Player stock shift: July-September

The penultimate edition of 2019's Player stock shift series is here with a total of 21 movers — the most we have had ever since starting the series in January 2018.

Although we are considering a three-month period in players' performances this time, the increase in events hasn't been as noticeable due to the month-long off-season, during which no significant tournaments took place as the top teams went on a break in preparation for the StarLadder Major.

Apart from one of the two biggest tournaments of the year, where most of the 21 movers played, the July-September period hosted a staple competition in ESL One Cologne alongside several other notable events which were in consideration for this edition of the stock shift. That includes two BLAST Pro Series stops in Los Angeles and Moscow, IEM Chicago, the V4 Future Sports Festival, and ESL One New York, all of which had their say in at least one of the last three months' rising and falling players.

Denmark Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth

Xyp9x's individual level suffered a big blow after Astralis ended their dominant era with a win at BLAST Pro Series São Paulo, as a period of struggles for both the individual and the team followed, resulting in the clutch minister's stock falling back in April. He didn't take long to recover, as his streak of below-average events came to an end at ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals, with the 24-year-old earning three EVP mentions at each event Astralis played at since: ESL One Cologne, StarLadder Major, and ESL One New York.

Russia Dzhami "Jame" Ali
Kazakhstan Timur "buster" Tulepov

With Jame putting in some impressive performances such as at last year's EPICENTER or earlier this year at the IEM Katowice Major — for which he earned a place as one of the rising players of April —, it was only a matter of time before the Russian AWPer became an MVP holder. He reached that goal earlier in September, when he followed up an EVP-worthy showing in AVANGAR's surprising run to second place at the StarLadder Major with even better play at BLAST Pro Series Moscow, earning his first medal in the process.

Though missing a physical award for his efforts, buster played a big part in the Kazakhstani team's huge success, as well, playing a sidekick role and at times even outperforming his teammate over the course of the two tournaments.

Russia Bogdan "xsepower" Chernikov

While we're on the topic of the StarLadder Major and BLAST Pro Series Moscow: forZe might have missed out on a spot in the New Legends stage, but we still saw xsepower fulfill his undeniable potential with some flawless play in Berlin, putting up 1.00+ ratings across all seven maps the team played there, and add a respectable tournament on top while the Russian side made it to the final in their home country.

Australia Christopher "dexter" Nong

Another entry from the Berlin Major, the in-game leader of Grayhound turned some heads in the New Challengers stage in Germany while the team had their last hurrah with Erdenetsogt "erkaSt" Gantulga, playing some of the best Counter-Strike we've seen from him at such a level as they just missed out on a spot in the New Legends stage with a close loss to Vitality, in which dexter carried the Aussie side to a map victory on Overpass.

Bulgaria Tsvetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov

CeRq was last a part of the stock shift at the end of 2018, in November, when he showcased some of the form we had seen from him earlier in the year. Throughout 2019 he has fluctuated a bit as NRG's secondary to tertiary star, but we believe he deserves a bump up again after the team's latest tournaments: the StarLadder Major, where the Bulgarian was close to earning an EVP, and ESL One New York in particular, as he put up a career-high big-event rating with a performance rivaling Vincent "Brehze" Cayonte's under the Evil Geniuses banner, in the end losing the MVP race to his teammate.

Denmark Benjamin "blameF" Bremer

As one of just three players on the list not to play at the StarLadder Major, one of the recent Complexity additions, blameF, makes his first appearance on the stock shift after impressing while he was still a part of Heroic, leading the Danish squad both tactically and on the scoreboard throughout their run to a top-eight finish at ESL One Cologne and at IEM Chicago, where they challenged the likes of ENCE and Vitality.

Denmark Lucas "Bubzkji" Andersen

Another one is Bubzkji, who has looked like a completely different player under Tricked's banner compared to his time with Fragsters in 2018. After putting up some good numbers on the lower tier lately with Nicolai "HUNDEN" Petersen & co., the 21-year-old showed up in great form at the V4 Future Sports Festival to earn his first MVP award, helping the team surprise the competition and hoist the trophy in Budapest.

Sweden Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson

Although NiP have hardly looked stable over the past few months with roster issues plaguing them up until the recent addition of Simon "twist" Eliasson, Lekr0 has been able to recover from a poor first half of 2019, during which he couldn't break the 1.00 rating barrier for seven events in a row. Since ESL One Cologne, the Swede has looked improved despite the team's horrible showing at the Major, putting up better numbers overall and some especially impressive maps at BLAST Pro Series Moscow up against AVANGAR and Natus Vincere.

Ukraine Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev

I know, it's difficult to imagine s1mple falling, a player that has been an absolute benchmark for what an individual can do for almost two years now, but that is where he currently stands. It's not as dramatic as the Ukrainian definitively losing the status of the best player in the world, we aren't there yet, but he has certainly shown signs of slowing down over the past few months, not hitting his incredible peaks as consistently and even putting in his lowest-rated event in years at BLAST Pro Series Moscow. Though it was still a respectable 1.06 rating, we simply hold the Na`Vi superstar to much higher standards than most.

