NiKo claims BLAST Pro Series Miami MVP award

FaZe star Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač is the winner of the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award of BLAST Pro Series Miami by HLTV.org and betway.

The Bosnian talent capped off a fantastic individual tournament by putting in a team-leading 1.53 rating in the grand final against Liquid to leave Miami with a 1.44 rating - the fourth-highest of his career at a Big Event.

With his grand final performance and FaZe's victory, NiKo beat off competition from Keith "⁠NAF⁠" Markovic (1.24 rating) for the award, the fifth of his career after previously scooping the medal at StarSeries i-League Season 3, ESL One New York 2017, ESL One Belo Horizonte 2018 and EPICENTER 2018.

NiKo exhibits the fifth MVP medal of his career

NiKo topped the tournament's charts in 11 categories, including rating, damage per round (97.7), kills per round (0.92) and KAST (77.2%). He also made the top five in five other stats leaderboards, most notably opening kills per round (0.16).

Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1259
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.16
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1268
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Best player of all time and the real top 1 of 2017!
2019-04-14 02:08
2017*
2019-04-14 02:08
#7
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Austria shaak!
Expected
2019-04-14 02:08
niko is such a beast s1mple is overrated he has only noob teammates niko has teammates like guardian olof adren and rain so legendary player (2major mvp)
2019-04-14 02:13
#81
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China WinnerZ
agreed
2019-04-14 05:12
"S1mple overrated" Name, flair and flag checks out
2019-04-14 09:19
He is
2019-04-14 09:58
#101
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Switzerland Infi2k
Not any pro player in the world is on same level like s1mple. There is reason why Pros themselves calling s1mple the best player atm... so tell me what overrated means in India. You cant be overrated if your rivals calling you the best
2019-04-14 10:39
#113
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France Aalkhaan
+1
2019-04-14 13:00
The children will learn eventually bro, simple is in a league of his own.
2019-04-16 06:16
True
2019-04-14 10:13
"name checks out" i m dead lmaooo
2019-04-14 15:06
s1mple is an awp gay. awp is too easy to kill.
2019-04-14 14:15
can u go watch like the blast pro series interview for navi and faze to compare their teammates statistics ? u will see that navi team has 3 players 80+ score and s1mple on 91 while Faze have 2 teammates barely make it 80+ and niko on 89... Plus faze is currently facing in game leader issue
2019-04-14 21:31
stfu
2019-04-14 22:27
Very Expected
2019-04-14 03:10
yes i fixed
2019-04-14 02:09
#71
FalleN | 
Brazil dmn1
2nd best of 2018*
2019-04-14 03:07
3rd best of 2019*
2019-04-14 03:24
Therefore, Unluko is a fag
2019-04-14 02:09
I agree!
2019-04-14 02:09
Yes
2019-04-14 05:20
#34
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Argentina M4estre
He always got rekt by colzera at finals that year. And faze didn't win that many tournaments.
2019-04-14 02:10
Yeah they won and they made more finals than SK
2019-04-14 09:52
maybe top 1 in 2019?
2019-04-14 02:12
#59
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Poland JPKson
YES PLEASE !!!
2019-04-14 02:21
#38
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Estonia Eduzera
s1mple is the best player of the world and cold is the real top 1 of 2017
2019-04-14 02:12
+1 real top1 2017 indeed.
2019-04-14 02:13
Real top 1 in 2017 Real top 2 in 2018
2019-04-14 10:04
#95
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Poland Unluko
F5
2019-04-14 10:15
#108
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Europe Kermac
"Therefore, Unluko is a fag" -Nice_Try_Sr
2019-04-14 12:13
#114
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Sweden Fl4shS
i don't see s1mple wtf are u meaning' when saying' best player of all time :o ?
2019-04-14 13:57
bad bait coldzera won more tournaments, had more MVPs and also had a better rating, would make no sense if Niko were 1 that year
2019-04-18 00:06
#2
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Netherlands Horizzon__
not hard for sexgod niko
2019-04-14 02:08
#3
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United Kingdom tommytammy
beast
2019-04-14 02:08
#4
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CIS hornerbros
congratz kovac
2019-04-14 02:08
#6
NiKo | 
Australia nikofan
xd yay
2019-04-14 02:08
#8
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Norway Alexed
Rain deserved it but ok....
2019-04-14 02:08
LUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUL
2019-04-14 02:09
Yea both deserved
2019-04-14 02:09
one map bro, one map
2019-04-14 02:10
No he didn't.... he performed in only one map. Niko performed in all maps. Consistency matters.
2019-04-14 02:14
yup agreed ... i think a lot people keep forgetting how important it is to maintain that consistency . T_T that's why i am a fan of niko !
2019-04-14 02:15
Yeah niko and s1mple are the kind of players who always perform regardless of the outcome of match
2019-04-14 02:21
#64
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Poland JPKson
Rain could be only MVP of the Final Match In all tournament NiKo is better than him But still respect for Rain 24-0-0 in Dust 2 in final :)
2019-04-14 02:28
wasn't it 21-0-0?
2019-04-14 02:30
Ye, he died at 20 or 21 kills
2019-04-14 04:10
