The EVPs of IEM Cologne 2022

The conclusion of another event means the handing out of another nine EVP medals.

A week after its thrilling finale, the dust is settling on IEM Cologne's latest iteration. Counter-Strike's return to the LANXESS was rewarded with a thrilling and attention-retaining best of five final between the two best teams in the world, a stellar underdog run from Movistar Riders, and another peerless performance from Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev.

IEM Cologne's MVP medal is s1mple's second of 2022, taking him to 21 in total — now two beyond Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz's old record. And, despite two uncharacteristically poor maps in the final, s1mple came away from Germany with the highest KPR (0.84) of all participants and the highest rating (1.25) of any of the grand finalists.

IEM Cologne was ESL's first event in the LANXESS for more than three years

Behind s1mple, as ever, there was a chasing pack featuring several strong performances deserving of credit. That credit comes here, in the form of Exceptionally Valuable Players (EVPs) awards.

HLTV.org's EVP picks of IEM Cologne (by order):

Canada Russel "⁠Twistzz⁠" Van Dulken
Norway Håvard "⁠rain⁠" Nygaard
Denmark Benjamin "⁠blameF⁠" Bremer
Latvia Helvijs "⁠broky⁠" Saukants
Russia Denis "⁠electroNic⁠" Sharipov
United States Jonathan "⁠EliGE⁠" Jablonowski
Spain Alvaro "⁠SunPayus⁠" Garcia
France Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut
Estonia Robin "⁠ropz⁠" Kool

Twistzz barged into the MVP race late and, had s1mple's grand final performance lacked its two 1.30+ maps, he might have snatched the medal at the death. The final rounds of Nuke, and FaZe's call to quicken the pace with back-to-back 'Canada' executes, have already gone down in history, and for good reason. Named after his country of origin, 'Canada' is a variation of an A rush that relies Twistzz to fly off silo and have some impact. Nobody, though, would have expected Twistzz to deliver round-winning multi-kills at 13:14 and an even more spectacular opening at 14:14 using the same strategy.

It evoked a similarly enthralling final from five years ago, Twistzz's late charge resembling Markus "⁠Kjaerbye⁠" Kjærbye's historic grand-final performance, and the back-to-back A rushes echoing Lukas "⁠gla1ve⁠" Rossander and Astralis' A rushes at 14:14 and 15:14 against Virtus.pro on their deciding map.

Twistzz had that highlight moment, but he also backed it up over the entire final; after negative ratings in maps one and two, Twistzz delivered a 1.32, 1.42, and a 1.40 rating in the final three — a jump in performance necessary for FaZe to edge past Natus Vincere in a photo finish.

Recording an excellent 1.22 rating on T-side (4th) and a 1.17 rating in the LANXESS (joint 3rd), Twistzz' 76.3% KAST (4th) rating proves that his impact was delivered round-after-round. In a team with stars as passive as ropz and broky, Twistzz' intelligence and spacing in-game is particularly important — a key reason FaZe are so deadly in late-round scenarios is just how often Twistzz is traded (27.3%, 1st). Even in death, Twistzz was often improving FaZe's position.

He may not have got his first MVP in FaZe's colours, due to a fairly quiet tournament before that explosion in the final three maps, but make no mistake: it was Twistzz who made the difference in the grand final.

rain, like Twistzz, peaked just in time for FaZe. His 1.24, 1.31, and 1.20 ratings in the last three maps of the tournament were his 4th, 3rd, and 5th best maps of the tournament respectively, a feat that should not be downplayed given the strength of Natus Vincere and rain's difficult roles.

In fact, the same should be said for Twistzz and s1mple: They may not top the overall rating charts but no other players had to endure five exhausting maps against the first or second best team in the world. A FaZe or Natus Vincere member's 1.16 rating, as rain had, is far more impressive than a higher number from a team that bowed out beforehand.

Ever the dutiful entry-fragger, rain actually struggled slightly on T-side this event, with a 30% success rate in — his very tricky — opening duels. Yet, there were no such problems on CT: 0.16 OpKPR, at 81.8% success (tied 1st with Dmitry "⁠sh1ro⁠" Sokolov), is a ridiculous statistic for a rifler, and it was not just at the start of the round that rain dominated the defensive half. His 1.49 rating on defence is the highest of anyone, the Norwegian locking down spots like outside on Nuke and cave on Ancient as well as he ever has.

blameF is a statistical machine; there is no other way to say it. He posts huge ratings on T-side (1.25, 3rd) , CT-side (1.33, 6th), opening kills on T (0.12, joint 7th) and CT (0.18, =6th). He had the highest damage differential of anyone at the event (+21.7 per round), recording a kill in 54.2% of rounds (2nd only to s1mple), and even threw in 7 clutches (0.70 per 30 rounds) to boot.

