Player stock shift: March

In our next installment of the monthly Player stock shift series, we analyzed all players who competed in the international tournaments in March and found nine whose stock rose or fell throughout the month.

No big events took place in March aside from IEM Katowice, which we covered in February's Player stock shift, but there were plenty of international tournaments of a smaller stature: WESG World Finals, StarLadder ImbaTV Invitational Chongqing, V4 Future Sports Festival, and Copenhagen Games.

We took a look at each of the four events and gathered players whom we had predicted to do better, and whose stock fell as a result, as well as those who exceeded our expectations, causing their stock to rise. In the end, we found nine noteworthy cases — fewer than in the previous editions of the stock shift, which is a result of the lack of big events in March.

WESG World Finals kicked off March

Some players who had found themselves in the falling category in February improved in March, such as Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski, Hansel "BnTeT" Ferdinand, and William "RUSH" Wierzba. However, we have decided to keep them where they are for the time being due to the average level of teams at last month's events and keep a closer eye on said players in the near future, when they will compete in large-scale tournaments.

You can find the previous Player stock shifts below:

Player stock shift: February

Player stock shift: January

Rising

As a player who has had very little exposure from international play, TeamOne's Alencar "trk" Rossato has flown under the radar, but in truth he has been one of Brazil's most intriguing prospects for over a year now.

He finally proved himself at the WESG World Finals, where TeamOne made the semi-finals after beating Cloud9 in a best-of-three series. The 22-year-old rising star put in a godlike performance on the two maps TeamOne won against the American side, which spearheaded the massive upset.

TYLOO's newest addition, Kevin "xccurate" Susanto, also played at WESG, albeit with Recca due to the tournament's nationality restrictions. The Indonesian player showed a good level in Haikou, with a 1.00+ rating on seven out of nine maps and particularly great play versus Envy in the groups.

The main reason for his place here, however, was his play in his second international tournament of March, in Chongqing, with TYLOO. Headlining their journey to the StarLadder Invitational title, xccurate put in 1.15+ ratings on eight out of nine maps to receive an unofficial MVP award.

Fresh off changes, Virtus.pro and the new member, Michał "MICHU" Müller, looked unimpressive, placing 12th-14th at StarSeries and dead last at IEM Katowice with very few positives to take away from their first tournaments together.

However, the V4 Future Sports Festival saw the team come together to reach the grand final, with MICHU at the helm as a solid MVP candidate until the very end. Although mousesports claimed the title and Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný snatched the medal after a hard-fought battle in the end, the 21-year-old was one of the best players of the tournament with the highest ADR (89.3) and second-highest rating (1.26).

A considerable portion of the aforementioned statistics came from group stage matches against x-kom and eXtatus, but his great display in the FaZe semi-final certainly raised his stock on its own.

With a few big experiences under his belt, the Turkish AWPer has become HellRaisers' star over the past few months, proving himself at ESL Pro League Season 6 Finals and StarSeries Season 4.

Last month, Özgür "woxic" Eker took his skills to Hungary, where he helped HellRaisers split maps with FaZe in the groups and take mousesports to a tight series in semis, averaging a 1.30 rating across the two close maps.

Rokas "EspiranTo" Milasauskas had made his name in FPL before he joined up with MANS NOT HOT, who became Imperial in early March, and played his first notable international tournament at Copenhagen Games.

After flying past the competition in the BYOC qualifier, the international mixture continued to surprise in the main tournament. Spearheading Imperial's way through groups, where they beat Kinguin and Sprout, the 16-year-old star proceeded to shine with a 1.40 rating against North in the semis. Three of his teammates surpassed him in the grand final, where Imperial triumphed over Heroic, but that didn't take away EspiranTo's status as the best player of the tournament.

Falling

Epitacio "TACO" de Melo was the lowest-rated player of WESG 2017 World Finals, where SK shockingly went out in the first group stage after losses to BIG and Russia, which ultimately led to the 23-year-old's departure from the roster.

It must be pointed out that SK only played two maps in the tournament, which is a very small sample size, so we'll monitor TACO at his next stop and bump him back up if he returns to form. If he ends up joining Liquid by then, as is expected, that will be DreamHack Masters Marseille, in less than two weeks' time.

Cédric "RpK" Guipouy had been expected to shine against the level of teams Envy faced in groups at WESG World Finals, but he was barely able to keep up, producing average performances despite the underwhelming competition. Losing to the Russia mix-team and splitting maps with Recca as well as MVP PK, nV exited the $1.5 million tournament in the second group stage.

