DreamHack Masters Marseille: the EVPs

With DreamHack Masters Marseille behind us, we took a look at the numbers to determine which players deserved EVP mentions at the French event.

Astralis came out victorious of the French event after beating Natus Vincere in a two-map series, capping off a fantastic campaign that saw them lose just one map throughout the entire tournament. You can read our takeaways of the event in the "winners and losers" article written by our reporter Zvonimir "Professeur" Burazin shortly after the event.

After the grand final, Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the event for his incredible consistency in Na`Vi's final run - highlighted by his 1.52 tournament rating, 99.4 ADR and 1.00 kills per round. He also led the tournament charts in rounds with at least one kill (62.8%) and multi-kill rounds (25.6%).

Seven players earned EVP mentions for DH Marseille

Now, it is time to look at the Exceptionally Valuable Players (EVPs), players who stood out from the pack, either by performing consistently on a high level or by putting in great displays in big matches that led to team success. Astralis provide four players, while Natus Vincere, fnatic and Gambit supply one apiece.

Below is the list of our EVPs for DreamHack Masters Marseille with each player's nickname linking to the part of the article describing his performance:

HLTV.org's EVP Picks (by order)
Denmark Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander
Denmark Nicolai "device" Reedtz
Denmark Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth
Russia Denis "electronic" Sharipov
Sweden Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson
Denmark Emil "Magisk" Reif
Kazakhstan Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev

Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander was without a doubt the biggest surprise of the Marseille event as he played at a level that exceeded all expectations – perhaps even his own. His 1.34 rating is by far his best at a big event, where he has averaged a 0.97 rating, with this being only the second time that he has ended a competition of this stature with a rating higher than 1.20.

The 22-year-old put in 1+ ratings in all games he played except the 14-16 defeat to Liquid in the group stage, which he ended with Astralis second-highest rating (1.42). In the playoffs, his rating dropped to 1.29 – the team’s third-highest, behind Nicolai "device" Reedtz’s 1.42 and Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth’s 1.30.

But his event rating is one of a myriad of reasons that help to explain why gla1ve made such a compelling case to win the MVP award. He was Astralis' best player on the Terrorist side, averaging a 1.25 rating, and he had the team’s highest average damage (90.2) and the second-highest impact rating (1.37). He also held his own in 1vsX situations, winning five clutches, just one fewer than Xyp9x, and had the second highest percentage of multi-kill rounds (25.5%).

For a team desperate to get back on track after unexpectedly losing one of their key figures, gla1ve’s rise in form could just be the ingredient they were missing. But will he be able to continue playing at this level?

device lands the second place on our EVP list after a dominant showing in the playoffs, where his 1.42 rating was second only to s1mple’s 1.57. His 1.38 event rating is bettered only by his 1.41 rating from the ECS Season 2 Finals, where he earned an MVP medal – his last to date.

Despite having been the best performer on Astralis, he was somewhat inconsistent, posting only seven 1+ ratings throughout the tournament – two fewer than his teammates that also make this list. But his ceiling was incredibly high in Marseille: in those seven games, only once did he have a rating lower than 1.40, and he twice broke the 2.00 mark, something that not even s1mple could do.

The 22-year-old had the event’s second-highest KAST (80.1%) and Impact (1.39), while he was ranked seventh amongst AWPers (0.33 kills per round with the ‘Big Green’) and fifth in terms of opening kills (0.14 per round).

After a disappointing end to 2017, device has now had three consecutive big events with above-average ratings. If he keeps playing like this, it should be only a matter of time before he adds to his MVP count.

Xyp9x earned an EVP mention after catching the eye with a 1.30 rating – the second highest of his career after the ECS Season 2 Finals (1.44). He was just one of two Astralis players who performed better in the playoffs than in the group stage, with his rating going slightly up to 1.30 in the knockout stages from 1.28 in the first phase of the competition.

The 22-year-old was the event’s best clutcher, with six 1vsX situations won, and excelled in terms of support rounds (26.8%), deaths per round (0.45) and flash assists (20), three categories in which he was unmatched.

But it would be wrong to reduce his role to that of a support player. He had the most PotM picks by HLTV.org in Astralis, three, and ended five maps with ratings higher than 1.30, leading his team in the quarter-final match against FaZe. Certainly an event to remember for the Dane, who has been key to the team’s revival. 

Denis "electronic" Sharipov had in Marseille his best event so far since linking up with Natus Vincere, at the end of 2017. After struggling to make an impact at StarSeries, the Russian player travelled to Marseille with more freedom to operate and "go get kills".

