StarSeries i-League Season 5: the EVPs

With StarSeries i-League Season 5 done and dusted, we take a look at the $300,000 event's best players and present our eight Exceptionally Valuable Players (EVPs).

As the current top-two sides, Astralis and FaZe, were missing at StarSeries, the tournament presented an opportunity for Natus Vincere to grab their first silverware this year in front of their home crowd in Kiev, Ukraine.

Powered by yet another one of Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev's massive performances, the hometown heroes did just that after beating SK, mousesports, and NRG in the playoffs, with the 20-year-old superstar claiming his third MVP medal of 2018, and with a trophy to go alongside it for the first time.

StarSeries produced eight EVPs

Of course, there were more players other than s1mple that deserve recognition for their displays at StarSeries. This time, the tournament produced eight EVPs, three of whom hail from the winning team and two more who shaped the success of the runners-up, NRG, as well as three of the semi-finalists:

HLTV.org's EVP picks (by order)

Russia Denis "electronic" Sharipov
Finland Miikka "suNny" Kemppi
Czech Republic Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný
Denmark Daniel "mertz" Mertz
United States Ethan "Ethan" Arnold
Bulgaria Tsvetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov
Ukraine Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev
Russia Egor "flamie" Vasilyev

electronic garners his fourth EVP mention in a row after adding another impressive tournament to his tally, averaging a 1.19 rating throughout StarSeries. Although he was never considered for the MVP because of s1mple's domination, the Russian youngster had a big impact on Natus Vincere's title-winning campaign.

electronic didn't hit the same huge peaks as he had at some of the previous tournaments, earning just one Player of the Map award out of the 13 Na`Vi won, but he was a stable player throughout StarSeries with just one map below a 0.85 rating and 12 out of 19 maps above 1.15.

He especially proved his worth in the playoffs, with a 1.25 rating (1.15 in groups), to end the tournament with such numbers like the fewest deaths per round (0.60) out of all players, third-highest KAST (75.9%), as well as the second-most clutches (8), tied with s1mple.

Earning his second EVP award in 2018, after getting his first at the previous season of StarSeries during mousesports' run to the title, suNny proved himself one of the very best players in Kiev once again.

The Finn completed the $300,000 event with the third-highest rating (1.20) as well as the second-most ADR (86.3) and third-most KPR (0.80) after highly consistent play, particularly in the playoffs where he played great in both series (1.24 rating against both NiP and Natus Vincere despite losing the latter).

Just like the rest of mousesports' star trio, suNny was significantly better on the Terrorist side, with a 1.26 average rating on the offense compared to a 1.15 rating on the CT side.

Continuing his recovery from an underwhelming level at April's DreamHack Masters Marseille and IEM Sydney, oskar follows his Finnish teammate with a 1.19 rating, the fifth-highest out of all players at the tournament.

Even though his lows were significantly more prominent than suNny's, the Czech was mousesports' best player in their wins with a staggering 1.46 rating (the highest out of the top-four teams, surpassing s1mple's 1.42), in large part thanks to his massive peaks in the opener against North and in the quarter-final versus NiP.

As usual, oskar was one of the best clutchers of the tournament with seven clutches to his name (fourth most), the most notable of which was his 1v4 against Na`Vi on Mirage.

By all standards, mertz's showing at StarSeries i-League Season 5 was the Danish AWPer's breakout performance, as after warming up with EVP-worthy play at the smaller-sized DreamHack Open Tours, he receives his first EVP at a big event as well.

Exceeding Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså, who had usually been the Danes' best player, one of North's newest acquisitions was far and away their best performer in Ukraine. Aside from a very high 1.18 rating and 0.75 KPR, the AWPer was particularly good at opening duels with the fifth-highest 60.4% success and an above-average 0.13 opening kills per round.

Despite his aggression, however, he also finished the event with the fourth-fewest deaths per round (0.61) and, perhaps most surprisingly of all, 11 clutches, the most out of all players at StarSeries.

