DH Summer 2012: Top players
Following the ending of DreamHack Summer 2012, we bring you an analysis of the event's top players, including detailed statistics, as well as a vote for the All-Star lineup and the MVP of the tournament.
Traditionally taking place in Jönköping, Sweden twice a year, DreamHack's Summer 2012 edition hosted 8 teams, including most of the world's best. In this short, but very competitive tournament, fnatic displayed a dominant performance to overcome the likes of ESC Gaming and Natus Vincere and claim the first place prize of 50,000 SEK (around $7,000).
Only 15 matches (19 maps) were played at the main tournament of the Swedish event, involving 40 players. Out of them, 9 members of playoff teams had an above average performance, while a couple of others had their teams stopped in the group stage despite of their solid individual contribution.
We will now take a closer look at those players and see what exactly made them stand out, while at the end of the article we will ask you to tell us your All-Star lineup of the tournament and the Most Valuable Player.
It's worth mentioning that even though ESC Gaming ended up sharing the 3rd place with Virtus.pro, none of their players stood out enough to be included in the overall ranking.
Best rated players
At this tournament we saw a change in the Natus Vincere squad, as Sergey "starix" Ischuk was relinquished of his in-game leader duties, while Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko returned to his old post. However, it didn't have the effect that they hoped for, as they finished in 2nd place, continuing a trend of losing in the final for the fourth time in five attempts this year.
After a mediocre group stage where Ischuk, same as his team, did just enough to help them get to the playoffs (1.00 rating), he stepped up on day two of the tournament and led the team in the Virtus.pro semi-final clash, playing great in both the de_train overtime win (30:18 score, 1.36 rating- top rated) and the de_tuscan 16:2 massacre (17:7 score, 1.55 rating).
In the final he started badly as the worst in Na`Vi's de_dust2 loss, but he made up for it after the teams moved to the stage. For the second time he was top rated in the event, helping his team even out the score with his 26:13 (1.68 rating) performance on de_train.
No one could have predicted that Virtus.pro would ever end up topping a group that contained SK Gaming, ESC Gaming and WinFakt, but that's exactly what they did at DreamHack Summer 2012. One of their two members who led the team to this success was their in-game leader, Dmitry "hooch" Bogdanov, who after this put himself back on the map considering that his last notable performance at a major event was during e-Stars Seoul 2010 with MYM.
Although Bogdanov didn't end up top rated in any map, he was his team's best twice, in a close 16-14 opening win over SK Gaming (25:20 score, 1.20 rating), and in the overtime loss to Na`Vi in the semi-final's first map (30:25, 1.30 rating). He also played well in the other matches, which made him one of the most consistent performers in this event.
In the end he turned out to be the 3rd best fragger with 0.79 KPR and the third most dominant player, while most of his impact came on the CT side, which is understandable considering his in-game leader role. Additionally, Bogdanov was apparently set on always making the first move, as he was involved in 39% of entry duels for his team (more than any other player at the event), but he wasn't very successful at it, giving Virtus.pro the disadvantage more often than not (won 48% of first duels).
The other key member for Virtus.pro's success was their captain Alexey "LeX" Kolesnikov, who paired up brilliantly with Bogdanov to lead their team to the semi-final. Both players shared the weight of top-fragging in their team, and while Bogdanov was the main rifler, Kolesnikov was more of an all round player, even doing great as the secondary AWPer (30% of his kills were with the big green).Kolesnikov was also equally consistent as his teammate throughout their 5 maps, particularly due to always playing above team average (overall 15%, most of all players). He also had one stand-out performance individually, which was in Virtus.pro's second test when they overcame ESC Gaming to everyone's surprise with a 16-4 score. Kolesnikov's play in that clash (23:8 score, 1.86 rating) reminded many of his old days and proved that he still has what it takes to play with the very best. In the match after that, he recorded a 4-kill highlight round in the 15:15 draw with WinFakt.
This DreamHack Summer was entirely marked by fnatic who displayed dominance in both competitions that they took part in, winning the Swedish Championship and the international tournament. The main reason for that was that all of their members played exquisite, all five of them among the event's top rated players.
