forZe defeat Tricked to claim DH Open Winter 2019 trophy.
The event took place at the Elmia Convention Centre in Jönköping, Sweden, from November 29 through December 1. It featured eight teams, five of which received direct invites, while the other three had to fight their way through different qualifiers.
DH Open Winter 2019 Group Stage
As previously mentioned in our DreamHack Open Winter 2019 Betting Preview, The teams were divided into two groups consisted of four teams each.
In the opening matches, we saw FURIA taking down Marskalk 16:10 on Nuke, while Tricked defeated forZe on Overpass with the same score.
The Danes and the Brazilians met in the Winners match and played the whole thirty rounds on Overpass. Frederik “acoR” Gyldstrand led Tricked to win the derby with his 30 kills and 1.65 rating.
In the losers match forZe past with ease through Marskalk. The Russian squad had no difficulties winning Train (16:4) and Nuke (16:12).
Thus we had to see forZe against FURIA. The South Americans were the CSGO betting favourites in the match and even won forZe’s map pick – Inferno with 16:14 score. Despite that, the Russians didn’t give up and won FURIA’s map pick – Nuke in overtime – 19:17. The last map was Mirage, where Jenya “FL1T” Lebedev and Bogdan “xsepower” Chernikov both dropped 24 frags and sent FURIA out of the tournament
SJ, one of the underdogs in the tournament, surprised the audience, beating one of the favourites – Heroic 16:13 on Nuke. In the other opening of group B, GODSENT defeated the other favourite CR4ZY pretty easy – 16:7 on Dust2.
Martin “STYKO” Styk achieved 1.41 rating against the Finish team in the winner’s match, leading GODSENT to the semi-finals with 16:11 victory on Nuke.
In the losers match CR4ZY got rekt on Heroic’s map pick – Vertigo, 3:16, but managed to win the other two maps. Georgi “SHiPZ” Grigorov and Otto “ottoNd” Sihvo carried the Europen mix on Dust2 and Train.
In the elimination match, CR4ZY demolished SJ. The Finns managed to take only four rounds, losing 16:2, 16:2 on Dust2 and Nuke.
DH Open Winter 2019 Semi-Finals
The first semi-final was between GODSENT and forZe. The match was very interesting to watch. Both teams won their map picks – 12:16 on Inferno, 16:7 on Dust2 and the decider was Nuke. There were a lot of clutches during the whole series, but the most important ones were on the last map. forZe’s players won some crucial rounds 1v3,1v4 to win the map 16:13.
In the other semi-final Tricked faced CR4ZY. The Danes played better and their win was well deserved. They took both maps Dust2 and Vertigo with 16:7, 16:6 scores.
forZe Come Out On Top At DH Open Winter 2019 Grand Final
After twelve matches, it was time for the final of DH Open Winter 2019. Tricked already had beaten forZe in the groups, so the Russians wanted revenge. They picked Inferno as the first map and after a close first half (8-7), they managed to close the map 16:11. The Danes responded with picking Vertigo, but the result was even closer. After a thirty round affair (16-14), Tricked managed to tie the result. The last map of the tournament was Train. Here we saw a one-man army show, as Almaz “almazer” Asadulin played perfectly and dropped 30 kills (1.97 rating). His team won the map 16:9 and claimed their first LAN victory since the CIS Minor.
DH Open Winter Final Standings:
1. forZe – $50,000
2. Tricked – $20,000
3-4. CR4ZY – $10,000
3-4. GODSENT – $10,000
5-6. FURIA – $3,000
5-6. SJ – $3,000
7-8. Marskalk – $2,000
7-8. Heroic – $2,000
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