StarSeries i-League Season 6: the EVPs

With StarSeries i-League Season 6 in the rearview mirror, we went through the numbers and picked our nine Exceptionally Valuable Players (EVPs) of the Ukrainian tournament.

Despite not being classified as a Big Event, StarSeries Season 6 was still interesting enough for us to analyse which players stood out apart from Jere "sergej" Salo, who was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) by HLTV.org and betway after inspiring ENCE to win the title over Vega Squadron.

ENCE and Vega Squadron provide more than half of the EVPs

The losing finalist is the most represented team on this roster, with three players, followed by ENCE and NRG, with two apiece. Finally, both BIG - the only quarter-finalist represented - and OpTic provide just one player to the list, which looks as follows:

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

Finland Aleksi "allu" Jalli
United States Ethan "nahtE" Arnold
Finland Jani "Aerial" Jussila
Russia Anton "tonyblack" Kolesnikov
Ukraine Dmitriy "jR" Chervak
Russia Leonid "chopper" Vishnyakov
Denmark Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke
Germany Johannes "tabseN" Wodarz
United States Vincent "Brehze" Cayonte

Aleksi "allu" Jalli has been able to maintain a high level of consistency all year, and at StarSeries he posted his seventh consecutive above-average tournament rating to help ENCE to their biggest achievement yet.

The 26-year-old had only the third-highest rating on ENCE, 1.20, but he led the team in KDD (+78) and was second in rating in map wins that led to victories (1.27 to sergej's 1.32). He also had the team's second-highest playoff rating (1.21), in part thanks to his spectacular semi-final performance against OpTic (1.64 rating, +34 KDD and 94.7 ADR).

Just like sergej and Jani "Aerial" Jussila, allu did not have a single map with a rating below 0.85, and while he had three Player of the Map (PotM) picks fewer than those two teammates of his, he made up for that by playing a key role in seven other maps.

The former NiP AWPer was the hardest player to kill in Kiev (0.51 deaths per round) and was ranked among the best in terms of AWP kills per round (0.39) and opening duel success (68%) - two factors that help to explain his contribution to ENCE's title-winning campaign.

Kiev seems to bring the best out of Ethan "Ethan" Arnold, who gets his second EVP nod of the year at StarSeries events, this time with a tournament and career high 1.34 rating, which, however, was not enough to keep NRG from losing to Vega Squadron in the semi-finals.

The North American talent had a joint high four PoTM picks and played a very important role for his team in three more maps. And while he was only NRG's second-best performer in the Swiss stage (1.36 rating), he was light years ahead of everyone else on the team in the playoffs, in which he averaged a tournament-high 1.32 rating, with his closest teammate being Vincent "Brehze" Cayonte at 1.08.

Ethan finished all eight maps that he played with ratings higher than 1.15, which is an incredible achievement in itself. Besides leading in rating, he topped the kills per round (0.88) and damage difference per round (21.2) charts, and had the second-highest ADR (93.4) and Impact rating (1.50).

Aerial played an important role in ENCE's first-place finish with the second-highest KAST (77.3%), a team-leading 1.32 Impact rating and 12 out of 13 maps with above-average ratings, making him the most consistent player on the Finnish side.

The 25-year-old was only ENCE's third-best player in the Swiss stage (1.19 rating), but he impressed in the playoffs, in which he had the highest rating out of the ten finalists (1.24). His 1.38 CT rating was almost 17% higher than the team's average, but on the Terrorist side he was eclipsed by sergej and allu, who did most of the work.

Overall, Aerial was a solid contributor, but the fact that he only stood out on five maps, three fewer than sergej and allu, helps to explain why he does not feature closer to the top of the list.

Anton "tonyblack" Kolesnikov had a lower rating than Dmitriy "jR" Chervak and Leonid "chopper" Vishnyakov, but still finishes ahead of his Vega Squadron teammates on account of his key role in the team's two map wins in the final, especially on Mirage, where he put in a 1.30 rating. The former Na`Vi player was also decisive in the semi-final series against NRG, which he finished with a 1.24 rating after carrying the team on Overpass (1.28 rating) and Inferno (1.35).

The 25-year-old Russian had eight good maps in Kiev, including three PoTM nods, and he raised eyebrows with a high number of clutches won, 10, four more than any other player.

Vega Squadron's in-game leader and AWPer follows as his team's second-best player in their campaign to a runners-up finish. jR was Vega's best player up until the grand final, in fact, as he powered the Ukrainian-Russian team throughout groups with a team-best 1.28 rating and continued to play well in the first two stages of playoffs.

In the end, jR could not repeat some of those performances in the close grand final. There, he finished all five maps below a 1.00 rating, so he dropped out of the MVP race, but that doesn't take away from his considerable contribution to Vega Squadron's best result yet.

chopper also made the list under somewhat flipped circumstances compared to the AWPer. While jR shined in the groups, the 21-year-old had up-and-down performances, but he stepped up in the fifth round against HellRaisers and particularly in the quarter-final versus Fragsters, in which he averaged a 1.55 rating across the two-map series.

