Polarising CS prodigy dominates at IEM Katowice

Polarising CS prodigy dominates at IEM Katowice
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Written by 

Sascha Heinisch

Published 

5th Feb 2024 13:55

Team Spirit's Counter-Strike 2 prodigy Danil "donk" Kryshkovets has been turning heads at the IEM Katowice Play-In and Group play, putting incredible statistical performances on the board and becoming the talk of the town.

However, the 17-year-old's conduct has drawn some criticism, with other professionals warning him not to waste his potential.

Onto the big stage

He's desk-smashingly good. At the IEM Katowice Play-In that allowed the qualification for the main event, donk convinced with his unorthodox playstyle, pushing pro players to their limit like they were in just an FPL match. 

The young Russian entry has been a menace to the opposition, scoring more multi-kill than single-kill rounds so far during the event. With an hltv.org rating of 1.55 over five maps so far, donk has been styling on teams like FURIA, complexity, and even Natus Vincere. 

A potentially bright future if…

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Despite his young age, donk has been at it for a while, topping FPL charts since he was 15 years old. Just last month, he reached an ELO peak of 4782 points on the platform, putting an almost 300-point large gap between him and the second-placed Benjamin "blameF" Bremer. 

In an interview with hltv.org, Na'Vi coach Andrij "B1ad3" Ghorodensjkyj agreed with the assessment of donk as a strong talent but raised concerns about his conduct, specifically the curse words he had been screaming during matches against his opponents.

"He's screaming bad words and you see he means this," the Major winning coach said, raising concerns about a lack of mentorship from the Team Spirit side in helping to curb this behaviour.

Team Spirit and donk will be put to the ultimate test, being scheduled to play the arguably strongest Counter-Strike 2 team in the world, FaZe tomorrow at 4:30 pm CET / 3:30 pm BST.

Sascha "Yiska" Heinisch is a Senior Esports Journalist at GGRecon. He's been creating content in esports for over 10 years, starting with Warcraft 3.

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