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s1mple has been unplayable – Top 10 Players in January

The CIS region dominates the list, showing that the region holds countless promising and strong players.

The first month of 2021 was an action-packed CS:GO period, with tons of thrilling matches, huge victories spectacular plays, and stellar individual performances.

January started slowly with the CS:GO elite still on player-break, and therefore also no big events and no Top 30 action. However, that was changed by the arrival of BLAST Premier Global Final and its staggering $1 Million prize pool. An event which was won by the CIS rulers from Natus Vincere and their superstar Aleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev, who outshined and dominated every opponent in his way.

The Ukrainian powerhouse is also on top of the ‘Top 10 Highest-Rated Players’ from January, although a strong and promising Russian duo is climbing the rankings right below him.

Top 10 Highest-Rated Players | January 2021

1. s1mple (NAVI) | 1.41 Rating

2. degster (Spirit) | 1.30 Rating

3. mir (Spirit) | 1.27 Rating

4. faveN (Sprout) | 1.24 Rating

5. KRIMZ (fnatic) | 1.21 Rating

6. Brollan (fnatic) | 1.15 Rating

7. yuurih (FURIA) | 1.14 Rating

8. dupreeh (Astralis) | 1.14 Rating

9. valde (OG) | 1.13 Rating

10. mantuu (OG) | 1.11 Rating

Spirit's new acquisition Abdul "degster" Gasanov has arguably been the transfer of 2021 so far

Big events | January 2021

BLAST Premier Global Final | NAVI winner - $600.000

cs_summit 7 | Virtus.pro winner - $100.000

DreamHack Open January | Spirit winner - $35.000

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