The DreamHack Open Summer 2020: Europe is one of the first premier tournaments after the players’ break. The event has eight teams competing for a $90,000 prize pool.
What Is the Tournament Format?
The eight CS:GO teams make up two groups of four teams each. Each group uses a double-elimination GSL format. The top two teams from each group advance to the playoffs.
The playoffs feature a single-stage knockout bracket with all matches being best-of-three series.
What Is the Prize Pool Distribution?
The tournament has a $90,000 prize pool, which is distributed amongst the teams as follows.
The prize pool distribution at the DreamHack Open Summer 2020: Europe. Image Credit: Liquipedia.net.
Group A Preview
Group A comprises BIG, MAD Lions, Endpoint and Heroic. The group has become extremely competitive, especially with the recent roster change for MAD Lions. Since only two teams can advance to the playoffs, the fight for the second place in the group is always going to be a competitive one between MAD Lions and Heroic. Meanwhile, Endpoint can always play spoilsport, although it looks highly unlikely considering the team’s form.
BIG has won its last four CS:GO tournaments. Image Credit: Jak Howard for ESL.
BIG is the world’s best CS:GO team at the time of writing. The team won multiple tier 1 tournaments defeating some of the best teams in the scene. One of the reason for the team’s success has been attributed to the online matches and the players’ comfort in an online setting.
BIG has spent five weeks at the top of the rankings. Can they hold on to their #1 spot? Screengrab via HLTV.
The German majority lineup has an aggressive playstyle. Coupled with the players’ excellent form and synergy, this playstyle gives BIG a massive advantage in its games. The team’s highlights include individual plays and a focus on the overall strategy and deep map pool. BIG has already reached the top of the rankings, but staying at the top is often more difficult than reaching the summit.
This tournament does not include some of the best CS:GO teams (who will play at the ESL One Cologne). This event gives BIG an opportunity to extend its lead over Team Vitality (who just 71 points behind BIG).
MAD Lions recently underwent a roster change when the team had to part ways with Lucas “Bubzkji” Andersen. The 22-year-old player joined Astralis and will most likely debut at ESL One Cologne 2020 (after Glaive confirmed his absence from the event).
Welcome @Bubzkji to the Astralis roster. We're looking forward to play with you.
— Astralis (@astralisgg) July 31, 2020
MAD Lions completed its CS:GO roster by adding Paweł “innocent” Mocek. The Polish player seems an odd fit for the Danish roster. However, there is no doubt about the player’s ability in-game and the massive improvements he can bring to the team. Whether he is a long-term addition is still up for debate. CS:GO teams usually prefer single-language rosters due to the improved synergy and player coordination.
The Danish team is ranked 30th in the world and is a direct competitor to MAD Lions’ aspirations to qualify for the playoffs. Heroic has been steadily climbing the CS:GO ranks since May 2020 when it was ranked 37th.
The team has a strong presence on maps like Nuke, Vertigo and inferno. In true Danish style, Nuke has been the go-to map for Heroic. Despite having a strong CT side, Heroic gains momentum on the T side executes. These executes give the team a massive positional and visual advantage over its opponents.
Heroic is not the favorite to win Group A at the DreamHack Open Summer 2020. However, with MAD Lions’ recent roster change, Heroic could suddenly be a dark horse in the group and defeat their nemesis, MAD Lions for a coveted spot in the playoffs.
Team Endpoint is ranked 42nd in the world and despite recent improvements still lags behind the other teams in this group. The British-majority roster has lost all three of its last few matches against significantly lower-ranked opponents. The inconsistency in the team’s gameplay arises from the lack of a deep map pool.
Endpoint’s chances of qualifying to the playoffs are slim. However, the team could potentially be a thorn in the side of the other members of the group.
Group B Preview
Group B of the DreamHack Open Summer 2020 comprises Complexity Gaming, OG, Team Spirit and ForZe.
What was supposed to be the potential ‘Juggernaut of CS:GO’ had a relatively meek start. However, Complexity has been improving steadily over the past few weeks. Despite being the in-game leader, which has become an excuse for mediocrity, blameF has stepped up and is often one of the top performers on the server.
BlameF might not be the most talented individual in the game at his level. However, the player has a deep understanding of the game that comes from watching hours of demo reviews of other teams. As the in-game leader, this is part of his job description, but his focus on individual development and helping the team improve its strategic outlook makes him one of the most valuable players in Tier 1 counter-strike. Complexity is ranked 10th in the world, but regularly upsets some of the best teams.
OG’s CS:GO roster has big names on paper. Image Credit: BLAST.
Team OG has some of the biggest names on its roster. The team comprises players such as Nathan “NBK-” Schmitt , Aleksi “Aleksib” Virolainen and Valdemar “valde” Bjørn Vangså. Most of these players are former in-game leaders on other rosters but have also been contributed with kills and positional play.
Similar to BIG, OG also has a soft spot for CT sided maps like Nuke, Inferno and Train. The team’s strategic playbook is its most potent weapon as the players can take advantage of their knowledge of the opponents’ playstyle.
In its last outing, OG finished third in the cs_summit Europe, losing to BIG. The team is still not locked in for the ESL One Rio Major in November but is a favorite to qualify for the event. Valve recently announced the list of all the tournaments that qualify as part of the third and final series of RMR events.
Team Spirit’s CS:GO roster has been together for a very long time. The stability on this roster is a key reason for most of the team’s recent success. Spirit has been in a small slump, losing crucial ranking spots over the past few weeks.
Team Spirit has lost a few places in the last few months. Screengrab via HLTV.
Despite the negative outlook by its ranks, Team Spirit has been one of the best CIS CS:GO teams. Spirit finished the WePlay! Clutch island in the second place losing to Na’Vi in the grand finals. The team also finished the ESL Pro League Season 12 qualifier in second place, losing to ForZe.
There is a possibility where Team Spirit tops Group B. Complexity and OG have not been dominant enough in their games. In contrast, Team Spirit has been put up consistently good performances against some of the best CS:GO teams in the world.
Bogdan “xsepower” Chernikov has a 1.18 rating. Image Credit: StarLadder.
ForZe is the underdog in this group. The team is ranked 28th in the world but has struggled with consistency issues. Xsepower is one of the most promising young talents from the CIS scene. The player has not disappointed so far in 2020, however, the lack of adequate support from the rest of the squad usually pulls him down.
ForZe needs a lot of practice to put up consistent results in the scene. The team has potential but has failed to produce results in recent weeks.
The DreamHack Open Summer 2020: Online Europe kicks off on August 8 and CS:GO players can watch the action live on Twitch.