IEM Sydney: the EVPs

We looked back at IEM Sydney and analyzed the players' performances to determine our Exceptionally Valuable Players (EVPs) of the $250,000 tournament.

IEM Sydney came to a close on Sunday as FaZe surprised the tournament's heavy favorites, Astralis, after a best-of-five grand final which saw all of its three maps go to at least 30 rounds, with Cache and Overpass reaching overtimes.

After the conclusion of IEM Sydney, we revealed the tournament's Most Valuable Player, Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács, who clinched the medal after a head-turning display throughout the event, especially in the grand final, where he led the way for FaZe with a 1.28 rating and 86.1 ADR.

Seven players grabbed EVP awards for IEM Sydney

Now we take a look at the $250,000 tournament's Exceptionally Valuable Players (EVPs), who shaped their teams' successes in Sydney with notable performances. We awarded two more players from the winning team, FaZe, alongside three from Astralis as the runners-up, and two from the tournament's surprise, TYLOO.

Here is the list of our EVPs for IEM Sydney, with each player's nickname linking to the section of the article in which we describe his performance.

HLTV.org's EVP picks (by order)
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola "NiKo" Kovač
Denmark Emil "Magisk" Reif
Denmark Nicolai "device" Reedtz
Indonesia Hansel "BnTeT" Ferdinand
Norway Håvard "rain" Nygaard
Denmark Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen
China HaoWen "somebody" Xu

Nikola "NiKo" Kovač garners his fourth EVP mention this year after yet another impressive showing at IEM Sydney, which, alongside GuardiaN's MVP-worthy play, played a huge part in FaZe's journey to their first title in 2018.

The Bosnian superstar was, in fact, a very close second candidate for the highest award, being the event's fifth-highest rated player with a 1.23 rating across the 17 maps FaZe played throughout the Australian tournament, as well as the third-best rated in the playoffs (1.22) behind his Slovakian teammate and Emil "Magisk" Reif.

The 21-year-old put in 1.00+ ratings in 15 out of 17 maps, with the remaining two nearly making the cut as well (0.96 on Inferno vs. TYLOO and 0.99 on Cache vs. Astralis in the last two stages of the tournament), while in 12 of them he recorded 1.15+ ratings; the most out of everyone.

Aside from his incredible consistency, NiKo deserved his place among the close contenders for the MVP award as by far his team's best-rated player on the Terrorist side with a 1.28 rating. He was also one of the tournament's best damage dealers (85.2 ADR, 4th), fraggers (0.81 KPR, 2nd), and clutchers (6 clutches, tied 3rd).

Magisk comes in second place of the list of IEM Sydney EVPs — after earning such an award in Astralis's title-winning campaign at DreamHack Masters Marseille less than two weeks before — as the tournament's highest-rated player, recording a 1.30 rating over 11 maps the Danes played and a 1.31 rating in the playoffs.

Like NiKo, the Dane was very consistent throughout the $250,000 tournament with 10 out of 11 maps above a 1.00 rating (the last being a 0.96 rating on the last map of the grand final, Train), and seven maps above a 1.15 rating. Although Astralis ended up falling short on both occasions, Magisk hit incredible peaks in two close affairs in the latest stages of IEM Sydney, on Inferno against mousesports and on Overpass against FaZe.

The 20-year-old was featured in several leaderboards of the Australian event alongside overall rating, such as kills per round (0.83, 1st), damage per round (88.1, 3rd), and rounds with at least one kill (53.2%, 3rd). He also finished the event with the highest impact rating (1.38), in part thanks to putting up 0.15 opening kills per round.

After somewhat of an up-and-down period in OpTic, Magisk has now improved with every event he attended with Astralis, surpassing all of his teammates for the first time in Sydney.

After a slow start to 2018, Nicolai "device" Reedtz clinches his third EVP award in a row after posting impressive numbers at IEM Sydney, such as a 1.23 overall rating, his second-best this year after DreamHack Masters Marseille.

Just like Magisk, device recorded 1.15+ ratings on seven out of 11 maps, although unlike his teammate he dropped off in the grand final against FaZe, which brought down his playoffs rating to 1.15, compared to his 1.34 rating in the group stage.

Nonetheless, the AWPer was a great contributor throughout the event as one of the best fraggers (0.80 KPR, 5th) while also being one of the hardest to kill (0.59 DPR, 4th). His Terrorist-sided rating was slightly below average, but he shone above all on the defense with the event-highest 1.49 rating.

A surprising member of the list of EVPs comes in the form of Hansel "BnTeT" Ferdinand. With his career-best performance so far, he spearheaded TYLOO's campaign at IEM Sydney, where the team made playoffs for the first time at a big event since DreamHack Masters Malmö 2016.

