Magisk claims IEM Katowice MVP award

Astralis' Emil "⁠Magisk⁠" Reif is the winner of the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award of the IEM Katowice Major by HLTV.org and betway.

The 20-year-old capped off a fantastic individual tournament with a 1.28 rating in the 2-0 victory against ENCE. He was only the fourth-best rated player on Astralis in that match but still ended the tournament with the highest playoff rating on the team, 1.37.

That ended up being the deciding factor in the race for the MVP award and what set him apart from teammate Andreas "⁠Xyp9x⁠" Højsleth, who was another strong contender for the medal.

Magisk is the MVP of IEM Katowice

Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz, Peter "⁠dupreeh⁠" Rasmussen and Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev were all also in the running for the honour but ultimately fell out of contention, with Sami "⁠xseveN⁠" Laasanen being the only ENCE member worthy of a mention.

Magisk had the highest KAST of the tournament (80.0%) and was in the top five in six other stats categories, including rating (1.28), damage difference per round (+16.2) and percentage of support rounds (25.3%).

This is the second MVP medal of his career, after also claiming the honour at BLAST Pro Series Lisbon, the last tournament of 2018. He also becomes the third different player to be named the MVP in Astralis' Major winning runs, after Markus "⁠Kjaerbye⁠" Kjærbye, who is currently playing for North, and device.

Below you can find the list of the MVPs of the 14 Majors held so far:

DreamHack Winter 2013: Sweden Jesper "⁠JW⁠" Wecksell
EMS One Katowice 2014: Poland Jarosław "⁠pashaBiceps⁠" Jarząbkowski
ESL One Cologne 2014: Sweden Adam "⁠friberg⁠" Friberg
DreamHack Winter 2014: France Vincent "⁠Happy⁠" Schopenhauer
ESL One Katowice 2015: Sweden Olof "⁠olofmeister⁠" Kajbjer
ESL One Cologne 2015: Sweden Robin "⁠flusha⁠" Rönnquist
DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca: France Kenny "⁠kennyS⁠" Schrub
MLG Columbus: Brazil Marcelo "⁠coldzera⁠" David
ESL One Cologne 2016: Brazil Marcelo "⁠coldzera⁠" David
ELEAGUE Major Atlanta: Denmark Markus "⁠Kjaerbye⁠" Kjærbye
PGL Major Krakow: Kazakhstan Dauren "⁠AdreN⁠" Kystaubayev
ELEAGUE Major Boston: United States Tarik "⁠tarik⁠" Celik
FACEIT Major: Denmark Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz
IEM Katowice: Denmark Emil "⁠Magisk⁠" Reif

Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.18
Maps played:
1213
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.11
France Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer
Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1464
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1627
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1507
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1085
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Sweden Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1750
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1400
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1319
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1578
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Kazakhstan Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1571
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1655
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
Finland Sami 'xseveN' Laasanen
Sami 'xseveN' Laasanen
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
954
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1422
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1675
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.17
Poland Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1592
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.24
Maps played:
1200
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.10
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1727
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
magisk > dev1ce > s1mple > GTR > olof > Niko > coldzera
2019-03-03 21:44
deserved
2019-03-03 21:43
cry is free
2019-03-03 21:43
expected
2019-03-03 21:48
#91
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Denmark Twick_
Gut player Would havr love to seen duppe or xyp get it <3
2019-03-03 21:50
Not even kidding, device should have gotten it this time
2019-03-03 21:51
kinda but magisk was expected
2019-03-03 22:24
hltv #1 2019 inc, u heard it from me first
2019-03-03 23:13
#225
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Austria shaak!
I'm back brothers
2019-03-04 11:34
#188
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United Kingdom Kaioto__
tbh yeah he did, a lot of the time he didn't really pick up the AWP through the final and still played pretty good
2019-03-04 00:18
Well deserved..!!!
2019-03-03 21:51
Lol
2019-03-03 21:48
+1
2019-03-03 21:45
lol
2019-03-03 21:43
expected
2019-03-03 21:43
#77
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United States iChrist
GTR? he is like top 50..
2019-03-03 21:48
GeT_RiGhT is nowhere near top10
2019-03-03 21:55
#133
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Poland Unluko
F5
2019-03-03 22:05
GTR and olof LUL, its 2019 mate
2019-03-04 15:01
Cold 2 major mpv lul
2019-03-04 16:05
Lol
2019-03-03 21:43
He was a beast. Magisk Boy cried as he found out that he had been thrown out of the North after PGL Krakow Major, he did not give up and already the two-time major champion and well-deserved MVP...gratz.
2019-03-03 21:43
KUBEN found out, and gave him motivation ezz
2019-03-03 21:43
#49
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New Zealand Eauor
the whole of vp did, legends
2019-03-03 21:46
what was the story?
2019-03-03 21:47
#78
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New Zealand Eauor
#66 #70
2019-03-03 21:48
ty m8
2019-03-03 21:58
really??? thats nice to hear
2019-03-03 21:49
#100
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Portugal Antzrede
+1
2019-03-03 21:52
To be honest I'd like Astralis top 1 era ends, just to make Counter Strike Go more entertaining. but I really like Magisk and what you wrote here is even more motivational to those who never stop believing and keep on going
2019-03-04 02:08
deserved
2019-03-03 21:43
#7
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Lithuania Mzeris
3
2019-03-03 21:43
#8
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Canada wun_teps
gg
2019-03-03 21:43
at least not device OMEGALUL
2019-03-03 21:43
ez
2019-03-03 21:43
3
2019-03-03 21:43
Berygood
2019-03-03 21:43
#13
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Portugal xShadoWz
ez
2019-03-03 21:43
#14
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Brazil Collee
not better than GODzera
2019-03-03 21:43
#48
 | 
Europe Vallon2
Who?
2019-03-03 21:46
Lol
2019-03-03 21:46
kkkkkk
2019-03-03 21:48
#123
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Europe Kermac
More like POOPzera
2019-03-03 21:58
#217
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Romania s0NYk
+1111
2019-03-04 10:11
2 major.mvp 2x player of the year. Magiskwho?
2019-03-04 16:13
#245
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Europe Kermac
Yeah yeah keep talking about the past, no one gives a sh** he is trash atm
2019-03-04 20:50
baitzera
2019-03-03 23:27
#179
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Singapore FallBlade
