oSee played a key role in Extra Salt's January tournament campaign

oSee surveils January player ranking list

The Extra Salt AWPer edged out XotiC to top our ranking following the first set of events in North America.

Joshua "oSee" Ohm has claimed the top spot in our January player ranking, edging out a first place finish with a 1.26 rating over 12 maps. 

The events that were included in determining this ranking were the Mythic Winter Cup, DreamHack Open January and its open and closed qualifiers, ESEA Winter Cash Cup 3 and 4, and ESEA Premier Season 36. Notably, the players of Evil Geniuses and Liquid were not included in this ranking due to neither team playing more than ten maps at the BLAST Premier Global Final.

oSee was the difference-maker in Extra Salt's DreamHack Open January campaign, which began with him averaging a 1.38 rating in the Closed Qualifier with wins over Bad News Bears and paiN. The 21-year-old AWPer had a slow start to the main event as Extra Salt lost their opening match-up, but made up for it with strong showings against Triumph and in a rematch against Rebirth, despite an eventual series loss and event elimination. 

Zack "XotiC" Elshani and Collin "wrath" McSweegan were the representatives among the top ten for Rebirth in January, with the former being the runner-up for the month with a 1.25 rating. He was a stand-out performer for the team in DreamHack Open January, ending the event with the third-highest overall rating, and led Rebirth to a win over Big Chillin in ESEA Premier with a 1.75 rating over two maps.

wrath, meanwhile, averaged a 1.13 rating in the month to end in eighth place, while Rahul "curry" Nemani missed out on a spot in the top ten as a result of his 1.08 rating despite demonstrating more impact in the server (1.17 impact vs wrath's 1.09).

Triumph's Austin "Cooper" Abadir was the sole player from the deer team to make our January list, contributing to a runner-up finish in the Mythic Winter Cup and a last-place elimination in DreamHack Open January with a 1.24 rating.

Alan "Shakezullah" Hardeman tells Dust2.us that practice for the team has been going well since their elimination in DreamHack Open January, and that he believes they will bounce back as he feels the team is "turning the page."

Meanwhile, a trio of players from the newly-formed Bad News Bears lineup distributed themselves on the list, with Jonathan "Jonji" Carey making the strongest entrance in fourth place with a 1.23 rating. The entry fragger  posted strong showings alongside Peter "ptr" Gurney (1.20 rating, #6) and Gabe "Spongey" Greiner (1.13 rating, #10) as Bad News Bears took part in every event possible since the end of the player break, with the exception of DreamHack Open January's main event as they failed to qualify.

Anthony "CLASIA" Kearney (#5) and Adam "WolfY" Andersson (#9) were both key in putting Secret Club's name on the map to kick off the season. The 17-year-old rifler had a stellar performance against High Coast in the Mythic Winter Cup, posting a 32-16 K-D and 2.00 rating in a Mirage victory despite going on to lose the series. Both CLASIA and WolfY led their side to a rematch victory shortly after, in the third Winter Cash Cup, and kicked off the Premier season by easing past Levitate. 

Meanwhile, Josh "PwnAlone" Pigue was the only member of High Coast to make the list at #7, averaging a 1.18 rating, and stayed in the positive all month, helping his team to a title win in the Mythic Winter Cup and third and fourth place finishes in the ESEA Winter Cash Cups.

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