ECS S5 Finals and ESL One Belo Horizonte: the EVPs

Striker
June 21st, 2018 23:15

We take a look back at ECS Season 5 Finals and ESL One Belo Horizonte to present our EVPs (Exceptionally Valuable Players) of June's two big international events.

June's big international tournaments ended with Astralis hoisting their third trophy this year after an undefeated run at ECS Season 5 Finals, while FaZe claimed their second title of 2018 at ESL One Belo Horizonte, where Astralis did not travel.

At ECS, Nicolai "device" Reedtz was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP), beating Keith "NAF" Markovic to the award after spearheading Astralis' title-winning campaign in London, where he had the shared-highest rating (1.30) and the most opening kills per round (0.19) as well as success in opening duels (71.4%).

ECS Season 5 Finals yielded three EVPs and the MVP from Astralis

Belo Horizonte saw Nikola "NiKo" Kovač edge out serious competition in his teammate, Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács, and his opponent in the grand final, Chris "chrisJ" de Jong, to secure his first MVP medal of the year (third overall) with a consistent performance throughout the Brazilian event.

It is now time to present our Exceptionally Valuable Players, the players who shaped their teams' successes, of the two prestigious tournaments.

Below is an ordered list of the ECS Season 5 Finals and ESL One Belo Horizonte EVPs. You will find that all of the EVPs were the respective events' finalists; other players didn't make the cut, as none of the semi-finalists stood out enough in the playoffs to deserve the award.

As mentioned above, NAF's play throughout ECS Season 5 Finals put him in contention for the MVP award up until the second map of the grand final, as he was a consistent force throughout the tournament with just one map below a 1.00 rating, in the team's group stage loss to Astralis.

The Canadian star earned his place at the top of the EVPs by leading Liquid to their narrow triumph in the opening match against fnatic as well as to the semi-final victory versus NRG, where he averaged a 1.75 rating and 111 ADR over the two convincing maps. NAF also kept up a great level on the first map of the grand final against Astralis, though to no success, as the North American side fell 14-16 on Mirage.

Over the entire tournament, the 20-year-old averaged a 1.30 rating, the highest at the ECS (shared with device), as well as 88.3 ADR (third most), 0.59 deaths per round (second fewest), as well as 75.6% KAST (fourth highest), which goes on to show his round-to-round consistency.

Magisk started the event neck-and-neck with his teammate device, as the two of them led Astralis to first place in their group, with the 20-year-old earning his only Player of the Match award in the close opener against Cloud9 after fantastic play on the CT side, where the Danes made a comeback from a 3-12 deficit.

He continued to perform as one of the team's best players of the winners' match against Liquid, but he dropped off in the semi-finals against FaZe and didn't make up for it enough in the grand final to get back to even ground with device, averaging a 1.04 playoffs rating. Still, Astralis's newest addition finished the tournament as his team's second-best player thanks to immense impact in the groups and a solid level in playoffs.

EliGE comes in with his second EVP mention of 2018 after maintaining a great level throughout the London tournament and hitting high peaks in the latter stages, particularly on the two Nukes Liquid played at the tournament, in the group stage decider against fnatic and in the semi-final versus NRG.

Like NAF, EliGE had one more great map in the grand final, as he put in a 1.55 rating and 112 ADR in the 11-16 loss on the second map, Dust2.

The American star fell behind NAF despite posting similar statistics, such as 1.27 rating (fourth highest), 88.3 ADR (fourth most), 0.84 KPR (third most), and 77.6% KAST (second highest), as his Canadian teammate outperformed him with two PotMs to his name.

Though never in contention for the MVP award, gla1ve put in a consistent showing at the tournament with five out of six maps above a 1.00 rating and an especially high peak in the semi-finals, where he earned a Player of the Match award for the second map, Inferno, against FaZe with a 1.73 rating.

He was also a big reason why Astralis prevailed in their close Mirage encounter with Liquid in the grand final, putting up a 1.61 rating on the CT side, helping his team claim 11 rounds on the defense.

