Top 15 Famous Counter Strike Players

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Once upon a time, Benjamin Franklin said “We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing. Games played an important role in personality development. They teach us a lesson of brotherhood and make growing kids honest and hard-working. By training frequently and working towards seasonal goals you may build your confidence and skills. Games are a creative and mindful expression of the human spirit which comes out through the creation of an activity that has an entertaining, flexible, instructive, and competing for an element. When I was a child about 50 years ago (just kidding) we played different games. Maybe one of the famous counter strike players. Ahhh those days were awesome!!!

Well, I’m talking about games like Donkey Kong, King’s Quest, Super Mario Bros, Asteroids, The Legend of Zelda. That time playing video games is considered a waste of time and ruining your eyesight. But today the scenario has changed. One can at least become a millionaire by playing games. For gamers, working in the gaming industry is likely to be a dream job. Leolin, the co-founder of London-based indie games start-up DinoByte Labs says “Gaming was sort of a niche thing, and today it’s completely mainstream. Especially with smartphones these days, almost everyone is a gamer, even if they might not realize it,”. Today we are going to talk about 15 top e gamers who have changed the scenario of gaming careers. They have won millions of hearts and are an inspiration for many. Let’s take a quick look at the outstanding journey of famous counter strike players.

1. S1mple

s1mple one of the famous counter strike player

Oleksandr Kostyliev, famous by his alias s1mple is no doubt one of the finest players in the history of Counter-Strike Global Offensive. He was born on 2 October 1997 in Kyiv, Ukraine. His current association is with Natus Vincere and he efficiently plays the role of AWPer, rifler. Kostyliev started playing the game at the very young age of four. Also, his brother was the fan of the game and introduced it to s1. As Counter-Strike: Global Offensive was released in 2012 and Kosttyliev wasted no time to join it. Moreover, with the help of his passionate devotion and performance towards the game, he joined the first professional team within one year. Kostyliev ‘s first association was with the team LAN DODGERS and right after Courage Gaming signed him.

Moreover, World-famous organization Hellraisers signed him in 2014 and he met his dream team as this organization also hosted ANGE1, Dosia, Markeloffand Kucher. Kostyliev also witnessed fall in his career when in 2015 he received a ban due to his harsh comments about Germans and cheating with an ESL wire. But he managed to come back as a fighter. Also, he claimed the PC Player of the Year from Esports Awards 2018. Some of his teammates complain about his tough attitude towards them. On a personal note, he had top positions in HLTV Top 20 players. S1’s best position was number one in 2018.

2. GeT_RiGhT

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Get_Right’s originally named Christopher Alesund is no doubt one of the best CS: GO players. He is Swedien national and started playing competitively in 2007. During his career, he has parted with many organizations like SK Gaming, Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP), Begrip, and Frantic. His current team is Gignitas as a lurker/ Rifler. Alesund was born on May 29, 1990, in Stockholm, Sweden. Get_Right was introduced to 1.6 by his brother and in 2007 he began playing for Begrip and got second place at spiXelenia 2017.  Alesund joined Fnatic in 2009 and won IEM Season III as his first major by defeating the Polish team MeetYourMakers.

He represents the Swedish national team in European Nations Championship and brings honour to his country by winning it. He also participated in World Cyber Games 2009 but bad luck could not win but got the second position. Gaming organization SK Gaming signed him and his teammates in July 2016. Here the grab to manage two major rosters. Due to his outshine performance, he grabs the championship MVP award. Now his association is with FaZe Clan to date he has won Blast Pro Series Copenhagen 2019 for the organization.

3. Marcelo David

Marcelo Augusto David, recognized by Coldzera was born on 31 August 1994 in Sao Paulo. David is a Brazilian professional player among famous counter strike players: Global Offensive. The ranking website of CS: GO had ranked him the best CS: Go, player of 2016 and, 2017. This time he is playing for Faze Clan and plays the role of Rifler (lurker). Coidzera signed his first contract with the Luminosity Gaming team in August 2015. ESL One Cologne 2015 was his first tournament and helped his team to stand in the quarterfinals stage but was badly defeated by FNATIC (Swedish team).

Moreover, David’s first career victory was winning the MLG Columbus 2016 and resulted in prize money worth $500,000. Coldzera was the first Brazilian who won MVP (Most Valuable Player) for the tournament.SK Gaming In July 2016 along with his teammates, SK Gaming signed him. Moreover, the team continues to shine with their amazing performances. Coldzera joined the FaZe Clan in 2019 and winning the BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen 2019 was just his entry. Also, he earned votes for MVP for 8 different tournaments which include two Major MVPs. Coldzera earned vote for the best player by HLTV.org simultaneously for 2016, 2017, and 2018.

