rain claims PGL Major Antwerp MVP award
The Norwegian wrote his name in Counter-Strike's history books after a special run in Antwerp.
Håvard "rain" Nygaard will have the Most Valuable Player by HLTV and BitSkins.com medal to match his first Major trophy after a fantastic performance in Belgium for FaZe. The veteran outperformed all three of the younger stars on the team, pulling crucial frags out of the hat whenever his team needed him most.
This is the 27-year-old's first MVP medal since ECS Season 4 Finals, and marks the third FaZe player to claim such award in 2022.
rain topped the tournament with a 1.24 rating, but what makes him stand out from the rest of the crowd was his incredible impact rating, clocking in at 1.47, the highest from any player in Antwerp. Other categories topped by the Norwegian include opening kills per round (0.20), but he is also present in the top charts for total kills, headshots, and damage per round.
Some of rain best performances came in the playoffs, proving his status as a big game player. His semi-finals display against Spirit (1.33 rating) put him as one of the frontrunners in the race, but the jewel in his crown was cut in the grand final against Natus Vincere (1.49 rating) where he took over the server on Nuke with 30 frags to power FaZe to the title. His group stage performances were also fantastic, most notably against Copenhagen Flames (1.30 rating) and Bad News Eagles (1.55 rating).
The two closest contenders for the MVP award were Valeriy "b1t" Vakhovskiy and of course, Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev. The Ukrainian duo put up great numbers across the whole tournament, but rain simply outclassed them in the final.
Previous Major MVPs by HLTV.org:
DreamHack Winter 2013 - JW
EMS One Katowice 2014 - pashaBiceps
ESL One Cologne 2014 - friberg
DreamHack Winter 2014 - Happy
ESL One Katowice 2015 - olofmeister
ESL One Cologne 2015 - flusha
DreamHack Cluj-Napoca 2015 - kennyS
MGL Columbus 2016 - coldzera
ESL One Cologne 2016 - coldzera
ELEAGUE Major 2017 - Kjaerbye
PGL Major Krakow 2017 - AdreN
ELEAGUE Major 2018 - tarik
FACEIT Major 2018 - device
IEM Katowice 2019 - Magisk
StarLadder Major Berlin 2019 - device
PGL Major Stockholm 2021 - s1mple
PGL Major Antwerp 2022 - rain