DreamHack Las Vegas 2017: Preview
Less than a month after our participation in the ELEAGUE Major, there comes another competition for our CS:GO team, DreamHack Masters Las Vegas 2017. This time, our boys will be heading to MGM Grand, Las Vegas, USA from the 15th to the 19th of February to compete in this 450 000 USD prize pool tournament with 15 other teams.
The competition is divided into a more traditional Group Stage and Playoffs format. For the group stages, there is 4 groups of 4 teams each using GSL system which means each group will feature just five matches in total as there will be a miniature double elimination bracket, with a veto system. Each team will play a Bo1 against teams in the same group, and the first team to get 2 wins will be considered first, the second team, who will most probably have won 2 games and lost one, second; while the remaining teams with 1 win 2 losses and with 2 losses only will be considered in 3rd and 4th positions respectively. The top 2 teams from each group will reach the playoffs playing BO3’s in a single elimination bracket.
MGM Grand, the venue for DreamHack Masters Las Vegas
8 teams were directly invited, while 4 teams are coming from the European Qualifiers and 4 from the North American and Asian-Oceania Qualifiers.
Natus Vincere G2A, which were directly invited to the tournament, was seeded in Group D alongside FaZe Clan, mousesports and Renegades.
Na`Vi.G2A (seized, GuardiaN, Edward, flamie, s1mple)
The boys celebrating. (Photo by Hltv.org)
After finishing 5th-8th in ELEAGUE Major 2017 less than a month ago, our boys will be looking forward to prove themselves again in this competition. The last DreamHack event Natus Vincere won dates back to January 2016; this time the Born to Win are heading into a great challenge. Last year, our team won 3 competitions, with the most prestigious one being ESL One: New York 2016, finished second in four different competitions, one of them being Valve Major MLG: Columbus, and top 3-4 three times, out of a total of 17 competitions.
The last DreamHack event we attended was DreamHack Masters Malmö 2016, where our team finished second, and since 2014, our team always finished second in every DreamHack competition they were in except for 2, the DreamHack Leipzig 2016 where our team won and the DreamHack Winter 2014, where our team finished 3rd-4th.
Our last encounter against FaZe Clan dates back to October where our team lost both games, we played against mousesports and won in ELEAGUE Major less than a month ago; and our last matches against Renegades was back in 2015 where we won 2-0. This group is looking good for us, but the boys need our fans’ support all the way, as the fans are the engine that keeps Natus Vincere running.
FaZe Clan (rain, jkaem, kioShiMa, allu, karrigan)
FaZe at ELEAGUE Major Main Qualifier, can they manage an upset and win this competition?. (Photo by Hltv.org)
FaZe Clan came all the way from the European Qualifiers where they finished 1st-4th and also finished 5th-8th during ELEAGUE Major less than a month ago. Aizy left the team less than a month ago and will be replaced by the ex, now inactive player, jkaem. It is worth noting that even though FaZe Clan are yet to win any competition, except for qualifiers, since their creation back in January 2016, but the team managed to surprise the fans with multiple upsets.
mousesports (oskar, NiKo, denis, Spiidi, IoWel)
mousesports at ELEAGUE Major Main Qualifier, the team that is yet to win a premier competition. (Photo by Hltv.org)
After ELEAGUE Major, where the team finished 12th-14th, mousesports benched chrisJ and replaced him with oskar who’s been in the team since August 2016 and played with the team on different occasions switching back and forth between an active player and a stand-in. The team is yet to win any premier competition during their active year, might this competition be the first after they came all the way from the European qualifiers?
Renegades (AZR, jks, yam, USTILO, Rickeh)
Renegades at ELEAGUE Major Main Qualifier, the team from Australia. (Photo by Hltv.org)
The all-Australian team finished 1st-2nd in the north American qualifiers and are coming into this one as the underdogs. The team managed to finish second on many occasions but are yet to win any major prizepool except for when they finished 9th-10th in ELEAGUE Season 1 back in 2016 and brought with them 40 000 USD home.