The Frenchman has looked out of shape ever since he was hospitalized during the ELEAGUE Major Main Qualifier, as even his online form in ECS Season 5 and ESL Pro League Season 7 has taken a hit.

Dating back to the ELEAGUE Major, the star duo of Vega Squadron, Leonid "chopper" Vishnyakov and Nikolay "mir" Bityukov, have been nothing but disappointing, as they had both gone missing at cs_summit 2, and things didn't change in March, when they competed at the StarLadder Invitational in Chongqing.

Despite the easier opposition in China, chopper couldn't get back on his feet, and neither could mir, who was rather inconsistent and far from the star he should have been in the tournament.

France Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1241
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
992
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
Russia Nikolay 'mir' Bityukov
Nikolay 'mir' Bityukov
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
511
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Indonesia Kevin 'xccurate' Susanto
Kevin 'xccurate' Susanto
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
560
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.10
Brazil Alencar 'trk' Rossato
Alencar 'trk' Rossato
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
531
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
Indonesia Hansel 'BnTeT' Ferdinand
Hansel 'BnTeT' Ferdinand
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
673
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.15
Czech Republic Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný
Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
977
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Russia Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
553
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Poland Michał 'MICHU' Müller
Michał 'MICHU' Müller
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1462
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
United States William 'RUSH' Wierzba
William 'RUSH' Wierzba
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
993
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Poland Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1592
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Lithuania Rokas 'EspiranTo' Milasauskas
Rokas 'EspiranTo' Milasauskas
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
682
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.11
Turkey Özgür 'woxic' Eker
Özgür 'woxic' Eker
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
739
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
finally
2018-04-06 20:10
gz
2018-04-06 20:11
dont invest in gambit stock thats for damn sure
2018-04-06 20:11
#24
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Belgium KevinGatesYo 
Why havent any br team picked trk yet? I mean why NTC still sleeping on him?
2018-04-06 20:16
#26
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Brazil junera 
I wanted him on SK so bad but they wanted a more experienced player and TeamOne's owner said he's not on sale, but I hope we can see him playing with them on the future, he's so fucking good.
2018-04-06 20:22
#46
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Belgium KevinGatesYo 
Oh ok, thx man
2018-04-06 20:53
#29
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Brazil Vlatow 
Team one is an org, ntc is fnx team, so there isn’t many sponsors. It’s a big bet to get out of salary for a team that the roster changer every week.
2018-04-06 20:19
#47
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Belgium KevinGatesYo 
I mean, NTC is going to SK either way, they could have asked SK to buy trk out
2018-04-06 20:55
#71
kennyS | 
Hungary lazzyP 
Prove it or
2018-04-08 11:45
When immortals had the problem of loosing Hen1 and Lucas, they went to team1 rooster, wanted to buy maluke awper and trk rifle but NoahWinston thought that the fee was too high for such players... After that IMT got shz ,destiny, and zqk. At that time only steel was remaining from the vice-major line up. Destiny and zqk Had visa issues, apparently they went to play using tourist visas, so the cheap solution became a expensive problem, and the org ended Dropping cs go and planning for a major comeback, that should happen this year and some speculation is going towards a new line up tied to immortals, maybe under Mibr logo which is part of immortals already. This player is proving that he is worth that release fee, maluke on the other hand still have to prove his worth, not that he is a bad awper, but still not on Elite N.A. awpers.
2018-04-09 17:05
what is this? Dont invenst in gambit? Is this some kind of fantasy game or real hard cash people invest in teams? or Players?
2018-04-13 13:55
#12
Costa Rica Dazy 
ez for taco
2018-04-06 20:12
#7
HUNDEN | 
Lithuania gime114 
Was waiting for Imperial <3
2018-04-06 20:11
#13
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Sweden RaketHopp 
espiranto & nukkye is insane dude
2018-04-06 20:12
#20
HUNDEN | 
Lithuania gime114 
Sadly EspiranTo seems to get all the fame. Nexa and Nukkye live in his shadow.