Although Ethan has been turning heads for a while, even in his days with CLG, StarSeries was his best tournament to date, as he was the main propeller behind NRG's run to the grand final with a 1.36 rating in the team's 10 map wins throughout the tournament.

Just like the whole team, the 18-year-old started slowly in their opening losses to Liquid and North, but he turned it around from day three on and put in an incredibly consistent showing all the way to the grand final, especially excelling on the Terrorist side with a 1.25 rating, and he even kept up a solid level in the one-sided grand final against Natus Vincere.

NRG's other 18-year-old, CeRq, was a close second to his aforementioned teammate at StarSeries with a 1.33 rating in NRG's wins, though a slightly lower overall rating (1.11) and KPR (0.69) compared to Ethan.

The Bulgarian got off to a slow start as well, but he was hard to stop from the third day onwards. He turned up in particularly good form in the playoff rematches against Liquid and North, before NRG met Natus Vincere in the grand final, where CeRq dropped off heavily.

Similarly to mertz, CeRq was quite useful in opening rounds for his team with 0.12 opening kills per round and a 57% success rate, while also being quite hard to kill overall with only 0.60 deaths per round (shared first).

Edward records his first EVP-worthy performance of the year after what has been his best tournament in 2018 so far and a great recovery from a poor level at ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals only two weeks ago.

The Ukrainian veteran was Natus Vincere's third-best player up until the grand final with a 1.20 rating in the team's 13 wins, with flamie barely surpassing him in the end, as well as a 0.71 KPR overall.

In his home country, Edward likely put in his best map of the year in the quarter-final against SK, a 1.92 rating on the second map, Overpass.

Obtaining his third EVP mention of 2018, flamie rounds out the list as another solid contributor to Natus Vincere's triumph in Kiev with a 1.21 rating in their wins.

Unlike his teammates, flamie was better on the Terrorist side, where he was the second-best rated player of the team with a 1.17 rating, compared to a rather average 1.05 on the defense, which hindered his overall rating.

The Russian didn't stand out in any particular way other than a solid contribution overall and clutching ability, winning seven clutches throughout the tournament, although with more maps played than any other team besides NRG.

