With the first international CS:GO LAN tournament behind us and our stats section ready for the new game, we are now bringing an in-depth analysis of the top players from DreamHack Valencia. NiP and VeryGames were obviously the two best teams there, but which of their players excelled and how? And did anyone stand out from the other teams? To learn all that and to vote for the MVP and the All-Star lineup, check out the entire article below.
Although it was not a major tournament, DreamHack Valencia proved to be a very interesting test for the progress of new teams in CS:GO. We saw several close matches and in the end a highly expected final between NiP and VeryGames, in which the Swedish team showed that they are at the moment unrivaled in Europe, and probably the world.
Despite a decent fight from VeryGames, Ninjas won the final perhaps even easier than the 16-10 and 16-12 scores would suggest, which eventually brought them 2,500€ and a spot at DreamHack Winter's $45,000 CS:GO tournament.
Overall it was quite a small sample with only 8 teams in attendance and 15 matches played (18 maps), but we were still able to get some insight into the CS 1.6 vs. CS:Source battle. It turns out that the outcome was pretty even, with 10 players from each game as their background placing in the tournament's top four.
On one hand, three of the top four teams were predominantly 1.6 based, but on the other hand 9 of our 13 top players of the event come from a CS:S background. Ultimately though, three of our four MVP nominees come from a 1.6 background, so overall it is a pretty mixed result and it should keep everyone on their toes in future tournaments, since anything can be expected.
Because CS:GO is still at its beginnings we will be using various ratings and statistics transferred over from CS 1.6 for the time being. Also as per usual in our rankings, we will only include players from teams that made the playoffs, but a side mention will be given to any group stage stars if deserved.
Best rated players
Since DreamHack Valencia was originally planned to feature CS 1.6, the best Spanish team in the old game, x6tence, was caught off guard when the switch to CS:GO was announced. They decided to switch too, but had only a little over a week to prepare, and had to use a stand-in.
Despite of all that, they managed to get out of the group stage by defeating a former Call of Duty team bemyfRAG and Spain's second best CS:S team 34united. Their best player in that period, before they crashed out to VeryGames in the semi-final, was Jesús "oFF" Castillo García, making him the biggest influence on x6tence's overall success.
Although he wasn't the team's top fragger in the tournament (Antonio "FlipiN" Rivas del Rey was), Castillo García was their most consistent performer, mainly thanks to being one of the best in his team in every match.
His best individual displays came in their only two wins (19:8 vs bemyfRAG, 20:13 vs 34united), but he also played well in their group stage loss to NiP (19:18, 1.04 rating). In x6tence's victory over 34united, which practically put them through to playoffs, Castillo García also won a couple of clutch rounds, which ultimately contributed to his relatively low death count (0.67 deaths per round).
Former FM Sapphire member Mário "Fyx" Rodrigues was one of the two players with a CS:S background that recently joined k1ck to play CS:GO. He was lauded as his country's best AWPer in his previous game and he proved his worth already in k1ck's first tournament.
Although use of the most powerful weapon still didn't pick up in CS:GO, Rodrigues' 20 AWP kills cemented him as the second best at this event with it in every regard. He was a pretty solid fragger otherwise too, having more rounds with a kill than without (51%) and recording a 0.75 KPR.
His 1.05 rating was 16% above k1ck's average, making him the player who carried his team second most of all playoff participants. Even though his best match was against the easiest opponent in the group (20:3 score, 1.86 rating against DN-Gaming), Rodrigues was k1ck's best against the two giants as well, even recording all four of his clutch rounds in those clashes with NiP and VeryGames.
The best CS:Source team in history, VeryGames, didn't have the desired showing in their CS:GO debut, but they did reach the podium and all of their players contributed to that 2nd place.
The in-game leader and mastermind of the team, Kévin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans was VeryGames' worst fragger, but despite of that his 0.71 KPR and many other things were still above average. One of the things he wasn't above average in though is headshot percentage, as he was the worst of all participants (just 25% of his kills were headshots).
On the bright side, the only Belgian player in Valencia fragged regularly (51% of rounds), managed to get 9th most total kills of all players, and was one of the hardest to kill with 0.60 deaths per round. His best performance came in the second map of the semi-final against x6tence (19:9 score, 1.48 rating), while he also added two 1vs2 clutch rounds in the second map of the grand final against NiP.
His playing style based a lot on going into the action first, as no other player at the event was involved in more first duels than Droolans (44). He won 23 of those duels for a slightly above average 52% success rate, but perhaps more importantly 20 of them led to a round win for his team.
