The EVPs of IEM Dallas

Here are the eight players whose performances at IEM Dallas earned them Exceptionally Valuable Player awards.

With Cloud9 hoisting the trophy and Sergey "⁠Ax1Le⁠" Rykhtorov named the HLTV x BitSkins.com Most Valuable Player of IEM Dallas on Sunday, it's time for us to look back at other players who stood out from the crowd last week and to hand out some more awards to those who couldn't quite reach the highest accolade but still deserve their flowers for their exceptional play in Texas.

sh1ro earned the top EVP for his efforts at IEM Dallas

There were a total of eight of these players who came away with EVP nods thanks to great consistency, high peaks, or both, and here they are in order of importance along with several honorable mentions at the end:

HLTV.org's EVP picks for IEM Dallas (in order):

Russia Dmitry "⁠sh1ro⁠" Sokolov
Brazil Yuri "⁠yuurih⁠" Santos
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač
Canada Russel "⁠Twistzz⁠" Van Dulken
France Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut
Russia Vladislav "⁠nafany⁠" Gorshkov
Germany Johannes "⁠tabseN⁠" Wodarz
Poland Paweł "⁠dycha⁠" Dycha

The radar charts are back to help visualize why players stood out and in what way statistically, but with a slight tweak — we're now plotting players' raw stats rather than their percentiles. The scale is still the same, with the center of the chart representing the minimum value and the outer rim the maximum.

To ensure a big enough sample size for a fair minimum and maximum value (as well as the percentiles on each player's graphic) we're only including players with more than 90 rounds played, which excludes Encore, Complexity, and Movistar Riders. We've also added the numbers themselves to the chart to make the plot more intuitive. Other than that, though, they function in entirely the same way: The more blue on the chart, the better the player performed in Dallas in our chosen metrics.

Second only to his teammate and Most Valuable Player of the tournament Ax1Le, sh1ro finishes at the top of the list after just narrowly missing out on the highest accolade in the end. The Cloud9 AWPer was nearly as ever-present as his star rifler throughout the tournament, recording just two out of 16 maps below a 1.00 rating (one being a 0.99, boo-hoo), delivering a solid level from start to finish and peaking at the best times.

The 20-year-old put up his best performances when Cloud9 had their backs against the wall in the group stage, with a 1.53 rating against NIP, as well as in the best-of-five title decider against ENCE, where sh1ro was by far the best player on the server with another 1.50-rated display.

As always, consistency was the name of the game when it came to sh1ro, as he topped the charts in KAST with 78.4%. He typically reaches a percentage as high as this thanks to the S portion of the acronym (Survival), and that was the case again this time as he was the hardest player to kill out of everyone, but he was also one of the very best fraggers of the tournament, recording 0.80 KPR and a kill in more than 55% of rounds.

FURIA had a rock to rely on in their run to the semi-finals at IEM Dallas in yuurih. The 22-year-old played a massive role in the Brazilian team making it as far as they did in the States, putting on highlight performances in the two key series they won along the way as the only team to beat eventual champions Cloud9 and picking up another big scalp in the form of G2.

yuurih put on a show on both occasions as the most important player of the series against the Russian team, helping FURIA lock in their spot in the playoffs, and against NiKo and company in the quarter-finals with a 1.43 rating in the overtime victory on Vertigo and a 1.98 on the deciding Mirage. Although not quite as impressive in the losses to BIG in the decider for the group win and in the semi-final affair with ENCE, yuurih still ended the event as one of the very best overall with numbers such as 88.3 ADR (#3), 0.77 KPR (#4), and 1.23 impact rating (#6).

NiKo earned a top-three EVP mention in Dallas after spearheading G2's campaign at the tournament, where they made it to the quarter-finals before falling to FURIA in the first round of the playoffs. The Bosnian superstar got off to the tournament somewhat slowly for his standards, putting up only one highlight map against Movistar Riders in the team's first three matches, but he eventually came into his own in the last two series G2 played, against Vitality and the aforementioned Brazilians.

Facing off against Dan "⁠apEX⁠" Madesclaire's team in a playoffs-deciding series, NiKo was a deciding factor, in particular in the closer affair of the two on Inferno, and versus FURIA he was a shining light in a difficult loss that saw G2 drop a 14-7 lead on Vertigo.

