Player stock shift: October-December

The last edition of the year of the player stock shift is here as we look at the last three months of competition and its rising and falling players.

The final three months of the year hosted a large variety of tournaments, including eight Big Events, such as DreamHack Masters Malmö, StarSeries i-League Season 8 and the finals the ESL Pro League and ECS, as well as a smattering of other notable competitions, like the CS:GO Asia Championships and cs_summit 5.

Two legends of the game struggled in the last quarter

We've gone through the numbers again to see who played better than expected and who underperformed in the final quarter of 2019. We found five risers and 10 players who plummeted, with staple names such as Nikola "NiKo" Kovač, Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács, and Richard "shox" Papillon under the spotlight in the last stock shift of the year.

Brazil Kaike "KSCERATO" Cerato

KSCERATO has been a name on many lips since started making waves in the scene, earlier this year. We feel that this is the right time to reinforce the hype after the Brazilian star added some more impressive performances to his resumé over the last few months, putting up 1.20+ ratings at some of the biggest tournaments of the latter half of the year: ESL One Cologne, DreamHack Masters Malmö, and StarSeries i-League Season 8.

Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola "NiKo" Kovač

NiKo was among the falling players of September after his form had taken a hit in the third quarter of 2019, and although FaZe's new lineup still struggled for consistency, the Bosnian looked in much better shape again, most notably winning his second MVP of the year at BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen.

Sweden Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson

KRIMZ also makes a reappearance from earlier in the year, after a tough period that had seen him and fnatic plummet. After the new lineup was put together in September, the bearded Swede made a recovery with a leading performance in the team's successful DreamHack Masters Malmö campaign and some standout displays at the ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals.

Denmark Casper "cadiaN" Møller

cadiaN's fruitless period with North resulted in the AWPer's stock falling late last year as he rarely ever got out of the red zone with the lions, but after he joined Heroic and gave up the mantle of the in-game leader this October, the 24-year-old became a solid contributor, recording team-leading showings at DreamHack Open Atlanta and EPICENTER.

Australia Jay "Liazz" Tregillgas

Liazz was in a similar position as the Dane in the middle of the year while Renegades had a hard time getting wins on the board, but his form improved significantly after the break and he was a big part of the team's journey to a top-four finish at the StarLadder Major and to their first Big-Event final at IEM Beijing, helping the team now known as 100 Thieves redeem themselves late in the year.

United States Vincent "Brehze" Cayonte
United States Tarik "tarik" Celik

Evil Geniuses had a turbulent end to the year, attending a staggering eight events over the course of the last three months and falling everywhere on the spectrum when it comes to results, as they got eliminated early a few times but also went far in other cases, highlighted by a win at StarSeries i-League Season 8. Two of their players hit a rut during that period, with Brehze's incredible consistency from earlier in the year nowhere to be seen, while tarik stayed in the red in the last five events.

Canada Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken
United States Nick "nitr0" Cannella

Similarly, Liquid went through an up-and-down period between October and December, at least considering the standards the North American team had set in the first half of the year, when they had gone on their massive winning streak. Twistzz and nitr0 were perhaps the furthest from their old level in the last quarter, during which both players had some year-long lows.

Russia Dzhami "Jame" Ali
Kazakhstan Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev

The last quarter also saw one of 2019's head-turning players, Jame, dip after an admirable nine months, with the Russian star unable to stay in top shape on a consistent basis. Meanwhile, after AdreN had spent the first half of the year alongside FaZe in his first stint with an international squad, the veteran's return to a Russian-speaking lineup only saw his form sink.

Finland Jere "sergej" Salo

Since bringing in Miikka "suNny" Kemppi, ENCE as a whole have certainly not looked up to par with their level from earlier in the year. Although everyone from the Finnish team seems to have suffered, one of the main stars, sergej, has not been able to maintain his usual output, recording two of his worst events at BLAST Pro Series Moscow and IEM Beijing.

Slovakia Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács

The last stretches of the year were not kind to some of the legends of the game. First and foremost it's GuardiaN, who returned to Natus Vincere in September after a long stint with FaZe and looked a shadow of his former self as he seemed to be in the worst shape of his career after particularly underwhelming StarSeries and EPICENTER showings.

France Richard "shox" Papillon

shox follows in the same footsteps as he, too, had a tough ending to the year after leaving G2 for Vitality. Several poor series, especially in Turkey and Russia, saw the French legend's numbers suffer a big hit with the new team in spite of their title-winning campaign at EPICENTER.

United States Timothy "autimatic" Ta

As an organization, Cloud9 likely had their worst year in CS:GO after changing the lineup several times. autimatic was the only player to go through it all, and he was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dark resumé in the first half of the year, but after he joined forces with Damian "daps" Steele's new lineup under the blue banner his old form simply disappeared.

Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1469
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1244
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Canada Damian 'daps' Steele
Damian 'daps' Steele
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
933
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1600
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1241
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Finland Jere 'sergej' Salo
Jere 'sergej' Salo
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
567
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Kazakhstan Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1469
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Brazil Kaike 'KSCERATO' Cerato
Kaike 'KSCERATO' Cerato
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
499
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.57
APR:
0.12
Russia Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
720
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.56
APR:
0.09
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
966
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
Australia Jay 'Liazz' Tregillgas
Jay 'Liazz' Tregillgas
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
711
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.16
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1030
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1169
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
United States Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1014
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Finland Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1078
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1407
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
United States Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
870
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
#1
Bullen | 
Sweden Ullared 
Hi happy new year all, and thank you all for this wondwrfill year!
2019-12-31 18:44
#8
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Sweden Unluko 
Thx
2019-12-31 18:46
Very
2019-12-31 18:47
much
2019-12-31 19:02
#53
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Denmark Cleandog 
The
2020-01-01 03:08
#55
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Australia Chereska 
New
2020-01-01 03:39
Year
2020-01-01 03:55
#60
f0rest | 
China hzxhl16 
slut
2020-01-01 04:50
#63
s0m | 
Latvia `DinGo 
yea
2020-01-01 10:25
#64
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Denmark Cleandog 
go
2020-01-01 12:26
#67
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Denmark RUZUR 
see
2020-01-01 13:47
#70
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Denmark Cleandog 
for
2020-01-01 21:04
#31
Kriegs | 
Brazil DinooxP 
wow u bacccc
2019-12-31 19:41
#35
Bullen | 
Sweden Ullared 
Finally bro! He is missed drink
2019-12-31 20:40
#61
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United States Azuhh 
not u
2020-01-01 06:33
#15
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United States Frotha 
Might be some correlation between Tarik playing like Dogshit and Brehze falling off
2019-12-31 18:48
#20
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United States Jeffcubed 
Ty ily
2019-12-31 18:51
Ty mens)))
2019-12-31 19:01
Ty women))
2019-12-31 20:38
#37
Bullen | 
Sweden Ullared 
Thank))
2019-12-31 20:39
#39
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Sweden New@ac@low@id 
same :D
2019-12-31 21:01
Thanks :) You too
2019-12-31 22:04
#3
Jame | 
Netherlands KarakurtJ 
Pog
2019-12-31 18:44
HLTV writers on overtime
2019-12-31 18:44
#9
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Myanmar xdcc 
or prepared it ahead of time
2019-12-31 18:46
I think your are right this time 😉
2019-12-31 18:47
Still probably took a long time.
2019-12-31 18:48
Lol I beat you by quite sometime 😎
2019-12-31 18:50
#5
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Switzerland rigoN 
POOGG
2019-12-31 18:45
#6
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Finland Cloud9_1_Major 
Adren xD
2019-12-31 18:45
#7
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Russia Fan_of_Putin 
PACANIIII S NOVIM GODOM KRSK/NOVOSIB/TOMSK i VSE OSTALNIE VSEGO LUCHEGO BRATANIII
2019-12-31 18:46
Teb9 toje brat, zdorov'ya, bud' schyasliv
2019-12-31 18:54
sps Fan of Putin
2019-12-31 18:57
#10
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Brazil gauIes 
ok
2019-12-31 18:47
#11
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Norway Maximilianmus 
Brollan?
2019-12-31 18:47
I would say huNter’s stock is increasing as well
2019-12-31 18:47
#16
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United States Frotha 
Kscerato’s impact rating lol How is it that skewed
2019-12-31 18:50
He’s a very passive player so he never gets opening or multi kills.
2019-12-31 19:03
WTF is a player stock???
2019-12-31 18:51
GOD LIAZZ CARRY POTTER
2019-12-31 18:53
#26
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Poland LiquidWater 
ladislaw suka guardian blyat kovac suka blyat is sooo bad should retire
2019-12-31 19:03
He will bounce back and rape some asses
2019-12-31 23:15
#28
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Serbia nocturnSRB 
where is bot2k
2019-12-31 19:17
#49
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Albania Number1awper 
already shit
2020-01-01 01:19
#50
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Serbia nocturnSRB 
true
2020-01-01 01:21
#29
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Europe obvious 
ropz? frozen? gg, hltv removing mouz from our memories or something
2019-12-31 19:20
+1
2020-01-01 13:26
#30
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Colombia MonstarX 
Falling stock, more like North American stock
2019-12-31 19:35
Half of the falling bot players are from NA. I would laugh but It's not like it wasn't expected.
2019-12-31 19:59
Falling stock: 2 players from EG 2 from Liquid yeah sounds about right smh.
2019-12-31 20:46
#44
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United States Frotha 
Tarik,Twistz, and Nitr0 have been Dog
2019-12-31 23:16
Tarik's actually not been playing that bad, nitr0 and twistz yeah can't argue those.
2019-12-31 23:17
#46
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United States Frotha 
2019-12-31 23:34
You can't really compare that stat, their entire team played awful in most of those lans so it's normal that tarik isn't going to have good stats when the entire rest of their team played shitty.
2019-12-31 23:41
#48
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United States Frotha 
.90 rating is actually terrible
2019-12-31 23:42
stonks
2019-12-31 22:24
#42
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India quad_max 
Feelsbadman for Autimatic
2019-12-31 22:37
ADREN NAMBA VAN! =)))
2020-01-01 01:34
#52
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Indonesia en1lykS 
Happy new year guys!
2020-01-01 03:03
#54
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Estonia encer 
But jame save how is this possible mens))
2020-01-01 03:30
Very interesting.
2020-01-01 03:58
#59
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Denmark OscarGF 
Expected from NA.
2020-01-01 03:59
#62
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United Kingdom Fizzhaz 
the fall
2020-01-01 08:54
GuardiaN 1.17 to 1.12 LOL
2020-01-01 12:29
From bad to worse
2020-01-01 14:54
XD!
2020-01-01 19:39
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