2018-04-06 20:13
#25
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Sweden Dino1 
imo Nukkye>Espiranto
2018-04-06 20:15
#28
HUNDEN | 
Lithuania gime114 
Not gonna argue with ratings, but analysts praising EspiranTo for Imperial's win over Heroic didn't make sense cuz he had one of the worst games.
2018-04-06 20:18
nukkye > espiranto imo
2018-04-06 23:58
#2
India =_= 
hm
2018-04-06 20:10
#3
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Europe H0wLinqDawN 
2nd Fuck this
2018-04-06 20:11
Bad payers everywhere
2018-04-06 20:10
riptaco
2018-04-06 20:11
#9
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Sweden RaketHopp 
rip vega
2018-04-06 20:11
#10
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Kuwait Yarrak 
ez
2018-04-06 20:11
what abt STEWIE
2018-04-06 20:11
trash
2018-04-06 20:34
nuis
2018-04-06 20:12
Can we have stock market for players, I can be a good broker
2018-04-06 20:12
#16
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Bangladesh thug_doctor 
12st ..yes
2018-04-06 20:12
nice post striker
2018-04-06 20:12
LUL
2018-04-06 20:13
#19
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Spain xHipeRzZ14 
Despasito is a god
2018-04-06 20:13
Ez godxic
2018-04-06 20:13
yret
2018-04-06 20:13
bot taco
2018-04-06 20:14
stick shift gears much better than automatish imho
2018-04-06 20:17
#30
kennyS | 
Poland Nebulek 
BADTACO x - D
2018-04-06 20:20
#31
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World cobrastrike 
Mousesport players have won 3 finals out of 4 total
2018-04-06 20:21
#32
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Ukraine ByRiver 
w0xic good Job
2018-04-06 20:22
riptaco :c
2018-04-06 20:23
trkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk <3
2018-04-06 20:28
God Despacito
2018-04-06 20:28
#36
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Turkey onuRRRR 
unexpected performance by my man chopper
2018-04-06 20:28
Taco lol 0.44
2018-04-06 20:31
ez for baldo
2018-04-06 20:32
ez for m1chu
2018-04-06 20:33
LLOALALAOALOALLAAP;; BOT TACO AAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHA
2018-04-06 20:33
#42
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Poland qube1 
Michuuuuuu
2018-04-06 20:34
#43
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Brazil ^7|1 
T44CO
2018-04-06 20:36
0.44 OMEGALUL
2018-04-06 20:42
-taco +trk
2018-04-06 20:44
easy for woxic
2018-04-06 21:02
BOT TACO , And liquid benched steel for this?? xDDDDDDD
2018-04-06 21:04
#51
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Finland Smoonah 
epictaco falling .44 haHAA T8 player
2018-04-06 21:05
#52
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Russia ez4u 
He must be a GOD if 0.94 is his 2nd-lowest rating at the LANs in the career.
2018-04-06 21:07
TACO always falling L O L
2018-04-06 21:08
Espiranto bestest
2018-04-06 21:20
0.44 haha best support player in the world btw
2018-04-06 22:08
#56
es3tag | 
Germany vipitis 
not a word on es3tag, RUBINO - wow
2018-04-06 22:15
#57
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Argentina _stock 
Hey! it's me!
2018-04-06 23:10
Nice woxic :)
2018-04-07 01:29
#60
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Sweden drakendilf 
Michu + wtf? XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
2018-04-07 03:09
#61
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Europe KappaKaako 
Taco 44. Deadly
2018-04-07 09:27
#62
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Indonesia verky 
Go invest to Tyloo right now im telling you my Indonesian boys going to keep rising that team up, calling it right now
2018-04-07 16:54
I dont understand these posts. You're judging players based on 1 LAN most of these times. Like you know someone could just have had 1 good/bad LAN, right? Could easily just have been an outlier.
2018-04-07 20:05
#64
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Indonesia FlicXsho7 
Xccurate & BnTeT indo Pride :))
2018-04-07 23:20
#68
Jame | 
Indonesia gryphon_ 
*Poland
2018-04-08 01:25
#65
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United Kingdom Fizzhaz 
rate this series
2018-04-08 00:47
#66
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United Kingdom Fizzhaz 
Bit harsh on chopper and mir, they show up occasionally.
2018-04-08 00:58
0.44 and it's not just one unlucky game it's whole tournaments stats LOL
2018-04-08 01:00
#69
Jame | 
Indonesia gryphon_ 
trk, the brazillian coldzera
2018-04-08 01:25
#70
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India Gandhii6 
I said this also last time: This is a completely useless series. Just stop writing it LOL
2018-04-08 09:28
GODwoxic TOP1
2018-04-09 17:06
#74
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United Kingdom r1p_ 
fair
2018-04-12 00:53
#76
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Denmark McMuffin 
After seeing how Taco played in that tour i have zero hopes for him. He played like he knew he was already kicked...
2018-04-15 14:20
#77
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Brazil ToTheStarsEZ 
Olof should make this list
2018-04-17 13:59
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