ELEAGUE Premier 2018: the EVPs

We went through the numbers and analyzed individual performances from ELEAGUE Premier to present our five Exceptionally Valuable Players (EVPs) of the tournament, which saw Astralis take home the lion's share of a $1 million prize pool.

The 2018 edition of ELEAGUE Premier came to a close on Sunday with Astralis taking down Liquid in just two hours to pick up their fourth international title since the start of the year and further solidify their place at the top of the pile ahead of the player break.

Nicolai "device" Reedtz was rewarded for his heroics with the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award after producing a 1.44 rating - his career best at a Big Event.

Five players stood out in Atlanta besides MVP device

It is now time to look further and reveal the other players who stood out in Atlanta. ELEAGUE Premier produced five EVPs, all of them from the teams who reached the final. Na`Vi pair Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev and Denis "electronic" Sharipov were both close to making the cut but ultimately missed out as their group stage performances did not make up for a generally poor display against Liquid in the semi-finals.

HLTV.org's EVP picks (by order):

Canada Keith "NAF" Markovic
Denmark Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander
Canada Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken
Denmark Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen
Denmark Emil "Magisk" Reif

Leading the list is none other than Canadian hot-shot NAF, who gets his fifth EVP nod of the year after inspiring Liquid to a runner-up finish in Atlanta with a team-leading 1.23 rating - the third highest in the tournament.

After a frustrating showing in Cologne, both individually and collectively, NAF returned to his best and averaged a 1.34 rating in the group stage - second only to device's 1.59. He was Liquid's only player in the green in the team's 0-2 group defeat to Astralis (1.21), while in the two series against MIBR he trailed Twistzz, the squad's top performer.

NAF led the charge in the semi-final series against Natus Vincere (1.34 rating), but, just like the rest of the team, he fell off the grid in the title decider, which brought his playoff rating down to 1.07.

The Canadian ended the tournament in the top five in nine stats categories besides rating, including Impact (1.21), ADR (83.0), KAST (75.7%) and deaths per round (0.60). All in all, just another great individual tournament from the Liquid superstar, which, sadly for him, did not translate into collective success.

2018 continues to be a fantastic year for gla1ve, who is now on an eight-tournament streak with 1+ ratings. The Astralis skipper, who has averaged an impressive 1.16 rating on LAN since the start of the year, was once again in the running for the MVP award in Atlanta, but he had to settle for an EVP mention - his fourth of 2018, after DreamHack Masters Marseille, the ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals and the ECS Season 5 Finals.

gla1ve had a slow start in Atlanta, with two underwhelming maps against Cloud9 and Liquid, but he stepped up in the playoffs. He was the main instigator of Astralis' 2-0 win over mousesports, with a +23 KDD and a 1.45 rating, and he also held his own in the title decider despite struggling a bit on Nuke, the more contested of the two maps of the series. Overall, he put in a 1.27 rating in the knockout stages - only bettered by device's 1.29.

He also impressed at ELEAGUE with his clutching ability, winning six 1vsX situations - more than any other player. His big role in Astralis' campaign can also be seen in his 81.5 ADR and 1.22 Impact, which helped to establish him as the team's second biggest contributor in the tournament.

Twistzz comes in as the second biggest contributor to Liquid's final appearance in Atlanta with an impressive 1.21 rating, but he was not nearly as consistent as NAF. Both players had the same number of maps with ratings higher than 1.30, five, but the 18-year-old had two more games in the red than his teammate and compatriot. His inconsistency is best explained by a 1.43 rating in Liquid's wins against NAF's 1.38.

The young Canadian was a nuisance to MIBR in the two series against the Brazilians as he put in a +53 KDD and averaged a 1.56 rating and 93.2 damage. But apart from that he struggled to make his mark, only truly standing out in the semi-final victory on Overpass against Na`Vi with a 1.58 rating.

Twistzz's high peaks against MIBR pushed his group stage to 1.33 rating; in the playoffs, his level dropped markedly, to the point that he was only Liquid's third-best player, behind NAF and Nick "nitr0" Cannella. But despite his inconsistency, the young Canadian still ended the tournament with a 1.21 rating - a personal best in 2018 - and was in the top five in 11 stats categories, leading in headshots per round (0.49) and headshot percentage (62%).

dupreeh makes his third appearance on an EVP list (after IEM Sydney and ESL One Cologne) thanks to his remarkable consistency in Atlanta, where he averaged a 1.16 rating. He was never a carrier for Astralis, only twice putting in a rating higher than 1.15, but he was a solid contributor throughout the tournament, finishing all maps with +1 ratings - something that not even MVP device managed to do.

