Indeed, it’s not a simple year for s1mple as he set a new record for most MVPs won in a calendar year by a single player.
HLTV.org has awarded s1mple the BitSkins.com Most Valuable Player of the BLAST Premier World Final after an unrivaled individual performance drove Natus Vincere to the title and $500,000 big prize.
Following Natus Vincere’s initial upper bracket loss to Liquid, the Ukrainian superstar spearheaded his team’s stunning lower bracket run in Copenhagen with tremendous performances in every set.
s1mple went over and beyond to bring NAVI the year’s last trophy, earning a whopping 1.51 rating in the lower bracket sweep that saw the world’s best team defeat Heroic, G2, Liquid, Vitality, and Gambit in five straight knockout series on route to the top spot on the podium.
Aside from topping the charts in overall rating (1.42), the 24-year-old also topped the charts in ADR (92.7), KPR (0.90), KAST (79.1 percent), and Impact rating (1.52), outperforming the tournament’s other two big standout players, Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut and Nikola “NiKo” Kova, in each of these categories.
With his eighth MVP medal in 2021, s1mple has now surpassed Nicolai “device” Reedtz’s previous record of seven MVPs achieved in a calendar year from 2018 and matched the Danish AWPer’s total of 19 medals won, with a chance to break the overall record.