titles at ESL One Katowice and ESL One Cologne, both in 2015. JW earned another two MVP medals and ended as part of the Top 20 players list twice (fifth-best player in 2014 and tenth-best player in 2015).
2016-2019 Lack of Good Results
When the Fnatic era ended, JW’s career started declining as well. The beginning of 2016 was the last time when Fnatic had good showings. They won two big LAN tournaments and played several Semi-finals. At two Majors, however, their path finished in the Quarter and Semi-finals as they lost to Astralis and Liquid. Bad results meant that JW and a couple of his teammates were going to leave Fnatic to join GODSENT. But they saw even less success there. So, they returned to Fnatic in February of 2017 after failure at Atlanta Major.
But they didn’t do much better in the following PGL Major in Krakow as they lost in the Quarter-final to the eventual champions, Gambit Esports. For the first time in his career, JW finished 2017 without a LAN trophy. The following year wasn’t much better, apart from titles at WESG, IEM World Championship and PGL Grand Slam (small tournament). At the last Major, Fnatic had the worst showing in their history of Majors. But, later on, they played two consecutive finals at IEM Sydney and StarSeries event.
As three-times Major champion, JW just had to find the place on our list of Top 5 CS:GO players of all time. It would be a shame if he didn’t make it to our CS:GO Hall of Fame with ending the year as a Top 20 player, and with three MVP awards which of one were won at Majors.
4. Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer Gustafsson [FaZe Clan(Fnatic), Sweden]
Olofmeister is undoubtedly one of the biggest legends of CS:GO. Most people recognize him for his controversial boost in the final of ESL One: Cologne but also for the legendary “Moly defuse” when he defused the bomb just one millisecond before he got roasted by a Molotov. Accordingly, he got two graffitis on Overpass, and he is the only player with two graffitis made after his displays in CS:GO. In the beginning, many CS:GO fans hated olofmeister because of his controversial boost, but it seems like the situation is much different now.
Olofmestier’s career began all the way back in 2009 when he used to play earlier versions of Counter-Strike. His CS:GO career, however, kicked off in 2013. In the beginning, he changed few teams but then established himself as an LGB eSports player. There, he had some decent success but lacked in titles. The only LAN title he won came after the Minor tournament, Svecup 2013 Qualifier. But, at the Major in Katowice in 2014, LGB eSports reached the late stage of the tournament as they advanced to Semi-final, but lost to Virtus.pro.
Three months after that good showing, olofmeister joined Fnatic. As we already mentioned everything about Fnatic era above, we are going to skip that part here. Nevertheless, we have to mention olofmeister’s incredible individual accomplishments, which are the main reason why he ended above his former teammate even though he won one Major title less.
During the Fnatic era, olofmeister claimed six MVP awards. One of those six came as a result of olofmeister’s great showing at Katowice Major in 2015. On top of that, Olof had much more success than JW in terms of the HLTV Top 20 players lists. Besides the fact that he finished as part of the Top 20 one more time than JW, he also managed to find a place on the top of the list in 2015. So, not only that he was part of the Fnatic era, but HLTV gave him credit for being perhaps the most important player of that era. Also, with 6 MVP medals, olofmeister comes in 9th place on the list of HLTV MVP Medals holders.
Chapter in FaZe Clan
When bad results started being something usual for Fnatic, olofmeister got an opportunity to join FaZe Clan. In August in 2017, Olof began his chapter in FaZe Clan in style. Just a couple of weeks after he joined the new team, FaZe won two big titles (ESL One New York and ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier). The end of that year was also fruitful for olofmeister. He played three big finals and managed to win one of them against mousesports at ECS Season 4 Finals.
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The following year kicked off in Boston for FaZe. They reached the Grand Final of Boston Major and had four championship points (15-11) against Cloud9, but failed to finish the job. Hence, Cloud9 came back and won the first Major. That loss definitely affected FaZe Clan mentally as they won only one big title afterward. At the last two Majors, they dropped out in Quarter-finals.