The 25-year-old, who peaked on the second map of the group match against Liquid, where he put in a 1.82 rating, had the second-worst Impact of his team (1.08), but made up for that with tournament-high percentage of traded deaths (30.1%), assists per round (0.21) and KAST (77.4%), while he also had the second-highest percentage of support rounds (25%).

Rounding out the list is another Astralis player, Magisk, who earns his fifth EVP distinction since joining the team. His 1.15 event rating in Atlanta was his worst since IEM Katowice, but he still makes the cut thanks to his consistency, with seven out of eight maps above a 1.00 rating and four above a 1.15 rating, and to his performance in the title decider against Liquid, in which he was Astralis' second-best player (1.38 rating).

The 20-year-old's performance in the final helped to push his playoff rating to 1.23 - the third-highest in Astralis. Despite producing a +29 KDD, he was only ranked in the top five in terms of deaths per round (0.59), in a tournament where he was overshadowed by three of his teammates.

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
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1207
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
981
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1143
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1403
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1246
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
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
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
929
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
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
#2
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Russia illuminosity 
s1mple bot
2018-08-03 21:02
cold = bot
2018-08-03 21:03
mibr = bot
2018-08-03 21:07
+1
2018-08-03 21:08
Liquid = BOT in finals
2018-08-03 21:23
at least they reach finals?!
2018-08-03 21:27
#38
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United States KylieJenner 
At least they can qualify ENVY LUL
2018-08-03 21:47
When HLTV people say "disband" and envyus actually did so
2018-08-03 21:59
Portugal LUL
2018-08-03 23:49
#59
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Portugal Fsgsh 
Brazil lul
2018-08-03 23:53
Poorzil LUL
2018-08-03 23:54
PORTUGAL OMEGALUL
2018-08-04 00:17
Portugal scene OMEGALUL
2018-08-04 03:28
Just remember that portugal is a relatively wealthy country in Europe. Brazil is a relatively poor country where the only rich people sell cocaine or they are Nazi-germans hiding in South America.
2018-08-04 09:54
youtube.com/watch?v=ZOHnxMNuAfg Portugal marines HAHAHA XD
2018-08-04 18:20
#74
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United Kingdom Deymosmeister 
Brazil is literally Portugal but, bigger ,newer and poorer
2018-08-12 00:07
BRAZIL TALKING LMAO
2018-08-04 12:59
Hungary LMAO 0 major 0 wc LUL LUL LUL
2018-08-04 18:19
HUNGARY TALKING LUL
2018-08-04 20:54
Carried by the country you hate
2018-08-05 00:04
+1
2018-08-03 22:25
#3
ZywOo | 
Denmark D4mbad1m 
yeet
2018-08-03 21:02
Nais
2018-08-03 21:02
NiKo? 1.31 rating
2018-08-03 21:02
#17
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United Kingdom galaxzy 
went out in groups
2018-08-03 21:10
Any good player can get a ridiculously high rating if they only get to play 2/3 matches for their team.
2018-08-03 21:32
#36
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Latvia Phenomennn 
He wasn't even playing PLAY-OFFS dude... wtf
2018-08-03 21:40
2matches only
2018-08-03 22:25
#6
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Palestine Baitor69 
bot s1mple LOL
2018-08-03 21:02
#37
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Latvia Phenomennn 
Bot? He was clear EVP of this event... check stats
2018-08-03 21:40
#54
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Palestine Baitor69 
all > s1mple LOL Xantares >>>>> BOTS1MPLE LOL
2018-08-03 22:41
#55
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Latvia Phenomennn 
nice try retard still 0/8
2018-08-03 23:04
#56
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Palestine Baitor69 
-1 s1mple = super bot gay not good bad
2018-08-03 23:27
#57
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Latvia Phenomennn 
reported for baiting in news thread
2018-08-03 23:36
#7
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Brazil Raphzzz 
not first
2018-08-03 21:02
what about Snax?
2018-08-03 21:03
#10
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Brazil stewArt1 
Wheres is Tarik
2018-08-03 21:03
#11
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United States SWiFTzZzZz 
Vverpass Just thought I’d let you know
2018-08-03 21:04
EZ 4 MAGISK
2018-08-03 21:05
Wow
2018-08-03 21:06
Electronic?
2018-08-03 21:09
#51
JW | 
United Kingdom Roarhaven 
Did you even read the article Na`Vi pair Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev and Denis "electronic" Sharipov were both close to making the cut but ultimately missed out as their group stage performances did not make up for a generally poor display against Liquid in the semi-finals.
2018-08-03 22:24
Astralis gods
2018-08-03 21:12
#20
