We close out the first half of players in our Top 20 Ranking of 2015 with Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund, whose tournament-to-tournament, match-to-match, and round-to-round consistency helped him take the 11th spot.
Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund is another player who can nowadays be considered a veteran, having had more than eight years of professional play behind him.
Having gone through lineups of NiP, fnatic—who became team of the year 2009—, and SK Gaming towards the end of Counter-Strike 1.6, the Swedish lurker has established himself as one of the best players of all time, combined with the last three-and-a-half years in CS:GO.
In 2009 he was voted eSports player of the year and Counter-Strike player of the year by ESL, and ever since 2010 he has been in HLTV.org's Top 20 rankings each year, with the exception of 2012 (which hasn't been made due to the switch to CS:GO half-way through the year).
MLG X-Games Aspen was the first event of 2015 for GeT_RiGhT and the whole of NiP, who would go on to reach 2nd place following a grand final loss to LDLC. The lurker played a pivotal role on two maps especially, NiP's overtime win against dignitas in the group stage (32-23, 1.28 rating), and the semi-finals de_mirage decider versus fnatic. That was one of his best maps all year, as he recorded a 27-15 score (1.50 rating, POV) in a 16-12 victory on a decider of a big match.
The Swedish squad returned to Europe afterwards to take part in ASUS ROG Winter 2015, which would become their only tournament victory of the year. GeT_RiGhT was a solid player at the event, having only dropped slightly below 1.00 rating on two maps (0.95 versus mousesports, 0.96 on the grand final's decider versus Titan).
After Inferno Online Pantamera Challenge where NiP dropped out in groups and he was the team's best player, ESL One Katowice was upon the Swede and his team. One of the greatest maps all year from GeT_RiGhT came from the first major of the year, specifically the decider of the TSM quarter-final (32-16, 1.68 rating in a 16-12 victory on de_nuke; POV). In the grand final, he and his new teammate Aleksi "allu" Jalli were the main reasons why the duel lasted for 85 rounds (1.27 rating). Not only was he by far NiP's best player at ESL One Katowice, he was one of the best at the event. He placed in the top five of 11 (out of the 20 that HLTV.org features) different leaderboards, some of which are Rating (1.20, 4th), Kills per round (0.82, 4th), and Sucess in opening duels (62.1%, 4th).
GeT_RiGhT's clutch versus TSM was ranked #6 in our Top 10 Frag Highlights of 2015
In another one of NiP's top two finishes at Gfinity Spring Masters 1, GeT_RiGhT had a rare average showing with a 1.00 rating; still the team's second highest behind Adam "friberg" Friberg. SLTV StarSeries XII Finals turned out much better—GeT_RiGhT topped the charts for NiP with a 1.13 rating, and he was the only one to have turned up in the very one-sided grand final against EnVyUs.
When NiP placed 3rd out of four teams at CCS Kick-off Season Finals, the Swede still maintained his prime position within the team with a 1.04 rating overall.
It didn't seem as if NiP's results had an effect on GeT_RiGhT's individual performance at the two events afterwards. At both FACEIT Stage 1 Finals and Gfinity Spring Masters 2— two contrasting tournaments for the team as a whole, as NiP placed 2nd and 5th-6th, respectively—GeT_RiGhT played above his average.
He also played well on home turf at DreamHack Open Summer, at least in the group stage. NiP's semi-final encounter with fnatic turned out to be a bit of a rollercoaster for GeT_RiGhT. On the one hand, he and Richard "Xizt" Landström were the only ones to turn up to the whitewash that was map one, de_dust2. On the other, he was the team's worst player on map two, de_train, which NiP lost 14-16—a very rare case for him in big matches in the first half of 2015.
In some matches GeT_RiGhT was the only one to turn up
Before a truly rough period started for NiP as 2015 was heading into the second half, they added another silver medal to their trophy cabinet at Gfinity Summer Masters 1. While it was one of the worst events GeT_RiGhT had overall this year, with quite poor competition too, he once again topped the scoreboard for NiP in the 0-3 grand final versus EnVyUs.
At ESWC, his only sub-1.00 rating was in a 16-4 win against QeeYou, interestingly enough. Otherwise it was another one of his solid performances, and that goes for the FlipSid3 quarter-final upset as well. He recorded a +15 kdd there (1.27 rating), the highest in the series.