Although JW won more Majors (3), olofmesiter had much better individual achievements. As said he had six MVP medals and was named as the best player of 2015. Also, JW won fewer big titles and generally had worse results in the period after 2017. As a result, olofmeister comes before JW in our CS:GO Hall of Fame and our list of Top 5 CS:GO players of all time.
3. Christopher “GeT_RiGhT” Alesund [Ninjas in Pyjamas, Sweden]
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GeT_RiGhT is another Swedish player on our list of Top 5 CS:GO players of all time, which says a lot about the success of Swedish players and teams in CS:GO. GeT_RiGhT is definitely one of the most loved players in CS:GO alongside his teammate f0rest. Although they both had the same team achievements, GeT_RiGhT has been much better individually.
This Counter-Strike legend made his name all the way back in 2008/9 when he played for Fnatic and other teams. He won so many trophies in the old version of Counter-Strike. On top of that, his CS:GO career started in the best possible way.
When CS:GO was released, GeT_RiGhT joined NiP and stayed there for the rest of his career. So, he has basically spent the whole CS:GO career in NiP. There, he recorded great results. Even today, he is the holder of some records, together with his teammates, such as 83-0 winning streak and 33-0 Nuke streak. Of course, we can discuss the competitiveness of CS:GO scene in a time when NiP had the golden era, but we must give credit to GeT_RiGhT and NiP.
The Golden Era of NiP and Beginnings of CS:GO Competitive Scene
The only thing that is enough to be said about NiP’s era, to describe how dominant they were, is that they didn’t lose a single map from August in 2012 to February in 2013. From the very beginning of CS:GO until the end of 2014, they won 26 LAN events. Of course, many of them were small tournaments and Qualifiers, but still, that number sounds great. As mentioned, NiP was the part of the Grand Final of the first Major but lost it to Fnatic.
They played the Grand Final of the following Major in Katowice as well but lost it to the domestic team, Virtus.pro. Their first Major title came at ESL One Cologne in 2014 when they got their revenge versus Fnatic. Amazingly, NiP played the Grand Finals of the following two Majors as well (DH Winter 2014 and ESL One Katowice 2015), but lost both to Team LDLC and Fnatic. However, in CS:GO history books, it’s written that NiP took part in the Grand Final of the first five Majors.
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GeT_RiGhT and NiP had good showings at events until the end of 2016, but their era was over already at the end of 2014. In that period, GeT_RiGhT claimed ten MVP medals to reach the second place on the list of HLTV MVP Medals holders so far. At the moment, he shares second place with kennyS who won his MVP awards later on. Additionally, HLTV named GeT_RiGhT as the best player of 2013 and 2014. He ended in Top 20 two more times, in 2015 (#11) and 2016 (#18).
2017-2019 – Rough Time for the Swedish Giants
Just like Fnatic couldn’t maintain their good game, NiP also failed to keep having good results. In 2017, they didn’t play any Major at all. The Swedes reached the late phase of the events only four times. Three times, they won the title, but only one of those three was the big one (IEM Oakland). The following year was even worse for them. They won the Europe Minor and qualified for the FACEIT Major, but failed to win a single title apart from the Europe Minor. Alongside that result, they had decent results only at BLAST Pro events and ECS Season 6 Finals. They kicked off 2019 in the Quarter-finals of Katowice Major, which is perhaps their biggest success since the title in Oakland in 2017.
GeT_RiGhT ended above JW and olofmeister on our list of Top 5 CS:GO players of all time thanks to his individual accomplishments. In terms of team achievements, Olof and JW have been more successful. However, given that GeT_RiGhT had the most MVP awards for a long time and that he was the player of the year twice, he found a spot above JW and olofmeister.
2. Marcelo “coldzera” David [MiBR, Brazil]
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Finally, we got one non-Swedish player in our CS:GO Hall of Fame and our list of Top 5 CS:GO players of all time. Out of all players mentioned, coldzera has been the most consistent without a doubt. No wonder as he started playing CS:GO more recently than other players on this list. Coldzera also has his own graffiti on Mirage where he managed to kill four T players with jump-shots with an AWP.