Overall, 10/11 maps with a 1.00+ rating goes to show NiKo tends to deliver even when he's yet to peak, but a more obvious place to look would be the Bosnian's overall impact (1.39, #1) and his jaw-dropping CT side stats — a 1.53 rating on the defensive side went unmatched by anyone with a decent sample size, and so did his opening kill stats as CT (0.23 opening kills per round, 72% success rate, 1.65 rating).

Had FaZe turned up in a bit better shape overall after coming off their Major victory, they would have been on course to having a fourth different player securing the MVP this year. In the first tier-one LAN in his home region in years, Twistzz was the one to take up the mantle of the No. 1 team's best player in Dallas with a superb showing, tarnished only by a couple of slow starts in the quarter-final series against Cloud9 whereFaZe ended up falling short.

Filling perhaps the closest to a perfect octagon you'll ever see, Twistzz was above average in almost every facet of the game. He stood out in particular as one of the most efficient players with 0.77 KPR (#5) and 0.60 DPR (#5) — and in headshots, which has been his forte for years — and scored highly in nearly every other category as well, being a solid player on both sides, with plenty of impact as well as consistency.

We'd be remiss if we didn't recognize ZywOo in our list of EVPs despite Vitality not being able to reach playoffs at IEM Dallas. Still reaching the top half at the event, the French-Danish squad had their superstar delivering on all fronts in an up-and-down run, which saw them beat Astralis and MOUZ and suffer losses to FaZe and G2.

ZywOo was the key to those two wins with a massive highlight performance in the opener against Astralis and a 1.43 rating in the MOUZ series, and the Frenchman kept up a solid level in the losses, as well, in the end averaging the third-highest overall rating (1.26) — the highest on the T side (1.33) —, the most kills per round (0.84), and the third-highest impact rating (1.30).

Usually only the fourth-best player in the squad formerly known as Gambit, nafany stepped it up at IEM Dallas and outshone Abay "⁠HObbit⁠" Khasenov as part of Cloud9's star trio to help his team hoist their first trophy on LAN, in front of a North American crowd that quickly warmed up to the Russian lineup playing under their favorite organization.

The in-game leader wasn't quite as consistent as the two teammates who finished the event as the two best players, but he had his fair share of highlight maps, including against NIP and Liquid in the group stage and in the ENCE grand final, where he finished on a high with a 2.03-rated display on Ancient. Always aggressive, it should come as no surprise to see nafany end with a low survival rating, but he more than made up for that otherwise, in particular with his ability to open up rounds for his team on the T side.

Leading BIG to a respectable semi-finals finish at IEM Dallas, tabseN was pivotal for his team both as the shot-caller and their best individual player. The German side had their longest-standing member turn up in great shape every step of the way, with at least one key map in every series and having a stable presence.

The 27-year-old was one of the best players in the group stage, averaging a 1.20 rating on the way to first place in BIG's group, which featured victories over NIP, MIBR, and FURIA, and he added one more great map in the semi-final opener against Cloud9, helping the German squad go up 1-0 in the series before ultimately falling to the tournament champions.

The eighth and final award goes to dycha, who claims his second EVP in a row after PGL Major Antwerp. Even though the super-stand-in Janusz "⁠Snax⁠" Pogorzelski ended IEM Dallas as ENCE's highest-rated player, his countryman was the main driving force behind the team's run to the grand final, as he averaged a 1.19 rating in the four matches they won at the event ahead of their final loss to Cloud9, before his numbers took a heavy hit in the title decider itself.

dycha's input was especially important in ENCE's close affair against G2 in the group stage, where he averaged a 1.29 rating across two 16-14 wins to get his team through to the playoffs, but he was simply a stable player through and through. That is until he disappeared in the final, which is also why the Pole couldn't make it further up the list than eighth and why, all in all, his average stats look a lot worse compared to the contribution he had to ENCE's impressive run.