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The directly invited SK Gaming, Ninjas in Pyjamas and Cloud 9 were all seeded in this group with TyLoo.
SK Gaming (FalleN, fer, coldzera, felps, TACO)
SK Gaming at ELEAGUE Major, the crownless kings for the second half of 2016. (Photo by Hltv.org)
After playing with fox as a stand-in for fnx, the team finally signed felps from Immortals in what seems to be an exchange between the two teams for felps and fnx. The team just finished 3rd-4th in ELEAGUE Major and are coming into this one being crownless for the second half of 2016 onward as SK Gaming, winning only ESL One: Cologne 2016 back in July 2016, after having dominated the scene during the first half of 2016 as Luminosity Gaming.
Ninjas in Pyjamas (GeT_RiGhT, f0rest, Xizt, friberg, pyth)
NIP at ELEAGUE Major Main Quaifiers where they did not succeed. (Photo by Hltv.org)
Those guys have been together since 2012 except for pyth who joined back in December 2015. The team had a pretty successful 2016, winning a couple of premier competitions. The last competition the team attended was ELEAGUE Season 2 back in November 2016 and finished 5th-8th there, also, after that, the team competed in the offline qualifiers of the ELEAGUE Major but finished 12th-14th losing 2-16 to Vega Squadron. Having won the last DreamHack Masters in Malmö back in 2016, the team might be looking forward to win the second one back to back.
Cloud9 (n0thing, shroud, Skadoodle, Stewie2k, autimatic)
Cloud 9 at Americas Minor - ELEAGUE Major 2017. (Photo by Hltv.org)
All the team members have been playing together for at least a year, except for autimatic who joined the team back in August 2016. Cloud9 participated in a fair amount of competitions in 2016 and only managed to win one, ESL Pro League Season 4. The team’s last tournament dates back to December 2016, Esports Championship Series Season 2 - Finals, where they finished 7th-8th just before finishing 9th-11th in the ELEAGUE Major offline qualifiers 8 days after.
TyLoo (Mo, DD, somebody, AttackeR, HZ)
Tyloo at ELEAGUE Major Main Qualifiers, the only team from Asia in Las Vegas. (Photo by Hltv.org)
Coming all the way from Asian-Oceania Qualifier, this team had all sort of troubles to reach this competition, their status remained unknown until a couple of day before now. Somebody is still suspended so we are still not sure if he will play. AttackeR rejoined the team after the conflict and HZ will stand in for the team. The team is yet to reach the final or even the top 5 in any premier competition, but they have already managed to win multiple tournaments in Asia, so they are not to be underestimated, as they are one of the best teams in Asia. In the previous DreamHack Masters they were able to upset the reigning Major champions at that time, Luminosity Gaming, to knock them out of the tournament.
The directly invited Virtus.Pro will be joining the European Qualifiers winners, Fnatic and Gambit Esports as well as the North American Qualifiers winner Misfits.
Virtus.pro (Taz, NEO, pasha, Snax, byali)
Virtus.pro at the final of ELEAGUE Major 2017, the team that have been through ups and downs. (Photo by Hltv.org)
Those guys are the real definition of being together through ups and down: the team is the same since January 2014. 2016 was a promising year for the team: securing one of the biggest first prize in the history of CS:GO, a whopping $400,000 at ELEAGUE Season 1. The team is coming into that with huge expectations as they finished second less than a month ago in ELEAGUE Major.
Fnatic (olofmeister, dennis, KRiMZ, flusha, JW)
Fnatic at ELEAGUE Major 2017, the team that won 2 consecutive Valve-sponsored major. (Photo by Hltv.org)
Fnatic just switched disco doplan andtwist with flusha and JW from GODSENT; flusha and JW already played with the team since 2013 before joining GODSENT in 2016. Their roster is back to what it used to be since 2014 with the exception of dennis who joined the team a year later. With the team coming back together less than a couple of weeks ago, fnatic will be looking to regain their spot back as the best team in the world - having won 3 Valve-sponsored majors, 2 of them being consecutive wins, the first team to ever achieve that feat. Every team should keep their eyes on them during this tournament.
