The DreamHack Open November 2021 Closed Qualifier begins on Wednesday with a few matches, including Fnatic and Mad Lions vying to improve their chances for qualification into a crucial CS:GO tournament. Here is a breakdown of two matches on Wednesday.
Mad Lions (2.34)
At face value, there isn’t a lot separating these two teams from each other. Entropiq have improved to the point they are now No. 19 in the world while Mad Lions are just two ranking spots behind, at No. 21 in the CS:GO rankings presently. Mad Lions are a quickly improving team as evidenced from their recent run of impressive form. Entering the DreamHack Masters will be one of the goals for this developing team, which will make Mad Lions desperate to start the qualifiers with aplomb.
Mad Lions have seen their roster turned around before settling on a rather new-look unit, which includes TMB as their most experienced player (eight months with the team). Borup is their most recent acquisition having spent just two months with Mad Lions. Woro2k has played 117 maps for his new team, and has been arguably their most efficient player, in terms of offensive output as well as defensive stability, which will make him one of the most important players in this match.
Fnatic have been in middling form in the last few months. They have a win rate of 45% in the last three months of CS:GO on the professional circuit. That lack of form has resulted in their drop down to No. 30 in the world. At one point during the pandemic, Fnatic were in such explosive form that they were at the top of the CS:GO rankings. However, even with a new roster, there is a bit of a personnel and skill mismatch in this game against a young Eternal Fire team that has not quite seen the best at the highest level yet. Fnatic have also signed Smooya on trial, which could create an interesting dynamic when he is in full flow.
Fnatic have moved away from an all-Swedish roster. Krimz has been their most experienced player, with 910 maps played in his career with Fnatic which spans close to five years. Brollan is now the only other Swedish player in Fnatic, who now have three British players, including Smooya. Alex and Mezii round off the Fnatic roster.