Player stock shift: October

The latest Player stock shift is in, with five rising and four falling players who were in action at October's important tournaments.

Two notable international tournaments took place this month: StarSeries i-League Season 6, where ENCE became victorious after fending off serious competition, and EPICENTER, which saw FaZe hoist their first trophy with Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer in 2018 and their third this year overall.

All nine players featured in this article made their case at the former tournament, as at EPICENTER everyone performed according to expectations, perhaps with the exception of Dzhami "Jame" Ali, whose tournament-to-tournament inconsistency has, however, kept him from being included in this edition of the stock shift.

All nine players featured this month made their case at StarSeries i-League Season 6

Several other players were also not included just yet despite looking like serious candidates, earning their place on the watchlist for the months to come. These are the cases of Miikka "suNny" Kemppi and Fredrik "REZ" Sterner, who had off tournaments in Kiev and Moscow, or Nikolaj "niko" Kristensen, who looked in better shape at StarSeries. We will keep an eye on them in the future to see whether it becomes a trend.

If you missed any of the previous editions, here is a list of all of them:

September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January

Without further ado, let's look at the changes of this month:

Rising

Even though ENCE couldn't deliver the goods towards the end of the month at EPICENTER, the Finns were certainly one of the biggest names of October following their win at StarSeries i-League Season 6, where they beat teams such as mousesports and BIG en route to the title.

Jere "sergej" Salo was on fire as expected alongside Aleksi "allu" Jalli, but Aerial's play came as a surprise as the 25-year-old went toe-to-toe with his young teammate with consistent performances throughout the entire tournament. In the end, the MVP medal went to the youngster, but Aerial was in close contention and eventually came away with an EVP mention from the tournament.

NRG as a whole were a bit of a disappointment after they failed to live up to their status as one of the favorites for StarSeries and went out in the semi-finals, but two of their players definitely delivered, namely Ethan "Ethan" Arnold and Brehze.

Ethan had already appeared on the list in May, now it's time for Brehze to join his teammate among the rising stars after being on our radar for the past few months. ESL One New York and StarSeries i-League Season 6 convinced us he should have his place here, as well.

Another positive surprise of October were Fragsters, who, as one of the lowest ranked teams at StarSeries, managed to make it to playoffs after beating BIG, Gambit, and North, before falling to eventual finalists Vega Squadron in the quarter-finals.

refrezh was at the helm of the team throughout their run in the group stage, hitting some high peaks in the aforementioned wins, especially against Gambit and North, in which he surpassed 1.60 ratings in the close affairs. After he had already shown up with solid play at DreamHack Open Valencia, in July, and an admirable level at Games Clash Masters, in September, there's no question refrezh's stock has risen.

Vega Squadron's runner-up finish has not gone unnoticed, either. The CIS-based squad had their best LAN finish in Kiev, and it's no surprise given that a couple of their players stepped up.

Despite somewhat unimpressive ratings, tonyblack and jR were instrumental in Vega's success at StarSeries, with both players earning EVP mentions for their efforts - as did the team's usual star, Leonid "chopper" Vishnyakov. The Ukrainian AWPer also had a solid level in the FACEIT Major New Challengers stage in September to go along with it.

Falling

Lekr0 makes his second appearance in the Player stock shift after rising in January following the ELEAGUE Major, when he was still part of fnatic, and his form looked improved over the next couple of months.

Since then, he has been up and down, although, at the last three tournaments (dating back to the New Legends stage of the FACEIT Major) it has been more of the latter, as Lekr0 is hitting a new low in 2018.

somebody also hit rock bottom over the last couple of tournaments, which helps to explain TYLOO's inability to make deep runs at the FACEIT Major and StarSeries i-League Season 6, with the latter being a tournament where the Chinese side were among the higher ranked teams.

Over the course of those two tournaments, the 23-year-old averaged 0.67 and 0.77 ratings, respectively, making him one of the worst performing players of both tournaments, so it should come as no surprise to see his stock fall in October.

aizy returns to the Player stock shift after a brief stint as a rising player at a time when he and the rest of North were making waves with their stunning title-winning campaign at DreamHack Masters Stockholm, at the end of August.

