NAF wins iBUYPOWER Masters MVP award

Liquid star Keith "NAF" Markovic is the winner of the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award of iBUYPOWER Masters 2019 by HLTV.org and betway.

The Canadian player secured the medal after inspiring Liquid to make a comeback against Astralis in the final with a team-leading 1.23 rating, capping off a great series with a 1.36 rating on Overpass.

WIth his grand final performance, NAF beat off competition from Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth, who was another strong contender for the award for his great play in the playoffs (1.32 rating, the highest in his team). Other notable mentions include Astralis duo Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander and Emil "Magisk" Reif, who were in the running after the first map of the final, and Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski, who had a quiet performance against the Danes.

NAF claims his fourth MVP medal

NAF, who had the second-highest rating at 1.30, ended the tournament in 11 stats leaderboards, leading four of them: KDD (+50), total kills (167), deaths per round (0.56) and assists (35). He also averaged 0.10 flash assists per round, the most of any player who reached the playoffs.

This is the fourth MVP medal of NAF's career, the third since joining Liquid, nearly a year ago. The 21-year-old was the sixth best player of 2018, when he averaged a 1.17 rating at Big Events, the fourth-highest in the world.

United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1182
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1246
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
981
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1143
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1580
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.17
#1
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Russia KS_areztiab 
good one xaxaxaxa
2019-01-21 08:31
2019 YEAR OF THE SLOTH #1 INC
2019-01-21 08:31
#19
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Russia KS_areztiab 
1 fluke win like boston NA scene done again xaxaxaxa
2019-01-21 08:32
#40
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Netherlands CaptainMarten 
Not even a fluke win, just an irrelevant tournament. Still gg, good start of the year for them!
2019-01-21 08:38
+1
2019-01-21 09:24
And still behind Device
2019-01-21 14:28
Everything checks out
2019-01-21 14:29
#42
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Australia CaZeR01 
Cryisfree
2019-01-21 08:40
#47
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Philippines xxxhoshi 
lul okay p1mple fan
2019-01-21 08:45
#77
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Iceland Arag0rn 
+1
2019-01-21 09:48
I love how angry this is making you, this is like the 3rd thread I’ve seen you post the same thing Hahahhahahh
2019-01-21 17:54
I thought I was the only one who noticed this. Salty kids be salty
2019-01-22 20:44
#20
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Spain JustNo 
Naf #1 2019 rn don't @ me
2019-01-21 08:32
#90
NAF | 
United States EZIBP 
NAF is #1 2018 HLTV just didn't take his teammates during the whole year into consideration
2019-01-21 11:44
#135
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Denmark bebm 
TwistZz EliGe Nitr0 Taco >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Electronic Bot Albert Bot vitaliy Bot Cecil
2019-01-22 06:52
#138
NAF | 
United States EZIBP 
bot aussies you mean
2019-01-22 09:54
#62
dupreeh | 
Bulgaria Crossz 
Sloth hahaahahahahhah
2019-01-21 09:23
#27
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Sweden Unluko 
F5
2019-01-21 08:33
+1
2019-01-21 17:40
EZZZZ BOYS MOM WHEN I WILL BE 1ST?
2019-01-21 08:31
Youre NAF right? I knew
2019-01-21 08:42
congratz you found me
2019-01-21 08:48
Proof?
2019-01-21 08:49
#3
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United States MyerHappyBoys 
Ok
2019-01-21 08:31
Ayy
2019-01-21 08:31
Nice
2019-01-21 08:31
ez
2019-01-21 08:31
#7
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Denmark UX_Designer 
Deserved, wp Liquid!
2019-01-21 08:31
#8
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United States Raptorial 
Ez
2019-01-21 08:31
pog
2019-01-21 08:31
#10
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United Kingdom Deymosmeister 