No matter his role, he is a phenom; there is nobody a player like Kristian "⁠k0nfig⁠" Wienecke or gla1ve would rather have behind them ready to trade. His leaderboard-topping 0.18 trade kills per round corroborate that, adding another tie to his bow.

And yet, it is impossible to end the discussion here. blameF is posting similar numbers to Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač did at the back-end of last year, but you would have a hard time realising that on an eye-test. Where NiKo ripped through defences single-handedly, blameF is naturally a slower player. It might be unfair to compare the two, but blameF's numbers demand that comparison — and it remains one where he falls short.

0.57 kills per lost round was the second highest of the event (to sh1ro, who has an AWP to save). blameF survived 18% (3rd) of Astralis' lost rounds, only 2% less than Dzhami "⁠Jame⁠" Ali. blameF has tremendous impact — only a fool argue otherwise — but a player of his talent and skill can still do more.

With the first three players all relatively close in terms of order, the step to electroNic is one that goes down a tier. Still, though, broky added another strong event. He actually posted the highest rating of anyone in the LANXESS (1.18), with two strong maps against Natus Vincere on finals-day (1.54 on Mirage, and 1.30 on Inferno) cementing that status.

broky's role has not changed, and as such his radar chart still pales in comparison to the other players here like it has in a few other of these EVP articles. An element of that is a talking point — his 0.94 T-side rating is lower than usual (he has 1.05 for the entirety of 2022) — but we should not look too deeply into his numbers.

He takes the modern 'passive' AWPing style to its logical extreme, with just 13.9% opening kill attempts, but that is something he has done all year without FaZe skipping a beat. It is quite simply not his job.

That is not to say FaZe wouldn't benefit from him using his excellent close-to-mid range combat AWPing style for an extra pick or two, but Finn "⁠karrigan⁠" Andersen knows broky is most dangerous when he's using that skill to hit late-round multi-kills — and sets him up accordingly. Overall, broky had another good showing, if a small step below the first three names on this list.

electroNic, meanwhile, has added another event as an IGL where his fragging barely suffered. As always, Natus Vincere's new captain was at his best in the playoffs (1.17 rating compared to 1.15 in groups), posting all maps above 1.00 in the LANXESS. He nearly matched Twistzz for impact at the death too, posting 1.38 and 1.37 ratings in the final two maps of the grand final.

Another similarity to Twistzz was how well electroNic was traded this event, his figure of 26.5% second only to the Canadian. This is part of the reason for electroNic's 75.5% KAST (6th), a very solid stat line for a member of the entry pack.

Getting 0.05 flash assists per round, compared to 0.02 at Katowice and 0.03 at Antwerp, electroNic is taking his new meta-IGL role in the 'middle' of the action seriously; a captain with as much skill as electroNic will be a tangible advantage for Natus Vincere next season and, hopefully, beyond.

EliGE and Liquid came into Cologne with a fresh burst of life, buoyed by the addition of Damian "⁠daps⁠" Steele as coach and Mareks "⁠YEKINDAR⁠" Gaļinskis as a stand-in to the extent the team were practising for a "minimum" of "10 or 11 hours a day" in the lead-up to the event.

Despite actually handing some of his T-sided roles to YEKINDAR, it was EliGE who was the most impressive Liquid player statistically — and it wasn't close. A 1.25 rating was the same as s1mple's, and EliGE even posted the highest ADR of the event (91.8) and second highest multi-kills (21.3%) as Liquid finally shook off some of their pandemic ring-rust.

That group stage promise, however, only meant Liquid's loss to Movistar Riders in the quarter-finals stung harder. A playoff run was more than most would have expected before the event but once Liquid arrived in the LANXESS their firepower should have been enough to defeat the well-oiled machine of Movistar Riders.

An excuse might come in the form of how little time Liquid had before the event, after "scrapping everything" that they had before, but Liquid will need EliGE to come into the second half of the year firing on all cylinders if they are to break back into the top ten.

If IEM Cologne is a sign of things to come, EliGE's return to more passive roles might have accomplished just that.

SunPayus has proved his credentials as a defensive and secure AWPer throughout 2022, and his IEM Cologne performance proved he can be just as effective against top-ten opposition. In fact, by average ranking, SunPayus and Movistar Riders had the toughest opponents of anyone in their run at IEM Cologne.

Defeating G2 (#6), Vitality (#5), and Liquid (#13), Movistar Riders only lost matches to FaZe (#2) and Natus Vincere (#1) — all of SunPayus' performances came in games that, on paper, Movistar Riders were not favoured.

