Katowice day three top performers

Day three of ESL One Katowice gave us more exciting matches, and as the majors always do, brought out the best in the star players. Let's take a look at who stood out this time.

Ninjas in Pyjamas made it past their quarter-final oppoenent TSM after an extremely exciting finish, and later in the day pushed EnVyUs aside to book their spot in the final for the 5th consecutive time at the majors.

On the other side of the bracket, fnatic saddened the local fans and outplayed Virtus.pro in two maps, setting up a repeat of the DreamHack Winter 2013, and more recently the ESL One Cologne 2014 finals against the Ninjas.

Let's see which players made the biggest impact today to help these two teams get there this time:

Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund was the biggest difference maker today, playing admirably in both matches. His antics on Dust2 against TSM will be remembered for a long time, while his play on Nuke in the second half - when NiP were handed a tough task to close it out on Nuke T-side - will make for another addition to his long list of big playoff performances.

GeT_RiGhT's last second clutch vs. TSM on Dust2

The score was 9-6 after NiP's CT side on that third and deciding map, and they had just lost the next pistol round when GeT_RiGhT switched gears and pulled the Swedes over the finish line, 16-12.

He finished that half with a 16:8 score (3 assists, 3 entry kills) in 13 rounds, to round up a 32:16 (9 assists, 6 entry kills) performance in the entire map.

Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg also had great moments during that finishing part of the TSM match, but he made his biggest contribution on the first map with 26:16 and the impressive 4-kill round that led NiP to a 16-8 win.

f0rest's 4-kill round including AWP, CZ75 and a knife kill

Also worth mentioning is that GeT_RiGhT and f0rest combined for 40 entry kills on the day (20 each) in NiP's 123 rounds played, while their three teammates had 35 total.

NiP's in-game leader Richard "Xizt" Landström was their star in the group stage, but he didn't have as much direct impact against the Danes. However, when it came to the big semi-final against EnVyUs he put in another Man of the Match performance, top fragging in both maps for a total score of 50:28 (1.43 rating).

GeT_RiGhT led the day with +6.5 round shares from NiP's two wins

That made those three NiP players top the "Round share" board, albeit with contribution in two matches, while fnatic's three stars of the sole win against the home side Virtus.pro weren't far behind.

Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer came into day three as tied-highest rated player of the tournament along with Filip "NEO" Kubski, and he didn't disappoint in the big clash either adding 45:36 in the series.

olofmeister continued with good performance but wasn't the star of fnatic today

But he wasn't the main star of the team on either map this time, as Robin "flusha" Rönnquist and Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson did a little extra work and ended up topping the charts for fnatic.

The last player worth singling out from day three is TSM's René "cajunb" Borg who put up an amazing fight against NiP on all three maps and even ended up as the top rated player of the series (and the day).

cajunb was superb in the NiP quarter-final series

He had a 65:43 score, same as NiP's star in the match GeT_RiGhT, and was responsible for 10.1 round wins which was actually slightly more than the Swede.

Here are the stats leaders of the entire tournament so far, including all three days and only players who made it to the playoffs:

As NEO was unable to keep up with fnatic's olofmeister, the 23 year old Swede is now on top of the rating and round share lists, and he enters the grand final as the main MVP candidate.

Another MVP candidate is NiP's Xizt who in addition to his superb consistent fragging contribution (#2 with at least one kill in 59% of rounds), is also the best headshooter so far with 0.41 headshots per round. And just like him, the team's two superstars GeT_RiGhT and f0rest will have a chance to break into the MVP conversation with a good big match performance.

You can check out how the other players performed throughout the tournament over at our stats page for ESL One Katowice 2015.

