NiKo claims EPICENTER MVP award

FaZe star Nikola "NiKo" Kovač is the winner of the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award of EPICENTER 2018 by HLTV.org and betway.

The Bosnian talent edged out Na`Vi star Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev to the award after putting in a 1.48 rating in the grand final to help FaZe win their first Big Event in four months.

NiKo was the fourth-highest rated player of the group stage at 1.23, and he took his performance level up a notch in the playoffs, in which his incredible 1.41 rating went unmatched and saw him catch up with s1mple, who was leading the race for the MVP crown before the title decider.

NiKo scoops his fourth MVP medal

NiKo, who succeeds Marcelo "coldzera" David, last year's EPICENTER MVP, featured in the top five in 13 stats leaderboards, leading in total headshots (110), kills (235) and opening frags (39). He had the second-highest rating (1.33) and damage per round ratio (91.0), and was ranked third for clutches (five) and percentage of rounds with at least one kill (52.5%).

This is the 21-year-old's fourth MVP medal, the second of 2018 after he also won the honour at ESL One Belo Horizonte. His previous medals had come at the StarSeries Season 3 Finals and ESL One New York 2017.

Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.20
Maps played:
1039
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1094
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1035
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Easy for the best team that will dethrone Astralis from the top. Btw #PetitionToBanMIBR_IS_OVERRATED5
2018-10-28 19:20
0/8 pls dont
2018-10-28 19:21
You're so sloooooow
2018-10-28 19:21
im watching movie sorry i saw alert too late
2018-10-28 19:21
What movie my friend??
2018-10-28 19:22
#32
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Germany FuckMIBR 
HELL YEAH NIKO #1 and Star Wars Rogue One btw
2018-10-28 19:22
Nice movie my friend!
2018-10-28 19:23
#86
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Czech Republic Peks123 
OLOF?
2018-10-28 19:28
meister?
2018-10-28 19:29
#183
ELMO | 
Sweden herb 
s1mple should have the MvP
2018-10-28 22:01
He played good (as always) but NiKo was on a different level today. s1mple still top 1 2018 tho. #FAX
2018-10-28 22:02
Prodka?
2018-10-28 19:41
A quiet place
2018-10-28 19:22
Never heard of it. Is it worth watching Mr. MIBR_IS_OVERRATED5 ???
2018-10-28 19:23
I let you know when im finished!?!?!??!?! Boring so far!!!
2018-10-28 19:24
Okay friend!
2018-10-28 19:24
Lmao u never heared "a quiet place" AXXAXAXAXXAXAXA
2018-10-28 21:24
XAXAXAXAXA))))
2018-10-28 21:47
#221
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United States AproximateCS 
Huge success 17 million us budget. Made over 330 million in profit
2018-10-30 18:22
Netflix <3
2018-10-28 19:46
OMG
2018-10-28 19:51
signed that petition #PetitionToBanMIBR_IS_OVERRATED5
2018-10-28 19:21
0/8
2018-10-28 19:21
-100000000
2018-10-28 19:32
lol your nick says everything it's the only way
2018-10-29 17:01
+1
2018-10-28 19:22
#petitiontobaneuronics
2018-10-28 19:35
eZaF for NiKo
2018-10-28 19:22
#30
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Sweden Unluko 
Ok
2018-10-28 19:22
+1
2018-10-28 20:01
0/8 mibr is overrated >:(
2018-10-28 20:10
#161
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Slovakia Georgy10 
NikoUP
2018-10-28 20:36
> Mixed Team > Top 1 for a long time Pick one
2018-10-28 20:47
Well deserved for the best player of all time!
