Ax1Le secures second MVP award at IEM Summer

The Russian star put on a dominant performance in the grand final to clinch his second accolade in the last three months.

Sergey "⁠Ax1Le⁠" Rykhtorov has been named HLTV.org's Most Valuable Player of IEM Summer following the conclusion of the $250,000 tournament's grand final, which saw Gambit secure a flawless victory against OG in a best-of-five affair.

The 19-year-old rifler spearheaded the Russian team's run to the title with a terrifying performance and an exceptionally consistent level, topping the charts almost every step of the way as he recorded 1.40+ ratings on nine out of the twelve maps Gambit won over the course of the tournament.

Ax1Le ties s1mple for the most MVPs so far in 2021

Ax1Le beat his grand final opponent Mateusz "⁠mantuu⁠" Wilczewski as well as teammate Dmitry "⁠sh1ro⁠" Sokolov to the individual award on the back of a brilliant display in the title decider itself, in which he was the highest-rated player and best damage-dealer on each of the three maps.

The Russian youngster now has two MVP awards to his name — one more than sh1ro — after having earned his first in Gambit's runners-up campaign at ESL Pro League Season 13 in early March. The only other player to have claimed two MVP awards this year so far is Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev, as you can see in the list below.

2021 MVPs by HLTV.org:

BLAST Premier Global Final - Ukraine Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev
cs_summit 7 - Russia Dzhami "⁠Jame⁠" Ali
IEM Katowice - Russia Dmitry "⁠sh1ro⁠" Sokolov
ESL Pro League 13 - Russia Sergey "⁠Ax1Le⁠" Rykhtorov
FunSpark ULTI Europe Final - Canada Justin "⁠FaNg⁠" Coakley
DreamHack Masters Spring - Ukraine Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev
Flashpoint 3 - Slovakia David "⁠frozen⁠" Čerňanský
EPIC League CIS - Kazakhstan Abay "⁠Hobbit⁠" Khasenov
IEM Summer - Russia Sergey "⁠Ax1Le⁠" Rykhtorov