In August in 2015, coldzera joined Luminosity Gaming. The very first event for coldzera in Luminosity was ESL One Cologne Major. He and his team dropped out in the Quarter-finals. By the way, coldzera has never dropped out the Major before Quarter-finals. They recorded the same result at the following Major in Cluj-Napoca as well. Until the end of 2015, Luminosity Gaming didn’t win a single event, but the next year was the year of Brazilian’s rise in CS:GO.
The era of Luminosity/SK Gaming
A year later in April, Luminosity Gaming managed to win the first Major of the year at MLG Major Championship in Columbus. After such a huge achievement, they won the EPL Season 3 Finals and lost in the finals of ECS Season 1 to G2 Esports. Afterward, the whole Luminosity Gaming squad were signed by SK Gaming. Just a few weeks after they joined a new organization, coldzera and his teammates won another Major at ESL One: Cologne after beating Team Liquid in the Grand Final. So, they became just the second squad who won back-to-back Major titles. Before them, only Fnatic succeeded in doing so. Alongside them, after winning IEM Katowice Major, Astralis has become the third team who accomplished such achievement.
Interestingly, coldzera was the MVP of both Majors that his team won. So, he became the first player with two Major MVP medals.
Even though the Brazilians had so much success at Majors, they were choking in other events. SK Gaming reached the late stage of six big events until the end of 2016 but failed to win a single one.
In 2017, SK’s cabinet finally started filling with trophies. They lost in the Semi-final of Atlanta Major, and the Quarter-final of PGL Major in Krakow, but won a number of other tournaments. In that year, SK Gaming won 8 LAN events, and the majority of them were the most prestigious ones (IEM Sydney, ECS Finals, ESL One Cologne, EPICENTER, EPL Finals). Coldzera was finishing events as MVP repeatedly. Additionally, he finished 2016 and 2017 as the player of the year. Before coldzera, only GeT_RiGhT managed to be the player of the year two times in a row.
2018-2019 End of An Era
Just like all other eras, the era of the Brazilian CS:GO also came to the end. In 2018, coldzera and his teammates played two Semi-finals under two different logos. The first one was in Boston under SK Gaming’s logo, and the second one was in London (FACEIT Major) in MiBR’s jerseys. They won a couple of small tournaments and usually were reaching the playoffs of big events, but it was nothing in comparison to their success in 2016 and 2017.
This year, they reached Semi-finals of IEM Katowice once again but lost to the eventual champions, Astralis. They are still struggling to find their old form and it’s questionable if they are going to succeed in doing so.
As one of the most consistent players at Majors and in general, and as an eight-time MVP winner (including two Major MVP medals) coldzera is definitely one of the best individual players that this game ever saw. On top of that, he was named as the player of the year two times in a row. As a result, no one could get above coldzera on our list of Top 5 CS:GO players of all time except the player who deserved the first place spot.
CS:GO Hall of Fame – Honorable mentions
Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev [NaVi, Ukraine] – 0 Major titles (two-time runner-up, 9 MVP awards, the best player of 2018 and Top 10 player of 2017 and 2016
Kenny “kennyS” Schrub [G2 Esports, France] – 1 Major title (one-time runner-up), 10 MVP awards (one won at Major), five times ended the year as one of Top 20 players
Patrik “f0rest” Lindberg [NiP, Sweden] – 1 Major title (four-time runner-up), 8 MVP awards, three times ended the year as one of Top 20 players
Freddy “KRIMZ” Johansson [Fnatic, Sweden] – 2 Major titles (one-time runner-up), 5 MVP awards, three times ended the year as one of Top 20 players
Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovács [FaZe Clan, Slovakia] – 0 Major titles (three-time runner-up), 8 MVP awards, five times ended the year as one of Top 20 players
1. Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz [Astralis, Denmark]
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Did some photoshoots, content pieces and played League with/vs the @origengg guys the last few days here in Copenhagen. We do a lot of other stuff for the Astralis brand and it’s pretty cool to be a part of that development our partnerships come with. Pic is from a previous photo shoot with @jackandjones 😃
If anyone deserves to come before coldzera in CS:GO Hall of Fame, that’s dev1ce. Although there are some segments where coldzera is more successful, dev1ce has recorded much better results in general. The “Tom Cruise” of CS:GO is known as one of the best CS:GO players ever. Despite his health issues and the fact that he wasn’t a dedicated AWPer at the beginning of his career, dev1ce shows exceptional AWPing skills. The other aspects of his game are impressive.
