s1mple clinches record-breaking BLAST MVP
The eighth medal in 2021 sees Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev set a new record for most MVPs earned in a calendar year by a single player.
s1mple has been named the BitSkins.com Most Valuable Player of the BLAST Premier World Final by HLTV.org following an unmatched individual display that led Natus Vincere to the title and $500,000 grand prize.
A menacing presence throughout the event, the Ukrainian superstar spearheaded his team's way through their impressive lower bracket run in Copenhagen with massive performances in every series following Natus Vincere's opening upper bracket loss to Liquid.
s1mple went above and beyond to bring the final trophy of the year to NAVI, averaging a staggering 1.51 rating in the lower bracket sweep that saw the world's best team take down Heroic, G2, Liquid, Vitality, and Gambit in five consecutive elimination series en route to the top spot on the podium.
Outside of topping the charts in overall rating (1.42), the 24-year-old scored several other No. 1 placings in the stats leaderboards, such as ADR (92.7), KPR (0.90), KAST (79.1%), and Impact rating (1.52), outdoing the likes of the other two big standout players of the tournament, Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut and Nikola "NiKo" Kovač, in each.
Securing the eighth MVP medal in 2021, s1mple has now beaten Nicolai "device" Reedtz's previous record of seven MVPs earned over a calendar year from 2018 and matched the Danish AWPer's 19 medals won in total as he looks set to break the overall record, as well.
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
BLAST Premier World Final - s1mple