The virtual chickens in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive are often blown up, either by malicious intent or by sheer accident. At the moment, only Inferno from the competitive pool of cards offers CS: GOs characteristic poultry. These inferno chickens received a visual update when Valve gave them new models in May 2021 To update.
At the BLAST Premier: World Final, Natus Vincere player Ilya “Perfecto” Zalutskiy killed 20 of the pigeons; seven more than the closest competitor, according to data from Scope.gg. A total of 175 chickens were killed at the event. The full eight players in terms of chicken kills are as follows:
- Ilya “Perfecto” Zalutskiy – 20th
- Denis “electronic” Sharipov – 13
- Timofey “interz” Yakushin – 12
- Sergey “Ax1Le” Rykhtorov – 11
- Dmitriy “sh1ro” Sokolov – 10
- Valerii “b1t” Vakhovskyi – 8
- Abai “Hobbit” Hasenov – 8
- Nemanja “nexa” Isaković – 8
Eight of the top 10 spots are players from either Natus Vincere or Gambit Esports; the two teams in the grand finale of the BLAST World Finals. They played more inferno than any of the other six teams at the event.
The number of chickens killed correlates strongly with the number of inferno games. Even so, there are exceptions: players who managed to traverse an entire map of Inferno without harming a single cackling fowl. Both Casper “cadiaN” Møller and Nemanja “huNter-” Kovač deserve an award for animal friendliness, as they have survived a whole inferno without slaughtering a bird.
The other players who didn’t want to harm chickens were the entire Vitality team, who didn’t play a single card of Inferno during the entire tournament.
The BLAST World Final was the last S-Tier event of 2021. Na’Vi won the tournament, crowning a dominant series in the squad towards the end of the year. Top-notch CS: GO continues with Intel Extreme Masters Katowice running February 15-27. No doubt a lot more chickens will be killed in the tournament.