The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Dream Team, as chosen by the pros
With the CS:GO London Major currently in session, we caught up with top pros to see who'd make the cut in their very own Counter-Strike Dream Team.
With the FACEIT Major: London currently showcasing some of the finest Counter-Strike: Global Offensive action we’ve seen in a while, it’s a treat for fans who are after fast and frantic competition. And while fans might often discuss just who are the best CS:GO players out there, each with their own opinions and fielding their own dream teams, we asked the people who would actually know: the pros who play against them all the time.
We spoke to 12 different pros from 12 different teams, we tallied up the votes, and we came to the conclusion that this line-up could be a serious contender.
Entry fragger: Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David – MIBR
Rifler (support): Andreas ‘Xyp9x’ Højsleth – Astralis
AWPer: Oleksandr ‘S1mple’ Kostyliev – Natus Vincere
AWPer: Nicolai ‘dev1ce’ Reedtz – Astralis
Rifler (Lurker): Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač – FaZe Clan
Here’s what the pros had to say about their selections.
Vadim ‘DavCost’ Vasilyev from Spirit tells us, “coldzera is just the best player from the last three years,” while Rory ‘dephh’ Jackson of compLexity Gaming says, “He was dominating at one point. If he can find his form again, definitely coldzera.”
North’s Mathias ‘MSL’ Lauridsen explains, “I would choose coldzera because he’s a god, he’s very good, he’s just insane,” while Kevin ‘xccurate’ Susanto of TyLoo says “coldzera is really skilful and clutch in the important rounds.” coldzera’s record over the past few months hasn’t been as incredible as it could have been, but when it comes to the important events, he knocks it out of the park, and his legendary status is clearly noted by other pros.
So why Xyp9x? DavCost explains, “If you check his stats from clutch rounds from flashbangs and smokes, he is a really good player, the best clutcher,” while MSL tells us, “He’s a good clutcher and the positions he plays are not very easy. He does a really good job with it”
Renegades’ Noah ‘Nifty’ Francis tells us that, “Xyp9x is rock solid, he’s a really good solo bomb site player, great at utility, communicating, he seems very mature, very professional,” while Ricky ‘Rickeh’ Mulholland from Rogue says, “He’s definitely in there for his clutch potential.”
s1mple is easily one of the game’s top AWPers, and many of the pros think so too. Davcost simply puts it: “s1mple is a god,” while BIG’s Johannes ‘nex’ Maget makes a similar straightforward statement: “s1mple, just an easy, standard answer.”
Gambit’s Abay ‘Hobbit’ Khassenov claims that, “For sure the first guy on the team is s1mple, he’s the best player right now,” and Kirill ‘ANGE1’ Karasov of HellRaisers concurs: “He’s the best right now, he does a lot. He messes up enemy plans.”
After thinking briefly after making a different selection, Rickeh tells us, “...I missed out s1mple… you can’t miss s1mple.” A statement plenty of other pros are making; and his recent record indicates that there’s no slowing him down.
With s1mple as one of the world’s best AWPers, dev1ce is also listed high up in that list, too, and he’s another top pick from the pros who have faced down his barrel before. Rickeh tells us, “I’d pick dev1ce for the AWPer due to mechanical skill,” while MSL explains, “He’s very smart and from what I’ve heard he’s easy to play with on a team, takes good positions, communicates well, and is a good team-mate in general.”
OpTic’s René ‘cajunb’ Borg tells us that “I’ve always liked the style of dev1ce as an AWPer,” while nex explains that, “His playstyle as the AWPer is very efficient.”
FaZe Clan’S NiKo is a rare talent that other pros appreciate, and his in-game skill is something that a CS:GO dream team would surely benefit from. cajunb explains, “I’d like to play with NiKo, he has a lot of individual skill and something special that other guys don’t have,” while Hobbit simply states that, “NiKo’s aim is awesome.” Solid.
A number of big players are missing from the list who didn’t quite sneak in; here’s what the pros had to say about some of the other players that didn’t make the cut.
Vega Squadron’s Igor ‘Crush’ Shevchenko tells us, “I think I would pick Lukas ‘gla1ve’ Rossander because he’s one of the best in-game leaders nowadays. Then either FalleN [Gabriel Toledo] or dev1ce as the AWPer… probably FalleN.”
“Gla1ve’s an interesting IGL,” says Nifty. “I haven’t spoken to him as much as I’d like to, so it would be cool to play with him. Another player that it would be fun to play with would be Stewie2K [Jacky Yip], and gob b [Fatih Dayik] as well, he’s a super-positive guy, super happy. Maybe the team wouldn’t go and win championships, but it would be fun.”
Davcost is another who agrees gla1ve is one of the best IGLs around, saying: “gla1ve is the best captain because before he came to Astralis they were just a top-eight team, and now they’re better.”
“Freddy ‘KRIMZ’ Johansson is kind of a passive player, but he’s really stable,” says ANGE1, choosing someone slightly different. “He has a good game every time, his bad games are rare.”
“I would take Matt ‘warden’ Dickens from back in the day,” dephh says. For his picks, Jackson went more down the nostalgia route, choosing players who were in their prime before Global Offensive. “I know he’d be a great team-mate. He’s not the most impactful fragger but he is impactful on the team for everything else: keeping everyone together, making sure your personality is in check. I’d take Patrik ‘f0rest’ Lindberg from his 1.6 days too, the domination of the NiP era, 70 straight wins. He’s always been a good player. Probably Filip ‘NEO’ Kubski too from 1.6. I didn’t play 1.6 but the tournaments they’ve won and what everyone has to say about them, he’d be good.”
MAJ3R chose a couple of players from the older days of Counter-Strike as well, saying: “I will pick someone I played for a long time with in 1.6, Christophe ‘SIXER’ Xia. Then I will pick NEO. I was always a big fan of him in 1.6. I have a lot of respect for him as a player and as a person, even though I don’t know him.”
“Denis ‘electronic’ Sharipov is a young, intelligent player, he can do everything,” hobbit tells us. “For IGL, I’m not sure, maybe Danylo ‘Zeus’ Teslenko, but he doesn't speak English. Maybe Fallen because he can AWP.”
“I would just choose my team,” says MSL, trying to gain some brownie points. “You’ll write that, right?”
“Balázs ‘KODIAK’ Török from CS: Source, he was the dude who got me into Counter-Strike in general, he was the first person who made lots of frag movies and stuff like that,” says Nex, thinking back to his early days. “If f0rest and NEO could transfer 1.6 to current CS, I would choose them definitely,” he adds, echoing dephh’s earlier sentiments.
“I’d have to say TACO [Epitácio Pessoa De Melo Filho],” Rickeh tells us, once he’s settled on s1mple. “He’s made Liquid so much better, not from just fragging but filling in roles and doing what he needs to do.”
Many of the pros found it difficult to choose who to have on their team, and the wide range of options here just goes to show how many top-tier Counter-Strike players are out there right now – and many of them will be showcasing their talents at the London Major over the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned.