ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals: the EVPs

Striker
May 25th, 2018 22:10

With ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals coming to a close last weekend, we reflect on the $750,000 tournament's best players to present our seven Exceptionally Valuable Players (EVPs).

The Dallas tournament saw one of the heavy favorites, Astralis, crowned champions, as they once again turned up in fantastic form and dominated the competition up until the grand final, in which Liquid gave the Danes a run for their money.

Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen was named ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals' MVP as Astralis' best player at the tournament, earning such an award for the first time in his long and successful career, but there are more awards left to give; to the EVPs.

ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals yielded seven Exceptionally Valuable Players

Once again, there are seven EVPs, three of whom hail from the winning team, two from the losing finalist and one from the two semi-finalists, FaZe and Natus Vincere.

Below you can find the list of our EVPs of ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals:

HLTV.org's EVP picks (by order)
Denmark Nicolai "device" Reedtz
Denmark Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola "NiKo" Kovač
Russia Denis "electronic" Sharipov
United States Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski
Denmark Emil "Magisk" Reif
Canada Keith "NAF" Markovic

Just like Astralis as a whole, device continues to impress with yet another fantastic showing in Dallas, which earned him his fourth EVP in a row, dating back to IEM Katowice, when the Danes came into the forefront once again.

dupreeh, device, and gla1ve were all considered for the MVP award after the grand final, and while the AWPer came second after all, his numbers were almost equal to dupreeh's.

device was one of the best fraggers of the tournament with a 0.83 KPR while also being one of the hardest to kill (0.57 DPR, second fewest), and he ranked top-five in many other categories, including overall rating (1.33, second highest), impact rating (1.43, first), and ADR (86.3, fifth most).

Much of his impact came from opening duels, at which he was one of the best as well, with 0.16 opening kills per round and a 65.2% success rate. The 22-year-old was also the best-rated player on the CT side (1.55 rating), and the second-best in playoffs (1.38 rating), as he improved from a 1.26 group stage rating.

As mentioned above, Astralis' in-game leader was a heavy candidate for the MVP award at the end of the tournament, in large part thanks to a brilliant showing in the playoffs, where he averaged a 1.36 rating after a flawless semi-final performance versus FaZe (1.76 rating) and solid play in the grand final.

Like device and dupreeh, gla1ve put in only one map below a 1.00 rating, in his case in Astralis' landslide victory against OpTic in the group's opener.

He was the fourth highest-rated player (1.26 overall rating) and dealt a lot of damage (87.4, fourth most). Otherwise — similarly to the rest of the team —, he was a hard player to kill with 0.59 deaths per round (fourth fewest) and scored plenty of assists (0.16 per round).

NiKo picks up his fifth EVP mention this year as the best non-Astralis player of ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals and by far FaZe's top performer last week in Dallas, Texas, where the team finished 3rd-4th after suffering a stunning defeat at the hands of their Danish rivals.

Purely in the numbers, the Bosnian surpassed even the Danes as the highest-rated player of the event (1.35 rating) and the best fragger (0.85 KPR), while also dealing the most damage out of everyone (91.2 ADR).

He also went toe-to-toe with the likes of dupreeh and device in the opening duels department, scoring 0.17 opening kills per round with a 66.1% success rate, which helped him put in the second-highest impact rating (1.40). With a staggering 1.58 rating in his team's five wins, there's no question that NiKo was the driving force in FaZe's campaign at the tournament.

This is the third EVP award for electronic in 2018 after he earned such mentions in his stint with Russia at WESG World Finals and in Natus Vincere's runners-up campaign at DreamHack Masters Marseille.

This time, the Russian outperformed his teammate Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev in Na`Vi's run to the semi-finals in Dallas as the fourth highest-rated player (1.26) and the fifth-best fragger (0.81 KPR) of the $750,000 event. electronic was particularly impactful in the match for first place in the group against FaZe, where he averaged a 1.47 rating in the close affair.