4. Kenny Schrub

Kenny Schrub famous player

Kennys is a French professional CS: GO, player. He was born on May 19, 1995, in Digne-Les-Bains. Moreover, the Game Awards 2015 named him “eSports Player of the Year”. Currently, his association is with G2 Esports and performs the role of AWPer. Kenny started playing the game at the mere age of 6 when he watched his brother playing on his computer. Firstly he played Counter-Strike Source but in 2012  he took CS: GO. He participated in many tournaments in Arles but surprisingly could not win many matches. He participated in a local tournament with his brother and they won it. As per the advice of his brother and parents, he dreams to become a professional player. He started participating in many national and international competitions.

Further, observing his talent, VeryGames signed him and he stands second at ESWC 2012. To date, he has played with Titan, Team LDLC.com, VeryGames, RecursiveeSports, Team EnVyUs, and Clan-Mystik. With team Titan, his best place was the first position in the Games Assembly 2015. With team EnVyUs his best record was getting the first position in DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca 2015 and World Electronic Sports Games. Kenny has career-best performance with G2 Esports as they manage to grab many championships in the year of 2017.

5. Maikelele

Mikail Bill better known by his gaming alias Maikelele is a Swedish professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player. He was born on May 3, 1991, in Eskilstuna, Sweden. Currently, he is playing for Digital Chaos as a Rifler, AWPer. Before this, he had played with FaZe Clan, UnWanted, qwerty, SK Gaming, Team Kinguin, LGB eSports, G2 Esports, mousesports, Tea, Property, Red Reserve, ESG and Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP). Before starting his career in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive he had also played competitive Counter-Strike named Begrip Gaming. “Eksen” was his gaming alias for that game. In August 2013 Bill signed LGB eSports, where his career got started. The team qualified for first CS: GO Major DreamHack Winter 2013 and stands 5-8th.

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He changed his alias Eksem to Maikelele when he joined team ESG. Maikelele tried his career with many teams but they did not work out for some reason. Also, he had even taken a break from his gaming career. Maikelele made his comeback with team Enjoy. Currently, he is with team NoChance and they are signed by GODSENT. The team had won WePlay! Forge of Masters Season 2 and Maikelele stands back to HLTV’S top 30 list.

6. F0rest

f0rest, famous counter strike player

Patrik Lindberg, famous by his alias f0rest is no doubt one of the best players of CS: GO. He is a Swedish professional player and started playing competitively in 2005. While his name is prominent among the famous counter strike players. Moreover. he was born on June 10, 1988, in Upplands Vasby Sweden. Further, he has played for Begrip Gaming, Frantic, SK Gaming, Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP), and now Dignitas. In the year of 2009, Lindberg and his teams managed to break the record of the highest-earning team in Counter-Strike history. F0rest kick-started his international career by taking part in World e-Sports Games 2005 held in South Korea. Here he manages to win the prize money of 50,000 USD by defeating the defending champions Catch-Gamers. His brilliant performance earned him a lot of attention.

Moreover, he got the nomination for the eSports Award 2005 for the category of “Newcomer of the year. Also, he was signed by Fnatic with some of his teammates in 2006. Here he proved himself best again as he holds the record of four years of tenure on the Frantic roster. It was not smooth as the team could not win any major titles through 2007 and 2008. But Lindberg and the team bounced back and grabbed their form. Lindberg is considered as the senior and greatest player in Counter-Strike history.

7. Lukas Rossander

Lukas Rossander, famous by the pseudonym gla1ve considered as the star among the famous Counter-Strike players: Global Offensive gaming history. Moreover, he is a Danish professional CO: GO player, and currently is the In-Game Leader for the team Astralis. He was born on June 7, 1995, in Copenhagen, Denmark. Before trying his luck in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive he used to play Counter-Strike: Source. Though he was not at his best yet he managed to win $4924.99.  Rossander’s professional career in counter Strike: Global Offensive started in 2012/2013 when his team got 2nd positioned at Copenhagen games 2013.

Well, he faced controversy when he got into an argument with a tournament organizer when they denied his girlfriend to sit on the stage. He threatens to leave the tournament right away. As per the organizer’s point of view only 5 players and 1 manager. The interesting part of the story is Nicolaj Jensen famous as Niko, his girlfriend was already booked as the team manager. This dispute led to delay the final by about 45 minutes Well I found this is soo cute and sweet romantic gesture but you know this world is always against the lovebirds. So the same situation went with Rossander as he earned a ban from all GDK tournaments and had to pay an 1800 DKK fine citing unprofessionalism.

