Player stock shift: February

Striker
March 11th, 2018 18:10

Our monthly series 'Player stock shift' continues as we have analyzed players who took part in international LAN tournaments throughout February and found out whose stock rose and whose fell based on their performances last month.

Four tournaments were considered for this edition of Player stock shift, ordered by importance: IEM Katowice, StarSeries i-League Season 4, cs_summit 2 and Play2Live Cryptomasters.

In the end, we found 16 players whose change in performance last month, up or down compared to our expectations of them, was noteworthy enough to warrant a spot on the list.

IEM Katowice was the biggest tournament of the month

We have previously presented the MVPs of the bigger tournaments and the EVPs (Exceptionally Valuable Players) of IEM and StarSeries, some of whom have found a way here as well, due to an unexpectedly high level throughout February.

In case you missed it, here is the previous Player stock shift:

Player stock shift: January

Rising stock

From his time with Renegades, it was already clear Keith "NAF" Markovic has been picking up speed, as showcased by his MVP-worthy play at SL i-League Invitational Shanghai and a great individual showing at IEM Oakland.

Since he joined up with Liquid in early February, the Canadian star has shown the ability to keep up that level with incredible consistency when the stakes, as well as the competition, are high. NAF is the most decorated player of the month, with an MVP medal from cs_summit after firing Liquid to their first title ever, and two EVP mentions from the big events, StarSeries and IEM.

After he returned from a lengthy break due to health issues, Nicolai "device" Reedtz's stock dropped last month when he put in one of the worst performances of his career at the ELEAGUE Major, with a 0.91 rating in the group stage.

In February, he returned to AWPing and looked more like the device we know, particularly at IEM Katowice — where he was more stable than at StarSeries —, earning an EVP nod as Astralis' best player in their run to semi-finals following series wins over SK and Liquid.

Another player whose stock had fallen in January was Fernando "fer" Alvarenga, who had dipped to average numbers at best at the Major. It's only fair we put the third-best player of 2017 back where he belongs, as he was back in form in February despite SK's struggles.

StarSeries stands out as fer's best tournament of the month out of the three SK attended, as his EVP from the Kiev tournament suggests, but he was among the team's best players at cs_summit 2 and IEM Katowice as well — as he should be.

Even though StarSeries went poorly for fnatic as a team and for Robin "flusha" Rönnquist individually, he certainly deserves a spot amidst the rising players of February for his amazing play at IEM Katowice.

Although flusha has been a solid performer since late last year, Katowice was by far his best tournament since the old fnatic split up in 2016 at the very least, perhaps even since his MVP-worthy display at ESL One Cologne 2015.

As one of Denmark's most intriguing prospects since he joined up with Heroic in early 2017, Jakob "JUGi" Hansen would have probably been part of such a list before, had we featured the Player stock shift last year.

February showed that the 20-year-old AWPer is still on the rise with a 1.16 rating across 11 maps (seven against top-10 teams) at StarSeries, as well as a few other key performances throughout the month, particularly in Heroic's series versus NiP at cs_summit 2 and against Na`Vi in Kiev.

Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså's streak of poor form running from October to January has come to an end; instead, he has become North's main star following the changes the Danes made after the Major, bringing in Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye and Daniel "mertz" Mertz.

Although the team has so far failed to improve their results in any significant manner, valde was one of February's best-rated players. He recorded a 1.32 rating at cs_summit 2 thanks to two great series against Vega Squadron and SK, and a 1.17 rating at IEM Katowice, where his heroic effort against NiP wasn't enough to carry North to playoffs.

Our list of Danes ends with Astralis' in-game leader, Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander, who has seemingly woken up from a run of poor displays dating back to November, when the team played without device.

gla1ve led the Emil "Magisk" Reif-infused team to 5th-8th and 3rd-4th placings at StarSeries and IEM, respectively, while outperforming two of his teammates in these tournaments.

We once again give a mention to the best player of a smaller-sized tournament, after Otto "ottoNd" Sihvo had made his way to the list of rising players, powering HAVU to the title at Assembly Winter in January.

