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DreamHack Open Sevilla Preview

The last DreamHack Open event of the year is set to get underway in Sevilla, Spain.

Valentin Gustafsson
Freelance Esports Writer
12th Dec, 2019·☕️ 6 min read
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The last DreamHack Open event of the year is set to get underway in Sevilla, Spain.

Competition Information

DreamHack Open Sevilla will be the last tournament in the DreamHack Open circuit of events. The tournament starts December 13 and will run through December 15, with the winner taking home $50,000.

The format will be of no surprise if you have seen any of the past DreamHack Open events. There will be two double-elimination (GSL) groups, with four teams in each group. The opening and winners’ matches will be BO1, but the elimination and decider matches will be BO3, ensuring that no team gets eliminated without playing at least one BO3. The playoffs will feature a single-elimination bracket, and all of the matches will be BO3.

The groups are as follows:

Group A

  • 🇩🇪 BIG
  • 🇪🇺 CR4ZY
  • 🇪🇸 Moviestar Riders
  • 🇩🇰 North

Group B

  • 🇷🇺 Gambit Youngsters
  • 🇪🇺 GODSENT
  • 🇵🇱 Illuminar
  • 🇩🇰 Tricked

This will be the first time that this tournament is played in Sevilla. However, some of these teams have become regulars at the DreamHack Open circuit of events. The clear standout is the multinational team CR4ZY, that have attended four DreamHack Open events this year, winning DreamHack Open Rotterdam and making playoffs in both Atlanta and Jönköping.

The Current Season

Group A

BIG

BIG
Record: 51 / 0 / 31
Most Played Map: Nuke (57.9%)
Best Map: Mirage (87.5%)
Worst Map: Train (33.3%)

Odds: 4.05

Berlin International Gaming, or BIG for short, might just have the most stacked roster in the tournament with players like XANTARES and tabseN. Despite this, they have failed to make a splash at the highest level thus far. They bombed out of Games Clash Masters after losing to FURIA twice, and they finished with a rather disappointing record of 5–0–10 in the ESL Pro League. However, it needs to be said that the competition will be far weaker in Sevilla, and they have matched up quite well against the other teams at this tournament in online matches.

CR4ZY

CR4ZY
Record: 24 / 0 / 23
Most Played Map: Dust2 (53.8%)
Best Map: Inferno (75.0%)
Worst Map: Vertigo (0.0%)

Odds: 8.80

CR4ZY have been on a bit of a run at DreamHack Open events, winning Rotterdam before heading over to Atlanta and Jönköping where they finished in 3rd-4th place after losing in the semi-finals. The trio of SHiPZ, EspiranTo and ottoNd is strong, and they have in my mind exceeded expectations after losing huNter and nexa to G2 back in September. 

Movistar Riders

Movistar Riders
Record: 37 / 0 / 22
Most Played Map: Inferno (72.2%)
Best Map: Nuke (77.8%)
Worst Map: Mirage (37.5%)

Odds: 28.50

The big underdog of this group is the home team, Movistar Riders. The team most notably features the former mousesports and HellRaisers player loWel, as well as the Brazilian in-game leader steel, who is most known for his time on teams like Liquid and Immortals over in North America. I actually think that Movistar Riders have some upset potential, and they are probably just a roster move away from establishing themselves as a solid team at this level. The Spaniards have wins against teams like CR4ZY and GODSENT in recent months, proving that they should not be underestimated.

North

North
Record: 19 / 0 / 25
Most Played Map: Nuke (40.0%)
Best Map: Dust2 (66.7%)
Worst Map: Mirage (33.3%)

Odds: 3.85

The struggle has been evident for North ever since valde chose to leave the team back in October. We most recently saw them in action at the EPL Finals, where they bombed out in last place after losses to Liquid and ATK. However, it needs to be said that this team regularly plays against far stronger competition than what we will see in Sevilla. The duo of Kjaerbye and aizy found a lot of success at DreamHack events under the North banner last year, with wins at DreamHack Open Tours and Valencia, in addition to winning the more prestigious DreamHack Masters Stockholm.