The least consistent of them was the late arriver Finn "karrigan" Andersen, who came to DreamHack a little later than his teammates due to an exam, but his contributions didn't suffer much from that, if at all, and he didn't miss any matches of the main tournament.
Just like the rest of fnatic's members, he didn't have any bad displays, only a few slightly below average ones. On the other hand, he stood out in the toughest clash, recording his best rating in the 3rd map of the grand final against Na`Vi (23:15 score, 1.67 rating), and was also the best fragger in the first map (27:18 score, 1.30 rating). Thanks to that, and to a solid performance against ESC Gaming in the semi-final, he was actually the team's 2nd best rated in the playoffs with 1.17.
Overall he was the team's lower rated, but all players of fnatic were only separated by a few kills, so it was Andersen's death toll that dropped his rating in the end. That could be explained by the fact that he was their main entry option (25% of rounds), and he was quite successful at it, recording the event's 2nd highest amount of entry kills (28) with a very good win ratio of 62%.
Completely unsurprisingly, Natus Vincere's best player and one of the world's best in the last two and a half years, Yegor "markeloff" Markelov, led his team statistically in another podium campaign.
Markelov was in fact the player who carried his team the most with his rating being 15% above team's average (shared with Virtus.pro's Kolesnikov, who however was paired up with Bogdanov). The super talented AWPer once again excelled with the most expensive weapon and recorded the event's best total (84) and average (0.42) amount of kills with it.
His best match in that regard was first map of the Virtus.pro semi-final, when he had 21 AWP kills in a 19-16 win, while overall his best performances came in the second map of that clash (21:5 score, 1.85 rating) and in the group stage against zNation (25:9, 1.73 rating).
Naturally for him, Markelov played well in the rest of the matches too, which is testified in having the most kills overall at the event (156) and the 3rd best kill-death difference (+42). He was also one of the best entry killers, actually having the best percentage of entry duels won (66%).
fnatic's new in-game leader Richard "Xizt" Landström continued excelling in his fresh role, obviously making all the right calls since his team won the tournament, but also playing great individually.
In every map that fnatic won he had a rating above 1.00, while his best performance was in the semi-final against ESC Gaming (38:22 score, 1.36 rating in two maps). The fans rewarded him with their Man of the match votes for that display, and he also excelled against Moscow Five in the group stage as the top rated player of the 16:3 win (21:11 score, 1.51 rating).
He was one of the hardest players to kill at the event (0.55 deaths per round), which can be important for an in-game leader, but his fragging considering that role was perhaps even more impressive, as he was one of the most dominant players at the event thanks to being able to take out 3 or more players in a round on 10 occasions.
fnatic's usual madfragger, Andreas "MODDII" Fridh didn't disappoint in the slightest in his role, recording an excellent 0.80 KPR, 2nd best at the event. His regular fragging (at least one frag in 53% of rounds, shared best of all players) and consistent displays (above 1.00 rating in 7 of 8 maps) were certainly some of the keys to their success.
Fridh's start to the tournament was impressive, as he won a 1vs3 situation in fnatic's first round, which kick-started the team to a 16:2 win against zNation, while he ended up being voted Man of the Match by the fans (22:6 score, 1.86 rating). He received the most of the votes in the grand final as well, mainly thanks to his contributions in the last map (19:13 score, 1.35 rating).
fnatic's Rasmus "Gux" Ståhl, who announced his retirement after the event, ended his career on a high note as he was the best fragger of the tournament, having 0.82 kills per round and second most total kills of 148. That is not his first time he excelled in that regard, as he accomplished the same feat at IEM6 GC Guangzhou last year, after which he was named the MVP of that event.
Although Ståhl didn't have any superb matches, he played at a high level from the start till the end, with 7 of 8 maps rated above 1.00. On two occasions he had the highest rating, versus ESC Gaming in the first map of the semi-final (23:16, 1.34 rating) and against Natus Vincere in the opening map of the grand final (23:16, 1.41 rating). He also played well in the other maps of those encounters, which resulted in recording the tournament's highest 1.22 playoff rating.
His biggest contribution was felt through his success in entry killing (best rating of 1.52) and domination in a number of rounds (14 times had 3+ kills). Other than that, he was the best rifler, and was also the most responsible for the success of fnatic's attacking side as the event's best Terrorist (1.48 T side rating).