After IEM Cologne, we must recalibrate that view; a win on home soil at ESL Challenger Valencia, and a semi-finals run in Germany, represent the best results of any Spanish team in CS:GO.

Although it was Alejandro "⁠alex⁠" Masanet and Galder "⁠bladE⁠" Barcena's system that facilitated this charge to the LANXESS, it was SunPayus who performed the best: 1.46 rating on CT-side (2nd), a 45% survival rate (2nd), and 0.09 flash assists (joint 4th) are figures that simultaneously reveal how Movistar Riders's system and SunPayus' ability combine to elevate both above their means.

ZywOo, like in Lisbon, was back to his best in Cologne. Yet, unlike at BLAST, he could not convert that into a playoff run, let alone a grand-final appearance. He is simply doing everything for Vitality: He has 23.9% opening kill attempts on T-side (highest among AWPers, next highest is Santino "⁠try⁠" Rigal on 20.7%) and 32.8% attempts on CT (4th, including riflers).

77.7% KAST (1st), 1.41 Impact (1st), 0.81 KPR (2nd), 1.31 rating (1st) — these are not usually the numbers of a player who lost more maps than they won at a tournament. Given that group stage exit, ZywOo cannot be placed higher in this list; but that is through no fault of his own. Vitality cannot ask for any more from their franchise player.

ropz' 1.09 rating at Cologne was nothing special, but when you take into account that five of his maps were against then-ranked #1 in the world Natus Vincere you can see how he just creeped into this list.

Despite three poor maps in that grand final, ropz still hit the highs of a 1.50 rating on Mirage against Natus Vincere, a 1.51 rating against Movistar Riders in semis, and was the highest rated player (1.28 over two maps) in the group stage win over Astralis.

He also topped the leaderboard for deaths per round, his 47% survival rate even higher than the many passive AWPers present in Cologne. Ultimately, though, he just did not quite match the impact of his three teammates this event.

Honourable mentions

Ukraine Valeriy "⁠b1t⁠" Vakhovskiy
Denmark Kristian "⁠k0nfig⁠" Wienecke
United States Josh "⁠oSee⁠" Ohm