The 19-year-old stood out on the Terrorist side with a 1.41 rating on the offense, the highest at the tournament, and was one of the most consistent players with all eight maps above a 1.00 rating. Other than that, he often opened up the rounds for his team with 0.14 opening kills per round, although he died first just as much in his attempts.

EliGE earns his first EVP mention of the year at a big event after inspiring Liquid to reach the final in Dallas with an average 1.11 rating and 1.10 Impact - the highest in the North American team.

The 20-year-old was Liquid's top performer in the group stage (1.17) and their joint-best player in the playoffs (1.08), along with NAF. He led the way for the team in the opening match, against Grayhound (1.95) rating, and also in the crucial semi-final match against Natus Vincere, in which his 1.54 rating on Inferno helped the North Americans to win the second map, confirming his status as an impactful player after raising eyebrows in the quarter-finals (1.23 rating).

Boasting 244 kills, EliGE was the top fragger of the tournament, and he also stood out in terms of assists (49), total headshots (112) and rating in map wins that led to victories (1.30).

Magisk is the final Astralis player to make the cut in our list of standout players from the Pro League Finals, where he averaged a 1.22 rating, earning his third consecutive EVP mention at a big event, after DreamHack Masters Marseille and IEM Sydney.

He began the event with a 1.91 rating, which helps to explain why he ended the group stage with a 1.30 rating, the second-highest in Astralis. In the playoffs, his rating dropped to 1.15, the fourth-best in the team, in part thanks to his 1.06 rating in the grand final against Liquid, in which he failed to impress on the two closest maps of the series, Nuke (0.92 rating) and Mirage (0.76).

Despite some shortcomings, the former North and OpTic talent was still the hardest player to kill in Dallas (0.55 deaths per round), and had the fourth-best KDD of the tournament (+53) and the highest percentage of deaths traded (24.7%) in Astralis. And while normally it is Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth getting praise for his clutching ability, Magisk won the most 1vsX situations in Astralis', five.

Rounding out the list is NAF, who earns his third EVP distinction since joining Liquid after helping the North American team to a runner-up finish in Dallas, where he averaged a 1.10 rating – his second-worst while with Nick "nitr0" Cannella's side.

Astralis were NAF's nemesis in the tournament as five of his six below-average ratings came precisely against the Danish team, only standing out in the Mirage game (1.34 rating, 95.8 ADR), in which he powered Liquid to a second-half comeback.

The Canadian player had a team-high 85.6 ADR and 0.18 assists, ending the tournament with the highest number of assists of all players (63) in part thanks to the number of maps that Liquid played. He was also one of the team's best clutchers along with Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken and Epitacio "TACO" de Melo, with three 1vsX situations won.

With an average 1.26 rating in map wins that led to victories, NAF was one of the driving forces behind Liquid's final appearance, with his great individual performance against mousesports on Mirage (1.41 rating, 101.5 ADR and +15 KDD) having been key to the team's victory over the European side in the quarter-finals.

Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
811
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
962
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.16
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1358
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
988
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
924
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
816
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.14
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1238
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1081
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.17
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
669
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
708
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.12
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1415
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.17
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
983
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
920
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Not expected! NAF really doing a great job tho
2018-05-25 22:11
expected
2018-05-25 22:13
#34
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Netherlands Dust2isBest 
Where is XANTARES 😡😡😡
2018-05-25 23:20
Disbanding somewhere
2018-05-26 08:00
Onlinetares
2018-05-26 10:18
electronic and no S1mple
2018-05-26 23:20
#2
c1so | 
Slovakia SUPERC1SO 
...always like faze... always second...
2018-05-25 22:11
#17
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Spain JustNo 
everyone here is laughing lmao
2018-05-25 22:20
whos everyone?
2018-05-25 23:56
#44
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Sweden C0P_t 
Your mama... Because she's so big. Rofl lmao lit af
2018-05-26 05:14
#22
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Palestine MrZoldiK 
Looool
2018-05-25 22:25
#3
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Finland Vkims 
Pure shit
2018-05-25 22:11
#4
Zeus | 
CIS LRtx 
GOD ELECTRONIC
2018-05-25 22:11
Good tho
2018-05-25 22:11
adssadgfd
2018-05-25 22:12
#7
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Lithuania aisTISsS 
expected
2018-05-25 22:12
Taco shoud be evp to...
2018-05-25 22:13
Taco?
2018-05-25 22:15
#12
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United States ItsImpact 
HAHAHAHHAHAAH WHERE ARE U NOW S1MPLE
2018-05-25 22:15
Cajunb
2018-05-25 22:15
#15
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Brazil diixon 
TACO pls
2018-05-25 22:16
>device is an overrated eco and exitfragger >impact rating (1.43, first) fuck all you haters device top1
2018-05-25 22:20
+1
2018-05-25 22:32
+1
2018-05-25 22:41
Very good but dont be delusional, top1 lmao
2018-05-25 22:49
Who is top1 then ? Baitzera ? Hahah
2018-05-26 19:02
Guardian? S1mple?
2018-05-26 19:04
+1
2018-05-25 22:57
#45
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Canada Comeagain 
+1
2018-05-26 06:06
#53
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Mongolia InSane^ 
+1
2018-05-26 14:18
taco was crucial for liquid lol
2018-05-25 22:21
#20
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Finland Slaughtrr 
device #1 impact , #2 rating ,higher KPR, lower DPR but dupreeh had more impact in final vs device's +30 LUL
2018-05-25 22:24
#21
allu | 
Ukraine AlexMove 
no s1mple wtf
2018-05-25 22:24
wtf what...? it wasnt that good event from him...
2018-05-25 22:47
#23
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Belgium HLTVnewfag 
rip simple, was a bad event for me tho xd
2018-05-25 22:28
still disagree with dupreeh being mvp over device...
2018-05-25 22:47
S1mple MVP?
2018-05-25 22:53
#32
QRUSH | 
Ukraine b1azed 
Ahhaahhahhahaha wtff i thought s1mple will be 1st evp in list xDDD
2018-05-25 22:57
#43
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India grinchxd 
s1mple played like dogshit for the first time
2018-05-26 04:59
#33
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Denmark denDAY04 
I feel bad for Xyp9x, it's like he's the forgotten member of Astralis until it's clutch time. xD
2018-05-25 22:57
#51
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Denmark MeToxi 
He's the best in all those catagories that they dont consider for EVP and MVP
2018-05-26 10:54
#35
NiKo | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikolino 
very nice
2018-05-25 23:21
#36
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Germany ZMTL 
EliGOD is killing it, woho! 🙌💙
2018-05-25 23:26
In a world where there would be 7v7 matches, this line up would have been fire!
2018-05-25 23:46
elige and naf to rule the WORLD!
2018-05-25 23:49
#40
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United States Trump2020KAG 
ELIGE best NA top 5 2018
2018-05-26 00:50
No xyp9x or rain?
2018-05-26 02:02
xyp9x was 5th Astralis best player, it may be too much if whole team gets MVP and EVP :D
2018-05-26 07:22
Taco?
2018-05-26 04:07
EVP's? For fucks sake
2018-05-26 08:13
#49
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Denmark AtomAlf 
I find it a bit odd that HLTV said that the race to be the MVP of the tournament was VERY close between dupreeh and Device, but Dupreeh got it - Yet he didnt even make it in to the EVP list. I find it hard to believe that the MVP of the tournament was not an Exceptionally Valuable Player
2018-05-26 08:39
this is a bait, right?
2018-05-26 13:13
I seriously don't understand the Dupreeh mvp thing while Device's been constantly putting out big numbers especially in the playoffs and the finals. They say that "he showed up in big matches where he usually disappears." ??? Seriously? What about the guys who usually show up then?
2018-05-26 14:38
#59
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India illumination 
niko is best
2018-05-27 16:09
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