Player stock shift: August

August came to a close with North hoisting the trophy at DreamHack Masters Stockholm, so it's time for us to look back at the previous month's players and find out whose stock has changed.

Although the off-season took up a large chunk of August, three notable tournaments took place over the course of the month, including two smaller-sized events, IEM Shanghai and ZOTAC Cup Masters, as well as a large-scale competition, DreamHack Masters Stockholm.

All 17 players of August's stock shift were in action at DreamHack Masters Stockholm

Every single player of the stock shift for August was in action in Stockholm, which came to its surprising end this Sunday, but some of them made a significant portion of their case at the ZOTAC Cup Masters in Hong Kong.

Here are all the previous stock shift editions:

July
June
May
April
March
February
January

Without further ado, here are the 17 players featured in last month's Player stock shift:

There were plenty of other players who over or underperformed last month, most notably Miikka "suNny" Kemppi and Tarik "tarik" Celik in the rising category, as well as the likes of Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer and Hansel "BnTeT" Ferdinand as potential falling players, but we're not entirely certain we can consider that a trend, so they've joined the watchlist for the following tournaments.

Rising stock

WARDELL might just be the biggest surprise of August, as he was at the forefront of Ghost's successes at ZOTAC Cup Masters and DreamHack Masters Stockholm. The up-and-coming Canadian AWPer was one of the best players in Hong Kong with a 1.38 rating, and he led Ghost to their win over OpTic and continued to put up great numbers in their semi-final loss to Kinguin.

Many were curious to see whether WARDELL would be able to keep up against top-tier opposition, as he had faltered at his first Big Event, ESL One Belo Horizonte, but he didn't let us down this time. The 20-year-old spearheaded Ghost's campaign in Stockholm, helping them take maps off NiP and Natus Vincere.

The stock of the No. 1 and No. 6 players of 2017, coldzera and FalleN, had dropped back in April, when it was clear that neither was able to hold up to the standards they had set last year. coldzera has been putting up promising numbers in the past few months, with the exception of ELEAGUE Premier, and in August he looked at ZOTAC and DreamHack Masters very much like the coldzera we know.

FalleN had been struggling for form for months, but now that he grabbed his first MVP since BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen - albeit at a smaller event like ZOTAC - and maintained a steady level at DreamHack Masters Stockholm, we're confident that we can bump him back up as well.

Much like NiP as a whole, REZ and f0rest have been looking up and down throughout 2018, especially the former, who has been on our watchlist for falling stock in the past couple of months. Both players have turned it around with EVP-worthy performances at DreamHack Masters Stockholm, which was REZ's second-best Big Event after IEM Oakland 2017, where he was the MVP, and f0rest's best this year at the very least.

It should come as no surprise that the strock of three of North's players is rising after the Danes' stunning run to the title at DreamHack Masters Stockholm, during which they beat three top-five teams: Astralis (twice), Natus Vincere, and mousesports.

MSL, aizy, and valde were all in close contention for the MVP award at the end of the tournament. The medal ended up going to the in-game leader, who had been the target of much criticism throughout his career for his performances, so it's hard not to be overwhelmingly impressed with his level in Stockholm less than a month after he had taken up AWPing following Daniel "mertz" Mertz's exit from the team.

But even though much of the focus was on the in-game leader, the resurgence of aizy can't go unnoticed, as DreamHack Masters Stockholm marks one of the 22-year-old's career-best tournaments following a period of struggles. Meanwhile, we feel that valde is also on the rise after he grabbed an uncontested MVP award at DreamHack Open Valencia and a strong EVP mention after Stockholm, capping off a run of good form with a couple of awards.

Xyp9x had been featured in July's stock shift as a falling player after he had dropped to a 0.99 rating over the course of ESL One Cologne and ELEAGUE Premier. At DreamHack Masters Stockholm, the king of clutches was back in form as one of the candidates for the MVP award before the grand final took place.

Falling stock

Gambit have overall not looked up to par with top-tier competition, exiting the last three big tournaments in last place, and none of the players have looked in good shape. However, mou in particular has looked quite significantly poorer than usual, as he has dropped from a 1.16 rating in June to 0.95 over the course of the last two months.

OpTic's poor run in August sees three players fall significantly below their standards, especially cajunb, who had been one of the rising players in May, and JUGi, who played his worst event this year at ZOTAC Cup Masters and didn't make up for it at DreamHack Masters Stockholm. gade had been a riser last month after an impressive performance at the Minor, but now he drops back down after the two underwhelming events.

To better explain why oskar is featured in the falling players this month, we prepared a graph of his rating development over the last 12 months. The Czech AWPer set a high standard for himself when mousesports were at their best from late 2017 to early 2018, but he hasn't been able to hold up to that and has been gradually falling over the last few months.

Meanwhile, Snax has looked anything but impressive since his arrival in mousesports, posting below-average ratings at his first three events with the team: ESL One Cologne, ELEAGUE Premier, and DreamHack Masters Stockholm.

