Vitality advance in DreamHack Masters Spring – Europe playoffs
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