Player stock shift: May-June

The Player stock shift returns with the third edition of 2019, covering events of May and June such as BLAST Pro Series Madrid, DreamHack Masters Dallas, ECS Season 7 Finals, and ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals.

Last time, we made the cut-off following IEM Sydney to recognize some of the biggest movers from the previous two months, and that is where we pick up with the newest edition of the stock shift, which covers quite a large variety of tournaments.

Some of the entire year's biggest events such as DreamHack Masters Dallas and ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals as well as smaller-scale ones the likes of cs_summit 4 and DreamHack Opens in Tours and Jönköping took place over the last two months, all of which were considered for the third stock shift of 2019.

A total of 14 players are featured this time, hailing from teams residing in all echelons of the current top-30, with just two exceptions in the currently teamless Matthew "WARDELL" Yu and in João "felps" Vasconcellos, who has just traded places with Lucas "LUCAS1" Teles between MIBR and Luminosity.

France Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut

The first time ZywOo appeared in the stock shift, Vitality had just won their first LAN event, DreamHack Open Atlanta, on the back of the 18-year-old's amazing play at only his second international tournament. In the eight months that have passed since, he has shown the same capability when the stakes and competition were much higher, most notably earning his first MVPs from cs_summit 4 and ECS Season 7 Finals and an EVP at DreamHack Masters Dallas to push Vitality to greater heights.

United States Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski

As one of North America's best players and Liquid's main stars, EliGE has kept up a high level for the better part of the last three years. However, outside of two placings in the top-20 in a row, awards have eluded him — up until now, that is. The 21-year-old's improvement in 2019 has led to consecutive MVP-worthy showings at DreamHack Masters Dallas and ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals, which puts him above everyone else when it comes to big-event medals in 2019.

Denmark Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye

Kjaerbye is another first timer in this article series, but perhaps he should have been featured at some point this year due to an underwhelming period dating between November and April, when he went from being one of North's best-performing players to one of the worst. We are remedying that situation now by setting somewhat of a standard for the 21-year-old as he is returning to better form in the latest iteration of the Danish squad.

France François "AmaNEk" Delaunay

AmaNEk's beginnings in G2 looked like he was still adapting to a new position as his individual output plummeted, resulting in a falling appearance in the March-April release of the stock shift. The last two months have seen him bounce back while the French side made a return to the big stages with a 5th-6th placing at DreamHack Masters Dallas and a runners-up finish at ESL Pro League Season 9 finals, where G2's newest addition was their best and second-best player, respectively.

United Kingdom Alex "ALEX" McMeekin

Similarly, ALEX's first events with Vitality put him at the bottom of the team, statistically, as he struggled to find form after joining the French squad. Shortly after taking up leadership, the Briton has been looking much more comfortable, with the squad's latest title-winning run at ECS Season 7 Finals even earning him a high EVP placing.

United States Ethan "Ethan" Arnold

Ethan makes his second-ever appearance following a rise to stardom back in May 2018, when he started proving himself one of North America's hottest prospects immediately after linking up with NRG. Although he is still an above-average player, the 19-year-old isn't quite up to par with that level as May and June have seen him drop off while the squad were on a tight schedule, attending four tournaments within one month.

Denmark Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså

valde was seen by many as the best Danish player outside of Astralis in 2018, which was further fueled by his top-20 placing at the end of the year, and he continued to play up to that standard as the calendar turned to 2019 and the first events took place.

After Casper "cadiaN" Møller was let go, valde took up the mantle of the team's in-game leader following underwhelming results and, somewhat opposite to Kjaerbye, his individual level deteriorated at the first three tournaments. If his ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals showing, featuring some impressive play in close matches with Liquid and MIBR, is any indication, the former Heroic member might be on the way to a very quick recovery and we will keep an eye on that, but he falls for now.

Sweden Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson

KRIMZ last showed up on the list as one of November's risers following a resurgence of himself and the whole of fnatic at IEM Chicago with their then-new lineup. He has since fluctuated a little, though not enough so to warrant a spot in the falling players until now, when he recorded his two lowest-rated events since September at DreamHack Masters Dallas and ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals.

Canada Matthew "WARDELL" Yu

WARDELL impressed back in August 2018 with impactful play against some of the world's best teams, leading Ghost in a couple of big upsets and surprises. Although he has had some more great maps in tough matchups over the next few months, more recently he has been lacking some of those performances while the team was heading for disbandment, as all of his teammates' contracts expired.