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s1mple crowned MVP of IEM Cologne
United States Josh 'oSee' Ohm
Josh 'oSee' Ohm
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1103
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
Latvia Helvijs 'broky' Saukants
Helvijs 'broky' Saukants
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
714
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.61
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1530
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
Russia Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1189
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.55
Russia Denis 'electroNic' Sharipov
Denis 'electroNic' Sharipov
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1318
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
Russia Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
884
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.53
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1394
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.62
Latvia Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1104
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.70
Spain Alvaro 'SunPayus' Garcia
Alvaro 'SunPayus' Garcia
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
331
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.59
Argentina Santino 'try' Rigal
Santino 'try' Rigal
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
325
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.60
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
1637
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1614
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
Estonia Robin 'ropz' Kool
Robin 'ropz' Kool
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1149
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.61
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:
459
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
2031
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.69
Spain Alejandro 'alex' Masanet
Alejandro 'alex' Masanet
Age:
26
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1315
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1691
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.27
Maps played:
1020
KPR:
0.84
DPR:
0.61
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1562
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1627
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
Denmark Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
884
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.61
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.25
Maps played:
1571
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.64
cool
2022-07-24 22:09
6 replies
zywoo better stats % than s1mple wtf
2022-07-25 03:17
5 replies
played less maps tho
2022-07-25 03:27
not in playoff=irrelevant
2022-07-25 03:36
1 reply
#94
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Philippines sijibats
+1
2022-07-25 06:57
goat
2022-07-25 06:52
#154
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India gXser
zywoo could easily destroy the teams that vitality lost to, but vitality is just dogwater sadly
2022-07-25 21:55
#2
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Finland Cucumber))
God SunPayus
2022-07-24 22:10
16 replies
1.03 impact LUL
2022-07-24 22:26
15 replies
Baiting bot
2022-07-24 22:48
3 replies
wouldnt call him bot. However I do think he is currently one of the most overrated players while mopoz is criminally underrated. It goes to show how easily it is to shine as an awper compared to being a rifler
2022-07-24 22:54
2 replies
+1
2022-07-24 23:02
broky 1.02 impact as well aha. You have a point.
2022-07-25 09:25
#43
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Chile baruj
cmon, ropz impact 0.94
2022-07-24 23:24
10 replies
Not comparible - Different roles and teams. Ropz lurker with multiple stars on his team currently in peak form. Having the entry and 2nd entry in peak form not to mention broky doing his job well also leaves less impact to the lurker when a lot of rounds gets resolved before ropz gets to pounce. sunpayus on the other hand is playing the most important role, taking up a greater share of the team's resources economy wise and in terms of positioning while ultimately having way less impact than what is reasonable compared to the hype. 1.16 rating but 1.03 impact due to literally just holding angles and saving while doing absoloutely nothing on the T sides Mopoz 1.06 rating but 1.22 impact rating. Movistar will literally fall back into top40 as soon as one of the bigger EU orgs takes a chance on him and pays his buyout
2022-07-24 23:48
9 replies
#85
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United States r0l4nd_
Mopoz one of the heaviest overperformaces I’ve ever seen, even if sunpayus stays on movi, Mopoz will likely sink back into obscurity leaving movi with only 2 good fraggers again.
2022-07-25 04:43
7 replies
??? Mopoz has always been the Best player on movistar riders lol. Even when they had smooya
2022-07-25 10:47
3 replies
#125
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United States r0l4nd_
Mopoz best player? Same Mopoz that’s sub 1.0 rating against everyone outside of top 5 this year? Better than Alex and sunpayus? I aren’t thinking that
2022-07-25 13:39
2 replies
Bro its obvious you never watched a movistar game before they attended cologne. No point in arguing
2022-07-25 21:47
1 reply
#155
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United States r0l4nd_
Ok bud whatever you say
2022-07-25 22:09
