IEM Katowice Major: the EVPs

With the first Major of 2019 now in the rearview mirror, we can now present our Exceptionally Valuable Players (EVPs) of the $1 million tournament.

IEM Katowice came to a close on Sunday with Astralis defeating ENCE 2-0 in a one-sided series to become the third team in Counter-Strike history to win back-to-back Major titles, also matching fnatic's record of three Major crowns.

Emil "⁠Magisk⁠" Reif was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the competition over teammate Andreas "⁠Xyp9x⁠" Højsleth due to a better playoff rating - the deciding factor in what was a very close race until the very end between the Danish pair.

The IEM Katowice Major had eight EVPs

Xyp9x is one of three Astralis members to make the cut in this eight-man EVP line-up. Semi-finalists MIBR and Natus Vincere both provide two players, while runner-up ENCE are represented by just one player.

Just like in previous Majors, only the New Legends and the New Champions stages were considered for the picks, which you can find below:

Denmark Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth
Ukraine Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev
Denmark Nicolai "device" Reedtz
Denmark Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen
Brazil Marcelo "coldzera" David
Russia Egor "flamie" Vasilyev
Brazil Fernando "fer" Alvarenga
Finland Sami "xseveN" Laasanen

Xyp9x played a crucial role in Astralis’ title-winning campaign and was neck and neck with Magisk in the MVP race until the very end. He ended the tournament with an impressive 1.29 rating, his second-best at a Big Event, only surpassed by the 1.44 rating that he had posted at the ECS Season 2 Finals.

The “clutch master”, who had six 1vsX situations won (only one fewer than the tournament leader, Aleksi "⁠allu⁠" Jalli), enjoyed a dream start in Katowice with a 2.05 rating against Complexity, which contributed heavily to his 1.25 rating in the New Legends Stage. He switched into an even higher gear in the playoffs with a 1.33 rating after putting in four 1.40+ ratings, but his lacklustre display in the Overpass game against MIBR (0.85 rating) ended up costing him the MVP medal.

The 23-year-old Dane was rated first for damage difference per round (+25.8), deaths per round (0.49) and percentage of support rounds (26.8%), and was in the top five in four other categories, rating (1.29), KDD (+73), KAST (79.2%) and clutches won.

Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev was once again a vital cog in Natus Vincere’s machine, multiple times keeping his team in games when things got tough. Even with Egor "⁠flamie⁠" Vasilyev delivering his usual quota of fine Major displays, the Ukrainian prodigy was still Na`Vi’s top performer in the tournament with a 1.29 rating – the joint-second best at the event.

He ended the New Legends stage as the third-best overall performer (1.31 rating) after posting 1.30+ ratings on four of the six maps that he played, all of which leading to victories. He was shockingly quiet in the quarter-final series against FaZe (0.97 rating, the lowest in the team) but returned to his best in the semi-final match against ENCE (1.47 rating, +34KDD). In the end, however, it amounted to nothing as the Finnish side ran out 16-14 winners on the decider map despite a 30-bomb from the Ukrainian.

s1mple had more 1.30+ rated maps than any other player at the tournament (six) and was Na`Vi’s top performer on both the offensive (1.25) and defensive (1.34) sides. He was in the top five in ten stats categories, leading three of them: KDD (+76), percentage of rounds with at least one kill (54.4%) and AWP kills per round (0.45).

Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz was among the strongest candidates for the MVP award heading into the playoffs after keeping a consistent level throughout the last-16 stage, leading Astralis in the 2-1 victory over Renegades (1.41 rating) after having already delivered at a high level in the 16-0 thrashing of Cloud9 with a 1.98 rating.

When it came to the playoffs, the Danish AWPer remained a solid contributor with an average 1.26 rating, yet he was still some way off Magisk and Xyp9x, the team’s two main MVP candidates. But what hurt his case the most was his unimpressive performance in the semi-final clash against MIBR (1.04 rating and -1KDD).

