This past year was an incredible one for CS:GO fans around the world, but with 2016 on the horizon it's time to give recognition where recognition is due.
Although so many players deserve to be recognized for their achievements and play in 2015, not all of them could make this particular list.
With that being said, I present to you Paul Park's 2015 CS:GO Awards:
Disclaimer: The awards presented below are based on personal performance, team achievements. They are meant to be debated, criticized, and maybe even agreed with.
Player of the Year: olofmeister
Does this pick even need to be explained? The man is an absolute genius.
Just a quick search overview of his 2015 LAN performances paints a clear picture as to why he’s the best player in the world. Over the multiple LAN events that olofmeister’s been a part of, he’s only had a negative kill-death difference in three events.
Not to mention that his team also won plenty of trophies to help make this pick the easiest of all the awards given out in this article.
Team of the Year: Fnatic
Oh boy, not only does Fnatic have the best player in the world, they are the special honoraries of the Team of the Year award.
This year, Fnatic became the first team in CS:GO history to win back-to-back major championship titles, taking home the coveted trophy at ESL One: Katowice and ESL One: Cologne. Not only did they become repeat champions for two Major titles, but they also took home trophies for the first and second season LAN finals for the ESL ESEA Pro League as well.
Add a couple of DreamHack titles at DreamHack Open Summer, Tours and Winter and you can clearly see how dominant this team was during the year.
Play of the Year: Happy Desert Eagle Ace
Semmler and Anders casting with two historic lineups going at it for the DreamHack Open London title is pretty much the perfect scenario for a magical moment, and Happy delivered in the most emphatic way.
If you haven't seen it already do yourself a favor and hit the play button below:
Surprise Player of the Year: coldzera
Where the heck did this guy come from?
Having just been acquired by Luminosity Gaming before ESL One: Cologne, the Brazilian sharpshooter has quickly become a household name in the world of competitive CS:GO. The explosiveness this man brought to the lineup has largely been the reason behind Luminosity’s repeat Top 8 performances at ESL: One Cologne and DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca.
Individually, coldzera finished the year without a single LAN event below a positive kill-death differential, which is incredible when you consider that his team was on the losing end of most of these events.
Clutch Player of the Year: KRIMZ
This award was chosen under the basis of one question: who would you most want to have on your team in a 1vX situation? The answer to that question for me was KRIMZ.
Statistically, the Swedish support player has almost a 70% success rate in 1v1 situations but more than just that is KRIMZ’s ability to stay calm and seemingly make all the correct decisions at the correct time.
It also helps that his aim is insane as well.
Most Improved Player of the Year: aizy
As a young talent, the Danish youngster single-handedly carried Dignitas lineup on his back through most of the year.
At DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca, which was the only Valve sponsored Major his team made in 2015, he scored 37 kills against Counter Logic Gaming in a loss and then scored 22 kills against Team EnVyUs in a map where his team picked up only six rounds.
Now this incredible talent has moved to a much more promising team in G2 Esports and considering his age, he's probably going to improve even more in the years to follow which is a scary thought when you consider that this guy's already a monster.
AWPer of the Year: GuardiaN
The AWPer of the year award has to go to GuardiaN.
The Slovakian superstar has carried his team to what has arguably their best year in competitive CS:GO, and he did it in style. With incredible reflexes and an even better knack for understanding how to position himself, GuardiaN pretty much single-handedly carried his team to a Grand Final appearance at DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca.
It’s almost scary to think about how much of Na`Vi's lineup is built around GuardiaN’s AWP, and their weaknesses are so evident when he struggles to put up frags.
Luckily for Na`Vi’s ace, flamie has started to emerge as a more consistent threat on the lineup but there’s no question that this is still, and will forever be, GuardiaN’s team.
In-Game Leader of the Year: karrigan
Now known as Question Mark, the former Team SoloMid lineup first acquired karrigan at the end of 2014. After he took over the reigns as the team’s in-game leader, the lineup’s performance skyrocketed.