nt favela
2019-03-03 23:38
gg wp
2019-03-03 21:43
EZ
2019-03-03 21:43
Deserved
2019-03-03 21:43
#18
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Indonesia segopecel
wp
2019-03-03 21:43
XYP9X ROBBED
2019-03-03 21:43
+1
2019-03-03 21:49
Xyp clutches decided Train, he was more important in the Final. But it was close between Magisk, Xyp and dev1ce.
2019-03-03 23:45
+1
2019-03-04 14:52
fak
2019-03-03 21:43
#23
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United Kingdom _xC4ctus
gg
2019-03-03 21:43
#24
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Brazil igster
gratz
2019-03-03 21:43
Yessssssss!!
2019-03-03 21:43
#27
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Czech Republic Rewask
THANKSSSS HLTV
2019-03-03 21:44
DESERVED, nt ecovice
2019-03-03 21:44
YASSS DESERVED
2019-03-03 21:44
YEESSSS
2019-03-03 21:44
DESERVED!!! <3
2019-03-03 21:44
Fuck him and Astralis
2019-03-03 21:45
#161
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African Union R4PHikari
Lol y so mad
2019-03-03 22:46
I hate Astralis
2019-03-03 22:47
#164
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African Union R4PHikari
Any particular reason? Because they are winning?
2019-03-03 22:51
No, just don't like the team I was hoping that Ence could win it because they played real good lately
2019-03-03 22:54
#170
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African Union R4PHikari
I am Hardcore Astralis fan (I am in Katowice rn) but tbh I wouldnt even be mad if Ence had won... They are really good and have a lot of young potential gods... I like Ence, but right now even them cant defeat Astralis, they are just too strong Which is no reason for me to start hating them
2019-03-03 23:01
so... no particular reason?
2019-03-03 23:51
STOLEN FROM XYP
2019-03-03 21:45
#112
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France BeeenJaY
+1
2019-03-03 21:54
YESS DESERVED
2019-03-03 21:45
EZ 4 BloodTrail
2019-03-03 21:45
#39
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Kazakhstan bjornzz
what's with that 240p picture?
2019-03-03 21:45
Jesus, 2016 Coldzera was really good...
2019-03-03 21:45
1 lucky play and baiting taco hard doesn't determine a really good player sadly
2019-03-03 21:46
ofc not, winning 2 major MVPs and 2 time player of the year determines it.
2019-03-03 21:55
Still his stats were good thanks to baiting, his aim and movement was worse than some player's
2019-03-04 05:04
which players ?
2019-03-04 14:23
NiKo, shox, Magisk, s1mple, device probably ScreaM too but not sure about movement tho
2019-03-04 16:29
I feel like xyp9x deserved the MVP more but whatever
2019-03-03 21:45
+1
2019-03-03 22:44
#221
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Brazil SecondKS
0/8
2019-03-04 11:06
#42
s0m | 
United Kingdom LFX
Ayee thought It would've been device but congrats MAGISKB0Y
2019-03-03 21:45
Deserved, I've been following Magisk ever since his Epicenter win, but I truly became his fan when he joined OpTic. He had some amazing aces and clutches there. Very glad for Emil :)
2019-03-03 21:45
#195
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Poland ruhoks
you wrote it like it was 10 years ago
2019-03-04 01:03
#207
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India Noobdian
Lmao yes
2019-03-04 06:09
Well, tbh 1 year in Esports is like 3 years in real-time.
2019-03-04 10:55
#223
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Brazil SecondKS
+1111111 me too, he were play so insane in optic, i'm fã him, Although I do not like the Astralis era
2019-03-04 11:09
gj
2019-03-03 21:45
cant even remember one round from him lol
2019-03-03 21:45
Undeserved Xyp9x had most impact
2019-03-03 21:45
xyp9x's MVP ROBBED LUL
2019-03-03 21:47
Always ^^
2019-03-03 21:46
Deserved it
2019-03-03 21:46
Xyp9x should have gotten this mvp
2019-03-03 21:46
#54
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Poland Ktav
Acneboy
2019-03-03 21:46
Deserved
2019-03-03 21:46
DESERVED
2019-03-03 21:46
oh yeah
2019-03-03 21:46
#58
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Europe Vallon2
Congrats, Magiskboy. Hoping to see a year full of MVP's for the Astralis boys.
2019-03-03 21:46
Yes, another boring ass year like 2018 ...?
2019-03-03 22:18
#152
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Europe Vallon2
Boring for you, not for me and plenty of people.
2019-03-03 22:31
How was 2018 not a boring year for non-Ast fans? Are you kidding me? lol
2019-03-03 22:52
#59
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Hungary StraYzie
dupreeh > Xyp > devve > Magisk
2019-03-03 21:46
lol? Magisk carried the shit out of Astralis in 3 matches.
2019-03-03 21:49
#119
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Hungary StraYzie
not really imo
2019-03-03 21:57
Ur opinion doesn't matter here dude!! His stats speak for itself!! Lmao Says "in my opinion" dumbass
2019-03-03 22:03