Excluding the first two years in CS:GO, dev1ce has always been part of the most elite teams. He definitely has been the most consistent player in CS:GO even though he was known for choking in important matches at the beginning of his career with Astralis.
Dev1ce began his CS:GO career with the Copenhagen Wolves in 2013 when he mainly played small Online events. However, his team qualified for the first Major at DreamHack Winter 2013 where they lost to VeryGames in the Quarter-final.
The next year, dev1ce joined Dignitas where he saw even more success. He and his teammates, including Xyp9x and dupreeh, reached the Semi-final of both Majors in 2014. They lost to two Swedish teams (Fnatic and NiP). Alongside those Semi-finals, they had other several good showings. The year after (2015), Esports organization Team SoloMid saw potential and quality in Dignitas’ squad and decided to sign the whole squad to create the first CS:GO team of TSM.
Dev1ce and his teammates played two Quarter-finals and one Semi-final at three Majors that year. They lost two times to NiP and once to Team EnVyUs. Also, they managed to win five LAN events and a couple of Online Tournaments. It was generally a good year for dev1ce and his team.
The Beginnings of Astralis
After good results with Team SoloMid, dev1ce and his teammates decided to create a new team, owned by players. That team was named Astralis and later on, it has become one of the best teams in the history of CS:GO.
The first year of Astralis wasn’t that great, but they still had some decent achievements. They played the Semi-final of the Columbus Major and Quarter-final of Cologne Major in 2016. They also played a number of other Semi-finals and finally won the title at the very end of the year at ECS Series 2 Finals against another Danish team, OpTic Gaming.
Dev1ce couldn’t ask for a better start of 2017 as Astralis managed to win their first Major at ELEAGUE Major in Atlanta. They defeated Virtus.pro in Grand Final but lost to the same team just a few weeks later in Semi-final of the DH Masters event. Afterward, Astralis won the IEM World Championship, but it was the last title they clinched that year as they choked in the late stage of tournaments so many times. One of those events was the PGL Major in Krakow when the eventual champions, Gambit Esports, upset them in the Semi-final. Dev1ce had to accept the nickname, “choker”.
Nevertheless, it wasn’t the case anymore in 2018. The Danish squad failed to reach the playoff of the Major for the first time their history at the Boston Major. They failed at the following event as well, but after the DreamHack Masters in Marseille, their era began. Since that event, until the beginning of 2019, Astralis won nine big events including back-to-back Major titles at FACEIT and Katowice Major. So, The Danes became only the third team to have accomplished that.
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Also, they won three BLAST Pro events and played several Grand Finals and Semi-finals. On top of that, Astralis has become the first and the only team who managed to win Intel Grand Slam after winning two EPL events, IEM Chicago and DH Marseille. Many people believe that Astralis’ era is over and that they can’t be as dominant as they were anymore.
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However, during his successful team career, dev1ce has done many incredible things on an individual basis as well. First of all, he won 13 MVP medals (one Major MVP award), which put him on the first place on HLTV MVP Medals rankings. So, he holds a record for most MVP medals. At the moment, he has three more than GeT_RiGhT and kennyS and four more than s1mple. Also, thanks to his good performance and showings, dev1ce made it to the HLTV Top 20 players of the year five times in a row, which he ended four times as Top 5 player.
Taking everything into consideration, dev1ce completely deserves to hold the best place on our list of Top 5 CS:GO players of all time. He has the most MVP medals without anyone close to him, three Major titles (no player has more) and ended as the Top 5 player of the year four times in a row (HLTV). On top of that:
- He won the Intel Grand Slam
- Is one of the three top-earning CS:GO players
- Clinched countless LAN trophies.
All in all, he is arguably the greatest CS:GO player of all time.