This time it's Dominik "GruBy" Swiderski, the driving force behind AGO's triumph at Play2Live Cryptomasters, where the Poles beat BIG and Space Soldiers in the playoffs.

Falling stock

Towards the end of 2017 there was little doubt Ricardo "boltz" Prass was a fantastic addition to SK, as he helped the Brazilian squad win three titles in four tournaments with an average 1.12 rating, which helped him secure the 18th spot in 2017's Top 20 players.

After missing the Major, boltz returned to the team as a completely different player, dropping to below-average numbers in all three tournaments in which he competed in February, cs_summit 2, StarSeries, and IEM Katowice.

Another player whose form seems to align with his team's struggles is Will "RUSH" Wierzba. Although he started the month with an EVP-worthy performance at cs_summit, things didn't go well in the more prestigious tournaments.

While Cloud9 finished 9th-11th at StarSeries and 5th-6th at IEM Katowice, RUSH fell to measly ratings due to a handful of poor displays against some the world's best teams, such as FaZe, SK, and Liquid.

It would be unfair to put blame on Alexandre "bodyy" Pianaro when it comes to G2's losses that prevented them from placing higher at StarSeries and IEM Katowice, because some of his teammates went missing in those matches as well, and the difference in those cases was comparatively more noticeable.

Nonetheless, the 21-year-old's average level in February was low enough to justify his stock going down, especially when looking at how he had played at the ELEAGUE Major, in January.

Hansel "BnTeT" Ferdinand has been the consistent star of TyLoo ever since he joined, in early 2017. That changed in February, when he had his first bad individual tournament at StarSeries, recording 1.00+ ratings in only two out of eight maps.

His return to form at IEM Katowice the following week suggests Kiev was only a stumble, but we should still keep an eye on the Indonesian in TyLoo's next tournaments to see whether he truly bounces back.

There is no question that Virtus.pro have been failing as a team for a long time now, which is why none of them appeared in the January stock shift. With another month having passed, Filip "NEO" Kubski and Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski now clearly stand below the rest with 0.82 ratings over the last two months — even though they had been able to hold their own in some of the previous tournaments —, with no real change following the addition of Michał "MICHU" Müller.

Although we've grown used to an unimpressive level from Bence "DeadFox" Böröcz in the new HellRaisers team, who have transferred AWPing duties to Özgür "woxic" Eker while the Hungarian is now mainly a rifler, it's hard not to see StarSeries as a big low for the second-longest standing member of HR.

Throughout the Kiev tournament, DeadFox only had one good map — against MVP PK, the biggest underdogs — out of 11. Given the level of opposition (no top 10 teams at the time) and the sample size, StarSeries may in fact have been his worst tournament to date.

In the January Player stock shift, we featured AVANGAR's AWPer as one of the rising players after he had impressed in the ELEAGUE Major's New Challengers Stage, pushing the Kazakh team further in the competition despite being heavily outmatched.

Just as we bumped device and fer back up after they picked up form, we move Ali "Jame" Djami down following IEM Katowice, where the 19-year-old looked to be out of his depth.

Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
569
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
702
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
826
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.16
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1031
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Hungary Bence 'DeadFox' Böröcz
Bence 'DeadFox' Böröcz
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
669
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Denmark Jakob 'JUGi' Hansen
Jakob 'JUGi' Hansen
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
586
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.11
Russia Ali 'Jame' Djami
Ali 'Jame' Djami
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
302
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.59
APR:
0.09
Finland Otto 'ottoNd' Sihvo
Otto 'ottoNd' Sihvo
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
244
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Indonesia Hansel 'BnTeT' Ferdinand
Hansel 'BnTeT' Ferdinand
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.26
Maps played:
396
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.15
Poland Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1492
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.17
Denmark Daniel 'mertz' Mertz
Daniel 'mertz' Mertz
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
454
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.10
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1124
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1337
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
967
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.17
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
858
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
France Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianaro
Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianaro
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
605
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Brazil Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
811
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.17
Poland Dominik 'GruBy' Swiderski
Dominik 'GruBy' Swiderski
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
796
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Poland Michał 'MICHU' Müller
Michał 'MICHU' Müller
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1106
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Poland Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1437
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
United States Will 'RUSH' Wierzba
Will 'RUSH' Wierzba
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
810
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.16
Turkey Özgür 'woxic' Eker
Özgür 'woxic' Eker
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
472
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
rip vp
2018-03-11 18:10
Where’s smooya
2018-03-11 20:09
#78
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Brazil shagzter! 
who?
2018-03-11 20:14
where is xantares boys?
2018-03-11 20:20
#94
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Netherlands djmelvee 
Who?
2018-03-12 00:16
The turkish coldzera (#1, differently than NiKo)
2018-03-12 02:35
#100
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Netherlands djmelvee 
who?
2018-03-12 11:00
#103
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Kazakhstan SeksObjekt 
Everybody should short VP stock
2018-03-12 16:12
#104
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Sweden carlssonfja 
Ismailcan Dortkardes
2018-03-12 16:16
#106
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Netherlands djmelvee 
who?
2018-03-12 18:15
#110
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Turkey Sp3lt0r 
Xantares
2018-03-16 15:04
#112
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Netherlands djmelvee 
who?
2018-03-16 23:30
#113
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Turkey anilkrdnz 
who?
2018-03-17 14:51
N1ce name
2018-03-16 15:39
thanks bruder
2018-03-20 19:03
I'm sad coz it's true :(
2018-03-12 22:27
#4
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Sweden lawflezz 
Firstw
2018-03-11 18:10
#10
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Finland Cocks 
Nt
2018-03-11 18:11
Close one
2018-03-11 20:11
#5
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Portugal manuhcruz 
Nice one
2018-03-11 18:11
NiCoin is on rise
2018-03-11 18:11
#7
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Czech Republic TheDaveX_boiii 
lol
2018-03-11 18:11
#8
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Indonesia BrokenClocks 
69
2018-03-11 18:11
#9
KRIMZ | 
Russia Dedirex 
nooo bntet
2018-03-11 18:11
#11
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Belgium FisherManXd 
K
2018-03-11 18:11
#12
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Germany rdm88 
ok
2018-03-11 18:11
#14
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Germany ConAction 
Thats sick! :D
2018-03-11 18:11
Agree with some. Disagree with anothers.
2018-03-11 18:11
lol, it only considers stats, so it can't be biased in any way) EDIT: I mean it considers stats as main factor when making these conclusions
2018-03-11 18:42
How do you disagree with falling stats
2018-03-11 18:40
I don't disagree with falling stats. I just think that there would be other examples that would've fit better.
2018-03-11 18:42
oh true true
2018-03-11 18:42
He thinks they aren't falling, they are flying))
2018-03-11 18:42
first
2018-03-11 18:11
ez fergod senor vac
