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Will Astralis make it two in a row, or can someone challenge them for the title at DreamHack Masters Spring 2020? We break down the format, the current form of the teams, as well as the betting odds for one of the most stacked events of the year.

Valentin Gustafsson
Freelance Esports Writer
19th May, 2020·☕️ 7 min read
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Will Astralis make it two in a row, or can someone challenge them for the title at DreamHack Masters Spring 2020? We break down the format, the current form of the teams, as well as the betting odds for one of the most stacked events of the year.

Competition Information

DreamHack Masters Spring will feature two regional tournaments, starting with Europe on May 19. Sixteen of Europe’s best teams will compete for the $160,000 prize pool, as well as points towards the recently introduced Regional Major Rankings. 

The tournament will feature four round-robin style groups with four teams in each group. All matches are best-of-three, and the top three teams in each group will advance to the playoffs. The group winners will get the benefit of starting the playoffs in the upper bracket, whilst the teams finishing in second and third have to settle for the lower bracket. 

The teams that fail to make playoffs will walk away completely empty-handed, with no RMR points or prize money.

The playoffs will feature a double-elimination bracket, and all matches - excluding the finals - will be best-of-three. The grand final will be played in a best-of-five format, with the team advancing from the upper-bracket receiving a one-map advantage.

These are the groups and outright odds for DreamHack Masters Europe:

Group A

  • 🇩🇰 Astralis (2.85)
  • 🇫🇷 G2 (12.00)
  • 🇩🇰 North (21.00)
  • 🇩🇰 Heroic (40.00)

Group B

  • 🇪🇺 mousesports (14.00)
  • 🇩🇰 MAD Lions (16.00)
  • 🇩🇪 BIG (17.00)
  • 🇪🇺 Complexity (23.00)

Group C

  • 🇸🇪 fnatic (7.20)
  • 🇪🇺 FaZe (9.60)
  • 🇪🇺 GODSENT (24.00)
  • 🇷🇺 Spirit (70.00)

Group D

  • 🇺🇦 Natus Vincere (7.40)
  • 🇫🇷 Vitality (15.00)
  • 🇸🇪 Ninjas in Pyjamas (22.00)
  • 🇫🇮 ENCE (23.00)

DreamHack Masters Spring Europe kicks off May 19 and will run through June 14.

The Current Season

Teams to watch

Note: All stats are from 2020 and only online matches are included.

Astralis

Astralis
Record: 36 / 0 / 15
Most Played Map: Dust2 (75.0%)
Best Map: Inferno (81.8%)
Worst Map: Overpass (57.1%)

Astralis are coming in hot after taking down ESL One: Road to Rio in convincing fashion. The Danes completely annihilated G2 in the final, winning Nuke (16:6) and Vertigo (16:2) to win the first-ever Regional Major Ranking event. The big storyline of the year for Astralis has been the addition of es3tag and JUGi, with the team choosing to expand to a seven-man roster with plans to rotate players to combat the busy schedule. However, with penalties in place for roster changes, it seems unlikely that they would make any changes after the roster lock.

Edit: gla1ve has opted to take a three month layoff, and JUGi will play for Astralis in this tournament.

Odds: 2.85

fnatic

 

fnatic
Record: 34 / 0 / 26
Most Played Map: Inferno (71.4%)
Best Map: Train (75.0%)
Worst Map: Vertigo (33.3%)

fnatic dazzled the opposition to win ESL Pro League Season 11, and their brash, almost arrogant, style of play has made them one of the most entertaining teams to watch so far in 2020. The likes of JW and flusha have made a habit of going for knife kills on a regular basis, and Brollan continues to show the type of form which made him one of the most exciting talents of 2019. However, the Swedes did not look as impressive in ESL One: Road to Rio, where they were eliminated from playoff contention after losing to NiP, and a complete trashing by Movistar Riders in the 11th-12th place decider match capped off a disappointing tournament for fnatic. However, they did win DreamHack Masters Malmö last year, so perhaps fnatic can bounce back with a win at a tournament which has been kind to them in recent times.

Odds: 7.20

FaZe

FaZe
Record: 36 / 0 / 21
Most Played Map: Nuke (58.3%)
Best Map: Mirage (90.9%)
Worst Map: Overpass (42.9%)

Odds: 9.60

FaZe absolutely blitzed through the competition in the group stage of ESL One: Road to Rio, but their journey came to a halt after losing to G2 in the consolidation final. This team has improved immensely after broky started AWPing more frequently for the team, and coldzera has started to put up the numbers that you would expect from the former №1 player in the world. NiKo has been excellent, as you would expect, and at the start of the year, he looked like the dominant force that he was during his mousesports days. If FaZe continue to show this type of form, they will be a force to be reckoned with moving forward.