After a brilliant start to the tournament when his 25:5 performance (2.34 rating, second highest in a match at this event) helped VeryGames maul over DN-Gaming 16-0, Cédric "RpK" Guipouy slightly quieted down. He still contributed a lot on his team's trip to the final, but largely disappointed against NiP, especially on the second map.Perhaps another disappointing aspect of his play was that he was one of the least dominant players at the tournament (only three rounds with 3 or more kills). But despite of that, VeryGames' main rifler still qualifies to be one of the top players in Valencia thanks to his overall fragging (0.77 kills per round, 7th most). He was also the team's best, and one of the event's best, in pistol rounds (14:8 score in 14 pistol rounds).
Ninjas in Pyjamas' in-game leader who comes from a CS:S background, Robin "Fifflaren" Johansson didn't really excel in any match at DH Valencia, but he didn't disappoint in any either. Additionally, he recorded some surprising stats on his team's trip to the title.
Aside from giving instructions and making decisions for the team, Johansson's job was handling the AWP, which granted he didn't buy too often, but he still amounted to event's 3rd most kills with it (16). In both of those roles, in-game leader and AWPer, it is often more important than for any other player to stay alive as much as possible, and Johansson did that better than anyone having an astonishingly low 0.46 DPR.
On the other hand, unexpectedly for a player in his place, he turned out to be the highest rated on the Terrorist side. And while his fragging wasn't something to brag about (below average KPR of 0.64, just 44% of rounds with kills), he was still the 3rd most dominant player overall, having 10 rounds with three or more kills.
Finally, Johansson was the player who contributed the most to his team's pistol round wins (and NiP was the most successful team in them, winning 10 of 14), having a 19:9 score for the event's best 2.06 rating.
One of the best CS:S players in recent years, 18-year-old Nathan "NBK" Schmitt, was naturally once again an important factor in VeryGames' play.
Schmitt was one of the most consistent players at the event, playing above team's average in 5 of 7 maps, including all 4 in the playoffs. He ended up with a 1.16 playoff rating (4th best), especially excelling in the semi-final against x6tence (32:15 score in two maps).
He was also one of the more dominant players, taking out three or more opponents on 9 occasions, meaning his team likely won those rounds thanks to his impact.
And while entry killing wasn't his primary job, it was another aspect he was rather successful at, winning 64% of his first duels.
Any team would desire to have a true all-round presence that VeryGames had at DreamHack Valencia in Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux, who practically appears in every statistical category.
Just what a great tournament Dubourdeaux had speaks the fact that in 6 of 7 maps his rating was above 1.20. He was his team's most frequent fragger (55% of rounds with at least one kill) and was one of the best overall at the event with 0.85 KPR.
His impact ranged from pistol rounds (6th best at the tournament) and entry kills (5th) to being the team's secondary AWPer, and also their best aimer (58 headshots).
Although he wasn't top rated in any map, he was VeryGames' best player in their hard fought draw with ASES. His teammates weren't very motivated to give their best in that match as it didn't mean anything, but Dubourdeaux thought otherwise and put up his highest frag count (27:20 score), even going as far as to win a 1-on-3 situation in the very last round to bring his team the 1 point.
Unlike most players, he played equaly well on both the Terrorist and the CT side. In his team he was much better than the rest when they attacked and was the 2nd best at the event with a 1.23 T-side rating.
Many have questioned NiP's choice to complete their lineup with Adam "friberg" Friberg instead of another CS 1.6 star, but the former CS:Source player showed in Spain what he brings to the table, as the best entry killer of DreamHack Valencia.
He was NiP's first option to open the round and he was very productive in that job, getting the tournament's highest 26 entry kills.
That wasn't the only way Friberg contributed though, as he was an enviable rifler and headshooter as well, and he was one of the most dominant players. He played well in almost every match, with 6 of 7 ratings above 1.00, which helped him be the 6th best rated in the playoffs.
His highest amount of frags actually came in the first map of the final, when he put up a 24:17 score against VeryGames on de_nuke_ve.
It stunned everyone when Richard "Xizt" Landström left fnatic right after a successful GameGune campaign to play CS:GO in NiP, but now that we've seen him in an international tournament, his decision is starting to make sense.
Landström has adapted to the new game so quickly and has become so good that he was by far the best aimer in Valencia, getting 76 headshots, more than half of his 146 total kills (0.93 per round, a very close second). But more importantly, 101 of those 146 kills he made were in the playoffs, which helped him end up the highest rated player of the latter stage (1.36 rating).
In the semi-final against k1ck he had a 45:26 score as the second best of that match, while in the final against VeryGames he was high above the rest with 56 kills and a 1.26 rating.
