DreamHack Masters Stockholm: the EVPs

MIRAA
September 6th, 2018 02:45

With DreamHack Masters Stockholm in the rearview mirror, we took a look at the numbers and determined which players did enough to justify EVP nods at the event.

The first Big Event of the new tournament season, DreamHack Masters Stockholm came to a close on Sunday with North coming out on top after winning an all-Danish final against Astralis, who still maintain their status as the No.1 team in the world.

As announced after the event, Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the competition for his impact in North's most important matches, including the grand final, his surprising AWP prowess and ability to open up rounds.

DreamHack Masters Stockholm featured seven EVPs

Now it is time to look further and reveal the Exceptionally Valuable Players (EVPs), players who stood out by performing consistently on a high level or by putting in great displays in important matches that led to team success. The two finalists, as well as and NiP, provide two EVPs apiece, while mousesports are represented by just one player on this seven-man roster.

Nikola "NiKo" Kovač, Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev and Marcelo "coldzera" David all came close to making the cut, but their lacklustre performances in the quarter-finals ultimately saw them miss out on a place on this list.

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

Denmark Philip "aizy" Aistrup
Denmark Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså
Denmark Nicolai "device" Reedtz
Denmark Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth
Estonia Robin "ropz" Kool
Sweden Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg
Sweden Fredrik "REZ" Sterner

After several months in which it seemed like he had one foot out the door, Philip "aizy" Aistrup delivered the goods in Stockholm and silenced his critics with an average 1.17 rating - his personal best at a Big Event since ELEAGUE Season 1, when he was still plying his trade for FaZe.

In the Swedish capital, the 22-year-old stood out in his team's shocking 2-1 victory over Astralis in Group A's winners' match with a 1.19 rating - the only North player to finish that series in the green. His group stage performance against the No1. team in the world, which included a spectacular showing on Inferno (1.64 rating, +13 KDD and 104.3), helped him to finish as North's top-rated player in the group stage (1.24 rating), his closest suitor having been Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye (1.14).

When it came to the playoffs, aizy's rating dropped considerably (1.13), but he was still North's second-best player, behind Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså, raising eyebrows in the quarter-final series against Natus Vincere (1.64 rating, 98.7 ADR) and in the grand final, in which he was the team's best player on the first two maps.

aizy left Stockholm as North's leader in terms of clutches won (five), Impact rating (1.22), number of maps with ratings higher than 1.30 (five) and damage difference per round (+14). A performance truly reminiscent of his 2015 form and that gives North's fans some hope for the future.

With confidence running high after picking up an MVP award in Valencia, valde played a key part in North's title-winning campaign, averaging a 1.16 rating - his second-highest at a Big Event in 2018 after IEM Katowice (1.17).

After a slow start to life in Stockholm, with a 1.08 rating in the group stage, valde stepped up massively in the playoffs, in which he averaged a 1.21 rating - by far the best in North and the third-highest overall, only behind Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg's 1.23 and Robin "ropz" Kool's 1.22.

The 23-year-old led the charge for North against Na`Vi, destroying the Ukrainian team on Train (2.11 rating, 112.4 ADR), and against mousesports, with his team-leading Inferno performance (1.27 rating, 100.5 ADR) helping the Danes to recover from a 0-16 beating.

Despite his stunning playoff form and his high KDD (+40, the best in North), it must be pointed out that he had the second-lowest impact rating (1.01) in the team, which helps to explain why he features behind MSL and aizy on our list of top players from Stockholm.

Nicolai "device" Reedtz once again features as the top player for Astralis, though this time it was not enough for his team to pick up a title. His 1.25 rating in Stockholm was only his sixth-best at Big Events in 2018, which goes to show just how high his ceiling this year has been.

The Danish AWPer had an uncharacteristically low 0.99 rating in Astralis' 16-3 thrashing of Grayhound, but he pulled his weight against North and TYLOO, ending the group stage as the team's highest-rated player (1.28). He looked particularly sharp in the three-map series against the Chinese side, in which he put in his highest rating at the tournament (2.22, on Dust2).

device was Astralis' second-best player on both maps against MIBR (1.28 average rating) and the main instigator against NiP (1.39), though he had a bit-part role in the title decider against North, only standing out on Train as he picked up five kills on Dust2 and nine on Overpass. Still, he left the tournament with the highest playoff rating in the team (1.19).