Wp
2019-01-21 08:31
#11
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Syria noo_true 
why not stewie xDDD
2019-01-21 08:31
Winstreak is over = era is over. Australis left in 2019, good luck to Tyloo for placing top1 now.
2019-01-21 08:38
#54
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Czech Republic PlaSSma 
Lul
2019-01-21 08:53
#55
Russia accn 
They lost Blast in Copenhagen few months ago btw
2019-01-21 08:55
#67
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Indonesia v1ctin 
But that was because of a fluke NiP win, so they were never even in the final.
2019-01-21 09:33
#14
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Denmark d1ckweed 
congrats to Keith XD
2019-01-21 08:31
#15
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France Leskines 
Deserved gj
2019-01-21 08:32
Gos
2019-01-21 08:32
SLOTH OP AF With a new 5th and new coach, huge accomplishment against the likes of Smokestralis
2019-01-21 08:32
SMILEEEEEEE NAFFLY
2019-01-21 08:32
#21
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United States Trump2020KAG 
gratz naf but elige had a better event
2019-01-21 08:32
#33
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Pakistan ostraka 
2019-01-21 08:36
#38
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United States Trump2020KAG 
every stat was close except impact..elige smoked him..impact opens everything up and is the biggest kills and plays...elige did shit againts astralis but other then that elige was a monster dropping 30 bombs
2019-01-21 08:38
Elige was inconsistent AF this event, just look at his match stats. Naf had literally 1 bad map, he was much more consistent, higher rating and the best player in final while elige was actually the worst one. No way that elige had better event lol hltv.org/stats/players/matches/8738/EliG.. And compare it with naf...
2019-01-21 09:02
disagree, naf does so much work. he might not be flashy but without a guy like naf liquid would have no chance vs astralis
2019-01-21 09:10
even after he links you that you still have dumb shit to say damn ur dumb af , just stfu lol
2019-01-21 14:12
#127
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United States Trump2020KAG 
look at the stats and then look what i said...only idiot here is u the dumbass taco fan
2019-01-21 17:41
delusional or dumb idk
2019-01-21 18:21
#131
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United States Trump2020KAG 
impact kills nub...something cold knows nothing about because only gets eco and bait kills....ALL LOW IMPACT ON A GAME
2019-01-21 19:16
ur like the worst baiter i've ever seen i pity you
2019-01-21 20:15
#137
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Denmark bebm 
he got trump in his name, u thought he was gonna say something smart??
2019-01-22 06:54
#22
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Serbia bra1np 
Fuck Astralis, cmon guys ! 🙂
2019-01-21 08:32
#23
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Latvia tibr0 
First ever mvp
2019-01-21 08:33
He looks especially tired in this one :D
2019-01-21 08:33
He looks especially tired in this one :D
2019-01-21 08:33
trash
2019-01-21 08:33
cry
2019-01-21 08:36
trash
2019-01-21 08:38
#46
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India TYZ4 
cry
2019-01-21 08:43
trash
2019-01-21 11:16
#28
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China Alar1c 
ez
2019-01-21 08:34
#29
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Peru AgentLF 
Deserved :D
2019-01-21 08:34
#30
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Finland Kuiva_Simo 
NAF SUBS?
2019-01-21 08:35
I'd be cool with a Team Liquid era.
2019-01-21 08:35
yeap exactly..this team is unstoppable with stew
2019-01-21 09:27
I certainly hope so. I think if there's a team that can dethrone Astralis, it's Liquid. Natus Vincere is too inconsistent and relies on S1mple and Electronic too much, FaZe has a stand-in and just kicked their IGL, MIBR just had roster changes to revert back to their 2017 lineup (which hasn't competed yet, so who knows how that'll go), and Mouz just got their cheeks clapped at the EU minor. If Liquid can't dethrone Astralis, I think we're in the for the longest era in CS:GO history.
2019-01-21 11:03
so ez for NAF
2019-01-21 08:35
#35