With karrigan leading the pack, the team broke through the competitive scene's upper-echelon and won several significant titles throughout the year. Although they have yet to win a Major, the Danes finally became a title winning team in 2015 and a lot of that’s been due to karrigan’s brilliance as in-game leader.
Entry Fragger of the Year: dupreeh
Question Mark is so hard to beat when dupreeh catches fire. As one of the most aggressive entry fraggers in the game, dupreeh has both the aim and confidence to play his role to perfection.
If karrigan is the brains behind TQM, dupreeh and device are the brawn. I imagine device as the left arm, constantly chipping away at his opponents while dupreeh is the right arm that finishes off opponents with power and force.
If nothing else, dupreeh gets the award for allowing me to make the analogy above.
Support Player of the Year: NBK
Although the traditional support role is one that’s dying out, I’ve chosen NBK to take this award for his ability to be the most well rounded player on his team. Whether it’s holding B-site all by his lonesome or clutching around 1v5, NBK is a Natural Born Killer.
Possibly the most versatile player in the game right now, it just seems fitting to give someone who’s willing to do whatever it takes for his team to win this award.
Lurker of the Year: Happy
Having a team basically built around your ability to lurk around the map is going to set you up for awards like this one relatively easily. Still, you can’t take much away from the French in-game leader and lurker as he is a phenomenal individual player.
Like him or not, Happy’s had only one LAN event in 2015 where he’s had a negative kill-death ratio and his ability to play off of his own aim has to be highly respected.
Biggest Comeback of the Year: Fnatic vs Team EnVyUs ESL One: Cologne Grand Final
There were so many things that made this comeback one for the ages. First off, Team EnVyUs were going through their honeymoon phase and absolutely tearing it up at ESL One: Cologne. Once the French held a 14-7 lead it seemed like it was all but over for Fnatic on the first map. But Fnatic did what they do best, they took a timeout, talked things out and just started to do the seemingly impossible.
As possibly one of plays of the year, KRIMZ kicked off their incredible comeback with a 1v3 clutch and his team just settled into a groove, eventually going on to win their second straight Major title.
Roster Change of the Year: EnVyUs acquires kennyS and apEX for shox and smithZz
This was hands down the best move from the year.
Team EnVyUs had begun to stagger far from their Major title winning form this summer. At the time, the lineup struggled to compete against the best teams in the world, and especially against Cloud9.
Then the deal dropped and things instantly changed. The lineup won IEM Gamescom in their first ever LAN appearance as a unit made a Grand Final appearance at ESL One: Cologne before eventually going on to win their second Major title ever at DreamHack Open Cluj Napoca.
Tournament Performance of the Year: Luminosity Gaming almost wins it all at the FACEIT League Stage 3 Finals
We all believed that making a drastic two man roster change before a big LAN event was a terrible decision and we couldn’t have been more right on the first day of the FACEIT Stage 3 Finals at DreamHack Winter.
Starting off the tournament with an embarrassing 0-16 game against Fnatic, it seemed like Luminosity had no chance of making a deep run through the tournament. But, as we all know now, we couldn't have been more wrong about that.
During their miraculous run to the Grand Finals, LG took down three of the world’s Top 5 teams: Ninjas in Pyjamas, Team EnVyUs and Team SoloMid (Question Mark’s lineup).
To be honest, if the team had won the entire event, it definitely would have been considered as one of the greatest single tournaments run in the history of eSports but they simply ran out of gas against Fnatic in the Grand Finals and fell just short of that dream.
Well, it was a great run nonetheless.
Lowlight of the Year: Gaming Paradise
After the disaster that was ESWC Montreal 2015, the community at large had come to the conclusion that Montreal would end up being the worst tournament of the year. We couldn't have been so wrong.
As possibly the worst tournament ever held in history, Gaming Paradise's issues ran from not having any computers present at the event to the police being called in to hold the players passports due to missing hotel payments.
The whole tournament should have been cancelled but organizers somehow convinced the teams attending to stay.
Several months later, a statement from G2 Esports made it known to the world that no one was receiving money from the tournament's organizers.
Paul Park is a writer for theScore eSports. You can follow him on Twitter.