The Indonesian star, who recently became TYLOO's in-game leader, was the second-highest rated player of the tournament thanks to fantastic play in the groups, which he finished with a staggering 1.42 rating.

Most of BnTeT's impact came from the CT sides, where his 1.45 rating was second only to device. He led a few of the tournament's other leaderboards as well, including deaths per round (0.54, 1st), KAST (78.0%, shared 1st), and clutches (7, shared 1st), while also scoring high in other categories, such as KPR (0.77) and ADR (82.7).

After having received his first EVP mention of the year at StarSeries, Håvard "rain" Nygaard snatches his second award after a great display at IEM Sydney as FaZe's third-best player at the $250,000 tournament.

Similarly to GuardiaN and NiKo, the Norwegian was a very stable player throughout the event, recording 0.85+ ratings on all 17 maps — 1.00+ ratings on 14 of them. Although rain didn't stand out in any particular way, aside from scoring assists (0.18 APR, shared 6th), he put up above-average numbers in just about every way he could, with a 1.15 rating, 82.9 ADR, and 0.12 opening kills per round.

The 23-year-old was also one of the best players of the grand final, with the third-highest 1.16 rating behind GuardiaN and Magisk in the extremely close best-of-five series.

Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen has earned his first EVP award this year on the back of amazing play right until the grand final of IEM Sydney. The Dane was leading the MVP race before the last stage of the tournament, much thanks to his astounding efficiency in opening duels (0.18 opening kills per round, 72.5% success rate) alongside a 1.34 rating after the semi-finals were over.

However, the grand final, in which dupreeh dipped into below-average numbers, brought his opening duel statistics down to 0.16 opening kills per round (still tied 1st out of all players) and a 61.5% success rate, as well as an overall 1.18 rating, which sees the 25-year-old drop below his teammates, Magisk and device, in the list of EVPs.

Like his teammate BnTeT, HaoWen "somebody" Xu clinched his first EVP mention at a big event last weekend after the best performance of his career in Sydney, where TYLOO made semi-finals by placing first in their group.

The Chinese player rounds out the list after spearheading the way to the playoffs alongside his Indonesian teammate, with particularly noteworthy play in TYLOO's close opener against SK (1.41 rating) and in the first-place decider against Renegades (1.27 rating), as well as a great effort in the quarter-finals versus FaZe (1.13 rating).

somebody was especially good at opening rounds for his team with 0.15 opening kills per round and, similarly to BnTeT, stood out on the CT side, with an average 1.27 rating on the defense.

Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1345
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1413
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1293
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
871
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.14
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1043
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Indonesia Hansel 'BnTeT' Ferdinand
Hansel 'BnTeT' Ferdinand
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.21
Maps played:
510
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.15
China HaoWen 'somebody' Xu
HaoWen 'somebody' Xu
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
752
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1017
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
#3
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Sri Lanka stalingodynwa 
cool
2018-05-10 23:02
Expected.
2018-05-19 20:23
nice
2018-05-10 23:02
kewl
2018-05-10 23:02
#9
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Faroe Islands Jones123 
Magisk god
2018-05-10 23:03
Your name dude. Ugly.
2018-05-11 10:05
expected
2018-05-10 23:03
#12
byali | 
Poland Kola2k 
every time guys from faze or Astralis take some Sk BOYS WHO cares they lose?
2018-05-10 23:03
#62
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India KolossaL 
Well if they lose and get out in groups, they don't really have much time to show themselves as EVPs
2018-05-11 03:48
#14
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United Kingdom Fizzhaz 
sombody? who
2018-05-10 23:03
#57
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Brazil smm1le 
2018-05-11 01:14
#63
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United States RecoS 
omg, genius
2018-05-11 04:31
#64
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China RoyZhang 
OMEGALUL
2018-05-11 04:35
#78
BnTeT | 
Indonesia DhizRade 
Holy shit. XD
2018-05-11 08:43
Well Bntet deserved this
2018-05-10 23:04
#20
ableJ | 
Bangladesh DisableJ 
bntet top 1
2018-05-10 23:05
#59
ISSAA | 
Indonesia zzkbeast 
nt prodka
2018-05-11 02:46
Astralis farming in groups
2018-05-10 23:05
#22
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Denmark Itaga 
3 Astralis players, NOICE!
2018-05-10 23:05
How isn't Nifty here ffs?
2018-05-10 23:05
Because he had a 0.97 rating??? doesn't sound so EVP worthy to me...
2018-05-10 23:08
Yeah, you're right. Thanks
2018-05-10 23:10
Besides that one map, he was pretty average.
2018-05-10 23:17
i think that map would've made him an EVP if they did win that match
2018-05-10 23:26
#38
jks | 
Australia 0iq_man 
they did 23:25 if im right
2018-05-10 23:42
İm talking about the bo3
2018-05-11 05:43
lol
2018-05-11 04:57
NIFTY WHERE R U BRUH
2018-05-10 23:06
#30
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United Kingdom galaxzy 
one god game = evp lul?
2018-05-10 23:10
One good tournament
2018-05-10 23:13
#40
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United Kingdom galaxzy 
#27
2018-05-10 23:44
#80
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Australia CaZeR01 
Are you dumb?
2018-05-11 09:41
#74
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Indonesia Blust 
he's reading this article
2018-05-11 07:24
good job Striker!
2018-05-10 23:08
#34
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Sweden kAED 
EZ somebody! <3
2018-05-10 23:15
#35
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United Kingdom SLurSs 
What about nifty wtf also give JKS a shout
2018-05-10 23:17
#81
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Australia CaZeR01 
Nifty only had one good game so that wont give a EVP
2018-05-11 09:42
#39
felps | 
Germany remind00 
BnTeT POGGERS
2018-05-10 23:43
Where is s1mple?
2018-05-10 23:56
#67
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China KensonS 
OMGALUL
2018-05-11 05:40
#73
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Korea dev1sta 
he took MVP
2018-05-11 06:40
#43
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United States flipfone 
TyLoo are on their​ way to the top
2018-05-11 00:07
#44
ScreaM | 
Estonia Aikz1 
Where is Nifty??
2018-05-11 00:14
#45
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Estonia Hondas 
where's s1mple?
2018-05-11 00:22
#49
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Thailand beam2546 
p1mple?
2018-05-11 00:28
#50
mertz | 
Australia Dremidus 
ehrrr... DICKSTACY?!?!? his alias alone is worthy of a mention.
2018-05-11 00:28
#56
draken | 
United States zSnuxy 
Dickstacy won the EMVP
2018-05-11 01:07
#72
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Poland nycton 
You mean BigDickStacy
2018-05-11 06:18
magisk evp
2018-05-11 00:32
Sick article as always Striker
2018-05-11 00:40
#53
jks | 
World Spourma 
BnTeT & somebody, but no Nifty xDDDDD made my day
2018-05-11 00:48
#60
BnTeT | 
Oceania drystguz 
quar finalist want an EVP? lol.. he only good at 1 map XD XD XD
2018-05-11 03:37
Yes, his only have a good play when playing vs mouseesport and only at inferno
2018-05-11 03:46
#66
BnTeT | 
Oceania drystguz 
+1
2018-05-11 05:01
Your comment made my fucking day 1 good game on inferno doesnt make u evp how stupid can u be
2018-05-11 06:11
He had only 1 good map,rest bad&average lol
2018-05-11 08:19
#27
2018-05-11 08:22
a 0.97 rating evp lul
2018-05-12 04:41
#54
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Australia BrycePhoenix 
Device just doesnt like mouz with a performance like that.
2018-05-11 00:50
#55
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China RoyZhang 
Somegody
2018-05-11 00:52
surely there should be at least 1 renegades player, they heavily overperformed
2018-05-11 01:26
#69
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Spain JasonRacism 
Jks would have been close
2018-05-11 05:42
#82
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Australia CaZeR01 
Ye jks is god
2018-05-11 09:44
#68
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China KensonS 
somebody takes down n0thing.we cant see that in the future
2018-05-11 05:41
#96
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Philippines legbreaker 
reported to CIA and FBI extra security at n0thing house somebody visa revokes
2018-05-14 04:42
#77
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Sweden ThorinEk 
what does evp stand for? either way i think xist should be there iven if his kd is not the best
2018-05-11 08:38
Not like it says it in the article.
2018-05-11 08:49
#86
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Sweden ThorinEk 
they obviously edited that after seeing my comment
2018-05-11 10:42
#84
XigN | 
Korea crepes 
dupreehs name is peter rothman.. not rasmussen lmao pls fix hltv
2018-05-11 10:34
Also Rasmussen.
2018-05-11 20:42
#93
XigN | 
Korea crepes 
what? no. Check his twitter
2018-05-12 04:48
Rothman is his middle name. astralis.gg/dupreeh/
2018-05-12 19:05
GOD Nikola
2018-05-11 10:36
As Astralis fan it's hard to see Dupreeh and Device actually choked in the final. Had they played normal maybe Astralis would have taken the two close maps. Guys, back up on the horse! Lesson learned for next important match.
2018-05-11 11:04
GodBnTeT
2018-05-11 12:14
#90
BnTeT | 
Germany cucKing 
BnTeT TOP 1
2018-05-11 21:44
My boy Magisk taking evp <3 He is such a great player!
2018-05-12 00:33
Liazzz??
2018-05-14 00:33
Proud for TyLoo
2018-05-14 06:18
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