NiKo wins ESL One NY MVP award

MIRAA
September 17th, 2017 23:14

FaZe star Nikola "NiKo" Kovač is HLTV.org's Most Valuable Player (MVP) of ESL One New York.

The Bosnian talent beat teammate Håvard "rain" Nygaard for the honour with his sensational performance in the final - averaging a 1.74 Rating and topping the scoreboard on all three maps - as the Norwegian player was leading the race prior to the title decider.

Nikola "NiKo" Kovač, who had the highest Rating of the tournament at 1.70, also led in terms of KDD (+88), KAST (86.8%), percentage of rounds with at least one kill (61.6%), Damage difference per round (+45.5) deaths-per-round ratio (0.41) and clutches won (6).

NiKo wins his second MVP medal

Liquid's Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken also deserves a special mention as he averaged a 1.16 Rating - the highest of his team - despite the one-sided final, which hurt his numbers. Before the match against FaZe, the 17-year-old had only had one map out of ten with a below-average Rating.

This is the second MVP medal of NiKo's career, after he also scooped the honour at the StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 3 event, where FaZe beat Astralis in the final.

Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
915
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
619
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.18
Maps played:
890
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
#1
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Denmark Lumsen 
Ue
2017-09-17 23:14
#2
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Czech Republic NR.Kobra 
Ez
2017-09-17 23:14
#15
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Austria shaakeh 
this GOD is the one I wanna pray to
2017-09-17 23:15
#44
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Czech Republic NR.Kobra 
Heh Yes bro
2017-09-17 23:16
Deserved tbh
2017-09-17 23:16
#60
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France Fratie 
yup
2017-09-17 23:17
#79
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Portugal phvm 
Niko is looking good man
2017-09-17 23:23
Niko with the godlike performance trough tournament.
2017-09-17 23:17
This GOD is the one i wanna SPRAY to
2017-09-17 23:17
#22
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Norway bouncerul 
I think rain deserved it more.... The entries that he did were amazing
2017-09-17 23:17
he had much impact in the game, I expected him or Niko to be MVP
2017-09-17 23:16
#87
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Finland Ingested 
if only could give out 2 medals :( He lost so much weight too should get a medal for that
2017-09-17 23:28
#145
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Sweden MrIgnii 
Ye but look at the ratings of them both niko deserved
2017-09-18 07:58
I agree that niko deserved it slightly, but "look at the rating" is not a good argument. How about looking at the games?
2017-09-18 12:54
#154
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Croatia DNM_ii 
Yea rain was reall good but NiKo was better in the final.
2017-09-18 10:16
expected
2017-09-17 23:16
#97
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Brazil mbassier 
ez niko
2017-09-17 23:40
#3
f0rest | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina Fackyyy 
Best player in the world
2017-09-17 23:14
#142
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Europe wotDfak 
not even close to cold
2017-09-18 07:31
bAit
2017-09-18 08:04
Gg
2017-09-17 23:14
ez 1
2017-09-17 23:14
#6
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Germany zeolikk 
fuck, he deserves this so much
2017-09-17 23:14
#83
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Finland Ingested 
agreed, GODNIKO came from Nikosports carrying lil nubbins to top tier team. Well deserved
2017-09-17 23:26
Expected
2017-09-17 23:14
#8
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Finland Taynz 
Ez Pz
2017-09-17 23:14
#9
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Austria shaakeh 
EXPECTED
2017-09-17 23:14
What ? No rain?
2017-09-17 23:14
#43
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Bulgaria AboveYall 
rain had great tournament and important kills but so did niko and niko has better stats
2017-09-17 23:16
#51
rain | 
Romania adsda 
He was way better than rain in final and that's why like kjaerbye winning mvp of major instead of device
2017-09-17 23:16
Agreed, personally i expected Rain but NiKo played incredible this finals.
2017-09-17 23:28
deserved
2017-09-17 23:14
WHY NO RAIN
2017-09-17 23:14
rain should've gotten this lmao
2017-09-17 23:14
Deserved
2017-09-17 23:15
#17
COCAINE | 
United Kingdom Kansur 
ez
2017-09-17 23:15
#18