In Katowice, device displayed many of the qualities that had earned him the No.2 spot in our top 20 ranking of 2018: he had the highest tournament rating (1.32), Impact (1.40) and success in opening duels (70.2%), while he was also unrivalled when it came to CT side rating (1.46). He featured in the top five in eight other stats categories, most notably kills per round (0.82), opening kills per round (0.15) and percentage of rounds with at least one kill (51.7%).

Peter "⁠dupreeh⁠" Rasmussen is the third Astralis player to make the EVP list despite his slow start to the tournament. He went into the playoffs with the joint-lowest rating in the team, 1.17, after having two below-average rated maps, even struggling in his team’s demolition job of Cloud9 (0.92 rating).

He then stepped things up in the playoffs with a 1.31 rating, the third best in the team, having one 1.30+ rated map in each of the three series that the Danes played in the playoffs, against NiP, MIBR and ENCE.

Even though he did not play at the same level as Magisk or the teammates listed above, dupreeh still posted some interesting numbers: he was Astralis’ best Terrorist player (1.23 rating) and boasted a 1.30 Impact rating, the fourth highest overall.

After showing flashes of his best form at the final event of 2018, BLAST Pro Series Lisbon, Marcelo "⁠coldzera⁠" David started the new year with a bang as he recorded a 1.26 rating in Katowice – his best at a Major since Krakow.

The two-time CS:GO Player of the Year was a huge driving force behind MIBR's run throughout the New Legends Stage. He was second only to device for rating in this stage (1.38) and was the team’s top performer in all matches, even in the 3-16 thrashing at the hands of Cloud9 (0.93 rating).

In the playoff matches, against Renegades and Astralis, coldzera still held his own as he averaged a 1.13 rating, but he was a long way off Fernando "⁠fer⁠" Alvarenga, who boasted an impressive 1.30 rating in the knockout stages.

coldzera was joint-top with Özgür "⁠woxic⁠" Eker for Terrorist rating (1.34) and had the highest kills per round ratio (0.84). He also dealt the third-most damage per round (90.2) and had the second-highest percentage of rounds with at least one frag (54.2%).

flamie showed once again his tendency to deliver great performances at the first Major of a calendar year as he averaged a 1.20 rating in Natus Vincere’s semi-final run – his highest tournament rating at a Big Event since ELEAGUE Major Boston.

The Russian player replaced fellow countryman Denis "⁠electronic⁠" Sharipov as Na`Vi’s second carry in Katowice, and at times even outshined s1mple. He led the charge in the crunch game against Vitality and had one good map in the series against Liquid and AVANGAR to end the New Challengers stage with a 1.23 rating.

In the knockout stages, he had good performances on the maps that Na`Vi won, but, unlike s1mple, he could not deliver against ENCE on Train and Mirage, which brought his playoff rating down to 1.15.

Unsurprisingly, flamie was rated first in his team for ADR (83.5), while he was also the only Na`Vi player to feature in the stats leaderboards in terms of total assists (50) and total headshots (109).

MIBR needed a vintage fer to have a shot at a deep run in Katowice, and that is exactly what they got. After a year in which more often than not he had a peripheral role in the team, averaging a 1.07 rating at Big Events, the 27-year-old reminded the world just how scary he can be when in form as he put in a 1.20 rating – his best since ESL One Cologne 2018.

fer had a slow start to the tournament, finishing two of his first three games in the red and recording a -13KDD. But once the tournament hit the best-of-three stages we saw a completely different fer, starting with the series against NiP, in which he was the team’s joint-best performer with a 1.43 rating.

He proceeded to send MIBR through to the semi-finals with a team-leading performance against Renegades (1.52 rating and 100 ADR) and also acquitted himself well in the 0-2 loss to Astralis, topping the scoreboard for his side with a 1.11 rating.

fer finished behind coldzera in the list of EVPs for the tournament on account of his rough start, but it is important to highlight that he was by far MIBR’s best player in the playoffs (1.30 rating against his teammate’s 1.13). He also ranked first in the team for entry kill rating (1.20) and entry kill KDD (+11).

