BLAST Pro Series São Paulo: the EVPs

With BLAST Pro Series São Paulo done and dusted, it's time to present our EVP (Exceptionally Valuable Players) picks of the $250,000 tournament.

Astralis successfully defended their BLAST Pro Series Lisbon title as they ran out victors at RFRSH Entertainment's first stop in the Americas, navigating through the round-robin stage without dropping a single map before taking down Liquid in a three-map final.

After the tournament, Nicolai "device" Reedtz was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the competition for his role in Astralis' campaign. The Danish AWPer claimed the medal, the 13th of his career, after leading a whopping 10 stats categories, including rating, ADR, kills per round and AWP kills per round, and featuring in the top five in four others.

BLAST Pro Series Sâo Paulo had six EVPs

The tournament's unconventional format, with the round-robin stage directly leading to the grand final, usually makes for a fairly low number of EVPs, and this one is no exception, though there are twice as many picks as there were for the Lisbon event. Astralis and Liquid are unsurprisingly the most represented sides, with ENCE being the only non-finalist to provide a player.

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

Denmark Emil "Magisk" Reif
Denmark Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth
United States Nick "nitr0" Cannella
United States Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski
United States Jake "Stewie2K" Yip
Finland Jere "sergej" Salo

After proudly exhibiting the MVP medal at Astralis’ previous two Big Events, BLAST Pro Series Lisbon and IEM Katowice, Magisk confirmed his excellent run of form as he topped the EVP list in São Paulo for his solid level of play across the board.

The 21-year-old had the second-highest rating in Astralis, 1.21, despite the fact that, in the grand match series against Liquid, he did not come close to device or Xyp9x, the team’s two main carries in the match. Against the North American side, Magisk had his only below-average-rated maps, but in both instances, he came close to the 1.0 mark.

Magisk was featured in the stats leaderboards in 12 categories, leading four of them, most notably KAST (79.3%) and percentage of support rounds (27.2%). He was also rated fifth for damage per round (82.0) and was one of the hardest players to kill, averaging 0.58 deaths per round.

Xyp9x continued his hot start to the year with a 1.14 rating on Brazilian soil after having already secured an EVP mention at the IEM Katowice Major, where he challenged Magisk for the medal until the very end.

In São Paulo, the ‘Clutch Minister’ was hardly seen in the round-robin stage as he had just two above-average ratings in five games, but he stepped up as the grand final approached. In the best-of-three title decider against Liquid, he put in a team-leading 1.32 rating and 86.0 ADR, eclipsing teammate and tournament MVP device.

Xyp9x had one more Player of the Map (PotM) pick than Magisk but still ranked below the Major MVP on account of his smaller role throughout the tournament. Unsurprisingly, he was joint-first for clutches won (five) and was among the best in terms of KAST (76.1%) and percentage of support rounds (24.9%).

nitr0 may not have been as explosive as EliGE, but he made up for that with his remarkable consistency – which was the main reason why he is the highest Liquid player on this list. The North American in-game leader put in a 1.14 rating, his best since last year’s ESL One New York, the only tournament at which he was named an EVP in 2018.

He ended every round-robin match with above-average ratings, even impressing in the more challenging games against Astralis (1.06 rating) and ENCE (1.20). When he faced the Danes again, he was Liquid's highest-rated player on Dust2 and Inferno, only cutting a sullen mood on the last map, where the North Americans were no match for their opponents.

Liquid’s skipper made the leaderboards in seven different categories, most notably percentage of rounds with at least one kill (52.4%), KAST (76.4%) and success in opening duels (55.3%). He also had the highest number of flash assists of the tournament (25) and was joint-best with Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen for flash assists per round (0.13).

After earning five EVP mentions in 2018, EliGE makes the cut for the first time in 2019 after averaging a team-high 1.22 rating in São Paulo. And while his rating appears to suggest that he deserved a higher place on this list, it is important to point out that his best performances came against the bottom three sides of the round-robin stage, MIBR, FaZe and NiP, and that his numbers were a bit inflated by anti-eco multi kills.

EliGE ended the first stage of the tournament as the highest-rated player, in part due to his career-best 2.71 rating against the Swedes on Overpass. In the grand final against Astralis, he put in a 1.08 rating on Dust2 but then dipped into below-average numbers, finishing the series with a 0.82 rating, the second worst in the team.

The North American player had the highest opening kills per round ratio of the tournament (0.15) and also impressed in terms of impact rating (1.38), damage per round (85.5) and kills per round (0.75).

Stewie2K appears to be finally adjusting to life in his new team as he put in a 1.12 rating at the BLAST event, this way earning his first EVP mention since Cloud9’s epic ELEAGUE Major Boston winning run.