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Norway Noreg 
FAK
2017-09-17 23:15
#19
NiKo | 
Serbia Krosis 
Expected
2017-09-17 23:15
#20
Nepal OTAN 
LUL Olof is so trash
2017-09-17 23:15
#85
KRIMZ | 
Denmark slacking 
prepare your anus baguette, FaZe will demolish G2 soon
2017-09-17 23:26
#89
Nepal OTAN 
Sweden will always be a suburb of Francia. Also G2 > all > FaZe
2017-09-17 23:28
#90
KRIMZ | 
Denmark slacking 
it's normal to be scared dw, this level of cs is just another level
2017-09-17 23:30
they played TIer4 teams LUL FaZe always gets rekt by SK while G2 assfucked 'em xD G2 > all > FaZe > Swedish teams
2017-09-17 23:46
fear always brings out the most funny arguments
2017-09-17 23:51
said a swedish beta c[]ck who can't even walk in his country
2017-09-17 23:52
rich coming from a guy who's national football team is 99% africans
2017-09-17 23:53
1 World Cup. You mad bro? ibrahimovic is a viking indeed
2017-09-17 23:53
exactly 1 WC last millenium, now full cucked by africa feelsbadman anyways FaZe molesting G2 soon enough can't wait for your tears
2017-09-17 23:56
exactly 1 WC last millenium, now full cucked by africa feelsbadman anyways FaZe molesting G2 soon enough can't wait for your tears
2017-09-17 23:56
I indeed also advise you to prepare your asscrack. It may get a lil feisty once FaZe trash G2 and put them back in the dirt. FaZe > scandinavian teams > all > dirt > literal trash > g2.
2017-09-18 01:25
glory fans everywhere. I bet you support every winner of the Champions League...
2017-09-18 07:56
Actually I support Man U, who have struggled the previous 4 years but are finally coming back to fruition. Dont act like you know me big boi
2017-09-21 11:42
glory fan and no scener
2017-09-21 18:55
G2 > all scandinavian betac*ckia
2017-09-18 07:59
nt allu get kicked and stfu
2017-09-18 20:17
You mad cuz its true?
2017-09-21 11:42
At least we have a team who deserve a fight.
2017-09-17 23:50
#21
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Brazil TOP_PLAYER 
what? why not coldzera????????
2017-09-17 23:15
Because SK didn't win the tournament. Only a player in the winning team can be awarded the MVP award.
2017-09-17 23:18
Not true. flamie was the MVP of ESL ESEA Pro League Season 2 even though fnatic won.
2017-09-17 23:25
#117
yes | 
Switzerland nolze 
Guardian was mvp of dh cluj major and they placed 2nd
2017-09-18 00:10
#137
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Indonesia GOD_BnTeT 
no, kennyS was
2017-09-18 05:40
#23
ScreaM | 
Portugal raaVz 
rip rain
2017-09-17 23:15
rip sk kek GOD NIKO!
2017-09-18 00:04
Are you assuming this dude cheers for SK because he's br? He didn't even metion it. I do agree NiKo is a fuckn GOD, but also.. where's Portugal CS scene? TOP KEK
2017-09-18 15:23
for what? best hacks?
2017-09-17 23:15
L M A O
2017-09-17 23:16
#72
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Russia NAV1_DAV1 
2017-09-17 23:21
#91
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Philippines legbreaker 
not sure if b8 or expected from NA...
2017-09-17 23:31
#25
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Norway SkaMathias 
Hope rain will win the next
2017-09-17 23:15
Niko easier conditions cuz rain is the entryfragger
2017-09-17 23:15
Deserved!
2017-09-17 23:15
#28
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Finland yesyess 
was hoping for rain but yeah gz
2017-09-17 23:15
why not rain??
2017-09-17 23:15
#30
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Brazil pzt99 
Espero
2017-09-17 23:15
#31
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Brazil vicTHOR 
thorin: "my mvp for ESL One NY is dev1ce" :>
2017-09-17 23:15
Dat ratings PogChamp
2017-09-17 23:15
#33
Snax | 
Tunisia Dupix123 
well fucking deserved
2017-09-17 23:15
#34
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Russia Amksone 
Rain:(
2017-09-17 23:15
Gg
2017-09-17 23:15
Very well deserved. NiKo and S1mple are probably the two biggest talents CSGO has ever seen.
2017-09-17 23:15
#75
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Indonesia FinZzz 
Agreed
2017-09-17 23:22
#119
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Ethiopia Azylu 
i am confuse, y u not inclu keev
2017-09-18 00:32
Kappa
2017-09-18 00:41
#37
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Poland Marcines 
not pashaBiceps? rigged
2017-09-17 23:15
#38
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United Kingdom MansNotHot 
RAIN IS TOP 1 ANYWAY
2017-09-17 23:15
Rain should have won this imo.. but Niko had some SICK moments on overpass
2017-09-17 23:16
#41
fer | 
Belarus lphnx 
GG Niko
2017-09-17 23:16
#42
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Norway LogiC_ 
ffs Rain deserved it more
2017-09-17 23:16
rain should be MVP