Honorable mentions

Staying on the topic of the tournament runners-up ENCE and Snax specifically, the stand-in deserves a nod of approval for the way he filled in for the team's biggest star, Lotan "⁠Spinx⁠" Giladi. Although he couldn't be expected to match the Israeli's output, the former Virtus.pro veteran had moments where you could be fooled, such as on the final map against FaZe that put ENCE through to the semi-finals. Though not quite impactful enough to make it to the EVP list, Olek "⁠hades⁠" Miskiewicz and Pavle "⁠Maden⁠" Bošković also had their moments, rounding out a strong quartet that pushed ENCE further than anticipated.

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Ax1Le awarded MVP of IEM Dallas

Cloud9 had a solid and stable fourth contributor in HObbit in their title-winning quest, as well, although the Kazakhstani member didn't reach the award list due to a lack of high peaks. Robin "⁠ropz⁠" Kool is another player who narrowly missed out on an EVP mention, averaging a 1.12 rating in FaZe's run to the quarter-finals and putting up several key maps on the way, especially against Vitality in groups and in the close Cloud9 affair in the playoffs.

Finally, Josef "⁠faveN⁠" Baumann and Florian "⁠syrsoN⁠" Rische came close as two more key players to help BIG reach the semi-finals through solid performances in the group stage, but a drop-off in the last series against Cloud9 meant that the German team ended up falling flat against the favorites and prevented them from appearing on the list above.

