Securing the 12th position on the HLTV Top 20 Players of the Year list, sponsored by 1xBet, is frozen, recognized for his remarkable consistency and impressive performances against top-tier teams.
Introduction to the Top 20 Players of 2023:
David "frozen" Čerňanský makes his second consecutive appearance on HLTV's Top 20 Players of the Year, following his debut in 2022. A standout year led to his transfer to FaZe, placing the Slovakian rifler at the 12th spot and elevating him towards the elite tier of Counter-Strike players.
Frozen's journey began at the age of 13, participating in local tournaments in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. His exceptional performance caught the attention of eXtatus in 2016, leading to his international debut. Despite a short stint with NoChance, his skills attracted MOUZ, where he remained for almost four years, winning six trophies and displaying unwavering individual performances.
Despite multiple team changes, frozen's consistency remained a constant for MOUZ. His hard work paid off when he entered the top 20 rankings in 2022, securing the 17th position. Subsequently, he joined FaZe at the end of the season, reuniting with karrigan.
Overview of the 2023 Season:
MOUZ, with a revamped lineup, faced challenges in the early stages of 2023, participating in IEM Katowice. Despite early exits against OG and Complexity, frozen maintained positive K-D ratios and ratings, showcasing his individual prowess.
The ESL Pro League Season 17 saw MOUZ reaching the playoffs, with frozen's consistent performances contributing to their success. However, their journey took a downturn at IEM Rio, exiting early after losses to BIG and 9INE, despite frozen's standout performance.
The BLAST.tv Paris Major RMR witnessed a resurgence, with frozen leading MOUZ to victory against Virtus.pro. Although they secured a spot at the Paris Major, their season took a nosedive, culminating in an early exit at IEM Dallas.
A significant roster shakeup during the summer saw frozen becoming the senior member of the team at MOUZ NXT. Despite challenges at IEM Cologne, where they exited in the group stage, frozen adapted to new roles for the team.
The ESL Pro League Season 18 marked a comeback for MOUZ, with frozen displaying remarkable consistency and securing a playoff spot. Victories against FURIA and FaZe propelled them to the quarter-finals, where frozen's stellar performance against G2 helped them advance.
In the subsequent matches against ENCE and Natus Vincere, frozen played a crucial role in MOUZ's journey to winning the grand final. His consistency earned him the second EVP award of the year and a 2nd place finish in the MVP race.
With the release of CS2, frozen faced an adjustment period at IEM Sydney, exiting in the playoffs after a loss to FaZe. The Thunderpick World Championship 2023 saw a resurgence, earning frozen his third EVP award despite a quarter-final exit against FaZe.
The CS Asia Championships 2023 provided MOUZ with another opportunity, reaching the grand final against FaZe. Despite a loss, frozen secured another EVP award, concluding a successful year with MOUZ.
Frozen's Move to FaZe and Recognition:
After the Elisa Masters Espoo 2023, frozen left MOUZ to join FaZe, reuniting with karrigan. His debut at the BLAST World Final resulted in a semi-final victory against MOUZ, showcasing his adaptability to the new team.
Why Frozen is the 12th Best Player of 2023:
Frozen's impressive stats, including a 1.19 average rating, consistency in Big Events, 80.8 ADR, and 0.58 deaths per round, solidify his place among the top players of the year. His remarkable consistency, evident in a 75.3% KAST, 79% maps rated above 1.00, and consistent performances against top 10 teams, contributed to his success.
Despite four EVP awards, two each at Big and Medium Events, frozen's placement at 12th reflects the need for more peak performances at major events. His survival-focused playstyle, indicated by a high saving percentage, adds depth to his contributions.
Frozen, acknowledging his achievements, expresses a desire for continuous improvement and embraces the challenges of his evolving career. His move to FaZe signifies a pursuit of new challenges and elevating his game to new heights.