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Dan "apEX" Madesclaire makes our top 20 ranking for the second year in a row. As number 18 on the list, Madesclaire boasts a strong T side and is a big impact player when on point, although he missed out on ranking higher due to his volatile play, which occurs not only between events, but even map-to-map.
Dan "apEX" Madesclaire has been playing with a lot of the players at the top of French CS for years, including playing in a CS:Source lineup for 3DMAX as an 18 year old with Richard "shox" Papillon, Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom, and current teammate Vincent "Happy" Schopenhauer which managed to finish 3rd at Copenhagen Games in 2011.
After a bumpy stint in VeryGames, CS:GO came out and Madesclaire joined Schopenhauer and player turned analyst Mathieu "Maniac" Quiquerez under the eXtensive banner, a team that would go on to become LDLC and eventually also include Kenny "kennyS" Schrub.
Clan-Mystik now vanished, Madesclaire got reunited with Quiquerez and Schopenhauer in LDLC, but this time joined by the infamous Hovik "KQLY" Tovmassian—a player who would go on to crush Madesclaire’s dream of playing the Dreamhack Winter 2014 major with their next team, Kévin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans’s Titan. Despite this setback, however, Madesclaire still managed to make last year’s top 20 ranking in 15th place.
This year started off well for Madesclaire with two solid performances at ASUS ROG and at the Inferno Online Pantamera challenge, where he posted ratings of 1.17 (+15) and 1.15 (+18) respectively despite losing the finals—2-0 in both cases—to NiP and fnatic.
ESL One Katowice, the first major of the year, ended up being Madesclaire’s first dip in a bipolar year with Titan out of the tournament after a measly two maps. Madesclaire shared the team’s lowest rating (0.64) with IGL Droolans, the latter even ending up with two more frags.
Titan, a bumpy ride for Madesclaire
After the blunder that was Katowice, Madesclaire got serene at SLTV’s StarSeries XXII finals, forgetting his old nonsense and achieving a 1.12 (+16) rating. Quite a fea,considering Titan ended up fourth out of six teams losing a majority of the maps played.
The next three events Madesclaire attended were ESL Pro League Winter 2014-15 finals, ESEA Invite Season 18 Global Finals, and Dreamhack Open Tours. This period of the year was relatively quiet, with the ESEA LAN being his best event of the three (1.03, +2) and DH Tours being the worst (0.90, -7) and the shortest with only three maps being played and marking nother early exit at an event where Madesclaire’s performance was not up to snuff.
Madesclaire’s last good tournament with Titan was Gfinity Spring Masters 2, one of the rare tournaments in which the whole team played fairly well despite falling 2-1 to eventual champions fnatic in the semifinal, an event Madesclaire finished with a rating of 1.09 (+28), the third best on the team.
The beginning of the end for Madesclaire’s time in Titan came during Dreamhack Open Summer 2015 (0.97, -16), the first of three tournaments in the red that got incrementally worse with Gfinity Summer Masters 1 (0.92, -18) and ESWC (0.80, -13), where the team failed once again to survive through the group stage.
While Titan were struggling, things at the EnVyUs camp weren’t particularly smooth either, and after they lost 2-0 to Cloud9 at ESWC amidst internal disputes, Madesclaire was about to get a new beginning.
On July 15th, news of a swap between the two top French teams came out, which would see Madesclaire and teammate Schrub get an upgrade as they switched spots with Papillon and Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux.
On a top team now and relieved of certain stress, Madesclaire touted a 1.09 (+19) rating in 9 maps at IEM Gamescom, the second best in the team, which helped nV win their first international event with the new lineup in preparation for their first major, ESL One Cologne.
ESL One Cologne rolled around two weeks later, and Madesclaire basically mirrored his performance with a 1.09 (+18) rating, except this time it was as the team’s top performer. While EnVyUs couldn’t take the trophy home, Madesclaire showed he could and would show up at the majors.
Madesclaire went hard in Cologne
With two good events under his belt, Madesclaire hit a slump at ESL ESEA Dubai and Dreamhack Open London, being the worst rated player on his team in both tournaments. While ESL ESEA Dubai was a disappointment as a whole, nV still managed to win DH London despite Madesclaire’s below average play and a particularly disastrous grand final performance in which he ended up with an incredibly low rating of 0.52 (-25).
Just like at IEM Gamescom, Madesclaire found his form again one tournament before the next major in his team’s victory at the Gfinity Champion of Champions, his best performance of the year. His rating of 1.07 (+16) was worthy of the team’s MVP, a title he battled Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt for.
Dreamhack Open Cluj-Napoca was Madesclaire’s time to solidify his status as a player that shows up at big events, and he certainly did, ending in him and Schrub winning their first major. While not the highest rated player on the team or having many mind blowing moments, Madesclaire still had a 1.11 (+20) rating and fulfilled his duties well. The importance of Madesclaire’s multi-kills in this event was paramount, considering 42 out of the 47 (89%) rounds he got 2 or more kills in were eventually won by hi team.
