Katowice day one top performers
Day one came to a close at ESL One Katowice 2015 and we can now take a look back at the top performers of the group stage.
The first major of the year commenced this Thursday and we saw 20 matches throughout the day resulting in eight playoff participants.
Practically all of the best players in the world were in attendance and we saw some of them shine as bright as ever, as well as some new stars earn their time under the spotlight.
Above is the leader board for the day in which we can see who topped the charts in our 24 categories.
olofmeister was the highest rated player today
He also played well in the opener against Vox, and in the end topped the fraggers' chart with 1.02 kills per round.
Moreover, per our new advanced metric, he was responsible for a +6.3 round share in fnatic - highest at the event so far - getting credit for 7.7 shares of their 32 round wins and 1.4 of their 10 round losses.
seized played like a superstar in the group stage
Na`Vi's 20-year-old seized was right behind him even though his team actually lost badly against the Swedes, as he played great in all three maps and was the team's best player both against fnatic and Vox Eminor.
The other non-Ukrainian Na`Vi member, Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács, was the most lethal AWPer so far with 37 kills in 3 maps. In addition to topping all the AWP charts, his kills with the big green were extremely useful and frequent - 20 of 22 rounds in which he got an AWP kill Na`Vi won, and no one scored an AWP kill more often than him (37% of rounds played).
Xizt & co. had a superb opening day in Katowice
Among other playoff teams, not only were NiP's T-sides superb (they won 26 of 30 Terrorist rounds), but the team's in-game leader Richard "Xizt" Landström shined individually and was their best fragger and most consistent contributor of day one.
Adam "friberg" Friberg also reminded many of his ESL One Cologne form by leading the team in round win shares so far, credited for 8.3 of their 32 round wins.
In other first placed teams Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt led the way for EnVyUs, followed closely by Richard "shox" Papillon and Vincent "Happy" Schopenhauer, while Virtus.pro shared the load most evenly among their players with Filip "NEO" Kubski standing out as the most consistent contributor.
kRYSTAL was PENTA's linchpin
PENTA's exhilarating playoff run came at the back of Kevin "kRYSTAL" Amend, who put in a monster performance in the deciding match vs. LGB (32:17, 1.73 rating) while also calling the shots. kRYSTAL actually ended up being the most influential player for his team out of all participants, earning 10.0 round win shares out of 35 round wins.
Another player with a similar kind of influence but with less success was LGB's Håvard "rain" Nygaard, who finally seemed to play up to his potential at one of the biggest events.
He put up 63:49 accross three maps and had 10.4 round win shares out of 36 round wins for the Norwegians, including the amazing 1-on-4 clutch against EnVyUs, but none of that was enough to propel them to playoffs for the first time.
Those were the top peformers of day one at ESL One Katowice 2015, while you can check out how the other players fared over at our stats section for the event.