The EVPs of BLAST Premier Spring Final

Five players are rewarded for their performances with an Exceptionally Valuable Player award.

Despite Natus Vincere steamrolling the competition in Lisbon, and Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev claiming yet another MVP, several players still managed to stand out in BLAST's first stage finals of 2022 — two more from the winning side, one from runners-up Vitality, and two from the semi-finalists, OG and G2.

ZywOo earned the top EVP spot in Vitality's first playoff run of 2022

Thanks to high floors, high ceilings, or both, we have whittled down that list to five players, in order:

HLTV.org's EVP picks for BLAST Premier Spring Final (in order):

France Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut
Russia Denis "⁠electroNic⁠" Sharipov
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač
Ukraine Valeriy "⁠b1t⁠" Vakhovskiy
Russia Abdul "⁠degster⁠" Gasanov

You're probably familiar with the radar charts by now, but here's a quick refresher: The outer rim of the polygon represents the maximum value recorded at the event, with the centre being the minimum. The more 'full' the octagon is, the better the player performed across our chosen metrics.

He may have lost his ninth successive series to s1mple's Natus Vincere, but ZywOo made a great account of himself in Lisbon. After a poor IEM Katowice (1.10 rating) and ESL Pro League (1.10) by his exceptionally high standards the mercurial Frenchman has turned it up a notch recently, with a 1.26 rating in Dallas and a 1.27 rating here in Lisbon.

The way he achieved that 1.27 rating is impressive, too. Posting just 0.25 AWP KPR — meaning more than two-thirds of his kills came without the big green — ZywOo still managed to post a kill in 53.2% of rounds (joint-2nd), an opener in 15% of rounds (joint-3rd), and deal 17.7 damage a round more than he received (2nd).

Unlike a lot of players in this meta, ZywOo maintained his form on T-side, too, with a 1.27 rating compared to 1.26 on CT. In fact, only he and s1mple managed to post a higher rating on T-side compared to CT whilst maintaining higher than 1.00 in both.

However, he never quite reached the consistency of his nemesis s1mple in this event, with poor maps against Natus Vincere (0.87) and G2 (0.85 in semis, 0.80 in groups) creeping in to ruin his near-perfect scorecard. He was never supposed to win the final against the Natus Vincere juggernaut, but to win an MVP on the losing side ZywOo needed to do more in the final. Still, he did more than enough to claim the highest rank among the EVPs.

In his debut event as Natus Vincere's captain it would have been expected, forgivable even, for electroNic to drop off slightly statistically. The move to IGL came with some role changes, such as him moving out of pit on Inferno, the position synonymous with his multi-kill anchor plays.

Some credit should go to Andrey "⁠B1ad3⁠" Gorodenskiy for making the transition seem so smooth, but take nothing away from electroNic and his 0.16 opening kills per round (2nd), 1.25 rating (4th), and 1.41 impact rating (2nd). Most of that rating came from his ridiculously high ceiling, posting one huge carry performance in each of Natus Vincere's playoff games: 1.89 rating against Vitality on Overpass, 1.99 against OG on Mirage, and 1.69 against FaZe on Dust2.

s1mple offered some perspective on how electroNic will lead: "When you are trying to lurk, get some info, come from behind them, or when you go first and die — I think that is wrong [...] electroNic is trying to be somewhere between the two sides of the map to see what is happening, to understand and listen to all information we have."

And it's working — electroNic is free to make any play he likes, going off any information he hears instantly. Now, the challenge is to maintain his good reads and even better fragging.

NiKo, like ZywOo, has had his critics in 2022. Yet, he has only dipped below a 1.10 rating in one event this year, that being ESL Pro League when he had to in-game-lead in the absence of Aleksi "⁠Aleksib⁠" Virolainen. A lot of his best work, though, has been frontloaded in the group stages of those events and that was true once again in Lisbon.

Posting a 1.43 rating against FaZe and then 1.39 against Vitality in groups to carry G2 into the semi-finals, NiKo lost momentum just when G2 needed him most. After 21 kills in the first half of Dust2 in the rematch against Vitality in the semi-finals, NiKo could muster just four on the offensive half as G2 crumbled to a 13-16 defeat.

