ESL One Cologne: the EVPs

Striker
July 10th, 2018 22:40

We took a look back and analyzed the players' performances at ESL One Cologne to present our eight Exceptionally Valuable Players (EVPs) of the $300,000 tournament, which came to a close on Sunday with Natus Vincere lifting the trophy.

ESL One Cologne saw Natus Vincere clinch their third title in a row — their first this year at a tournament with all top-five teams in attendance — after defeating fnatic, Astralis, and BIG in the playoffs to secure second place in the ranking and edge closer to the No. 1 spot.

Eight players stood out from the crowd at ESL One Cologne

Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev starred yet again and earned the highest accolade as the $300,000 event's Most Valuable Player, averaging tournament-leading statistics such as a 1.37 rating and 0.90 kills per round after an incredibly consistent showing over the 17 maps Na`Vi played throughout the German tournament.

It is now time to look further and present our EVP picks of ESL One Cologne. There were eight players who earned the award, of whom one hails from the winning team, two from the runners-up, BIG, two from each of the semi-finalists, FaZe and Astralis, and one from G2 as the quarter-finalists. The full list looks as follows:

HLTV.org's EVP picks (by order)
Russia Denis "electronic" Sharipov
Germany Johannes "tabseN" Wodarz
Germany Johannes "nex" Maget
Norway Håvard "rain" Nygaard
Denmark Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen
Denmark Nicolai "device" Reedtz
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola "NiKo" Kovač
France Kenny "kennyS" Schrub

Even though the groups were all about s1mple, who dominated with six Player of the Map awards in the team's six wins, electronic still had plenty of impact on Na`Vi's run through the lower bracket, especially against ENCE, where his performance on Mirage helped the team prevent an early elimination.

However, in the playoffs, the Russian star kept up with his superstar teammate and even surpassed him in some ways, averaging a tournament-highest 1.34 playoffs rating after powering Na`Vi to their Train win versus fnatic, on Overpass against Astralis, and on Inferno, the last map of the grand final, against BIG.

Though unlikely to ever catch up with s1mple, electronic was almost as valuable in Na`Vi's title-winning campaign in Cologne, as he put in a 1.40 rating in their wins, as well as an overall 1.31 rating (third highest), 90.9 ADR (third most), and eight clutches (second most, tied with s1mple) — including a 1v4 on Dust2 in the grand final and a 1v3 on the same map versus ENCE.

BIG's run to the runners-up finish at ESL One Cologne came as a shock, but it was no surprise to see tabseN top the charts for the German squad in their best placing at a big event thus far.

Even though he was a little inconsistent, the 23-year-old led the way for BIG in the groups with peaks in the opening match against Liquid, as well as in the overtime win on the deciding map of the lower bracket semi-final versus Renegades, Inferno, and on Cache against MIBR.

tabseN proceeded to put in a decisive performance in another overtime win, on Cache versus G2 in the quarter-finals, and continued with fantastic play in the semis up against FaZe (1.29 rating) and in the grand final (1.18 rating), shining in the role of the team's secondary AWPer, which BIG utilized very often on the CT side.

Overall, tabseN finished the tournament with the fifth-most ADR (88.2) as well as the fourth-most clutches (7), but his contribution to BIG's run is best explained by a 1.27 rating in the team's wins as well as a 1.28 impact rating.

nex's individual performance at ESL One Cologne came as as much of a surprise as BIG's did as a whole, as he was often, much like tabseN, the X-factor throughout the German side's run to the final.

In groups, the German made the difference in two out of five maps BIG won; in the 16-12 victory on Train versus Renegades and in their double-overtime triumph over MIBR on the deciding map, Inferno, which propelled BIG to the playoffs.

There, nex played a big part in the aforementioned Cache win over G2, in another overtime battle, and led the way for BIG versus FaZe in semis with a 1.38 rating and 97.4 ADR in the series. Though he dropped off in the grand final as a whole, his 1.78 rating on Dust2 gave BIG the only map they won in the best-of-five series.

rain comes in as the biggest contributor to FaZe's semi-final finish in Cologne with a consistent showing overall and three huge peaks in the groups, one of which was against BOOT-d[S] in the opening match and two against fnatic in the match for first place and a spot in the top four.

Interestingly, the Norwegian was never the main man behind FaZe's individual wins, but the aforementioned peaks, in which he worked in tandem with one of his teammates, and consistency put him at the top, as he led the European mixture with a 1.55 rating in their wins alongside a 1.42 impact rating overall. Otherwise, rain was the fourth-highest rated player of the tournament (1.29), dealt the most damage out of all players (93.4), and scored the second-most assists (0.19).

As usual, most of Astralis' players took turns making the most impact in their matches, but dupreeh was perhaps the most consistent of them all, as he put in 1.30+ ratings in four out of five of their wins in the group stage, where the Danes earned a direct ticket to the semi-finals. He also played well in the semi-final against Natus Vincere, averaging a 1.15 rating throughout the series despite entering the best-of-three with a below-average performance on Overpass.

dupreeh's best map and his only Player of the Map award came on Dust2 against G2 in the match for first place, where he made the difference with a 1.48 rating in an overtime victory. He mostly stood out with pure fragging ability (0.83 kills per round, fourth most), but he was generally good in most regards throughout the event.

Like dupreeh, device recorded 1.30+ ratings in four out of five wins in groups, with most of his contribution coming from Group A's upper bracket semi-final series versus Cloud9, in which he put in a 1.62 rating and earned two Player of the Map awards.

device added one more PotM to his tally in the playoffs, in the only map Astralis won over Natus Vincere in the semi-finals, Nuke. Across the whole tournament, device averaged the fifth-highest rating (1.27), was among the hardest players to kill with the fewest deaths per round (0.54) and made most of his contribution on the CT side, where he averaged a 1.48 rating.

NiKo earns yet another EVP mention following a solid tournament across the board, with nine out of nine maps above a 1.00 rating, including an especially high peak in the opener against BOOT-d[S]. The Bosnian also made his impact known on the first map of the semi-final against BIG on Dust2, where he helped FaZe come out on top of the overtime battle with key plays on the CT side and a 1.28 rating.

Like rain's, much of NiKo's contribution was on the defensive side overall, as he averaged a 1.41 rating as CT, and he was also one of the most successful players in opening duels (67.5%) while being one of the hardest to kill with only 0.57 deaths per round (second fewest). Apart from his match-to-match consistency, he was also one of the most consistent contributors round-to-round with the fourth-highest KAST (75.5%).

kennyS rounds out the Exceptionally Valuable Players as the only quarter-finalist to make the list. The AWPer was by far G2's best player at ESL One Cologne, as he hit numerous huge peaks, in their group stage win against mousesports (a staggering 1.46 rating in the three-map series) as well as in the quarter-finals versus BIG (1.63 rating in an overtime loss on Cache).

Even though the Frenchman was quite up-and-down, he finished the tournament with the fourth-most ADR (88.7), the third-most kills per round (0.84), as well as the most AWP kills per round (0.47), mainly thanks to his contributions on the CT side where he put in a 1.39 rating (1.07 on the T side).

