The preview of DreamHack Open Summer 2019Lord Matus
The general information
This time, it will take place in one of the main venues for the DreamHack tournaments, at Elmia Convention Center in Jonkoping, Sweden. The general prize pool will traditionally amount $100,000 and its distribution will remain unchanged. The teams to hold the last places in their groups and to place 7th-8th in the standings, respectively, will earn $2,000. The rosters to place 3rd in their groups and 5th-6th in the standings will become the owners of prizes in the sum of $3,000. The participants, which will advance to the playoffs but stop in a semi-final, will receive $10,000. The vice-champion will earn a solid prize in the sum of $20,000, while the winner will grab the main financial reward in the form of $50,000.
In the group stage, all participants will be divided into two groups with four participants in each one. The first matches and the winner’s matches will be hosted in a bo1 format, while the rest of the matches of the tournament will be carried out in a bo3 format.
CR4ZY (a place in the rate by HLTV — #17)
Odds on the victory: 3.75
CR4ZY, which all know as Valiance, is the main favorite to win the championship. The reason is their perfect gaming shape. The team has a series of 21 won matches and the place they hold in the world rate is #17. CR4ZY didn’t lose a match at the European league ESEA MDL Season 31, having beaten all their opponents. The Serbian roster has all chances to crush their opponents and win the easiest tournament for them. The main difficulty for CR4ZY might be AVANGAR and Aristocracy, however, the chance that the above-mentioned teams will make serious opposition is pretty low.
The roster of CR4ZY and the players’ rate:
Nestor ‘LETN1’ Tanic — 1.02
Nemanja ‘huNter’ Kovac — 1.22
Nemanja ‘nexa’ Isakovic — 1.22
Rokas ‘EspiranTo’ Milasauskas — 1.06
Otto ‘ottoNd’ Sihvo — 1.09
Luka ‘emi’ Vukovic — a coach
AVANGAR (a place in the rate by HLTV — #16)
Odds on the victory: 5
In our view and according to bookmakers, AVANGAR is the second favorite of the championship. The Kazakh team places higher than CR4ZY on the list of the best CS:GO rosters, according to HLTV, namely, on the 16th place. Despite the Serbian opponents, AVANGAR is in a mediocre gaming shape. They have been performing pretty unstable recently, however, it’s worth to notice that their opponents were not weak, including Fnatic, Heroic, mousesports, and others. AVANGAR will have to advance to the playoffs and the team will probably make it to the final. The Kazakhs have an experience of winning DreamHack, which, by the way, took place in Rio de Janeiro two months ago. We think that if the event doesn’t become one more won DreamHack for them, AVANGAR will at least be one of two favorites.
The roster of AVANGAR and the players’ rate:
Timur ‘buster’ Tulepov — 1.05
Alexey ‘qikert’ Golubev — 1.17
Ali ‘Jame’ Djami — 1.29
Bektiyar ‘fitch’ Bahytov — 0.99
Sanjar ‘SANJI’ Kuliev — 0.96
Dastan ‘dastan’ Akbaev — a coach
The teams, which have a chance
Aristocracy (a place in the rate by HLTV — #30)
Odds on the victory: 6.5
Aristocracy is the third team in terms of power at the tournament, according to bookmakers. We are of the opinion and think that their chances to win are not that small as they might look on the first sight. Aristocracy will have to make it to the playoffs. They got in Group A with such teams as AVANGAR, Tricked Esport, and Winstrike. Both Tricked and Winstrike are not the unbeatable opponents for the Polish team. Aristocracy have a good chance to prevail over AVANGAR but the last ones will probably be in a nice gaming shape because the tournament is as important for them as it is for Aristocracy. In our opinion, TaZ and his teammates will advance to the playoffs and stop in the semi-final. They will place 3rd-4th and earn a money prize in the sum of $10,000.
The roster of Aristocracy and the players’ rate:
Mikolaj ‘mouz’ Karolewski — 1.08
Karol ‘rallen’ Rodowicz — 1.19
Wiktor ‘TaZ’ Wojtas — 0.89
Jacek ‘MINISE’ Jeziak — 1.02
Pawel ‘dycha’ Dycha — 1.15
Mariusz ‘Loord’ Cybulski — a coach
OpTic Gaming (a place in the rate by HLTV — #33)
Odds on the victory: 6.5
The participation in the championship might become the last tournament for OpTic Gaming where the Danes will be playing under the above-mentioned tag. The reason is Immortals’ decision, which have recently bought OpTic Gaming. They told in the press release that they are going to refuse from the partnership with the CS:GO roster and to sign contracts with the players from MIBR. If it is true or not, we will find out soon but this fact might have an unpredictable impact. On one hand, the players may be pretty motivated to make their last performance successful, on the other hand, they may be devastated and will be playing way worse due to this than they can. We tend to think that OpTic Gaming will unlikely be able to achieve something. First of all, their position in the world rate is #33 and, secondly, the Danish team’s gaming leaves much more to be desired. Their last performances were very unstable and this can’t help k0nfig and his teammates. It’s also worth to notice that informal changes were made to the OpTic’s roster. The team hasn’t announced that TeSes is now playing in the team instead of Snappi.
