Player stock shift: March-April

The player stock shift is back with a breakdown of the last two months' biggest movers from events such as the BLAST Pro Series stops in São Paulo and Miami, StarSeries i-League Season 7, and IEM Sydney.

Having moved to a bimonthly feature at the start of the year with the first stock shift of 2019 covering January and February, it's now time to look back at March and April and their variety of big and small tournaments to find out which players have enjoyed an increase in performance and whose level has worsened following the IEM Katowice Major.

A total of 18 players made either list this time, with ten rising and eight falling after the tournaments that transpired over the course of the last two months, of whom all but two (OpTic's duo Nikolaj "niko" Kristensen and Ismail "refrezh" Ali) played at one or more of the aforementioned Big Events.

Our new graphics below depict the difference in performance between a point in the past, when a player set a standard for himself (not necessarily limited to the period of the last stock shift), and the present. Read on as we explain how everyone got on the list in detail.

Denmark Philip "aizy" Aistrup

It has been a little over half a year since we last moved aizy, who was unable to keep up with his DreamHack Masters Stockholm performance and fell back down last October. The following events saw him fluctuate and drop deep into the red zone a few times, as low as a measly 0.75 rating at ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals. It wasn't until the last few events that the Dane has been showing significant improvement from late last year and early 2019, most notably with his 1.18 rating leading the team's campaign to the quarter-finals at StarSeries.

Norway Håvard "rain" Nygaard

rain, on the other hand, had been on more of a consistent downwards spiral in the latter half of last year, with his level deteriorating to a point where he stopped being considered one of FaZe's stars. The Norwegian is recovering now with four solid events in a row, which includes an EVP-worthy performance which played a key part in FaZe's title run at BLAST Pro Series Miami, making his last-three-months average rating the highest since July last year.

Russia Artem "iDISBALANCE" Egorov
Ukraine Viktor "somedieyoung" Orudjev

Formerly of Syman, iDISBALANCE has only started to be recognized on the international scene this year, with his first Major cycle appearance during the latest CIS Minor putting him on the radar of Spirit, who picked him up ahead of StarSeries i-League Season 7. There, the Russian turned heads with an impressive 1.16 rating over the course of five series as one of the best AWPers and opening killers of the tournament.

His new teammate somedieyoung has been on many pundits' lips for months now as a rising star of the CIS region, where he proved his worth with fantastic play at the last two Minor championships. Having been one of the highest-rated players of the Shanghai event, he has now backed it up internationally, as well.

Sweden Jesper "JW" Wecksell

JW returns to the stock shift with the fourth appearance since September and his second in a row, after fnatic's disappointing runs at IEM Katowice and WESG had seen the 24-year-old's stock fall in the January-February edition. The up-and-down trend continues, as he deserves a bump back up thanks to solid play at StarSeries and ESL Pro League and, more importantly, after claiming an EVP in the team's runner-up finish at IEM Sydney.

Denmark Nikolaj "niko" Kristensen

niko was featured as a falling player back in September, when his departure from Heroic saw him join up with North for a stint that only lasted for a couple of tournaments, during which the Dane's form suffered. Although he is still a bit inconsistent now with OpTic, the 20-year-old looks more at home with the North American organization, helping his new team to a place in the semi-finals at StarSeries i-League Season 6 and second at cs_summit 3 last year, and to survive the first group stage of Pro League last month.

Netherlands Chris "chrisJ" de Jong
Slovakia David "frozen" Čerňanský
Denmark Finn "karrigan" Andersen
Estonia Robin "ropz" Kool

mousesports' new lineup has been making waves from the get-go, with their first two showings resulting in a placement at ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals and a quarter-final finish at IEM Sydney. For the likes of karrigan and chrisJ, it is somewhat of a redemption story after they had both fallen off in the latter half of 2018, with the Danish veteran looking very much improved from the time towards the end of his tenure in FaZe and his stint with Envy, while the Dutchman has also been in significantly better form so far in 2019.

