ESL One New York & BLAST Pro Series Istanbul: the EVPs

Striker
October 5th, 2018 22:54

With September's last two tournaments, ESL One New York and BLAST Pro Series Istanbul, done and dusted, it's time to present our EVP (Exceptionally Valuable Players) picks of the two $250,000 tournaments.

As ESL One New York and BLAST Pro Series Istanbul happened to take place on the same weekend, the top teams split up among the last two big tournaments of September, with mousesports, Liquid, FaZe, and Natus Vincere attending the former, while Astralis and MIBR opted for the Turkish event.

While Na`Vi and FaZe faltered in New York, mousesports seized the opportunity to secure their first title with Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski after fending off Liquid in the grand final. On the other side of the world, Astralis hoisted their sixth trophy since April, with MIBR taking the Danes to their limit in the grand final of BLAST Pro Series Istanbul.

ESL One New York produced six EVPs

Despite being on the losing side of the grand final, Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken claimed his first MVP award in the Big Apple after he outdid everyone with a 1.36 rating, while Nicolai "device" Reedtz received his fourth medal of 2018, propelling Astralis to the title with a tournament-leading 1.39 rating.

HLTV.org's EVP picks (by order) of the two tournaments are the following:

ESL One New York

Securing his fourth EVP of 2018, suNny leads the list with his best tournament since ESL One Belo Horizonte, the event where he had last earned the nod, as mousesports' best player in their title-winning campaign at ESL One New York.

The Finn was among the strongest candidates for the MVP award heading into the final after keeping a consistent level throughout groups with 1.00 or higher ratings on six out of six maps in the close affairs against Gambit and fnatic, followed by a Player of the Map award with great play on the opening map of mouz's semi-final against NRG, Inferno.

Although Twistzz beat him to the MVP in the end, suNny led mousesports to their three map wins in the best-of-five showdown with another PotM on Dust2 and two strong performances on Cache and Mirage.

Over the course of the whole tournament, the 24-year-old was mousesports' best damage dealer (82 ADR, fifth-most overall), fragger (0.75 KPR, fifth most), and he also finished the tournament with the highest KAST within the team (74%, fourth most).

The in-game leader and secondary AWPer of mousesports was significantly less consistent than his Finnish teammate throughout the New York event — both match-to-match and round-to-round —, but his numerous high peaks and overall impact in their wins put the Dutch player right behind suNny.

chrisJ had at least one great map in each stage of the tournament, starting with a PotM-worthy 2.22 rating on the deciding map in the group A opener against fnatic, Mirage, and a 1.29 rating in the team's comeback on Dust2 against Gambit. He then stepped things up further in the playoffs, earning two more PotM awards in the semi-final (on Nuke) and on the fifth map of the grand final, Mirage, while also putting up a great effort in another comeback on Dust2 in the same series.

His highly aggressive nature was a double-edged sword in New York, as he had the most opening deaths out of anyone (0.17 per round), but he also put up a lot of multi-kills and opening kills (0.15 opening kills per round, second most overall), which made him mousesports' most impactful player with a 1.25 impact rating.

oskar was another strong MVP contender before the grand final as his team's best player up to that stage with seven out of eight maps above a 1.15 rating, including one PotM in mousesports' climb from a 6-14 deficit on Train against fnatic in their opening match of Group A.

He continued well with another PotM from the first map of the grand final, Cache, but he dropped off during the next three maps before finishing strongly with solid play on the fifth, Mirage.

Those three underwhelming maps in the grand final, mainly in the close win on Dust2, are what cost the Czech a few spots on the list and potentially the MVP award. Nonetheless, he was a big factor in mousesports' successful campaign as one of the best players on the CT side (similarly to his aforementioned teammates) and clutchers, with six successful 1vsX situations (joint first) to his name.

With a career-high performance at ESL One New York, nitr0 has earned his first big-event EVP mention of 2018 and his second overall after cs_summit as one of Liquid's pillars throughout the $250,000 tournament.

Much like the rest of the team, nitr0 kept up a great level during the group stage, where he peaked twice — in the team's opening loss to NRG on Overpass and against G2 on Cache —, and he proceeded to put up a 1.60 rating in the semi-finals versus Gambit. Although he was less prevalent in the grand final, finishing the best-of-five loss with a 1.00 rating, he grabbed his third PotM award there with a 1.92 rating in one of Liquid's two map wins, on Nuke.