Overall, gla1ve stood out with the tournament's highest KAST (79.0%) and by far the most assists per round (0.25), which helps explain his contribution to Astralis's success in London.

GuardiaN was, alongside NiKo and chrisJ, among the main contenders for the MVP award in Belo Horizonte, as he kept up the pace with his teammate up until the grand final with a few huge peaks in each series, most notably on Overpass against Ghost in the opening match and versus Liquid on Nuke in the semi-finals.

Although the Slovakian had plenty of impact in the team's wins in the grand final, especially on the last two maps, NiKo was simply too good throughout the best-of-five series not to come away with the MVP award, leaving GuardiaN as a close second-best.

The AWPer was the among the best players in 13 leaderboards, including overall rating (1.30, second-highest), ADR (83.3, fifth most), KPR (0.84, second most), deaths per round (0.56, second fewest), KAST (76.5%), and clutches (four 1vsX won, tied second most). His 1.45 rating in FaZe's wins, which is slightly higher compared to NiKo (1.42), also shows just how much he contributed to his team's success.

chrisJ was undoubtedly one of the biggest surprises of the tournament, as he stepped up massively after taking over the role of the main AWPer while mousesports played with Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert instead of Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný in Brazil.

The Dutch player kicked off the tournament with a PotM award in a close Mirage affair against Não Tem Como and proceeded to show up in similar form against Liquid to clinch first place in the group with a 1.38 group stage rating. In the playoffs, he distanced himself from suNny and ropz, leading mousesports to their win over SK in semis and giving a great performance in the grand final.

ESL One Belo Horizonte goes down as chrisJ's best tournament so far, having recorded 1.15 or higher ratings on nine out of 11 maps, a staggering 1.56 impact rating (by far the highest at the event, with NiKo's 1.36 being the second-highest), the third-highest rating overall (1.29), fourth-most kills per round (0.81), the most opening kills per round (0.23), and the second-highest success in opening duels (68.1%).

suNny kicked off the event at least as well as chrisJ with particularly dominant performances on the two Trains mousesports played in groups, against Não Tem Como and Liquid (2.09 and 1.75 ratings, respectively), which helped him put in the highest group stage rating out of all players (1.54).

The Finn maintained a good level in the semi-final versus SK, most notably on the closer map of the two, another Train. However, suNny dropped off heavily in the grand final, where he only played up to par with some of his previous performances on another Train, helping mousesports grab a 2-1 lead in the series. Overall, he finished the final with a 0.96 rating after disappointing on the other four maps.

Nonetheless, suNny earned his third EVP award of 2018, as he was still a big reason why mousesports made the final in Belo Horizonte with a 1.43 rating in wins (the highest within his team).

rain sat on the back seat throughout the group stage, where he averaged a 1.10 rating, the second lowest in FaZe, while NiKo and GuardiaN dominated their opponents to cruise through to the semis from first place.

Things didn't improve for the 23-year-old in the semis versus Liquid, as he only had one good map out of the three and his worst map of the event on Dust2, but the grand final was another story. While rain put in 0.83 and 0.87 ratings on the maps FaZe lost, the three maps his team won — those that matter in the end — in the best-of-five were rain's highest-rated out of the 12 FaZe played at ESL One.

Although the Norwegian was clearly up-and-down, there's no denying that a significant portion of the grand final triumph rested on his shoulders. Overall, he mainly stood out in the number of his deaths that were traded — an impressive 30.6%, the most out of all players by a large margin.

After warming up to the big stage at ECS Season 5 Finals, FaZe's stand-in, cromen, impressed at ESL One Belo Horizonte with a consistent showing and a few peaks that earned him two Player of the Match awards; one on Inferno versus Space Soldiers in Group A's winners' match and one from Mirage in the semi-final against Liquid.