NiP

NiP
Record: 29 / 0 / 19
Most Played Map: Overpass (66.7%)
Best Map: Vertigo (90.0%)
Worst Map: Mirage (33.0%)

Odds: 22.00

NiP have gone from strength-to-strength recently and it is quite clear that threat has had a big impact on this team from the coaching position. The Swedes only lost to the eventual winners, Astralis, in the group stage of ESL One: Road to Rio, before falling at the hands of FaZe and Vitality in the playoffs. The Swedes have started incorporating Vertigo into their map pool, which has given them an edge against many of their opponents, and the team has looked incredibly hard to beat on maps like Overpass and Inferno, as well. The addition of nawwk should not be underestimated either, and it appears that NiP have chosen to play nawwk together with Plopski on several of the maps, which makes a ton of sense since they played together on x6tence Galaxy. This is an exciting team that has the potential to be a bit of a dark horse in the tournament.

G2

G2
Record: 26 / 0 / 22
Most Played Map: Dust2 (42.9%)
Best Map: Mirage (71.4%)
Worst Map: Train (25.0%)

Odds: 12.00

G2 had a super shaky run to the finals at ESL One: Road to Rio. They struggled a lot with the big names in the group stage, falling at the hands of both mousesports and FaZe, and after losing to North who were playing with their coach, few probably expected them to go all the way to the finals. However, G2 steadied the ship and managed to take out Heretics, Vitality and FaZe to secure their spot in the finals, where they did not have much to offer against Astralis. The Danes have proven to be incredibly difficult for G2 to deal with historically, and they now have a combined 1–6 map record against them since nexa and huNter- joined the team. Interestingly, G2 will be forced to take on Astralis once more as they have been drawn in the same group. Will this be the time where they finally get over the hurdle against Astralis? Questionable, but G2 have so much individual skill that they can beat just about anyone when their star players are hot.

Natus Vincere

Natus Vincere
Record: 17 / 0 / 19
Most Played Map: Dust2 (60.0%)
Best Map: Dust2 (60.0%)
Worst Map: Mirage (0.0%)

Odds: 7.40

Oh god, what has happened to Natus Vincere? This team went from winning IEM Katowice, one of the most prestigious tournaments of the year, to losing against the likes of Syman, Virtus.pro and Hard Legion, teams that they were heavily favored to beat in ESL One: Road to Rio. s1mple continues to put up excellent numbers, but electronic has really failed to perform online, and the rest of the team have not been able to cover for him during this slump. This team could not be in a worse spot right now, and it will be very interesting to see how they respond to this adversity. One thing is for certain, electronic will need to return to form if they are to have any chance of challenging for the title.

mousesports

 

mousesports
Record: 25 / 0 / 23
Most Played Map: Train (61.5%)
Best Map: Dust2 (87.5%)
Worst Map: Inferno (0.0%)

Odds: 14.00

Another team thas been in poor form recently is mousesports, who failed to make playoffs in ESL One: Road to Rio after losses to Movistar Riders, North, FaZe and GODSENT. The European side has really struggled in pistol rounds, in particular, and they are currently sitting on a 34.8% win rate over the last three months. Another worrying sign is that woxic has really struggled to maintain the type of form that he showed for most of 2019, and he is going to need to step up his game if they want to have any chance at challenging for the title here. While 2020 has been far from excellent for mousesports so far, they did manage to make the finals at ESL Pro League Season 11, and they also won Ice Challenge 2020 to start the year. They do have a very winnable group which includes BIG, MAD Lions, and Complexity, so they have a great chance at making it through to the playoffs at the very least.

Betting Tips:

Unsurprisingly, Astralis (2.85) are coming in as the big favorite to win the tournament after taking down G2 in the finals of ESL One: Road to Rio. However, both FaZe (9.60) and fnatic (7.20) will likely have a solid chance at challenging for the title, as well. Starting the tournament in the upper-bracket is going to be a big advantage, and with FaZe and fnatic both in the same group, they are not a bad combo to go for if you want to fade Astralis. This makes mousesports (14.00) a somewhat appealing outright bet as well, despite their poor form, since they are in a very winnable group which includes BIG, Complexity and MAD Lions. 

In terms of long-shots, NiP stands out at odds of (22.00). The Swedes have improved immensely under the guidance of threat, and while they are in a very tough group, they have proven that they are capable of beating both Vitality and ENCE, and with Natus Vincere in poor form, they are in a decent spot to surprise. Only three teams have been able to come out on top against Astralis in BO3s so far this year, and those are fnatic, NiP and Natus Vincere.

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