ECS Season 7 Finals: the EVPs

ECS Season 7 Finals concluded last weekend with Vitality emerging victorious and Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut receiving the MVP award. We are taking another look at the $500,000 event's best players to reveal the six Exceptionally Valuable Players (EVPs).

ZywOo became a two-time MVP on Sunday after leading Vitality at ECS Season 7 Finals, where the French side took down FURIA in a one-sided grand final affair to hoist their second trophy in three weeks following their triumph at cs_summit 4.

Six players are an EVP richer after ECS Season 7 Finals

It's time to take a second look at the tournament's best players and present those who contributed most to their teams' runs with EVP awards. A total of six earned the honor this time, two of whom represent the winning side, one the runners-up, one from each of the semi-finalists, North and NRG, and a single player from those who did not make it to the bracket stage.

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

France Dan "apEX" Madesclaire
United Kingdom Alex "ALEX" McMeekin
Denmark Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye
United States Vincent "Brehze" Cayonte
Brazil Kaike "KSCERATO" Cerato
Denmark Nicolai "device" Reedtz

Vitality's apEX finishes atop the list, booking his first big-event EVP since StarSeries i-League Season 4 in February 2018, when he led G2 to their last playoffs finish before he was benched alongside Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt.

The Frenchman played the role of a secondary star to ZywOo in the early stages of the tournament held in London. An impressive level from apEX in both of Vitality's wins against Complexity propelled them into the playoffs, and he continued to put up great numbers in the bracket stage with 1.34 and 1.30 series ratings against NRG and FURIA, respectively.

In only his fifth attendance at a Big Event, his teammate ALEX has collected a career-first EVP from a tournament worthy of the status after playing a key role in Vitality's title-winning campaign at ECS Season 7 Finals.

Like apEX, ALEX maintained superb form in his team's victories, as his 1.30+ ratings in six out of eight maps won across the event go on to show. The recently-appointed in-game leader especially stood out in Vitality's group decider against Complexity as his team's highest-rated player there, and in the grand final versus FURIA, where he outshone apEX.

With his last big-event EVP dating back to his late Astralis days at the end of 2017, Kjaerbye is on a path back to stardom as by far North's best player at ECS Season 7 Finals, where the 21-year-old led the Danes to a semi-finals finish with an average rating of 1.24.

Kjaerbye put up consistent numbers over the entire tournament with all six maps rated 1.00 or above and was the difference maker in four of them, namely across the three-map series against Vitality, putting North in first place of their group, and in a losing effort against FURIA in the semi-finals.

Having missed out on an award at DreamHack Masters Dallas, Brehze obtains his third EVP in the four Big Events he has attended since March as statistically one of the very best players of ECS Season 7 Finals.

A stable level throughout NRG's run, in which they beat NiP and FURIA in two close encounters in the groups and finally fell short to Vitality in the semis, and a couple of big peaks against the Brazilian and French opponents saw Brehze finish the London tournament with the third-highest overall rating (1.24), as well as the most damage (95.5) and kills (0.89 per round).

KSCERATO joins ALEX in acquiring his first big EVP mention after ECS Season 7 Finals, where FURIA surprised everyone by beating Astralis twice, resulting in the Danes' first elimination in the group stage, and placing second following a loss to Vitality in the title decider.

The Brazilian does not look like a standout player by the raw numbers alone; none of FURIA's members do, as everyone aside from the 19-year-old finished below the 1.00 rating mark and his 1.04 barely breaks the top half of the participants, which speaks to the fashion in which the team made it as far as they did.

KSCERATO was his team's most consistent player on the way to the final with seven out of eight maps rated above 0.85, and was the key factor in two of their wins: in the first encounter with Astralis (1.42 rating in a 16-14 win on Nuke) and on the opening map of the semi-final against North (1.46 rating in a 16-11 win on Inferno). That put him in contention for the MVP before the final, but an underwhelming level in the title decider diminished his position, after all.

device rounds out the list as one of the rare cases in which a player eliminated in the group stage earns a mention as one of the tournament's best, which goes on to show how dominant the AWPer had been throughout ECS Season 7 Finals.

