Player stock shift: December

December may not be over just yet, but with all notable international tournaments of the month having already taken place, we decided to release 2018's last edition of the Player stock shift a bit earlier than usual.

The top-tier scene is heading into a well-earned break after a busy season, which came to a close earlier in December with the last big event of 2018, BLAST Pro Series Lisbon, where Astralis grabbed their second title this month alongside another triumph at ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals.

Only one other international tournament played a factor in this month's stock shift; the PLG Grand Slam, which took place in Abu Dhabi and saw fnatic raise the trophy after a win over G2 in the grand final for a $70,000 payout.

ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals played a big part in this month's stock shift

In part due to December being cut short by the break, ergo less crammed with events, only eight players made their way to the list, with four rising and four falling after the aforementioned three tournaments.

Here they are:

To go back to previous editions of 2018, see the following list:

November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January

Rising

This month at ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals, Renegades made it to the playoffs of a big event for the first time since IEM Sydney in May after coming back from an opening loss to HellRaisers all the way through Group A's lower bracket, beating ViCi, BIG, and G2 en route to the quarter-finals. There, they ultimately fell to mousesports, but not before taking the European side to their limit in a three-map series.

jks led the tournament in overall rating (1.35) after not only playing consistently well but also peaking in key moments, in Renegades' map wins against BIG and G2, as well as in their narrow Mirage loss to mousesports in the playoffs, which helped him lock his first big-event EVP mention.

Though he was missing some of the same peak performances, jkaem also played a big part in his team's success with similarly consistent play, which made the Odense event one of his best in 2018.

Astralis won both big events of December, with the first, ESL Pro League S8 Finals, led by Nicolai "device" Reedtz, while Magisk ended up missing out on an EVP mention as the lowest-rated player of the team in Odense, but he made up for it (and then some) in Lisbon the following week.

At BLAST Pro Series, the youngest member of the Danish heavyweights arguably played the best tournament of his career, as he led Astralis to the title with an MVP-worthy showing, which saw him record the tied-highest rating of the tournament (1.39) alongside teammate Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen and the second-highest of his career.

kNgV- was featured in June's stock shift as a falling player following poor play at ESL One Belo Horizonte, which he attended with the core of his current team INTZ under the Não Tem Como tag.

We hadn't seen the Brazilian sniper at an event of such stature since then, up until this month's Pro League Finals, where INTZ ended up placing last after losses to BIG and G2, with kNgV- recording a respectable 1.20 rating across four maps played. The 24-year-old didn't have a particularly impressive showing against much lower competition at PLG Grand Slam with a 1.07 rating there, but combined with Odense, his performance in December was miles away from his level in Brazil six months ago.

Falling

After xccurate was featured three times from March to May, we decided to wait for him to stop blowing hot and cold before including him in the stock shift again, which he did for three events in a row in July and got on the list as a rising player once again.

Over the past five months, the Indonesian AWPer has looked more down than up at tournaments both big and small, with only three above-average events out of eight, and so he falls for the third time in his fifth appearance in the monthly series.

REZ was a rising player in August, when he led NiP to the semi-finals of DreamHack Masters Stockholm alongside Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg after an up-and-down period earlier in 2018, which saw him record two of his worst events.

The Swede has been fluctuating again over the past few months with comparatively underwhelming tournaments as well as a couple of brighter ones at BLAST Pro Series Istanbul and at ECS Season 6 Finals, so we're putting him back where he had been towards the middle part of the year.

Edward was on the upswing in June after a couple of promising tournaments before he returned back to his usual level only a month later, where he more or less stayed until after BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen at the beginning of November.

Over the course of the three events that followed, IEM Chicago, ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals, and BLAST Pro Series Lisbon, the veteran was at his worst level of 2018 on average, but especially in Lisbon.

karrigan closes out our short list of December as one of the rare players whose level has gradually decreased over the course of the entire year, which puts him in a similar position to his now former teammate Håvard "rain" Nygaard, who fell back in August, but a tier below.

When compared to the first four months of 2018, when FaZe were a top-two team in the world, the Dane's average rating over a three-month period has dropped by more than one decimal point, below 0.90, as seen in the graph above.

