Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovács may not be on Natus Vincere’s active Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster, but he’s still putting in time on FACEIT’s servers. Since returning to streaming on Twitch over the past two weeks, the AWPER has been showing off his skills on everything from Danger Zone to FACEIT pickup games.
While he’s having fun, it isn’t all sunshine and headshots for the veteran. GuardiaN called out Denmark as having the most toxic players in FACEIT’s CSGO queue in a surprising take.
Dannish CS players are becoming the most toxic on faceit, such a shame for danish scene with such a legendary background.
— Ladislav Kovács (@guardiancsgo) January 29, 2021
GuardiaN, who has been on Natus Vincere’s bench since January 2020, didn’t stop there. In a follow-up tweet, the player called on Astralis head coach Danny “zonic” Sørensen to teach FACEIT’s Danish players “how to be professionals.” CSGO’s subreddit largely agreed with GuardiaN’s assessment, with the post covering the tweet featuring several Danish players that not only agreed with GuardiaN’s claim but even provided their own examples of player toxicity.
“[Those] players think they won the major and not Astralis,” GuardiaN tweeted.
Though in-game toxicity is another matter entirely, Danish CSGO players have good reason to be proud of their country’s accomplishments in the game. Despite its recent 2-0 loss to Natus Vincere in the BLAST Global Finals, Danish CSGO team Astrals is widely considered to be the best team ever seen in the game. Whether GuardiaN ran into arrogance, toxicity, or just plain overconfidence during the past two weeks is unclear. But if it was the Danish players’ confidence he noticed, there are actually statistics to back up the claim that Denmark is the greatest country for CSGO.
Everyone is familiar with the names of CSGO’s most famous teams. Since CSGO’s release in 2012, its been teams such as FNATIC, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Virtus.pro, and Astralis that have enjoyed their time in the spotlight. But Denmark and other countries around the Baltic make more than just good CSGO pros, they make good CSGO players in general.
In a surprising statistic, data from August 2020 shows that Scandinavia, Finland, and Estonia produce far more top CSGO talents tan anywere else.
Denmark is the world’s leader in level-10 FACEIT players, with over 700 per one million residents. Next up is Estonia at 689 players per million, followed by Finland at 598. Sweden was ranked fourth in the category at 498. By comparison, the United States has only 11 FACEIT level 10s for every one million people.
It isn’t just CSGO of course, as these countries have produced elite talents in Dota 2, League of Legends, and other esports. Whether it’s a cultural or logistical difference, Northern Europe just produces a lot of talent. So while GuardiaN and some of their countrymen think that FACEIT’s Danish players are toxic, maybe they’re just being cocky. Stats say they have a right to be.