Similarly to oskar, the Norwegian has not kept up his level from the end of 2017/beginning of 2018 as his form has gradually decreased. Even though he has largely been posting good numbers over the last few months, he has been far away from the player he was in earlier this year, which puts him in a similar category to the likes of coldzera in April and Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson in June.

flamie's level has also gradually dropped ever since ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals, but it is largely DreamHack Masters Stockholm that convinced us that his stock is dropping, with his 0.98 rating at the Swedish tournaments ranking among his lowest in the past couple of years.

Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
1083
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
Canada Matthew 'WARDELL' Yu
Matthew 'WARDELL' Yu
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
504
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.10
Kazakhstan Rustem 'mou' Telepov
Rustem 'mou' Telepov
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
990
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
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
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1193
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Denmark Jakob 'JUGi' Hansen
Jakob 'JUGi' Hansen
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
875
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.10
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1580
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.17
Indonesia Hansel 'BnTeT' Ferdinand
Hansel 'BnTeT' Ferdinand
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
692
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.15
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1627
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
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
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1312
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
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
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
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
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1154
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1377
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
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
Denmark Nicklas 'gade' Gade
Nicklas 'gade' Gade
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
643
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
1530
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.15
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1333
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1169
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Poland Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1604
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
891
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
I agree with most of it besides coldzera and fallen "rising"!
2018-09-05 00:20
faster than shakeeh
2018-09-05 00:22
who?
2018-09-05 00:22
yes
2018-09-05 00:23
#25
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Turkey Mustafa- 
where is XANTARES
2018-09-05 00:41
#45
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
unexpected, only 3 of North rising smh
2018-09-05 01:54
#66
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Singapore derpydm 
tbh kjb looked back on form quite a while ago already, and niko didnt impress much, he was just there
2018-09-05 02:59
vac banned
2018-09-05 12:35
#57
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Canada Matomoto 
What is "sugandese"?
2018-09-05 02:11
No
2018-09-05 02:47
pls no
2018-09-05 12:36
#33
JW | 
United Kingdom Roarhaven 
expected
2018-09-05 01:02
#99
s1mple | 
Germany Loxatan 
Where are MIBR_IS_OVERRATED 1 and 2?
2018-09-08 13:34
banned
2018-09-08 17:08
Always editing comments FailFish
2018-09-05 00:22
spelling mistake.........................
2018-09-05 00:22
#20
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Brazil erfur 
Your biased opnion is worthless
2018-09-05 00:36
Your favorite team is worthless
2018-09-05 00:38
#26
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Brazil erfur 
I dont care if them are worthless or not... i cheer for them anyway...
2018-09-05 00:42
#34
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Bulgaria mchetvorkata 
your name and your repetitious comments are definately nor washed up, good job cunt
2018-09-05 01:06
#65
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Brazil wittyusername 
+1 This guy must have a sad life.
2018-09-05 02:57
#46
s1mple | 
Europe netowx 
Your life is worthless, who cares about your opinion here? This is statistics based, wtf
2018-09-05 02:00
yes boosted stats cry is free
2018-09-05 02:44
wtf, when you say that the stats are boosted, you are crying
2018-09-05 03:22
????????????????????????? they are boosted, no cry here
2018-09-05 03:23
still crying lol
2018-09-05 03:54
you?
2018-09-05 04:46
Your country is irelevant...
2018-09-05 02:09
Your fakeflagging ass is worthless, do you have anything better to do instead of baiting on HLTV and trying to act like some retard wanting to be youtube famous? Ffs when are admins gonna ban you and your alt accs??
2018-09-05 03:04
nt i dont have alts
2018-09-05 03:13
#36
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United States Sea_Of_Tea 
Are you still mad that SK took a major from Liquid or just baiting too hard?
2018-09-05 01:20
He just talks shit about MiBR 24/7... just a sad no lifer kid
2018-09-05 02:08
+1
2018-09-05 03:13
#98
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Portugal Fsgsh 
Brooo dont listen to him ur my inspiration ur so damn cool and such a nice baiter I love you pls keep the good work :D
2018-09-05 12:58
who cares liquid LUL
2018-09-05 02:42
#58
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Portugal Pingooo 
Stats dont lie
2018-09-05 02:41
stats can be boosted
2018-09-05 02:42
#62