For the first time in his career, Michael "Friis" Jørgensen is the top rated player of a tournament. The winning team's main AWPer seems to particularly enjoy the DreamHack environment, as the last time he visited he was named the MVP of the Winter edition.
In the opening match against zNation, he recorded the event's highest match rating of 2.34, displaying a near perfect performance (25:4 score) in his team's 16:2 win on de_train. He also played great against Moscow Five and Natus Vincere in the group stage, with ratings above 1.40 in both matches, which brought him to a 1.69 rating in the first part of the tournament, by far the best of all players.
He did leave his mark in the playoffs too, with a great performance in the 16:3 demolishment of ESC Gaming on de_train (19:6, 1.73 rating). However, in the rest of the playoffs he wasn't really on the highest level, so despite being fnatic's best rated overall, in the knockout stage he was their lowest rated player (1.05 playoff rating).
As far as AWPing is concerned, he was a very close 2nd to Markelov with 0.41 awpKPR and a 75 kill total. In relation to that, it's important for a team that their AWPer stays alive as often as possible, consider the burden that weapon is for the economy, and therefore Jørgensen's tournament-best 0.48 deaths per round could have been one of the crucial stats for fnatic.
He also stood out in several other aspects, mainly as the best pistol round player (and fnatic was the best pistol round team, winning 81% of rounds), as well as the best clutcher with 4 rounds won when left alone and was the 2nd most dominant player (12 rounds with 3+ kills).
Note: This ranking is based on Rating (read about it here). It doesn't necessarily represent an ordered list of the best players at the event, but instead singles out the ones who played well in their matches using the formula described in the page linked above.
Two players whose teams didn't make it past the group stage also left a notable impact.
Despite of Moscow Five's disappointing performance against Natus Vincere and especially fnatic, their best player Mihail "Dosia" Stolyarov had a solid individual display. He played above team's average in each of their matches and ended up with many impressive stats, such as 0.82 kills per round, 1.40 entry rating and an incredible 2.37 pistol round rating.
In the team's last match, after they had already been knocked out, he recorded a 1.88 rating against zNation, which ended up being the 2nd best match rating by any player at the tournament.
SK Gaming probably had their most disappointing tournament since Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg joined the team at the start of 2011, not recording a win in the group stage and only getting 1 point. While many justly criticized Lindberg for his poor performance in the team's last match, against ESC Gaming, he should however be commended for how he played in the first two.
In the team's 16-14 loss to Virtus.pro, he was by far the best player on the server, recording a 35:18 score (1.67 rating), similarly to the WinFakt draw when he was also top rated with a 1.24 rating, making him one of only five players to be top rated in 2 or more maps at this tournament.
|#||Player||Team||awp Kills||awpKPR||% of kills|
|1.|| Yegor 'markeloff' Markelov
|2.||Michael 'Friis' Jørgensen||fnatic||75||0.41||54%|
|3.||Emil 'kucher' Akhundov||Virtus.pro||34||0.26||40%|
|4.||Jarosław 'pasha' Jarząbkowski||ESC||29||0.24||37%|
|5.||Alexey 'LeX' Kolesnikov||Virtus.pro||31||0.23||30%|
- although SK was out early, Marcus "Delpan" Larsson was still impressive with the AWP, having 37 total kills with it for a 0.42 average, right up there with the best
|Top pistol round players|
|#||Player||Team||PR KPR||PR DPR||PR Rating|
|1.||Michael 'Friis' Jørgensen||fnatic||0.94||0.31||1.74|
|2.||Filip 'Neo' Kubski||ESC||1.10||0.70||1.72|
|3.||Finn 'karrigan' Andersen||fnatic||0.94||0.38||1.47|
