BLAST Pro Series Miami: the EVPs

We went through the numbers of the recently concluded BLAST Pro Series Miami to present you with our three Exceptionally Valuable Players (EVPs) of the $250,000 event.

BLAST Pro Series Miami came to a close on Sunday, with FaZe coming out as the surprising victors after beating Liquid in a convincing grand final, which saw the European squad lift their second trophy of 2019 while Nikola "NiKo" Kovač was awarded his first MVP medal of the year.

Three EVPs come out of BLAST Pro Series Miami

Now we look back at the two-day tournament and its numbers again, presenting the Exceptionally Valuable Player picks. As usual, BLAST's signature quick format, which importantly lacks a proper playoffs bracket where players normally make a significant portion of their case, only sees three players earn the accolade: two from the winning side and one from the runners-up.

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

Canada Keith "NAF" Markovic
Norway Håvard "rain" Nygaard
Kazakhstan Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev

Several other players performed to high standards, most notably Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken, the majority of MIBR, Emil "Magisk" Reif, and Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev, but they didn't do well enough to make the list, in the end.

Picking up the pace from Liquid's few latest appearances, in Miami NAF earned his first award since he became the Most Valuable Player of the first tournament of 2019, iBUYPOWER Masters. At BLAST Pro Series, he was once again within reach of the medal as the clear standout player of his team, leading Liquid to the grand final after playing a key role in all of their five wins throughout the group stage, with each of them rated above 1.15.

A 1.36 average rating across the first five maps saw the Canadian star reach the the final showdown as a close second candidate for the highest award after NiKo, but ultimately, he was unable to catch up to the Bosnian after a below-average performance in the quick series loss – a 0.93 rating (still the highest in Liquid).

rain comes in second place following his highest-rated tournament since ESL One Cologne 2018 – where he last received a big-event EVP before his individual level began to suffer – as in Miami, the Norwegian averaged a 1.19 rating as one of the pillars in FaZe's title-winning campaign.

Much like his team team as a whole, rain took the opening match against Liquid to warm up to the competition with a very slow start. He quickly recovered from the second match, a tie with MIBR, on, with some solid maps against MIBR, Cloud9, and Astralis helping FaZe earn much-needed points to make it to the grand final. It wasn't until the best-of-three series that the 24-year-old locked in his award, though, as a jaw-dropping 21-0 start on the second map of the final, Dust2, saw rain finish off the tournament on a high note, a 1.86 rating.

Continuing the stories of improvement from Miami, FaZe's addition at the beginning of 2019, AdreN, also played one of his best tournaments in recent memory, with an overall 1.10 rating ranking as his best of the year after the Kazakh veteran underperformed in São Paulo and Shanghai.

Putting up 0.58 and 0.65 ratings on day one of BLAST Pro Series, AdreN seemed to be on path to another disappointing showing at the beginning of the tournament. However, he stepped up massively on day two, playing a key role in four out of FaZe's five map wins at the event, including a 1.64 rating on Mirage in the grand final against Liquid.

Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1172
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
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
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
929
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1141
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1060
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.10
Kazakhstan Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1441
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
EZ for FaZe #FaZeUP #NoM16rPlayers!
2019-04-17 22:20
#3
Sosa | 
Brazil wtfmen)))) 
F5
2019-04-17 22:20
#4
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Sweden Unluko 
F5
2019-04-17 22:21
not even first F5, unlucko my guy
2019-04-17 22:33
#23
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Sweden Unluko 
Yeah I was unlucky
2019-04-17 22:34
Lol
2019-04-17 22:21
#10
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Sweden TXSHIRX 
Nice edited comment x)
2019-04-17 22:21
F5
2019-04-17 22:22
F5
2019-04-17 22:24
#26
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Brazil eric51112 
Why against mibr player's
2019-04-17 22:55
#36
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Brazil goatzera 
Sucker
2019-04-18 01:15
+12 well done
2019-04-18 01:55
mad cuz recktd all 2017 for the goat team in the world LUL
2019-04-18 03:43
We are in 2019 now lmao
2019-04-18 09:02
#50
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Bulgaria coolmen1 
nice london
2019-04-18 09:04
bra71l cs in 2019 omegaLUL
2019-04-18 15:03
#2
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Denmark oskarsports 
ez rain
2019-04-17 22:20
#29
s1mple | 
Other zj2 
nice list
2019-04-17 23:18
Nice
2019-04-17 22:21
#6
chrisJ | 
Brazil Kattulel 
rain should be #1
2019-04-17 22:21
#7
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North America ZachS721 
Gottem
2019-04-17 22:21
#8
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Sweden TXSHIRX 
Deserved
2019-04-17 22:21
#11
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Russia Krityra 
GODren
2019-04-17 22:22
NAF deserved it so much if liquid would've won
2019-04-17 22:22
GodreN
2019-04-17 22:23
#15
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Brazil igster 
no analis players xaxa))
2019-04-17 22:23
#20
It's my | 
Europe R2D2s 
xDD
2019-04-17 22:28
#45
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Ukraine TBOY(2) 
No navi scum)
2019-04-18 06:00
#16
MICHU | 
Argentina PACHOTO 
GodreN
2019-04-17 22:24
wheres felps?
2019-04-17 22:26
#24
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India baba_dhanraj 
2019-04-17 22:40
Adren top 10 anime comebacks
2019-04-17 22:27
dont think that adren enjoys watching this kinda shit
2019-04-17 23:01
Why not? I mean normal people doesnt but if you look adren in the eyes you see that he is asian and everything is possible
2019-04-18 07:59
weighty argument. ence is dogshit?, yes or no?
2019-04-18 13:18
no, ence top #1 2019
2019-04-18 14:04
no no no, ence is a time fluke. without hate and jokes im a cool analyst & i know a lot about moms & ence. allu is god of bots only.
2019-04-18 14:19
lul astralis is fluke, ence is the real deal
2019-04-18 14:28
im not a fan of astralis, but i think astralis is famous team like a nip. ence in general dont have anything similar. how u can compare them? are u trying to troll or are u just a fool?
2019-04-18 19:09
Lul nip is washed up. Astralis too. Dont matter that kids support them. Ence top 1 soon
2019-04-18 20:07
i have a proof in history. u dont have nothing, just ur dreams. allu the god of the bots bow down and kiss my feet to the Lord, im ur new god.
2019-04-18 20:22
Lmao fuck off tard,
2019-04-19 09:11
faze cl@n is better than ence. agree? fan of faze since the rain was in kinguin and niko in mouze. What can u put against these bridgewinds? bow down and kiss my feet to the Lord, im ur new god.
2019-04-19 09:32
Lul plastic idiot, like I said fk off
2019-04-19 09:36
faze cl@n is better than ence. agree? fan of faze since the rain was in kinguin and niko in mouze. What can u put against these bridgewinds? bow down and kiss my feet to the Lord, im ur new god.
2019-04-19 10:21
faze fluke team. They have no real structure. They can win 1 event here and there because good aimers thats it. rather cut ur feet off than kiss them retard
2019-04-19 10:24
cry is free. the kinda fan of bots lul
2019-04-19 10:26
LuL plastic fan of call of duty organization XD
2019-04-19 10:28
now I really see that u are a brainless hater. they are in the top 10 teams in the world for more than 600 days. ure just a dumb little DOLBAEB,
2019-04-19 10:32
So ? Buy good aimers all the time obv they gonna stay in top 10. Its not a great achievement considering the resources they have. In fact they suck hard considering their resources.
2019-04-19 10:34
this team has achieved 10 times more than ence. do u have any other questions? time will tell who is who. say it in 1-2 years but now u should close ur mouth and sit praying on ur new god. bow down and kiss my feet to the Lord, im ur new god.
2019-04-19 10:36
btw, compare achievements. imgur.com/PkIEcxW hltv.org/stats/teams/events/4869/ENCE gl hf cry is free hahahahahahaH@h@h@H2H2
2019-04-19 10:41
#21
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Russia M13f 
GODren
2019-04-17 22:28
#25
Germany [ml] 
Thank god AdreN didn't become trash.
2019-04-17 22:41
Wtf how did adren get there
2019-04-17 22:59
#30
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Germany Neckarstadion 
because other than the mibr game he had a great tournament?
2019-04-17 23:29
s1mple was better.....
2019-04-17 23:50
#33
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Myanmar xdcc 
By rating #5 and went out in 5th which is usually not given to
2019-04-18 00:01
Even botren was better than s1mple.
2019-04-18 01:16
#34
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Canada herocoolzzz 
botdren LUL
2019-04-18 00:25
#43
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Hungary HunsOrdkazakh 
Idiot he is mvp major)
2019-04-18 05:42
poland cs LUL
2019-04-18 14:07
Mibr
2019-04-18 00:59
> AdreN not even in the top 10 of the highest rating. > Earns an EVP. Some things have no explanation lul
2019-04-18 03:36
Look how he played in 2nd day, 0/8
2019-04-18 06:17
Like have boTACO as favoritas player?
2019-04-18 10:16
the key problem for faze is that if they can do play stably.
2019-04-18 03:43
#42
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Peru Nazguruk 
Adren??? No Fallen & S1mple?? OMEGALUL
2019-04-18 04:02
#44
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Hungary HunsOrdkazakh 
-1
2019-04-18 05:42
#51
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Netherlands xGrayZ 
-10 s1mple nor fallen deserved an evp eventhough im a s1mple fan he didnt deserve it navi just played bad overall
2019-04-18 09:13
#65
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Peru Nazguruk 
Ok, but EVP for Adren is a joke
2019-04-18 17:59
ez for Nygaard
2019-04-18 09:01
#53
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Bulgaria blackmambay0 
Any player from Windigo no there?
2019-04-18 11:28
EASY
2019-04-18 11:54
#55
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United Kingdom EKersh 
4
2019-04-18 12:09
ENCE
2019-04-18 14:07
WOW, no one form Navi / Astrails the first time
2019-04-18 14:41
NAF god
2019-04-18 15:18
good article. one little comment : Several other players performed to high standards, most notably Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken, the majority of MIBR, Emil "Magisk" Reif, and Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev, but they didn't do well enough to make the list, in the end. could probably delete "in the end"
2019-04-22 05:11
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