The same can be said for ropz, who had already been among the best players within the previous lineup and looks like the new roster's main star after stepping up massively in the last two months. Meanwhile, as the youngest member of mousesports and very much a newcomer to the top tier, 16-year-old frozen is starting to fulfill the potential he had been showcasing in the past couple of years now that he has the opportunity to compete at a top level, with a 1.26 rating across his first two tournaments with mouz putting him on par with ropz and Özgür "woxic" Eker.

Denmark Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth
Denmark Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander

In the January-February edition, we outlined the rise of Xyp9x at the first tournaments of 2019, where the Clutch Minister looked like a top-five player in the world at least, claiming top-of-the-list EVP accolades at both iBUYPOWER Masters and the IEM Katowice Major. He set a bar too high to reach consistently, as it turns out, with two more months' worth of play placing him back where he had been for most of 2018.

Meanwhile, gla1ve hit a personal low dating back to the start of 2018, recording below-average ratings at the BLAST Pro Series stops in São Paulo and in Miami. The in-game leader looked more like himself two weeks later in Group D of ESL Pro League, but the level of competition wasn't high enough in Leicester to save him from a placing here. However, it might help him spring back up in case he doubles up with a similar performance in Madrid and at events that will follow over the next two months.

Finland Jani "Aerial" Jussila

We first recognized Aerial in the stock shift after he was the driving force behind ENCE's first international triumph at StarSeries i-League Season 6 in October alongside Jere "sergej" Salo and Aleksi "allu" Jalli. He continued to put in impressive numbers until the last couple of months, failing to deliver the same consistent peaks at events such as the Major and the latest StarSeries season.

Russia Egor "flamie" Vasilyev

flamie returns to the series immediately after being featured in the last edition on the back of some great play at IEM Katowice, a level which we haven't seen from him again since, with the Russian looking average at best throughout March and April.

New Zealand Sean "Gratisfaction" Kaiwai
Australia Aaron "AZR" Ward

Renegades have been going through some difficulties with visas following their impressive campaign at IEM Katowice, which has kept them from fielding the entire lineup and being able to practice effectively, and it seems to be taking a toll on some of their players. Specifically, Gratisfaction (who had to skip ESL Pro League Season 9 due to the aforementioned issues) and AZR have dipped compared to how they looked during the first stages of the Major.

France François "AmaNEk" Delaunay

Still a part of LDLC at the time, AmaNEk made it to the list of rising players in November following an upset run at IEM Chicago that saw the 25-year-old lead the French organization to the playoffs. Although his recent union with G2 has been successful for the team, who made it to ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals from a tough Group C in Leicester, it has been not that fruitful for AmaNEk on an individual level, as he averaged a team low 0.94 rating at his first two LAN events.

Denmark Ismail "refrezh" Ali

Similarly, refrezh looked to be on his way to great heights after impressing with Fragsters in mid-late 2018, when the team - who no longer exist - made it to the playoffs of DreamHack Open Valencia and StarSeries i-League Season 6. Since joining forces with OpTic, the 21-year-old has seen his numbers dwindle, which is why he rounds out the list.

