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We break down the format and the outright odds for one of the most stacked events on the calendar, DreamHack Masters Winter.

Freelance Esports Writer
30th Nov, 20·☕️☕️ 9 min read

We break down the format and the outright odds for one of the most stacked events on the calendar, DreamHack Masters Winter.

Competition Information

Some of the world’s best teams will battle it out hoping to win part of the $150,000 prize pool that will be up for grabs at DreamHack Masters Winter Europe.

FURIA and mousesports are coming in hot after qualifying for the BLAST Premier Showdown, and they are both among the sixteen teams that have either been invited or qualified for this event.

This tournament will feature a GSL style group stage, with eight teams in each group. Once the group stage has concluded, the top four teams from each group will advance to the single-elimination playoff bracket. All matches in the group stage and playoffs will be best-of-three – except for the grand final – which will be a best-of-five.

The groups are as follows:

Group A

  • 🇩🇰 Heroic
  • 🇪🇺 c0ntact
  • 🇪🇺 FaZe
  • 🇷🇺 Spirit
  • 🇪🇺 Complexity
  • 🇫🇮 ENCE
  • 🇪🇺 Cloud9
  • 🇷🇺 Gambit

Group B

  • 🇩🇰 Astralis
  • 🇪🇺 GODSENT
  • 🇺🇸 Liquid
  • 🇪🇺 mousesports
  • 🇪🇺 G2
  • 🇧🇾 Nemiga
  • 🇧🇷 FURIA
  • 🇩🇰 North

DreamHack Masters Winter Europe starts November 30th and runs through December 6th.

The Current Season

Favourites (Odds: 4.50 - 5.40)


Record: 44 / 0 / 22
Most Played Map: Dust2 (68.8%)
Best Map: Inferno (81.2%)
Worst Map: Overpass (50.0%)

Odds: 4.50

Astralis are coming in as the odds on favourite to win the event, slightly edging out their Danish rivals, Heroic. They have yet to win an event since Xyp9x returned to the roster, failing to make the finals at both IEM Beijing-Haidan and BLAST Premier Fall. Before that, they were on a nice run of form with es3tag, winning a stacked ESL Pro League and placing third at DreamHack Open Fall. They will be going up against GODSENT in the first round, a team that they have never lost a map to, and if they were to win that match, they will face the winner of Liquid vs. mousesports, two teams that they have historically dominated.


Record: 117 / 0 / 71
Most Played Map: Nuke (78.4%)
Best Map: Nuke (78.4%)
Worst Map: Dust2 (50.0%)

Odds: 5.00

Many predicted Heroic to win their group at BLAST Showdown after coming in to replace Evil Geniuses, but they were upset by mousesports in the quarter-finals. While the Danes have been one of the brightest shining teams of this online period, they have finally shown some signs of weakness with some less than optimal results over the past month. However, before that they were nothing short of excellent, winning both DreamHack Open Fall and ESL One Cologne. While they have shown that they are vulnerable to upsets by weaker teams, this is one of the most fundamentally strong and well-rounded teams in the world right now.


Record: 100 / 0 / 53
Most Played Map: Inferno (65.9%)
Best Map: Mirage (80.8%)
Worst Map: Nuke (51.7%)

Odds: 5.40

There were plenty of rumours circulating that FURIA were in the process of removing both HEN1 and VINI from the team and many questioned if they were in the right mental state to perform heading into BLAST Showdown earlier in the week. Initially, it seemed like that was indeed the case, as they were almost upset by Isurus in their first-round matchup. But the Brazilians steadied the ship and pulled off great wins against both and Liquid to qualify for the BLAST Premier Finals. HEN1 is still putting up the numbers on the AWP and FURIA are finally starting to look more like the side that we saw dominate at times in North America earlier in the year.

Middle of the pack (Odds: 7.00 - 8.00)


Record: 8 / 0 / 6
Most Played Map: Dust2 (75.0%)
Best Map: Mirage (100.0%)
Worst Map: Train (0.0%)

Odds: 7.00

G2 now have two events under their belt with NiKo. They dominated the competition in their group at BLAST Premier Fall, beating Astralis in the final, and they got third place at IEM Beijing-Haidan earlier in the month. NiKo looks scary since joining the team, and he is putting up some bonkers numbers so far, rolling back the years to his best time on FaZe and mousesports. While it is only natural that the rest of the team has less room to flourish with NiKo, they are still doing really well and the skill on this team is very frightening. The question is who they are going to use as their 5th man, with JaCkz and AmanEK playing an event each so far. This is still a big question mark, and the management team will have to decide how they are going to approach their sixth man roster. If they can find their identity, this team definitely has enough quality to contend for trophies.