He never once dropped below a 1.00 rating, but more importantly he stood out as one of the best on the server on five occasions, which includes all three of Astralis' losses and their single win against FURIA, as well as one map in the one-sided victory versus NiP. A heroic effort from device ended with a number of appearances in the leaderboards, most notably placing first in overall contribution (79.5% KAST) and in opening duel success (83.3%), second in overall rating (1.37), average damage dealt (92.5), and deaths per round (0.56), and third in kills per round (0.85).

France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1599
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1326
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1259
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Brazil Kaike 'KSCERATO' Cerato
Kaike 'KSCERATO' Cerato
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.18
Maps played:
363
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.56
APR:
0.13
United States Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
723
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.31
Maps played:
446
KPR:
0.88
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
830
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.13
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1433
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
#1
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Argentina Chief02 
OK
2019-06-14 22:06
#9
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Austria shaakeh 
Kjaerbye <3
2019-06-14 22:07
#16
YEKINDAR | 
China lxxl2 
British EVP wtf
2019-06-14 22:10
#28
oBo | 
Germany 420stones 
Kjaebye left Astralis for North guys what a great move for astralis
2019-06-14 22:33
#29
oBo | 
Germany 420stones 
They couldn’t have done a year on top without him not being there, respect kjaebye for knowing when you should step down
2019-06-14 22:34
#32
YEKINDAR | 
China lxxl2 
0/9
2019-06-14 22:46
#63
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United Kingdom Fizzhaz 
UK CS BEST CS
2019-06-15 04:08
Markus "Snakebye" Kjærbye
2019-06-15 00:15
#19
Khaos | 
Sweden Unluko 
Easy for KSCERATO
2019-06-14 22:14
#20
Stewie2K | 
Europe Ron1e 
1.04 WTF
2019-06-14 22:14
#33
YEKINDAR | 
China lxxl2 
+1 hltv.br
2019-06-14 22:46
Lmaooooooooo 1.4 vs ast and north +all the cluches while snakebye guets evp for who knows what, shit rating, low impact other then pistols and jUGi was alot better
2019-06-15 00:17
#67
Stewie2K | 
Europe Ron1e 
1.36 vs Furia + Vitality x2 - a lot of impact kills, can solo take plant When kscerato get for what?? Oh, yeah, 1 or 2 clutches vs Astralis. Deserved EVP 👍
2019-06-15 07:26
quack
2019-06-14 23:24
#2
s1mple | 
Europe SQXZAF 
yes
2019-06-14 22:06
oof
2019-06-14 22:06
#4
dexter | 
Kazakhstan Mus1kkk 
Ez
2019-06-14 22:06
#5
Sidney | 
Poland XilentEM 
nice
2019-06-14 22:06
#6
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Spain loviac 
ez 4 zywoo
2019-06-14 22:06
Vitality boys doing me proud
2019-06-14 22:07
ez 4 uk cs alex
2019-06-14 22:07
Brehze my man!!
2019-06-14 22:07
#49
k0nfig | 
Germany Trax_ 
+111
2019-06-15 01:07
ecovice
2019-06-14 22:08
exitfragvice
2019-06-14 22:08
#50
k0nfig | 
Germany Trax_ 
vicevice😎
2019-06-15 01:08
#13
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Canada ZHF 
ez 4 alex
2019-06-14 22:08
#14
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Brazil 4raer 
k
2019-06-14 22:09
#15
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France Uexo 
Ez 4 apEX and ALEX
2019-06-14 22:10
1.04 rating EVP WTF
2019-06-14 22:13
Lul device
2019-06-14 22:14
>most notably placing first in overall contribution (79.5% KAST) and in opening duel success (83.3%), second in overall rating (1.37), average damage dealt (92.5), and deaths per round (0.56), and third in kills per round (0.85). First in opening duel success? BUT HLTV TOLD ME HE'S AN EXITFRAGGER? WTF
