IEM Beijing: the EVPs
We have gone through player statistics and performances at IEM Beijing to present the Exceptionally Valuable Players (EVPs) of the Chinese tournament.
The Chinese capital city witnessed a nearly unprecedented run from Astralis, who allowed their opponents to reach double digits on only two out of nine maps while they went undefeated over the course of four series, hoisting their first trophy since the StarLadder Major to reclaim the No.1 spot in the ranking from Evil Geniuses on the following Monday as a result.
The Danes' in-game leader, Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander, came out of the $250,000 event with a career-first MVP award off the back of stunning performances from start to finish, and now it's time to look further at some of the other standouts from IEM Beijing to present you our seven EVP choices, six of which hail from the finalists, Astralis and 100 Thieves, and a single one from one of the losing semi-finalists, Vitality.
HLTV.org's EVP picks of IEM Beijing (by order):
device follows his teammate gla1ve in close proximity after an all-around amazing event from the AWPer, who was the only player of IEM Beijing to put up 1.15+ ratings on all maps, with all but one map even surpassing the 1.30 mark, amounting to an average 1.43 tournament rating; the second-highest behind his in-game leader.
Though not quite reaching the heights of gla1ve in the playoffs up against FaZe and 100 Thieves the second time around, which is where the eventual MVP made his case, device was hot on his heels in many ways with numbers such as 1.56 impact rating and 0.16 opening kills per round, and topped other charts, including kills per round (0.90), opening duel success (74.4%), and Terrorist-side rating (1.45).
Xyp9x enjoyed plenty of individual success during the Chinese tournament as well, complementing the more aggressive and impactful duo of gla1ve and device from the back with a consistent output and a couple of amazing peaks in matches against 100 Thieves, which saw him finish the event with a flawless record.
The 24-year-old stood out in the ways he normally does in his rather passive role when he is in form, in this case namely with the fewest deaths per round (0.43) and the most assists per round (0.20), which helped him amount to a fantastic 82.7% KAST (second-highest), and clutching (5 1vX situations won, tied second-most). Otherwise, he put in solid numbers across the board with 0.71 KPR, 78.2 ADR, and 1.17 rating, among others, which shows that he didn't sit by idly as the rest of the team did most of the work.
Magisk rounds out the Astralis show as their fourth player to be named EVP from IEM Beijing and one of just three overall to complete the tournament without ever dipping below the 1.00 rating mark, while recording 1.15+ ratings on seven out of nine maps the Danes played — and won — en route to the title.
He ended up with very similar statistics as Xyp9x with the fourth-highest rating (1.29), second-fewest deaths per round (0.49), second-most clutches (5), and a tournament-high 83.2% KAST, along with above-average numbers in KPR (0.72), ADR (78.7), and impact rating (1.17).
100 Thieves reached their first Big Event final in Beijing and it was largely the doing of three players, first and foremost Liazz, who continues an impressive recovery from a rather sub-par end of the last season to earn his first-ever EVP mention as one of the leading figures behind the Australian side's historic showing.
The 22-year-old had a great start to the tournament in the group stage with incredible highs in 100 Thieves' two matches against ENCE that earned them a spot in the playoffs, where Liazz notably dropped off but still put up some respectable performances in the semi-final matchup with Vitality and the one-sided grand final affair with Astralis.
While for Liazz it was largely an immaculate group stage showing that earned him the mention, the opposite was the case for jks, who had an unremarkable group stage, recording 1.00+ ratings on just two out of the first six maps while his aforementioned teammate took over the carry role — though, importantly, both in the series wins versus ENCE.
Looking much more like the player we have been watching lead the way for his team all year long, the star more than made up for it in the semi-final affair against Vitality, where his 1.58 series rating, emphasized by a jaw-dropping 2.50-rated Inferno decider, pulled 100 Thieves over the finish line to put them in their first Big Event final. There, a good effort on the opening Vertigo against the Danes saw jks add another solid map to his resumé before dropping off again in the whitewashes on maps two and three.
jkaem was the last piece of the main trio and the most consistent of them all when it came to performance level in the group stage and in the playoffs, with some key displays in both stages (five 1.15+ ratings in the team's six wins over the course of the tournament) earning him a place among the exceptional players.
Although the most stable in that way, when it came to round-to-round play the Norwegian was a lot more volatile compared to the two teammates mentioned above as by far the most involved in opening duels (0.15 opening kills and 0.17 opening deaths), helping him rack up a high impact rating (1.27) along with tournament-leading six clutches but also showing in a lot of deaths (0.72 per round), which helps explain why he ended up last in the pecking order for his team.
ZywOo closes out the list thanks to yet another impressive tournament, in which he once again led Vitality's efforts as by far their highest-rated player of the team at 1.29 (and the tied fourth-highest of the competition with Magisk) as the French side made it to the semi-finals, in which they were eliminated at the hands of 100 Thieves.
The rookie superstar played a key part in four of Vitality's five wins in China, including three in the group stage against ViCi and FaZe and one in the semi-finals versus the Australians, attaining numbers like 89.1 ADR (third-most), 0.82 kills per round (third-most), 0.16 assists per round (fourth-most), and 0.17 opening kills per round (second-most).