G2 recovered to win Inferno 16-8, with NiKo seeing little action as Audric "⁠JACKZ⁠" Jug annihilated Vitality. That excuses NiKo's 0.91 rating, but you have to wonder what the result would have been on Nuke if he had shown just 10% more than his 1.03 rating, on a map he usually dominates.

NiKo's story in Lisbon was that of his 2022: Sensational in groups, even against the best teams in the world, with better CT-side numbers than anyone in the world —1.41 rating (1st), 1.67 Opk rating (1st) — but unable to hit that unbelievable ceiling in crunch time.

When Natus Vincere are front running, more often than not it is b1t who is driving the superteam forward. He has struggled slightly in close playoff games this year (0.94 rating against G2 in Katowice, 1.04 against FaZe at the Major, and then 0.83 against FaZe again at Pro League) but there is a reason Natus Vincere seem to win so convincingly when their 19-year-old prodigy is on song.

Like electroNic, he had his roles slightly tweaked in Lisbon, but you wouldn't be able to tell looking at the stats: 1.29 rating on CT-sides, 1.24 rating on stage, and 0.15 opening kills per round at a 65.7% success rate in those opening duels. He topped the leaderboard for T-side opening kill rating (1.22) whilst posting 5 clutches (joint-3rd) — Counter-Strike's new headshot king is a threat at all stages of the round.

b1t even outfragged s1mple and electroNic in the grand-final, and his 1.48 rating against FaZe is normally enough for far more than third-best out of his team. He is starting to collect these EVPs at most events; the next step is to change that E to an M.

degster, after he benched himself in Spirit because of the speed the organisation needed him to relocate from Russia, was in the shop window this weekend as a stand-in for OG, and he could not have given a much better account of himself.

Six of his eight maps this event were against tournament champions Natus Vincere, but he still recorded a 1.16 rating (6th), just 0.58 deaths per round (joint 3rd), and 71.1% success in opening duels (2nd). At the Major degster had similarly impressive numbers, but much of that came from him surviving in 20% of Spirit's lost rounds; in Lisbon, degster added more KPR (0.75 compared to 0.70) and impact (1.09 vs 1.03).

Considering he actually had harder opposition — he only played against Natus Vincere (#3) and ENCE (#2) — in Lisbon than Antwerp, that is particularly impressive.

Honourable mentions

Given Natus Vincere's domination, not many other players were close to an EVP this time around. Ilya "⁠Perfecto⁠" Zalutskiy had a solid floor and did his role well, but lacked the peaks to earn a mention. Ilya "⁠m0NESY⁠" Osipov scored six clutches (1st) but dropped off on stage, as did Nemanja "⁠huNter-⁠" Kovač. Viktor "⁠sdy⁠" Orudzhev, like Perfecto, also did his role well on trial for Natus Vincere, particularly when it came to surviving (45%, 1st) but did not do enough fragging (0.59 KPR, 26th) to put himself in contention.

At the end of the article, we'll add some valuable context to the performance of the EVPs: That of the MVP.