8. Fallen

Gabriel Toledo de Alcantara Sguario famous counter strike player

Gabriel Toledo de Alcantara Sguario, well thank god he opted for Fallen as his professional game alias. He was born on May 30, 1991, in Brazil. Fallen is a Brazilian professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Currently, his association is with MIBR and plays the role of AWPer, in-game leader. He used to play Counter-Strike: Source and Counter-Strike 1.6. Fallen had a great impact on the Brazilian eSports gaming society. He earned the title of the most influential person in Brazilian eSports. Fallen had great aims for esports and being a patriot wants to do something for his country.

He had created the Brazilian esports organization Games Academy. While playing for Luminosity Gaming at ELeague Season 1 they had won the group stage. Most likely they are favorites for winning the title. But the team violated the league’s transfer rule and ultimately eliminated from the tournament. However, he is one of the earners in gaming history as his career prize money is $911,126,44. Esports Industry Award named him as PC personality of the year in 2016. His career’s peak was in 2016 and 2017 when he was using AWP and in-game lead at the same time being the best player in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive ‘s history.

9. Stewie2K

Stewie2K counter striker

Jacky Yip is famous for his gaming alias Stewie2K is a professional and one of the famous Counter-Strike players: Global Offensive player from the USA. He was born on January 7, 1998, in America. Through his career, he had played with many teams like SapphireKelownaDotCom, ex-eLevate, Splyce, Cloud9, MIBR, and SK Gaming. Now he is playing with Team Liquid and his role is Rifler(entry fragger), In-Game Leader. Like many other players Yip also opted for this game from his brother. But have you ever been encountered by Asian parents? They think only education makes you successful. The same was the scene with Yip as his parents, especially his mother, were strict against his gaming career. Ahhhh I can feel you, bro.

Well, this situation led him to leave the house and flew to LA for the sake of his gaming career. Yip’s first contract was with Cloud9 after the retirement of Sean Gares. He celebrates his 18th birthday with a contract copy of Cloud9. Though he was not welcome at all as some players questioned his skills. But he gives them a shut-up call by his performance as he won major titles of the year. By winning tournament prize money of $1,000,000 he set the record of first-ever North American CS: GO player to earn the highest money.

10. NEO

Filip Borys Kubski NEO

Filip Borys Kubski, famous by his gaming alias NEO is a well known Polish professional and one of the famous counter-Strike players: Global Offensive. Through his career, he remained a major part of many teams like AGAiN, Wicked eSports, Virtus.pro, Universal Soldiers, frag eXecutors, Vitriolic, ESC Gaming, pentagram G-Shock and Meet Your Makers. NEO’s current team is Honoris as a Rifler. Kubski has been playing since 2004 and considered the best player in Counter-Strike history. In a poll conducted by HLTV in 2010 NEO was voted as the greatest Counter-Strike play of the decade. Kubski has been named as eSports player of the year for 2007, 2008 simultaneously.

Remember the famous Polish CS players group “Golden Five” Neo was also an important part of the group. The best of his career performances are with Virtus. Pro like 1st-EMS One Katowice 2014, 1st- FACEIT Spring League 2014, 1st- Gfinity G3, Copenhagen Games 2015, 1st- ESEA Season 18 Finals  2015, 1st -CEVO Season 7 Finals 2015, 1st- CEVO Season 7 Finals 2015, 1st- ESL ESEA Pro League Invitational 2015, 1st- CEVO Season 8 Finals 2015, 1st- StarLadder i- League 2016, 1st- Dreamhack Open Bucharest 2016, 1st- DreamHack Masters Las Vegas 2017, 1st- Adrenaline Cyber League 2017.

11. Adam Friberg

Adam Friberg famous counter strike player

Friberg was born on October 19, 1991, in Gothenburg, Sweden. So Friberg is a Sweedish professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player. Well, the journey was not very smooth for him as at the start he could not manage to show any outstanding performances. But gradually he picks the pace and now he has earned likely $748,000 in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament winnings. Throughout his career, he has remained a major part of many teams like Ninjas In Pyjamas, OpTic Gaming, and Heroic. Currently, he is playing with Dignitas as an Entry Fragger. Friberg’s first contract was with Ninjas in Pyjamas (Nip) and hardly wins a single title ESL One Cologne 2014.

As 2015 was the little tough year for Nip they hardly maintained their reputation and went for the team’s contract renewal. At this stage, it seems impossible for Friberg to even stay in the team. Many Esports analysts advised him to take a gentle retirement. But the team thoroughly supported him and trusted his abilities. But Friberg looks for better opportunities and is ready to move from North America to his dream team. Friberg worked on the analyst desk for ESL One Cologne 2017 event.