Even when they had smooya it was mopoz who was carrying half of the time, but you just like to talk trash and not watch games i guess
2022-07-25 13:42
2 replies
#140
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United States r0l4nd_
ok but im talking about 2022, flair and name check out
2022-07-25 17:24
1 reply
The point is, it's expected of mopoz to do well, he has done it in the past and we know he can do it. That's my argument for disagreeing with your take about him heavily overperforming. Maybe I'd agree he overperformed a little bit, but definitely not one of the heaviest overperformances you've ever seen. And yes, name checks out, so what? I like what the guy brings to the table
2022-07-25 20:49
#158
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Chile baruj
Good point, thx for the reflection. Maybe I just considered the numbers. BTW, I really like Alex, I think as an IGL he has a more than acceptable impact.
2022-07-26 06:57
goatpayus deserved
2022-07-24 22:11
#4
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Guatemala feerzein21
Me
2022-07-24 22:13
Zywootality ..hopeless team mates
2022-07-24 22:16
4 replies
bring back kyojin 😩
2022-07-24 22:20
3 replies
All went downhill when they benched RPK Dude was a solid tank
2022-07-25 03:28
2 replies
+1
2022-07-25 11:30
Actually true lol His stats were getting very mediocre, but he had moments of brilliance and given his roles it wasn't such a surprising thing. Could also play a role in team environment: losing a veteran like RpK in a scene that lacks it more and more means he will be very hard to replace, and adding Kyojin in his place will affect team chemistry a lot, he was a very underrated player in their team.
2022-07-25 12:07
b1t > ZywOo
2022-07-24 22:16
3 replies
Flair
2022-07-26 11:16
2 replies
Flag
2022-07-26 12:45
1 reply
I never say that I disagree, I just point out the fact that you are not impartial
2022-07-27 23:45
#7
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Serbia Vinnier
Zywoo is sooooo good
2022-07-24 22:17
niko top10 this year :(
2022-07-24 22:18
"His 47% survival rate even higher than the many passive AWPers present in Cologne".
2022-07-24 22:20
#11
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Cyprus shmoe
BlameF top3 2022
2022-07-24 22:22
#12
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Russia 0_0
4 out of 5 faze players got evp, nice
2022-07-24 22:22
4 guys from Faze Pog
2022-07-24 22:23
sunpayus representing spain lets gou
2022-07-24 22:24
zywoo goat
2022-07-24 22:27
#17
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Canada Bak2BED
Valid list But twistzz was robbed
2022-07-24 22:28
1 reply
#122
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Moldova nutel
#121 Copium
2022-07-25 13:16
#18
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Foxxyownz
zywoo %tile 😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳 GOAT
2022-07-24 22:29
3 replies
feels really bad for zywoo, he is trying so hard and doing so well, but can never win
2022-07-24 22:37
2 replies
#24
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Foxxyownz
i dont think he cares tbh, he just enjoys playing doing what he loves. but i hope he will get what he deserves someday
2022-07-24 22:37
1 reply
Hopefully
2022-07-24 23:12
SunPayus <3
2022-07-24 22:30
Love this statistic focused article, excellent work!
2022-07-24 22:32
BlameF and ropz survival rates... (They're riflers). Another tournament another group stage Evp for zywoo.
2022-07-24 22:34
1 reply
ropz isnt a baiter like blame, he get's positions and holds them like ancient he holds A, if they don't go A he gets no stats and no challenges, he holds B on dust 2 same deal again, ropz must take like 1/3 of the fights the rest of his team does just cause of his positions, and he's secondary awp not just rifler
2022-07-25 03:25
That's funny, how literally all faze roster besides Karrigan has evp from Cologne.
2022-07-24 22:35
zywoo's just the best
2022-07-24 22:43
What a bullshit comment on twistzz. HLTV knows they dropped the ball on this one from all the backlash and they are trying to “fix it” with good description for his EVP, but to late. Twistzz still robbed and I have been saying his impact on last map was just as huge as Kjaerbye’s play vs VP in Atlanta 2017 since cologne final ended… but guess what, Kjaerbye got his MVP and twistzz didn’t. But I get it…… twistzz didn’t push DANISH team over the line to win first ever major for DANISH team * cough* * cough* danish site * cough* * cough*
2022-07-24 22:44
15 replies
Xd
2022-07-24 22:45
#30
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Russia Soawii
relax man, i'm sure twistzz cares more about winning the tourney rather than getting the mvp
2022-07-24 22:46
10 replies
Ofc he does, but getting MVP after that crazy last map would be nice. It would be twistzz’s first MVP in Faze and since he doesn’t play the best possitions there won’t be much chances for him to get one, since team is really stacked and any of the 4 broky, ropz, rain, twistzz can get it. That’s beauty of Faze, there isn’t clear star player everyone has to bait for like for s0mple to farm his stats for HLTV to get MVPs. That’s reason Faze is #1 team, but at the same time it’s hard for someone like twistzz to get MVP medals.
2022-07-25 07:58
9 replies
can you praise faze without shitting on one of the best csgo players?
2022-07-25 09:28
8 replies
One of ? THE best and GOAT, this guy is crying while of course the MVP of the whole tourney is s1mple, 2 great important maps are not enough to compensate for a 15+ maps tourney, biased people.
2022-07-25 09:39
4 replies