The 22-year-old was in the top five in eight stats categories, leading in KDD (+63), total kills (263) and AWP frags (113). He had the highest impact in Astralis (1.23) and the highest rating in map wins that led to victories (1.38), and was ranked first in the tournament in terms of opening kill difference (+26). He was also by far Astralis' best player on the CT side, on which he averaged a 1.23 rating - his closest teammate being Emil "Magisk" Reif at 1.10 -, while on the Terrorist side he was ranked third in the team (1.24), behind Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth (1.30) and Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen (1.28).

Xyp9x returns to an EVP list for the first time since DreamHack Masters Marseille. After a couple of unimpressive showings, in Cologne and Atlanta, the 22-year-old posted a 1.17 rating in his team's Stockholm run - his second highest tournament rating at a Big Event in 2018.

He was the only player on Astralis to perform better in the playoffs (1.18 rating) than in the groups (1.16), averaging an impressive 1.29 rating against MIBR and NiP before barely finishing in the green against North in the final (1.02).

It is no surprise to see Xyp9x at the top of the clutch list, with ten 1vsX situations won, and he also featured in the top five in five other categories, including deaths per round (0.56), KDD (+56) and total headshots (116). A spectacular return to form from Astralis' anchor, which, unfortunately for him, did not translate into a title.

ropz earns his third EVP mention of the year, after StarSeries i-League Season 4 and ESL One Belo Horizonte, after contributing to mousesports' top-four finish in Stockholm with a team-leading 1.18 rating - his personal best at a Big Event.

The young Estonian looked a bit rusty in the group stage match against MIBR, which helps to explain why he finished this stage with a 1.14 rating - still mousesports' second-highest -, but he showed his true colours in the playoffs with a 1.22 rating (second highest overall), putting in a strong performance against North (1.28 rating, 81.9 ADR) that, however, was not enough for his team to prevent defeat against the eventual winners.

ropz did not particularly stand out in any stats category, only twice featuring in the event's leadearboards, for KDD and deaths per round, but his incredible 1.40 rating in map wins leading to victories is the perfect example of his contribution to mousesports' top-four finish in Stockholm.

After failing to impress at ESL One Cologne and at the Europe Minor, f0rest showed once again that he still has it as he inspired NiP to a semi-final appearance in Stockholm with a 1.26 rating - his highest at an event of this stature since last year's trip to Cologne.

From the beginning of the tournament, it was clear that f0rest and Fredrik "REZ" Sterner would be doing most of the work for the Ninjas, with the 30-year-old dropping a 30-bomb against NRG before being the team's second-best contributor on all three maps against Ghost, ending the series with an average 1.18 rating.

But the best had yet to come as f0rest delivered a real treat of a performance against Heroic, especially on Nuke (2.28 rating, 135 ADR). Against Astralis there was little that he could do to prevent his team from getting steamrolled in a one-sided series, which brought his playoff rating down to 1.23 - the highest overall.

After six Big Events, f0rest finally gets his first EVP nod of the year after impressing in several areas besides rating, including percentage of rounds with at least one frag (55.3%), kills per round (0.83) and headshots per round (0.52).

REZ rounds out the EVP list after putting in big numbers throughout NiP's semi-final run in Stockholm. While f0rest had huge peaks in the tournament, REZ was a bit more consistent, with seven out of eight maps with above 1.00 ratings and five with ratings higher than 1.30 - two more than his compatriot.

The IEM Oakland 2017 MVP holder, who stood out in NiP's group stage win over Ghost (1.32 rating) and in the quarter-final series against Heroic (1.54), ended the tournament in the top five in nine stats categories, including rating (1.28), damage difference per round (15.4) and clutches won (six). He was also the best at finding opening frags (0.17 per round) and had the highest percentage of rounds with at least one frag (56.3%).

Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.21
Maps played:
854
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
623
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
740
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1085
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1339
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.17
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1381
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.18
Maps played:
907
KPR:
0.82
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1068
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1282
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1162
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Estonia Robin 'ropz' Kool
Robin 'ropz' Kool
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
412
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.12
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
1361
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.16
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
645
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
1.22
Maps played:
864
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.11
MSL LUL
2018-09-06 02:45
#2
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United Kingdom iMarbot 
lol REZ > MSLUL
2018-09-06 02:46
ISSAA > ALL
2018-09-06 02:46
you are fast man. I need to admit. Btw, SK was overrated, MIBR is actually underrated. Sorry if your old bait_name didn't work anymore.
2018-09-06 02:50
#18
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Austria shaakeh 
aizy number 1 mibr is ded
2018-09-06 03:13
#21
device | 
Liechtenstein mary69 
+1
2018-09-06 03:38
#24
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Spain JustNo 
valde real mvp wtf
2018-09-06 03:57
#43
ton | 
Brazil FavelaJz 
mibr is dead akakakakak is alive the team top 1 world noob is dead youre country cs players akakak worst players
2018-09-07 02:44
Msl was the mvp
2018-09-06 09:41
#9
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Portugal Fsgsh 
YOU FORGET SAY SOMETHING BRO U DIDNT SAID THAT HE IS BETTER THAN MIBR BAD BAITER
2018-09-06 02:48
no need to say that, its common knowledge
2018-09-06 13:58
MSL had 1 good bo3. The "EVPs" mentioned in this thread was better whole event.
2018-09-06 02:51
#33
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India swast1k36 
MSLEGEND
2018-09-06 08:42
#3
 | 
Portugal Fsgsh 
3rd heheh
2018-09-06 02:46
#5
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United States dougtheduck 
3 best players in the world, at least 1 not EVP wow
2018-09-06 02:46
yeah i was hoping Niko would get one, especially with his gs performance.
2018-09-06 02:59
#14
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United States dougtheduck 
Surprising
2018-09-06 03:00
#6
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Singapore KyraxeuS 
Lul
2018-09-06 02:46
#7
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Australia Kyoni 
ez
2018-09-06 02:47
#8
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Bangladesh thug_doctor 
1sted
2018-09-06 02:47
#10
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Portugal NotRlyPT 
ofc hltv is a danish org
2018-09-06 02:48
#34
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Australia t0rrent 
Numbers are still numbers
2018-09-06 08:54
#15
f0rest | 
China ZerOck 
nice
2018-09-06 03:02
My biggest tripe with the semi final only players getting evps is that they could play practically half the maps other players eliminated in quarters could play in these small amount of team events. U can go 1-0, 2-0, 2-0, 0-2, and a quarters team can go 0-1, 2-1, 2-1, 1-2. That's 10 maps to 7 worst case scenario. And though the teams record is obviously shit, if a player posts good stats playing more maps they should be considered for an award. These are individual statistics after all. Anyways my 2 cents
2018-09-06 03:09
#38
.PhP | 
Czech Republic wellbi 
I would say that value of a player in context of his ability to play exceptionally well while he plays a part in a team that is successful in the competition has a big weight in the whole "EVPness" concept.
2018-09-06 10:18
NiKo baiter and s1mple got screwed by hltv
2018-09-06 03:13
coldzera baiter*
2018-09-06 10:36
niko, s1mple and cold top 3 ratings at the event and none of them got EVPS lol
2018-09-06 03:17
#20
BnTeT | 
United States EdgyBlob 
Lol, I swear these 'evp' lists get more and more biased
2018-09-06 03:30
they have almost always been limited to semifinalists there are only a couple exceptions i can remember
2018-09-06 04:30
Top 3 in the event no EVP. Guess they can't carry bots. And I thought karrigans name was "karrygan"
2018-09-06 03:43
#31
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Bulgaria kr9ptonn 
i think u cant be evp if u didnt reach atleast semifinals
2018-09-06 08:12
#23
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United States SmokaDaWeEDs 
Rez got kinda stiffed.
2018-09-06 03:56
dont see how an evp is an evp no matter if he was picked last
2018-09-06 04:29
#27
NiKo | 
India Sishir 
First big event with no S1mple and NiKo as valuable players in 2018.
2018-09-06 06:47
#37
France Wyrd 
ecs 5 ? eleague ?
2018-09-06 10:10
of course F0rest stands out - look at the teams he perform well against lol
2018-09-06 07:09
respect legend he 30yo not 20
2018-09-06 07:23
you remember f0rest at 18-28 yo? he rekt everyone.
2018-09-06 07:24
#32
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Romania Splaxinho 
His clutch vs Astralis will be remembered😝
2018-09-06 08:21
Sunny?
2018-09-06 08:55
Yeah aizy and valde deserved the mvp more than mslul, add this to the list of hltv fuck ups, good job
2018-09-06 11:16
cool
2018-09-06 11:30
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