Landström was also very successful in entry kills, and even though he didn't get as many as his teammate Friberg, he had the best success ratio of all players (71% of entry duels won).
Another one of the three ex superstars from CS 1.6 in this tournament also began his international CS:GO career with an impressive performance. The second best Counter Strike player for two years in a row according to our ranking, Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund, continued displaying his remarkable fragging ability in the new game as well.
He began the tournament with an excellent showing in the group stage, having a 1.63 rating after three matches, and then also played great in the playoffs recording the 3rd best rating of 1.29. He especially shined in the semi-final match versus k1ck (45:24 score), and even though he didn't frag that much in the final (37:35 score), he still made an impact, particularly by winning two 1-on-2 situations.
Overall, with a superb 0.90 KPR he was still only 4th at the tournament in that regard, but on the other hand, and perhaps unexpectedly, he turned out to be the player with the most rounds in which he killed three or more opponents. With 16 such actions (13 times three kills and 3 times four kills) Alesund immensely helped his team and was far above anyone else in the race for DreamHack Valencia's most dominant player.
VeryGames' best player at this event was a 17-year-old rising star Kenny "kennyS" Schrub. The young Frenchman showed prime candidacy for becoming the most respected AWPer in CS:GO, as he was far ahead of anyone else at this event with 58 kills and a 0.37 average with the big green.
Even though his game revolved mostly around the AWP, it was quite spectacular how he managed to use it to benefit his team in all the right ways. Schrub was VeryGames' best entry killer (2nd best of all players) with a 23:11 entry score, and he was also the second most dominant player at the event, having 12 rounds with 3 or more kills (two of them were aces).
He was the most consistent player of the tournament, playing above team's average and above 1.00 rating in all but one map. Even though that one exception was the first map of the grand final, Schrub was still the second best rated in the playoffs (1.30 rating), as he made up for it in the second map against NiP when he ended up top rated despite the loss (28:18 score, 1.48 rating). He was top rated on 3 maps in total, more than anyone else, the other two coming against k1ck in the group stage (27:8, 2.30 rating) and x6tence in the semi-final (24:10, 1.93 rating).
In that last map of the tournament he recorded the already infamous 1vs3 clutch with the AWP, and in addition to that, he had 3 more similar rounds which made him the best clutchter of the tournament.
With a practically unseen 0.92 KPR for an AWPer, Schrub has already begun setting new standards upon his transition to CS:GO. Furthermore, even though VeryGames had a good display and all of their players played well, Schrub was a level above the rest, as his 1.42 rating was a staggering 20% above his team's average.
Statistically the most impressive participant of the tournament was none other than one of the best players in the history of Counter Strike, Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg. It's been a while since we saw him play with full motivation in CS 1.6, but with the switch to CS:GO, he seems to have found it again.
He was the best fragger of the tournament in every way, recording 150 total kills for a 0.96 KPR, as well as having an amazing 61% of his rounds with at least one kill. In addition to that, he was the only player to be rated above 1.00 in every map he played.
However, if we dig a little beneath the surface of his stats, we will see that his main impact came in the group stage (1.96 rating), while in the playoffs he was only his team's 3rd best (1.16 rating).
During that amazing group stage performance, he recorded the highest match rating of the tournament among all players with 2.40 against 34united (24:6 score). But just to show that he didn't really underperform in the playoffs, it's worth pointing out that he was NiP's best player in the second map of the final (27:17 score, 1.31 rating).
Lindberg also ended up as the best rifler in Valencia, and was one of the best entry killers with a 21:9 score. His 69 headshots made him the second best aimer too.
Note: This ranking is based on Rating (read about it here). It doesn't necessarily represent an ordered list of the best players at the event, but instead singles out the ones who played well in their matches using the formula described in the page linked above.
Although his team ASES, Spanish CS:Source champions, didn't make it through the group stage at DH Valencia, their star player Xavi "Aguila" Casals Sabi certainly wasn't to blame for that.
He was a regular one man army at this event as his rating of 1.41 was 45% above his team's average. He had a total of 83 kills, which is more than any player from k1ck or x6tence, who all played two maps more than him. He also had a +29 kill-death difference, better than even some players of NiP and VeryGames. His headshot count (40) was also in the top ten of the event.
Perhaps even more impressive than his stats is the manner in which he reached them, thanks to one amazing match, and not just against any opponent. As ASES were about to be knocked out from the tournament, they needed a win against French giants VeryGames, and Casals Sabi was incredibly determined to bring it to his team.