s1mple, as he so often is, was peerless in Lisbon. His radar chart would be a perfect octagon if it was not for NiKo's stupendous 1.67 opening kill rating on CT-side, with s1mple topping the leaderboards in rating, KAST, KPR, and impact. It was a performance worthy of the greatest player of all time, and of breaking Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz's MVP record.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1467
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.67
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1793
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
Ukraine Valeriy 'b1t' Vakhovskiy
Valeriy 'b1t' Vakhovskiy
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
444
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
Russia Ilya 'Perfecto' Zalutskiy
Ilya 'Perfecto' Zalutskiy
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
707
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.60
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.27
Maps played:
1005
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.61
Russia Denis 'electroNic' Sharipov
Denis 'electroNic' Sharipov
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1303
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
Finland Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1030
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.65
Russia Abdul 'degster' Gasanov
Abdul 'degster' Gasanov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
686
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.60
Ukraine Viktor 'sdy' Orudzhev
Viktor 'sdy' Orudzhev
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1084
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
France Audric 'JACKZ' Jug
Audric 'JACKZ' Jug
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1089
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1630
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
Russia Ilya 'm0NESY' Osipov
Ilya 'm0NESY' Osipov
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.18
Maps played:
256
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.61
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.25
Maps played:
1556
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.64
#1
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Finland Cucumber))
electronic fragging igl
2022-06-21 21:35
4 replies
#4
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Brazil MIBR_IS_BAD
better than krystal 4 sure
2022-06-21 21:37
3 replies
#8
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Finland Cucumber))
What did you just say. kRYSTAL owns everyone on this planet. I expected better from a FURIA fan.
2022-06-21 21:39
2 replies
#28
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World streetson
+1 krystal goated
2022-06-21 23:00
Obviously he can’t own the best IGL in the world aka goatfromsky
2022-06-22 08:11
#2
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Hungary YoloKutya
Degster top20 this year?
2022-06-21 21:35
4 replies
#13
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United States b1g_poppa
if he joins a good team that attends most events then it’s likely
2022-06-21 21:57
only if he get's into a decent team and quick
2022-06-21 22:14
2 replies
Blamef got top20 last year from winning nothing and playing in complexity which literally lost 16-0 multiple times with esetag, coldzera etc degstar already performed superb on major and this blast event, if he just attends major with any team (be it trash like previous years complexity) but maintains his performance, he is top20 sure
2022-06-21 22:43
1 reply
BlameF was on a "decent" team which attended most of the important events of the year. You cannot get into the top 20 if you don't even attend the biggest tournaments of the year.
2022-06-21 22:49
PORTUGAL BEST CROWD, NOT BASED
2022-06-21 21:37
3 replies
portugal is like a little BR with porras recheadas (wft you call churros like that)
2022-06-21 22:39
2 replies
#37
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Portugal PizzaGOD
Just in Algarve bro hahaha the rest of portugal call "churros" by "churros recheados".
2022-06-22 11:01
1 reply
kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk i didnt know that
2022-06-22 14:02
#5
device | 
Sweden Ieo
IEM Dallas???
2022-06-21 21:38
#6
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Asia harxDy
niko 1.4 ct rating pog
2022-06-21 21:38
zamn s1mple octagon
2022-06-21 21:38
iem dallas?
2022-06-21 21:41
it says IEM dallas instead of Spring Finals
2022-06-21 21:41
#11
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Pakistan MythPythan
Papatronic<3<3<3
2022-06-21 21:45
s1mple and zywoo not CT side abusers Pog
2022-06-21 21:51
1 reply
Yes! Gigachads have better stats on t side.
2022-06-21 21:57
electronic was amazing this tournament, i guess now he just do whatever he wants that gives him tons of space
2022-06-21 22:01
ZywOo my man! <3
2022-06-21 22:06
#17
NiKo | 
Germany Booya
what is Opk Rat?
2022-06-21 22:10
1 reply
opening kill rating, so basically how good a player is in opening duels / at getting the first kill in a round
2022-06-21 22:30
#18
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Ukraine SwissRolls
GOD S1MPLE
2022-06-21 22:10
prodify
2022-06-21 22:13
#21
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Brazil CookieH
BIGUZERA???????
2022-06-21 22:16
niko 1.41 ct rating xd
2022-06-21 22:42
typo in the b1t part, probably meant prodigy not prodify
2022-06-21 22:46
Good to see Zywoo back
2022-06-22 00:59
I don't like the %ile statistic, idk about anyone else. I'd rather see what number they were in the overall tournament (instead of 100 it would say #1, so on and so forth)
2022-06-22 01:01
"NiKo's story in Lisbon was that of his 2022: Sensational in groups, even against the best teams in the world, with better CT-side numbers than anyone in the world —1.41 rating (1st), 1.67 Opk rating (1st) — but unable to hit that unbelievable ceiling in crunch time." oof hltv saying niko is choko lulw
2022-06-22 02:21
#32
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Canada fenix_wang
electronic was making calls on Mirage before even during Bloomage's time. He was doing really good this time even with a stand in. Crazy... - QUQU
2022-06-22 02:58
electronic evp farmer
2022-06-22 03:56
#34
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United States fyi
Electronic HAS to have the most EVP's
2022-06-22 04:51
#36
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Finland AliSabid
EZ PAPATRONIC expected all of em
2022-06-22 10:02
#38
fnx | 
Russia P0vTr
GOAT NiKo <3
2022-06-22 11:35
#40
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Russia veloxman
papa goat
2022-06-22 14:25
#41
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Brazil wIDt
>%ile >100th >100th someone skipped math/statistics classes
2022-06-22 19:15
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