Along with the development of CS: GO2021 continues to be a year when young talents rise to assert themselves in the professional arena. Names like sh1roAx1le or YEKINDAR had an impressive first half of the year with prestigious championships and well-deserved MVP titles. Let’s join us on the excellent names that have left unforgettable impressions in the year 2021!
1 / Dmitry “sh1ro” Sokolov
Team: Gambit Esports.
Achievements: MVP at IEM Katowice 2021, runner-up ESL Pro League Season 13.
Rating in 2021: 1.27.
Not too much to say SH1RO is one of the most impressive names of 2021. The talent of this 19-year-old player has been known for quite some time when he was honored by HLTV in the series “One For The Future” in September 2019, However, in 2021, he and his Gambit teammates have made great progress. The most prominent is undoubtedly the IEM Katowice 2021 championship title, one of the most prestigious tournaments of the year after defeating a series of formidable opponents like Heroic, G2 Esports, Na`vi and finally Virtus.Pro final match. SH1RO itself was also awarded the MVP title with a record of 19 successful clutches after just 17 maps played.
2 important clutches of sh1ro against Heroic at IEM Katowice 2021
Unlike other teammates in the CIS region like JAME or even s1mple, Sh1ro does not often play aggressively or entry but he is often behind supporting his teammates. This style of play often puts him in clutches and this is one of his strongest points. In addition to the ability to “big hands”, Sh1ro also has a very good game sense with a calm temper in stressful situations.
Sh1ro (far left) with his teammates
2 / Mareks “YEKINDAR” Gaļinskis
Achievement: Champion of cs summit 7, Runner-up at IEM Katowice 2021.
Rating in 2021: 1.23.
After joining Virtus.Pro in May 2020, YEKINDAR quickly proved himself and quickly with his teammates left their mark on the world professional arena. In the CIS area, they have been the dominant name throughout 2020 with a series of dozens of unbeaten matches, including the big man Na`vi. Entering the year 2021, they continue to maintain this impressive form with the champion title cs_summit 7 and runner-up position at IEM Katowice 2021.
YEKINDAR was still playing for pro100
Competing at the entry fragger position, YEKINDAR is known for its outstanding individual skills and extremely proactive gameplay. His performance is also very stable and together with JAME, this duo has brought Virtus.Pro to the top of the world’s top teams and is an undeniable force.
YEKINDAR does 4 with only DE in hand
3 / Sergey “Ax1Le” Rykhtorov
Team: Gambit Esports.
Achievements: Runners-up at IEM Katowice 2021, MVP ESL Pro League Season 13.
Rating in 2021: 1.20.
Ax1le in the Gambit Esports shirt
Along with teammate sh1ro, Ax1le is also an indispensable name when it comes to the success of Gambit Esports. This year is only 19 years old, but Ax1le stands out as one of the most stable players in Gambit and has extremely intelligent gameplay and excellent sense game. Most recently, although it was unable to join his teammates to the ESL Pro League Season 13 championship after losing 2-3 to Heroic in the final, Ax1le was still honored as the MVP of the tournament. 1.28 rating with an impressive K / D of +137.
4 / Valerii “B1T” Vakhovskyi
18 years old.
Achievement: Champion of BLAST Premier Global Final 2020.
Rating for the year 2021: 0.99.
Being brought up by Na`vi as the 6th member of the team, B1T has made great progress since the beginning of 2021 up to now. Initially only playing in the Inferno map to replace the position of Flamie who is not in high form, this young talent quickly left an impression with excellent performances and progress through each map and gradually. trusted by Na`vi in other competitive maps such as Overpass or Dust2.
B1T together with the BLAST Premier Global Final 2020 championship
In early April, Na`vi officially announced that B1T will replace Flamie in the first RMR tournament of the year and at DreamHack Masters Spring 2021. This is definitely a worthy reward for the efforts. The relentless force of this young talent, but there are also opinions that B1T is still inexperienced in some maps and playing for a top team in the world like Na`vi is a great pressure for this new 18 year old player.
Some other notable names
Being recruited by FURIA in January 2021 to replace HEN1, Junior quickly adapted and integrated with the fast and mutant gameplay of this South American team. Since the beginning of the year until now, the best achievement Junior and his teammates have achieved is 3-4 place in ESL Pro League Season 13 after losing to Heroic, the champion of the tournament, with a score of 0-2. . However, FURIA often makes it to the playoffs of major leagues and holds a place in the HLTV top 10, a commendable achievement as they have been away from home for quite a while.
Junior (red shirt) with his teammates at FURIA
Rated as one of the most promising young talents of Israeli CS, FlameZ is known by many people after four players, huNter-, NiKo (G2 Esports), syrsoN (BIG) and ropz (Mouz) attended. is expected to be a prominent name of the year 2021. Compliments such as “outstanding”, “remarkable” or “promising to be a big star in the future” partly spoke of his potential this guy is only 17 years old
FlameZ in OG shirt color at the bootcamp location
Recently, FlameZ was recruited by OG to replace the ISSAA position and at the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown 2021 tournament a few days later, they made a big surprise when they beat Astralis and eliminated the Danes. out of the tournament. Even after they had to stop before an outstanding G2 Esports, OG fans can fully believe in a bright future of this team.