Some of the most memorable moments in CS:GO history have been pistol plays. Knowing how and when to use a pistol during a game can result in some of the most hype rounds that leave the crowd going wild.
From aces to clutches and many more, here's our list for the Top 10 pro pistol plays of all time.
10. Snax’s 4 second pistol ace
Ah fragging, the universal language. You don’t need to share a language to appreciate rifler Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski going John Wick on Na’Vi in a special showmatch. Heck, I don’t think even Mr. Wick ever managed to get four headshots in four seconds.
9. Dupreeh’s Deagle Ace
FaZe Clan might have swept them at ELEAGUE, but when you consider Peter "dupreeh" Rothmann‘s disgusting eco round ace against them at IEM Katowice 2017, you have to admit they had it coming. Turnabout is fair play after all.
8. NiKo’s Deagle Ace against Titan
Remember the Titans? If not, you definitely remember Nikola "NiKo" Kovač wiping them out with a Deagle in the space of five seconds at ESL ESEA Pro League Season 2.
File this one under J, for “just Niko things.”
7. dennis’ schools G2 with the USP
People often talk about the “caster’s curse”. The moment you praise a player, he ‘nades himself into oblivion, walks into an AWP shot, or misses a critical frag. Not so with Fnatic’s Dennis "dennis" Edman, who proved himself to be quite the menace at the Finals of ESL Pro League Season 3 where he smoked all five members G2 Esports with a USP-S, mere seconds after Matt “Sadokist” Trivett warned of his pistol prowess.
One of his victims was Richard "shox" Papillon, who displays his own skill with the USP-S later on this list.
6. autimatic's Deagle clutch
Despite the implication of his name, Timothy "autimatic" Ta proved himself a pistol god at ESL One: Cologne 2017 when he scored an insane 3K against the reigning champs SK Gaming with just four health on an eco round in the Grand Final of the tournament.
Together with teammate Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham, Cloud9 took a pivotal round they really had no business winning.
SK won of course, but autimatic made them earn it.
5. Shox’s USP Ace on Cache
Selfless Gaming just couldn’t catch a break could they? They were also the victim of a pretty brutal pistol Ace at shox’s hands at ELEAGUE Season 1. But hey, if you’re going to get styled on, it might as well be at the hands of a frenchman with elegantly coiffed hair.
4. fnx Ace Clutch at the IEM Katowice 2016 Final
Seeing the boys from SK Gaming take on Fnatic is always an intense match-up, however the Grand Final between the two at IEM Katowice 2016 was particularly fierce. Both teams were at the top of the game with the then-Luminosity roster on the rise while Fnatic were still riding high after an amazing 2015 season.
While Fnatic won the match 3-0, Luminosity had moments of brilliance including Lincoln "fnx" Lau’s amazing pistol ace that saw him clutch a 1v2 with a sliver of health as he took down Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer Gustafsson and Freddy "KRiMZ" Johansson from deep in the B site.
The first three kills, as Luminosity roll onto the A Site, are impressive enough. But it’s the final two that really elevate this play. Sneaking his way to B, all the while attempting to bait out the remaining Fnatic players, fnx plants in the bomb and delivers two monstrous headshots with his USP to complete the Ace as KRiMZ and olof try in vain to retake and defuse.
3. Hiko Cache you outside with the TEC-9
Spencer “Hiko” Martin has a very long list of epic clutches to his name, however his greatest might be his ace against Sponsorless in CEVO Season 8 in 2015 where he clutched a 1v5 on Cache with a TEC-9, leading them on a chase around quad like the Pied Piper.
The TEC-9 might have fallen on hard times lately, being traded out in favour of the CZ75-Auto, but if this isn’t a prime example of why it used to be an anti-eco killer, we don’t know what is.
2. Happy’s Deagle Ace
Team EnVy entered the DreamHack Open London 2015 with a simple strategy: force buy and win eco rounds. It was a tactic that carried them all the way to the Grand Final against TSM—known today as Astralis—thanks in no small part to Vincent "Happy" Cervoni Schopenhauer pistol proficiency.
A proficiency that allowed Happy to ace the better-equipped TSM with just a Deagle.
The play is great, sure, but it’s the call from Auguste “Semmler” Massonat that makes this Deagle Ace worthy of the third spot on our list. Semmler’s enthralled voice, getting ever higher as the kills rack up, breathless with glee, is just as much a part of this iconic moment as Happy’s trigger finger.
1. “What in God’s Name is that from Snax?!”
While Virtus.Pro lost the Grand Final of ESL One New York 2016 to Natus Vincere, Snax could walk away with his head held high after scoring a 1v4 clutch with a USP-S with the bomb counting down to boot.
This insane play from the VP legend edges out the rest as number one because of the cocktail of accuracy, patience and timing that was needed for Snax to take a bite out of Na’Vi. With the bomb ticking away, Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev, Egor "flamie" Vasilyev and Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács were entrenched in their positions around it, meaning the Polish player had to dance his through the site, beating each and every one of them out before finishing them with disgustingly accurate head shots.
Thought not an Ace, this USP clutch has all the elements of a the kind of legendary play that makes you scream “What in God’s name is that from Snax?!”
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