Team Spirit’s donk may be the next big CSGO all-star

By Kenneth Williams


Aug 29, 2023

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The sunset era of CSGO has brought on multiple rising stars, and Danil “donk” Kryshkovets of Team Spirit may be the final standout.

Counter-Strike is in a time of transition, and the chaos has allowed several players to start making a name for themselves. However, one particular player is standing out for his insanely impressive stats. Team Spirit’s donk, who was brought into the team last July, is turning heads with his insane 1.33 HLTV rating and impressive performance in multiple events. While he’s yet to prove himself at the peak level of play, multiple analysts and fans have claimed he’s the next big thing.

donk is a 16-year-old CSGO player currently playing for Team Spirit. He transferred to the esteemed esports organization in July of 2023 after playing for the org’s academy team for nearly two years. While Spirit has not placed highly at many events since joining, his individual performance has been head-and-shoulders above expectations. Here’s info on donk and why the CSGO esports community has such high hopes for him.

donk puts up insane stats as new CSGO rising star

Despite his inexperience at the top level of CSGO, donk is putting up insane numbers with Team Spirit.

HLTV currently gives donk a 1.33 average rating over the last three months with .91 kills per round, 73.7% KAST, and an insane 57.9% headshot rate. His only unimpressive stat is his deaths per round at .67, but his role as an aggressive entry fragger more than explains that one blemish.

The numbers get even crazier with individual events. At Dunav Party LAN, which ended on August 27, donk averaged a 1.37 rating with over 100 damage per round. This specular performance led to Spirit ultimately winning the $30,000 grand prize with an upset victory over The final round even featured a phenomenal triple kill from the young gun.

It’s still too early to call donk an all-star, but the success of fellow Russian teenager Ilya “m0NESY” Osipov may have set a precedent for the future of rising talent. Young stars get called up to the big leagues, perform well at a few events, and then get bought out by a top-level team as a gamble. Given the current roster chaos at the top level, there could be multiple teams with an eye on donk. If he continues his performance in Counter-Strike 2,


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