Ukraine Ioann 'Edward' Sukhariev
Ioann 'Edward' Sukhariev
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1414
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
832
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Denmark Daniel 'mertz' Mertz
Daniel 'mertz' Mertz
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
626
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.10
Finland Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1041
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1239
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
United States Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
774
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
855
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.10
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
807
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
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
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1060
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.10
#1
China o_O 
Haha yeah well done GOD suNny <3
2018-06-05 22:16
gyazo.com/3f23f5c966943187a2887b3a9f9479.. snatchie ? lyl 1.23 rating and no evps ? Gj striker
2018-06-05 22:20
he only got to the quarter final and did not play as many maps
2018-06-05 22:21
Doesn't matter, he still played 10+ maps I think. Was 2nd best rated with a high number of opening kills and success rate. He deserved a mention
2018-06-05 22:32
all of these players are from the semis to the finals
2018-06-06 00:12
So what? He performed very well for 10 maps. It's not like he won a bo1 then a bo3 and lost in quarters. He was a stand out player this tourney, nobody is asking to give him an MVP award. If Edward got one, this guy deserves one
2018-06-06 01:03
all of these players are from the semis to the finals
2018-06-06 03:15
10 maps? They went 3 0 in group and then lost 1 2
2018-06-06 03:17
lmao someone clearly wasn't watching this tournament the groups were all bo3 so 3-0 in groups wasn't 3 maps
2018-06-06 04:21
edward only got it cos he got to the finals
2018-06-06 08:17
#16
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Myanmar Lemo2K 
What about Edward xd
2018-06-05 22:15
+1
2018-06-05 22:16
#2
Xizt | 
Czech Republic davskal 
oskar #1
2018-06-05 22:14
#24
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Argentina [Darkaren] 
No, he's clearly #3...
2018-06-05 22:17
#25
Xizt | 
Czech Republic davskal 
is 7 more than 22 haahhah can you read please?
2018-06-05 22:17
#72
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Argentina [Darkaren] 
HLTV.org's EVP picks (by order) Russia Denis "electronic" Sharipov Finland Miikka "suNny" Kemppi Czech Republic Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný
2018-06-05 23:58
#73
Xizt | 
Czech Republic davskal 
are you fuck you?
2018-06-06 00:00
top 10 players 2018
2018-06-05 22:29
#3
S1ELU | 
World kamilos02 
Rip snatchie :(
2018-06-05 22:14
#5
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Lithuania KoksSkirtumas 
mertz omegalul
2018-06-05 22:14
#6
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Europe Moltak 
snatchie???
2018-06-05 22:14
#8
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Germany zeolikk10years 
snatchie?
2018-06-05 22:14
EVP?
2018-06-05 22:14
#44
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Qatar kys_lvl99 
evening vacuum penis
2018-06-05 22:22
#75
swag | 
Ukraine Mr_Tek 
LUL
2018-06-06 00:15
#76
oBo | 
United States Plactus 
what kinda drugs are you on?
2018-06-06 00:25
#77
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Qatar kys_lvl99 
yes
2018-06-06 00:26
wow
2018-06-05 22:15
#11
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Portugal ItsAvenn 
NaVi PogChamp
2018-06-05 22:15
àhgh
2018-06-05 22:15
snatchie?
2018-06-05 22:15
#15
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Europe darkencsgo 
snatchie???
2018-06-05 22:15
#17
felps | 
Poland flikx 
I think you've missed snatchie lol
2018-06-05 22:16
#18
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Syria bezaa 
Simple?
2018-06-05 22:16
#23
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Syria bezaa 
o shit he got mvp
2018-06-05 22:17
NT
2018-06-05 22:30
snatchie 1.23 rating vs edward 1.09 cool hltv
2018-06-05 22:16
#51
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Ukraine w1nth 
Quarter-finals vs. Victory Losing to North vs. Beating SK and mouz
2018-06-05 22:25
still should be replaced. Navi winning was about simple, electronic .
2018-06-05 22:27
SNATCHIE?????????????????????????
2018-06-05 22:16
#39
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Ukraine w1nth 
Quarter-finals LUL
2018-06-05 22:21
2nd best player ago made 3-0 lul
2018-06-05 22:22
#46
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Ukraine w1nth 
Still quarter-finals tho LUL
2018-06-05 22:23
idc
2018-06-05 22:23
#21
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United States (Fr0st) 
Nice to see Edward doing better
2018-06-05 22:16
flamie????????????????? flamie was fucking garbage in this tournament.
2018-06-05 22:18
#27
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Ukraine richUkrainian 
