The CS:GO competitive scene has seen its share of legendary moments and equally legendary players. Since the beginning of competitive matches back in 2012, CS:GO has produced some of the biggest names in Esports history.
Out of the many famous names that have mastered the art of the game, few shine the most. Names that are synonymous with competitive CS:GO. There have been long and heated debates about who makes it onto the top 10 list of all time.
We can argue all day long about who deserves to be on this top 10 list. A lot of players have had their share of success, and others have cemented themselves in history with iconic moments. But choosing players based on a single metric is both biased and
Let’s be real here. No list of the top 10 players will be agreed upon by every single person. Our list of the top 10 best CS:GO players is no different. Some picks might be no-brainers, but some may be shockers. We believe this list is very comprehensive, but we don’t expect it to please everyone.
Richard ‘shox’ Papillon
Total Winnings: $829,007.65
Lifetime K/D: 1.10
shox is a name that might be shocking to see on our list. He had a rocky start to his career and jumped from team to team during his early days. However, there was no question that the talent was there. Shox just needed the right pieces around him to win games.
Luckily, teams started to see the potential ever since he joined Team LDLC.com in 2014, where he also won his first and only major. After that, shox become a major contributor to other top teams like G2 Esports, Team Vitality, and Team Liquid.
He has a rogue-like and crazy playstyle but definitely has the aim to back it up. He was a joy to watch because when he popped off, no one could stop him. He’s definitely up there when it comes to the conversation of the best French CS:GO player ever.
Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač
Total Winnings: $1,193,391.80
Lifetime K/D: 1.19
NiKo is widely considered one of the most mechanically gifted players in the entirety of CS:GO. This man doesn’t need a jump throw bind. He is the jump throw bind. Kidding aside, NiKo is simply flawless when it comes to everything CS:GO-related.
He is most known for his time with FaZe Clan, where he won numerous awards and tournaments. They were an immovable force from 2017 to 2018, and NiKo was a huge part of their dominance. He now currently plays for G2 Esports.
NiKo has been considered one of the best CS:GO players in the world multiple times during his career. He has a total of 7 appearances on HLTV’s top 20 players since 2010, one of the highest number of appearances on the list. I don’t think anyone would disagree that someone as mechanically gifted and as talented as NiKo deserves to be on the list.
Ladislav ‘GuardiaN’ Kovács
Total Winnings: $808,638.18
Lifetime K/D: 1.18
GuardiaN is perhaps the greatest player in CS:GO history to never win a major. With more than 63% of all his kills coming from a singular weapon, he is the KING of the AWP. Throughout his career GuardiaN has shown incredible consistency; not the most flamboyant of players, but he always got the job done.
GuardiaN had a slow start to his career, mainly due to the lack of opportunities. He finally got his big break and a shot in the limelight when he joined Virtus.Pro in 2013. At Na’VI, he quickly found his groove and enjoyed the most success in his career until his departure from the team in 2017.
Though a major trophy has eluded him, GuradiaN’s individual achievements stack up with the very best. He was featured on HLTV.org’s Top 20 players list for 6 years straight between 2013 and 2018. Having eight MVP medals under your belt is no small feat, either.
Cristopher ‘Get_Right’ Alesund
Total Winnings: $621,886.05
Lifetime K/D: 1.15
Get_Right is an OG of the scene. He’s been there even before CS:GO, being an incredibly accomplished CS player. He is arguably the first-ever superstar that CS:GO produced.
Get_Right’s time at NiP is the stuff of legend. While most struggle to kill one player, he could take on multiple enemies without breaking a sweat. Let’s make something clear, no doubt, at one point he was the greatest player of all time.
With a career spanning more than 14 years, the legacy left behind by him is truly one of a kind. Being the top player on HLTV’s list in both 2013 and 2014 is a testament to how he dominated the early CS:GO scene. Ten MVP medals are also not too shabby for a player that has won it all.
Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David
Total Winnings: $1,046,101.46
Lifetime K/D: 1.22
A support player is not usually the star of the show, but Coldzera is special. Hailing from Brazil, a country brimming with CS:GO talent, he is a legend of the game. He burst onto the scene after he helped in reviving a dying Luminosity team.
A cold-blooded killer, any opponent unlucky enough to come in his crosshairs never lived to tell the tale. Coldzera has ice running in his veins. He can clutch it up and secure nearly impossible-to-win rounds. No one knows how he does it. Coldzera just shows up clutches.
