ZywOo claims his first MVP of the year at IEM Winter
The French superstar secured the 12th MVP medal of his career, adding to an already exemplary award cabinet.
Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut earned the HLTV.org x BitSkins.com Most Valuable Player award of IEM Winter 2021 after powering Vitality to their first title of the year in Stockholm, crowning the Frenchmen's resurgence in the last few months.
The #1 player of 2020 had not claimed a single MVP award this year but was rewarded for his efforts in Sweden after a lights-out performance across the whole event, beating Nikola "NiKo" Kovač, Fredrik "REZ" Sterner, and Nicolai "device" Reedtz to the individual accolade.
ZywOo stood out in a number of categories, displaying a 1.27 rating across the 14 maps played while also finishing amongst the highest performers in several other metrics such as KD-diff (+86), KPR (0.82), and clutches won (8). Some of his best performances came against Gambit in the quarter-finals, where he displayed a 1.42 rating, and against NIP, sending the Swedes home with a 1.40 rating in the grand final.
This marks the first MVP award for ZywOo in 2021, with the French superstar facing his last chance this year to add another medal at BLAST Premier World Final later this month. It will not be an easy challenge, as Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev will also be there, aiming to break the record for most MVP medals won in a calendar year set by device in 2018.
2021 MVPs by HLTV.org:
BLAST Premier Global Final - s1mple
cs_summit 7 - Jame
IEM Katowice - sh1ro
ESL Pro League 13 - Ax1Le
FunSpark ULTI Europe Final - FaNg
DreamHack Masters Spring - s1mple
Flashpoint 3 - frozen
EPIC League CIS - Hobbit
IEM Summer - Ax1Le
BLAST Premier Spring Final - Hobbit
StarLadder CIS RMR - s1mple
IEM Cologne - s1mple
ESL Pro League Season 14 - s1mple
IEM Fall CIS - sh1ro
IEM Fall Europe - device
PGL Major Stockholm - s1mple
V4 Future Sports Festival - sh1ro
BLAST Premier Fall Final - s1mple
IEM Winter 2021 - ZywOo