godward is back <3
2018-06-05 22:18
#28
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Poland Hamadoshi 
where is Snatchie/GruBy?
2018-06-05 22:18
no snatchie is fucking criminal
2018-06-05 22:20
#30
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Ukraine CISfan[Guy] 
If not s1mple , electronic would have took mvp, imao he deserve it too , soon I hope he will take it instead of s1mple
2018-06-05 22:20
for me 1st s1 2nd sunny 3rd snatchie
2018-06-05 22:20
If he has got the MVP than there is no way he can get one of the EVP's too
2018-06-06 17:34
#33
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Serbia Nidzex 
Electronic will be top5 soon
2018-06-05 22:20
No he won't be, there are still players significantly better than him out there, and also way more consistent. And being top 5 in a team where there is s1mple will even be a taller order because he gets the lion's share of frags/clutches/hero moves...
2018-06-07 13:34
#115
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Serbia Nidzex 
Point taken, I still hope for top10.. He's amazing player and very smart.
2018-06-07 16:56
Snatchie ?
2018-06-05 22:20
#35
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Poland OvniDlix 
snatchie?
2018-06-05 22:21
Wher Dzeus ?
2018-06-05 22:21
#38
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Poland misioneos 
where is Snatchie? lul
2018-06-05 22:21
Where is the goat coldzera????? Are you FUCKING kidding me?????
2018-06-05 22:22
#43
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Ukraine w1nth 
Quarter-finals LUL Overpass performance LUL
2018-06-05 22:22
Navi major LUL OMEGALUL /closed
2018-06-05 22:25
#52
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Ukraine w1nth 
cold no EVP still LUL
2018-06-05 22:27
#42
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Ukraine w1nth 
EDWARD POGCHAMP 2010 IS BACK BOYS
2018-06-05 22:22
#45
TaZ | 
Germany Piterauke 
where is snaczi?
2018-06-05 22:23
#48
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CIS Merlas_mtk 
snatchie? ARE U RETARDED HLTV?
2018-06-05 22:25
no snatchie? he was second best lmaoo
2018-06-05 22:25
#57
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France BeeenJaY 
Coldzera ?
2018-06-05 22:31
#58
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Netherlands AudubonFTP 
Snatchie? Cold? Hampus?
2018-06-05 22:31
NaVi vs SK was the real final, shame they met so early
2018-06-05 22:39
#86
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Ukraine Chipaet 
NaVi vs Mouse was the real final.
2018-06-06 12:03
#61
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India GET_REKT1337 
f0rest?
2018-06-05 22:42
#62
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Bulgaria BlindBG11 
No Zeus?!?!?!
2018-06-05 22:44
#63
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Latvia Tibro 
edward nice job krasava packi
2018-06-05 22:47
#64
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Indonesia Konerd1 
SNATCHIE??
2018-06-05 23:04
coldzera?
2018-06-05 23:09
#66
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New Zealand onelover11 
where is Snatchie? wow that's so embarrassing
2018-06-05 23:18
Godwardo pogchamp
2018-06-05 23:22
Cold deserved an EVP...
2018-06-05 23:35
HAHAHAHAHA not really was like 10+ players above him in rating he had one really good game and you all go crazy
2018-06-06 14:11
Cold was higher rated, had more K/D, more ADR, same number of clutches than CERq and was in the harder side of the bracket, and lost to the eventual champion. Guess who got an EVP and who didn't? The same applies to Edward...
2018-06-06 16:04
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA salty noobs mad that coldzera is trash and a baiter
2018-06-06 16:09
>coldzera >noob Pick one
2018-06-06 20:12
1 EVP for what like 8+ events now and that was CS_Summit i think....
2018-06-06 20:42
He isn't there because sorry to say it but his performance doesn't meet the standards we have for him. An up and coming can make EVP with an around 1.10 rating in a rising young team but no way someone like Cold, Niko, FalleN, fer, Guardian etc makes EVP with that.. " With great power comes great responsibility (expectations) "
2018-06-07 13:38
You may have a point, but guys like flamie and Edward got an EVP with thousands of years of experience and a meh-performance, just because they were in the winning team. If they had EXACTLY the same stats, but dropped in the quarters like Cold, they would never get an EVP. This pretty unfair with those who played better, but could not get the individual prize because of the team's lack of results.
2018-06-07 16:21
Yep, but it's the way it works and has been forever.. I don't think it bothered Cold's fans when s1mple wasn't even top 5 in 2017's HLTV rankings because of NaVi's lack of results.. (we all know s1mple ranked 7 is a travesty ) or wasn't MVP/EVP of tourneys because his team bombed out early..
2018-06-07 17:07