NAF | 
Korea kagurafly 
NAF GOAT
2019-01-21 08:36
#36
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Spain flakkk 
Why Naf never smiless? Not happy??
2019-01-21 08:36
#41
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CIS STA_7 
Bcs he knows that he won a shitshow event
2019-01-21 08:39
#48
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Spain flakkk 
Bue... All teams want to win, only Liquid do it not to bad bro
2019-01-21 08:47
#75
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CIS STA_7 
Liquid.COD NAF(AUG)
2019-01-21 09:48
#96
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Spain flakkk 
Aug > M4
2019-01-21 13:19
#134
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Korea ItsMeNow19 
+1
2019-01-22 06:48
when this cod meta is over watch liquid go down to 20th place LUL
2019-01-21 08:37
#43
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Ukraine Najara 
Astralis era is done
2019-01-21 08:40
#74
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Iceland Arag0rn 
nt ruski
2019-01-21 09:47
Astralis era is done indeed
2019-01-21 12:10
#44
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Korea ecsta_s1 
NAF FLIES
2019-01-21 08:42
#51
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Canada Michaelides 
NAF smile Pog
2019-01-21 08:49
#53
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Russia moorlize 
top 1 2019
2019-01-21 08:53
congrats NAF r. i. p. FLY
2019-01-21 08:55
#58
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United States Toothyca 
NICE KEITH MARKOVIC
2019-01-21 09:04
SeriousSloth 7
2019-01-21 09:12
Astralis hello?
2019-01-21 09:22
Gj naf
2019-01-21 09:24
how does this shit event have an mvp award lmao
2019-01-21 09:27
shit event lul flair checks out.first day there was stream and delay issues.but this does not mean that the tournament is not prestigious
2019-01-21 09:32
A prestige tournament? By the very same organization that was caught match fixing? I'm not so sure about that.
2019-01-21 09:43
#73
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Iceland Arag0rn 
worst lan ever ! usa 3rd world
2019-01-21 09:47
delays, audio issues, shit casters, porn music, children crowd - this event is a joke
2019-01-21 11:43
Naf #1 2019
2019-01-21 09:32
stewie is better
2019-01-21 09:49
#70
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Denmark raaaaaaaaa1in 
How he stayed -1 vs LG?
2019-01-21 09:36
#71
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Other Onizuka_go 
#0 CoD : Aug
2019-01-21 09:40
. . >Cestitam Naf! . .
2019-01-21 09:48
Naf!! Hope you this start helps you to get top 1 in the 2019
2019-01-21 09:49
Really Deserved
2019-01-21 10:00
congrats NAF well deserved
2019-01-21 10:01
#82
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Poland Mixi997 
Nice
2019-01-21 10:02
liquids era starting now? i think yes
2019-01-21 10:20
Sloth fly
2019-01-21 10:29
Why naf? Should be device
2019-01-21 10:48
#88
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Serbia GODKipato 
top5 this year
2019-01-21 11:18
#91
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Ukraine mpletop1 
No MVP for dev2ce? But he made so many impactful eco frags across the whole tournament?
2019-01-21 11:46
#92
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Finland no_man 
KÄRPÄNEN
2019-01-21 11:46
Finally Liquor won the matches with head to head of Astrails since Sep. 2017
2019-01-21 12:59
#95
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Bulgaria vectralsoul 
Well deserved. I feel like it's not the first time NAF daddy destroys Astralis... :>
2019-01-21 13:05
#97
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Ukraine Crimorn 
Well, NAF you were able to do it and you too win the MWP.
2019-01-21 13:33
Deserved
2019-01-21 14:14
#100
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Italy HeSY 
Gj man
2019-01-21 14:27
#128
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United States darkun 
NAF is the make or break of this roster. If he is playing just playing decent they dont have enough juice to beat teams top5 teams
2019-01-21 17:43
NAF canadian god
2019-01-21 23:29
wp Liquid
2019-01-22 06:52
#139
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Estonia skaad1337 
gj keith
2019-01-22 10:28
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