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DreamHack Open Summer 2020 EU Preview

tabseN and his teammates in BIG will look to maintain their No.1 spot in the rankings with a win at DreamHack Open Summer. But how will the break affect them? Will they succeed in a spot where so many others have floundered? We break it all down in our preview of DreamHack Masters Europe.

Valentin Gustafsson
Freelance Esports Writer
7th Aug, 2020·☕️ 6 min read
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tabseN and his teammates in BIG will look to maintain their No.1 spot in the rankings with a win at DreamHack Open Summer. But how will the break affect them? Will they succeed in a spot where so many others have floundered? We break it all down in our preview of DreamHack Masters Europe.

Competition Information

After a lengthy break, CS:GO is finally back on the menu. However, it will be a while before the main course is ready, and so DreamHack Open Summer will serve as a delicious entrée before ESL One: Cologne later this month. 

With the pandemic still at large, all games will continue to be played entirely online. There will be three separate regional events in total for this year’s edition of DreamHack Open Summer. One for Europe, one for North America and one for Oceania. In this article, we will break down the European event.

Eight teams will duke heads for a combined prize pool of $90,000. Six teams have received direct invites, with OG and Endpoint having earned their spot in the closed qualifier.

The format

The eight teams in the competition have been divided into two groups of four, and they will battle through a GSL style (double-elimination) bracket. All matches are best-of-three from start to finish, which should ensure that only the best teams make it through. The top two teams from each group will advance to the playoffs.

The playoffs will feature a single-elimination bracket, with best-of-threes for all matches, including the finals.

The groups are as follows:

Group A

  • 🇩🇪 BIG
  • 🇩🇰 Heroic
  • 🇩🇰 MAD Lions
  • 🇬🇧 Endpoint

Group B

  • 🇪🇺 Complexity
  • 🇪🇺 OG
  • 🇷🇺 Spirit
  • 🇷🇺 forZe

DreamHack Open Summer Europe starts August 8 and runs through August 16.

The Current Season

Group A

BIG

BIG
Record: 100 / 0 / 45
Most Played Map: Mirage (68.6%)
Best Map: Nuke (75.0%)
Worst Map: Vertigo (60.0%)

Odds: 3.20

As the current №1 team in the world, BIG are clear favorites to win this event. The German side has made great strides since the addition of syrsoN and k1to, annihilating the competition at both DreamHack Masters Spring and cs_summit 6 to catapult up the world rankings. The question is if they will be able to maintain their high level of play after a long break such as this one, as we have seen plenty of teams fall off in situations like this before. BIG are known for their strict practice regime and they also live at the ‘BIG House’ together, so if there is any team that could succeed in a spot where so many other teams have floundered, it is BIG.

Heroic

Heroic
Record: 50 / 0 / 26
Most Played Map: Train (60.0%)
Best Map: Nuke (76.9%)
Worst Map: Dust2 (53.3%)

Odds: 8.20

While many other teams have chosen to make a roster move, Heroic’s roster has remained intact. The Danes’ most recent event was cs_summit 6, where they finished in a respectable fourth place with wins against the likes of ENCE, fnatic and North. Despite not having the flashiest of players, this roster has proven to be very solid - and with MAD Lions fresh off a roster change, Heroic are in a good spot to advance from this group.

MAD Lions

MAD Lions
Record: 32 / 1 / 17
Most Played Map: Mirage (66.7%)
Best Map: Nuke (83.3%)
Worst Map: Vertigo (0.0%)

Odds: 8.40

MAD Lions have just announced the acquisition of innocent, who comes in to replace the recently departed Bubzkji. With little time to prepare, MAD Lions will most likely choose to give innocent Bubzkji’s role and positions, which may not be optimal for the Pole. Additionally, the transition over to English communication may hurt their chances at a deep run at this event. 

Endpoint

Endpoint
Record: 124 / 0 / 90
Most Played Map: Dust2 (60.4%)
Best Map: Vertigo (65.9%)
Worst Map: Nuke (16.7%)

Odds: 26.00

The big underdog of this event is Endpoint, who comes in at odds of 26.00. While a lot of the big names in CS:GO have chosen to take a break, teams such as Endpoint have continued to play smaller events such as Eden Arena Malta Vibes and Nine to Five. They were able to grab second place at Eden Arena Malta Vibes 2, most notably beating forZe who are also in this competition, but they have had limited success as a whole. While it would be incredibly surprising to see Endpoint advance from this group, they have enough quality to punch above their weight and make things troublesome for the other teams.

Group B

Complexity

Complexity
Record: 86 / 0 / 48
Most Played Map: Mirage (69.4%)
Best Map: Nuke (72.4%)
Worst Map: Inferno (44.4%)

Odds: 4.30

Complexity are coming in as the second-favorite to win this event. blameF and his crew were able to take down BLAST Premier Spring Finals in front of an emotional Jason Lake who followed along with the fans on BLAST’s fan cam. Their run was nothing to sneeze at, beating OG in the opener before taking down NaVi, FaZe and ultimately, Vitality, to win their first big event together. Outside of BIG, there aren’t many teams in this tournament that can compete with the type of firepower that Complexity have at their disposal. k0nfig has definitely returned to form in a big way, and both oBo and poizon are capable of putting up big numbers, as well. Add in the fact that they have one of the best fragging in-game leaders in the game, and you’ve got a team that is very hard to stop when they are playing with confidence. 

Spirit

Spirit
Record: 113 / 0 / 54
Most Played Map: Dust2 (66.7%)
Best Map: Train (81.0%)
Worst Map: Vertigo (40.0%)

Odds: 9.00

One of the big surprises of 2020 so far has been Spirit, who has looked incredibly strong at times. They were able to win ESL One: Road to Rio CIS ahead of NaVi who stumbled in the group stage, and they also showed fine form at DreamHack Masters, beating fnatic and almost did the same against FaZe. In fact, they probably would have if it wasn’t for Mir’s technical issues who was ultimately forced to be replaced by a stand-in mid-game. They are in an individually skilled team with a solid map pool, and one of the dark horses of this tournament.

forZe

forZe
Record: 103 / 0 / 75
Most Played Map: Inferno (67.3%)
Best Map: Inferno (67.3%)
Worst Map: Vertigo (0.0%)

Odds: 11.00

While Spirit have taken big strides in the right direction, the same cannot be said for forZe who have struggled at times so far this year. However, the Russian side is one of the longest standing rosters in CS:GO, and they have also been active during the break, which may prove to be vital against some of the other teams who may be a bit rusty in this spot. Interestingly, they have actually beaten both Complexity and OG recently, while they have struggled immensely against Spirit, so they may have a bit of upset potential against the big guns of the group.

OG

OG
Record: 48 / 0 / 47
Most Played Map: Inferno (54.5%)
Best Map: Dust2 (55.6%)
Worst Map: Overpass (33.3%)

Odds: 7.00

OG have had their ups and downs in 2020, but the positive news is that mantuu has reportedly recovered nicely after a hand injury and will be fit to play for his team at this tournament. He is incredibly important for them as the team’s top fragger and highest-rated player, especially when you consider the fact that they don’t have a ton of firepower, to begin with. This is a tough group for OG, as they have never beaten Spirit, forZe nor Complexity.

Betting Tips

It is hard to argue against BIG (3.20) and Complexity (4.20) being the favorites in this one, and I slightly favor BIG as they have a more manageable group. In terms of dark horse picks, the two teams I like most are Spirit (9.00) and Heroic (8.50), as they have both shown the ability to take down big names in the past. While Endpoint are unlikely to make it out of their group, I do like their chances of covering the round spread as the underdog in their opening match against BIG.

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