Top 10 Wasted CS:GO Talents

Top 10 wasted CS:GO talents

Sitting on the top of Steam’s list of most played games, Counter-Strike Global Offensive ( CSGO Account) does not require any new introduction. Since the game’s release, we have witnessed countless talents prove themselves in the top-tier of the pro scene. But despite their proficiency, some wonder kids of CS:GO fail to demonstrate their talent in front of the world due to some unlucky reasons. Let’s take a look at such wasted CS:GO talents.

  1. Joshua “steel” Nissan

Age: 31 years
Status: Retired, Valve Banned
Years Active: 2009-2015, 2017-2020
Roles: In-game leader, Rifler
Approx. Total Winnings: $104,301

One of the most known in-game leaders of North America, Joshua “steel” Nissan was introduced to the pro scene as an Einstein of the game. He always kept his upper hand on the aim-happy Scandinavian rivals. Steel started his career in CS:GO source. Following the transition to Global Offensive, steel changed his team to iBUYPOWER. Under steel’s leadership, the team was widely regarded as the best in the continent. However, the infamous iBP match fixing scandal brought disaster to both steel’s career and the team as a whole. Steel along with some of his teammates was permanently banned from Valve events. An upcoming cs talent banned while being at the top of his game. Steel is now leading 100 thieves in Valve’s rival first-person shooter, VALORANT.

  1. Jørgen “cromen” Robertsen

Age: 25 years
Status: Active Player
Years Active: 2013-Present
Roles: Rifler
Approx. Total Winnings: $61,488

Jørgen “cromen” Robertsen was surely the underdog of the star-studded FaZe lineup. He continued to impress everyone as a stand-in of the legendary Olofmeister. The team was winning titles and everything was going perfectly. Cromen was at the top of his game, shooting heads. People debated if Faze had discovered the next gem of Counter-strike. But unfortunately, like every story has an ending, Olofmeister came back and cromen was subbed after the most successful patch of his entire career. From there, he joined some B-tier teams including Nordavind where he kept hovering in the top 100. 

  1. Jakob “JUGi” Hansen

Age: 24 years
Status: Active Player
Years Active: 2015-Present
Roles: AWPer
Approx. Total Winnings: $117,439

Jakob “JUGi” Hansen burst into the scene as Heroic’s star sniper. He was flicking heads and receiving a hell of a lot of praises during that time. Unfortunately, this young player was benched by Heroics during ESL Pro League 2018 and es3tag joined as a stand-in. The main reason was stated as personal issues. From there, JUGi joined several pro teams including North and Optic. While he continued to prove himself, he never settled in a team. He was a part of 7 man Astralis roster where he barely played. Recently, he performed well as a stand-in for Complexity. 

  1. Johannes “nex” Maget

Age: 28 years
Status: Inactive Player
Years Active: 2012-2020
Roles: Rifler
Approx. Total Winnings: $152,621

One of the most aggressive entry-fraggers of this generation, Johannes “nex” Maget was the hope of German Counterstrike. With a super reliable aim, he was comfortable taking certain aim duels other pros won’t even dream of. Berlin International Gaming or BIG introduced the world to the aggressive “nex” that we know of today. However, they couldn’t use nex to his full potential they have to bench him at times due to his wrist injury. Nex even went on to miss the whole 2020 year due to his injuries. Right now, he is an inactive benched player of team BIG. Thus, we can still expect him to come back and take over German Counterstrike by storm. 

  1. Elias “Jamppi” Olkkonen

Age: 19 years
Status: Retired, Valve Banned
Years Active: 2017-2020
Roles: AWPer
Approx. Total Winnings: $39,224

Elias “Jamppi” Olkkonen was a major part of Team Ence and was carrying the whole team on his back. This young awper was swift making decisions and his crisp aim helped him clutch out rough situations. However, he was struck with a VAC ban all of a sudden. One of his accounts which according to him was sold a long time ago received a VAC ban and since that account was connected to him; Valve banned him from future events. After a long conflict, Jamppi finally takes the leap to Valorant or buy csgo prime account.