After the second of three shared 5th finishes in a row at FACEIT Stage 2 Finals in Valencia, the second major, ESL One Cologne, rolled around. NiP's track record of grand final finishes at majors stopped there, and GeT_RiGhT turned in his first unsatisfying major performance. The only map he finished with a rating of above 1.00 was in the group stage's decider against Renegades, a 16-5 result on de_inferno.
To contrast his ESL One Cologne form, at ESL ESEA Dubai Invitational he displayed one of his best performances all year, and against top-notch competition. NiP kicked it off with a one-sided loss to Virtus.pro, but GeT_RiGhT was the second best player on the server (22-14, 1.35 rating). He didn't stop there, as he helped NiP overcome a scary Cloud9 in overtime on de_dust2 with a beastly 1.69 rating (39-20 score). He turned down the heat for the EnVyUs decider, albeit slightly—he was still well above his average with a 1.24 rating. By the time TSM arrived in the semi-final he cooled down quite a bit, and NiP's journey stopped there.
GeT_RiGhT's POV versus Cloud9, where he accumulated a 39-20 score
The same couldn't be said about his form at the following three events, starting with Gfinity Champion of Champions. NiP only played one best-of-five in London, quite a limited sample size, and while he did help Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg share some of the weight on the two maps NiP won in that series, he was the team's third best player, and recorded a sub-1.00 rating overall (0.99).
The second below-average tournament for the Swede was another major, the last in 2015, DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca. While NiP went out in the semi-finals, more than what was expected of them, the road there was rocky. Throughout the entire tournament he had one very good map, de_dust2 in the TSM quarter-final, where he lifted most of the weight with a 1.75 rating. Overall it wasn't a particularly bad tournament for GeT_RiGhT, generally speaking, but not a good one either, especially by his standards.
GeT_RiGhT retained his #1 position within NiP
His single truly bad tournament in 2015 was FACEIT Stage 3 Finals at DreamHack Winter. He started out well with a 1.32 rating in a surprising victory over EnVyUs, but things went downhill from there. His record in the Luminosity group decider naturally played a big part in his overall statistics. He was the second worst player on the server despite being NiP's best on de_cache, a map NiP managed to win in overtime, which speaks to his performance in the remainder of the series.
Same as NiP as a whole, GeT_RiGhT finished 2015 off on a high note. Fragbite Masters Season 5 Finals was another good event for him, slightly above his average in fact, even though six out of eight maps were against the red-hot fnatic. He finished the event with a 1.15 rating, which he shared with allu in first place, and in all three series he played well. He wasn't the team's best in either of their wins (against SK, and fnatic in the upper final), but he was in the grand final that NiP ended up losing (1.08 rating).
Why is he the 11th best player of 2015?
Similarly to his long-time teammate f0rest, GeT_RiGhT's consistency was a big factor. He only had one tournament in the red zone throughout the entire year and at most other events he was either NiP's best or second best player.
He very rarely had a bad game. In 80% of the maps he played he had above 0.85 rating (7th highest overall), and in 54.5% he recorded a rating of above 1.00. Not only is he a consistent player tournament-to-tournament and match-to-match, he placed 11th in rounds in which he had a kill, assist or survived with 66.6%, which means he was also a consistent contributor round-to-round.
GeT_RiGhT was one of the best fraggers of the year as well, having recorded 0.75 kills per round, good for 13th highest overall, as shown in the table below.
Despite his so-so performances at ESL One Cologne and DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca, he was NiP's best-rated player at the seven $250,000 events with a 1.08 rating. His best performance in those was at ESL One Katowice, where he was one of the best players overall.
Along with his consistency, due to him being a star of his team, GeT_RiGhT is placed above some of the players that were on a very similar level throughout the year, but weren't the main contributors to their teams' success.
The main reason why he couldn't be higher on the list is his lack of MVP titles. GeT_RiGhT was never the best player at an event, as—again, similarly to f0rest—his peaks weren't high enough, even though he had a few, most notably at ESL One Katowice, FACEIT Stage 1 Finals, and ESL ESEA Dubai Invitational.
What also didn't help him was the fact that his statistics have one of the largest shares in rounds lost, although his round win contribution is still the highest within NiP.
What did you make of GeT_RiGhT's performances in 2015? Does he deserve the 11th place? If not, where would you have placed him? Let us know in the comments below.
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