BLAST Pro Series Lisbon: the EVPs

With the last Big Event of 2018, BLAST Pro Series Lisbon, in the rearview mirror, it is time to present the Exceptionally Valuable Players (EVPs) of the $250,000 tournament.

Astralis made sure to end 2018 on a high note as they won the BLAST Pro Series Lisbon title - their tenth Big Event crown of the year - after coming back from a map down to defeat Natus Vincere 2-1.

After the final, Emil "Magisk" Reif was presented with this first-ever Most Valuable Player (MVP) award for his contribution to Astralis' success in the Portuguese capital, where he posted 1.25+ ratings on every map won by his team to leave the tournament with an impressive 1.39 rating.

BLAST Pro Series Lisbon had three EVPs

The tournament's unconventional format, with a fairly low number of maps played and the lack a playoff bracket, resulted in just three EVPs, all from different sides, with MIBR being the only team who did not make the final and still provide a player to the list, which you can find below:

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

Denmark Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen
Ukraine Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev
Brazil Marcelo "coldzera" David

dupreeh capped off a great individual year with a year-high 1.39 rating to pick up his eighth EVP mention of 2018 (on top of an MVP medal at the ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals). The 25-year-old and Magisk were neck-and-neck in the MVP race, with the grand final game on Cache being the deciding factor that tipped the scale in the youngster's favour.

Boasting a tournament-high 1.47 Impact rating, dupreeh was Astralis' second-best player in the round-robin stage (1.43 rating), and he stepped up in the grand final as he led his team with a 1.34 rating. He was by far the best CT player of the event, averaging a 1.53 rating on the defensive side, and he was a solid contributor with the AWP, picking up 20 kills with the AWP (0.10 per round).

dupreeh, who was second to Magisk for rating in map wins leading to victories (1.40 vs. 1.46), was in the stats leaderboards in 13 categories, leading six of them, including ADR (92.6), kills per round (0.90), percentage of rounds with at least one frag (55.4%) and KAST (78.2%).

s1mple was in line for the MVP award for most of the tournament, but slipped out of contention for the honour after cutting a frustrating figure on the last two maps of the final (1.09 rating on Cache and 0.75 on Dust2).

With Denis "electronic" Sharipov a far cry from his usual form, s1mple took matters into his own hands and carried his team to the final, his 1.46 rating in map wins matched only by Magisk. The Ukrainian registered 1.20+ ratings in each of Natus Vincere's round-robin stage wins, and he also acquitted himself well on the opening map of the grand final, Overpass, with a 1.61 rating.

The 21-year-old was top for clutches won (five), total AWP kills (73) and opening frags (26), and he appeared in nine other stats leaderboards, most notably rating (1.22), kills per round (0.83), percentage of rounds with at least one frag (54.1%) and AWP kills per round (0.38)

BLAST Pro Series Lisbon may not have been the best tournament for MIBR as far as results are concerned, but for coldzera there were still positives to take as he registered a 1.31 rating, his second best of the year at a Big Event.

The Brazilian was a consistent performer for his team at the Altice Arena, posting above-average ratings in all of MIBR's round-robin stage matches except the 7-16 defeat to Astralis. His 2.23 rating against Natus Vincere was only his second 2.0+ rating score at a Big Event in 2018, but that match has to be taken with a grain of salt as MIBR were by then already out of contention for a place in the final.

coldzera ranked first for headshots per round (0.54) and opening duel success (76.5%), and he featured in the top five in seven other stats categories, including rating, ADR (88.2), kills per round (0.89) and percentage of rounds with at least one frag (52.8%).

Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
1093
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
813
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1539
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
997
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1066
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.10
#1
aslak | 
Finland SunMutsi 
Ez
2018-12-27 16:30
#11
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Sweden Unluko 
Godzera
2018-12-27 16:32
Lmao the fact that anybody takes these Blast Pro events seriously is wild to me. This is basically like summit and ESG Mykonos. It’s a cool format but it’s a joker event.
2018-12-27 17:07
#33
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Sweden Unluko 
I kind of like BPS events, they are ongoing for 24 hours and I dont have to wait so long like every other event.
2018-12-27 17:08
Not saying it’s a bad tournament. I like it. It’s fresh and different. And 3rd place decider is really cool. But their shouldn’t be mvps evps etc. it’s bo1s.
2018-12-27 17:11
With the Price pool and the teams going there, we have to take it seriously to some degree. The players are.
2018-12-28 00:14
I guess the players are still playing lol. So evps and mvps makes sense. But it shouldn’t have a lot of impact on team ranks.
2018-12-28 03:00
I'm pretty sure it has less impact than some of the bigger tournaments... :)
2018-12-28 03:26
Ty
2018-12-28 04:16
#49
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Denmark Cleandog 
+1 nice distraction, with mainly T1 teams, from the multi-week long tournaments. The bo1 can be a bit random why Astralis only won 2 of 4 tournaments xD
2018-12-27 17:48
This gives worse teams a chance though - a few good bo1 performances and boom, or should i say, blast
2019-01-02 23:25
#20
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Brazil ZerongBr 
COLD TOP10
2018-12-27 16:44
Simple 0.75 rating loool whata final choker
2018-12-27 17:24
#48
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Poland v1ctorex 
haha
2018-12-27 17:44
At least he got to the final lmao fallen fan
2018-12-27 19:41
#73
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Belgium KevinGatesYo 
Statpad1mple will never be anywhere close to what fallen is to the cs scene.
2018-12-28 12:35
#80
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Germany s1mplyclever 
because faze never chokes at finals
2018-12-30 11:06
Faze Major Final in 2018: Close 1:2 NaVi Major Final in 2018: Complete destruction 0:2
2019-01-02 23:26
#83
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Germany s1mplyclever 
FaZe is known to reach one of the finals in any tournament and then choke for Na'Vi its basically 2v5 at any Tournament because Electronic and S1mple are carrying the whole team while the others are just acting like Bots
2019-01-06 07:24
#2
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Norway Alexed 
No
2018-12-27 16:30
#3
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Denmark Ebixa2K 
Expected
2018-12-27 16:30
#4
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Brazil Alexandeer 
godzera
2018-12-27 16:31
#5
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Slovakia ypsylonnn 
yes
2018-12-27 16:31
#6
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Brunei GucciLeIe 
S1 top 1
2018-12-27 16:31
#7
ZywOo | 
Denmark D4mbad1m 
deserved
2018-12-27 16:31
w0t
2018-12-27 16:31
#9
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Czech Republic Rewask 
poor dupreeh
2018-12-27 16:32
+1
2018-12-27 18:48
#10
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Turkey Crewbadcool 
uh
2018-12-27 16:32
No device thanks god
2018-12-27 16:33
#13
NiKo | 
Iceland Numeritos 
nt cold lul
2018-12-27 16:35
#14
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Other Fookin_Legend 
God s1mple
2018-12-27 16:36
GODzera Will be back in 2019
2018-12-27 16:36
+1
2018-12-27 16:41
#40
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India Narendra_modi 
Uzzy1
2018-12-27 17:34
Yes, that was my old Nickname.
2018-12-27 17:35
#43
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India Narendra_modi 
ik. Hi
2018-12-27 17:35
Nt f0rsaken
2018-12-27 17:35
#45
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India Narendra_modi 
lol smoooya mad
2018-12-27 17:36
#77
frozen | 
Czech Republic PlaSSma 