OpTic Gaming was put in Group B with such opponents as Chaos Esports Club, CR4ZY, and Team Ancient. The main favorite here is CR4ZY, of course, and, actually, the Danes have a chance to get to the playoffs but they will have to work hard to do this. We think that they will place 3rd or 4th in the group and finish their participation in the group stage of the competition.
The roster of OpTic Gaming and the players’ rate:
Kristian ‘k0nfig’ Wienecke — 1.08
Rene ‘TeSeS’ Madsen — 1.01
Ismail ‘refrezh’ Ali — 1.00
Mathias Sommer ‘MSL’ Lauridsen — 0.98
Nikolaj ‘niko’ Kristensen — 1.01
Casper ‘ruggah’ Due — a coach
Tricked Esport (a place in the rate by HLTV — #31)
Odds on the victory: 8.5
Tricked doesn’t seem enough compared to other teams in Group A. Such a conclusion was made due to the monitoring of their results in the last matches. The Danes lost matches to Heroic, Ancient, and Nemiga. There is no surprise about their loss in the match against Heroic but they could struggle well in the matches against Ancient and Nemiga and prevail. The Danes place 31st in the world rate and their gaming shape tells us that the team will probably hold the 3rd or 4th place in its group and leave the tournament one of the first.
The roster of Tricked Esports and the players’ rate:
Johannes ‘b0RUP’ Borup — 1.15
Nicolai ‘HUNDEN’ Petersen — 0.90
Frederik ‘acoR’ Gyldstrand — 1.13
Rasmus ‘Sjuush’ Beck — 1.03
Lucas ‘Bubzkji’ Andersen — 1.18
Winstrike (a place in the rate by HLTV — #51)
Odds on the victory: 8.5
Serious changes were recently made to the roster of Winstrike. The organization made an exchange with Natus Vincere, on the outcome of which Kirill ‘Boombl4’ Mikhailov went to Na’Vi and he was replaced by Ioann ‘Edward’ Sukhariev who was loaned from Natus Vincere. Edward took the unusual role of an in-game leader. How will this influence the team’s results? We are sure that it will influence pretty badly The “fresh” in-game leader was not playing well enough in Natus Vincere and, having moved to the new team, he will unlikely be showing good results because he plays a new role. The team will undoubtedly improve its results after he gets used to the role and the players will start playing well as a team, however, a bit more than two weeks passed after the transfer between Winstrike and Natus Vincere happened. Considering all the circumstances, this time was not enough for the team to prepare for the tournament in an appropriate way and Edward will come to the LAN tournament with his teammates to gain experience.
The roster of Winstrike and the players’ rate:
Aurimas ‘Kvik’ Kvakšys — 0.96
David ‘n0rb3r7’ Danielyan — 1.00
Vlаdуslаv ‘bondik’ Nеchуроrchuk — 1.03
Aleksey ‘El1an’ Gusev — 1.10
Ioann ‘Edward’ Sukhariev — 1.01
Ivan ‘Johnta’ Shevtsov — a coach
Ancient (a place in the rate by HLTV — #46)
Odds on the victory: 11
The team Ancient can’t be called frankly weak but the Swedes look pretty weak compared to other participants of the tournament and to their opponents in Group B. It’s worth to remind that CR4ZY, Chaos Esports Club, and OpTic Gaming will participate in the same four. The roster holds the 46th place in the world rate and they defeated Windigo, Chaos, and Tricked Esport in the last matches. It’s worth to notice that the Swedes beat Chaos in the match, which was hosted 10 days ago, and there will be completely different circumstances at the upcoming tournament, due to which they might not to cope with their countrymen. We think that the team will probably place 3rd or 4th in its group and will be one of the first to be eliminated from the competition.
The roster of Team Ancient and the players’ rate:
Nicolas Gonzalez ‘Plopski’ Zamora — 1.18
William ‘draken’ Sundin — 1.05
Joakim ‘disco doplan’ Gidetun — 1.12
Fredrik ‘freddieb’ Buö — 1.14
Alfred ‘RuStY’ Karlsson — 0.99
André ‘BARBARR’ Möller — a coach
Chaos Esports Club (a place in the rate by HLTV — #45)
Odds on the victory: 17
Chaos Esports Club is one of two favorites to make it to the playoffs. The team has pretty good chances, due to OpTic had changes and the team is in a mediocre gaming shape and Team Ancient, in turn, is an outsider of the group. Chaos Esports Club plays with an unstable success. They have recently defeated Izako Boars and ALTERNATE aTTaX but lost the matches to x-kom and forZe. The Swedish team might place second and get to the final stage but they will have to make efforts because OpTic and Team Ancient will not give up without a fight.
The roster of Chaos Esports Club and the players’ rate:
Fredrik ‘FREDDyFROG’ Gustafsson — 1.12
Joakim ‘Relaxa’ Gustafsson — 1.10
Niclas ‘PlesseN’ Plessen — 1.10
Linus Bååt ‘Bååten’ Andersson — 1.03
Daniel ‘djL’ Narancic — 0.90
Jamie ‘keita’ Hall — a coach