Ukraine Ioann 'Edward' Sukhariev
Ioann 'Edward' Sukhariev
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1414
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1476
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Australia Justin 'jks' Savage
Justin 'jks' Savage
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
816
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1356
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Brazil Vito 'kNgV-' Giuseppe
Vito 'kNgV-' Giuseppe
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
490
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.10
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
934
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
1491
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1125
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Indonesia Kevin 'xccurate' Susanto
Kevin 'xccurate' Susanto
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
535
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.10
Norway Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
852
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1571
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
835
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Botward ahahahaha
2018-12-22 13:34
#8
 | 
United Kingdom Argyl 
+1 -Edward +AdreN
2018-12-22 13:35
#15
China o_O 
kNgVVVVVVVVVVV
2018-12-22 13:37
#79
 | 
Denmark Twick_ 
Gl karrigan, you have a long and bright carrier a head if you Oh wait
2018-12-22 17:01
carrier a head
2018-12-28 17:30
#18
frozen | 
Czech Republic PlaSSma 
Yes please
2018-12-22 13:37
Where s1mple?
2018-12-22 14:17
#101
 | 
United States br1sK_ 
cant rise in player stock if you're already at the top of player stock
2018-12-28 04:04
-Edward +AdreN -Zeus +Anybody Na'Vi top1
2018-12-22 17:49
#89
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United Kingdom Argyl 
+ karrigan if there's enough people who can speak English + ANGE1 if you want a cis team Neither will happen yet loool
2018-12-22 17:51
#92
 | 
Serbia d1ckson 
Realisticly, Zeus should coach, he is indeed a god IGL, but he is playing rather bad in-game
2018-12-22 19:28
#20
 | 
Sweden Unluko 
Hahaha ok
2018-12-22 13:38
#31
 | 
Other khorkalba 
When you consider player roles, Edward isn't letting the team down anywhere near as much as Flamie or Zeus.
2018-12-22 13:40
especially flamie
2018-12-22 14:21
he was good in lisabon but bad year overall
2018-12-22 14:30
ever since they added electronic his performance has been piss-poor, he may get a few impact frags every now and then but his inconsistency is a big issue for navi
2018-12-22 14:39
#80
 | 
India Chichiyum 
Flamie is inconsistent as well..
2018-12-22 17:01
it's flamie that I was talking about
2018-12-22 23:12
Yea he so often does nothing.
2018-12-22 15:22
#45
 | 
Other mur9er 
Zeus is a god tier IGL though.
2018-12-22 14:23
Did you confuse Zeus and Edward? Zeus is the brain of the team.
2018-12-22 15:32
Yes Zeus is the brain of the team, but the individual decisions of him were just painful to watch. Many of his deaths are due to poor decision making instead of getting out-aimed.
2018-12-22 20:14
#58
 | 
Denmark blue_sheep 
Edward has been falling for while now it seems. Navi should have picked up Hobbit when they had they chance. Now they'd do well to kick Edward and recruit Adren
2018-12-22 14:47
#63
 | 
Other khorkalba 
Edward is struggling because he's playing all the shit roles to allow S1mple/Electronic/Flamie to shine. If they pick up Hobbit or Adren and give them the same roles, they will struggle just as much if not more. So maybe you should point the finger at someone like Flamie instead and ask why he's fragging almost as badly as Edward despite having a lot more freedom to be the third star of the team.
2018-12-22 15:14
+1, but you have to realize that newf4gs don't understand these kind of subtleties, they only see how many frags and deaths a player has.
2018-12-22 15:56
#78
 | 
Denmark blue_sheep 
Listen up newfag. Edward has not been doing a god job for a while. It's plain for all to see (though evidently not for the likes of you). If Navi wants to improve, then they need a player who'll do a better job in what khorkalba above calls "shit roles". Why are there so many degenerates like you here on HLTV who devolve to name calling ac supposed to simply debate or state their argument?
2018-12-22 16:47
#82
 | 
India Chichiyum 
+1 . In every team someone has to play those roles.Every team has support players.every team has someone for more like gaining infos but I don't see anyone suffering like Edward has been in the past few months or the later half of the year
2018-12-22 17:06
#84
 | 
India Chichiyum 