2018-10-28 19:20
#102
TACO | 
Brazil user2740 
sadly not this time you got the #1
2018-10-28 19:32
#4
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Spain elskio 
k
2018-10-28 19:21
#23
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Spain elskio 
S1mple fangays said mvp is p1mple no metter result LUL
2018-10-28 19:22
1.5 rating > 1.3
2018-10-28 20:15
#163
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United Kingdom fal36 
win>lose
2018-10-28 20:39
so rain > s1mple
2018-10-28 20:49
#166
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United Kingdom fal36 
no one mentioned rain hearing what i didnt say
2018-10-28 20:51
karrigan>s1mple
2018-10-28 20:51
#182
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Canada [CT] 
1.35>.68
2018-10-28 21:54
#5
shox | 
France KR1MEZ 
Expected
2018-10-28 19:21
#7
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Ukraine Lbviv 
Deserved
2018-10-28 19:21
wp will get that #1 player spot eventually
2018-10-28 19:21
#9
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Ukraine vexuzz 
expected
2018-10-28 19:21
#10
 | 
United States Raptorial 
Stolen from P1mple
2018-10-28 19:21
#11
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Poland POLAND_SHIT 
s1mple gay
2018-10-28 19:21
deserved
2018-10-28 19:21
Liquid lost. Twistzz top 1 player in tournament. Mvp twistzz hltv.org/stats?event=3703 hltv.org/news/24960/twistzz-earns-esl-on.. Na'Vi lost. S1mple top 1 player, the bigest rating on tournament hltv.org/stats?event=3985 MVP NiKo. Shame HLTV...
2018-10-28 19:21
#37
s1mple | 
Russia h3x0r 
Hard logic from hltv, cant understand them anymore
2018-10-28 19:22
S1mple deserve more than Navi btw
2018-10-28 19:22
#43
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Spain elskio 
Liquid lose 2-3 Navi lost 0-2 Cry is free
2018-10-28 19:23
#53
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Indonesia resolut 
Imagine how sad your life must be if you need to bait to get your daily high
2018-10-28 19:23
+1
2018-10-28 19:24
0/8
2018-10-28 19:25
The reason Twistzz got mvp was because he played insane throughout the event he outperformed mousesports's best player by 0.20 and s1mple outperformed NiKo by 0.12 but didn't have an insane final and also isn't igl which is a big factor in these MVP (latest example MSL in dreamhack)
2018-10-28 19:25
depends how you look at it. i can say that for the whole even he had 0.08 diff and simple had 0.12 diff so its same shit, he has some right there tbh.
2018-10-28 19:31
MSL won mvp cuz he was beasting with the AWP. Niko had a great tournament and so did simple. Their is no wrong choice, both are deserving of mvp
2018-10-28 21:50
c o n t e x t
2018-10-28 19:27
#160
NiKo | 
India Sishir 
Brainless
2018-10-28 20:26
GuardiaN should've taken it
2018-10-28 19:21
No
2018-10-28 19:34
#18
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Russia LANAdelREYlul 
ez mercedes
2018-10-28 19:21
Fak mercedes
2018-10-28 19:23
BMW better
2018-10-28 19:34
#19
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Israel xpicyyy 
deserved IGL + God tier player
2018-10-28 19:21
#1 2018 confirmed
2018-10-28 19:21
Deserved
2018-10-28 19:21
gratz
2018-10-28 19:22
#24
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Brazil cadik 
Deserved
2018-10-28 19:22
Nice.
2018-10-28 19:22
Simple deserved more
2018-10-28 19:22
More than Navi *
2018-10-28 19:23
he would won that unntil he joined server against faze players :D well .. he just got rekt boi
2018-10-28 19:23
Still s1mple rating in the tournament: 1.45 NiKo's rating: 1.33
2018-10-28 19:25
simple 8 maps.. niko 11 maps.. xD
2018-10-28 19:26
Because navi won the first match that isnt s1mple's fault
2018-10-28 19:27
hes not MVP deal with it
2018-10-28 19:28
but he deserves it.
2018-10-28 19:28
guardian too .. olof too for their performances....