Yeah but those 2 maps were title winning and were more important than 15 maps before it, because it was freaking final vs top level team not some tier 2 teams where s0mple bait every teammate to boost his stats. Those 2 maps were the reason your “GOAT” turned into salty butthurt at the end and threw his 2nd place medal into the crowd, not to mention s0mple completely disappeared on Nuke which was one of the biggest reason Navi lost since game ended 16:14. It’s hard to bait vs team like Faze haha, you are not playing vs tier 2 players and have to show something and not get carried by your IGL in most important BO5 of the year. Definitely not MVP worthy.
2022-07-25 13:50
3 replies
You need to get updated loser, s1mple got 1 major so the s0mple meme is dead. Stop making a joke of yourself with that. Yes s1mple underperformed but actually the reason navi underperformed as a whole was more b1T who finished at 0.89 over 5 maps...Also Faze as a team was simply better, they are more set up, this navi roster is still new, it was only their second tourney. They can only grow stronger. As for the bait part, every superstars bait, that's how the game has been working for generations. What you said prove you have no knowledge on cs. DEFINITELY MVP worthy for the whole tournament when you are objective and not a stupid hater. Twistzz was good but he was not better to a convincing margin to compensate for his lack of performance in the previous matches, to get to the grand finals you need to win all of the previous matches and he did not nearly contribute as much as s1mple when you look at the entire tourney.
2022-07-25 18:19
2 replies
Ok s0mple fanboy, you just proved you are actually stupid. No one on Faze baits like s0mple and look where they are, not to mention s0mple is unlikeable as fuck and 99% of his fans are newfags or people who follow him just because he is hltv’s #1. Bye no point in talking to delusional fanboy
2022-07-26 16:03
1 reply
Actual negative IQ detected. No valid argument so pointless discussion. /closed
2022-07-26 23:07
Shitting? What did I say wrong? He doesn’t bait his team mates? He doesn’t play best possitions? Navi doesn’t dance like he says? Unlike most his fans I followed s0mple from beginning of his career in Hellraisers in 2014 and never liked him and never will just like most of his ex-teammates (except Hiko and few others). He is your usual toxic topfragger who cries everytime someone makes mistake and thinks everyone should do as he says, because in his head “he is something more” then the rest of the players, legends of the game like markeloff confirmed it. I need something more from a player to become his fan than just being good and have amazing stats it about character as well. 99% of you s0mple fans are just bandwagon, because he is #1 player without it he would never had community behind him like olof, get_right, f0rest etc. Players who are/were great, but they are also humble and likeable as person. s0mple is one of the best who ever played the game hands down, but as a teammate and person he is cocky and unlikeble as fuck.
2022-07-25 14:13
2 replies
i give this comment: five stars although gotta say, s1mple has come along way from being the cunt he was in Liquid as of today (considering how he took the major semifinal loss in 2019 to ENCE)
2022-07-25 15:07
1 reply
Sure he got better I agree, but you just can’t change they way you are. Of course he got older and can control his emotions a little bit more and got really good at “hiding” his toxicity in public and on lans, but sometimes in those high pressure situation it gets out on surfice for example when perfecto and sdy lost 2v1 vs twistzz jumping on B bomb site silo…. the way he talked to his teammates. I would literally stand up in that situation and told him to go f*ck yourself or at least after match was done, but I guess no one will do it because that person would “somehow became not compatible with navi anymore” and would be replaced in within next few weeks and these guys know navi is the best they can do since they are from CIS region and therefore forced to undergo s0mple’s abuse if they don’t want ruin their career. One day when s0mple gets older and drops of just like every great player did, I will be laughing my ass when navi realise they no longer have benefits from kissing his ass and kick him out. He definitely got much better, because he had to since he got kicked (or was “forced to leave” by himself) from basically every team he played for despite being the best player on squad before joining Navi. The little butthurt toxic kid is still inside him and I am brutally repelled by this kind of players.
2022-07-25 18:12
#58
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Brazil _Awper
I think it's more like s1mple favoritism. The same happened with Coldzera and fer here in Sidney where Cold got the MVP. Fer was the highest rating in the tournament: hltv.org/stats?event=2713 But, Coldzera was slightly better in the grand final (Twistzz was 10x better than s1mple): hltv.org/matches/2310246/sk-vs-faze-iem-..
2022-07-25 00:01
2 replies
fer - coldzera rating difference over the entire tournament: 0.03 s1mple - twistzz rating difference: 0.09
2022-07-25 04:18
1 reply
fer and coldzera both players from same team lifted trophy. twistzz lifting the trophy thanks to hero plays, which pushed Faze over the line s0mple ghosting on Nuke and crying with 2nd place medal throwing it away into the crowd See the difference? Second one is definitely not MVP worthy.
2022-07-25 14:16
Twistzz robbed! Sad for osee too
2022-07-24 22:45