21
2019-04-14 15:12
#47
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Singapore FallBlade
+1
2019-04-14 02:15
#85
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Norway fPZ
hltv.org/stats/players/matches/8183/rain.. Rain preformed actually pretty good alot of times. NiKo deserves it more tho cause was insane.
2019-04-14 08:34
Rain deserved just for that first half on d2
2019-04-14 02:08
i'm picking 1.44 rating on whole tournament all the way
2019-04-14 02:10
+1
2019-04-14 02:14
+1
2019-04-14 10:18
he will get EVP
2019-04-14 07:21
pog
2019-04-14 02:09
really deserved))
2019-04-14 02:09
Deserved. Second best CSGO player right now, after s1mple ofc
2019-04-14 02:09
+1
2019-04-14 02:09
+1 God Niko real top2 2018 and real top1 2017
2019-04-14 02:15
Niko has proven to be a way better all around player IMO
2019-04-14 02:16
+1
2019-04-14 03:19
NiKo god
2019-04-14 02:09
Literally just left the arena with a pic with Niko after he got the award
2019-04-14 02:09
Prove
2019-04-14 19:14
Me and Niko imgur.com/a/bvKZiQ7 here is the proof
2019-04-14 20:58
#18
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Hong Kong naaw5
ez
2019-04-14 02:09
#20
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Brazil DouglasR
RAIN*
2019-04-14 02:09
being a IGL and frag most and claims a MVP.
2019-04-14 02:09
Commendable performance. Igling + dropping 1.44 rating in a tier1 tourmament. It's phenomenal.
2019-04-14 02:17
gg
2019-04-14 02:09
Expected, what a fucking god
2019-04-14 02:09
most flash assists per round as well. solid igl, insane individual, great support true no 1
2019-04-14 02:09
+1
2019-04-14 02:17
+1
2019-04-14 02:50
#79
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Argentina n4ziS1mple
+1 s1mple overrated can't win vs astralis and liquid . but niko can
2019-04-14 04:35
Gj
2019-04-14 02:10
ChoKo, u will never be on the top
2019-04-14 02:10
Flag and flair both check out. Lmao
2019-04-14 02:18
+1 for God niko. Dude igls and still drops 1.44 performance rating. Mad respect.
2019-04-14 02:10
and the best support stats of the tournament as well.
2019-04-14 02:17
Yeah. Forgot about that one. He is true #1 2017 and #2 2018 player
2019-04-14 02:19
if he won a major and a couple more events (katowice, cologne) last year #2 on hltv for sure
2019-04-14 02:20
Yeah unfortunately team achievements matter a lot in determining best individual players' list on hltv.
2019-04-14 02:23
#33
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India St3elSh0t
noo
2019-04-14 02:10
c0ngraTz>><<
2019-04-14 02:11
Ez katka.
2019-04-14 02:11
#40
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Europe b7ack0ut
Expected
2019-04-14 02:12
GOAT
2019-04-14 02:14
Adren played good
2019-04-14 02:17
#53
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Europe AllowItFam
Gaot
2019-04-14 02:17
Beast <3
2019-04-14 02:20
#61
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China withsn
plz send someone else for IGL to free NIKO
2019-04-14 02:22
#62
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Argentina Fa7e07
deserverd
2019-04-14 02:22
1.s1mple/niko 2017.coldzera
2019-04-14 02:28
LOL your name
2019-04-14 10:19
#67
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Germany Stan1k
totally deserved - great IGL and individual player! Even though AdreN had a really good game at the final
2019-04-14 02:45
#68
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Indonesia MeX0NNNN
Niko isnt igling for sure?
2019-04-14 02:45
nope he is. thats what makes this MVP even more impressive
2019-04-14 06:07
That smile from NiKo! <3
2019-04-14 02:46
NIKOOOOOO (L) <3 <3
2019-04-14 03:16
niko and simple are to different, i think all in all is niko the guy u want to have in ur team.. simple is more the entertaining factor with some amazing shots and outplays, deserved mvp
2019-04-14 03:36
#118
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Switzerland Infi2k
Imagine Niko + Rain + s1mple in one team
2019-04-14 15:09
Gg
2019-04-14 04:15
now 2022
2019-04-14 04:46
only guy that can challenge s1mple for top 1
2019-04-14 09:28
good english london is the capital of great britain
2019-04-14 12:34
So Niko finally hit something, good for him :O
2019-04-14 09:38
2019 - ppl still think NiKo is crazy good player.
2019-04-14 09:57
??? Reply needs an actuall content
2019-04-14 10:40
no contend as NiKo
2019-04-14 10:42
Niko is the only man who can be compared with s1mple skillwise.
2019-04-14 10:11
+1 insane awp (not as consistent as s1mple but still) insane spray best one tapper in the world
2019-04-14 11:10
#98
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Sweden ronkaball
nice
2019-04-14 10:21
Most talented player of all time! Real GOAT of CS!
2019-04-14 10:23
The most promising thing to me about this lineup rn is rain. He's starting to take himself and the game more seriously, dropping some weight and putting in some hero performances again. If this guy is motivated then they have enough firepower to have runs like this often.
2019-04-14 10:29
incredible tournament , MVP deserved
2019-04-14 10:46
Real top 2 player after s1mple, wp
2019-04-14 10:52
#107
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Europe LoookATme
Shit tournament for the shit player
2019-04-14 11:55
best top1 ruiner of teams!
2019-04-14 12:14
#111
NiKo | 
Europe trey_
beast
2019-04-14 12:34
Nik0_major
2019-04-14 14:03
Niko claimed to revenge of astralis & he proved himself go ahead best luck for major
2019-04-14 15:09
Ez major for faze
2019-04-14 20:38
What a BEAST
2019-04-14 21:18
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