paiN Gaming rallied for a significant win while Rebirth Esports swept its match Wednesday as play opened in the DreamHack Open January 2021: The United States And Canada.

The $30,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive occasion features four teams completing in a double-elimination bracket. All matches are best-of-three till the Sunday last, which will be best-of-five with the winners-bracket team beginning with a one-map advantage.

The champ will receive $16,000 and 60 ESL Pro Trip points. The runner-up will get $8,000 and 40 ESL Pro Tour points.

Victory opened with a 16-11 win over paiN on Nuke, then jumped out to a 4-0 lead on Vertigo. discomfort recovered to declare Vertigo 16-8, then sealed the series with a 22-18 double-overtime decision on Inferno.

Vinicios “PKL” Coelho and Gabriel “NEKIZ” Schenato each had 65 kills for paiN’s all-Brazilian squad while Rafael “saffee” Costa produced a team-best plus-6 kill-death differential. Brendan “Bwills” Williams taped 67 kills and a plus-7 K-D differential for Accomplishment’s all-United States lineup.

Renewal cruised previous Additional Salt 16-3 on Overpass, then sealed the match with a 16-12 win on Dust II.

The United States’ Rahul “curry” Nemani generated 45 eliminates and a plus-17 K-D differential for Renewal. South Africa’s Aran “Sonic” Groesbeek published 30 kills and a minus-3 K-D differential for Bonus Salt.

Renewal and discomfort will square off Friday for a berth in the last. Triumph and Additional Salt will fulfill Thursday in the losers bracket.