This year was probably the most turbulent for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The CSGO response in 2021 shows that Valve’s shooter survived the toughest year in esports history.
There’s no concern that CSGO rules the FPS throne with its impeccable mechanics and cutthroat esports. However, the past few years have been tough. 2020 wasn’t anything special, and fans didn’t have high expectations for 2021. Various squad swaps, dramas, controversies and one big event later, CSGO is still standing strong as the new year approaches.
Here are all the major events that took place in 2021.
ZywOo opens as the best player in the world in 2021
2021 began with unexpected squad mixes, a bitter breakup of the ENCE and major-winning squad ENVY puts the CSGO division on hold unlimited.
January was all about a sharp CSGO drama that ended with a cliffhanger in 2020. However, nothing was worth mentioning after HLTV announced that Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut s1mple again narrowly refused first place.
Team Vitality’s sniper turned out to be the better player for the second straight year. S1mple lost the race for the top after one of the closest runs in the history of the top 20 rankings, sparking a whole new debate between French and Ukrainian fans.
Envy, north, players leave CSGO
When the excitement subsided, the players were greeted with the news from ENVY and North leaves CSGO.
ENCE’s large qualification list had already disintegrated while news of an international reorganization was pending. Since Valorant stood up to CSGO as a tough competitor, the departures didn’t look good either.