Gambit Esports (Dosia, AdreN, mou, Zeus, HObbit)
Gambit at ESWC 2016, can they capitalize on their 200K USD won last year. (Photo by Hltv.org)
The team was created last year and had Zeus and HObbit join the squad in October, replacing spaze and hooch. The team is coming from ELEAGUE Major finishing 5th-8th after winning DreamHack Winter at the end of 2016. The team amassed large prize money, well above 200K USD, in 2016 and will be looking to capitalize on that.
Misfits (SicK, Twistzz, Relyks, ShahZaM, sgares)
Misfits at Americas Minor - ELEAGUE Major 2017, one of the underdogs in this competition, can they make it? (Photo by Hltv.org)
Ex-team members of Team SoloMid got signed by Misfits at the start of 2017 and directly went on to finish 1st-2nd in DreamHack Masters Las Vegas 2017 - NA Qualifier. 2016 was not a really good year for those guys, with all their prize money coming mostly from 2 competitions, Esports Championship Series Season 1 - Finals where they finished 3rd-4th and ELEAGUE Season 1 where they finished 17th-22nd. The latest addition to the team was only ShahZam joining back in December 2016, but he already played with the team a couple of competitions. Coming in as underdogs all the way through NA qualifiers, Misfits is going to do the best to win this one.
The three invited teams, Astralis, North and OpTic Gaming will be joining the NA qualifier team compLexity Gaming.
Astralis (dev1ce, dupreeh, Xyp9x, kjaerbye, gla1ve)
Astralis crowned winner of ELEAGUE Major 2017, can they win another competition back to back. (Photo by Hltv.org)
Created one year ago, this team is still ranked first on gosugamers team rank list due to the fact of them coming into this one after winning ELEAGUE Major against VP with a score of 2-1. Before that, the team also ended 2016 on the top by finishing second in one premier competition and winning another in December. Might the team, that was struggling when it was created, win this competition back to back with their last win?
North (MSL, k0nfig, aizy, cajunb, Magiskb0y)
North at ELEAGUE Major, can the team win their first competition after the new brand name. (Photo by Hltv.org)
aizy joined the team a week ago, replacing RUBINO who also barely joined the team at the start of 2017. North is the old Team Dignitas signed by FC Copenhagen and Nordisk Film. The roster’s only achievement was winning EPICENTER 2016 and they are coming into this one with a satisfactory 5th-8th finish in ELEAGUE Major.
OpTic Gaming (NAF, RUSH, mixwell, tarik, Hiko)
OpTic Gaming at ELEAGUE Major 2017, can they win this one after stanislaw left. (Photo by Hltv.org)
The team barely saw any kind of success back in 2016 until the moment they added their captain stanislaw who then led the team to a huge success, winning a major competition and then conquering ELEAGUE Season 2, as well as finishing the second in Esports Championship Series Season 2 - Finals, two premier competitions with huge prize pools. But entering this competition stanislaw left the team to join Team Liquid, and Hiko will play as a stand-in for the team. It is worth noting that Hiko is currently playing as a stand-in for the team at ESL Pro League Season 5 - North America where the team is holding a 4 win 0 loss record.
compLexity Gaming (dephh, Surreal, androidx23, Uber, desi)
desi joined the team a month ago, replacing APE who helped the team finish 3rd in the North American qualifiers for this event. Since 2015, the team never finished top 4 in any competition except International Gaming League 2016 - Grand Finals, and some minors and qualifiers. The team will be looking to try and do what they can.
With such a large prize pool, the teams will do their best to win this one. Underdogs and favorites alike will be giving it their all in what promises to be a great competition.
Prize pool distribution for the top 4
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