Requiring double overtime to avoid a terrible collapse, FURIA Esports held back Team Liquid on Thursday to win 2-1 and end up being the 2-0 first string at the DreamHack Masters Spring – North America event.

After falling 16-9 on Vertigo to start the match, FURIA reacted with a 16-14 win on Nuke and led 10-5 at halftime on Mirage.

Nevertheless, Liquid turned ball game in the second half to send it to OT at 15-15. After both groups scored 3 points in overtime (with FURIA blowing a 2-1 halftime lead in that one), FURIA outscored Liquid 4-2 in the 2nd additional frame for the win.

The DreamHack Masters Jonkoping, a $250,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive occasion, originally was scheduled to be contested with 16 teams June 9-14 in Jonkoping, Sweden. Nevertheless, the coronavirus pandemic forced the occasion to relocate to an online format including regional competitions for Europe, The United States And Canada, Asia and Oceania.

The DreamHack Masters Spring – North America, which kicked off Tuesday, consists of eight teams contending for a $100,000 reward swimming pool. The sides are divided into 2 four-team groups for round-robin play consisting of best-of-three matches.

Both group winners will advance to the upper bracket of the double-elimination playoffs, and the 2nd- and third-place groups from each group will get in the lower bracket of the playoffs. All playoff matches will be best-of-three other than for the best-of-five final on June 14.

The DreamHack Masters Spring – Europe bracket, with 16 teams completing for $160,000, began Tuesday and runs through June 14. The four-team competitions for both Asia and Oceania, each with a $20,000 reward swimming pool, are scheduled for June 2-7.

Henrique “HEN1” Teles was the star for FURIA on Thursday, putting together a match-high 82 eliminates and plus-25 eliminate differential. He was the only player on either team with a rating better than 1.12, finishing at 1.30.

FURIA will have the next 2 days off prior to returning for the final round-robin game in Group A, versus Mayhem Esports Club on Sunday. If Mayhem beat MIBR on Friday, the ending will be a match of 2-0 groups with the front runner out of the group on the line.

Group A staying round-robin schedule:

Friday

MIBR vs. Mayhem Esports Club

Saturday

Team Liquid vs. MIBR

Sunday

FURIA Esports vs. Turmoil Esports Club

Group B play starts next Monday and goes through May 30. The playoffs begin June 11.

DreamHack Masters Spring – The United States and Canada standings, with win-loss record and point differential:

Group A.

1. FURIA Esports, 2-0, plus-6.

2. Chaos Esports Club, 1-0, minus-4.

3. MIBR, 0-1, minus-9.

4. Team Liquid, 0-2, plus-7.

Group B.

T1. 100 Burglars, 0-0, even.

T1. Cloud0, 0-0, even.

T1. Evil Geniuses, 0-0, even.

T1. Gen.G Esports, 0-0, even.