His bait TACO comes back so it's ez to guess
2018-12-29 19:00
EVPS of couple bo1s lol
2018-12-27 16:36
+1
2018-12-27 17:08
#41
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India Narendra_modi 
5
2018-12-27 17:34
#17
jks | 
United Kingdom TC10 
no refrezh no party
2018-12-27 16:40
#19
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Brazil ZerongBr 
COLD TOP10
2018-12-27 16:44
#47
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Brunei GucciLeIe 
#11 I guess
2018-12-27 17:42
#21
swag | 
Belgium xKillian 
swag?
2018-12-27 16:50
are u fr?
2018-12-27 19:40
#72
swag | 
Belgium xKillian 
No haha jk
2018-12-28 12:04
ty
2018-12-29 00:55
#22
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United Kingdom galaxzy 
s1mple confirmed top 1
2018-12-27 16:54
#23
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Brazil DanishBias 
Godzera top 1 2018 ez
2018-12-27 16:56
#25
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Germany k_den 
baitzera knows he can´t win shit so he only plays for his stats :D :D :D
2018-12-27 16:58
#46
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Brunei GucciLeIe 
Coldzera: #1 2016 #1 2017 #11 2018 (probably) Coldzera god
2018-12-27 17:42
#51
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Germany k_den 
2016 undeserved 2017 undeserved 2018 seems about accurate for his statspadding gameplay
2018-12-27 18:19
why mvp/evp from these kind of invite tournaments?
2018-12-27 17:02
No device god sadface
2018-12-27 17:02
pushing b site with zeus and edward on it every round paid off xDD
2018-12-27 17:05
#29
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Korea ecsta_s1 
no ecovice xd
2018-12-27 17:06
I'd be glad if idiots who leave meaningless comments were permanently banned. Or maybe it'd be great to have a rating system, so that downvoted comments are hidden.
2018-12-27 17:08
downvoted comments would be great
2018-12-29 02:13
#35
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Brazil candymau 
Honorable mentions to refrezh and swag. Their presence made the matches even more interesting. Good CS players to say the least.
2018-12-27 17:10
refrezh crying..
2018-12-27 17:19
ez goatzera
2018-12-27 18:15
BAITZERA LOL
2018-12-27 18:25
Godzera easy top 1 next year with sk lineup back
2018-12-27 18:28
#55
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United States Doge14 
Autimatic
2018-12-27 18:50
astralis win event and device not even evp, s1mple always evp if he make at least to the semis
2018-12-27 18:53
Eleague Major,Eleague premier,EPL S7 ,device got mvp/evp 13/14 times when he made at least semis so nt and should got this time as well but they gave it to coldzera for boosting stats in ez game vs navi.
2018-12-27 19:52
wow such amazing result, but cant get evp even when his team won a fucking events, while s1mple ALWAYS get mvp\evp if he reach semis, that my point, device can stay afk and astralis still gonna take it, that how good astralis is right now, and they said that ecov2ce is top-1 LUL, astalis top-1 team, s1mple top-1 player
2018-12-27 19:53
did you read my comment? simple made it to semis at eleague major 2018 ,epl s7 and eleague premier and he didn't get evp so not always. hltv.org/news/22664/eleague-major-the-ev.. hltv.org/news/23720/esl-pro-league-seaso.. hltv.org/news/24444/eleague-premier-2018.. hltv.org/stats/players/events/7998/s1mpl.. and ye calling device eco fragger is like calling pasha good awper he's not best player in the world this year,but definitely best in astralis and every astralis player kept telling that.
2018-12-27 20:04
#57
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Denmark MeToxi 
FYI, coldzera only played 5 maps, not 6.
2018-12-27 19:09
wait what only 3 evps? no device? no gla1ve? no xyp9x?
2018-12-27 19:26
yes
2018-12-27 19:40
yes
2018-12-27 19:40
#78
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Poland friendlySeb 
yes
2018-12-29 19:17
#79
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Poland friendlySeb 
device was bad s1mple and coldz > gla1ve and xyp this tournament
2018-12-29 19:18
no ecovice? seems nice
2018-12-27 19:41
#68
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Denmark resolut 
The salt here is unreal
2018-12-28 01:59
#74
YNk | 
Germany Temidiamz 
Interesting
2018-12-28 12:58
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