2017-09-17 23:16
Deserved but might as well have gone to rain.
2017-09-17 23:16
imao it shouls have been rain, but NiKo was sick too, amazing clutches in the final
2017-09-17 23:16
Cold > Niko
2017-09-17 23:16
Lol
2017-09-17 23:17
ez
2017-09-17 23:21
#93
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Denmark Xipingu 
"You'll prove it, or I'll kill you!" - kNgV.
2017-09-17 23:32
kek RIP SK GOD NIKO>WORLD
2017-09-18 00:05
#52
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Germany juckt 
the best player can only have the skill and especially the personality of niko. hes by far the best
2017-09-17 23:16
so fking true man !
2017-09-18 00:05
#54
nitr0 | 
Canada Surzz 
deserved.
2017-09-17 23:16
Coldzera who? Hes probably the best player atm.
2017-09-17 23:17
#56
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Greece PentaGR 
the statistics are insane for NiKo and FaZe in general.... 7 maps and they didn't conceed more than 6 rounds in any map except Liquid's overpass they had the easiest tour of their lifes
2017-09-17 23:17
what more can rain do as an entryfragger realy? look at the entry stats
2017-09-17 23:17
GOD
2017-09-17 23:17
hahahahahaha, rain does all the work so niko can clean up, sure thing hltv
2017-09-17 23:17
isnt that what cold does :)
2017-09-17 23:42
ahahah so fking true, the fking favela doesn´t know what to say right now kek GOD NIKO
2017-09-18 00:07
why do you think i care about cold?
2017-09-18 12:10
because cold was the best player of last year. If you can be voted the best player by doing that, why Nikos shouldn't be mvp?
2017-09-18 13:18
niko was really good, but rain's kills was more important. look at his first kills
2017-09-18 14:59
But by now you should know they give out mvp's to the guy who plays best in final... I don't watch FaZe games, so don't really know how they played.
2017-09-18 16:29
go check the status then think and then make a conclusion by y´reself
2017-09-18 20:14
RIP Portugal CS, has to cheer for any random team. kek <- This one kek kek kek
2017-09-18 15:32
sure "other" kek y´re talking to much cunt,
2017-09-18 20:15
No butthurt pls
2017-09-20 17:32
So exactly like Cold? Except cold also defends super passive so he can run away and save to not get deaths and improve k/d
2017-09-18 10:55
WTH? Player of the Week on HLTV itself says RAIN has most opening kills.... isn't that more valueble?
2017-09-17 23:17
If you'd hand out MVP awards for opening kills coldzera would lose his mvp awards to fer. Rain was leading the MVP race up to the final, but if you compare both of them NiKo had a better tournament, topped most of the stats, and had an amazing final.
2017-09-17 23:23
poor rain :/
2017-09-17 23:18
Expected + deserved. NiKo>Coldzera
2017-09-17 23:18
Rain deserved i think
2017-09-17 23:19
#69
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Lithuania xeNNw0w 
Gz NiKo sucks for rain to have this beast on a team when it comes to winning individual awards lol
2017-09-17 23:20
#71
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Indonesia FinZzz 
Those stats tho holy shit....
2017-09-17 23:21
#73
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Hungary WolfITW 
nobody expected
2017-09-17 23:21
hahahahaha such bullshit. eco and exitfragger niko > god rain? and sk probably stays #1 aswell? hltv has some real problems
2017-09-17 23:22
#76
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Australia Jimster 
and another one
2017-09-17 23:23
#78
SpawN | 
Latvia Einarslv 
sooo mvp is Niko?He was geting normal kills while rain had to damn entry frag for them.And for entry frager having those kinda stats what rain had are monstrous.Srsly hltv u are so biased. Cant even see whole picture and denounce entry fragers.Like its easy to do it .Fuck sake
2017-09-17 23:23
#99
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Lithuania xeNNw0w 
Yeah they did the same to apex lol
2017-09-17 23:42
#80
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Liechtenstein Snufkin 
thought MVP was Most Valuable Player not highest rated. Rain is entry and is almost having better stats gj hltv :>
2017-09-17 23:23
he has lost a lot of weight. how?
2017-09-17 23:24
#96
huyak | 
Russia scr0LL 
ez. diet + gym
2017-09-17 23:37
#84
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United States FreshMaxPad 
deserved but surprisingly karrigan did well
2017-09-17 23:26
#86
f0rest | 
Turkey kadirb 
Bullshit! Rain deserved it easily.
2017-09-17 23:26
#92
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Denmark Xipingu 
EZ @ Niko. EZ
2017-09-17 23:31
#94
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United States _SaltY 
Should've really been either Twistzz or jdm carrying liquid to the final
2017-09-17 23:35
#95