Sami "⁠xseveN⁠" Laasanen was without a doubt one of the biggest surprises of the Major when it came to individual performances and is the sole ENCE player to make an appearance on this list, which is an extremely rare occurrence for a finalist. This reflects not only the team’s false start in Katowice but also that their deep run was down to collective strength rather than individual brilliance.

The 24-year-old appears in five stats leaderboards on account of the high number of maps that ENCE played, 16, five more than any other team. Still, it is undeniable that he was the team’s top performer, boasting the highest rating (1.06), ADR (78.7), Impact rating (1.07) and number of maps with 1.15+ ratings (eight, two more than any of his teammates).

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
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
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
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
947
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
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
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
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1379
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1291
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1500
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Turkey Özgür 'woxic' Eker
Özgür 'woxic' Eker
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
875
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
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
deserved
2019-03-09 00:49
#14
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Denmark BRCSLUL
Astralis 1 MVP 3 EVP DENMARK GOAT COUNTRY
2019-03-09 00:52
S1mple could be mvp ,if mvp gives for BEST Player On major
2019-03-09 03:01
+1
2019-03-09 05:11
+2
2019-03-09 09:55
#78
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Russia NOD777
This noob didn’t even beat ence. Best player in major yea
2019-03-09 05:52
#83
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Romania s0NYk
So stupid...
2019-03-09 06:42
simple never major mvp
2019-03-09 11:06
S1mple,,,can only get mvp...never major and 1 win,,,get another team................S1mple,,,,,if not,,,he will be a loser to end END.
2019-03-09 13:26
#172
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Denmark JustYes
S1mple was almost the MVP of the major while going out in the semis :D That just shows how good he is.
2019-03-10 17:03
Counter strike is a team game ,,, I thought you knew it ,,,, write what he has won beyond the MVP that everyone forgets, don't think it comes in remembering in the book. he can win mvp from here to next christmas ,,,,,,,,,,,,, what so
2019-03-10 18:42
I think you should write to S1mple on facebook, ask him ,,,, you want many MVPs or do you want to win what ASTRALIS has won, I know well the answer ,,, but you do not ,,, write to him my BRO hahahahahhahahahhahahahahhahahahahhahahahhahahahhahahhahaha
2019-03-10 18:44
#176
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Denmark JustYes
Ehm I don't know what your point is. Obviously he'd rather win tournaments but that doesn't make him a worse player?
2019-03-10 19:55
cringe
2019-03-09 10:05
swedish > danish
2019-03-09 15:20
Why I don't see any big player on the list? :>
2019-03-09 01:13
#39
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New Zealand rOtten_97
Expected
2019-03-09 01:24
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2019-03-09 02:23
Who is big? Boombl4? Or u mean BIG players?
2019-03-09 05:36
Lul
2019-03-11 02:46
should change your nick to mibr_have_not_yet_beaten_big
2019-03-09 01:49
noted, thanks!
2019-03-09 02:19
+1
2019-03-09 04:19
Say fan of north!!!!
2019-03-09 09:56
#107
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Brazil nuke_brs
Nice 1
2019-03-09 10:23
thx mr.71 :)
2019-03-10 15:23
where is bugsen?
2019-03-09 03:25
#91
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Poland Unluko
Ez xseven
2019-03-09 07:55
Best team at this moment. The other teams have to step up their games.
2019-03-09 10:48
Lul
2019-03-15 17:02
#2
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Brazil FanOfMibr
nice
2019-03-09 00:50
omg
2019-03-09 00:50
Noice
2019-03-09 00:50
ez
2019-03-09 00:50
#6
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Germany Ligma_Balls