Montenegro Pavle 'Maden' Bošković
Pavle 'Maden' Bošković
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
680
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.70
Brazil Yuri 'yuurih' Santos
Yuri 'yuurih' Santos
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1003
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.64
Poland Olek 'hades' Miskiewicz
Olek 'hades' Miskiewicz
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
583
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.62
Kazakhstan Abay 'HObbit' Khasenov
Abay 'HObbit' Khasenov
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1169
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
Poland Paweł 'dycha' Dycha
Paweł 'dycha' Dycha
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
794
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
Germany Josef 'faveN' Baumann
Josef 'faveN' Baumann
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1331
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
Russia Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.22
Maps played:
869
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.53
Russia Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
870
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.69
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1975
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.70
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1358
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.62
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1621
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
Germany Florian 'syrsoN' Rische
Florian 'syrsoN' Rische
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1704
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Germany Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1922
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.70
Estonia Robin 'ropz' Kool
Robin 'ropz' Kool
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1112
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
Russia Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
942
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Israel Lotan 'Spinx' Giladi
Lotan 'Spinx' Giladi
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
423
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.27
Maps played:
992
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.61
Poland Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
2114
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
#1
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England ItsDan_HLTV
GOD PAAVO
2022-06-08 22:03
3 replies
sh1ro goat ez
2022-06-08 22:03
1 reply
#29
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Poland matolep
Shiro mvp ez
2022-06-08 22:39
#84
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Czech Republic poledne
pavoo?
2022-06-09 10:01
Yuurih top10 this year
2022-06-08 22:03
3 replies
rn he is like top 13, could be top 10 thats true
2022-06-08 22:26
1 reply
Agree
2022-06-08 22:31
yuuriih BR goat but wtf hltv where snax the polish GOAT in EVP list?
2022-06-08 23:26
YUURIHHHHHHHH
2022-06-08 22:04
Snax robbed
2022-06-08 22:04
7 replies
Why bots like twistz yurih tabsen get but not snax lol
2022-06-08 22:05
6 replies
Probably because it is based on stats and not how you feel about a player?
2022-06-08 22:07
4 replies
Snax was litteraly statistically best player in ENCE what you on about dumbo
2022-06-08 22:14
2 replies
Because rating is the only stat. How about just read the article? Dychas motivation is a good place to start
2022-06-08 22:35
1 reply
Players had to play 90 rounds to count Wait he did nvm
2022-06-09 01:17
Exactly????
2022-06-08 22:27
-1 sthu
2022-06-09 00:52
#6
DaDte | 
Russia bult0
snax robbed wtf
2022-06-08 22:05
Snax robbed from evp.
2022-06-08 22:05
#9
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Brazil dio_scuro
SNAX PLAYS SOCCER?
2022-06-08 22:05
no s0mple kekw
2022-06-08 22:06
2 replies
he really didn't show up in this tournament :(
2022-06-08 23:18
1 reply
No worries, I'm sure he'll be back in Cologne! I nearly missed the joke as well lmao
2022-06-09 16:55
Snax > NiKo
2022-06-08 22:07
11 replies
Did u even read the article It's about stats
2022-06-08 22:42
10 replies
#69
NAF | 
Asia aref81
snax highest rated player of ence at iem dallas
2022-06-09 07:19
9 replies
hltv.org/stats?event=6138 Now check the top players
2022-06-09 07:22
8 replies
#72
NAF | 
Asia aref81
now read my comment again "snax highest rated player of ENCE" and dycha is in the evps if its all about stats
2022-06-09 08:06
7 replies
ur original argument was Snax>Niko Check stats of Niko. Snax is nowhere near him Snax can be the best in Ence. But that doesn't mean that he was better than Niko
2022-06-09 08:08
6 replies
#74
NAF | 
Asia aref81
of course snax isnt better than niko "It's about stats" you said this which obv is not correct
2022-06-09 08:10
4 replies
Huh? Snax's stats were worse than Niko
2022-06-09 08:12
3 replies
#76
NAF | 
Asia aref81
nvm
2022-06-09 08:14
2 replies
Next time just check event stats before just randomly spamming X > Y
2022-06-09 08:15
1 reply
#79
NAF | 
Asia aref81
lol you just didnt get my point NVM BYE
2022-06-09 08:22
#80
fnx | 
Russia P0vTr
Bruh wtf Not tough to see that #11 and #72 are kinda not the same user, u know?
2022-06-09 08:22
#12
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Cuba Starlightt
p1mple so bad can't even get evps
2022-06-08 22:07
SNAX ROBBED wtf is NiKo doing here
2022-06-08 22:08
1 reply
ye 4th highest rated player in the event shouldn't be there.
2022-06-08 23:00
They got the wrong Polish ENCE player
2022-06-08 22:08
Snax 😫
2022-06-08 22:11
#18
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Egypt BomberMan_
why give percentiles? wouldnt it be better to give it like 10th, 11th etc for where they are compared to the rest?
2022-06-08 22:15
1 reply
There are pros and cons either way, but if they just told the placements it wouldn't say anything about the difference between players. As an example, player A is at 100% while player B is at 98%. You would say that player B is very close to player A. But if player B was at 90% instead, then it's not so close and player A is clearly better. Whereas if it just said "player A was 1st, player B was 2nd" it tells you nothing about how good they were relative to each other.
