CS:GO DreamHack Open Leipzig Preview

CS:GO DreamHack Open Leipzig

DreamHack Open Leipzig is the first tournament of the year of the total eight to be played during in the Open tour. The tournament includes four invited teams in  BIG, North, Renegades and Virtus.Pro. The remaining four places go to the European qualifier, one to the North American qualifier and the last place goes to Sprout by winning ESL Meisterschaft. These Open tournaments also give the team an opportunity to take a seat to the upcoming Masters tournaments through good results. In other words, a very good chance for teams that are a little further down in the world rankings to qualify for world-class tournaments.

DreamHack Open Leipzig Currently Qualified

  • BIG
  • Cloud9
  • Heroic
  • MAD Lions
  • North
  • Renegades
  • Sprout
  • Virtus.Pro

Prize Pool

1st $50,000

2nd $20,000

3rd-4th $10,000

5th-6th $3,000

7th-8th $2,000

DreamHack Open Liepzig Format

Group stage

  • Two groups of four teams each
  • Double elimination with GSL format
  • Matches that eliminate a team are best played by three
  • Remaining matches are best played by one
  • The two best teams from each team go to the playoffs

Playoffs

  • Single elimination
  • All matches are best of three

Expectations

Virtus.Pro

After a very long period of bad results for Virtus.Pro, the decision was made to replace the entire team at the end of 2019. Instead came the full five from AVANGAR who during the autumn managed to come second in Berlin Major and besides it also win BLAST Moscow. Great results that could not be followed up later in the year. Now the team will play under Virtus.Pros classic and legendary flags. That this team could challenge the worlds top again is extremely incredible, but in this tournament they have to be favorites.

North

The Danes have had a hard time for a long time where decent results were mixed with real bottom buttons, but probably the turn has to come sometime? In a tournament of this caliber, it is at least stated to the evidence and names that Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye and Philip "aizy" Aistrup should be able to have playhouse. Remains to see if it becomes reality, but it feels like the last chance for the team to get into the collar.

Under Dogs

MAD Lions

There are probably few people who expect the MAD Lions to be able to make a lot of fuss, but lately, nice results have been rolling in one by one. In 2020 the team only managed to win against North, Heroic and in addition a real scalp against ENCE to qualify for IEM Katowice 2020. Really impressive start to the year and probably will give incredible motivation to continue for Nicolai "HUNDEN" Petersen and his men. In this tournament, the chances are really good if their fine form persists.

Cloud9

Since the turn of the year, Cloud9 has a whole new team. This time, the team has invested in something completely new and there are hardly any name-wise players picked. Three youngsters from the USA are mixed with two equally young players from South Africa. Expectations were low, but the team managed to qualify for IEM Katowice in a qualifier with opponents like MIBR, Complexity and FURIA. That is a good start to say the least and maybe this team should not be underestimated. Given the latest and only effort we have seen so far by this team, DreamHack Open Leipzig should be able to become a successful story for them, although it is too early to tell about their future now.

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Cameron Carr

16 January 2020

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