2019-06-14 22:16
hltv mad cuz bad
2019-06-14 22:26
having a good success rate doesn't mean he got a lot of opening duels :d
2019-06-14 22:52
It doesn't, but he did very well in that department with 0.15 OpKPR
2019-06-15 00:17
#58
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Europe Kilian_9047 
Mod replying pog
2019-06-15 02:24
#51
k0nfig | 
Germany Trax_ 
wtfmen)))😎
2019-06-15 01:08
exit fragger as well as eco hunter. stats check out
2019-06-15 08:05
#22
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Ukraine TBOY(2) 
RAPEX IS GREAT AGAIN
2019-06-14 22:16
ALEX LMFAO
2019-06-14 22:22
Device top15 this year even that they dont play so.many tournaments
2019-06-14 22:27
Ez top 10 at the very least, Astralis already won a major.
2019-06-15 08:51
#26
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United States ferric 
device evp for going out of groups LOOL
2019-06-14 22:28
HLTV DK FUVK
2019-06-14 22:30
#30
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France DesmondHumes 
DEVICE ???????? Yeah he played well but come on, eliminated in group stage anyway, happy 4 my boys apEX legend and Alex, they deserve it
2019-06-14 22:37
#52
k0nfig | 
Germany Trax_ 
device insane rating, should even be above kscerato tbh.
2019-06-15 01:10
1.37 rating over 6 maps is pretty insane tho
2019-06-15 05:43
BREHZE REAL MVP KJAERBYE BEST DENMARK AFTER VALDE
2019-06-14 22:38
I really like the device, but I do not really understand why it was chosen as an EVP, I think it's the first time that HLTV has elected EVP that did not make it to the playoff phase of a tournament, even though he was a monster, he left in a group stage , the most relevant part of the tournament are the playoffs, where is CeRq, JUGi?
2019-06-14 22:51
#36
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Serbia nocturnSRB 
ejpeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeex
2019-06-14 22:55
Lol device
2019-06-14 22:57
no yurihh?
2019-06-14 22:59
#39
DaZeD | 
Norway NoregNik 
Lul out in groups and gets an EVP xDDD
2019-06-14 23:11
#40
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Brazil Nickzim 
What the hell?! Device don't even went to the playoffs!
2019-06-14 23:13
CeRq: Semifinal Rating: 1.18 4º in Success in opening duels 67.6% 1º in AWP kills per round 0.43 3° in KAST 77% 1º in Opening kills per round 0.18 = No EVP :)
2019-06-14 23:17
#43
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France ModKap 
device: - eliminated in groups stage = EVP :)
2019-06-14 23:44
#44
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Brazil firMONSTER 
MA BOY, I LOVE AKSCERATO
2019-06-14 23:47
#45
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Denmark Snakebye 
ez
2019-06-15 00:11
HLTV sucking Device cock as usual, next.
2019-06-15 01:25
#59
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Europe Kilian_9047 
Mad bra71lian spotted
2019-06-15 02:26
#61
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Australia CaZeR01 
Its true tho
2019-06-15 03:09
Kscerato does not deserve an EVP for a team accomplishment
2019-06-15 01:35
#55
 | 
United States @FyreCS 
As much as I like Furia, Kscerato does not deserve an EVO mention sorry. Yurrih if anything deserves one
2019-06-15 01:57
#56
NBK- | 
Estonia BlameS 
Captain Alex ZULUL
2019-06-15 02:02
yuurih robbed
2019-06-15 02:04
Haha below 1.10 rating EVP so dumb
2019-06-15 02:27
Well he has a great impact to lead them to the finals along with kscerato
2019-06-15 03:31
#64
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Brazil gasparini11 
Vini??
2019-06-15 04:27
#66
 | 
Brazil ValberBastos 
Ez4Furia 2nd place
2019-06-15 05:44
#68
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Russia skydead37 
What? Device? He didn't get playoff and he got EVP? Well, it's not bad
2019-06-15 07:34
ez4device
2019-06-15 12:01
great players all of them
2019-06-15 12:23
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