The in-game leader finished the tournament as his team's second highest-rated player behind the MVP, Twistzz, and the fifth-highest overall with a 1.19 rating. He was among the hardest to kill with only 0.56 deaths per round (joint second fewest) and put in five clutches, including three 1-on-2s.

His teammate EliGE has also made the list to clinch his third big-event EVP of 2018 in another runner-up finish for Liquid.

The American led Liquid to first place in Group B alongside Keith "NAF" Markovic with four great performances in the maps the North American team won in groups and put up another in the one-sided semi-final affair with Gambit on Nuke as the opening map. Like nitr0, he faltered in the grand final with an overall 0.97 rating, but his play was among the biggest factors why Liquid secured two maps in the best-of-five, as he clinched his second PotM award on Inferno.

After making it to the grand final of StarSeries i-League Season 5 earlier this year, NRG surprised once again at ESL One New York by making it out of a group that included Liquid and FaZe. This time, it was neither Tsvetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov nor Ethan "nahtE" Arnold who led the North American squad to the achievement, with Brehze taking the helm in New York.

He started off with a PotM performance in NRG's overtime win on Overpass against Liquid, and even though he couldn't stay on that level for the rest of the series, the 20-year-old made up for it in the remainder of the group stage.

With four great maps, including his second PotM in the elimination match versus FaZe, he shot up to the top as the most impactful player of the group stage with a 1.43 impact rating and a 1.27 rating over the course of the first three days of the event. Brehze then dropped off in the semi-final loss to mousesports, but he still made an effort to keep NRG afloat in the series with a respectable performance on Inferno.

BLAST Pro Series Istanbul

After being the top EVP among Astralis' players at the FACEIT Major, dupreeh is once again the highest Danish pick after putting in a 1.25 rating in Istanbul, his third best of the year at a Big Event, after the ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals (1.31, which landed him the MVP medal) and ESL One Cologne (1.26).

The 25-year-old began the event in blistering form and dominated the round-robin stage, in which he was joint-top with Xyp9x in terms of rating (1.42). He was able to carry that form into the first map of the final, where he had a 1.61 rating, but he fell off on the other two maps, which brought his series rating down to 1.02.

But despite somewhat struggling in the final, dupreeh still left Istanbul with some impressive numbers: two Player of the Map (PotM) mentions, a 79.6 ADR, a 1.19 Impact rating and a 1.45 rating on the CT side, making the stats leaderboards in nine different categories.

Xyp9x picked up where he had left off at the Major and powered Astralis to another title after averaging a 1.26 rating - second only to device's 1.38 and one of his best of the year at Big Events, only behind DreamHack Masters Marseille (1.29).

Just like dupreeh, Xyp9x was a joy to watch in the round-robin stage, in which he had 1.20+ ratings in all five games, peaking against Cloud9 (1.74 rating, +17 KDD). He was not exactly stellar in the final but still held his own, finishing the series with the second-highest rating of his team, 1.04.

The 23-year-old support player is known for his clutching ability, but, curiously, he was the only Astralis player who did not win a 1vsX situation in Turkey. He made up for that with his remarkable consistency, though, finishing six out of eight maps with ratings higher than 1.15, averaging the highest T side rating of the entire tournament (1.39) and the highest damage difference per round (+22.3).

gla1ve gets his sixth EVP nod of the year after another impressive showing for his team in Istanbul. The Danish in-game leader enjoyed a great start to the tournament, with good ratings against Virtus.pro (1.57) and Space Soldiers (1.35), but his level dropped in the remaining round-robin matches, which saw him finish this stage with a 1.24 rating - the lowest on the team.

The 23-year-old stood out in Astralis' map wins against MIBR, on Train (1.60) and Inferno (1.24), though his final rating for the series was negatively affected by a poor performance on Overpass.

The Astralis in-game leader recorded seven maps with above-average ratings, five of those higher than 1.15. He also featured in the leaderboards in five different stats categories, finishing second to Xyp9x in deaths per round (0.49) and to Magisk in support rounds (25.4%).

After almost making the cut at the FACEIT Major, coldzera is among the Istanbul EVPs after guiding MIBR to a final appearance with a 1.18 rating, 15% higher than the team's average.