Russia Artem 'iDISBALANCE' Egorov
Artem 'iDISBALANCE' Egorov
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
294
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.10
Sweden Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1606
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Finland Jere 'sergej' Salo
Jere 'sergej' Salo
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
529
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
France François 'AmaNEk' Delaunay
François 'AmaNEk' Delaunay
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
609
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Australia Aaron 'AZR' Ward
Aaron 'AZR' Ward
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
857
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
New Zealand Sean 'Gratisfaction' Kaiwai
Sean 'Gratisfaction' Kaiwai
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
661
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
Denmark Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensen
Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensen
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
859
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1580
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.17
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1312
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Estonia Robin 'ropz' Kool
Robin 'ropz' Kool
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
648
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Slovakia David 'frozen' Čerňanský
David 'frozen' Čerňanský
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
727
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1239
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1464
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Finland Jani 'Aerial' Jussila
Jani 'Aerial' Jussila
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
533
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1538
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Denmark Ismail 'refrezh' Ali
Ismail 'refrezh' Ali
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
583
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1246
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1391
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
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
Ukraine Viktor 'somedieyoung' Orudjev
Viktor 'somedieyoung' Orudjev
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
529
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.13
Turkey Özgür 'woxic' Eker
Özgür 'woxic' Eker
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
739
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
#1
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Afghanistan niko_top1_2019 
LMAO ASTRALIS PLAYERS FALLING END OF ASTRALIS ERA BTW
2019-05-09 19:27
i like your username
2019-05-09 19:26
#13
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
I like yours
2019-05-09 19:27
burgers
2019-05-09 19:47
döner
2019-05-09 20:01
Currywurst
2019-05-09 20:16
#56
Poland wims 
Currywurst > any burger agreed
2019-05-09 21:15
currywurst on a burger tho?
2019-05-09 21:29
chicken
2019-05-16 16:56
You may want to change your username oof
2019-05-09 20:39
My brother
2019-05-09 22:33
#71
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Turkmenistan PornHub187 
do you like mine?
2019-05-11 21:26
no
2019-05-16 16:56
#89
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Turkmenistan PornHub187 
:( Reply needs to have actual content
2019-05-17 16:46
#8
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Sweden Unluko 
F5
2019-05-09 19:26
#11
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
Expected
2019-05-09 19:26
rain niko and karrigan risisng lmao
2019-05-09 19:53
idiot name
2019-05-09 20:05
fact tho
2019-05-09 20:10
no
2019-05-09 20:11
ye it is, NiKo never won a Major..
2019-05-09 20:12
neither did brollan
2019-05-09 20:13
Brollan 6 month in T1, NiKo 4years...
2019-05-09 20:17
NiKo 1 major 2nd place, brollan 0 major top 16
2019-05-09 20:32
#63
Xyp9x | 
Denmark Khronov 
Why so proud choke in final againts clown 9 lol
2019-05-09 23:44
#39
ZywOo | 
Denmark Shremble 
Shouldn't you be blowing some buildings up?
2019-05-09 20:24
So funny hoho so funny omg can we give this guy a medal please. Fkn pleb
2019-05-09 20:30
cya 10
2019-05-09 20:30
NiKo: If you’re not first, you’re last. Jw: will be remembered, as winners write the history books.
2019-05-09 22:56
The CS History Books studied in schools all over the world
2019-05-14 12:36
give It time America will make it a college degree.
2019-05-14 20:58
wouldn't surprise me tbh
2019-05-14 21:10
#76
ZywOo | 
Denmark Shremble 
Still not banned you dog
2019-05-13 18:57
#66
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Australia PuncherCS 
+911
2019-05-10 01:29
yah but it still fact that niko never win major
2019-05-13 18:30
u are idiot user
2019-05-09 21:13
cya 3
2019-05-09 21:22
COMING FROM BART LUL
2019-05-12 00:35
Wrong NiKo - it's Danish niko that's rising
