The Russian team GROND defeated Fnatic in the open qualifying round for DreamHack Masters Spring 2021. Despite the probably caught courage, the team was defeated in the next confrontation with Nordavind. GROND beat Fnatic in a Bo1 match with a score of 16-13. In the fight against Nordavind, they took 14 rounds and stopped just a step away from entering the final fight, where they could earn an invite to the closed qualifiers for a tournament with a prize pool of $ 250,000.
It is noteworthy that at the moment Fnatic are on the 16th position in the list of the best CS: GO teams in the world according to HLTV.
Fnatic has become, albeit the most striking, but not the only example of the fact that being a professional player is not enough to overcome open qualifications. Among other well-known teams, Dignitas, EXTREMUM, AGO, forZe, ENCE, Winstrike and others could not pass through the qualifiers.
The open qualifying round in Europe started yesterday and will end today. 402 teams took part in the online qualifier, sharing four invites to the closed qualifier.