Record: 5 / 0 / 9
Most Played Map: Mirage (40.0%)
Best Map: Overpass (100.0%)
Worst Map: Dust2 (0.0%)

Odds: 8.00

FaZe are still trying to fill the void left by NiKo, with coldzera taking over the in-game leader role on the team. We have seen players like rain stepping up in NiKo’s absence, but except for a few nice upsets, they have not really been able to string things together over the course of an entire tournament. For that reason, it does surprise me to see them in this odds range when teams like mousesports and Complexity have shown more potential. Yes, the quality is there, but they need a lot of things to go their way if they actually want to challenge for a win in a tournament of this calibre.

Team Liquid

Team Liquid
Record: 48 / 0 / 27
Most Played Map: Inferno (55.6%)
Best Map: Overpass (77.8%)
Worst Map: Inferno (55.6%)

Odds: 10.00

Liquid managed to pull off victories against MIBR and MAD Lions to make it to the final of their group in the BLAST Fall Showdown, but they failed to capitalize on the occasion as FURIA came back to reverse sweep the series. This Liquid team has underperformed domestically, with FURIA and Evil Geniuses getting most of the spotlight recently, which is a bit disappointing when you consider the quality that they have on the team. They have recently made the move over to Europe, boot camping at the newly launched Liquid HQ in The Netherlands, and it appears as if this has given them a bit of a boost in motivation. The thing that worries me about this team is the T-side calling and the AWPing by NAF and Stewie2k. While they are both doing a fine enough job on the AWP, there is still a stark difference between them and the top AWPers in Europe.

Best of the rest (Odds: 12.00 - 14.00)


Record: 12 / 0 / 9
Most Played Map: Mirage/Nuke (66.7%)
Best Map: Mirage/Nuke (66.7%)
Worst Map: Vertigo (0.0%)

Odds: 12.00

Sure, losing out to Cloud9 at BLAST Fall Showdown was definitely a punch in the gut and a poor result for Complexity, but I am still a bit surprised to see teams like FaZe and Liquid ranked ahead of them here in the betting market. This is a hard-working team with immense talent and a solid coaching staff that appears to really prep well for their matches. They have shown to be tricky in the veto process, making it difficult for teams to prepare for them, as well. jks has now played a couple of events with this team, and he appears to be fitting in quite well. He does round out the team quite nicely, with blameF and jks playing more of a passive, lurking style, complemented by more aggressive riflers like k0nfig and RUSH. I wouldn’t put too much thought into their recent loss to Cloud9, as this is a team that definitely has enough quality to challenge even the best of teams.


Record: 35 / 0 / 28
Most Played Map: Nuke (61.1%)
Best Map: Train (62.5%)
Worst Map: Dust2 (33.3%)

Odds: 14.00

mousesports surprised many by topping their group at BLAST Fall Showdown to secure their spot in the Fall Finals next week. They did so by beating GODSENT, Heroic and finally Cloud9. Beating Heroic was definitely the most impressive win of the bunch, showing that there is enough quality on this team to compete against the best. However, I can’t help but think that they were handed a bit of a gift by Complexity who lost to Cloud9 in their match. They looked questionable at times against Cloud9, but it was still enough to get the win against a Cloud9 team that still hasn’t quite found their footing. There were times in the match where they would definitely have been punished by the type of competition they will be going up against in this tournament.

Underdogs (Odds: 20-100)

Spirit, Gambit, c0ntact, GODSENT, North, Cloud9 and ENCE are the teams in the 20-100 odds range. It would be shocking to see any of these teams go all the way, but there are a few that could surprise and do better than expected. Gambit are in a crazy run of form at the moment and they finally overcame their rivals Spirit to win DreamHack Open Winter. Sure, we rarely see this team face off against this type of competition, but they will be hungry to test themselves against Europe’s elite. They will be going up against Cloud9 in their first match, another team that has the potential to do well despite their long odds. Sitting at the bottom is GODSENT at 100.00. This is a team with more quality than some of the other teams in this range, but they have an insanely tough group and they are going up against Astralis in the first round. With that said, this is a team that we have seen ruffle some feathers before, and they might be able to surprise a team or two.


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