Team Vigor came from behind to win their playoff opener in the DreamHack Masters Spring’s European occasion, and Fnatic and MAD Lions likewise survived with success Monday. Vigor overtook Heroic 2-1, Fnatic edged Complexity Video gaming 2-1, and MAD Lions swept Group Spirit 2-0 in lower-bracket, first-round action.

The last lower-bracket opener will be played Tuesday, with Astralis opposing Ninjas in Pyjamas. The two upper-bracket semifinals likewise will be contested Tuesday: G2 Esports vs. Natus Vincere, and BIG vs. FaZe Clan. The DreamHack Masters Jonkoping, a $250,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event, originally was set up to be contested with 16 groups from June 9-14 in Jonkoping, Sweden. Nevertheless, the coronavirus pandemic required the occasion to move to an online format including local competitions for Europe, The United States And Canada, Asia and Oceania.

The DreamHack Masters Spring – Europe bracket, with 16 groups divided into 4 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 advantage). The champ will get $54,000 from the $160,000 prize pool, plus 400 Pro Trip points

On Monday, Heroic’s all-Danish lineup opened with a 16-10 success on Mirage, however Vitality’s all-French lineup pulled even by taking Dust II 16-9. Vigor finished the return with a 16-6 win on Vertigo. Vitality’s Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut, 19, was the match’s standout, ending up with 64 kills and a plus-23 kill-death differential. Martin “stavn” Lund, 18, led Heroic with 51 eliminates and an even kill-death differential.

Fnatic sandwiched a 16-11 accomplishment over Complexity on Train and a 16-6 triumph on Mirage around a 19-17 overtime loss on Nuke. Sweden’s Freddy “KRIMZ” Johansson, 26, and Ludvig “Brollan” Brolin, 17, each notched 68 kills for Fnatic, with KRIMZ logging a team-best plus-14 kill-death differential. Denmark’s Benjamin “blameF” Bremer, 16, and the United States’ Owen “oBo” Schlatter, 16, each had 65 eliminates, with blameF tape-recording a plus-12 kill-death differential.

MAD Lions downed Team Spirit 16-12 on both Mirage and Nuke. Fredrik “roeJ” Jorgensen, 26, led the all-Danish MAD Lions team with 43 kills and a plus-10 kill-death differential. Ukraine’s Viktor “sdy” Orudjev, 23, the only non-Russian on Group Spirit, finished with a match-high 48 eliminates and a plus-6 kill-death differential.

DreamHack Masters Spring – Europe reward swimming pool, with dollar revenues and 400 Pro Tour points 1. $54,000, 400 points.

7-8. $5,000, 65 points 9-12. $3,000, 45 points– Intricacy Video gaming, Group Spirit, Heroic, one group TBD

13-16. no reward money, no points– North, mousesports, GODSENT, ENCE– Field Level Media