In what we can surely name the most epic individual performance so far seen in CS:GO, Casals Sabi recorded a 39:17 score (1.90 rating, 90% above team average) in a 15-15 draw. Even though victory and playoffs slipped through his team's hands, he practically did everything in his power, which included winning three clutch rounds (1vs1, 1vs2 and a 1vs3) and getting five entry kills.
|#||Player||Team||awp Kills||awpKPR||% of kills|
|1.|| Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
|2.||Mário 'Fyx' Rodrigues||k1ck||20||0.19||25%|
|3.||Kirian 'Yaba' Martínez||x6tence||14||0.13||21%|
|4.||Robin 'Fifflaren' Johansson||NiP||16||0.10||16%|
|5.||Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux||VeryGames||15||0.10||11%|
- only kennyS and Yaba made the majority of their kills with the AWP, which means that the most powerful weapon didn't have many players dedicated to it like we have been used to in CS 1.6
|Top pistol round players|
|#||Player||Team||PR KPR||PR DPR||PR Rating|
|1.||Robin 'Fifflaren' Johansson||NiP||1.36||0.64||2.06|
|2.||Omar 'arki' Chakkor||x6tence||1.20||0.60||1.67|
|3.||Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy||VG||1.00||0.57||1.40|
|4.||Mário 'Fyx' Rodrigues||k1ck||0.90||0.70||1.39|
|5.||Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund||NiP||0.64||0.43||1.29|
|Top entry kill players|
|1.||Adam 'friberg' Friberg||NiP||0.17||0.10||1.40||63%|
|2.||Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub|| VG
|3.||Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg||NiP||0.13||0.06||1.37||70%|
|4.||Richard 'Xizt' Landström||NiP||0.13||0.05||1.36||71%|
|5.||Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux|| VG
- 9 of 11 times when kennyS died first VeryGames lost the round
- taking out a member of NiP at the start of a round didn't equal winning it too often, as the Swedes overturned 45% of such situations to their favor
- however, it was still better than letting NiP get the first kill, as they were also the most lethal in converting the advantage (87%)
- x6tence's xikii died first most often, 21 times in total (every 5 rounds on average), and his team lost 19 of those rounds
|1.||Richard 'Xizt' Landström||NiP||76||0.48||52%|
|2.||Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg||NiP||69||0.44||46%|
|3.||Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund||NiP||67||0.43||47%|
|4.||Adam 'friberg' Friberg||NiP||60||0.38||47%|
|5.||Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux||VeryGames||58||0.37||44%|
- by far the best headshooter at the tournament was in fact DN-Gaming's Miguel "MakalisteR" García Dominguez, as 70% of his kills were made with headshots (31 of 44), and he made headshots more often than anyone (0.50 HS per round)
- best headshot percentage among playoff participants (53%) belongs to k1ck's Frederico "iNsideR" Costa, but his kill count was rather low compared to the rest so he would take only 8th place on this list
|#||Player||Team||rif Kills||rifKPR||% of kills|
|1.||Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg||NiP||112||0.71||75%|
|2.||Richard 'Xizt' Landström||NiP||101||0.64||69%|
|3.||Adaam 'friberg' Friberg||NiP||101||0.64||80%|
|4.||Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund||NiP||91||0.58||64%|
|5.||Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy||VeryGames||86||0.55||71%|
Additional stats leaders
Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg (0.96 kills per round)
Hardest to kill:
Robin "Fifflaren" Johansson (0.46 deaths per round)
Kirian "Yaba" Martínez (0.22 pistol frags per round)
Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg (150 total kills)
Best kill-death difference:
Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg (+70)
Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund (16 rounds with 3+ kills)
Most frequent fragger:
Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg (61% of rounds with at least 1 kill)
Kenny "kennyS" Schrub (4 times won 1vsX - 2x 1vs1, 1x 1vs2, 1x 1vs3)
Kenny "kennyS" Schrub (86% of matches above 1.00 rating and above team average)
Top individual match performances:
Aguila vs VeryGames on nuke_ve - 39:17 (+22), 1.90 rating (+90%)
kennyS vs k1ck on mirage_csgo - 27:8 (+19), 2.30 rating (+47%)
f0rest vs 34united on dust2_se - 24:6 (+18), 2.40 rating (+38%)
GeT_RiGhT vs k1ck on inferno_se - 27:12 (+15), 1.84 rating (+40%)
kennyS vs x6tence on nuke_ve - 24:10 (+14), 1.93 rating (+34%)
RpK vs DN-Gaming on dust2_se - 25:5 (+20), 2.34 rating (+42%)
f0rest vs x6tence on nuke_ve - 26:11 (+15), 1.70 rating (+35%)
MVP and All-Star lineup vote
As we come to the end of this in-depth analysis, it is time to select the nominees for Most Valuable Player, which won't be much of a challenge this time since four finalists clearly stand out from the rest.