Germany Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1057
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.16
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1260
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1140
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
600
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
920
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Germany Johannes 'nex' Maget
Johannes 'nex' Maget
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
849
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.16
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.18
Maps played:
895
KPR:
0.82
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
1.22
Maps played:
849
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.11
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1274
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
ez 4 s1mple the god EDIT: BIG top1
2018-07-10 22:41
S1MPLE GOAT S1MPLE > GTR > OLOF > BAITZERA
2018-07-10 22:41
Poggers
2018-07-10 22:41
#32
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Palestine zwe 
expected
2018-07-10 23:00
#60
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Denmark F1skereN 
We need smoogod to top evp
2018-07-11 01:42
#44
Thorin | 
Egypt True_ 
GTR shouldnt be second because he has been dogshit the past like 2 years
2018-07-10 23:34
#54
kennyS | 
Hungary lazzyP 
Pretty sure gtr was lowest rated player at the entire event lmao
2018-07-11 00:39
Lol? S1mpe > cold > olof > abism > gtr
2018-07-11 00:42
#62
s1mple | 
Germany psymax 
Not until he wins a major
2018-07-11 03:09
#30
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Germany Kuruyo 
+1
2018-07-10 22:57
#33
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Portugal EzLegend 
Wtf is evp's?
2018-07-10 23:07
#38
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Germany Betaa 
Exceptionally Valuable Players
2018-07-10 23:14
#77
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Portugal EzLegend 
Thxs
2018-07-11 16:22
Exceptionally valuable players
2018-07-11 00:25
#78
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Portugal EzLegend 
Thxs
2018-07-11 16:22
#35
nex | 
Germany Der_Pabst 
BIG top1 but Simple would've probably still gotten the mvp even when big won whats kinda meh
2018-07-10 23:08
#2
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United Kingdom iMarbot 
gg
2018-07-10 22:40
#3
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Armenia cGev 
Fancy
2018-07-10 22:41
#4
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United States MishaBiceps 
Kennys
2018-07-10 22:40
#6
mantuu | 
World Tangos 
smoyya ?
2018-07-10 22:41
#16
ropz | 
Czech Republic y0fl0w 
wtf? with this shit rating
2018-07-10 22:43
I mean during this event he really showed what he's capable of. I'm sure he'll only get better from this moment on.
2018-07-10 23:10
Ya but tabsen and.nex did even better
2018-07-11 12:48
#73
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Finland finalfan 
No sergej no allu
2018-07-11 11:45
#8
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CIS Sm1leyw0w 
Godtronic
2018-07-10 22:42
#9
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Denmark Experative 
what bout ALLU
2018-07-10 22:42
What about GOD ALLU? Blasphemy!
2018-07-10 22:42
lmao no sergej? who the fuck choose these EVPs
2018-07-10 22:42
#26
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Finland Xepokki 
ence didnt get to playoffs
2018-07-10 22:53
#40
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Finland coswell 
They still had as many maps played as Astralis for example. Doesnt make sense.
2018-07-10 23:19
#50
s1mple | 
Kazakhstan 7Haise 
"ence didnt get to playoffs" no play-off - no EVP
2018-07-11 00:24
#12
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Lithuania andy_ 
Håvard "rain" Nygaard TriHard 7
2018-07-10 22:42
kennyS
2018-07-10 22:43
#14
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Finland EdiEz 
Where is sergej??
2018-07-10 22:43
No smooya????
2018-07-10 22:43
#17
 | 
Europe Spoonman20 
Smooya LUL
2018-07-10 22:43
#18
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Lithuania DieNastyA 
Finally kennys is back
2018-07-10 22:43
Yep
2018-07-11 11:37
#19
TACO | 
Russia godmertz 
p1mple good but mertz is better
2018-07-10 22:44
#20
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Japan Menedreal 
rain was insane, a agree.
2018-07-10 22:44
#46
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Albania w0lves 
+1
2018-07-10 23:54
#21
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Finland k0ngeeeee 
WHERE THE FUCK IS SERGEJ ??
2018-07-10 22:47
#67
NAF | 
United States Jammin800k 
#66
2018-07-11 07:14
Sergej 2nd highest rated player in the tournament. Two 30 bombs against mouz. Yeah, didn't get into playoffs, but it was only by slightest margin that they would have eliminated the winner of the whole tournament. No problemos HLTV.
