(Last Updated On: March 10, 2018)

Since its public release back in 2012, Valve’s premier FPS title, Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), has evolve to become one of the top First Person Shooter (FPS) title in the world. The game puts heavy emphasis on tactics, team play and individual skills.

The top CS:GO players in the world are able to routinely eliminate their opponents in ways that look impossible to pull off for the average player.

Playing at the top level of CS:GO requires dedication to practice and also making smart hardware choices. One of the most important peripherals that matter for gamers is the gaming headset. For professional CS:GO players, sound quality isn’t just all about immersion; it can be the difference for getting lit from the back or timing the perfect prefire.

With so much at stake on a pair of gaming headsets, we decided to take a look at, in no particular order, 10 of the best CS:GO players in the world and the gaming headsets they use.

PlayerTeamHeadset 
Kristian “k0nfig” WieneckeNorthKingston HyperX Cloud IICheck Price
Abay “HObbit” KhasenovGambit GamingKingston HyperX Cloud RevolverCheck Price
Håvard “rain” NygaardFaZe ClanKingston HyperX Cloud IICheck Price
Fernando “fer” AlvarengaSK GamingRazer Kraken Pro V2Check Price
Dauren “AdreN” Kystaubayev Gambit GamingKingston HyperX Cloud IICheck Price
Nicolai “dev1ce” ReedtzAstralisTurtle Beach Elite ProCheck Price
Kenny “kennyS” SchrubG2 EsportsKingston HyperX Cloud AlphaCheck Price
Oleksandr “s1mple” KostylievNatus VincereKingston HyperX Cloud Revolver SCheck Price
Nikola “NiKo” Kovač FaZe ClanKingston HyperX Cloud IICheck Price
Marcelo “coldzera” David SK GamingRazer Kraken Pro V2Check Price

1. Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke (North)

Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke
Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke

Young and confident, the 20-year-old Danish CS:GO professional really came into his own last year when he emerged as the best player in North where he consistently put the entire team on his back.

Playing with an aggressive style, k0nfig often switching roles as North’s AWPer and rifler. He relies on the Kingston HyperX Cloud II’s digitally enhanced, noise-cancelling microphone for effective communication with his team. Meanwhile, the Cloud II’s closed cup design and 53mm drivers make sure that he not only can frag his enemies in peace but also hears everything in-game to perform at his best.

2. Abay “HObbit” Khasenov (Gambit Gaming)

Abay "HObbit" Khasenov
Abay “HObbit” Khasenov

While his teammate AdreN (more on him later) is perhaps the best player in the Gambit Gaming roster, HObbit, who was a relative unknown until last year, is the team’s most important piece. His consistency remains unmatched by few in the scene, even with Gambit Gaming failing to follow up their win at the PGL Major Kraków.

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Rarely to have a bad game, HObbit uses the Kingston HyperX Cloud Revolver. The studio-grade sound quality and 50mm drivers ensure that he rarely gets caught off guard. Meanwhile, the ear pads, made of premier leatherette memory foam, give him optimal comfort for hours on end.

3. Håvard “rain” Nygaard (FaZe Clan)

Håvard "rain" Nygaard
Håvard “rain” Nygaard

Long known to be one of the better all-around talents in the game, rain turned the second half of 2017 into his playground. He put up godly numbers to help a newly-revamped FaZe Clan secure titles in 3 Premier LAN tournaments. This also included a first-place finish in ECS Season 4 to close out the year.

Operating as FaZe Clan’s uber-reliable entry fragger, rain was ranked 4th in the world.

The main reason why rain is ranked so high in 2017 is his play in big matches. The Norwegian recorded a 1.20 rating in the playoffs of big events, which makes him the third best player of the year in that regard, and he also played a lot of those maps, 5th most out of all top 20 players. – HLTV

4. Fernando “fer” Alvarenga (SK Gaming)

Fernando "fer" Alvarenga
Fernando “fer” Alvarenga

coldzera may be the one posting crazy numbers and taking home MVP awards, but make no mistake, for every tournament SK Gaming wins, it’s almost always because of fer’s willingness to disrupt the enemy team’s ranks with his ruthless aggression and balls of steel.

SK Gaming owes fer a lot for the legendary year they’ve had in 2017, and fer could be in for an even bigger year with the all-new Sennheiser GSP 600 in tow.

A successor and overall improvement to the Sennheiser Game Zero, the GSP 600 boasts superior sound quality, mic clarity, and durability. The best part? The GSP 600 is just as comfortable to take off as they are to wear. All thanks to the suede-like material on the ear cups that makes sure that the gaming headset doesn’t stick to your skin in the middle of all of the action.

5. Dauren “AdreN” Kystaubayev (Gambit Gaming)

Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev
Dauren “AdreN” Kystaubayev

One of the longest-serving members of the Gambit Gaming, AdreN finally found himself the right supporting cast in 2017 to propel him to newer heights. With a leader like Zeus and a running mate in HObbit, the Kazakh-born rifler helped Gambit score upsets in the first half of the year.

While Gambit Gaming hasn’t exactly had the most ideal follow up to their title run at the PGL Major Kraków — they had just 1 LAN title show and numerous early exits — Adren remains one of the best CS:GO professionals in the world. And just like k0nfig, he relies on the trusty Kingston HyperX Cloud II to give him the voice and sound quality he needs to deliver great performances.

6. Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz (Astralis)

Nicolai "dev1ce" Reedtz
Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz

We saw dev1ce put up one spectacular play after another from 2014 – 2016 but 2017 was something special. This was the year he evolved from a super-star player who love stealing all the spotlights to a more well-rounded AWPer.

Despite Astralis no longer being the best team in the world, the 22-year-old Danish retains his top-notch AWP skills. While dev1ce’s skills no doubt has a lot to do with his success, his choice of gear, namely the Turtle Beach Elite Pro certainly helps.

Featuring an excellent soundstage that recreates explosions and gunshots realistically, the Elite Pro has helped dev1ce pinpoint his enemy’s locations just via sound alone in numerous locations.

7. Kenny “kennyS” Schrub (G2 Esports)

KennyS
kennyS

From one world-class AWPer, we go to another who’s just as good, if not better.

kennyS may not have a great year in 2017 as he did in 2015, but it wasn’t half-bad. The “AWP king” remained the reliable sniper who makes highlight plays with his flick shots and no scopes.

His consistency throughout the year helped G2 Esports weathered the storm earlier in the year. Although he did not have had as much success compared to previous seasons, that is only a testament to how much more he can do with better talent around him.

As one of the best AWPer in CS:GO, kennyS relies on accurate sound more than anything else to pinpoint where his enemy’s footsteps and gunshots are coming from. That’s exactly what he gets with the Kingston HyperX Cloud Alpha, with its HyperX Dual Chamber Drivers, that allows for more distinction and less distortion of sound.

8. Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev (Natus Vincere)

Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev
Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev

Looking purely at titles alone, s1mple doesn’t stand out as one of the game’s best players. But watch him play, and it’s easy to see why many say that he’s at the top. Some would say s1mple is the reason why Natus Vincere remained competitive throughout the year.

Although he failed to carry his team to deep finishes, the fault is not on him, especially when you take into consideration his fragging numbers which, more often than not, are too good to be true.

Perhaps it’s no surprise that s1mple and HObbit use the same pair of headsets. These two players are known for posting ungodly fragging numbers. s1mple uses the updated “S” version of the Kingston HyperX Cloud Revolver, which adds a 7.1 Dolby Surround dongle for better immersion.

“After every game, every tournament I practised a lot in many ways. As time went by, I understood that all problems are in your head, and I understood that you can solve them quickly if you find your personal strength.” – s1mple

9. Nikola “NiKo” Kovač (FaZe Clan)

Nikola "NiKo" Kovač
Nikola “NiKo” Kovač

Back in 2016, many labelled NiKo as a selfish player. Critics reasoned that his numbers, often put up in a losing effort, were the result of his selfish play that came at the expense of his teammates.

Come 2017, however, NiKo silenced such critics by posting roughly the same numbers while guiding FaZe Clan to nine titles in total.

With FaZe Clan looking like they’re here to stay, expect NiKo and his Kingston HyperX Cloud II to continue silencing critics and bagging titles for the rest of 2018.

10. Marcelo “coldzera” David (SK Gaming)

Marcelo "coldzera" David
Marcelo “coldzera” David

While most players on this list have specialized roles in the team, the most ardent CS:GO fans will find it hard to categorize coldzera to any roles. Some said he is a support while others mentioned that he could be a lurker. Nonetheless, coldzera just makes it work.

He made the game look too easy for him at times, even against some of the top teams in the world, while being an absolute nightmare to play against. While his team failed to build on a spectacular 2016, that didn’t stop the Brazilian from collecting 5 MVP medals along the way.

Events which he won MVP in:

  • IEM Sydney
  • EPICENTER
  • ESL Pro League Season 6 Finals
  • cs_summit
  • DreamHack Summer

Equipped with the same pair of all-new gaming headsets as his teammate fer, expect coldzera and SK Gaming to go nowhere but up this 2018.

“I am a player who really likes to play for the public. I have no fear and no pressure playing in big arenas, I try to have the most fun playing without stress in the game, and my preparation before the championships is always very good, which is why I can turn up in the playoffs.” – coldzera

Conclusion

From the list, you can see that HyperX is a popular brand among the CS:GO players. Despite the fact that most players are wearing sponsored gears, it should be noted that these headsets are not just all style and no substance. Check out the Amazon reviews before taking your pick and not because your favorite players are wearing them.

SK Gaming sign 6 digit deal with Razer in 2017
SK Gaming signs 6 digit deal with Razer in 2017

Look out for the soundstage, mic quality and most importantly, comfort. What is good of a gaming headset if you can barely last a game without wanting to rip them off your head. Thick ear pads and headbands are always a good sign. Wear them and check if the clamping force is too much. Keep all these tips in mind and you should be able to pick out a suitable headset for yourself.

Check out the buyer’s guide for gaming headset in: Rekt your opponents: 10 Best Gaming Headset 2017

Bonus section: What are the roles in a CS:GO team?

Entry Fragger

The first one in. – Aggressive. Great shot. Great communication.

Playmaker

Get trade kills if the Entry Fragger goes down. – Aggressive. Great shot. Great in the clutch. Great communication.

Strat Caller

Calls the round strategies (and/or ct positioning). – Great knowledge of the game. Great communication.

Support

Aid those in need of a pop flash or smoke. – Great knowledge of nades. Passive. Can stay calm and pick up trade kills. Great communication.

Awper

The primary awp. – Great reaction time. Great aim. Can entry. Great communication.

Lurker

Unpredictable to keep the enemies on their toes. – Great knowledge of rotations. Great positioning. Great use of sound. Great communication.

Credits to /u/4percentMilk