It’s the most wonderful time, of the year

Elliott Griffiths
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Illustration by ANDY. Source: PGL | Joao Ferreira, Team Liquid

Those darned HLTV’ers are at it again. Stealing our top 20 ballers of the year idea from a few years ago.

Or something like that.

The top 20 is in motion, and they’ve so far at least, left s1mple out. That would be a story. Maybe he’s in the top 8. It does seem, however, that they have left NAF and degster out which seems to have upset some people.

Not us, though. We’re more upset that blameF got all the way up to 12th. While NAF might not have won any trophies this year, blameF can barely win a map.

b1t being in the top 20 has been one of the more controversial topics; despite his mediocre rating overall, he’s been very good in playoffs and earlier in the year. People always forget what happened in the first few months of the year.

We can’t really blame them. aizyesque has forgotten his own birthday before because it’s in February. That might be unrelated.

HLTV kicked off with Jame at 20 - the Major MVP was largely unimpressive during the rest of the year — yuurih at 19, Spinx at 18, and frozen at 17.

b1t coming above frozen and Spinx did annoy some people, but he was crazy in Antwerp and early on during sdy’s time on NAVI. YEKINDAR was NA CS’ highest-rated player, hilariously, at 15, with huNter- and rain coming in next.

blameF made 12, with Twistzz at 11. Seems harsh on the eye test, but as ever, HLTV have their reasons.

stavn and KSCERATO made their appearance on the top 20, with eight players left to go. The last few will be on Saturday, with HLTV’s first award show.

It’s like the Oscars, but infinitely sweatier. The best players in the world will be there, as well as blameF, to receive their awards, and we’re just hoping there’s an award for ‘best competitor to our website that we wish we could be’ so that we can get one.

Only joking. We’re not competing with HLTV. We’re much, much better.

January 8, 2023

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