Blaze 'Draulon' Lengyel, February 27, 2017

50 Must-Follow CS:GO Personalities (Part 1)

Whether you are a newcomer to the CS:GO professional scene, or simply a fan who only recently created a Twitter account, I compiled a list of 50 people you should follow on the social network for either their thoughts, content or the entertainment they provide. Everyone on this list has Tweets that can help build your knowledge of the pro scene and give you insight on the behind-the-scenes. With that said, let’s get right into it!

  1. Duncan “Thorin” Shields: Whether you are a casual or a hardcore viewer, you know who Thorin is. The esport historian is one of the most distinguished analysts in the scene and has the years to back him up. The content he creates on the side such as articles and YouTube videos are a good starting point to familiarize yourself with the scene. 
  2. Tomi “lurppis” Kovanen: With a background as a professional 1.6 player, the insight lurppis can provide on the scene is a goldmine. He occasionally appears on analyst desks, but doesn’t actively work in the scene anymore. The multitude of written content he puts out is also a must read for new fans in the scene.

  3. Janko "YNk" Paunović: Janko is considered as one of the most brilliant CS:GO analysts on the desk. His understanding of the game stems from his time as a CS:GO observer and player in the Balkan scene. When not on the analyst desk, Janko tends to breaks down pro matches on his stream.

  4. Petar “Tgwri1s” Milovanovic: lurppis once said: “Stats are overrated the way most people use them. Takes a lot of expertise to actually understand them”. Surely enough, Petar is one of the few people in the scene who is exceptionally talented at CS:GO statistics. The HLTV Co-Owner frequently posts detailed infographics on his Twitter which hold a goldmine of information.

     

  5. Scott “SirScoots” Smith: When Scott refers to esports as “my industry”, he is not exaggerating. As one of the most experienced figures in esports, he has one of the broadest resumés in the industry. Playing, broadcasting, team management, hosting and interviewing, Scoots has done it all. Follow him on Twitter for interesting Tweets and content!

  6. Richard Lewis: No one can deny the amount of work Richard Lewis has put into making the CS:GO pro scene a better place. His work as a journalist include unveiling match fixing scandals, corruption and dishonesty in the scene. Fans also know him as a desk host, a role he now fulfills for ELEAGUE. If you are interested in journalistic content and videos on important topics in the pro scene, you should definitely follow him.

  7. Joe “tolkienfanatic” Cardali: If Thorin is the esports historian, Joe is the esports librarian. While he is not a figure who is often in the spotlight, his work in the “backend” of the scene is indispensable. Contributing to databases such as Liquipedia or HLTV, Joe always knows what is happening in the pro scene be it a top level player transfer or a shuffle in a remote domestic scene. Following him is essential if you want to build an intricate knowledge of the scene.

     

  8. neLendirekt: On the topic of knowing roster changes, we have to mention neL. Founder of Flickshot and formerly editor-in-chief at VaKarM, his main area of expertise is the French scene, on which he creates a multitude of content such as interviews. He also frequently Tweets about rumoured or possible roster changes, which are always an interesting topic.

  9. Jarek “DeKay” Lewis: If you followed the pro scene in the last few months, you were probably informed by a fair amount of upcoming roster changes by DeKay. Starting out as a YouTuber discussing CS:GO news, Jarek moved into reporting and broke stories such as the PEA vs EPL situation and other high end roster changes.  

  10. Milan “Striker” Švejda: Striker’s should be a familiar face to anyone who frequently visits HLTV and watches their interviews. While his portfolio consists predominantly of previews and interviews, he also writes the occasional stats-fueled opinion article. His Twitter is also a trove of interesting analysis and information.

  11. Stephen “stuchiu” Chiu: Although he has been following the CS:GO scene only more recently, Stephen’s articles are already held in high regard. His thought-provoking opinion pieces are a great read if you are a more serious esports fan, and he frequently shares his unique perspective on the pro scene on his Twitter.

  12. Dustin “dusT” Mouret: Dustin produces an underrated amount and quality of video content on the pro scene. Working as an analyst in the North American region, his Twitter is a collection of interesting articles from other content creators and his own YouTube videos on interesting topics. If there is an important roster change or game update out, you can be sure that Dustin will have something on it.