2018-07-10 22:48
#66
NAF | 
United States Jammin800k 
Almost doesnt mean shit in csgo, make it to the playoffs if you want an EVP
2018-07-11 07:14
nt na scene best na team was placed 9-12th best Finnish team was placed 7-8th
2018-07-11 08:38
#82
NAF | 
United States Jammin800k 
Yes I'm clearly a huge NA CS fan as seen by the G2 logo next to my name. Ez for Kenny hard for sergej
2018-07-11 18:57
#23
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United Kingdom Fizzhaz 
Where is olof?
2018-07-10 22:50
In faze
2018-07-11 11:38
#24
f0rest | 
Turkey kadirb 
nex was a beast
2018-07-10 22:51
smooya?
2018-07-10 22:52
#27
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Portugal raaVz 
ez 4 electronic , and where is smoya?
2018-07-10 22:55
#28
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Denmark pistolen 
smooya will cry again now
2018-07-10 22:55
#29
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Turkey FaZe|XANTARES 
smooya?
2018-07-10 22:57
#31
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Morocco de_cpl_mill 
Sergej should be there
2018-07-10 22:58
#34
Sadokist | 
Poland tr1xx 
Pretty sure it's only bcuz he didn't make it into top4, like snatchie at starladder
2018-07-10 23:08
#59
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Morocco de_cpl_mill 
Yeah you're right must have been it.
2018-07-11 01:16
#37
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Poland Konerd1 
if kennyS is here when he didn't reach semifinals tell me where the fvck is EVP for snatchie from starladder omegalul
2018-07-10 23:13
#39
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Finland coswell 
Kinda boring list... clearly didnt really spend a lot of time thinking about these.
2018-07-10 23:15
#68
NAF | 
United States Jammin800k 
And who would you have put on this list mr fin?
2018-07-11 07:15
Smooya denied
2018-07-10 23:22
#42
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Poland Marcines 
smooya played nothing special tbh
2018-07-10 23:25
#43
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Finland Rolezk1 
UK scene is joke so yeah
2018-07-10 23:27
#75
gob b | 
Germany twlcs 
have u actually watched any matches? because he had high impact frags in most of the crucial rounds
2018-07-11 12:51
#45
REAL | 
Norway duffz00r 
Very nice HLTV <3
2018-07-10 23:38
#47
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Finland niklaSjj 
no sergej no party
2018-07-10 23:54
I think needs playoffs for evp
2018-07-11 00:25
#53
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Finland niklaSjj 
:( Reply needs to have actual content
2018-07-11 00:30
@Striker, you mentioned several times in the text, that this is 250,000$ event, but event page says 300,000$. It is not that important after all, but just for the sake of clarification is it 250k or 300k?
2018-07-11 00:03
#49
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Finland Jodecast 
WHERE IS SERGEJ====??????????
2018-07-11 00:14
#56
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Portugal Isaacovsky 
I think the KennyS evp is biased, I'm not 100% sure but I think there's been quarterfinalists with better ratings than that that didn't make the list.
2018-07-11 00:43
That's not the only reason -- it's also that other players from the top4 teams didn't stand out as much. Most of the top teams were very unbalanced -- Navi had s1mpletronic, faze had rainiko, big had nexabseN. Even astralis was more unbalanced than usual.
2018-07-11 05:23
#65
NAF | 
United States Jammin800k 
Astralis was extremely balanced 4 of them within .07 of each other only xyp9x behind at 1.03. Also you said that players from the top teams didnt stand out and then named the 2 best players on each of those teams...?
2018-07-11 07:08
#80
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Portugal Isaacovsky 
That's not a reason to have Kenny has an EVP, if there wasn't enoguh players that stand out than they shouldn't pick so many players.
2018-07-11 16:44
#57
kennyS | 
Estonia BlameS 
Kenny wasted with that retard Shox.
2018-07-11 00:43
#58
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Finland aqua_rius 
sergej? 2nd highest rated player in the whole tournament
2018-07-11 00:45
#61
k0nfig | 
Denmark strogie 
So many mad ence fans haha
2018-07-11 02:00
electronic da king
2018-07-11 04:01
seriously, where's sergej. He deserves EVP. Smooya shall get one too...
2018-07-11 07:32
smooya 1.01 rating and nothing special
2018-07-11 15:56
really? I thought he had performed well, nvm then
2018-07-11 16:25
#81
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Australia Astralia 
Ye he was actually bottom fragging alot
2018-07-11 16:45
WHERE IS SERGEJ???????????
2018-07-11 19:22
#84
SpawN | 
Finland slaiska2 
ENCES FELLAS
2018-07-12 23:15
where is coldzera? where is fallen? where is stewie2k? where is fer? where is boltz?
2018-07-16 22:44
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