The Russian had a strong showing in Marseille, both in the groups (1.42 rating) and in the playoffs (1.31), and finished the tournament with a 1.36 rating – by far his best ever at a big event. He was the only player on Na`Vi’s camp apart from s1mple to have an above-average impact rating (1.34), and his ADR was 15.5% higher than the team’s average. He posted 1+ ratings in all games except the 16-4 thrashing at the hands of Astralis on Nuke, even outshining s1mple in Na`Vi’s opening match, against Renegades.

Taken on its own, electronic’s performances at the DreamHack event were nothing short of amazing, but he just fell shy of the extraterrestrial s1mple. The 19-year-old is finally starting to live up to expectations, which is great news for all Na`Vi fans as Egor "flamie" Vasilyev tends to blow hot and cold, and the team cannot solely rely on s1mple.

After taking an MVP medal at the WESG Finals, Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson had to settle for an EVP mention, which was still an impressive feat given fnatic’s struggles in Marseille, where they won just six of the 11 maps that they played.

The 24-year-old Swede continued his rich vein of form and posted his fourth consecutive 1.20+ tournament rating at a big event as he boasted a 1.22 rating – 19% higher than the team’s average. He was fnatic’s only player to finish the tournament with a positive KDD (+47) and had an impressive 1.61 rating in map wins that led to victories – second only to s1mple’s 1.65.

KRIMZ was the only player who did not take part in the final and still featured in the top five in terms of event kills (227), and was the only one who could match s1mple’s five PotM picks. With six 1.30 map ratings – just as many as device and Emil "Magisk" Reif, KRIMZ showed in Marseille once again why he is in a class of his own, performing at a consistently high level even when his teammates cannot keep up.

Magisk endured an indifferent spell with OpTic, but he seems to be gradually returning to form, completing his third event in a row for Astralis with 1+ ratings. At StarSeries and IEM Katowice, the 20-year-old had already shown glimpses of his old dignitas form, but in Marseille he went above and beyond that as he averaged a 1.29 rating, his best since the ESL Pro League Season 4 Finals and his third-highest overall.

He was Astralis’ best player in the group stage, in which he was the joint-best performer with Nikola "NiKo" Kovač with a 1.47 rating, but his level dropped a bit once the tournament hit the playoffs (1.19). Still, it is worth mentioning that he ended six of the ten maps that he played with ratings higher than 1.30 – something that only device matched in the team.

One aspect in which Magisk particularly stood out was opening frags. He was ranked second in opening kills per round (0.16) and third in opening duel success (63.3%). He also fragged in 53.7% of the rounds that he played, which was the highest percentage among Astralis’ players.

Gambit showed in Marseille that there is still some life in them, and much of that was down to Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev, who posted only his second above-average rating at a big event since the team’s title-winning campaign at PGL Major.

The 28-year-old was in the green in seven of the nine maps that Gambit played in France, topping the scoreboard in the crucial Liquid (1.36 rating, 99 ADR) and Cloud9 (1.29 rating, 84 ADR) series. He led the team both in terms of damage (84.6 ADR) and impact (1.20), and featured in the event leaderboards in total assists (40) and headshots (96). It is hard to judge where Gambit stand right now, but with AdreN once again putting in big numbers, the Kazakhstani team’s chances look much greater.

Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
934
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1322
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1356
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1214
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Kazakhstan Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1380
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1199
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
782
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1533
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.17
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1093
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1035
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
#1
 | 
Brazil Baitzera_BR 
Nice! Expected from s1mple (best play in CS:GO history)
2018-04-27 18:21
Why you hunting tier99 threads to be 1st? Little waste of time
2018-04-27 18:34
#31
 | 
Brazil Baitzera_BR 
why do you care?
2018-04-27 18:42
why do you ask?
2018-04-27 19:34
#50
 | 
Brazil Baitzera_BR 
nt weeb
2018-04-27 20:16
why do you assume?
2018-04-27 20:19
#65
kNgV- | 
Cyprus TANERTT 
Why do you still talk ?
2018-04-27 21:11
why do you judge?
2018-04-27 21:12
#68
kNgV- | 
Cyprus TANERTT 
Did I judge you ?
2018-04-27 21:13
why do you no respek?
2018-04-27 21:14
#70
kNgV- | 
Cyprus TANERTT 
What does respek mean ?
2018-04-27 21:15
why do you bore me?
2018-04-27 21:16
#73
kNgV- | 
Cyprus TANERTT 
Because i hate Turks
2018-04-27 21:19
why do you hate Turks?
2018-04-27 21:19
#76
kNgV- | 
Cyprus TANERTT 
Beacuse they are tier 3
2018-04-27 21:20
And guy from Cyprus saying that OmegaLUL
2018-05-03 18:06
#108
 | 
Brazil depa1 
why they are tier 3?
2018-05-03 22:53
#109
kNgV- | 
Cyprus TANERTT 
%80 of Turkey is ignorant
2018-05-03 22:56
#110
 | 
Brazil depa1 
Why 80% of turkey ppl is ignorant?
2018-05-03 22:56
Not care. Keep loosing time at small threads if you want.
2018-04-27 22:05
s1mple isn't here because he was MVP, these are EVPs (almost as good as MVP but not quite)
2018-04-27 18:39
I don't think any of them are near s1mple's level.
2018-04-27 19:24
that is true but also not exactly what i meant
2018-04-27 20:12
yeah I know what you meant I just wanted to say that ;D
2018-04-27 20:50
lmfao you really are everywhere Mr FakeFlagger, and whose monkey?
2018-04-27 21:22
#2
 | 
Portugal AgenteDoFox 
FOX FOX FOX
2018-04-27 18:24
Fakeflagger
2018-04-27 20:29
#3
 | 
China Captain_TYLOO 
WHERE is Captain MO?
2018-04-27 18:21
#8
device | 
China KensonS 
in your heart
2018-04-27 18:23
#9
 | 
China Captain_TYLOO 
+1 Forever
2018-04-27 18:23
oof
2018-04-27 20:56
#85
 | 
Denmark Twick_ 
nt prokda
2018-04-27 23:22
Everyone from astralis except dupreeh :(
2018-04-27 18:21
Lmao
2018-04-27 21:07
#5
 | 
Paraguay HighAlching 
ez for god adren
2018-04-27 18:21
Where is top 1 niko lol oh wait he sucks now
2018-04-27 18:22
He will be a god on d2 that's for sure
2018-04-27 18:35
I aren't think that
2018-04-27 19:24
nice btw 4 astralis players as evps shows how on fire was astralis as a team
2018-04-27 18:22
#74
Zero | 
Slovakia t4gg3d 
Shows how much of a danish website hltv is
2018-04-27 21:19
true the bias is always there although you gotta admit Astralis did pretty good in the tournament overall so them having some players there makes some sense
2018-04-28 01:46
#91
Zero | 
Slovakia t4gg3d 
Yeah, but for example magisk > xyp9x, device at marseille any day
2018-04-28 08:18
#89
 | 
Pakistan MeMeMeisteR2 
So... is it a swedish website ? Or a danish website ? Or na website ? Or brazilian website?
2018-04-28 05:07
#90
Zero | 
Slovakia t4gg3d 
It is a danish website
2018-04-28 08:17
And people said KRiMZ cooled off.
2018-04-27 18:23
#24
 | 
United Kingdom mouzgalaxy 
check who he got his outstanding stats against lol vs Renegades, TyLoo and NiP
2018-04-27 18:38
#42
 | 
Sweden wyv0 
NiP should of won the tournament if they beat fnatic, historically NiP wrecks Astralis
2018-04-27 19:25
If NiP won the against fnatic, I don't think they could've beaten Astralis just based on the way Astralis was playing. They were playing way too well. But hopefully soon, they can. fnatic won with great playing from krimz too.
2018-04-27 19:42
nt They only can win vs astralis if they had karrigaN , but with gla1ve they will get trashed by astralis
2018-04-27 19:52
#47
 | 
United Kingdom mouzgalaxy 
LOL flair checks out Astralis were gonna win, no one could've stopped them
2018-04-27 20:06
Historically NiP won tournaments too. That just goes to show that history really does mean much now
2018-04-27 20:19