rigged
2019-03-09 00:51
#8
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Other 3ms
ez 4 baizera and ferGod
2019-03-09 00:51
#9
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Poland Astoner55
Lmao why are ppl so desperate to be #1
2019-03-09 00:51
Ence make the final and have one player on the list
2019-03-09 00:51
#13
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Other 3ms
where is allu?
2019-03-09 00:52
Exactly!
2019-03-09 00:53
0.67 raiting against Navi ruined his evp chances
2019-03-09 00:55
#29
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Other 3ms
oh
2019-03-09 01:04
Bot allu with 1-15 and 3-20 in semifinal?
2019-03-09 05:37
that is a lie
2019-03-09 18:50
Agent 007 allu? Lol
2019-03-09 09:28
salty they beat almost all the players you're a fan of in one major?
2019-03-09 01:09
Salty? I was just saying how can a team make a major final and only have 1 EVP? Was actually saying they deserve more...
2019-03-09 01:12
Eh, they all played really well together, nobody stood out except xseven but that's mainly cause nobody expects him to put up those numbers so he was highlighted more
2019-03-09 01:20
#43
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Lithuania arres
Well.. Next one from ence with a highest rating is allu with 1.01. Not very exceptional i would say. Glaive should be there if anyone else
2019-03-09 01:46
They played well as a team, they didnt do as well individually.
2019-03-09 11:28
have you heard of teamplay
2019-03-09 18:51
Team play
2019-03-10 11:07
nice
2019-03-09 00:51
S1mple#1
2019-03-09 00:51
EZ 4 SEX7
2019-03-09 00:53
Where is god zeus
2019-03-09 00:53
Fer is a monster.
2019-03-09 00:55
fer with a 1.30 rating in playoffs wow astralis' time is up soon bois
2019-03-09 00:56
Why you mad, cuz MIBR so bad
2019-03-09 07:24
xseven Pog Aleksib deserve evp btw
2019-03-09 00:57
#23
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Russia Nikosimus
Why is there no people from quarters? For example, f0rest or like NAF
2019-03-09 00:56
Naf didn't have that good form, but I feel like f0rest could have made it as well as god allu
2019-03-09 01:02
yeah NAF had his best quarterfinal ever xd also f0rest was insane against astralis
2019-03-09 01:19
key word in the acronym. EVENT not "1 game" VP
2019-03-09 02:59
have u ever seen player getting and evp mention for group stage performance lol?
2019-03-09 12:17
group stage evp pick one
2019-03-09 18:52
no evp for group stage
2019-03-09 18:52
Where God ALLU???
2019-03-09 00:59
#25
mir | 
Russia M13F
haha s1mple>ecov2ce again
2019-03-09 01:00
GJ
2019-03-09 01:04
No Allu or Aleksib?
2019-03-09 01:04
#30
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Other 3ms
where is gla1ve hahahahha major champion xDDD
2019-03-09 01:05
#31
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Brazil gux4
coldzera bigger ADR, nt
2019-03-09 01:07
Testo sami
2019-03-09 01:18
non jkaem??
2019-03-09 01:21
#45
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Finland 0lter
EZ 4 TESTO
2019-03-09 02:06
No stan? Lol
2019-03-09 02:11
Are you serious guys ? Mibr 2 EVP beating 0 tier 1 teams ENCE 1 EVP beating 2 tier 1 teams Come on hltv stop giving awards because of the player "name" ....
2019-03-09 02:20
Allu was ence second best player and he has 1.01 rating (rest negative), the stats just aren't impressive bro.
2019-03-09 02:26
#51
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Denmark MeToxi
Did you even read the thing? Oh wait.. why do I even bother asking. If you did then you wouldn't make this extremely idiotic comment.
2019-03-09 02:39
expected from brazil
2019-03-09 02:44
#54
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Europe VeryHighIQ
unexpected, wtf
2019-03-09 02:57
GODPREEH
2019-03-09 02:47
#108
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Other 3ms
+1
2019-03-09 10:26
xseven just bought himself 6 more months before he gets kicked
2019-03-09 02:59
#58
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United Kingdom SLurSs
f0rest?
2019-03-09 03:05
#59
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India P0k3RST7R
What about f0rest ?
2019-03-09 03:21
Ez EVP for xseven
2019-03-09 03:29
VALVE PLS TURN OFF STICKER SALE SALE MORE THAN 1 WEEK WTF RIP MONEY
2019-03-09 03:39
and still no graffiti lul
2019-03-09 12:54
EZ for Xseven
2019-03-09 03:42