Denmark Emil "Magisk" Reif

Speaking of difficult-to-uphold standards, the case of Magisk has been similar in the second-to-third quarter of the year, as the 21-year-old used to contend for the highest accolades around the brink of 2018 to 2019 with MVP medals from BLAST Pro Series Lisbon and the IEM Katowice Major, but he hasn't quite looked like the same dominant player since despite still playing at a very high level.

Finland Jani "Aerial" Jussila

Aerial's stock has already fallen once this year after his level dipped around April, and despite an MVP-worthy performance at BLAST Pro Series Madrid in what was the Finn's career-best event, he continues to deteriorate as the year progresses, dropping below the 1.00 rating mark over the last three months due to a particularly underwhelming BLAST stop in Moscow and a rather unimpressive run at ESL One New York.

Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola "NiKo" Kovač
Norway Håvard "rain" Nygaard
Brazil Marcelo "coldzera" David

FaZe found themselves in the worst shape all year long after the long period of uncertainty around the roster, which resulted in two changes as Helvijs "broky" Saukants and coldzera took Filip "NEO" Kubski's and Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács's places on the lineup. NiKo hadn't been at his best before he welcomed two new teammates to the roster, and things have so far only grown worse as the Bosnian hit the lowest point of his career at ESL One New York.

Just as shockingly, coldzera put up a career-worst event of his own in his first stint with FaZe, adding on to the underwhelming last tournaments with MIBR. Meanwhile, rain was back in good shape in the first half of the year, but the last few months have seen him dip into the red zone again, so he falls too.

France Dan "apEX" Madesclaire
United Kingdom Alex "ALEX" McMeekin

Vitality's success during the second quarter of the year saw apEX and ALEX often step up to play the second star to Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut, but more recently both players have been putting in significantly lower numbers while the French side struggled to keep contending for titles despite managing deep runs, with both the entry fragger and the in-game leader striking out with poor showings to end the previous season at IEM Chicago.

Netherlands Chris "chrisJ" de Jong
Denmark Finn "karrigan" Andersen

mousesports got off to a good start half a year ago on the back of the young talents' fragging power coupled with an improved individual output from the elders, chrisJ and karrigan. However, the promising beginnings have now dwindled away as the European side failed to make it to playoffs at ESL One Cologne and at the StarLadder Major and couldn't live up to the status of one of the favorites at V4 Future Sports Festival, while the two veterans have reverted to their pre-2019 form.

Lithuania Rokas "EspiranTo" Milasauskas

EspiranTo was featured in the stock shift three times in the first half of 2018 when he was still playing for Imperial, showing a lot of power as a potential future star. However, it is way past time we recognized that he simply isn't a star player in CR4ZY, as he shows up in peak form much less consistently than before while others like Nemanja "nexa" Isaković, Nemanja "huNter-" Kovač, and Otto "ottoNd" Sihvo tend to outperform him.

Turkey Ismailcan "XANTARES" Dörtkardeş

Similarly, XANTARES has been nowhere near the same star player we've come to know from previous years, as in BIG the performances we've come to know the Turkish player for during his time with Space Soldiers have been far too scarce throughout 2019 while the German-majority team went through multiple changes.

Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.20
Maps played:
1053
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
Turkey Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş
Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.21
Maps played:
1007
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
Serbia Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
942
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Latvia Helvijs 'broky' Saukants
Helvijs 'broky' Saukants
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
219
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.12
Mongolia Erdenetsogt 'erkaSt' Gantulga
Erdenetsogt 'erkaSt' Gantulga
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
649
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Denmark Lucas 'Bubzkji' Andersen
Lucas 'Bubzkji' Andersen
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
592
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
766
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.14
Finland Otto 'ottoNd' Sihvo
Otto 'ottoNd' Sihvo
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
635
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Sweden Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1214
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1509
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
Australia Christopher 'dexter' Nong
Christopher 'dexter' Nong
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
609
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1108
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Poland Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1681
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.17
Kazakhstan Timur 'buster' Tulepov
Timur 'buster' Tulepov
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
787
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1449
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1523
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
841
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
United States Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
801
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
Denmark Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
331
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.16
Russia Bogdan 'xsepower' Chernikov
Bogdan 'xsepower' Chernikov
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
495
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.59
APR:
0.09
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1050
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.10
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
28
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1440
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
960
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Russia Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
658
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.55
APR:
0.09
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
829
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.10
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1559
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.17
Finland Jani 'Aerial' Jussila
Jani 'Aerial' Jussila
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
526
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.30
Maps played:
522
KPR:
0.87
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1139
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Denmark Nicolai 'HUNDEN' Petersen
Nicolai 'HUNDEN' Petersen
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.81
Maps played:
1501
KPR:
0.55
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
906
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.13
Lithuania Rokas 'EspiranTo' Milasauskas
Rokas 'EspiranTo' Milasauskas
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
655
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.11
#1
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Europe JuliusCaesar 
bananas
2019-10-01 10:52
C U C U M B E R
2019-10-01 10:53
Faze LUL
2019-10-01 11:36
Hey hottie
2019-10-01 11:45
Cold hasn’t played in 3 months why is he on here
2019-10-01 16:13
a u b e r g i n e
2019-10-01 11:40
#12
osama | 
Nigeria H4RNNN 
tomatod
2019-10-01 10:59
#2
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Sweden Unluko 
Bnger
2019-10-01 10:53
#3
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Hong Kong j0sean 
Fantasy when
2019-10-01 10:53
#7
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Brazil assisz 
+1
2019-10-01 10:54
#4
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
s1mple falling omg
2019-10-01 10:53
#10
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Bulgaria No_1One 
expected
2019-10-01 10:59
#6
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Australia sad_faze_fan 
Ok
2019-10-01 10:54
#8
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Korea ecsta_s1 
what
2019-10-01 10:54
#9
United States hdz` 
ayy lets go. ITS JAME TIME
2019-10-01 10:57
#11
osama | 
Nigeria H4RNNN 
jame time
2019-10-01 10:59
#13
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Lithuania verslininkas 
Niko so bad lmaoo faze too
2019-10-01 10:59
#14
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Poland kkkkkkkkkkkkk 
expected from bottares
2019-10-01 10:59
#15
fer | 
Brazil HLTVmarker 
xantares at lan kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
2019-10-01 11:00
Fantasy still not out :(
2019-10-01 11:00
Skipped
2019-10-01 11:45
Nice username
2019-10-04 09:36
Is true
2019-10-04 12:22
Even me
2019-10-04 13:36
#17
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Hungary subzera 
expected for s1mple when ur stuck to navi
2019-10-01 11:01
+1
2019-10-01 13:08
guacamole penis
2019-10-01 11:01
where's liazz????
2019-10-01 11:01
#20
Xyp9x | 
Denmark Khronov 
S0mple lul Baitzera lul Botko lul Onlinetares lul
2019-10-01 11:06
Oh and you forgot bot9x
2019-10-01 13:14
#46
Xyp9x | 
Denmark Khronov 
Mad coz no bot9x in falling stock list axaxaxaxa
2019-10-01 16:06
losinK bo5 to Evil Geniuses LOL no name team LOL
2019-10-01 16:08
#48
Xyp9x | 
Denmark Khronov 
Eg no name team? Axaxaxa Eg>ence
2019-10-01 16:09
XaXa i arentz thinkz thatZ
2019-10-01 16:12
JAMPPI STONKS ALWAYS RISING KKKK
2019-10-01 11:12
Cold worst investment :D haha . maximal expensive shit
2019-10-01 11:21
dexter is really underrated, hopefully a big org picks him up soon, dude has been hard carrying Grayhound (3 out of 5 matches he was the highest rated player in the Major, 1 match he was the second highest and one match the 3rd highest), probably their most consistent player and on top of that he is an IGL
2019-10-01 11:18
#26
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Australia Chereska 
+1
2019-10-01 11:24
#25
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United Kingdom zakariin 
XAN will come back to wreck face.
2019-10-01 11:24
P1MPLE CHOKO(BOTKO(NIBOT)) XAAXAXAXAXAX
2019-10-01 11:26
lmao noobs
2019-10-01 11:41
#32
Sakura | 
Japan Ron1E 
Imagine s1mple falling so hard since last time and still top5 player lul
2019-10-01 11:45
xantares who?
2019-10-01 11:59
How do you not know worlds worse player?
2019-10-01 12:03
#35
AZR | 
Australia maarket 
liazz?
2019-10-01 12:00
s0mple bot mouz can't even beat Virtus Pro FaZe nice transfers lul
2019-10-01 12:18
Jani "we wanted more firepower" Jussilas showing example.
2019-10-01 12:29
Jani "allu is always trying out new stuff, with Aleksib we just did the same executes" Jussila
2019-10-01 13:15
has brehze ever been mentioned in these stocks? this is probably the 5th time I see xyp9x
2019-10-01 12:55
noob only can rise cuz they got nowhere to fall brehze just kept beasting for long time
2019-10-01 13:05
yeah but he's a top5 player right now, he wasn't even in the top20 last year, if that's not rising I don't know what it is
2019-10-01 13:10
#42
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Korea MadnessUsage 
Olofmeister up kd Why HLTV not add this top dude?
2019-10-01 13:09
Faze starring the loser team
2019-10-01 19:48
#52
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Bulgaria BlindBG11 
LUL
2019-10-03 11:30
#54
shox | 
Korea Jew2K 
Surprised stewie isnt falling
2019-10-04 09:38
#57
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Turkey Elusivee 
good
2019-10-06 14:48
#58
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Singapore FallBlade 
STONKS
2019-10-06 18:33
stonks
2019-10-08 20:38
bot s1mple axaxaxaxa
2019-10-09 15:31
aerial snake and bad
2019-10-10 11:50
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