2018-10-28 19:31
Guardian rating: 1.18 Niko rating: 1.33 NiKo ofc the best player for faze so far this event
2018-10-28 19:33
Both deserved it. Either way they made the right choice
2018-10-28 21:52
Yeah but imo s1mple deserved more (just my opinion)
2018-10-28 23:34
Simple deserves every mvp honestly. Arguably the best player to ever touch the game.
2018-10-29 00:42
even fooking karrigan
2018-10-28 19:31
+1 for name
2018-10-28 21:52
Simple also didn’t face liquid in semis
2018-10-28 21:51
Easy katka
2018-10-28 19:22
#31
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United Kingdom SickaBoy 
deserved
2018-10-28 19:22
#33
rain | 
Slovakia TrYx_ 
gratz
2018-10-28 19:22
#34
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Georgia Broozman 
gratz
2018-10-28 19:22
maybe now he can still get #2this year
2018-10-28 19:22
#57
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United States AproximateCS 
If they win next 2 events
2018-10-28 19:24
he wont have as many mvps but he still ranks above device in most of the leaderboards A couple more MVPs would improve his candidacy but arent a necessity
2018-10-28 19:26
#128
shox | 
Serbia ravi0ll1 
device isnt on the same level as those two. Worse than NiKo in most categories on big events 2018 + losing a lot more while device's team literraly shits on everyone 16 5 which gets his stats inflated of course hltv.org/stats/players/compare/3741/NiKo..
2018-10-28 19:44
#137
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World bigb1rd 
Depends how you look at it. I'd argue Device has deflated stats and it's harder for him to shine as his team is fucking brilliant at the moment and every player is pretty much on top form, all 5 will be in the top 20 this year. It's easy to shine if you're insanely good like S1mple and the rest of your team (bar electronic) never really frags properly.
2018-10-28 19:52
#147
shox | 
Serbia ravi0ll1 
I think it works more in his favour. You win most of the rounds, have gun advantage and youre the one most setup for kills in your team + plus youre the AWP which is pretty much the biggest contributer in rounds as he always goes for the opener etc. If we were talking about someone like Xyp who plays support and anchors at times you could argue that his stats are deflated bc of his shining teammates. Btw S1mple doesnt deserve his rating as well, his is even more inflated than Niko or Device. I'd say that Niko and S1mple are about on the same level with Device close behind, but the truth could actually be in your argument that Device is the one whose stats are deflated and if that is the case i'd put him above S1mple tbh, he really saves too much and plays for himself, never saw him sacrifice himself for the team or go in first in executes
2018-10-28 19:58
#162
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World bigb1rd 
It's just never as simple as some people make it out to be. There are a lot of additional factors that have an effect on stats including the level of your opponents, skill of teammates, how 'in-form' your team is generally, the stage you reach in a tournament etc. I'm not saying I'd rate device above NiKo or S1mple I just think people unfairly bash him sometimes which is ludicrous as he's clearly among a small group of the very best players to ever play source.
2018-10-28 20:37
#192
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South Africa nimmaJ 
never saw him sacrifice himself for the team or go in first in execute First of all in a perfect world s1mple would never go in first because hes the best clutch player in the game and should have players sacrifice FOR him so that he can clean up rounds. With that being said he has the most opening kills per round so that's just simply untrue. He literally leads in every relevant category when comparing players - Opening kills, ADR, clutches, KAST, damage difference, impact rating and of course rating.
