G2, BIG reach upper-bracket last in DreamHack Spring – Europe
BIG and G2 Esports each swept matches on Tuesday to move within one triumph of the DreamHack Masters Spring’s European championship round.
BIG rolled previous FaZe Clan 2-0, and G2 beat Natus Vincere 2-0. The two victors will take on Wednesday in the upper-bracket final, with the winner transferring to the Sunday grand final.
In the day’s only other action, Ninjas in Pyjamas edged Astralis 2-1 to advance in the lower bracket.
The DreamHack Masters Jonkoping, a $250,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive occasion, originally was scheduled to be contested with 16 groups from today in Jonkoping, Sweden. Nevertheless, the coronavirus pandemic required the occasion to transfer to an online format including local competitions for Europe, North America, Asia and Oceania.
The DreamHack Masters Spring– Europe bracket, with 16 groups divided into four groups competing for $160,000, runs through Sunday. Each group played a round robin of best-of-three matches.
All playoff matches are best-of-three other than for the best-of-five grand last (where the upper-bracket winner will start with a 1-0 benefit). The champion will get $54,000 from the $160,000 prize pool, plus 400 Pro Tour points
On Tuesday, BIG came on strong late in both maps against FaZe to win 16-9 on Nuke, then 16-5 on Inferno. The opening map was tied 7-7 before BIG pulled away. FaZe led 5-4 on the second map before losing each of the last 12 rounds.
Germany’s Nils “k1to” Gruhne notched 40 eliminates and plus-20 kill-death differential for BIG. Brazil’s Marcelo “coldzera” David and Bosnia’s Nikola “NiKo” Kovac each had 29 kills for FaZe, with coldzera managing a team-best minus-1 kill-death differential.
G2 required two overtimes to edge Na’Vi 22-19 on Mirage prior to closing the series with a 16-12 choice on Dust II.
Bosnia’s Nemanja “huNter-” Kovac tape-recorded 54 eliminates and a plus-7 kill-death differential to lead G2. Na’Vi were paced by Russia’s Denis “electronic” Sharipov, who completed with 59 kills and a plus-12 kill-death differential.
DreamHack Masters Spring– Europe reward swimming pool, with dollar earnings and 400 Pro Tour points.
9-12. $3,000, 45 points– Complexity Gaming, Group Spirit, Brave, Astralis
13-16. no cash prize, no points– North, mousesports, GODSENT, ENCE