The 2023 CS:GO season is almost upon us, with the BLAST Premier: Spring Groups starting soon. A new year means a fresh start for players to prove themselves at the top of the game. Who’ll come out on top, and who’ll fall off this year? These are our 2023 CS:GO predictions for some of the biggest players on the server right now.
karrigan’s Last Dance
The brains of the current FaZe roster, karrigan’s successful 2022 brought a Major victory for the Dane. His FaZe team is one of the best CS:GO teams of all time, but karrigan’s age is a problem they can’t ignore. Turning 33 in April, it remains to be seen how long he can play at this level, being the final pro from CS 1.6 to play in the S-Tier of CS:GO.
We think that 2023 is the year karrigan leaves FaZe, and begins to wind down his magnificent career.
The Baby Goat Reigns
17-year old m0NESY has already established himself as one of the best players in the world. Since IGL HooXi arrived at G2 in August 2022, m0NESY has looked unbeatable. The AWPer topped 2022 off with his first competition win at the BLAST World Final, and we don’t expect it to stop there as he continues to gain experience at the highest level of CS:GO esports.
We want our CS:GO predictions for 2023 to be bold. Well, we predict that m0NESY will surpass s1mple, ZywOo and sh1ro, and establish himself as the best player in the world by the end of the year.
npl’s Swift Exit
In NAVI CS:GO has one of the most decorated teams in esports. At the end of 2022, NAVI began to experiment with a six-man roster, rotating between sdy and NAVI Junior player npl. The 17-year old npl often looked out of his depth, and now finds himself in that permanent fifth-player slot. NAVI enters 2023 hoping to become two-time CS:GO Major winners, and we’re not sure npl is the permanent answer.
We think that early 2023 will be a struggle for NAVI, and they’ll respond by sending npl back to NAVI Junior. They’ll then bring electroNic back into his more familiar rifling role, before beginning the search for a more experienced IGL.
YEKINDAR To Move On?
Of our CS:GO predictions, this is the most outlandish, but hear us out. YEKINDAR only joined the Team Liquid CS:GO roster in October 2022, but the rest of his team has struggled. EliGE doesn’t look the same after many years with Team Liquid, oSee looks completely out of his depth and nitr0 isn’t in form. YEKINDAR will want some wins to name to really build his legacy as he enters his mid-20s.
YEKINDAR has the potential to be an all-time great rifler. He won’t want to be remembered as a nearly-man. If Liquid doesn’t improve, then there’s every chance he looks to move on later in the year.
We can’t wait for the 2023 CS:GO season to get underway. The latter half of 2022 saw many different competition winners, with no one team defining themselves as the best team on the planet. It’s a wide-open field, where CS:GO legends can be made on the server.