All MVP Majors in Counter-Strike History

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Winning Most Valuable Player at a CS:GO/ CS2 major is among the most prestigious awards in competitive Counter-Strike. It is a testament to outstanding play on the professional scene and an opportunity to write your name in CS history.

In this article, the team will remember all the most valuable players of all CS:GO majors and also name the first MVP in CS2 history.


  • List of all MVPs in Counter-Strike history
  • Interesting facts about the players and how they won their awards

List of CS:GO Major MVPs

  1. Dreamhack Winter 2013: Jesper “JW” Wecksell
  2. EMS One: Katowice 2014: Jaroslaw “pashaBiceps” Jarzabkowski
  3. ESL One: Cologne 2014: Adam “friberg” Friberg
  4. Dreamhack Winter 2014: Vincent “Happy” Schopenhauer
  5. ESL One: Katowice 2015: Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer
  6. ESL One: Cologne 2015: Robin “flusha” Ronnquist
  7. Dreamhack Open: Cluj-Napoca 2015: Kenny “kennyS” Schrub
  8. MLG Columbus 2016: Marcelo “coldzera” David
  9. ESL One: Cologne 2016: Marcelo “coldzera” David
  10. ELEAGUE Atlanta 2017: Markus “Kjaerbye” Kjaerbye
  11. PGL Krakow 2017: Dauren “AdreN” Kystaubayev
  12. ELEAGUE Boston 2018: Tarik “tarik” Celik
  13. FACEIT London 2018: Nicolai “device” Reedtz
  14. IEM Katowice 2019: Emil “Magisk” Reif
  15. StarLadder Berlin 2019: Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz
  16. PGL Stockholm 2021: Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev
  17. PGL Antwerp 2022: Havard “rain” Nygaard
  18. IEM Rio 2022: Dzhami “Jame” Ali
  19. Paris 2023: Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut
  20. PGL Major Copenhagen 2024: Justinas 'jL' Lekavicius

What is MVP in Counter-Strike?

MVP Award

In Counter-Strike, MVP (an acronym for "Most Valuable Player") has a special meaning as an award given to a player who has significantly contributed to a particular round, match, or even an entire tournament. The MVP concept in CS2/CS:GO is designed to recognize outstanding individual achievements that significantly impact the game.

What are CS2/CS:GO Majors?

The CS2/CS:GO Majors are the pinnacle of competitive gaming in eSports.

Officially organized and endorsed by the game's developer, Valve Corporation, these major competitions showcase the highest level of experience, strategic thinking, and cooperation the CS community offers.

The CS2/CS:GO Majors boast substantial prize pools, prestige, and a chance to write their name in eSports history.

The overall structure of the tournament has changed over time but generally includes the following key stages:

  • Regional Minors
  • Challengers Stage
  • Legends Stage
  • Champions Stage

Jesper “JW” Wecksell

Jesper “JW” Wecksell

Tournament: Dreamhack Winter 2013

Team: Fnatic

Country: Sweden

Of course, the first CS:GO major was much different from what we are used to now. It happened during the DreamHack festival in Jönköping, Sweden.

JW was one of the brightest players in the early days of CS:GO eSports, and he showed it. Fnatic beat the seemingly unbeatable NiP. JW was the key to his team's victory and won the title of the first MVP in CS:GO history. But now he has the lowest ranking ever.

Jaroslaw “pashaBiceps” Jarzabkowski

Jaroslaw "pashaBiceps" Jarzabkowski

Tournament: EMS One: Katowice 2014


Country: Poland

At the second major, won in its native Poland. At that time, the Polish Five was at the height of its popularity, leaving no one to chance. They lost only one map in the entire tournament.

PashaBiceps was the highest-ranked player, towering above the rest even in his unique team. For this, he received the MVP award.

Adam “friberg” Friberg

Adam “friberg” Friberg

Tournament: ESL One: Cologne 2014

Team: NIP

Country: Sweden

The Ninjas in Pyjamas only managed to win one major, even though they had reached the finals twice before. Friberg was the MVP, beating out legends like Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund and Patrick "f0rest" Lindberg. And Friberg also got a nameplate at Inferno: Via Adamo.

But it must be said that he didn't even make the top ten at the majors and is the lowest-rated MVP of the majors of all time.

Vincent “Happy” Schopenhauer

Vincent "Happy" Schopenhauer

Tournament: Dreamhack Winter 2014

Team: LDLC

Country: France

Since Titan and Epsilon were banned at that tournament, only six legends were invited, and the rookies could show off in all their glory. Team LDLC took full advantage of this chance.

And it was at this tournament that Olofboost happened. Olofmeister climbed up a sewer pipe in the back of the map and positioned himself so his opponents couldn't detect him. This boost sparked a fierce debate, and the tournament administration decided to ban the use of Olofboost and remove the round where Fnatic used this tactic.

But even if you don't dominate, taking the MVP award still takes a lot of skill and composure. And the only player who stood out among the champions was Happy.

Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer

Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer

Tournament: ESL One: Katowice 2015

Team: Fnatic

Country: Sweden

Olofmeister had an incredible 2015, which started at ESL One Katowice 2015. Here, he took revenge for the previous year, and his Fnatic team lost only one map during the tournament!

Olof was nicknamed "techmeister", as he made 50 frags with tech9 during the whole tournament. Olofmeister finished the game with a high rating of 1.31 and the undisputed title of Most Valuable Player.

Robin "flusha" Ronnquist

Robin "flusha" Ronnquist

Tournament: ESL One: Cologne 2015

Team: Fnatic

Country: Sweden

Fnatic winning three of the first five tournaments was a remarkable achievement. Notably, each of the three wins had three different MVPs.