The "other Norwegian" actually looked to surpass rain after the semi-finals, though his compatriot edged him out slightly thanks to having more impact in the grand final.

cromen grabs his first EVP at the third big event of his career after posting a 1.18 rating, 0.57 deaths per round (third fewest), 77.6% KAST (second highest), and four clutches (tied second), three of which he scored in the grand final.

ropz rounds out the list of EVPs from ESL One Belo Horizonte mainly thanks to his play in groups, where he averaged a 1.51 rating after dominating Não Tem Como and Liquid alongside suNny and chrisJ.

Though he already dropped off noticeably compared to the group stage, the 18-year-old played his part in the semi-final versus SK as well, especially on Train where his 1.74 CT side rating helped mousesports come back from a 5-10 half.

While the Estonian's play on Cache and Train was one of the reasons why mousesports managed to clinch the two close maps in the best-of-five grand final, he failed to impress in the losses with below 1.00 ratings in each one, ending the tournament with a 0.99 playoffs rating.

Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1210
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
710
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
829
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.16
United States Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
731
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Norway Jorgen 'cromen' Robertsen
Jorgen 'cromen' Robertsen
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
253
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.18
Maps played:
890
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Czech Republic Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný
Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
783
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
867
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.16
Finland Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
894
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Estonia Robin 'ropz' Kool
Robin 'ropz' Kool
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
387
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.12
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1132
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1201
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
975
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.17
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
915
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
#4
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Brazil Sp4rkes 
nice
2018-06-21 23:16
#5
s1mple | 
France Lioxys 
Yeet
2018-06-21 23:16
GJ Cromen :D
2018-06-21 23:16
cromen top 20 hltv confirmed
2018-06-21 23:17
Whats the point of giving out EVP's for a tier 2 event in Brazil?
2018-06-21 23:17
#23
France Wyrd 
+1 The event is in the "big events" list in the stats, like wtf ?
2018-06-21 23:33
Because "ESL one" added to it. + faze mouz were tier 1 teams
2018-06-22 07:00
#54
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Other Tyload 
+1
2018-06-22 11:38
#35
dennis | 
Latvia De1Co 
"content"
2018-06-22 01:49
Don't be a salty kid..the event was big, just quit being petty :k
2018-06-23 02:03
#14
fnx | 
Brazil leodubraiz 
Styko?????
2018-06-21 23:18
nt
2018-06-21 23:27
#21
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Czech Republic ufonk 
The most underestimated player in the whole csgo scene!
2018-06-21 23:28
#25
PAGO | 
Poland Kimanerq 
yeah so true just because of his role within the team =|
2018-06-21 23:40
#28
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Brazil ToTheStarsEZ 
Nope.
2018-06-22 00:10
#15
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Indonesia Klockup 
My boi n0thing didn’t even get mentioned smh
2018-06-21 23:20
But he did
2018-06-22 00:05
#29
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Brazil ToTheStarsEZ 
Because he was straight garbage, not even close of being an EVP.
2018-06-22 00:10
#33
dennis | 
Latvia De1Co 
He hasn't been to a LAN for like 11 months or even more and day before he casted an event, so he didn't had time to prepare for anything and he still did really good!
2018-06-22 01:47
#36
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Germany VeryFlaMezGuy 
who cares that he did good for his oppertunities? with ur logic every shit player should get an EVP just for trying to play good🙄
2018-06-22 01:55
Kind of his fault to cast and then go for an event, don't you think? He could have told sean to take his place and could have done some practice
2018-06-22 07:01
#55
dennis | 
Latvia De1Co 
You can't just cancel the cast. They have contracts!
