Counter-Strike’s leading news site, HLTV, has once again listed the best players of the past year.

The top 20 players were selected for the list based on various HLTV statistics, so for example, the less well-performing game managers are rarer names on the list.

For the second year in a row, Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut from France was named the best player of 2020.

Team Vitality’s 20-year-old superstar took the win just ahead of Na`Vin’s 23-year-old Ukrainian Aleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev.

Kostyliev also bowed last year to Herbaut, who had his first full year as a professional in 2019.

This year, the race between the duo was a record-breaking.

  • The full top20 list can be seen in the table at the end of the story!

HLTV justified Herbaut's choice of player of the year as follows: the Frenchman outperformed the Ukrainian in the biggest tournaments at the most important moments.

The personal awards also clearly went to Herbaut, whose team did better during the year.

During the year, Herbaut collected 6 MVPs (best player) and four EVPs (exceptionally valuable player).

Kostyliev grabbed two MVPs and seven EVPs.

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Herbaut's best performances in 2020 put together:

Behind the superstar duo, Nicolai “device” Reedtz from Denmark on the Astralis team was third for the second year in a row.

The 25-year-old has now been in the top five for six years in a row: at best at second in -18, third at -16, -19, -20 and fifth at -17.

Also in the top five were Nikola “NiKo” Kovač, who left FaZ, who moved to G2 alongside his cousin in November, and Na`Vin’s second top name, Denis “electronic” Sharipov.

Benjamin “blameF” Bremer (6th), BIG team Florian “syrsoN” Rische (10th), Heroicin Martin “stavn” Lund (12th), G2 Nemanja “huNter-” Kovač ( 13.) as well as FURIA Brazilian Yuri “yuurih” Santos (14th), Henrique “HEN1” Teles (16th) and Kaike “KSCERATO” Cerato (18th).

Because of Korona, more than half of the 2020 matches were played regionally.

There were only a few international tournaments at the beginning and end of the year.

Tournaments played in front of an audience or in the studio gained more value than online matches when building the list.

Finnish players did not reach the list this year.

ENCE’s Jere “Sergej” Salo was the 13th best player on the 2019 list.

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