2018-10-29 05:28
#194
s1mple | 
India R0g3r 
When you talk facts they disappear. It's just their intuitive to underrate s1mple
2018-10-29 05:47
#195
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South Africa nimmaJ 
Good maybe when they reappear they'll realize how truly impressive of a year s1mple has had
2018-10-29 05:49
no freaking way that he will be before s1mple and dev1ce nomatter what
2018-10-28 19:25
he wont have as many mvps but he still ranks above device in most of the leaderboards
2018-10-28 19:26
hltv.org/stats/players/compare/7592/devi.. their stats are more or less identical. dev1ce has more individual awards(major mvp) and more titles...as simple as that. niko will be third for sure
2018-10-28 19:28
what really draws by eye is nikos higher impact rating and kpr That might come with being a rifler but at least those make it a close contest We'll see how they each perfom to close out the year. I agree device will probably take it because of mvps
2018-10-28 19:30
its still only overall stats that are missleading tbh. dev1ce was great also in semifinals and finals that are more important while niko had some issues in those matches. s1mple last year is great example. the best overall ratings but not even top10 playoff rating
2018-10-28 19:32
Well that's the thing hltv doesn't publish playoff ratings Device has a stronger performance against top 10 Either way I think its a closer race than you believe it is
2018-10-28 19:34
#193
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South Africa nimmaJ 
Just because they dont publish them doesn't mean they cant be calculated, and it really isnt that close 1. S1mple 2. Device 3. Niko is pretty obvious atm
2018-10-29 05:30
It would be a royal pain in the ass to do that yourself but I do agree that is probably the order
2018-10-29 12:53
#213
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South Africa nimmaJ 
All you have to do is filter by the tournament and then the day where the playoffs started. They did it for MVP calculations at epicenter
2018-10-29 21:17
yeah but to do that for every big event in 2018 for multiple players would take hours
2018-10-29 21:35
#215
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South Africa nimmaJ 
The entire site is dedicated to the pro scene of CSGO. I think the admins can handle it
2018-10-29 21:58
"to do that yourself" We're talking about what we think right now
2018-10-29 22:03
#219
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South Africa nimmaJ 
I actually wasnt. But either way they usually have in depth stats when they do the ratings and I think it will pretty clearly show, combined with the placements and awards, that s1mple>device>niko
2018-10-30 01:47
He can be 2nd if Na'Vi will shit their paints in the last tournaments of this year
2018-10-28 19:31
no freaking way that he will overcome either device or simple. its from whole year...
2018-10-28 19:33
you do realize that trophies mean a lot in these rankings right?
2018-10-28 19:34
yes and both s1mple and dev1ce have more achievments...like what the hell are you even talking about atm? s1mple has better stats, more achievments, more individual awards...jesus christ
2018-10-28 19:35
device has more sure but s1mple nah NiKo has 3 trophies this year s1mple has 3 trophies too but only Cologne is worth to mention
2018-10-28 19:39
major final? hello? s1mple has more titles=fact. better stats=fact. more individual awards=fact
2018-10-28 19:41
NiKo is major finalist of this year too and no s1mple doesn't have more titles
2018-10-28 19:43
s1mple has more achievments overall. it isnt only about 1st places... but its irrelevant anyway. niko wont be before s1mple. you can bookmark this
2018-10-28 19:47
Look at #99 that's my point
2018-10-28 19:53
again, its from WHOLE YEAR. not from last 1 month...not gonna happen.
2018-10-28 20:00
You didn't get the point just wait and see
2018-10-28 20:06
wait and see what? niko third? its obvious ROFL
2018-10-28 20:07
Deserved
2018-10-28 19:22
Good job carrying karrigan to another tittle, still s1mple was the mvp.
2018-10-28 19:23
not sure if he carried karrigan more or rain
2018-10-28 19:25
true, but still one or the other carried him..
2018-10-28 19:28
ye xD
2018-10-28 19:33
easy
2018-10-28 19:23
NiKo best player and igl
2018-10-28 19:23
#50
smooya | 
United Kingdom Porking 
Really thought they were going to give it s1mple. Well deserved Niko though.
2018-10-28 19:23
#51
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Finland coswell 
Wp NiKo. Its fun to see that FaZe can still win tournaments. Also nice that a team who had a tough game against ENCE, won the tournament :)
2018-10-28 19:23
Ence is good team, its not a meme anymore bro. :-)
2018-10-28 19:33
#119
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Finland coswell 
I know, but most still think Starladder was a fluke.