Kazakhstan Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
989
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
Russia Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1029
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.55
Poland Mateusz 'mantuu' Wilczewski
Mateusz 'mantuu' Wilczewski
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
605
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.63
Slovakia David 'frozen' Čerňanský
David 'frozen' Čerňanský
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1047
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
Russia Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.22
Maps played:
693
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.53
Russia Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
756
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Canada Justin 'FaNg' Coakley
Justin 'FaNg' Coakley
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
399
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.24
Maps played:
1369
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.64
gz!
2021-06-13 20:33
4 replies
This guy and Sh1ro are new CS GO kings Cry is free for the fans of the great LOSER
2021-06-13 21:49
2 replies
sensei+sergiz a new CS GO kings
2021-06-13 21:55
1 reply
#119
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Spain Atium_
Kekw, keep wishing
2021-06-15 02:30
Deserved !
2021-06-14 03:10
#2
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Germany Pellinskii
god
2021-06-13 20:34
#3
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Denmark KhT
#WETHEWAVE
2021-06-13 20:34
ok
2021-06-13 20:34
deserved
2021-06-13 20:34
#6
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
deserved !
2021-06-13 20:34
I knew this
2021-06-13 20:34
supa deserved
2021-06-13 20:34
real top 1 2021
2021-06-13 20:35
10 replies
#19
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Montenegro IzAlaN
gooe joke 😂😂😂
2021-06-13 20:37
7 replies
#26
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Ukraine Kastrulya
Yeah tell me that s2mple zywoo or nik0 are better in 2021😂😂😂😂😄😄😄🤣🤣🤣
2021-06-13 20:41
6 replies
#28
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Ukraine McSwell
0/8 flair and name checks out
2021-06-13 20:43
1 reply
#52
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Ukraine Kastrulya
Flair checks out aswell
2021-06-13 21:01
+1
2021-06-13 20:50
+1
2021-06-13 23:24
#99
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Montenegro IzAlaN
ofc better
2021-06-14 02:59
flair
2021-06-14 05:52
Not gonna happen cause awpers have thier stats inflated, just look at sh0r0
2021-06-14 08:03
Ahahaha
2021-06-14 10:06
Zywhkooa?
2021-06-13 20:35
4 replies
Best rated and finished at 3-4. So not that bad. But Ax1Le totally deserves it
2021-06-13 21:01
3 replies
#92
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Russia NyC1R
zywhykgoabt deserved top 2 2021
2021-06-13 22:42
2 replies
Zywoo was better in basicly all stats. So either you're delusional or just fanboy of S1mple. And tbh i like watch both of them, but no one can read game like Zywoo. Cheers mate
2021-06-14 17:23
1 reply
#118
ropz | 
Russia NyC1R
neither nub
2021-06-14 17:51
deserved
2021-06-13 20:35
not deserved
2021-06-13 20:36
1 reply
reported for bait
2021-06-13 20:49
#13
i am | 
Finland iBait
device robbed
2021-06-13 20:36
3 replies
#24
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Serbia LtN))
not even a bait
2021-06-13 20:40
+1
2021-06-13 21:42
s1mple robbed
2021-06-13 21:59
#14
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Europe elefiveS
deserved. Best rifler rn
2021-06-13 20:36
2 replies
Nt
2021-06-13 20:44
#88
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Europe dioio
nt but Hobbit is better
2021-06-13 22:06
D E S E R V E D
2021-06-13 20:36
4 replies
how many braincells?
2021-06-13 22:00
3 replies
less than my room temperature, and i'm literally sitting in 10°c room lmfao
2021-06-14 07:22
1 reply
XDD
2021-06-14 16:32
#108
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Brunei Venicious
Who deserved it then? Stanislaw?
2021-06-14 09:12
gogo cis
2021-06-13 20:36
#17
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United States Rayduh
Elige should've won MVP for cs_summit 8 but whatever
2021-06-13 20:36
5 replies
Cs_summit 8 didn’t have high enough competition to give an mvp it’s like giving a spring sweet spring winner an mvp
2021-06-13 20:48
4 replies
#37
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United States Rayduh
RMR = qualifier to MAJOR aka most elite competition
2021-06-13 20:48
2 replies
So south america qualifier deserved an MVP?
2021-06-13 20:58
1 reply
#55
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Sweden Madrigals1
hahaha, rekt him. NA teams barely even reach top30. Tournaments might have MVPs, its just that HLTV doesn't care about them
2021-06-13 21:01
hltv gave out an mvp for cs_summit 6 NA last year, even other NA events like epl 11 and 12, etc.
2021-06-14 04:30
CANT SEE STATS FROM PICTURE?
2021-06-13 20:37
1 reply
Right click open in new window. You're welcome
2021-06-13 21:13
well played. star in the making.
2021-06-13 20:37
All mvps without funspark literally goes to slavic people
2021-06-13 20:39
3 replies
#57
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Kazakhstan Avantc7
Jame and Hobbit -🗿
2021-06-13 21:03
1 reply
Lets pretend i meaned only international events and forget about jame nationality xd)
2021-06-13 21:11
tf is funspark? and who is Aang
2021-06-13 22:01
#22
