Ax1Le wins ESL Pro League 13 MVP award
The young Russian beat a string of other top players to the award with some stellar performances in his team's second-place finish.
Gambit talent Sergey "Ax1Le" Rykhtorov has been named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of ESL Pro League Season 13 by HLTV.org. The 18-year-old won the race for the award thanks to his remarkable consistency and impact throughout the tournament, which he finished with a 1.28 rating, the third-highest overall.
Ax1Le was the clear favourite to scoop the honour leading into Sunday's grand final, and while he wasn't the top performer in the best-of-five marathon against Heroic - teammate Dmitry "sh1ro" Sokolov put in a series-high 1.24 rating -, and Gambit had to settle for second place, he still acquitted himself well enough in the match to win the award, the first of his career.
Ax1Le had only one bad map in the entire tournament (0.71 rating against Cloud9), and had a whopping 13 maps with ratings equal to or greater than 1.25, breaking the 2.00 rating mark on two occasions. He was featured in the tournament's stats leaderboards in eight categories, including rating, kills per round (0.81), KDD (+137) and KAST (75.3%)
2021 MVPs by HLTV.org: