Grim is ready to debut for Liquid, but FURIA will be looking to spoil the party for the North American side. We break it all down in our preview of DreamHack Open Summer North America.
After a lengthy break, high-level CS:GO is finally back. DreamHack Open Oceania is already underway, with Europe and North America soon to follow. In this article, we will be breaking down the North American portion of the event.
The likes of Liquid and FURIA are among the eight teams who will be competing at this event for their share of the $100,000 prize pool. A GSL style group stage will determine which four teams move on to play in the single-elimination playoff bracket. All matches will be best-of-three from start to finish, which should ensure that there are no major flukes, unlike some of the DreamHack events in the past that have had best-of-ones in the opening and winners matches.
These are the groups:
DreamHack Open Summer North America gets underway August 8 and runs through August 16.
Team Liquid have just shocked the scene with a sudden roster move, choosing to let go of long-time member nitr0 in favor of the former Triumph player; Grim. This will be Grim’s first event with Liquid, who have only had a few days of practice with their new lineup. Liquid’s current coach, adreN, ensured that Grim would receive many of his old positions that he had on Triumph, so there won’t be too much of an adjustment period in that regard. Stewie2k and/or NAF will most likely have to increase their AWP usage with the removal of nitr0, as well. However, this should not be too big of a change either as Liquid aren’t heavily reliant on the AWP. The North American side are clear favorites to win this event alongside FURIA, and many are excited to watch this team with Grim who was incredible for Triumph.
FURIA have looked very strong so far in 2020, winning DreamHack Masters Spring and BLAST Spring Showdown alongside many other second and third-place finishes. Interestingly, they have also been a complete thorn in the side of Liquid, defeating the North American side in five out of six matches since the start of the year. The trio of KSCERATO, HEN1 and yuurih have been very strong, and the aggression of arT has proven incredibly difficult for teams to deal with. Their proficiency on Vertigo has given them nice maneuverability in the map veto, and when you put all of this together, you’ve got yourself a team that is very hard to beat.
Cloud9 is the only non-Brazilian team in Group B. The North American side had their ups-and-downs in 2020, but they have shown in wins against both Liquid and FURIA that they are not to be messed with. floppy has been hailed as one of the big talents to come out of the US, and it is hard to argue against it considering that he ranks as the second-highest rated American in the top 20 this year (1.12) ahead of players like Brehze and autimatic. With the likes of oSee and Sonic forming a solid AWPing duo, Cloud9 does have some upset potential, and the fact that they have defeated FURIA in their last two matches gives them a nice mental edge going into Group B.
Triumph have lost a key-player in the form of Grim, and they will now need a bit of a miracle to get out of a group which includes Liquid, Chaos and Ze Pug Godz. They just picked up a new player in the form of penny, a 17-year old with very little experience at this level. It is still somewhat unclear who their fifth will be for this match, but it is likely going to be either moose, who was released by Envy just a few days ago, or their former player; curry. This team has punched well above their weight in the past, but it would take a David vs. Goliath type scenario for Triumph to make it out of this one.
TeamOne is perhaps most known for their AWPer, Maluk3, whos career dates back all the way to the early 2000s in CS 1.6. This team has been situated in North America for a while now with limited success, and they have been consistently beaten by the best North American teams. They do have some individual prowess, but the likes of FURIA and Cloud9 should prove to be too much to handle. However, they are certainly favorites against their Brazilian comrades in Yeah, who they swept in the cs_summit qualifier.
Ze Pug Godz is made up of former eUnited, Chaos and Envy players. This is a strong team on paper, bolstering one of the region’s finest AWPers in Cooper-, as well as plenty of rifling prowess, with Infinite being the clear standout. However, while the individual skill on this team is promising, it needs to be said that they are likely not as well-drilled as steel’s Chaos. That said, if they come out all guns firing, they will definitely have a puncher’s chance.
Chaos is a team that doesn’t look all that sexy on paper but performs incredibly well all things considered. With steel leading the way, they have gotten decent results despite several roster changes throughout the year. Their latest two additions, leaf and Xeppaa, have been impressive, with MIBR even accusing the duo of cheating. The two might feel pressure with all of the recent accusations, but as long as they perform up to their usual standards, Chaos should be in a good spot to make it out of this group.
This team has been together since the start of the year, and their best result to date is beating Triumph in the cs_summit qualifier. Outside of that, they have failed to compete against the better North American teams. If the likes of RCF and dumau show up, they might have some upset potential against their fellow Brazilians in TeamOne, but they will have a very difficult time against Cloud9 and FURIA considering the BO3 format.
FURIA and Liquid are big favorites here, with FURIA having a slight edge due to their H2H record with Liquid and the recent roster change. However, they could easily come out all guns blazing and dominate this tournament, as well. The most interesting long shot play is definitely Cloud9 at 19.00, which is honestly a crazy number considering the lack of competition in this tournament. All it takes is an upset in group play in order to pit FURIA against Liquid in the semis, giving Cloud9 a great shot at a finals appearance.