blameF earns MVP award for Pinnacle Cup Championship
Despite losing in the grand final, the Astralis member earns his first MVP award after putting up an impressive showing throughout the tournament.
Benjamin "blameF" Bremer has been named the Most Valuable Player of Pinnacle Cup Championship by HLTV x Bitskins.com, ending the event as its highest-rated player with a 1.41 rating over eight maps played.
The award is a bittersweet ending to the tournament in Lund for the Dane as Astralis were felled by Heroic in the grand final, the only time that the 25-year-old had a negative map during the event with a 0.85 rating on Ancient.
Other than that outlier, blameF was a consistent force for Astralis in their run, starting things off with a tournament-high 2.06 rating against EG.PA and carrying that form into matches against higher-tier opposition, performing exceptionally well in series play against Imperial (1.46 rating) and BIG (1.44 rating) to earn Astralis a spot in the grand final.
He was also the top performer in four categories outside of overall rating, including damage difference per round (+31.1 — nearly double that of his closest competitor), 1+ kill rounds (58.9%), KAST (78.7%), and K-D differential (+65).
His top two placements on the leaderboard included ADR (97.7), KPR (0.92), and impact rating (1.47), as well as a handful of opening kill statistics where he landed among the top five — total opening kills (34, #5), opening kills per round (0.16, #3), and success in opening duels (65.4%, #2).
The award is blameF's first time earning an MVP medal after previously finishing a number of tournaments among the list of Exceptionally Valuable Players (EVPs).
Previous HLTV x BitSkins.com MVPs in 2022:
IEM Dallas - Sergey "Ax1Le" Rykhtorov
PGL Major Antwerp - Håvard "rain" Nygaard
ESL Pro League Season 15 - Robin "ropz" Kool
IEM Katowice - Helvijs "broky" Saukants
Funspark ULTI - Dmitry "sh1ro" Sokolov