Jame claims IEM Rio Major MVP award
The Russian captain led his team to a trophy finish in Brazil, claiming his first Major title and the MVP award along with it.
Dzhami "Jame" Ali has been awarded the Most Valuable Player (MVP) medal by HLTV.org and 1xBet following Outsiders' victory at the IEM Rio Major, with the 24-year-old AWPer leading his team to success in the event with an average 1.30 rating across the top-16 stage.
Kaike "KSCERATO" Cerato was leading the race for the award ahead of the semi-finals, but Jame became the frontrunner after FURIA were knocked out of contention. Casper "cadiaN" Møller, Petr "fame" Bolyshev, and Evgenii "FL1T" Lebedev were also in the race heading into the grand final, but Jame came out ahead in the end thanks to his unparalleled consistency throughout the 12 maps that his team played.
The Russian in-game leader was a pivotal force in opening and closing rounds for his team and had constant impact in their matches, mustering the third-highest overall rating in the tournament (1.30), below only Dmitry "sh1ro" Sokolov (1.35) and KSCERATO (1.33).
Jame had particularly high output in Outsiders' semi-final series against MOUZ (1.40 rating), but remained a stalwart presence in their other matches as well, only dropping below a 1.20 rating on three maps, and never below 1.12.
He topped a number of categories on the statistics leaderboard, including deaths per round (0.46), KAST (79.6%), AWP kills per round (0.54, 0.07 greater than his closest competitor), and K-D differential (+98, 33 greater than his closest competitor).
He also placed among the top five in a number of other categories, including damage difference per round (+20.7, tied for #2), kills per round (0.78, #5), 1vsX clutches won (7, #2), and rounds with 1+ kill (52.5%, #4).
Jame was previously awarded MVP medals by HLTV.org at BLAST Pro Series Moscow 2019 and cs_summit 7, and now takes home his third and by far the most important in his career, joining an extremely exclusive list.
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
MLG 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