2018-03-11 18:12
NAF FIRST FUCK YE
2018-03-11 18:12
#55
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Turkey Yarrak 
Naf was obviously top3 na since optic days
2018-03-11 18:42
#19
Xyp9x | 
Brazil Skilo 
Ez 4 Gla1ve
2018-03-11 18:12
#20
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Lithuania Paulius_CS 
Bntet with Polaks
2018-03-11 18:13
#21
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Germany VeryNiceGuy 
where can i buy NAFcoin? Have a nice day! -VeryNiceGuy
2018-03-11 18:13
thank mr veryniceguy
2018-03-11 18:38
rip bntet
2018-03-11 18:13
#23
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Netherlands Deji 
Expected from pasha, bodyy
2018-03-11 18:13
#24
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Poland Hamadoshi 
wow GruBy congrats ;o
2018-03-11 18:13
they should change it from falling stock to laughing stock
2018-03-11 18:14
#26
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Canada Trudoh 
Bntet no longer polish superstar
2018-03-11 18:16
#27
Xyp9x | 
CIS dotFive 
yet another useless article
2018-03-11 18:18
Why is that? I liked them very much
2018-03-11 18:23
#60
Xyp9x | 
CIS dotFive 
this is all about statistics and other numbers which are pretty useless tbh
2018-03-11 18:55
vp lmao
2018-03-11 18:19
#29
mixwell | 
Spain Alser 
I understand the reasoning that Krimz was already very good in january but imo he's missing here given that he carried at Starseries and in some matches in Katowice
2018-03-11 18:19
s1mple didn't go up?lol
2018-03-11 18:21
#72
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Russia OlegShev 
He is already god
2018-03-11 20:03
#101
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Brazil BnTT1 
s1mple is a god. Gods dont have stocks to go up or down
2018-03-12 12:01
#31
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Romania Palpatinnn 
rip bodyy
2018-03-11 18:21
KICK JAME TOXIC
2018-03-11 18:22
#33
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United States tranmamba 
The fact that deadfox is still on HR makes no sense whatsoever
2018-03-11 18:23
#95
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Portugal RAPM 
-deadfox +fox
2018-03-12 00:50
#35
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Malaysia byaIi 
poor get_right
2018-03-11 18:23
#36
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Argentina I_love_autism 
wtf is this shit
2018-03-11 18:24
#37
shox | 
France F4KER 
BnTeT Polish GOD
2018-03-11 18:24
Where is Krimz S1mple and Cold?
2018-03-11 18:25
Dat Flusha photo....
2018-03-11 18:27
Blotz farting his ass wtf
2018-03-11 18:27
well, JAME its the biggest onliner ive ever seen in the csgo scene... VP dead team deadfox bot bntet overrated, godlike against tier7 asians flusha real god
2018-03-11 18:32
#56
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Turkey Yarrak 
What about joelz lmao
2018-03-11 18:44
who?
2018-03-11 19:23
#67
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World DopphMe0w 
idk why don't they kick botdeadfox and pick up some decent player. he literally has 0 impact
2018-03-11 19:34
#89
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United Kingdom galaxzy 
i lol'd at the one 1.00+ rating vs MVP lol
2018-03-11 22:13
i like this ngl but where krimz :O
2018-03-11 18:35
His rating actually went down compared to the last version.
2018-03-11 18:40
GOD NAF PogChamp
2018-03-11 18:38
#57
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Poland svDawid 
GROOBI <3
2018-03-11 18:48
#59
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North America KingCole14 
First
2018-03-11 18:53
#68
f0rest | 
Macedonia ydjoon 
if you play like baitzera, your stock wont go down.
2018-03-11 19:41
#69
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CIS nikitich228 
expected from major winner rush
2018-03-11 19:46
#70
BnTeT | 
Indonesia BnTeTGOD 
WTF BNTET
2018-03-11 19:47
#73
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Finland jUPPE! 
JUGI really deserves to play in a better team than heroic. Astralis should have picked him instead oh Magisk and made device 2nd awp.
2018-03-11 20:07
They couldnt
2018-03-12 09:58
replace deadfoxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
2018-03-11 20:11
+1 he is a deadweight, if HR pick up a decent player they could be a legit top 15 team with upset potential
2018-03-11 20:16
#81
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Estonia Delan0 
Kng out of stock
2018-03-11 20:29
nice GruBy
2018-03-11 20:39
dev1ce <3
2018-03-11 20:40
fnx felps >>>>> boltz
2018-03-11 20:41
Nice to see how HLTV treats these players like cattle xDDDDDDDD
2018-03-11 21:09
Where is S1mpel
2018-03-11 21:36
#91
s1mple | 
Poland Hell2k 
He was good in January
2018-03-11 22:23
How the fuck is gla1ve in rising stock. He is the main reason astralis suck dick nowadays
2018-03-11 21:49
Device rising stock OMEGALUL
2018-03-11 22:05
#90
s1mple | 
Poland Hell2k 
NEO and pasha lul
2018-03-11 22:22
#92
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France Deadfish 
bodyy 0.87 :(
2018-03-11 23:26
#93
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Brazil Collee 
ferGOD top1
2018-03-11 23:27
-boltz +fox
2018-03-12 02:00
Rip polish csgo scene
2018-03-12 03:01
#102
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United States Will767 
i hate boltz hes dumping sk down to the drain on purpose so he can get sk team for his other peeps
2018-03-12 16:11
BotFox
2018-03-12 17:31
stop with this pls
2018-03-12 20:15
#109
shox | 
Brazil davidzor 
Boltz has been struggled a lot to play good.
2018-03-12 22:46
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