|4.||Emil 'kucher' Akhundov||Virtus.pro||0.90||0.50||1.47|
|5.||Andreas 'MODDII" Fridh||fnatic||0.94||0.56||1.37|
- Moscow Five's Mihail "Dosia" Stolyarov was also exceptional in pistol rounds, recording 11 kills in 6 rounds
|Top entry kill players|
|1.||Rasmus 'Gux' Ståhl||fnatic||0.14||0.08||1.52||65%|
|2.||Finn 'karrigan' Andersen|| fnatic
|3.||Yegor 'markeloff' Markelov||Na`Vi||0.13||0.07||1.24||66%|
|4.||Jarosław 'pasha' Jarząbkowski||ESC||0.14||0.10||1.22||59%|
|5.||Michael 'Friis' Jørgensen|| fnatic
- champions fnatic were so successful at this tournament, that they even won 38% of rounds when they were a man down early on
- on the other hand, they also converted entry kills into round wins most often, 86% of times
- ESC Gaming failed to take advantage of their entry kills 34% of times; the only worse team was zNation (61%)
- markeloff and ceh9 were the most important for their team, as Na`Vi lost the round 24 of 27 times when one of them died first
- Zeus was involved in the most first duels (62), and he both won the most (32) and lost the most (30) of all players
|#||Player||Team||rif Kills||rifKPR||% of kills|
|1.||Dmitry 'hooch' Bogdanov||Virtus.pro||89||0.67||85%|
|2.||Rasmus 'Gux' Ståhl||fnatic||121||0.67||82%|
|3.||Andreas 'MODDII' Fridh||fnatic||118||0.65||82%|
|4.||Richard 'Xizt' Landström||fnatic||115||0.64||85%|
|5.||Arseny 'ceh9' Trynozhenko||Na`Vi||115||0.57||85%|
Additional stats leaders
Rasmus 'Gux' Ståhl (0.82 kills per round)
Hardest to kill:
Michael 'Friis' Jørgensen (0.48 deaths per round)
Michael 'Friis' Jørgensen (0.18 pistol frags per round)
Yegor 'markeloff' Markelov (156 total kills)
Best kill-death difference:
Michael 'Friis' Jørgensen (+52)
Rasmus 'Gux' Ståhl (14 rounds with 3+ kills)
Most frequent fraggers:
Rasmus 'Gux' Ståhl (53% of rounds with at least 1 kill)
Andreas 'MODDII' Fridh (53% of rounds with at least 1 kill)
Michael 'Friis' Jørgensen (4 times won 1vsX - 3x 1vs1, 1x 1vs2)
Alexey 'LeX' Kolesnikov (70% of matches above 1.00 rating and above team average)
Dmitry 'hooch' Bogdanov (70% of matches above 1.00 rating and above team average)
Top individual match performances:
Friis vs zNation on de_train - 25:4 (+21), 2.34 rating (+51%)
LeX vs ESC on de_inferno - 23:8 (+15), 1.86 rating (+35%)
f0rest vs Virtus.pro on de_train - 35:18 (+17), 1.67 rating (+61%)
markeloff vs zNation on de_dust2 - 25:9 (+16), 1.73 rating (+47%)
markeloff vs Virtus.pro on de_tuscan - 21:5 (+16), 1.85 rating (+27%)
starix vs fnatic on de_train - 26:13 (+13), 1.68 rating (+37%)
MVP and All-Star lineup vote
With all of fnatic's members in impressive form, no one really stands out as a clear MVP candidate, but upon a closer look it might be safe to assume that either the best rated player of the event, Michael "Friis" Jørgensen, or the best fragger of the event, the now retired Rasmus "Gux" Ståhl, showed slightly more than their teammates.
On the other hand, second place finishers Natus Vicere have a clear candidate in Yegor "markeloff" Markelov, the event's best AWPer, the player who carried his team the most and who recorded the most total kills.
We will also be choosing the All-Star lineup, so go ahead and select the 5 best players of this tournament in your opinion. Whether you want it to be a realistic squad where each player would have a role or simply the 5 best performers is up to you.
For more statistics from this tournament you can go here, HLTV demos can be found here. We have already uploaded some POV demos while we were at the event, but we have some more which will be added in the next few days and you will be able to find them here. Sadly, no POVs from the final will be available as the tournament PCs were dismounted right after the prize ceremony.
We hope you enjoyed the return of our detailed statistics, and the plan is to introduce another feature containing them in the future. Stay tuned to HLTV.org for that and for the results of the vote for the All-Star lineup and MVP of DreamHack Summer 2012.