Player stock shift: May

With Na`Vi crowned champions at StarSeries i-League Season 5 and Space Soldiers returning home with a title from DreamHack Open Austin, May has come to a close, which means it's time for the monthly Player stock shift.

A plethora of notable international tournaments took place in May. Two big events headlined the month, ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals and StarSeries i-League Season 5, accompanied by a few smaller ones, such as the DreamHack Open stops in Tours and Austin, and the Adrenaline Cyber League; all of which had their say in this month's stock shift.

StarSeries shaped half of May's stock shift

With a busy month behind us, the latest edition of the Player stock shift sees ten players rise and nine fall — the second-highest total amount since January. As always, there are several more players on whom we will be keeping an eye at the upcoming tournaments, such as Marcelo "coldzera" David, whose form improved but not yet enough for us to be convinced that the best player of 2017 is back to his best.

If you missed some of our previous editions of the Player stock shift, here they are:

April
March
February
January

And here are May's rising and falling players:

Rising stock

Last month, four of Astralis' players' stock rose, but we excluded dupreeh because he improved the least and continued showcasing his tendency to drop off in the big matches. That wasn't the case at ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals.

Following an MVP-worthy performance in Dallas, his first in a long career, dupreeh proved himself a riser, so he deservedly joins his teammates as one of the most improved players of the last two months.

snatchie was likely the biggest surprise of May to most of us, as he powered AGO to a playoff finish at StarSeries with big performances in the group stage against Virtus.pro, NiP, and mousesports.

Although he dropped off in the quarter-finals against North, which cost him an EVP mention, and AGO couldn't live up to their promise from the groups, he's certainly on our radar as a potential future star.

As we outlined in our StarSeries i-League Season 5: the EVPs article, mertz has officially broken out with his play at DreamHack Open Tours and, more importantly, the Kiev tournament.

After starting out slowly, his addition to North is finally paying off. The AWPer, who was stellar with the big green and particularly in opening duels at both tournaments, now has two EVPs to his name after helping the team get back on their feet.

Perhaps a bit less surprising, though equally impressive, was Ethan's level of play last month. He had already acquitted himself well at ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals, although mostly due to his performance against MVP PK.

However, the reason for his appearance here is his EVP-level display at StarSeries, where he kept up a fantastic level from the third round of the Swiss group stage all the way to the grand final.

cajunb and k0nfig left things on a rather disappointing note at the beginning of the year, when they departed North after a string of uninspiring performances and went on to create OpTic, whose first edition came to an abrupt split as the core wanted to proceed with a fully-Danish lineup.

The duo played their first offline tournaments in four months at ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals and DreamHack Open Austin and looked completely reinvigorated, showing up in solid form at both tournaments despite exiting both in the group stage.

hampus proved himself a rising star in May at the first big tournament of his career, StarSeries i-League Season 5 Finals, after an up-and-down DreamHack Open Tours, where GODSENT had finished 3rd-4th.

In Kiev, the 19-year-old lacked consistency, but he hit several massive peaks en route to the fifth round of the Swiss stage, including two against Renegades, one against Liquid, and two against TYLOO.

Calyx missed the ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals, where Space Soldiers played with Çağatay "DESPE" Sedef and looked completely out of their depth, losing to Liquid and OpTic in two one-sided series.

The 19-year-old then travelled to Austin with the squad for the DreamHack Open stop and helped them take their revenge on the Danish side in the group stage. In the end, he surpassed everyone in the MVP race, carrying the team in the playoffs against Heroic and Rogue.

Despite a rather average showing from ISSAA at the bigger event of the two HellRaisers attended in May, StarSeries, he deserves his place among the risers after putting in a dominant performance at DreamHack Open Tours.

After an opening loss to Envy, the Jordanian spearheaded HR's campaign and pushed the team to the grand final, in which he kept up a solid level to earn his first MVP medal in spite of the runner-up finish.

Jame had appeared in the Player stock shift twice before, rising in January after the ELEAGUE Major Main Qualifier and falling back down in March, when he collapsed at IEM Katowice.

We are bumping AVANGAR's AWPer back up mainly because of his solid level at StarSeries, where he averaged a 1.11 rating with great play in series against Gambit, GODSENT, and Liquid, as well as due to his fantastic opening maps versus Virtus.pro and SK at Adrenaline Cyber League.

