Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev of NAVI named Ilya "m0NESY" Osipov the next CS:GO star to rise in 2022. He picked the player in HLTV.org's "bold prediction" segment, while also mentioning another athlete that he expects to see in the next year's best players list — it's Owen "smooya" Butterfield from Fnatic.
M0NESY left Natus Vincere Junior just weeks ago and joined G2 Esports, one of the rivals of s1mple's NAVI. Osipov's new teammate Nikola "NiKo" Kovač, who also got to the top-3 of the best CS:GO players of 2021 list, also picked him in his bold prediction. Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut, the second best player of 2021, named MOUZ NXT’s 17-year-old rifler Dorian "xertioN" Berman.