Robin lost the title several times to his teammates. Robin shot 51 kills, his tournament rating was 1.38, which was the peak of his career.

Kenny “kennyS” Schrub

Kenny “kennyS” Schrub

Tournament: Dreamhack Open: Cluj-Napoca 2015

Team: Envy

Country: France

This Major showed us an incredible sniper duel between kennyS and GuardiaN. They were two of the best snipers of the year at their peak, but only one could become the champion. Kenny deservedly got the MVP title and the love of the community! Kenny had a 1.23 rating.

Marcelo “coldzera” David

Marcelo “coldzera” David

Tournament: MLG Columbus 2016, ESL One: Cologne 2016

Team: Luminosity, SK Gaming

Country: Brazil

Brazilian Marcelo David became the first player to become the most valuable player of the two majors. At MLG Columbus 2016, Marcelo was not the team's full-time sniper but took a rifle to hold off B-plenty. Fraga's jump shot without a "zoom" brought worldwide fame to the Brazilian. Marcelo earned a 1.32 rating and won the MVP award.

The final opponent at ESL One: Cologne 2016 was Team Liquid. S1mple played one of the worst matches in his career (rating 0.63). And coldzera shot 44 frags, scored a rating of 1.37 at the tournament, and was recognized as the unqualified MVP for the second major in a row.

Markus “Kjaerbye” Kjaerbye

Markus “Kjaerbye” Kjaerbye

Tournament: ELEAGUE Atlanta 2017

Team: Astralis

Country: Denmark

Danish esports player Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjaerbye won the Major MVP award at 18 and finished his career at 22. was unlucky in the finals because Kjaerbye played the best match of his career. He was the only one on the team to score a plus on every map and finished the game with a total score of 1.38.

Dauren “AdreN” Kystaubayev

Dauren “AdreN” Kystaubayev

Tournament: PGL Krakow 2017

Team: Gambit

Country: Kazakhstan

The story of Gambit Esports is a real gem in the history of CS:GO majors.

Gambit Esports became the first CIS team to win a major. AdreN, who finished the tournament with a rating of 1.26, became the most valuable player in the competition without any alternative.

Tarik "tarik" Celik

Tarik “tarik” Celik

Tournament: ELEAGUE Boston 2018

Team: Cloud9

Country: USA

ELEAGUE Boston 2018 is considered by many to be the most spectacular tournament among the lineup of majors.

This is precisely the kind of game where the last map decides everything. With the support of his teammates and the home stands, tarik led his team to victory in a later match. Tarik was the most productive member of his team, so he was named MVP Major.

Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz

Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz

Tournament: FACEIT London 2018, StarLadder Berlin 2019

Team: Astralis

Country: Denmark

At FACEIT London 2018, the Dane lifted the title of major winner over his head for the second time. Dev1ce, in turn, was recognized as the most valuable player in the tournament, with a rating of 1.26.

Nikolai came to Berlin as a super-titled player. In 2018 alone, he was recognized as MVP 7 times. Dev1ce had an incredible tournament, finishing with a statistic of 1.26. He was deservedly recognized as the most valuable player of a major for the second time in his career.

Emil "Magisk" Reif

Emil “Magisk” Reif

Tournament: IEM Katowice 2019

Team: Astralis

Country: Denmark

For his brilliant performances in the IEM Katowice 2019 playoffs, the organizers awarded Magisk the title of Most Valuable Player, even though Nikolai dev1ce Reedtz and Andreas Xyp9x Højsleth outperformed Magisk by a rating of 2.0 (1.28).

Aleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev

Aleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev

Tournament: PGL Stockholm 2021

Team: NAVI

Country: Ukraine

Natus Vincere was close to conceding the first map in the tournament, but NiKo can't kick s1mple. The CIS - team turned the tide in overtime to win the match and the entire game.

NaVi made a historic achievement for the first time, not once giving a map to their opponents. S1mple finished the tournament with a rating of 1.47 and became the MVP of the game.

Havard “rain” Nygaard

Havard “rain” Nygaard

Tournament: PGL Antwerp 2022

Team: FaZe

Country: Norway

Surprisingly, the main star of the Belgian Major wasn't the superstar Twistzz, the mind-blowing Broky, or the awesome Ropz. It was Rain, a CS:GO veteran.

In the tournament, Havard "rain" Nygaard, with a rating of 1.31, is in 2nd place behind Team EnVyus' French player, Cedric "RpK" Guipouy, with a rating of 1.37.

Dzhami "Jame" Ali

Dzhami “Jame” Ali

Tournament: IEM Rio 2022

Team: Outsiders

Country: Russia

Russian esportsman Jame Jame Ali became the owner of a rare achievement at the end of the IEM Rio Major 2022 in CS:GO. He was the third player in the history of the majors who was recognized as the MVP of the tournament while being the team captain.

Before Jame, only two players had such an achievement: Happy and tarik.

Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut

Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut

Tournament: Paris 2023

Team: Vitality

Country: France

Who else but Team Vitality was destined to win? ZywOo led his teammates to the top with an impressive tournament rating 1.39. He is one of the best players in CS:GO history, and he deservedly earned the right to lift the trophy and MVP medal above his head.

Justinas “jL” Lekavicius

Justynas “jL” Lekavicius

Tournament: PGL Major Copenhagen 2024

Team: NAVI

Country: Lithuania

At the first Counter-Strike 2 Major in 2024, Justynas "jL" Lekavicius became the HLTV tournament MVP and finished the championship with a 1.22 rating. This is the first MVP medal of his career for the NAVI riffler.


We also wrote in a short post about who has won the most MVP awards in Counter-Strike history.

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