Introducing The 2017 MSI Group Stage MVP

by James Bates

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(Photo: G2 Esports)

Was I to ask you who the MVP of the MSI group stage was, you'd be almost certain to name one of the players on Sk Telecom T1 or, perhaps, Team WE's Xiye.  Both of those teams took the top of the rankings, and it's hard to argue that players like Peanut and the aforementioned Xiye, who solo killed Faker twice in one game, have made a big impact at this year's Mid-Season Invitational. Surprisingly, though, they're not the players who have made the greatest impact. That player would be G2's ace ADC, Zven.

There's never been a time when Zven has looked bad on the international stage, but his showing over the course of the last week has been out of this world. He wasn't only the highest DPS/min of any playing in the tournament, he also had the highest CS/Min and did the largest share of his team's damage when compared to any other player in the tournament. To be fair, he also took the largest proportion of his team's gold of any player in the event, but it's hard to argue with the results he put up once he did. In a tournament that includes names like Bang and Mystic, it's usually hard for western players to simply keep up, but Zven wasn't playing catch up this weekend, he was setting the curve. If there's any player more worthy of being crowned the MSI group stage MVP, I know not who it is.

WWG's Matt Best was equally impressed with Zven's performance over the course of the tournament. “Quite simply, without the work of Zven, G2 wouldn’t be close to the position they’re in right now. Before I get ganged up on, PerkZ also was instrumental in their success so far but not to the degree of Zven. The term hard carry should be applied to Zven when speaking of his performance at MSI. He’s looked absolutely disgusting (in a good way) on Caitlyn and Team WE should probably ban Caitlin for the first game. My Saturday will consist of me watching Zven and Mithy go up against Mystic and Zero. Western fans should probably be doing the same.”

By James Bates

A wanna-be novelist turned coach turned journalist, James is living proof that you never know where you'll end up. He's in love with narrative-heavy games, which he proves by spending his days writing about a game with less lore than Doom. His greatest regret in life is not having his name in the credits of Life is Strange, and it's galvanized him to truly pursue developing games that don't begin in packed taverns and use D20s.