Liquid’s newest member never really stood out as the team's best player in the round-robin stage but was a solid contributor in all best-of-one matches, averaging a 1.33 rating, the second-highest in the team. However, he gave a poor account of himself against Astralis in the grand final and sat at the bottom of the scoreboard at the end of the match with a 0.78 rating.

The former MIBR man was Liquid’s best player on the Terrorist side with a 1.27 rating, but on the CT side he struggled to make his mark (0.99 rating), ending the tournament a fair distance away from nitr0, EliGE and Keith "NAF" Markovic in that regard. He also boasted the third-highest percentage of rounds with at least one kill at 51.3%.

sergej was the only player apart from device who had a flawless record in terms of maps with 1+ ratings. And while he did not have a single PotM pick to his name, he played an important role in all of ENCE’s best-of-one encounters, averaging a 1.20 rating – his second best at a Big Event.

In the end, ENCE were not able to get a repeat of the Major final against Astralis due to round difference, but for sergej there were some positives to take: he was in the top five in six stats categories, most notably rating, kills per round (0.82), percentage of rounds with at least one kill (48.9%) and headshots per round (0.42).

United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1134
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.16
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1162
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1096
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
921
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1343
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Finland Jere 'sergej' Salo
Jere 'sergej' Salo
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
498
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Finland Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
582
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1520
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.17
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1060
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
#2
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Germany GrammarNaziGuy 
Nice
2019-03-29 13:02
F5 where is #1?
2019-03-30 07:17
#3
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Spain elskio 
ok
2019-03-29 13:02
#4
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Kazakhstan bjornzz 
thats unexpexted
2019-03-29 13:02
god sergej
2019-03-29 13:03
nice
2019-03-29 13:03
good men))))
2019-03-29 13:03
#11
rain | 
Finland FocusMen 
Sergej deserved
2019-03-29 13:03
Indeed
2019-03-29 14:18
#12
Zeus | 
Finland 0lter 
nuori osuja
2019-03-29 13:04
#14
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Finland CucumberFIN 
Ez4sergej
2019-03-29 13:04
flair checks out
2019-03-29 13:14
#31
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Finland CucumberFIN 
+1
2019-03-29 13:22
Worst t1 event
2019-03-29 13:05
why
2019-03-29 13:18
#42
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United States snafusr 
Literally the worst format of any tier 1 cs tournament by far
2019-03-29 14:24
how
2019-03-29 14:28
Worst format of any cs tournament
2019-03-29 14:44
ok m3n
2019-03-29 14:45
why...? i actually like it. its just different
2019-03-29 15:07
#64
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United States snafusr 
No, it's idiotic. You should listen to what Thorin says on it. He basically points out exactly why it's the worst format of any cs tournament. To name the big ones, round robin is shit because you will inevitably have matches where one of the teams has a waaay higher incentive to win than the other team. You have matches where a team has already made playoffs and is playing against a team who hasn't made playoffs yet, and the opposite where a team has already failed to make playoffs but still has to play more games. It lowers the quality of the games and makes it less competitive. Then add in the fact they stream THREE fucking games at the same time and there's no OT system, just a flawed tiebreaker based on round difference (the reason liquid made the final over ENCE even though they tied against eachother)
2019-03-29 19:38
"You should listen to what Thorin says on it" so only bcs of thorin i should hate it as well? he has his opinion, you have yours and i have mine btw i never said that the format is good or bad. i only said that i actually enjoy this event bcs its different and only bcs some part of community doesntlike the format doesnt mean that this event and format is shit
2019-03-29 19:46
#144
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United States snafusr 
You obviously were implying that the format of the tournament wasn't bad in that post. And I mentioned Thorin not because you should automatically listen to everything he says but because his take on the Blast format is extremely accurate and involves actual facts, and not just vague rhetoric like "It's just different." He makes many more points that I didn't mention so as not to make too big of a novel for you to read.
2019-04-04 22:36
#66
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United States snafusr 
The tournament plays nicely as a casual viewing experience but there's a reason this is called competitive counterstrike. The whole point of the tournament circuit is to breed competition and divine who the absolute best team is, and when you have a tournament with a format that's so poorly suited to that goal it's honestly completely unacceptable