no aleksib? dissapointed!
2019-03-09 03:46
#66
NAF | 
Canada Dash_
Where's my bio jks
2019-03-09 04:04
Fer and flamie? And no place for Allu, aleksi, twistzz, electronic? Gj experts, only stats matter
2019-03-09 04:04
Agent 007 allu?lol
2019-03-09 12:52
Mr Allu, great player. Who you are to make fun of himself ?
2019-03-09 17:04
Allu Great player >pick one
2019-03-10 03:45
#80
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Brazil igster
fer is the most underrated player btw
2019-03-09 06:34
He was, now he is washed up
2019-03-09 07:22
Every time somebody on the internets say something/somebody is "underrated" is false. He was rather underperforming but I guess he came back into form.
2019-03-09 08:04
+1 fer was god-like in 2016/17, underperformed in 2018, and hopefully is getting back to those levels
2019-03-09 17:54
#84
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Brazil Collee
easy for GODzera, the king of consistency
2019-03-09 06:58
King of bait the baitzera you mean
2019-03-09 07:23
#90
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United States Firetruck
congrats to all the players
2019-03-09 07:36
#93
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Finland Madd!z
Deserved for testosami
2019-03-09 08:30
For those asking for allu just give up..ence made a good run on tournement and allu made a lot kills against tier 2 and tier 3 team...quarter final to final on best of 3 when big team show up...his frag was just avarege to bad...even on final game against australis they display so poor game...semi final australis vs mibr was more interisting....even australis vs renegades was a better game to watch....allu show amazing game only against weak team...they beat liquid and navi but those 2 game who step for ence was xseven not allu...allu just like avarage to a bot against top tier teams
2019-03-09 08:36
did u watch ence vs navi? best bo3 in this major
2019-03-09 09:10
#100
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Brazil ^7|1
allu just raped Liquid
2019-03-09 09:54
#117
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Ukraine ksay
allu vs liquid?
2019-03-09 11:18
#95
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Brazil P4uloVisk
ez4coldzera ez4fer
2019-03-09 08:56
WHERE IS GOD ALLU?
2019-03-09 10:16
#106
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Finland timppati
2ez4x7
2019-03-09 10:23
Nice1 +1
2019-03-10 11:09
Its funny how xSeven can be a total bot sometimes but sometimes a godlike player
2019-03-09 10:26
#110
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Finland timppati
He is not bot he is doing hes job as support all the time sometimes he gets important kills for hes team
2019-03-09 10:36
+1
2019-03-10 11:10
Xseven got those critical frags that enabled to comebacks vs. Navi and Liquid. Totally deserved!
2019-03-09 11:42
xSeven was clearly the standout player for ENCE in tense matches.. His impact/crucial clutches in those matches were insane...
2019-03-09 12:33
ENCE doesn't have more players there because none of them was really standing out. ENCE won their maps / matches by small margin while taking a beating on the maps they lost. Consequently, ratings are low.
2019-03-09 13:06
nice
2019-03-09 13:24
#134
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Finland NUCL3AR
Testo-Sami was a beast in this tournament.
2019-03-09 13:46
I dont see f0rest - rigged.
2019-03-09 14:30
+1
2019-03-10 21:28
+1
2019-03-10 21:39
#188
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Brazil Drikon
+1
2019-03-20 17:19
No f0rest or REZ???
2019-03-09 17:02
no jks lmao rigged
2019-03-09 17:34
unlucky
2019-03-09 19:28
Astralis = 3 EVP and 1 MVP...ouch!
2019-03-09 20:02
deserved
2019-03-09 21:15
The professionalism of Astralis in this tournament was impressive. Dupreeh is mourning death in the family, and took a few matches to really get going. Xyp9x and Dev1ce were fighting illness and showed up to matches with tissue paper in their noses. Right now it seems like they are moving even further ahead of the opposition. I think Liquid, MIBR and Ence will improve, and get closer soon.
2019-03-10 11:12
nice
2019-03-10 19:28
ASTRALIS,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
2019-03-12 00:21
Cold 90 adr
2019-03-15 17:02
nice!
2019-03-22 02:29
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