Falling stock

Having attended two tournaments last month, the ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals and StarSeries i-League Season 5, NiP see three of their players, dennis, GeT_RiGhT, and draken plummet.

dennis suffered the most noticeable drop compared to his first two tournaments with NiP with a sub-par 0.89 rating across the two tournaments, closely followed by GeT_RiGhT with 0.91. We have kept a closer eye on draken since April, when he dipped to average numbers in Marseille, and now he joins his two (now former) teammates in the falling category after failing to impress again.

MICHU appeared in the rising players in March following the V4 Future Sports Festival. He showed plenty of promise in Hungary as Virtus.pro's best player at the tournament, earning his first EVP mention, but he couldn't live up to it in April and May.

Placing 4th at Bets.net Masters, 3rd-4th at Adrenaline Cyber League, and 12th-14th at StarSeries i-League Season 5 with the team, MICHU averaged a 0.94 rating, which means his stock drops back to where it was before the Budapest event.

We have been following fer closely for the past two months, as he's been uncharacteristically up and down with a couple of unimpressive displays at WESG and DreamHack Masters Marseille, which he made up for at IEM Sydney.

Last month, he did not show any of the excellence we have come to know him for, with the exception of a few maps throughout the three tournaments SK attended — Pro League, ACL, and StarSeries —, so he drops for the second time this year.

EspiranTo enjoyed a promising couple of months after great play at Copenhagen Games, where he was the unofficial MVP, and at the Qi Invitational, but his foray into a slightly better competition at DreamHack Tours ended catastrophically.

In France, the Lithuanian averaged an atrocious 0.57 rating, the lowest at the event, while Imperial finished last with losses to North and HellRaisers.

Perhaps we should have included Dosia in the falling players in February already, when he followed a great Major with underwhelming displays at the fourth season of StarSeries and at IEM Katowice, but he proceeded to keep an encouraging level in March and April.

Three tournaments later, the Russian seems unable to stabilize while Gambit continuously change things up, with only a 0.90 rating across 18 maps.

xccurate's stock had already fallen once, last month, when he had been barely average over a few smaller tournaments and IEM Sydney.

Having looked like a rising star a mere two months ago, the Indonesian drops further and further after being one of the worst players of StarSeries i-League Season 5 alongside TYLOO's stand-in at the event, Yue "AE" Yu, despite his match-winning 1v3 clutch in the opener against Na`Vi.

AZR has been showing signs of inconsistency for quite a while, though he still had his ups at most tournaments he had played this year. In May, there were significantly more downsides to his overall showing, with only five maps above a 1.00 rating across the ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals and StarSeries i-League Season 5.

Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
1086
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
Russia Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
696
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.55
APR:
0.09
Jordan Issa 'ISSAA' Murad
Issa 'ISSAA' Murad
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
524
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Australia Aaron 'AZR' Ward
Aaron 'AZR' Ward
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
857
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
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
China Yue 'AE' Yu
Yue 'AE' Yu
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
275
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.11
Russia Mihail 'Dosia' Stolyarov
Mihail 'Dosia' Stolyarov
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1396
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borg
René 'cajunb' Borg
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1452
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Sweden Hampus 'hampus' Poser
Hampus 'hampus' Poser
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
900
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Poland Michał 'snatchie' Rudzki
Michał 'snatchie' Rudzki
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
855
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.09
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1523
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Sweden William 'draken' Sundin
William 'draken' Sundin
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
970
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.10
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1611
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Denmark Daniel 'mertz' Mertz
Daniel 'mertz' Mertz
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
628
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.10
Turkey Çağatay 'DESPE' Sedef
Çağatay 'DESPE' Sedef
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
468
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
United States Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
779
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1146
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1051
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1091
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Poland Michał 'MICHU' Müller
Michał 'MICHU' Müller
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1469
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Lithuania Rokas 'EspiranTo' Milasauskas
Rokas 'EspiranTo' Milasauskas
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
690
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.11
Turkey Buğra 'Calyx' Arkın
Buğra 'Calyx' Arkın
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
761
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.12
snatchie awp top1
2018-06-06 22:20
#47
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Denmark ghostan11 
maybe top 1 in poland but its not some kind of achievement
2018-06-07 01:19
Its Indonesia... you moron :p
2018-06-07 09:35
#87
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
Its expected... you moron :p
2018-06-07 17:49
#62
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Czech Republic fnx_2_majors 
Snatchie > Device
2018-06-07 11:23
#64
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Slovakia k1r3 
Snatchie > Tvoja česka mater
2018-06-07 12:58
#65
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Czech Republic fnx_2_majors 
? This is an international site, please write your comment in English. Comments in another language will be deleted.
2018-06-07 13:09
#66
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Slovakia k1r3 
you are not czech ?
2018-06-07 13:10
#67
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Czech Republic fnx_2_majors 
no, why?
2018-06-07 13:12
#68
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Slovakia k1r3 
why are you fake flagging then ?
2018-06-07 13:13
#69
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Czech Republic fnx_2_majors 
lebo si chytil bait ty blb
2018-06-07 13:14
#70
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Slovakia k1r3 
fuha česky rekt diky
2018-06-07 13:15
#98
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Namibia banned_so 
Hahaha
2018-06-11 13:07
#71
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Denmark ghostan11 
In maybe your delusional World
2018-06-07 13:52
#72
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Czech Republic fnx_2_majors 
lmao u mad?
2018-06-07 14:08
#82
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Denmark ghostan11 
give me at least one argument where i was mad xDD. with people like u who have 10 iq i can only laugh.
2018-06-07 15:44
#83
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Czech Republic fnx_2_majors 
maybe cuz you are toxic for no reason? :D who has 10 iq lul
2018-06-07 17:03
#84
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Denmark ghostan11 
where was i toxic?. i just answer like that to nolifers who bait on hltv
2018-06-07 17:28
#89
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Czech Republic fnx_2_majors 
are you 12?
2018-06-07 20:58
#90
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Denmark ghostan11 
yes and u are 4
2018-06-07 21:02
#2
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Brazil Baitzera_BR 
s1mple top 1
2018-06-06 22:20
#8
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CIS s1mpletop0ne 
baitzera top 1000 without taco
2018-06-06 22:21
#9
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Brazil Baitzera_BR 
+1
2018-06-06 22:21
#13
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CIS s1mpletop0ne 
+1
2018-06-06 22:21
#29
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Bangladesh drvken 
vaco power
2018-06-06 22:46
How can dupreeh go even higher, he already is at the very top
2018-06-06 22:23
Same thoughs here..