  13. Bryce Blum: Like in any industry, it is important to have people who can give professional insight on the legal side of things. Our very own Bryce is one of those people, and frequently explains the legal side of conflicts, contract issues and legal situations in a way that is understandable by everyone.

  14. Halvor "vENdetta" Gulestøl: While more casual fans might not know a lot about vENdetta, there is no denying that he has a great knowledge of CS:GO. With experience as a player, caster and as an analyst, he frequently shares his interesting thoughts on the pro scene on his Twitter account.

  15. Marc “Nix0n” Winther: Although he is neither an analyst nor a caster, Marc is still worth to follow on Twitter. Working as the Director of DreamHack Masters as well as all CS:GO related things at DreamHack, you can learn a lot of behind the scenes information from him during events such as admin decisions, timeout reasons and other smaller announcements.

  16. Michal “Carmac” Blicharz: Working as the VP of Pro Gaming at ESL, Carmac is also a great follow for those who are interested about what goes on behind the scenes at esports events. With his help, you can keep track of IEM/ESL events much easier as he frequently tweets important information and content from the events.

  17. Mohan "launders" Govindasamy: Like Dustin Mouret, launders might not be known that well by the newer fans. His impressive portfolio of casting, streaming and playing is only topped by the content he puts out on a regular basis such as interviews and tutorial videos. All of this can be found on his Twitter account.

  18. Daniel “ddk” Kapadia: Paired with his partner-in-crime James Bardolph, Daniel is well known for his excellent casting and witty sense of humour. When not casting or working on a project, he updates his YouTube channel with interesting videos where he breaks down pro strategies or trending topics.  

  19. Jason “moses” O’Toole: Jason joins Thorin on this list as one of the most experienced figures in Counter-Strike. Starting out in the early days as a player and slowly picking up casting and analyzing, he is now a mandatory addition to all analyst desks. While he is most involved in the North American scene, Jason shares his valuable thoughts on the entirety of CS:GO on his Twitter.

  20. Marcus Mod: Like his colleague Marc Winther, people following Marcus on Twitter can gain more insight to what goes on behind the scenes at large events. Working as the CS:GO Operations Manager at DreamHack, you can learn a lot about DreamHack events from his Tweets.

  21. Heather "sapphiRe" Garozzo: Although known by many for her exceptional observing skills, Heather also has a background of playing for professional female teams. When it comes to behind the scenes content, she probably shares some of the most interesting content on her Twitter.

  22. Adela Sznajder: Why limit yourself to reading 140 character Tweets when a picture is worth a thousand words? Adela is one of the most celebrated esports photographers and the pictures she makes serve as proof. She frequently shares her best shots on her Twitter so I definitely suggest following her.

  23. Steve "Ryu" Rattacasa: Steve is probably one of the most vocal figures in the North American CS:GO scene. Known by many for his habit of signing his Reddit posts with “-Ryu”, Steve has a resumé of playing, coaching and even owning CS:GO teams. As he regularly voices his opinion and thoughts on his Twitter account, I recommend following Steve.

  24. Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill: Joining the list of analysts who were formerly pro players, Chad is one of the most entertaining figures in the scene. Starting from when he was a player in the Australian scene, Chad has been always outspoken in his opinion on things. This trait amongst many others made him a welcome addition to analyst desks worldwide.

  25. Niels “rizc” Topp: Fans who have followed CS:GO from the start are probably familiar with Niels. Working as a caster for large events since 2012, his speciality is the Danish scene, where he also owns a team of his own. Creating a lot of content on the Danish scene on his YouTube channel, Niels is worth a follow considering the Danish scene is one of the most interesting ones right now.



    Authors note: Please be aware that this is only the first part of a two part series, which means there are a futher 25 people whom I will add to this list! If you found this list helpful, you can consider following me on Twitter as well!
    Header credit: ELEAGUE

Blaze 'Draulon' Lengyel

Blaze is a student who currently lives in Europe and has a great interest in Counter Strike and competitive games. He spends his time hitting the gym or working on various game dev projects where he has a role in management or 3D graphics. You can follow him on twitter @draulon