StarLadder Major Playoffs Final Grades
With the StarLadder Major's conclusion, we take a look at how some of the most notable players performed in the playoffs, giving each of them a grade.
95-79 K/D, 93 ADR, 1.32 Rating in 4 maps
NRG’s star rifler continues to impress in big games. Win or lose, Vincent ‘Brehze’ Cayonte is ready to take over the server. Throughout the entirety of the playoffs, Brehze made his presence known. Starting with Na`Vi, he led his team with 84 ADR through the two maps. Although he had a solid 1.17 rating against them, the best was yet to come. We got the best version of playoff Brehze against the Major winners, Astralis. He lit up the scoreboard, leading the server in every major statistical category. Honestly, a 104 ADR in a losing effort against Astralis is a heroic performance.
FINAL GRADE: A
77-75 K/D, 68 ADR, 1.03 Rating in 4 maps
Unlike his teammate Brehze, AWPer Tsvetelin ‘CeRq’ Dimitrov was not ready to take over the server. In fact, CeRq was only a recognizable entity for one of the four maps he played. His 31 frag performance against Na`Vi heavily skews his otherwise mediocre stat line. In the other three maps, he posted 12, 17 and 17 frags and ended negative in rating for all three. When CeRq comes alive, he is a force to be reckoned with. Unfortunately, during the playoffs, he was quiet as a mouse.
FINAL GRADE: C-
132-80, 92 ADR, 1.47 Rating in 6 maps
En route to his fourth Major title, Major MVP Nicolai ‘device’ Reedtz was nearly flawless in his six map performance, and solidified his run with a 1.97 rating on the last map of the final. Astralis is unstoppable in the playoffs and device is the driving force behind that. They are back to take the top spot and device is ready to be rightfully crowned the best player in the world.
FINAL GRADE: A+
38-49 K/D, 83.3 ADR, .98 Rating in 2 maps
Coming into the playoffs, Denis ‘electronic’ Sharipov was performing at a world-class level. To even get to the top eight, electronic had to play absolutely lights out. For some reason, when it came time to their quarter-final matchup against NRG, the switch went out and electronic was nowhere to be found. Both of the maps were close and it’s interesting to wonder how the series may have gone had he shown up.
Unfortunately for Na`Vi, he did not. Instead, the second-best player in the lineup posted stats that would be suitable for the fourth or fifth best player in any given lineup. There is no reason to doubt electronic’s overall ability as a player from one poor series, but the performance was definitely disappointing.
FINAL GRADE: D
39-37 K/D, 83.9 ADR, 1.08 Rating in 2 maps
The entirety of Liquid’s run at the Major was flaky. After starting 1-2 in the Swiss system, they won two best of threes to qualify for the playoffs. Their struggles immediately haunted them, as they would be seeded against Astralis in the quarter-finals. Nobody on Liquid performed that well besides star player Jonathan ‘EliGE’ Jablonowski, who at least looked competent in the server.
EliGE’s performance against Astralis was not bad by any means, but the expectations for the best player on the No. 1 ranked team in the world are usually pretty high. Ending with 19 and 20 frags left a lot more to be desired.
FINAL GRADE: C
130-98 K/D, 75.2 ADR, 1.22 Rating in 7 maps
AVANGAR AWPer Dzhami ‘Jame’ Ali looked like a stud in his Major playoff debut. In their quarter-finals victory over Vitality, Jame went toe to toe with Vitality star Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut over three maps. In the semis, Jame led his team through a tough Mirage OT victory with 35 frags & 83 ADR in 41 rounds. By map two, AVANGAR returned to form and made quick work of their opponents.
Against Astralis in the finals, Jame hit a huge wall. He ended up with ten frags on both maps and AVANGAR got steamrolled. Overall, Jame proved himself as a legitimate CIS AWPer and his team proved to be legitimate as well. This is not the best version of Jame, but so far it is pretty good.
FINAL GRADE: B
102-73 K/D, 96.2 ADR, 1.35 Rating in 4 maps
Renegades kicked it into another gear when their backs were against the wall, coming back from 0-2 in the Swiss group to qualify for the playoffs. Star rifler Justin ‘jks’ Savage was not entirely online for those games, but when it came time for the playoffs he was a beast.
He walked all over ENCE in their two map quarter-final victory, finishing the series with .92 KPR and 98 ADR. Against AVANGAR, jks came out swinging. After nearly dropping 40 in the Mirage OT loss, the engine finally ran out of steam. He put up respectable numbers given the circumstances. His entire team slept for this series and jks cannot be expected to carry four other individuals. Overall, another sound performance from a world-class rifler.
FINAL GRADE: A
44-41 K/D, 69.4 ADR, 1.07 Rating in 2 maps
Counter-Strike’s best player in the world, Alekandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev looked notably average in Na`Vi’s quarter-final defeat against NRG. He started the series with a mediocre performance on Dust 2 which actually was a close match. Had s1mple shown up, the results may have shifted. He ended positive on Mirage, but ending with 28 frags over 36 rounds is not the impact the best player in the world is supposed to have. It was a disappointing showing from s1mple and with device continuing to buff his resume, s1mple may not be No. 1 for much longer.
FINAL GRADE: C
26-37 K/D, 73 ADR, .87 Rating in 2 maps
Considering how red hot ENCE were coming into the playoffs, calling their playoff performance underwhelming would be an understatement. In their match against Renegades, there were almost no positives to take away. All of the members performed poorly, ending in the red for the series. 17-year-old rifler Jere ‘sergej’ Salo was especially underwhelming. Even when the team is getting beat down, you want to see some positives come from the star player. This time around there were not any. His performance was second-best on the lineup and placed him not-so-comfortably at 30th out of 40 players.
FINAL GRADE: D
60-47 K/D, 81.1 ADR, 1.19 Rating in 3 maps
ZywOo’s first showing at the Major playoffs certainly was not bad. As a matter of fact, it is better than what a lot of players could do in their best playoff performance. For a player like ZywOo though, there is more to be desired. The troubles start with the opening map, Mirage. ZywOo could not get even remotely in form before they lost 16-9. Jame moved all over the place, more than doubling ZywOo’s twelve frag performance.
When it came time for Inferno, ZywOo returned the favor, hitting 28 frags and a 100 ADR to bring the game to map three. AVANGAR handled Vitality on Dust 2 with relative ease. Although ZywOo did not play terribly in their 1-2 series loss, you always expect more from a player of his caliber.
FINAL GRADE: B-