2018-06-06 23:11
Dupreeh is a tier2 player, cause simple is the only tier1 atm.
2018-06-06 23:40
#42
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Switzerland BottomFragger 
Same could be said for teams, just doesn't make that much sense to me though. I would just say he's on an entirely different level than the other T1 players
2018-06-07 00:06
#63
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Czech Republic fnx_2_majors 
+1 What about colzera and s1mple going up?
2018-06-07 11:24
s1mple has reached double the amount of the top and has been in places no one has ever been before. Unfortunately, Coldzera has fallen quite far from the top and he'll need another bait if he wants to get back up there
2018-06-07 14:09
#74
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Czech Republic fnx_2_majors 
1. s1mple 2. coldzera 3. niko imo
2018-06-07 14:11
1. s1mple 2. Krimz 3. Niko 4. Dev1ce 5. Electronic Cold is somewhere between 10-15 atm Just my oppinion
2018-06-07 14:17
#88
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Chile strong221 
s1mple coldzera NiKo elige dupreeh
2018-06-07 20:40
i aren't think that
2018-06-06 22:20
#7
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Brazil tupacman 
ferdog
2018-06-06 22:20
sk lul
2018-06-06 22:21
#11
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Europe havebadday 
Calyx with lol face well done
2018-06-06 22:21
Lul nip
2018-06-06 22:21
ez 4 issa
2018-06-06 22:22
#17
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Sweden KarlXII 
Hampus, soon in Fnatic or NIP.
2018-06-06 22:22
#22
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United Kingdom galaxzy 
He IGLs aswell, perfect for both teams tbh.
2018-06-06 22:24
-GTR +Hampus Hampus IGL , dennis back to rifle ? Still they need awper
2018-06-06 23:12
#36
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Sweden KarlXII 
+1 f0rest can AWP. He AWPed before, so i see no problem with that.
2018-06-06 23:13
Or maybe +twist ? He could be a great addition. I know f0rest is great with every single weapon , but still they need riflers as well and f0rest is definitely one of the better ones.
2018-06-06 23:16
#55
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Finland Smoonah 
mertz > draken
2018-06-07 07:10
Nice joke
2018-06-07 21:37
#92
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Finland Smoonah 
rising stock > falling stocks nt espirado
2018-06-08 00:47
ez for polish beast snatchie
2018-06-06 22:23
#95
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Argentina trackssZZZ 
The best polish is bnTeT lmao
2018-06-08 11:45
snatchie best but BnTeT bestest
2018-06-08 14:18
#19
nitr0 | 
United Kingdom Jim3110 
s1mple will never rise lol
2018-06-06 22:23
No need to rise he is already at the top lul
2018-06-07 01:09
top1 rise to top0???
2018-06-07 05:00
Kick_Get_RiGht_ffs
2018-06-06 22:24
#23
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United Arab Emirates p1peb0mb 
ez4poser
2018-06-06 22:26
Rip fer
2018-06-06 22:27
#25
KRIMZ | 
Denmark slacking 
lmao espiranto so shit
2018-06-06 22:28
+1 overrated cocky kid
2018-06-07 08:04
#26
kNgV- | 
Brazil matwoks 
Ez
2018-06-06 22:29
#27
MSL | 
World Houzzy 
MERTZ GOD
2018-06-06 22:35
#28
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Poland crouzzz 
Nice
2018-06-06 22:41
Monster snatchie
2018-06-06 23:00
#32
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Denmark YOVNGPETER 
SNATCHIE ez
2018-06-06 23:07
CajunB PogChamp
2018-06-06 23:08
GODREEH <3
2018-06-06 23:18
#39
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Netherlands Deji 
Esperianto 0.60 rating lul
2018-06-06 23:37
#40
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Brazil beckergod 
Cajunb and konfig?????? OMEGAMASTERLUL, they are so bad, overrated so hard this optic team, wtf
2018-06-06 23:39
k0nfig is a piece of a shit as a guy but a tier 1 player, deal with it.Cajun also stepped up big time in Optic.
2018-06-07 04:49
T2 player...konfig is not that good
2018-06-07 14:37
you have some explanation to prove your statement?
2018-06-07 17:37
watch his games dudes....see his history. Hes good, but t2 at max. I can name 10 t2 players above him easily
2018-06-08 05:06
I disagree, his aim is pretty crisp, he's good with both rifles and pistols, he even played secondary awp.Name a t2 player who went out of groups in major and was on top 20 players list.I watched him since dignitas and he has improved big time, 2016 k0nfig (tier2) 2017 konfig (tier 1) deal with it bro.
2018-06-08 13:20
#43
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Poland Tyraelllll 
BEDSPIRANTO
2018-06-07 00:06
#46
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Europe GuardianC4 
what about electronic?
2018-06-07 01:18
croman faze up?
2018-06-07 01:47
#49
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Japan Jotaro 
No twistzz ?
2018-06-07 03:10
hope xcc be good again
2018-06-07 05:01
so sad thorin cant bring this kind of analysis ever.... (CSGO #1 ANALyst LOL)
2018-06-07 06:48
#54
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Switzerland ^$!(|[]|)$^ 
lul
2018-06-07 07:00
fallen has fallen
2018-06-07 07:20
#57
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Australia Zackatt4ck 
NoobyranTo
2018-06-07 07:29
#58
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Finland DespeQ 
Jame now back to 0.62 rating.
2018-06-07 07:47
#60
Aleksib | 
Europe samje 
no ence players ok
2018-06-07 09:23
#77
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Brazil Charizaldo 
fer will come back stronger he's with shay again
2018-06-07 14:19
Konfig and canjun ahhahahaha
2018-06-07 14:36
#80
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Indonesia youdelusional 
3 NIP players in the falling side lewl
2018-06-07 15:13
NiP need to get an IGL and release the Dennis beast. He shouldn't be IGL when he has that firepower.
2018-06-07 15:16
-pasha +Snatchie -NEO +Furlan EZ top 1
2018-06-08 01:34
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