Jordan Issa "ISSAA" Murad

ISSAA's sole previous appearance came in May of 2018 following his run to the losing MVP at DreamHack Open Tours and a couple of impressive big-event showings beforehand, which set him up for a great first year at the top as he played the role of a sidekick to Özgür "woxic" Eker in HellRaisers. Since his last event alongside the Turk, IEM Katowice, ISSAA hasn't quite been looking like his former self, even recording his lowest-rated tournament ever in Montpellier.

Brazil João "felps" Vasconcellos

The recreation of the 2017 SK roster hasn't gone according to plan for MIBR. felps has been cut once again after hitting poor form reminiscent of the last time he had been removed from the same lineup nearly two years ago, as the finals of ECS Season 7 and ESL Pro League Season 9 rank just as low on his resumé as his last two tournaments as part of SK (excluding his temporary return for the ELEAGUE Major).

Sweden Fredrik "REZ" Sterner
Sweden Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson
Sweden Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund

NiP have been going through a rough patch with finishes outside of the playoffs at four of the last five tournaments they attended, which has already resulted in a lineup change as Dennis "dennis" Edman was replaced by Nicolas "Plopski" Gonzalez Zamora while the team is also figuring out GeT_RiGhT's future on the roster. However, it isn't just the veteran who has been looking in poor shape throughout this period, with eight tournaments in a row rated below 1.00 (far below, in most cases), as Lekr0 is in a similar boat with seven in a row, while REZ has also fallen off in the past three months with just one good event in the last six.