2019-03-29 19:51
"The tournament plays nicely as a casual viewing experience" thats what i like about it and about summit for example. you dont need to have all tournaments the same imo...and you dont force teams to play that tournament+teams know that format so i dont see any problem here
2019-03-29 19:55
#143
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United States TrashPanda 
It's a great viewing experience, and a great pay out for teams. It's quick, and effective. Sure tournaments with GSL style or what the last Major did is a great format. But most people don't even watch it till the top 4 because the tournaments drone on forever for casual viewers. There's nothing wrong with that for a hardcore viewer like me. But Blast makes it easy for casual fans to watch exclusively their favorite team. It's an absolutely amazing format and if the players didn't like it they wouldn't play it. Also the tournament couldn't be as quick as it is if it weren't set up the way it is. The whole entire point of it is for it to be quick and fast.
2019-04-01 00:22
#145
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United States snafusr 
Objectively speaking it's the least competitive format in professional counter-strike. I didnt say the event was trash, just that the format is. And that's because I judge COMPETITIVE counter-strike tournaments on how well they breed competition. The purpose of competitive counter-strike is to display who the best teams are, not to please casual fans. You still didn't even list a single reason why casual fans should prefer this tournament over others... the only thing I can think of is the standoffs which I admit are pretty fun to watch. But even IEM Katowice had the danger-zone thing which was even better than a standoff. Your reasoning on the length of the tournament doesn't make any sense either.. If casual fans truly just tune in for the final 4 matches as you claim, how exactly does doing so detract from their viewing experience?? And how does the fact that other games are going on at the same time at Blast make it easier for a casual fan to follow the tournament?? Literally makes no sense
2019-04-04 22:46
#16
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Singapore Defqon_1 
GOD Stew
2019-03-29 13:06
#39
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Spain N0Love 
Overrated
2019-03-29 14:05
+1
2019-03-29 15:33
#17
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Finland FinYuna 
Young hitter Sergej
2019-03-29 13:08
#68
Xyp9x | 
India kaptain 
Young hitler Sergej
2019-03-30 02:34
#103
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Finland FinYuna 
O_o
2019-03-30 17:39
#18
Kaze | 
Uruguay PosHide 
Hi
2019-03-29 13:09
sergej and xseven hltv top20 2019 deal with it!
2019-03-29 13:09
#28
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Europe Kermac 
Sergej: yes Xseven: i dont think so
2019-03-29 13:16
ez
2019-03-29 13:10
sergej top 20 2019
2019-03-29 13:11
#1 2020
2019-03-29 13:24
#27
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United States Trump2020KAG 
My boy Elige top10 2019
2019-03-29 13:14
#29
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Finland perkeIe 
Sergod 17yo btw
2019-03-29 13:17
SerGOD. This guy will be #1 2020.
2019-03-29 13:24
stewie2k is evp and aleskib isn't WTF
2019-03-29 13:30
where is MIBR
2019-03-29 13:40
0-5
2019-03-29 16:28
#58
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Brazil GrilO_O 
0-10
2019-03-29 16:48
Nice elige !!
2019-03-29 13:56
#40
flusha | 
United States k3ar 
nitr0 doing very well recently.
2019-03-29 14:11
I'm glad he's back to wired mouse, shows off in performance.
2019-03-29 19:26
#44
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Netherlands PATOZR 
what about coldzera? kkkkkkkk xaxaxaxa
2019-03-29 14:29
#45
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Finland ksyppe 
nuori osuja sergej
2019-03-29 14:34
#46
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Ukraine Varban 
best player on this events its solek
2019-03-29 14:40
#49
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Brazil Collee 
no mibr players wtf also only stewie doesn't have danish ethnicity nt danish website
2019-03-29 14:54
Not sure if you are baiting my friend. But I have to guess that MIBR wasn't that convincing than the other teams... Astralis, liquid stood out and ence sometimes aswell. So I guess the evps are deserved. Maybe MIBR find their good form in the upcoming tournaments. They can be a good challenger to astralis in my opinion. But only if they play again up to their Gone God performance.
2019-03-29 15:27
#62
flusha | 
United States k3ar 
0/8
2019-03-29 17:54
#50
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Peru Nazguruk 
Wtf where is Aleksib?
2019-03-29 15:00
stew 4 sure
2019-03-29 15:18
#54
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Brazil vitoBR 
No ColdZera ? ridiculos ahahah
2019-03-29 15:33
Baitzera? Ook ook maybe the 0-6 run has something to do with that
2019-03-31 05:40
play nuke t-side, be awesome, win one mvp. hltv logic.
2019-03-29 16:29
#59
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Belarus c0mmi3 
sergay nice
2019-03-29 16:50
#60
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Germany Oberleutnant 
nice
2019-03-29 17:19
#61
ScreaM | 
Turkey tanseel 
Magisk is the best !
2019-03-29 17:21
#104
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Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
EZ4ENCE
2019-03-30 17:40
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