2018-10-28 19:37
Just kids. It was not a fluke, they are becoming better and better. In the future, they will fight with top teams, mark my words.
2018-10-28 21:54
#52
oskar | 
Russia Ew0kk 
Deserve
2018-10-28 19:23
congratz
2018-10-28 19:23
simple is better than him beleive me guys simple have a character and gud personality but Niko he chokes in every finale and make big mistake simple <3 <3
2018-10-28 19:23
#68
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China TYLOONUMBAWAN 
s1mple "gud personality" LUL
2018-10-28 19:26
Do you read after yourselfe? You wrote that Niko chokes in every tournament final, yet in this final he was the best player.
2018-10-28 19:53
yes i know what i mean niko he was lucky in this tournement :) :)
2018-10-28 19:54
But then what you wrote isnt true :]
2018-10-28 19:56
i wrote that simple character better tha niko bro :) :)
2018-10-28 19:57
Nevermind, ok ;}
2018-10-28 19:57
okay thanks bro :) :) gud night hf
2018-10-28 19:57
#62
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Brazil cadik 
s1mple fans cry here \________/
2018-10-28 19:25
Cold fans in 2k18 cry here \__________________/
2018-10-28 19:27
#129
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Slovakia t4gg3d 
s1mple fan spotted
2018-10-28 19:44
#67
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Ukraine treeex 
deserved , wp niko
2018-10-28 19:25
#69
s1mple | 
Spain L3gi13 
Undeserved
2018-10-28 19:26
#71
s1mple | 
Russia h3x0r 
"NiKo, who succeeds Marcelo "coldzera" David, last year's EPICENTER MVP, featured in the top five in ten stats leaderboards, leading in damage per round (87.3) and damage difference per round (+14.0). He was joint-best for opening kills per round (0.13) and had the second-highest rating (1.19) and kills per round ratio (0.81)." Opened leaderbords, saw s1mple leading in 7 positions, NiKo only in 3. DA FUQ HLTV, CAN U COUNT NORMALLY?
2018-10-28 19:26
#75
cyx | 
Denmark VojenZ 
1. Astralis 2. MIBR 3. FAZE 4. NAVI 5. Liquid
2018-10-28 19:27
LOL Mibr?
2018-10-28 19:27
+1 mibr is back
2018-10-28 19:47
#145
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France Aresys 
m16r ? OMEGALUL
2018-10-28 19:57
#76
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Malaysia byaIi 
not today s1mple
2018-10-28 19:27
#1 Niko #1363 s1mple
2018-10-28 19:27
For me it was s1mple
2018-10-28 19:27
#82
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Croatia Jack Russell 
NiKo_1_Epicenter_s1_0
2018-10-28 19:27
nice bait 0 IQ
2018-10-28 19:28
#89
Europe RKC 
2EZ4FAZE
2018-10-28 19:29
#90
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Europe trey_ 
ez <3 NIKOGOD
2018-10-28 19:29
deserved
2018-10-28 19:29
#92
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Poland KasPro 
Ez for the best player in the world niko niko niiii
2018-10-28 19:29
Gj ChoKo.
2018-10-28 19:30
NiKo igl, top fragger, clutcher, awper, and kids say s1mple deserved mvp lmfao
2018-10-28 19:31
Undeserved
2018-10-28 19:31
#110
Europe RKC 
If s1mple would be igl too, he would deserve it for sure. But it‘s so much harder to be a top fragger while igling, so nike deserved it!
2018-10-28 19:34
Adidas should've got the MVP tbh
2018-10-28 19:41
#131
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Slovakia t4gg3d 
+1
2018-10-28 19:45
#130
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Slovakia t4gg3d 
Obv nike didn't, adidas was the real mvp
2018-10-28 19:45
#169
Europe RKC 
n1 auto-correction on the Smartphone :-)
2018-10-28 21:03
#171
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Slovakia t4gg3d 
Turn it off alo?