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Finland Ninjamaa
deserved
2021-06-13 20:39
#23
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Ukraine Kastrulya
Gratz Best player in the world in 2021 Not even close(mb only sh1ro)
2021-06-13 20:39
2 replies
How about Sensei?
2021-06-13 20:49
1 reply
EZ for sensei (with extra radar))))
2021-06-13 20:56
#25
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Serbia LtN))
deserved
2021-06-13 20:41
deserved
2021-06-13 20:42
Well-deserved.
2021-06-13 20:44
So I was right :o)
2021-06-13 20:44
#32
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Finland concepTo
BEAST!
2021-06-13 20:45
#33
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China HEIDASHUAi
DESERVED.
2021-06-13 20:46
deserved
2021-06-13 20:46
gratz
2021-06-13 20:47
#38
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Estonia thisba!tes
Sex1le
2021-06-13 20:48
Deserved !
2021-06-13 20:49
top1 2021
2021-06-13 20:51
not deserved, s1mple mvp
2021-06-13 20:51
damn that is nuts
2021-06-13 20:53
Deserved but competition was pretty laughable
2021-06-13 20:54
Just onliners nothing special
2021-06-13 20:56
2 replies
Hey f0rsaken stfu
2021-06-13 21:01
1 reply
Did you parents never teach you how to talk to random people. Oh wait you are a khazak...Understand able. Cut off from the world living as slaves
2021-06-14 17:40
2021 top5 easily
2021-06-13 21:00
zywoo top 1 then s1mple top 2 then sh1ro top 3
2021-06-13 21:01
well deserved, incredible to see how much he has grown as a player since they picked him up as the 5th for the dying old Gambit lineup.
2021-06-13 21:03
#58
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Poland B0rdo
year full of slavic mvps
2021-06-13 21:04
Deserved
2021-06-13 21:05
Krasav4ik, esli konechno ne chiter 36484
2021-06-13 21:07
Great work Sex1le you are a true world class E-Sports athlete. Cool, skilled, and super chilled. 10/10 deserved.
2021-06-13 21:09
#62
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Russia vynn
I think at the moment Ax1le is the best rifler on tier-1 scene, incredible work and well deserved MVP!
2021-06-13 21:10
#64
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Israel Xpicyy
Navi ax1le?
2021-06-13 21:13
6 replies
-boombla +hobbit -defecto +ax1le
2021-06-13 21:15
5 replies
Who will IGL?
2021-06-13 21:17
3 replies
Hobbit
2021-06-13 21:23
2 replies
#111
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Russia ErleN_
Hobbit is bot IGL
2021-06-14 11:01
1 reply
I didn’t say it was the best option but most likely in this situation
2021-06-14 11:18
#107
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Israel Xpicyy
That's fucking sick lineup
2021-06-14 09:06
#67
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France Nooel
deserved
2021-06-13 21:16
If mantuu won and performed in the final it wouldve been his (if they won) but congrats ax1le, solid the entire tournament and winning it as well
2021-06-13 21:17
#70
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Ukraine Kastrulya
ax1le frags > S2mple baiting stats hope ax1Le will take 1st place in ranking this year, total deserved
2021-06-13 21:18
5 replies
Not gonna happen, simple stats inflated by awping
2021-06-14 08:09
It's not happening
2021-06-14 10:07
#122
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CIS ateezy
sorry but s1mple is way better as a player- he is all-rounder: he is godlike awper, top riffler and crazy clutcher. If you think that he can only bait and get free awp kills, just look what he can do with rifles or pistols. Ax1le still has a long way to reach s1mple's or zywoo's level. But currently he is just fucking good.
2021-06-15 14:25
2 replies
#123
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Ukraine Kastrulya
he is way better player only in s1mple fankids minds
2021-06-15 14:30
1 reply
#124
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CIS ateezy
he played more csgo(was ranked in top20 even without being main awper), so don't you think it is obvious s1mple>ax1le? I mean ax1le has such a crazy mechanical skills and gamesense for sure, but it is just not enough to tie with s1mple or zywoo
2021-06-16 09:18
#71
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Russia sc0rp1_
RussiaN reD mashine))
2021-06-13 21:22
Deserved!
2021-06-13 21:23
well deserved
2021-06-13 21:23
#75
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Russia mshkoda
deserved
2021-06-13 21:24
deserved
2021-06-13 21:26
Congrats to Ax1le
2021-06-13 21:30
Undeserved It should be Mantuu
2021-06-13 21:32
I'm idiot
2021-06-13 21:55
#87
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Brazil okemas
BEAST
2021-06-13 22:05
Well done
2021-06-13 22:19
deserved harosh
2021-06-13 22:24
Deserved and cz my boys !
2021-06-13 22:24
deserved Ax1Le top 1 2021
2021-06-13 23:11
I swear interz is better.
2021-06-13 23:31
absolute machine I hope he gets top3 by the end of 2021
2021-06-13 23:32
online, rus/ukr mvp. those online years are just faceit logic.
2021-06-14 00:20
ez for goat cis player
2021-06-14 00:32
God
2021-06-14 08:09
nice player
2021-06-14 14:34
Absolutely deserved. He is just an insane star, like really, this guy is just so fucking good.
2021-06-14 16:14
He and Hobbit are best players on Gambit,the amount of impact they are bringing is unreal. If both of them dont end up atleast in top 6-7 of 2021 im gonna be really disappointed.
2021-06-15 02:34
Not even worthy, these cheaters needs to be punished.
2021-06-15 14:14
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