2019-05-09 20:40
fucking uk retard cant reconice the diffrents between NiKo and niko
2019-05-09 21:14
Firstly, no need to be rude. Secondly, clearly I can recognise the difference; I just said it. I assumed you thought that it was FaZe NiKo, as you had mentioned rain, niko and karrigan - i.e. all of the members of the previous FaZe lineup that are mentioned in this article - together, implying that there is some sort of link
2019-05-09 21:37
#68
TenZ | 
Germany miinus 
1iq Brit with superiority complex
2019-05-10 08:10
Bloody hell, I was just trying to be helpful...
2019-05-10 08:14
why should i ? o nvm british flag
2019-05-10 14:27
Why should you what? Not be rude? Expected from closet German
2019-05-14 12:38
#36
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United States @FyreCS 
+ 111!
2019-05-09 20:15
nice
2019-05-09 19:25
#3
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North America ZachS721 
Cool
2019-05-09 19:25
#5
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India Tritium 
F5
2019-05-09 19:26
Wp
2019-05-09 19:26
#7
yuurih | 
Russia shternz 
nice design lol
2019-05-09 19:26
#9
nitr0 | 
United Kingdom Jim3110 
+1
2019-05-09 19:26
#10
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Netherlands Son_of_chrisj 
mouzzzz
2019-05-09 19:26
good photos
2019-05-09 19:27
#14
NiKo | 
Asia LustBoi 
lul this is way better
2019-05-09 19:27
major flamie strikes again
2019-05-09 19:27
#16
woxic | 
Turkey tigrit0 
merhaba televole
2019-05-09 19:31
wtf these graphics very unfriendly to eyes old looked better
2019-05-09 19:31
#22
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Europe Cr3eP_70 
Agree 100%
2019-05-09 19:44
#18
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Russia Ilyichee 
god niko
2019-05-09 19:32
#19
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Germany Neckarstadion 
refrezh's dip was because of his hairstyle, I guarantee it.
2019-05-09 19:32
#20
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
nice memes striker
2019-05-09 19:33
-flamie+sdy reformed
2019-05-09 19:38
#24
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Germany Fasticination 
where is brollan?
2019-05-09 19:53
Rain lmao "The Norwegian is recovering now with four solid events in a row, which includes an EVP-worthy performance which played a key part in FaZe's title run at BLAST Pro Series Miami, making his last-three-months average rating the highest since July last year." yeah let's forget Sidney
2019-05-09 20:01
Did you even read the Headline?
2019-05-09 20:07
"The player stock shift is back with a breakdown of the last two months' biggest movers from events such as the BLAST Pro Series stops in São Paulo and Miami, StarSeries i-League Season 7, and IEM Sydney."
2019-05-09 20:09
Your point being?
2019-05-09 20:38
#48
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Korea SpO_oK 
Why are you dignifying his comment with a response
2019-05-09 20:48
[10 bootlicker points has been awarded to your account]
2019-05-09 21:00
Striker Pog
2019-05-09 21:11
karrigan Pog
2019-05-09 20:08
#40
ropz | 
Russia Odegov 
ropz <3 VAMOUZ
2019-05-09 20:27
#50
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Switzerland hanniba1fade 
mouzzz hype refrezh played better just recently btw
2019-05-09 21:01
the article feels so old school for some reason, like im getting that early 2010 vibe here
2019-05-09 21:05
I was gonna make fun of you but it’s nearly been a decade...
2019-05-14 12:43
haha :D
2019-05-14 15:17
flamie bot
2019-05-09 21:14
forza rain
2019-05-09 23:24
#64
JW | 
United States Deso1ation 
Where is coldzera lol he had been a beast recently
2019-05-10 00:07
Xyp9x and gla1ve down? RIP ASTRALIS ERA
2019-05-10 00:10
#67
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Czech Republic Dur4ngo 
EZ4FROZEN
2019-05-10 06:23
#72
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Finland Jonesb 
Aerial falling btw
2019-05-12 00:29
#73
Russia wedl 
dat is really lol. he read this note and rape blast
2019-05-12 00:33
Yeah but he doesn’t perform well outside of Miami, does he?
2019-05-14 12:46
#82
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Finland Jonesb 
Are you drunk?
2019-05-14 20:53
I meant Madrid, haha. Before Madrid there were threads to kick Aerial, so I just think it still makes sense for his stock to drop despite his recent good performance.
2019-05-14 21:10
#86
Frankie | 
Finland jUPPE! 
This prediction didn't age well. LUL
2019-05-14 21:11
#90
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Netherlands gelm1r 
Because of 1 shit event called BLAST? LUL
2019-05-17 23:56
#91
Aerial | 
Finland iFatal 
How's moosesports doing? LUL
2019-05-19 11:43
#92
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Netherlands gelm1r 
How's ence doing in at MDL? LUL
2019-05-19 12:38
#93
Aerial | 
Finland iFatal 
Why dont men take part in womens leagues?
2019-05-19 12:39
#94
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Netherlands gelm1r 
Idk because it's unfair for men?
2019-05-19 12:40
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