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Bulgaria vectralsoul 
Expected, but really wish rain got the MVP tbh, he was INSANE this whole tournament, and that's as an entryfragger. Not even mentioning his pistol rounds and clutches - rainmonsta indeed.
2017-09-17 23:35
#98
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Poland Ktav 
Rain :( Hltv bot.
2017-09-17 23:42
handsome guy :)
2017-09-17 23:43
#103
NiKo | 
Pakistan fasih1 
The only player who can beat cold "Cheater" zera on any stage 1 on 1
2017-09-17 23:48
Sad for rain...
2017-09-17 23:54
Those numbers are bonkers
2017-09-18 00:08
The MONSTER!
2017-09-18 00:20
#120
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Brazil hugoooo 
What's more incredible... FaZe map scores or NiKo stats?!
2017-09-18 00:33
Rain deserved it more :(
2017-09-18 00:39
So it's basically impossible to get an MVP-award as an entryfragger.
2017-09-18 00:54
#124
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Malaysia phyzell 
Took a long time for Niko to get the MVP recognition. Group 10 MVPs in the next showmatch!
2017-09-18 00:58
#125
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Brazil WWWWWWW 
rain deserved it more
2017-09-18 01:06
#126
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Latvia Faaakk 
Well deserved!
2017-09-18 01:07
his face, as of now, fits perfectly in one of those 1950s shaving commercials this is the championship winning smile which the doc has been talking about
2017-09-18 01:08
#128
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Switzerland sovereiign 
150-62 k/d 2.41kdr Insane. The guy is on another level. This FaZe team has made me excited about pro CSGO again. I can't wait to see how they progress. If they start to dominate it's going to cause massive team shuffles because the orgs will start trying to build international super-teams rather than teams based on players from one nation.
2017-09-18 01:22
Congratz this guy deserve everything! Niko the beast.
2017-09-18 01:35
Beast!
2017-09-18 02:31
The best playah evah
2017-09-18 02:44
rain deserved it more imo but congrats niko you were a beast
2017-09-18 02:45
yea rain was awesome this tournament, but somehow niko played the biggest role in grand final. But if rain keeps this form, i think FaZe will be the hardest team to beat.
2017-09-18 03:16
master of deagle one tap ak best clutches when necessary liquid (14) - faze (15) You deserved it all niko.
2017-09-18 05:08
WHAT IS KDD AND KAST??
2017-09-18 05:46
Kdd: Kill-death difference Kast: percentage of rounds where the player got a kill, assist, survived or whose death was traded.
2017-09-18 15:15
thanks bro<3
2017-09-21 17:08
#139
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Ukraine niXoN|w1 
Hit the road Liquid. And don't you come back no more, no more, more, no more! Hit the road Liquid. And don't you come back no more!
2017-09-18 06:09
#141
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United States Allemande 
NiKo is good
2017-09-18 06:51
NiKo's monster
2017-09-18 08:01
#149
rain | 
Czech Republic JaRyyy 
Rain deserved it more
2017-09-18 08:12
#151
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Romania ECObra 
Expected
2017-09-18 08:57
1st Olof's win since IEM Katowice 2016 lul
2017-09-18 10:17
#160
shox | 
Slovakia Trav1s 
gods FaZe
2017-09-18 11:11
Faze UP
2017-09-18 11:21
#164
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Brazil MetaL_BR 
Such a pleasure to see NiKo playing. This FaZe lineup is so fucking good. I wanna see then playing like that more times and not go back to the first tournaments.
2017-09-18 13:05
#166
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United Kingdom mrwhitey998 
Dev1ce mvp
2017-09-18 14:11
Agree
2017-09-18 15:00
#172
NEO | 
Brazil tegin 
congratz NiKo, awesome player! U deserve.
2017-09-18 15:34
#174
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Brazil edivan1987 
I really wanted to see FaZe vs SK again to prove that FaZe's line up is really incredible. A strategy match. Based on skill!
2017-09-18 17:54
my heart wanted rain mvp, but my brain agree with niko <3 thank mr niko
2017-09-18 17:55
#dab
2017-09-18 21:25
he lost a nice chunk of weight.
2017-09-18 23:25
#181
NikoM | 
Argentina gonZAA 
Hottest player ever, just look at him, fuck off
2017-09-19 16:27
When will his mvp video leave?
2017-09-20 17:25
#186
flusha | 
Yugoslavia mrmojo 
Deserved, but rain would also deserve this he was a freakin' rock the entire tournament and just shutdown everything that crossed him.
2017-09-21 11:47
2017-09-24 21:37
youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwUcKdcD4h4CL.. PLAYLIST OF OLOF, RAIN, NIKO, GUARDIAN
2017-10-17 17:12
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