DreamHack Open Rotterdam 2019 Preview

Will AVANGAR win yet another title or can a team like forZe or Heroic put an end to their hot streak

Valentin Gustafsson
Freelance Esports Writer
14th Oct, 2019·☕️ 7 min read

It’s Jame time! Will AVANGAR win yet another title or can a team like forZe or Heroic put an end to their hot streak? Read on as we break down DreamHack Open Rotterdam.

Competition Information

DreamHack Open features teams below the absolute top tier of professional Counter-Strike. It is a good stepping stone to the big leagues for some of the teams trying to climb the rankings. Some notable winners of this event in recent years include the likes of Vitality, AVANGAR, ENCE, and Gambit — all of whom have gone on to make big tournament runs after their respective wins.

This will be the first time that the tournament comes to the Netherlands, a country that has been surprisingly absent in the absolute upper echelons of CS:GO, with mousesports talisman chrisJ being their sole top player. These tournaments tend to feature a local team and this one is no exception, as Asterion will get to prove themselves on home soil after winning the Benelux qualifier.

Interestingly, DreamHack has also opted to hand out a direct invite to the winner of their women’s event, DreamHack Showdown Valencia, which means that Besiktas will get to try their chances against some tougher competition. This has been a rarity in CS:GO, as the women’s teams tend not to qualify for the big events on the open circuit.

The format for the tournament is the commonly used GSL system (double-elimination group stage). The opening and winners matches will be best-of-one, whereas the elimination and decider matches will be best-of-three. The playoffs will be single-elimination and all of the matches will be best-of-three.

The groups are as follows:

Group A

  • 🇰🇿 AVANGAR
  • 🇪🇺 Besiktas
  • 🇩🇰 Heroic
  • 🇷🇺 ex-DreamEaters

Group B

  • 🇳🇱 Asterion
  • 🇪🇺 CR4ZY
  • 🇷🇺 forZe
  • 🇫🇮 HAVU

This tournament will be played this coming weekend, with the opening matches kicking off Friday, October 18. The remainder of the matches will be played the following day, October 19, with the playoffs starting October 20.

The Current Season

The Teams

Record: 57 / 0 / 40
Most Played Map: Inferno (55.6%)
Best Map: Train (87.5%)
Worst Map: Mirage (43.8%)

Odds: 3.20

AVANGAR have been in a good run of form in the past months, winning BLAST Pro Series Moscow and finishing in second at the coveted Berlin major. They are no strangers to the DreamHack Open circuit of events, having competed at the last three tournaments on the circuit. Their biggest success came at DreamHack Open Rio de Janeiro, where they defeated home town favorites FURIA in the final. Their recent success has seen them catapult up to number five in the world rankings and they will most definitely be a favorite to win in Rotterdam. However, it needs to be said that they are by no means a lock to win as we saw at DreamHack Summer earlier in the year where they were knocked out by Tricked in groups.

Record: 0 / 0 / 1
Most Played Map: Nuke (0.0%)
Best Map: n/a (0.0%)
Worst Map: n/a (0.0%)

Odds: 6.50

With huNter and nexa leaving in favor of G2 earlier this month, the likes of EspiranTo and ottoNd will have to step up if CR4ZY are to make a deep run at this tournament. Their most recent addition, SHiPZ, is a decent pickup — but there is no doubt that the departure of huNter and nexa will be a big blow to the team. Thankfully, their group is somewhat manageable and they should still have a solid chance of making it out.

Record: 16 / 0 / 6
Most Played Map: Inferno (75.0%)
Best Map: Nuke (100.0%)
Worst Map: Overpass (0.0%)

Odds: 2000.00

To say that Besiktas will be a massive underdog at this event is an understatement, as a Besiktas win is currently paying out at odds of 1999/1. They are widely regarded as the best women’s team in the world, but they rarely compete against teams of this caliber, and when they do they tend not to get more than five rounds in total over the course of the match. As absurd as the odds may look, there really is no value in betting on Besiktas at this event. With that said, it will still be fun to see Besiktas go up against these teams. Besiktas’ juliano was able to take out cadiaN of Heroic in a 1on1 show match a few years back, which was followed by some glorious twitter beef between the two. If we are lucky, a grudge match between these two players could be on the cards, as Heroic have been drawn in the same group.