#136
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Hungary StraYzie
why is it a problem for you that I have an opnion, you have one as well, does that matter more than mine? "oh of course it does" I love how you call me a dumbass dumbass
2019-03-03 22:09
he has a point, as long as stats could be seen and support his statement
2019-03-03 22:17
#147
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Hungary StraYzie
Xyp and dupreeh had higher impact
2019-03-03 22:25
Maybe for you, but on paper it is otherwise
2019-03-03 22:28
Exactly.
2019-03-05 01:51
No
2019-03-03 21:46
#63
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Denmark Nix0z
Gratz Mag
2019-03-03 21:47
#64
ropz | 
Czech Republic rusteD
EZ4ENCE
2019-03-03 21:47
Deserved
2019-03-03 21:47
#67
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Finland coswell
wp Magisk
2019-03-03 21:47
#68
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Denmark Duke1996
Awesome
2019-03-03 21:47
no xyp as always but well deserved magisk
2019-03-03 21:47
no device as always
2019-03-03 21:55
#72
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Poland Julka
Deserved
2019-03-03 21:47
Just give it to all 5, everyone pretty even. Everyone delivered and everyone had huge impact
2019-03-03 21:47
Everyone except gla1ve. He was always on the bottom. But had decent impact
2019-03-03 22:11
Was about to write that, then i thought: what would this team be without his leadership, discipline, hunger and tactics? After that i wrote ”everyone”.
2019-03-03 23:40
Yeah but mvps are only given to players who had the most impact killing wise. Otherwise you have to give if to glaive everytime
2019-03-04 01:34
True, he deserves it though :)
2019-03-04 11:07
The Most deserved thing i've seen all week.. EZ4ASTRALIS
2019-03-03 21:48
Thank God it wasn’t to ecolai reedtz
2019-03-03 21:49
happy for him, congratz magisk deserved.
2019-03-03 21:49
::::: BloodTrail BloodTrail BloodTrail BloodTrail :::::
2019-03-03 21:50
lol
2019-03-03 21:54
#89
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Russia Nikosimus
Thanks God I thought HLTV experts are blind and will give it to device cuz of the rating but props to them, they must have watched the games Deserved Emil!
2019-03-03 21:50
#90
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Other Onizuka_go
Deserved for sure
2019-03-03 21:50
Bullshit, mvp was f0rest.
2019-03-03 21:50
#224
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Brazil SecondKS
Always deserved for the goat of CS!
2019-03-04 11:12
#93
Zeus | 
Ukraine Gigska
expected and deserved! I think we all win cuz that not device)
2019-03-03 21:50
deserved
2019-03-03 21:51
#95
Happy | 
Brazil Kurtt
i miss friberg,JW,Happy,olof.. kennyS top on majors =(
2019-03-03 21:51
Astralis Will win all majors in future
2019-03-03 21:51
#98
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Finland lasarus
Deserved
2019-03-03 21:51
what a journey for him. gz.
2019-03-03 21:52
#102
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Russia Praeter
I hope he will get his top 3 this year
2019-03-03 21:52
#103
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Argentina Fa7e07
Deserverd
2019-03-03 21:52
Congratulations, Emil. Deserved, you were insane!
2019-03-03 21:52
Thank god device didn't got the MVP
2019-03-03 21:52
I'd give it to xyp, but Magisk well deserved too. That's the thing with astralis you could almost always give it any of them.
2019-03-03 21:53
#209
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Yugoslavia naviSucks
same flag omegalul
2019-03-04 06:14
#107
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Palestine zwe
Either him or xyp9x both were great
2019-03-03 21:53
this major was perfect 0 delays and technical difficulties.
2019-03-03 21:54
True.
2019-03-03 23:41
Deserved
2019-03-03 21:54
Well deserved
2019-03-03 21:54
Astralis lost one map in ot, unreal tbh. Thats dominance.
2019-03-03 21:54
#117
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Norway Alexed
Ok
2019-03-03 21:56
ecovice no mvp well done hltv. you seem competent.
2019-03-03 21:56
LOL. MVP with so low stats.
2019-03-03 21:57
#122
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Portugal Pfar
And one more shittie major has passed!
2019-03-03 21:58
#131
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India |sKy|
Just because your team didn't win doesn't mean its shit. This major was a fucking roller coaster..
2019-03-03 22:04
#142
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Portugal Pfar
That has nothing to do with it. For example, I loved Cloud9 vs Faze major or the Astralis vs Virtus.Pro major, and my team didn't go to the final! Those games make people stay on the screen until the last second! On the other hand these last two were BOOORING!
2019-03-03 22:13
And it's damn right decision. GJ Emil
2019-03-03 22:00
device top 2 btw
2019-03-03 22:01
#128