  1. Tyson “TenZ” Ngo

Age: 19 years
Status: Retired
Years Active: 2016-2020
Roles: AWPer, Rifler
Approx. Total Winnings:  $16,068

Anyone who has played VALORANT for a while has surely heard the name “Tenz”.  Tyson “TenZ” Ngo was a Canadian Counter Strike player who carried an insane aim on every possible weapon. This young player single-handedly won rounds based on his sheer aim. While Tenz was really popping off, his team Cloud9 was not doing that well. Gradually, C9 was forced to bench Tenz as they were going on to increase team comms. Later on, after Valorant was released; he changed his game of preference and started his pro career in Riot’s Valorant.

  1. Andreas “znajder” Lindberg

Age: 27 years
Status: Active Player
Years Active: 2009-2019, 2021-Present
Roles: Rifler
Approx. Total Winnings:  $78,608

As a member of the legendary Fnatic squad winning the first-ever CS:GO major, Andreas “znajder” Lindberg had the world acknowledge his skill as a rifler. However, he was dropped in 2014 for Krimz who along with Olofmeister changed the way CS was played at that time. Fnatic even went on to receive 2 consecutive Major titles. Znajder however was not doing too well. He was sad being dropped from the team and his game was affected. He struggled to perform as a member of GodSent. He was dropped from there as well. After bouncing between a few teams here and there, znajder joined the Lemondogs roster. 

  1. Mikail “Maikelele” Bill

Age: 29 years
Status: Active Player
Years Active: 2008-Present
Roles: AWPer, Rifler
Approx. Total Winnings:  $131,649

Mikail “Maikelele” Bill is a Swedish professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player who was designed to fit in the shoes of the retired Robin “Fifflaren” Johansson in the Ninjas in Pyjamas roster. Maikelele who was then known as “Eksem” started his career in August 2013 in the team LGB eSports. After he was dropped from there, Eksem played in a series of pro teams including SK Gaming and ESG! After he was dropped from UnWanted in 2014, he joined NiP and the team went on to finish second in the next tournament. Just when it seemed like he had settled in a team, NiP dropped him for unknown reasons. It’s possible that it was due to citing attitude issues. From there, Mikelele played in some B teams and now is an active member of the Digital Chaos roster. 

  1. Hovik “KQLY” Tovmassian

Age: 30 years
Status:  Retired, Valve Banned
Years Active: 2007-2014, 2017-2019
Roles: AWPer
Approx. Total Winnings:  $19,481.57

Perhaps the ultimate waste of talent in regards to the Counter Strike pro scene was Hovik “KQLY” Tovmassian. The infamous flying Frenchman played as a secondary awper in a French super team including kennyS, Maniac, apEX and Ex6TenZ. While he was at the peak of his career and his team was set to take on the world by storm, KQLY received a Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) ban. He was quickly suspended and kicked from the squad. This also made his team miss DreamHack Winter 2014. The very next day, he made it official that the VAC ban was ‘justified’. This ban meant he was not allowed to play in any Valve event. He played in some small teams for a while before he announced his retirement in 2019 and moved to LA and started operating a luxury car rental business.

  1. Braxton “swag” Pierce

Age: 24 years
Status:  Retired, Valve Banned
Years Active: 2012-2015, 2017-2020
Roles: Rifler, AWPer
Approx. Total Winnings:  $81,615

As most of you have already guessed we have the young prodigy Swag. This young player was destroying pros at the age of 18 along with Hiko and nOthing. He joined iBUYPOWER on 25th March 2014 after leaving his ex-team GX. The team was at the top of the game before it got banned in 2015 for the infamous North American match fixing scandal. Swag was one of the seven players banned and his future in CS:GO was finished. He was permanently banned from all Valve events. In 2020, he retired from CS:GO and started his career in VALORANT as a member of T1 under his new alias “brax”. Soon he was dropped from the team as well. Truly, what a waste of talent.

Here’s our take on the top 10 wasted cs talent. Let us know how your top 10 looks like.  

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