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Portugal Pingooo 
Nick checks out bb
2018-09-05 02:44
Expected SNAX
2018-09-05 05:20
Lul
2018-09-05 00:20
Woot
2018-09-05 00:20
10th
2018-09-05 00:20
yes
2018-09-05 00:21
7
2018-09-05 00:21
8
2018-09-05 00:21
#9
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United Kingdom h4m 
Cul
2018-09-05 00:21
yes
2018-09-05 00:21
ok
2018-09-05 00:22
ez 4 bntet the canadian awper
2018-09-05 00:25
ez4wardell
2018-09-05 00:25
MIBR won ZOTAC LULcup against tier8 teams that why ratings are growing P.S. Snax is a bot
2018-09-05 00:35
#21
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Brazil IguiN 
Optic was there Tyloo was there Both in the major. k, bye
2018-09-05 00:37
#28
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United States Noahack88 
Neither are in the major, there are in the major qualifier.
2018-09-05 00:50
#29
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Brazil IguiN 
Sure, that's why Valve will allow drops. lol
2018-09-05 00:51
#31
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United States Noahack88 
Imagine thinking that drops decide if it is a major or not. It's called a qualifier for a reason BR Brain lol
2018-09-05 00:57
#35
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Brazil IguiN 
Why only the major's has drops? :l
2018-09-05 01:11
#38
 | 
United States Raptorial 
Expected from MiBR fan
2018-09-05 01:26
#84
 | 
Brazil IguiN 
I'm a fan of HWML and traps are not gay ok
2018-09-05 04:57
Its not called a qualifier lmao Its called new challenger stage, previously it was a qualifier
2018-09-05 01:32
bro, when you are going to watch the fucking game, what will be the tittle? MAJOR FACEIT CHALLANGE STAGE, IT DO NOT CHANGE, STILL MAJOR FUCKING DUMBASS
2018-09-05 01:34
#48
 | 
United States Noahack88 
2018-09-05 02:01
major qualifier is major now dumbass
2018-09-05 00:57
#32
 | 
United States Noahack88 
It's a qualifier, the fucking definition of a qualifier is to be a part of the major dumbass.
2018-09-05 00:57
are you actually retarded? major is now 24 teams. retard kid
2018-09-05 01:49
#47
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United States Noahack88 
hltv.org/events/3885/faceit-major-2018-m.. faceit major qualifier :D. retard kid.
2018-09-05 02:01
holy shit are you actually this braindead? please dont reproduce kiddo. go to liquipedia or valve itself, hltv has the events separated because its system cant handle 2 qualifiers in one tournament
2018-09-05 05:36
#91
oskar | 
Czech Republic PaYaB 
It's new challenger stage.. Hltv has it wrong...
2018-09-05 08:10
#22
Xyp9x | 
Portugal CRMN1 
Coldzera slowly but surely making his comeback to the game. Not necessarily being the absolute best but being among the best and that's exciting to know =]
2018-09-05 00:37
cold sucks
2018-09-05 01:49
#24
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Denmark MeToxi 
You mentioned that valde got an EVP mention at stockholm. I were just wondering whether i missed the EVP announcement? If yes where can I find it? If no, when are you going to announce them?
2018-09-05 00:39
Article will probably come out in a couple days if they make one at all
2018-09-05 02:07
#27
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Russia M13f 
where Jame?
2018-09-05 00:43
#37
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Australia CaZeR01 
Rip Optic lol
2018-09-05 01:23
nice, next month i hope to see fer coming back
2018-09-05 01:50
<insert snail emoji>
2018-09-05 02:03
That was never the real rain. He was the best player in the world for those 3 months
2018-09-05 02:06
ez for Cold, Fallen and Valde
2018-09-05 02:10
#56
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United Kingdom Koalathis 
3 OpTic players falling... Ooof
2018-09-05 02:10
Feels bad man
2018-09-05 03:46
nice see nip players on the list
2018-09-05 02:51
#72
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United States Trump2020KAG 
3 falling optic members and it dont get much better for them..liquid first match
2018-09-05 03:39
Wondering why they are not atleast getting top 8 results. i mean u got jugi,k0nfig...
2018-09-05 03:41
#74
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United States Trump2020KAG 
washed up awp cajun now a rifler....konfig only true tier 1 player they have
2018-09-05 03:42
cajunb its not a bad player but he is a choker . gade should be replaced
2018-09-05 03:45
+1
2018-09-05 03:46
Well, they can only improve as they havn't been very impressive so far. I hope they do. They could be a really fun team to watch with konfig and jugi leading the way
2018-09-05 03:49
#79
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United States Trump2020KAG 
u danes got enough good teams u dont need anymore lol
2018-09-05 03:51
OpTic its basically old North which i was fan of it so i hope they will made it work somehow
2018-09-05 04:08
Yeah. Half North, half Heroic. If they could have gotten the Danish niko instead of gade, then that could have been quite good for them.
2018-09-05 06:10
OK
2018-09-05 04:38
#87
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Greece deST) 
Expected for valde - MSL - aizy
2018-09-05 05:50
#89
flusha | 
Czech Republic screwy1 
I feels bad for oskar :/ I hope hell shine again on Major
2018-09-05 06:20
#90
es3tag | 
Germany vipitis 
uhm.... es3tag still not rising?
2018-09-05 07:25
Tbf, I feel like es3tag dropped off a tiny bit after Mertz joined. He should however have definitely been in the rising category in one of the past months.
2018-09-05 08:18
Jugi needs to be the star man. Let this guy do whatever he wants and play wherever he wants, hes a game changer. I dont think Cold and Fallen should be moving up based on matches against HR who always have one player having Visa issues then a Mouse team who are all over the place at the moment. I think the Rain one is a bit harsh... he played much better than he did at ELeague.
2018-09-05 08:50
just imagine valde,jugi,k0nfig,snappi/msl,kjaerbye
2018-09-05 12:52
Kkkkkkkkkkk
2018-09-05 09:35
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