2016 -17 were the defining years of his career, dominating CS:GO competitive with SK and bagging himself eight MVP medals along the way. He also held the top spot in HLTV.org’s top 20 players list in those years.
Olof ‘olofmeister’ Kajbjer
Total Winnings: $919,055.42
Lifetime K/D: 1.10
An incredibly popular player with a great personality, olofmeister has found himself from time to time as the face of CS:GO. A master in every role he played; at his peak, few could get close to him.
His incredibly accurate aim meant enemies were dead the second at which they entered his sights. Along with being a sharpshooter, olofmeister always had tricks up his sleeve. In dead-end situations with a loss in sight, he would always pull out some trump card to turn the tables in an instant.
His run with Fnatic produced one of the greatest teams in the history of CS:GO. Destroying everyone in their path and winning everything possible, it was a sight to behold.
Kenny ‘kennyS’ Schrub
Total Winnings: $738,371.82
Lifetime K/D: 1.20
If guardiaN is the king of the AWP, then kennyS is the GOD. I’m sure he would’ve gotten his own AWP skin if only Valve had created weapon skins for players. That’s how good he was with the sniper. His days at G2 produced some of the greatest moments in gaming history.
An AWP and kennyS, name a more deadly duo. If using the AWP was an art, then he was Picasso. His flick shots are still being copied to this day. His quick scoping skills, which are out of this world, allowed him to be ruthless in both long-range and close combat fights.
Featuring for five consecutive years on HLTV’s top 20 list between 2013 and 2017, kennyS is one of the most iconic CS:GO players ever. After the AWP was nerfed, he definitely felt the consequences. The sad thing is we never know what could have been.
Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut
Total Winnings: $710,677.81
Lifetime K/D: 1.38
Few players have made such huge waves in such a short amount of time. The powerhouse behind Vitality since 2018, ZywOo has positioned himself as one of the top CS:GO players for years to come.
Going toe to toe with S1mple is something 99.9% of players cannot say, but ZywOo definitely can. He shocked everyone when he was named the best player in the world in both 2019 and 2020. Both mechanically gifted and possessing insane game sense, his onboards are a treat to watch.
At just 22 years of age, ZywOo has won 12 MVP medals, yet he is nowhere near his peak. He led his team in the Blast.tv Paris Major 2023 winning the MVP award and bagging the trophy. However, ZywOo is just getting started. I’m sure he’ll be way closer to the top when we see more of his brilliance in the future.
Nikolai ‘dev1ce’ Reedtz
Total Winnings: $1,958,154.30
Lifetime K/D: 1.25
Dev1ce defines what it means to be successful in CS:GO. He has won it all and then some. Even with the star-studded Astralis at their peak, dev1ce rose out on top as the star, reaching heights that may never be reached again.
Some consider his mechanical skills to not be up there with the very best, but make no mistake, dev1ce is unmatched with any type of weapon in his hand. Be it an AWP or a rifle, his enemies were dead before they had any time to blink.
He’s made the top 20 HLTV rankings an astonishing eight times. However, like his position on this list, he never managed to grab the top spot. He also has an eyewatering 19 MVP medals in his buckle. Make no mistake, dev1ce is one of the greatest CS:GO players of all time.
Oleksandar ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev
Total Winnings: $1,718,388.65
Lifetime K/D: 1.34
Finally, we’ve reached No. 1, and who else but the man himself, S1mple. There are few words to describe him. S1mple has quickly become the centre of the CS:GO universe. At Na’Vi, he continues to build on his legacy and solidify himself as the greatest of all time.
S1mple is one of, if not THE, most mechanically-gifted players in CS:GO history. His precision and prowess make his gameplay look effortless. No amount of aim training can replicate talent like s1mple’s. What defines him most are those glimpses of perfection and his ability to produce iconic moments that are forever etched in memory.
He has racked up 21 MVP medals and countless trophies. But he still continues to rise. When everyone thinks he’s hit his ceiling, he does the unthinkable, leaving everyone’s jaw on the floor while at it.
This list has been crafted carefully, taking a number of factors into consideration, and many players missed out by the narrowest of margins. The list is in no way diminishing their achievements or the impact they had on the CS:GO community.
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