The same way ESL ESEA Dubai had not gone so well after the ESL One Cologne major, the post-major depression after DH Cluj-Napoca settled in and Madesclaire put in his worst showing of the year since he joined nV at the FACEIT League 2015 Stage 3 finals with a 0.82 (-12) rating, the 4th lowest on the team and his only showing under 0.85 with EnVyUs all year.
The last event of this rollercoaster of a year for Madesclaire was ESL ESEA Pro League Season 2 finals. Madesclaire played one last solid tournament in Burbank (1.07, +9) to close out the year despite nV falling out in the semifinals.
Why is he the 18th best player of 2015?
Madesclaire made the list for two reasons, mainly, and the first one is the influence he had on his teams. When Madesclaire didn’t show up, his teams struggled, as seen in the group stage exits his teams had in ESL One Katowice, DH Tours, ESWC, ESL ESEA Dubai, and Faceit Season 3. Meanwhile, at events like ASUS ROG, Pantamera, IEM Gamescom, and more importantly the last two majors in which Madesclaire had strong showings, his teams went far.
Added to the fact that he is the most aggressive opening fragger in the game (involved in 32.3% of first duels on T side), this makes for an explosive combination that has highly swayed—for good and bad—how his teams have fared, particularly during his time in Titan where he couldn’t share the load the way he could in the talent-packed roster that is EnVyUs.
This ties into the second biggest factor that put Madesclaire in this ranking, and that is the importance he has had in both of his major runs with EnVyUs, culminating in his first major victory in Romania.
Leading the team to a final in Cologne was no small feat as an opening fragger, particularly one as aggressive as himself. The same can be said of DH Cluj-Napoca, an event in which while he did not necessarily have the best statistics, we saw how fundamentally important his rounds with two kills or more were to his team. Add in the fact that he has an above average multi-kill round percentage (19%), and Madesclaire can be lethal.
Madesclaire at DH Cluj-Napoca
Several things have impeded him being higher up on the list, however, with the most obvious one being a clear lack of consistency from tournament to tournament, between matches in a tournament, and between maps in matches.
One thing that has been consistent and detrimental to his placing in our ranking is the fact that Madesclaire has the third lowest rating out of all of this year’s top 20 players in big matches, with a 0.99 rating in semifinals and finals, and an even worse 0.96 average from all eight of the finals he played in.
His importance to the team differed greatly between his time in Titan during the first half of the year and his time in EnVyUs during the second half.
Madesclaire was the 2nd most important player in Titan, a team struggling greatly to win rounds in which he didn't get at least one kill (they only managed to do it 32.8% of the time), while in EnVyUs he contributed more consistently and was more efficient in getting the opening kills.
What is your opinion on Madesclaire's level of play in 2015? Where would you have rated him? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
Stay tuned to our Top 20 players of 2015 ranking powered by EGB.com and keep track of the list over at the Introduction article.
give me a short version please. probably carried into top20 by his major title
edit: thinking about it, I'm not so sure. I guess I'm fine with him at #18 but I would put him 19 or 20
Post edited 2016-01-03 20:19:42
He has numerous events with bad rating.
His major's rating is horrible(overall)
He was unable to go big in any Final
For the first 6 months of the year he had several maps where he destroyed top10-12 teams alone but aside from this he did not impress a lot in any tournament for a 1/2 year period.
ohgodsorry for the pun
Post edited 2016-01-03 21:01:11
Post edited 2016-01-03 21:55:43
questionable players on your list:
questionable players missing:
100% not top 20:
last 2 spots:
neo, niko, aizy, simple, cold... pick 2
Post edited 2016-01-03 23:43:37
gtr, f0rest >>>>> apex
just stfu, if you are stupid
Do you even think for a second that im gonna take u serious?
i just said that you are fucking stupid
really, how old are you?
nice joke ranking lol
He do nothing first 6 mounths of 2015, he suck at titan, and he only get some achievements on envy, only that, how deserve top5? rlly, stop be so fangay.
he's insane at winning 1v1 aimduels and cleaning bombsites
best t player in the world
underrated as fuck
He is amazingly inconsistent. He has great games but you will struggle to find any player playing for a good team with such low ratings.
He is very good at a small part of the game, an important part yes but only a small part. The rest of the game he can be terrible at and if he is not hitting his shots he can become basically useless.
He was able to be very impactful during the last 2 majors (especially Koln), contrary to some players with such high rating in general
I'm biased as fuck btw
As I said he does have a difficult role but it is not the only role he plays, he is not entry fragging every situation and half the game (ct) he obviously is never entry fragging. His entry fragging can be arguably be the best there is due to his speed and skill, but its quite a rare sight to see and the rest of the game hes usually crap. He turned up to his first major with EnvyUs on form, and he was amazing but thats the only way hes performing at a top level is if you catch him on form.
Anyways, being the 18th world best player is probably alright for Dan, and he fully deserves it.
You're making lots of boys proud at home <3