Nikola “NiKo” Kovač Crowned as MVP of IEM Cologne 2023

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Nikola "NiKo" Kovač Crowned as MVP of IEM Cologne 2023

26-year-old rifling maestro, Nikola “⁠NiKo⁠” Kovač, claims his eighth career MVP title following his instrumental role in steering G2 to a grand final victory against ENCE at IEM Cologne 2023.

G2 Esports’ monumental success at IEM Cologne, which secured them the grand prize of $400,000, was influenced mainly by NiKo’s stellar performance throughout the tournament. Following the grand final, he was aptly honored with the HLTV x 1xBet MVP award.

The competition for the MVP title was highly competitive, particularly between NiKo and his G2 teammate, Ilya “⁠m0NESY⁠” Osipov. However, NiKo’s consistent high-level performance, particularly during the crucial playoff stages, gave him the edge over m0NESY’s sporadic yet high peaks. NiKo boasted a formidable 1.46 rating during the tournament held in LANXESS, averaging 94 ADR and a relatively low DPR of just 0.52.

Numerous accolades were accumulated by NiKo during the tournament, placing him on several leaderboards. His accomplishments include:

  • Achieving the highest overall rating of 1.35 in 14 maps.
  • Inflicting an average damage per round of 88.5.
  • An impact rating of 1.40.
  • A DPR of 0.56.

NiKo also scored well in kills per round with 0.82 and secured an impressive 0.15 opening kills per round.

In the grand final, NiKo’s exceptional performance continued. He dominated the leaderboards once more with a 1.49 rating, pivotal in securing victories in all three maps won by G2. Despite G2’s defeat on the Anubis map, NiKo emerged as the only player on his team with a favorable rating (1.33), further highlighting his consistent excellence throughout the tournament.

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