I agree that s1mple is always a top #1 contender, but his 2017 was nowhere near the 7 players ahead him (s1mple was actually #8). Maybe in one tournamento or another, but the overall is quite fair. Just remember the ones who were ahead of him: Cold, Niko, fer, Rain, Device, Fallen and KennyS... s1mple did not had a better year than any of them. Maybe better or equal device, which I think was not the 5th best player in 2017 (but that's just my opinion).
2018-06-07 19:09
Please look at his "notable stats" and tell me there were 7 better players in 2017: static.hltv.org/images/galleries/1693-fu.. Only reason he wasn't ranked higher is because of Na'Vi's lack of results. Sorry but that's why 90% of this board thought it was a farce to have him at this place ( and btw the whole rankings were really clownesque this year ). He should have AT LEAST been in front of Device and kenny S..
2018-06-08 09:16
Do not forget that s1mple missed a lot of tier 1 LANs in 2017. I'll help to put the facts on the table, let's remember who were above him: - Cold, niko, fer and Rain - Definitely no, s1mple did not had a better year than any of these guys. - Device - Could be, but despite his poor late 2017, device was the real Atlanta major MVP (kjaerbye only played better in the finals), and dominated the scene for more than 3 months, from January until SK rise in April/May. - Fallen - No - Even struggling a lot in the beggining of 2017, Fallen found his game again, and set SK back in the rails as an IGL and still putting up high numbers and two MVP medals. - KennyS - Definitely no, too. In my opinion Kenny should be much higher placed (5th IMO). He got a lot of MVPs and was the best player in every single title G2 won.
2018-06-08 16:02
Lul delusional brs dreaming of cold getting a top10 ranking this year asking for evp on a quarter finals 1.15 performance where he shat the bed against navi on his pick. Lul again
2018-06-05 23:46
#70
NiKo | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikolino 
nice _________________________________ twitter @fallenzeraSK mail: fallenzeraSK@outlook.com
2018-06-05 23:54
#71
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Brazil Botzera__ 
gj Edward <3
2018-06-05 23:57
#83
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Slovakia MirkeeS 
Coldzera?
2018-06-06 06:08
hltv.org/stats/players?event=3666 #14 rated player..... and all of them above had same/more games
2018-06-06 14:13
#92
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Brazil Charizaldo 
hltv.org/stats/players/matches/9216/cold.. Much more deserved than Edward
2018-06-06 14:19
Not really he had 8 more games than coldzera he was a part of the winning team and he had better rating than coldzera aswell in the Bo3 they played hltv.org/matches/2323158/sk-vs-natus-vin..
2018-06-06 14:21
#94
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Brazil Charizaldo 
So EVP's should be given only to the ones who played more games?
2018-06-06 14:24
More games = harder to keep high rating And there was alot of players that had better rating and more games than coldzera He did not play a great event................ he only had that good first map in that Bo3 vs Na'Vi
2018-06-06 14:26
If rating is that imporant, Cold was considerably higher rated than Cerq, Edward and flamie. And played less maps than Cerq because he lost in an early matchup lost to the unarguably best team of the tournament.
2018-06-06 16:15
Yes its not that coldzera have the whole team supporting him and built around him and these players have that aswell :>
2018-06-06 16:20
snatchie? 2nd best rating on this tournament and he isnt here :D lmao hltv
2018-06-06 07:22
Snatchie?
2018-06-06 12:25
#88
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Brazil Charizaldo 
what about coldzera? he performed very well this tournament
2018-06-06 14:10
Not really #14 rated player and all above had more games some had same amount He only had that really good game at Inferno vs Na'Vi but ended at only 1.07 rating after that Bo3
2018-06-06 14:14
rly edward? wtf where is snatchie XD
2018-06-06 14:28
#97
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Brazil SK|coldzera 
snatchie should be there
2018-06-06 15:34
#98
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Italy Laxity 
rofl where is s1mple?
2018-06-06 15:40
Not sure if troll or you have lost your brain
2018-06-06 16:10
#99
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Poland crouzzz 
good joke HLTV, you are useless, don't do your job if you can't how could you forget about snatchie
2018-06-06 15:59
#105
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Poland Spanksss 
where is snatchie xD
2018-06-06 17:12
#107
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United States jay_320 
Good for Ethan. I'm glad the world is finally seeing what a fine rifler this guy is going to be. 1.57 rating vs Liquid is particularly impressive especially considering how dominant Elige was in the tournament. Btw all you Coldzera people being logically consistent should want Elige on this list considering he was the third highest rated player in the tournament.
2018-06-06 18:13
f0rest ? cold ?
2018-06-06 21:26
#114
LETN1 | 
Finland Sandels 
oskar has played 777 maps lul
2018-06-07 16:44
dont you tell me whats valuable
2018-06-10 08:58
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