One of the key features of North’s surprise triumph at DreamHack Masters Stockholm has to be the scintillating form of Philip “aizy” Aistrup. He’s Danish magic, read on to find out why.
aizy has been largely inconsistent for most of his career, bouncing between positive and negative HLTV ratings. Under FaZe and Dignitas, he’s had a couple of strong spells in the past, but up until recently had no such spell for North. Ever since Copenhagen Games 2018, aizy hasn’t had one HLTV negative event. This upturn in statistics has correlatively followed on with North’s upturn in results. At North’s recent victory in Stockholm, he achieved an HLTV rating of 1.17, the highest one he had had since DreamHack Open Summer 2015, where he had a 1.19 HLTV rating.
Tournament performances aside, aizy’s skill is easy to notice in-game. This coincides with the jobs that he does in-game for his team. For example, his clutching ability has proved vital for North. He’s always been nicknamed as an excellent clutch player, and the statistics back it up. He has a +35 difference in conversions of 1v1s on LAN; a good output for someone who is an entry fragger. He also has a long list of 1vX situations on LAN where he’s won out.
Something else that aizy does for North is entry fragging. His entry fragging statistics are really solid, which is really surprising when you consider his phenomenal clutching statistics because a player who is the first player in has a very difficult job of being the last alive; meaning clutches become near impossible. That fact makes his clutch statistics stand out even further. His stats in terms of entry fragging are impressive, he has a good output of 1.02 on his opening kill ratio, meaning that he mostly gets the first kill rather than being the first death. A statistic that I think sticks out is how his team win over 74% of rounds where he gets the first kill. I think this further highlights the importance of aizy’s entry fragging role because it shows that once he gets the first pick it allows the team to win the round most of the time. I believe that without that aspect of aizy’s game, North wouldn’t have won Stockholm because North wouldn’t be capable of converting the number of rounds they were able to.
Overall, I believe it’s clear to see why aizy is magic. His clutch statistics are solid and they don’t harm his entry fragging. Furthermore, he plays an important role in the team where he has a huge impact either at the beginning or at the end of rounds. aizy deserves better than what the community has said about him in recent times, and I believe he’ll continue to prove his doubters wrong.