HLTV.org unveils five main criteria for determining top 20 players of 2022
HLTV.org has unveiled on its official website the information about what will primarily be taken into account when compiling the ranking of the twenty best players of 2022. The journalists did not reveal the complete estimation system and outlined only five main criteria.
- Statistics. A player's average rating over the year is important, but context is also important. For example, at which tournaments esports athletes stood out and whether they delivered in important matches.
- Individual awards. MVP (most valuable player) and EVP (extremely valuable player) medals are crucial. That said, getting into the EVP list at a Major is a more significant award than being named the MVP of a less prestigious event.
- The best of the best. To end up in the top 20, players must regularly perform at a high level against the best teams in the world. If they haven't played enough matches at the pro scene's top level, making an appearance in the ranking is unlikely.
- Consistency. One of the factors for evaluating a player is his consistency both from match to match and tournament to tournament. Good performance at a prestigious championship can make up for failures at less significant events. At the same time, occasional disappearances at the biggest competitions of the year significantly reduce the chances of a high spot in the ranking.
- Recency bias. Fans tend to judge players' chances of making it to the top 20 based on tournaments in the second half of the year that are fresh in their minds. HLTV.org authors will determine the ranking looking at the entire year.
The ranking of the strongest players in the world in 2022 will be published daily from January 1 to January 14, 2023, with the top three esports athletes to be announced on the HLTV Award Show 2022, which will be held in Sweden.
The current holder of the best player in the world title is NAVI's leader Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev. The Ukrainian is a two-time winner of HLTV.org's award, which he claimed in 2018 and 2021.