The two-time Player of the Year was a massive contributor in the round-robin stage with a 1.29 rating, with his next closest teammate being Jake "Stewie2K" Yip at 1.11. He was also the team's highest-rated player in the grand final against Astralis, standing out on Inferno, where his 1.33 rating helped the Brazilians to push the game all the way to the 30th round.

coldzera was by far MIBR's best player on the CT side (1.35 rating) and had the most PotMs picks (2) and the highest ADR (79.8) on the team. He was in the top five in six stats categories, leading in total headshots (81), and topped the charts in terms of map wins that led to victories (1.37), which shows just how important he was to the team's deep run in Turkey.

Magisk rounds out the EVP list thanks in part to his heroics at the start of the event, putting in 1.50+ ratings in Astralis' first three matches, against Virtus.pro, Space Soldiers and Cloud9. He was in the red in three of the next five matches that the Danes played, only really standing out on the last map of the final as he recorded a 1.18 rating to help his side to come out victorious.

Despite having the lowest rating in map wins that led to victories (1.22) of the team, he was still an important cog in the Astralis machine, finishing the event with the highest KAST (79.8%) and percentage of support rounds (26.4%). He also had the highest percentage of traded deaths of the team (26.2%), while he stood out on the offensive with an average 1.33 rating - the second-highest overall.

Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.21
Maps played:
887
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
942
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
878
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
766
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.14
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
581
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.10
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1365
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.17
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
668
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.12
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
850
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Czech Republic Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný
Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
840
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.11
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
916
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.16
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1308
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Finland Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
951
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1188
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:
1258
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
United States Ethan 'nahtE' Arnold
Ethan 'nahtE' Arnold
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
499
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
United States Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
553
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1031
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.17
Poland Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1371
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
magiskGOD
2018-10-05 22:55
#5
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Sweden ConaN007 
Okay, now THIS is epic!
2018-10-05 22:57
#44
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North America KiNGa_da_ACE 
Hobbit????
2018-10-06 01:14
coldzera best in the world again
2018-10-06 01:40
Nice nick name! I just remembered the 2v5 retake performed by Hen1 and kngV against Navi at PGL Krakow Major... Good times.
2018-10-06 03:13
good old days I spend all my 3g in college just to watch that match.
2018-10-06 04:39
XD Brazil still has 3g
2018-10-06 10:28
surprised they have it tbh
2018-10-06 12:55
actually was 4g whatever
2018-10-06 17:47
#81
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Portugal wzin 
lul
2018-10-08 19:29
0/8
2018-10-06 19:17
nobody ask
2018-10-06 23:07
BIG 3-0 mibr
2018-10-06 23:44
bug highest title dont give a fuck, bug never won anything mibr is back and they gonna suprass astralis and become best team in the world again and again
2018-10-07 10:41
and again and again and again...
2018-10-07 10:42
mibr highest title??????????????? ERROR404
2018-10-07 20:31
one of the 3 majors they got? maybe?
2018-10-08 00:33
mibr never won a major in csgo
2018-10-08 00:46
#83
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Sweden Unluko 
Ez coldzera
2018-10-12 08:18
i dont know what to write here so decide yourself
2018-10-05 22:57
BRUTAL
2018-10-06 06:10
#63
 | 
Turkey 3mirhan 
savage
2018-10-06 10:39
#64
 | 
Hungary Shaperz 
rekt
2018-10-06 11:10
#3
 | 
Brazil Eduzera 
Deserved
2018-10-05 22:56
#46
SPUNJ | 
United Kingdom UKChef 
nitr0 deserved OMEGALUL
2018-10-06 01:20
#4
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Russia Autistkek 
Lul
2018-10-05 22:56
yes
2018-10-05 22:56
#7
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Poland b7ack0ut 
n1ce
2018-10-05 22:56
I think some of the NiP players could get an EVP too for Blast Istanbul
2018-10-05 22:57
#34
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Serbia EKI.CS 
Astralis is really good right now though. Their players deserve it
2018-10-05 23:59
Yes ofc they deserved but i mean they can choose some NiP players too.
2018-10-06 18:39
#9
ayaya | 
Russia Dedaireks 
let's go
2018-10-05 22:56
S1mple best
2018-10-05 22:57
#11
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Czech Republic Prdola15 
Omg
2018-10-05 22:57
#12
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Netherlands Legendarycrab 
GODj
2018-10-05 22:57
#13
NAF | 
Slovakia t4gg3d 
0/8 b8
2018-10-05 22:57
#14
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Turkey Crewbadcool 
Lmao
2018-10-05 22:57
Im not a fan of how Astralis play CSGO. It's safe and looks nice, but the game dies and gets boring, PEOPLE WANT TO SEE PRO'S TAKE COOL CHANCES!
2018-10-05 22:58
Agreed
2018-10-05 23:23
when one day a team rises to the level of astralis , cs will be the best its ever been
2018-10-06 00:12
#45
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Australia t0rrent 
Basically what #39 said. Don't blame astralis for the other teams being too shit to beat them
2018-10-06 01:20
See, now you took my words and just twisted them around.
2018-10-06 01:36
#49
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Australia t0rrent 
My bad, the angle I thought you were going at was the typical boring astralis post
2018-10-06 01:40
#53
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India MihirX27 
It's just Natural Selection. If One Team Dominates, it Powers most other teams to Study them in detail, and One Day, some underdog team is going to defeat my favourite team in a BIG Way, and that's gonna be probably the best match anyone's ever seen.
2018-10-06 04:11
Basically another Sydney or Cologne
2018-10-06 05:11
#57
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India MihirX27 
Yeah, Except in those cases, Astralis learned with each defeat, and came stronger than before. Astralis' main Problem is that it has Overtime losses, i:e most of its losses were because they were pushed to overtime, which sometimes strains their nerves.
2018-10-06 05:31
expected for EVPzera
2018-10-05 22:59
cold will be in top 5 till the end of the year mark my words
2018-10-05 23:01
xaaaaaaaaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxa
2018-10-05 23:29
#31
 | 
Germany W0NDERCHiLD 
xaaaaaaaaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxa
2018-10-05 23:52
#37
 | 
Canada Surzz 
he wont.
2018-10-06 00:05
xaaaaaaaaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxa
2018-10-06 00:11
#18
 | 
Poland Marcines 
lol all astralis xD
2018-10-05 23:02
I was expecting fallen to be here xd, but well, cold deserved It too
2018-10-05 23:07
FalleN averaged a 0.86 rating in Istanbul.
2018-10-05 23:09
LUL BOT FALLEN
2018-10-06 00:00
ez for Astralis players
2018-10-05 23:07
#22
NAF | 
Bangladesh Ligma_ 
-dev1ce +Coldzera
2018-10-05 23:11
#40
 | 
Denmark MeToxi 
thats just plain stupid
2018-10-06 00:17
#54
 | 
India MihirX27 
Wat
2018-10-06 04:12
Omg
2018-10-05 23:16
#24
allu | 
Sweden Dguyg 
EVPs on all of Astralis :D
2018-10-05 23:20
#26
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India omg_noob 
Astralis Lul
2018-10-05 23:25
X9pex, in a game with balanced guns, is now the best Danish player.
2018-10-05 23:31
#29
 | 
Spain elskio 
once again all Astralis players get EVP/MVP ez
2018-10-05 23:45
#30
 | 
Greece MaXrIsK 
device ?
2018-10-05 23:47
#32
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Russia dmitrydecoder 
device mvp
2018-10-05 23:52
Would be cool if hltv made a movie about the EVP's like they do with the MVP.
2018-10-05 23:57
Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander Marcelo "coldzera" David Emil "Magisk" Reif ASTRALIS.COLDZERA CONFIRMED?????????????????????????????
2018-10-05 23:59
Duh. How many more clues do you want. It's a no brainer now
2018-10-06 01:02
#42
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Brazil gtaube 
no TACO no credibility
2018-10-06 01:04
GOD SUNNY
2018-10-06 01:11
SunNy best PotM of the Moon EU
2018-10-06 02:35
#51
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Argentina rsa1 
god cold
2018-10-06 03:08
#60
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Korea bourne907 
suNny is best rifler in CS.. I hope him award TOP10player 2018
2018-10-06 06:13
Godzera
2018-10-06 06:16
#65
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Netherlands [Np]KNz 
LanmeisterJ
2018-10-06 11:46
worst tournament in a while.
2018-10-06 12:07
#68
s1mple | 
United States Weskerz 
magisk showing whos boss
2018-10-06 13:19
Xyp9x insane
2018-10-06 17:33
no snax? shocking Kappa
2018-10-07 10:44
EVP soon to be renamed " Astralis lineup review "
2018-10-10 21:19
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