“No matter his role, he is a phenom; there is nobody a player like Kristian "⁠k0nfig⁠" Wienecke or gla1ve would rather have behind them ready to trade. His leaderboard-topping 0.18 trade kills per round corroborate that, adding another tie to his bow.” “blameF has tremendous impact — only a fool argue otherwise.” And yet functionally braindead haters still gonna call him a baitor
2022-07-24 22:45
8 replies
call me a fool but i believe 96th percentile impact is undeserved try 80th percentile and come back to me
2022-07-24 22:58
1 reply
There’s no need. You just need to use the official iq tester to yourself and you’ll figure something out
2022-07-24 23:00
Danish site in denial, taking a jab at the readers that actually state facts. Guy has the most inflated stats ever, even if he is a very good player.
2022-07-24 23:11
5 replies
ZywOo getting an EVP yet his team not even in the playoffs luuuuul why is this not a French site?
2022-07-24 23:27
3 replies
Did you watch Vitality games? ZywOo is playing with 4 washed up bots trying to carry them the best he can. Its actually embarrassing that he can be so good yet his teammates will literally give him no help. He is supposed to be the star player and awper, yet he takes most entries with insane success, has by far the best T sides in the tournaments (in a CT favored meta no less) and yet somehow still ends up having most clutches and big impact in late rounds. How can Botality NOT win or at least make the playoffs? 4 noobs in the team and worst captain in tier 1 stealing paychecks is my guess.
2022-07-25 08:22
1 reply
+1000
2022-07-26 12:10
#116
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United Arab Emirates p1peb0mb
because he was so good in groups stage. not his fault vitality is shit
2022-07-25 12:17
Sad to read that, hope u get better soon
2022-07-25 00:04
ZywOo & blameF charts, holy shit...
2022-07-24 22:54
remember s1mple is mvp, not twistzz xD remember lucky 14-16 in nuke, remember navi new team and still nearly won xD fluke clan xD
2022-07-24 22:57
18 replies
I can tell you're RU/Ukranian 16yo with Kaneki as his pfp
2022-07-24 23:14
1 reply
hahahaha 0/8
2022-07-24 23:15
#45
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United States RyoGTO
Cry is free :D
2022-07-24 23:28
1 reply
hahahahahahaha xD yes your cry is free xD
2022-07-24 23:37
#47
fnx | 
Russia P0vTr
Cry is so freeeeeeeeeeee
2022-07-24 23:32
6 replies
#50 EAZY
2022-07-24 23:37
5 replies
#106
fnx | 
Russia P0vTr
Imagine crying while winning xD Huge L for natus botcere enjoyer
2022-07-25 10:39
4 replies
Flag, better than every russian team, L boy
2022-07-28 01:12
3 replies
#171
fnx | 
Russia P0vTr
Perfecto and electronic are probably not a part of natus botcere, and boombl4 wasn't when their prime started, cap And yeah, nice theme change, we were talking about FaZe and not russian teams xD
2022-07-29 11:02
2 replies
You changed the theme, your iq isn’t even measurable (no it’s too low)
2022-07-29 16:57
1 reply
#173
fnx | 
Russia P0vTr
Where did i
2022-07-30 09:04
Here we are coping again huh :D
2022-07-25 00:27
4 replies
HAHAHA I ALREADY WON, AS ALWAYS HAHAHAHA SO EAZY
2022-07-25 00:29
3 replies
Can you tell me what meds you are taking?
2022-07-25 00:30
2 replies
HAHAHA DOCTOR LEVEL GENIUS IQ, YOU CANT HAVE IT HAHAHA
2022-07-25 00:31
1 reply
I like u bro
2022-07-25 00:49
It was 5-0 Faze just threw few rounds so they have a challenge
2022-07-25 02:54
+1 fluke clan fans crying about mvp HAHAHAHA
2022-07-25 06:34
LOL @ ZywOo's diagram xD xD xD Where are the fools pretending he is not as good as sh1ro, NiKo, broky etc. ?
2022-07-24 23:09
Kjaerbye 💪💪
2022-07-24 23:29
g.o.a.t.
2022-07-24 23:32
#49
fnx | 
Russia P0vTr
ZyGOAT, we beg you to return🙏
2022-07-24 23:35
ELIGE BETTER THAN SUNPAYUS WHAT A JOKE HAHAHAHAHAHHAHA
2022-07-24 23:38
ZywOo IMBA
2022-07-24 23:42
Unloko for Zi Wu
2022-07-24 23:45
Broky not even top2 in his own team and people say he's a top 5 player
2022-07-24 23:45
6 replies
not top 2 in stats in this event, nice brain
2022-07-25 04:06
5 replies
Looks like someone is hurt xD
2022-07-25 09:32
4 replies
Looks like someone needs to go back to school
2022-07-25 17:13
3 replies
I need to go back to school because I made a comment about a certain player? Or you're talking about yourself?
2022-07-25 17:35
2 replies
because you don't know how the EVP system works
2022-07-25 17:37
1 reply
Ah, not sure where you inferred that from. But also good to know in which school they teach that
2022-07-25 17:48
Stolen MVP
2022-07-24 23:47
1 reply
#59
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Brazil _Awper
+1
2022-07-25 00:02
#61
rain | 
Luxembourg sugma
Twisstz still fucking robbed, you done fucked up HLTV
2022-07-25 00:14
HLTV tryhards trying to explain why s1mple got MVP.
2022-07-25 00:18
1 reply
AND FLUKE CLAN FANS CRYING ABOUT MVP
2022-07-25 06:37
Zygoat 1v9 unlucko
2022-07-25 00:23
Sunpayus GOD
2022-07-25 00:25
Dexter deserved it more tbh. He was carrying + IGLin 4 gold novas into a major tournament playoff spot
2022-07-25 00:29
5 replies
0/8 Aleksi had worse team in OG than Dexter has now
2022-07-25 02:56
4 replies
#117
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Australia 360NoHope
you seen bymas shoot anyone this tourney?
2022-07-25 12:50
3 replies
Yes I did
2022-07-25 14:55
2 replies
#132
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Australia 360NoHope
0/8
2022-07-25 15:04
0/8
2022-07-25 15:21
#71
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Finland AliSabid
GOAT GOT MVP DESERVED DESERVED FOR EVPS ASWELL
2022-07-25 00:58
#72
based | 
Kyrgyzstan Mdawg
nice
2022-07-25 02:05
#73
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Poland Wairusss
