Posted 9th August 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – Astralis and their MVP Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz, demonstrated their solid superiority in the CSGO scene after winning the ELEAGUE Premier 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. 2018 is theirs and theirs alone, even the powerful roster of Team Liquid, Natus Vincere, and Cloud9 couldn’t stop them. But if dev1ce is the MVP this year, who and where are the others worthy of recognition?
The EVPs or Exceptionally Valuable Players of the ELEAGUE Premier were chosen by HLTV. These are the runner-ups for the MVP award which fell into the hands of dev1ce after the finals. By order, here are the picks:
Canada – Keith “NAF” Markovic – Team Liquid
Denmark – Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander – Astralis
Canada – Russel “Twistzz” Van Dulken – Team Liquid
Denmark – Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen – Astralis
Denmark – Emil “Magisk” Reif – Astralis
Natus Vincere’s pair, Aleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev and Denis “electronic” Sharipov, were so close but didn’t make the cut due to their poor performances against Team Liquid in the semi-finals. Nevertheless, we have NAF leading the list. Against Natus Vincere, NAF ended the tournament in the top five in nine stats categories: impact (1.21), ADR (83.0), KAST (75.7%), deaths per round (0.60), and 1.34 rating.
From the winning team, Astralis’ gla1ve succeeded NAF’s ranking. He had a slow-burn success with two underwhelming maps against Cloud 9 and Liquid before stepping up in the playoffs with his team. He headed Astralis’ 2-0 victory over mousesports with a +23 KDD and a 1.45 rating. All in all, including the grand final, he put in a 1.27 rating.
The second best player of Team Liquid is Twistzz. With an impressive 1.21 rating, he was considered by the judges as one of the consistent players in the tournament. But clearly, not as consistent as NAF. Despite having the same number of maps with ratings higher than 1.30, he failed to bring his consistency in two more games prior to the finals.
Enjoying his third appearance on the EVP list is dupreeh. He was acknowledged at the IEM Sydney and ESL One: Cologne as one of the best players. In his latest achievement, dupreeh averaged a 1.16 rating and finished all maps with +1 rating. He was not the biggest contributor to Astralis’ performance in the grand final, but he carried his team throughout the tournament.
Wrapping up the list, HLTV.org’s has Magisk on the fifth place. Coincidentally, this is also his fifth EVP recognition since joining Astralis. From the estimated seven out of eight maps throughout the tournament, Magisk made it to the cut. He produced an impressive +29 KDD, but his deaths per round of 0.59 pulled him below gla1ve and dupreeh’s rankings.
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