Canada Matthew 'WARDELL' Yu
Matthew 'WARDELL' Yu
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
489
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.10
Brazil João 'felps' Vasconcellos
João 'felps' Vasconcellos
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
725
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.16
Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
817
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Sweden Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez Zamora
Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez Zamora
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
501
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1279
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
France François 'AmaNEk' Delaunay
François 'AmaNEk' Delaunay
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
545
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Jordan Issa 'ISSAA' Murad
Issa 'ISSAA' Murad
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
519
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
901
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.11
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
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1594
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1322
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
802
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
United States Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
700
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.31
Maps played:
482
KPR:
0.88
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Brazil Lucas 'LUCAS1' Teles
Lucas 'LUCAS1' Teles
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
748
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
866
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.13
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
978
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
826
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Turkey Özgür 'woxic' Eker
Özgür 'woxic' Eker
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
668
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
#1
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Poland Frytekooo 
zywoo is the beast
2019-07-01 12:15
#4
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Austria shaakeh 
expected
2019-07-01 12:15
+1
2019-07-01 12:18
Cry
2019-07-01 12:20
xd
2019-07-01 13:25
#2
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Austria shaakeh 
sesL #1
2019-07-01 12:15
#3
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United States aust_h 
stonks
2019-07-01 12:15
#5
n0thing | 
Finland no_man 
nice
2019-07-01 12:15
#6
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Germany v0l1t 
Nip lulw
2019-07-01 12:15
Rip ISSAA
2019-07-01 12:16
KJB!
2019-07-01 12:16
#9
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Norway Real_Brunstad 
Fak
2019-07-01 12:16
#10
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Belgium jorneiro 
Not putting scream as rising stock hltv knoobs showing their bias once again
2019-07-01 12:16
what have he done ? lmao .
2019-07-01 12:20
#33
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Sweden Guaranteed 
+1
2019-07-01 12:28
#52
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Indonesia Lya 
-1 +2
2019-07-01 13:16
#49
nitr0 | 
Kazakhstan Justaguy 
Only bias there is you
2019-07-01 13:07
And you're obviously not biased at all
2019-07-01 13:26
believing hitting a few clips on lower tier teams means ScreaM deserves to be a rising player biased belgian gamerlegion fan shows their bias once again
2019-07-01 13:37
#83
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United Kingdom Klashnekoff 
8/8
2019-07-05 10:26
Nigga big penis
2019-07-01 12:16
#12
kennyS | 
Germany striXSy 
WHERE IS KENNYS?
2019-07-01 12:17
On the watchlist for the time being, if he keeps up his form from EPL he will make an appearance next time
2019-07-01 12:20
On which side?
2019-07-01 12:21
#59
kennyS | 
Germany striXSy 
Rising for sure
2019-07-01 13:27
#13
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Estonia Mrkruvi 
no NiP :(
2019-07-01 12:17
3 players from NiP in falling stock :/
2019-07-01 12:18
expected valde to drop after took igl role
2019-07-01 12:18
It was a wrong decision imo
2019-07-01 12:18
i bet he will be irelevant in 2 years and he is wasting his prime atm
2019-07-01 12:20
+1
2019-07-01 12:21
#18
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Russia Antist 
nip watdoink woke up
2019-07-01 12:19
#26
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African Union mikecool 
I find the graphics with the players heads on top of each column quite comical. I don't know why...
2019-07-01 12:21
same
2019-07-01 12:23
#43
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Romania kr1tex 
+1
2019-07-01 12:49
#29
cR4zY | 
Myanmar xdcc 
RiP
2019-07-01 12:23
#30
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United States G0rd2k 
ZyWoO #1 player in the world. Change my mind
2019-07-01 12:24
#35
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Bangladesh drvken 
2019-07-01 12:33
#42
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Ukraine d1pal 
LUL
2019-07-01 12:49
where is ropz hallo
2019-07-01 12:26
zywoo lucky baiter
2019-07-01 12:27
#40
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Romania kr1tex 
Of course lul
2019-07-01 12:46
That's why you see clips of him like the 4k awp entry banana vs ENCE
2019-07-01 13:48
just some lucky shots, even I can make 4k like him
2019-07-01 14:12
no i cant cuz ur a trash bot
2019-07-01 14:14
??? nt french fangay
2019-07-01 14:15
trash bot try to pass 1500 elo then talk
2019-07-01 14:16
im top 100 in faceit nt
2019-07-01 14:17
#77
Dosia | 
Greenland Grobiz 
Nt NAF
2019-07-01 19:46
VALDE :/
2019-07-01 12:32
Basically whole nip
2019-07-01 12:34
#38
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Romania kr1tex 
Krimz God, why?
2019-07-01 12:45
#39
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Elige baby.
2019-07-01 12:45
sell them all and buy bitcoins!
2019-07-01 12:48
valde ruined by his role...
2019-07-01 12:55
#45
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Europe Cr3eP_70 
Alex?? If he made the list, where the hell are Cecil or Clarence, Waldo or Alfred... Unfair man...
2019-07-01 12:56
#48
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France LanaRhoades 
You are unfair , if you didn't saw how good he was at ECS then you're clearly a hater or u didn't watch bitch
2019-07-01 13:01
#70
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Europe Cr3eP_70 
I did. Actually I've seen it all. However, it's normal that we disagree. Thing is, I have high standards which, was clearly hard to keep at a low level tournament like it was ECS. Also, please do not address to me like you do to your mother or sister. I know it's hard for you (the low vs high standards thing) but give it a try. I know you feeling quite good today as your weekly bath was just 2 days ago but there's not reason to confuse me with your family...
2019-07-01 14:16
#74
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France LanaRhoades 
why did u say that : " I know you feeling quite good today as your weekly bath was just 2 days ago but there's not reason to confuse me with your family... " ? do you really think it would be funny lmaoooo ?
2019-07-01 15:25
shit
2019-07-01 12:58
#47
f0rest | 
Mongolia 22joyZz 
rez-getright-lekro lol
2019-07-01 12:59
Lol Briton, someone from Britain is a Brit, Briton is someone from Brittany
2019-07-01 13:10
Yh that's like some old English, as a Brit no one has ever said Briton,
2019-07-01 15:01
#84
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United Kingdom Klashnekoff 
Well said my anglo-saxon brother!
2019-07-05 10:28
#51
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Switzerland x676 
ISSAA without woxic... nothing
2019-07-01 13:16
#54
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Denmark fm100 
I think it’s unfair to put valde there
2019-07-01 13:22
krimz get back men
2019-07-01 13:26
sergej?
2019-07-01 13:27
Ocean?
2019-07-01 13:31
#62
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Austria TheClemi 
GOD Zywoo GOD ALEX
2019-07-01 13:40
ALEX is Vitality's IGL, no? For an IGL his stats are amazing. Best fragging IGL? He reminds me a lot of 1.6 Xizt. Just like Xizt back in 2011 I'd put ALEX in the top 5 best pros right now (not players, since IGL isn't really "playing").
2019-07-01 14:12
yes he is the igl
2019-07-01 14:15
#78
flusha | 
United States k3ar 
ALEX is apparently the IGL on T sides. NBK is the main IGL on CT side and T side Inferno. That's probably why ALEX is a much better CT player.
2019-07-01 19:49
stonks
2019-07-01 14:50
I'm so mad Vitality missed Amanek
2019-07-01 15:42
#86
AmaNEk | 
France ZywHere 
+1
2019-07-08 00:21
#76
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United States highlandyirr 
wtf get right best player :(
2019-07-01 17:02
where is astralis players? are they not falling?
2019-07-02 06:15
#80
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
shh its hltv. actually all of them dropped rating except dev2ce
2019-07-02 08:49
Where's niko
2019-07-04 20:07
#85
EliGE | 
Netherlands gelm1r 
nice to see 3 nip playing dropping in stock seems about right, though they should be even lower
2019-07-06 14:34
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