nt zywoo u will win someday
2022-07-25 02:32
mens whenever you kill 30-40 in matchmaking and still fucking lose, remember this zywoo graphic
2022-07-25 02:57
honestly it's great they take ALL factors into consideration, you can't give mvp to someone who can't even make finals, that's just ridiculous. also they look at the roles each person plays as well, entry fraggers should %100 get more credit than passive players. also electronic being igl, being igl shouldn't affect fragging at all tbh, all i see is players falling off or becoming washed using it as an excuse to linger in a team, karrigan trash fragger (faze), alexsib trash (former g2), snappi falling off (ence), then you have Tabsen top rating for BIG as igl? make it make sense
2022-07-25 03:16
1 reply
Have you ever been an IGL for a team that’s remotely good? You need to think about 100000 different things and the last thing on your mind is fragging.
2022-07-25 05:55
#86
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Brazil _Meehiell
imagine a team: Canada Russel "⁠Twistzz⁠" Van Dulken Norway Håvard "⁠rain⁠" Nygaard Denmark Benjamin "⁠blameF⁠" Bremer Latvia Helvijs "⁠broky⁠" Saukants Russia Denis "⁠electroNic⁠" Sharipov
2022-07-25 04:54
3 replies
Faze much better than that
2022-07-25 12:55
Cmon, building a team is not just simply combining the players who gets good stats together, the most important thing is chemistry, which exactly leads this Faze to the achievements they have done this year so far.
2022-07-26 11:29
1 reply
#165
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Brazil _Meehiell
i know, but look at the fire power
2022-07-26 14:13
#87
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China Neas0rT
s1mple is my father!!!😍
2022-07-25 05:36
Why is zywoo even there lolmao
2022-07-25 06:26
2 replies
#98
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Australia imissdevvy
GodwOo
2022-07-25 09:20
the best T side player in the entire event? i wonder why
2022-07-25 11:13
LMAOOO ALL FLUKE CLAN FANS CRYING ABOUT MVP XAXAXAAXAXXAXAAXA
2022-07-25 06:35
look at zywoo and blamef, their percentiles are insane
2022-07-25 07:43
#99
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Latvia laiziolas
Faze players are gods. Navi fans cry hard. Number 2. Faze need grand slam after i go sleep.
2022-07-25 09:23
3 replies
+1 god tier roster!
2022-07-25 12:54
#124
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Moldova nutel
I see only faze fans crying that twistz was mvp robbed while not even being in top 10 stats wise
2022-07-25 13:19
1 reply
#137
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Brazil ImReverx
+1
2022-07-25 16:16
#102
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Romania Lacerta
What is BaitF doing here
2022-07-25 09:29
1 reply
Going by pure stats he definitely needs to be here but these stats don't tell the whole story.
2022-07-26 12:15
GODRAIN
2022-07-25 10:01
holy fuck zywoo
2022-07-25 11:12
kekw
2022-07-25 11:51
#113
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Spain Pablitoo_
godpayus activated
2022-07-25 12:04
They put Twistzz on top in the article because they know they made a mistake. He is the real MVP of the event. He got robbed. Everyone that understand the game knows it. Being great when it matters the most (in the final) is a quality that should be praised more as well. The stats is just half of it at best. Everyone that watched the games can see that he is the real MVP.
2022-07-25 12:54
2 replies
#123
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Brazil flytw4tp
true HLTV needs to put aside a bit that rating thing. Twistzz isn't even in Top10 rating of ESL Cologne but his impact is undeniable he won crucial rounds, clutches etc. he deserved that especially because that made them win the whole tournament. It's tiring to see s1mple winning all the time especially when his team still lost =/
2022-07-25 13:17
1 reply
I agree my man. Hltv can be very biased towards simple. He is the best player in the world but he is not the one that deserve every mvp award just because of it. And someone from the winning team should be the mvp, at least when it’s not like insanely obvious that someone else was the mvp carrying their team to the final or something.
2022-07-25 14:45
Yo HLTV, can you just give Twitzz 1 MVP medal, He only had 1 or 2 chance and this was one of it. Most likely he wont get another chance unless faze change role or twitzz embodied Zywoo or something
2022-07-25 16:23
It's nice to see Elige bag on this list. Monster rating and impact. Plus the highest ADR in the tournament. Wonderful. Hope to see something similar out of NAF and Yekindar going into future.
2022-07-25 17:52
k0nfig robbed
2022-07-25 18:15
mvp to second place is stupid and should have stopped years ago
2022-07-25 19:01
#153
dav1d | 
Chile cap_
hahaha im getting brain damage, many crybabies xdDxdXd
2022-07-25 21:51
#156
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Netherlands Dvid
SCREW ZYWOO, TORZSI ROBBED
2022-07-25 22:58
2 replies
ZywOo definitely deserves to he mentionned here but I agree torszi should have been here instead of some of the names ( I'm one of the biggest ropz fans here and have been saying he was a top5 player potential ans mouz's best player since the Sunny days, but he doesn't deserve this EVP imo, it was one of his most lackluster tournaments in ages )
2022-07-26 12:12
1 reply
#167
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Netherlands Dvid
agreed brother
2022-07-26 20:27
WHAT. THE. FUCK. IS. ROPZ. DOING. HERE?
2022-07-26 00:18
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