#11
 | 
Australia USTlLO 
glaive deserved mvp
2018-04-27 18:23
+1
2018-04-27 18:31
#22
 | 
Netherlands bringithome 
+1, it happened only 2 times someone was mvp who did not win the tournament and gues what it was 2 times s1mple.
2018-04-27 18:37
2018-04-27 19:22
#46
 | 
Spain VIKTORAL 
Lol why no one mentions this. S1mple is not the 1st!
2018-04-27 20:03
Well it was not a big event but still... shoxie was the first
2018-04-27 20:21
he's the first who won the HLTV mvp medal, not the event mvp.
2018-04-27 21:00
shox won the HLTV mvp medal
2018-04-27 21:03
oh sht, he did?
2018-04-27 21:03
Yeah on hltv you always see the hltv mvps :)
2018-04-27 21:03
back in 2014 there were no medals.
2018-04-28 01:28
They are talking about big events not a tier 2-3 tournament
2018-04-27 21:17
#99
 | 
Netherlands bringithome 
sorry, i did not notice that but still if we talk about tier 1 events)
2018-04-28 14:29
Gla1ve got the ESL MVP Simple got the HLTV MVP
2018-04-28 16:44
#105
 | 
Australia KatVian 
*Dreamhack
2018-04-30 08:07
True! Thx! (0;
2018-04-30 17:03
#12
 | 
Chile nachooww 
nice
2018-04-27 18:24
and no s1mple lol oh wait..
2018-04-27 18:24
w0w
2018-04-27 18:26
Ez for GODstralis Have an abused Day VeryabusedGuy
2018-04-27 18:28
EZ FOR MAGISK
2018-04-27 18:31
#17
 | 
United Kingdom dcrawford101 
KRIMZGOD
2018-04-27 18:31
#19
 | 
China yry666233 
when 4 of Ast is listed as EVP dupreeh not on da list feelsbadman
2018-04-27 18:32
Dupreeh in 2016 Kreygasm
2018-04-27 18:38
#36
 | 
China LKmonstA 
Why?If u have 4 stork teammates. u just lie down on the chair and smile ez 4 money.
2018-04-27 19:17
Denis "electronic" Sharipov Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev Lez Go!
2018-04-27 18:40
What is EVP ? Like i know MVP means MostValuablePlayer but dunno this .
2018-04-27 18:41
"Now, it is time to look at the Exceptionally Valuable Players (EVPs), players who stood out from the pack, either by performing consistently on a high level or by putting in great displays in big matches that led to team success."
2018-04-27 18:41
thx
2018-04-27 18:41
Edit: Sorry I am blind
2018-04-27 18:41
Fnatic were one of the favorites but They needed flusha and Lekro at minimum to show up. Only kKrimz and golden with jw helping out
2018-04-27 18:42
#38
 | 
Sweden wyv0 
Fnatic is going to be a top 3 team as long as KRiMZ remains in this form. If flusha also steps Up, I think without a doubt they become top 1, if they aren't already
2018-04-27 19:23
No s1mple? Oh wait losers get MVP now
2018-04-27 19:04
#95
 | 
Norway SystRay 
So did Messi in the World Cup 2014... Nothing special about that.
2018-04-28 08:53
Oh okay, csgo is as rotten as pro football, good.
2018-04-28 09:19
#104
 | 
Norway SystRay 
Well, I politely disagree. Have a good Sunday.
2018-04-29 00:50
#97
 | 
Europe RadduZEW 
hahahah french say that, you forget you teams not was in playoffs?
2018-04-28 11:32
No I don't, and I don't expect them to have MVP nor I would defend them if they had it without winning. But I guess objectivity is not something you can understand.
2018-04-28 12:12
Why should it be impossible to get the MVP if your team doesn't win?
2018-04-28 16:46
the answer is in the question
2018-04-28 23:02
Your logic fits 1v1 matches. CS is 5v5.
2018-04-29 00:09
#34
REZ | 
CIS STrafeD 
Adren <3
2018-04-27 19:07
Magisk ^-^
2018-04-27 19:12
what the fuck is evp
2018-04-27 19:25
Exceptionally Valuable Player
2018-04-27 21:02
COLDZERA LUL
2018-04-27 20:10
I'm glad to see that hltv has finally gotten over their ridiculous old hang-up where the MVP *must* come from the team that won the event, even if the best individual performance by any metric was not on that team.
2018-04-27 20:20
What does it mean "EVP"? MVP - most valuable player, and EVP is ..?
2018-04-27 21:03
#67
 | 
Malaysia byaIi 
EyesVirtusPro
2018-04-27 21:12
#77
Zero | 
Slovakia t4gg3d 
Exceptionally Valuable Player
2018-04-27 21:21
ty a lot :)
2018-04-27 21:22
#92
Zero | 
Slovakia t4gg3d 
Npnp :)
2018-04-28 08:22
Magisk, Elec ^-^
2018-04-27 21:24
Device the eco warrior and exit fragger.
2018-04-27 21:38
#82
Twistzz | 
Australia nooty 
gla1ve 2 good
2018-04-27 21:46
1.s1mple 2.glaive 3.krimz 4.device 5.xypn9x
2018-04-27 22:26
#86
 | 
France Deadfish 
when will hltv stop kissing s1mple's chin?
2018-04-28 00:12
#93
Zero | 
Slovakia t4gg3d 
when will hltv stop kissing astralis’ players chins? Rigged for Astr., s1mple deserves it as he is playing like someone from the 6th dimension
2018-04-28 08:23
#94
 | 
Norway SystRay 
Good read.
2018-04-28 08:51
Login or register to add your comment to the discussion.