2022 Was one of the most competitive years in CS:GO’s history. Whilst the year will go down as FaZe’s era, there was still time for the likes of Heroic and Outsiders with their first Major win to have their moment in the spotlight. With the competitive landscape still in flux, check out some of the biggest CS:GO roster moves from 2022 here at Gamelevate!
m0NESY – G2
G2 have had a turbulent time in CS:GO across 2022, changing their IGL twice in the year with Aleksib coming in and then making way for HooXi. Australian rifler jks was also brought in, however, it was the move for Navi prodigy AWPer m0NESY that came to define their year.
Few players in the world acquire the level of hype m0NESY has experienced over the course of his remarkable rise, and his big-money move to G2 only added to the expectations. The Russian sniper missed out on the Rio Major, but ended the year with his first MVP award as G2 finally showed signs of their potential at the BLAST World Final.
YEKINDAR – Team Liquid
Team Liquid had come out of the online era in the competitive wilderness, and the signings of oSee and nitr0 hadn’t done much to revive their fortunes heading into 2022. Halfway into the year, however, a remarkable opportunity arose for the side to haul themselves back to the top in the form of YEKINDAR.
Having been benched by Outsiders, the Latvian arrived as a stand-in initially but it soon became clear he was chomping at the bit for a full-time slot with the NA org. Throughout the year YEKINDAR has shown himself to be the most talented and versatile cogs in the Liquid engine, playing a vital role as the team reached the top four in three different events by the year’s end.
Ropz – FaZe Clan
The Karrigan-led project at FaZe hadn’t gotten off the ground throughout 2021, with a semi-final appearance at IEM Cologne being their sole achievement during the year. But, with the arrival of Ropz from MOUZ in one of the biggest CS:GO roster moves of the year, things almost immediately began to swing in their favour.
Having played under him previously, Ropz brought an immense versatility and fragging return to Karrigan and co. over the course of the year. The side won three straight events during the middle portion of the year, climbing to the summit of the world rankings and scooping up their first-ever Major. Ropz would also win the MVP Award at ESL Pro League Season 15.