At the two tournaments since then - the FACEIT Major and StarSeries i-League Season 6 - aizy has reverted to his previous level, if not below, which puts his stock back where it has been for most of the year.

The Bulgarian AWPer is also a returning player when it comes to the stock shift, as he had risen in June after turning heads with great play at tournaments such as IEM Sydney and ECS Season 5 Finals.

However, lately, we have been missing such performances from CeRq, who has been surpassed by Brehze as one of NRG's two star players following the most recent events.

Finland Jere 'sergej' Salo
Jere 'sergej' Salo
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
531
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Russia Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
693
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.55
APR:
0.09
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
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
857
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.10
Denmark Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensen
Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensen
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
859
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
China HaoWen 'somebody' Xu
HaoWen 'somebody' Xu
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
940
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Russia Anton 'tonyblack' Kolesnikov
Anton 'tonyblack' Kolesnikov
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
765
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
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
Russia Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
562
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Finland Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1043
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Finland Jani 'Aerial' Jussila
Jani 'Aerial' Jussila
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
535
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
867
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
United States Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
776
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:
829
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
Denmark Ismail 'refrezh' Ali
Ismail 'refrezh' Ali
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
583
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1336
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1393
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
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
Interesting list!
2018-10-31 23:10
#39
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Belgium KevinGatesYo 
Nonamers list
2018-11-01 00:45
#56
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Ukraine dashbug 
Dude, what are you doing here? You can't unknow them
2018-11-01 05:45
#59
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Other anarh1st47 
Ez 4 jr
2018-11-01 06:51
flair and flag checks
2018-11-01 11:09
who is junior
2018-11-01 15:00
nice
2018-10-31 23:10
damn Lekr0 going down who could have seen that coming?
2018-10-31 23:11
#7
jks | 
United States Mirbo1 
IGL that’s all
2018-10-31 23:12
Not sure why cerq is on the list. Maybe cuz they put him too high too early
2018-10-31 23:36
#51
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Panama Cyain10 
The place he had was deserved. NRG is just performing really badly now, and obviously his stats are going to show that
2018-11-01 03:49
Maybe I said that wrong. Cerq was held to a high standard after a short time of playing at a high level. Cuz he came outta nowhere. And he is still playing very well, just not AS well. Still consistent. Don’t know why they dropped him
2018-11-01 04:04
#53
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Panama Cyain10 
Oh okay little misunderstanding
2018-11-01 04:05
>cerq is playing worse than before >why is he on a list of players who have falling performance American brains strikes again
2018-11-01 07:50
Funny how you make fun of him while clearly being too retarded to even grasp his point..
2018-11-01 08:52
Funny how you make fun of me while clearly being too retarded to even grasp my point..
2018-11-01 09:20
...what fucking point? zenmaster6 showed there IS no point. He just has a skewed, incorrect perception of what this list is, and he literally just envisions it as a "bad players" list, even though it's literally just a stock SHIFT. And, y'know, if Cerq goes from 1.16 rating to 1.05 rating, that's a SHIFT. Nothing on the list says he's inconsistent, or bad, so KINGa_da_sticks is literally making a pointless comment, arguing against his own perception.
2018-11-01 11:16
No. I’m saying his shift isn’t significant enough for this list. When I hear stock shift I think of someone’s worth. Has cerqs worth dropped over the last couple months? No
