DreamHack Masters Spring 2020 North America - Preview

We break down the format, the form of the teams, and the betting odds in our preview for DreamHack Masters Spring - North America.

Valentin Gustafsson
Freelance Esports Writer
19th May, 2020·☕️ 7 min read

We break down the format, the form of the teams, and the betting odds in our preview for DreamHack Masters Spring - North America.

Competition Information

Eight of the best teams in North America will duke it out for $100,000 in addition to points that will go towards the Regional Major Rankings.

The eight teams in the competition have been split into two groups of four and will face off in a best-of-three, round-robin format. The group winners will have the advantage of starting the playoffs in the upper-bracket, whilst the teams finishing in second and third will have to battle through the lower bracket.

Naturally, the teams that finish last in their respective groups will be eliminated from the tournament and will receive no prize money or RMR points. The playoffs will feature a double-elimination bracket, and all matches except for the final will be best-of-three. The grand final will be best-of-five, and the team that comes through the upper-bracket will start with a one-map advantage.

Here are the groups and outright odds:

Group A

  • 🇺🇸 Liquid (3.25)
  • 🇧🇷 MIBR (7.20)
  • 🇧🇷 FURIA (6.80)
  • 🇺🇸 Chaos (23.00)

Group B

  • 🇺🇸 Evil Geniuses (4.50)
  • 🇦🇺 100 Thieves (6.20)
  • 🇺🇸 Gen.G (8.80)
  • 🇺🇸 Cloud9 (15.00)

DreamHack Masters Spring 2020: North America kicks off May 19 and will run through June 14.

The Current Season

Team Liquid

Team Liquid
Record: 20 / 0 / 14
Most Played Map: Dust2 (71.4%)
Best Map: Mirage (80.0%)
Worst Map: Vertigo (42.9%)

Odds: 3.25

Team Liquid finished fourth in ESL One: Road to Rio after losses to Cloud9, FURIA and Envy. However, they did take down ESL Pro League Season 11 before that, a tournament in which they defeated Evil Geniuses three times. For whatever reason, FURIA has been a bit of a thorn in the side of Liquid, as they have now lost three straight games to the Brazilians, and they will have to face off against them once more in Group A. There hasn’t been a ton of buzz around Liquid, but they are still the top dogs in the region and the betting favorite to win this event.

Evil Geniuses

Evil Geniuses
Record: 17 / 0 / 16
Most Played Map: Nuke (37.5%)
Best Map: Inferno (71.4%)
Worst Map: Overpass (0.0%)

Odds: 4.50

Evil Geniuses had a poor showing in ESL One: Road to Rio, failing to make playoffs after dropping games against Gen.G, Cloud9 and 100 Thieves. They did have far better showing in ESL Pro League, but they had to settle for second place after losing to Team Liquid in the final, a team which they just cannot beat at the moment. This team hasn’t hoisted a trophy since StarLadder back in October of last year, which is crazy to think about considering the talent that they have at their disposal.


Record: 41 / 0 / 26
Most Played Map: Inferno (64.7%)
Best Map: Dust2 (66.7%)
Worst Map: Vertigo (50.0%)

Odds: 7.20

MIBR’s second-place finish at FLASHPOINT 1 is their highlight of the year so far, but this was an event with a rather weak field, and FalleN and his men have struggled quite a bit against the elite competition so far in 2020. Rumors are circulating around a potential roster change, with meyern supposedly getting the boot in favor of the TeamOne player, trk, but it seems unlikely that this would happen during the tournament due to the point deduction penalty that is handed out to teams who choose to make a roster change during the course of the tournament. The question is how this will affect the morale of the team, and meyern’s motivation in particular. We have seen players both sink and swim in situations like this, and it is anyone’s guess how this is going to pan out for MIBR. On the good side, FalleN is playing really well right now, something which we haven’t seen enough of over the past year or so.

Edit: MIBR have confirmed the acquisition of trk before roster lock. As such, meyern will not be part of MIBR’s roster this tournament.

100 Thieves

100 Thieves
Record: 12 / 0 / 15
Most Played Map: Vertigo (66.7%)
Best Map: Vertigo (66.7%)
Worst Map: Mirage (20.0%)

Odds: 6.20

100 Thieves have parted ways with their coach, Kassad, and have instead chosen to pick up ImAPet, who is most known for his time at the helm of Evil Geniuses. They haven’t had a ton of time to make any significant changes, but it will be interesting to see how this team will perform moving forward. For whatever reason, they have had an easy time against Evil Geniuses, but they have not been able to get past the likes of Liquid and the Brazilians of MIBR and FURIA. 


Record: 26 / 0 / 13
Most Played Map: Inferno (60.0%)
Best Map: Mirage (100.0%)
Worst Map: Train (33.3%)

Odds: 6.80

FURIA have shown fine form recently, making finals in ESL One: Road to Rio without dropping a single match in group play, and they had a respectable third-place finish in ESL Pro League. The story of the year so far for FURIA has been KSCERATO, who has looked insane for the Brazilians. This team is playing sneakingly well right now, and it would not be surprising to see them reach a top placing here.


Record: 27 / 0 / 19
Most Played Map: Inferno (70.0%)
Best Map: Train (75.0%)
Worst Map: Vertigo (20.0%)

Odds: 8.80

Gen.G are fresh off winning ESL One: Road to Rio, which is their second trophy of the year after taking down DreamHack Open Anaheim at the start of the year. BnTeT is looking increasingly confident on this team, despite some struggles on maps like Nuke, and this has made Gen.G a far stronger team. A lot of credit needs to go to daps who has done a great job at making this team tick, and it will be interesting to see if they can keep this form going.


Record: 2 / 0 / 0
Most Played Map: Inferno (100.0%)
Best Map: Overpass (100.0%)
Worst Map: N/A (0.0%)

Odds: 23.00

With a fairly large portion of the second tier in North America making the move over to Valorant, it is refreshing to see that steel and vanity have chosen to stick around. After SicK and smooya’s departure, Chaos opted to look for some new blood. They eventually settled for Xeppaa and leaf, two players who have made a name for themselves playing in the Mountain Dew League. After a short trial period, they ended up letting go of leaf, with the former Bad News Bears player Jonji set to join the team as a stand-in for this event. Chaos will undoubtedly be a big underdog in this event, but it will be interesting to see how a new talent like Xeppaa will be able to perform against the big boys.


Record: 49 / 0 / 25
Most Played Map: Inferno (73.3%)
Best Map: Overpass (91.7%)
Worst Map: Mirage (0.0%)

Odds: 15.00

Cloud9 may not have a big title under their belt like some of the other teams in the competition, but this team has shown that they are not too be taken lightly. Just ask the likes of Team Liquid and Evil Geniuses, who have both taken L’s to Cloud9 recently. The skill on this team is nothing to sneeze at, with players like floppy and oSee putting up the big numbers, and it would not be surprising to see them make a deep run.

Betting Tips

Team Liquid are coming in as the favorite to win this event, and if you just want to fire one bullet, they are likely going to be your best bet. They have had some issues dealing with FURIA, but considering that they are in a group with Chaos, they are already in a great spot. This is also one of the reasons why I like FURIA quite a bit at odds of 6.80. The Brazilians have looked quite strong so far in 2020, with top placings at both ESL Pro League and Road to Rio, and as mentioned, they are one of the few teams that given Liquid problems on a consistent basis. In terms of long shots, Cloud9 are the most appealing at odds of 15.00. They may not look like much, but they have proven to be difficult to handle for a lot of the top teams in the region, and it would not be surprising to see them make a deep run at some point.


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