22:05 That’s a wrap! Thanks for tuning in to the HLTV Award Show 2022.
You can browse through the VOD above in case you missed the show, or read on below to find out who won awards at a glance.
21:54 Mathieu “⁠ZywOo⁠” Herbaut named second-best player of 2022
Dmitry “⁠sh1ro⁠” Sokolov comes in at third
In one of the most difficult decisions and slimmest margins in HLTV top 20 history, ZywOo just barely edged out the No. 2 spot over sh1ro. The Frenchman’s impact in round wins for Vitality was a pivotal factor in the decision, helped by the most convincing MVP performance of the year at ESL Pro League Season 16.
For more about their performance in 2022 and a detailed breakdown on why they were ranked as they were, you can check out their Top 20 player articles below:
Top 20 players of 2022: ZywOo (2)
Top 20 players of 2022: sh1ro (3)
21:45 Oleksandr “⁠s1mple⁠” Kostyliev becomes record-breaking three-time No.1 player in the world
The Ukrainian superstar had an unmatched resume of awards in 2022, taking home an EVP at all but two events, earning two Big Event MVPs, and having an unrivaled skill floor. He shared a heartfelt speech following his victory, talking about suffering from depression during the year after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began, being separated from his family, and imploring compassion and kindness to be shared across the world.
Top 20 players of 2022: s1mple (1)
21:36 Ana “⁠ANa⁠” Dumbravă crowned best Woman Player of the Year
Runner-up: Olga “⁠Olga⁠” Rodrigues
Third place: Ksenia “⁠vilga⁠” Kluenkova
Consistently phenomenal and match-defining play for Nigma Galaxy resulted in ANa running away with the HLTV Award for Women’s Player of the Year. She was far and away the difference-maker in helping her team to title victories throughout the year, and ended the year averaging an incredible 1.39 rating, 1.46 impact, and 0.51 DPR over 20 maps.
21:12 FaZe named Best Team of 2022 at HLTV Award Show
Runner-up: Natus Vincere
Third place: G2
FaZe edged out the award for the best team of 2022 thanks to a superb first seven months of the year. The European combine won PGL Major Antwerp as well as secured title wins at IEM Katowice, IEM Cologne, and ESL Pro League Season 16. Despite cooling off toward the end of 2022, Finn “⁠karrigan⁠” Andersen‘s men were far and away the most dominant team for the majority of the year, earning them the award over runner-ups Natus Vincere, and a late-stage entry from G2.
21:05 ropz and broky comment on Highlight of the Year and Coach of the Year winners
20:58 Nigma Galaxy secure Women’s Team of the Year award after dominant 2022
Runner-up: FURIA fe
Third place: CLG Red
Nigma Galaxy dominated the women’s CS:GO circuit in 2022, outclassing the competition and picking up a plethora of titles in the process. The team took home three big trophies at ESL Impact Season 1, ESL Challenger Valencia, and ESL Impact Season 2, beating FURIA fe in the grand final of all three tournaments for a superb calendar year.
20:45 m0NESY’s incredible level in 2022 earns him the Rookie of the Year award
Runner-up: Robert “⁠Patsi⁠” Isyanov
Third place: Igor “⁠w0nderful⁠” Zhdanov
20:39 m0NESY’s 1vs4 clutch vs. MIBR named Highlight of the Year
20:21 Top 21-30 players of 2022 revealed at the HLTV Award Show
The players who narrowly missed out on this year’s top 20 player ranking were revealed following the conclusion of the panel-distributed awards, with Denis “⁠electroNic⁠” Sharipov, Jonathan “⁠EliGE⁠” Jablonowski, and Keith “⁠NAF⁠” Markovic just missing out.
20:15 Presenting the best five-man lineup of the year as determined by the winners of the individual role awards!
