Gen.G will be making their debut this weekend as DreamHack Open is set to get underway in Anaheim, California.
Will Complexity get a title under their belt this weekend? The oddsmakers think they will. In this article, we will break down the format, the odds and the teams for DreamHack Open Anaheim.
Eight teams will battle it out for a grand total of $100,000 this weekend as DreamHack Open is set to get underway in Anaheim, California.
We should be in for a good one, as the teams are quite evenly matched in this competition. The lineup of teams includes Complexity, who are coming off an excellent showing at BLAST Premier, as well as Gen.G, who will be making their LAN debut.
This will be the second DreamHack Open event of the year, with BIG taking down DreamHack Open Leipzig in front of their home fans last month.
The format has remained unchanged and will feature two GSL groups of four, with best-of-ones for the opening and winners matches, and best-of-threes for the elimination and decider matches. The playoffs will be single-elimination, and all matches are best-of-three.
DreamHack Open kicks off February 21 and runs through February 23.
North are coming off a disappointing showing at DreamHack Open Leipzig, where they were knocked out in groups after losses to Danish rivals MAD Lions and Heroic. North have otherwise been excellent at DreamHack Open events in the past. They have played six events since 2017, winning four of them. It needs to be said that their roster has gone through quite a few iterations during that stretch, but the core of MSL, aizy, and Kjaerbye/cajunb have been with them for most of these tournaments.
FURIA’s preparations have been far from optimal as they have been affected by HEN1’s visa issues as of late. They were forced to attend cs_summit with a stand-in, and they have played recent online qualifiers with LUCAS1 instead of HEN1. Prior to that, they had a solid showing at a very competitive StarSeries i-League Season 7, finishing in 3rd-4th place with wins against teams like Vitality, G2, and Renegades (now 100 Thieves). The Brazilian side is a very aggressive and skill-heavy team, and they’re quite streaky as a result of that.
The Russian side forZe had a bit of a breakthrough in 2019, capping off the year with a win at DreamHack Open Winter with wins against FURIA, GODSENT, and Tricked (now MAD Lions). Unlike many other teams in the CIS region, the roles on forZe are quite defined and each player excels at their job. In-game leader Jerry has quickly established himself as one of the best in-game leaders in the region. The AWPing from xsepower and the aggressive rifling from FL1T have made headlines, but facecrack also deserves to be highlighted for his entry-fragging ability. This is a very solid team and I would not be surprised if they make a deep run.
The big underdog of this group is the British team ENDPOINT. They qualified for this event by winning ESL Premiership. Many will recognize CRUC1AL and Surreal who spent a few years playing in North America for teams like Splyce and Complexity. However, the big standout player on this team is Thomas, who has shown good form playing for teams like NoChance, Windigo, and Epsilon in the lower tiers of Europe. Another player worth mentioning is robiin, who has been around since the very beginning of CS:GO, but has been barred from participating at many of the big events due to a VAC ban - a ban that has now been lifted. I don’t see ENDPOINT getting out of this group, but they might be able to do some damage in the opening BO1.
Complexity are coming off a great run at the BLAST Premier Spring Series, where they upset Astralis and Vitality in BO3s to qualify for the Spring Finals. They looked very strong individually, with poizon, oBo, and RUSH being the major standouts statistically. There is a lot of hype for this team right now and they are coming in as the favorites to win this event at odds of 4.20. There’s no denying the individual skill on this team, and they will be flying high with confidence after their recent performance. However, they are definitely beatable by a lot of the other teams in the competition.
ENCE bombed out of ICE Challenge last month without winning a single map, losing to GODSENT and OG. Things have not been easy for ENCE since they dropped Aleksib in favor of suNny back in September. Their best performance so far was probably at the CS:GO Asia Championship, where they made the finals after beating mousesports, MIBR and TYLOO in group play. If they want to get back to the top, they’re going to need sergej to return to form. The young Finn, who was one of the team’s clear standout performers in early 2019, has really struggled as of late. In addition, suNny has failed to live up to expectations so far. He had a solid showing at the Champions Cup Finals, but he was unable to replicate that form at ICE Challenge, which was one of the worst events in his career statistically.
Gen.G, most known for their League of Legends team, assembled a CS:GO roster back in September. The team most notably features in-game leader daps, who is most known for his tenure with NRG, as well as the former Cloud9 veteran, autimatic. Their most recent addition is the Indonesian player BnTeT, who is widely regarded as the strongest player in Asia. Gen.G had a bit of a shaky start in online matches, but since BnTeT made the trip over to the US to join up with his new teammates, they have started to look a bit better. DreamHack Open Anaheim will be their first tournament together, and they will probably be able to play without much pressure, as most of the hype has been about their North American counterparts; Complexity.
MIBR might be a legendary name in Brazil, but it has been a while since they were at the top of the podium. They had yet another disappointing showing at BLAST Premier last month, bombing out of Group A with losses to Team Liquid and NiP. However, they should not be underestimated at a tournament like this where the level of competition is not as high. Their latest addition, meyern, is a fine player with excellent mechanical ability who has the potential to improve further. Personally, I would not be surprised to see MIBR do some damage here, but then again they failed to do so at cs summit at the tail end of last year, where the level of competition was similar.
This is a very open tournament, as the odds show. All the hype is about Complexity right now, and if you are a big believer in form, then I would not fault you for riding the hot hand here. There are three plays that stand out at longer odds, and that is MIBR at 5.20, North at 6.00, and forZe at 6.70. MIBR might not be competitive in Tier 1 tournaments, but they certainly have enough quality and experience to win a tournament like this. The same goes for North, a team that has an excellent track record at DreamHack Open events. As for forZe, the Russians have yet to drop a map against FURIA and ENCE, and they are more solid than some of the other teams here.