From the camp of runners-up VeryGames we have the French youngster, 17-year-old Kenny "kennyS" Schrub, the best AWPer and the most consistent player of the tournament.
And from the champions NiP we have three candidates, as each of them contributed to their team's success in a major way. Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund was the most dominant player of the event, Richard "Xizt" Landström was the best aimer and the best rated in the playoffs (and the grand final), while Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg was the best fragger and the best rated player of the tournament.
We will also be choosing the All-Star lineup, so go ahead and select the 5 best players of this tournament in your opinion. Whether you want it to be a realistic squad where each player would have a role or simply the 5 best performers is up to you.
If you would like to explore the statistics of DreamHack Valencia on your own, you can start doing that by going here.
These were our first complete statistics from a CS:GO tournament and we hope to bring you many more in the future, so stay tuned to HLTV.org.
It's more like.. this game is too easy for him and the other 1.6 stars. Just look, fifflaren and friberg are behind Xizt, GT and f0rest.
about source players being trolled, we cant help control stupidity. the sane people are outnumbered!
If you check the headshot percentages, the 1.6 players are quite a bit ahead.
gg kennyS, well played nip
Personally MVP for me was KennyS. For someone so young and with hardly any experience at this level he bossed it :D
Can't wait for an event with more big names involved!!!
For me personally, i think at different stages, each member of NiP stood up and made the difference, where as on VG it seemed like kennyS was constantly doing the heavy lifting so to speak.
NiP look very balanced and strikingly similar to the days after SK picked up Delpan.
Post edited 2012-10-03 14:26:49
A lot of solid performances this tournament hope to see them do this well in the future in later tournaments.
So loong, cadred fuckers :)
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
I dont like CS:GO but it kinda makes me smile to see 1.6ers dominating over saucers.
The best entry-fragger is a source player and the best awper is a sourceplayer. But you don't see anyone from source making a fuss about it or making it in to 1.6 vs Source.......
# Player Team rif Kills rifKPR % of kills
1. Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg NiP
2. Richard 'Xizt' Landström NiP
3. Adaam 'friberg' Friberg NiP
4. Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund NiP
5. Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy VeryGames
Maybe from here on now, when all 1.6 pros switched completely to csgo, you will see again the mvps nominees will consists of all 1.6 dominated this game(csgo) well when that time, then we can call that esport
It's called 'pulling back', and it doesn't make you sweat at all.
1. Richard 'Xizt' Landström
2. Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
3. Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
1.6 school 1 bullet 1 headshot FTW, Source school spray n pray LOL
kennys as most valuable, if it wasnt for him vg would have lost alot more rounds to nip than they did
Im anxious to see american, azian and brasilian teams compete again in european events btw, lets hope CSGO will spark enough sponsor interest to see this happen more often again because in 2010 and 2011 I saw way too little of them at our lan events :(
That kennyS guy is the prove of it all.
I mean any one that has watched the game vs nip saw that some of hes shots were completely and utterly ridicules and lucky, nothing more nothing less , verygames will be no ones when all top 1.6 players and teams swap to CS:GO wich is kinda sad because i was expecting something more intersting to spark when merging 1.6 and source scene, i guess sources players can do medicore.
Game hasn't developed to the level of play that 1.6 players are used to and when it does they are gonna be the only ones sitting at the top source players are just way to medicore and avarage at this point.
Obviously there will be exceptions but till those start to pop up the game will be least 2years old.
And one more thing these game needs better GFX by that i mean remove some unneeded details on the maps fix the fucking smokes and for the love of god make the movement and the jumping more like 1.6 or better yet diffrent then what it is now because it feels like they are jumping like their feet are cimented in to the ground..... so bad..
Overall very boring tournament very bad game.
you are all dumb.
Mvp for sure.
Nice tournament by Portuguese Star Fyx. Congrats buddy!
Headhshotting people trough double train just by moving mouse from left to righ without even seeing a person is random as it gets.
I was talking mainly about kennyS here not the 1.6 pros.
Recoils are diffrent thats true but the game is far away from skill > luck wich was the case with 1.6 where skill > luck always.
Just look at those mouse1 pressing sources running left and right headshoting people this is luck they are not aiming they are spraying and praying simple as that fifflaren and friberg from NiP do the same as every other sources player i've watched this tournament.
The game is still new and yet nothing to improve it has been done and tournaments keep popping and popping wich makes no sense because it is bad game to be streamed and to be watched.