There may be many reasons behind Edward not to shine.Either Edward has to figure it out himself or It's Navi who has to do some changes with the roster.Otherwise same old stories will repeat in the next year as well
2018-12-22 17:08
Sorry, there's a bit of a misunderstanding I must clear: I wasn't talking to you, so no offense. I was just talking in general, because there is so much comments in HLTV about "BOTward". I agree that AdreN would be a great choice for a replacement, but I think that the player they should replace is flamie or Zeus, not Edward. At least not for now. Flamie is supposed to perform and he hasn't, Zeus is a good igl, but he is just prone to tilting very easily and thus making bad calls.
2018-12-23 03:20
I think zeus is the problem not only does he struggle to even get sinole trade frags but he has the no1 and no5 players in the world and his strats look like "s1mple go kill" they could get a better fragging igl What im saying could be wrong im not in game i dont see what zeus adds but this is what it looks like to me
2018-12-22 17:22
#94
 | 
India P0k3RST7R 
+1 support players are necessary to let you're teams star player shine . Just like Edward , TACO and STYKO
2018-12-22 20:31
very fun -_- baitzera
2018-12-25 16:55
#6
dennis | 
Latvia De1Co 
Interesting
2018-12-22 13:34
#7
 | 
Poland Frytekooo 
Why kng is rising?
2018-12-22 13:36
#21
 | 
Sweden Unluko 
Hes a god
2018-12-22 13:39
#27
 | 
Poland Frytekooo 
Prove it or i'll...
2018-12-22 13:39
#29
 | 
Sweden Unluko 
Look stats
2018-12-22 13:40
#34
 | 
Poland Frytekooo 
Still too bad for m16r
2018-12-22 13:43
#35
 | 
Sweden Unluko 
Nah he should play in F0-3
2018-12-22 13:47
#51
 | 
Poland Frytekooo 
+1
2018-12-22 14:38
polish cs in 2k18 OMEGALUL
2018-12-22 16:36
#81
 | 
Poland Frytekooo 
I don't support them. And I agree with u.
2018-12-22 17:05
#91
Vodka | 
Poland parsnip 
error
2018-12-22 17:55
he was probably looking for the hltv journalists in their hotel
2018-12-22 14:22
#9
Thorin | 
Sweden lakt0s 
Nice
2018-12-22 13:35
ez for kiNg Vito
2018-12-22 15:13
S1mple > Device
2018-12-22 13:36
#22
 | 
Sweden Unluko 
4/8
2018-12-22 13:39
interesting
2018-12-22 13:36
#12
hecker | 
World heck9r 
jks rly deserved this spot
2018-12-22 13:36
Where is simple n electronic?
2018-12-22 13:36
#37
 | 
United Kingdom ChrisFroome 
What do you mean lol?
2018-12-22 13:57
simple was a beast in lisbon man, he was wrecking all of the matches
2018-12-22 14:40
this list is for monthly rising/falling player. Player like s1mple and electronic is always playing consistenly good in every months so yeah.
2018-12-22 15:14
#16
Jame | 
Poland Blindilek 
When top 20 players 2018? :/
2018-12-22 13:37
#24
 | 
Sweden Unluko 
Januari 1 to January 20
2018-12-22 13:39
Nip lululululul
2018-12-22 13:37
#19
 | 
Brazil igster 
Karrigan feelsbadman
2018-12-22 13:37
#28
 | 
Sweden Unluko 
Lol
2018-12-22 13:39
Merry Christmas everybody
2018-12-22 13:39
#26
 | 
Sweden Unluko 
Thank you
2018-12-22 13:39
#57
 | 
Brazil Cold_beast 
Shame to you
2018-12-22 14:46
#77
kNgV- | 
Brazil TomLAG78 
Merry Christmas too my friend
2018-12-22 16:44
#25
Loh | 
Denmark reignyy 
refrezh not rising?
2018-12-22 13:39
I feel sad for rez tho
2018-12-22 13:40
kNg my boy
2018-12-22 13:42
Prove it or I will kill you.
2018-12-22 14:43
#33
 | 
Spain JasonRacism 
Happy for Jks, Jkaem and Magisk, Sad for REZ
2018-12-22 13:43
Very bad post for Edward
2018-12-22 13:52
god xccurate shall rise again no doubt
2018-12-22 14:00
Botward stock was already at 0. It cannot drop further
2018-12-22 14:01
BotStyko, BotTaco, Botward keep repeating same stuff over and over again. But u kick `bot` and team start to suck
2018-12-22 14:39
Styko and TACO are not only much smarter players, they also both have better aim.
2018-12-22 15:33
jkaem is back!
2018-12-22 14:06
so 0.86 to 0.85 is fall? is expired skill dude
2018-12-22 14:20
#47
 | 
Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
KNG <3
2018-12-22 14:33
Nawwk?
2018-12-22 14:33
karrigan kicked after this
2018-12-22 14:43
Niko zero month with rising - and People still Call Him top 3 lol
2018-12-22 14:50
you are quite possibly a full blown retard
2018-12-22 15:28
Full blown by you
2018-12-23 06:32
yeah the fuckin boys
2018-12-22 14:55
#61
 | 
African Union mikecool 
Jks and jkaem ytb!!
2018-12-22 15:01
Botward so bad holy shit
2018-12-22 15:31
#72
ableJ | 
Bangladesh DisableJ 
Ez for KingV
2018-12-22 15:47
lmao botward was never rising
2018-12-22 15:50
#75
 | 
Australia JingleBells 
2015 jkaem?
2018-12-22 16:29
#83
 | 
Denmark Ramp8 
magisk <3
2018-12-22 17:06
#85
 | 
Denmark blue_sheep 
+1
2018-12-22 17:11
#87
 | 
Algeria Zawwy 
ez for magisk
2018-12-22 17:47
BOT karrigan
2018-12-22 17:53
Optic Karrigan incoming?
2018-12-23 14:28
magisk BEST.....................
2018-12-24 12:17
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