That ended up being chopper's peak performance across the whole event, but he continued to contribute well to Vega's success against NRG and kept a stable level in the grand final, though in a losing battle.

OpTic's first deep run in four tournaments saw Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke turn up in great form, as he led the Danes to a semi-finals finish at StarSeries i-League Season 6 with some standout play. Before the team got eliminated in the last-four stage, the 21-year-old was among the tournament's best-rated players as he finished all six maps with 1.15+ ratings.

Although he dropped off in the last series - as did everyone else from OpTic - versus the eventual winners of the event, k0nfig still finished the tournament as the third-best damage dealer (91 ADR) and fifth-best fragger (0.79 KPR), while being one of the most impactful players of the tournament with a 1.37 impact rating (fourth highest).

Johannes "tabseN" Wodarz is the only player on this list who exited the tournament in the quarter-finals. The German star stood out massively as BIG's best player at StarSeries by quite some margin, as despite starting off the tournament with two sub-1.00 rated maps, he completed the tournament with the second-highest rating at 1.28.

He helped BIG turn around the 0-2 start in the Swiss format with outstanding performances against TYLOO and mousesports in rounds four and five, and, although it was in a losing effort, he continued with great play in the quarter-final against ENCE, averaging a 1.28 rating across the three-map series, the highest out of everyone in the server.

Outside of his rating, tabseN appeared in several other leaderboards, including damage per round (90.2, fourth), kills per round (0.83, third), and opening kills per round (0.17, tied third), the last of which helped him rack up a staggering 1.51 impact rating, the highest out anyone at the tournament.

Brehze picks up his second EVP mention in a row, after ESL One New York, mainly thanks to his play in the Swiss stage, in which he registered the third best rating overall (1.39) after impressing against Fragsters (1.89) and Vega Squadron (1.31).

He began the playoffs with a 30-bomb against North on Train, but his level dropped markedly after that, ending two maps with below-average ratings and two others barely in the green. Despite his disappointing display in the losses against Vega Squadron, Brehze still put in some solid numbers: 81.6 ADR, 1.21 Impact and 1.33 Terrorist rating (second best of all players).

Germany Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1302
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.15
Russia Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
564
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Finland Jani 'Aerial' Jussila
Jani 'Aerial' Jussila
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
538
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Finland Jere 'sergej' Salo
Jere 'sergej' Salo
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
534
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
United States Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
779
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
United States Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
832
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
Ukraine Dmitriy 'jR' Chervak
Dmitriy 'jR' Chervak
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
489
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.11
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1051
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1396
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Russia Anton 'tonyblack' Kolesnikov
Anton 'tonyblack' Kolesnikov
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
766
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
#1
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United States SWiFTzZzZz 
Wow Edit: I always knew nahtE would be a great player from the moment he got picked up by CLG.
2018-10-18 21:19
#4
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United Kingdom iMarbot 
lol the only real EVP was the empty crowd
2018-10-18 21:18
lul
2018-10-18 21:25
#27
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Brazil LuizMoreno 
Better than British crowd
2018-10-19 01:11
Nice
2018-10-18 21:18
#10
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Sweden Unluko 
ez
2018-10-18 21:20
true
2018-10-18 21:18
#3
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El Salvador Sp1x 
Doesn't help that all the good teams pulled out and Mouseports flopped.
2018-10-18 21:19
#6
suNny | 
Hong Kong Road2Mars 
Great
2018-10-18 21:18
#7
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Finland perkelemeister 
GOD ALLU
2018-10-18 21:18
GOD ALLU 2.06 rating vs optic Pog
2018-10-18 21:20
#9
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Brazil stewArt1 
Wheres Stewie2k
2018-10-18 21:20
He is boting somewhere in brazil.
2018-10-19 15:07
nice
2018-10-18 21:21
#12
valde | 
Finland Juvi 
Good read
2018-10-18 21:23
EZ4allu
2018-10-18 21:25
tony who ?
2018-10-18 21:25
#16
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France remyos 
TAPSEN
2018-10-18 21:27
Cajunb did amazing up until the ence match. Idk why they would choose tonyblack/jr over him
2018-10-18 21:27
Bait?
2018-10-18 21:55
ez pz
2018-10-18 22:04
why snax isnt in this list ?
2018-10-18 21:57
Lmao kibaken made the list
2018-10-18 21:59
#22
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Germany Trax_ 
ez G0DFIG
2018-10-18 22:04
#23
Puls3 | 
World bigb1rd 
Tonyblack was in na'vi?
2018-10-18 22:09
-Edward +Tonyblackkk Hltv Confirmed
2018-10-19 01:14
#24
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Poland AricOG 
What about Sergej?
2018-10-18 22:25
he is MVP
2018-10-18 22:25
#26
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Poland AricOG 
that makes sense ty aguero
2018-10-18 22:29
EZ4ENCE... GOD ALLU AKBAR
2018-10-19 01:23
EZ4Brehze!
2018-10-19 05:32
>Allu >Consistency Pick one Dont get me wrong still ez4allu
2018-10-19 10:13
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