Sweden Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Richard 'Xizt' Landström
No team
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borg
René 'cajunb' Borg
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
Poland Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Filip 'NEO' Kubski
No team
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
No team
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
Finland tkbz 
nip ez
2015-03-15 04:15
What now flusha haters? Still thinks he cheat? GG
2015-03-15 04:19
Outplayed the cheating system Kappa
2015-03-15 08:14
2015-03-15 04:16
fnatic ez
2015-03-15 04:18
success in entry duels f0rest 77.1% sick
2015-03-15 04:19
Iceland Iceland 
gtr 67.5% NIP are gonna win this tournament they are all on fire and even tho allu isnt top fragging hes doing good and bringing a good spirit to the team
2015-03-15 05:08
2015-03-15 07:18
And look support stats and awp stats.He is top3 in those categories.I mean it's not awper job to be mad fragger.He is mostly support player and entry fragger and he does hes job :)
2015-03-15 08:46
well it can be awper's job to be mad fragger. in many teams it is even required for them to succeed. but maybe not in nip
2015-03-15 09:49
Not in Nip because they have very good individual players,so allu's don't need to be mad fragger.He just needs to do hes job.
2015-03-15 09:53
i agree. nip needs someone to be able to kill the enemy's awp and someone who can stall the pushes so that teammates can rotate. not someone who tries a highlight shot, kills one and dies leaving the site open. allu has been filling the role fine, but he can do much better
2015-03-15 09:58
Yup,i agree.Hopefully we see it on final.
2015-03-15 10:12
+1 red bull
2015-03-15 12:36
not very fair to count NiP (and TSM) quarter finals game as day three, since they play two matches today (seriously biasing "total X" stats at the very least)
2015-03-15 04:20
It is divided by days, there is nothing unfair about it. The schedule is what it is, and the purpose of this post is to sum up the day, not a stage of the tournament. What you are doing is trying to interpret something that cannot be interpreted from "total X" stats, you are looking to compare that to players from other teams. But you should never do that with total stats, no matter how many days or stages you take into account. The totals can only be interesting in the way that it presents you which player did something right in that area, it doesn't mean he was the best at it (that's what the averages are supposed to help with). So boltz having a lot of headshots on day 2 only tells you he did quite alright in that regard, but isn't something to compare to others just like that.
2015-03-15 04:37
I know all that, I just think it's sad to have pointless stats for total X anyway there's a day1,2,3 stats board and there'll be another for the entire tourney once it's done so we can have all the significant stats
2015-03-15 04:53
Like I said "total X" shouldn't be used the way you want to, even in "day 1,2,3 stats" because teams will always play different amount of maps/rounds, so averages should be used to compare player performances. The totals are only useful to see who stood out within a team or who simply did alright in some category.
2015-03-15 11:49
But still it would make more sense to categorize it by tournament stage. Then you could look at eg. "average frags per round in quarter finals".
2015-03-15 12:25
Again, like I said, the same problem would persist there because some teams play 3 maps, some 2 maps, and it wouldn't make sense to compare to other players regardless. And also, yet again like I said this is a look back at a whole day, everything that happened, and that's how its categorized. That's the schedule this time
2015-03-15 12:29
I hear what you're saying, I just don't agree. Of course "total x" is meaningless with varying amount of rounds and maps, but averaging per round or via other means of quantification, although not perfect, are more reflective of the "truth". And then it would be nice to separate tournament stages. I appreciate your work regardless, but it's something to think about :)
2015-03-15 13:09
I've thought about everything there is to think about stats, I've been doing this for over 10 years now :) Obviously that's why I include the averages on the side. The totals are only there to show who also played well, cause you don't get to top the totals unless you do something right. That still doesn't mean totals should be used to compare anything, just add a bit of appreciation f.e. for GeT_RiGhT for being that much ahead of his teammates in their two series. Stages really don't matter in this context at all, and the schedule doesn't allow such a concept.