Group B

Tricked

Tricked
Record: 63 / 0 / 35
Most Played Map: Train (75.0%)
Best Map: Vertigo (80.0%)
Worst Map: Inferno (44.4%)

Odds: 4.85

HUNDEN has done a fantastic job with this Tricked side. The Danes have looked great despite losing b0RUP to Heroic back in August. Their record on LAN has been impressive, winning V4 Future Sports Festival and reaching the finals at both WePlay! Forge of Masters and DreamHack Open Winter. Tricked will be clear favorites to make it out of Group B alongside GODSENT in my opinion.

GODSENT

GODSENT
Record: 64 / 0 / 39
Most Played Map: Dust2 (65.2%)
Best Map: Nuke (69.6%)
Worst Map: Mirage (0.0%)

Odds: 5.50

GODSENT are coming off a 3rd-4th finish at DreamHack Open Winter just a couple of weeks ago. Before that, they won the WePlay! Forge of Masters after wins against forZe, GamerLegion, Gambit Youngsters and Tricked. The likes of STYKO and Maikelele have really rejuvenated their careers on this roster after being deemed surplus to requirements on several teams in the past. In particular, STYKO has had some fantastic showings on this roster and he is definitely someone who I would target in fantasy. The Slovakian has always had excellent aim despite popular belief and he is showcasing it now on GODSENT. 

Illuminar

Illuminar
Record: 106 / 0 / 84
Most Played Map: Nuke (57.5%)
Best Map: Vertigo (64.5%)
Worst Map: Dust2 (16.7%)

Odds: 12.50

Illuminar won Games Clash Masters back in September, with wins against FURIA, AGO, Aristocracy, and Sprout. However, the Poles were unable to replicate that success at DreamHack Open Winter last month. They started strong with a win against Sprout in the opener, but were later knocked out of the tournament after losses to Heroic and Sprout. The worrying sign for Illuminar has been that their star player, STOMP, has looked completely out of his element on LAN so far. In fact, it has been reatz and innocent that have been at the forefront of most of their success so far. If Illuminar wants to actually contend in Sevilla, they will need STOMP to display the form that he has shown in online matches.

Gambit Youngsters

Gambit Youngsters
Record: 83 / 0 / 51
Most Played Map: Mirage (76.7%)
Best Map: Mirage (76.7%)
Worst Map: Nuke (33.3%)

Odds: 12.50

Gambit Youngsters’ biggest claim to fame so far is winning the four-team tournament MSI Gaming Arena back in September, beating ViCi and the former Epsilon team. We most recently saw them at WePlay! Forge of Masters where they interestingly lost to both GODSENT and Tricked, two teams that they will be going up against once more in Sevilla. There are some interesting players on this Gambit Youngsters roster, such as the AWPer sh1ro who has quickly established himself as one of the best young talents coming out of the CIS region. I think they definitely have some upset potential in BO1s, but they will likely struggle in BO3s against teams like Tricked and GODSENT.

Betting Tips

There are four strong contenders for the title here in my opinion; BIG, North, Tricked and GODSENT. Personally, I like BIG the most in Group A and Tricked the most in Group B, but you could make a strong argument for North and GODSENT as well. In terms of longshots, there aren’t any teams that stand out in the outright winner market. However, I think you could target group betting due to the format. You only need to win two BO1s to win the group here, which some of these underdog teams are capable of in my opinion. Two teams stand out, Movistar Riders at 14.50 to win Group A and Illuminar to win Group A at odds of 14.50. Both teams have winnable first-round matchups. Movistar Riders will go up against CR4ZY, a team that they have already beaten in a BO1 this year. Illuminar will face off against GODSENT, a side that they have matched up evenly against ever since the two teams were formed.

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