12. Karrigan

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Finn Andersen, famous for his in-game name Karrigan was born on April 14, 1990, in Odense. Karrigan is a Danish professional Counter-Strike: Global offensive player. Finn’s past associations were with many teams like Team Envy, Fnatic, FaZe Clan, Team SoloMid, Team Dignitas, and Astralis. Now Karrigan is the in-game leader for mousesports. Andersen is a mixture of Danish and German by genes. He can speak English, German, and Danish fluently. Like many other players, Karrigan also opted Counter-Strike: Global Offensive from his brother in 2001. And start taking part in competitions by the year 2006 and 2007. Unlike many others, Karrigan did not leave his education besides being busy in his gaming career. Ha had finished his dual master’s degree in business administration and auditing from Copenhagen Business School.

Moreover, in 2012 he joined the Fnatic team and won many tournaments of the year. His major success with different teams is 1st-ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals with Mousesports, 1st-ELEAGUE CS: GO Premier2017, and 1st-ESL One New York 2017 and 1st- StartLadder i-league StarSeries Season 3 1st- Intel Extreme Masters – Sydney and 1st – ESL One Belo Horizonte 2018 with FaZe Clan.

13. KioShiMa

KioShiMa famous counter strike player

Fabien Fiey better known by his gaming alias KioShiMa was born on July 26, 1994, in Dunkirk, France. He is a French professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player. Also, he is a former player of Counter-Strike 1.6 where he debuted as a 17-year-old. He played the game till 2012. When his team could not manage to stand in gameGune 2012 and they fell out from the tournament in 9-12th place. Right after the release of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in 2012 KioShiMa opted for the new game. He started to take part in competitions with teams like the IGamerz and In Your Head.

KioShiMa’s career breakthrough was his winning the Electronic Sports World Cup 2013. In September 2014 he formed a team with the members from his previous teams like shox, SmithZz, NBK, and Happy. Well, this power team was picked up by a happy former organization. That time the organization was facing issues with its team and the new contracts. This powerful camp ruled the gaming world by winning major titles of the year and was considered as the best team in the world versus Fnatic. Then he went to team EnVyUs and his best score was 1st- Dreamhack Open Cluj-Napoca 2015.

14. N0thing

Jordan Gilbert

Well, many people are down to earth but this guy is something. As his in-game name is nothing but he is one of the stars and famous Counter-Strike players: Global Offensive gaming history. Jordan Gilbert was born on October 25, 1990, in America. Gilbert is an American professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player. He started playing the games at a very young age and can say he was obsessed with video games. He won his first LAN tournament at the mere age of 10. Before opting Counter-Strike: Global Offensive as a professional career was a star player of Counter-Strike 1.6. Evil Geniuses signed him in 2008 and he was the best Newcomer of the year from the North America region.

Gibert has won the eSports Player of the Year award for consecutive two years 2008 and 2009. Nothing led his team to stand 2nd at Intel Extreme Masters American Championship and the World Cyber Games’ Pan-American Championship. Gilbert has also tried his luck in cloud9 he was also a success there. As his team won the ESL Pro League Season 4 becoming the first North American team since 2006 to win this major title. Nothing did hold his talent or tricks as he made videos in which he instructed the viewers to improve their game.

15. TaZ

Wiktor Wojtas known by his gaming alias TaZ is a Polish Counter-Strike player. He was born on June 6, 1986, in Poland. TaZ started taking part in competitions in 2004 and is the in-game leader for Honoris. Through his career affiliation remains with many teams. It includes Meet Your Makers, AGAiN, Pentagram G-Shock, Universal Soldiers, Wicked eSports, ESE Gaming, and Vitriolic. In 2014 when EMS One Katowice held in Poland, TaZ and team won it brilliantly. 

And This was the only start of the outclassing journey as these guys continued to win every major title that comes in their way. These lads gained the title of “Virtus plow” for their sharp tricks. Taz’s major winnings with Virtus.pro was as 1st- EMS One Katowice 2014, 1st- ELeague Season 1, 1st – DreamHack ZOWIE Open Bucharest 2016 and 1st – DreamHack Masters las Vegas 2017. TaZ also holds the record of the highest single prize money by winning $80,000 from ELeague Season.  

Conclusion

Some people like me who could not watch violence there is a line from Demetri Martin. He said

I like video games, but they’re violent. I’d like to play a video game where you help the people who were shot in all the other games. It’d be called ‘Really Busy Hospital  

Video games can be a great source of income as well as entertainment. So, this article about famous counter strike players can help you to understand and read about the gaming world heroes.