2015-03-15 15:35
just one stats from envyus ? really bad
2015-03-15 04:20
its time to say goodbye poles, pathetic plays
2015-03-15 04:37
this reminds me of cs 1.6. NEO is everywhere.
2015-03-15 05:12
2015-03-15 05:21
Portugal Cyborgy 
gtr baiter they said,gtr lurker they said LOL
2015-03-15 05:26
Still impressive that while NiP dominated the "total" categories because of the # of maps they played, they're still everywhere in the other two categories.
2015-03-15 05:41
dktenso | 
Brazil lgzn 
too bad that when NEO stepped up pasha had one of his majors (if not the worst).
2015-03-15 07:52
Nip ez
2015-03-15 08:16
Poland tfg 
Gogogo nip! :D
2015-03-15 08:37
Sweden Obon 
cajunb top20 2015 inc
2015-03-15 08:41
From that even stupid sees that allu didn't play badly.(Most kills with awp,3rd best teammate,3rd best entry fragger,best awp kills per round and best support player)
2015-03-15 08:44
nip played 5 maps. not fair.
2015-03-15 08:57
More map played doesn't mean better stats dude.
2015-03-15 09:34
notice the "total" categories as well
2015-03-15 09:51
Norway mraz 
Why use that horrible brushed metal background on black text for the graphics? Use a solid color background or atleast a font color that stands out from the background.
2015-03-15 09:12
2015-03-15 09:39
Yes we know it looks hideous and are in the process of creating something new.
2015-03-15 12:19
NV players?
2015-03-15 09:29
France Wyrd 
Interesting to see Allu at the top of some stat (2nd support over the 3 days) considering his rating (worst among the 20 semi finalists) which seemed to mean he's doing shit. Also, will it be possible at the end of the tournament to have a bigger stats sheet ? I mean more than 3 players for each category. It's both awesome and kind of frustrating to have only 3 actually.
2015-03-15 10:00
Yeah, it's annoying when all 3 have the same stats (like the 1vX clutch). So the 4th guy could also have 2 1vX wins, but wasn't included because he couldn't fit the list..
2015-03-15 10:35
Allu has more awp kills than JW, who probably isn't playing at his best, but on first sight still a better major than allu - I really think that, as apEx said yesterday at the desk that allu kind of took over fiffys role, only that he's, with all the respect to fiffy (love the guy, yes homo), a better player then fifffff..
2015-03-15 10:33
Reunion ellC 
allu played 5 maps, jw played 2 maps.. lol
2015-03-15 12:01
I don't like fnatic :)
2015-03-15 10:36
"Also worth mentioning is that Alesund and Lindberg combined for 40 entry kills on the day (20 each) in NiP's 123 rounds played, while their three teammates had 35 total." To all the people that think just GT can kill from behind, he is a great entryfragger as well, he won mad catz with the most entry frags, and have been pretty high on others as well =D He never had the lurker role in 1.6 :)
2015-03-15 10:49
he always had the lurker role in 1.6, check out some demos from big matches lol
2015-03-15 12:00
Nope he did not have that role, look at it yourself man :) LAL maybe some in SK, but not that much since it was more face role. In fnatic, kinda never.
2015-03-15 12:03
it was not frequent as it is now in cs go but in his teams he was always that guy from behind...
2015-03-15 12:03
Believe what you want man, even GeT_RiGhT have talked about this in swedish with fragbite.
2015-03-15 12:03
dat viking rape dominance
2015-03-15 11:06
go nip
2015-03-15 11:14
Forest best entry fragger confirmed
2015-03-15 11:24
Nice get right
2015-03-15 11:41
Hong Kong b3rn 
Swedes, swedes everywhere.
2015-03-15 11:44
Poland Redrumowy 
NEO top3 for this tournament for sure.
2015-03-15 11:50
woot? Not even close. He is only in 1 top3 in this list.
2015-03-15 12:10
after beating keyd ? really ? lol
2015-03-15 12:13
he played good too vs fnatic
2015-03-15 14:25
nice neo, big surprise
2015-03-15 12:08
France SynkroZ 
NiP had two matches, some stats are fucked up then.
2015-03-15 12:16
Ukraine Tokira 
My thoughts ecactly. Frags, assists, headshots etc are biased towards NiP.
2015-03-16 11:54
cajunb again with an insane rating at a major. this guy deserves more credit.
2015-03-15 12:41
HeatoN | 
World Shaktar 
Best AWPer in the team - not the actual AWPer of the team
2015-03-18 01:38
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