HardLegion Gaming
Record: 101 / 0 / 78
Most Played Map: Overpass (54.8%)
Best Map: Inferno (65.7%)
Worst Map: Nuke (16.7%)

Odds: 5.50

HardLegion Gaming, formerly known as DreamEaters, surprised many at the Berlin Major Main Qualifier by beating Vitality in a BO1 as well as their domestic rivals forZe in a BO3 to qualify for the tournament. They have struggled for form since then, losing to the likes of Gambit Youngsters and NEMIGA to name a few. However, it would be foolish to underestimate them considering the format as they are a dangerous side in BO1 matches.

Record: 219 / 1 / 119
Most Played Map: Mirage (69.0%)
Best Map: Nuke (75.5%)
Worst Map: Vertigo (0.0%)

Odds: 4.00

The Russian side forZe was unable to capitalize on their brilliant form going into the main qualifier for the major, as they fell on the finish line against CIS rivals, DreamEaters. They followed that with a deep run at BLAST Pro Series Moscow, where they once again found themselves on the losing side of a regional matchup as they fell to AVANGAR in the final. The Russians are favored to make yet another final here at odds of 4.00 and for good reason. They have been together for quite some time now and a player like xsepower is capable of taking over games at times. In addition, they have a very strong in-game leader in Jerry who seems to always make sure that they come well prepared.

Record: 34 / 0 / 16
Most Played Map: Dust2 (84.6%)
Best Map: Train (100.0%)
Worst Map: Mirage (0.0%)

Odds: 12.00

The Finnish side HAVU is coming in as one of the big underdogs of the competition at odds of 11/1. The core of ZOREE, sAw and sLowi have been together for a while now, duking it out in the online trenches. They are occasionally able to win against some decent teams online, but what we have seen from them on LAN has been unimpressive so far. However, with CR4ZY having lost two of their best players, they might have a chance to make it out.

Record: 4 / 0 / 0
Most Played Map: Mirage (100.0%)
Best Map: Mirage (100.0%)
Worst Map: n/a (0.0%)

Odds: 100.00

Asterion qualified for the event through the Benelux qualifier. The team is made up of the Dutch trio of NiNo, Nexfox and Bernard. However, the most notable player for the team is definitely the British player Thomas, who most recently played for the European team NoChance alongside players like Maikelele and STYKO. Asterion will be a huge underdog at this event and realistically should not have what it takes to make a deep run. However, Thomas is a quality player who might be able to put up some decent numbers for the team, making him a sneaky pick in fantasy.

Record: 15 / 0 / 3
Most Played Map: Nuke (80.0%)
Best Map: Inferno (100.0%)
Worst Map: Dust2 (60.0%)

Odds: 5.50

The Danish side Heroic have been on an excellent run of form since they picked up cadiaN in place of blameF at the start of this month, sweeping the likes of AVANGAR, NiP, forZe and BIG in BO3 series. The Danes have a good mixture of skill and experience on their side with youngsters like stavn and b0RUP alongside veterans of the game like Snappi and cadiaN. The fact that they already have convincing scalps against forZe and AVANGAR on their resumé makes them a strong contender for the title.

Betting Tips

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Heroic to make finals (2.75)VS

AVANGAR and forZe are deserved favorites to win the event. However, in terms of betting opportunities, the team that I like the most right now is Heroic. They will be coming in full of confidence after a solid run of form and they have already proven that they can beat teams like forZe and AVANGAR in BO3s. Their recent success has seen the lines move somewhat, but I still like their chances of making the finals at the current odds of 2.75.


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