2018-10-28 21:07
#202
Europe RKC 
no, it helps a lot if I write in my native language :-)
2018-10-29 10:50
#207
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Slovakia t4gg3d 
So u can't write properly in your native language?
2018-10-29 14:07
#218
Europe RKC 
Not that quick, no. I meant “predictive text“ btw. Auto-correction is disabled.
2018-10-30 00:51
#220
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Slovakia t4gg3d 
I see, well, you've got to live with it then.
2018-10-30 10:41
#140
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World bigb1rd 
NiKo utterly destroyed S1mple in the final when it actually mattered. He clearly deserves it.
2018-10-28 19:54
Deserved
2018-10-28 19:32
Simple has the best stats in a team that has worst stats than FaZe, so for shore he should be the MVP. But hltv always want to givit to a winning player, for me as a s1mple fan should be ok. Its sad that NaVi always choke in the finals.
2018-10-28 19:34
#118
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Europe b7ack0ut 
Expected
2018-10-28 19:37
NiKo the almighty, the god, his unrivaled skill and wisdom par excellence showed why he is both the best player to ever touch CS:GO and the best IGL ever.
2018-10-28 19:39
#125
fnx | 
Brazil wnttl 
ez top1
2018-10-28 19:42
100% deserved
2018-10-28 19:42
#132
shox | 
India iejesus 
Lmfao Hltv 0/8
2018-10-28 19:46
#142
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Russia bosd 
1.45 < 1.33 good job hltv
2018-10-28 19:54
NiKo destroyed s1mple in that final , had way more impact and not to mention he IGLed whilst top fragging almost every game AND s1mple played less maps , so nt but overall impact>rating.
2018-10-28 22:09
LMAO CRY IS FREE LOSERS DONT DESERVE AWARDS
2018-10-29 06:58
#150
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Czech Republic maybe_banned 
weird way to spell s1mple
2018-10-28 20:00
#152
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Austria I_love_Hltv 
device should have been the mvp
2018-10-28 20:02
GJ Alcoholic ! ;) TOP1 OF 2K18
2018-10-28 20:08
deserved
2018-10-28 20:22
#159
allu | 
Sweden Dguyg 
ez4choKo
2018-10-28 20:26
#168
 | 
Europe BreezyEU 
EZ FOR NIKOLAAAA
2018-10-28 20:57
#172
s1mple | 
CIS wWorst 
Disband Na`Vi please. Im so tired of believing in them while tournament and watching THIS game in granddinal.
2018-10-28 21:16
NA MVP MEDAL
2018-10-28 21:22
#175
 | 
Japan shoken 
gz dude! you're amazing player and deserve it after all.
2018-10-28 21:27
#185
NiKo | 
Norway k0Maw 
Yeee
2018-10-28 22:03
Olof was the real MVP.
2018-10-28 22:39
+1
2018-10-29 07:11
#188
device | 
Yugoslavia mrmojo 
Deserved wp Niko
2018-10-28 23:09
And while IGL ing. GOD NIKO!
2018-10-29 02:19
Deserved
2018-10-29 06:01
#199
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Europe n0kay 
nice!
2018-10-29 08:01
Edward and Zeus love losing 16:3 in a grand final on dust2
2018-10-29 08:23
#201
 | 
China haskell_cg 
just keep it up, I want see more trophy for faze
2018-10-29 10:40
underserved at all
2018-10-29 10:55
2018-10-29 21:11
#204
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Brazil Botzera__ 
FaZe IGL 1MVP Astralis IGL 0MVP FaZe > Astralis
2018-10-29 11:34
Well deserved.
2018-10-29 11:40
congrats
2018-10-29 16:47
highlights?
2018-10-29 17:43
#211
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Brazil millerjmatos 
GOAT
2018-10-29 18:22
#217
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Mongolia EastwooDFaze 
So Faze beats Nr. 3 and 2 teams both 2-0 and gets the Rank 4...
2018-10-29 23:00
Deserved Well Played Niko~
2018-10-30 22:47
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