2022-06-09 03:33
nafany should be number 2 and niko shouldn't be there at all
2022-06-08 22:15
#20
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Poland zuriiii
Lol no snax?
2022-06-08 22:17
1 reply
#56
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Poland KOLODZIU
For what? Impact 0.97
2022-06-09 00:25
#21
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Bangladesh ImpacT_
snax fans malding kekw
2022-06-08 22:20
who is 5th man bro @s1mple
2022-06-08 22:21
Fix article pls my OCD is going wild imgur.com/a/LfxNaZ0
2022-06-08 22:21
NiKo wtf he didn’t even play well
2022-06-08 22:24
1 reply
yeah 1.25 kinda bad
2022-06-08 22:51
wrong ENCORE
2022-06-08 22:43
SELECT player_name FROM players ORDER BY rating DESC LIMIT 8
2022-06-08 22:45
2 replies
drop table players
2022-06-09 07:32
1 reply
why ??
2022-06-09 10:00
Damn who invited niko?
2022-06-08 22:48
1 reply
hltv.org/stats?event=6138 he invited himself
2022-06-08 22:54
if rate by game, not by rating as tgwr1s it's would be like that: Snax Hobbit dycha Twistzz ZyWoo
2022-06-08 22:52
wtf Snax was better than dycha even this event what is this, dycha had a fucking 1.06 how is that an evp anyway?
2022-06-08 22:58
3 replies
read the article, friend "..., his countryman was the main driving force behind the team's run to the grand final, as he averaged a 1.19 rating in the four matches they won at the event ahead of their final loss to Cloud9, before his numbers took a heavy hit in the title decider itself" "...That is until he disappeared in the final, which is also why the Pole couldn't make it further up the list than eighth and why, all in all, his average stats look a lot worse compared to the contribution he had to ENCE's impressive run."
2022-06-09 02:13
2 replies
Driving force my ass he maybe got a good bo1 in at the start but Snax outperformend the entire team big time vs FaZe (the match that actually got them to semis) and had the exact same rating as dycha in the semi, with more kills.
2022-06-09 09:50
1 reply
Are you going to nitpick matches that Snax performed better and say that they were the most important matches depending on your own judgment? If you're gonna do that then I could also say that their match against G2 mattered more because going into lower bracket means that you have to win 1 more match than you would need in upper bracket. Even if they lost their match against Faze, they still would be in quarters This is their stats before the grand finale by the way. No matches nitpicked and shows everything (Way better impact, better KPR, better ADR etc) hltv.org/stats/players/16080/dycha?start.. hltv.org/stats/players/2553/snax?startDa..
2022-06-09 09:55
Nafany played very well, it he continue to contribute and hobbit wont be sleepink, c9 can be very deadly. Hobbit woke up only in semi and grand final.
2022-06-08 23:04
snax fans retarded? he had 1.07 rating for the event, that's not an EVP performance
2022-06-08 23:09
5 replies
Dycha rating was even lower (even though I know Dycha had so much more impact)
2022-06-08 23:18
3 replies
dycha shouldn't have been on this list either, although he had a more consistent performance than snax. HLTV pressed to fit in an ENCE player since they made the finals
2022-06-08 23:42
2 replies
I personally think it's fine, I can't imagine situation in which there is no player from the finalist squad.
2022-06-09 16:48
1 reply
MVP/EVP are for standout players, it's entirely possible for a team to go deep or even win without having a single player stand out across the whole event. you could argue in such cases that the IGL should get an EVP nod but I don't think HLTV does that, they go mostly by stats I think. dycha and snax had pretty good tournaments overall but not much that stands out above the rest
2022-06-09 17:12
Snax improved every game. Meaning the first two matches was his worst two matches. But when opposition got better and matches more important, he was Ences best player in Faze and C9 games and only slightly behind Maden in the Furia game. There has always been more importance to playoff games in hltv ratings, the games mattering more further the match is in the tournament. Its weird to not see it mattering here.
2022-06-08 23:19
what is this dogshit lmfao. No Snax, but Twistz???????????????????????
2022-06-08 23:13
2 replies
Did u watch twistzz? He was so fcking good, if he could had won against cloud9, then easy mvp for him
2022-06-08 23:51
did you even watch the game?
2022-06-09 02:16
Snax where?
2022-06-08 23:17
1 ence player xaxaxaxaxa
2022-06-08 23:18
#49
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CIS 2ocean
no Snax but dycha kkkkkkkkkkk
2022-06-08 23:30
no Snax... its a joke... Stop HLTV here...
2022-06-08 23:46
Where are major evps?
2022-06-08 23:58
3 replies
#54
DG | 
England MiCOOL
b1t
2022-06-09 00:17
1 reply
ty, i missed that article somehow
2022-06-09 08:14
#57
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CIS edgepy
nafany a.k.a. the vertigo A ramp king
2022-06-09 00:41
zywoo <3
2022-06-09 01:17
Zywoo with the group stage Evp lmao
2022-06-09 01:22
Snax robbed?
2022-06-09 01:36
#65
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Singapore 2200DPI
Maximum T-side rating is unbelievable. Cant wait zywoo & co breaks CT meta.
2022-06-09 02:50
1 reply
"Maximum" just means that player was in 1st in that category. In other words, Zywoo had the best T-side rating so he's at 100%. Any player who's at the top of any other category would also show as 100%. There's theoretically no such thing as a "maximum" rating, I guess unless you went 1v5 every single round and won.
2022-06-09 03:36
Snax :(
2022-06-09 06:07
Snax robbed
2022-06-09 12:02
Snax deserved it better
2022-06-09 12:15
Snax EVP over Dycha. HLTV smokin' some crack. Not only best rated ENCE player that event, and in the Final whereas Dycha ghosted and considering his absence from tier 1 since 2017. Big L for Striker non verified twitter user.
2022-06-10 14:08
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