2018-11-01 13:16
You just made my point, again.. edit: I just realize you're not even zentard6, tried your best to sound as intellectual as possible tho, thumbs up!
2018-11-02 07:49
Literally only down if you only look at the scoreboard and you dont watch the game, he is the IGL and he wins a ton of clutches, he may not put up great numbers but he is a very valuable player.
2018-11-01 08:31
#4
jks | 
United States Mirbo1 
Woah, cool
2018-10-31 23:11
Not bad
2018-10-31 23:12
ok
2018-10-31 23:12
username
2018-10-31 23:12
gg
2018-10-31 23:14
1.05 - falling - feels CERQ man
2018-10-31 23:15
#11
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Sweden @fimpen 
at the same time lekr0 is showing how to play 3-1 vs faze maybe...
2018-10-31 23:16
Hmm what’s happening to Lekro? Just IGL-autism thing nothing new boys.
2018-10-31 23:17
#58
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Europe n0kay 
Bro, do you even know what autism is?
2018-11-01 06:02
a meme
2018-11-01 07:39
Ok.
2018-10-31 23:17
#14
Jame | 
Netherlands Polakva 
Tony who ?
2018-10-31 23:18
#38
shox | 
France KR1MEZ 
Tony cmonBruh
2018-11-01 00:41
#16
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Finland lasarus 
No allu?
2018-10-31 23:21
#41
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Australia kTw0 
flag checks out
2018-11-01 01:06
#64
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Finland lasarus 
Yes.
2018-11-01 07:52
No olof in rising? He was ass before his break and he's been pretty good since he got back I also forget if jame was mentioned in any past ones but its a shame his inconsistency is keeping him from the list
2018-10-31 23:36
put on hell of a performance in the finale in EPICENTER and had a few other good maps but overall it was only a half-decent tournament for him and he's been struggling a lot online. he was a beast before that though as you said and since he wasn't mentioned last stock shift I think he deserved a spot over names such as jR and tonyblack
2018-10-31 23:42
Poizen soon rising star
2018-10-31 23:39
poizon ? just beat fnatic 2-0 ez
2018-10-31 23:42
yeah I'm sure they would want to remake their list in the last second because of two online BO1's lmao
2018-10-31 23:43
#27
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Russia sneakyboy 
he was good raiting all the time
2018-10-31 23:47
But he had already a very good stat against tier 3-4 teams
2018-10-31 23:56
where is grat
2018-10-31 23:51
#30
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Indonesia n0val 
who
2018-10-31 23:56
#31
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Finland Smoonah 
Aerial is a god
2018-11-01 00:01
#34
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Austria I_love_Hltv 
good list, but disagree with cerq.
2018-11-01 00:31
#37
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Sweden meistr0 
+1
2018-11-01 00:40
#36
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Sweden meistr0 
How the f is CeRqs rating dropping??? lol
2018-11-01 00:39
HALOOO! Where is FaZe?
2018-11-01 00:50
#43
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African Union mikecool 
Ctrl + F5 = refrezh
2018-11-01 01:39
#44
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United States _ATaXiA_ 
Tonyblack 1.06 - Up jR 1.07/1.11 - Up Cerq - Down 1.5 in past 3 LANs 1.16 in the past 6 LANs He's on a tier 2 team putting up tier 1 numbers and you're shitting on him. HLTV Confirmed.
2018-11-01 02:38
#47
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Denmark resolut 
nt
2018-11-01 03:31
1.16 to 1.05, that counts as falling.
2018-11-01 06:53
#82
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World ZMDR 
its not called player stock, its called stock SHIFT no matter how high your rating, if it goes down by a lot you'll be on the falling list
2018-11-02 19:42
where is iDISBALANCE?
2018-11-01 02:40
SOMEBODY 0.77 rating omegalul i could do better
2018-11-01 03:14
cmon SOMEBODY tyloo need your performance
2018-11-01 03:44
Interesting...
2018-11-01 05:56
WHERE FORSAKENNNN?????
2018-11-01 07:34
Brehze rising i arent thing that
2018-11-01 08:25
#68
NiKo | 
Poland Jaruzel 
Jame should be on the rising
2018-11-01 08:57
This is the second most useless thing after hltv confirmed shitshow
2018-11-01 10:19
yes!!!
2018-11-01 12:09
#71
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Romania SkipLD 
Haha Like aizy could drop when he's at rock bottom.
2018-11-01 10:46
rip aizy
2018-11-01 11:54
Aizy whole career doing drops. Every team will suck with him
2018-11-01 12:03
#78
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Finland eMBeJaana 
Its Jussilas Jani
2018-11-01 13:17
Rip woxic
2018-11-01 14:39
#83
NiKo | 
Poland Jaruzel 
Btw where is kennyS? He should be on the falling for sure.
2018-11-03 19:42
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