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Europe gayzera 
Unexpected
2018-08-03 21:14
So reddy
2018-08-03 21:16
#22
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Canada YankeeM 
6,9/8 Nice bait HLTV
2018-08-03 21:19
Astralis was so OP on this tournament that Xyp9x didn't even need to do anything, so he should have been given EVP too.
2018-08-03 21:23
#25
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Poland trollorowy 
red/white flags hltv racist
2018-08-03 21:24
#26
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Brazil Botzera__ 
No electronic, s1mple, NiKo, EliGE 0/8 Hltv
2018-08-03 21:26
Niko's performance couldn't get him past groups.
2018-08-03 21:34
niko? for what ffs? he didnt deserve it at all. elige? for 1.04 rating:D? omegalul...only s1mple probably deserved mvp from your list but thats it...
2018-08-03 22:03
EliGE I agree. Electonic, if he'd made the finals, yes, agree. NiKo- Olof is the problem BOTS1MPLE- Oh, Hell NoooOooOOOOooOoo!
2018-08-22 06:13
#28
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Latvia Phenomennn 
S1mple? Electronic? EliGE? Rigged...
2018-08-03 21:32
Not every player can be an exceptionally valuable player, otherwise no one would be.
2018-08-03 21:33
#32
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Latvia Phenomennn 
why the heck are you talking about "every player" when I told about true EVPs only? check stats maybe?
2018-08-03 21:36
S1mple and electronic weren't able to get their team into the final, they just weren't good enough to be recognized as EVPs.
2018-08-03 21:38
#35
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Latvia Phenomennn 
They played Semi finals it's far enough to be count as EVPs considering their ratings... They were just great at this event, for sure they did worse than at Cologne, but still.. Solid EVPs... But they put Gla1ve instead LMAO
2018-08-03 21:39
"But they put Gla1ve instead LMAO" gla1ve had the same rating as s1mple and better than electronic+he is igl+he won that tournament rofl. he deserved that evp more than s1mple and electronic combined
2018-08-03 22:05
#47
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South Africa nimmaJ 
You realize theres only a limited number of EVPs right? Gla1ve arguably carried Ast vs mouz in the semi final match and was consistent the rest of the tournament. Yes semis is far enough to count if you have an exceptional performance but S1mple and electronic didnt show up vs liquid in full form, it's not like s1mple was +25 in the series and they got 2-0d, s1mple was mediocre like the rest of his team and that's what prevented him from getting EVP. You cant just be great in group stage and fall off in playoffs.
2018-08-03 22:09
#39
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South Africa nimmaJ 
S1mple and electronic didnt make the finals of an 8 team tournament by losing to an underdog team in the semis. Obviously liquids players are going to to receive it over them, same with Astralis players. Elige had a 1.04 rating and -3 KDD not sure how you're claiming he should have gotten an EVP when he was his teams 2nd worst performer and moreso saying "check stats" when you clearly didnt.
2018-08-03 21:55
#43
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Latvia Phenomennn 
SEMI FINALS DUDE.
2018-08-03 22:01
#45
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South Africa nimmaJ 
Yeah and Liquid beat them and made the FINALS and Astralis beat Liquid and WON the TOURNAMENT. What's your point?
2018-08-03 22:11
#48
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Latvia Phenomennn 
My point is SEMI FINALS with good ratings is far enough to be EVPs of the tournament.
2018-08-03 22:11
#49
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South Africa nimmaJ 
Well you're wrong in this case especially when in that semi final he had a negative KD and mediocre rating.
2018-08-03 22:14
So cuz naf was a bot in the finals he should be discredited for being a beast every other match?? #clueless When astralis goes out in semis, the EVP count goes up to 10 players on this site.
2018-08-04 00:59
#66
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South Africa nimmaJ 
First of all S1mple didn't make it to the finals, he made it to the semi-finals. 2nd that was his only playoff match and he went -1 KDD with a 1.01 rating You cant just perform well in group stage, lose an overdog match and expect to get EVP, especially when all of these other players played great in group stage and in playoffs. Please show me where a tournament had more than 7 EVPs and keep in mind this is an 8 team tournament not 12 or 16 Not sure why you brought NAF he made it farther in the tournament than s1mple and showed up in playoffs unlike s1mple.
2018-08-04 05:29
Bot p1mple
2018-08-04 00:14
NIKO LUL
2018-08-03 21:39
ez for astraGODS
2018-08-03 21:52
#41
ZywOo | 
Denmark Shremble 
They all deserved the EVP'S And device the MVP Simple and elec isent evps because other players had better stats
2018-08-03 21:58
Naf is a god.
2018-08-03 22:22
#61
Xyp9x | 
China Autumn7 
All red and white flags
2018-08-04 00:06
twistz mvh (most valuable hair)
2018-08-06 20:39
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