20:07 Andrey “⁠B1ad3⁠” Gorodenskiy named best coach of 2022 by HLTV Award Show panel
Runner-up: Robert “⁠RobbaN⁠” Dahlström
Third place: Eetu “⁠sAw⁠” Saha
20:03 Finn “⁠karrigan⁠” Andersen walks away with IGL of the year at HLTV Award Show
Runner-up: Casper “⁠cadiaN⁠” Møller
Third place: Dzhami “⁠Jame⁠” Ali
After a stellar year guiding FaZe to four international titles and securing his first Major win at PGL Antwerp, there was little question in anyone other than karrigan walking away with the title for in-game leader of the year.
19:59 Oleksandr “⁠s1mple⁠” Kostyliev dominates among AWPers to run away with title for best sniper of the year
Runner-up: Dmitry “⁠sh1ro⁠” Sokolov
Third place: Mathieu “⁠ZywOo⁠” Herbaut
19:56 Ilya “⁠Perfecto⁠” Zalutskiy earns anchor of the year award
Runner-up: Keith “⁠NAF⁠” Markovic
Third place: Rasmus “⁠sjuush⁠” Beck
19:52 Sergey “⁠Ax1Le⁠” Rykhtorov wins closer of the year award
Runner-up: Robin “⁠ropz⁠” Kool
Third place: Kaike “⁠KSCERATO⁠” Cerato
Cloud9‘s superlative rifler walks away from the HLTV Award Show as the best closer of the year, finishing firmly above ropz and KSCERATO after consistently showcasing excellence in late round situations and in the extremity positions he occupied.
19:49 Nikola “⁠NiKo⁠” Kovač crowned opener of the year
Runner-up: Mareks “⁠YEKINDAR⁠” Gaļinskis
Third place: Martin “⁠stavn⁠” Lund
The “opener of the year” included entry fraggers, as well as more withdrawn pack players who followed up on other players while taking map control. G2‘s Bosnian star came away with the first award of the ceremony, as voted by our panel, receiving three more points than YEKINDAR and nearly doubling that of stavn, who finished in third.
19:25 Ax1Le: “I hope I will continue this work and be the best rifler every year”
19:20 GeT_RiGhT offers words of motivation to the fans
19:13 SPUNJ, Striker, and Professeur kick off the HLTV Award Show desk
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19:02 fnatic quartet reunite on red carpet, Nigma Galaxy arrive
fnatic’s legendary quartet reunite at the awards
18:50 Olof “⁠olofmeister⁠” Kajbjer, Christopher “⁠GeT_RiGhT⁠” Alesund pose with awards given for previous years
GeT_RiGhT was handed a plethora of medals from his early years in CS:GO
olofmeister holds up his top 20 player medals from 2014 and 2015
18:15 Janusz “⁠Snax⁠” Pogorzelski, Jarosław “⁠pashaBiceps⁠” Jarząbkowski arrive at the awards
The HLTV Award Show presented by 1xBet is slated to kick off at 18:30 at the Space Arena in Stockholm, where nearly 300 notable guests are in attendance to celebrate some of the best Counter-Strike had to offer in 2022.
You can tune in live on our Twitch channel to witness for yourself as the winners of our HLTV awards are revealed, including the #1 player of 2022, best team of the year, and rookie of the year.
Guests will arrive at the Space Arena shortly before the show get underway
On top of six HLTV- determined awards, six role-specific awards as voted by a panel comprised of professional players, on-air talent, and HLTV writers will be distributed, with the complete formation adding up for a seventh award — the best five-man lineup of the year. For more information on who voted and how the process worked, you can refer to our article here.
This live post will be updated throughout the day with what is going on at the ceremony, including the arrival of guests, upcoming nominees for each category, winners of awards as they are given out, pictures, and behind-the-scenes footage from the show itself.
The list of awards and nominees can be found below:
Panel awards presented by 1xBet:
HLTV Awards presented by 1xBet:
– Highlight of the year (m0NESY vs. MIBR, ropz vs. G2, broky⁠ vs. Astralis)
– Rookie of the year (m0NESY, Patsi, w0nderful)
– Women’s team of the year (Nigma Galaxy, FURIA fe, CLG Red)
– Team of the year (FaZe, G2, Natus Vincere)
– Women’s player of the year (ANa, Olga, vilga)
– Player of the year
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