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Spain elskio
Deserved <3
2019-03-03 22:02
Very well played, and grats Magisk. Love the attitude, and the bursts of joy when you win rounds;)
2019-03-03 22:03
Hi
2019-03-03 22:05
Both Xyp9x and Magisk deserved it, could've gone either way, well deserved for Magisk nonetheless.
2019-03-03 22:07
#137
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Myanmar xdcc
Dev2ce actually top rated this time and doesn't get MVP. I guess the narrative of dev2ce is over
2019-03-03 22:10
#138
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Lebanon Xpicyy
Very Deserved. gg
2019-03-03 22:10
wP
2019-03-03 22:11
deserved
2019-03-03 22:12
#145
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Other Phinks
Deserved!! Also still baffling how tarik is a major MVP
2019-03-03 22:20
#148
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France NeaZy
Wanted to see Xyp9x, but deserved! Gratz :D
2019-03-03 22:26
#151
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African Union mikecool
Magisk got the award because he was the most emotional player on the team :p
2019-03-03 22:31
0,5 deserved
2019-03-03 22:32
#154
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Czech Republic PaYaB
Xyp9x robbed, he won so many rounds by himself from disadvantages..
2019-03-03 22:35
+1
2019-03-03 22:39
#155
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Iceland caverat
deserved to hell xyp9x
2019-03-03 22:37
Absolutely deserved! Congratz!
2019-03-03 22:42
coldzera 2 mvp, Easy!
2019-03-03 22:43
gg gz magisk, finally device doesn't get another closely contested mvp
2019-03-03 22:51
Din far
2019-03-03 22:55
My eyes are kinda blurry, who's the only guy that has two major MVPs????
2019-03-03 22:56
BTW, deserved, the kid has become a monster! =D
2019-03-03 22:57
#171
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Brazil gux4
coldzera only two mvp major GOAT!
2019-03-03 23:10
Xseven robbed
2019-03-03 23:20
#174
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Kazakhstan horaaa
he is the reason they got passed mibr, both their maps were close and he stepped up ence games were a walk over (so stats kind of irrelevant) this is why he got it
2019-03-03 23:23
Finally not licking device ass. Whos not even close to impact like xyp dupreeh or magisk.
2019-03-03 23:35
Deserved
2019-03-03 23:48
#187
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Finland Tusku
unexpected from hltv
2019-03-04 00:13
#189
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Russia SonixRush
Yeah but without Xypex oh boi!
2019-03-04 00:28
#190
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Norway undret
deserved
2019-03-04 00:30
XYP9X=MVP
2019-03-04 01:02
magisk boiii
2019-03-04 01:13
#197
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Brazil Roufas
Very well deserved
2019-03-04 01:29
Nuga
2019-03-04 05:10
#203
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Finland quton
Glad the smirking cunts didn't get MVP. Gz magisk, only true pro in that team. May the others fall from grace soon.
2019-03-04 05:49
i see your frustration my friend, wait your time will come
2019-03-04 06:40
#204
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Sweden @fimpen
Haaahaaa biggest joke? Or is it?
2019-03-04 05:53
#208
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Sweden @fimpen
Before final match allu was top1 on 10 rankings and last game magisk was not the best player. So how the hell did this happen.
2019-03-04 06:14
Time to change my name
2019-03-04 07:22
Why not device
2019-03-04 09:18
Well deserved, I'm glad he landed in Astralis, he was always best on his previous teams and it's nice that it's finally paying dividends.
2019-03-04 09:38
He looks smoked out on the photo with the medal
2019-03-04 09:41
#220
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United Kingdom munt_
From crying in the lobby to mvp 👏👏
2019-03-04 11:02
s1mple is skillwise the best, too bad he makes the only mistake always in most crucial round
2019-03-04 12:25
Who else with me that ence dont deserve those winning !! It could be navi vs astralis !!
2019-03-04 13:17
Ez for god babyMagisk <3
2019-03-04 13:19
ez
2019-03-04 13:27
"EMS One Katowice 2014"
2019-03-04 14:56
This was a hard pick because device showed up so big in the finals. Still the right call, Magisk and Xyp got them there this run, and Magisk's early/mid rounds activated xyp's late rounds
2019-03-04 15:33
#240
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Brazil rektao
deserved
2019-03-04 16:46
Deserved for magiskboy
2019-03-04 17:00
imo device deserved it, but congrats!
2019-03-04 17:07
well deserved. so many impact kills !
2019-03-04 18:12
Snax was the real mvp of Atlanta
2019-03-04 19:02
Congratulations for tricking everyone: streamable.com/62cmh
2019-03-05 14:34
hahAA
2019-03-08 02:33
MAGISK MVPBOI #thecryisfree
2019-03-08 02:36
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