2018-06-22 13:09
You're not cancelling casting of every single match, just one, I'm sure organizations are mature enough to understand that
2018-06-22 13:15
#59
dennis | 
Latvia De1Co 
you think he can cancel match and train with people in brazil?
2018-06-22 19:01
#62
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Brazil ToTheStarsEZ 
He played just how you'd expect from someone coming out of a year long hiatus: poorly. And it's not like he was a good player even in his time competing. He was average at best. So his crap stats at Belo Horizonte make sense, really. But by no means was he an EVP because EVPs need to play well.
2018-06-24 16:19
#63
dennis | 
Latvia De1Co 
He didn't play poorly tho
2018-06-25 14:23
#64
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Brazil ToTheStarsEZ 
Definitely didn't play well either. His performance would've been fine if it wasn't for his shit play in the final. N0thing was definitely one of the biggest reasons they lost it, if not THE biggest reason.
2018-06-25 14:48
#65
dennis | 
Latvia De1Co 
They didn't even plan to win anything. Nor you'd be the same level you are in anything for 1 year break...
2018-06-25 19:23
#66
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Brazil ToTheStarsEZ 
They were in a tournament with no Astralis, no Na`Vi and FaZe with a stand-in. Winning was definitely a very likely possibility, and thanks to ChrisJ, they almost did it.
2018-06-25 19:53
#16
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Lithuania DieNastyA 
where SK at ?
2018-06-21 23:24
#34
dennis | 
Latvia De1Co 
Who?
2018-06-22 01:47
#37
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Lithuania DieNastyA 
+1
2018-06-22 01:59
#17
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Czech Republic ufonk 
Nice stuff. ty
2018-06-21 23:24
#22
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Poland Nebulek 
GODcromen
2018-06-21 23:32
why GuardiaN not EVP in ECS? his rating higher than Magisk and 6 maps too. I hate you HLTV, why you so stupid WHAT THE FUCK
2018-06-21 23:35
Because in events with 8 teams, they only chose from players in the finals
2018-06-22 01:05
Ye it's stupid as fuck.
2018-06-22 02:06
#26
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Portugal CS|CRMN1 
No bias here, but Coldzera had a solid 1.22 rating being the most consistent SK player, Ropz had 1.16 and was probably the 3rd heaviest hitter of the team. What separates SK from Mousesports is a single knock-out match, not like SK got eliminated right away. I don't know the system they use to make these up, but I've never seen a player with a 1.2+ rating falling short on the semi final of a big event not grab an EVP. EDIT: This one's for Belo Horizonte of course, SK didn't play the ECS finals.
2018-06-21 23:52
#40
oskar | 
Czech Republic y0fl0w 
LUL 29-36, 0.92 against mouz
2018-06-22 02:12
I think because belo Horizonte was an 8 team tourney, and in 8 team tournaments they choose evps from the top 2 teams. Don’t quote me on that tho
2018-06-22 02:28
#43
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Indonesia linekerrr 
Both had 8 teams, but the difference is the format in belo allowed more maps to be played, i think that's why they chose fewer players in ecs Nvm i replied to the wrong comment. :D
2018-06-22 03:36
#53
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Portugal CS|CRMN1 
Maybe, that could explain it yeah.
2018-06-22 11:11
He played Ghost and SS aswell not the best teams to get destroyed vs Mousesports in the Semifinal
2018-06-22 07:53
Half of the players are Nordic, Just like HLTV, biased as fuck.
2018-06-22 00:34
karrigans fucking white hair wtf
2018-06-22 00:57
#42
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Other mikecool 
Noice
2018-06-22 02:51
#44
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Brazil Romarioek 
ok, the rain was EVP and the coldzera not? kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk Cold in ESL Belo Horizonte: 1.22 Rating 1.30 KD Kill / Round 0.82 Damage / Round 85.9 Lowest rating, 0.90 and 0.92 on defeat ...
2018-06-22 05:33
Lmfao flag checks out
2018-06-22 07:48
HLTV knows he is baiting But i have to agree with you he should have been there over rain
2018-06-22 07:50
Salty SK fans that coldzera mr 0.92 rating vs a good team did not get a EVP
2018-06-22 07:56
Lucky timing Rain LUL
2018-06-22 08:15
#52
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Europe treyhard 
LOL wtf are those EVPs for ECS? magisk? gla1ve? where's Ethan? where's NiKo? r u drunk hltv?
2018-06-22 10:48
wtf is that hats in their heads. rip csgo scene
2018-06-22 15:12
funny astralis pic
2018-06-22 23:18
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